Berlin Philharmonie just opened their archieves to anyone for a month on Digital Concert Hall due to coronovirus and pioneered many other musical institution to follow them. You can download the app and explore anything for a month.
Here is a few suggestion for you to explore who didn't know what to listen in that enourmous archieve. This can be your starting point. Just follow the below links, and explore similar pieces to the one you're attracted the most.
Daniel Barenboim & Simon Rattle plays Brahms's 1st Piano Concerto in D minor, op. 15
Two gigantic name for the most gigantic piano concerto ever.. This is a piano concerto that means piano must shine out, but look how late piano starts.. Orchestra makes an introduction that is so powerful, you even wonder what's left for the piano. This gigantic beginning is often associated with Brahms's teacher Schumann's mental illness and suicide attempt that affected Brahms deeply. Piano starts and wipe away your concerns, yes it can be more touching.. First movement is in sonato form, second movement in turnery form and third movement is a rondo.
Listen and also think how Brahms considered to be the 'conservative' in a battle with Wagner...
Karajan and Weissenberg plays Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor, op.18
See how piano, as a solo instrument of the concerto just accompanies the orchestra at the beginning while the melody is in the orchestra, which was not common at all. This is how Rachmaninoff changed the tradition of a standard concerto.
When Rachmaninoff composed his 1st symphony and get rather rough critics (now it is admired, of course) fell into a depression. This is the first piece he composedafter defeating it with pysotheraphy.
Kissin plays Liszt's Piano Concerto No.1 in E flat major
Known for the triangle usage in the third movement that has a very significant role for a triangle to assume, it is mocked to be renamed as 'triangle concerto'. Played by one of the greatest pianists of our time...
Lisa Batiashvili plays Sibelius's Violin Concerto
Another composer that followed the classical tradition and create a masterpiece.. Rather than a dialogue between the violin and the orchestra, they are confronting each other in contrasting characters.
Daniil Trifonov plays Schumann's Piano Concerto in A minor, op. 54
Conducted by Mariss Jansons, a celebrated interpreter of the Romantic repertoire, enjoy the perfect example of the Romantic piano concerto written for Clara Schumann who demanded a virtuostic pieces from Schumann.
Tchaikovsky - Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No.1 B flat minor, op.23
What an opening! It will capture you at the very beginning.. Although the first movement is in the sonata allegro form, we have an extraordinary introduction that starts in relative major D♭ rather than tonal key; B♭ minor. As wonderful and captivating as the melody is, it repeats for three times and never show up throughout the piece again. Arcadi Volodos is playing..
Beethoven Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, op.55 'Eroica'
Originally dedicated to Napeloen, Beethoven crossed his name when he declared himself an emperor. It's second movement is a funeral march; you can see the death of an idea.
Mahler- 2nd Symphony in C minor 'Resurrection'
Conducted by Andris Nelsons, this is clearly in the top 5 symphony for me. Mahler, being obsessed with death, depicts the beauty of the afterlife. Chilling and relaxing, beautiful but horrifying..
Debussy - Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune
Compesed over Mallerme's poem of the same name, this symphonic poem depicts the dreams of a faun in a hot afternoon.
Stravinsky - Le Sacre du Printemps
Written as a ballet, Le Sacre du Printemps caused objections during the premiere. People started to talk during the piece and leave. They found it that much offensive to ballet music. You can belame them, it was rather avantgarde. With its polyrhythmic structure, now it is most admired modern pieces ever. Stravinsky wanted to give the ancient feeling with the most modern way possible.
There are also quite modern pieces you can explore -couldn't say enjoy- on the app. Use this to get to know our decade, since those are even harder to find online free. Just enjoy your one month trial, and make sure to listen as much as possible.
And of course, stay safe, stay home.