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    Default Symphony cycles I may be missing out on?

    I own most of the symphonies by most of the major composers, and was wondering which of the minor ones have a set of more than 2 symphonies that are worth considering. I'm thinking like Ives and Villa-Lobos (Own a copy of both sets), not that I am looking for similar composers, just symphonies that are often overlooked.

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    Bax (7), Vaughan Williams (9), Rubbra (9), Holmboe (13), Hanson (7), Tubin (9), Alfven (5), Schmidt (4), Myaskovsky (27)... for starters...
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    Szymanowski (4)

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    W. Schuman (10), Rautavaara (8), Penderecki (8)...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Art Rock View Post
    Bax (7), Vaughan Williams (9), Rubbra (9), Holmboe (13), Hanson (7), Tubin (9), Alfven (5), Schmidt (4), Myaskovsky (27)... for starters...
    Hmm I thought Rubbra wrote 11 symphonies and Tubin 10.

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    Possibly, I was posting from memory.
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    Ernst Toch (7). On CPO with Alun Francis and the Berlin R.S.O. Alberic Magnard (4).

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    Saint-Saens. (5). Get the classic EMI two disc set with Jean martinon and the French Radio orchestra.

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    Roussel Syms. 1 - 4. Of sets commonly available, Deneve on Naxos and Dutoit on Apex are inexpensive, but I prefer Eschenbach on Ondine.

    My favorites by Sym.: Sym. 1 - Eschenbach (Ondine); Sym. 2. - Martinon (Erato); Sym. 3. - Bernstein (Sony); Sym. 4. - Verrot (Analekta).

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    ^^^^^^^^^^
    I've been meaning to get around to those Roussel symphonies.

    There's the Schnittke symphonies on BIS, and Chandos.

    For Ives, I like the Tilson Thomas CDs on Sony.

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    Malcolm Arnold (9), Atterberg (9), Peterson-Berger (5), Alan Pettersson (16), Rangstrom (4), Sumera (6), Carl Vine (7), Brenton Broadstock (5), Henze (10), Yoshimatsu (5 I think), Isang Yun (5), Per Norgard (I really am not sure how many but I think it's around 7), Melartin (6), Langgarrd (16), Honegger (5), Hartmann (8),Martinu (6), Alwyn (5), Robert Simpson (11)
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    Havergal Brian (32)
    Benjamin Frankel (8)
    Hilding Rosenberg (6)
    Karl-Birger Blomdahl (3)
    Aulis Sallinen (8)
    Roy Harris (around 18 - see Wikipedia)
    Roberto Gerhard (4)

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    Farrenc (3)
    Early-mid-19th century French composer, but the symphonies don't really sound typically "French" to me (French music is not my favorite, but I really like these). Main influence is Beethoven--very tight structure, little motives unifying whole movements. Plenty of drama.

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    I presume the original poster prefers late Romantic and beyond symphonies.

    Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915), 4 symphonies
    Egon Wellesz (1885-1974), 9 symphonies with interesting shift in style from tonality to 12-tone.

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    May I humbly recommend the three symphonies each of Copland and Bernstein. All six are very different from each other and with the exception of Copland's 3rd are very underplayed.

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