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    In no order:

    Bruckner 6
    Mozart 41
    Hilding Rosenberg 6
    Weinberg 10 (or 5)
    Sibelius 3

    Next week some might change.
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    1. Symphony No. 9 in D Minor "Choral" - Ludwig van Beethoven (1824)
    2. Symphony No. 9 in D Major - Gustav Mahler (1910)
    3. Symphony No. 9 in C Major "The Great" - Franz Schubert (1826)
    4. Symphony No. 15 in A Major - Dmitri Shostakovich (1971)
    5. Symphony No. 5 in C Minor - Ludwig van Beethoven (1808) / Symphony No. 4 in E Minor - Johannes Brahms (1884)

    I'll flip the script and say that I doubt those will change anytime soon, perhaps ever. Though I am always open to replacements at the throne, and discover/revisit several amazing symphonies every year, those are the creamiest of the crop as far as I'm concerned.
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    I can't take it down to five. These are always the ones I come back to so just pick any five of these:

    Haydn 100
    Haydn 104
    Mozart 41
    Beethoven 3
    Beethoven 7
    Beethoven 9
    Dvorak 7
    Dvorak 8
    Dvorak 9
    Shostakovich 5
    Copland 3
    Bernstein 1

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    Or just listen to Beethoven 7th five times.

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    Tchaikovsky 6
    Dvorak 9
    Prokofiev 1
    Tchaikovsky 5
    Beethoven 3, 5, 6, & 7 (I couldn't decide)
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    Beethoven 9
    Sibelius 2
    Bruckner 5
    Prokofiev 5
    Brahms 3

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    It changes all the time.

    This is list today:

    Beethoven 9
    Beethoven 5
    Symphony Fantastique
    Scheherazade - if you consider this a symphony
    Mozart 25 or 40
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    Dvorak 9
    Beethoven 3
    Tchaikovsky 4
    Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique
    Mahler 3

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vronsky View Post
    Schumann No. 4
    Mahler No. 8
    Mahler No. 6
    Berlioz Fantastique
    Mendelssohn No. 3
    Additional info:

    Schumann No. 4/Bernstein & VPO
    Mahler No. 8/Rattle & CBSO
    Mahler No. 6/Abbado & BPO
    Berlioz Fantastique/Paray & DSO or Cluytens & Philharmonia Orchestra
    Mendelssohn No. 3/Masur & Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra

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    Haydn 88
    Beethoven 6
    Mendelssohn 'Scottish'
    Elgar 1
    Mahler 'Das Lied von der Erde'

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    Today:

    Elgar 2
    Mahler 2
    Berlioz phantastique
    Nielsen 5
    Beethoven 3

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil loves classical View Post
    I have collected like 11 versions of Mozart's last 5 symphonies, and over half dozen of select Beethoven symphonies (have around 10 of Symphony 4 which was my favourite for a long time), with one complete cycle. I know exactly which moments are coming up, when they modulate, how they sound among different versions, even after not listening for a few years. What used to inspire me, had become mostly a mental exercise in listening.

    Now Tchaikovsky 5 or Vaughan Williams 3, even though I've heard many times, and know what is coming up, still moves me like no other. Maybe it is the incredible efficiency of Mozart and Beethoven, that makes me spent?
    I know exactly what you mean regarding Vaughan Williams. There is a quality to his music that is unique. I've never understood the pastoral criticism; it's what I love about him.

    I didn't include RVW in my top 5, but he's right up there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by janxharris View Post
    I know exactly what you mean regarding Vaughan Williams. There is a quality to his music that is unique. I've never understood the pastoral criticism; it's what I love about him.
    I concur with your sentiments

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    I've just counted the number of times that each symphony was cited here on this thread until post #56. I did not consider works that weren't published as symphonies, and I only considered the first five when people cited more. The results are below:

    Most cited symphonies that were cited at least three times (in chronological order when the number of citations was the same):

    1. Beethoven - Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, "Eroica", Op. 55 (1804) -> 10 times;
    2. Beethoven - Symphony No. 9 in D minor, "Choral", Op. 125 (1824) -> 9 times;

    3. Berlioz - Symphony No. 1 in C major, "Symphonie fantastique", Op. 14 (1830) -> 7 times;
    4. Mahler - Symphony No. 9 in D major (1909) -> 7 times;
    5. Mozart - Symphony No. 41 in C major, "Jupiter", K. 551 (1788) -> 6 times;
    6. Beethoven - Symphony No. 6 in F major, "Pastoral", Op. 68 (1808) -> 6 times;
    7. Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64 (1888) - 6 times;
    8. Brahms - Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98 (1885) -> 5 times;
    9. Mahler - Symphony No. 2 in C minor, "Ressurection" (1894) -> 5 times;
    10. Sibelius - Symphony No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 82 (1919) -> 5 times;
    11. Beethoven - Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67 (1808) -> 4 times;
    12. Beethoven - Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92 (1812) -> 4 times;

    13. Brahms - Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90 (1883) -> 4 times;
    14. Bruckner - Symphony No. 8 in C minor, "The Apocalyptic", WAB 108 (1890) -> 4 times;
    15. Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 6 in B minor, "Pathétique", Op. 74 (1893) -> 4 times;
    16. Mozart - Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550 (1788) -> 3 times;
    17. Schubert - Symphony No. 9 in C major, "The Great", D 944 (1828) -> 3 times;
    18. Mahler - Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp minor (1902) -> 3 times;
    19. Sibelius - Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 43 (1902) -> 3 times;
    20. Mahler - Symphony No. 6 in A minor (1906) -> 3 times.

    Most cited composers that were cited at least three times (the older first when more than one cited the same number of times):

    1. Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) - 36 times;
    2. Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) - 28 times;
    3. Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) - 12 times;
    4. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) - 11 times;
    5. Jean Sibelius (1865-1967) - 11 times;
    6. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) - 10 times;
    7. Anton Bruckner (1824-1896) - 10 times;
    8. Hector Berlioz (1803-1869) - 7 times;
    9. Franz Schubert (1797-1828) - 5 times;
    10. Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) - 5 times;
    11. Robert Schumann (1810-1856) - 4 times;
    12. Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904) - 4 times;
    13. Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) - 3 times;
    14. Edward Elgar (1857-1934) - 3 times;
    15. Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) - 3 times.
    Last edited by Allerius; Nov-10-2018 at 23:23. Reason: I had forgotten Tchaikovsky's Fifth.
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