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    Re: Good depressing classical music

    I already have a healthy Chopin collection. Mahler seems excellent too - listening to part of his 3rd symphony now

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    Re: Good depressing classical music

    tchaikovsky - 6th symphony
    berg - violin concerto
    puccini - la boheme
    brahms - 3rd symphony
    mahler - 9th symphony, kindertotenlieder
    wagner - liebestot (from tristan und isolde)
    schumann - dichterliebe
    vaughan-williams - the lark ascending (find the pinchas zuckerman recording, if you can.)
    durufle - requiem
    berg - wozzeck (more gloomy than depressing, in the manner i think you meant)
    massenet -werther
    ravel - pavane pour une infante défunt

    there's so much stuff it's kind of overwhelming to come up with a list.

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    Re: Good depressing classical music

    Albinoni's Adagio in G minor?

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    Re: Good depressing classical music

    Quote Originally Posted by urukrama View Post
    Albinoni's Adagio in G minor?
    Good one!

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    Re: Good depressing classical music

    Brahms - Requiem
    Vaughan Williams - Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus
    Tallis - Lamentations of Jeremiah
    Bach - St Matthew Passion (although it does go on a bit)
    Beethoven - String Quartet Op. 131
    Shostakovich - Just about any of the String Quartets...

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    Re: Good depressing classical music

    Quote Originally Posted by cj56 View Post
    shostakovich - just about any of the string quartets...
    +1

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    Re: Good depressing classical music

    Reading through the posts I was stuck for a suggestion until I was rememinded of Tcahikovsky's 6th symphony. I recall it being part of the music curriculum back in my school days.... There's some nice calming parts, and some spooky parts.
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    Re: Good depressing classical music

    Ah, you have such good taste!

    I second what everybody else said about Chopin. Look especially look at his Etudes and Scherzos. I particularly like:

    • Etude No. 4 in C sharp minor
    • Etude No. 12 in C minor
    • Etude No. 11 in A minor ('Winter Wind')
    • Etude No. 12 in C minor ('Revolutionary')
    • Scherzo in B flat minor/D flat major, op. 31
    • Scherzo in C sharp minor, op. 39


    Some of these might not be quite what you had in mind, but I like them...

    Apart from that, I can't suggest anything new except Mozart's Requiem.

    EDIT: Oh, don't forget Bach's fugues!
    Last edited by snova; October 1st, 2008 at 09:42 PM.

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    Re: Good depressing classical music

    Thanks to all who responded. I've found some new stuff (and remembered some old ). Here are some of the best I have now:

    * Tchaikovsky: Symphony #6
    * Chopin: Sonata 2, Ballade 1, Etudes 11 and 12, Scherzo in C Sharp Minor, Op. 39, plus much more
    * Bach: Prelude and Fugue #8
    * Rachmaninoff: Prelude in G Sharp Minor, Op. 32 #12
    * Beethoven: Sonata #8, Moonlight Sonata, Symphony #5
    * Holst: The Planets - Mars
    * Mahler: Trombone Solo from Symphony #3

    By the way, almost everything above is available (legally!) for free.

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