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CPO has released the 9 symphonies of the Swede Kurt Atterberg, which I have found enjoyable and listen to often...das
Thanks for that Dubrob. Sounds like his 'magnum opus'. You know, I particularly enjoy the fact that if I post something on an 'obscure' or lesser known composer that there are others out there who have discovered that composer as well.
Happy listening! I am off to listen today to VW's 9th which was a freebie given away by ahem...another serious music magazine. I have Hovhaness' City of Light on Naxos on its way also!
Fraz Jo - disapntd. Bn ringin this grl al week. No ansr...looks lke she changed her mnd. O well...Ldwg...
I'd certainly add Roger Sessions and Wallingford Riegger.
I haven't read the whole thread but hopefully someone has mentioned Hermann Koppel and Einar Englund. From a more recent generation, Kalevi Aho should be explored.
Louis Vierne wrote 6 organ symphonies :)
While I generally do not like rhetorical questions (greatest 20th century symphonists? It depends if you like romanticism/neoclassical/modern/etc.), there are so many wonderful suggested composers on this list! I have really enjoyed getting to know Orthel during the past week, and his longer third is at least as good as his second. Vaughan Williams is top ten at the lowest. Rihm continues to compose some simply wonderful symphonic arrangements.
I don't think Shostakovich cared and remained in the History of Classical Music for his strict adherence to the "usual sense" of what can be a Symphony. Thank God, Shosti was original enough and very true to his Art and convictions to transcend the "usual" norms and traditional forms and ways. It is strange that, for many, his 14th is his most original, influential and arresting...Symphony!
By the way, his Symphonies are more unique and individual in character, variety, changes within changes than his great anyway String Quartets.
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