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Re: Top 30 Symphonies
« Reply #60 on: June 29, 2010, 10:22:39 AM »
Well, sorry about forgetting that. Anyway, it is so good it needs an individual mention or so.

Mike

You are correct, Mike.

I'll mention it again.

Bruckner 5

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Re: Top 30 Symphonies
« Reply #61 on: August 31, 2010, 12:18:48 PM »
Take any 9 by Beethoven, add 10 by Mahler (incl DLVDE) plus 7 by Sibelius and nos. 38-41 by Mozart and you've got 30 of the best.  ;D
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« Reply #62 on: August 31, 2010, 02:05:54 PM »
No Bruckner in the bunch. Extreme tragedy!!!  :o

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« Reply #63 on: August 31, 2010, 02:13:48 PM »
No Bruckner in the bunch. Extreme tragedy!!!  :o
It's top 30, not top 50--but arguably we could drop Beethoven 1 & 2 making room for Bruckner 7 & 9--unless Brahms or Dvořák or Prokofiev get there first!
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Re: Top 30 Symphonies
« Reply #64 on: September 01, 2010, 09:44:36 AM »
In no particular order except alphabetical:

Beethoven - 5, 7 and 9.
Berlioz - Sym. Fantastique.
Bruckner - 5 thru 9.
Copland - 3.
Dvorak - 9.
Franck - Sym. in D minor.
Mahler - 1 thru 9.
Prokofiev - 5.
Shostakovich - 8, 10 and 15.
Sibelius - 5 thru 7.
Vaughan Williams -4, 9.

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Re: Top 30 Symphonies
« Reply #65 on: September 01, 2010, 09:51:44 AM »
Don! All of Mahler’s — but only one of Dvořák’s??

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Re: Top 30 Symphonies
« Reply #66 on: September 01, 2010, 03:08:57 PM »
Don! All of Mahler’s — but only one of Dvořák’s??
His taste parallels mine in that regard, except that I would add Dvořák 7. :)
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« Reply #67 on: September 01, 2010, 03:25:10 PM »
Don! All of Mahler’s — but only one of Dvořák’s??

Actually, I'd put Dvorak's 9th near the bottom of my top 30 symphonies.  I much prefer his chamber music - he's in my top 5 for chamber compositions along with Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms and Shostakovich (hate to leave Taneyev off the list).

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« Reply #68 on: September 02, 2010, 06:17:38 AM »
I do believe I could replace a few of these with Bruckner's 8th. Not having the 8th in here is just crazy! >:(

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« Reply #69 on: September 02, 2010, 08:17:04 AM »
I do believe I could replace a few of these with Bruckner's 8th. Not having the 8th in here is just crazy! >:(

I agree!  Bruckner's 8th is my all time favorite symphony (today, at least).  :)

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Re: Top 30 Symphonies
« Reply #70 on: September 02, 2010, 09:14:40 AM »
I agree!  Bruckner's 8th is my all time favorite symphony (today, at least).  :)
Hmmm...guess I'd best give it another hearing.
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« Reply #71 on: September 02, 2010, 10:12:44 AM »
Hmmm...guess I'd best give it another hearing.


I always suggest giving the 8th a good honest 90 minute listen. At the end it's extremely rewarding given the right recording. I'd suggest Giullini VPO early 80's, Wand's last with the BPO or Furtwangler (best 3rd movement hands down!).

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Re: Top 30 Symphonies
« Reply #72 on: September 02, 2010, 03:50:07 PM »
Another advocate for the 8th here. As good as the 7th is, it is Schubertian in its balance towards the first two movements - the latter two are something of a letdown. The 8th is just freakishly wonderful throughout. Unusually for Bruckner, if anything the first movement may be the least interesting. But that is only relative, given how wonderful it is...

Edit: How could I say that about one of his most concise, yet dramatic and atmospheric movements. Grr.
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Re: Top 30 Symphonies
« Reply #73 on: November 15, 2017, 11:41:38 AM »
Beethoven 7
Schumann 2
Berlioz Fantastique
Berwald 3
Brahms 4
Dvorak 8
Bruckner 9
Mahler 9
Schmidt 4
Saint-Saëns 3
Tchaikovsky 6
Rachmaninoff 2
Scriabin 2
Sibelius 2
Atterberg 3
Nielsen 5
Elgar 2
RVW 6
Arnold 5
Prokofiev 5
Shostakovich 10
Copland 3
Barber 1
Bernstein 1
Hanson 2
Korngold F-sharp
Braga Santos 4
Tubin 2
Honegger 3
Casella 3
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Re: Top 30 Symphonies
« Reply #74 on: December 05, 2017, 11:31:55 AM »
A jumbled-together list. Other symphonies could go in on other days, but limited to 30, here goes:

