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Past Concerts
Top Piano Concerti and more
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My Music Life

Main instrument: piano (classical, began at 5). Learned conducting from Karla Lemon. Recently took
jazz piano, guitar, and voice. Played violin a long time ago. Enjoys composing (for piano or piano and orchestra/for film scores).

"Ray plays Rachmaninoff better and with more passion and intensity than many professionals..." - Erna Gulabyan, faculty member of the San Francisco Conservatory

Piano teachers:
Mark Anderson of Pleasanton (6/98-8/98, 9/04-2/05)
Erna Gulabyan of The San Francisco Conservatory (5/00-5/03)
Frederick Weldy of Stanford (7/99-4/03)
Sharon Mann of Berkeley (4/98-5/99)
Eugene Masluk of Livermore (6/84-5/95)

Has been coached by Stephen Kovacevich, Tamriko Siprashvili, Bernadine Blaha, Lorand Fenyves,
Paul Katz, Laurence Lesser, Bonnie Hampton, Laura Dahl, George Barth, Ben Simon, Goodwin Sammel.

Favorite Composers: 1) Brahms, 2) Rachmaninoff, 3) Beethoven
4) Bach, 5) Prokofiev, 6) Mahler, 7) Debussy,
8) Schubert, 9) R. Strauss, 10) Wagner
Favorite Pianists:1) Vladimir Horowitz (1903-1989), 2) Sviatoslav Richter (1915-1997)
Favorite Conductors: 1) Wilhelm Furtwangler, 2) Sir Georg Solti

More below.



My Upcoming Concerts


05/21/07 UPDATE: Castro Valley Chamber Orchestra and conductor Josh Cohen's invitation
marked my tenth invitation to perform with orchestra.

I played Kabalevsky's "Youth" Piano Concerto No. 3 on November 4, 2007 at 2 PM,
Castro Valley Center for the Arts, 19501 Redwood Road, Castro Valley, CA 94546.
(I received a standing ovation and played Chopin's Etude Op. 10, No. 4 in c# minor as encore. Download the MP3!)
See below to learn more about me and Kabalevsky.



05/13/06 UPDATE: October 2007 marks my third invitation to perform as soloist with conductor Joyce Johnson-Hamilton and the Diablo Symphony Orchestra. VIEW BROCHURE. This time I return to my youth in reviving Kabalevsky's "Youth" Piano Concerto No. 3, which I studied at the age of 10. Playing it two decades later gives me a strong sense of nostalgia due in large part not just to my personal childhood memories but to the bittersweet memories invoked of Soviet youth during more innocent times. Still, at my current age, the piece remains very flashy with its share of challenges and is a genuine crowd-pleaser.

1) THE ONE TO ATTEND:
Sunday, October 7, 2007, 2:00 PM
Dean Lesher Regional Arts Center,
Civic Drive & Locust St., Walnut Creek, CA
(Received standing ovation and played Chopin's Etude Op. 10, No. 4 in c# minor as encore. Download the MP3!)

2) Friday, October 5, 2007, 8:00 PM
CHANGE OF VENUE!
Fireside Room, Gateway Clubhouse, Rossmoor,
1001 Golden Rain Road, Walnut Creek, CA
(Received standing ovation.)

Until then, I will be taking half a year off from piano to focus on filmmaking and engineering.



03/01/05 UPDATE: The Diablo Symphony Orchestra has invited me back to perform as piano soloist
Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, as part of the all-American program.

Quote from Oakland Tribune: "Wang received the Diablo Symphony's most vociferous ovation ever
following his performance of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto."

02/28/05 UPDATE: Following two successful and exhilarating outings with the Rach 3,
I will be taking a few months off from piano to focus on engineering and filmmaking.





My Past Concerts

Brahms - Piano Quintet in f minor, Op. 34

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Quartetto del Pranzo + One
Dawn Madole, violin I
Eisaku Tokuyama, violin II
Andrew Lan, viola
La Verne Chen, cello
Ray Arthur Wang, piano

1) THE ONE TO ATTEND:
Saturday, June 16, 2007, 6 pm
Peace Lutheran Church - Parish Hall, 205 Tennessee Valley Road, Mill Valley, CA

2) Saturday, June 2, 2007, 2 pm
Lischinsky Residence, Palo Alto
NOT open to the public

(At both concerts, we received standing ovation and performed as encore piece
Brahms - Piano Quartet No. 3 in c minor, Op. 60, III.)


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Kabalevsky - Piano Concerto No. 3 ("Youth")
Ray Arthur Wang, solo piano
Youth Orchestra of Southern Alameda County
Jason Klein, conductor

Sunday, March 25, 2007, 2 pm (University Theatre, California State University - East Bay, Hayward, CA)

Notes: Due to conflict with my film festival schedule, I was unable to accept an invitation to play Kabalevsky Piano Concerto No. 3 ("Youth") with the Saratoga Symphony. However, Saratoga Symphony's conductor Jason Klein asked if I would be available and willing to play the wonderful Kabalevsky with his Youth Orchestra in the upcoming season. I agreed, thinking it's a nice opportunity to play the Youth Concerto with a Youth Orchestra.

