In this thread, you need merely list your favorite movements from any number symphonies. List as many as you want. You may have ties if you really feel it necessary. Think carefully. Make your list as varied as possible. Add as much information (such as full composer name, number of symphony, opus number, title of movement, etc.) If you really want, you may upload mp3's. My list might be the following:
1. Antonin Dvorák -- Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Op. 95, IV. Allegro con Fuoco
2. Dmitry Shostakovich -- Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, Op. 47, IV. Allegro non Troppo
3. Antonin Dvorák -- Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Op. 95, III. Molto Vivace
4. Ludwig van Beethoven -- Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125, I. Allegro ma non Troppo
5. Ludwig van Beethoven -- Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67, I. Allegro con Brio
6. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky -- Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64, I. Andante, Allegro con Anima
7. Felix Mendelssohn -- Symphony No. 4 in A Major, Op. 90, IV. Saltarello, Presto
8. Sergey Rachmaninov -- Symphony No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 27, II. Allegro Molto
9. Franz Schubert -- Symphony No. 9 in C Major, D. 944, I. Andante, Allegro ma non Troppo
10. Ludwig van Beethoven -- Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68, III. Allegro
11. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart -- Symphony No. 25 in G Minor, K. 183, I. Allegro con Brio
12. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky -- Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36, IV. Finale, Allegro con Fuoco
13. Felix Mendelssohn -- Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 11, IV. Allegro con Fuoco
14. Sergey Prokofiev -- Symphony No. 7 in C Sharp Minor, Op. 131, I. Moderato
15. Gustav Mahler -- Symphony No. 5 in C Sharp Minor, II. Stürmisch Bewegt, mit Größter Vehemenz
My first thought was - how do you separate the movements of a symphony. It should be taken as a complete work. But that's not always true I think. There are many symphonies I like only parts of. My favorite single movements out of context will probably be like most others. Let's see:
Beethoven - No. 9, movement 4. This movement is close to a religious experience for me. Plenty more Beethoven movements move me too, of course.
Brahms - No. 4, movement 1. This is Brahms saying farewell.
Bruckner - No. 9, movement 2. This is awesome, ominous, and memorable. I wonder if it inspired Holst's Mars.
Mozart - No. 39, movement 3. I have always stated I don't like Mozart very much, but this one movement, if played fast enough gets me going. It's not a very famous Mozart symphony, but this movement is the one that is leading me to finally "get" Mozart. I love the itchy, itchy rhythm of the strings
Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 In Eb Major, Op. 82 - III. Allegro Molto
Sibelius: Symphony No. 6 In D Minor, Op. 104 - I. Allegro Molto Moderato
Brahms: Symphony No. 3 In F Major, Op. 90 - III. Poco Allegretto
Mahler: Symphony No. 5 In C# Minor - IV. Adagietto, Sehr Langsam
Mahler: Symphony No. 2 In C Minor, "Resurrection" - V. Mit Aufschwung, Aber Nicht Eilen
Schumann: Symphony No. 3 In Eb Major, Op. 97, "Rhenish" - I. Lebhaft
These are stand-out movements from symphonies that really move me
Beethoven No. 5: Last movement
Beethoven No. 7: Slow movement and finale
Berlioz SF: Reveries/passions et Un Bal.
Mendelssohn No. 3: First movement
Brahms No. 4: I love every movement, but there is one special moment in 3rd, which makes me wet.
Brahms No. 1: First movement, especially opening.
Schumann No. 1: First movement
Haydn No. 53: 4rd movement
Recently: Sibelus No. 2, First movement
I won't mention Mozart, it's impossible to choose just few favourties.
Oy vey, this is impossible! So, an arbitrary limitation to a baker's dozen, and no more than one per composer, the central criterion being that I'm most aware of having hummed or whistled something from the chosen movement fairly frequently recently....
1) Rubinstein, #2 in C Major, Op. 42, "Ocean," mvt. 7
2) Beethoven, #9 in d minor, Op. 125, mvt. 1
3) Raichl, #2, mvt. 4
4) Creston, #2, mvt. 2
5) Bruckner, #8 in c minor, mvt. 4
6) Mahler, #6 in a minor, mvt. 4
7) Zweers, #3, "Aan mijn Vaderland," mvt. 2
8) Shostakovich, # 15 in a minor, mvt. 4
9) Sulek, #6, mvt. 2
10) Prokofiev, #5, mvt. 3
11) Haydn, #44 in e minor, 'Trauer," mvt. 1
12) Schumann, #1 in B-Flat Major, Op. 38, mvt. 1
13) Schubert, #9 in C Major, mvt. 2
Oh, man, I've had to leave out a great many, too many.... Okay, that's it; if the next one of these is 'Your favorite 37 consecutive measures in a symphony,' I'm giving up!
Oh! If you had selected the 4th movement I would have been right there with you. It's tough for me to select any single movements out of a symphony, but if I had to it would be that and the Allegretto from Beethoven's 7th--it defines the entire work.
Brahms Fourth--Third movement
Rachmaninov First--First and Fourth movements.
Sibelius First--First movement
Shostakovich Fifth--Second movement
Mahler First--Second movement
Rachmaninov Second--Third and fourth movements
Brahms Second--Second movement
Beethoven First--Fourth movement
Beethoven Seventh--First and Fourth movements
Beethoven Eighth--First movement
Beethoven Ninth--Second movement
Schumann First--First movement
Dvorak Sixth--First and Fourth movements
Dvorak Eighth--Third and Fourth movements