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Best Classical Music of All Time – The Critics’ Picks

I found 10 lists of “best classical music” and combined them into one list.   Here are the results – every piece of music that was on four or more of those lists.  The numbers in bold/underlined indicate the number of original source lists that each piece of music was on.  I’ve organized the list by: (1) number of original lists; (2) then chronologically by composer’s birthdate; (3) then chronologically by date of composition.  I have also created a list that is organized by composer, which includes every piece of music on three or more of the lists – check it out: Classical Music Composers and their Masterpieces.

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Johann Sebastian Bach: Six Brandenburg Concertos (1721)
Johann Sebastian Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (1741)
George Frideric Handel: Messiah (1741)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 41 in C Major “Jupiter”, K. 551 (1788)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor (1808)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 “Pathetique” (1893) 

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Johann Sebastian Bach: Mass in B minor (1749)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem (1792)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61 (1806)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor “Choral” (1824)
Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 8 in B minor “Unfinished” (1822)
Hector Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique (1829)
Giuseppe Verdi: Messa da Requiem (Requiem) (1874)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64 (1888)
Antonín Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 in E minor “From the New World” (1893)
Igor Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring) (1913)

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Johann Sebastian Bach: Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello (approx. 1717-1723)
George Frideric Handel: The Water Music (1717)
Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 104 in D Major “London” (1795)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466 (1785)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major (1785)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G minor (1788)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K. 622 (1791)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58 (1805-1806)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in Eb Major, Op. 73 “Emperor” (1809-1810)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A Major (1812)
Franz Schubert: Piano Quintet in A Major “The Trout” (1819)
Franz Schubert: String Quintet in C Major, D 956 (1828)
Robert Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54 (1845)
Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 in E Major (1881-1883, revised 1885)
Johannes Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem), Op. 45 (1865-1868)
Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68 (1855-1876)
Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73 (1877)
Johannes Brahms: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77 (1878)
Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 3 in F Major (1883)
Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98 (1884-1885)
Johannes Brahms: Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115 (1891)
Camille Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 78 “Organ” (1886)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36 (1877-1878)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35 (1878)
Antonín Dvořák: Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104 (1894-1895)
Edvard Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16 (1868)
Edvard Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46 (1888)
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op. 35 (1888)
Claude Debussy: Prelude a l’apres-midi d’un faune (1894)
Claude Debussy: La Mer (1903-1905)
Richard Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30 (1896)
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18 (1900-1901)
Arnold Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4 (1899)
Béla Bartók: String Quartet No. 4 (1927)
Béla Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra (1943)
George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue (1924)
Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring (1944)

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Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin (1720)
Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (1727)
George Frideric Handel: The Royal Fireworks Music (1749)
Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 94 in G Major “Surprise” (1791)
Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 103 in Eb Major (1794-1795)
Joseph Haydn: String Quartet, Op. 76, No. 2 “Fifths” (1796 or 1797)
Joseph Haydn: String Quartet, Op. 76, No. 3 “Emperor” (1796 or 1797)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 38 in D Major, K. 504 “Prague” (1786)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major, K. 488 (1786)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 39 in Eb Major, K. 543 (1788)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 14 in C# minor “Moonlight” (1801)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in Eb Major “Eroica” (1804)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 “Pastoral” (1808)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 29 in Bb Major, Op. 106 “Hammerklavier” (1819)
Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 13 in Bb Major, Op. 130 (1825)
Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 14 in C# minor, Op. 131 (1826)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Grosse Fugue, Op. 133 (1826)
Franz Schubert: Winterreise (1827)
Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 9 in C Major “The Great” (1828)
Franz Schubert: Piano Sonata No. 21 in Bb Major, D. 960 (1828)
Felix Mendelssohn: Octet for Strings in Eb Major, Op. 20 (1825)
Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 in A Major, Op. 90 “Italian” (1833)
Felix Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64 (1844)
Frédéric Chopin: Preludes, Book I, Op. 28 (1839)
Franz Liszt: Piano Sonata in B minor (1852-1853)
Richard Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen (1. Das Rheingold; 2. Die Walküre; 3. Siegfried; 4. Götterdämmerung) (1853-1874)
Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 in C minor (version 1: 1887; version 2: 1890)
Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 in D minor (1896)
Georges Bizet: Carmen (1874)
Max Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26 (1866, revised 1867)
Modest Mussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain (1867; orchestration by Rimsky-Korsakov, 1886)
Modest Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition (piano version, 1874; Ravel’s orchestration 1922)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in Bb minor, Op. 23 (1874-1875; revised 1879 and 1888)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovksy: The Nutcracker (1892)
Edvard Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No. 2, Op. 55 (1891)
Gabriel Fauré: Requiem (1887-1890)
Edward Elgar: Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85 (1919)
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 5 in C# minor (1901-1902)
Gustav Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde (1908-1909)
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 9 in D Major (1910)
Claude Debussy: String Quartet (1893)
Richard Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, Op. 28 (1894-1895)
Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43 (1900-1902)
Jean Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47 (1904)
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis (1910; revised 1913 and 1919)
Béla Bartók: String Quartet No. 3 (1927)
Béla Bartók: String Quartet No. 5 (1934)
Igor Stravinsky: Petrushka (1910-1911; revised 1947)
Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47 (1937)
Benjamin Britten: War Requiem, Op. 66 (1961-1962) 

