Favourite Classical Musics

  1. 10/10.
  2. Mass in B minor (BWV 232). Johann Sebastian Bach. 1749.
  3. 9.9/10.
  4. Dido and Aeneas (Z. 626). Henry Purcell. 1688.
  5. 9.8/10.
  6. Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral". Ludwig Van Beethoven. 1824.
  7. Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Pathétique, Op. 74. Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky. 1893.
  8. 9.7/10.
  9. The Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080. Johann Sebastian Bach. 1740.
  10. 9.6/10.
  11. String Quartet No. 13 in B♭ major, op. 130. Ludwig Van Beethoven. 1825.
  12. 9.5/10.
  13. Lucia Di Lammermoor. Gaetano Donizetti. 1835.
  14. 9.4/10.
  15. Partita in D minor for solo violin, BWV 1004. Johann Sebastian Bach. 1717.
  16. 9.3/10.
  17. Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Op. 24. Samuel Barber. 1947.
  18. Spem in alium. Thomas Tallis. 1570.
  19. 9.2/10.
  20. Nisi Dominus (RV 608). Antonio Vivaldi. 1740.
  21. Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98. Johannes Brahms. 1884.
  22. 9.1/10.
  23. Alleluia Nativitas. Pérotin. ~1200.
  24. An Die Ferne Geliebte, opus 98. Ludwig Van Beethoven. 1816.
  25. Der Ring des Nibelungen. Richard Wagner. 1874.
  26. 9.0/10.
  27. Concerto in A minor for 4 Harpsichords, BWV 1065. J S Bach, after Vivaldi. ~1741.
  28. Ich habe genug, BWV 82. Johann Sebastian Bach. 1727.
  29. Three Irish Legends. Henry Cowell. 1916-22.
  30. Symphony No. 40 in G minor, KV. 550. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. 1788.
  31. 8.75/10.
  32. Macbeth. Giuseppe Verdi. 1847.
  33. Giulio Cesare. Georg Frederic Handel. 1724.
  34. Rhapsody in Blue. George Gershwin. 1924.
  35. Rigoletto. Giuseppe Verdi. 1851.
  36. 8.50/10.
  37. The 1794 piano sonatas. Joseph Haydn. 1794.
  38. The First Booke of Songes and Ayres. John Dowland. 1597.
  39. The Well Tempered Clavier, Book I. Ludwig Sebastian Bach. 1722.
  40. Ordo Virtutum. Hildegard Von Bingen. 1151.
  41. The Unanswered Question. Charles Ives. 1908.
  42. Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23. Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky. 1875.
  43. Concerto for 2 Violins, Strings and Continuo in D Minor, BWV 1043. Johann Sebastian Bach. 1717.
  44. 8.25/10.
  45. Symphony No. 45 in F-sharp minor, "Farewell". Joseph Haydn. 1772.
  46. Un Ballo In Maschera. Giuseppe Verdi. 1858.
  47. Gretchen Am Spinnrade (Op 2, D 118). Franz Schubert. 1814.
  48. Der Erlkönig(Op 1, D 328). Franz Schubert. 1815.
  49. Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, BWV 106. Johann Sebastian Bach. 1707.
  50. String Quartet No. 16 in F major, op. 135. Ludwig Van Beethoven. 1826.
  51. Dichterliebe, opus 48. Robert Schumann. 1840.
  52. In C. Terry Riley. 1964.
  53. Sonata No. 14 in C♯ minor "Quasi una fantasia", Op. 27, No. 2. Ludwig Van Beethoven. 1801.
  54. 8.00/10.
  55. La Traviata. Giuseppe Verdi. 1853.
  56. Keyboard suite in D minor (HWV 437). Georg Friedrich Händel. 1733.
  57. Tabula Rasa. Arvo Pärt. 1977.
  58. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988. Johann Sebastian Bach. 1741.
  59. The House Of Life. Ralph Vaughan Williams 1904.
  60. The Two Delphic Hymns to Apollo. Athenaios, Limenios. 128BC.
  61. Messiah. Georg Frederic Handel
  62. Messa da Requiem. Giuseppe Verdi. 1874.
  63. The Magic Flute. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. 1791.
  64. String Quartet. Witold Lutoslawki. 1965.
  65. The Battle of Manassas. Thomas Wiggins. 1861.
  66. Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90. Johannes Brahms. 1883.
  67. Euridice. Jacopo Peri. 1600.
  68. Symphony No. 15 in A major (Op 141). Dmitri Shostakovitch. 1971.
  69. My Ladye Nevells Booke. William Byrd. 1591.
  70. Il dissoluto punito, ossia il Don Giovanni (K527). Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. 1787.
  71. Symphony No. 49 in F minor, "Passion". Joseph Haydn. 1768.
  72. La boheme. Giacomo Puccini. 1896.
  73. First Pythian Ode. Pindar. 450BC.
  74. La Dousa Votz. Bernart De Ventadorn. ~1170.
  75. Nixon in China. John Adams. 1987.
  76. Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, Pastoral. Ludwig Van Beethoven. 1808.
  77. Sumer Is Icumen In. W. de Wycombe?. 1260.
  78. Rite Of Spring. Igor Stravinsky. 1913.
  79. 7.5/10.(chronological)
  80. A Chantar M'er. Beatriz de Dia. ~1200.
  81. Douce Dame Jolie. Guillaume de Machaut. 1350.
  82. Greensleeves. Henry VIII of England?. ~1530.
  83. Passetyme with gude companye. Henry VIII of England. ~1530.
  84. The Silver Swan. Orlando Gibbons. 1612.
  85. Semele. Georg Frederic Handel. 1744.
  86. Symphony No. 44 in E minor, "Mourning". Josseph Haydn. 1772.
  87. Requiem Mass in D minor (K. 626). Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. 1791.
  88. Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13, "Pathétique". Ludwig Van Beethoven. 1799.
  89. Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92. Ludwig Van Beethoven. 1811.
  90. The Rain Storm. Thomas Wiggins. ~1855.
  91. Carmen. Georges Bizet. 1875.
  92. The Planets, Op. 32. Gustav Holst. 1916.
  93. It's Gonna Rain. Steve Reich. 1965.
  94. Riders To The Sea. Ralph Vaughan Williams. 1927.
  95. Carmina Burana. Carl Orff. 1936.
  96. Trouble in Tahiti. Leonard Bernstein. 1952.
  97. Gesang Der Jünglinge. Karlheinz Stockhausen. 1956.
  98. Doctor Atomic. John Adams. 2005.
  99. 7/10. (chronological)
  100. Hurrian Cult Song #6. Author Unknown. ~1500BC.
  101. Seikilos Epitaph. Seikilos of Ephesus. ~100.
  102. Roman De Fauvel. Philippe de Vitry. 1314.
  103. Corpus Christi Carol. Author Unknown. first written 1504.
  104. Matona, Mia Cara. Orlande De Lassus. 1590.
  105. Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565. Johann Sebastian Bach(?). 1703.
  106. Symphony No. 1 in E-flat major, KV. 16. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. 1764.
  107. Symphony No. 59 in A major, "Fire. Joseph Haydn. before 1769.
  108. Symphony No. 101 in D major "The Clock" (Hoboken 1/101). Franz Joseph Haydn. 1793.
  109. Ah, perfido. Ludwig Van Beethoven. 1796.
  110. Nacht Und Träume (D. 827). Franz Peter Schubert. 1825.
  111. Du bist die Ruh (D. 776). Franz Peter Schubert. 1827.
  112. Norma. Vincenzo Bellini. 1831.
  113. Nabucco. Giuseppe Verdi. 1842.
  114. The Londonderry Air. Author Unknown. first written 1885.
  115. Trois Gnossiennes. Erik Satie. 1893.
  116. Hamlet overture-fantasia, Op. 67a. Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky. 1888.
  117. Musica Ricercata. Gyorgy Ligeti. 1953.
  118. Spiegel Im Spiegel. Arvo Pärt. 1978.
Author Comments: 

