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    Quote Originally Posted by violadude View Post
    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.
    Your mention of Searle and Tippett reminded me of Dr. David Wright's authorship. Some may find this link useful.

    http://www.wrightmusic.net/pages/composers.html

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    How can I not mention the symphony from where my handle originates: Sinfonia Tapkaara by Akira Ifukube.
    Last edited by Tapkaara; May-26-2011 at 22:43.
    "Music is not philosophy." --Akira Ifukube

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aramis View Post
    How about this charming slow movement of late romantic symphony:

    Good old Zygmunt Noskowski.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zygmunt_Noskowski

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaneyes View Post
    I really like this!
    "Music is not philosophy." --Akira Ifukube

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    Good, old, yes, but a little bit academic if you ask me. I would start thread about him but I'm still on my way to decide if I like him at all or not myself. This movement I've posted is indeed solid piece but the whole symphony? I'm not sure. If one likes it I think it's best for him to check his more famous and represented symphonic poems which I won't link here as it's thread about symphonies, not poems.

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    Nino Rota...light and heavy at the same time....symphony nr 1 so far...trully addicting

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    balakirev no 1

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    and balakirev no 2... Great recording by russian state symphony orchestra. igor Golovschin-conductor

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    Quote Originally Posted by oskaar View Post
    Nino Rota...light and heavy at the same time....symphony nr 1 so far...trully addicting
    You want to hear even more addicting music? Listen to the symphonies of Joachim Raff.

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    Didi anyone have a chance to hear any segments of Sinfonia Tapkaara I posted above?
    "Music is not philosophy." --Akira Ifukube

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tapkaara View Post
    Didi anyone have a chance to hear any segments of Sinfonia Tapkaara I posted above?
    I listened to most of the first segment this morning... it didn't necessarily jump out at me as - 'OMG must check out this composer!' etc. However, it did sound quite solid and I don't really have any major criticisms either. This composer may grow on me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Art Rock View Post
    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.
    I really like his fourth....It means nothing to me that it does not make any lists...Many works that I treasure make no lists....so what......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bookman View Post
    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.
    Nice to see some appreciation of Sumera and Ustvolskaya, I have many works of both....

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    Quote Originally Posted by World Violist View Post
    Another Dukas work that deserves to be much better-known is La Peri, his last work. It's a wonderful ballet, with a rather impressive (and somewhat well-known in the band world) fanfare at the beginning; but the next 20 minutes are pure heaven.

    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.
    absolutely concur about Rubbra. I have been into him for many years. Have all his symphonies....He is always in my rotation......I have all his works by Hickox, but I also have things by Del Mar, Schonzeler, Handley.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Falstaft View Post
    I discovered a recording of Gloria Coates's Second and 9th Symphonies while browsing the music library the other day and was very impressed by what I've heard. Her 2nd is subtitled "Illuminatio in Tenebris" and presents some very ominous impressions of the northern lights, like another piece I love Tviett's 4nd Piano Concerto. As for the ninth, aka "Homage to Van Gogh," might I suggest you check out my blog Unsung Symphonies to discover some of its strange secrets. (tooting own horn)

    http://unsungsymphonies.blogspot.com/
    Have you tried her string quartets?

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