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Hi, I've always enjoyed opera, but have only recently really got into classical music, so I was wondering if you guys could point me in the direction of some good pieces? I know lots of the famous stuff by like Mozart etc., but would like to hear some of the lesser known gems and hear some different composers in general.

My favourite composer so far is Rachmaninoff And I love stuff like 'St John's Passion' by Bach- I am willing to give anything, modern or old a listen!!
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(Original post by battycatlady)
Hi, I've always enjoyed opera, but have only recently really got into classical music, so I was wondering if you guys could point me in the direction of some good pieces? I know lots of the famous stuff by like Mozart etc., but would like to hear some of the lesser known gems and hear some different composers in general.

My favourite composer so far is Rachmaninoff And I love stuff like 'St John's Passion' by Bach- I am willing to give anything, modern or old a listen!!
I'm afraid the list of 'good pieces' is just too big! And of course it's all subjective - but here is a list of some of my favourite composers:

Beethoven
Chopin
Mozart
Liszt
Ravel
Rachmaninov
Brahms
Bach
Scriabin
Tchaikovsky
Debussy
Mendelssohn
Schumann

These are mainly Romantic-era composers and there are obviously a lot more you can explore. As I said before it's difficult to recommend pieces as there's so many out there and it really depends on your tastes - for beauty and sadness, the Chopin; for emotional power, Beethoven; and for a bit of pure virtuoso .. Liszt . The list is honestly endless!

EDIT: Oops forget to mention Alkan! Like anosmianAcrimony said he's relatively unknown - though with pieces like his Scherzo Diabolico Etude and Baracolle Op. 65 no. 6, I can't understand why.
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Alkan can be pretty great, though nobody's ever heard of him. Go listen to his Song of the Mad Woman on the Seashore.
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You mention some giants here, although I've never ever heard of Alcon! Could anyone give e a link to one of his pieces? I'm curious!
Anyway, let me just add Grieg to the list. Wedding day at Troldhaugen is one of my all-time favourite pieces! I'm going to perform it at a concert in June!
and last but not least, if you want to try something exotic, give Bartók or Kodály a go. Two of our greatest composers and folk music collectors!
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You mention some giants here, although I've never ever heard of Alcon! Could anyone give e a link to one of his pieces? I'm curious!
Anyway, let me just add Grieg to the list. Wedding day at Troldhaugen is one of my all-time favourite pieces! I'm going to perform it at a concert in June!
and last but not least, if you want to try something exotic, give Bartók or Kodály a go. Two of our greatest composers and folk music collectors!
Here's some Alkan :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqOxR1YYmIU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eav9lsYgsTk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6OQpkOUijE
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Oh, and if you truly love Chopin, have a listen to Livia Rev's recording of the nocturnes. Beautiful!
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Hey, that was quick! Thanks!
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Here's a couple:

Rachmaninov (my favourite too):

Symphony No.2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvuitFzDxDg
Piano Concerto No.2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJpJ8REjvqo
Piano Concerto No.3 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKziGGumuEk
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHyCClQ9S3M
Symphonic Dances - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otJmf3pyb1E
Vocalise - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzP-mVRCibM

Shostakovich

Piano Trios 1 & 2
Symphony No.5

Tchaikovsky

Symphony No.4,5,6
1812 Overture
Piano Trio in A Minor
Piano Concerto No.1

Brahms

Quintet in F Minor
Piano Trios 1,2,3
Piano Concerto No.2
Symphony No.1 & 4
Hungarian Dances

Elgar

Cello Concerto
Enigma Variations
Symphony No.1
Pomp and Circumstance No.1-4

Beethoven

Symphony No.3,5,6,7,9 (others are good too)
Piano Concerto No.5
Piano Sonata: 'Pathetique'; 'Moonlight'; 'Tempest'

Khachaturian

Violin Concerto

Sibelius

Finlandia

Bernstein

West Side Story (symphonic dances)

These are just off the top of my head
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Jeremy Soule is amazingggg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b10wcZtnUHQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QJape1-Lrk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-URrsISx-M

Hope you enjoy
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(Original post by Knowing)
Here's a couple:

Rachmaninov (my favourite too):

Symphony No.2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvuitFzDxDg
Piano Concerto No.2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJpJ8REjvqo
Piano Concerto No.3 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKziGGumuEk
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHyCClQ9S3M
Symphonic Dances - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otJmf3pyb1E
Vocalise - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzP-mVRCibM

Shostakovich

Piano Trios 1 & 2
Symphony No.5

Tchaikovsky

Symphony No.4,5,6
1812 Overture
Piano Trio in A Minor
Piano Concerto No.1

Brahms

Quintet in F Minor
Piano Trios 1,2,3
Piano Concerto No.2
Symphony No.1 & 4
Hungarian Dances

Elgar

Cello Concerto
Enigma Variations
Symphony No.1
Pomp and Circumstance No.1-4

Beethoven

Symphony No.3,5,6,7,9 (others are good too)
Piano Concerto No.5
Piano Sonata: 'Pathetique'; 'Moonlight'; 'Tempest'

Khachaturian

Violin Concerto

Sibelius

Finlandia

Bernstein

West Side Story (symphonic dances)

These are just off the top of my head
I was lucky enough to see Rachmaninov's 2nd Piano concerto, Sibelius' Finlandia and Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony recently - was spectacular!

Great list as well. I'd add Shostakovich's 2nd Piano concerto, some Rach preludes and Beethoven's appassionata if the thread starter is interested in piano
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I think you'd like Mahler - try his symphonies
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I think you'd like Mahler - try his symphonies
Pff I can't stand Mahler and Wagner, but my brother adores their music.
I love Mendelssohn's and Brahm's violin concertos, listen to them
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