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What are your three favorite Beethoven Symphonies

Sym. 1
4 (2.4%)
Sym. 2
3 (1.8%)
Sym. 3
26 (15.8%)
Sym. 4
18 (10.9%)
Sym. 5
23 (13.9%)
Sym. 6
20 (12.1%)
Sym. 7
30 (18.2%)
Sym. 8
9 (5.5%)
Sym. 9
32 (19.4%)

Total Members Voted: 39

Voting closed: May 18, 2007, 06:17:13 AM

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Don

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Your Favorite Beethoven Symphonies
« on: May 15, 2007, 06:17:13 AM »
With all the posting about the worth of Beethoven's 9th Symphony, I thought I'd offer a poll on all the Beethoven Symphonies.

My three picks are the 5th, 7th and 9th (of course).

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Re: Your Favorite Beethoven Symphonies
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2007, 06:21:05 AM »
3, 6, and 9, in roughly that order. 
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dtwilbanks

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Re: Your Favorite Beethoven Symphonies
« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2007, 06:23:02 AM »
With all the posting about the worth of Beethoven's 9th Symphony, I thought I'd offer a poll on all the Beethoven Symphonies.

My three picks are the 5th, 7th and 9th (of course).

Wow. Me too.

Don

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Re: Your Favorite Beethoven Symphonies
« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2007, 06:25:12 AM »
Wow. Me too.

Boy, the odds of us picking the same three are minimal.  I've found my twin!

karlhenning

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Re: Your Favorite Beethoven Symphonies
« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2007, 06:25:49 AM »
Great idea, Don!

Tough call, but I voted for the Fourth, Sixth & Seventh.

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Re: Your Favorite Beethoven Symphonies
« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2007, 06:26:10 AM »
Today's snapshot: 3, 5 and 7. 3 is on top always, but 6, 4, 8 and 9 could all be runner ups (and so could 7).
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dtwilbanks

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Re: Your Favorite Beethoven Symphonies
« Reply #6 on: May 15, 2007, 06:29:21 AM »
Boy, the odds of us picking the same three are minimal.  I've found my twin!

 ;D

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Re: Your Favorite Beethoven Symphonies
« Reply #7 on: May 15, 2007, 06:31:17 AM »
My favourite Beethoven symphony has always been the 7th. The 3rd in second place and the pastorale third. I am also very fond of the fourth. But I love every single one of them. I think it is very difficult to choose one over another.

karlhenning

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Re: Your Favorite Beethoven Symphonies
« Reply #8 on: May 15, 2007, 06:39:42 AM »
Boy, the odds of us picking the same three are minimal.

Again, I like your sense of humor, Don!

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Re: Your Favorite Beethoven Symphonies
« Reply #9 on: May 15, 2007, 06:44:01 AM »
My favourite Beethoven symphony has always been the 7th. The 3rd in second place and the pastorale third. I am also very fond of the fourth. But I love every single one of them. I think it is very difficult to choose one over another.

The 7th is also my favourite, and I guess my favourite symphony of all together with Bruckner 8. I always look for excellent recordings of these symphonies. A bit behind I would place no. 3 and no. 4. I also find no. 2 very attractive. Well, I do love all of Beethoven's symphonies.
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Don

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Re: Your Favorite Beethoven Symphonies
« Reply #10 on: May 15, 2007, 06:44:49 AM »
Again, I like your sense of humor, Don!

You may be the only one.

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Re: Your Favorite Beethoven Symphonies
« Reply #11 on: May 15, 2007, 07:45:45 AM »
3, 4, 8

Those are the ones I listen to the most so I assume that means something.

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Re: Your Favorite Beethoven Symphonies
« Reply #12 on: May 15, 2007, 07:52:42 AM »
9
3
6

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Re: Your Favorite Beethoven Symphonies
« Reply #13 on: May 15, 2007, 07:59:56 AM »
3, 5, 7, in no particular order (Changes depending on who's conducting, my mood, barometric pressure, etc.).

I'm surprised at the support #4 is getting, flying in the face of the conventional wisdom of the odd #'s being best.  I should give that one a more careful listen.

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Re: Your Favorite Beethoven Symphonies
« Reply #14 on: May 15, 2007, 08:03:20 AM »
A much simpler question would be "your 3 least favorite" LvB Symphonies:

1, 2, 4 as my LEAST favorite (by a hugely wide margin . . .  . . . .)

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Re: Your Favorite Beethoven Symphonies
« Reply #15 on: May 15, 2007, 08:03:59 AM »
I'm surprised at the support #4 is getting, flying in the face of the conventional wisdom of the odd #'s being best.  I should give that one a more careful listen.

Both the Fourth and the Eighth have been unfairly relegated to the second tier. They deserve better.

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Re: Your Favorite Beethoven Symphonies
« Reply #16 on: May 15, 2007, 08:21:32 AM »
6, 5, 7. In that order.

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Re: Your Favorite Beethoven Symphonies
« Reply #17 on: May 15, 2007, 08:28:56 AM »
Mine are 9, 8 and 7, in roughly that order.  I actually don't know No. 8 all that well, which is why it sounds so fresh, the few times I've heard it.

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« Reply #18 on: May 15, 2007, 08:35:09 AM »
I'm surprised at the support #4 is getting, flying in the face of the conventional wisdom of the odd #'s being best.  I should give that one a more careful listen.

The fourth is an amazing work. I'd recommend Pierre Monteux on Decca. It takes a while to open up to it but it's well worth it. Aside for the 1st, there really isn't a Beethoven symphony that isn't a masterpiece...

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Re: Your Favorite Beethoven Symphonies
« Reply #19 on: May 15, 2007, 08:40:48 AM »
The fourth is an amazing work.

Agreed!

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. . . It takes a while to open up to it but it's well worth it.

Interesting;  I took to it immediately!