THE CLASSICAL MUSIC SINFONIAS
WEEKLY LISTENING HOME CONCERT PROGRAM
 
(Level 1: Beginners)
 (Level 2: Intermediate)
 (Level 3: Advanced)

 

    The Classical Music Sinfonias Weekly Listening Home Concert guide is a home concert program of three levels: beginners, intermediate listeners, advanced listeners. It is designed for the novice who likes classical music, would like to listen to it systematically and progress but does not know where to begin, what to listen to and in what order. The program is designed to offer the most popular works that can be easily listened to for free on the Internet, be purchased on CD or downloaded from online shops even in high fidelity recordings (lossless FLAC files). As the goal of the selections is the acquaintance of the novice with classical music, listeners with low budgets could download and listen on their computer/tablet/smart phone classical music on the cheaper but of lower quality MP3 lossy file format. In this introduction, specific recordings are not suggested as the emphasis is on the works themselves and not on specific performances. At the end of each level and after the 100 weeks of symphonic and instrumental suggestions, there is a separate list of 20 suggested choral works and operas.

    The 100 selections per level in this guide are designed to be listened to once a week but of course you can listen at your own pace, two or more selections per week or even one per day. The average listening time per week/selection is about one hour with some exceptions and the busy listener will spend 5 minutes per work to read about the work(s) following the links. The composer's name and the works are linked to Wikipedia and classical music sites for more information.

    This whole idea came to me during the Covid-19 isolation periods in 2020-2021 when I realized that although there were some Internet introductions to classical music there was no practical and organized listening guide for the novice and beyond. I could listen to any work chosen among my 20.000 classical music CDs but what if one had none or had just listened to the few owned and wanted to explore the music land of classical music. So, I designed this listening program below by which one can be introduced to the genre while building a basic classical music library with the most popular works. Remember, you can just listen for free and/or buy the music you like. I am not affiliated with any shop or classical music outlet. I just make suggestions according to my very long experience with listening and buying classical music.

    Enjoy listening!

 

FREE WEB LISTENING OPTIONS

YouTube TIP: Search with composer's last name and work (e.g. Beethoven symphony 3) and choose complete / full length recordings as indicated in the title or by the time length of the video
Internet Archive: Unlocked Recordings. TIP: search in the box under the number of results with composer's last name and work (e.g. Beethoven symphony 3).

 

BUY MUSIC FROM (a few popular stores & streaming sites)

Amazon [US and country specific stores]
ArkivMusic (USA)
Clotchet (U.K.)
Europadisc (U.K.)
hbdirect (U.S.A.)
JPC (Germany)
Presto Classical (U.K.)
Presto Music Classical (U.S.A.)

Berliner Philharmoniker Digital Concerts (video streaming, Germany)
Classical Archives
iTunes
Primephonic
Idagio
medici.tv (video streaming, Europe)
Naxos Music Library

(Listening list below to be completed and finalized by June 2021)

Classical Music Glossary
Abbreviations of Composer Works by Catalogers

op. = opus

 Level 1: Beginners

THE CLASSICAL MUSIC SINFONIAS
WEEKLY LISTENING HOME CONCERT PROGRAM
Suggested by Demetris Loizos
 

WEEK

COMPOSER AND OPUS TITLE

TOTAL LISTENING TIME (approx. in minutes)

1

Beethoven: Symphony no 5 op. 67.

32'

2

Vivaldi: The 4 seasons, Concerti RV269, RV315, RV293, RV297 from op. 8.

42'

3

Mozart:  Serenade no 13 ('Eine kleine Nachtmusik') K525 AND Symphony no 40 K550 OR Symphony no 41 'Jupiter' K551.

46'

4

Tchaikovsky: Ballet Suites - Swan Lake op. 20 AND The Nutcracker op. 71 OR The Sleeping Beauty op. 66.

44'

5

Beethoven: Symphony no 9

76'

6

Strauss, Johann II: Waltzes - The Blue Danube op. 314 AND Emperor Waltz op. 437 AND any other selections from overtures, waltzes, polkas

60'

7

Orff: Carmina Burana

60'

8

Saint-Saëns: Le Carnaval des Animaux AND Symphony no 3 'Organ' op. 78

56'

9

Beethoven: Symphony no 3 'Eroica'

45'

10

Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez AND Fantasia para un gentilhombre

41'

11

Mozart: Symphony no. 39 K543 AND Symphony no 40 K550 OR Symphony no 41 'Jupiter' K551.

