Question by wm: Classical Music suggestion?
I have recently fallen in love with russian classical music. When I compare the work of men like Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky and Sergei Taneyev with that of, say, Mozart, the russian music just seems so much more rich and passionately dark. Mozart then sounds so bound by musical rules and insufficiently supported by emotion. But that’s just what I think. Anyway, I’m asking this question to see if anyone can suggest some composers that, based on what I have said, I would like. I would love to hear any suggestions people have.
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Answer by CassieN
I really don’t listen to classical that much, even though it’s great to study by…. I really like the Adagio for Strings by Barber though. my music appreciation teacher played it one day and it was extremely beautiful.
Answer by JayRa377
If you’re looking for music full of passion/emotion/beauty have a look at (off the top of my head):
The Lark Ascending – Ralph Vaughan Williams
Violin Concerto – Benjamin Britten (very exciting piece of music)
Introduction et Rondo Cappricio – Saint Saens
Tzigane – Maurice Ravel
Montagues and Capulets – Serge Prokofiev
I’m a violinist, to explain why the majority of the pieces listed are violin solo.
Answer by …
Alexander Borodin – Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor
Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet balcony scene
Rachmaninoff suite for two pianos Op 5 No 1 III Tears
Answer by adagio58
It’s very late here so I’ll just give a few suggestions.
Ippolitov-Ivanov – “Caucasian Sketches”
“Polovtsian Dances” (ballet) by Borodin: – beautiful! –
Golly, run, don’t walk to the nearest recording of Rimsky-Korsakov!! He’s magnificent in his orchestral works. I recall one announcer said of him that his music is “rich” because there is so much for the players to do. Anyways, start with Sheherazade Suite:
Russian Easter Overture by Rimsky-Korsakov
“The Seasons” by Glazunov
“Rusland and Ludmila” Overture by Glinka:
Anything by Tchaikovsky! I love his ballets, “Swan Lake”, the “Nutcracker Suite”
Answer by bka
comparing mozart to tchaikovsky and thinking that the difference is due to their nationality kinda ignores the fact that they lived in totally different centuries!
theres certainly no lack of emotion in german composers from tchaiks time like brahms or wagner.
but yeah, the russian stuff is fun, so check: moussorgsky, rachmaninoff, stravinsky, prokofiev…
maybe less dark but still nice: glazunov, borodin
other composers you might like: grieg, dvorak, lutoslawski, berlioz, sibelius
Answer by suhwahaksaeng
Beethoven wrote at least three sets of variations on Russian folk songs.
Two are for piano solo.
One is for flute or violin and piano.
I am learning to play it on the flute and am loving it.
You should be able to find all three by entering “Beethoven Russian variations” as a search term.
Answer by Anna-Sofie Bergqvist-Fransson
I’m exremely fond of Russian music. If you’re not already familiar with the symphonies by Kalinnikov or Balakirev (both composed two) you might want to add them to your list. By comparison, Mozart is as dry as dust, and I avoid him at every opportunity.
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