Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky composed his Symphony No. 5 in 1888, the foundation year of the Concertgebouworkest. Eternally plagued by doubt, he said the work was a failure after the premiere, which he himself conducted, in St Petersburg. But in the end, Tchaikovsky was quite satisfied with it. Its wealth of melodies and colourful orchestration are its strongest points. Just listen to the beautiful horn solo in the second movement, which unsurprisingly was later plagiarised in Frank Sinatra's 'Moon Love'.