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Often found together, these three pieces work well together.
For those not familiar with these pieces, well, yes you are. A snippet from Rodeo is part of the American Beef Council's commercials, Fanfare for the Common Man pops up all over the place (recently, in 9/11 specials & reports). You've heard it before. Now hear them in their totality; it's worth a listen.
It's hard to pick a best/favorite Mozart symphony - ditto for Beethoven.
Mozart's 41st - the Jupiter Symphony - usually gets the nod as the best; I like the 38th (Prague) and the 40th more - especially the 38th.
Here is one where I have a preference in performer: First, I prefer the piano version over the orchestral version; second, for piano versions, I love Vladimir Ashkenazy's interpretation and am indifferent to the Horowitz version.
I have a CD that contains both these pieces than plays so often I'm surprised the laser hasn't eaten it yet. So, in my ear, these two go together.
The Mass is more religious; the Requiem (also a mass), is far darker and more powerful. The latter is one of Mozart's last works, I believe.
A great composition with the unforgettable clarinet opening, it will be forever tied - in my mind - with Woody Allen's Manhattan.
That's not a bad thing...
Gershiwn is - like Copland, with his popular works - somewhat of a cliche simply because of his popularity. That's valid but, ultimately, decided by the music's merit.
Gershiwn's music - United Airlines commercials/Allen's Manhatten or not - passes the merit test.
Like Gershwin, Strauss waltzes are somewhat of a cliche, but there is a reason for this: They are that good. Pick your favorites, be it "Tales From the Vienna Woods," "The Emperor Waltz," "Vienna Blood" or the required "On the Beautiful Blue Danube" (An der shonen, blauen Donau). Must haves for any collection.