Intermediate

Below are the works that I have featured in previous blogs, which I believe appeal to people with some knowledge of classical music and who want to start exploring beyond the "core" repertoire. Click on the CD cover to go to the respective post or for those with Spotify, enjoy the recordings in the playlist below.

Janáček Glagolitic Mass
Janáček's Glagolitic Mass is an incredible work. This recording features Paul Wingfield's reconstruction of Janáček's original version of the score. This is an incredible recording of a marvellous work, which commands to be known.

Mozart Concert Aria Ch'io mi scordi di te Cecilia Bartoli
Mozart Concert Aria Ch'io mi scordi di te
Concert aria Ch’io mi scordi di te? k.505 for soprano, piano and orchestra is one of Mozart’s most extraordinary creations, merging elements of opera and concerto into one work. Discover an amazing recording by Cecilia Bartoli and András Schiff.




Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto Joshua BellTchaikovsky Violin Concerto
This post will introduce you to two excellent versions of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto both played by Joshua Bell, a number of years apart (including a Spotify playlist of both recordings for comparisons sake). Interview with Joshua Bell included.




Arvo Pärt Fratres for violin and piano
Pärt Fratres
Fratres, originally for chamber orchestra, is undeniably, Estonian composer, Arvo Pärt´s (b.1935) most popular work and exists in well over a dozen versions in a variety of instrumentations. The version for violin and piano is one of my favourite and the recording by Razvan Stoica is sensational.




Hovhaness Symphony no.2 "Mysterious Mountain"
Hovhaness Symphony no.2 "Mysterious Mountain"
Alan Hovhaness Symphony no.2 "Mysterious Mountain" was composed in 1955 and is one of Hovhaness' most celebrated and enduring works. The first / premier recording, from 1958 for the RCA Victor label, played by the Chicago Symphony conducted by Fritz Reiner is superb.




Glass Violin Concerto No.1
Glass Violin Concerto no.1
Discover an amazing version of the Philip Glass violin concerto no.1 played by Robert McDuffie and the Houston Symphony conducted by Christoph Eschenbach.






Vaughan Williams Tallis Fantasia
Discover a Ralph Vaughan Williams gem, the Tallis Fantasia, conducted in one of the best recordings by John Barbirolli played by Sinfonia of London.






Stravinsky Rite of Spring 
Stravinsky Rite of Spring
This is one of the best versions of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring conducted by Simon Rattle and superbly played by Berlin Philharmonic.







Spotify playlist: Classical music for intermediate listeners (essential listening guide)


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