My Favourite Classical Music 

Latest discoveries

Philip Glass
Akhanaten. Amenhotep III:n hautajaiset
Michael Nyman
Musique à Grande Vitesse
The Queen of the Night

Sometimes I like to listen to minimalistic music. The Queen of the Night recalls Finnish Suvivirsi hymn in my twisted mind.


Charmingly positive music with distinctive mood that is not easy to describe. I was reading a book on Tove Jansson and the Moomin world when I listened this work first time. Mystical black-and-white drawings of Jansson and Sinfonietta have something in common. (9.7.2001)

Nixon in China

Modern opera on Nixon's visit to China. Simple, but powerful music with a touch of humour. The last act is not as good as the first and second, but as a whole this is one of the best 20th century operas I have heard.

  • 24 Preludes and Fugues, op. 87
  • I listened this masterpiece very intensively for many days. These are my favourites with short descriptions.  

  • Prelude and fugue no. 4
  • Prelude and fugue no. 5 (serene and beautiful, very positive music)
  • Prelude no. 8 (obsessive)
  • Prelude no. 15 (exaggerative and rcstless)
  • Prelude and Fugue no. 24 (Answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything))
  • Shostakovitch: The Nose

    This is an incredible opera about a man who wakes up without a nose. The opera is based on Gogol's short story. I would describe the opera with the adjectives hysterical and absurd.

    In one of the unforgettable scenes barber's wife becomes hysterical and sounds like a frightened dog barking. I also loved the scene with the man mourning his nose – he howled like a wolf. It is touching and beautiful, believe it or not.

    Festive music

    Modest Musorgski: Crowning scene from the opera Boris Godunov (Act I)
    Benjamin Britten: Fugue from 'A Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra' (the theme music of the Scandinavian classical music quiz programme 'Kontrapunkt')
    Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov: Procession of the Nobles from Mlada
    Leoš Janáček: Sinfonietta

    Powerful Music

    Peter Tchaikovsky: Incidental music to the Snow Maiden, op. 12
    Maurice Ravel: Final from Daphis et Chloet
    Modest Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition. I prefer the original piano version to the orchestrated version by Ravel. In my opinion, the best orchestration is made by Leo Funtek.
    Modest Mussorgsky: Khovanchina, orchestrated by Dmitri Shostakovitch

    The Gratest Symphonies

    Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no. 9, especially the final
    Dmitri Shostakovitch: Symphony no. 7, "Leningrad"
    Antonin Dvorak: Symphony no. 9, 'From the New World', op. 96
    Havergal Brian: Symphony no. 1 "Gothic"

    Witty music

    Benjamin Britten: Albert Herring
    Antonin Dvorak: Symphony no. 8, op. 88
    Dmitri Shostakovitch: Symphony no. 9


    Dmitri Shostakovitch: Symphony no. 10, second and fourth movement
    Giuseppe Verdi: Dies Irae from Requiem

    Gloomy Music

    Peter Tchaikovsky: Symphony no. 4 (particularly the Final)
    Peter Tchaikovsky: Mazeppa
    Peter Tchaikovsky: Francesca Da Rimini
    Dmitri Shostakovitch: Symphony no. 10, second and fourth movement
    Giuseppe Verdi: Dies Irae from Requiem

    Mystic Music

    Peter Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony

    Organ Music

    Charles-Maria Widor:Charles-Maria Widor:

    Touching Music

    Peter Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty
    Peter Tchaikovsky: Souvenir from Florence

    From the 20th Century

    Dmitri Shostakovitch: The Limpid Stream / The Bolt
    Dmitri Shostakovitch: Symphony no. 15
    Benjamin Britten: Prelude and Fugue
    Benjamin Britten: Welcome Ode

    Finnish Music

    Joonas Kokkonen: