Greatest Symphonies of All Time

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61Beethoven - 6th Symphony (Pastoral)

I think the first movement is the best thing ever written in music. Perfection. - Alex151

For me, it is the best Beethoven symphony

62Sibelius' 1st Symphony

I had one conductor compare the last movement to Fate, which I think is a perfect description. The entire symphony is great though. I am always moved to tears by final repetition of the theme at the end of the last movement and the those last pizzicato notes at the end that mirror the end of the first movement always gives me chills.

So passionate and full of loud brass. This is so so so beautiful to play and to listen to, especially with the heart-wrenching melodies!

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63Bruckner's 6th Symphony

This symphony is strangely enough still one of the most underrated symphonies.

64Shostakovich - Symphony no. 13 in B-flat minor "Babi Yar"

Chilling from beginning to end, but not without the greatest courage and. Five movements set to poems centered on the evil of antisemitism, cultimating in the first movememt, which in my opinion is the scariest music ever written, and one of DSCH's greatest works, hindered by Soviet authority's great efforts to censor it and stop performances alltogether.

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65Mendelssohn's Symphony # 3, Scottish

This should be # 1. The finale will inspire

One of the best Symphonies ever written

My favorite of all Medelssohn's symphonies. A truly inspired work, loaded with all sorts of emotion.

66Rachmaninov's 3rd Symphony

The most innovative, creative, emotional, musical genius the world has known!

Stunning beginning to end. One of the best finales I've ever heard.

67Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture

This is not a symphony

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68Haydn's Symphony No. 44 ("Trauer")

Once heard, cannot forget, the vigorous opening and closing movements, and the most memorable slow movement.

69Haydn Symphony No. 94 ("Surprise")
70Haydn's Symphony No. 31 ("Hornsignal")
71Prokofiev's 5th Symphony

A wonder of versatility and harmonic playfulness!

72Haydn's Symphony No. 101 ("The Clock")

I guess it is Haydn's best symphony. Simply outstanding!

73Chausson's Symphony in B-flat Major

Incredibly beautiful, relatively unknown symphony, should be performed more often!

74Carl Orff - Carmina Burana

This is not a symphony

75Mahler's Symphony No. 3 in D minor

Having just come back to classical music, this is the symphony which has got me excited. I just love all six movements. Thank you Mr. Mahler!

The final few moments in the finale of Symphony No. 3 are the most triumphant moments in music that I've ever had the pleasure of listening (Save for Nessun Dorma). - higgsboson2142

76Hans Rott - Symphony No. 1

So much of Mahler seems to be taken from this gem. Specifically the 2nd symphony. Anyhow, a phenomenal neglected work. And by the way, he didn't commit suicide. He died of tuberculosis in 1884 in an insane asylum.

Great genius who tragically committed suicide on a train after receiving negative criticism from Brahms. Mahler called him the "founder of the modern symphony".

Hans Rott and Gustav Mahler were both students of Anton Bruckner.

77Shostakovich Symphony No 1

Unbelievable that this masterful symphony was written at the age of 19 as a graduation piece from Leningrad Conservatory

78Mozart's 39th Symphony

Its precision and elegance allied to its cumulative power has very few equals in the literature (perhaps only Haydn).

79Beethoven's Egmont Overture

Its only like 8 mins but when you reach the end you are so swept up in the rhythms and notes. it is great for before a game or race

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80Enescu's 1st Symphony
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1. Beethoven's 5th (Fate) Symphony
2. Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, Op. 47 - Dmitri Shostakovich
3. Symphony No. 1 in D Major - Gustav Mahler
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1. Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, Op. 47 - Dmitri Shostakovich
2. Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43 - Jean Sibelius
3. Beethoven's 9th (Choral) Symphony
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1. Brahms Symphony No.1 in C Minor
2. Brahms Symphony No. 4
3. Dvorak's 9th (New World) Symphony
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