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20 great 20th Century symphonies

Edward Wright
 
Mahler: Symphony No.6 "Tragic"
Mahler: Symphony No.6 "Tragic"
"To my mind, the best of Mahler's symphonies."
Symphonies 1 - 4 And Holidays (Tilson Thomas, Chicago So)
Symphonies 1 - 4 And Holidays (Tilson Thomas, Chicago So)
"Ives' Fourth is the first great American symphony. Inconsistent and over-the-top it may be, but there's nothing else like it."
Symphonies 1 - 6 (Bernstein, Ormandy, Nypo, Co)
Symphonies 1 - 6 (Bernstein, Ormandy, Nypo, Co)
"Nielsen's Fifth is regularly quoted as the 'best' of the century. The power of its opening movement makes clear why."
Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 6 and 7 / Tapiola
Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 6 and 7 / Tapiola
"Sibelius' Seventh is a remarkable achievement in concentrated power."
Symphonies 1 & 2
Symphonies 1 & 2
"The model for Shostakovitch's Fourth Symphony, Popov's First is a criminally neglected masterpiece."
Boulez Conducts Webern, Vol.3
Boulez Conducts Webern, Vol.3
"Webern's symphony is entirely sui generis. Nine minutes of crystalline beauty."
Honegger: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3 (DG The Originals)
Honegger: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3 (DG The Originals)
"Honegger's symphonies might be the most underrated cycle of the 20th century. The Symphonie Liturgique has never been played better than on this recording."
Prokofiev: Symphony 6, Waltz Suite op110 nos 2, 5, 6
Prokofiev: Symphony 6, Waltz Suite op110 nos 2, 5, 6
"Without doubt, the Sixth is Prokofiev's best symphony."
Gerhard: Symphony No.1/Violin Concerto
Gerhard: Symphony No.1/Violin Concerto
"Gerhard's underrated symphony cycle is consistently compelling. The First shows how Schoenbergian serialism can make a gripping, intense symphony."
Martinu: Symphony No.6 / Bouquet Of Flowers
Martinu: Symphony No.6 / Bouquet Of Flowers
"Martinu's last symphony has a much wider emotional range than much of his work, and has a wonderfully ambivalent conclusion."
Ferdinand Leitner conducts Bruckner
Ferdinand Leitner conducts Bruckner
"Hartmann's Sixth is one of the legendary white-knuckle-rides of the orchestral repertoire. There's nothing else that matches the energy and drive of its finale."
Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos 14 & 15
Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos 14 & 15
"The Fourteenth Symphony is Shostakovitch's answer to Mahler's 'Das Lied von der Erde.'"
Sinfonia, Eindrucke
Sinfonia, Eindrucke
"Maybe it's not really a symphony, but Berio's maniacal collage certainly has the power of one (as well as rather a lot of Mahler too)."
Schnittke: Symphony No. 1
Schnittke: Symphony No. 1
"Schnittke's first symphony has been called both 'the Gulag Archipelago of Russian music' and 'a gigantic temper tantrum'. The truth is somewhere in between."
Nørgård: Symphony 3, Concerto in due tempi (Piano Concerto)
Nørgård: Symphony 3, Concerto in due tempi (Piano Concerto)
"Norgard's Third is a stunning, over-the-top confection. The best symphony Scriabin never wrote?"
Lutoslawsky : Concerto For Orchestra & Symphony No.3
Lutoslawsky : Concerto For Orchestra & Symphony No.3
"Lutoslawski's Third is already a modern-day classic."
Sallinen - Orchestral Works
Sallinen - Orchestral Works
"Sallinen is probably the best Finnish symphonist since Sibelius. His Fifth is bleak, austere and powerful."
Robert Simpson: Symphony No. 9
Robert Simpson: Symphony No. 9
"If you didn't think it was possible to write a 45-minute span of great music in a single tempo, Robert Simpson's Ninth will make you think again."
The Barton Workshop Plays Galina Ustvolskaya
The Barton Workshop Plays Galina Ustvolskaya
"Ustvolskaya's 'symphonies' are amongst the strangest things on the planet, but they work. Try to look for the recording of 2, 3, 4 and 5 on the Megadisc label."
Carter: Symphonia and Clarinet Concerto
Carter: Symphonia and Clarinet Concerto
"Symphonia may well be the last great symphony of the 20th century. It may also be the high-point of Elliott Carter's 70-year compositional career."