"From the vast repertoire of music written
through the ages, I have
selected works from the 17th century to the present to begin to
your listening library and introduce you to the wonders and magic
music. For me, this list represents just the tip of the iceberg.
will be familiar, others less known. I am sure you will find this
overwhelming if you are just starting out, so do not feel you must
purchase every composition on the list. Start slowly. Once you
you can add other works. I encourage you to either investigate
composers or simply e-mail me any of your questions and thoughts.
Happy listening." - David
This fiery Redheaded Priest is one of the
examples of composers of the Baroque period.
"The Four Seasons" and other Concerto’s
- Naxos 8.505013
A must for your collection.
The most famous of Baroque composers. Many musicologists agree
that much of the
music written since Bach’s death, to this very day, has
roots in Bach’s vivid
"Brandenburg" Concertos # 4 and 5 Naxos 8.554608
from Suite # 3 Naxos 8.553435
George Frederic Handel (1685-1759)
English Baroque composer.
"Water Music" and "Royal Fireworks Music" Naxos
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
This is difficult.
Mozart wrote 622 works,
some of the finest music ever written. I have selected examples
symphonic, chamber and concerti repertoire.
Symphony # 40 in G
minor Naxos 8.550164
Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola Naxos
A Mozart Concert in Vienna” (sampling of many works)
Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
One of the most lyrical
of Classical composers.
Symphony # 8 (Unfinished) and Symphony #
5 and Rosamunde.
Lieder Ganymed (a sampling of Schubert’s
songs.) Naxos 8.553113
Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827)
to the strength, rhythmic drive and melodic beauty of some of Beethoven’s
most famous compositions.
#5 and 6 Naxos 8.554061
Piano Concerto # 1 and 5 Naxos 8.503001
Piano Sonatas #14,21,23 (this recording includes the famous “Moonlight
Sonata”) Naxos 8.550294
Violin Concerto Op. 61 Naxos. 8.550149
Juan Cristomo Arriaga (1806-1826)
was called the “Spanish
Mozart”. He died
at the early age of twenty. These are two of his best-known
Symphony in D and Overture to “Los Esclavos Felices” Naxos 8.557207
Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Schumann led a difficult
life. Married to Clara
Schumann, a remarkable pianist. Robert Schumann is an example
excellent Romantic composer.
Symphonies # 1 and 3 Naxos 8.553082
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Brahms was inhibited by the symphonic writing of
Beethoven. He did not compose his first symphony until he was
in his forties.
Once he began, he wrote four of the most beautiful symphonies
of the Romantic
Symphony #4 (with additional works) Naxos 8.550281
"Hungarian Dances," complete Naxos 8.550110
Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
Tchaikovsky poured his soul out in his
music. I have selected one of his most famous symphonies and
a recording that
samples some of his most popular works.
Symphony #2 and 4 Naxos 8.550488
1812 Overture, Capriccio Italian plus other works. Naxos 8.5559
Rossini wrote thirty opera’s
in twenty-nine years.
Many of his opera’s are not performed, but the Overtures
repertoire in all major orchestras. When he did retire,
he spent a great amount of
time in bed……eating……sounds like
Overtures to “Barber of Seville” and other
famous overtures.Naxos 8550236
A master of orchestration. Rimsky-Korsakov painted beautiful
musical murals using the instruments of the
orchestra. One of his most famous works is:
“Sheherazade“…A musical portrait of the fable “The
story of a Thousand and one
nights." Naxos 8.550726
Hector Berlioz (1803-1869)
giant of orchestration.
“Symphony Fantastique” Naxos 8.550093
Known as the first major nationalist composer
of Bohemia. (Czechoslovakia). He gave his people a musical
“The Bartered Bride” (orchestral excerpts) Naxos 8.550376
Along with Smetana and Janacek, is regarded as
one of the greatest composers of the Nationalist movement
Symphony # 9 (from the New World) Naxos 8.550271
“Slavonic Dances,” Opus 46 and Opus 72 Naxos 8.550143
This composer heard a sound that was never
heard before. He introduced into his compositions the “Whole
tone scale.” This
introduced the musical Era of “Impressionism”
to the “Afternoon of a Faun,” “La Mer” and “Nocturne” Naxos
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
Influenced by Debussy,
but developed his very own
sound and style of composition. Ravel was considered another
“Daphnis and Chloe” Suite #2 plus other works
Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
stunned the musical world with his (then) avant-garde compositions.
His harmonies and rhythms created conflict and
caused fistfights during some of the premiers of his
greatest works. One of these
works is “The Rites of Spring” Naxos 8.554060
Sergie Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)
Master Russian composer is an example
of post-Romanticism. Large orchestral works, expansive and
Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini Naxos 8550809
Aaron Copland (1900-1990)
Dean of American Music.
“Rodeo,” “Fanfare for the Common Man,” “Billy
the Kid,” “Appalachian
Spring…All on one recording.” Naxos 8.550282
True genius. I have listened and
musical comet travel through the universe from his amazing
debut with the New
York Philharmonic, when he took over for an ailing
Bruno Walter in 1943, until his
death in 1990. A great Conductor, pianist and teacher.
# 2 plus Overture to “Candide” and Symphonic
dances from "West
Side Story.” Naxos 8.559099
"As you can see, I have suggested
recordings from the Naxos catalogue. I did this
because they are fine recordings, easily accessible and inexpensive.
many other recording labels out there. Once again…. Enjoy