Until several months ago, I hadn't really heard much classical music at all, (Vivaldi, Purcell and Grieg being the exceptions). Around this time, one of my roommates showed me a rap song which I now know had a fragment of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto 1st Movement in the introduction. Naturally, I ended up listening to the entire concerto and fell in love with it. Since then, I have listened to some Beethoven, Wagner, Paganini, Bizet, and Dvorak. I have really come to love many of these pieces more than any other music I have heard before.
I think Tchaikovsky is still my favorite, but really love some of Wagner's works as well. What do you all think is the best way to explore and learn about Classical music? Should I merely youtube different composers, or is there a better more systematic/meaningful way to go about learning?
Additionally, does anyone have any suggestions for specific composers? Like my taste in paintings, I am finding that the Romantic Composers most appeal to me (Wagner and Tchaikovsky are from that movement, right?)
Thanks for everyone's help and I am excited to be a part of this forum!