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    Default Welcome to yet another edition of "What's Your Favourite?"

    This time we will be talking about your favourite one-movement orchestral work(s); overtures of operas or the stand-alone varieties, Fantasias and the like.

    I'm listening to the Hebrides overture now, Thielemann conducting the Vienna Philharmonic, and I'm really liking it. This prompted the question. I wouldn't say it's my favourite, but it's among those I like. If you have a "No.1 favourite" share it with us.
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    Oh dear - that is SO difficult to answer. I usually have several favourite pieces 'on the go'.

    But ok, if I had to take one one-movement work to the proverbial desert island it would be Delius' Paris. (Either Beecham or Anthony Collins would do.)

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    Ahhh yes, the Hebrides orchestra. You know, so far I have found 3 classifications of symphonies: Enjoyable, Emotional, and Atmospherical/Visual. I think Mendelssohn's symphonies sounds atmospherical/visual....many thoughts came to my head while i was listening to the Hebrides.

    As for my No.1 favorite, it's the Waxman's edition of Carmen Fantasy, but I'm sure my "favorite" will change in a short time...it's just that I'm having a "fan-moment" with the opera right now XD

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luximus View Post
    Ahhh yes, the Hebrides orchestra.
    Say what?
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    Yes, they have to play with their umbrellas up.


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    Quote Originally Posted by opus67 View Post
    This time we will be talking about your favourite one-movement orchestral work(s); overtures of operas or the stand-alone varieties, Fantasias and the like.
    Any of Beethoven's or Handel's overtures of operas or the stand-alone varieties, Fantasias and the like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by opus67 View Post
    Say what?
    i meant overture. Shush, i'm tired XDDD

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    Any of Beethoven's or Handel's overtures of operas...
    I won't argue if you want to put Leonore #3 at the head of the class.

    The controversial part: CTP's (highly subjective, IMO) guide to overtures- first paragraph:
    1) All Wagner overtures are great (even Liebesverbot and Rienzi).
    2) Virtually all Suppe' overtures are great (including the highly underrated Boccaccio)
    3) Most Rossini overtures are great.

    This is not intended to exclude other examples of greatness... but discussions of overtures would be incomplete without prominent mention of these three composers.
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    As far as genre go I happen to like overtures the very best. That being said I've listened to many in my time. I'd have to rank Rossini and Suppe (Morning, Noon, and Night in Vienna is certainly one of my favorites) at the top, but other composers of overtures worth mentioning are Weber, Cherubini, Auber, Donizetti, Sullivan, Kuhlau, Lortzing, Adam, and Spohr. I've only heard one of Meyerbeer's opera overtures, Margherita D'anjou, and it was very good as well. I've been curious to try the overtures of Moniuszko and if anyone here has heard them I'd be interested in hearing their opinion.

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    Many of Handel (no suprise )are marvellous (Messiah, Solomon, Alexander Feast). One I like in particular is an overture mixed with a recitative (Silete Venti): http://www.box.net/shared/avydeuzjud

    I like Mozart's ouverture for his operas.
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    I'd probably go with LVB's "Leonore Overture No. 3" as my favorite also.

    However, I must mention the following 1 movement works that I thoroughly enjoy almost as much (in no order), and I cannot pass up this opportunity to mention these :

    Dvorak - The Wild Dove

    R. Strauss - Ein Heldenleben

    Mozart - Magic Flute Overture, Don Giovanni Overture

    Brahms - Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Tragic Overture

    Tchaikovsky - 1812 Overture

    Wagner - Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla - Das Rheingold

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    Quote Originally Posted by Handel View Post
    Many of Handel (no suprise )are marvellous (Messiah, Solomon, Alexander Feast). One I like in particular is an overture mixed with a recitative (Silete Venti): http://www.box.net/shared/avydeuzjud
    What about the overture to Judas Maccabaeus? A superb fugal tour de force.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChamberNut View Post

    Wagner - Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla - Das Rheingold
    I'd go with that too if I had to pick just one piece. Otto Klemperer version. What a marvellous piece of orchestration, second to none.

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    Tough choice but I will go for -

    Debussy - 'Prelude a l'apres midi d'un faune'

    One of the most revolutionary and evocative works ever written.

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    Fingal's Mingle was my orchestras theme song for a while, we played it everywhere and all the time... as of today, we haven't played it in about 6 months, which is a record for us...

    My favourite one-mvmt piece is Tapiola, by a country mile.

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