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OBC Season

TCHAIKOVSKY’S PATHÉTIQUE SYMPHONY

AND ANDERSZEWSKI ON PIANO

  • Dates 5, 6 and 7 October 2018
  • Ticket prices 10€/33€/43€/58€
  • Hall Hall 1 Pau Casals
  • Cycle OBC Season

The subtitle “Pathétique” was suggested by Tchaikovsky’s brother the day after its premiere, after they had decided against the title “Tragique”. This is a striking work in which the composer gave musical expression to his internal struggles, the desire to live coexisting with the unavoidable shadow of destiny: “I wanted to call it a Programme Symphony, without revealing the programme, so it will remain an enigma to everyone”.

The “Pathétique” is Tchaikovsky’s greatest work, as he himself wrote: “I love it as I have never loved any other of my musical offspring.” Tchaikovsky talked of his sixth symphony in terms he had never used before for his music, baring his emotions to a different extent from that seen in Swan Lake or the Nutcracker. The programme continues with Bartok’s most “Mozartesque” work, a sweet, emotional and lyrical piece that is at the same time wildly rhythmic, conducted by Piotr Anderszewski, followed by a work by Barcelona composer Marcos Fernández commissioned by the OBC to mark the centenary of the birth of Leonard Bernstein.

Marcos Fernández: Homage to Bernstein, work commissioned by the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
Bartók: Piano Concerto No. 3
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 “Pathétique”

Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya (OBC)
Kazushi Ono, conductor
Piotr Anderszewski, piano

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