#1
I've decided that as a musician I have been neglecting the past... recommend me some symphonic or orchestral stuff, or even solo instruments, quartets, all of that stuff. I really need to expand my horizons and I figure a good way to start is with the way it all began. Anybody have any specific composers/groups they really like?
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#2
I'm still very n00by at this too, but I'll list some of my favourites anyway.

Holst's Planets Suite (Orchestra)
Beethoven's 3rd and 5th symphonies (Orchestra), as well as his 14th sonata (Piano)
Saint Saens' Carnival of the Animals and Danse Macabre
Ludovico Einaudi's Le Onde (Piano)
Liszt's Mazeppa (Piano)
Vivaldi's Four Seasons (Violin)
Hans Zimmer - Gladiator soundtrack
John Williams - ET Soundtrack
Léo Delibes’ Flower Duet (Opera)
Hummel's bassoon concerto in F
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#3
/\ What the fungus said . Other than that heres some of my favorite composers/songs:
Sibelius = Finlandia & the 4 legends suite.
Max Brunch = Concerto no.1 for violin.
Igor stravinsky = The rite of spring , the firebird suite.
Just about anything by Rachmaninoff.
Aram Khachaturian is amazing= Adagio from Spartacus YOUTUBE
And
The sabre dance YOUTUBE