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North Star:
Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition (there are also numerous orchestrations, most famously the one by Ravel)
Below are two recordings of the work, by Mikhail Pletnev and Leif-Ove Andsnes.

k a rl h e nn i ng:
Excellent add, Karlo!

I'm ashamed to have forgotten Pictures.  I did vacillate about adding The Four Seasons or not...figured there was plenty more without it.  Now I've revealed my bias and will shut up.

There's nothing wrong with getting to know the warhorses and the the popular hits, so I wish you happy listening, Rosalba.

k a rl h e nn i ng:
That all comes under 'expected to know,' I think.  That said, I did not post any music to which I am not perfectly happy to listen, myself.

Bach badinerie from orchestra suite no 2 2:20 of pure happiness

Charles Gounod, Ave Maria


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