Greatest Symphonies

selected by Piero Scaruffi

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  1. Ludwig Van Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor "Choral"
  2. Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 9 in C major "The Great"
  3. Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 9 in D major
  4. Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 15 in A major
  5. Ludwig Van Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor
  6. Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E minor
  7. Antonin Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 in E minor "From The New World"
  8. Hector Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique
  9. Ludwig Van Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 in F major
  10. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 41 in C major "Jupiter"
  11. Elliott Carter: Symphony for Three Orchestras
  12. Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor
  13. Cesar Franck: Symphony in D minor
  14. Ludwig Van Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F major "Pastorale"
  15. Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 8 in B minor "Unfinished"
  16. Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 3 in F major
  17. Alfred Schnittke: "Symphony No. 8"
  18. Charles Ives: Symphony No. 4
  19. Henryk Gorecki: Symphony No. 3 "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs"
  20. Oliver Messiaen: Turangalila Symphony
  21. Ludwig Van Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E flat major "Eroica"
  22. Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10 in E minor
  23. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G minor
  24. Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 102 in B flat major
  25. Serge Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 in B flat major
  26. Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in B minor "Pathetique"
  27. Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7 in C major "Leningrad"
  28. Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D major
  29. Ludwig Van Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A major
  30. Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 in C minor
  31. Paul Hindemith: Mathis der Maler
  32. Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 9
  33. Camille Saint Saens: Symphony No. 3 in C minor "Organ"
  34. Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 5 in B flat major
  35. Franz Liszt: Faust Symphony
  36. Alexander Scriabin: Symphony No. 4 in C major "Poem of Ecstasy"
  37. Benjamin Britten: Requiem Symphony
  38. Serge Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 in D major "Classical"
  39. Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 8 in C minor "Stalingrad"
  40. Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D major
  41. Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 4 in D minor
  42. Witold Lutoslawski: Symphony 3
  43. Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 in F minor
  44. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 39 in E flat major
  45. Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C minor
  46. Alfred Schnittke: "Symphony No. 1" (1972)
  47. Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 in E major "Lyric"
  48. Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 in A major "Italian"
  49. Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 1 in F minor
  50. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 38 in D major "Prague"
  51. Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 in D minor "Unfinished"
  52. Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 101 in D major "The Clock"
  53. Alexander Scriabin: Symphony No. 3 in C minor "Le Divin Poeme"
  54. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 35 in D major "Haffner"
  55. Pierre Schaeffer: Symphonie Pour Un Homme Seul (1950)
  56. Osvaldas Balakauskas: Ostrobothnian Symphony
  57. Antonin Dvorak: Symphony No. 7 in D minor
  58. Eduard Tubin: Symphony 8
  59. Roger Sessions: Symphony 7 (1967)
  60. Serge Prokofiev: Symphony No. 3
  61. Kalevi Aho: Symphony No. 11 For Six Percussionists And Orchestra (1998)
  62. Roberto Gerhard: Symphony 3 "Collages" (1960)
  63. Charles Ives: Symphony No. 3 "The Camp Meeting"
  64. Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 in E flat major "Romantic"
  65. Witold Lutoslawski: Symphony 4
  66. Luciano Berio: Sinfonia
  67. Arthur Honegger: Symphony No. 3 "Symphonie liturgique"
  68. Igor Stravinsky: Symphony in C
  69. Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 in E flat major
  70. Antonin Dvorak: Symphony No. 8 in G major
  71. Alan Hovhaness: Symphony 2 - Mysterious Mountain (1955)
  72. Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 94 in G major "Surprise"
  73. Vagn Holmboe: Symphony 8
  74. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2 in E minor
  75. Anton Webern: Symphonie (1928)
  76. Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor
