I'm trying to find classical music that has an 'epic' feel.
I purchased Modest Mussorgsky's Pictures At An Exhibition recently and I was blown away by it. I also took a chance on Ottorino Respighi's Roman Trilogy and I was equally impressed.
I'm after some music that has that big, bombastic sound with a strong sense of melody.
Some suggestions to get you started:Beethoven
: Symphonies Nos. 3, 5, 7 & 9. See how you react to the Missa Solemnis.Brahms
: Symphonies Nos. 1, 2, 4.Schumann
: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3.Schubert
: Symphonies Nos. 8 (the so-called "Unfinished") & 9.Bruckner
: Symphonies Nos. 3, 4, 5, 8.Mahler
: Symphonies Nos. 1, 2, 3, 8.Sibelius
: Symphonies Nos. 2, 5, 7 & Kullervo.R. Strauss
: Eine Alpensinfonie, Don Quixote, Also sprach Zarathustra.Shostakovich
: Symphony No.10.Langgaard
: Symphony No.1.Vaughan Williams
: A Sea Symphony (No.1), Sinfonia antartica (No.7).Mendelssohn
: Symphony No.2 "Lobgesang".Elgar
: Symphony No.1.Rimsky-Korsakov
And for something with piano in it: Brahms
: Piano Concerto No.1.