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Symphonie Fantastique, by Hector Berlioz

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.


intense, emotional

WORK OF ART

Rite of Spring, by Igor Stravinsky

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

Symphony No. 1, by Johannes Brahms

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 &

TRUE GENIUS

Requiem, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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.


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