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Classical Suggestions for a Metalhead?

post #1 of 22
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I listen to a variety of extreme and progressive heavy metal, as well as some jazz here and there. (nothing hits the spot like Brubeck) But lately I've been looking into classical music, as a shift from my usual playlist tendencies.

So far I've found,
  • Beethoven's 7th and 9th
  • Paul Dukas' "L'Apprenti Sorcier (The Sorceror's Apprentice)"
  • Pehr Nordgren's Symphonies 3 & 5
  • Pettersson's Symphonies 8 & 10
  • Berlioz's "Symphonie Fantastique Op. 14"
  • Mussorgsky's "Night on Bald Mountain"

Following with the dark but dynamic themes, could anybody recommend any other classical pieces with some intensity to them?
post #2 of 22
From our friend Tyson:


If you want intensity, go for full orchestra in the romantic zone.
post #3 of 22
Some of the darkest, most dynamic, most intense, most headbanging classical music out there:

Anything by Richard Wagner, especially Tristan und Isolde and Der fliegende Holländer
Tchaikovsky - Symphony no 5 and 6; Romeo and Juilet Overture, Swan Lake
Schubert - Symphony no 8
Beethoven - Piano Sonata no 8, no 23; Violin Sonata no 9; Große Fuge
Mahler - Symphony no 2, 5, 6, 8 (I'll recommend you to check out 5 first)
Stravinsky - The Rite of Spring
post #4 of 22
- Glinka's Ruslan & Ludmilla overture (quite intense) --> if possible, look for the version performed by London Symphony Orchestra under Sie Georg Solti (reissued under the Decca Legends series "Romantic Russia")

- Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition (orchestral version)

- Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsodies (orchestral version)

- Sibelius' Finlandia

- Dvorak's Symphony No.9 "From the New World"
post #5 of 22
Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez performed by John Williams.

Guitary goodness
post #6 of 22
Holst - The Planets and Mahler (I like Symphonies 2,5,9,10)
post #7 of 22
The "apocalyptic" Verdi Requiem - it's glorious... If the Dies irae doesn't blow your mind (nearly literally) - I don't know what else will.
post #8 of 22
Shostakovich symphonies are always good for some symphonic aggression.
I like the war flavored symphonies like 7 and 8 and 11 as well. But being symphonies they need slow movements as well so don't expect four movements of aggressive allegro. Symphonies need slow movements otherwise they're not symphonies.
post #9 of 22
Beethoven's 9th, Second Movement (Molto Vivace) has always been for me the epitome of 19th century headbanging music and the precursor to heavy metal and rock.
post #10 of 22
Elgar's Cello Concerto
Rachmaninoff's Piano Concertos
Chopin's Piano Etudes

You should also check out Apocalyptica if you haven't already. Metal played by Cellos.
post #11 of 22
I second Tchaikovsky, also Rimsky-Korsokov and Franz Liszt(kinda dark, moody).
post #12 of 22
x2 Rite of Spring
x2 Unfinished from Schubert (8th) Love this symphony!

Maybe some Strauss (Elektra,...) or Alban Berg (String quartets, Wozzeck,..)

edit: x2 on Pictures at an Exhibition (love the Gnomus part!)
post #13 of 22
Holst - The Planets (especially Mars, Bringer of War) and Orff - Carmina Burana.
post #14 of 22
Beethoven's Piano Concertos No. 3 & 5
post #15 of 22
cant believe nobody has said it yet : Yngwie Malmsteen
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