View Poll Results: Which is your favourite Brahms Symphony?

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  • Symphony No.1 in C minor

    8 15.69%
  • Symphony No.2 in D major

    7 13.73%
  • Symphony No.3 in F major

    15 29.41%
  • Symphony No.4 in E minor

    21 41.18%
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    Senior Member Edward Elgar's Avatar
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    Default Favourite Brahms Symphony

    I got the idea from Mahlerfan. Something like this may have been done before for Brahms, but I'm just curious to see what you like.
    When all the paint has been dried, when all the stone has been carved, music shall remain, and we shall work with what remains.

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    My fav is No 3 in F major ... one of those great Brahms masterpieces I learned to like at an early age.
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    Yes! I love Brahms alot!

    My favorite of his symphonies is # 1. The introduction of the first movement (sometimes it is considered a movement of it's own) gives me shivers every time I hear it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krummhorn View Post
    My fav is No 3 in F major ... one of those great Brahms masterpieces I learned to like at an early age.
    The first symphony I discovered as a whole. It was my Brahms' favorite until I found the first.

    I haven't listened to the third in a while. Severe mistake I'm about to correct as the local orchestra is playing it next friday.

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    no. 4, it is absolutely magnificent

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    No. 4 was the first I played as an orchestral musician, and although I discovered and loved each successive symphony, I always return to No. 4 with love and admiration.

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    No. 4 was the first Brahms symphony I listened to, and it is still my favorite after having listened to all of them.

    Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life.
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    Though my favourite is 4, I voted 2 to give it some encouragement. It ain'a bad symphony and takes a bit less emotional engagement for me to audition.


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    Though my favourite is 4, I voted 2 to give it some encouragement.
    You have a noble heart, buddy.

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    My heart says: No. 2!
    My brain says: No. 4!
    I also voted for No. 2 to promote it. No. 4 already is leading.

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    The second symphony, while being less innovative and "big" than the other ones, is a very likeable work. I remember leaping off my seat in applaud after the final coda when I first heads it live.

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    I'm suprised that not many of you are going for No.3!

    I find it to be the most consise and tuneful of all the symphonies.
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    I had a hard time deciding whether to choose the No.3 or the No.4, believe me!

    I fully approve Edward Elgar's choice, but in the and I picked the No.4 - simply because I heard it a long time ago, when I was quite little, and so it somewhat reminds me of the past whenever I listen to it again.
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    It's hard to choose! I think that overall, I will have to go with #3, even though there are at least passages in the other three symphonies that I enjoy as much.

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    Yes, it is very hard to choose, but in the end, I have to vote for the 4th.

    I especially love the version with Geroge Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra recorded back in the 1960's.

    There also was a version with Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Cleveland Orchestra recorded back in the early 1990's. But sadly, it is now out of print.
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