1.Symphony No. 7 – Bruckner
Greatest symphony I’ve ever heard. 70 minutes of utter magic.
2. Emperor Piano Concerto – Beethoven
Bombastic, revolutionary, shatteringly virtuosic. The whole package.
3. Goldberg Variations – Bach
Life-changing for all the right reasons.
4.The Luckiest – Ben Folds
I cannot listen to this without crying.
5. Under Pressure- Queen/David Bowie
Nothing more to say.
6. Symphony No. 7 – Beethoven
LVB at his most creative and original.
7. Etudes -Chopin
These revolutionised piano playing forever. Still some of the hardest pieces ever written.
8.Piano concerto no. 3 – Rachmaninov
Watch Shine and you’ll see why this made the list.
9.Chaconne - Bach/Busoni
The first piece of music I was obsessed by – Bach wrote this as a musical cathedral to honour his dead wife.
10.Piano Concerto No. 2 – Brahms
The perfect concerto in ever way.
11.Piano Trio no. 2 in E flat – Schubert
Such a joy to listen to. Genius melody after genius melody unfolds.
12.Breezeblocks – Alt-J
Stellar song. Lazy, brilliant voice.
13. Cologne-Ben Folds
Symphonic pop music at its best.
14. All U Can Eat – Ben Folds
Worth it just for the lyrics. The blinding tune is an added bonus.
15.Symphony No. 5 – Shostakovich
His subtle act of rebellion against the Russian government. Scary and over whelming music.
16. Piano Concerto in B minor – Hummel
First cassette I ever bought. A brilliant intro into Romantic piano music.
17.Jupiter Symphony – Mozart
His last symphony and such a powerful piece of music. He ends it with a staggering 5 part fugue for the whole orchestra that makes me squeal a little bit.
18. Piano Sonata in B flat D960 – Schubert
His last piano sonata and the culmination of one of the saddest (and shortest) lives ever lived.
19.Piano Sonata in A D959 – Schubert
His penultimate sonata and in the slow movement he loses his shit completely.
20.Ghost Variations -Schumann
Written a day before his suicide attempt. He said the angels dictated it to him. Music doesn’t get more private than this.
21.Double Concerto – Mendelssohn
Concerto for 2 pianos written when he was a teenager. Precocious bastard. Thrilling and genius and brilliant.
22.Piano Concerto No. 2 – Saint-Saens
Excellent piece from the guy who wrote Carnival of the Animals. Some electrifying moments.
23. Requiem – Mozart
Intense, striking, heartbreaking, written on his deathbed.
24.Piano Sonata No. 32 op111 – Beethoven
His last sonata and the very pinnacle of his piano compositions. He somehow makes time stand still and draws us into his (fucked up) interior world.
25.Piano Concerto in G – Ravel
Mainly for the slow second movement – the most perfectly beautiful piece of music ever written. If the world was ending and we had 10 minutes left, this is what I'd listen to.