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    Hi everyone.

    I've actually been interested in classical music for a couple years now, but I never identified or remembered any of the pieces that I liked, nor do I know anything past a few key composers' names. Honestly, I'm not even sure if "pieces" is the proper term to refer to classical songs.

    Anyway, I've decided I want to go deeper into the genre and actually obtain some classical music (sorry if it offends anyone but I'll be downloading it to start off, just to get a taste), but I have no idea what I should be looking for. I like the work I've heard from Mozart and Tchaikovsky, but aside from famous names, I don't know where to begin. I was hoping you guys could give me a hand and name some essential content (generally considered to be the textbook classics, if you will) to help me get underway.

    I appreciate any help I may get. Thanks in advance.

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    I'll assume you want to forgo the typical classical music compilation CD's that have the predictable Eine Klein Nachtmusik, Swan Lake, Pachelbel's canon, etc etc etc. Probably the best place to start for a new listener would be the Beethoven symphonies. If you just want to buy a couple, it's really your pick - they are all great of course, even if 5 and 9 are the most popular. If you want to buy all of them, Herbert von Karajan's recordings with the Berlin Philharmonic are legendary among classical music enthusiasts.

    From personal taste, I would strongly reccomend the Leonard Bernstein recording of Mahler's 5th Symphony with the Vienna Philharmonic. The symphony itself may be a little 'out there' for beginning classical listeners, but I think listening to the differences between late classical/early romantic composers (Beethoven) and late romantics like Mahler would really give you an idea of how vast classical music actually is, even within one movement like the Romantic era. Besides, the Adagietto movement of that symphony is the most beautiful piece of music ever written.

    Few other reccomendations - buy a recording of Wagner orchestral excerpts (no vocal parts) from his operas - I have an awesome CD of the Cleveland Orchestra (has a photo of the Neuschwanstein castle on the front). Also, Bruckner's Symphony No. 4, the Beethoven piano concertos, the Mozart clarinet concerto (generally considered the greatest concerto of all time, and revolutionized the idea of the concerto), Schubert' "Unfinished" Sympony (no. 8) and his no. 5 in b-flat major also, Elgar's Enigma Variations, definitely Respighi's Pines of Rome, Brahms symphony no. 1 is very listener friendly.

    I could go on forever (oh woops I already did), but what I would most strongly reccomend is that when you are buying music, make sure to buy good recordings, even if they are slightly more expensive at times (but not always the case!). I am a huge fan of the Vienna Philharmonic, probably the greatest orchestra in the world in my opinion. Their history of conductors includes such names as Karajan (although he mostly worked with Berlin), Bruno Walther, and even the great Gustav Mahler. You are almost guaranteed to be safe with any Vienna Philharmonic or Berlin Philharmonic recording. If you want to go with an American orchestra (overrated in my opinion), go with either the New York Philharmonic (lots of Leonard Bernstein recordings) or the Chicago Symphony.

    Although the orchestra of the recording is slightly more important than the conductor in my opinion, look for recordings under the direction of names like Leonard Berstein, Sir George Solti, Ricardo Muti, or Herbert von Karajan just to name a few big ones. Leonard Berstein's recordings are considered somewhat controversial; he's generally taken to extreme interpretations of pieces and as a result not generally considered a 'mainstream' conductor. Nevertheless, I love his energy and have never come across a recording of his that I was the least disappointed with. Another little known orchestra that puts out some great and rather cheap recordings is the Georgian Festival Orchestra - they have a CD of Schubert's symphonies no. 8 (unfinished) and no. 5 which I mentioned before. In any case, I hope you take at least some of my reccomendations, but you it's really up to your taste and interest as you listen to more and more music. Best of luck!
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    Wink Classical songs

    Hello
    You mention you like classical songs, I guess you like singing rather than orchestral & opera. As you've probably been told classical song is actually lieder, if from an opera it would be an aria & the speaking recititive ( if I've spelt it correctly). If you think your number one love is lieder then immediately Schubert comes to mind. This is just a thought I had and hope it helps.
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    Some excellent classical music for starters include:
    Albert Ketelby - In a Persian Market
    Tschaikovsky - Swan Lake (the ballet) - Nutcracker (ballet)
    Liszt - Liebaustraum (No.3 is generally considered the best )
    Mozart - Don Giovanni
    Chopin - Nocturne op.9 no.1 and no.2

    there are many more, but these will keep you occupied for a long time! you won't get tired of them Enjoy! ^^

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    Personally, I really love Mendelssohn's works. He is a quality composer, though not listed in the upper echelon typically. I find his music makes me happy, without it sounding too "bouncy" if that makes sense. I'm no classical purist, just an avid music lover who has enjoyed exploring a lot of classical recently.

