Symphony No.6 in B minor ('Pathétique') Op.74
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky


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The third highest of Tchaikovsky's 12 entries in the Ultimate Hall of Fame and his highest-placed symphony in this chart.

The premiere of this, his Symphony No.6, took place just over a week before the composer's death. Of all Tchaikovsky's works, this is arguably the one that spans both extremes of the emotional spectrum to the greatest extent.

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