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    Quote Originally Posted by Weston View Post
    Has anyone heard any symphonies by Lowell Liebermann?
    Mmm Weston, that music goes down easy! (But in a good way, I think). Will check out Liebermann after hearing that flute concerto.

    I'm hearing a lot of enthusiasm for Glazunov's symphonies here. I admit I'm not too familiar with anything of his beyond the orchestral tone poems. I overheard parts of his Second on the radio a while back and remember being struck by a) how lovely it was, and b) how utterly like Rimsky Korsakov it sounded! Any particular Glaz symphonies I should look to first? 4th? 7th? And does he come into his own as a composer a little more as he wracks up symphonies?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Falstaft View Post
    Mmm Weston, that music goes down easy! (But in a good way, I think). Will check out Liebermann after hearing that flute concerto.

    I'm hearing a lot of enthusiasm for Glazunov's symphonies here. I admit I'm not too familiar with anything of his beyond the orchestral tone poems. I overheard parts of his Second on the radio a while back and remember being struck by a) how lovely it was, and b) how utterly like Rimsky Korsakov it sounded! Any particular Glaz symphonies I should look to first? 4th? 7th? And does he come into his own as a composer a little more as he wracks up symphonies?
    You mean, does Glazunov actually have an original tone? Yes. I can recognize him as different between Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov, because he does things the others wold never do at the same time. I still think his best symphonies are 3,4,5 especially 4. It only took me one listen to realize it was great. I haven't many recordings of Jose Serebrie conducting, however, I 100% trust him with the symphonies, so I would get his conducting of the 4th symphony. AVOID NAXOS! It was the worst version of the 4th symphony ever, so lifeless.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Reichstag aus LICHT View Post

    Dunno if anyone else has mentioned it yet, but apropos "unsung" works, Granville Bantock's three symphonies are well worth hearing.
    Wow, I forgot about him. But as a testimonial to the communicative ability of his music, back when my daughter was 13 and not particularly into classical music, she heard the last movement of his Celtic Symphony on the radio, and the next day she went out and purchased it. It was interesting seeing Granville Bantock on her shelf next to Sarah MacLachlan and Smashmouth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Falstaft View Post
    Worth checking out for anyone who likes Bruckner or "neo-Bruckner." The recording, from BIS is quite fine, and the cover art is insane:

    You had me at "Bruckner."

    Thanks for the link to your blog. That piece has one of the most unique openings I've encountered.

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    Check out the Seattle Symphony's William Schuman series on Naxos. I really love these works!

    Henri Dutilleux nos. 1&2 on Chandos. Some exquisite French orchestral music.

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    Joly Braga Santos and Luis de Freitas Branco: Portugal in music.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff N View Post
    Joly Braga Santos and Luis de Freitas Branco: Portugal in music.
    I have been listening to LdFB's third. Once you get over the anachronistic aspects (it was composed in 1944 - sounds like late 19th century to me), this is interesting music.
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    The recent release of the Tyberg sym 3 on Naxos (Falletta/Buffalo) is certainly worth a listen. Not cutting edge (written in '43) by any means but still fun with touches that remind one of Mahler, Bruckner and Mendelssohn but with his own spin. I've played this 3 times already (rare for my listening habits).

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    Glazunov is definitly worth mentioning, and I'm not surprised a number of people have already. Another under-rated symphonist is Grechaninov. And, if on the topic of British symphonists, Malcolm Arnold belongs in the high ranks (if not up with V. Williams, then certainly Bax). I could be wrong, but it may be that Arnold's symphonies are overshadowed by his works for small ensembles and bands.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rangstrom View Post
    The recent release of the Tyberg sym 3 on Naxos (Falletta/Buffalo) is certainly worth a listen. Not cutting edge (written in '43) by any means but still fun with touches that remind one of Mahler, Bruckner and Mendelssohn but with his own spin. I've played this 3 times already (rare for my listening habits).
    I just picked this up too. An interesting piece, may have to write it up in the future

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    Falstaft,

    I look forward to your take. Not to influence you, but the later theme in the slow movement is still lingering in my head.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff N View Post
    I just discovered Roussel and I'm completely stunned that he isn't performed more. His symphonies, especially no. 3, are absolutely fantastic (as are those of one of his more famous students, Martinu).

    Other guys whose symphonies should be heard are: Roy Harris (you must check out his 3rd!), Douglas Lilburn, Karol Szymanowksi, William Schuman (not to be confused with Robert), William Grant Still, Alan Hovhaness (Mysterious Mountain is excellent), David Diamond, Arthur Honegger (the opening to his 5th will knock you out of your socks), Randall Thompson (not many recordings of his unjustly neglected 3 symphonies), Eduard Tubin (particularly no. 4), and George Dyson (only did one, but if you like Sibelius then check it out).
    Oh Jeff! That Harris symphony is arguably one of the most famous American symphonies, outside of Copland and Ives (maybe).

    I don't have much to contribute since I don't know many symphonies outside the greater known composers, although I do remember liking Amy Beach's Gaelic symphony when I heard it the first time, but I don't know it well enough.

    I just picked up a CD with Ned Rorem's 3 symphonies. I'll let you know how it is after I listen to them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Romantic Geek
    Oh Jeff! That Harris symphony is arguably one of the most famous American symphonies, outside of Copland and Ives (maybe).
    I know, but nobody ever plays it! It's been recorded a bunch, yeah, but I'm still waiting for a local orchestra to perform it (and since the DSO is on strike, it won't be them). And Amy Beach's Gaelic Symphony is beautiful.

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    I guess you're right about that. More people just need to play American music in general.
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    - Elgar's 1st symphony has some brilliant moments. There's a part in the last movement (can't really describe it since I'm not very musically-versed, but it's where the harp features prominently) which just makes me melt. Really uplifting. It's the part at 0:17 here until 1:20. Just really love it.
    [yt]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=km5PqCxW1zw#t=16[/yt]


    - 2nd movement of Barber's 2nd symphony is very nice. There's quite a sense of mystery to it.

    - Also a big fan of the 1st movement of Dvorak's 1st symphony.

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