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Your Favorite Brahms Symphonies

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Which one(s)? He wrote four.

I have been listening to them interpreted by HIP conductors, Norrington and Gardiner. They make these work sound less long winded and like later Beethoven.
 

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Sorry, I forgot to include number four as an option. I am stupid.

Can this be fixed?
 
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They are all good in my opinion. Why choose?
 
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I voted for "Number Four"... Oh wait.

Edit: I see it was just a mistake to not include #4. It happens. Pollin' ain't easy, man!

ArtMusic, #4 is my favorite, one of my all-time favorite works. It's followed fairly closely by his 1st symphony, which as to be one of (if not the) greatest debut symphonies.
 
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My favorite Brahms Symphonies happen to be the best of them, Numbers 1 and 4.

I recommend the Boston Symphony conducted by Charles Munch for each of them.

Munch was known as a French specialist but he was just as great as a conductor of Brahms.
 

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My favorite recordings of my top two, respectively, are Kleiber/Vienna (#4) and Karajan/Berlin (#1)

The Kleiber recording is full of clarity, momentum and energy. The Karajan is powerful and romantic, I've never heard a more convincing 1st Mvt than the way Karajan does it.

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How come No. 4 was left out? Many people, including me, consider it to be Brahms' greatest symphony.

You just want it among 1, 2 and 3? In that case, I vote for #1.
I accidentally left out number four as explained by my second post. Sorry about that. It seems the poll cannot be fixed?
 
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My favorites are number one and number four.
 
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