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Josquin des Prés: Missa Pange Lingua (ca. 1515)
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli (Pope Marcellus Mass) (ca. 1562)
Claudio Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine (1610)
Domenico Scarlatti: Harpsichord sonatas (between approx. 1719 and 1757)
Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 96 in D Major (1791)
Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 101 in D Major (1793 or 1794)
Joseph Haydn: String Quartet, Op. 76, No. 1 (1796 or 1797)
Joseph Haydn: String Quartet, Op. 76, No. 4 (1796 or 1797)
Joseph Haydn: String Quartet, Op. 76, No. 5 (1796 or 1797)
Joseph Haydn: String Quartet, Op. 76, No. 6 (1796 or 1797)
Joseph Haydn: Die Schöpfung (The Creation) (1796-1798)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K 491 (1786)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Serenade No. 13 in G Major, K. 525 “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” (1787)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), K. 620 (1791)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 “Pathetique” (1798)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37 (1800)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 “Appassionata” (1804-1805)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Opus 59 “Razumovsky”: String Quartet No. 7 in F Major (1806)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Opus 59 “Razumovsky”: String Quartet No. 8 in E minor (1806)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Opus 59 “Razumovsky”: String Quartet No. 9 in C Major (1806)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Trio No. 7 in Bb Major, Op. 97 “Archduke” (1811)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111 (1821-1822)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Missa Solemnis, Op. 123 (1819-1823)
Gioachino Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) (1816)
Franz Schubert: String Quartet No. 14 in D minor “Death and the Maiden” (1824)
Hector Berlioz: Grande Messe des Morts (Requiem), Op. 5 (1837)
Felix Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Overture, Op. 21 (1826); Incidental Music, Op. 61 (1842)
Frédéric Chopin: Nocturnes, Op. 15 (1830-1832)
Frédéric Chopin: Nocturnes, Op. 27 (1835)
Frédéric Chopin: Ballade No. 1 in G minor (1836)
Frédéric Chopin: 24 Preludes, Op. 28 (1839)
Frédéric Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58 (1844)
Robert Schumann: Carnaval, Op. 9 (1834-1835)
Robert Schumann: Piano Quintet in Eb Major, Op. 44 (1842)
Giuseppe Verdi: Falstaff (1893)
Cesar Franck: Violin Sonata in A Major (1886)
Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 in Eb Major (1874; revised through 1888)
Bedřich Smetana: Má Vlast (1. Vyšehrad (1874); 2. Die Moldau (1874); 3. Šárka (1875); 4. Z českých luhů a hájů (1875); 5. Tábor (1878); 6. Blaník (1879))
Johannes Brahms: Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34 (1864)
Johannes Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 in Bb Major, Op. 83 (1878-1881)
Camille Saint-Saëns: Carnival of the Animals (1886)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovksy: Swan Lake (1875-1876)
Antonín Dvořák: Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88 (1889)
Leoš Janáček: Sinfonietta (1926)
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection” (1888-1894)
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 4 (1899-1901)
Claude Debussy: Nocturnes (1899)
Claude Debussy: Préludes, Book 2 (1912-1913)
Richard Strauss: Don Juan, Op. 20 (1888)
Richard Strauss: Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40 (1898)
Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59 (1911)
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30 (1909)
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 43 (1934)
Charles Ives: Three Places in New England (1911-1914, revised through 1929)
Gustav Holst: The Planets, Op. 32 (1914-1916)
Maurice Ravel: String Quartet in F Major (1903)
Maurice Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé (1909-1912)
Béla Bartók: String Quartet No. 1 (1909)
Béla
Bartók: String Quartet No. 2 (1915-1917)
Béla Bartók: Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta (1936)
Béla Bartók: Violin Concerto No. 2 in B minor (1937–38)
Béla Bartók: String Quartet No. 6 (1939)
Igor Stravinsky: The Firebird (1910)
Alban Berg: Violin Concerto (1935)
Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major, Op. 26 (1921)
Sergei Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67 (1936)
Carl Orff: Carmina Burana (1935-1936)
George Gershwin: An American in Paris (1928)
Dmitri Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 8 in C minor, Op. 110 (1960)
Samuel Barber: Adagio for Strings (1936)