    I bought this on a whim, not knowing a bit of Mendelssohn, and it has been a wonderful addition to my library.
    http://www.amazon.com/Essential-Mend...4064349&sr=8-1

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guyjin View Post
    Hi everyone.

    I've actually been interested in classical music for a couple years now, but I never identified or remembered any of the pieces that I liked, nor do I know anything past a few key composers' names. Honestly, I'm not even sure if "pieces" is the proper term to refer to classical songs.

    Anyway, I've decided I want to go deeper into the genre and actually obtain some classical music (sorry if it offends anyone but I'll be downloading it to start off, just to get a taste), but I have no idea what I should be looking for. I like the work I've heard from Mozart and Tchaikovsky, but aside from famous names, I don't know where to begin. I was hoping you guys could give me a hand and name some essential content (generally considered to be the textbook classics, if you will) to help me get underway.

    I appreciate any help I may get. Thanks in advance.
    Here is a list we've created, which you can consider. It's not the Bible or anything, but it might help you.

    1. Bach: Mass in B minor, BWV 232
    2. Wagner: Tristan und Isolde
    3. Brahms: Clarinet Quintet in B minor, op. 115
    4. Beethoven: Symphony #5 in C minor, op. 67
    5. Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro, K 492
    6. Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring
    7. Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, BWV 846-89
    8. Mahler: Symphony #2 “Resurrection”
    9. Schubert: Winterreise, D 911
    10. Dvořák: Symphony #9 in E minor “From the New World”, op. 95
    11. Mozart: Piano Concerto #20 in D minor, K. 466
    12. Beethoven: Symphony #9 in D minor, “Choral”, op. 125
    13. Tchaikovsky: Symphony #6 in B minor, “Pathétique”, op. 74
    14. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244
    15. Brahms: Symphony #4 in E minor, op. 98
    16. Brahms: Piano Concerto #2 in B-flat, op. 83
    17. Beethoven: String Quartet #14 in C sharp minor, op. 131
    18. Mozart: Symphony #41 in C, “Jupiter”, K. 551
    19. Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor, op. 54
    20. Schubert: String Quintet in C, D. 956
    21. Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem (“A German Requiem”), op. 45
    22. Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé
    23. Beethoven: Symphony #3 in E flat, “Eroica”, op. 55
    24. Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde (“The Song of the Earth”)
    25. Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen (“The Ring of the Nibelung”)
    26. Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor, op. 64
    27. Debussy: La Mer (“The Sea”)
    28. Chopin: 24 Preludes, op. 28
    29. Mozart: Requiem Mass in D minor, K. 626
    30. Bach: Die Kunst der Fuge (“The Art of the Fugue”), BWV 1080
    31. Beethoven: Piano Sonata # 29 in B flat, “Hammerklavier”, op. 106
    32. Bruckner: Symphony #9 in D minor
    33. Haydn: Symphony #104 in D, “London”
    34. Handel: Messiah, HWV 56
    35. Strauss, R: Vier letzte Lieder (“Four Last Songs”)
    36. Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
    37. Brahms: Piano Quintet in F minor, op. 34
    38. Beethoven: Piano Sonata #32 in C minor, op. 111
    39. Schumann: Fantasie in C, op. 17
    40. Scarlatti, D: Essercizi Sonatas (K.1-30)
    41. Shostakovich: Symphony #5 in D minor, op. 47
    42. Schubert Piano Sonata #21 D 960
    43. Tchaikovsky: Violin concerto in D, op. 35
    44. Faure: Requiem in D minor, op. 48
    45. Mozart: Don Giovanni, K. 527
    46. Bach: Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor, BWV 1043
    47. Verdi: Otello
    48. Britten: War Requiem, op. 66
    49. Bartók: Violin Concerto #2
    50. Mozart: Symphony #40 in G minor, K. 550
    51. Vivaldi: Le quattro stagioni (The Four Seasons)
    52. Schubert: Symphony #9 in C, “Great”, D. 944
    53. Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet
    54. Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, op. 14
    55. Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto #2 in C minor, op. 18
    56. Schubert: String Quartet #14 in D minor, “Death & the Maiden”, D. 810
    57. Schumann: Dichterliebe
    58. Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition
    59. Shostakovich: String Quartet #8 in C minor, op. 110
    60. Haydn: String Quartets op. 76, “Erdödy”
    61. Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, op. 35
    62. Debussy: Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (“Prelude to the afternoon of a faun”)
