Who is your favorite?Mine are:The Strauss Family,Mozart,Beethoven,Brahms,Praetorius,Haydn, and Liszt.
Well put!I must admit that I know very little of Griegs work,save Wedding Day At Troldhaugen,which ranks as one of my one of my favorite pieces by any composer.Having a favourite in classical music is like reaching for 3 ties when you have 100s of beautifull ones to choose from.
That said, Edvard Grieg is a personal favourite.There is a recent european collection recording a large portion of his work on several CDs. Alas, It is beyond my budget.
Every Good Friday a group in Philadelphia does a performance of Bach's B Minor Mass at one of the older churches in the city (they rotate which church each year, but it's always an old one). I never found any other piece of music that equals it. It's just an amazing work.Overall I'd say J.S. Bach. However, I also listen to Mozart, Monteverdi (who is credited with writing the fist opera btw) Vivaldi, and Vaughn Williams. The Baroque period is certainly my favorite.
Vivaldi was noted for that.Thanks Terpoxon for the Tallis suggestion, I'll have a listen. Here, in no particular order are a few of my favorite choral works.
William Byrd - Mass for Five Voices , Music for the Feast of Corpus Christi
Henryk Gorecki - (sp) Misere
Morten Lauridsen - Lux Eterna
A quick not e about Vivaldi. While I find some of his concertos to be breathtaking, I've also noticed as I become more familiar with his work that it all sounds so similar. I don't mean the different recordings of course but just his compositions. I know very little about how music is written or performed, but I just seen to hear certain elements and themes the re-occur in so much of his work. I guess this was his way of making sure whenever anyone listens to his music, they will know it was his.