Beethoven 5, 7, 9
Mahler 2, 3, 6, 8
Tchaikovsky 1, 3, 5, Manfred
Szymanowski 3
Elgar 2
Bax 4, 6
Arnold 4, 5
Brian 1, 2, 9, 10
Lloyd 12
Walton 1
Vaughan Williams 1, 2, 7
Villa-Lobos 4
Penderecki 2, 7
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Re: Top 30 Symphonies
« Reply #75 on: December 05, 2017, 06:14:07 PM »
My absolute favorite musical form. It is going to be hard:

One per composer, in no particular order

Beethoven 7
Brahms 4
Nielsen 5
Dvorák 8
Tchaikovsky 5
Shostakovich 11
Prokofiev 5
Sibelius 5
Langgaard 6
Martinu 3
Gličre 3
Bruckner 8
Mahler 6
Rimsky-Korsakov 2 Antar
Atterberg 8
Braga Santos 4
Tubin 2
Bantock A Celtic Symphony
Stenhammar 2
Miaskovsky 17
Vaughan Williams 2
Madetoja 2
Walton 1
Khachaturian 2
Holmboe 8
Peterson-Berger 3
Elgar 2
Raid 1
Casella 2
Hanson 2

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Re: Top 30 Symphonies
« Reply #76 on: December 06, 2017, 01:52:09 AM »
Strangely, apart from Mahler's 9th, Webern's Symphony and possibly Messiaen's Turangalila; I can't think of any other symphonies that have any extensive personal importance to me. Which is quite the contrary to regular non-symphony orchestra works (and concerti)  ???

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Re: Top 30 Symphonies
« Reply #77 on: December 06, 2017, 02:43:03 AM »
These are the ones that are coming to mind now either as works that I like in the present moment, [or that I can remember having once liked a lot and probably will come back to again]. I know this isn't exactly 30 but it's close hopefully

Johannes Chrysostomos Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart - Symphonies 36, 38, 39, [41]
Bernd Alois Zimmermann - Sinfonie in einem Satz
[Bohuslav Martinů - Symphonies 1, 3, 6]
Charles Ives - Symphony 4
Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphonies 3, 5, 7, [8, 9]
[Arnold Schoenberg - Kammersymphonie 1]
Anton Webern - Symphony
Hans Werner Henze - Symphony 10
Hector Berlioz - Roméo et Juliette
[Henri Dutilleux - Symphony 2]
Jean Sibelius - Symphony 6
[Johannes Brahms - Symphony 3]
Karl Amadeus Hartmann - Symphonies 4, [8]
[Karol Szymanowski - Symphony 4]
Mieczysław Weinberg - Chamber Symphonies 3, 4
Joseph Haydn - Symphonies 44, 46, 49, [84, 102]
Poul Ruders - Symphony 2
Witold Lutosławski - Symphonies 2, [3]
Arthur Honegger - Symphony 5
[Antonín Dvořák - Symphonies 5, 6, 7]

In order at the moment:

1. Beethoven no.5
2. Haydn no.49
3. Ruders
4. Zimmermann
5. Hartmann no.4
6. Honegger
7. the remainder
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Re: Top 30 Symphonies
« Reply #78 on: December 06, 2017, 09:57:41 AM »
Gee, that's tough. At least, one work per composer allows for diversity, but it's kind of walking through the House of Mirrors.


Alfven 2
Atterberg 5
Beethoven 3
Brahms 4
Bruckner 8
Dvorak 6
Elgar 1
Franck
Haydn 82
Honegger 3
Kancheli 6
Magnard 3
Mahler 9
Mozart 39
Miaskovsky 6
Popov 1
Prokofiev 5
Rachmaninoff 2
Raid 1
Sauguet 4
Schubert 9
Schumann 4
Shostakovich 15
Silvestrov 5
Sibelius 1
Stravinsky, Symphony in 3 movements
Strauss, Alpine Symphony
Suk, Asrael symphony
Szymanowski 2
Tchaikovsky 6
Tournemire 5
Vainberg 5
Vaughan-Williams 1

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Re: Top 30 Symphonies
« Reply #79 on: December 08, 2017, 02:50:33 AM »
Roughly chronologically with a "beginner" in mind:

Haydn 31,49,104
Mozart 38,40,41
Beethoven 3,5,6,9
Schubert Great C major
Berlioz Fantastique
Schumann 4th
Brahms 3,4
Bruckner 5,7
Tchaikovsky 6
Borodin 2
Franck
Dvorak 8
Mahler 2,9
Janacek Sinfonietta
Sibelius 4
Ives 4
Schoenberg 1st Chamber
Stravinsky in Three Movements
Shostakovich 8

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