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    I'd never say it is "the worst" -- such a concept escapes my way of musical-thinking, but I've long been uncomfortable by the closing page of William Walton's Belshazzar's Feast. Yet perhaps it is fitting, as a metaphor (in a few bars) for the decadence and wastefulness of that feast itself depicted in the musical work. Still, that the fellow who wrote the magnificent Symphony No. 1 in B-flat minor could end his ...Feast in such a way perturbs me. And, oddly enough, both works have similar endings; yet, the Symphony's seems gloriously right ….

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    I am afraid the final bars of the Sibelius 5th (a composer I absolutely adore btw) really really embark my paridae.

    And some of Rachmaninov's closing pages are a bit contrived too, particularly in the Piano Concertos.

    Dudley Moore did a huge huge disservice to Beethoven (post No.15 ), still makes me laugh though!!
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    Beethoven fifth symhony last mov.OMg Will this end, no, again, no, this time for sure, no, this time Im sure he has said what he wanted, no...
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    The end of Smetana's Vltava!
    The river meanders off into the sea, becoming fainter, losing its identity....then a whopping great perfect cadence, just in case we had forgotten the home key and gave a damn what it was anyway. Clumsy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pat Fairlea View Post
    The end of Smetana's Vltava!
    The river meanders off into the sea, becoming fainter, losing its identity....then a whopping great perfect cadence, just in case we had forgotten the home key and gave a damn what it was anyway. Clumsy.
    Yes, and it just goes on forever, geezus, enough already...lol!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Machiavel View Post
    Beethoven fifth symhony last mov.OMg Will this end, no, again, no, this time for sure, no, this time Im sure he has said what he wanted, no...
    Ma Vlast is certainly a contender. The first 4 movements are sheer orchestral perfection and deeply moving but there it could end..

    But to Czech people there is a relevance and meaning to the last 2 movements. I remember Jakob Hrusa give a supportive talk about them before conducting it with the Philharmonia last year.

    I have heard the complete Ma Vlast live 6 times in the past year. It is actually No.5 that seems most unsatisfactory. But one performance, in Prague on independence day in the Municipal Hall almost cracked it. The Prague Symphony Orchestra (FOK) under their Dutch PGC made it flow to the end better, faster, more dynamic, I almost forgave the ending.

    It is certainly one that requires the rare mastery of conducting almost gone today.. the kind of skilful pacing and balance of masters such as Jansons or Karajan.

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