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Which one do you like best? (It's ok NOT to chose the 9th !!)

Beethoven 9
27 (37.5%)
Mendelssohn 2
2 (2.8%)
Mahler 2
14 (19.4%)
Mahler 8
6 (8.3%)
Rachmaninov The Bells
3 (4.2%)
Vaughan-Williams Sea symphony
4 (5.6%)
Shostakovich 13
9 (12.5%)
None of the above
7 (9.7%)

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Offline Brewski

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Re: Your favourite choral symphony
« Reply #20 on: June 01, 2007, 05:54:54 AM »
I love the Mahler Eighth, and can't really explain why.  I wouldn't want to listen to it every day, but in live performance it is definitely an event.  Part of the thrill for me is even before it begins, just watching the stage filling up with people.  I am really looking forward to the Philadelphia Orchestra's performance about a year from now, especially after hearing Eschenbach and the group do the Second a few weeks ago. 

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Re: Your favourite choral symphony
« Reply #21 on: June 01, 2007, 06:28:17 AM »
I voted for Mahler 2, because I find the choral contribution more satisfying than in Beethoven's 9th. I sometimes feel that, if Beethoven hadn't been deaf, he wouldn'thave had the sopranos sing so high for so long. In some performances the strain really shows. That said, the purely instrumental slow movement is one of the most beautiful in all music.
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Re: Your favourite choral symphony
« Reply #22 on: June 01, 2007, 07:11:30 AM »
Mahler Symphony #8 E flat  "Symphony of a Thousand" and Havergal Brian Symphony #1 D minor "Gothic"


About Mahler 8: I'm puzzled by how little respect this symphony gets--even from the dedicated Mahlerites.

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Re: Your favourite choral symphony
« Reply #23 on: June 01, 2007, 07:40:48 AM »
Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms

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Re: Your favourite choral symphony
« Reply #24 on: June 01, 2007, 07:56:34 AM »
Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms

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In a poll of Los Angeles Philharmonic musicians, the work receiving the most votes (mentions) as favorite work happened to be Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms.

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Re: Your favourite choral symphony
« Reply #25 on: June 01, 2007, 08:06:05 AM »
In a poll of Los Angeles Philharmonic musicians, the work receiving the most votes (mentions) as favorite work happened to be Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms.

Well isn't that cool!  I would have expected something else to win...not sure what, but not the Stravinsky. 

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Re: Your favourite choral symphony
« Reply #26 on: June 01, 2007, 08:08:28 AM »
Well isn't that cool!  I would have expected something else to win...not sure what, but not the Stravinsky. 

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Another Stravinsky work, Rite of Spring, finished 3rd or 4th.

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Re: Your favourite choral symphony
« Reply #27 on: June 01, 2007, 08:23:09 AM »
Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms
Ok, so why did I forget that one? It's my #1 choice by miles.

I'll also pre-empt Maciek by replacing my #2 choice with Szymanowski's orgiastic 3rd.
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Re: Your favourite choral symphony
« Reply #28 on: June 01, 2007, 08:38:08 AM »
In a poll of Los Angeles Philharmonic musicians, the work receiving the most votes (mentions) as favorite work happened to be Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms.

Probably because it's so short; they get to go home early, toke up, and watch the sunset from their beachfront properties  ;D

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Re: Your favourite choral symphony
« Reply #29 on: June 01, 2007, 08:38:58 AM »
Havergal Brian Symphony #1 D minor "Gothic"

Yes ........

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Re: Your favourite choral symphony
« Reply #30 on: June 01, 2007, 08:57:54 AM »
Mahler 2 - absolutely - no contest.
Then the 8.
Then Shostakovich 13, then Mahler 3, then LVB 9. I don't know the Brian 1 or 4 well enough yet for them to go on the faves list.

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Re: Your favourite choral symphony
« Reply #31 on: June 01, 2007, 09:57:31 AM »
Ok, so why did I forget that one? It's my #1 choice by miles.

I'll also pre-empt Maciek by replacing my #2 choice with Szymanowski's orgiastic 3rd.

Thanks, Edward. :D I felt I shouldn't be doing this on yet another thread or I'd put everyone to sleep with my monotony...

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Re: Your favourite choral symphony
« Reply #32 on: June 01, 2007, 10:27:31 AM »
In a poll of Los Angeles Philharmonic musicians, the work receiving the most votes (mentions) as favorite work happened to be Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms.

Probably because it's so short; they get to go home early, toke up, and watch the sunset from their beachfront properties  ;D

Sarge

And, of course, since the score doesn't call for violins, violas, or clarinets, those players can go home before it even begins.   ;D

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Re: Your favourite choral symphony
« Reply #33 on: June 01, 2007, 11:50:06 AM »
And, of course, since the score doesn't call for violins, violas, or clarinets, those players can go home before it even begins.   ;D

Bingo!

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Re: Your favourite choral symphony
« Reply #34 on: June 01, 2007, 12:12:58 PM »
Selected the Mahler 8th and Shosty 13th, in part as my favourite completely choral symphonies.

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Re: Your favourite choral symphony
« Reply #35 on: June 01, 2007, 12:25:07 PM »
Mahler Symphony #8 E flat  "Symphony of a Thousand" and Havergal Brian Symphony #1 D minor "Gothic"


About Mahler 8: I'm puzzled by how little respect this symphony gets--even from the dedicated Mahlerites.

Sarge

Mahler's 8th has always been something of a problem for me.  I know it's called a symphony, but for me it sounds more like an Oratorio, or even two oratorios cobbled together.  Das Lied, on the other hand, sounds more like a sung symphony.  I do love the 8th; I just feel the 2nd is a better symphony.

For Choral symphonies, I chose the Beethoven 9th and Mahler 2nd as much for the thematic program as the music, although the music of both can stand on its own merits.  I'm just surprised Kullervo didn't make it onto the list, too.

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Re: Your favourite choral symphony
« Reply #36 on: June 01, 2007, 12:58:39 PM »
Shostakovich 13th and 14th

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Re: Your favourite choral symphony
« Reply #37 on: June 01, 2007, 02:28:37 PM »
DSCH 14 is not a choral symphony, nor is Das Lied.

Of course the ones I put on the list are just a few among the many that could be included, but I doubted they would have garnered many votes. I preferred to let people go out and mention their favourites! My own indulgence was to nominate the Rachmaninov work, which few know  ;)

Others not yet mentioned: DSCH 2 and 3, Hanson 7, Harris 4, Sauguet 2, Henze 7, Eisler, Bernstein 3, Danielpour 3 etc. etc.

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Re: Your favourite choral symphony
« Reply #38 on: June 01, 2007, 03:32:52 PM »
Others not yet mentioned: DSCH 2 and 3, Hanson 7, Harris 4, Sauguet 2, Henze 7, Eisler, Bernstein 3, Danielpour 3 etc. etc.

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Re: Your favourite choral symphony
« Reply #39 on: June 02, 2007, 03:04:56 AM »
A more accurate list imho would also include a.o.:

Brian, Gothic (no. 1) [probably my first choice, but only thanks to the three orchestral parts]
Holst, [`First] Choral Symphony (a second one never followed, due to his premature death)
Bliss, Morning Heroes
Rubbra, Sinfonia Sacra (no. 9)
Braga Santos, Symphonies 4 & 6
Guarnieri, Symphony 5
Santoro, Sinfonia Da Paz (no. 4)
Badings, Psalmensymfonie (no. 6)
Stravinsky, Symphonie de Psaumes [not really a symphony, of course]




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