Tchaikovsky’s Passionate Pathétique

This is music of power and of passion. The San Francisco Symphony performs Tchaikovsky’s final masterpiece – the Pathétique Symphony. James Conlon conducts the verboten music of Holocaust victim Erwin Schulhoff. And Jean-Yves Thibaudet plays Shostakovich’s captivating First Piano Concerto.  


James Conlon


Jean-Yves Thibaudet


Mark Inouye




Symphony No. 6, Pathétique

All sound clips are from San Francisco Symphony performances and are used with permission of the SFS Players Committee.

Concert: Approx. 1h 35m, includes intermission.


Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6

Read an Article highlights Conlon’s work with composers who were banned in Nazi Germany: "I realized that we had been deprived of music that should have been a real part of the repertoire. But it was suppressed, and some of the composers were killed," says the globe-traversing American conductor. Read the full article.

Watch a Video

Jean-Yves Thibaudet discusses learning Shostakovich's Concerto No. 1 with WQXR Radio:

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The Thursday Matinee concerts are endowed by a gift in memory of Rhoda Goldman.