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    Hey guys,

    I've been an active listener (and player to some degree) of classical music for a while now and am finding myself in need of new music to listen to. This is what my collection consists of so far. Thanks in advance for any suggestions, comments, and help.

    Classical music catalogue

    --Adagio for Violin, Strings and Organ in G Minor
    --Oboe concertos (op.9-2; op.7-2; op. 7-6; op.9-9; op.7-8; op.9-5; op.7-3; op.9-3)
    --Brandenburg Concertos (1-6)
    --Concerto for flute and strings in G minor (BWV1056)
    --Concerto for violin, oboe and strings in D minor (BWV1060)
    --Toccata in D minor
    --Sinfonia in G (from ‘Christmas Oratorio’)
    --Air (from Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D)
    --Minuet and Badinerie (from Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B Minor)
    --Violin Concertos (BWV 1041; 1042; 1052; 1056; 1064)
    --Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 Sinfonia
    --Concerto in C minor for Violin and Oboe, BWV 1060 Adagio
    --Double Concerto in D minor, BWV 1043 Largo ma non Tanto
    --Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring, BWV 147
    --Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659
    --Piano Concerto No. 5 in F minor, BWV 1056 Largo
    --Sonata No. 3 in C major for Solo Violin, BWV 1005 Largo
    --Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067 Badinerie
    --Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068 Air
    --Suite No. 4 in D major, BWV 1069 Rejouissance
    --Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565 Toccata
    --Violin Concerto in A minor, BWV 1041 Allegro Assai
    --Violin Concerto No. 2 in E major, BWV 1042 Adagio
    --Wachet auf, Cantata, BWV 140 No 1
    --Adagio for Strings
    --Overture ‘Leonore III’ Op.72a – Adagio – Allegro
    --Piano Concertos (3, 5)
    --Piano Sonatas (1-32)
    --Triple Concierto
    --Romance (1, 2)
    --Symphonies (3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9)
    --Fur elise
    --Minuet in G
    --Sinfonia fantastica op.14
    --Entr’acte to Act III (Carmen)
    --L’Arlesienne – Intermezzo
    --Guitar quintets (2, 4, ‘La Ritirata di Madrid’)
    --String quintet in E major, op. 13 5, G282 Minuet
    --String quartet No. 2 in D Major – Nocturne
    --Klavierstucke op. 119
    --Piano Concerto (2)
    --Symphonies (2, 3, 4)
    --Eine Deutsches Requiem
    --Violin Concerto in D
    --Piano Concerto No.1
    --Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor
    --In Memorium
    --Kol Nidrei
    --Piano Concertos (1, 2)
    --Polonaise No.6, op.53
    --Grand Waltz No.5, op.42
    --Fantasie-Impromptu No.4, op.66
    --Introduction and Rondo, op.16
    --Waltz No.14 in E minor
    --Fantasie in F minor, op.49
    --Etude (1-12), op.10
    --Nocturne (1-3), op.9
    --Berceuse in Db, op.57
    --Nocturne (1-2), op.27
    --Trois Nouvelles Etudes (no.1, f; 2, Ab; 3, Db)
    --Souvenir de Paganini in A
    --Nocturne (1-2), op.48
    --Prelude no. 25 in c#, op.45
    --Nocturne no.19 in e, op.72
    --Bacarolle in F#, op.60
    --Grande Valse Brillante (1-3), op.34
    --Mazurka (1-5), op.7
    --Bolero in C, op.19
    --Valse (1-2), op.69
    --3 Ecossaises, op.72
    --Mazurka (1-3), op.63
    --Valse (1-3), op.64
    --Polonaise no.13 in Ab,
    --Polonaise (1-2), op.40
    --Tarentelle in Ab, op.43
    --Prelude (1-25), op.28
    --Sonata in bb (I-IV), op.35
    --Nocturne No.5 in F#, op.15
    --Mazurka #37 in Ab, op.59
    --Grande Valse Brillante #1 in Eb, op.18
    --Ballade No.1 in g, op.23
    --Ballade No.2 in F, op.38
    --Ballade No.3 in Ab, op.47
    --Ballade No.4 in f, op.52
    --Scherzo No. 1-4 (op.20, 31, 39, ?)
    --Clair de Lune
    --Notturno, from “Coppelia”
    --Slavonic Dances (op.46 and op.72)
    --Symphony No. 9 (op.95)
    --Songs my Mother Taught Me
    --Serenade for String Orchestra in E
    --Concerto for Cello
    --String Quartet No.2 in D Nocturne
    --Requiem, op.48 In Paradisum
    --Rhapsody in Blue
    --Preludes for Piano (1-3)
    --Concerto in F for Piano and Orchestra
    --An American in Paris
    --Cuban Overture
    --Dance of the Blessed Spirits (from “Orpheus and Eurydice”)
    --Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 and 2
    --Piano Concerto in a, op.16
    --The Last Spring
    --Music for the royal fireworks
    --Organ Concertos (No.1-4)
    --Water Musik
    --Largo (from ‘Xerxes’)