  77. Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 3 in E flat major "Rhenish"
  78. Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 8 in E flat major "Symphony Of A Thousand"
  79. Carl Nielsen: Symphony No. 5
  80. Ralph Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 3 for soprano or tenor & orchestra "Pastoral"
  81. Alexander Borodin: Symphony No. 2 in B minor
  82. Leonard Bernstein: Symphony No. 2 "The Age of Anxiety"
  83. Benjamin Britten: Cello Symphony
  84. Michael Tippett: Symphony No. 4
  85. Vasilije Mokranjac: Symphony 5
  86. Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 2 in C minor "Resurrection"
  87. Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 7 in E minor "Song of the Night"
  88. Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 in A minor "Scottish"
  89. Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 6 in A minor "Tragic"
  90. Bohuslav Martinu: Symphony No. 6 "Fantaisies symphoniques"
  91. Ralph Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 2 in G major "London"
  92. Arnold Schoenberg: Chamber Symphony No. 1 in E major
  93. Paul Hindemith: Symphony for Concert Band
  94. Igor Stravinsky: Symphony in Three Movements
  95. Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 104 in D major "London"
  96. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 36 in C major "Linzer"
  97. Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 100 in G major "Military"
  98. Serge Prokofiev: Symphony No. 6 in E flat minor
  99. Per Norgard: Symphony 3
  100. Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 103 in E flat major "Drum Roll"
  101. Eduard Tubin: Symphony 10
  102. Igor Stravinskij: Symphony of Psalms (1930)
  103. Karol Szymanowski (Poland, 1882): Symphony 4 (1932)
  104. Erich Korngold: Symphony in F# Major
  105. Henry Cowell: Symphony 11
  106. Roberto Gerhard: Symphony 4
  107. Krysztof Penderecki: Symphony No.7 "Seven Gates of Jerusalem"
  108. Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 4 in D major
  109. David Del Tredici: An Alice Symphony
  110. Peter Maxwell Davies: Symphony 1
  111. Charles Wuorinen: Percussion Symphony
Random order:
  • Alfred Schnittke: "Symphony No. 7"
  • Alfred Schnittke: "Symphony No. 6"
  • Alfred Schnittke: "Symphony No. 5" (1988)
  • Ferencz Liszt: Dante Symphony
  • Alexander Glazunov: Symphony No. 4
  • Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 5 in B flat major
  • Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 6 in A major
  • Anton Webern: Symphony for Chamber Orchestra
  • Antonin Dvorak: Symphony No. 6 in D minor
  • Carl Nielsen: Symphony No. 3 "Sinfonia Espansiva"
  • Carl Nielsen: Symphony No. 4 "Inextinguishable"
  • Charles Ives: Symphony No. 2
  • Edward Elgar: Symphony No. 1 in A flat major
  • Edward Elgar: Symphony No. 2 in E flat major
  • Ernest Chausson: Symphony in B flat major
  • Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 5 in D minor "Reformation"
  • Georges Bizet: Symphony in C major
  • Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 1 "Titan" in D major
  • Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 3 in D minor
  • Hector Berlioz: Harold en Italie
  • Howard Hanson: Symphony No. 2 "Romantic"
  • Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 1 in E minor
  • Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 3 in C major
  • Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 4 in A minor
  • Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 7 in C major
  • Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 45 in F sharp minor "Farewell"
  • Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 83 in G minor "Poule"
  • Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 88 in G major
  • Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 92 in G major "Oxford"
  • Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 96 in D major "Miracle"
  • Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 99 in E flat major
  • Ludwig Van Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 in C major
  • Ludwig Van Beethoven: Symphony No. 2 in D major
  • Ludwig Van Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 in B flat major
  • Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 1 in B flat major "Spring"
  • Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 2 in C major
  • Michael Tippett: Symphony No. 2
  • Roy Harris: Symphony No. 3
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 3 in A minor
  • William Walton: Symphony No. 1 in B flat minor
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 29 in A major
  • Aaron Copland: Symphony No. 3
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams: "Sea Symphony"
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 4 in F minor
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 5 in D major
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 6 in E minor
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 7 "Antartica"
  • Krysztof Penderecki: Symphony 2
  • Krysztof Penderecki: Symphony 4