The performance went very well, and I received a standing ovation and was asked by the conductor to give an encore, but I didn't have one prepared so I just went inside and hid.




Las Vegas Warmup Recital
Kabalevsky - Piano Concerto No. 3 ("Youth")
Ray Arthur Wang, solo piano

March 3, 2007
Crawford Residence, Las Vegas, NV
NOT open to the public




Deutschland 1853
Schumann - Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 47 (1842)
Brahms - Piano Quartet No. 1 in g minor, Op. 25 (1861)

Quartetto del Pranzo
Dawn Madole, violin
Andrew Lan, viola
La Verne Chen, cello
Ray Arthur Wang, piano

1) THE ONE TO ATTEND:
Saturday, January 6, 7:00 PM
Unitarian Universalist Church, 505 E Charleston Rd, Palo Alto, CA

2) Saturday, December 16, 6:00 PM
Peace Lutheran Church - Parish Hall, 205 Tennessee Valley Road, Mill Valley, CA

3) November 19, 2006, 4:00 PM
Talkington Residence, Mill Valley
NOT open to the public



THREE PERFORMANCES!

Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue
Ray Arthur Wang, solo piano
Diablo Symphony Orchestra
Joyce Johnson-Hamilton, conductor

(received full standing ovation at all venues and was asked to give an encore at the final performance)
Encore: Gershwin - Prelude No. 3 (of the Three Preludes)

1) THE ONE TO ATTEND:
SATURDAY, May 13, 2006, 2:00 PM
(Regional Center for the Arts Concert Hall, Civic Drive and Locust St., Walnut Creek, CA)
2) Thurs, May 11, 2006, 8:00 PM (Del Valle Clubhouse, Rossmoor, Corner of Comstock Dr and Tice Creek Dr, in Walnut Creek, CA)
3) Sun, May 7, 2006, 3:00 PM (El Campanil Theater, 602 W. Second Street in Antioch, CA)





Goals to accomplish before leaving Stanford:
Performing concerts with
Rach Piano Concerto 2 (done),
Rach Piano Sonata 2 (done), and
Rach Piano Concerto 3 (done).

Yes, I am a Rach freak.


TWO PERFORMANCES!

Rachmaninoff - Piano Concerto No. 3 in d minor, Op. 30
Ray Arthur Wang, solo piano
Diablo Symphony Orchestra
Joyce Johnson-Hamilton, conductor

(received full standing ovation at both venues and was asked to give an encore at final performance)
Encore: Rimsky-Korsakov (Arr. Rachamninoff) -
Flight of the Bumblebee

THE ONE TO ATTEND: SUNDAY, February 27, 2005, 7:30 PM (Regional Center for the Arts Concert Hall, Civic Drive and Locust St., Walnut Creek, CA).

If you absolutely cannot make this concert, there is another one on
Friday, February 25, 2005, 8 pm (Del Valle Clubhouse, Rossmoor, Corner of Comstock Dr and Tice Creek Dr, in Walnut Creek, CA)






From West to East
April 18, 2003, 8 pm, FREE
Campbell Recital Hall, Braun Music Building, Stanford University



Dvorak - Piano Quartet No. 2 in E-flat Major, Op. 87* (1889)
Rachmaninoff - Piano Sonata No. 2 in b-flat minor, Op. 36 (Vladimir Horowitz Version)** (1931)
Plus Chinese Music**

Encore Pieces:
Rachmaninoff - Variation 18 from Rhapsody on a Theme By Paganini, Op. 43 (Arranged by Raymond Wang)** (1934)
Wu Zu Qiang & Du Ming Xin - Large Group Dance at the Underwater Wedding (Dance No. 4)** (1959)

*Quartetto del Pranzo
Dawn Madole, violin
Andrew Lan, viola
La Verne Sheu, cello
Raymond Wang, piano

**Raymond Wang, piano




Stanford University Blackwelder Fall Recital
November 24, 2002, 4 pm, FREE
Lounge of Blackwelder House, Escondido Village
Stanford University Musicians

Chopin - Etude No. 4 in c-sharp min
Rachmaninoff - Bumblebee (Rimsky-Korsakov), Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini (Var 18), Piano Sonata No. 2 in b-flat min (III)
Raymond Wang, piano



Stanford University Wednesday Noon Concert
June 6, 2001, 12:15 pm, FREE
Campbell Recital Hall in Braun Music Building
Students of Frederick Weldy

Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 in d minor, Op. 30, I
Raymond Wang, piano
Sheila Chan, piano accompaniment



