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    Just listened to the three by Enescu. Great, especially the third.
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    Vyacheslav Ovchinnikov - Symphony No. 1, 1956-7
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    No. 7 by Boris Tishchenko (Yablonsky/Moscow PO on Naxos). A full-bodied work worthy of one of DSCH's pupils. There's not much of Tishchenko's output available on disc which is surprising given his credentials and how long he's been around. This particular work is in 5 movements and lasts for about 52 minutes.

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    Jaan Rääts - Symphony No 2, Op. 8, 1958

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    My absolute favorite symphonies from the unsung are without a doubt the 5th and 8th of Franz Lachner. They are so epic and majestic with full of memorable melodies. Better than Brahms symphonies for sure. If you don't believe me hear for yourselves they are in my channel.

    http://www.youtube.com/user/GoldieG89?feature=mhum
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobotox View Post
    My absolute favorite symphonies from the unsung are without a doubt the 5th and 8th of Franz Lachner. They are so epic and majestic with full of memorable melodies. Better than Brahms symphonies for sure. If you don't believe me hear for yourselves they are in my channel.

    http://www.youtube.com/user/GoldieG89?feature=mhum
    Just checked out that first mvt of Lachner's 8th, and honestly, that did sound quite good to my ears. Thanks for the recommendation.

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    I've really like Roy Harris's symphony so far, and the William Schuman String Symphony is pretty neat. That's right, Gerard Schwartz at the Seattle symphony does a lot of American music, has a good series that includes William Schuman.

    I have William Walton symphonies 1 and 2. From the sound of the first movement of 1, it seems interesting but I'm wondering how it will hold up through its 14 minute duration. Does anyone here have any experience with the William Walton symphonies?

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    Haydn 6 - 8 (St. Luke's Chamber Ens.)
    Tchaikovsky 1 - 3 (Muti)
    Dvorak 4 (Kertesz) 5 (Jansons)
    Roussel 1 - 4 (Eschenbach)
    Scriabin 1 - 4 (Muti)
    Enescu 1 - 3 (Foster)
    Rachmaninov 1, 3 (Jansons)
    Penderecki 1 (Penderecki)
    Rawsthorne 1 - 3 (Lloyd-Jones)
    Dutilleux 1 (Baudo) 2 (Graf)

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    The just released 6th symphony of of Johann Rufinatscha is another masterpiece from the unsungs of the 19th century. Very melodious and memorable. Its in my channel. It's a must listen for everybody.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1V-i7HC1LI

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    Here are a few names of some lesser known composers that wrote some great symphony cycles. Ill try to stick to those that haven't been mentioned.

    Ernst Toch
    Malcolm Arnold
    Wolfgang Rihm
    Humphrey Searle
    Michael Tippett
    Egon Wellesz
    Alfred Schnittke
    Heitor Villa-Lobos
    Dimtri Kabalevsky
    Asger Hamerik
    Glenn Branca

    I should say something about the last one, he's an experimental sort of "rock instrumental crossover." He did write "symphonies" but they consist of electric guitars and drum sets and sometimes a brass section. They pretty good if that is your sort of thing.

    I also second many suggestions made on the thread already. Specifically, Rubbra, Tubin, Atterberg, Martinu, Bax and Alwyn. I'm not a huge Langaard fan. I was impressed with him initially and still like some of his symphonies but I feel like once you take away the pure grandeur and power of the works there isn't much left. Especially in his later symphonies. His earlier ones are pretty great though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rasa View Post
    For me, a rather hidden perl is César Franck's symphony in D.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0X88o7dt-qQ
    Well, there it is...you stole my answer!...a beautiful work, indeed

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    I just heard the Stenheimer 1st symphony. That was a fantastic work, combination of Bruckner and Brahms with some Tchaikovsky thrown in the mix.

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    just listened to fibich. no one symphony. Very calm and lyric. Listening to no 2 now. a bit more energetic...Both is absolutely worth listening to!

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    Wait till you get to the 3rd, one of my favourites! Which recording do you have?
    "Beware of listening to this impostor; you are undone if you once forget that the fruits of the earth belong to us all, and the earth itself to nobody." - Rousseau

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    How about this charming slow movement of late romantic symphony:


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