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


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Down 15, the ninth of Tchaikovsky's Hall of Fame entries this year

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.