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    Default Which Elgar's symph is better?

    Which one do you prefer? The 1908 or the 1910?

    I personally find the First more... fresh, I'd say. And although the elegiac tone of the Second is wonderful, nothing can beat the Adagio of the First.

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    This is a marginal decision as they are both great pieces but on balance I go for number 2. The opening is exhilarating with those sweeping horn calls. The slow movement is just vintage Elgar while the scherzo's transformation from playful to menacing is overwhelming. If the last movement is slightly disappointing compared to number 1 it is a small price to pay.

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    They are both very good, the 1st was described as Brahm's 5th by some conducters.
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    It's the two middle movements of the 1st that do it for me - what am I talking about! I composed them! Ha Ha Ha!
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    The finale of the A Flat Major Symphony is majestic. The slow episode features some of the most sentimental music that I have ever heard from Elgar, while the conclusion is triumphant and jubilant. A marvelous way to end a symphony.

    The second symphony just hasn't ever had as much appeal to me as the first; I couldn't call it a lesser work in quality, but it doesn't interest me so much.

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    The first is amazing, I've liked it for years. Yeh the slow movement (and transition) is amazing, but the lilt of the other middle movement has a wistful nostalgia which I like, the finale is as exciting as say the end of Tchaikovsky 5, the first movement has an interesting turbulence.

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    I adore the 1st.

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    I can't make up my mind so I fool heartedly say, must bee the third!

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    I wish there was a third option on your poll.

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    The first is more consistent.
    The second has more exceptional moments but is not greater than the sum of it's parts.

    I think I'll vote no.1 but it's very very close. If you'd listed - equal or undecided - I'd have voted for that option.

    Now I've voted I'm feeling really sorry for Symphony No.2 and would have probably voted for it if I'd realised it was 8-3 down at the time of voting.
    Last edited by MagneticGhost; May-03-2013 at 12:35. Reason: Saw the results.
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    Consistency is everything to me.

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