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Re: Your ‘Top 3’ Favorite Symphonists
« Reply #20 on: July 28, 2021, 08:56:00 AM »
Beethoven
Bruckner
Sibelius


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Re: Your ‘Top 3’ Favorite Symphonists
« Reply #21 on: July 28, 2021, 09:45:11 AM »
Vaughan Williams
Holmboe
Tubin
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Re: Your ‘Top 3’ Favorite Symphonists
« Reply #22 on: July 29, 2021, 08:23:15 AM »
Vaughan Williams
Holmboe
Tubin

I'm tempted to agree. Although later I might not. I probably will, though. Any of the three would be in my top three at any time, I think, despite how others may nudge their way in. .

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Re: Your ‘Top 3’ Favorite Symphonists
« Reply #23 on: July 29, 2021, 08:38:44 AM »
I'm tempted to agree. Although later I might not. I probably will, though. Any of the three would be in my top three at any time, I think, despite how others may nudge their way in. .
Great to learn, was afraid to be laughed away because of these choices.  ;)
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Re: Your ‘Top 3’ Favorite Symphonists
« Reply #24 on: July 29, 2021, 10:31:01 AM »
Great to learn, was afraid to be laughed away because of these choices.  ;)

In which case, I will be in good company  :)

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Re: Your ‘Top 3’ Favorite Symphonists
« Reply #25 on: July 30, 2021, 07:07:39 PM »
Apologies if this thread has been done before as I did a search and nothing came up, but anyway who are your three choices?

Mine are (in no particular order):

Mahler


Bruckner


Sibelius


I’m going to have to change my vote...I’m substituting Shostakovich for Bruckner. Sorry Anton!



It seems that for the past few years Bruckner has been slipping away in my ranks and Shostakovich just impresses me more and more each time I listen to one of his works. He gets under my skin much more than Bruckner.
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Re: Your ‘Top 3’ Favorite Symphonists
« Reply #26 on: September 25, 2021, 06:44:00 PM »
Nielsen
Shostakovich
Beethoven


This was tough, actually, but rather fair as well.
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Re: Your ‘Top 3’ Favorite Symphonists
« Reply #27 on: September 25, 2021, 08:03:57 PM »
Nielsen
Shostakovich
Beethoven


This was tough, actually, but rather fair as well.

A fine list. My own would be Mahler, Sibelius and Shostakovich.
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Re: Your ‘Top 3’ Favorite Symphonists
« Reply #28 on: September 26, 2021, 12:55:49 AM »
I only have two "top" symphonists and the third one is a bit tricky, but here it goes:

Sir Edward Elgar
Carl Nielsen
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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Re: Your ‘Top 3’ Favorite Symphonists
« Reply #29 on: September 26, 2021, 05:10:53 AM »
Considered including Beethoven, but his symphonies are basically just Martinů's with less pianos.
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Re: Your ‘Top 3’ Favorite Symphonists
« Reply #30 on: September 26, 2021, 05:26:59 AM »
Tubin is high on my list as well as is David Diamond.
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Re: Your ‘Top 3’ Favorite Symphonists
« Reply #31 on: September 26, 2021, 07:58:52 AM »
Different 3 to RVW, Tubin and Holmboe:

Emil Tabakov
Per Nørgård
Pēteris Vasks

Tabakov is ridiculous. Potent, turbulent, disturbing, remarkable.
Nørgård is simply outstanding.
Vasks is Vasks. 'Nuff said.

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Re: Your ‘Top 3’ Favorite Symphonists
« Reply #32 on: September 26, 2021, 06:19:06 PM »
Different 3 to RVW, Tubin and Holmboe:

Emil Tabakov
Per Nørgård
Pēteris Vasks

Tabakov is ridiculous. Potent, turbulent, disturbing, remarkable.
Nørgård is simply outstanding.
Vasks is Vasks. 'Nuff said.

Interesting choices, fox. I didn't know you liked Nørgård. I wouldn't say I'm a huge fan, but his 3rd and 4th symphonies are the ones that impressed me. I also like his 1st, which I know Jeffrey (Vandermolen) is fan of as well.
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Re: Your ‘Top 3’ Favorite Symphonists
« Reply #33 on: September 27, 2021, 02:50:16 AM »
Interesting choices, fox. I didn't know you liked Nørgård. I wouldn't say I'm a huge fan, but his 3rd and 4th symphonies are the ones that impressed me. I also like his 1st, which I know Jeffrey (Vandermolen) is fan of as well.

In many regards, Nørgård was an obvious branching exploration from Holmboe, but his whole world looks and feels somewhat different, obviously. Like you, I would name #1, 3, and 4 as really enjoyable works, but would include #5 as a particular favourite. That's not to say that I don't rate #2, and 6-8, because I do :).

Irrelevant to this thread, but his SQs #7-10 (no experience with the earlier ones yet), and the VCs and Cello Concertos are well worth time investment. Running at his Da Capo and Chandos recordings was a real eye opener for me some time ago. Doubtless you are well aware already. 

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Re: Your ‘Top 3’ Favorite Symphonists
« Reply #34 on: September 27, 2021, 03:54:07 AM »
Bruckner
Shostakovich

Dvořák or Sibelius, I am not able to decide and glad I don't have to.  :D

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Re: Your ‘Top 3’ Favorite Symphonists
« Reply #35 on: September 27, 2021, 04:24:40 AM »
Bruckner
Shostakovich

Dvořák or Sibelius, I am not able to decide and glad I don't have to.  :D

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Re: Your ‘Top 3’ Favorite Symphonists
« Reply #36 on: September 27, 2021, 04:35:47 AM »
Three only?! [Augh!]

Hmmm....Are tone poems included in the original posters definition?

Sibelius
Dvorak
Vaughan Williams
might have to sneak in Shostakovich here (Sneak, sneak)....

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Re: Your ‘Top 3’ Favorite Symphonists
« Reply #37 on: September 27, 2021, 04:50:41 AM »
1. Mahler
2. Sibelius
3. RVW

Honorable mentions:
* Shostakovich
* Prokofiev
* Aho

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Re: Your ‘Top 3’ Favorite Symphonists
« Reply #38 on: September 27, 2021, 05:21:10 AM »
In many regards, Nørgård was an obvious branching exploration from Holmboe, but his whole world looks and feels somewhat different, obviously. Like you, I would name #1, 3, and 4 as really enjoyable works, but would include #5 as a particular favourite. That's not to say that I don't rate #2, and 6-8, because I do :).

Irrelevant to this thread, but his SQs #7-10 (no experience with the earlier ones yet), and the VCs and Cello Concertos are well worth time investment. Running at his Da Capo and Chandos recordings was a real eye opener for me some time ago. Doubtless you are well aware already.

Yeah, I'll have to spend more time with this composer. He doesn't always "hit the spot" so to speak, but he is a rather fascinating figure. I've enjoyed the SQs I've heard from him so far. I believe I own them all (so far).
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Re: Your ‘Top 3’ Favorite Symphonists
« Reply #39 on: September 27, 2021, 05:39:33 AM »
Had the list been 'Greatest' as opposed to favourite I'd have chosen:
or...
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