The string accompaniment is definitely an improvement on a lot of other recordings I've heard.
And here's a list of recordings with several sound samples in it:
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"Your mathematics are correct, but your physics are abominable..." Einstein
I have just been listening to Sibelius' Kullervo. Incredible!
I also really like the symphonic poems of Dvorak and Liszt.
Maybe there should be a top 100 symphonic/tone poem list here.
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I really love Vaughan Williams' "Oxford Elegy". Beautiful english poems set to wonderfully colored harmonies, not what you'd expect from a typical Vaughan Williams piece...sounds quite like Ravel I find.
I like to interpret the story as an allegory of an artist's life. The glimmer of hope at the very end is one of the most beautiful moments I've heard in music!
I thought I new most of RVW's music but this is a new discovery. Very lovely! thank you for posting it.
the one by dvorak that is called VODNIK is my favorite!!!
Vaughan Williams - In the Fen Country
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There can be no discussion about this really.
Also, too great to be in the "The Modern Classical Music Project" topic. These masterpieces shouldn't be associated with some of the drivel that is in there.
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At this point, my favourite tone poems are Les Preludes and The Isle of the Dead. However if we're going to include the Dante Symphony as a tone poem, then it takes the cake.
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If Respighi's trilogy of Roman works count as tone poems, I'll include them among my favourites. Also, those of Richard Strauss (particularly Ein Heldenleben and Eine Alpensinfonie). I'm also starting to get into the tone poems of Arnold Bax.
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Honestly, Strauss is such an amazing composer and his autobiography is just so much fun to listen to. Ein Heldenleben quotes his own music and should have been made into a fantasia special by itself. Strauss's other tone poems are AMAZING too but Heldenleben is just awesome.