The Talk Classical Community’s
Favorite and Most Highly Recommended Works


Here is a list of classical music (inclusively defined) recommendations put together by the Talk Classical discussion forum and the (now defunct) classical music discussion forum. The works on the highest tiers are those we recommend most strongly--works not listed are not yet recommended!

Naturally, our list represents the knowledge and tastes of the people who have helped build it. We do not claim that it is the single, official objective canon of Western art music!

However, to the best of our knowledge, nothing else like this exists--no other list of prioritized recommendations including all genres of classical music, no other list as helpful to an old veteran looking for a surprise as to a newbie just familiarizing herself with the canon. We are confident everyone can find many wonderful surprises and spend many delightful hours exploring these recommendations.

Our project is ongoing, and we’d be very happy for you to add your own voice! Follow this link to contribute.

Happy listening!

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Tier 25

Bach: Das wohltemperierte Klavier, BWV 846-893

Tier 24

Beethoven: Symphony #9 in D minor, op. 125 "Choral"

Tier 23

Bach: Mass in B minor, BWV 232
Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen

Tier 22

Bach: Die Kunst der Fuge, BWV 1080
Brahms: Piano Concerto #2 in B-flat, op. 83
Brahms: Symphony #4 in E minor, op. 98
Mozart: Piano Concerto #20 in D minor, K. 466
Wagner: Tristan und Isolde

Tier 21

Beethoven: Symphony #3 in E-flat, op. 55 "Eroica"
Beethoven: Symphony #5 in C minor, op. 67
Beethoven: Symphony #6 "Pastoral" in F, op. 68
Brahms: Clarinet Quintet in B minor, op. 115
Brahms: Symphony #3 in F, op. 90
Brahms: Violin Concerto in D, op. 77
Dvořák: Cello Concerto in B minor, op. 104
Mahler: Symphony #2 "Resurrection"
Mozart: Requiem Mass in D minor, K. 626
Mozart: Symphony #41 in C, K. 551 "Jupiter"
Schubert: Piano Sonata #21 in B-flat, D. 960
Stravinsky: Le Sacre du printemps