    63. Brahms: Symphony #1 in C minor, op. 68
    64. Bach: Brandenburg Concertos, BWV 1046-1051
    65. Gorecki: Symphony #3, “Symphony of Sorrowful Songs”, op. 36
    66. Beethoven: Symphony #6 in F “Pastoral”, op. 68
    67. Ravel: Scheherazade
    68. Mahler: Symphony #9
    69. Elgar: Cello Concerto in E minor, op. 85
    70. Mozart: String Quintet in G minor K 516
    71. Borodin: String Quartet #2
    72. Prokofiev: Piano Concerto #2 in G minor, op. 16
    73. Handel: Giulio Cesare
    74. Chopin: Nocturnes
    75. Schubert: Symphony #8 in B minor, “Unfinished”, D. 759
    76. Beethoven: Piano Sonata #14 in C sharp minor, “Moonlight”, op. 27/2
    77. Saint-Saens: Symphony #3 in C minor, “Organ”, op. 78
    78. Liszt: Piano Sonata in B minor
    79. Beethoven: Piano Concerto #5 “Emperor” in E flat, op. 73
    80. Bach: Cantata 82 “Ich habe genug”
    81. Chopin: Ballades
    82. Brahms: Piano Trio #1 in B, op. 8 (revised)
    83. Verdi: La Traviata
    84. Mendelssohn: Symphony #4 in A, “Italian”, op. 90
    85. Berg: Violin Concerto
    86. Tallis: Spem in Alium
    87. Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A, K. 622
    88. Sibelius: Symphony #2 in D, op. 43
    89. Ravel: String Quartet in F
    90. Messiaen: Quatuor pour la fin du temps (“Quartet for the End of Time”)
    91. Beethoven: Piano Concerto #4 in G, op. 58
    92. Schubert: Impromptus, opp. 90 and 142
    93. Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, op. 16
    94. Bach: Violin Concerto #1 in A minor, BWV 1041
    95. Mahler: Kindertotenlieder
    96. Chopin: Etudes
    97. Bruch: Violin Concerto #1
    98. Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra
    99. Debussy: Preludes
    100. Allegri: Miserere
    101. Dvořák: Cello Concerto in B minor, op. 104
    102. Stravinsky: The Firebird
    103. Bruckner: Symphony #8 in C minor
    104. Monteverdi: Vespers of 1610
    105. Strauss, R: Eine Alpensinfonie
    106. Brahms: Violin Concerto in D, op. 77
    107. Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
    108. Brahms: Piano Concerto #1 in D minor, op. 15
    109. Mozart: Piano Concerto #23 in A, K 488
    110. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245
    111. Haydn: The Creation
    112. Mahler: Symphony #4
    113. Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto #1 in B-flat minor, op. 23
    114. Schumann: Piano Quintet in E-flat, op 44
    115. Puccini: La Bohème
    116. Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D, op. 61
    117. Bach: Cello Suites, BWV 1007-1012
    118. Prokofiev: Symphony #5 in B-flat, op. 100
    119. Ravel: Piano Concerto in G
    120. Puccini: Turandot
    121. Ligeti: Etudes, Books. 1-3
    122. Schubert: Piano Quintet "The Trout" in A, D. 667
    123. Mozart: Great Mass in C minor, K. 427
    124. Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto #3 in D minor, op. 30
    125. Respighi: Pini di Roma (Pines of Rome)
    126. Debussy: String quartet
    127. Bizet: Carmen
    128. Bach: Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582
    129. Mozart: Piano Concerto #21 in C, K. 467
    130. Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli
    131. Dvořák: String Quartet #12 "American" in F, op. 96
    132. Brahms: String Quartets op. 51
    133. Mendelssohn: String Quartet #6 in F minor, op. 80
    134. Alwyn: Harp Concerto "Lyra Angelica"
    135. Schoenberg: Moses und Aron
    136. Verdi: Requiem
    137. Beethoven: Grosse Fuge, op. 133
    138. Debussy: Nocturnes L91
    139. Purcell: Dido and Aeneas
    140. Beethoven: Symphony #7 in A, op 92
    141. Schubert: “Wanderer” Fantasy in C, op. 15, D. 760
    142. Elgar: Enigma Variations
    143. Bach: Clavier-Übung III
    144. Shostakovich: Symphony #10 in E minor, op. 93
    145. Ives: Piano Sonata #2 "Concord"
    146. Bach: Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin, BWV 1001-1006
    147. Prokofiev: Piano Concerto #3 in C, op. 26
    148. Barber: Knoxville: Summer of 1915
    149. Wagner: Parsifal
    150. Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D, op. 47
    151. Mendelssohn: Octet in E-flat, op. 29
    152. Holst: The Planets
    153. Bruckner: Symphony #7 in E
    154. Beethoven: Piano Sonata #23 "Appassionata" in F minor, op. 57
    155. Liszt: Les Preludes
    156. Vivaldi: Stabat Mater
    157. Suk: Asrael Symphony in C, op. 27
    158. Rachmaninoff: Preludes
    159. Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat, K. 364
    160. Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin
    161. Janáček: String Quartet #2 "Intimate Letters"
    162. Haydn: Trumpet Concerto in E-flat
    163. Handel: Water Music
    164. Weber: Two Clarinet Concerti
    165. Liszt: Piano Concerto #2 in A, S 125
