Tchaikovsky's Pathétique

Shostakovich's First Violin Concerto with Maria Ioudenitch and Tchaikovsky's Last Symphony


Friday | 4/12/2024
7:30 pm Start of Concert

The concert introduction in the event hall of the Central Library (1st floor) begins one hour before the concert.
Konzertsaal im Kulturpalast, Dresden
Schloßstr. 2, 01067 Dresden
Floor Plan
59 | 49 | 42 | 36 | 27 | 20 €
29 € for young people
29 € for Dresden-Pass
7 € for Last Minute

About the Concert

It is not at all rare for composers to write a work that they suspect will be their last. But seldom do we hear a sense of foreboding and farewell pain as clearly as in Tchaikovsky's Sixth Symphony. He did not give it the epithet "Pathétique" himself, however, but rather his brother Modest. It is indeed pathetic. Even more: the Sixth is tragic, dramatic, gripping, ominous. And it is Tchaikovsky's swan song: Nine days after the premiere, he died of cholera under circumstances that remain unexplained to this day.
Shostakovich's First Violin Concerto is also a kind of symphony. Or rather: a symphony with an obbligato first violin. The violin has no rest, it is incessantly in action, talking to individual instruments, to the whole orchestra and of course to the listeners. The great violinist David Oistrakh, for whom Shostakovich created the concerto, asked him to at least catch his breath after the great solo in the fourth movement. Shostakovich granted his wish. Nevertheless, it is an enormously demanding work - just the right thing for Maria Ioudenitch, who loves challenges for her instrument and - as she will prove - also masters them with aplomb.


Modest Mussorgsky
"Dawn over the Moskva" - Prelude to the opera "Khovanshchina" (orchestrated by Dmitri Shostakovich)

Dmitri Shostakovich
Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Symphony No. 6 in B minor "Pathétique"


Stanislav Kochanovsky
Maria Ioudenitch
Dresdner Philharmonie


Stanislav Kochanovsky


Based in his native Saint Petersburg, Stanislav Kochanovsky began his international career as a conductor on the concert and opera stage, which will take him to debuts in Cologne, Venice and Seoul this season. From the 2024/25 season, he will take over as Chief Conductor of the NDR Radiophilharmonie in Hanover. He has already made several guest appearances with the Dresden Philharmonic and will be touring the UK with the orchestra following the concert in Dresden.

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Maria Ioudenitch

In 2021, the American-Russian violinist Maria Ioudenitch celebrated her international breakthrough when she won three major violin competitions. For her debut album "Songbird" on Warner Classics, which, like her chamber music performances, is characterized by innovative programming, she received an Opus Klassik in 2023. She is now performing Shostakovich's 1st Violin Concerto with the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra at the Kulturpalast and on tour in England.

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Dresdner Philharmonie

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