Romeo and Juliet, Overture Fantasy
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
The fifth of Tchaikovsky's 12 entries in the Ultimate Hall of Fame. This was at its highest position of number 46 in the first Hall of Fame back in 1996.
Rachmaninov is often lauded as the Romantic era's finest composer, principally for his ability to express a depth of emotion to which others can only dream of coming close. But no one who listens to Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet can be in any doubt that this other Russian composer certainly gives Rachmaninov a run for his money in the heart-on-your-sleeve stakes.
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