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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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Offline Bogey

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Re: Your Favorite Beethoven Symphonies
« Reply #40 on: May 15, 2007, 01:58:23 PM »
Both the Fourth and the Eighth have been unfairly relegated to the second tier. They deserve better.

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Yes, but remember Sarge, Beethoven's second tier is most composers' box seats.

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Re: Your Favorite Beethoven Symphonies
« Reply #41 on: May 15, 2007, 02:10:19 PM »
Yes, but remember Sarge, Beethoven's second tier is most composers' box seats.

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Re: Your Favorite Beethoven Symphonies
« Reply #42 on: May 15, 2007, 03:09:10 PM »
My favorite Beethoven symphony?

Whichever one I heard last.

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Re: Your Favorite Beethoven Symphonies
« Reply #43 on: May 15, 2007, 04:01:51 PM »
My favorite Beethoven symphony?

Whichever one I heard last.

Best answer yet.  :)

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Re: Your Favorite Beethoven Symphonies
« Reply #44 on: May 15, 2007, 10:00:52 PM »
My favorite Beethoven symphony?

Whichever one I heard last.

Mine is the one I'm putting on next. ;D

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Re: Your Favorite Beethoven Symphonies
« Reply #45 on: May 15, 2007, 11:00:06 PM »
The 7th above all.

Then perhaps the 4th.

And the 9th, because of its first 3 movements.

What a pity to leave outside the 3rd with the March.

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Re: Your Favorite Beethoven Symphonies
« Reply #46 on: May 16, 2007, 02:11:08 AM »
The 7th above all.

Anybody know a version of the 7th in which the finale goes REALLY fast and the horns just rip through the orchestra (but the performance is still clean)?

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Re: Your Favorite Beethoven Symphonies
« Reply #47 on: May 16, 2007, 02:20:03 AM »
Quote
hornteacher

Anybody know a version of the 7th in which the finale goes REALLY fast and the horns just rip through the orchestra (but the performance is still clean)?

Pierre Monteux with the LSO.

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Re: Your Favorite Beethoven Symphonies
« Reply #48 on: May 16, 2007, 02:51:45 AM »
The 7th above all.

Then perhaps the 4th.

And the 9th, because of its first 3 movements.

What a pity to leave outside the 3rd with the March.

We all had to make sacrifices, Val. Me, I wept as I discarded the Ninth...and the Seventh....and the Sixth....and the Fifth...and the Second...

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Re: Your Favorite Beethoven Symphonies
« Reply #49 on: May 16, 2007, 03:06:06 AM »
We all had to make sacrifices, Val. Me, I wept as I discarded the Ninth...and the Seventh....and the Sixth....and the Fifth...and the Second...

Sarge

You discarded all three of my picks.  :-[

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Re: Your Favorite Beethoven Symphonies
« Reply #50 on: May 16, 2007, 03:48:03 AM »
Sarge and Karl have mentioned #4 as being unfairly neglected.

It is interesting that Stravinsky is on record (in a book) that his favorite was #4.
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Re: Your Favorite Beethoven Symphonies
« Reply #51 on: May 16, 2007, 03:51:42 AM »
Sarge and Karl have mentioned #4 as being unfairly neglected.

It is interesting that Stravinsky is on record (in a book) that his favorite was #4.

And wasn't Beethoven himself especially fond of the Eighth?

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Re: Your Favorite Beethoven Symphonies
« Reply #52 on: May 16, 2007, 03:52:28 AM »
You discarded all three of my picks.  :-[

It wasn't done lightly, I assure you, George.

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Re: Your Favorite Beethoven Symphonies
« Reply #53 on: May 16, 2007, 03:55:22 AM »
And wasn't Beethoven himself especially fond of the Eighth?

With that delicious cello-&-horn opening to the trio of the Scherzo, who could blame him, Sarge?

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Re: Your Favorite Beethoven Symphonies
« Reply #54 on: May 16, 2007, 05:18:13 AM »
And wasn't Beethoven himself especially fond of the Eighth?

Sarge

He didn't attend the premiere concert of the 2 (in 1814, I believe). He asked one of the people who DID attend how they were received, and when told that the 7th received great applause while the 8th failed to please, he flew into a rage and ranted about how stupid the average listener was. So, I would suppose you are right. :)

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Re: Your Favorite Beethoven Symphonies
« Reply #55 on: May 16, 2007, 05:20:14 AM »
It wasn't done lightly, I assure you, George.

Sarge



Its OK, I discarded all of your picks.  ;D


...also not lightly.  :)
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Re: Your Favorite Beethoven Symphonies
« Reply #56 on: May 16, 2007, 05:27:54 AM »
He didn't attend the premiere concert of the 2 (in 1814, I believe). He asked one of the people who DID attend how they were received, and when told that the 7th received great applause while the 8th failed to please, he flew into a rage and ranted about how stupid the average listener was. So, I would suppose you are right. :)

If Beethoven saw the results of this poll, he might conclude we are just average listeners.

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Re: Your Favorite Beethoven Symphonies
« Reply #57 on: May 16, 2007, 05:52:42 AM »
He asked one of the people who DID attend how they were received, and when told that the 7th received great applause while the 8th failed to please, he flew into a rage and ranted about how stupid the average listener was.

Gee, and they say atonal composers are contemptuous of listeners ...

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Re: Your Favorite Beethoven Symphonies
« Reply #58 on: May 16, 2007, 06:09:56 AM »
10 is my favorite . . . . .

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Re: Your Favorite Beethoven Symphonies
« Reply #59 on: May 16, 2007, 07:12:01 AM »
7, 6 and 4 in that order.