Fidelio Orchestra: Tchaikovsky Pathetique

September 30, 2023 6:30 PM

Fidelio Orchestra: Tchaikovsky Pathetique

September 30, 2023 6:30 PM

Note that this concert doesn’t take place at the Fidelio Cafe but at the Church of St John Waterloo. Please follow the link below to book tickets through the Fidelio Orchestra website.

The Fidelio Orchestra continues its collaboration with pianist Cedric Tiberghien taking on a rarely heard piece for piano and orchestra that the young and fierceness Strauss wrote in his early twenties. The work is considered by many to be among the most fiendish ones in the repertoire for piano and orchestra, but also showcases Strauss’s ability to use the piano as an orchestral instrument in ways that few others have ever attempted.

Tchaikovsky’s sixth symphony, often referred to as Pathetique, was premiered only nine days before the composer’s death. Although it is often thought of as a cry of despair from a dying man, it is in fact unlikely that Tchaikovsky knew anything about his fate when he published it in August 1893. Its structure is very peculiar in that it defies the usual organisation of movements that was typical of symphonies written throughout the Romantic period: it finishes with a slow movement coming after a boisterous Allegro.


R. Strauss Burleske for piano and orchestra
P.I. Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 in B minor Op. 73 “Pathetique”

Fidelio Orchestra

Cedric Tiberghien, piano
Raffaello Morales, conductor

Venue: St John Waterloo, 73 Waterloo Rd, SE1 8TY


Arrive from 6:30pm to enjoy a drink while the orchestra warms up, take your seat for the concert at 7:00pm and stay for more drinks available to purchase from the bar. The music is about 1h1o’  with a short interval to remove the piano from the stage.

Tickets – available via the Fidelio Orchestra website (click here)

Standard ticket £15

Premium tickets £30 (six front rows)


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