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Offline Szykneij

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Top 30 Symphonies
« on: July 31, 2009, 07:38:38 AM »
I'm not sure what constitutes "top", but this might be a helpful list for beginners.


WCRB's Top 30 Symphonies
 
99.5 WCRB's Top 30 Symphonies of all-time

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30)  Saint-Saens' "Organ" Symphony #3

29)  Mozart's "Linz" Symphony #36

28)  Haydn's "Clock" Symphony #101

27)  Mahler's "Titan" Symphony #1

26)  Haydn's "Surprise" Symphony #94

25)  Tchaikovsky's Symphony #5

24)  Tchaikovsky's "Pathetique" Symphony #6

23)  Haydn's "Bear" Symphony #82

22)  Schubert's Symphony #6

21)  Bizet's Symphony in C

20)  Kallinikov's Symphony #1

19)  Mozart's "Prague" Symphony #38

18)  Dvorak's Symphony #8

17)  Brahms' Symphony #4

16)  Schubert's Symphony #5

15)  Beethoven's "Eroica" Symphony #3

14)  Schubert's "Unfinished" Symphony #8

13)  Mozart's "Jupiter" Symphony #41

12)  Beethoven's Symphony #7

11)  Mozart's "Paris" Symphony #31

10)  Mendelssohn's "Scottish" Symphony #3

9)    Beethoven's Symphony #1

8 )    Brahms' Symphony #3

7)    Mozart's Symphony #40

6)    Beethoven's "Pastoral" Symphony #6

5)    Mendelssohn's "Italian" Symphony #4

4)    Mozart's Symphony #25

3)    Dvorak's "New World" Symphony #9

2)    Beethoven's Symphony #5

1)    Beethoven's Symphony #9
 
 
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Re: Top 30 Symphonies
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2009, 07:44:28 AM »
My heart congratulations to Vasily Kalinnikov!  :o :o :o (A pity they spelled his name wrong, but that's impressive!)

My list would be somewhat different however...especially given that Borodin > Kalinnikov and Borodin's Second wasn't placed.

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Re: Top 30 Symphonies
« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2009, 07:59:43 AM »
Here is my own terrible, no good, completely arbitrary, utterly silly, crassly populist but considerably different Top 30 Symphonies List.  ;D

30)  Atterberg's "West Coast Pictures" Symphony #3

29)  Shostakovich's Symphony #5

28)  Brahms' Symphony #3

27)  Mahler's "Titan" Symphony #1

26)  Kalliwoda's Symphony #5

25)  Sibelius' Symphony #6

24)  Dvorak's "New World" Symphony #9

23)  Rachmaninov's Symphony #2

22)  Beethoven's Symphony #4

21)  Tchaikovsky's Symphony #5

20)  Borodin's Symphony #2

19)  Mozart's "Prague" Symphony #38

18)  Shostakovich's Symphony #9

17)  Mendelssohn's "Italian" Symphony #4

16)  Sibelius' Symphony #7

15)  Schubert's "Unfinished" Symphony #7 (or #8 depending on whom you ask)

14)  Dvorak's Symphony #8

13)  Sibelius' Symphony #5

12)  Tchaikovsky's "Pathetique" Symphony #6

11)  Bruckner's Symphony #7

10)  Dvorak's Symphony #7

9)    Beethoven's Symphony #7

8 )   Mozart's Symphony #40

7)    Shostakovich's Symphony #10

6)    Beethoven's "Pastoral" Symphony #6

5)    Beethoven's "Eroica" Symphony #3

4)    Brahms' Symphony #4

3)    Mozart's Symphony #41

2)    Beethoven's Symphony #9

1)    Beethoven's Symphony #5

You will notice that the number of symphonies on my list which are in exactly the same spot as WCRB put them, is ... 3.  ;D (Beethoven 6 at #6, Mozart Prague at #19, Mahler First just to humor our Mahlerians, frankly.)

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Re: Top 30 Symphonies
« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2009, 08:06:02 AM »
.... Mahler First just to humor our Mahlerians, frankly.)
... and to p most of them off. #1 - is that really his best? Love the Atterberg! Could spend an age on a top 30 so I won't bother. I'll just enjoy and cringe at everyone elses.
"Do you think that I could have composed what I have composed, do you think that one can write a single note with life in it if one sits there and pities oneself?"

