I already have a healthy Chopin collection. Mahler seems excellent too - listening to part of his 3rd symphony now
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)
ravel - pavane pour une infante défunt
there's so much stuff it's kind of overwhelming to come up with a list.
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...
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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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.
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.
Bach's toccata and fugue in D minor.