Andris Nelsons And Gewandhausorchester Leipzig – Mozart: Symphony No. 40 / Tchaikovsky: Pathétique
Andris Nelsons, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig © Accentus Music / Gert Mothes
The festive series of concerts to celebrate the inauguration of Andris Nelsons and the 275th anniversary of the Gewandhausorchester concluded with a riveting performance of two of music history’s great symphonic works. Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 is one of only two that Mozart wrote in a minor key, which only adds to its singular reception in his canon of symphonies. Tchaikovsky was an admirer of Mozart’s music and paired the premiere of his Sixth Symphony, which he himself conducted, with dances from Mozart’s Idomeneo. The Pathétique would become his legacy as Tchaikovsky died only a few days after its premiere.