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Patrick Murtha
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« on: January 06, 2015, 08:17:14 pm »

From Alex Ross's blog:

http://www.therestisnoise.com/2015/01/nine-symphonies.html

The Los Angeles blogger CK Dexter Haven has devised an amusing game: pick your favorite numbered symphonies, one through nine. Brian Lauritzen has added his own entry, and there are sure to be others. I have decided to make the bold choice of omitting Beethoven — he gets enough attention — and am offering this mildly eccentric list:

Nielsen, Symphony No. 1

Ives, Symphony No. 2

Lutosławski, Symphony No. 3

Brahms, Symphony No. 4

Ustvolskaya, Symphony No. 5

Vaughan Williams, Symphony No. 6

Sibelius, Symphony No. 7

Schubert, Symphony No. 8

Mahler, Symphony No. 9

http://brianlauritzen.com/2015/01/05/number-9-number-9-number-9-a-symphonic-revolution/

http://allisyar.com/2015/01/05/choosing-nine-symphonies-a-puzzlechallengegame-of-sorts/



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« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2015, 11:20:39 pm »

1.   Shapero Symphony for Classical Orchestra (No. 1)
2.   Stenhammar Symphony No. 2
3.   Bax Symphony No. 3  
4.   Kokkonen Symphony No. 4
5.   Shostakovich Symphony No. 5
6.   Prokofiev Symphony No. 6
7.   Sibelius Symphony No. 7
8.   Bruckner Symphony No. 8
9.   Vaughan Williams Symphony No. 9
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« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2015, 09:09:13 am »

1. Saygun 1
2. Grace Williams 2
3. David Diamond 3
4. Sibelius 4
5. Nielsen 5
6. Bruckner 6
7. Holmboe 7
8. Havergal Brian 8
9. Robert Simpson 9
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« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2015, 10:22:47 am »

Great to see Grace Williams 2 and VW 9 on there. Mmm...

Brian no. 1 The Gothic
Elgar no. 2
Bate no. 3
Vaughan Williams no. 4
George Lloyd no. 5
Stanford no. 6
Mahler no. 7
Dvorak no. 8
Rubbra no. 9


Some of those could have been swapped around (the same composers other things, but I assume you should only use each composer once.
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« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2015, 01:10:40 pm »

This is difficult, because on some numbers (3 & 4 especially) there is a pile-up of contenders. Fairly quickly, my list would be:

1. Walton
2. Jaroch
3. Bax
4. Vaughan Williams
5. Rubbra
6. Martinu (assuming you allow this to be his 6th symphony, and not the Fantasies Symphonique)
7. Mahler
8. Holmboe
9. Bruckner

Some overlaps there with previous lists ... I'm sorry I can't fit in Nielsen 5, but Rubbra 5 is a must. Also sorry to leave out Atterberg 3.

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« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2015, 03:38:47 pm »

I see that we have some fans of Mahler 7! I have always felt that is his most underrated work.
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« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2015, 07:54:26 pm »

This is a really tough one. If I do this again every few couple weeks, my top choices will likely change every time. However, at this moment in time, here they are:

1. Havergal Brian
2. Isa Krejci
3. Alberic Magnard
4. Janis Ivanovs
5. Arthur Honegger
6. Stjepan Sulek
7. Allan Pettersson
8. Vagn Holmboe
9. Ludwig van Beethoven
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« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2015, 08:56:50 pm »

1. Vaughan Williams
2. Mahler
3. Beethoven
4. Shostakovich
5. Raff
6. Sibelius
7. Bruckner
8. Dvorak
9. Rubbra
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« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2015, 10:22:58 am »

1.Sgambati
2.d'Indy
3.Berwald
4.Magnard
5.Vaughan Williams
6.Prokofiev
7.Beethoven
8.Sciostakovich
9.Mahler
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« Reply #9 on: January 08, 2015, 10:57:45 pm »

1. Eduard Tubin
2. Hilding Rosenberg
3. Peter Racine Fricker
4. Joonas Kokkonen
5. Carl Nielsen
6. Arnold Bax
7. Edmund Rubbra
8. George Lloyd
9. Robert Simpson
10. Havergal Brian
11. Allan Pettersson oops....
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« Reply #10 on: January 09, 2015, 12:41:38 am »

1 - Arnold Bax
2 - Michael Tippett
3 - Robert Schumann
4 - Ralph Vaughan Williams
5 - Gustav Mahler
6 - Alexander Glazunov
7 - Ludwig van Beethoven
8 - Anton Bruckner
9 - Robert Simpson
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« Reply #11 on: January 09, 2015, 08:12:03 am »

  • 1 - Tchaikovsky
  • 2 - Borodin
  • 3 - Ives
  • 4 - Nielson
  • 5 - Prokofiev
  • 6 - Maxwell Davies
  • 7 - Sibelius
  • 8 - Dvořák
  • 9 - Shostakovich
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« Reply #12 on: January 09, 2015, 08:21:34 am »

what a bullshit !!!!
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« Reply #13 on: January 09, 2015, 10:43:18 am »

Indeed! How can you choose just one?! I've deleted my list! Angry
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« Reply #14 on: January 09, 2015, 01:33:01 pm »

Indeed! How can you choose just one?! I've deleted my list! Angry

Errr, it's only a game Wink  No-one is suggesting that we bin the symphonies which don't make it onto lists )))

In fact I loathe lists usually, and I only participated out of a sense of Xmas fun  (since it was still Russian Christmas, Jan 7th & 8th, when I posted).

my alternative entries, depending on which rules apply, on depending which side of bed I get out of that day...

1 - Shostakovich
2 - Shostakovich
3 - Shostakovich
4 - Shostakovich
6 - Shostakovich
8 - Shostakovich
10- Shostakovch
11- Shostakovich
15- Shostakovich

OR

1 - Tchaikovsky
2 - Tchaikovsky
3- Tchaikovsky
4 - Tchaikovsky
5 - Tchaikovsky
6 - Tchaikovsky
7, 8, 9 -  no takers


 Grin
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