    166. Strauss, R: Der Rosenkavalier
    167. Brahms: Symphony #3 in F, op. 90
    168. Faure: Piano Quartet #1 in C, op. 15
    169. Schubert: Die Schöne Müllerin, op. 25, D. 795
    170. Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A, K. 581
    171. Schoenberg: Pierrot Lunaire
    172. Shostakovich: 24 Preludes and Fugues
    173. Szymanowski: Stabat Mater
    174. Mendelssohn: Symphony #3 "Scottish" in A, op. 56
    175. Tchaikovsky: Symphony #4 in F minor, op. 36
    176. Schumann: Davidsbündlertänze, op. 6
    177. Grieg: String Quartet in G minor, op. 27
    178. Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit
    179. Mahler: Symphony #6 “Tragic” in A minor
    180. Lalo: Symphonie espagnole in D minor, op. 21
    181. Debussy: Cello Sonata
    182. Nielsen: Symphony #5, op. 50
    183. Takemitsu: November Steps
    184. Chopin: Mazurkas
    185. Stravinsky: Petrushka
    186. Barber: Violin Concerto, op. 14
    187. Falla: Nights in the Gardens of Spain
    188. Pärt: Tabula Rasa
    189. Rachmaninoff: Trio Élégiaque #2 in D minor, op. 9
    190. Bach: Toccatas and Fugues
    191. Prokofiev: War Sonatas (#6-8)
    192. Mozart: Piano Concerto #9 “Jeunehomme” in E-flat, K 271
    193. Schumann: Symphony #4 in D minor, op. 120
    194. Beethoven: Missa Solemnis in D, op. 123
    195. Mahler: Rueckert Lieder
    196. Haydn: Missa in Angustiis, “Lord Nelson Mass”
    197. Beethoven: Piano Trio #7 "Archduke" in B-flat, op. 97
    198. Smetana: Má vlast (My fatherland)
    199. Verdi: Rigoletto
    200. Mozart: Symphony #38 “Prague" in D, K. 504
    201. Hindemith: Symphony Mathis der Maler
    202. Bach: Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248
    203. Schumann: Kreisleriana, op. 16
    204. Schubert: An die Musik, D 547
    205. Schoenberg: Verklarte Nacht, op. 4
    206. Bartók: Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta, Sz. 106
    207. Janáček: String Quartet #1 "The Kreutzer Sonata"
    208. Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto #1 in G minor, op. 25
    209. Beethoven: Piano Sonata #30 in E, op. 109
    210. Dvořák: Symphony #8 in G, op. 88
    211. Bach: Magnificat, BWV 243
    212. Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez
    213. Gliere: Symphony #3 "Ilya Muromets" in B minor, op. 42
    214. Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
    215. Telemann: Tafelmusik
    216. Scelsi: Uaxuctum
    217. Mozart: Concerto for Flute and Harp in C, K 299
    218. Brahms: Late Piano Pieces opp. 116-119
    219. Schumann: Kinderszenen, op. 15
    220. Mahler: Symphony #1 "Titan" in D
    221. Beethoven: Piano Sonata #21 "Waldstein" in C, op. 53
    222. Josquin: Missa Pange lingua
    223. Monteverdi: L'Orfeo
    224. Mozart: String Quartet #19 in C, "Dissonance", K 465
    225. Sibelius: Symphony #7 in C, op. 105
    226. Varèse: Deserts
    227. Webern: String Quartet
    228. Bach: A Musical Offering, BWV 1079
    229. Handel: Concerti Grossi, op. 6
    230. Schumann: Carnaval, op. 9
    231. Schubert: Piano Sonata #20 in A, D959
    232. Strauss, R: Tod und Verklärung (Death and Transfiguration), op. 24
    233. Rebel: Les élémens
    234. Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances, op. 45
    235. Haydn: The Seven Last Words of Christ
    236. Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms
    237. Britten: Peter Grimes
    238. Beethoven: Piano Sonata #31 in A-flat, op. 110
    239. Strauss, R: Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life), op. 40
    240. Franck: Variations Symphoniques
    241. Reich: Music for 18 Musicians
    242. Wagner: Siegfried Idyll
    243. Beethoven: String Quartet #15 in A minor, op. 132
    244. Mozart: Piano Concerto #25 in C, K 503
    245. Mozart: Symphony #39 in E-flat, K 543
    246. Berlioz: Requiem, op. 5
    247. Tchaikovsky: Symphony #5 in E minor, op. 64
    248. Mahler: Symphony #5 in C-sharp minor
    249. Bach: Harpsichord Concerto, BWV 1056
    250. Brahms: Piano Quartet #1
    251. Beethoven: Diabelli Variations, op. 120
    252. Dvořák: Symphony #7 in D minor, op. 70
    253. Mozart: The Magic Flute, K 620
    254. Elgar: Piano Quintet in A minor, op. 84
    255. Bach: Suites for Solo Lute, BWV 995-1000, 1006a
    256. Schubert: String Quartet #13 "Rosamunde" in A minor, D 804
    257. Albéniz: Iberia
    258. Bartók: String Quartet #4, Sz. 91
    259. Bruckner: Symphony #5 in B-flat
    260. Copland: Appalachian Spring
    261. Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg
    262. Walton: Violin Concerto
    263. Bach: Concerto in C minor, BWV 1060
    264. Boccherini: String Quintet in E, op. 11, #5
    265. Bach: Keyboard Partitas BWV 825-830
