1. A Midsummer Night's Dream
2. Peter Grimes
3. War Requiem
4. The Turn of the Screw
5. Holy Sonnets of John Donne (but mostly because of "Death, be not proud*")
6. Violin Concerto
7. Death in Venice
8. Sinfonia da Requiem
9. Albert Herring
10. Simple Symphony
1. Gaspard de la nuit (1908)
2. Le Tombeau de Couperin (especially the orchestra version) (1919)
3. Piano concertos ("left hand" and G) (1930, 1931)
4. Jeux d'eau (1901)
5. Valses nobles et sentimentales (1912)
6. Piano trio (1914)
7. Pavane pour une infante défunte (1899)
8. Daphnis et Chloé suites (1911, 1912)
9. Sonata for violin and cello (1922)
10. Miroirs (1905)
Just to get things started...
EDIT: Is it correct that "For Philip Guston" is 5 hours long?? Only beaten by his String Quartet (II) at 6 hours.
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1. Children's Corner (1908)
2. Nocturnes (1899)
3. Préludes (1910, 1913)
4. Images I, II, III (1905, 1907, 1912)
5. Violin sonata (1917)
6. Etudes (1915)
7. La mer (1905)
8. Syrinx (1913)
9. Sonata for flute, viola and harp (1915)
10. Some songs, like "3 chansons de Bilitis" (1898) or "3 Ballades de François Villon" (1910)
For a more complete picture, some 19th century works could be included as well:
11. Piano trio (1879)
12. Suite bergamasque (1890)
13. Fantaisie for piano and orchestra (1890)
14. String quartet (1893)
15. Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (1894)
Variation on the theme: top ten modern composers who only composed one piece you really like"
1/ Ferruccio Busoni, Berceuse Elegiaque
2/ Paul Dukas, Prelude Elegiaque
3/ Francis Poulenc, Sextet for piano and Wind Instruments
4/ Kurtag, STELE
5/ Bern Alois Zimmermann, Metamorphose
6/ HK Gruber, Aerial
7/ Kaija Saariaho, Orion
8/ Wolfgang Rihm. Marsyas
9/ Andre Jolivet, 2nd trumpet concerto
10/ Harrison Birtwistle, Endless Parade
1. Three Improvisations for the left hand (1918)
2. The Sea (1911)
3. Piano trios (1907, 1929)
4. Three Poems for piano (1915), Three Lyrics for piano (1924)
5. Phantasy piano quartet (1910)
6. Lament (1915)
7. String sextet (1912)
8. Cello sonata (1917)
9. Divertimenti for wind quartet (1938)
10. Piano sonata (1924)
For the piano pieces, I recommend the Ashley Wass recordings (Naxos).
1. Piano concertos (1930, 1960)
2. Lyra Angelica, harp concerto (1954)
3. String quartet 2, Spring Waters (1975)
4. Symphonies 1-5 (1949, 53, 56, 59, 73)
5. Sonata alla toccata (1947)
6. Concerto for oboe, harp and strings (1945)
7. Haze of noon (1925)
8. Sinfonietta for strings (1970)
9. Twelve preludes (1958)
10. Elizabethan dances (1957)
Now, for Iannis Xenakis...
1. Metastasis, for orchestra (1954)
2. Kraanerg, ballet for orchestra and tape (1968)
3. Eonta, for 2 trumpets, 3 trombones and piano (1964)
4. Tetras, for string quartet (1983)
5. Orient-Occident, for tape (1960)
6. Mists, for solo piano (1981)
7. Mikka, for solo violin (1971)
8. Psappha, for solo percussion (1975)
9. Jalons, for chamber ensemble (1987)
10. Oresteïa, for chorus and 12 instruments (1966)
I'm a bit split on which Le Tombeau de Couperin I prefer. It saddens me that Ravel chose never to orchestrate the Toccata, which I will admit, is one of my favorite parts in the original piano suite. It's quite virtuosic, and stunning in the pianistic sense - and orchestrating it properly would be a tough task indeed, even for Ravel. Yet I came across this the other day, and I have to say that Kocsis quite does it justice:
In many ways, I still prefer the piano version though.
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I hope there will be alternative Debussy and Ravel lists. My ambition was not to present the ultimate ones.
I'm not a Daphnis et Chloé fan myself, but I guess it would have been another shocker not to include them.I'd say the entire Daphnis et Chloé is essential listening, especially the Dutoit and Boulez recordings. There's so much beauty in the work, why shorten the fun and condense it? I feel very much the same way about the Firebird suite, the Romeo and Juliet suites - well, practically every suite actually...
Wow, nice to hear that one orchestrated!I'm a bit split on which Le Tombeau de Couperin I prefer. It saddens me that Ravel chose never to orchestrate the Toccata, which I will admit, is one of my favorite parts in the original piano suite. It's quite virtuosic, and stunning in the pianistic sense - and orchestrating it properly would be a tough task indeed, even for Ravel. Yet I came across this the other day, and I have to say that Kocsis quite does it justice:
In many ways, I still prefer the piano version though.
Choosing between versions could be tricky for the Pavane and Valses as well.
Henri Dutilleux. An all too neglected composer.
1. L'arbre des songes, for violin and orchestra (1985)
2. Timbres, espace, mouvement ou la nuit etoilée, for orchestra (1978)
3. Ainsi la nuit, for string quartet (1976)
4. Symphonie No. 2 "Le double", for orchestra (1959)
5. Trois Préludes, for solo piano (1988)
6. The Shadows of Time, for 3 children voices and orchestra (1997)
7. Les citations, for oboe, double bass, harpsichord and percussion (1985)
8. Trois strophes sur le nom de Sacher, for solo cello (1976)
9. Tout un monde lointain, for cello and orchestra (1970)
10. Métaboles, for orchestra (1964)