I dunno, classical music.

Thanks for the list, I've just listen Ordo Virtutum on YouTube and it was amazing!

I've made a (very eclectic) list of my favorite classic pieces too.

I think you would like the Civilization 4 soundtrack (a lot of Brahms, Dvorak, Bach and Middle-Age music too).
A playlist on YouTube
One of my favorite is Miserere by Gregorio Allegri.

Do you like more contemporary artist ? I'm a great fan of John Coolidge Adams and Philip Glass...

Do you listen production music like Two Steps From Hell or Immediate Music ?

My last discoveries are Hector Belioz's Te Deum and Lélio: Coeur d'ombres (the non-text reading version, sadly unfindable on the web). Dance of the Blessed Spirits by Gluck and Karl Jenkins' Dies Irae.


I'm getting quite into old medieval monophonic and polyphonic stuffs lately. Machaut, Dunstaple, etc.

As for John Adams and Philip Glass, I haven't listened to much (Nixon in China was being performed a couple months back here; unfortunately I couldn't really afford to go). I do really like minimalism though (In C by Riley is on this list) and I've been meaning to listen to more.

And now adding half the things you mentioned to my massive MUST LISTEN list.

Interesting list! Can u explain in few words why do u find The 15th Stmphony of Shostakovich superior to his 5yh, 7th or 1st (my favourite Shosta composition)?
I remember it as a pastiche of Dimitri past achievements.
Which interpretations do u own of Goldberg and Partita BWV 1004?

I am not familiar with Shostakovich's catalogue outside of his Jazz Suite and 15th Symphony. Really gotta get on that.
It is a pastiche of whatever-Dmitri-wanted.

I like the 1982 Glenn Gould version of Goldberg Variations (Not terribly fond of his 1950s one), and I think the Partita1004 I have is Hilary Hahn's (which is great).

Yeah, I agree. Imho Goldberg variations' 1982 interpretation is one of the towering achievement of human being (just a curiosity: Glenn gould thought that Shostakovich first Symphony was the last inspiring work of this composer, a great promise not mantained). I never heard of Hilary Hahn, thx for r suggestion.

