FABIO LUISI conducts
DAISHIN KASHIMOTO violin
W. G. STILL Poem
BRUCH Violin Concerto in G minor
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 6, “Pathétique”
African-American composer and Guggenheim fellow William Grant Still’s Poem is an impassioned musical depiction of a dark and desolate world that gradually regains its spiritual compass, ending in a triumphant brass fanfare that signifies salvation.
From its somber opening, that immediately allows the violin to soar, to its hearty dance tune finale, Bruch’s G minor violin concerto is a crowd pleaser that will showcase the talents of Japanese violinist and concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Daishin Kashimoto.
Premiered a mere four days before Tchaikovsky’s untimely death, his final symphony was named “Pathétique” for the passion, emotion and suffering expressed, suggesting Tchaikovsky’s struggle with society’s intolerance for homosexuality. Yet there are tender moments and brilliant musicality, including a singing waltz that is unmistakably Tchaikovsky!