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Johann Sebastian Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I (1722)
Johann Sebastian Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II (1742)
Giovanni Battista Pergolesi: Stabat Mater (1736)
Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 95 in C minor (1791)
Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 98 in Bb Major (1792)
Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 100 in G Major “Military” (1793 or 1794)
Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 102 in Bb Major (1794)
Joseph Haydn: Trumpet Concerto in Eb Major (1796)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante in Eb Major, K. 364 (1779)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 35 in D Major “Haffner” (1782)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492 (1786)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: String Quintet No. 4 in G minor, K. 516 (1787)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Don Giovanni, K. 527 (1787)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 5 in F Major, Op. 24 “Spring” (1801)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 9 in A Major, Op. 47 “Kreutzer” (1803)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 21 in C Major “Waldstein” (1804)
Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 10 in Eb Major, Op. 74 “Harp” (1809)
Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 95, “Serioso” (1810)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 in F Major, Op. 93 (1812)
Franz Schubert: Die Schöne Müllerin, D. 795 (1823)
Frédéric Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 2 in Bb minor, Op. 35 (1837-1839)
Frédéric Chopin: Polonaise No. 6 in Ab Major, Op. 53 “Heroic” (1842)
Robert Schumann: Dichterliebe, Op. 48 (1840)
Franz Liszt: Les Préludes (Symphonic Poem No. 3) (ca. 1848-1854)
Richard Wagner: Tannhäuser (1845)
Richard Wagner: Lohengrin (1850)
Richard Wagner: Tristan und Isolde (1859)
Richard Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (1868)
Richard Wagner: Parsifal (1882)
Giuseppe Verdi: Rigoletto (1851)
Giuseppe Verdi: Il Trovatore (1853)
Giuseppe Verdi: La Traviata (1853)
Giuseppe Verdi: Don Carlos (1867)
Giuseppe Verdi: Aida (1871)
Giuseppe Verdi: Otello (1887)
Johann Strauss II: An der schönen blauen Donau, Op. 314 (The Blue Danube) (1866)
Alexander Borodin: String Quartet No. 2 in D Major “Nocturne” (1881)
Modest Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov (1868-1873)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin, Op. 24 (1879)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty (1889)
Antonín Dvořák: String Quartet No. 12 in F Major, Op. 96 “American” (1893)
Leoš Janáček: Glagolitic Mass (1926)
Leoš Janáček: String Quartet No. 2 “Intimate Letters” (1928)
Edward Elgar: Variations on an Original Theme For Orchestra, Op. 36 “Enigma Variations” (1898-1899)
Giacomo Puccini: La bohème (1896)
Giacomo Puccini: Tosca (1900)
Giacomo Puccini: Madama Butterfly (1904)
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 1 in D Major (1887-1888)
Hugo Wolf: Lieder (1888-1897)
Claude Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande (1902)
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana (1890)
Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 in Eb Major, Op. 82 (1915, revised 1916 and 1919)
Jean Sibelius: Finlandia, Op. 26 (1899, revised 1900)
Maurice Ravel: Rapsodie Espagnole (1907-1908)
Maurice Ravel: Boléro (1928)
Maurice Ravel: Piano Concerto in D Major (for the left hand) (1929-1930)
Maurice Ravel: Piano Concerto in G Major (1929-1931)
Manuel de Falla: El sombrero de tres picos (The Three-Cornered Hat) (1919)
Ottorino Respighi: Fountains of Rome (1915-1916)
Ottorino Respighi: Pines of Rome (1923-1924)
Alban Berg: Lyric Suite for String Quartet (1925-1926)
Sergei Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 in D Major, Op. 25 “Classical” (1917)
Sergei Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64 (1935; revised 1940)
Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No. 7 in Bb Major, Op. 83 “Stalingrad” (1939-1942)
Sergei Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 in Bb Major, Op. 100 (1944)
Joaquín Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez for Guitar and Orchestra (1939)
William Walton: Belshazzar’s Feast (1931)
Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 8 in C minor, Op. 65 (1943)
Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op. 93 (1953) 

