Poll

OK, pick your favorites, in order

1-2-3-4
0 (0%)
1-2-4-3
2 (2.9%)
1-3-2-4
1 (1.5%)
1-3-4-2
1 (1.5%)
1-4-2-3
3 (4.4%)
1-4-3-2
3 (4.4%)
2-1-3-4
2 (2.9%)
2-1-4-3
2 (2.9%)
2-3-1-4
2 (2.9%)
2-3-4-1
3 (4.4%)
2-4-1-3
1 (1.5%)
2-4-3-1
0 (0%)
3-1-2-4
1 (1.5%)
3-1-4-2
2 (2.9%)
3-2-1-4
2 (2.9%)
3-2-4-1
1 (1.5%)
3-4-1-2
2 (2.9%)
3-4-2-1
7 (10.3%)
4-1-2-3
6 (8.8%)
4-1-3-2
5 (7.4%)
4-2-1-3
2 (2.9%)
4-2-3-1
2 (2.9%)
4-3-1-2
7 (10.3%)
4-3-2-1
11 (16.2%)

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Author Topic: Your Top Four Brahms Symphonies  (Read 13160 times)

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Offline Symphonic Addict

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Re: Your Top Four Brahms Symphonies
« Reply #100 on: June 20, 2022, 05:19:31 PM »
Well, this thread seems to have become Nobody really likes the Brahms symphonies, do they? (An observation, not a complaint.)

It doesn't apply on me. I do love them, and there's no way to compare them with the Serenades, for example. Sorry, reality as it is.  :)
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Re: Your Top Four Brahms Symphonies
« Reply #101 on: June 20, 2022, 09:28:57 PM »
I like 3 & 4, lukewarm for 2, meh for 1. :D
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Re: Your Top Four Brahms Symphonies
« Reply #102 on: June 20, 2022, 09:48:44 PM »
They are all strong but 4 and 2 are probably my favourites.
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Re: Your Top Four Brahms Symphonies
« Reply #103 on: June 20, 2022, 10:48:15 PM »
It doesn't apply on me. I do love them, and there's no way to compare them with the Serenades, for example. Sorry, reality as it is.  :)
I agree; I think the serenades and the three shorter works are all much "lighter" or otherwise not really comparable to the symphonies. I don't dislike them but I could well do without them. The concertos (except the double) are in some ways even larger and more ambitious works than the symphonies, they are all among the longest concertos in standard repertoire (which is not true of the symphonies). Nevertheless I think the challenge in the symphonies was harder for Brahms (he would never have put a comparably short and simple finale in a symphony like the rondos of the violin and double concertos).
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Re: Your Top Four Brahms Symphonies
« Reply #104 on: June 21, 2022, 03:42:50 AM »
They are all strong but 4 and 2 are probably my favourites.


Have you heard this performance of the Fourth Symphony ?

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Re: Your Top Four Brahms Symphonies
« Reply #105 on: June 21, 2022, 03:53:20 AM »
I agree; I think the serenades and the three shorter works are all much "lighter" or otherwise not really comparable to the symphonies. I don't dislike them but I could well do without them.

FWIW, I feel much the same.
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