S. Rachmaninoff. P. Tchaikovsky
The last symphony by P. Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) is a dramatic epitome of composer’s life and creative work, his one of the most stirring compositions. The symphony entitled Pathetic (1893) became tragic patterns’ culmination of his music. “I ache to write a grandiose symphony which might be a final of all my creative career…” – Tchaikovsky wrote soon after composing the Fifth symphony. Great Sixth symphony became such composition. It was finished in Klin, in 1893 and for the first time was conducted by the author on October 16 in Petersburg, ten days before Tchaikovsky’s death. The composer himself ranked the Sixth symphony above all his other works. “I consider it the best and especially sincere of all my compositions. I love it more than ever loved my other music children”.