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Re: Top 30 Symphonies
« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2009, 08:07:51 AM »
Not bad Brian!  Let's see my top 30

Mozart's 38th, 39th, 40th, 41st
Haydn's 100th, 101st, 102nd, 103rd, 104th
Beethoven's 3rd, 4th, 8th
Schubert's 9th
Berlioz' Symphonie Fantastique
Brahms 3rd, 4th
Mahler's 4th, 9th
Bruckner's 4th, 7th, 9th
Nielsen's 4th, 5th, 6th
Prokofiev's 5th
Shostakovich's 8th, 10th
Stravinsky's Symphony in C, Symphony for Wind Instruments, Symphony in Three Movements

 8)


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Re: Top 30 Symphonies
« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2009, 08:08:08 AM »
... and to p most of them off. #1 - is that really his best? Love the Atterberg! Could spend an age on a top 30 so I won't bother. I'll just enjoy and cringe at everyone elses.

Enjoy the cringe

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Re: Top 30 Symphonies
« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2009, 08:18:05 AM »
"Do you think that I could have composed what I have composed, do you think that one can write a single note with life in it if one sits there and pities oneself?"

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Re: Top 30 Symphonies
« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2009, 08:36:09 AM »
Berlioz' Symphonie Fantastique

Oh my god, I can't believe I forgot that.

Totally embarrassed now  :(

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Re: Top 30 Symphonies
« Reply #8 on: July 31, 2009, 08:40:21 AM »
Oh my god, I can't believe I forgot that.

Totally embarrassed now  :(

I didn't have the heart to tell you but even you, a Janacek fan, doesn't have his Sinfonietta in a top 30 list. :'(

 :)

karlhenning

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Re: Top 30 Symphonies
« Reply #9 on: July 31, 2009, 08:43:15 AM »
No, I enjoyed yours!

I only cringed at the opener:

I'm not sure what constitutes "top", but this might be a helpful list for beginners.

WCRB's Top 30 Symphonies
 
99.5 WCRB's Top 30 Symphonies of all-time


"Top 30 Symphonies of all-time" = practically the only 30 symphonies WCRB plays

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Re: Top 30 Symphonies
« Reply #10 on: July 31, 2009, 08:49:57 AM »
Yay, more lists!  Love em.  My rather lopsided list of 30 favorites would include:


Haydn 88, 94, 100
Mozart 36, 40, 41
Beethoven 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Schubert 9
Brahms 1 ,2, 3, 4
Dvorak 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Tchaikovsky 6
Mahler 1
Prokofiev 1
Shostakovich 5
Copland 3


ChamberNut

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Re: Top 30 Symphonies
« Reply #11 on: July 31, 2009, 08:51:00 AM »
Alphabetically, my faves at the moment:

Beethoven 3rd
Beethoven 5th
Beethoven 6th
Beethoven 7th
Beethoven 9th
Berlioz - Symphonie fantastique
Brahms 1st
Bruckner 5th
Bruckner 8th
Bruckner 9th
Dvorak 7th
Dvorak 8th
Haydn 103rd 'Drum Roll'
Mahler 2nd
Mahler 6th
Mahler 9th
Mendelssohn 5th
*Luchesi 40th  :D
Prokofiev 4th (original)
Schubert 9th
Schumann 2nd
Schumann 4th
Shostakovich 10th
Sibelius 7th
Stravinsky - S in C
Stravinsky - S of Psalms
Stravinsky - S in 3M
Tchaikovsky - 2nd
Tchaikovsky - 5th
Tchaikovsky - 6th



*Bolded ones are my current Top 10


« Last Edit: July 31, 2009, 09:15:24 AM by ChamberNut »

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Re: Top 32 Symphonies
« Reply #12 on: July 31, 2009, 09:04:10 AM »
Alphabetically, my faves at the moment:

