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 there is a separate list of 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. minutes)

1

Beethoven: Symphony no 5 op. 67.

32'

2

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

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

40'

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 525530 and BWV 531582)

60'

37

Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique

56'

   38    Mozart: Serenade no 7 K250 'Haffner' 61'


 

39 Beethoven: Piano Concertos 1 AND Piano Concertos 2


 


 

40 Brahms: Symphonies Nos.3 & 4


 


 

38 Ravel: Daphnis et Chloe


 


 

39 Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites; Holberg Suites; Sigurd Jorsalfar


 


 

40 Elgar: Cello Concerto op.85 Enigma Variations Pomp and Circumstance 1 8c 4


 

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

60'


 

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


 


 

42 Britten The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra; Four Sea Interludes etc


 


 

43 Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet, op.64 - Selection


 


 

44 Haydn: The Creation


 


 

45 Beethoven: Symphonies N.l & No.2


 


 

46 Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante F. Violin & Viola & Orch, Violin Concerto 1,2


 


 

47 Sibelius: Finlandia; Symphony No.2


 


 

48 Beethoven: Symphony No. 6, Egmond, Leonore


 


 

49 Dvorak: Symphony Nos.8 & 9 "From The New World"


 


 

50 Vivaldi: Wind & String Concertos


 


 

51 Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks; Water Music Suites


 


 

52 Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 op. 74 (Pathetique) / Romeo and Juliet Fantasy


 


 

53 Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.5 "Emperor"; Piano Concerto No.4


 


 

54 Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.2; Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini


 


 

55 Dvorak: Violin Concerto; Serenade


 


 

56 Bach, J.S.: The Brandenburg Concerto 6, Conc. For Violin Conc. For Oboe, Conc. For 2 Harpsichords, Conc. For 3 Harpsichords


 


 

57 Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 35, 36, 38


 


 

58 Shostakovich: Symphony No.5/5; Fragments, Op.42


 


 

59 Schumann: Piano Concerto; Kinderszenen


 


 

60 Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos.l & 2


 


 

61 Schubert The Symphonies


 


 

62 Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem


 


 

63 Bacb. I.S.: St. Matthew Passion. RWV 244


 


 

64 Verdi: Messa da Requiem


 


 

65 Mahler: Symphony N.l


 


 

66 Chopin: Etudes


 


 

67 Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 20 & 21


 


 

68 Mozart: Flute Concertos Nos.l & 2; Flute 8c Harp Concerto K.299


 


 

69 Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2


 


 

70 Liszt: A Faust Symphony


 


 

71 Britten: Cello Symphony; Sinfonia da Requiem; Cantata Misericordium


 


 

72 Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto


 


 

73 Dvorak: Cello Concerto / Saint-Saens: Cello Concerto No.l


 


 

74 Bach, J.S.: Violin Concertos


 


 

75 Beethoven: Violin Concerto; 2 Romances


 


 

76 Mozart: The Violin Concertos 3,4, 5


 


 

77 Mendelssohn: Symphonies No. 1-4


 


 

78 Haydn: Symphonies No.78 & No. 102


 


 

79 Bach, J.S.: Goldberg Variations


 


 

80 Rachmaninov: Symphony No.2; The Isle Of The Dead


 

Continue to Level 2: Intermediate
 

CHORAL AND OPERA SUGGESTIONS
 

Week
 

COMPOSER AND OPUS TITLE

TOTAL LISTENING TIME
( approx. 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

1 : 45'
5 Vivaldi: Gloria; AND Stabat Mater 0 : 48'
6 Bach, J.S.: Mass in B minor 1 : 50'

 
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Continue to Level 2: Intermediate




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