BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra: Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique Symphony Classical

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra: Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique Symphony

Debussy Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune

Mozart Piano Concerto No.9, K.271 ‘Jeunehomme’

Tchaikovsky Symphony No.6 (Pathétique)

Arthur Jussen piano

Martyn Brabbins conductor

(approximate finish time: 5.00pm)

It was the composer’s brother who suggested the name for Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony, and he told it like it is: “Pathétique” simply means “full of feeling”. And amidst all the myths and mysteries that surround the writing of Tchaikovsky’s fi nal masterpiece, one thing’s clear: the melodic inspiration and emotional honesty of this glorious (but heartbreaking) music. Martyn Brabbins opens the concert in an altogether more languid world of Debussy’s Prélude à l’aprèsmidi d’un faune, and in between, there’s beauty, clarity and timeless grace in the fi rst really great piano concerto by Mozart, featuring a soloist who’s only slightly older than the composer was when he wrote it, Arthur Jussen


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