Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 is the undisputed masterpiece that is central to this Essentials concert. The symphony is conducted by Russian Dima Slobodeniouk, who is making his debut with the Concertgebouw Orchestra. Enthusiastic presenter Thomas Vanderveken takes the stage of the Main Hall to preside over Tchaikovsky's stirring Fifth in his own inimitable style. After the concert, drinks are served in the Entrée Café.
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky composed his Fifth Symphony in 1888, the foundation year of the Concertgebouw Orchestra. Eternally plagued by doubts, he himself called the symphony a failure after its premiere in Saint Petersburg, conducted by himself. But his unflinching tragedy swiftly conquered the hearts of music enthusiasts worldwide. It strongest points are the wealth of melodies and colourful orchestration. For example, listen to the beautiful French horn solo in the second movement, later plagiarised - understandably - in Frank Sinatra's Moon Love.