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Must Listen To Music

Must Listen To Music: Classical, Rock and Jazz

(Most impressive or accessible works/albums in bold)

Machaut
Messe de Notre Dame

Dufay
Missa se la face ay pale

Ockeghem
Missa mi mi

Monteverdi
Orfeo

Bach
Mass in b minor
St. Matthew Passion
The six Brandenburg Concertos
Passacaglia and Fugue in c minor for Organ
Toccata and Fugue in D minor
Well Tempered Clavier
Goldberg Variations
2 part inventions

Mozart
Symphonies 25, 29, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40 and 41
String Quartet No. 19 in C major, “Dissonance”, K. 465 (1785)

Beethoven
String Quartets, all
Symphonies, all (3rd, 5th, 6th and 9th Symphonies)
Piano Sonatas, all (Sonatas #14, #21, #29, #32)
Missa Solemnis
Diabelli Variations
Variations in c minor for Piano
4th and 5th Piano Concertos

Chopin

24 Preludes, Op. 28 (particularly, #2, #4 and #15)
Polonaise in A Major, Opus 40, no.1
Polonaise in A-flat Major, Opus 53
Ballade #1 in G minor, Op. 23
Ballade #3 in A flat Major, Op. 47
Ballade #4 in F minor, Op. 52
Études, Op. 10 (Etude No. 3)
Scherzo #2 in B flat minor, Op. 31

Berlioz
Symphonie Fantastique

Brahms
Fourth Symphony in E minor, opus 98

Fauré
Requiem in D minor, Op. 48

Stravinsky
1910 Firebird
1911 Petrushka
1913 Le Sacre du printemps (Rite of Spring)

Gershwin
Porgy and Bess

Gentle Giant
1971 Acquiring the Taste
1972 Three Friends
1972 Octopus
1973 In a Glass House
1974 Power and the Glory
1975 Free Hand
1976 Interview

Peter Hammill
1974 The Silent Corner and the Empty Stage
1975 Nadir’s Big Chance
1977 Over

Van Der Graaf Generator
1971 Pawn Hearts
1975 Godbluff
1976 Still Life
1976 World Record
1977 The Quiet Zone/The Pleasure Dome

Area
1973 Arbeit Macht Frei
1974 Caution Radiation Area
1975 Crac!
1976 Maledetti
1978 Gli Dei Se Ne Vanno, Gli Arrabbiati Restano

Jethro Tull
1968 This Was
1969 Stand Up
1970 Benefit
1971 Aqualung
1972 Thick As A Brick
1972 Living In The Past
1973 A Passion Play
1975 Minstrel In The Gallery

King Crimson
1969 In the Court of the Crimson King
1970 In the Wake of Poseidon
1970 Lizard
1973 Larks’ Tongues in Aspic
1974 Starless and Bible Black
1974 Red
1995 THRAK

Yes
1971 The Yes Album
1972 Fragile
1973 Close to the Edge
1974 Tales from Topographic Oceans

Pink Floyd
1973 Dark Side of the Moon
1975 Wish You Were Here

PFM
1972 Per Un Amico

Emerson, Lake and Palmer
1970 Emerson, Lake and Palmer
1971 Tarkus
1973 Brain Salad Surgery

Genesis
1972 Foxtrot
1973 Live
1973 Selling England by the Pound

1974 The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
1976 A Trick of the Tail
1976 Wind and Wuthering

England
1977 Garden Shed

Cannonball Adderly
1958 Something Else

Louis Armstrong
Hot Fives, Volume 1
Hot Fives and Hot Sevens, Volume 2 and 3

Thelonious Monk
Genius Of Modern Music: Vol. 1
Genius Of Modern Music: Vol. 2
Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane
Brilliant Corners

Miles Davis
1949/1950 (released 1957) Birth of the Cool
1954 (released 1957) Bags Groove
1957 Cookin’ with the Miles Davis Quintet
1959 Kind of Blue

Eric Dolphy
1961 At the Five Spot Volume 1
1964 Out to Lunch

Clifford Brown
Clifford Brown Memorial Album
Best Coast Jazz

Sonny Rollins
1956 Saxophone Colossus

Charles Mingus
1959 Mingus Ah Um
1960 Charles Mingus Presents Charles Mingus
1960 Mingus at Antibes

Hank Mobley
1961 Workout

John Coltrane
1957 Blue Trane
1959 Giant Steps
1961 My Favorite Things
1961 Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane
1963 Live at Birdland
1964 A Love Supreme

Highly Recommended Albums
One can miss out on listening to these and still have a meaningful life, but life is even more meaningful with any or all of the following:

Fred Katz
1958 Folk Songs for Far Out Folk
Great arrangements of African, Hebrew and American folk tunes in captivating stereo. I often sat in on jazz classes Mr. Katz taught, but was not aware of the genius of this man until listening to Chico Hamilton albums. I would probably place this in the Must Listen To album list, but wanted to make a comment on it also. You probably have never heard of this album, but is one of the best examples of skilfull, highly entertaining, artistically satisfying arranging. Review

Tommy Flannigan
1982 Thelonica
Mr. Flannigan’s personal tribute to Mr. Monk and Monk’s friend, and jazz patroness, Countess Pannonica de Koenigswarter.

Erroll Garner
1955 Concert By The Sea
An amazing opportunity to hear Erroll Garner live, full of endless creativity and artistry.

Additional Links

Top Progressive Rock Albums: http://tinyurl.com/mknchn
100 “Must Buy” Classical Albums: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/3670355/100-classical-albums-you-must-hear.html
Western Classical Music Recommendations by Category: http://www.cs.rochester.edu/~bh/must_listen.html
Top Jazz Albums: http://home.austarnet.com.au/petersykes/jazz100/top100.html
Best Albums Ever: http://www.besteveralbums.com/overall.php?rank=5717#25706

Comments on: "Must Listen To Music" (3)

  1. Have you listened to Maurizio Pollini’s renditions of the Chopin Polonaises, Preludes, and Études? They are simply magnificent. His dynamic control and emotion are so exquisite that I imagine that with the way Pollini plays Chopin’s pieces, Chopin himself would be happy.

    • I have some Pollini, but it was great when I could access more of his recording at college. I love Pollini — amazing delicacy and control and most importantly musicality. Just magic!

  2. Leo the Deacon said:

    Z-man, I know better than to argue with your musical knowledge (and I strongly endorse your ‘Trane selections) but might I humbly suggest that some of the late great Bill Evans’ work be included in your list? Perhaps his “Live at the Village Vanguard” album? Every time I hear that I am envious of the audience that got to hear that live one Sunday afternoon. Also, I would add Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue to the list–just because it’s accessible doesn’t mean it’s not a work of genius.

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