    --Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (from ‘Solomon’)
    --Concerto gross in a, op.6 no.4
    --Symphonies (101-104)
    --Symphony No.94, “Surprise,” 2nd movement
    --Emperor’s Hymn, from String Quartet in C
    --Trumpet Concerto in Eb, 3rd movement
    --An der shonen blauen Donau
    --Wein, Weib und Gesang
    --Wiener Blut
    --Radetzky Marsch
    --Kunstlerleben Walzer
    --Tritsch Tratsch Polka
    --Liebeslieder Walzer
    --Rosen aus dem Suden
    --Symphonie Espagnole, op.21
    --Hungarian Rhapsodies (2, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15)
    --Liebestraum No.3 in Ab
    --Les Preludes
    --Symphonies No. 4, 5, and 8
    --Blumine, symphonic movement
    --Concerto for Oboe
    Marin Marais
    --Pieces a deux violes
    --Intermezzo (Cavalleria Rusticana)
    --Meditation (Thais)
    --A Midsummer Night’s Dream
    --Piano Concerto No.1 in g, op.25
    --Symphony No.4 in A, op.90
    --Violin Concerto in e, op.64
    --Hebrides ‘Fingal’s Cave’ op.26
    --Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, op. 27
    --Spring Song
    --Piano Concertos (20-25)
    --Requiem in d
    --Symphonies No. 25, 28, 29, 35, 40 and 41
    --Violin Concertos No. 1-3
    --Rondo for violin and orchestra in Bb, first movement, KV 269
    --Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, 1st movement
    --The Marriage of Figaro, overture and march
    --Flute Concerto No.2 in D, 2nd movement
    --The Magic Flute, overture
    --Violin Concerto No.3 in G, 1st movement
    --Rondo Alla Turca, from Piano Sonata in A
    --Don Giovanni, overture
    --Horno Concerto No.3 in Eb, 2nd movement
    --Clarinet Concerto in A, 2nd movement
    --Serenata Notturna
    --Violin Concerto No.5 in A, 2nd movement
    --Pictures at an Exhibition
    --Orpheus in the Underworld
    --Barcarolle, from “The Tales of Hoffmann”
    --Violin Concertos No. 2 and 5
    R. Straus
    --Also sprach Zarathustra – Fanfare
    --Sinfonia Alpina
    --Muerte y transfiguracion
    --Piano Concerto No.2 in c, op.18
    --Prelude in c#
    --Violin Partita #3 – Preludio, Gavotte, Gigue
    --Melody in E
    --Humoresque in G
    --Flight of the Bumble Bee
    --Moment musical in eb
    --Prelude in Gb
    --Prelude in E
    --Prelude in f
    --Prelude in F
    --Etude-Tableau in C
    --Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
    --Symphony No.2
    --Conceirto de Aranjuez for Guitar, 2nd movement
    --The Barber of Seville – Overture
    --Melody in F
    --The Swan
    --Embryons des (all)
    --Gnossienne (all)
    --Gymopedie (all)
    --Je te veux – Valse (all)
    --Le pi ge de M duse (all)
    --Les Paintins dansent (all)
    --Menus propos enfantin (all)
    --Sarabande (No.1-3)
    --Prelude du Nazareen (1-2)
    --Prelude de la porte heroique du ciel
    --Deux pieves froides (No.1-2)
    --Petite Ouverture a danser
    --Impromptus (op.90, op.142)
    --Symphonies (No. 3, 5, 8)
    --Ave Maria
    --German Dance No.1
    --Ballet Music in G, from “Rosamunde”
    --Symphony No.5 and 8
    --Kreisleriana,, op.16
    --Piano Concerto in a, op.54
    --Fantasie in C, op.17
    --Symphonies No.1 and 3
    --Concerto for Piano
    --Symphonies (1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 9)
    --Violin Concerto (I Allegro Moderato, II Adagio di Molto, III Allegro, ma non tanto)
    --Violin Suite (I Presto, II Adagio, III Temp Giusto)
    --Valse Triste
    --Symphonies (1, 2, 3, 5)
    --Violin Concerto in d
    --The Moldau
    --The Bartered Bride – Overture
    --Light Cavalry – Overture
    --Poet and Peasant – Overture
    --La consegracion de la primavera
    --The Seasons
    --Swan Lake
    --Sleeping Beauty
    --The Nutcracker
    --Symphony No. 4, 5, 6
    --Piano Concerto No.1 in bb, 1st movement
    --Polonaise, from “Eugene Onegin”
    --Marche Slave, op.31
    --Overture in D for oboe, trumpet, strings and basso continue
    --Suite in D for oboe, trumpet strings and basso continuo
    --Quatour in d for 2 flutes, recorder, and basso continue
    --Concerto in F for 3 violins, violin gross and basso continuo
    --Conclussion in e for 2 flutes, strings and basso continuo
    --Nabucco – Overture
    --The Force of Destiny – Overture
    --La Traviata – Prelude to Act 1
    --The Four Seasons
    --Concertos (most)
    --Lohengin – Prelude to Act 3
    --Siegfried’s Death and Funeral March; from “Twilight of the Gods”
    --Ride of the Valkyries; from “the Valkyrie”
    --Der Freischutz – Overture
    --Fantasia on “Greensleeves”

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    Well, there's no Gerald Finzi on your list, and that should be corrected by hearing his wonderful Eclogue for Piano and Strings, Cello Concerto, Romance in E and many of his choral works and song cycles (Finzi was an excellent word setter).

    To your Vaughan Williams listening you should add the Fifth and Sixth symphonies - two very different works by the same composer - as well as the song cycle, On Wenlock Edge. Other critically important pieces by this great man include the Norfolk Rhapsody No. 1, The Lark Ascending, and the sublime Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis.

    That should be enough to keep you going for a little while.

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    Definitely add all the remaining Sibelius symphonies - Nos. 4, 6, and 7! These are perhaps less immediately appealing, but certainly reward repeated listening.

    Also add Saint-Saën's Symphony No. 3 "The Organ Symphony".

    I'd concur with Kuhlau that you might explore the symphonies of Vaughan Williams; though I'd also suggest No. 2 "A London Symphony", No. 3 "Pastoral", and the cinematically charged No. 7 "Sinfonia Antartica".
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    Nimrod is very beautiful, but it's a very popular piece so tends to be overplayed. It's far more rewarding when heard in context of the whole Enigma Variations to which it belongs. So I'd recommend adding the Enigma Variations to your Elgar collection, and also Elgar's violin concerto (which is of comparable stature to the other great violin concertos in your list.)

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    To add one more by Ralph Vaughan Williams, I'd suggest "Variations on a Theme by Thomas Tallis." And, just to stay in the 20th century, I'd include some pieces by Béla Bartók and Olivier Messiaen. For Bartók, perhaps "Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta," "Concerto for Orchestra," "Cantata Profana," and the Sixth String Quartet. For Messiean, "Apparition of the Eternal Church" and "Quartet for the End of Time."

    To add works by composers you already list, I'd suggest for Beethoven, some string quartets; for Mahler, "Das Lied von der Erde"; for Strauss, "Four Last Songs." You have some selections from a variety of operas. So, you might try a whole opera... and after you've listened to a few operas, go back to Strauss, and tackle "Rosenkavalier," but don't start your listening to opera there.

    Good topic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moldyoldie View Post
    Also add Saint-Saën's Symphony No. 3 "The Organ Symphony".
    Quite agree - essential listening (I have about 12 recordings of this work).

    Quote Originally Posted by msegers View Post
    To add one more by Ralph Vaughan Williams, I'd suggest "Variations on a Theme by Thomas Tallis."
    It's actually called Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis. I included it in my first reply above.

    Quote Originally Posted by msegers View Post
    For Bartók ... the Sixth String Quartet ...
    Personally, I'd advocate the Fourth - a truly astonishing work.

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    Thanks, Kuhlau, for correcting my title on the "Thomas Tallis" piece, and yes, you did mention it. I wish I could say I did that to call more attention to this piece, but it was sheer carelessness.

