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I did a different take and picked one symphony per number, with one un-numbered, plus the high-numbered symphonies.

As others stated, this is a difficult task, but here goes.

1. Mahler - Solti: Chicago Symphony Orchestra (beat Honeck: PSO by a whisker)
2. Mahler - Solti: London Symphony Orchestra
3. Mahler - Honeck: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
4. Tchaikovsky - Solti: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
5. Shostakovich - Honeck: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
6. Tchaikovsky - Solti: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
7. Dvorak - Dohnanyi: Cleveland Orchestra
8. Dvorak - Honeck: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
9. Dvorak - Solti: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
10. Mahler - Wigglesworth: BBC National Orchestra Of Wales
Not Numbered - Symphonie Fantastique (Berlioz) - Janowski: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

93-104. Haydn (not as much difficulty with these numbered symphonies) :lol:
 

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I did a different take and picked one symphony per number, with one un-numbered, plus the high-numbered symphonies.

As others stated, this is a difficult task, but here goes.

1. Mahler - Solti: Chicago Symphony Orchestra (beat Honeck: PSO by a whisker)
2. Mahler - Solti: London Symphony Orchestra
3. Mahler - Honeck: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
4. Tchaikovsky - Solti: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
5. Shostakovich - Honeck: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
6. Tchaikovsky - Solti: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
7. Dvorak - Dohnanyi: Cleveland Orchestra
8. Dvorak - Honeck: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
9. Dvorak - Solti: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
10. Mahler - Wigglesworth: BBC National Orchestra Of Wales
Not Numbered - Symphonie Fantastique (Berlioz) - Janowski: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

93-104. Haydn (not as much difficulty with these numbered symphonies) :lol:
Nice to see Wigglesworth mentioned, I like that one, and Rattle´s first recording.
 

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Current 10

Rameau, "Une symphonie imaginaire" - Minkowski
Haydn 83 "The Hen" - Bernstein
Haydn 92 "Oxford" - Szell
Beethoven 4 - Walter
Beethoven 6 - Walter
Berlioz, Symphonie Fantastique - Davis/Vienna
Mahler 4 - Bernstein/NY
Sibelius 6 - Karajan/Philharmonia
Rachmaninov, Symphonic Dances (Jansons)
Stravinsky, Symphony in C (Stravinsky cond.)
 

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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
Very advanced list! (Bold = I have no idea = completely unknown!)
 

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All are 20th century...

Carlos Chavez - Mexico - 1935
Eduard Tubin - Estonia - 1943
Edmund Rubbra - Britain - 1947
George Lloyd - Britain - 1985
You sent me back to the school! :tiphat:
 
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Having already listed my favorites on page 1, I'm going to digress and list my favorite individual symphonic movements:

1. Bruckner 8: III
2. Beethoven 9: I
3. Mahler 9: IV
4. Brahms 3: III
5. Beethoven 3: II
6. Mahler 5: IV
7. Beethoven 9: IV
8. Tchaikovsky 6: I
9. Mahler 4: II
10. Rachmaninoff 2: III
 

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It looks like the last top 10 symphonies thread petered out last year, but I have the urge to share a list of my own and see yours. I will encourage everyone to provide a brief justification of each piece and their favorite recording.
I wanted to revive this thread, so...

1. Beethoven #9: Toscanini/NBCSO (1952)
2. Bruckner #8: Furtwängler/WPO (1944)
3. Beethoven #5: Karajan/BPO (1963)
4. Schubert #8: Kleiber/WPO (1978)
5. Tchaikovsky #6: Mravinsky/LPO (1960)
6. Bruckner #9: Giulini/WPO (1988)
7. Mahler #9: Haitink/RCO (1987)
8. Bruckner #7: Karajan/WPO (1989)
9. Beethoven #3: Bernstein/NYPO (1964)
10. Brahms #3: Karajan/BPO (1964)
 

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Favorite 10 symphonies roughly in descending order:

Beethoven 5th - Carlos Kleiber
Beethoven 9th - Karajan BPO 1963
Beethoven 3rd - Honeck Pittsburgh
Tchaikovsky 4th - Mravinsky Leningrad (1960 - stereo)
Tchaikovsky 6th - Mravisnky Leningrad (1960 - stereo)
Tchaikovsky 2nd - Abbado - Philharmonia
Tchaikovsky 1st - Tilson Thomas BSO
Dvorak 5th - Suitner or Rowicki
Dvorak 3rd - Suitner or Anguelov
Dvorak 6th - Rowicki



Runners up more or less in descending order:


Borodin 2
Kalinnikov 1
Kalinnikov 2
Rimsky-korsakov 2 (Antar)
Beethoven 7th - Kleiber
Tchaikovsky 5th - Mravinsky Leningrad (1960 -stereo)
Dvorak 8th
Dvorak 9th
Beethoven 6th - Bohm
Tchaikovsky 3rd
Beethoven 4
Beethoven 8
Sibelius 1
Sibelius 2
Sibelius 5
Brahms 1
Shostakovich 5
Shostakovich 9
Shostakovich 10
Mendelssohn 4
Mendelssohn 3
Borodin 1
Borodin 3
Schubert 8
 

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For the time being ...

