Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.6, “Pathétique”

Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony’s latest digital release features Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, "Pathétique." This interpretation of the composer’s final symphony is available in studio master-quality in all download and streaming channels. “Without exaggeration,” Tchaikovsky wrote, “I have put my whole soul into this work.”

“Returning to the world of Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony is a profound experience for me at this point in my life. There were a number of years where I had to distance myself from the symphony as I could not come to a peaceful solution as to how to give it the delicacy and vulnerability, as well as the enormous power, that it so often requires. This recording represents a stage in my thinking that is based in the world of elegance and of what I believe the word Pathétique means. To me, Tchaikovsky is saying, ‘Here is my simple story. Please listen to me and hear me.’ This Symphony, an amazingly constructed piece, is an outpouring of elegant melodic invention.”

- Michael Tilson Thomas

Symphony No. 6, “Pathétique”: Allegro non troppo
Symphony No. 6, “Pathétique”: Allegro con grazia
Symphony No. 6, “Pathétique”: Allegro molto vivace
Symphony No. 6, “Pathétique”: Adagio lamentoso – Andante

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