Bychkov conducts Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony

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Two close friends of the SFS, Semyon Bychkov and Pinchas Zukerman, join the Orchestra in opening the season. The gorgeous melodies of Bruch’s concerto glow in the hands of the gifted Zukerman. If Tchaikovsky didn’t invent Russian Romanticism, he surely perfected it. Afraid that he might be “played out” at 48, he soon completed his awesome Fifth Symphony, a work unmatched in charting the journey from the melancholy of desperate longing to the triumph of the spirit.

"Zukerman again seemed the forever-young virtuoso: expressively resourceful, infectiously musical, technically impeccable, effortless. As usual, it was a joy to be in his musical company." —LOS ANGELES TIMES

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Semyon Bychkov


San Francisco Symphony



Overture to Tannhäuser


Violin Concerto No. 1


Symphony No. 5

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

Concert length is approximately 2 hours.


Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5

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Zukerman reflects on Bruch's violin concerto in "Two Minutes with Pinchas Zukerman."

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"It's happening now with such reliable consistency you could set your watch by it, if you had a watch. Conductor Semyon Bychkov makes a guest appearance with the San Francisco Symphony, and the orchestra responds with a performance of depth, passion and brilliance..." Read the full article on SFGate


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  1. Wed, Sep 5, 2012 at 8:00pm

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Pre- and post-show Events

Inside Music, an informative talk free to ticketholders, begins one hour prior to concerts.

Meet Pinchas Zukerman at a CD signing immediately following the September 6 and 8 concerts at the Symphony Store in the lobby.

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