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    My rank of my favorite BEethoven symphonies

    1 Symphony #5
    2 Symphony #3 Eroica
    3 Symphony #9 choral
    4 Symphony #6 pastroal
    5 symphony #1
    6 Symphony #7
    7 symphony #2
    8 symphony #4
    9 symphony #8

    What are your ranks?
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    Oh, what the heck. My ranking, as of today, and I'll even throw in my current favorite recordings of each (though those may change by this evening ) ...

    7 Abbado BPO
    5 Karajan BPO 77
    3 Klemperer Stereo
    8 Szell Cleveland SO
    4 Walter Columbia SO
    6 Bohm VPO
    9 Furtwangler 42
    2 Bernstein NYPO
    1 Gardiner


    Quote Originally Posted by Gustav
    My rank of my favorite BEethoven symphonies

    1 Symphony #5
    2 Symphony #3 Eroica
    3 Symphony #9 choral
    4 Symphony #6 pastroal
    5 symphony #1
    6 Symphony #7
    7 symphony #2
    8 symphony #4
    9 symphony #8

    What are your ranks?

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    Such lists are of but ephemeral value, but I still have fun at them.

    I'll say:

    1. Fourth
    2. Sixth
    3. Seventh
    4. Third
    5. Eighth
    6. Fifth
    7. Ninth
    8. Second
    9. First


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    Interesting lists, but the correct one is as follows:

    3
    9
    6
    7
    5
    4
    8
    1
    2
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    Hmm ... jwinter and I agree on the 'bottom 3' ....

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    My list:

    Nș 7
    Nș 3
    Nș 9 (it would be my favorite but, sincerely and trying not to sound snobish, I don't like the Finale)
    Nș 4
    Nș 5
    Nș 6
    Nș 8
    Nș 2
    Nș 1
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    That's hard. I've actually played all but 3 of the Beethoven Symphonies

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    3(the slow movement is AMAZING to play)
    7
    6
    4
    1
    2
    8
    9

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    Who in their right mind places the Ninth in the bottom three?

    I'll do it the jwinter way:

    9: Reiner/Fricsay/Furtwangler ('42)
    3: Szell/Klemperer (mono)
    7: Szell/Kleiber/Reiner
    6: Bohm/Reiner/Walter (Col)
    8: Toscanini
    4: Kleiber
    5: Kleiber/Toscanini/Szell
    2: Reiner/Szell
    1: Reiner
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete
    Who in their right mind places the Ninth in the bottom three?

    I suppose, someone in his right mind, who prefers six others? :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete
    Who in their right mind places the Ninth in the bottom three?
    After having played Beethoven 9 for auditions and other things and listened to it be incrediably ruined by different orchestras or the different versions that have been arranged I can't help but be more than a bit sick of Beethoven 9, it's a great symphony; wonderfully written, great, expansive melodies and wide appeal but I'm sorry I can't make myself sit down and listen to it anymore.

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    Interesting to the third ranked in the top three by everyone.
    I think it is the greatest of all, in structure and inventivness.

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    Yes, indeed! The Eroica is not my personal favorite, but that's just a matter of taste -- I'll certainly not argue against its greatness. The Funeral March is one of the most moving pieces in all of Beethoven, IMO.

    As to the 9th, in a way it's like truffles or caviar -- it's too rich to eat every day. I love it, but compared to the others I seldom listen to it. For me it's music that requires an occasion, and one's complete attention -- I can drive in my car or write a post on a classical music forum while listening to the 4th or the 5th; not so the 9th. And while the greatest performances of the 9th can literally move Heaven and earth, I've heard quite a few mediocre ones that leave me less than inspired. For me, the 9th seems to be more subject to bad interpretation than Beethoven's others -- it's easy for the finale to sound either portentious and bloated or underpowered and scraggly; and the rhythms, in the 2nd movt particularly, are tricky to get right. But have no doubts as to my sanity, it's a great work.

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    The list is for best-sounding, I better start another list for most innovative

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    Talking The 9th an opera

    Isn't his 9th really an opera in disguise?

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    I'm a new member.I'm a high school student.I've just been in US for 4 month since moved from China,so my English is really poor.But anyway,best greetings to everyone.
    My list:
    9th(Furtwangler1951 Bayreuth)
    5th(Kleiber)
    6th(Walter)
    3rd(Klemperer)
    7th(Kleiber)
    8th(Abbado,video,since I don't have any other recordings)
    4th(Abbado,same as above)
    2nd(same as above)
    1st(Gardiner)
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