classical music

Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique Symphony

Part of Classical Season 2019/20

The Philharmonia Orchestra presents one of the richest emotional experiences in classical music: Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique Symphony.

Tchaikovsky described his final symphony as ‘the best thing I have composed or will ever compose’, and to many listeners it encompasses hope and despair, joy and heartbreak, life and death.

At the height of his powers, Tchaikovsky overturned many of the conventions of the symphony.

The second movement, which at first sounds like a graceful waltz, in fact has an unsettling five beats in a bar, the third ends with a blaze of brass and percussion which would have made the perfect triumphant finale, and the actual finale ends with a devastating descent into silence.

Grieg’s Piano Concerto launches from its unforgettable opening into music of passion and drama infused with the unique rhythms and melodies of his Norwegian home in two thrilling outer movements.

At the heart of the piece lies the gentle theme of the second movement, its solemn mood evoking the sounds of a church chorale before being illuminated by the entry of the expressive piano.

Performers

Philharmonia Orchestra
Juraj Valcuha conductor
Alexander Gavrylyuk piano

Repertoire

Glazunov: Concert Waltz No.1 in D, Op.47
Grieg: Piano Concerto
Interval
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.6 (Pathétique)

Dates & times

10 May 2020
Approximate run time: 120 mins
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where

Royal Festival Hall

Pricing

£12 - £58
Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)

Multi-buy discount

£12, £19, £28, £36, £45, £58

Multi-buy discount
Book multiple Philharmonia Orchestra events in the same transaction and receive a discount: 3 – 5 events (10% discount); 6 – 8 events (15% discount); 9 – 11 events (20% discount); 12 – 14 events (25% discount); 15 or more events (30% discount). Events must be in the 2019/20 season. This discount is not available on Premium seats or on the Philharmonia’s Christmas concerts on 12 and 15 December 2019.

Concessions

25% of (limited availability)
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Ticketing

Multi-buy discount
Book multiple Philharmonia Orchestra events in the same transaction and receive a discount: 3 – 5 events (10% discount); 6 – 8 events (15% discount); 9 – 11 events (20% discount); 12 – 14 events (25% discount); 15 or more events (30% discount). Events must be in the 2019/20 season. Please note these savings exclude Christmas concerts (12 & 15 December 2019) and The English Patient (5 June 2020). Not available on Premium seats.

Related events
Royal Festival Hall at 6pm: Prior to this event, players from the Philharmonia Orchestra present a short recital of two chamber works that reach towards ecstasy. Admission free.

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