The Essentials

selected by Piero Scaruffi

(and dedicated to my friend Roberta who spent 40 years reminding me of how incompetent i am about music)

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Below is a teaser to make you explore the lists in the right column.
My friend Luke prepared a Spotify playlist based on this page.
  • Ludwig Van Beethoven: Symphony 9 (1824)
  • Franz Schubert: Symphony 9 in C Major "Great" (1828)
  • Wolfgang Mozart: Concerto 21 in C K467 (1785)
  • JohannSebastian Bach: Mass in B Minor (1749)
  • Dmitrij Shostakovic: Symphony 15 (1971)
  • Gustav Mahler: Symphony 9 (1910)
  • Richard Wagner: Tristan und Isolde (1859)
  • Giuseppe Verdi: Requiem (1874)
  • JohannSebastian Bach: Brandenburger Concertos (1721)
  • Bela Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra (1943)
  • Johannes Brahms: Symphony 4
  • Johannes Brahms: Double Concerto (1887)
  • Franz Schubert: Quintet for 2 Violins, Viola and 2 Cellos in C major, D956 Op. 163
  • Bela Bartok: Quartet 4
  • Ludwig Van Beethoven: String Quartet No.14 Op.131
  • Shostakovich: Quintet in G minor for Piano & String Quartet, Opus 57
  • Ludwig Van Beethoven: Triple Concerto C major
  • Leos Janacek: Glagolitic Mass (1926)
  • Igor Stravinskij: Le Sacre du Printemps (1913)
  • Antonin Dvorak: Symphony 9 (1893)
  • Antonio Vivaldi: Il Cimento dell'Armonia op 8 (1725)
  • Hector Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique (1829)
  • Olivier Messiaen: Quatuor Pour La Fin Du Temps (1940)
  • Claude Debussy: "Jeux"
  • Anton Webern: Concerto for Nine Instruments (1936)
The Essential Sonatas
The Essential Symphonies and other Orchestral Works
The Essential Piano Concertos
The Greatest Pianists
The Essential Concertos (except piano)
The Greatest Violin Players
The Essential Trios, Quartets, Quintets, Sextets
The Greatest Flutists, Cellists, etc
Music for Chamber Ensemble
The Essential Operas
The Greatest Sopranos
The Essential Ballets
The Best of Early Electronic Music
The Greatest Vocal Music
Best of Jazz Music
Best of Rock Music

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