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The most beautiful orchestral work of the twentieth century


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« Reply #30 on: July 25, 2013, 11:29:19 am »

I can only mention a few compositions that, for me, qualified as the 'most beautiful' years ago or over a longer period of time, often decades ago. This unmistakably sentimental list includes:

Khatchatur Avetissian, Oratorio in memoriam 1915
Samuel Barber, Second Essay for Orchestra
Lennox Berkeley, Concerto for two pianos and orchestra
Joly Braga Santos, Variacoes Sinfónicas sobre um tema Alentejano
Leo Brouwer, Retrats catalans
Claude Debussy, La Mer
Manuel de Falla, El Sombrero de Tres Picos
Alberto Ginastera, Variaciones concertantes
Vagn Holmboe, Sinfonia boreale
Gustav Holst, The Hymn of Jesus
Bohuslav Martinů, Parables
Arvo Pärt, Te Deum
Gabriel Pierné, Divertissements sur un thème pastoral
Ottorino Respighi, Lauda per la Nativitá del Signore
Germaine Tailleferre, Concertino pour harpe et orchestre
Veljo Tormis, Unustatud rahvad
Ralph Vaughan Williams, A Pastoral Symphony


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… music is not only an `entertainment’, nor a mere luxury, but a necessity of the spiritual if not of the physical life, an opening of those magic casements through which we can catch a glimpse of that country where ultimate reality will be found.  RVW, 1948
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« Reply #31 on: July 29, 2013, 08:36:03 pm »

I agree with an earlier choice: Alwyn's Lyrica angelica. However the slow movement from Sibelius' First Symphony is right up there also.
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« Reply #32 on: July 29, 2013, 09:13:06 pm »

Sibelius 1 was written in 1898.
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« Reply #33 on: October 17, 2013, 05:24:20 pm »

Depends on how you define beautiful, but I've got a hankering for Miaskovsky's 5th Symphony.

I would also count Myaskovsky's elegiac and haunting Symphony no. 27, as well as his beautiful Cello Concerto, among the most beautiful works of the last century. Written in the final years of his life (the concerto in 1944 and the symphony in 1949) these two works poignantly represent the "final breaths" of the romantic tradition which Myaskovsky so dearly loved.

I concur!

I would add also:

Bax's Third Symphony
Atterberg's Sinfonia per Archi
Eller's Five Pieces for Strings
Tubin's 4th Symphony
Silvestrov's 5th Symphony (as if nature is unfolding onto something otherworldly).
Lydia Auster's Piano Concerto
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« Reply #34 on: October 17, 2013, 06:59:21 pm »

Szymanowski 3rd
Enescu Voix de la nature
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« Reply #35 on: October 17, 2013, 08:37:41 pm »

I would add also:

Bax's Third Symphony
Atterberg's Sinfonia per Archi
Eller's Five Pieces for Strings
Tubin's 4th Symphony
Silvestrov's 5th Symphony (as if nature is unfolding onto something otherworldly).
Lydia Auster's Piano Concerto


Certainly agree with these choices!
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« Reply #36 on: October 17, 2013, 08:46:42 pm »

Some more I would add to my original list:

Braga Santos: Symphonies 2-4
Broadstock: Symphony no. 4 Born from Good Angel's Tears (which the composer himself compares to Silvestrov 5)
Vine: Oboe Concerto (for the slow movement)
Schmidt: Symphony no. 4
Kreek: Estonian Requiem
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« Reply #37 on: October 18, 2013, 04:54:18 am »

This thread is extremely useful in directing me to hear some composers whose music I have never encountered.
There are also a few (who shall remain nameless) in whom I have not had an interest in because of a very poor first impresson..

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