11, 12 March 2020

Concert cancelled

Bychkov conducts Tchaikovsky

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In connection with the corona virus outbreak, the authorities immediately announced a ban on events. For this reason, the concerts in The Concertgebouw until March 31th unfortunately cannot take place.
March 2020 Wednesday 20:15
Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
The Netherlands
past concert
March 2020 Thursday 20:15
Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
The Netherlands
past concert
Maurice Ravel Le tombeau de Couperin
Richard Strauss Hoboconcert
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 'Pathétique'

The Russian–American conductor Semyon Bychkov is a pre-eminent expert on Tchaikovsky, whom he calls a ‘childhood love’. This season he is leading the Concertgebouworkest in the emotional Symphony No. 6. He is also conducting Ravel’s Le tombeau de Couperin and Richard Strauss’s lyrical Oboe Concerto, featuring Ivan Podyomov, the Concertgebouworkest’s own principal oboist.

Tchaikovsky’s ‘Pathétique’

In 2016, Semyon Bychkov launched his ‘Tchaikovsky project’, a series of recordings and concerts dedicated to Russia’s greatest Romantic composer. Like last season, the project leads him back to the Concertgebouworkest, this time to conduct the Symphony No. 6, popularly known as the ‘Pathétique’.

Tchaikovsky’s Sixth is his last and most dramatic symphony. The meaning behind the work was long shrouded in mystery. Did Tchaikovsky sense his end was nigh? This is music which depicts an entire human life: elation alternates with tragedy.

Strauss and Ravel

But first, music by two great masters of the orchestral repertoire is being performed. Strauss and Ravel enriched the orchestral palette with unique, new colours and timbres. Strauss also wrote a concerto for the oboe, an instrument that is not often assigned a solo role.

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