Sunday 9 Dec 2012, 3pmColston Hall, Bristol

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Lorin Maazel conductor

Vadim Repin violin

Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet excerpts : 'Montagues and Capulets' / 'Romeo at Juliet's Tomb' / 'The Death of Tybalt')

Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2


Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6, Pathétique

Few symphonies have attracted as much conspiracy theory as Tchaikovsky'sPathétique. Just nine days after its 1893 première, the composer died suddenly. Was the symphony's brooding solemnity - with its pathos and final descent into eerie silence - a portent of Tchaikovsky's own demise? Or indeed a symphonic suicide note? Whatever the truth behind the enigma, the Sixth certainly took its emotional toll on Tchaikovsky, who declared that 'I have without exaggeration put my whole soul into this work...' This all-Russian concert also features Prokofiev's Second Violin Concerto and selected excerpts from Romeo and Juliet.

This concert is supported by the Friends of the Philharmonia Orchestra