I suppose you are right though, I can't really call it underrated when there are plenty of great symphonies out there that most people have never even heard. My views are probably skewed as the 6th was the first symhpony, or even first piece of classical music I really got into and the others, whilst being very good and enjoyable, don't give me same level of emotion as the 6th.
I have seen the ABC FM poll but have you got a link to the Classic FM listeners polls, I can only find the nations favourite composer poll.
EDIT: Just saw yor post in the ABC FM thread about Classic FM poll.
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2) No. 4 (Szell, Cleveland)
3) No. 5 (Kleiber, Wiener Philharmoniker)
4) No. 3 (Szell, Cleveland / Blomstedt, Staatskapelle Dresden)
5) No. 9 (Blomstedt, Staatskapelle Dresden / Schmidt-Isserstedt, Wiener Philharmoniker)
6) No. 1 (Jochum, Concertgebouworkest)
7) No. 8 (Leibowitz, Royal Philharmonic)
8) No. 6 (Szell, Cleveland)
9) No. 2 (von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker)
New here and ,,,, As a relative newcomer to Classical about 4 years now and only versed as well as casual study can do I have taken a pledge to myself to learn all I can about Beethoven as in my study of Classical music of different types for the past 4 years or so I find Beethoven to be my favorite of all. Although I have not really studied all of these in depth, here goes nothing as they say.................
Ranking in ascending order Titles are mine.. so don't fret)
1 Classic Sir Charles Groves / Royal Philharmonic
2 Prometheus Karajan/ Berlin Philharmonic
4 Norse Maiden Andre Cluytens/ Berlin Philharmonic
8 Little Karajan/Berlin Philharmonic
7 Heavenly Dance Karajan/Berlin Philharmonic
3 Eroica Bernstein/New York Philharmonic
5 Fate Bernstein/New York Philharmonic
6 Pastoral Sir Charles Groves/Royal Philharmonic
9 Choral Zubin Mehta/New York Philharmonic
9 - Gardiner/Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique; Karajan '62; Fricsay/BPO
5 - Immerseel/Anima Eterna; Kleiber/Vienna; Szell/Cleveland
7 - Vanska/Minnesota; Kleiber/Vienna
3 - Szell/Cleveland
6 - Szell/Cleveland
8 - Szell/Cleveland
4 - Immerseel/Anima Eterna
2/1 - Szell/Cleveland
For the 3, 6, 8, 2, and 1, I only have recordings by Szell. I really should look into some more recordings of the 6th and 3rd.
Have decided to focus my investigations mostly on Beethoven. His symphonies and everything else. Have yet to hear all his symphonies, but of the ones I have heard, the sixth is probably my favourite. Although the fifth is "not bad" either. And the third. And the. .
1. Symphony 8
2. Symphony 1
3. Symphony 9
4. Symphony 7
5. Symphony 3
6. Symphony 2
7. Symphony 5
8. Symphony 6
9. Symphony 4
That said, I can enjoy each and every one of them.
There is no wealth like knowledge, no poverty like ignorance.
Nahj ul-Balāgha by Ali bin Abu-Talib
1. Symphony No. 6
2. Symphony No. 5
3. Symphony No. 9
4. Symphony No. 7
5. Symphony No. 3
6. Symphony No. 8
7. Symphony No. 4
8. Symphony No. 1
9. Symphony No. 2
And I agree with Lukecash, every single one of them is highly enjoyable.
"In the war waged in Vienna between the factions of Wagner and Brahms, Bruckner strayed into the battlefield and became the only casualty."
1. Symphony No. 5
2. Symphony No. 6
3. Symphony No. 7
4. Symphony No. 3
5. Symphony No. 4
6. Symphony No. 9
7. Symphony No. 1
8. Symphony No. 8
9. Symphony No. 2
All of them masterpieces- though 5 holds a special place in my heart as the first symphony I ever heard in full. And 6 is some of the most gorgeous music ever written.
There is actually a *great deal* of Beethoven that I have not yet heard... but I wanted to say something...
Is this not one of the greatest classical CDs out there? It is simply fantastic.
having said that.... I will rank the 3 that I do know...in order....
I find 7 irresistable.