Originally Posted by BroncoBeavis
This thread's a good read. I'm a much more casual fan so I don't have the kind of analysis to add you guys have. I've doggedly listened to Beethoven since I was a kid. Still my favorite. I like Bach whenever the harpsichord doesn't overwhelm me. But I struggle to find much else I can get into. Mozart seems one-dimensional in comparison. I really like Dvorak's 9th. But didn't get too excited about much else. I'm kind of in a rut honestly.
If you like Beethoven check out the other Romantic's. Richard Strauss, Brahms, Schumann, Schubert (I am not big into him much), Check out Gotterdamerung (Twilight of the Gods) by Wagner, especially Siegfrieds Rhein Journey and Death and Funeral music. Check out Holst's Planets,
I would check out some Chopin piano works too.
Then stretch it out and go for some Stravinsky, I don't think you will ever listen to classical music the same way after hearing Rite of Spring or Petruska. I like Ligeti a lot, Kubric used a bunch of his works in 2001 Space Odyssey (as well as the Strauss's).
Every American should listen to lots of Copland and Barber, Barbers's 1st symphony is one of my favorites as is Copland
s 3rd, Copland also wrote Appalachian Spring, Quiet City, Billy the Kid, Rodeo, all accessible quality music.
You can go to any local library and walk out with a stack of CD's to listen to before buying.