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    I recently listened to Rautavaara's entire symphony cycle. I find his music highly intriguing in general.

    Symphony 1: Solid. Got me hooked.
    Symphony 2: A slight letdown. Kind of plodding.
    Symphony 3: Better than 2.
    Symphony 4: A tuneless, atonal mess. Didn't like it at all.
    Symphony 5: A huge improvement over 4. Epic.
    Symphony 6: The most interesting one for me. I liked the electronic elements.
    Symphony 7: Another epic work, but perhaps a bit anachronistic?
    Symphony 8: Felt like a direct sequel to 7 as it's pretty much in the same style.

    Your thoughts?

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    I'm hooked on Nos. 6 and 7. Also found his "Angels and Visitations" and "Angel of Dusk" fascinating.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Durendal View Post
    I recently listened to Rautavaara's entire symphony cycle. I find his music highly intriguing in general.

    Symphony 1: Solid. Got me hooked.
    Symphony 2: A slight letdown. Kind of plodding.
    Symphony 3: Better than 2.
    Symphony 4: A tuneless, atonal mess. Didn't like it at all.
    Symphony 5: A huge improvement over 4. Epic.
    Symphony 6: The most interesting one for me. I liked the electronic elements.
    Symphony 7: Another epic work, but perhaps a bit anachronistic?
    Symphony 8: Felt like a direct sequel to 7 as it's pretty much in the same style.

    Your thoughts?
    I kind of share your views. No. 2 is disappointing, No. 4 is better than I had thought of initially. The most interesting ones, in my opinion, are Nos. 3, 5, 7 and 8. The latter has an epic and transcendent feel to it that is just compelling.

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    I played them on Youtube and never really got excited. His works I like are in the "other" category.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Durendal View Post
    Symphony 7: Another epic work, but perhaps a bit anachronistic?
    Anachronistic? Maybe, although I just listened to the opening again and I'm not sure what other period that could've belonged to. The slow movement has become possibly his most famous piece of music, and probably rightly so. :-)

    It's been a while since I've played these, but I mostly enjoyed the 1st, 3rd, and 8th. The one-movement 5th is an interesting one that I've been meaning to go back to again.

    Some favourites of this other work: Piano Concerto No. 1, Violin Concerto, Cello Concerto No. 2, Vigilia, Cantus

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