Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74 “Pathétique”
Renaud Capuçon, violin
Semyon Bychkov, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Vienna, Musikverein, Großer Saal, 19 November 2019
When Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto received its world premiere in Vienna in 1881 the critic Eduard Hanslick compared it to “music that stinks to the ear”. Well, we’ve moved on since; Hanslick became an amusing footnote, the concerto is still played worldwide. On the second day of their Viennese stint Semyon Bychkov and the Czech Philharmonic were joined by French violinist Renaud Capuçon. For good contrast, the Violin Concerto was paired with one of Tchaikovsky’s most dramatic works, his Sixth Symphony, the “Pathétique”.