Friday, December 17, 2010

Rachmaninoff to the Strausseseses (yup, there's two)

Rachmaninoff  and Saint-Saens round out my top five composers (Liszt, Chopin, Beethoven are the others).  There is so much emotion in Rachmaninoff's compositions - beautiful and powerful.  Saint-Saens would maybe restore my faith in French composers, but the rest don't sound like him, which is probably why I like him.  You must experience his 3rd symphony where you have good stereo and surround sound.  

Rachmaninoff– 2nd and 3rd Piano Concertos, Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini, Prelude in  C# minor, G minor and B flat minor, Elegie, Op. 3, No. 1 (piano, not vocal), Symphony No. 2

Rimsky-Korsakov – Scheherazade (there is a really cool interactive site teaching all the different parts of the story here), Flight of the Bumblebee

Rossini – William Tell Overture

Saint-Saens – 3rd Symphony, 2nd Piano Concerto, African Fantasy, The Carnival of the Animals (especially The Swan), Piano Sonata in B, Dance Macabre, Bacchanale

Schubert – Symphony No. 9

Schumann – Piano Concerto in A minor,

Shostakovich – 2nd Piano Concerto,

Sibelius – Finlandia, Romance Op. 24 No. 9
Smetana - Overture  and Dance of the Comedians (The Bartered Bride)

Stravinsky – The Firebird Suite, Rite of Spring
Strauss, Richard - Thus Spoke Zarathustra,
Strauss, Johann - By the Beautiful Blue Danube (orchestral)

1 comment:

Erin said...

I would add Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D, Op 61 to the list.

Many of my current favorites are the instrumental scores from movies. I personally think James Newton Howard and Thomas Newman are amazing