Symphony No.5 in E minor Op.64
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

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The eighth of Tchaikovsky's 12 entries in the Ultimate Hall of Fame. This peaked at number 52 in 2009.

The reaction to the four-movement Symphony No. 5 was, at best, muted. Tchaikovsky felt incredibly dejected, even going so far as to distance himself from it for quite some time. After his death, however, the work grew in popularity, with audiences and critics alike acknowledging Tchaikovsky's great skill as an orchestrator and his powerful evocation of the idea of fate throughout the symphony. Today, it stands as one of his most loved large-scale creations.