What are your top three favorite classical compositions?

What are your top three favorite classical compositions?


A great question.  For right now, I'd have to say:

--Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.

--Mahler's Second (Resurrection) Symphony

--Mozart's Don Giovanni

As it appears most folks like orchestral,



My list is mostly orchestral, only because those are the pieces that come to mind first.

But truth be told, there are plenty of pieces for chamber ensembles that I rate equally as those in my list above.

Charles Wuorinen - Chamber Concerto for Oboe and 10 Players (1965), Chamber Concerto for Flute and 10 Players (1964)

Elliott Carter - String Quartet No. 3 (1971), and No. 2 (1959), Asko Concerto for sixteen players (2000)

Anna Thorvaldsdottir - Hrim (2010),

Stravinsky - The Soldier’s Tale (1918)

Stefan Wolpe - Chamber Piece No. 1, chamber orchestra (1964)

Magnus Lindberg - Souvenir (2010)

This is exactly why the OP’s request for only 3 pieces is an impossibility.

Not so deep into classical but 3 (even...3) is impossible, i will follow the rules,

Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique

Britten The Young person’s guide to the orchestra

J.S.Bach The concertos for 3 and 4 Harpsichords (BWV 1065, 1064, 1063)

First ones most likely they come from my childhood.


Bach Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin

Beethoven Symphony 9

Mahler  Symphony 5