    266. Monteverdi: Madrigals
    267. Mozart: Serenade #10 in B-flat, "Gran Partita", K 361
    268. Schubert: Der Erlkönig, D 328
    269. Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending
    270. Scriabin: Piano Sonata #5, op. 53
    271. Medtner: Skazki
    272. Bach: Cantata #140 "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme"
    273. Chopin: Piano Concerto #2 in F minor, op. 21
    274. Mozart: Piano Concerto #24 in C minor, K 491
    275. Mendelssohn: Songs Without Words
    276. Pergolesi: Stabat Mater
    277. Brahms: Nänie, op. 82
    278. Beethoven: Triple Concerto in C, op. 56
    279. Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake
    280. Franck: Violin Sonata in A
    281. Adam: Giselle
    282. Sibelius: Symphony #5 in E-flat, op. 82
    283. Haydn: Cello Concerto #1 in C, H.7b/1
    284. Shostakovich: Piano Quintet in G minor, op. 57
    285. Beethoven: Piano Sonata #28 in A, op. 101
    286. Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte
    287. Mahler: Symphony #3
    288. Mozart: String Quintet #3 in G, K. 515
    289. Verdi: Aïda
    290. Beethoven: Symphony #8 in F, op. 93
    291. Bartók: Piano Concerto #1, Sz. 83
    292. Bach: Orchestral Suites, BWV 1066-1071
    293. Faure: Cantique de Jean Racine, op. 11
    294. Puccini: Tosca
    295. Debussy: Images for Piano, L110 & L111
    296. Barber: Adagio for Strings, op. 11a
    297. Janáček: Sinfonietta
    298. Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture
    299. Albéniz: Suite española, op. 47
    300. Penderecki: St. Luke Passion
    301. Vivaldi: Gloria
    302. Janáček: On an Overgrown Path
    303. Messiaen: Turangalila Symphonie
    304. Haydn: Symphony #101 "Clock"
    305. Schumann: Fantasiestücke Op. 12
    306. Josquin: Missa l'homme armé
    307. Mozart: Piano Concerto #27
    308. Glazunov: Symphony #5
    309. Bruckner: Te Deum
    310. Buxtehude: Membra Jesu Nostri
    311. Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks
    312. Prokofiev: Violin Concerto #2
    313. Liszt: Années de pèlerinage
    314. Walton: Belshazzar's Feast
    315. Beethoven: Piano Concerto #3
    316. Machaut: Messe de Nostre Dame
    317. Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto #1
    318. Berlioz: Les Nuits d'été
    319. Rameau: Les Indes Galantes
    320. Berg: Wozzeck
    321. Beethoven: String Quartet #16
    322. Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice
    323. Tallis: Lamentations of Jeremiah
    324. Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites
    325. Gabrieli: Sacae Symphoniae
    326. Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto #2
    327. Wagner: Lohengrin
    328. Shostakovich: Violin Concerto #1
    329. Ravel: Piano Trio
    330. Schubert: Piano Trio #2
    331. Mendelssohn: Piano Trio #1
    332. Chopin: Polonaises
    333. Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasilieras
    334. Biber: Rosary Sonatas
    335. Dvořák: Romantické kusy (Romantic Pieces)
    336. Dvořák: Piano Trio #4 "Dumky"
    337. Ligeti: Lux Aeterna
    338. Bach: Violin Concerto #2
    339. Schumann: Symphony #2
    340. Borodin: Symphony #2
    341. Ligeti: Kammerkonzert
    342. Schubert: Fantasia in F minor
    343. Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor
    344. Bartók: Bluebeard's Castle
    345. Brahms: Piano Quartet #3
    346. Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker
    347. Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia
    348. Wagner: Tannhauser
    349. Mozart: Ave Verum Corpus
    350. Berlioz: Harold en Italie
    351. Stravinsky: Concerto in E flat "Dumbarton Oaks"
    352. Mathieu: Piano Concerto No. 4
    353. Mozart: Divertimento in E-flat, K. 563
    354. Ravel: Piano Concerto for the Left Hand
    355. Mendelssohn: String Symphonies
    356. Debussy: Children's Corner Suite
    357. Byrd: Mass for 5 Voices
    358. Haydn: Piano Sonata #62, Hob. XVI/52
    359. Bruckner: Symphony No. 3
    360. Glass: Violin Concerto #1
    361. Handel: Four Coronation Anthems
    362. Alkan: Douze études dans tous les tons mineurs, op. 39
    363. Corelli: 12 Concerti Grossi, op. 6
    364. Pärt: Fratres
    365. Janáček: Mladi
    366. Brian: Symphony No. 1 "Gothic"
    367. Mahler: Symphony No. 8
    368. Beach: Piano Concerto
    369. Schütz: Weihnachts-Historie
    370. Poulenc: Gloria
    371. Glazunov: The Seasons
    372. Palestrina: Stabat Mater
    373. Rzewski: Variations on El pueblo unido jamas sera vencido!
    374. Berg: Lyric Suite
    375. Cherubini: Requiem in C minor
    376. Penderecki: Symphony No. 7 "7 Gates of Jerusalem"
    377. Dvořák: Serenade for Strings
    378. Sibelius: Finlandia
    379. Chausson: Poème de l'amour et de la mer
