Favourite Top Ten Symphonies ... with a difference

Started by Mark, October 25, 2007, 04:15:10 PM

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Mark

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. :)

Renfield

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

not edward

#2
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
"I don't at all mind actively disliking a piece of contemporary music, but in order to feel happy about it I must consciously understand why I dislike it. Otherwise it remains in my mind as unfinished business."
-- Aaron Copland, The Pleasures of Music

Drasko

#3
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

mahlertitan

#4
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

Novi

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.

BachQ

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 ........

hautbois

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!

Howard

hornteacher

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

Brian

#9

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.

some guy

1, Shostakovich
2, Prokofiev
3, Berlioz
4, Searle
5, Norgard
6, Nielsen
7, Sibelius
8, Bruckner
9, Beethoven
10, Henze

rubio

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
"One good thing about music, when it hits- you feel no pain" Bob Marley

Brian


jurajjak

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

Bonehelm

1. Mahler
2. Mahler
3. Beethoven
4. Brahms
5. Beethoven
6. Tchaikovsky
7. Bruckner
8. Mahler // Bruckner
9. Beethoven
10. Mahler

The new erato

The thread title says symphonies, not symphonists,

AnthonyAthletic

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)

"Two possibilities exist: Either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying"      (Arthur C. Clarke)

val

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

Florestan

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 :) )


"Art is no excuse for boring people." - Jules Renard

Renfield

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:)