Francouis Couperin - Pieces Der Clavecin - Aghr, finally 12 hour of harpsichord music is finish. It all blended into one indistinguishable mush. I love the timbre of harpsichord when its part of a ensemble. By itself it's a tedious listen.
Copland - Appalachian Spring - Disjointed impressionism. I would prefer Debussy over this as at least his music sounds continuous and smooth. Not a fan and apparently this is one of his more accessible work which doesn't bode well for the rest of his music I haven't listen to yet.
Strauss Family - New Year Concert - I can't say I like the waltz as this is purely functional music for people to dance to. Not particularly enjoyable listen when listened to out of context (aka sitting down and concentrating on the music which result in a pretty repetitive tedious listen).
Grieg - Peer Gynt Opus 23 (complete stage play) - Good stuff, this along with Tchaikovsky Swan lake is probably the most enjoyable to listen to the complete music, not just the suites.
Tchaikovsky - Sleeping beauty (Complete Ballet) - A disappointing listen as I really enjoyed the condense orchestral suites. A lot of the dances don't really stick out for me
Sibelius - Symphony No. 2 - I probably need more re-listen but I don't really get it. Sound almost impressionistic to me
Weber - Konzertstück in F minor, J. 282 - Great pick Tony V. This is now my favourite work of him and the first two movements are brilliant (although the last movement is a little bit cheesy). One of the earlier programmatic music out there but it works as absolute music as well so I can't complain too much.
Rossini - Barber of Seville - Good opera although a bit overrated as it's extremely front loaded with all the famous arias/hits are all at the beginning. The second act is a bit mediocre
Rossini - William Tell - I actually much prefer this opera to the more famous Barber of Seville. Seems to be more consistently enjoyable from start to finish. Although the overture, I will always have "One Three Double One Double Six, Pizza Hut Delivery" playing in my head when that famous galloping melody arrived.
Liszt - Totentanz - AS I explained in the essay before, it showed the limitation of theme and variation form where this tone poem is essentially a medley of variations instead of a continuous piece of music. Fortunately all the variations are enjoyable in of itself and the music is a spectacle so it's still a great work but it's not in the top tier unfortunately.
Strauss - Death and transfiguration - A much better tone poem. You know why? As it is in sonata form
Ravel - Bolero - This is a pretty awful repetitive work that goes nowhere (even the build up seems anti-climatic) . It seems like this is one of those classical music that is famous and popular with the mainstream and disliked by the snobs. I kinda with the snobs here.
Ravel - Daphne and Chloe - Started off well but then it turned into a synthesis of Stravinsky and Debussy too much for my liking.
Berlioz - Symphonie Fantastique - Seeing it live, it's kinda growing off for me. The last two movement are fun and exciting to listen to but really it's a cheap disjointed spectacle. IT's sort of the action blockbuster special effect bonanza (you know the strange col legno effect from the string that's cool to listen to but not particularly well integrated in the composition) rather than something with substance. It's sort of elicit soo cheesy it's fun reaction from me which I'm not too sure that was the intended effect. It's trashy fun.
Verdi - Four Sacred Pieces - You know this is probably one of Verdi best works (probably second only to La Traviata). I much prefer this to over the Requiem ( which is a bit OTT for my liking) . He seems to synthesise all elements of sacred music up to this point from monophony to the Monteverdi like vespers to polyphony to the baroque era oratorios. How can an agnostic write really convincing religious music?
Bach - Coffee Cantata - Hah Bach is a pretty good classicist composer as well as a baroque composer. This is basically a unpretentious classical era comic opera. works like this sometimes make me really curious what would Bach sound like if he lived during the classical era.
Yoshimatsu - Atom Hearts Club Suite No. 1 + 2 - So this japanese composer wrote a string orchestra composition where he mixed Tarkus with Atom Heart Mother and Sgt. Peppers together. It's ok but I rather listen to those 3 albums. Although I guess he is an example of a classical composer who is outwardly influenced by rock music with lots of boogy boogie, blues influenced and direct quotation from rock songs that people were arguing against before.