I want to make a classical music sample as a present for a couple of my friends who are metalheads but open to new kinds of music. They listen to various kinds of Metal and Hard Rock, and they are very much into the sophistication of the music itself as well as hi-fi technology. They are curious about classical music as well, as they can hear the sophistication when they listen to it. But they don't know where to start best.
Some of the Metal music is quite sophisticated anyway, so it might be a good present to offer them a "Metalhead compatible" classical music sample to get an interesting, metal compatible insight into classical music. I don't want them to suffer from a culture shock when listening to my sample. So the music needs to be very expressive and have a lot of "metal power".
I love some of the classical music, but do not know that much about it, I listen more to Progressive Rock, Electronica and Jazz (hardly ever to Metal). I am not into hi-fi either. So I need your advice to make a great sample for my friends. It would be too sad if they miss out classical music because they don't get good examples.
So here is my list of classical music for Metalheads - what else would you suggest?
Wagner: The Ride of the Valkyries
Vivaldi – 4 Seasons – Summer III and Winter I
Carl Orff – O Fortuna and maybe some of the other Carmina Burana songs
Mussorgsky - Night on the bald mountain
Also, which choirmasters and interpreters would you suggest? It needn't be the best of all, but I don't want the versions to sound boring. Karajan and Anne-Sophie Mutter as a violonist seem to be a good start. You needn't be too picky about that, just remember that it's for metal heads so it's better if it is too expressive than too boring.
Best wishes and thanks in advance for your advice,