    As for the Bartók quartets, there are only six, so I'll just add all of them to the list. One could do worse... It seems strange not to include some of his work for piano, but I can't commit to anything in particular.
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    Bartok's piano concerti can be hard going if you're unprepared for his musical language. Beyond these, I know nothing of his other piano works (assuming there are any).

    And yes, the complete string quartets are certainly to be recommended. The recent Belcea Quartet release on EMI is very much a top choice. I'm also a big fan of the Emerson Quartet's DG recording.

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    You could explore some more works by Shostakovich and please add Prokofiev to your collection. You could try the "sinfonia concertante" played by Rostropovich, cello concertos, piano concertos, ballets; listen to some his works and you won't be disappointed.

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    The Prokofiev Second Piano Concerto is a must, certainly.

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    Here's some of my desert island pieces I didn't see on anyone's list yet:

    Shostakovich - Cello concerto No 1 (with Rostropovich in the starring role).

    D. Scarlatti sonatas - pick any 50 or so of them.

    Beethoven - Grosse Fuge (although the OP tends to lean toward more orchestral works. I intend to grasp this piece sometime in my lifetime)

    Debussy - Three Nocturnes for orchestra

    Handel - Organ concerto No. ? (I think it's no. 14 if they go that high. One of the higher numbers anyway that has amazing leaps and just makes you feel good.

    Hermann - The Day the Earth Stood Still (Suite)

    Holst - The Planets. I can't believe this is not on everyone's list.

    Prokofiev - Lieutenant Kije Suite

    Rameau - any one of the suites, Dardanus is representative.

    Respighi - Ancient Airs and Dances, The Pines of Rome, The Fountains of Rome

    Saint-Saens - Symphony No. 2 (The organ), Piano concerto No. 2 (if you liked the movie "Babe.")

    Vaughan-Williams I would add the Symphony No. 2 "London" and the No. 7 "Sinfonia Antartica"

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    Hi there! Welcome to TalkClassical, Sevantal!

    I like your collection.

    When I ponder recommendations questions, I strive to get an understanding of the tastes of the person asking, rather than just adding my personal favorites to a list that may be lacking them.

    Chopin is well-represented in your collection- so I have to conclude that you're a big fan of pianism. I don't think you'll regret adding more solo piano music by Debussy to your Clair de Lune excerpt. On the concerto front, Beethoven's Piano Concerto 4 would give you a nice '3-4-5' triptych. For an entirely different type of pianism, Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto 3, I think, would make a good add to your existing Rhapsody and Concerto 2.

    To me, the most interesting absence (since you seem to have a little something from many other prominent French composers) is the lack of anything by Ravel. Unless there's a reason you're avoiding it, a good disc of Ravel war-horses would be a plus.
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    Hi Sevantal
    I've come into this thread a bit late and with all the excellent recommendations you will be weeks expanding your already brilliant collection Just a few which I don't recall being mentioned that I think should be considered.
    Violin concertos by Arensky, Barber,Dvorak,Goldmark,Vieuxtemps (no 5)
    Cello concertos by Elgar,Schumann and Miaskovsky
    Piano Concerto by Dvorak
    Symphonies 3 and 4 by Franz Berwald,No 4 by Glazunov.
    Any Piano sonatas by Beethoven.

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    Hi, Sevental.

    First, I would suggest you "convert" all the single movements to whole works, at least the instrumental ones. That should provide you with a lot of "new" music; i.e., you would be listening to them afresh. Trust me.


    Goldberg Variations. You may or may not like to listen to this work as whole, but as long you want to listen to Bach, don't miss this.

    And, everything else he wrote.

    Beethoven: Violin Concerto.

    Dvorak: Symphony No. 8, Piano Quintet (Op. 81), Piano Trio (Dumky), Serenade for Winds, Czech Suite

    : Violin Sonatas, and the logical next step would be Franck's sonata.

    : Piano Sonatas and String Quartets and String Quintet. As a rule of thumb, the higher the D(eutsch) number, the "better" the work. Also add, Fantasy in C (Wanderer). Schubert was a pioneer of the 'song' genre. Die Schoene Muellerin and Winterreise are his best known.

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    I've been getting a real kick out of Prokofiev recently, so his absence in your list came as a shock to me! Some great works of his-

    3rd Piano Concerto (2nd has already been mentioned I think) (As a side note, I think Martha Argerich does a great job on these pieces)
    1st Symphony (Classical Symphony)
    5th Symphony

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