1. Mahler 9 - Bruno Walter, Columbia SO, 1961
2. Mahler 6 - Mariss Jansons, LSO live, Nov 2002
3. Bruckner 8 - Sergiu Celibidache, SWR Radio Symphony Orchestra, Nov 1976
4. Bruckner 9 - Claudio Abbado, Lucerne Festival Orchestra, 2013
5. Bruckner 5 - Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, June 2004
6. Mahler 3 - Leonard Bernstein, New York Philharmonic (DG)
7. Tschaikowsky 6 - Willem Mengelberg, Concertgebouw, 1941
8. Beethoven 3 - Arturo Toscanini, 1939
9. Beethoven 9 - Philharmonia Orchestra, live 1957
10. Mozart 40 - Ensemble Resonanz, Riccardo Minasi
 

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I'll give it a try...

Elliott Carter - Symphony for Three Orchestras
Charles Wuorinen - Two Part Symphony (1978)
Charles Wuorinen - Microsymphony (1992)
Magnus Lindberg - Sculpture (2005)
Krysztof Penderecki - Symphony No. 4
Peter Maxwell Davies - Symphony No. 2
Sofia Gubaidulina - Stimmen...Verstummen", Symphony in 12 movements (1986)
Stefan Wolpe - Symphony (1956)
Erkki-Sven Tüür - Symphony No. 9 "Mythos"
Roger Sessions - Symphony No. 8 (1968)

I can already see quite a few others that, on other days, would be in my top 10.
 
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For the time being:

Sibelius: Symphony no. 7
Beethoven: Symphony no. 9
Brahms: Symphony no. 4
Mahler: Symphony no. 2
Tchaikovsky: Symphony no. 6
Bruckner: Symphony no. 7
Sibelius: Symphony no. 4
Sibelius: Symphony no. 5
Beethoven: Symphony no. 6
Mahler: Symphony no. 3
 

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I will encourage everyone to provide a brief justification of each piece and their favorite recording.
Justification? Our favo(u)rites likely need no justification. My pleading would be too wordy to be brief, besides. I'll attempt single-word descriptors as the OP had done:

10. Benjamin Frankel: Symphony No.1
W. A. Albert & the Queensland Symphony Orchestra on CPO
After composer's age 50, he adapts 12-tone techniques to create his first symphony

9. Isang Yun: Symphony No.2
T. Ukigaya & Pomeranian Philharmonic Orchestra on CPO
Unique blend of Korean scales/intervals with Germanic modernity

8. Humphrey Searle: Symphony No.5
Hallé Orchestra/Lawrence Leonard; BBC Broadcast 12 March 1966 (monaural)
Post-WWII serialism with Webern-like crystallization

7. Meyer Kupferman: Jazz Symphony
Domarkas & the Lithuanian National Philharmonic (with solo saxophone & mezzo-soprano) Soundspells
1960s-style third-stream avant-garde atonal jazz with late-1980s European orchestral recording.

6. William Walton: Symphony No.1
B. Thomson & London Philharmonic on Chandos
tempestuous intensity

5. Karl-Birger Blomdahl: Symphony No.3 "Facetter"
Sixten Ehrling & Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra on Caprice
Ominous, kinetic, expressionism

4. Alex North: Symphony for a New Continent
Graunke Symphony Orchestra of Munich conducted by North on Prometheus CD
Primordial, percussive, freely atonal

3. Karol Szymanowski: Symphony No.3 "Song of the Night"
K. Stryja Polish State Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus on Marco Polo CD
Dionysian & hedonistic chromaticism

2. Richard Rodney Bennett: Symphony No.1
Igor Buketoff conducting the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on RCA LP
Virtuoso & extrovert serialism

1. André Jolivet: Troisieme Symphonie
Orchestre National de France directed by André Jolivet (live 1966 recording) on Solstice CD
Obstinate, vehement, sound-mass projections.
 

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These position aren't exactly set in stone and I really need to expose myself to more, but I also have a certain taste as I prefer symphonies that have a prominent organ part.

10. Widor: Symphony for Organ and Orchestra
9. Guilmant: Symphony for Organ and Orchestra 1
8. Havergal Brian: Symphony 2
7. Havergal Brian: Symphony 1 "Gothic"
6. Beethoven: Symphony 6 "Pastorale"
5. Beethoven: Symphony 9
4. Beethoven: Symphony 3 "Eroica"
3. Saint-Saens: Symphony 3 "Organ"
2. Widor: Symphonie Antique
1. Mahler: Symphony 8
 

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Limiting myself to just 1 symphony per composer, as this would be way too difficult otherwise:

Beethoven 7
Bortkiewicz 1
Mahler 8
Rachmaninov 2
Tchaikovsky 5
Mozart 40
Glazunov 5
Taneyev 4
Kalinnikov 1
Saint-Saens 3
 

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Fairly standard list with a couple of less common ones

Beethoven 3 - Eternal and immutable no.1 for me
Brahms 4 - Bored of it now, but it was such a key work when i fell in love with CM that it has to be here
Vaughan Williams 5 - Not a truly great work imo overall...but has to be in my top 10 for the slow movement
Elgar 2 - 2nd movement...
Mahler 9
Mahler 2
Mozart 41
Berlioz Phantastique
Nielsen 5
Schubert 9
 
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