Greatest Symphonies of All Time


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81 Mozart's 39th Symphony

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

82 Beethoven'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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83 Enescu's 1st Symphony
84 Bruckner's 5th Symphony

Possibly the most climactic ending of any symphony. Wagner said "Bruckner, the man! ". Hitler also loved this symphony and used it for his famous 50th birthday military parade.

The most gigantic finale of all symphonies.

85 Haydn's "London" Symphony 104
86 Sibelius' 4th Symphony

Profound -- not for people who want melodies to tear up to. With his Fifth, the summit of his symphonies.

Mysterious, arcane, unfathomable and fantastic.

87 Brahms' Symphony No. 2

I am absolutely convinced, that Bruckner is by far the more important and more fascinating symphonist than Brahms. But the beautiful 2nd symphony of Brahms belongs in this list.

I simply love Brahms and this symphony is simply beautiful!

It really should be the three B's: Bach, Beethoven, Bruckner for profundity. This symphony is like an elephant in a circus -- admirable but not completely natural.

88 Mozart - Symphony No. 38 (Prague Symphony)

The last four symphonies of Mozart are equaled in depth only by the last four symphonies of Bruckner.

89 Schumann Symphony no 3

Certainly the most cohesive and intuitive of his symphonies -- and thus the best.

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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
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
1. Brahms Symphony No.1 in C Minor
2. Brahms Symphony No. 4
3. Dvorak's 9th (New World) Symphony

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