Immersed in the musical masterpieces of the Romantic period, HBSO will make A Night of Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 “Pathétique” on April 20, 2024 at the Opera House. The night will be conducted by conductor Le Ha My who is also Director of Ho Chi Minh City Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera. 

Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 in D Major, op. 39 – the energetic Marches by the great English patriotic composer, Edward Elgar will open the night. Many people praise Edward Elgar as a master of the symphony and he is recognized in music history as one of the most famous composers of the Romantic period.

The Marches include 6 pieces and the most famous is the Marches No. 1 in D major, which made a big splash when it was first performed at Liverpool Opera House. Elgar completed the work in 1901 during the time when King Edward VII ascended the throne and received a warm response from the audience. The solemn melody carries a glorious beauty, the March is also considered as the unofficial national anthem of the United Kingdom. This is an honor that not every work can have.

Next is the work “Suite Vietnam” composed by Azerbaijani composer Gara Garayev for the first Soviet film “Vietnam” in 1954.

Gara Garayev is a famous Azerbaijani composer. He wrote many genres of music, from folk music to jazz, from operas to major symphonies and ballets. The beauty in each of his works always shows a strong love and tenacity to fight, with many emotions touching the hearts of listeners. Perhaps that is why people often call him the Romantic composer of the 20th century.

As a Russian composer representing the romantic music period, Tchaikovsky left humanity with immortal masterpieces. His works always bring a “complex of emotions” woven into each note. That feeling will be expressed most fully in the 6th symphony “Pathétique”, one of the famous works of the era.

The tragic and eventful series of his life seems to be associated with the 6th symphony Pathétique. The beginning of chapter I describes a slow, gloomy mausoleum with a solo bassoon on a deep background, and a tragic scene suddenly flashes. Chapter II exploded when powerful trumpets shattered the atmosphere with unique melodies. Chapter III is majestically followed by strings in double rhythm like a march. Instead of ending the work with a glorious melody as usual, Chapter IV closes slowly, full of lament and strangely vague, all immersed in nothingness.

TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 6 Pathétique

 8.00pm on April 20, 2024, at HCMC Opera House 

Admissions: VND 750.000 – 650.000 – 550.000 – 400.000 – 80.000 (for Student only)