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    Agree re Dvorak's 1 to 5 - as well as the Kubelik and Kertesz sets I also have cycles by Rowicki, Suitner and Gunzenhauser. All are fine works but IMO the Rowicki 1-3 are even better than the Kubelik and Kertesz.
    No mention yet of Bizet's Symphony in C - a big fave of mine, having the classic Beecham recording and equally excellent ones by Marriner and Abbado
    Rimsky -K's 'Antar' symphony - Zinman and Svetlanov versions both excellent
    Tchaikovsky's first 3, well overlooked IMO. Just check out the Janssons, Karajan and Rostropovich sets to see why.
    Borodin's 2 and a half - I love pretty much everything I've heard by Borodin. Shame he didnt do more. Amazing to think he was a hobbyist composer and a top flight scientist
    Franz Schmidt - his 4 symphonies are terrific -why so overlooked?

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    Duplicate post
    Last edited by starry; Feb-10-2011 at 17:50. Reason: duplicate

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    Borodin 2 and Bizet are pretty famous. Tchaikovsky's 3rd is definitely overlooked. I like Rowicki in Dvorak 1, not in the 2nd though which I haven't really been convinced much by. Kertesz and Kubelik have not been my favourites in the past, Kertesz in particular lacks energy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by starry View Post
    Borodin 2 and Bizet are pretty famous. Tchaikovsky's 3rd is definitely overlooked. I like Rowicki in Dvorak 1, not in the 2nd though which I haven't really been convinced much by. Kertesz and Kubelik have not been my favourites in the past, Kertesz in particular lacks energy.
    Pretty famous among FM cognoscenti but they dont seem to be held in the same esteem as LvB 5th, Schubert Unfinished, Sibelius 2nd, Mahler 9, Mozart 41, Shosta 10, Dvorak 9 etc

    I'm surprised re your comments viz Kertesz and Kubelik considering their reps as Dvorak masters and the seminal status of their cycles. So what do you rate as better? I also have the Dohnanyi 7-9, Giuliani 7-9 and Janssons, 5,7-9. These perhaps?

    I also forgot to mention Bruch, particularly #3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barking Spiderz View Post
    I'm surprised re your comments viz Kertesz and Kubelik considering their reps as Dvorak masters and the seminal status of their cycles.
    And some people disagree with that. Kertesz put me off the lesser known Dvorak symphonies for many years. You already mention Suitner and Rowicki who have been ignored by most in the past. Others I suppose like Talich as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barking Spiderz View Post
    Franz Schmidt - his 4 symphonies are terrific -why so overlooked?
    Head over to the 150 greatest symphonies thread for a final chance to support me for inclusion of Schmidt 4 - no-one else likes it apparently.
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    Kabalevsky - Symphony No. 4, Op.54, 1954.
    Popov - Symphony No. 5, 1963.
    Sallinen - Sinfonia, 1971.
    Sumera - Symphony No. 2, 1984.
    Ustvolskaya - Symphony No. 1, 1955.

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    I have schmidt 4 and it's pretty great

    I have nielsen, myaskovsky and others to listen too

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    Forgot to mention Bruch's three and Saint Saens' other four. Well under-recorded works.

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    Heard Lyapunov's First on the radio the other evening: it was very good.

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    I'm brand new in your forum and this topic just reach me. Langgaard is the name that caught me but I think no one mentionned Aulis Sallinen (1935*). 8 up to now and everyone is a must listening in tonal but modern pattern. Please don't look at my language error, I'm Québécois so frenchy. Oh another one, the american Antheil, just discovering hiom but the #4 is interresting,

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    I like the following. I'm not sure I would call them great but certainly worth a good listen.

    Czerny #2
    Rott Symphony in E

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    Quote Originally Posted by michelg View Post
    I'm brand new in your forum and this topic just reach me. Langgaard is the name that caught me but I think no one mentionned Aulis Sallinen (1935*). 8 up to now and everyone is a must listening in tonal but modern pattern. Please don't look at my language error, I'm Québécois so frenchy. Oh another one, the american Antheil, just discovering hiom but the #4 is interresting,

    I second Sallinen. I have been pushing for his 6th to be included in the top150 but in vain.

    Also the five symphonies by Grechaninov are surprisingly unknown.
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    agreed with grechaninov

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