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Offline Wendell_E

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Re: Favourite Top Ten Symphonies ... with a difference
« Reply #20 on: October 26, 2007, 02:20:53 AM »
The thread title says symphonies, not symphonists,

I think people are trying to save a few keystrokes, so instead of typing:

1. Sibelius Symphony No. 1
2. Brahms Symphony No. 2, etc.

they just put:

1. Sibelius
2. Brahms, etc.

My list:

1. Mahler, Symphony No. 1
2. Mahler, Symphony No. 2
3. Mahler, Symphony No. 3
4. Mahler, Symphony No. 4
5. Mahler, Symphony No. 5
6. Mahler, Symphony No. 6
7. Mahler, Symphony No. 7
8. Mahler, Symphony No. 8
9. Mahler, Symphony No. 9
10. Mahler/Cooke, Symphony No. 10

I'm kidding, but somebody had to do it.  And it's not that far from my real list. 
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Re: Favourite Top Ten Symphonies ... with a difference
« Reply #21 on: October 26, 2007, 02:29:57 AM »
This is fun :) I only want to mention each name once:

1: Beethoven
2: Brahms
3: Sibelius
4: Shostakovich
5: Tchaikovsky
6: Vaughan Williams
7: Dvořák/Pettersson (tie)
8: Bruckner
9: Arnold
10: Simpson
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Re: Favourite Top Ten Symphonies ... with a difference
« Reply #22 on: October 26, 2007, 02:32:38 AM »
1-Popov
2-Sibelius/Krenek
3-Prokofiev
4-Shostakovich
5-Nielsen
6-Tchaikovsky/Hartmann
7-Mahler/Bruckner/Sibelius
8-Shostakovich
9-Bruckner
10-Shostakovich

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Re: Favourite Top Ten Symphonies ... with a difference
« Reply #23 on: October 26, 2007, 04:07:38 AM »
Beethoven 3.
Brahms 1.
Mahler 6.
Mahler: ”Lied von der Erde”.
Nielsen 4.
Vaughan Williams 4.
Vaughan Williams 6.
Sibelius 7.
Shostakovich 4.
Allan Petterson 7.

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Re: Favourite Top Ten Symphonies ... with a difference
« Reply #24 on: October 26, 2007, 04:34:19 AM »
♪ Vaughan Williams, A Sea Symphony
♪ Prokofiev Second, Opus 40
♪ Nielsen Third, Sinfonia espansiva, Opus 27
♪ Shostakovich Fourth, Opus 43
♪ Tchaikovsky Fifth, Opus 64
♪ Sibelius Sixth, Opus 104
♪ Dvořák Seventh, Opus 70
♪ Shostakovich Eighth, Opus 65
♪ Shostakovich Ninth, Opus 70
♪ Shostakovich Tenth, Opus 93
Unnumbered:: Berlioz, Roméo et Juliette, Opus 17
Latin name:: Britten, Sinfonia da requiem, Opus 20

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Re: Favourite Top Ten Symphonies ... with a difference
« Reply #25 on: October 26, 2007, 04:43:13 AM »
Sym. 1 - Shostakovich
Sym. 2 - Mahler
Sym. 3 - Mahler
Sym. 4 - Mahler
Sym. 5 - Mahler
Sym. 6 - Mahler
Sym. 7 - Bruckner
Sym. 8 - Shostakovich
Sym. 9 - Beethoven
Sym. 10 - Beethoven

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Re: Favourite Top Ten Symphonies ... with a difference
« Reply #26 on: October 26, 2007, 04:47:45 AM »
One each:

1. Kalinnikov
2. Brahms
3. Sibelius
4. Schumann
5. Tchaikovsky
6. Prokofiev
7. Aho
8. Beethoven
9. Schubert
10. Shostakovich

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Re: Favourite Top Ten Symphonies ... with a difference
« Reply #27 on: October 26, 2007, 04:58:45 AM »
Oh... this is too tempting, but there are so many symphonies I haven't heard. I respectfully abstain. :)

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Re: Favourite Top Ten Symphonies ... with a difference
« Reply #28 on: October 26, 2007, 05:00:38 AM »
9: Arnold

Wow, Arnold Symphony No. 9 must be one great symphony to beat out the likes of Beethoven, Bruckner, Dvorak and Mahler, to name a few.  I'll have to check it out.


Here's my list:

Brahms 1
Mahler 2
Beethoven 3
Brahms 4
Sibelius 5
Tchaikovsky 6
Pettersson 7
Bruckner 8
Beethoven 9
Mahler 10

Numbers 1 and 10 were hard for me because I have yet to hear a symphony no. 1 or 10 that I would include on a "normal" top 10 list. 
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Re: Favourite Top Ten Symphonies ... with a difference
« Reply #29 on: October 26, 2007, 05:02:53 AM »
Symphony #1 D minor Havergal Brian

Symphony #2 Charles Ives

Symphony #3 "Sinfonia Espansiva" Carl Nielsen

Symphony #4 C sharp minor Albéric Magnard

Symphony #5 E flat Jean Sibelius

Symphony #6 A minor Gustav Mahler

Symphony #7 Alan Pettersson

Symphony #8 C minor Anton Bruckner

Symphony #9 Ralph Vaughan Williams

Symphony #10 "Yon Hall of Thunder" Rued Langgaard


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Re: Favourite Top Ten Symphonies ... with a difference
« Reply #30 on: October 26, 2007, 05:06:32 AM »
♪ Nielsen Third, Sinfonia espansiva, Opus 27

Symphony #3 "Sinfonia Espansiva" Carl Nielsen

Great minds, etc...  8)

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Re: Favourite Top Ten Symphonies ... with a difference
« Reply #31 on: October 26, 2007, 05:08:24 AM »
And I tip my hat to your no. 10, Sarge, which is a brilliant piece!

