Suggested Classical Musicians & Composers

Alfred Brendel, piano:

Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” from the film “Copying Beethoven.”  The female copyist who is helping Beethoven conduct here is a fictional character:


Heather Schmidt, Piano:


Oscar-nominated animated film about the music of Erik Satie:

His best-known composition performed by Anne Queffélec:



Mitsuko Uchida plays Mozart’s Piano Sonatas 545, 570, 576, 533/494:

Order of performance on above video: 1.Allegro 0:00 2.Andante 4:37 3.Rondo: Allegretto 11:38 Piano Sonata No.17 in Bb, K.570 1.Allegro 13:48 2.Adagio 19:31 3.Allegretto 28:34 Piano Sonata No.18 in D, K.576 (‘Hunt’) 1.Allegro 32:13 2.Adagio 37:19 3.Allegretto assai 42:37 Piano Sonata No.15 in F, K.533/494 1.Allegro 47:00 2.Andante 54:36 3.Rondo: Allegretto 1:04:08

Playlist of the complete piano sonatas of Mozart as performed by Mitsuko Uchida:


“Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten” by Arvo Pärt:


Performed by Jürgen Kruse (Piano) and Benjamin Hudson (viola). Suggested by Linda Hess:

“Salve Regina” by Arvo Pärt. Performed by The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir. Conducted by Paul Hillier.

Composer: Arvo Pärt; Conductor: Kristjan Järvi; Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin; RIAS Kammerchor:

Composer: Arvo Pärt; David James (countertenor); Christopher Bowers-Broadbent (organ); Author of text: Robert Burns (1759-1796):


A documentary suggested by Neal Rosen:

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Andrew Chislett, organ:


Hopkinson Smith, baroque lute:

Performed by Dale Warland Singers:


Written in 1941 in a German prisoner-of-war camp:


Played by The Borodin Quartet With Alexander Buzlov (cello):

Had the great thrill of hearing this phenomenal pianist play solo in Vienna on June 13, 2018, when he had just turned 16:

More recent performance. Lukas goes on at 6 min., 20 sec.:

Performing “Sonate Nr.2 b-Moll op.36” by Sergej Rachmaninoff:


Slovenian pianist was protegee of Artur Rubinstein:


“Lo How a Rose Ere Blooming” by Michael Praetorius (1571 – 1621) and sung by men’s choral group Chanticleer:

“This is My Song” a hymn from Sibelius’ “Finlandia” with words by Lloyd Stone:


Recommended by Gil Levine (guitarist is Roxane Elfasci):

Here’s another one by her:


From the Boston Guitar Fest 2017:

Virtuoso John Williams performs playlist of El Diablo Suelito: Guitar Music of Venezuela:



Jordi Savall (viola da gamba built by Barak Norman, Londen 1697, Italian viole body from 1500) & Xavier Díaz-Latorre (theorbo, baroque guitar). Recorded and broadcasted live by MAX Avondconcert Radio 4 In Het Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Amsterdam, 13 May 2015:


John Field, composer; playlist of his complete nocturnes:


Playlist of 19 Chopin nocturnes performed by Artur Rubinstein:

Playlist of 157 Rubenstein performances of Chopin piano ballades, nocturnes, preludes, concertos, scherzos, polonaises, mazurkas, impromptus, sonatas, waltzes & more:


SSAA Choir, Piano, and String Orchestra.
Performed by the Women of Westminster Symphonic Choir; Ola Gjeilo, piano; Dr. Amanda Quist, conductor; Lyrics by Walt Whitman