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Tour name: Nikodikevis, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky | London Philharmonic Orchestra
Marko Nikodijevic La lugubre gondola
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 (Emperor)
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 (Pathétique)
Vladimir Jurowski conductor
Leif Ove Andsnes piano
In his final symphony, Tchaikovsky wrote his own
funeral music. Tortured by an intolerant society
and by his own internal strife as his long-hidden
homosexuality became public, Tchaikovsky
turned to music. He wrote what is probably
the most vivid, heart-rending and terrifyingly
beautiful vision of darkness and exhaustion
ever cast in symphonic form. Days after the first
performance, Tchaikovsky died – probably at
his own hand. Where Tchaikovsky appears so
endearingly human, Beethoven appears near
immortal in the big, imperious statements of
his final piano concerto, a piece that combines
fervent protest, sublime melancholy and hardhitting
virtuosity to dazzling effect.
Tickets £9 - £39 (Premium Seats £65)