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Your Top 20 Favorite 20th Century Orchestral Works
« on: April 10, 2017, 03:35:13 PM »
This is quite difficult for me, but here’s my list (in no particular order):

Sibelius: Symphony No. 4 in A minor, Op. 63
Nielsen: Symphony No. 3 "Sinfonia Espansiva", Op. 27, FS 60
Bartók: Piano Concerto No. 2, Sz. 95
Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 5
Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op 99
Ives: Symphony No. 4
Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde
Schoenberg: Five Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 16
Takemitsu: A String Around Autumn
Martinů: Double Concerto for Two String Orchestras, Piano, and Timpani, H. 271
Szymanowski: Symphony No. 4, “Symphonie concertante”, Op. 60
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 16
Berg: Three Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 6
Schnittke: Peer Gynt
Janáček: Sinfonietta
Ravel: Piano Concerto for the left-hand
Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27
Pärt: Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten
Copland: Symphony No. 3
Hartmann: Symphony No. 6
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Re: Your Top 20 Favorite 20th Century Orchestral Works
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2017, 03:57:55 PM »
Good, I needed something to do this evening.  8)

Purely orchestral? I see some vocal works in our list, John.

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Re: Your Top 20 Favorite 20th Century Orchestral Works
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2017, 04:37:47 PM »
Good, I needed something to do this evening.  8)

Purely orchestral? I see some vocal works in our list, John.

Hah! ;D No, it doesn’t have to be purely orchestral, Greg, but the works you choose should have at least some kind of ‘orchestral outlook’ to them if that makes any sense.
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Re: Your Top 20 Favorite 20th Century Orchestral Works
« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2017, 05:57:16 PM »
These lists are always interesting to construct. I left out anything remotely choral and of course opera, but thought concertos and short works were fair game. In the spirit of fairness, I picked only one piece per composer.

Barber - Violin Concerto
Bartók - Concerto for Orchestra
Britten - 4 Sea Interludes
Copland - Symphony No. 3
Debussy - La Mer
Hovhaness - Symphony No. 2
Hanson - Symphony No. 2
Ives - The Unanswered Question
Mahler - Symphony No. 9
Poulenc - Concerto for 2 Pianos
Prokofiev - Romeo and Juliet
Ravel - Piano Concerto in G
Rachmaninov - Piano Concerto No.  3
Resphigi - Pines of Rome
Schoenberg - Violin Concerto
Shostakovich - Symphony No. 10
Sibelius - Violin Concerto
Strauss - Eine Alpensinfonie
Stravinsky - Rite of Spring
Vaughan Williams - The Lark Ascending

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Re: Your Top 20 Favorite 20th Century Orchestral Works
« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2017, 06:38:29 PM »
We have a few overlapping favorites, Dee Sharp. Great choices and, yes, the ‘one work per composer’ idea is certainly what I had in mind, although I didn’t explicitly say so of course.
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Re: Your Top 20 Favorite 20th Century Orchestral Works
« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2017, 12:50:21 AM »
Where to start?!!! :: ???

Well, here goes:

Shostakovich: Symphony 4
Copland: Symphony 3
Vaughan Williams: Symphony 6
Sibelius: Tapiola
Miaskovsky: Symphony 6
William Schuman: Symphony 6
Norgard: Symphony 1 'Austera'
Braga Santos: Symphony 4
Bax: Symphony 3
Kabelac: Mystery of Time
Moeran: Symphony
Langgaard: Symphony 4 'Fall of the Leaf'
Brian: Symphony 8
Nielsen: Symphony 5
Rubbra: Symphony 4
Tubin: Symphony 2 'Legendary'
Honegger: Symphony 3 'Liturgique'
Egge: Symphony 1
Gliere: Symphony 3 'Ilya Murometz'
Walton: Symphony 1
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« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2017, 01:14:20 AM »
A sketchy version, only 1 work per composer, including concertos but not vocal works, yet trying to secure some variety stylistically:

