Banner: The symphonic suite Cantabile

Page 4 of 22 FirstFirst 1234567814 ... LastLast
Results 46 to 60 of 321

Thread: Some Great Lesser Known Symphonies You Should Hear

  1. #46
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Nashville, Tennessee
    Posts
    9,450
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Huilunsoittaja View Post
    Be my friend! We fans must stick together! I know exactly how you feel.
    Great! I'm cranking up his second symphony in your honor.

  2. #47
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Posts
    259
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Kurt Atterberg was one of my favorite finds...definitely a man who knew how to write some achingly beautiful melodies. If you're into late romantics and haven't heard him, you're missing out!

  3. Likes JosefinaHW liked this post
  4. #48
    Senior Member Falstaft's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Cambridge, MA
    Posts
    300
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by David58117 View Post
    Kurt Atterberg was one of my favorite finds...definitely a man who knew how to write some achingly beautiful melodies. If you're into late romantics and haven't heard him, you're missing out!
    Dear god, don't wish that theme from the 2nd Symphony Adagio would just go on forever? (It practically does already!). Some impossibly gorgeous music in his cycle.

  5. #49
    Senior Member Falstaft's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Cambridge, MA
    Posts
    300
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    The slow movement of Atterberg's 4th is also something to behold. David58117, do you know Alfven's music at all? He might be a good place to look if you're aching for something similar (if a little less heart-on-sleeve romantic than Atterberg)

  6. #50
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Posts
    259
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Falstaft View Post
    Dear god, don't wish that theme from the 2nd Symphony Adagio would just go on forever? (It practically does already!). Some impossibly gorgeous music in his cycle.
    Definitely! Like Tchaikovsky, he would of been a great film score composer. The 4th is one of my favorites, I love the key sig (g min - thanks Saint Saens!), it's short and catchy, perfect for when I need a quick fix. I LOVE the way it begins, the turbulent storm of strings in the beginning, and then the melody that follows is just perfect.

    I don't have any Alfven, although he's been on my list for a while now.

  7. #51
    Senior Member some guy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Posts
    4,936
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Avet Terterian.

    I think all eight of his symphonies have been recorded, but they're all out of print now.

    The 3rd & 4th and the 7th & 8th are still pretty easy to find. The eighth has some cool tape bits. The seventh is a lot of hard pounding on the drum. Really. Just pounding and nothing else for a long time. It's delightful!!

    Ib Norholm.

    I have several of his symphonies. They're all pretty quirky, with funky little titles--the music is much better than the titles. The best I can say is that Norholm's music isn't terribly extreme or difficult or anything, but it's always interesting, simply because it never quite goes where you expect it to. It always sounds fresh and surprising, even after many listenings.

    Francis Dhomont.

    Frankenstein Symphony. Of all the albums I've recommended to friends over the years, this one has gotten the most favorable responses. Which is very gratifying to me, as Dhomont is not only a very fine composer but a good friend. Well, a good acquaintance, anyway. The symphony is not about Shelley's doctor, nor about the monster he created. It is an assemblage of many electroacoustic pieces by Dhomont and by students and colleagues who have had impressive careers of their own. It's almost an emprientes DIGITALes* sampler, except that all the bits and pieces of everyone's music has been very skillfully woven into a new creation, hence the reference to Dr. Frankenstein.

    Roger Reynolds.

    I have a disc with two symphonies by this alumn of the outrageous ONCE festival, which also featured such sixties rowdies as Pauline Oliveros, Gordon Mumma, David Behrman, Alvin Lucier and Robert Ashley. The symphonies are late works and not as edgy as his antecedents (or even his other output) would lead you to expect, but they're still pretty good. Like Terterian, his have tape parts, too. Well, the earlier one does. What? I have to listen to the 1990 symphony again right now, just to write this post?

    Frank Corcoran.

    Marco Polo put out a disc of three short symphonies by this Irish composer, who also does chamber works and electroacoustics. The symphonies reminded me of Varese at first. The more I listen to them (and they repay repeated listenings), the less I think Varese and the more I think Corcoran. Very good sounds. Very tightly constructed works.

    Well, those are some very good guys, there. And some smashing symphonies.

    *a Canadian label of electroacoustic, live electronics, soundscapes, and a whole sub-label of uncategorizable new music.