Symphonic Poems and other Orchestral Works

  1. Michael Nyman: "Water Dances"
  2. Claude Debussy: "Prelude a l'Apres-midi d'un Faune"
  3. Karlheinz Stockhausen: "Gruppen"
  4. Joseph Haydn: "The Seven Last Words of Christ"
  5. Arvo Part: "Tabula Rasa"
  6. Penderecki: "Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima"
  7. Gyorgy Ligeti: "Lontano"
  8. Richard Strauss: "Also Sprach Zarathustra"
  9. Toru Takemitsu: "A Flock Descends Into The Pentagonal Garden" (1977)
  10. Richard Strauss: "Death and Transfiguration"
  11. Olivier Messiaen: "Des Canyons aux Etoiles"
  12. Pierre Boulez: "Repons"
  13. Leos Janacek: "Sinfonietta"
  14. Modest Mussorgsky: "Night on the Bare Mountain"
  15. Olivier Messiaen: "Couleurs de la Cite' Celeste"
  16. Iannis Xenakis: "Metastasis"
  17. Gustav Holst: The Planets
  18. Bela Bartok: "Divertimento for String Orchestra"
  19. Charles Ives: "The Unanswered Question"
  20. Alexander Scriabin: "Prometheus"
  21. Leos Janacek: "Taras Bulba"
  22. Charles Ives: "Three Places in New England"
  23. Richard Strauss: "Don Juan"
  24. Claude Debussy: "Nocturnes"
  25. Jonathan Harvey: "Speakings" For Large Orchestra And Electronics
  26. Olivier Messiaen: "Chronochromie"
  27. Ferencz Liszt: "Totentanz"
  28. Berlioz: "Romeo et Juliette"
  29. Olivier Messiaen: "Sept Haikai"
  30. Claude Debussy: "La Mer"
  31. Roberto Gerhard: "Epithalamion"
  32. Charles Ives: "Three Places In New England"
  33. Olivier Messiaen: "Et Exspecto Resurrectionem Mortuorum"
  34. Luciano Berio: "Epifanie"
  35. Arnold Schoenberg: Variations for Orchestra
  36. Jean Sibelius: "Tapiola"
  37. Anton Webern: Variations for Orchestra
  38. Bruno Maderna: Quadrivium (1969)
  39. Toru Takemitsu: "From Me Flows What You Call Time" (1990)
  40. Olivier Messiaen: "Reveil des Oiseaux"
  41. John Adams: "Harmonienlehre"
  42. Johann Sebastian Bach: Orchestral Suite #3 Overture
  43. Johann Sebastian Bach: Orchestral Suite #2 Overture
  44. Franz Liszt: "Tasso"
  45. Franz Liszt: The Preludes
  46. Franz Liszt: "Mazeppa"
  47. Felix Mendelssohn: "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
  48. Felix Mendelssohn: "The Hebrides"
  49. Aaron Copland: "El Salon Mexico"
  50. Serge Prokofiev: "Peter & the Wolf "
  51. Camille Saint-Saens: Danse Macabre
  52. Alexander Borodin: "In the Steppes of Central Asia"
  53. Ottorino Respighi: "The Pines of Rome "
  54. Ludwig van Beethoven: "Coriolan" overture
  55. Ludwig van Beethoven: "Egmont" overture
  56. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: "1812 Overture"
  57. Robert Schumann: "Manfred" overture
  58. Hector Berlioz: "King Lear" overture
  59. Ottorino Respighi: "Fountains of Rome"
  60. Johann Strauss: "Die Fledermaus" overture
  61. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: "Marriage of Figaro" overture
  62. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: "Cosi fan tutte" overture
  63. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: "Don Giovanni" overture
  64. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: "Magic Flute" overture
  65. Gioacchino Rossini: "William Tell" overture

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