Essential Classics

Many people have asked us over the years, “Which pieces of classical music do YOU think are the best?” And of course, that’s a difficult question to answer! But, we’ve managed to narrow our list down from thousands and thousands of pieces to…oh, a hundred or so.

This is simply a list of our listeners’ favorites over the years.

Bach The Brandenburg Concerti
Bach Orchestral Suite #3 (Air on the G string)
Bach Violin Concerto #2
Barber Adagio for Strings
Beethoven “Moonlight Sonata”, Piano Sonata #14
Beethoven Piano Concerto #5, “Emperor”
Beethoven Symphony #3, “Eroica”
Beethoven Symphony #5
Beethoven Symphony #6, “Pastoral”
Beethoven Symphony #7
Beethoven Symphony #9, “Choral”
Beethoven Violin Concerto in D
Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique
Bernstein Candide Overture
Bizet Carmen
Boccherini Minuet in G
Borodin Nocturne for Strings
Brahms Piano Concerto #1
Brahms Symphony #1
Brahms Symphony #3
Brahms Variations on a Theme by Haydn
Brahms Violin Concerto
Bruch Scottish Fantasy
Chopin Piano Concerto #1
Copland Appalachian Spring
Copland Fanfare for the Common Man
Debussy Clair de lune
Debussy Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
Dukas The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Dvorak Cello Concerto
Dvorak Slavonic Dances
Dvorak String Quartet #12, “American”
Dvorak Symphony #9, “New World”
Elgar Enigma Variations
Faure Pavane
Gershwin An American in Paris
Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue
Grieg Peer Gynt Suites
Grieg Piano Concerto
Handel The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
Handel Messiah
Handel Music for the Royal Fireworks
Handel Water Music
Haydn Symphony #94, “Surprise”
Haydn Symphony #104, “London”
Haydn Trumpet Concerto
Holst The Planets
Liszt Piano Concerto #1
Mahler Symphony #1, “Titan”
Massenet Meditation from Thais
Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture
Mendelssohn Symphony #3, “Scottish”
Mendelssohn Symphony #4, “Italian”
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto
Mozart Clarinet Concerto
Mozart Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Mozart Overture to the Marriage of Figaro
Mozart Piano Concerto #21, “Elvira Madigan”
Mozart Requiem
Mozart Symphony #38, “Prague”
Mozart Symphony #40
Mozart Symphony #41, “Jupiter”
Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition
Orff Carmina Burana
Pachelbel Canon in D
Ponchielli Dance of the Hours
Prokofiev Peter and the Wolf
Rachmaninov Piano Concerto #2
Rachmaninov Piano Concerto #3
Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Ravel Bolero
Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio Espagnol
Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherezade
Rossini Barber of Seville Overture
Rossini William Tell Overture
Saint-Saens Carnival of the Animals
Saint-Saens Symphony #3, “Organ”
Schubert Symphony #9, “Great”
Schubert Symphony #8, “Unfinished”
Schubert Trout Quintet
Schumann Symphony #1, “Spring”
Schumann Symphony #3, “Rhenish”
Sibelius Finlandia
Smetana The Moldau
Strauss, J. Jr. The Blue Danube Waltz
Strauss, R. Also Sprach Zarathustra
Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture
Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker
Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto #1
Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture
Tchaikovsky Sleeping Beauty
Tchaikovsky Swan Lake
Tchaikovsky Symphony #5
Tchaikovsky Symphony #6, “Pathetique”
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto
Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending
Vivaldi Mandolin Concerto in C
Vivaldi The Four Seasons
Wagner Ride of the Valkyries