- Mahler: Symphony 10
- Stravinsky: Sacre du Printemps
- Sibelius: Symphony 4
- Janacek: Taras Bulba
- Elgar: Violin Concerto
- Bartok: Music for Strings ...
- Ravel: Daphnis & Chloe
- Nielsen: Symphony 4
- Langgaard: Symphony 4
- Prokofiev: Piano Concerto 4
- Vaughan-Williams: Symphony 4
- Medtner: Piano Concerto 3
- Martinu: Symphony 6
- Shostakovich: Cello Concerto 1
- Pettersson: Symphony 8
- Henze: Symphony 1
- Takemitsu: Arc
- Pärt: Tabula Rasa
- Schnittke: Viola Concerto
- Nřrgĺrd: Piano Concerto, In Due Tempi

And with no concertante works:

- Mahler: Symphony 10
- Stravinsky: Sacre du Printemps
- Sibelius: Symphony 4
- Janacek: Taras Bulba
- Elgar: Symphony 1
- Bartok: Music for Strings ...
- Ravel: Daphnis & Chloe
- Nielsen: Symphony 4
- Langgaard: Symphony 4
- Prokofiev: Symphony 6
- Vaughan-Williams: Symphony 4
- Martinu: Symphony 6
- Shostakovich: Symphony 8
- Pettersson: Symphony 8
- Henze: Symphony 1
- Honegger: Symphony 3
- Hindemith: Symphony, Harmonie der Welt
- Pärt: Symphony 1
- Schnittke: Symphony 1
- Nřrgĺrd: Symphony 5
 

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Re: Your Top 20 Favorite 20th Century Orchestral Works
« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2017, 01:26:08 AM »
In no particular order

Sibelius            The Tempest
Ravel               Concerto for the Left Hand
Prokofiev         Romeo & Juliet
Mahler            Das Lied von der Erde
Schoenberg      5 Pieces for Orchestra

Shostakovich         Symphony No. 4
Stravinsky            Agon
Rakhmaninov         Symphonic Dances
Nielsen               Flute Concerto
Berg                  Violin Concerto

Vaughan Williams      Tallis Fantasia
Elgar                        Music-Makers
Bartók                     Music for Strings, Percussion, & Celesta
Debussy                  Images
Tippett                   Double Concerto

Janáček            Violin Concerto
Pärt                  Tabula Rasa
Martinů            Double Concerto for 2 str orch, pf & timp
Varčse            Ameriques
Atterberg         Symphony No. 3 ‘Västkustbilder’
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Re: Your Top 20 Favorite 20th Century Orchestral Works
« Reply #8 on: April 11, 2017, 01:54:27 AM »
In no particular order

Sibelius            The Tempest
Ravel               Concerto for the Left Hand
Prokofiev         Romeo & Juliet
Mahler            Das Lied von der Erde
Schoenberg      5 Pieces for Orchestra

Shostakovich         Symphony No. 4
Stravinsky            Agon
Rakhmaninov         Symphonic Dances
Nielsen               Flute Concerto
Berg                  Violin Concerto

Vaughan Williams      Tallis Fantasia
Elgar                        Music-Makers
Bartók                     Music for Strings, Percussion, & Celesta
Debussy                  Images
Tippett                   Double Concerto

Janáček            Violin Concerto
Pärt                  Tabula Rasa
Martinů            Double Concerto for 2 str orch, pf & timp
Varčse            Ameriques
Atterberg         Symphony No. 3 ‘Västkustbilder’
I could easily have included the Atterberg (or his Symphony 5 'Funebre') and Sibelius's 'The Tempest' in my list.
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First, all hail the wise fruit:



Ah come on, Karl! We all know you can do this! ;D
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You see, we crossed  8)
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« Reply #12 on: April 11, 2017, 07:11:01 AM »
That said, I can certainly rattle off 20 enduring favorites:

Brahms, Symphony № 3 in F, Op.90
Dvořák, Symphony № 8 in G, Op.88
Haydn, Symphony № 80 in d minor
Mozart, Symphony № 40 in g minor, K.550
Beethoven, Symphony № 8 in A, Op.97
Liszt, Héroďde funčbre, S.102

Ummm.... 20th century?  0:)
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Ummm.... 20th century?  0:)

Oh, mortification!

