The Ultimate Greatest Hits List for Classical Music - Page 2
The list spans three centuries of music starting with selections from the 1700's and ending in the early 1900's. He explores selections from highly recognizable composers such as Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and Haydn among others. A few of the composers that may be knew to the casual listener include Ives, Holst, Rachmanioff and Smetana.
Music selections from the 1700's include Johann Sebastian Bach, Violin Concerto in E Major, Antonio Vivaldi, The Four Seasons, Wolfgang Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 24 in C Minor and Joseph Haydn, Symphony No. 104 among a few others. Greenberg gives the historical background on both the composer and the composition mixed with sections of the music.
Listening to the greatest hits of the 1800's, Greenberg highlights music from Ludwig van Beethoven including The Creatures of Prometheus, Symphony No. 3, Symphony No. 4 and Symphony No. 9. Other composers include Schubert, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Bizet, Brahms and others.
Moving onto the modern age of the 1900's, Greenberg states that little music of any significance has been composed in the past 50 years. The last Symphony discussed for the top 30 was composed in 1953 by Shostavich. He ends the course with several composers of the 1800 and 1900s that he calls “the ones that got away.” Last but not least, Greenberg spends a few minutes discussing his personal thoughts on the future of symphonic music and orchestras in general.
I highly recommend this course to anyone with the slightest interest in classical music. The genre remains the most beautiful music ever created and the information provided in this course and the excitement for the music and composers displayed by Greenberg helps build the same level excitement for the listener.