Here’s my playlist of Neglected Symphonies so far, all in one take. Click on the titles below to hear said work (I have downloaded every one of them to this site; you will not be re-routed to YouTube.) I suggest downloading this post onto your cell phone, and listening with earbuds on long walks or while doing housework. To read how I went about curating the playlist, click here.
Waldemar von Baußnern: Symphony No. 7, ‘Die Ungarische’ (1926)
William Henry Fry: Niagara Symphony (1854)
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 8 (1956)
Franz Schmidt: Symphony No. 3 (1928)
Eduard Tubin: Symphony No. 5 (1946)
Ernest Chausson: Symphony in B-flat (1890)
Nino Rota: Symphony No. 3 (1957)
Rued Langgaard: Symphony No. 6, ‘The Heaven-Storming’ (1920, rev. 1930)
Edmund Rubbra: Symphony No. 6 (1954)
Henk Badings: Symphony No. 12, ‘Symphonische Klangfiguren’ (1964)
Camargo Guarneri: Symphony No. 4, ‘Brasilia’ (1963)
Otto Ketting: Symphony No. 6 (2012)
Luis de Freitas Branco: Symphony No. 1 (1924)
Kalevi Aho: Symphony No. 1 (1969)
Andrzej Panufnik: Symphony No. 9, ‘Sinfonia della Speranza’ (1987)
Lutoslawski: Symphony No. 2: 1. Hesitant (1967)
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 15 (1972)
Martinu: Symphony No. 6, ‘Fantaisies symphoniques’ (1955)
Honegger: Symphony No. 3, ‘Symphonie Liturgique’ (1946)
Franz Berwald: Symphony No. 3, ‘Singuliere’ (1845)
Great idea. Thanks for sharing your list of ‘neglected symponies’. I particularly appreciated your mentioning Nino Rota (neglected also in Italy…). I’ll follow your advice and will listen to the symphonies while working on my PC. Ciao!
Thanks so much for doing the research on the “neglected symphonies”. I’m really enjoying your recommendations, both the writing and some very tasty performances. I can’t imagine how much music you perused before narrowing it down. You must be tired.
Here’s another candidate for your Neglected Symphonies list:
William Herschel – Symphony No.14 in D-major (1762)
Couldn’t help noticing that overwhelming majority of the symphonies on your list of those that you consider neglected were written during five decades after the First World War. Why is that? There can be several different explanations, but i can’t figure out which one (or which combination of a few) is the closest to the truth. Please advise!
MarK, I think the main reason is simply that the period you speak of has been the focus of most of my listening for the series. Somehow, the combination of modernism (even in its conservative forms) and accessibility fascinates me. And accessibility has been a criterion for almost everything in the series so far. I got a little more into the reasons for some of my choices here: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/symphony-692153-symphonies-composer.html
Sounds reasonable, and yet there may be more. The “singing” quality of Mozart’s melodies has often been remarked upon, though some of the melodies in this piano sonata might not be as vocal as some of his others. But for me, Horowitz captures this vocal quality quite well, and Gould not at all. At the same time, there is the architecture of the piece, and Horowitz lets it meander in places … beautifully perhaps, but meandering all the same. Barenboim is best with the form, IMO.
Thank you for responding and confirming that at least one of my guesses was correct: the preponderance of music from 1920s through 1960s on this list is mostly due to your personal preference. Your other comment here was obviously meant for a different thread, so i shall respond to it there.