Favorite Classical Music Works

Updated May 2011

(There appears to be a romantic pastoral theme going on here....)

Top 10

Jean Sibelius, Night Ride and Sunrise (1909)
Gustav Mahler, Symphony No. 2 "Resurrection" (1894)
Ralph Vaughan Williams, The Lark Ascending (1914)
Gustav Mahler, Symphony No. 3 (1896)
Jean Sibelius, Tapiola (1926)
Jean Sibelius, Symphony No. 7 (1924)

Jean Sibelius, The Oceanides (1914)
Jean Sibelius, Symphony No. 5 (1915)
Ralph Vaughan Williams, A Pastoral Symphony (#3) (1922)
Sergei Rachmaninov, Piano Concerto No. 2 (1901)


Claude Debussy, Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune (1894)
Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 6 "Pathetique" (1893)
Gyorgy Ligeti, Lontano (1968)
Gyorgy Ligeti, Atmospheres (1961)
Gyorgy Ligeti, Lux Aeterna (1966)
Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 6 "Pastoral" (1808)
Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 9 (1823)
Gustav Mahler, Symphony No. 9 (1910)
Howard Hanson, Symphony No. 2 "Romantic" (1930)
Dmitri Shostakovich, Symphony No. 5 (1937)


Carl Nielsen, Symphony No. 4 "The Inextinguishable" (1916)
Jean Sibelius, Symphony No. 4 (1911)
Gustav Mahler, Symphony No. 1 "Titan" (1888)
Gustav Mahler, Symphony No. 5 (1902)
Einojuhani Rautavaara, Anadyomene: The Adoration of Aphrodite (1968)
Frederick Delius, North Country Sketches (1914)
Frederick Delius, A Village Romeo and Juliet: The Walk to the Paradise Garden (1901)
Frederick Delius, Fennimore and Gerda: Intermezzo (1910)
Frederick Delius, Irmelin: Prelude (1931)
George Butterworth, A Shropshire Lad (1912)
Arthur Honegger, Pastorale d'ete (1920)
Franz Schmidt, Symphony No. 4 (1933)
Erik Satie, Three Gymnopedies (1888)
W.A. Mozart, Adagio for Violin and Orchestra, K. 261 (1776)
Gustav Holst, The Planets (1916)
Jonny Greenwood, Popcorn Superhet Receiver (2006)

Classical? :

Toby Driver, "Kandu vs. Corky (Horrorca)," "Brown Light Upon Us," "Eptaceros" (In the L..L..Library Loft, 2005)
Kayo Dot, "Marathon," "A Pitcher of Summer," "The Manifold Curiosity," "Wayfarer" (Choirs of the Eye, 2003)
Kayo Dot, "Gemini Becoming the Tripod" (Dowsing Anemone with Copper Tongue, 2006)
Ennio Morricone, "Love in the Morning," "Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury" (Lolita, 1997)
Ennio Morricone, "Metti una sera a cena," "Rampage," "Lolita," "Mosè"
(Film Music, 2003)
Ennio Morricone, "The Legend of the Pianist," "1900's Theme," "The Crisis," "Nocturne with no Moon" (The Legend of 1900, 1998)
Ennio Morricone, "Casualties of War" (Yo-Yo Ma Plays Ennio Morricone, 2004)
Ennio Morricone, "Once Upon a Time in America," "Deborah's theme" (Once Upon a Time in America, 1984)
Richard Addinsell, Warsaw Concerto (for the film Dangerous Moonlight, 1941)