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01 December 2006 @ 11:23 pm
Five Stars  
Okay, because amberdine made me do it, I present my list of five-star classical tracks in iTunes.

For reference, I have 2530 classical tracks (every one rated, although some ratings are more provisional than others), totaling 9.9 days and 18.16GB. Of these, only 90 tracks (or 3.6%, at 9.2 hours, 697.4MB) rated five stars:

Bach - Orchestral Suite No. 2 - 7. Badinerie
Bach - Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 - 3. Allegro Assai
Bach - Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 - 3. Allegro
Bach - Toccata And Fugue In D Minor - 1. Toccata
Bach - Toccata And Fugue In D Minor - 2. Fugue
Beethoven - Sonata No. 8 'Pathetique' - 2. Adagio Cantabile
Beethoven - Sonata No. 14 'Moonlight' - 1. Adagio Sostenuto - Attacca
Beethoven - Sonata No. 14 'Moonlight' - 3. Presto Agitato
Beethoven - Sonata No. 21 'Waldstein' - 3. Allegretto Moderato
Beethoven - Symphony No. 5 - 1. Allegro Con Brio
Beethoven - Symphony No. 5 - 4. Allegro
Beethoven - Symphony No. 6 'Pastoral' - 5. Allegretto
Beethoven - Symphony No. 7 - 1. Poco Sostenuto, Vivace
Beethoven - Symphony No. 7 - 2. Allegretto
Beethoven - Symphony No. 9 'Choral' - 2. Molto Vivace
Berlioz - Symphonie Fantastique - 4. Marche Au Supplice
Berlioz - Symphonie Fantastique - 5. Songe D'une Nuit De Sabbat
Bizet - Carmen Suite No. 1 - 1. Les Toredors - Allegro Giocoso
Bizet - Carmen Suite No. 2 - 2. Habanera - Allegretto Quasi Andantino
Bizet - Carmen Suite No. 2 - 4. Chanson Du Toredor - Allegro Moderato
Boccherini - Quintettino - 4. Passacalle
Brahms - Hungarian Dances - No. 5
Brahms - Hungarian Dance No. 5 (yes, I have multiple versions)
Charpentier - Te Deum - Prelude (Rondeau)
Chopin - 'Heroic' Polonaise In A-Flat Major
Chopin - 24 Preludes - 20. Prelude In C Minor
Chopin - Sonata No. 2 - 3. Marche Funebre - Lento - Attacca
Chopin - 'Minute' Waltz
Chopin - Waltz In C-Sharp Minor
Clarke - Trumpet Voluntary
Copland - Fanfare For The Common Man
Dvorak - Symphony No. 9 'From The New World' - 4. Allegro Con Fuoco
Elgar - Pomp And Circumstance - March No. 1 - Allegro Con Molto Fuoco
Gershwin - Rhapsody In Blue
Grieg - Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 - 4. In The Hall Of The Mountain King
Handel - Water Music - Suite No. 2 - 2. Alla Hornpipe
Holst - The Planets - 4. Jupiter - The Bringer Of Jollity
Joplin - Maple Leaf Rag
Joplin - The Entertainer
Khatchaturian - Gayaneh - Sabre Dance
Liszt - Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2
Liszt - Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 (also multiple copies)
Mendelssohn - A Midsummer Night's Dream - Wedding March
Mendelssohn - Overture 'The Hebrides' ('Fingal's Cave')
Mozart - Eine Kleine Nachtmusik - 4. Rondo - Allegro
Mozart - Requiem - Dies Irae
Mozart - The Magic Flute - Overture
Mozart - The Marriage Of Figaro - Overture
Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 20 - 2. Romance
Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 21 - 2. Andante
Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 22 - 3. Allegro, Andante Cantabile, Tempo I
Mozart - Sonata No. 11 'Turkish March' - 3. Alla Turca - Allegretto
Mozart - Sonata No. 16 'Semplice' - 1. Allegro
Mozart - Symphony No. 25 - 1. Allegro Con Brio
Mozart - Symphony No. 29 - 1. Allegro Moderato
Mozart - Symphony No. 40 - 1. Molto Allegro
Mussorgsky - Night On Bald Mountain
Mussorgsky - Pictures At An Exhibition - 9. La Cabane De Baba-Yaga Sur Des Pattes De Poule
Mussorgsky - Pictures At An Exhibition - 10. La Grande Porte De Kiev
Offenbach - Gaite Parisienne - 03. Polka
Offenbach - Gaite Parisienne - 10. Tempo Di Marcia
Offenbach - Gaite Parisienne - 21. Vivo
Orff - Carmina Burana - O Fortuna
Ponchielli - La Gioconda - Dance Of The Hours
Prokofiev - Love For Three Oranges - Suite - 3. March
R. Strauss - Also Sprach Zarathustra - 1. (Sonnenaufgang)
Respighi - Pines Of Rome - 4. I Pini Della Via Appia
Rimsky-Korsakov - Sheherazade - 2. The Story Of The Kalander Prince
Rossini - Il Barbiere Di Siviglia - Overture
Rossini - La Gazza Ladra - Overture
Saint-Saens - Carnival Of The Animals - Finale
Saint-Saens - Danse Macabre
Saint-Saens - Introduction Et Rondo Capriccioso
Schubert - Symphony No. 8 'Unfinished' - 1. Allegro Moderato
Shostakovich - Piano Concerto No. 2 - 1. Allegro
Strauss - Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka
Strauss - Die Fledermaus Overture
Strauss - An Der Shoenen Blauen Donau (The Blue Danube)
Strauss - Kaiserwaltzer (Emperor's Waltz)
Stravinsky - Firebird Suite - 5. Infernal Dance Of King Kaschei
Stravinsky - Firebird Suite - 7. Finale
Tchaikovsky - Nutcracker - March
Tchaikovsky - Nutcracker - Trepak (Russian Dance)
Tchaikovsky - Nutcracker - Waltz Of The Flowers
Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 5 - 4. Finale - Andante Maestoso
Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 6 'Pathetique' - 3. Allegro Molto Vivace
Verdi - Il Travatore - 01. 'Vedi! Le Fosche Notturne Spoglie'
Wagner - Die Meistersinger Von Nurnburg - Procession Of The Masters
Wagner - The Valkyrie - Ride Of The Valkyries
Wagner - Tannhauser - 1. Overture

