Favourite Music

All sorts but mostly classical

My uncle, Lester Dudley, bought a radiogram and left it at my parent's house when I was about 12 and one of the first records he brought over was Joan Sutherland singing Caro Nome. That aria still has the power to bring tears to my eyes. I have been keeping a list of my favourite pieces of music for several decades and add to it whenever I find something new I like, or, more often, when I finally discover a name for a piece which I have loved for years. In addition to all the items mentioned below I enjoy Wooden Heart as sung by Elvis Presley.

I had forgotten to add another of my early favourites by Litolff which I heard (15 January 2018) on ABC Classical FM which is the scherzo from Concerto Symphonique No. 4 in D minor, by Henry Litolff. I can clearly remember hearing it for the first time. I had come home from work, in Melbourne, and was so cold I kept on my fake yellow fur coat and sat between two heaters in the house in Grange Road, Glenhuntly. On came the scherzo. I missed hearing the name and rang what must have been 3LO in those days, and they told me what it was.

  • Caro Nome, from Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi - (Joan Sutherland)
  • Simplicius Waltz, Johann Strauss - (Joseph Schmidt)
  • Serenata, Enrico Toselli. I love the one with the Maastricht Salon Orchestra with nightingale
  • Bluebird of Happiness, Harry Parr Davies (Jan Peerce)
  • Jewel Song, from Faust, Charles Gounod
  • Laughing Song, from Die Fledermaus, Johann Strauss
  • Symphony No. 3, "Organ Symphony", by Charles-Camille Saint-Saens
  • La donna e mobile, from Rigoletto by Giuseppi Verdi
  • Hungarian Rhapsody by Franz Liszt (all 19 of them!)
  • Melody in F by Anton Rubinstein
  • Traumerei by Robert Schumann
  • Count and Susanna duet, Act 111, Marriage of Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Tahiti Trot, Dmitri Shostakovich
  • Jazz Suite 2, Dmitri Shostakovich
  • Violin Concerto in D Major, Johannes Brahms
  • Cello Concerto in E minor, Edward Elgar
  • Lullaby, Johannes Brahms
  • Everything by Louis Moreau Gottschalk
  • Violin Concerto no. 1 G minor by Max Bruch
  • Liebesleid by Fritz Kreisler
  • Cello Concerto No. 2 in D major by Joseph Haydn
  • String Quartet No. 14 in F by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Cello Concerto in A minor by Robert Schumann
  • Fandango Quintet by Luigi Boccherini
  • String Quintet in E by Luigi Boccherini
  • Concerto No. 1 in A by Bartolomeo Giuliari
  • Piano Trio in B major by Johannes Brahms
  • Piano Concerto No. 5 in F major by Camille Saint-Saens
  • Piano Quintet in A major by Franz Schubert
  • Violin Concerto in D major by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  • Piano Trios by Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Ballet Suite No. 1 by Dmitri Shostakovich
  • Gymnopedies by Erik Satie
  • Danse Macabre by Camille Saint-Saens
  • Guitar Concerto by Bartolomeo Giuliari
  • Salut d'Amour by Edward Elgar
  • La Capricieuse by Edward Elgar
  • Je te veux by Erik Satie
  • Sonata No. 5 in F major by Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Habanera by Emmanuel Chabrier
  • Serenade No. 1 by Johann Hummel
  • Danse Diabolique by Joseph Hellmesberger
  • The Gadfly by Dimitri Shostakovich
  • The Leopard by Nino Rota
  • Dolly Suite by Gabriel Faure
  • Scherzo, Concerto Symphonique No. 4 in D minor by Henry Litolff
  • Notturno E Flat Major for piano and trio by Franz Schubert
  • String Quartet No. 1 by BedÅ™ich Smetana
  • Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor by Felix Mendelssohn
  • Nola, Felix Arndt
  • Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33: Theme and Variations by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

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This page was updated by Diana Kupke (Diana Mann) on 6 June 2019