Classical must owns?

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Classical must owns?

Post  pinhedz on Wed Apr 13, 2011 10:18 am

Twood wrote:

I have very little classical music in my music library, mainly because I always struggle to know what to buy/download.

What are "Musts" for the collection?

Pinhedz wrote:

There are several ways to do this:

1. Classical radio stations like to poll their listeners and come up with a "top 100," which means 100 most popular. Typically these lists have many pieces like "Pachelbel Canon" that classical music snobs (like me) don't consider to be "must haves."

2. Snobs compile lists of what we claim are the "highest quality," even if these lists don't have all of the best-sellers.

3. Pinhedz go even farther, and list things like Henry Purcell's Fantasias for viols, which make the list only because the pinhed personally likes them.

Another feature of this kind of list is that they are typically 100 or more if the compiler really includes everything considered to be in the "must-have" category, because there are about 100 composers in the top-notch category, each of whom produced several masterpieces. That would require several shopping trips, so I'll list something more scaled-down.

This is a mixture of radio station "top 100" selections, along with some snob/pinhed selections (which I'll put in bold type, because they're really the best):

I don't know if you like baroque, but here's some:
[Purcell -- Fantasias for viols]
Bach -- Brandenburg Concerti
Handel -- Water Music [12 concerti grossi]
Vivaldi -- the 4 seasons

Classical:
Beethoven -- Symphonies #3, #5, and #9 [quartet op. 130 with Grosse Fuge, piano sonata op. #110]
Berlioz -- Symphonie Fantastique [Harold in Italy]
Brahms -- Symphony #1 [Sonata for violin and piano #1, op. 78]
Dvorak -- New World symphony ["Cypresses]
Liszt -- Hungarian Rhapsodies #1 and #2
Mozart -- Symphonies #39, #40, and #41
Rossini -- Overtures
Tchaikovsky -- Capriccio Italiene, violin concerto and symphonies #4, #5, and #6 [Piano Trio op. 50]
Rimsky-Korsakov -- Sheherazade and Capriccio Espagnole

20th century:
Bartok -- Concerto for Orchestra, violin concerto [viola concerto and piano concerto #3]
[Ernst Bloch -- quintet #1 (1923) and Schelomo]
Georges Enescu -- Rumanian Rhapsody #1 [Sonata for violin and piano in the popular Rumanian style]
Gershwin -- centennial collection (2 CD set--really great)
Khatchaturian -- Gayane Suite [piano concerto]
Mahler -- "Resurrection" Symphony
Prokofiev -- Classical symphonie and Suite from "Love for 3 Oranges" [violin concerto #1]
[Schoenberg -- Verklarte Nacht]
Shostakovich -- Symphony #5
[Skriabin -- late piano works (op. 65 through op. 74)]
Richard Strauss -- So Sprach Zarathustra, Ein Heldenlieben, [Metamorphosen and 4 last songs]
Stravinsky -- The Firebird, The Rite of Spring [Petroushka--complete if you can find it]
Wagner -- overtures and prelude to Act III of Lohengrin

I don't know if you like opera (I know I don't) but these 3 are essential (people who like opera would recommend Verdi and Wagner):
Beethoven -- Fidelio
Moussorgsky -- Boris Godunov
Gershwin -- Porgy and Bess

pinhedz
Schrödinger's Hepcat

Posts : 11694
Join date : 2011-04-11
Location : DC

http://www.balalaika.org/

Back to top Go down

Re: Classical must owns?

Post  pinhedz on Fri Nov 25, 2011 3:08 am

The radio polled the listeners and is playing a countdown of the top 100 over a 3-day period.

Yesterday morning there was Tchaikowsky's Pathetique Symphony at #50,

later yesterday Ravel's Bolero,

and today Grieg's piano concerto at #18.

pinhedz
Schrödinger's Hepcat

Posts : 11694
Join date : 2011-04-11
Location : DC

http://www.balalaika.org/

Back to top Go down

Re: Classical must owns?

Post  pinhedz on Fri Nov 25, 2011 3:24 am

Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring is #17.

What will be #1? What a Face

pinhedz
Schrödinger's Hepcat

Posts : 11694
Join date : 2011-04-11
Location : DC

http://www.balalaika.org/

Back to top Go down

Re: Classical must owns?

Post  pinhedz on Fri Nov 25, 2011 3:30 am

#16. Moussorgsky's pictures at an Exhibition (Svetlana will be conducting this in the spring).

pinhedz
Schrödinger's Hepcat

Posts : 11694
Join date : 2011-04-11
Location : DC

http://www.balalaika.org/

Back to top Go down

Re: Classical must owns?

Post  pinhedz on Fri Nov 25, 2011 12:03 pm

Down to #2, and they've played everything but Beethoven's 9th, so I reckon it must be #1.

pinhedz
Schrödinger's Hepcat

Posts : 11694
Join date : 2011-04-11
Location : DC

http://www.balalaika.org/

Back to top Go down

Re: Classical must owns?

Post  Sponsored content Today at 8:58 am


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top

- Similar topics

 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum