I’m a fan of some classical music, but I’m not sure which. I hear some stuff on the radio or a movie soundtrack and like it but couldn’t tell you who it was or track them down. I’ve been meaning to try and get hold of a CD called something like ‘Popular Classical Music’ or ‘Classical’s All-time Classics’ figuring that someone must have put something like this together. Maybe even an idiot’s guide.
Anyway, I stumbled across an article detailing the top 10 classical tracks downloaded at iTunes. Here they are in a slightly easier to read format (for my future reference):
- Time To Say Goodbye by Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman (based on Con Te Partiro)
- 1812 Overture by Tchaikovsky (performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra)
- First Cello Suite by Bach (performed by Yo-Yo Ma)
- The Prayer by Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion
- Con Te Partiro by Andrea Bocelli
- Fanfare for the Common Man by Aaron Copland (performed by the London Symphony Orchestra — although the author of the article suggests the Leonard Slatkin version with the St. Louis Symphony)
- Symphony No. 5 by Beethoven (performed by the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique)
- Canon and Gigue in D Major: Canon by Pachelbel (performed by the Trevor Pinnock and the English Concert)
- Canon by Pachelbel (performed by Raymond Leppard and the English Chamber Orchestra)
- Carmina Burana by Carl Orff (performed by the London Symphony Orchestra)
Not sure if this was exactly what I was after, but it’s a start.