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Steve Staruch's 5 Must-Have Symphonies

Posted at 3:04 PM on August 8, 2011 by Phillip Drier (6 Comments)

All this week, Morning Glories will feature what we at Classical MPR have deemed five must-have symphonies. Tune in at 10 a.m. to hear them live, but if you miss them on the air, we'll be revealing each one right here on the blog every day.


We'll also have individual lists from our different hosts, and today it's Steve Staruch! Enjoy!



  • Sibelius - Symphony No. 5




  • Haydn - Symphony No. 22






  • Haydn - Symphony No. 104






  • Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 6






  • Beethoven - Symphony No. 7






Comments (6)

Five must-have symphonies:

Vaughan Williams: Symphony #5 in D
William Schuman: Symphony #3 (the old Bernstein Sony recording from the '60s)

Berio: Sinfonia
Hanson: Symphony #2 "Romantic"
Mahler: Symphony #6 in a (Abbado DVD)

Thanks for the invite! Great idea....

Posted by Harold Baxter | August 8, 2011 9:42 PM


Sad not to find Brahms or Dvorak on the list. I'll nominate Brahms #4 and Dvorak #8.

Posted by Wee Geordie | August 9, 2011 12:35 PM



beethoven 7
beethoven 9
dvorak 8
mahler 5
sibelius 5

Posted by james vculek | August 9, 2011 2:53 PM


How about Vaughan Williams' London Sym
or Rachmaninoff's 2nd Sym?

Posted by S Luanne Durst | August 11, 2011 10:22 AM


My number one, absolute favorite, must-have sympyhony?

Beethoven's Missa Solemnis.


(Think about it............... :) )

Posted by Jonathan Brusch | August 12, 2011 1:04 PM


Beethoven No 9. Absolute!! The Furtwangler on Orfeo is awesome.
Beethoven No 6. Sawallich with the Concertgebouw is very good.
Haydn No 94 (Surprise)
Do the Brandenbergs count as symphonies??

Posted by Kathleen Quinn | August 12, 2011 5:09 PM