Tchaikovsky's "Pathétique"

Fabio Luisi - Conductor

Christian Tetzlaff - Violin


Glinka - Overture to Ruslan and Lyudmila

Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto


Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 6 ("Pathétique")

Thursday, January 7, 2016

8:00 pm Verizon Hall

Conductor Fabio Luisi made his vibrant Philadelphia Orchestra debut in 2011. He returns with a rousing program of Russian favorites. Glinka's dashing Overture to Ruslan and Lyudmila is our curtain-raiser, setting the stage for the brilliant Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with good friend Christian Tetzlaff doing the honors as soloist. The program ends in grand style with Tchaikovsky's last symphony, the popular Sixth. It premiered in St. Petersburg in 1893, just nine days before the composer's unexplained death. As the name "Pathétique" implies, the masterpiece is infused with feeling and emotion; above the passion, that famous and recognizable central melody soars. This is classic Philadelphia Sound repertoire; in the Philadelphians' hands, the Russian obsession with fate, loss, and tragedy never sounded so beautiful.


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