Douglas Triggs (doubt72) wrote,
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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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