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The Friday OT: Tchaikovsky-Symphony #6 “Pathetique”

We are going with Claudio Abbado conducting the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra the YouTube link is here:

It has to be said, Peter Tchaikovsky wasn’t into happy endings very often. Here he writes three magnificent movements, finishing with the climactic and triumphant third, pomp and ceremony in fine orchestrated celebration. But no, can’t finish there, we then get one of the most famous works ever as the adagio lamentoso fourth has the documented power to turn whole battalions of Spetznaz soldiers into tearful, sobbing wrecks. Never out the Top 10 in those “Greatest Symphonies Ever” lists, you too can stick it on your speakers and ponder the induced suicide of Mother Russia.

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