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  • Schubert's Fifth Symphony in B-flat Major

    25 34.25%
  • Beethoven's Fifth Symphony in C Minor

    54 73.97%
  • Bruckner's Fifth Symphony in B-flat Major

    26 35.62%
  • Mahler's Fifth Symphony in C-sharp Minor/D Major

    46 63.01%
  • Mendelssohn's Fifth Symphony in D "Reformation"

    16 21.92%
  • Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony in E Minor

    38 52.05%
  • Glazunov's Fifth Symphony in B-flat Major

    10 13.70%
  • Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry's Fifth Symphony in B Minor

    3 4.11%
  • Sir Arnold Bax's Fifth Symphony

    6 8.22%
  • Carl August Nielsen's Fifth Symphony

    19 26.03%
  • Darius Milhaud's Fifth Symphony

    3 4.11%
  • Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony (resp. to unjust criticism)

    35 47.95%
  • Sibelius' Fifth Symphony

    38 52.05%
  • Adolfs Skulte's Fifth Symphony

    2 2.74%
  • Others? or "Nahh, I'll plead the Fifth so I'll say nothing, ya hear, nothing."

    9 12.33%
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    Default Picking Your Favorite Fifth Symphony(ies)

    Hey what's up?

    There is no doubt that the Fifth Symphony holds a very special place in Classical Music (as does the Eighth in my humble opinion): from Beethoven to Schubert to Mendelssohn, from Tchaikovsky to Glazunov to Myaskovsky to Shostakovich, from Bruckner to Mahler to Wellesz, from Parry to Stanford to Vaughan Williams to Bax to Lloyd, from Gade to Nielsen to Sibelius, and so forth. In short, there are many great Fifths out there.

    So what say you? What are your favorite Fifths?
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    4 top ones could be

    LvB, Bruckner, Mahler, Nielsen.

    Should I choose 5 based on a principle of much variation in the music, I might-might also choose Nørgård.

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    Vaughan Williams. That's about the only Vaughan-Williams piece I know, but I think it's my favorite fifth symphony.

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    No particular order:

    Beethoven
    Prokofiev
    Shostakovich
    Sibelius
    Tchaikovsky

    I like Mahler's 5th, but its not one of my favorites...I really need to give it more listens though. I know, I know...

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    Vaughan Williams' is one of my favorite symphonies by anyone. His masterpiece, IMO.

    Also my favorites of Sibelius and Prokofiev, but I can never decide which LvB symphony I love best.

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    It's more correct to say that Mahler's Fifth is in A minor than it is to say it's in C# minor, as the first movement functions mostly as an extended introduction to the second movement's sonata-allegro.

    At any rate, I'd leave off a key designation, personally.

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    Alfred Schnittke's Fifth Symphony is possibly my favorite 5th. It's actually a hybrid work, as indicated by the formal title: "Concerto Grosso #4/Symphony #5." It starts out in Concerto Grosso mode: the mood is jovial and a bit intoxicated, soon turning its attention to the recomposition of Mahlerian juvenilia (his unfinished Piano Quartet), thereby adopting a more romantic mode, after which it acquires a much darker and more volatile and forbidding profile, before becoming, finally, funereal, marching toward its singular fate: its end.

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    Schubert is beautiful, Mendelssohn is uplifting, Beethoven is philosophical, Sibelius is life-affirming, Mahler is awesome, Shostakovich is powerful, Tchaikovsky is spirited, Bruckner is the best piece of classical music.
    Wäre das Faktum wahr, – wäre der außerordentliche Fall wirklich eingetreten, daß die politische Gesetzgebung der Vernunft übertragen, der Mensch als Selbstzweck respektiert und behandelt, das Gesetz auf den Thron erhoben, und wahre Freiheit zur Grundlage des Staatsgebäudes gemacht worden, so wollte ich auf ewig von den Musen Abschied nehmen, und dem herrlichsten aller Kunstwerke, der Monarchie der Vernunft, alle meine Thätigkeit widmen.

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    The ones on the list that made me say, "Oh, yeah" were Beethoven, Bruckner, Mahler, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Glazonov, Bax, Nielsen, and Sibelius.

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    I remember a few years ago reading about the worst roads in the United States, by State. Pennsylvania had won so many times that they were elevated to hall of fame status and New York was crowned the new winner. In fairness to others, I'm bypassing LvB 5 and going with Bruckner 5 (for best, not worst). I'm also writing in Ries' 5th as my "other". I'll also nominate Nielsen 5 as the symphony which most deserves my attention, from this list at least.

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    No Prokofiev's Fifth on list...?

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    No Mozart ?

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    As always I refuse to attempt to order favourites, so here is my (probably partial) list as they occurred to me...

    Mahler
    Sibelius
    Nielsen
    Vaughan-Williams
    Martinu
    Rubbra

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    My first place goes to Peter Mennin's 5th symphony for being exciting, ruggedly beautiful and a technical masterpiece.

    Second goes to Vaughan Williams 5 for its lyrical, heartfelt emotion.
    "Only in being hidden does the Divine reveal itself."

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    Mahler, Nielsen, Vaughan Williams, and Prokofiev.

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