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    I am starting to discover Glass' symphonies, listening to the 9th as I write this. I find it quite likeable and of course very repetitive - It would be interesting to hear your opinions on his symphonies as a whole.

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    Have not heard any of the nine and through serendipity have started off with number four. It starts off sounding like Brahms! The voicings and the Romantic warmth. I couldn’t believe my ears but it put a smile on my face. I’m expecting more surprises with all of them along the way to justify his $35 million net worth.
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    I'm glad to see we are all ignoring the 10th symphony. Dreadful work. Horrendous. Bad imitation of the worst Glass cliches. Bombastic drivel.

    The 9th symphony is great, but personally I love the 8th symphony more. I haven't got around to really appreciate the middle symphonies (5 to 7) as much as I have with 1 to 4, but they are all quite different in character. Number 2 I have a real soft spot for; the crunchy bitonality certainly makes it stand out from the rest. Number 3 is short, small scale, but covers the most emotional ground of all ten, I believe.
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    The most interesting ones (for me) are the first 3. The 5th is his most long and tends to be quite boring.

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    Are you sure this isn't one symphony repeated eight more times!
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    You mean like Bruckner?

    Sorry, I'll get me coat.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Pickett View Post
    You mean like Bruckner?

    Sorry, I'll get me coat.......
    That's the equivalent of throwing a hand-grenade into the thread. Brucknerites will be seething. Now all you have to do is insult Wagner or Bernstein and this could get ugly, Robert!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Pickett View Post
    You mean like Bruckner?

    Sorry, I'll get me coat.......
    Technically, Bruckner wrote more than 9 symphonies, so I'll let you off the hook.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Pickett View Post
    You mean like Bruckner?

    Sorry, I'll get me coat.......
    Clever. But no cigar.

    After all, I can tell the difference between Bruckner's 4th and 7th, my two favorite of his symphonies.

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