46'

12

Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition (orchestral version) AND Night on Bald [or Bare] Mountain

47'

13

Beethoven: Symphony no 4 AND Egmont Overture OR Eleanor Overture OR Coriolan Overture

42'

14

Mahler: Symphony no 2

92'

15

Ravel: Bolero AND Le Tombeau de Couperin (orchestral version) AND Ma mère l'Oye

60'

16

Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue AND Piano Concerto AND An American in Paris

60'

17

Strauss, Richard: Also sprach Zarathustra op. 30 AND Don Juan op. 20 AND Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche op. 28

67'

18

Chopin: Waltzes

40'

19

Smetana: Ma Vlast (My Fatherland)

75'

20

Beethoven: Piano Sonata no 14, op. 27 no 2 'Moonlight' AND Piano Sonata no 23, op. 57 no 2 'Appassionata' AND Egmont Overture OR Eleanor Overture OR Coriolan Overture

57'

21

Mahler: Symphony no 5

70'

22

Mozart: Clarinet Concerto K622 AND Oboe Concerto K314 AND Bassoon Concerto K191

68'

23

   Albinoni: Adagio (?) AND any concertos from op. 5, op.7, op.9 AND Pachelbel: Canon

60'

  24

   Bach, J.S.: The Brandenburg Concertos nos 1-2-3 40'

25

Bach, J.S.: The Brandenburg Concertos nos 4-5-6

47'

26

Liszt: Piano Concertos no 1 AND Piano Concerto no 2

43'

27

  Shostakovich: Symphony no 10 60'

28

Mozart: Serenade no 6 K239 'Serenade Notturna' AND Posthorn Serenade K320

53'

29

  Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto no 1 AND Violin Concert in D op. 35 70'

  30

  Beethoven: Symphony no 7 AND Symphony no 8

61'

31

  Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsodies (any 6, preferably including no 2, no 6, no 10, no 12, no 14) for piano or for orchestra 60'

32

Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

50'

33

Haydn: Symphony no 22 "Der Philosoph" AND Symphony no 63 "La Roxelane" AND Symphony no 80

62'

34

Brahms: 21 Hungarian Dances for orchestra

48'

35

Debussy: La Mer AND Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune AND Images pour orchestre

75'

36

Bach, J.S.: Any Great Organ Works selected from BWV 525582)

60'

37

Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique

56'

38

   Mozart: Serenade no 7 K250 'Haffner' 61'

39

Beethoven: Piano Concerto no 1 AND Piano Concerto no 2

60'

40

Brahms: Symphony no 3 AND Symphony no 4

78'

41

Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé (ballet)

56'

42

Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites 1-2 AND From Holberg's Time (Holberg Suite) op 40 (for piano or orchestra) AND Sigurd Jorsalfar, 3 orchestral pieces op. 56

70'
 

43

Elgar: Cello Concerto op.85 AND Enigma Variations

63

44

   Mozart: Serenade no 10 K361 'Gran Partita' AND any Marches

60'

45

Bach, J.S.: Orchestral Suites nos 1-2-3-4

78'

46

Britten: The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra AND Four Sea Interludes op. 33a from 'Peter Grimes' AND Cello Suite no 2 op. 80

53'
 

47

Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet Suites op.64 (selections)

60'

48

Haydn: Symphony no 94 'Surprise' AND Symphony no 96 'Miracle'

50'

49

Beethoven: Symphony no l AND Symphony no 2

60'

50

Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante K364 AND Violin Concerto 1 AND Violin Concerto 2

76'

51

Sibelius: Finlandia AND Symphony no 2

54'

52

Beethoven: Symphony no 6 AND Egmont Overture OR Eleanor Overture OR Coriolan Overture AND (optionally) Overture The Creatures of Prometheus AND Overture The Ruins of Athens

50'
 

53

Dvořák: Symphony no 8 AND Slavonic Dances op. 46 (selections)

60'

54

Vivaldi: Choose any 9 from Wind Concerti for flute or oboe or trumpet, preferably among RV 428, RV 433, RV 439, RV 446, RV 447, RV 450-455, RV 457, RV 461, RV 463, RV 500, RV 504, RV 534, RV 536, RV 537

60'
 

55

Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks AND Water Music Suites 1-2-3

65'

56

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 6 op. 74 'Pathetique' AND Romeo and Juliet Fantasy

66'

57

Beethoven: Piano Concerto no 4 AND Piano Concerto no 5  'Emperor'

75'

58

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto no 2 AND Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini

60'

59

Dvorak: Violin Concerto AND Serenade op. 44

60'

60

Bach, J.S.: Concerto for Violin no 1 BWV 1041 AND Concerto for Oboe BWV 1059 (Reconstructed) AND Concerto for 2 Harpsichords BWV 1060 AND Concerto for 3 Harpsichords BWV 1064

60'

61

Mozart: Symphony no 35 K385 'Haffner' AND Symphony no 36 K425 'Linzer' AND Symphony no 38 K504 'Prague'

73'

62

Shostakovich: Symphony no 5 AND Jazz Suite no 2

70'