Congregational Community Church Recital
1112 Bernardo Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA
4/1/01, 4:30 pm, FREE
Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 in d minor, Op. 30, I
Raymond Wang, piano
Dmitriy Cogan, piano accompaniment

Also Featuring Students of Erna Gulabyan



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Stanford Symphony Orchestra, J. Karla Lemon, conductor
12/2/00, 8 pm, Dinkelspiel, $8 general/$4 students (Sold-out)

I. Mozart, Magic Flute Overture

II. Janice Giteck, Tikkun-Mending
John Duykers, Tenor

Intermission

III. Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto No. 2 in c minor, Op. 18 (Click for FREE MP3)
Raymond Wang, piano, 2000 Stanford Concerto Competition Winner
(received full standing ovation and was asked to give an encore)
Encore: Chopin, "Revolutionary" Etude

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Stanford University Friday Noon Concert
May 12, 2000, 12 pm, FREE
Campbell Recital Hall in Braun Music Building
Students of Frederick Weldy
Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 in c minor, Op. 18



Stanford Symphony Orchestra, J. Karla Lemon, conductor
Apr. 19, 2000, 12:15 pm, Dinkelspiel Concert Hall, FREE
Pianist/Celeste Player for Copland Tender Lands, Celeste Player for Bloch Schelomo (Gabe Trop, cello)


Stanford Symphony Orchestra, J. Karla Lemon, conductor
Nov. 19, 1999, 8 pm, Dinkelspiel Concert Hall
Guest Appearance as Pianist for U.S. Premiere of Philip Glass' Songs of Milarepa.
Other pieces played: Shostakovich Violin Concerto (Charlene Chen, violin), Dvorak 8th Symphony

Stanford University Wednesday Noon Concert Series
October 6, 1999, 12 pm
Campbell Recital Hall in Braun Music Building
Students of Frederick Weldy
Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109



From June 5 to 25, 1999, I attended on music scholarship the Banff Centre for the Arts Chamber Music Festival as Pianist of Quartetto del Pranzo.

We performed four concerts with Brahms Piano Quartet No. 1 in g minor, Op. 25 (IV)
Brahms Piano Quartet No. 3 in c minor, Op. 60 (I, II, III, IV)
Dvorak Piano Quartet No. 2 in E-flat Major, Op. 87 (IV)

Quartetto del Pranzo
Dawn Madole, violin
Andrew Lan, viola
La Verne Sheu, cello
Raymond Wang, piano






UC Berkeley Eisner Award/Music Department Graduation Ceremony Concert
Hertz Hall, 2 pm, May 16, 1999, FREE
Quartetto del Pranzo performs Brahms Piano Quartet in c minor, Op. 60, III


Berkeley Piano Club Presents
A FREE Senior Recital by cellist La Verne Sheu on Sunday, May 9, 1999 at
Berkeley Piano Club, 2724 Haste Street at Piedmont Ave., Berkeley, CA
Quartetto del Pranzo performs Dvorak Piano Quartet in E-Flat Major, Op. 87



Music Department Monday Noon Concert Series, 12:15-1:00 pm, April 26, 1999
Elkus Room, 125 Morrison Hall, FREE

Programme

Eldin Burton 
Sonatina for Flute and Piano (1948)

Debussy 
Prelude a L'Apres-Midi d'un Faune (1894)

Brahms
Sonata for Clarinet and Piano No. 1 in f minor, Op. 120 (1894)


The Leonore Trio


Natalie Pao, flute

Leland Chang, clarinet    Raymond Wang, piano




Natalie Pao and Leland Chang





Winners of Music Department Stephen Kovacevich Master Class Auditions
Perform in Hertz Concert Hall, 2-5 pm, April 14 and 23, 1999, FREE
Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109
Other Winners: Jolie Lin, Christopher Guerriero, Jenny Chen, Ivan Ilic, and Roger Moseley




Berkeley Piano Club Presents
A FREE Senior Recital on Sunday, March 14, 1999, 7:30 pm at
Berkeley Piano Club, 2724 Haste Street at Piedmont Ave., Berkeley, CA (Near Unit 2 Dorms)


Photo Credits: Bernie Lin

An All-Romantic Program ----------------------- Brahms Piano Quartet No. 3 in c minor Op. 60* ************Intermission************ Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major Op. 109 Brahms Piano Pieces Op. 118 (complete) Chopin "Revolutionary" Etude in c minor No. 12 Op. 10 (encore) ----------------------------------------


The Music Department at UC Berkeley Presents
46th Annual FREE Wednesday Noon Concert Series in Hertz Concert Hall
March 10, 1999, 12 pm
Quartetto del Pranzo
Brahms, Piano Quartet No. 3 Op. 60 in c minor
For directions to Hertz Concert Hall, look at this map. (Hertz Hall is in D-5.)



