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Favourite Top Ten Symphonies ... with a difference
« on: October 25, 2007, 03:15:10 PM »
This'll work best if I give you my Top Ten first, then you'll see what I'm asking you to do:


1 ) Elgar - Symphony No. 1

2 ) Sibelius - Symphony No. 2

3 ) Saint-Saens - Symphony No. 3 (or Beethoven - Symphony No. 3)

4 ) Nielsen - Symphony No. 4 (or Brahms - Symphony No. 4)

5 ) Maher - Symphony No. 5

6 ) Sibelius - Symphony No. 6 (or Beethoven - Symphony No. 6)

7 ) Dvorak - Symphony No. 7 (or Sibelius - Symphony No. 7 ... or Beethoven - Symphony No. 7)

8 ) Shostakovich - Symphony No. 8

9 ) Beethoven - Symphony No. 9 (or Dvorak - Symphony No. 9)

10 ) Mahler - Symphony No. 10 (Cooke completion)


Clear? Now you go. :)

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Re: Favourite Top Ten Symphonies ... with a difference
« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2007, 03:33:14 PM »
If I absolutely have to choose one for each:

Symphony No. 1 - Gustav Mahler

Symphony No. 2 - Jean Sibelius

Symphony No. 3 - Johannes Brahms (Though Beethoven comes pretty close, as could Bruckner, possibly.)

Symphony No. 4 - Anton Bruckner

Symphony No. 5 - Ludwig van Beethoven (Though Mahler is also pretty close: not close enough, however. ;))

Symphony No. 6 - Gustav Mahler

Symphony No. 7 - Anton Bruckner

Symphony No. 8 - Anton Bruckner (Ack, it feels like Mahler deserved this spot; but the 8th is Bruckner's turf, through and through.)

Symphony No. 9 - Ludwig van Beethoven (But see below!)

Symphony No. 10 - Gustav Mahler (Not the 10th, however: the 9th, written tenth in a row, counting "Das Lied". Yes, I had to cheat. :P)


Though don't take this as "binding", by any means: it's 3:25 in the morning, I haven't slept, I'm trying to initiate the process of starting to begin going to sleep (:o), and I'm just browsing around the forum, coming up with off-the-top-of-my-head lists. ;D

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Re: Favourite Top Ten Symphonies ... with a difference
« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2007, 03:44:53 PM »
1: Gerhard or Popov
2: Honegger
3: Beethoven (or possibly Lutoslawski or Brahms)
4: Sibelus and Shostakovich (or possibly Brahms, Mahler or Beethoven)
5: Bruckner and Nielsen
6: Mahler (but Hartmann and Prokofiev are so tempting)
7: Sibelius (or possibly Beethoven or Dvorak)
8: Beethoven (or possibly Bruckner)
9: Mahler or Bruckner
10: Mahler/Cooke
« Last Edit: October 26, 2007, 04:23:52 AM by edward »
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Re: Favourite Top Ten Symphonies ... with a difference
« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2007, 03:54:47 PM »
1 - Tchaikovsky/Popov
2 - Rachmaninov/Weill
3 - Sibelius
4 - Mahler/Schumann
5 - Honegger
6 - Prokofiev
7 - Bruckner/Sibelius
8 - Dvorak
9 - Bruckner/Mahler
10 - Shostakovich
« Last Edit: October 25, 2007, 04:04:58 PM by Drasko »

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Re: Favourite Top Ten Symphonies ... with a difference
« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2007, 03:57:45 PM »
okay, i'll play.

1. Schumann Symphony No. 1
2. Schumann Symphony No. 2
3. Beethoven Symphony No. 3
4. Bruckner Symphony No. 4
5. Bruckner Symphony No. 5
6. Mahler Symphony No. 6
7. Bruckner Symphony No. 7
8. Bruckner Symphony No. 8
9. Bruckner Symphony No. 9
10. Schubert Symphony No. 10
« Last Edit: October 25, 2007, 04:01:32 PM by MahlerTitan »

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Re: Favourite Top Ten Symphonies ... with a difference
« Reply #5 on: October 25, 2007, 04:01:14 PM »
1) Bruckner - an idiosyncratic one, this one, going purely by a kickass performance I attended a couple of years ago (it was also the first time I'd ever heard this in fact)

2) Sibelius

3) Beethoven - an old favourite from pre-serious listening days

4) Brahms - another favourite, perhaps the first I encountered in my serious listening period

5) Tchaikovsky

6) Mahler

7) Beethoven

8) Bruckner; alternatively, Beethoven, for a bit of balance

9) Bruckner; Mahler - bruised and battered (in a good way!)

10) Shostakovich - to be honest, I don't have a great pool to choose from

40) Mozart ;D
Durch alle Töne tönet
Im bunten Erdentraum
Ein leiser Ton gezogen
Für den der heimlich lauschet.

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Re: Favourite Top Ten Symphonies ... with a difference
« Reply #6 on: October 25, 2007, 04:06:23 PM »
1 Brahms / Brian
2 Mahler
3 Beethoven / Brahms / Mahler
4 Brahms
5 Shostakovich / Tchaikovsky / Prokofiev
6 Mahler / Tchaikovsky / Beethoven
7 Bruckner / Pettersson / Beethoven
8 Bruckner
9 Bruckner / Beethoven / Dvorak
10 Shostakovich

This list has been certified as Elgar-free ........