Beethoven 3rd
Beethoven 5th
Beethoven 6th
Beethoven 7th
Beethoven 9th
Berlioz - Symphonie fantastique
Brahms 1st
Bruckner 5th
Bruckner 8th
Bruckner 9th
Dvorak 7th
Dvorak 8th
Haydn 103rd 'Drum Roll'
Mahler 2nd
Mahler 6th
Mahler 9th
Mendelssohn 5th
Mozart 40th
Prokofiev 4th (original)
Schubert 9th
Schumann 2nd
Schumann 4th
Shostakovich 10th
Sibelius 7th
Stravinsky - S in C
Stravinsky - S of Psalms
Stravinsky - S in 3M
Tchaikovsky - 2nd
Tchaikovsky - 5th
Tchaikovsky - 6th



*Bolded ones are my current Top 10




Oh shit!  I forgot about Vaughan Williams 6th symphony.  Inevitably, this happens with these large lists, you end up forgetting one you shouldn't have.   :)

Also Berlioz' Harold in Italy (if it is a symphony).  0:)

karlhenning

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Re: Top 32 Symphonies
« Reply #13 on: July 31, 2009, 09:05:56 AM »
Also Berlioz' Harold in Italy (if it is a symphony).  0:)

Berlioz himself considered it one  0:)

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Re: Top 32 Symphonies
« Reply #14 on: July 31, 2009, 09:07:09 AM »
Oh shit!  I forgot about Vaughan Williams 6th symphony.  Inevitably, this happens with these large lists, you end up forgetting one you shouldn't have.   :)

Also Berlioz' Harold in Italy (if it is a symphony).  0:)

Yeah I like Dvorak, and he's not there.  Simpson didn't make it, Mendelssohn didn't make it, so many great DSCH symphonies... nope.  notta.

ChamberNut

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Re: Top 32 Symphonies
« Reply #15 on: July 31, 2009, 09:07:32 AM »
Berlioz himself considered it one  0:)

Ok, then indeed it should be in there!  0:)

ChamberNut

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Re: Top 30 Symphonies
« Reply #16 on: July 31, 2009, 09:08:53 AM »
Not bad Brian!  Let's see my top 30

Mozart's 38th, 39th, 40th, 41st
Haydn's 100th, 101st, 102nd, 103rd, 104th
Beethoven's 3rd, 4th, 8th
Schubert's 9th
Berlioz' Symphonie Fantastique
Brahms 3rd, 4th
Mahler's 4th, 9th
Bruckner's 4th, 7th, 9th
Nielsen's 4th, 5th, 6th
Prokofiev's 5th
Shostakovich's 8th, 10th
Stravinsky's Symphony in C, Symphony for Wind Instruments, Symphony in Three Movements

 8)



No Sibelius David?  :)

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Re: Top 30 Symphonies
« Reply #17 on: July 31, 2009, 09:11:14 AM »
Ah, I love Top <n> lists :D

I'm not sure what constitutes "top", but this might be a helpful list for beginners.

WCRB's Top 30 Symphonies
 
99.5 WCRB's Top 30 Symphonies of all-time

Listen as we feature these complete works all weekend on WCRB!

Shostakovich is missing (1,5,8,10,15). Even the most obvious candidates are missing: Mahler 6 is missing. Mahler 2 is missing. Beethoven 9 is just No. 1 because of political correctness reasons - except maybe the Adagio. As for Choral Symphonies, Mahler 2 brings much more joy to the world.

=> The list is invalid.

EDIT: Wooooot? No Sibelius? OK. The list is invalid to the power of Grahams Number
« Last Edit: July 31, 2009, 09:15:41 AM by Wurstwasser »

ChamberNut

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Re: Top 30 Symphonies
« Reply #18 on: July 31, 2009, 09:12:35 AM »
Ah, I love Top <n> lists :D


I do too.  They are totally meaningless......but so much fun to compile (for me anyway).

DavidW

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Re: Top 30 Symphonies
« Reply #19 on: July 31, 2009, 09:14:20 AM »
No Sibelius David?  :)

<runs away crying> I didn't get my beloved 4th on the list! :'(

That's it we need to write an angry letter to that radio station explaining how absurd and stupid top 30 lists, somebody needs to listen!! ;D

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