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Passmore's Picks: Top 10 Symphonies You've NEVER Heard, Nos. 4-6

Round 2, ladies and gentlemen — we’re moving on to symphonies 4 through 6 in my Top 10 Symphonies You've Never heard! I hope you loved last week’s symphonies 1 through 3, some really incredible music by Franz Schmidt, Ernst von Dohnanyi, and Arthur Honegger. That’s here, in case you missed it: Top 10 Symphonies You've NEVER Heard, Nos. 1-3.


This week, we’re featuring music from the US, England, and Finland. Number 6 is a little bit of a weird one…. Jean Sibelius was perhaps the most innovative symphonic composer since Beethoven; but, while many musicians adore his music, it has never really resonated with me. I really dig his Sixth Symphony, though…and it’s one of his least performed works!


Symphony No. 4 by David Maslanka (1993)

  • Performed by the Northwestern University Symphonic Wind Ensemble, conducted by Mallory Thompson

  • We talked about Maslanka and his Sixth Symphony just a couple weeks ago. That’s here: MTDS, No. 47: Living Earth. Similar to that work, his Fourth Symphony is built upon hymns and Bach chorales…namely, the Old Hundred (also known as Praise God, From Whom All Blessings Flow), Only Trust in God to Guide You, and Christ Who Makes Us Holy.

Symphony No. 5 in B-flat major by George Lloyd (1947)

  • Performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Sir Edward Downes

Symphony No. 6 in D minor by Jean Sibelius (1923)

  • Performed by the Halle Orchestra, conducted by Sir John Barbirolli


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