Classical music



Been meaning to start this thread for awhile - my apologies if something like this already exists, but I couldn’t find it

I am an absolute novice when it comes to classical music - but I’m finding i’m more and more drawn to it, especially for work and reading and just relaxing

I know OF a number of composers but not really a lot about their work - the big folks like Mozart, Beethoven, Vivaldi etc I am enjoying

Bach’s cello stuff has been a personal favourite; I am listening to Schubert’s ‘Trout Quintet’ right at this very minute and enjoying it immensely

I am looking for recommendations - I especially like, for want of a better description, ‘gentle’ ‘floating’ stuff not too jarring. I’ve been focussing on the old dudes, but would like to get acquainted with more modern stuff.

Is it still a big ole sausage party now?? Where the ladies at??

Anyway, complete classical noob - hoping there is help here!


On the more modern front, not specifically ‘classical’ but I really like this guy


You should listen to some of Schubert’s Impromptu studies. This is my favourite (played by the master):

And obviously Clare de Lune is an absolute classic:

Allegri’s Miserere is one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written:

and the Lacrimosa from Mozart’s Requiem is amazingly dramatic:

If you want a bit more drama I’d try some Rachmaninov, Liszt, Chopin, Berlioz, Bizet. The Rach 3 (3rd Piano Concerto) is the one made big by the film Shine, and is incredible, especially if you like a bit of piano how-the-fuck-is-he-playing-that.

These are some of my favourites:


I’m lost in a world of YouTube now. I forgot La Campanella. Had to learn this for A level music.


If you’re looking for more info on women composers throughout history, the BBC has a handy starters guide with excerpts from pieces, archived programmes, and interviews:

In terms of modern music by women, I’d recommend trawling Spotify or Youtube for any of Judith Weir, Thea Musgrave, Errollyn Wallen, Tansy Davies, Elisabeth Lutyens, Charlotte Bray, Hannah Kendall - who all feature on the BBC page above.

Classical music more widely - highly recommend Alex Ross’ The Rest Is Noise book. It focuses mostly on 20th century music although it puts a lot of this in context. For a broader overview of classical music that’s simple to read and contains a daily listening suggestion, my girlfriend has been enjoying working her way through A Year of Wonder by Clemency Burton-Hill .


Thread delivers! Thanks heaps for all of this

I recently listened to Debussy and really liked it. And yes definitely want investigate more in female composers - well ANY would be a start for me at the moment!

Thank you both



Big fan of Johann Strauss 2 and waltz music in general. I’ve always felt that waltz music is as poppy as classical music gets.

I’ve only just recently got into Steve Reich though - so really enjoying this series of discoveries.


here’s a good way to get into a modern composer through old music - Max Richter’s Vivaldi Recomposed:

saw this live at the Barbican and I still get goosebumps listening to it now


I very much like this!