Tchaikovsky's Pathétique


Friday 18 & Saturday 19 March 2022, 7.30pm

Perth Concert Hall

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Tchaikovsky's Pathétique

Maria GRENFELL River Mountain Sky (8 mins)

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART Piano Concerto No.24 (28 mins)

Allegro (Cadenza by Johannes Brahms)

Interval (25 mins)

Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No.6 Pathétique (45 mins)

Adagio – Allegro non troppo
Allegro con grazia
Allegro molto vivace
Finale (Adagio lamentoso – Andante)

Asher Fisch conductor / piano

Asher Fisch appears courtesy of Wesfarmers Arts.

Wesfarmers Arts Pre-concert Talk
Find out more about the music in the concert with this week’s speaker, Ashley Smith. The Pre-concert Talk will take place at 6.45pm in the Terrace Level Foyer.

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This performance is recorded for broadcast on ABC Classic. For further details visit

Did you know?

Maria Grenfell made her film composing debut in 2020, writing the score for an ABC documentary on native Eastern quolls.

As Mozart intended to perform his Piano Concerto No. 24 himself, he did not write out the soloist's part in full when notating the work.

The orchestra used for Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 24 is the largest he ever used in a piano concerto.

Tchaikovsky was Russia's first full-time, professional composer.

Eight days after the premiere of his Sixth Symphony, Tchaikovsky was diagnosed with cholera. He died the next day. However there is a theory that he planned his death and that the work was his sign-off to the world; his suicide note.

Many believe that Tchaikovsky suffered from a form of 'glass delusion' - a psychiatric disorder experienced mainly in the 15th-17th centuries. People with glass delusion feared they were made of glass, and therefore likely to shatter. Tchaikovsky is thought to have feared that his head would fall off while conducting!

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