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Re: Favourite Top Ten Symphonies ... with a difference
« Reply #7 on: October 25, 2007, 04:07:49 PM »
1 ) Nielsen- Symphony No. 1

2 ) Sibelius - Symphony No. 2

3 ) Boyce - Symphony No. 3

4 ) Brahms - Symphony No. 4

5 ) Bruckner - Symphony No. 5

6 ) Beethoven - Symphony No. 6

7 ) Shostakovich - Symphony No. 7

8 ) Dvorak - Symphony No. 8

9 ) Dvorak - Symphony No. 9

10 ) Mahler - Symphony No. 10

I tried so hard to resist the temptation of adding another in every category. We have such a wealth of great music blessed upon us. Amen!

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Re: Favourite Top Ten Symphonies ... with a difference
« Reply #8 on: October 25, 2007, 04:16:32 PM »
1 - Brahms and Prokofiev
2 - Sibelius
3 - Beethoven and Copland
4 - Brahms and Tchaikovsky
5 - Beethoven and Shostakovich
6 - Dvorak
7 - Dvorak
8 - Dvorak
9 - Beethoven and Dvorak
10 - Shostakovich

40 - Mozart
100 - Haydn

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Re: Favourite Top Ten Symphonies ... with a difference
« Reply #9 on: October 25, 2007, 05:15:53 PM »

Honorable mentions are un-bolded.
1 - William Grant Still and Mahler
2 - Sibelius, Schubert and Dvorak
3 - Reinhold Gliere
4 - Brahms, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky
5 - Beethoven and Tchaikovsky
6 - Beethoven and Tchaikovsky
7 - Dvorak and Sibelius
8 - Dvorak
9 - Beethoven
10 - I've never actually heard a Symphony No. 10 as far as I can remember, so I'll use this spot for a symphony that's 10+: Mozart's Prague Symphony.
« Last Edit: October 25, 2007, 05:17:41 PM by brianrein »

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Re: Favourite Top Ten Symphonies ... with a difference
« Reply #10 on: October 25, 2007, 06:32:29 PM »
1, Shostakovich
2, Prokofiev
3, Berlioz
4, Searle
5, Norgard
6, Nielsen
7, Sibelius
8, Bruckner
9, Beethoven
10, Henze

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Re: Favourite Top Ten Symphonies ... with a difference
« Reply #11 on: October 25, 2007, 07:39:45 PM »
1. Brahms Symphony No. 1
2. Mahler Symphony No. 2
3. Beethoven Symphony No. 3
4. Brahms Symphony No. 4
5. Bruckner Symphony No. 5
6. Mahler Symphony No. 6
7. Beethoven Symphony No. 7
8. Bruckner Symphony No. 8
9. Bruckner Symphony No. 9
10. Shostakovich Symphony No. 10
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Re: Favourite Top Ten Symphonies ... with a difference
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Re: Favourite Top Ten Symphonies ... with a difference
« Reply #13 on: October 25, 2007, 08:05:44 PM »
1. Barber
2. Prokofiev
3. Saint-Saens/Schnittke
4. Ives
5. Prokofiev
6. Prokofiev/Vaughan Williams/Tchaikovsky
7. Pettersson
8. Kabelac (for chorus, organ, and percussion)
9.  Mahler
10. Myakovksy

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Re: Favourite Top Ten Symphonies ... with a difference
« Reply #14 on: October 25, 2007, 08:33:20 PM »
1. Mahler
2. Mahler
3. Beethoven
4. Brahms
5. Beethoven
6. Tchaikovsky
7. Bruckner
8. Mahler // Bruckner
9. Beethoven
10. Mahler

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Re: Favourite Top Ten Symphonies ... with a difference
« Reply #15 on: October 25, 2007, 09:11:11 PM »
The thread title says symphonies, not symphonists,

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Re: Favourite Top Ten Symphonies ... with a difference
« Reply #16 on: October 25, 2007, 09:50:30 PM »
1 ) Mahler, Elgar - Symphony No. 1

2 ) Mahler, Sibelius, Elgar - Symphony No. 2

3 ) Beethoven - Symphony No. 3

4 ) Bruckner, Brahms - Symphony No. 4

5 ) Mahler, Shostakovich - Symphony No. 5

6 ) Beethoven, Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 6

7 ) Beethoven, Bruckner - Symphony No. 7

8 ) Shostakovich, Bruckner, Schubert - Symphony No. 8

9 ) Dvorak, Mahler - Symphony No. 9

10 ) Mahler - Symphony No. 10

11 ) Shostakovich, couldn't leave this out as its one of my faves  8)

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Re: Favourite Top Ten Symphonies ... with a difference
« Reply #17 on: October 26, 2007, 12:06:30 AM »
SCHUMANN:    Simphony 1 

SCHUMANN:    Symphony 2

BEETHOVEN:   Symphony 3

BRAHMS:        Symphony 4

BRUCKNER:     Symphony 5

MAHLER:        Symphony 6

BEETHOVEN:   Symphony 7

BRUCKNER:     Symphony 8

BRUCKNER:     Symphony 9

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Re: Favourite Top Ten Symphonies ... with a difference
« Reply #18 on: October 26, 2007, 01:02:30 AM »
Sibelius Sym 1
Brahms Sym 2
Mahler Sym 3
Beethoven Sym 4
Tchaikovsky Sym 5
Tchaikovsky Sym 6
Beethoven Sym 7
Beethoven Sym 8
Schubert Sym 9

........

Mozart Sym 39

(List subjected to change without prior notice :) )


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Re: Favourite Top Ten Symphonies ... with a difference
« Reply #19 on: October 26, 2007, 01:59:32 AM »
Blame the lack of sleep, but I completely forgot dear Dimitri (Shostakovich)! :o

Well, in that case the last two positions definitely change to:

Symphony No. 9 - Gustav Mahler (The proper way, this time: no cheating.)
Symphony No. 10 - Dimitri Shostakovich


Shame the Beethoven 9th is left out, though. But Mahler's 9th... 0:)