14. Tchaikovsky: 5th Symphony
[…] take Tchaikovsky, that homo, marrying a female opera singer and then standing in a freezing river hoping to catch pneumonia while she went mad;
Excerpt from No Wonder by Charles Bukowski
Henry John Deutschendorf Jr. is a shitty name for a pilot, so he changed it to John Denver and launched a career as a country singer. Henry was married to Annie, who — as far as I know — was neither an opera singer nor mad, which would explain why he loved her.
The first time he played Annie’s Song for his wife, she stated it was the best performance of Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony she had ever heard. Bless her. And she’s right. Anyone who can listen to the 2nd movement without bellowing “You fill up my senses / Like a night in a forest” along with the horn section is a better man than I. So is anyone who can make it passed 6 minutes 25 seconds without chanting “We will, we will rock you.”
Evgeny Mravinsky & Leningrad Symphony Orchestra
No time is wasted on picking a recommended recording. It’s Tchaikovsky. Go with Mravinsky and his Leningrad Cowboys.