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    I think Mahler, Shostakovich, Sibelius, and Vaughan Williams are pretty clearly the top 4.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eric1 View Post
    I think Mahler, Shostakovich, Sibelius, and Vaughan Williams are pretty clearly the top 4.
    Indeed, pretty much what I said earlier on. Seems the love for RVW is a bit too patchy here for it to be clear though!

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    Alphabetical order:

    Atterberg
    Bax
    Bloch
    Hanson
    Mahler
    Pärt
    Pettersson
    Prokofiev
    Shostakovich
    Sibelius
    Villa-Lobos
    Walton
    Yoshimatsu

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    Sad to admit that I don't really get/enjoy RVW's symphonies for the most part, though I do love the Pastoral 3rd and occasionally admire the 8th. The other 7 really don't do much for me, though I continually return to them to see if my opinions have changed any.

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    Favorite, not "greatest":

    Arnold
    Atterberg
    Braga Santos
    Hanson
    Lloyd
    Nielsen
    Prokofiev
    Sibelius
    Tubin
    Vaughan Williams


    I've had kind of an on-and-off relationship with Mahler and Shostakovich recently. Not really sure why; I guess it has to do with the consistently emotionally intense and often dark nature of their music, which can be overbearing for me if I'm not in the right mood. Would've loved to include Elgar and Walton, but in the end, producing only two works each in the genre counted against them.

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