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April 5, 2010

Tchaikovsky's Sixth from Lucerne

Venezuela's Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra does a great job playing big, high-energy pieces. But at the recent Lucerne Easter Festival in Lucerne, Switzerland, they were able to show off their sensitive side as well. They gave a rousing performance of Tchaikovsky's sixth symphony, under the baton of conductor Claudio Abbado. Known for its mix of energy and pathos, Tchaikovsky's final symphony got its nickname "Pathetique" from the composer's brother Modest, at breakfast one Sunday morning.

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hour 1

  • Albert Roussel
    Rondo from Suite for Piano, Op. 14
    Pianist Enid Katahn
  • Charles Trenet
    April in Paris
    Pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin
    Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio, St. Paul
  • Thomas Bateson and Robert Jones
    The Nightingale so Soon as April Bringeth, Rossignol, and I Come, Sweet Birds
    Town Hall, Seattle
  • Albert Roussel
    Symphony No. 3 in G Minor, Op. 42
    The Los Angeles Philharmonic with conductor Lionel Bringuier
    Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles
  • Frank Bridge
    Four Short Pieces
    Flutist Stephanie Jutt and pianist Jeffrey Sykes
    The Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, Stoughton, Wisconsin

hour 2

  • Arturo Marques
    Conga del Fuego
    The Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra with conductor Gustavo Dudamel
  • Peter Tchaikovsky
    Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74 (Pathetique)
    The Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra with conductor Claudio Abbado
    Lucerne Easter Festival, Lucerne, Switzerland
  • Adnan Saygun
    Pentatonic Sketch on an Aksak Rhythm
    Pianist Joel Fan
    Temple Beth-El, San Antonio, Texas
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