The Music Department at UC Berkeley Presents
46th Annual Wednesday Noon Concert Series
October 21, 1998, 12 pm
Beethoven, Sonata No. 21 Op. 53 "Waldstein-Sonate" (I, II, III)
My debut in Hertz Concert Hall. (Sold-out)



Monday Noon Concert Series
February 9, 1998
Chopin, Etude No. 11 Op. 25 "Winter Wind", No. 12 Op. 10 "Revolutionary"
Beethoven, Sonata No. 23 Op. 57 "Appassionata"
Chopin, Etude No. 5 Op. 10 "Black Keys" (Encore)





Played many concerts and won many competitions from age 5-17,
including, at age 10, a solo performance with the Amador-Livermore Symphony Orchestra of
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 20 in d minor, K. 466.






The Top Piano Concerti

1. Rachmaninoff - No. 2 in c minor
1. Rachmaninoff - No. 3 in d minor
2. Brahms - No. 2 in B-flat Major
3. Brahms - No. 1 in d minor
3. Prokofiev - No. 3 in C Major
3. Tchaikovsky - No. 1 in b-flat minor
4. Beethoven - No. 5 in E-flat Major ("Emperor")
5. Grieg - in a minor
5. Schumann - in a minor
6. Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue
7. Prokofiev - No. 2 in g minor
7. Rachmaninoff - Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini
8. Mozart - No. 20 in d minor
8. Saint-saens - No. 2 in g minor
9. Beethoven - No. 4 in G Major
9. Kabalevsky - No. 3 in D Major ("Youth")
9. Prokofiev - No. 1 in D-flat Major
9. Rachmaninoff - No. 1 in f-sharp minor
10. Barber
10. Chopin - No. 1 in e minor
11. Bach - No. 1 in d minor for Keyboard
11. Bartok - No. 3 in E Major
11. Corigliano
12. Ravel - in G Major
13. Macdowell - No. 2 in D Major
14. Liszt - No. 2 in A Major
14. Ravel - in D Major for Left Hand
14. Shostakovich - No. 2 in F Major
15. Beethoven - No. 3 in c minor
15. Busoni - in C Major
15. Chopin - No. 2 in f minor
15. Gershwin - in F
15. Kabalevsky - No. 2 in g minor
15. Liszt - No. 1 in e minor
16. Hanson - in G Major
16. Rautavaara - No. 2
16. Saint-saens - No. 4 in c minor
17. Bartok - No. 2
17. Mendelssohn - No. 1 in g minor
17. Mendelssohn - No. 2 in d minor
17. Rautavaara - No. 1
18. Bartok - No. 1
18. Dvorak - in g minor
19. Haydn - No. 11 in D Major
19. Mozart - No. 21 in C Major
19. Balakirev - No. 2 in E-flat Major
19. Shostakovich - No. 1 in c minor
20. Englund - No. 1
20. Goedicke - in D Major
21. Glazunov - No. 2 in B major

The Top Piano Sonatas

1. Beethoven - No. 23 in f minor, Op. 57 ("Appassionata")
1. Beethoven - No. 32 in c minor, Op. 111
1. Rachmaninoff - No. 2 in b-flat minor, Op. 36
2. Brahms - No. 3 in f minor, Op. 5
3. Beethoven - No. 8 in c minor, Op. 13 ("Pathetique")
3. Beethoven - No. 29 in B-flat Major, Op. 106 ("Hammerklavier")
3. Beethoven - No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109
3. Beethoven - No. 31 in A-flat Major, Op. 110
3. Prokofiev - No. 7 in B-flat Major, Op. 83
3. Schubert - No. 21 in B-flat Major, D. 960
4. Beethoven - No. 14 in c-sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 2 ("Moonlight")
4. Brahms - No. 2 in f-sharp minor, Op. 2
4. Chopin - No. 2 in b-flat minor, Op. 35 ("Funeral March")
5. Brahms - No. 1 in C Major, Op. 1
5. Chopin - No. 3 in b minor, Op. 58
5. Liszt - in b minor, Op. 178
5. Schumann - No. 1 in f-sharp minor, Op. 11
6. Beethoven - No. 17 in d minor ("Tempest")
6. Beethoven - No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53 ("Waldstein")
6. Schubert - No. 20 in A Major, D. 959
6. Scriabin - No. 3 in f-sharp minor, Op. 23
7. Beethoven - No. 12 in A Major, Op. 26 ("Funeral March")
7. Schumann - No. 2 in g minor, op. 22
7. Scriabin - No. 1 in f minor, Op. 6
7. Stravinsky - 1924
8. Barber - Op. 26
8. Berg - Op. 1
8. Prokofiev - No. 6 in A Major, Op.82
9. Bartok - Sz80
9. Beethoven - No. 18 in E-flat Major ("Hunt")
9. Prokofiev - No. 5 in C Major, Op. 38-135
9. Prokofiev - No. 8 in B-flat Major, Op. 84
10. Beethoven - No. 15 in D Major, Op. 28 ("Pastoral")
10. Beethoven - No. 24 in F-sharp Major, Op. 78
10. Beethoven - No. 26 in E-flat Major, Op. 81a ("Les Adieux")
10. Beethoven - No. 27 in e minor, Op. 90
10. Hindemith - No. 3
10. Prokofiev - No. 9 in C Major, Op. 103
10. Scriabin - No. 2 in g sharp minor, Op. 19, ("Sonata-fantasy")
10. Scriabin - No. 4 in F sharp major, Op. 30
10. Wild - 2000
11. Beethoven - No. 28 in A Major, Op. 101
11. Mozart - No. 11 in A Major, K. 331
11. Schubert - No. 19 in c minor, D. 958
11. Scriabin - No. 5 in F-sharp Major, Op. 53
12. Beethoven - No. 5 in c minor, Op. 10
12. Beethoven - No. 25 in G Major, Op. 79
12. Scarlatti - in d minor
12. Scarlatti - in f-sharp minor
12. Scriabin - No. 9, Op. 68 ("Black Mass")
13. Beethoven - No. 9 in E Major, Op. 14, No. 1
13. Beethoven - No. 19 in g minor, Op. 49, No. 1
13. Beethoven - No. 22 in F Major, Op. 54
13. Mozart - No. 10 in C Major, K. 330
13. Prokofiev - No. 2 in d minor, Op. 14
13. Scarlatti - in b minor, K. 27
13. Scarlatti - in D Major, K. 29
13. Scriabin - No. 10, op. 70
14. Beethoven - No. 20 in G Major, Op. 49, No. 2
14. Mozart - No. 12 in F major, K. 332
14. Mozart - No. 15 in C Major, K. 545 ("Sonata Semplice")
14. Scarlatti - in A Major, K. 537
15. Beethoven - No. 6 in F Major, Op. 10, No. 2
15. Beethoven - No. 7 in D Major, Op. 10, No. 3
16. Beethoven - No. 3 in C Major, Op. 2, No. 3

