Essential Listening — A List

Here is my suggested list of “essential listening” for young musicians. Of course there is always more to add:

  • Bach: Brandenberg concertos, violin concertos, cello suites, sonatas and partitas for violin
  • Beethoven: “Spring” and “Kreutzer”  violin sonatas, violin concerto, symphonies (any of them :), string quartets
  • Brahms: 3 violin sonatas, violin concerto, symphonies, clarinet quintet
  • Vivaldi: the “Four Seasons”, concertos for 2, 3, and 4 violins, Gloria
  • Sibelius: violin concerto, symphony #2
  • Dvorak: “American” string quartet, “New World” symphony, violin concerto, cello concerto
  • Schubert: “Trout” quintet, Unfinished symphony
  • Prokofiev: “Peter and the Wolf”
  • Debussy: string quartet, “Pour Les Piano”, Children’s Corner suite
  • Ravel: “Tzigone” (a gypsy piece for violin!), String quartet (amazing!)
  • Christopher Parkening plays Bach
  • Mark O’Conner: New Nashville Cats
  • The Chieftans
  • Stephane Grappeli (jazz violinist)
  • Alasdair Frasier (celtic fiddler)
  • Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
  • Hillary Hahn, violin
  • Itzahk Perlman, violin
  • Heidi Castleman, viola
  • Yo Yo Ma, Cello

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