I want to put together a CD, mostly because I feel like it, possibly as a future tool in the fight against musical ignorance of overexposed pieces followed by other, better music that composer also wrote. For example:
Four Seasons: Spring
Four Seasons: Winter
That goddamned minuet
Something good (from one of the Passions?)
Etc. So please suggest some well-known and overrated pieces and alternatives
For the second Bach you could use the aria (opening theme) from the Goldberg Variations, or something from Art Of Fugue.
Beethoven: Fur Elise and Sonata Opus 101, first movement
Brahms: Hungarian Dance #5 and Opus 118, #2
Chopin: Waltz Opus 18, Barcarolle Opus 60
Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusic, Symphonia Concertante for Violin & Viola, K364
Tombeau de Couperin
Peter and the Wolf
Piano Concerto #3
Piano Concerto #3
Mother Goose suite
Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra
Sinfonia da Requiem
For Mozart, try Lacrimosa from his Requiem. Sends shivers down my spine everytime. For a more dramatic Lacrymosa, try Verdi’s.
Sibelius’ Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D minor is freaking fantastic, especially Maxim Vengerov’s rendition (be patient - there’s a fantastic couple of bars that repeat themselves throughout the first movement).
From Leoncavallo, Vesti la giubba, from his Pagliacci.
Vengerov’s got nothing on Oistrakh’s performances
Clair de lune
The rest of Suite Bergamesque
Images I & II
Prelude to the afternoon of a faun
Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda, third group
Hymn of Jesus
Hey, these are good
May I ask, though, that you keep your well-known music suggestions to “things the average yutz would have heard without making any effort whatsoever to acquaint themselves with classical music” and not “music that anyone who knows anything about classical will have heard”?