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Re: Favourite Top Ten Symphonies ... with a difference
« Reply #32 on: October 26, 2007, 05:28:01 AM »
This topic disses Mozart,  Haydn, Brian, Miaskovsky, and Hovhaness!   0:)

But okay!

Again, like with Fritos, you can't pick just one!  Bold-type indicates my special recommendation of a composer who might not readily come to mind.

1. Bruckner, Mahler, Tchaikovsky, Ives, Hartmann, Ernst Chausson (!),  Hans Rott (!!!)
2. Mahler, Rimsky-Korsakov, Prokofiev, Ives, Schumann Ernst Krenek,
3. Schumann, Scriabin, Bruckner, Prokofiev, Gliere, Alexander Tcherepnin
4. Bruckner, Beethoven, Brahms, Scriabin, Ives, Ernst Toch
5. Mahler, Bruckner, Sibelius, Scriabin, Ernst Krenek
6. Mahler, Bruckner, Prokofiev, Dvorak, Karl Amadeus Hartmann
7. Beethoven, Bruckner, Mahler, Sibelius, Karl Amadeus Hartmann
8. Bruckner, Mahler, Schubert, Karl Amadeus Hartmann
9. Bruckner, Beethoven, Mahler, Dvorak, Shostakovich
10. Mahler, Mahler, Mahler, Mahler, Shostakovich
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Re: Favourite Top Ten Symphonies ... with a difference
« Reply #33 on: October 26, 2007, 05:31:52 AM »
Wow, Arnold Symphony No. 9 must be one great symphony to beat out the likes of Beethoven, Bruckner, Dvorak and Mahler, to name a few.  I'll have to check it out.

I would be more objective (or not bother posting) if it was a list of greatest ones :P :P It's objectively vastly inferior to Beet's 9th, but Arnold's cycle is fun, and the later symphonies connect with me.
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Re: Favourite Top Ten Symphonies ... with a difference
« Reply #34 on: October 26, 2007, 05:33:12 AM »
Symphony #1 D minor Havergal Brian

Symphony #2 Charles Ives

Symphony #3 "Sinfonia Espansiva" Carl Nielsen

Symphony #4 C sharp minor Albéric Magnard

Symphony #5 E flat Jean Sibelius

Symphony #6 A minor Gustav Mahler

Symphony #7 Alan Pettersson

Symphony #8 C minor Anton Bruckner

Symphony #9 Ralph Vaughan Williams

Symphony #10 "Yon Hall of Thunder" Rued Langgaard

very cool list.

How could the rest of us forget  "Yon Hall of Thunder" ?

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Re: Favourite Top Ten Symphonies ... with a difference
« Reply #35 on: October 26, 2007, 05:33:40 AM »
How could the rest of us forget  "Yon Hall of Thunder" ?

I'm kicking myself... :)
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Re: Favourite Top Ten Symphonies ... with a difference
« Reply #36 on: October 26, 2007, 05:42:24 AM »
i hate be this simple

1- Brahms
2- Mahler
3- Mahler
4- Brahms
5- Prokofiev/Mahler (tie)
6- Mahler
7- Prokofiev/Mahler (tie)
8- Schubert
9- Mahler
10- Mahler

can we go over?
11- Shostakovich
12- Shostakovich
13- Shostakovich
14- Shostakovich
15- Shostakovich  ;D
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Re: Favourite Top Ten Symphonies ... with a difference
« Reply #37 on: October 26, 2007, 05:46:28 AM »
I would be more objective (or not bother posting) if it was a list of greatest ones :P :P It's objectively vastly inferior to Beet's 9th, but Arnold's cycle is fun, and the later symphonies connect with me.

I'm listening to excerpts of it right now on Naxos' website.  :)   I like discovering music by composers I've never heard before.  I figure if it's someone's favorite (and they aren't a complete idiot about classical music), then it's worth looking into.  This thread is a great resource for me. 
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Re: Favourite Top Ten Symphonies ... with a difference
« Reply #38 on: October 26, 2007, 05:57:12 AM »

♪ Sibelius Sixth, Opus 104


Nice. I would have a hard choice choosing between that and the 7th.

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Re: Favourite Top Ten Symphonies ... with a difference
« Reply #39 on: October 26, 2007, 05:59:08 AM »
I'm listening to excerpts of it right now on Naxos' website.  :)   I like discovering music by composers I've never heard before.  I figure if it's someone's favorite (and they aren't a complete idiot about classical music), then it's worth looking into.  This thread is a great resource for me. 

Me too :) I hadn't even heard of Robert Simpson before this forum, but came to enjoy his symphonies and quartets (despite them being rather hard going) after a few people on this forum mentioned him. If there was space for a symphony no.11 on the list, his would be there :D

My favourite Arnold symphony is #7, but that area has far too much competition for him to survive on this list :P His style is neat, a little more snappy and sarcastic than most British composers - slightly reminicent of Shostakovich.
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