One critic/scholar I like once said of the 1982 Gould recording of Goldberg Variations that it "contains more Gould than Bach!" (which he meant as a compliment, stressing the idea that a truly great musician doesn't play a piece as it is written on the page, but how they FEEL the piece.).

And goddamn, that's a wonderful back-handed compliment toward Shostakovich. I'll have to look into that.

Yeah in one of his essay he adfirmed that it was a tragedy for the music that a genius like the young Shostakovich (a genius totally demonstered in his first Symphony) did not mantain that level of composing.
I'm totaly agree about that quote about Gould-berg Variations. Bach would be proud of his interpretation: the use of staccato to create a more clear and pure contrappuntal texture.

I have seen that lecture before and it is so adorable. Thanks for linking me though <3

And about his age 7-8-9-10-11 piano playing thing near the start, I honestly like his 8-year-old rendition of that piece best. Hahaha.

Hey Zach, you might like this Opera Bluebeard's Castle by Bartok. It's pretty kooky.

There's a local community opera company thing that sometimes does that AND I WANT TO SEE IT SO BAD but they rarely do it. :'c
www.procantanti.com they're pretty neat though.

You are so bourgeoisie :|

I say we go watch that giant fire breathing metallic robot dinosaur eat cars.

While we’re on Béla Bartók, you ought to check some of his other works. His Concerto for Orchestra (1943) is outstanding; I’d recommend the classic recording by Fritz Reiner with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Another masterpiece would be his Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta (1936), some people consider this to be his greatest orchestral work. You may recognize the 3rd movement since Stanley Kubrick famously used it in his film ‘The Shining’.It is a horrifying and stricking depiction of the anxiety many people felt during the time, especially with the rise of ruthless dictaters such as Hitler and Stalin. For this work I’d recommend the 1970 recording by Yevgeny Mravinsky with the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra. It seems that nobody has thought as deeply about this music as Mravinsky has. Also lets not forget that Bartók produced one of the finest quartet cycles of the 20th century, only to be rivaled by that of Dmitri Shostakovich. For his quartets, both Emerson String Quartet and Takács Quartet do a superb job.

Have you heard Linda Ronstadt's La Boheme? It was named by You-know-who (Voldemort) as one of the most profound artistic experiences he ever gone through and, having listening to it (just once), I can't say I get it. The only other rendition I've heard is Maria Callas' (which I love), and I just don't see how Ronstadt's compares. I have no problem admitting a lack of opera experience / a reverence of Callas / etc is affecting my judgement. Any thoughts? Which is the interpretation you're familiar with?

Where can you find it? I was curious when He-Who-Can-Occasionally-Be-Named mentioned it-- seemed like an odd choice. But I haven't been able to find recordings of it anywhere; I've only found a random little NY Times article on it.
The version I'm most familiar with is with Mirella Freni. It's quite good. With me, the jury's still out on Puccini, really. I still am kind of on edge, while some of it is moving and beautiful, there are also plenty of times where I feel like I'm being manipulated and misled by nothing but gloss and saccharine. Boheme and clips of other things are still all I know of him-- Tosca and Il Trittico are the ones that otherwise seem interesting to me.
(My favourite Callas thing, personally, is Verdi's Macbeth. She's absolutely perfect for that. She also somehow is able to make the very undramatic and ultra-mannered Norma by Bellini seem dramatic and emotional (she's the only Norma I've ever heard who can actually seem ANGRY in "Perfido! Or Basti!")

I stumbled across a tape in a used record store. To be completely honest, I can't even say if it's her. It just has her name and Puccini written on it, sounds like a recording of a recording. I didn't realize that there is no actual release of her rendition of La Boheme, which makes me all the more suspicious of what exactly it is I have.

I love Puccini, though. La Boheme, Tosca, and--above and beyond all--Madame Butterfly. Experiencing Callas' "Un Bel Di" is one of the greatest musical "moments" I've ever had. Him and Verdi are without a doubt my favorite opera composers. I haven't heard Macbeth though! I only have her studio recordings, I'll have to look into that ASAP. Vocal jazz and Duke Ellington has been taking over my life... this is really incredible.

PS: dinner would be great =).

It's real bunk that it appears to be unrecorded, or at least gigantically difficult to find some kind of bootleg. BECAUSE I AM SO CURIOUS.

Also a gigantic shame about recordings, is how little film/video there is of Maria Callas, who was as much a great singer, an amazing actress; it would have been great to SEE her do Lady Macbeth or Tosca or Lucia Di Lammermoor or Abigaille or Violetta or anybody!
Ever listened to Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Duke Ellington Songbook? Or any of her Songbooks for that matter? The Cole Porter and Gershwins ones are divine.

PS: <3

Is it shameful to admit I've never been much of an Ella fan? I've heard some of her stuff, but I only like it when Louis accompanies her. Maybe I'll have to dig a little more. As far as vocal jazz goes Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan and Nina Simone are more my thing. And Helen Merrill's Anything Goes made me fall a little bit in love with her.

It took me a while to get into her myself. Maybe give the whole songbook albums a try instead of just disparate songs would be a good plan?

Have you heard Machaut's Messe de Nostre Dame?

Only in snippits but I really really have to get around to it. Machaut's great.