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    I have reached a point where I would like to expand my horizons a little. Here is a list of what I listen to right now. I would appreciate any suggestions for expanding the list by adding some new composers and their pieces (still some major ones left out) as well as adding not very well known pieces by the composers I already mentioned. I think I am still missing some major milestones. I am open to all instruments and vocals. However, I am very choosy regarding the mood. I prefer the minor key although I did discover some pieces in major that I actually liked. In general, I like dark/nostalgic/sad/romantic/passionate/powerful/subtle/energetic. I strongly distaste "cheerful". So here it goes - please add your suggestions:

    Bach
    Beethoven
    Berlioz
    Brahms
    Bruckner
    Debussy
    Dvorak
    Gesualdo
    Grieg
    Handel
    Holst
    Mendelssohn
    Mozart
    Mussorgsky
    Orff
    Rachmaninoff
    Rameau
    Ramirez
    Rodrigo
    Schubert
    Shostakovich
    Sibelius
    Verdi
    Vivaldi

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ciel_Rouge View Post
    I think I am still missing some major milestones.
    Indeed!

    I've added a few tidbits to your list, cunningly differentiated typographically from your original:

    ASHLEY
    AVRAM
    Bach
    BARTOK
    Beethoven
    Berlioz
    BIBER
    Brahms
    Bruckner
    CAGE
    COPLAND
    CZERNOWIN
    Debussy
    DIMIZIO
    DUMITRESCU
    Dvorak
    FELDMAN
    FERRARI
    FERREYRA
    GABRIELI
    GERHARD
    Gesualdo
    GOEBBELS
    Grieg
    GUBAIDULINA
    Handel
    HARTMANN
    HENZE
    HODGKINSON
    Holst
    IVES
    JANACEK
    KAGEL
    KALINNIKOV
    KRENEK
    LACHENMANN
    LIGETI
    MARCLAY
    Mendelssohn
    MESSIAEN
    Mozart
    MUMMA
    Mussorgsky
    OLIVEROS
    Orff
    Rachmaninoff
    RADULESCU
    Rameau
    Ramirez
    RAVEL
    RIHM
    ROUSSEL
    Rodrigo
    SAINT-SAENS
    Schubert
    Shostakovich
    Sibelius
    STRAUSS
    STRAVINSKY
    VARESE
    Verdi
    Vivaldi
    WALTON
    XENAKIS
    ZIMMERMAN
    ZORN

    Just a few more...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ciel_Rouge View Post
    I have reached a point where I would like to expand my horizons a little. Here is a list of what I listen to right now. I would appreciate any suggestions for expanding the list by adding some new composers and their pieces (still some major ones left out) as well as adding not very well known pieces by the composers I already mentioned. I think I am still missing some major milestones. I am open to all instruments and vocals. However, I am very choosy regarding the mood. I prefer the minor key although I did discover some pieces in major that I actually liked. In general, I like dark/nostalgic/sad/romantic/passionate/powerful/subtle/energetic. I strongly distaste "cheerful". So here it goes - please add your suggestions:
    I'll just reply to say that I feel exactly the same way. I mainly enjoy strong/dramatic/powerful/etc. music and disdain the happy stuff. Mendelssohn is one of those happy composers that I really just can't listen to. That's another reason I don't really like Baroque music. MOST of it is happy with the damned harpsicord. The instrument could not be made any happier :angry:


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    The list is practically endless. However, speaking of dark, romantic composers, I am surprised Liszt has not been mentioned. He is one who sprung almost immediately to mind when reading your original post.

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    Ralph Vaughan-Williams. Start with Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis. It may seem slow at first but it pays off. Also Sinfonia Antartica [and yes, it's spelled "Antartica" not "Antarctica" for some reason] is pretty amazing if you like mysterious faraway wordless soprano as I do. Better wait until summer for that though

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ciel_Rouge View Post
    I prefer the minor key although I did discover some pieces in major that I actually liked. In general, I like dark/nostalgic/sad/romantic/passionate/powerful/subtle/energetic. I strongly distaste "cheerful".


    These should press all those buttons. Deeply nostalgic, sad, passionate, subtle, and not avoiding the dark side - all those things. Some heart-piercing tunes. And absolutely no trace of the jolliness you so dislike.

    Cheap, too - for two CDs:
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Elgar-Violin...0630298&sr=1-2


    Footnote: Also, perfectly suited for anyone who uses Turner's Sheerness as an avatar, I would think.
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    Mahler and Wagner!

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    As is typical for my participation in threads like this, I do try to make an effort to hone in on the tastes of the original poster, and formulate recommendations with that in mind.

    As you mentioned Rachmaninoff & Debussy, I have to conclude that you're not averse to solo piano music. If that's the case, Chopin is a glaring omission. "Cheerful" definitely does NOT come to mind when thinking of Chopin.

    The citing of Rachmaninoff & Shostakovich brings me to Stravinsky (previously mentioned by some) as well as Prokofiev. If someone's image of Tchaikovsky centers around candy-cane visions of The Nutcracker, one might get a different perspective from the Pathétique symphony.

    I'll add to Atabey's recommendation of Mahler. If you have the attention span for Bruckner, you have the attention span for Mahler. Oh, yes, and do try some tenative steps into Wagner (you can sample excerpts first, if the whole "music-drama" thing seems like too big a mouthful).
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    Thanks for lots of great recommendations, I'll check them out shortly. Actually, I also like baroque - it is not all joliness, some of the pieces like Rameau's "La Timida" greatly fit into the subtle and emotionally intense category while also bearing a touch of dance and movement which is something I particularly like about baroque. And I do like the harpsichord - it has a very interesting sound which does not always have to be jolly at all. Therefore, I would highly appreciate baroque recommendations as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ciel_Rouge View Post
    Therefore, I would highly appreciate baroque recommendations as well.
    jhar26 and I have been creating such a fuss about the '200 years of music at Versailles' box that you're probably sick of the noise we've been making. But just in case you missed it (perhaps holidaying on Mars?), some of our gobsmacked responses in this thread might be worth looking at. Some of it just might be a touch too jolly for you, but a lot of it is heart-bleedingly beautiful.
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    There have also been a number of threads where people are simply requesting "dark" classical music (for a while it actually had become a trend). You can look here, here and here for other recommendations.

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