The Top Violin Concerti

1. Brahms - in D major
2. Beethoven - in D major
2. Sibelius - in d minor
3. Mendelssohn - in e minor
4. Tchaikovsky - in D major
5. Barber - in G Major
5. Vieuxtemps - No. 5 in a minor
6. Bartok - No. 2 in b minor
6. Wieniawski - No. 1 in f-sharp minor
7. Bruch - No. 1 in g minor
7. Saint-Saens - No. 3 in b minor
8. Lalo - Symphonie Espanole
8. Bruch - Scottish Fantasy
8. Wieniawski - No. 2 in d minor
9. Prokofiev - No. 2 in g minor
9. Stravinsky - in D
10. Dvorak - in a minor
10. Kabalevsky - in C Major
11. Mozart - No. 3 in G Major

The Top Violin Sonatas

1. Brahms - No. 3 in d minor, Op. 78
2. Brahms - in c minor (1853)
2. Brahms - No. 2 in A Major, Op. 100
2. Prokofiev - No. 2 in D Major, Op. 94bis
3. Bach - No. 1 in g minor for Solo Violin
3. Brahms - No. 1 in G Major, Op. 78
4. R. Strauss - in E-flat, Op. 18
5. Grieg - No. 1 in F Major, Op. 8
5. Grieg - No. 2 in G Major, Op. 13
5. Prokofiev - No. 1 in f minor, Op. 80
5. Ravel - No. 1 in A Major, Op. 12
6. Beethoven - No. 9 in A Major, Op. 47 ("Kreutzer")
6. Ravel - No. 2 in G Major, Op. 77
7. Franck - in A Major
7. Grieg - No. 3 in c minor, Op. 45
8. Beethoven - No. 5 in F Major, Op. 24 ("Spring")
9. Janacek

