The Pathétique

Wednesday 2 June 2010 at 7.30pm

Symphony Hall, Birmingham +44 (0)121-780 3333

Andris Nelsons  conductor
Rainer Gibbons  oboe

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Tchaikovsky: The Voyevoda 14′
Strauss: Oboe Concerto 26′
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 (Pathétique) 45′ Listen
requires Real Player

There’s really nothing in all music quite like Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique Symphony. Tchaikovsky threw his all into this no-holds-barred musical autobiography; the result is a symphony that blends raw emotion and glorious melody to devastating effect. It’s gripping stuff – Andris Nelsons has it in his blood. And if you saw him conducting Tchaikovsky last season, you won’t need any further recommendation. Meanwhile, the CBSO’s wonderful section leader oboe offers a moment of tranquillity with Strauss’s gentle concerto.

pre-concert talk at 6.15pm
The Players’ Perspective – The Pathétique
Violinist David Gregory, and CBSO colleagues, explore Tchaikovsky’s final symphony.

Review by Christopher Morley, Birmingham Post:

…..”Nelsons conjured so much tension and release, brought such a strong operatic approach where necessary and balletic poise, too, and uncovered the work’s true symphonic greatness in a reading which was quite simply the finest I’ve ever heard in the concert-hall (anyone who’s interested, I have an ancient World Record Club LP by the Sinfonia of London under Muir Mathieson which wrings out even more emotion).

The way Nelsons effected the transition between the hell-for-leather desperation of the scherzo and the cataclysm of sorrow which launches the finale was masterly, and the eternity of silence he commanded at the very end before allowing applause to start was a tribute to the receptiveness of this large audience.”

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