    380. Schnittke: Concerto for Piano and Strings
    381. Satie: Gymnopedies
    382. Crumb: Black Angels
    383. Bartók: Sonatina
    384. Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol
    385. Brahms: Double Concerto
    386. Bach: English Suites
    387. Debussy: Suite Bergamasque
    388. Webern: Six Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 6
    389. Piazzolla: Cuatro Estaciónes Porteñas (The Four Seasons)
    390. Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio
    391. Berwald: Violin Concerto
    392. Paganini: 24 Caprices
    393. Brahms: Cello Sonata #1
    394. Busoni: Piano Concerto
    395. Medtner: Piano Concerto No. 2
    396. Gubaidulina: Viola Concerto
    397. Grieg: Lyric Pieces
    398. Ravel: Miroirs
    399. Puccini: Madama Butterfly
    400. Bach, C.P.E.: Cello Concerto, Wq. 171
    401. Mozart: Cosi fan tutte
    402. Bruch: Kol Nidre
    403. Brahms: Alto Rhapsody
    404. Vivaldi: L'Estro Armonico
    405. Ligeti: Requiem
    406. Sibelius: Symphony No. 1
    407. Handel: Dixit Dominus
    408. Mozart: Symphony #29
    409. Dowland: Lachrimae, or Seaven Teares
    410. Adams: Nixon in China
    411. Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 5
    412. Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis
    413. Ives: The Unanswered Question
    414. Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 9 "Kreutzer"
    415. Bach: Harpsichord Concerto in D minor BWV 1052
    416. Strauss, R.: Salome
    417. Bartok: Piano Concerto No. 2
    418. Enescu: Romanian Rhapsody #1
    419. Adams: Harmonielehre
    420. Liszt: Christus
    421. Schumann, C: Piano Trio
    422. Strauss, J. II: On the Beautiful Blue Danube
    423. Duruflé: Requiem
    424. Stravinsky: Mass
    425. Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony
    426. Gesualdo: Madrigals
    427. Monteverdi: Selva Morale Spirituale
    428. Handel: Solomon
    429. Sibelius: Kullervo
    430. Schubert: Mass #6
    431. Hummel: Piano Concerto No. 3 in B minor
    432. Charpentier: Te Deum
    433. Victoria: Missa pro defunctis (Requiem)
    434. String Quartets Op.64 "Tost Quartets Set III"
    435. Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Haydn
    436. Purcell: King Arthur
    437. Bruckner: Symphony No. 6
    438. Ockeghem: Missa Prolationum
    439. Mozart: Symphony #35 "Haffner"
    440. Bach: French Suites
    441. Glass: Akhnaten
    442. Dvorak: Romance in F minor for Violin and Orchestra
    443. Couperin: Pieces de clavecin
    444. Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius
    445. Gounod: Faust
    446. Beethoven: String Quartets, Op. 59 "Razumovsky"
    447. Dvorak: Piano Quintet #2
    448. Beethoven: Symphony No. 4
    449. Monn: Cello Concerto in G minor
    450. Haydn: Symphony No. 88
    451. Takemitsu: From Me Flows What You Call Time
    452. Debussy: Jeux
    453. Mahler: Symphony No. 10
    454. Faure: Piano Quintet No. 2
    455. Bax: Tintagel
    456. Byrd: The Great Service
    457. Walton: Viola Concerto
    458. Pérotin: Viderunt Omnes
    459. Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini
    460. Dvorak: Violin Concerto
    461. Chausson: Concerto for Violin, Piano, and String Quartet
    462. Honegger: Symphony #3 "Liturgique"
    463. Strauss: Metamorphosen
    464. Reich: The Desert Music
    465. Villa-Lobos: String Quartet No. 5
    466. Tavener: Song for Athene
    467. Albinoni: 12 Concerti a Cinque, Op. 9
    468. Nielsen: Symphony #4 "The Inextinguishable"
    469. Schumann: Piano Quartet
    470. Janacek: Glagolitic Mass
    471. Haydn: The Seasons
    472. Berio: Sinfonia
    473. Copland: Clarinet Concerto
    474. Bartok: Piano Concerto #3
    475. Milhaud: The Creation of the World
    476. Lutoslawski: Piano Sonata
    477. Chopin: Piano Sonata #3
    478. Pärt: Te Deum
    479. Schubert: Octet
    480. Debussy: Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp
    481. Rachmaninoff: Symphony #2
    482. Ligeti: Clocks and Clouds
    483. Rott: Symphony in E major
    484. Chopin: Piano Sonata #2
    485. Ravel: L'Enfant et les sortileges
    486. Bellini: Norma
    487. Bizet: Symphony in C
    488. Beethoven: String Quartet #13
    489. Stravinsky: Pulcinella
    490. Sibelius: Symphony #4
    491. Brahms: Horn Trio
    492. Cage: In a Landscape
    493. Mozart: Piano Quartet No. 1 K. 478
    494. Delibes: Lakme
    495. Bach: Trio Sonatas, BWV 525-530
    496. Gershwin: Porgy and Bess
    497. Schubert: Schwanengesang
    498. Handel: Israel in Egypt
    499. Schoenberg: Pelleas und Melissande
    500. Strauss: Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche
    Liberty for wolves is death to the lambs.

