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1 Beethoven 9 - Barenboim & Staatskapelle Berlin
2 Beethoven 5 - Carlos Kleiber & Wiener Philharmoniker
3 Beethoven 7 - Carlos Kleiber & Wiener Philharmoniker
4 Brahms 4 - Carlos Kleiber & Wiener Philharmoniker
5 Beethoven 3 - Karajan & Berliner Philharmoniker
6 Brahms 3 - Levine & Wiener Philharmoniker
7 Dvorak 9 - Previn & Los Angeles Philharmonic
8 Brahms 1 - Bruno Walter & Columbia Symphony Orchestra
9 Mozart 40 - Levine & Chicago Symphony Orchestra
10 Mahler 5 - Abbado & Chicago Symphony Orchestra
 

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10 is a bit too many for me to put together at this point in my exposure, so I'll do a list of top 5:

1. Mozart 41
2. Mozart 40
3. Beethoven 6
4. Mahler 5
5. Beethoven 1

That's off the top of my head, I feel my list will constantly be changing depending on my mood.
 

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Alphabetical Order:

Beethoven - Symphony 9
Berlioz - Symphonie Fantastique
Brahms - Symphony 4
Mahler - Symphony 4
Mahler - Symphony 2
Mahler - Das Lied von der Erde
Nielsen - Symphony 3
Shostakovich - Symphony 10
Silvestrov - Symphony 4
Zemlinsky - Lyric Symphony
 

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As usual with me, this is a CURRENT list only....it will change dramatically in a fortnight.

Kalinnikov 1 - Bakels
Beethoven 7 - Dausgaard
Dvorak 5 - Rowicki
Mahler 6 ' Barshai
Sibelius 5 - various versions
Brahms 4 - Ticciati
Schumann 2 - Dohnanyi
Beethoven 8 - Scherchen
Dvorak 7 - Dohnanyi
Schubert 5 - Davis
 

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It might be a bit exotic but here is my list. I don't have any musical education.

1. Bruckner 7th
2. Mahler 2nd
3. Bruckner 1st
4. Dvorak 9th
5. Mahler 5th
6. Mahler 9th
7. Bruckner 9th
8. Tchaikovsky 5th
9. Schubert Unfinished
10. Schumann 3d
It's a superb list, Vadlo! Even the 1st by Bruckner, which I consider better than the 2nd.
 

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1. Symphony No. 9 in D Minor "Choral" - Ludwig van Beethoven (1824) / Herbert von Karajan - Berlin Philharmonic (1968 - Video Recording)

2. Symphony No. 9 in D Major - Gustav Mahler (1910) / Herbert von Karajan - Berlin Philharmonic (1982 - DG - LIVE recording)
https://images-eu.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51hh8swzgSL._SS500.jpg

3. Symphony No. 9 in C Major "The Great" - Franz Schubert (1826) / Herbert von Karajan - Berliner Philharmoniker (1968 - DG)
https://cps-static.rovicorp.com/3/JPG_500/MI0001/157/MI0001157695.jpg?partner=allrovi.com

4. Symphony No. 15 in A Major - Dmitri Shostakovich (1971) / Bernard Haitink - London Philharmonic Orchestra (1978 - Decca)
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/519lIcNcN9L.jpg

5. Symphony No. 5 in C Minor - Ludwig van Beethoven (1808) / John Eliot Gardiner - Orchestre Révolutionnaire Et Romantique (2016 - BBC Video Recording)

6. Symphony No. 4 in E Minor - Johannes Brahms (1884) / James Levine - Chicago Symphony Orchestra (1978 - RCA)

7. Symphony No. 9 in E Minor "From the New World" - Antonin Dvorak (1893) / Leonard Bernstein - New York Philharmonic (1962 - Sony)
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81YQUy2Z4vL._SL1500_.jpg

8. Symphonie Fantastique - Hector Berlioz (1830) / Herbert von Karajan - Berlin Philharmonic (1975 - DG)
https://i.scdn.co/image/a4757706d801b16068a2e7490174d26675849600

9. Symphony No. 41 in C Major - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1788) / Karl Bohm - Berlin Philharmonic (1962 - DG)
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/615z5uB1vxL._SY355_.jpg

10. Symphony No. 5 - Gustav Mahler (1902) / Rudolf Barshai - Junge Deutsche Philharmonie (1999)

I provided image links if they are available on Spotify and Youtube video links where they were not.
 

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Linited (with difficulty) to one per composer or some would dominate.

