Composer Combat: Brahms the Traditionalist Vs Wagner the Revolutionary

This month we’re considering head-to-head match ups, starting with these 28 composers left as a comment in “10 Classical Music Composers Recommended by Charlie Martin”:


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After Tuesday’s opening match-up pitting William Byrd vs Thomas Tallis, another of PJ Lifestyle’s classical music experts offered his suggestions for match-ups:

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We featured the Trombonist’s first head-to-head yesterday (Tchaikovsky Vs Rimsky-Koraskov), now we consider his second suggestion of Brahms vs Wagner:

Brahms’ Symphony #2:

And Brahms’ Symphony #3


Wagner’s “Siegfried’s Funeral Music” and the prelude to Parsifal:

Here are the previous recordings included so far in this feature. Please leave your suggestions in the comments, on twitter to @DaveSwindle, or via email: DaveSwindlePJM AT

Johann Sebastian Bach

Ludwig van Beethoven

Hector Berlioz

John Dowland

George Frideric Handel

Joseph Haydn

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Felix Mendelssohn

Maurice Ravel

Richard Strauss

Franz Schubert

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Antonio Vivaldi

10 Recommended by Charlie Martin

Franz Liszt


Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky

Alexander Porfiryevich Borodin

Mily Balakirev

Cesar Cui

Frederic Chopin, Gabriel Faure

Charles Gounod, Erik Satie


28 Recommendations from Commenter Markham S. Pyle

William Byrd and Thomas Tallis


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