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    Since someone has mentioned Bizet's first symphony, I will be glad to recommand to everyone in this forum the first symphony of Prokofiev, his "classical" symphony in D, this work is much more different than rest of his works, but I think this is perhaps his most well known and good sounding symphony.

    P.S I don't usually like light symphonies, but Prokofiev's first is an exception, it has such rich symphonic quality that I can't even describe. Just listen to it!

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    Hello,

    I like this symphonie for its freshness and high level of originality. One can see examples like Haydn, but it is built up with this secure feeling for individuality and it is a musical smile, Prokofievs own hand-writing.

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    I LOVE Prokofiev's 1st. It is fun and georgous! A truly fine piece of music. I know some think it is a joke, but i don't see it! It has too much respect and love and humor for it to be a joke! The fact it continues to be so popular so proof!

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    This is so laid back for a symphony. It's a welcome break from a Romantic great.

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    This work is one of several that established neo-classism before the bear-claws of Stravinsky. Perfectly balanced and formed, the first movement flows so well its pratically a sin. The finale makes you want to dance the gigue! Another fine light symphony is Mozart's 25th.

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    i'm a big fan of the classical symphony, just a shame it's so short (must be the shortest symphony ever written).

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    Resurrection time again!

    This is one good example in my experience of a first hearing being an indelible and irreplaceable one.

    Ormandy/Philadelphia will always be the ultimate performers of the "Classical" symphony for me. I've heard others, but they never quite seem to measure up. Quicksilver.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vesteralen View Post
    Resurrection time again!

    This is one good example in my experience of a first hearing being an indelible and irreplaceable one.
    Yeah, that's one of those few pieces which creates an instant memory, especially the third movement; a nice classical melody with the wrong chords.

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    There's great flute stuff in that symphony, it's actually one of the first ways I fell in love with Prokofiev some years ago, playing orchestral excerpts from there.
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    His classical symphony is certainly vastly different than later works, but I have always loved it.

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    I think a good part of its appeal lies in the fact that it is by turns both whimsical and yet "serious" at the same time.
    Whatever floats your boat

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    Is it not the case that its style and brevity were partly determined by Prokofiev's intention to write a complete work without using a piano to compose at?
    Or did I dream that?

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    I don't like it...I put "dislike" on every person saying that they love it...LOL (it is a joke, bien sûr!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy Marchant View Post
    Is it not the case that its style and brevity were partly determined by Prokofiev's intention to write a complete work without using a piano to compose at?
    Or did I dream that?
    I'm pretty sure you did...LOL

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    For me his first doesn't sound as Prokofiev...

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