The Top String Quartets

1. Beethoven - No. 13 in B-flat Major, Op. 130 w/Grosse Fuge, Op. 133
2. Barber - in B Major, Op. 11
2. Beethoven - No. 8 in e minor, Op. 59, No. 2 ("Razumovsky")
2. Beethoven - No. 10 in E-flat Major, Op. 74 ("Harp")
2. Brahms - No. 1 in c minor, Op. 51, No. 1
2. Ravel - in F Major, Op. 35
3. Borodin - No. 2 in D Major
3. Janacek - No. 1 ("Kreutzer Sonata")
3. Onslow - No. 3 in f minor, Op. 9
3. Schubert - No. 14 in d minor, D810 ("Death and the Maiden")
4. Beethoven - No. 14 in c-sharp minor, Op. 131
4. Brahms - No. 2 in a minor, Op. 51, No. 2
4. Janacek - No. 2 ("Intimate Letters")
4. Mendelssohn - No. 2 in a minor, Op. 13
4. Mozart - No. 15 in d minor, K. 421
4. Onslow - No. 1 in g minor, Op. 9
4. Shostakovich - No. 8 in c minor, Op. 110
4. Smetana - No. 1 in e minor ("From My Life")
4. Tchaikovsky - No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11
5. Beethoven - No. 15 in a minor, Op. 132
6. Bartok - No. 2 in a minor, Sz67
6. Beethoven - No. 11 in f minor, Op. 95 ("Quartetto Serioso")
6. Debussy - No. 1 in g minor, Op. 10
6. Mendelssohn - No. 6 in f minor, Op. 80
6. Schubert - No. 12 in c minor, D703 ("Quartettsatz")
7. Bartok - No. 4 in C Major, Sz91
7. Beethoven - No. 12 in E-flat Major, Op. 127
7. Beethoven - No. 16 in F Major, Op. 135
7. Dvorak - No. 10 in E-flat Major, Op. 51/B 92
7. Mozart - No. 4 in C Major, K. 157
7. Puccini - ("Crisantemi")
8. Bartok - No. 3 in C-sharp Major, Sz85
8. Bartok - No. 5 in B-flat Major, Sz102
8. Beethoven - No. 7 in F Major, Op. 59, No. 1 ("Razumovsky")
8. Dvorak - No. 12 in F Major, Op. 96/B 179 ("American")
8. Haydn - No. 53 in D ("Lark"), Op. 64, No. 5
8. Schubert - No. 8 in B-flat, D112
9. Borodin - No. 1 in A Major
9. Mendelssohn - No. 3 in D Major, Op. 44, No. 1
9. Mozart - No. 14 in G Major, K. 387
10. Onslow - in C Major, Op. 47
10. Schubert - No. 13 in a minor, D804

The Top Symphonies

1. Beethoven - No. 9 in d minor ("Choral")
2. Mahler - No. 2 in c minor ("Resurrection")
3. Brahms - No. 4 in e minor
3. Mahler - No. 5 in c sharp minor ("Giant")
3. Rachmaninoff - No. 2 in e minor
3. Shostakovich - No. 5 in d minor
4. Dvorak - No. 9 in e minor ("From the New World")
4. Mahler - No. 1 in d minor ("Titan")
5. Beethoven - No. 5 in c minor
5. Brahms - No. 1 in c minor
5. Mahler - No. 6 in a minor ("Tragic")
5. Tchaikovsky - No. 6 in b minor ("Pathetique")
6. Brahms - No. 3 in F Major
6. Bruckner - No. 7 in E Major ("Lyric")
7. Beethoven - No. 3 in E-flat Major ("Eroica")
8. Schubert - No. 8 in b minor ("Unfinished")
8. Tchaikovsky - No. 4 in f minor
9. Prokofiev - No. 5 in B-flat Major
9. Saint-saens - No. 3 in c minor ("Organ")
10. Beethoven - No. 7 in A Major
10. Mendelssohn - No. 5 in D Major ("Reformation")
11. Beethoven - No. 4 in B-flat Major
11. Beethoven - No. 6 in F Major ("Pastoral")
11. Brahms - No. 2 in D Major
11. Bruckner - No. 1 in c minor ("The Saucy Maid")
11. Gorecki - No. 3 in e min ("Symphony of Sorrowful Songs")
12. Bruckner - No. 6 in A Major ("Philosophic")
12. Bruckner - No. 9 in d minor ("Unfinished")
12. Sibelius - No. 2 in D Major
13. Bruckner - No. 3 in d minor ("Wagner")
13. Bruckner - No. 8 in c minor ("Apocalyptic; The German Michel")
13. Mahler - No. 9 in D Major
13. Mendelssohn - No. 3 in a minor ("Scottish")
13. Schoenberg - Chamber in E-Flat Major
13. Schumann - No. 3 in E-flat Major ("Rhenish")
13. Schumann - No. 4 in d minor
13. Sibelius - No. 5 in E-flat Major
13. Stravinsky - of Psalms
14. Berlioz - Fantastique
14. Franck - in d minor
14. Mendelssohn - No. 4 in A Major ("Italian")
14. Sibelius - No. 3 in C Major
14. Tchaikovsky - No. 5 in e minor
15. Barber - No. 1 in One Movement
15. Bruckner - No. 4 in E-flat Major ("Romantic")
15. Bruckner - No. 5 in B-flat Major ("Tragic; Church of Faith; Pizzicato")
15. Hanson - No. 2 ("Romantic")
15. Mahler - No. 3 in d minor ("Eine Sommermorgentraum")
15. Schumann - No. 2 in C Major
15. Sibelius - No. 7 in C Major
15. Tchaikovsky - No. 1 in g minor ("Winter Dreams")
16. Corigliano - No. 1
16. Dvorak - No. 7 in d minor
16. Englund - No. 4 ("Nostalgic")
16. Mahler - No. 7 in e minor ("Song of the Night")
16. Mozart - No. 25 in d minor
16. Mozart - No. 35 in D Major ("Haffner")
16. Schubert - No. 9 in C Major ("The Great")
16. Schumann - No. 1 in B-flat Major ("Spring")
17. Beethoven - No. 8 in F Major
17. Scriabin - No. 1 in E major
17. Shostakovich - No. 8 in c minor
17. Tchaikovsky - No. 2 in c minor ("Little Russian")
17. Tchaikovsky - in b minor ("Manfred")
17. Vaughan Williams - No. 3 ("A Pastoral Symphony")
18. Bizet - in C
18. Prokofiev - No. 1 in D ("Classical")
18. Sibelius - No. 1 in e minor
18. Tchaikovsky - No. 3 in D Major ("Polish")
19. Beethoven - No. 2 in D Major
19. Dvorak - No. 8 in G Major
19. Rautavaara - No. 3
20. Bernstein - No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra ("The Age of Anxiety")
20. Britten - da Requiem
20. Haydn - No. 104 in D Major ("London")
20. Lutoslawski - No. 3
20. Mozart - No. 40 in g minor
21. Diamond - No. 2
21. Sibelius - No. 6 in d minor
21. Stravinsky - in 3 movements
22. Haydn - No. 88 in G Major
22. Haydn - No. 94 in G Major ("Surprise")
22. Haydn - No. 100 in G Major ("Military")
22. Hanson - No. 1 in e minor ("Nordic")
22. Mozart - No. 41 in C Major ("Jupiter")
22. Reinecke - No. 2 in c minor ("Hakon Jarl")
22. Vaughan Williams - No. 5 in D