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    There is a double CD of Schubert's 5th/8th/9th by Mackerras and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. It is all wonderful, my favourite versions of those respective symphonies, and retails for a steal. This would be a good place to start in my opinion.

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    Vivaldi at number 51? Wow. He doesn't get enough respect on this forum. And yeah the Four Seasons would be my essential pick for new listeners. After that, it is more evenly distributed. But great deals on Amazon MP3's are availabe. Check out the Rise of the Masters.

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    @science, The composer name is missing for #434.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guyjin View Post
    Hi everyone.

    I've actually been interested in classical music for a couple years now, but I never identified or remembered any of the pieces that I liked, nor do I know anything past a few key composers' names. Honestly, I'm not even sure if "pieces" is the proper term to refer to classical songs.

    Anyway, I've decided I want to go deeper into the genre and actually obtain some classical music (sorry if it offends anyone but I'll be downloading it to start off, just to get a taste), but I have no idea what I should be looking for. I like the work I've heard from Mozart and Tchaikovsky, but aside from famous names, I don't know where to begin. I was hoping you guys could give me a hand and name some essential content (generally considered to be the textbook classics, if you will) to help me get underway.

    I appreciate any help I may get. Thanks in advance.

    Bach: Brandenburg Concerti Bach: Goldberg Variations


    Bartok - String Quartets (Complete)

    Beethoven: Symphonies 3, 5, 9
    Beethoven: String Quartets (Complete)
    Beethoven: Piano Sonatas (Complete)


    Brahms: Symphonies (Complete)
    Brahms: Piano Quartets

    Bruckner: Symphonies 4 - 9

    Chopin: Piano Cti. 1 & 2
    Chopin: Solo Piano

    Debussy: Orchestral Works
    Debussy: String Quartet
    Debussy: Solo Piano

    Dvorak: Cello Concerto
    Dvorak: Symphonies 5 - 9

    Dvorak String Quartet Op. 96 "American"

    Elgar: Cello Concerto
    Elgar Violin Concerto
    Elgar: Enigma Variations

    Fauré: Requiem
    Faure: Piano Quintets

    Franck: Symphonie in D minor
    Franck: Piano Quintet

    Grieg: Piano Concerto
    Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites
    Grieg: Lyric Pieces

