In keeping with my weekly music recommendation, I am moving some of my past favorites over to this new website. There seems no better way to continue this tradition than to recommend three of my favorite classical composers, Beethoven, Mozart, and Schubert. Here are recommendations from each of these masters.
Best known for his 5th and 9th symphonies, Beethoven has written an amazing number of piano sonatas, but one of my favorite works by this giant who spanned the 18th and 19th centuries is his Piano Concerto #5, known as the “Emperor.” There are so many renditions to choose from, I’ll point readers to one. Check out the reviews before making a selection. Classical music lovers will want to collect all nine symphonies at some point.
Where to start with Mozart? Two of my favorites are the Piano Concerto #21 and Symphony #41, the “Jupiter.” Again, there are many options so take a little time making your selections. There is nothing wrong have several interpretations of these master works.
And now we come to Schubert, who I think is the greatest classical tune writer of all time. When I go to my iTunes organization and click on 5-stars, Schubert: Impromptus for Piano comes to the top, so that will be my Schubert recommendation for this week.
Two books I’ve found invaluable when it comes to classical music recommendations are written by Ted Libbey. 1) The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection. This will get you started on your first 300 classical works. 2) The NPR Listener’s Encyclopedia of Classical Music is a wealth of information.