However, few works like Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 can lay claim to be the most popular. The composer left a gap of ten years between his 4th and 5th symphonies, then a further five years between the 5th and 6th. Although all three are united by a common idea – one man facing his destiny – the final symphony is unquestionably darker and more tragic, justifying its title, “Pathetic”.
Rudolf Nureyev – Agnès Letestu (Odette), José Martinez (Siegfried) – Corps de Ballet de l'Opéra national de Paris
Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra. The complete Tchaikovsky symphonies