Symphony No.4 in F minor Op.36
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky


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The first of Tchaikovsky's 12 entries, his Symphony No.4 is his biggest faller this year, dropping 65 places

Tchaikovsky was on a roll. His Symphony No.1 had been a labour of love but at its premiere in 1868, it was warmly received. Symphony No. 2 followed five years later, and went down a storm. No.3, revealed to the world just a couple of years after that, received a universal thumbs-up at its first performance. Sadly for Tchaikovsky, the same could not be said about his Symphony No. 4, which received a muted reception when it was first performed!