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Hildegard of Bingen: Sequences (approx. 1150-1179)
Guillaume de Machaut: Messe de Notre-Dame (ca. 1365)
Guillaume Dufay: Missa “Se la face ay pale” (approx. 1452-1458)
Thomas Tallis: The Lamentations of Jeremiah (approx. 1560s)
Giovanni Gabrieli: Canzoni for Brass Choirs (approx. 1597-1612)
Carlo Gesualdo: Madrigals (1594-1611)
John Dowland: Works for Lute (approx. 1597-1612)
Claudio Monteverdi: L’Orfeo (1607)
Claudio Monteverdi: Book 8 – Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi (Madrigals of Love and War) (1638)
Claudio Monteverdi: L’incoronazione di Poppea (1642)
Dietrich Buxtehude: Organ Works (approx. 1668-1707)
Henry Purcell: Dido and Aeneas (1689)
Henry Purcell: Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day/Hail! Bright Cecilia (1692)
Tomaso Albinoni/Remo Giazotto: Adagio in G minor for Strings and Organ (1958)
Johann Sebastian Bach (attribution in question): Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565 (1707?)
Johann Sebastian Bach: Violin Concerto No. 2 in E Major, BWV 1042 (ca. 1723)
Johann Sebastian Bach: Orchestral Suites, BWV 1066-1069 (approx. 1725-1739)
Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor (Double Concerto), BWV 1043 (1730-1731)
Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantata No. 140 “Wachet Auf, Ruft Uns Die Stimme” (1731)
Johann Sebastian Bach: Die Kunst der Fuge (The Art of Fugue), BWV 1080 (approx. 1740s)
George Frideric Handel: 12 Concerti Grossi, Op. 6 (1739)
Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 88 in G Major (1787)
Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 93 in D Major (1791)
Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 97 in C Major (1792)
Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 99 in Eb Major (1793)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 36 in C Major, K. 425 “Linz” (1783)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: String Quartet No. 19 in C Major, K. 465 “Dissonance” (1785)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581 “Stadler” (1789)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2 in Bb Major, Op. 19 (1787-1795)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15 (1796-1797)
Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 4 in C minor, Op. 18/4 (1799)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 in C Major (1799-1800)
Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 6 in Bb Major, Op. 18/6 (1800)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 2 in D Major (1801-1802)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano in C Major (Triple Concerto), Op. 56 (1803)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Fidelio (1805; revised 1806 and 1814)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 in Bb Major (1806)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Cello Sonata No. 3 in A, Op. 69 (1808)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 26 in Eb Major, Op. 81a “Les Adieux” (1810)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109 (1820)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 31 in Ab Major, Op. 110 (1821)
Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 12 in Eb Major, Op. 127 (1823-1824)
Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 16 in F Major, Op. 135 (1826)
Niccolò Paganini: 24 Caprices for Solo Violin, Op. 1 (1802-1817)
Giacomo Meyerbeer: Les Huguenots (1836)
Gioachino Rossini: William Tell Overture (1829)
Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 5 in Bb Major, D. 485 (1816)
Franz Schubert: Fantasy in C Major, D. 760 “Wanderer” (1822)
Franz Schubert: Piano Trio No. 1 in Bb Major, D. 898 (1827-1828)
Franz Schubert: Piano Sonata in A Major, D. 959 (1828)
Gaetano Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor (1835)
Hector Berlioz: Harold en Italie (Harold in Italy), Op. 16 (1834)
Felix Mendelssohn: String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 13 (1827)
Frédéric Chopin: Etudes, Op. 10 (1829-1832)
Frédéric Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11 (1830)
Frédéric Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21 (1830)
Frédéric Chopin: Ballade No. 2 in F Major, Op. 38 (1836-1839)
Frédéric
Chopin: Ballade No. 3 in Ab Major, Op. 47 (1841)
Frédéric Chopin: Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52 (1842, revised 1843)
Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 3 in Eb Major, Op. 97 “Rhenish” (1850)
Robert Schumann: Fantasy in C Major, Op. 17 (1836, revised 1839)
Robert Schumann: Kreisleriana, Op. 16 (1838)
Franz Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1 in Eb Major (1830-1849)
