This is my “pieces of the month” section. I’ll try to update it every month for those of you interested in getting into classical music, exploring more pieces, or just want to have something nice to listen to. There will be three sections, for beginners, intermediate and advanced listeners. Hope you like this section!
1. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5
2. Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desirings”
3. Beethoven “Appasionata” Piano Sonata
1. Beethoven Symphony No. 6 – “Pastoral”
2. Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 4
3. Orff – Carmina Burana
1. Bach Partita # 2 for Solo Violin
2. Brahms Symphony No. 1
3. Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2
Let me know what you think of these selections! My best friend Ray’s tastes are slightly different, so if you want another opinion on what to listen to, check his Piano Page out!
Here’s a list of my favorite Violin Concerti:
1. Beethoven Violin Concerto in D major
1. Brahms Violin Concerto in D major
3. Vieuxtemp Violin Concerto No. 5
4. Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in e minor
5. Sebelius Violin Concerto in d minor
6. Saint-Saens Violin Concerto No. 3
7. Wieniawski Violin Concerto No. 1
8. Paganini Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major
9. Lalo Symphonie Espanole
10. Wieniawski Violin Concerto No. 2
10. Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D major
According to my Violin Teacher, Edmund Wu, here are the top 10 Violin Concertos of all time:
1. Brahms Violin Concerto in D
2. Beethoven Violin Concerto in D
3. Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D
4. Paganini Violin Concerto No. 1 in D
5. Sebelieus Violin Concerto in d
6. Wieniawski Violin Concerto No. 2
7. Saint-Saens Violin Concerto No. 3
8. Lalo Symphony Espanole
9. Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in e
10. Bruch Violin Concerto
*Note: The top 2, 3, 4th concertos can be in any order. 5, 6, 7 can be in any order and 8, 9, 10 can also be in any order.
Top 10 Piano Concerti:
1. Rachmaninoff – No. 2 in c minor
1. Beethoven – No. 5 in E-flat Major (“Emperor”)
3. Tchaikovsky – No. 1 in b-flat minor
4. Saint-Saens – No. 2 in g minor
5. Brahms – No. 1 in d minor
6. Brahms – No. 2 in B-flat Major
7. Grieg – in a minor
8. Schumann – in a minor
9. Chopin – No. 1 in e minor
10. Mozart – No. 20 in d minor
Top 10 Symphonies:
1. Dvorak – No. 9 in e minor (“From the New World”)
1. Brahms – No. 4 in e minor
3. Beethoven – No. 9 in d minor (“Choral”)
4. Brahms – No. 1 in c minor
5. Beethoven – No. 5 in c minor
6. Mendelssohn – No. 5 in d minor (“Reformation”)
7. Schubert – No. 8 in b minor (“Unfinished”)
8. Beethoven – No. 3 in E-flat Major (“Eroica”)
9. Mendelssohn – No. 4 in A Major (“Italian”)
10. Beetohven – No. 6 in F Major (“Pastoral”)
Re: Need Recommended Listening!
Message posted by Emily Liz (via 220.127.116.11) on December 13, 2003 at 7:48 PM (MST)
Owen – we listen to the Tchaik because it’s fun to hear it mangled as often as it is!
Marcianne – It all depends on your tastes. Which genres do you like best? Are you more of a Classical buff, or do you get into the extrovert emotion in Romantic works? Are you one of those amazing musical people who can immediately “connect” with a dissonant, modern piece written by the likes of Shostakovich and Stravinsky? Or does it take you tens of listen-throughs to understand these things (like me)? Or do you just not like modern music at all?
Having said that, here’s a few of my own personal guilty pleasures from a few different genres.
Vivaldi Four Seasons
Mozart Concerto Number 4
Bach Sonatas and Partitas -
very fun to compare and contrast because A) many people have recorded them, and B) the possible interpretations of these works are simply infinite
Paganini pieces (but would they really be considered Baroque or Classical?…they don’t really seem romantic…someone help me out here)
Anything by Max Bruch -(especially his concerto number 3 – although number 1 is more popular – and Scottish Fantasy)
Barber concerto (a really emotional, accessible concerto)
Anything by Gabriel Faure (a very elegant French composer)
Anything by Gerald Finzi (although he isn’t associated with the violin too much, although check out his cello concerto for an emotional rush)
Although your tastes are undoubtedly different (I’d be a little disappointed if they weren’t), maybe this list might help you find something you enjoy.
Enjoy the music!