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It's not easy to do a classical top 20 with the best music of all time. It's classical music, so it's music that went through eras. To choose only 20 of those compositions was a great challenge. I chose them on my personal preferences and the ones I know the best. I listen to symphonies and chamber music and I love violins. But I don't listen to a lot of piano music, solo instruments and duos. So you'll see those preferences in my top 20, but they're great compositions anyway and are some of the bests of all time.

 

1.

Ludwig Van BEETHOVEN

(1770-1827)

 

5th Symphony

(1808)

 

 

2.

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART

(1756-1791)

 

Requiem

(1791)

 

 

3.

Antonio VIVALDI

(1678-1741)

 

Four Seasons

(1725)

(4 concertos for violins and orchestra)

 

 

4.

Johann Sebastian BACH

(1695-1750)

 

Brandenburg Concertos

(1721)

(6 concertos)

 

 

5.

Piotr Ilyitch TCHAÏKOVSKY

(1840-1893)

 

Nutcracker

(1892)

(suite)

 

 

6.

Joseph HAYDN

(1732-1809)

 

94th Symphony: "Surprise"

(1791-1795)

 

 

7.

Ludwig Van BEETHOVEN

(1770-1827)

 

9th Symphony: "Choral"

(1824)

 

 

8.

Georges BIZET

(1838-1875)

 

Carmen

(1875)

(opera)

 

 

9.

Johannes BRAHMS

(1833-1897)

 

German Requiem

(1868)

 

 

10.

Hector BERLIOZ

(1803-1869)

 

Symphonie fantastique

(1830)

 

 

11.

Gioacchino ROSSINI

(1792-1868)

 

William Tell

(1829)

(overture)

 

 

12.

Franz SCHUBERT

(1797-1828)

 

8th Symphony: "Unfinished"

(1822)

 

 

13.

Maurice RAVEL

(1875-1937)

 

Boléro

(1928)

 

 

14.

Felix MENDELSSOHN-BARTHOLDY

(1809-1847)

 

A Midsummer Night's Dream

(1843)

(suite)

 

 

15.

Joaquin RODRIGO

(1901-1999)

 

Concierto de Aranjuez

(1939)

(concerto for guitar and orchestra)

 

 

16.

Antonin DVORAK

(1841-1904)

 

9th Symphony: "New World"

(1893)

 

 

17.

Edward ELGAR

(1857-1934)

 

Enigmatic Variations

(1899)

 

 

18.

George GERSHWIN

(1898-1937)

 

Porgy And Bess

(1935)

(opera)

 

 

19.

Gustav HOLST

(1874-1934)

 

The Planets

(1914-1916)

(suite for orchestra)

 

 

20.

Édouard LALO

(1823-1892)

 

Spanish Symphony

(1874)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924)

 

HONORABLE MENTION: Madama Butterfly (1904) (opera)

 

 

 

     

     

 

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