Charles Gounod: Faust (1859)
Cesar Franck: Symphony in D minor (1886-1888)
Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 3 in D minor (1873, revised 1877 and 1891)
Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 5 in Bb Major (1875-1876)
Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 6 in A Major (1879-1881)
Johannes Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15 (1858)
Johannes Brahms: Cello Sonata No. 1 in E minor, Op. 38 (1862-1865)
Johannes
Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Major, Op. 78 (1878-1879)
Johannes Brahms: Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80 (1880)
Johannes Brahms: Cello Sonata No. 2 in F Major, Op. 99 (1886)
Johannes Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 100 (1886)
Johannes Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108 (1887)
Johannes Brahms: Seven Fantasias for Piano, Op. 116 (1892)
Alexander Borodin: Symphony No. 2 in B minor (1869-1876)
Alexander Borodin: Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor (1890)
Antonín Dvořák: Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op. 70 (1885)
Leoš Janáček: String Quartet No. 1 “Kreutzer Sonata” (1923)
Giacomo Puccini: Turandot (1926)
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 3 (1894-1896)
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 6 in A minor (1903-1904)
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 7 (1904-1905)
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 8 in Eb Major (1906-1907)
Isaac Albéniz: Iberia (1905-1909)
Frederick Delius: Brigg Fair (1908)
Richard Strauss: Salome (1905)
Richard Strauss: Electra (1909)
Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 1 in E minor, Op. 39 (1898)
Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 4 in A minor, Op. 63 (1910-1911)
Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 7 in C Major, Op. 105 (1924)
Paul Dukas: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (1896-1897)
Ralph Vaughan Williams: A London Symphony (Symphony No. 2 in G Major) (1912-1913; reconstructed 1915; revised 1918, 1919-1920 and 1933)
Alexander Scriabin: Piano Sonata No. 7, Op. 64 “White Mass” (1911)
Alexander Scriabin: Piano Sonata No. 9, Op. 68 “Black Mass” (1912-1913)
Alexander Scriabin: Piano Sonata No. 10, Op. 70 (1913)
Sergei Rachmaninoff: 24 Preludes: Prelude in C# minor, Op. 3, No. 2 (1892); Ten Preludes, Op. 23 (1903); Thirteen Preludes, Op. 32 (1910)
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27 (1906-1907)
Arnold Schoenberg: Pierrot Lunaire, Op. 21 (1912)
Maurice Ravel: Gaspard de la Nuit (1908)
Maurice Ravel: Ma mère l’Oye (piano version 1910; ballet 1912)
Maurice Ravel: La Valse for Orchestra (1919-1920)
Manuel de Falla: Nights in the Gardens of Spain (1915)
Manuel de Falla: El Amor Brujo (1915; revised 1916 and 1925)
Béla Bartók: Piano Concerto No. 3 in E major (1945)
Igor Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms (1930, revised 1948)
Igor Stravinsky: Symphony in C (1940)
Z
oltan Kodály: Háry János Suite (1927)
Anton Webern: String Quartet (1937-1938)
Alban Berg: Wozzeck (1914-1922)
Sergei Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major, Op. 19 (1915-1917)
Sergei Prokofiev: Lieutenant Kije Suite, Op. 60 (1933)
Darius Milhaud: La Création du Monde, Op. 81a (1922-1923)
Paul Hindemith: Mathis der Maler Symphony (1934)
George Gershwin: Porgy and Bess (1935)
Aaron Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man (1942)
Aaron Copland: Symphony No. 3 (1946)
Kurt Weill: Die Dreigroschenoper (The Threepenny Opera) (1928)
William Walton: Symphony No. 1 in Bb minor (1935)
Michael Tippett: A Child of Our Time (1939-1941)
Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 1 in F minor, Op. 10 (1924-1925)
Oliver Messiaen: Turangalîla-Symphonie (1946-1948, revised 1990)
John Cage: Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano (1946-1948)
Benjamin Britten: Peter Grimes (1945)
Benjamin Britten: The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34 (1946)
Leonard Bernstein: West Side Story (1957)
Pierre Boulez: Rituel in Memoriam Bruno Maderna (1974-1975)
George Crumb: Ancient Voices of Children (1970)
Arvo Pärt: Tabula Rasa (1977) 

4 thoughts on “Best Classical Music of All Time – The Critics’ Picks

    1. beckchris Post author

      I’m sorry for the error – I will make the correction. Thank you for pointing it out – I have tried to be as accurate as possible but I am sure there are mistakes and I truly appreciate careful readers such as yourself.

      Reply

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