- Three piano sonatas by Mozart
- Eighteen harpsichord sonatas by Scarlatti (disc four in the complete Scott Ross recording)
- Symphony no. 7 by Pettersson
- Symphony no. 5 by Pettersson
- Symphony no. 7 by Bruckner (first movement only)
- Symphony no. 7 by Sibelius
That took a few hours. I started comparing 7th symphonies.
Somewhere in there it occurred to me that currently my three favorite composers are Haydn, Scarlatti and Shostakovich with Sibelius running a close fourth. The funny thing is that none of them are on the New York Times list of the Top Ten Classical Composers:
Left, 1. Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). From top left, 2. Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), 3. Wolfgang
Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 91). 4. Franz Peter Schubert (1797-1828). From middle left, 5. Claude Achille Debussy
(1862 - 1918), 6. Igor Stravinsky (1882 - 1971), 7. Johannes Brahms (1833 - 97). From bottom left, 8. Giuseppe
Verdi (1813 - 1901), 9. Richard Wagner (1813 - 83), 10. Bela Bartok (1881 - 1945).
Sure, I'm a big fan of Bach and Beethoven and Mozart too, not to mention Schubert, Debussy and Stravinsky. But I could do without a lot of the rest of the list. But I said "current favorites" and Haydn, Scarlatti and Shostakovich are it.
How could anyone listen to anything by Haydn and not start smiling? Here is a symphony, chosen absolutely at random:
And then there are the Scarlatti sonatas. Here is the whole of disc 4 of Scott Ross' recording with sonatas K. 49 through K. 66:
I mean, wow!?!