Symphonie Fantastique Hector Berlioz
The quintessential Romantic, Berlioz built this lush, emotional work around the story of a gifted artist
who, in the depths of lovesickness, poisons himself with opium. Leonard Bernstein said this was the first
musical expedition into psychedelia, due to its hallucinatory, dream-like nature.
WORK OF ART
Rite of Spring Igor Stravinsky
When first performed in 1913, this complex and unpredictable masterpiece caused
fistfights in the aisles. It continues to shock, stir, and confound listeners
to this day. Written as a ballet around a series of episodes depicting a pagan
spring ritual, it's a powerful and dramatic statement.
dazzling & powerful
Symphony No. 1 Johannes Brahms
Brahms's First is surely the most overtly dramatic of his four symphonies.
Grand in its large and emphatic gestures and integrating high drama,
lyricism, and an emotional, magnificent finale, this work firmly
established Brahms as a worthy successor to Beethoven.
final masterwork &
Requiem Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Mystery and myth still surround this, one of classical music's most towering and iconic
artistic achievements. Featuring solo voices, chorus, and orchestra, much of this
solemn and powerful rumination on the gravitas of mortality was written from
Mozart's own deathbed.
These arrangements of three of Mozart's famous symphonies were made in 1823 and 1824, when Johann Nepomuk Hummel was kapellmeister at the Weimar court. But he could probably have executed them at any...
Useful as a soporific for nap time, The Ultimate Most Relaxing Classics for Kids in the Universe presents 29 excerpts and short pieces that, for the most part, have been selected to calm down even...
Admirers of Herbert von Karajan have four Beethoven symphony cycles to choose from, and out of these, his 1962-1963 recordings are almost universally praised, with the rendition of the Symphony No. 9...