Best Slow Movement in a Symphony

1. Brahms - No. 2 in D Major, II
2. Beethoven - No. 3 in E-flat Major ("Eroica"), II
3. Rachmaninoff - No. 2 in e minor, III
4. Beethoven - No. 7 in A Major, II
4. Mahler - No. 6 in a minor ("Tragic"), III
4. Tchaikovsky - No. 6 in b minor ("Pathetique"), IV
5. Mahler - No. 9 in D Major, IV
5. Sibelius - No. 2 in D Major, II
5. Tchaikovsky - No. 4 in f minor, II
6. Brahms - No. 4 in e minor, II
6. Bruckner - No. 7 in E Major ("Lyric"), II
7. Bruckner - No. 9 in d minor ("Unfinished"), III
7. Mahler - No. 1 in d minor ("Titan"), III
7. Mahler - No. 5 in c-sharp minor, IV
7. Prokofiev - No. 5 in B-flat Major, III
8. Beethoven - No. 9 in d minor ("Choral"), III
8. Bruckner - No. 8 in c minor ("Apocalyptic"), III
8. Gorecki - No. 3 in e min, II
8. Mahler - No. 3 in d minor, VI
9. Dvorak - No. 9 in e minor ("From the New World"), II
9. Gorecki - No. 3 in e min, I, III
10. Schubert - No. 8 in b minor ("Unfinished"), II
10. Shostakovich - No. 5 in d minor, III
11. Bruckner - No. 5 in B-flat Major ("Tragic; Church of Faith; Pizzicato"), II
11. Bruckner - No. 6 in A Major ("Philosophic"), II
11. Tchaikovsky - No. 5 in e minor, II
12. Beethoven - No. 5 in c minor, II
12. Bruckner - No. 4 in E-flat Major ("Romantic"), II
13. Shostakovich - No. 8 in c minor, IV
13. Tchaikovsky - No. 1 in g minor ("Winter Dreams"), II

The Top Overtures

1. Brahms - "Tragic"
2. Beethoven - "Egmont"
2. Tchaikovsky - "1812"
3. Wagner - "Tannhauser"
4. Wagner - "Mastersingers of Nuremberg"
5. Brahms - "Academic Festival"
5. Mozart - "The Marriage of Figaro"
6. Mozart - "Don Giovanni"
7. R. Strauss - "Also Sprach Zarathustra"
8. Rossini - "William Tell"
8. Tchaikovsky - "Romeo and Juliet"
9. Offenbach - "Orpheus in the Underworld"
9. Rossini - "The Thieving Magpie"
9. Schumann - "Manfred"
10. Handel - "Water Music"
10. Mendelssohn - "The Fair Melusine"
10. Mendelssohn - "Hebrides (Fingal's Cave)"
11. Beethoven - "Coriolan"
12. Rossini - "The Barber of Seville"
13. Nicolai - "The Merry Wives of Windsor"
13. Weber - "Oberon"
14. Dvorak - "Carnival"
14. Lehar - "The Merry Widow"
14. J. Strauss - "Die Fledermaus"
15. Elgar - "In the South"
15. Glinka - "Ruslan and Ludmilla"
15. Rimsky-Korsakov - "Russian Easter Festival"
15. Smetana - "The Bartered Bride"
16. Berlioz - "Rob Roy"
16. Kabalevsky - "Colas Breugnon"



As can be seen, I love classical music. My 3 favorite keys are 1) f minor, 2) d minor, and 3) c minor, D-flat Major being quite exquisite too. My 3 favorite composers are 1) Brahms, 2) Rachmaninoff, and 3) Beethoven, with the 3 greatest composers of all time being 1) J. S. Bach, 2) Beethoven, and 3) Brahms.