Mind you, these don't completely match up with pieces that I consider favorites (although they often do, and certainly do for single-track pieces), nor is the number of tracks here necessarily representative of how much I like a composer (some composers had a few high points and then produced nothing else of any note). But there it is.

Here's a "fun" game for classical afficionados (all, er, one-and-a-half of you reading this) -- which tracks do you find most surprising? And which tracks are you most surprised didn't make the list?

Update: see here for a handful of additions to the list.
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Now playing: Beethoven - Symphony No. 9 'Choral' - 2. Molto Vivace
everyonesakitty on December 2nd, 2006 03:51 am (UTC)
oh, what a lovely list! I do so love Beethoven's Waldstein and the Stravinsky (ok, and also the Berliioz and, of course, Sheherazade). Those are my faves from your list. I would recommend some Faure... but it might be too girly for you considering your other choices. :p I'm going to make a list, too! Yay!
Douglas Triggs: mozartdoubt72 on December 2nd, 2006 04:05 am (UTC)
Faure's on the 'acquire' list -- he's one of the very, very few composers left on my list that I haven't got at least something by yet (I've got 96 separate composers in the collection at last count, after all). Maybe in a couple weeks when my eMusic credits roll back over -- oh, look, two days left for that. I'll probably put off grabbing tracks there for a bit, it's too soon for more music. I just finished listening to the ridiculous pile of new stuff I had from last month, after all.

As long as he's not too much like Debussy -- well, you can ask Laurel what I said about Debussy.
everyonesakitty on December 2nd, 2006 04:44 am (UTC)
I suspect you won't like Faure, then. :p However, I see Rachmaninoff is missing from your list. I think you'd like him!
Douglas Triggs: bad eggdoubt72 on December 2nd, 2006 04:55 am (UTC)
It's the list of fives. Got 3.8 hours of Rachmaninoff (making him composer #15 in the collection by duration), but nothing he did quite rated a five. Not the biggest fan of Rachmaninoff, really. He's okay, but not a whole lot more than that.

He's no Camille Saint-Saens, after all.
everyonesakitty on December 2nd, 2006 04:58 am (UTC)
Aw, too bad, I think our taste is exactly opposite! At least we share love for the Waldstein. I remember when I first saw it performed live; it's a gorgeous piece for performance.

So, do you play an instrument?
Douglas Triggs: duckdoubt72 on December 2nd, 2006 02:59 pm (UTC)
Waldstein's great, although Moonlight will always be my favorite, not for the opening (which is perhaps a bit over-played), but for the ending. Appasionata's one of the great sonatas, too (come to think of it, I think I'd only rate seven sonatas "great" right now, although my opinion could always change), even if no part of it overwhelmed me so much that I was compelled to rate it a five. Yet. Ratings are always provisional, you know.

Who knows, Rachmaninoff's 18th Variation of a Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini might get promoted someday, too. Or maybe one or two of his preludes. You never know -- I actually have been rating things up a little lately, because I prefer something in the neighborhood of a 9:3:1 ratio for three, four, and five star tracks, and my classical stuff is way below that (in my sorta-system, three stars is for stuff that's merely okay/non-objectionable, two stars is for stuff I don't really like, and one is for stuff that I think is pure crap and/or so weird that I don't ever want it in the regular rotation, or other things that I don't want it in the rotation, like language CD stuff. There's a significant amount of classical at two stars, but only a very, very few tracks at one).

Which isn't to say I'm just going to go around promoting stuff, but when stuff catches my ear, sometimes I do, especially stuff I haven't heard as much.

Huh, long reply about something you never even asked about. Anyway, as for instruments -- lousy guitar is about it. My dad was the performer.
pompepompe on December 6th, 2006 02:30 am (UTC)
Personally I find bits of Wagner's Parsifal to be extremely moving. I'm a bit surprised there's no Mahler and Bruckner given the presence of Wagnerian ouvertures.
Douglas Triggs: taodoubt72 on December 8th, 2006 10:54 pm (UTC)
Well, the list is subject to revision (and in fact has been revised quite a bit this week, even -- perhaps I'll post another update). I've got a fair bit of Mahler (most of his symphonies, I don't think I have quite all of them), and I do have Parsifal (I think -- yeah, there it is -- had to look, though). Apparently I wasn't that moved by Parsifal (I can't even remember what it sounds like), and none of the Mahler quite blows me away. Then again, at some point I'll re-listen to them, and maybe I'll change my mind.

As for Bruchner -- don't have any yet. It's on the short list of things to get (probably this month, since I have another month's worth of tracks on eMusic to get when I get around to it).