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    Beethoven Symphony No. 3, movement 1. Better than any other symphonic movement by Beethoven, period. I recently listened to all Beethoven symphonies on a plane flight, just in case I missed anything, and I'm still convinced of its absolute greatness.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeepR View Post
    Beethoven Symphony No. 3, movement 1. Better than any other symphonic movement by Beethoven, period. I recently listened to all Beethoven symphonies on a plane flight, just in case I missed anything, and I'm still convinced of its absolute greatness.
    I was going to say the exact same thing except it's the 2nd movement of Beethoven's 9th. I've still never heard anything like it. The opening movement's of Schubert's 8th and 9th are the closest for me. And the 2nd and 5th of Beethoven's Pastoral.

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    Scriabin's 1st, 1st movement
    Scriabin's 3rd, 2nd (struggles) and 4th (divine play) movements
    David Diamond's 4th, 1st movement
    Howard Hanson's 3rd, 1st movement
    Howard Hanson's 1st, 1st movement
    Russell Thompson's 2nd, 1st movement
    Peter Mennin's 5th, 1st and 3rd movements
    Copland's 3rd (I think?) - the last movement....you know the one.
    Vaughan Williams 5th - Every movement
    Brahms' 3rd, 4th movement
    Brahms' 4th, 1st, 3rd, and 4th movement.....

    But my favorite motive in any symphony is the major phrygian one i the 1st movement of Bruckner's 6th.
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    The fourth movements of:

    Brahms Symphony No. 4

    Brahms Symphony No. 1
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    There are many symphonic movements I deem as excellent on their own, most of which have already been listed (some several times). However, the 2nd & 4th movements to Vaughan-Williams 1st stand out for me. In particular, I think the 4th movement could stand on its own. When the soprano then baritone sing, "Bathe me, O God, in thee, mounting to thee, I and my soul in range of thee. O thou transcendent, Nameless, the fibre and the breath, Light of the light, shedding forth universes, thou center of them", it is truly an emtional moment for me. I have several recordings of it but still refer to Boult (EMI) as the best over all.

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    Part One of Mahler's Eighth as detonated by Solti, the CSO et al. Veni creator spiritus, indeed.

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    When listeners use the term, greatest, which can be expained in quite a few different ways, many, more often than not, construe it as meaning "favorite". So, I'll stick with that conventional assumption.

    The second movement andantes of Brahms' Second, Third and Fourth Symphonies
    The second movements of Dvorak's Seventh and Eighth Symphonies
    The third movement adagio of Rachmaninoff's Second Symphony

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    Sibelius-5th,final movement
    Sibelius-6th,first movement
    Sibelius-3rd.first and final movement
    Dvorak-3rd,second movement
    Dvorak-5th,final movement
    Dvorak-6th,first movement
    Dvorak-7th,third and fourth movement
    Beethoven-7th,second movement
    Beethoven-2nd,first movement
    Myaskovsky-27th.second movement
    Schumann-2nd,final movement
    Mendelssohn-4th,first movement
    Schubert-5th.first movement
    Walton-1st,first movement
    Martinu-2nd,second movement
    Brahms-3rd,second,third and final movement
    Brahms-4th,first and second movement
    Rubbra-2nd,first movement
    Moeran-first movement
    Atterberg-6th,first movement
    Tubin-cannot decide!

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    Sibelius-5th,final movement
    Sibelius-6th,first movement
    Sibelius-3rd.first and final movement
    Dvorak-3rd,second movement
    Dvorak-5th,final movement
    Dvorak-6th,first movement
    Dvorak-7th,third and fourth movement
    Beethoven-7th,second movement
    Beethoven-2nd,first movement
    Myaskovsky-27th.second movement
    Schumann-2nd,final movement
    Mendelssohn-4th,first movement
    Schubert-5th.first movement
    Walton-1st,first movement
    Martinu-2nd,second movement
    Brahms-3rd,second,third and final movement
    Brahms-4th,first and second movement
    Rubbra-2nd,first movement
    Moeran-first movement
    Atterberg-6th,first movement
    Tubin-cannot decide!

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    On the spur of the moment, I'll nominate the final movement of Vaughan Williams 3rd. The keening soprano cracks me up.

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    Third movement of Bruckner's Symphony No. 8.

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    The Rondo Burleske of Mahler Symphony No. 9 is the greatest single symphonic movement that I know.
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    Beethoven Symphony #3, second movement - It sends me every time. Every time!

    Sibelius Symphony #2, finale - While I watched the Selma to Montgomery marchers arrive at the Alabama state capitol, this movement took over my whole head, becoming my background music for the event.

    Poulenc; Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra, second movement - First time I heard this was on my car radio while driving. I almost lost control and had to pull over to the curb, where I listened to the rest. That was 40 years ago. It still does me.

    Ravel; Daphnes and Chloe, the whole thing. Very sensual.

    Wagner; orchestral music following Brunhilde's immolation from Gotterdammerung - a great wrap-up to the epic.

    Shostakovich Symphony #1, 1st mov't (plus the rest of it) - the thrill of discovering a composer's first full blown work of genius.
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    I find the Comodo from Mahler 3 to be a great stand-alone movement. I love the whole symphony, but in the Spring and I have limited time, that's the music I go for.
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    New World Symphony - 4th Movement Dvorak

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