Sunday, June 10, 2007

Help me build a classical music library

Lately I've been building up my music library, but I've been neglecting the addition of classical music -- it's fallen well below 10 percent of my total collection. I want to add more, but I don't really know where to begin -- or where to continue, I should say. I have quite a few works (see the list below), but there's nothing systematic about it.

So classical music lovers, please help me out. Glance over my list and give me some suggestions. I'm sure there must be some glaring omissions, things that make you sneer and say, "How can he call that a classical music library when he doesn't have such-and-such by so-and-so?" What are they? What are the must-haves that I don't have?

Here's the list (I realize that some of it isn't actually "classical music"); what's missing? Or, even if the list is too much trouble, please tell me what you think some "must-have" classical works are.

Anonymous 4:
American Angels
English Ladymass
Love's Illusion - Music from the Montpellier Codex
Noel

Bach:
Air on the G String
Complete motets
"Jesu Joy Of Man's Desiring" from Cantata No. 147

Barber:
Adagio for strings

Beethoven:
Fur Elise
Piano Concerto 5 "Emperor"
String Quartet No. 2 in E minor
String Quartet No. 3
String Quartet Op. 132 in A minor
String Quartet Op. 135 in F major
Symphony No. 4
Symphony No. 5
Symphony No. 6
Symphony No. 8
Violin Concerto in D, Op. 61

Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo de Silos:
Chant

Bizet:
Carmen (suites 1 & 2)
L'Arlesienne (suites 1 &2)

Borodin:
Symphony No. 1
Symphony No. 2
Symphony No. 3

Brahms:
Violin Concerto in D, Op. 77
Symphony No. 2
Symphony No. 3

Britten:
Peter and the Wolf

Bruckner:
Symphony No. 4 "Romantic"

Chopin:
Piano Sonata no. 2
Piano Sonata no. 3
Piano Concerto no. 1
Piano Concerto no. 2

Dvorak:
Symphony no. 9

Einhorn:
Voices of Light

Elgar:
Pomp and Circumstance

Gershwin:
An American in Paris
Rhapsody in Blue

Granados:
Danzas Espanolas

Handel:
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon

Holst:
The Planets

Jarre:
Lawrence of Arabia

Mahler:
Kindertotenlieder
Ruckert Lieder
Symphony no. 2

Mendelssohn:
Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

Mozart:
Complete works for flute
Concerto for Two Pianos K. 365
Concertone for 2 Violins and Orchestra in C major, K.190 (186E)
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik Kv 525
Serenata Notturna in D Kv 239
Divertimento in B Kv 287
Rondo alla Turca
Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola, and Orchestra in E-flat major, K.364 (320d)
Sonata for Two Pianos K. 448
Violin Concerto no. 2
Violin Concerto no. 3
Violin Concerto no. 4
Violin Concerto no. 5

Mussorgsky:
Pictures at an Exhibition

Orff:
Carmina Burunda

Pachelbel:
Canon in D (Here's a bonus for looking this far)

Pavarotti:
Some Christmas music (O Holy Night, Ave Maria, etc.)

Penderecki:
Symphony no. 3
Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima
Fluorescences for Orchestra
De Natura Sonoris II for Orchestra

Rachmaninov:
Isle of the Dead
Piano Concerto no. 3
Symphony No. 1
Symphony No. 2

Ravel:
Bolero

Rimsky-Korsakov:
Capriccio Espagnol
Scheherazade

Schubert:
Quintet for Piano and Strings "Trout"

Schumann:
Dichterliebe

Shore:
Lord of the Rings

Strauss:
Blue Danube
Also Sprach Zarathustra

Strauss:
Metamorphosen
Tod und Verklarung

Stravinsky:
Rite of Spring

Tan Dun:
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Tchaikovsky:
Symphony no. 6 in B minor "Pathetique" Op. 74

Verdi:
Requiem

Vivaldi:
The Four Seasons "Spring"

7 comments:

  1. May I suggest a little Pachelbel?

    ;-D

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=JdxkVQy7QLM

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  2. Somebody didn't look at the list...
    ;)

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  3. I've nagivated here through blogrolls and this looked like an interesting post, so I thought I'd leave a comment for ya...

    Tchaikovsy's ballet's are very nice - The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake - some beautiful waltzes. And the 1812 Overture is worth a listen just for the cannons (if you can find one with them in it).

    Dvorzak's Firebird Suite is pretty good.

    If you're after something a little more recent, I really like the soundtrack to The Last of the Mohicans.

    The rest of Vivaldi's Four Seasons are lovely.

    That's all off the top of my head. Hope it helps.

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  4. Of course not. Why should I? I mean, you review movies in one sentence. I just read the first sentence and start commenting.

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  5. Tim,
    Thanks, those are some good suggestions.

    Oakley,
    I'm hurt. You should read each golden word that drops from my keyboard.

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  6. Oh, and here are some oddballs for you.

    Heigh-Ho for Mozart. They re-do Disney's classic songs into the style of Mozart, Chopin, Beethoven etc. It's quite fantastic. They also had the TV theme songs done up in such style.

    Taking a cue from Tim, Life is Beautiful soundtrack is also amazing. Ditto Pan's Labyrinth. My all time favorites are Dances with Wolves and The Last Emperor.

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  7. I'll check those out. Thanks Oakley.

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