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Your favourite Tchaikovsky symphony?

No. 1 'Winter Daydreams'
3 (6.4%)
No. 2 'Little Russian'
1 (2.1%)
No. 3 'Polish'
0 (0%)
No. 4
6 (12.8%)
No. 5
12 (25.5%)
No. 6 'Pathetique'
21 (44.7%)
'Manfred' Symphony
4 (8.5%)

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Mark

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Your favourite Tchaikovsky symphony?
« on: May 25, 2007, 01:32:47 PM »
For a long time, I've told myself that either Tchaikovsky's No. 4 or his No. 6 'Pathetique' was my favourite. Then I listened again (and a lot) to his No. 5. It charms me in ways not so obvious as the other two, so I'm now convinced it's my favourite.

What would you say was your favourite? And if you feel like it, why?

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Re: Your favourite Tchaikovsky symphony?
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2007, 01:44:30 PM »
For myself Mark, it's his Manfred Symphony, Op. 58.
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Re: Your favourite Tchaikovsky symphony?
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2007, 01:49:37 PM »
After the Manfred, I would go with No. 6.
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Re: Your favourite Tchaikovsky symphony?
« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2007, 01:53:46 PM »
I'll be a Manfred voter, though 4 and 6 are also great contenders.
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Re: Your favourite Tchaikovsky symphony?
« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2007, 01:55:16 PM »
I'll be a Manfred.....

Which recording of this tops your list Edward?
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Re: Your favourite Tchaikovsky symphony?
« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2007, 01:55:59 PM »
Which recording of this tops your list Edward?
You know, I don't really know.

I've had (and enjoyed) both Jansons and Svetlanov, but there are so many I've not heard....
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Re: Your favourite Tchaikovsky symphony?
« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2007, 01:57:17 PM »
1. Sixth Symphony
2. Fourth Symphony
3. First Symphony
4. Manfred Symphony
5. Fifth Symphony

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Re: Your favourite Tchaikovsky symphony?
« Reply #7 on: May 25, 2007, 01:58:15 PM »
Love #4 the most.  The brassy opening, the pizz third movement, the finale at breakneck speed.  Great stuff.

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Re: Your favourite Tchaikovsky symphony?
« Reply #8 on: May 25, 2007, 01:58:46 PM »
My favourite is the 5th symphony, even though I was really tempted to pick the second symphony on the poll, just because it is SO underrated.

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Re: Your favourite Tchaikovsky symphony?
« Reply #9 on: May 25, 2007, 01:58:57 PM »
The 6th, bar none. It's so saddening I almost feel like Tchaikovsky has personally pulled my heart out from my  rib cage (is the heart even in the ribcage?).

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Re: Your favourite Tchaikovsky symphony?
« Reply #10 on: May 25, 2007, 01:59:54 PM »
You know, I don't really know.

I've had (and enjoyed) both Jansons and Svetlanov, but there are so many I've not heard....

There is a Michael Tilson Thomas with the LSO out there that I would love to hear, but it is packaged on a $45 dollar set. :-\
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Re: Your favourite Tchaikovsky symphony?
« Reply #11 on: May 25, 2007, 02:04:51 PM »
The BPO/Karajan set is the only one I own, although I have a few scattered recordings of some of the symphonies on other discs. I didn't respond to the Karajan 'sound' at first, but I've really warmed to it. If you like the Fourth Symphony, you'll probably like the way he drives it.

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Re: Your favourite Tchaikovsky symphony?
« Reply #12 on: May 25, 2007, 02:06:46 PM »
The Second. And the Fourth. And the Fifth. And the Sixth.



Oops!  ;D 

I can't decide between the final three ... aachggh!!

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Re: Your favourite Tchaikovsky symphony?
« Reply #13 on: May 25, 2007, 02:10:23 PM »
I predict that the Third will get fewest votes. ;)
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Re: Your favourite Tchaikovsky symphony?
« Reply #14 on: May 25, 2007, 02:21:28 PM »
I must confess I'm a Manfred man (doo wah diddy diddy)

I think the 6th symphony is his greatest, but I still have a soft spot for op. 58.
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Re: Your favourite Tchaikovsky symphony?
« Reply #15 on: May 25, 2007, 03:23:52 PM »
My favourite is # 1 ;D, but I readily acknowledge I consider 6 and Manfred his greatest works in the genre :D.
I like 4 and 2 :), tolerate 5 and can live without 3 :P.

His Orchestral Suites contain excellent music.

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Re: Your favourite Tchaikovsky symphony?
« Reply #16 on: May 25, 2007, 07:46:27 PM »
Tchaikovsky's 4th will always have its special place with me, because it was after hearing a preformance of this work that I started seriously collecting classical music. Were it not for this fact, it might be 1, 5, 6 or Manfred, but as it is, the 4th holds a place in my heart that none of the others can touch.
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Re: Your favourite Tchaikovsky symphony?
« Reply #17 on: May 25, 2007, 11:43:43 PM »
The 4th. And then the 6th.

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Re: Your favourite Tchaikovsky symphony?
« Reply #18 on: May 26, 2007, 12:00:15 AM »
The Manfred symphony, without hesitation.
And I'm glad that it's mentioned so often here - I always have the feeling it enjoys less proliferation than the "numbered" symphonies.

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Re: Your favourite Tchaikovsky symphony?
« Reply #19 on: May 26, 2007, 12:11:42 AM »
I love the first Symphony, and then in this order, 2,3,4,5,6.
Then comes Manfred No.7! ;D