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  1. Classical Music Discussion
    I noticed there’s not a single thread for this piece, so I wanted to start one because I have never listened to this particular symphony before and I’m planning on doing so very soon. I think I’m going to listen to Mackerras/SCO because generally those are excellent accounts, but if someone has...
  2. Classical Music Discussion
    I know I know, there’s already a thread on Brahms 2nd symphony. But I think this is different. I’m asking for a recording for exploring the work for the first time and i’m going to reference back to said recording. Lately I have been listening to Brahms symphonies and so far I have listened to...
  3. Classical Music Discussion
    I haven’t listened to many 8th’s, but I like karajan’s 63 recording, because for me he chooses just the right tempi, except in the 3rd movement, that’s why I’m curious to hear all your recommendations. Fire away!
  4. Classical Music Discussion
    Lately I have been trying to find the best recordings for every Beethoven Symphony. I have been copying the 10 recommended recordings from Trout's blog here on TC for the Beethoven symphonies that he made a blog post about (3,5,6,7 & 9) and I have been copying every recommendation from David...
  5. Classical Music Discussion Polls
    Which of the romantic symphonies by Polish composers do you like the most?
  6. Classical Music Discussion
    Which 10 Haydn symphonies are your favorites? My favorites are: 1. No. 49 in F Minor, "La Passione" 2. No. 92 in G Major, "Oxford" 3. No. 80 in D Minor 4. No. 39 in G Minor 5. No. 67 in F Major 6. No. 95 in C Minor 7. No. 100 in G Major, "Military" 8. No. 45 in F-Sharp Minor, "Farewell" 9. No...
  7. Classical Music Discussion Polls
    Oops I posted this thread in the wrong sub-forum! Ignore this thread it was a mistake
  8. Orchestral Music
    As in the title. My top 20 favorite symphonies from 20th century are: (in chronological order) Dohnányi - Symphony No. 1 in D minor, Op. 9 (1901) Karłowicz - Symphony "Rebirth" in E minor, Op. 7 (1902) Melartin - Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 30 No. 1 (1902) Noskowski - Symphony No. 3 in F...
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    As in the title. My top 20 favorite symphonies from 19th century are: (in chronological order) 1. Elsner - Symphony in C major, Op.11 (1805) 2. Dobrzyński - Symphony No. 2 in C minor "Characteristic", Op.15 (1831) 3. Saint-Saëns - Symphony in F major "Urbs Roma" (1856) 4. Reinecke - Symphony...
  10. Classical Music Discussion
    Let's discuss outstanding recordings of each individual Sibelius symphony. What are your favorites? For me: Symphony No.2 Bernstein/NY Symphony No. 4 Ashkenazy/Philharmonia Symphony No. 5 Salonen/Philharmonia Bernstein/NY
  11. Orchestral Music
    As the title suggests, here's a nostalgic thread. What were your first complete symphony cycles by the composers listed (or not listed) ? Feel free to add your own composers or take away as necessary. Not interested in the best recordings, just the first you ever got on vinyl, cassette, CD or...
  12. Orchestral Music
    The enforced COVID lockdown has given me the chance to catch up on another set of Beethoven cycles so here is Part 14 of my cycle reviews, a little earlier than expected. Rating are as always: C Satisfactory cycle. Ok, but nothing to shout about B- Good cycle but flawed (see decriptions in...
  13. Orchestral Music
    So, you thought I'd gone. Fraid not! I'm back with Part 12 and I expect I'll be back with Part 13 next year due to the plethora of sets that should be completed for the Beethoven 250 celebrations. The purpose of this thread is merely to offer some of my own views on some of the numerous cycles...
  14. Orchestral Music
    Part 5. Final part for now!!!! (thank god for that, says everyone) C Satisfactory cycle. Ok, but nothing to shout about B- Good cycle but flawed (see decriptions in thread). B Good standard. A decent library set or better. B+ Very good set. Some very impressive performances. Well worth...
  15. Orchestral Music
    C Satisfactory cycle. Ok, but nothing to shout about B- Good cycle but flawed (see decriptions in thread). B Good standard. A decent library set or better. B+ Very good set. Some very impressive performances. Well worth investing in. A- Excellent set just missing a little something to take it to...
  16. Orchestral Music
    Part 3. Halfway through! C Satisfactory cycle. Ok, but nothing to shout about B- Good cycle but flawed (see decriptions in thread). B Good standard. A decent library set or better. B+ Very good set. Some very impressive performances. Well worth investing in. A- Excellent set just missing a...
  17. Orchestral Music
    And here's Part 2 (sorry I had to split these reviews into 5s or 6s so I could include a picture of each cycle) C Satisfactory cycle. Ok, but nothing to shout about B- Good cycle but flawed (see decriptions in thread). B Good standard. A decent library set or better. B+ Very good set. Some...
  18. Orchestral Music
    General introduction to the threads This thread is one part of my Beethoven Symphonies Challenge. It will be divided in six episodes or "tables", and will compare a number of Symphony cycles in terms of performing quality and sound. The content of the six tables is closed, so please, don't ask...
  19. Orchestral Music
    General introduction to the threads This thread is one part of my Beethoven Symphonies Challenge. It will be divided in six episodes or "tables", and will compare a number of Symphony cycles in terms of performing quality and sound. The content of the six tables is closed, so please, don't ask...
  20. Orchestral Music
    General introduction to the threads This thread is one part of my Beethoven Symphonies Challenge. It will be divided in six episodes or "tables", and will compare a number of Symphony cycles in terms of performing quality and sound. The content of the six tables is closed, so please, don't ask...
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