Symphony No.4 in F minor Op.36
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
The third of Tchaikovsky's 12 entries in the Ultimate Hall of Fame. It peaked at number 120 in 2007 but it slipped to its lowest ever position — number 269 — in the 2015 chart.
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!
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