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« Reply #14 on: April 11, 2017, 07:17:17 AM »
You see, we crossed  8)

So we did, but I’m glad you’ll exclude the works that aren’t 20th Century for your next round. ;) ;D
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« Reply #15 on: April 11, 2017, 07:23:01 AM »
Bartók, Concerto for Orchestra
Copland, Symphonic Ode
Debussy, Images
Elgar, Symphony № 1 in Ab, Op.55
Hindemith, Konzertmusik for strings and brass, Op.50
Holmboe, Sinfonia In Memoriam
Janáček, Taras Bulba
Kabeláč, Mystery of Time, Op.31
Lajtha, Symphony № 9, Op.67
Langgaard, Sinfonia interna
Lutosławski, Concerto for Orchestra
Martinů, The Parables, H.367
Nielsen, Saga-Drřm, Op.39
Prokofiev, L’enfant prodigue
Rakhmaninov, Остров мёртвых, Op.29
Ravel, Alborada del gracioso
Schoenberg, Pelleas und Melisande, Op.5
Shostakovich, Symphony № 10 in e minor, Op.93
Sibelius, Öinen ratsastus ja auringonnousu, Op.55
Stravinsky, Le baiser de la fée
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Re: Your Top 20 Favorite 20th Century Orchestral Works
« Reply #16 on: April 11, 2017, 07:25:37 AM »

Janáček, Taras Bulba

Prokofiev, L’enfant prodigue


Bravo!!!

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« Reply #17 on: April 11, 2017, 07:44:58 AM »
Bartók, Concerto for Orchestra
Copland, Symphonic Ode
Debussy, Images
Elgar, Symphony № 1 in Ab, Op.55
Hindemith, Konzertmusik for strings and brass, Op.50
Holmboe, Sinfonia In Memoriam
Janáček, Taras Bulba
Kabeláč, Mystery of Time, Op.31
Lajtha, Symphony № 9, Op.67
Langgaard, Sinfonia interna
Lutosławski, Concerto for Orchestra
Martinů, The Parables, H.367
Nielsen, Saga-Drřm, Op.39
Prokofiev, L’enfant prodigue
Rakhmaninov, Остров мёртвых, Op.29
Ravel, Alborada del gracioso
Schoenberg, Pelleas und Melisande, Op.5
Shostakovich, Symphony № 10 in e minor, Op.93
Sibelius, Öinen ratsastus ja auringonnousu, Op.55
Stravinsky, Le baiser de la fée


Wonderful list, Karl. 8)
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Re: Your Top 20 Favorite 20th Century Orchestral Works
« Reply #18 on: April 11, 2017, 12:54:21 PM »
Bartók, Concerto for Orchestra
Copland, Symphonic Ode
Debussy, Images
Elgar, Symphony № 1 in Ab, Op.55
Hindemith, Konzertmusik for strings and brass, Op.50
Holmboe, Sinfonia In Memoriam
Janáček, Taras Bulba
Kabeláč, Mystery of Time, Op.31
Lajtha, Symphony № 9, Op.67
Langgaard, Sinfonia interna
Lutosławski, Concerto for Orchestra
Martinů, The Parables, H.367
Nielsen, Saga-Drřm, Op.39
Prokofiev, L’enfant prodigue
Rakhmaninov, Остров мёртвых, Op.29
Ravel, Alborada del gracioso
Schoenberg, Pelleas und Melisande, Op.5
Shostakovich, Symphony № 10 in e minor, Op.93
Sibelius, Öinen ratsastus ja auringonnousu, Op.55
Stravinsky, Le baiser de la fée

Yes, great list Karl and impressive linguistic skills (which Sibelius and Rachmaninov work is that?). I think I should have chosen 'Symphonic Ode' by Copland too - a wonderfully implacable, monolithic score. Langgaard's 'Sinfonia Interna' has probably the most beautiful and poignant opening of any work I know. I listened to the work right through earlier today. Also +1 for Martinu's 'Parables' another lovely score.
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« Reply #19 on: April 11, 2017, 01:18:55 PM »
Yes, great list Karl and impressive linguistic skills (which Sibelius and Rachmaninov work is that?). I think I should have chosen 'Symphonic Ode' by Copland too - a wonderfully implacable, monolithic score. Langgaard's 'Sinfonia Interna' has probably the most beautiful and poignant opening of any work I know. I listened to the work right through earlier today. Also +1 for Martinu's 'Parables' another lovely score.
Very nice list indeed. Those two are Night ride & Sunrise and Isle of the Dead, respectively.
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