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Want to share some of your favorite classical music?

Asked by tups (6709points) September 15th, 2013

I’ve never really been into classical music. It has always seemed irrelevant to me. But now I have discovered, by reading Murakami, a great piece called “The Archduke Trio” by Beethoven. I’d like to educate myself more and broaden my horizon in classical music, so I’d love to get some recommendations.


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Seek's avatar

I like Ravel’s Bolero, Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, most Beethoven and Bach and Mozart, and O Fortuna, which is technically not classical.

For example.

I don’t listen to Wagner on principal.

Michael_Huntington's avatar

My favorites right now are Danse Macabre and Night on Bald Mountain

Others I like include:
Liszt-Dante Symphony
Verdi-Macbeth Overture
Wagner-Siegfried’s Funeral March
Chopin-Nocturne Op. 9 No. 2

I don’t care much for Mozart/Beethoven these days, but I recommend Symphony No.40 for Mozart and Violin Romance No. 2 for Beethoven.

Coloma's avatar

I love Berlioz. Dark and intense, you can feel it in your body. Music that really does move you.

Rarebear's avatar

Baroque: Bach The Cello Suites
Classical: Mozart Symphony #40
Early Romantic: Beehoven Symphony #7
Mid to late Romantic: Dvorak Cello Concerto
Impressionist: Debussy Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
Early modern: Stravinsky The Rite of Spring
Later early modern: Bartok Allegro Barbaro
Even later early modern: Prokoiev Peter and the Wolf
Mid modern: Shostokovich String quartet #8
Contemporary: Arvo Part Te Deum

marinelife's avatar

I love almost all Bach, but especially the Brandenburg Concertos.

Musorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition as orchestrated by the incomparable Ravel.

Beethoven’s Spring Sonata is a particular favorite of mine.

I also love Scarlatti and think his sonatas are incredible.

Jeruba's avatar

Some pieces I’ve always loved—pieces that I’ll sit in a driveway or parking lot for until they finish:

Tchiakovsky, Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor
Grieg, Piano Concerto
Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto No. 2
Tchiakovsky, Swan Lake
Debussy, “La Mer”
Grieg, “The Last Spring”
Moussorgsky, Pictures at an Exhibition
Mozart, Requiem
Handel, Messiah (I won’t sit in the parking lot for the whole thing, but for any one selection I will)
Orff, Carmina Burana (all of it, not just “O Fortuna”)
Handel, Water Music
Haydn, Trumpet Concerto

Many, many selections from opera, especially Verdi, Puccini, and Wagner.

In certain moods, nothing does it for me like Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries,” which, I’ve been told, was the one I loved best when I was three.

At other times, nothing quiets my spirit more than Erik Satie.

Pachy's avatar

ANYTHING by Ralph Vaughan Williams, including The Lark Ascending. If you’re not familiar with him, I urge you to listen to some of his compositions on Youtube.

Sunny2's avatar

What great lists! This is my primary world of music. I added choral works as I sang them. Imagine being in the midst of all that glorious music and adding your own small voice to the whole. It’s often ecstatic.
I’d add the Brahms Requiem, one of the easiest to get into choral works to enjoy.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

It all depends on my mood. Ride of the Valkyries is amazing when I’m up, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons if I’m a little mellower. Antonia Salieri is another good one but I spelled that wrong. Let me check the spelling.
@tups If I said Weird Al would you hit me?

PhiNotPi's avatar

Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring – I actually listened to a recording earlier today
Holst’s Planets Suite – my favorite is Mars
Moussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition
A wide variety of Bach’s duets

I’m a big fan of instrumental music, too many pieces to list, although much of it wouldn’t be considered “classical.”

drhat77's avatar

does chopsticks count?
Actually, when I’m concentrating on something, my lips usually start whistling Vivaldi’s spring movement. But I think I accidently caught it from a video game. Har! Take that, culture!

tups's avatar

Wow, a lot of great recommendations! Now I know what to do when I have some spare time. I love discovering new worlds.

@Adirondackwannabe I don’t know who Weird Al is, but I am not a violent person. ;-)

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@tups Here’s some Weird Al for you. Ducks and covers.

tups's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe Ah, I see. I’m sure he’s big in classical music.

mattbrowne's avatar

Wagner’s Meistersingers.

CWOTUS's avatar

Along the lines of @Adirondackwannabe‘s humorous recommendation of Weird Al, I’d recommend PDQ Bach (Peter Schickele) and the Beethoven Sportscast. There’s an actual video of this, but the original recording is funnier, I think. The video has some interesting sight gags and embellishments, but the stuido audio is just priceless.

CWOTUS's avatar

Victor Borge is also worth listening to and watching.

tups's avatar

@CWOTUS Yeeeah, Børge Rosenbuam!

alphabetpony92's avatar

Pachelbel’s Canon.

Largo by Dvorak.

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