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In Reply to: RE: I have an idea - Let's define the Four (War)Horse symphonies of the Apocalypse posted by gd on March 06, 2017 at 13:58:21
I think we nailed it pretty easily!
For me Mahler 9 is out for the same reason Beethoven 5 is out. I've spent very little money on audio over the last few years, though I'm still accumulating LPs and CDs, instead I have been to a lot of concerts, so yes one can hear toooo much Brahms. Large force orchestral Mozart, well, I just don't go to those concerts.
Rach 2 or Schubert 8. Depending on frequency (Schubert) or limited value as a warhorse (Rach) - I'm a harsh judge. Luckily even the old timers are too young to remember when Grofe walk the earth.
I'm Tempted to include Sibelius 2 or Shostakovich 5. Honorable mention is Verklärte Nacht; there was a year that every startup chamber organization in NYC played that work. I agree that non-symphonic works like RK Scheherazade & Mussorgsky/Ravel, Pictures might also figure in.
My personal Desert Island Warhorses, the darkness of the works would provide shade.
Maybe I'd sneak in Saint Saens 3 to lighten the load?
There'd be definite room issues with hearing the organ pedal tones.
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