My favourite classical music

Just back from the Usher Hall where I went with Madame, her father and her sister for Royal Scottish National Orchestra evening of Russian classics. I realise that when I have conversations with people about music and smugly say I prefer this or that which is more obscure and less middle-of-the-road than what they like, I’m in exactly the opposite side of the table with classical music. The stuff I like, with one exception, is purely ‘popular classics’ – tonight, for example, the 1812 and excerpts from Pictures at an Exhibition and Swan Lake. But I found my attention wandering during the other, less familar pieces, while of course I marvelled at the musicianship. So less of the musical snobbishness, Lamont.

My favourite classical music:

  1. Parsifal Overture (Wagner)
  2. Meistersingers Overture (Wagner)
  3. Pictures at an Exhibition (Mussorgsky)
  4. Pavane (Faure)
  5. Planets (Holst)
  6. Thomas Tallis (Vaughan Willams)
  7. Symphony no3 (Gorecki)
  8. Gymnopedies (Satie)
  9. Some strange thing with an out-of-time snare drum (Neilsen)
  10. The second movement of a piano concerto whose name I don’t know (Ravel)
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