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    Quote Originally Posted by Llyranor View Post
    - 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]
    I like the whole of Elgar's 1st, one of my favourite pieces. The slow movement is the heart of it for me, but I think the whole piece ranks as one of the greatest symphonies of its period. My favourite recording is Elgar's own.

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    That Elgar clip is beautiful. Thanks for that.

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    Default Great underperformed symphonies

    Tubin Sym #9
    Pettersen Sym #7
    Martinu Sym 4,6

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    Quote Originally Posted by drth15
    Tubin Sym #9
    Pettersen Sym #7
    Martinu Sym 4,6
    I prefer Tubin's 4th, myself, but he is in general very underperformed. And Martinu is a great composer as well; his string quartets are some of the best.

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    Ernest Bloch, Symphony number 1 in C#minor awesome symphony!

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    The symphonies of Alberic Magnard

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    I mentioned it in the Hindemith, et al poll. Hindemith's Symphony in E flat.


    Quote Originally Posted by Sarabande View Post
    Ernest Bloch, Symphony number 1 in C#minor awesome symphony!
    I did not know Bloch composed a symphony. Thanks!
    Op. 109

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    Quote Originally Posted by World Violist View Post
    One of my absolute favorite sets of symphonies is that of Edmund Rubbra. There is something distinctly personal about these symphonies, from form to harmonic language to orchestration. There is a marvelous set of recordings by the late Richard Hickox.
    Another vote for Rubbra - now almost forgotten despite Hickox & Chandos efforts. Particulary a fan of the teutonic 4th, and his last, the 11th, which is only about 12 mins long IIRC. But it packs a lot in a short spae - and composed as recently as 1979 I think.

    There are some recordings other than the Hickox set - Norman Del Mar recorded them for Lyrita in late 1970s and some are available on CD.

    Worth checking out his Viola Concerto on Hyperion too.

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    I don't know if it has been mentioned yet, but right now I'm listening to Arthur Bliss' A Colour Symphony and it is fantastic.

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    ^

    It is, i trie nominating it in the 150 symphonies but no one else voted

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rondo View Post
    I did not know Bloch composed a symphony. Thanks!
    There are several Bloch symphonies actually: the early one in C sharp, the "Israel" symphony, the symphony for trombone and orchestra, the "Sinfonia Breve" and the symphony in E flat. Some regard "America" as a symphony as well.

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    I've not gotten around to posting on the board recently b/c I was on holiday in the U.K. and Iceland, but I do have something to show for it. A popular request was for a write up of Jon Leif's "Saga Symphony", so here it is in all its jagged glory!

    http://unsungsymphonies.blogspot.com...-symphony.html



    Sometimes I've heard it referred to as his "Symphony No. 1" but as far as I can tell, it's his only attempt at the form. Too bad, would have loved to hear some more, but he certainly provided us with enough large-scale works to satisfy those of us who find his strange sounds irresistible.

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    A rather wonderful symphony that I often find myself listening to is Wilhelm Peterson-Berger's fourth symphony, nicknamed Holmia, which I believe is another name for Stockholm. It's all very pleasant and nice with charming melodies and lovely oboe solos aplenty. It isn't one of his most serious works, but it is very charming.
    I have the recording with Norrköping Symphony Orchestra conducted by Michail Jurowski, which also includes some other very charming pieces by Peterson-Berger.

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    Magnard has been mentioned in passing, I would particularly say his 3rd. And Arriaga hasn't been mentioned at all in this thread.

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    Did someone mention the four by de Freitas Branco?A recent discovery for me.
    The four by Schmidt are excellent and relatively u nknown.
    Und Morgen wird die Sonne wieder scheinen.....

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