The entire Années de pèlerinage, not including Orage, Vallée d'Obermann, Après une lecture du Dante, Gondoliera, Tarantella, all of which are good pieces (two masterpieces) but not to everyones taste.
Half the Harmonies poétiques et religieuses, and that's being very careful. The half i'm not including includes pieces that are either good pieces or masterpieces that could possibly be called flashy if they are looked at the wrong way, like Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude, Invocation, Funérailles, Miserere, d’après Palestrina, Cantique d’amour, Pensée des morts, but honestly I don't think any of those can really be called flashy.
Romance in E Minor.
La lugubre gondola II.
En rêve. Nocturne.
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 5.
Christus Oratorio, The Legend of St. Elisabeth, Via Crucis, and pretty much all the choral music he wrote.
Poème symphoniques, No. 4, Orpheus, No. 8, Héroïde funèbre, No. 10, Hamlet, No. 13, Von der Wiege bis zum Grabe.
And many more. That's a repertoire in itself!
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I can't stand Elgar. Don't ask me why. I have no idea.
Cheers, Jeff W (another awesome dude), thanks for the signature mention!
oh by the way, I quoted someone from the first page, just in case anyone follows these replies
Mahler, the 6th & 9th symphony are ok and some of the songs, but the 2nd, 3rd, 7th & 8th symphonies in particular bore me totally.
For the life of me, I cannot understand how any lover of classical music doesn't adore Mozart.
As for Bach, I too had a difficult time with his music for a long time. Of course I was aware of his reputation, but I couldn't get into him. Then I listened to his Mass in B Minor. Such a great work. So I decided to try to gain entry into Bach's rich world via his Cantatas. I began ordering the Monteverdi Choir recent releases of the complete Cantata collection, and listened to them as I drove to work, everyday. They hooked me! Every cantata has something magical. That began my love for Bach. He is my desert island composer.
None. I love all of them, if "great" means top 40.
The better name for the title is "Is There a Popular Composer You Plain Just Don't Like"
Bound to get some knickers in a twist but my dislikes would include :-
Heading for my air-raid shelter now.