  8. Likes bumtz, ptr liked this post
  9. #52
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Washington, the state not the city
    Posts
    146
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Here are a few:

    Louise Farrenc - All Three Symphonies
    Gliere - Symphony No. 3
    Balakirev - Symphony No. 1
    Rimsky-Korsakov - Symphony No. 2
    Borodin - Symphony No. 2

    As you might be able to deduce, I am a musical Russophile.

  10. Likes spradlig, Shibooty liked this post
  11. #53
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Posts
    21
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Sergei Taneyev's 4th Symphony - So, so catchy and so underrated.

  12. Likes Shibooty liked this post
  13. #54
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Posts
    259
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Definitely not a "lesser known" composer, but I think it may be easy for Rachmaninoffs symphonies to become lost in the mix. Particularly his second is a beautiful work.

  14. #55
    Senior Member tgtr0660's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    FL, United States
    Posts
    351
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    I just bought a couple of sets from Naxos, the complete symphonies of Albert Roussel and William Schuman, both severely underperformed composers.. great!

  15. #56
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Posts
    960
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Falstaft View Post
    Rued Langgaard: I'm having *such* a hard time not going on amazon and purchasing the complete set of his symphonies.
    I downloaded Thomas Dausgaard's full set of Langgaard symphonies from the Dacapo site, and I thoroughly recommend it.

    Dunno if anyone else has mentioned it yet, but apropos "unsung" works, Granville Bantock's three symphonies are well worth hearing.

  16. #57
    Senior Member Falstaft's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Cambridge, MA
    Posts
    300
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    To add one more to this list, who here has heard Karl Weigl's "Apocalyptic" Symphony (no. 5)? Weigl's name barely appears at all on these forums, but he was a figure of considerable renown in Vienna during the first quarter of the century. The "Apocalyptic" was written in 1945 in memorium of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and is one of the more interesting works I've come across.

    Cue the obligatory blog plug! I've just written an entry on it. Worth checking out for anyone who likes Bruckner or "neo-Bruckner." The recording, from BIS is quite fine, and the cover art is insane:


  17. Likes Shibooty liked this post
  18. #58
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Posts
    13
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Manxfeeder View Post
    I always thought there was something wrong with me because I liked Glazunov's symphonies.
    Another one here, especially in Svetlanov's official recordings. The first minutes of the 4th immediately evoke the austere, glorious majesty of Russian neo-classical architecture. As for the central theme in the slow movement of the 7th, it brings tears to my eyes every time.

  19. Likes Shibooty liked this post
  20. #59
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Tennessee
    Posts
    6,764
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Has anyone heard any symphonies by Lowell Liebermann? What do you make of him? I'm listening to this album on my Rhapsody account and I'm considering picking it up, but I can't decide. It's almost too lush, like a saccharine modern movie soundtrack, maybe not overly innovative. But does it have to be innovative? Am I just falling for pretty sonorities and will I get bored with it down the road?



    I couldn't find any examples of the Symphony No. 2 on YouTube, but the album also contains his Flute Concerto. Again, I'm torn whether I'm temporarily liking the accessibility of this music.

    [yt]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SyK0XUbCww[/yt]

  21. #60
    Moderator Huilunsoittaja's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Ohio, USA
    Posts
    3,625
    Post Thanks / Like
    Blog Entries
    164

    Default

    ^ GASP!

    I wanna play it one day. May be many years from now... but I'll try it.
    "Music is an art, and art is forever. Music should not succumb to fashion, which is passing and forgotten."
    Glazunov


    Join TC's Official Russian Composer Fanclub!

    Oh, and, here's my professional website!

Page 4 of 22 FirstFirst 1234567814 ... LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. My Classical Collection - Updated
    By JTech82 in forum Classical Music Discussion
    Replies: 31
    Last Post: Apr-06-2015, 12:43
  2. Replies: 22
    Last Post: Feb-02-2013, 16:09
  3. My Classical Collection - Updated
    By Mirror Image in forum Classical Music Discussion
    Replies: 28
    Last Post: Dec-23-2010, 19:40
  4. My Classical Collection - Updated 6-13-09
    By Mirror Image in forum Classical Music Discussion
    Replies: 23
    Last Post: Aug-09-2010, 17:27
  5. Here Is My Classical Music Collection
    By JTech82 in forum Classical Music Discussion
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: Mar-15-2009, 21:17

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •