When we think of a “symphony” what usually comes to mind is a large orchestral work. However, the original meaning of “symphony” was “a mingling of sounds or voices.”
Which brings us to the choral symphony for orchestra and mixed voices.
In this hour, some of the best, including works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Mahler, Vaughan Williams, Stravinsky, and more.
|Beethoven: Ninth Symphony||Berlin Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Choir, Claudio Abbado||4||0074646263426|
|Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 2||London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Claudio Abbado||4||028942314320|
|Mahler: Symphony No. 2||Sylvia McNair and Jard Van Nes, with the Ernst Senff Choir; Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Bernard Haitink||2/5||028943412322|
|Vaughan Williams: A Sea Symphony||Halle Orchestra and Choir, Schola Cantorum; Mark Elder||3||5065001341489|
|Boulez Conducts Stravinsky (Disc 4: Symphonies) for Symphony of Psalms||Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Pierre Boulez||4/2||028947787303|
|Harris: Folksong Symphony||American Festival Chorus and Orchestra, Vladimir Golschmann||1||723918407623|
|American Masters [for Blitzstein’s Airborne Symphony]||New York Philharmonic & Choral Art Society; Leonard Bernstein||16||074646184929|
|Glass: Symphony No. 5||Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra & Morgan State University Choir; Dennis Russell Davies||1||75597961829|