Beethoven -- 3 (Toscanini/NBC --Carnegie Hall)
Brahms -- 4 (various)
Mozart -- 38 (Kubelik/CSO)
Haydn -- 101 (Don't shoot me --Ormandy/Phila.)
Schumann -- 3 (Gardiner/ORR)
Mahler -- 6 (Leinsdorf/BSO)
Vaughan Wiliiams -- 5 (Previn/LSO)
Nielsen -- 5 (Horenstein/LSO)
Prokofiev - 5 (Leinsdorf/BSO)
Tippett -- 2 (Davis/LSO)
Dvorak -- 6 (Kertesz/LSO)

(Okay, that's eleven. Sue me. :))
 

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1. Bruckner 8th - Furtwangler 1944
2. Beethoven 9th - Furtwangler 1942
3. Brahms 3rd - Furtwangler 1954
4. Mahler 9th - Barbirolli live 1960
5. Mahler 7th - Klemperer
6. Beethoven 5th - Furtwangler 5/25/47
7. Mahler 5th - Barbirolli
8. Brahms 4th - Furtwangler 1949
9. Beethoven 3rd - Furtwangler 1944
10. Tchaikovsky 6th - Furtwangler 1951
10. (tie) Mahler 4th - Mengelberg
Who's your favourite conductor? :cool:
 

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Some candidates would be

Beethoven 9
Bruckner 8
Mahler/Cooke 10
Sibelius 4
Nielsen 4
Elgar 1
Vaughan-Williams 4
Martinu 6
Pettersson 8
Shostakovich 15

Another set of candidates would be

Beethoven 3
Schubert 9
Bruckner 4
Mahler 9
Sibelius Kullervo
Elgar 2
Dvorak 9
Nielsen 5
Shostakovich 8
Nørgård 5
 

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It's a superb list, Vadlo! Even the 1st by Bruckner, which I consider better than the 2nd.
I rate 1st of Bruckner very high. It's very underestimated. A perfect combination of tensions and discharges. The ending of the first part is probably my favorite moment in classic music.

For some reason I lack discharges in Beethoven and all earlier composers. I consider them incomplete and lightweight. The modern composers are vice verca - they have a lot of tensions which make them difficult to listen to. So Mahler, Bruckner and Rott, who fills the gap between these two with his tremendous symphony are the best for me.
 

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Liszt, Bruckner, Chopin, Wallace, Bortkiewicz.
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This is VERY intriguing!! :cool:


1. Tschaikowkys 5th

2. Mahlers 2nd

3. Beethovens 7th

4. Beethovens 9th

5. Bruckners 4th

6. Mahlers 8th

7. Beethovens 3rd

8. Tschaikowkys Manfred Symphony

9. Wallaces Creation Symphony

10. Schuberts Unvollendete
 

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There are many which I put high on the list so the bar is set very high for a top 10... (subject to change without notice)

Bantock - Pagan Symphony
Bruckner - 7th
Chavez - 2nd - Sinfonia India
Mahler - 8th
Rubbra - 5th
Nielsen - 5th
Sibelius - 3rd
Sibelius - 5th
Vaughan Williams 5th
Vaughan Williams - 2nd - London Symphony - 1913 version

Others that might make it into the 2nd 10...

Bantock - Hebridean
Berlioz - Fantastique
Bliss - Colour
Lloyd - 11th
Mahler - 2nd - Resurrection
Mahler - 3rd
Mahler - 5th
Martinu - 2nd
Nielsen - 3rd - Espansiva
Nielsen - 4th -
Rott - 1st (yes there is part of a 2nd)
Sibelius - 6th
Tubin - 4th - Lirica
Vaughan Williams - 1st - Sea
 

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There are many which I put high on the list so the bar is set very high for a top 10... (subject to change without notice)

Bantock - Pagan Symphony
Bruckner - 7th
Chavez - 2nd - Sinfonia India
Mahler - 8th
Rubbra - 5th
Nielsen - 5th
Sibelius - 3rd
Sibelius - 5th
Vaughan Williams 5th
Vaughan Williams - 2nd - London Symphony - 1913 version

Others that might make it into the 2nd 10...

Bantock - Hebridean
Berlioz - Fantastique
Bliss - Colour
Lloyd - 11th
Mahler - 2nd - Resurrection
Mahler - 3rd
Mahler - 5th
Martinu - 2nd
Nielsen - 3rd - Espansiva
Nielsen - 4th -
Rott - 1st (yes there is part of a 2nd)
Sibelius - 6th
Tubin - 4th - Lirica
Vaughan Williams - 1st - Sea
Well that list saved me time deliberating over what to select - that is a very fine selection Becca.
 

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Not in any order, other than alphabetical.

Beethoven - 7th
Brahms - 3rd
Bruckner - 7th
Bruckner - 9th
Dvořák - 8th
Joseph Marx - Eine Herbstsymphonie
Franz Schmidt - 2nd
Franz Schmidt - 4th
Vaughan Williams - 2nd 'London'
Vaughan Williams - 5th
 

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It's a bit obvious to say this is difficult. But it is.

Here goes...

Beethoven 7
Sibelius 6
Sibelius 4
Rachmaninoff 3
Vaughan Williams 5
Vaughan Williams 8
Borodin 2
Shostakovich 7 (not that I listen to it often - it scares me)
Tchaikovsky 4
Britten 'Spring'

Dvorak 8 just missed the cut.
 
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