Brahms is my top pick mostly because he dominates chamber music, my favorite genre of classical music after the piano concerto. Every one of his chamber pieces is grand, memorable, and lavish in both melody and harmony. The Piano Quintet in f minor, Op. 34, is my all-time favorite chamber piece, and recent favorites include the Piano Quartet in A, Op. 26, the Clarinet Trio in a, Op. 114, and the Viola Quintet in F, Op. 88. But there are so many other chamber pieces that deserve abundant praise: The Three Piano Quartets, The Six Trios, The Clarinet Quintet, The Two Viola Quintets, The Two Sextets, and The Two Clarinet Sonatas.

I strongly urge you to listen to these works. If you are one of those people who think chamber music is boring (I was one not too long ago!), you should start exploring chamber music by listening to Brahms, particularly to the following movements: Piano Quintet Op. 34 (III), Piano Quartet Op. 25 (IV), Piano Quartet Op. 60 (II), and Piano Trio Op. 8 (I). Here is an interesting link to the Top 15 Chamber Pieces.




But what about other musical genres? In my musical development throughout the years, I have enjoyed music from every extreme.
My three favorite popular music artists are 1) Pink Floyd, 2) Metallica, and 3) Dr. Dre.
As a somewhat remotely related topic, my three favorite artist artists are 1) Hieronymous Bosch, 2) Salvador Dali, and 3) Pablo Picasso.



Album Recommendations

  • Horowitz Plays Rachmaninoff - The best recording ever of the Rach 2nd sonata and the best recording for getting acquainted with the Rach 3rd Concerto (RCA Victor) - Horowitz owns the best performance of the Rach 3 (also check out Horowitz and conductor Ormandy's recording of the unabridged version), I just wish he had recorded the unabridged version with ossias (some good recordings of the latter were made by Cliburn (1958), Volodos, Ashkenazy and Kissin), Rach 3 recordings ranked: 1) Horowitz w/Ormandy, 2) Horowitz w/Reiner, 3) Cliburn (1958), 4) Volodos, 5) Argerich, 5) Ashkenazy, 5) Kissin, 6) Rachmaninoff, 6) Watts, 7) Helfgott
  • Horowitz Plays Beethoven - The best "Appassionata" recording ever (Sony or CBS)
  • Brahms - Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major - Rudolph Serkin, piano, Cleveland Symphony Orchestra - George Szell, conductor - "Rudolph Serkin is the undisputed master of this concerto. His interpretation is poetic and powerful. Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra accompany him superbly, and the cello solo, played by a young Lynn Harrell, is just gorgeous," excerpt from this website (Sony Classical)
  • Brahms - Rubinstein Collection, Vol. 67: Brahms: Piano Quintet, Op. 34
  • Brahms - The Late Piano Music/Handel and Paganini Variations (Philips - 2 CDs)
  • Brahms - Symphony No. 1 in c minor - Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Sir Georg Solti, conductor (London)
  • Brahms - Piano Quartet in g minor, Op. 25 - Murray Perahia, piano, and Members of the Amadeus Quartet (Sony or CBS Masterworks)
  • Liszt - The Best of Liszt - Misha Dichter, piano - While not much a fan of the music of Liszt, or any composer that writes for the piano at the expense of the music, I think this CD rocks and has the best recording of Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, one of the essential masterpieces of the piano literature (Philips - 2 CDs)
  • Beethoven - Symphony No. 9 "Choral" - Bayreuth Festpiele Orchester und Chor - Wilhelm Furtwangler, conductor - The best conductor ever performs the best symphony ever (EMI)
  • Beethoven - Symphony No. 3 "Eroica" - Saarbrucken Radio Symphony Orchestra - Hiroshi Wakasugi, conductor - The best "Eroica" recording, especially the Funeral March (Arte Nova Classics)

  • Showcase Pieces

    In this section, I will from time-to-time list certain key works, among the greatest of the composer, that refuse to fade from memory. (List of my favorite composers)

    Bach - Passacaglia in c minor
    Brahms - Clarinet Trio in a minor, Op. 114
    Chopin - Scherzo No. 1 in b minor (Performed by Horowitz)
    Liszt - Transcendental Etude No. 11 in D Flat Major ("Harmonies du soir")
    Mozart - Requiem
    Prokofiev - Piano Concerto No. 2
    Schubert - Piano Trio Op. 100, Mvt. 2
    Schumann - Fantasy in C Major, Op. 17
    R. Strauss - Death and Transfiguration