63

Schumann: Piano Concerto AND Kinderszenen

47'

64

Chopin: Piano Concertos no 1 AND Piano Concerto no 2

63'

65

Schubert: Symphony no 3 AND Symphony no 4

50'

66

   Dvorak: Symphony no 9 'From The New World' AND Slavonic Dances op. 7 (selections) 70'

67

Haydn: Symphony 100 AND Symphony 101

55'

68

    Vivaldi: Any 8 concertos from the 12 concerti L'Estro Armonico op. 3 (RV 549, RV 578, RV 310, RV 550, RV 519, RV 356, RV 567, RV 522, RV 230, RV 580, RV 565, RV 265)

60'
 

69

   Mahler: Symphony no 1

60'

70

   Chopin: Etudes, op. 10 AND Etudes, op. 25

56'

71

   Mozart: Piano Concertos no 20 K466 AND Piano Concerto no 21 K467

60'

72

   Shostakovich: Chamber Symphony op. 110a (orchestral arrangement of String Quartet No. 8) AND String Quartet no 9 op. 117

53'
 

73

   Brahms: Piano Concerto no 2

50'

74

   Liszt: A Faust Symphony (either version, with or without chorus)

61'

75

 Britten: Cello Symphony op. 68 AND Sinfonia da Requiem op. 20

50'

76

 Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture AND Symphony no 2

56'

77

 Dvorak: Cello Concerto AND Scherzo Capriccioso op. 66

53'

78

 Bach, J.S.: Violin Concerto no 2 BWV 1042 AND Concerto for two violins ("Double") BWV 1043 AND Harpsichord Concerto no 1 BWV 1052

60'

79

 Mendelssohn: Symphony no 3 AND Symphony no 4

70'

80

Haydn: Symphony no 78 AND Symphony no 102

50'

81

Bach, J.S.: Goldberg Variations BWV 988 (selections)

60'

82 Rachmaninov: Symphony no 2 AND The Isle of The Dead 50'
83

Chopin: Piano Sonata no 1 AND Piano Sonata no 2

50'
84 Beethoven: Violin Concerto AND Violin Romance no 1 AND Violin Romance no 2 65'
85

Mozart: Flute Concertos no l K313 AND Flute Concertos no 2 K314 AND Flute & Harp Concerto K299

70'
 

86 Liszt, Années de pèlerinage

 
 

87 Elgar, Pomp and Circumstance 1 & 4

 
 

88 Vivaldi: Choose any 9 from Concerti RV 402-403, RV 405, RV 407, RV 409, RV 411, RV 414, RV 416-418, RV 420-421 RV 423-424

60'
  89 Britten: Simple Symphony  
  90 Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras  
  91 Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra; Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta  
  92 Shostakovitch: Symphony no 11  
  93 Barber; Adagio; Symphony 1  
  94 Mozart: The Violin Concertos 3,4, 5  
95 Guitar Anthology (any works from any musical period that were either written or transcribed for guitar) 60'
  96 Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.3  
  97 Ives: Three places in New England; The Unanswered Question; Symphony no 1  
  98 de Falla: The three-cornered hat; El amor brujo  
  99 Sibelius: Symphony no 1  
  100 Copland: Appalachian Spring; El Salon Mexico; Rodeo; Danzon Cubano; Symphony 3  


 

 


 

Continue to Level 2: Intermediate
 

CHORAL AND OPERA SUGGESTIONS
 

Week
 

COMPOSER AND OPUS TITLE

TOTAL LISTENING TIME
( approx. in hours : minutes)

1

Beethoven: Missa Solemnis

1 : 20'
2

Bach, J.S.: St. John Passion

1 : 50'
3

Mozart: Requiem

0 : 55'
4

Gluck: Orfeo and Euridice (Opera)

1 : 45'
5 Vivaldi: Gloria; AND Stabat Mater 0 : 48'
6 Bach, J.S.: Mass in B minor 1 : 50'
7 Haydn: The Creation 1 : 50'
8 Bach. J.S.: St. Matthew Passion. BWV 244 2 : 45'
9 Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem) 1 : 20'
10 Verdi: Messa da Requiem 1 : 30'
11 Beethoven: Fidelio (Opera) 2 : 25'
12 Bellini: Norma (Opera) 2 : 25'
13 Bizet: Carmen (Opera) 2 : 30'
14 Borodin: Prince Igor (Opera) 2 : 40'
15 Britten: War Requiem 1 : 30'
16 Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel (Opera) 1 : 40'
17 Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) (Opera) 2 : 45'
18 Puccini; Tosca (Opera) 2 : 00'
19 Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) (Opera) 2 : 35'
20 Verdi: La traviata (The Fallen Woman) (Opera) 2 : 20'


Continue to Level 2: Intermediate




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