Tchaikovsky Symphony No 6, Pathetique

Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony’s latest digital release features Tchaikovsky’s powerful Symphony No. 6,  Pathétique – a defining work of the of the Romantic era. The vivid and impassioned interpretation of the composer’s final, and arguably, greatest 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.”

MTT on Performing Tchaikovsky

“Returning to world of Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony is a profound experience for me at this point in my life,” explains Michael Tilson Thomas. “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






Schumann album cover

San Francisco Symphony
Michael Tilson Thomas

I. Adagio – Allegro non troppo
II. Allegro con grazia
III. Allegro molto vivace
IV. Adagio lamentoso – Andante

Total Playing Time: 48:51