Leonard Bernstein
Bernstein Favorites: Twentieth Century
Glenn Branca: Symphony No. 2 "The Peak of the Sacred"
Michael Tilson Thomas

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The symphony is one of the central forms of Classical music and one that has something new to say to each generation. Typically, a symphony is a multi-movement, multi-character work for orchestra, with origins in the sinfonias that served as curtain-raisers for operas in the early 17th century. In the Classical era, Haydn perfected the form, which would bring forth masterpieces from Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Mahler, Sibelius, Shostakovich, Ives, and so many others. As it developed, symphonies began to encompass more than abstract musical ideas, embracing programmatic narratives, nationalistic characteristics, and modern compositional techniques such as serialism. Even in the 21st century, when the costs -- financial and otherwise -- of performing such large-scale works can seem prohibitive, composers like Einojuhani Rautavaara, Philip Glass, and Tan Dun are still compelled to write them.

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Leonard Bernstein
Leonard Bernstein
Michael Tilson Thomas
Michael Tilson Thomas
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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Eugene Ormandy
Eugene Ormandy
Ludwig van Beethoven
Ludwig van Beethoven
Gustav Mahler
Gustav Mahler

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Bernstein Favorites: Twentieth Century
Leonard Bernstein
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Glenn Branca: Symphony No. 2 "The Peak of the Sacred"
Glenn Branca
Glenn Branca: Symphony No.
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.6; Marche Slave
Yehudi Menuhin
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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 8
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Mahler: Symphony No. 2
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Mahler: Symphony No. 2
Sibelius: The Symphonies
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Sibelius: The Symphonies

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Symphony Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
Symphony No. 3 in E flat major ("Eroica"), Op. 55 Daniel Barenboim / Otto Klemperer
Symphony No. 9 in D minor ("Choral"), Op. 125 Charles Mackerras / Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Symphony No. 41 in C major ("Jupiter"), K. 551 Claudio Abbado
Symphony No. 9 in D minor ("Choral"), Op. 125 Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra / Herbert von Karajan / Anna Tomowa-Sintow
Symphony No. 2 in C minor ("Resurrection") Mariss Jansons / Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98 Marin Alsop
Symphonie fantastique for orchestra ("Episode de la vie d'un Artiste...en cinq parties"), H.48 (Op. 14) Marc Minkowski
Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68 John Eliot Gardiner
Symphony No. 6 in B minor ("Pathétique"), Op. 74 Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra / Yevgeny Mravinsky
Symphony No. 3 in D minor Jonathan Nott

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