View Poll Results: What is your favorite Sibelius symphony?

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  • Kullervo

    2 2.11%
  • Symphony No. 1 in E minor

    10 10.53%
  • Symphony No. 2 in D major

    26 27.37%
  • Symphony No. 3 in C major

    8 8.42%
  • Symphony No. 4 in A minor

    6 6.32%
  • Symphony No. 5 in E-flat major

    19 20.00%
  • Symphony No. 6 in D minor

    7 7.37%
  • Symphony No. 7 in C major

    17 17.89%
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    Default Favorite Sibelius Symphony?

    I figured since there are threads on favorite Mahler symphonies and Beethoven symphonies and such, I would start a Sibelius one as there aren't any that I could find.
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    #1 for me!

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    It's close between 6, 7, and 4; but I opted for 6.

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    My favourite are 2, 5 a 7, but when I have to choose one, it is No. 5. Wonderful work, I like its three movements concept...although some listeners prefer original version, in my opinion "scherzo part" in the first movement make it interesting and fresh...also change from the first movement material to "scherzo" is very natural and good solved. In this symphony I love evident inspiration of nature, but not in usually "pastoral" way but in something like "metaphysical" one. Symphony is full of beautiful music, it is warm, peaceful, inspiring and full of wisdom. Coda of the third movement is cosmic and have only a few rivals in symphonic genre...but the ending of the first movement is probably the most overhelming ending of music piece I've ever heard.

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    I love the 4th movement of Sibelius 2nd Symphony, so can anybody recommend another sibelius symphony I should listen to?

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    Quote Originally Posted by R-F View Post
    I love the 4th movement of Sibelius 2nd Symphony, so can anybody recommend another sibelius symphony I should listen to?
    The 5th and 7th.
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    Hmmm... 2- or 3-- or 5? I'll reserve the right to change my mind, in the future. However, if I go with my gut, I'd have to say "2!" (No disrespect intended to the finalists, nor indeed to 7.)

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    Definitely #2 for me.

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    I am abstaining my vote for now, as I have only recently begun exploring his music and so far only know of his first and second symphonies.... definately want to hear them all before passing on my vote. Love his tone poems so far as well.
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    I just finished listening to Sibelius 5th Symphony. I've only listened to it and the 2nd Symphony and just like it the only movement I liked was the last movement. But I really liked the last movement. I might try the 7th Symphony next.

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    They're all good. And have very different characters from each other. I will say that #5 is my personal favourite even though it's flogged a little. But I also have an affection for #3. Sibelius' first attempt at "economising". and full of wonderful tunes...

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    The Second Symphony is my favorite, though I know it is not technically his best.

    I have do disagree, my dear World Violist, on Kullervo's status as symphony. If Kullervo is a symphony, than so are the 4 Lemminkainen Legends and Tapiola. I cannot help but think of Kullervo as a massive tone poem in 5 movements.
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    You've only given us one option for symphony no. 5.

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    My shortlist contained nos 1, 2 and 5.

    There was a time in my life when I thought 2 was astounding, and in a way I still do, though it tends to wear me out a bit - it has great tunes, but there's too much of whatever it has too much of, somehow. So 2 dropped out.

    5 is terrific, but I've never felt quite comfortable with the strange finale, which always leaves me feeling unsettled and dissatisfied.

    So 1 is the winner for me. It was the first Sibelius symphony I ever heard, and I still remember listening to that long introductory solo, and then suddenly plunging (or so it seemed) into windswept flurries of snow among fir trees, and realising that I was listening to music that would last me a lifetime. So there's a bit of nostalgia wrapped up in my decision too.

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    the opening to the First is great. It conjures up memories for me, as well, along with the Violin Concerto and the tone poems. I can't see what could be so strange about the finale to 5. Repetitiveness, perhaps?
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