    Handel: Concerto Grossi, Op. 6 (Complete)
    Handel: Suites for Keyboard


    Haydn: Paris Symphonies
    Haydn: String Quartets, Op. 76 (Complete)
    Haydn: Late Piano Sonatas

    Hindemith: Orchestral Works

    Holst: The Planets

    Janacek: String Quartets 1 & 2

    Janacek: Piano Music

    Liszt: Piano Cti. 1 & 2
    Liszt: Faust Symphony
    Liszt: Solo Piano

    Mahler: Symphonies (Complete)


    Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto
    Mendelssohn: Symphonies 3 & 4



    Mozart Violin Cti. 1 - 5
    Mozart: Piano Concerti 19 - 27

    Mozart: Symphonies 35 - 41
    Mozart: Figaro, Cosi, Don G, Flute (Highlights)
    Mozart: Requiem


    Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

    Nielsen: Symphonies 1 - 5


    Orff: Carmina Burana

    Poulenc: Concerto for Two Pianos
    Poulenc: Solo Piano

    Prokofiev: Violin Concertos 1 & 2
    Prokofiev: Piano Concertos 1 & 3
    Prokofiev: Syms 1 & 5

    Rachmaninov: Piano Concerti 2 & 3
    Rachmaninov: Symphony 2
    Rachmaninov: Solo Piano


    Ravel: Piano Concerti
    Ravel: Orchestral Works
    Ravel: String Quartet
    Ravel: Solo Piano Music

    Resphigi: Roman Trilogy

    Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

    Saint-Saens: Violin Concerto 3
    Saint-Saens: Symphony 3

    Satie: Piano Works

    Scarlatti D: Keyboard Sonatas

    Schoenberg: Violin Concerto
    Schoenberg: Piano Concerto
    Schoenberg: Variations for Orchestra, Transfigured Night
    Schoenberg: Solo Piano


    Schubert: Symphonies 4, "Unfinished", 9
    Schubert: Piano Quintet "Trout"
    Schubert: Late String Quartets
    Schubert: Arpeggione Sonata
    Schubert: Late Piano Sonatas

    Schumann: Piano Concerto
    Schumann: Symphonies (Complete)
    Schumann: Solo Piano

    Scriabin: Symphonies (Complete)
    Scriabin: Solo Piano

    Shostakovich: Symphonies 4 - 11
    Shostakovich: String Quartets 3 & 8
    Shostakovich: Solo Piano

    Sibelius: Symphonies (Complete)

    Strauss R: Tone Poems


    Stravinsky: Violin Concerto
    Stravinsky: Firebird Suite (1947)
    Stravinsky: Rite of Spring

    Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto 1
    Tchaikovsky: Symphonies (Complete)

    Vivaldi: "Four Seasons"

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    Shostakovich, the Leningrad Symphony.

    Just kidding.

    Start out with solo and chamber music, preferably Baroque. In my opinion, the best piece to start with is Glenn Gould's Well Tempered Clavier. Listen to that many many times, then move on.

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    I think a complete set of Beethoven's symphonies is a good idea, conducted by Karajan. Especially his 7th. Not for its second movement, which I find quite bland (although it's the most popular), but for its other movements. VPO/Kleiber is probably the reference recording here. His 2 last piano concerti are also great. Tchaikovsky is another easily accessible composer with some great works, not Swan Lake and those other ballets, but his symphonies (all of them are recommended). Karajan works here as well. Schubert's 2 last symphonies, and a set with Bruckner's symphonies (all conducted by Karajan) should serve well. Bach's violin concerti are recommended. Shostakovich's symphonies conducted mostly by Haitink are quite accessible. Vaneyes gives a pretty good start.
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    I would personally check out the "Top _____" lists on these forums and check out the #1 things first and work your way down. I did that for a few things and it worked well for me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stargazer View Post
    I would personally check out the "Top _____" lists on these forums and check out the #1 things first and work your way down. I did that for a few things and it worked well for me!
    Did you get to Vivaldi yet? Do you think the ranking he gets is fair?

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    Quote Originally Posted by neoshredder View Post
    Did you get to Vivaldi yet? Do you think the ranking he gets is fair?
    I just checked them out and did notice he seemed a bit low, grab your pitchforks!! I'm already fairly familiar with a lot of his works though. Those lists obviously aren't an end all be all, but I think they're great for people who are just getting into classical or a specific genre to find out where they can start (I personally used the opera list since I previously didn't know very much about opera at all). And after all, nothing can be perfect for everyone, particularly when opinions come into play!

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