Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 6, 'Pathétique'
The work was premièred with Tchaikovsky on the podium in October of 1893 just nine days before his mysterious death. The Russian title 'Pateticheskaya' means "passionate" or "emotional", implying a state of suffering. In this symphony, unlike the 4th, the symbolic struggle against fate is lost, tempting many to think of it as a kind of self-written Requiem.
Orchestra Wellington/Marc Taddei
Recorded at the Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington by RNZC