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Andrew B
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 19, 2010 6:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kurkikohtaus wrote:
the orchestra will immediately… eat him alive.


And similar good vibes from Old Blighty.

There are some conductors known to and admired by us all through numerous recordings and concerts, who would prove a hearty meal for even the most cannibalistic of orchestras.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 04, 2010 5:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For a report of my performance of the 3rd Symphony in Toronto, click
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 11, 2010 11:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

At the risk of stating the obvious let me just say:
I'm well pleased by how much everybody likes the Third Symphony.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 11:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry to bring in some dirty words in here: The Beatles and The Rolling Stones*. These are the bands I grew up with. I knew the songs before I could assign meaning to any of the lyrics. And there are some songs by each I can play daily if I wish, they never "wear out". I've memorized those recordings, drum parts and all. Every cover and live version is now "wrong."

The 3rd Symphony is much the same way. If I were stuck in an elevator with an iPod, I would play it till they get me out. Well, maybe the Beatles song in between.

By contrast, I seem to be doing some "work" while I listen to the 2nd or 5th, so no more than once a week. The 4th is quite variable, at times I can play it many times in a short period.


The Horowitz book comes with a CD, a bit of a speedy 3rd by Mustonen. I prefer Berglund tempi. But with the book you get to analyze it with his track marks and commentary.

I find the 3rd the most relaxing of the symphonies. Good or bad? Depends on your mood. It's a bit like Night Ride in that way. Also the use of woodwinds makes it pleasant sounding in nearly all parts.

*If you shuffle the iPod songs, I might end up with a Bach organ piece going to Sympathy For The Devil. Hasn't happened yet. Once it played 3 baroque adagios in a row, I aborted it when the third started.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2015 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just read this thread again. I skipped my posts because I hate reading things I wrote years ago.

This symphony's still my favorite (though the Sixth is growing on me very quickly). The way the development plays out, the way that Sibelius utilizes thematic material as accompanimental figuration (which then sneaks seamlessly back into main thematic material to spectacular effect), the raw kinetic motion of the first movement in particular. And that second movement is even more arresting to me than the first time I heard it.

It does bewilder me that Karajan never performed this, especially when he made professional recordings of seemingly every other orchestral piece ever written about six times over.

So, basically, I'm just repeating the same stuff as before in this thread. I did just order the score, though, so maybe I can be slightly more informed if the thread gets going again...?
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2015 8:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

World Violist wrote:


It does bewilder me that Karajan never performed this, especially when he made professional recordings of seemingly every other orchestral piece ever written about six times over.



I agree, its very strange that von Karajan recorded the toughest nut to crack of the seven [No.4] over and over again and yet somehow the Third Symphony eluded him. No.3 is probably the most directly appealing of the seven. Ormandy never did it.--kp

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