The 50 Darkest Pieces of Classical Music

November 6, 2014 - Comment

Some of the great classical composers have a dark side and while perhaps hidden in their personal lives, it comes alive in their music. There exists a rich variety of gloomy numbers from the darker regions: Beethoven’s 5th, the gothic blueprint of Orff’s Carmina Burana, and Liszt’s Totentanz to name a few. All of the

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Some of the great classical composers have a dark side and while perhaps hidden in their personal lives, it comes alive in their music. There exists a rich variety of gloomy numbers from the darker regions: Beethoven’s 5th, the gothic blueprint of Orff’s Carmina Burana, and Liszt’s Totentanz to name a few. All of the titles not only showcase the tortured souls of these great composers, but also connect with our universal fascination for the darker side of humankind.

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T. Fisher says:

Some dark, some spooky — some neither, but still great This is another collection of great music at a low, low price brought to you by the X5 group, this time on a “darkness” theme released on Halloween 2010. This should be a must buy for anyone new to these “99 most whatever” sets. At the bargain “Daily Deal” price of $1.99 for over 11 hours of music coming in at 1.07 GB, it’s not even worth thinking twice if you’re new to classical music or to these collections. Just get it.There are a lot of “greatest hits” here. Favorites like “The Ride of the Valkyries”, the opening to Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, Grieg’s “In the Hall of the Mountain King”, Tchaikovsky’s “Sugar-Plum Fairy”, and the famous bits of “Carmina Burana” will be known to everyone. Same with nice versions of “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” and “Night on the Bare Mountain”, which many will know from Disney’s Fantasia movie. And a whole lot more, really.Quite a bit of the music is wonderfully spooky — like the opening Totentanz by Franz Liszt (too bad it’s…

DasBierMeister says:

I feel smarter already 🙂 0

Benjamin Wake says:

A Definite Bargain If You’re Okay with Some None-Too-Dark Songs There are plenty of reviews which will give you the gist of this album, and the consensus is right. 99 songs for this cheap is worth the buy, but you won’t be getting 99 “dark” songs. Still, it’s a fun collection with some familiar and some rare pieces. If you’re up in the air as to whether you want to buy the album, I recommend going ahead and rewarding yourself. It’s over eleven hours of music, and a great big chunk of them are very enjoyable.To address the concern about composers: the files list the performing group as the artist, and the composer of the piece is not found in the file. The update that turned this album from 50 songs to 99 apparently removed whatever composer file info there might have once been. It’s not in the .mp3 file itself, so no matter what music program you use, it’s not going to show up with any amount of fiddling. To try to remedy that, I tracked down the composers for each track, and I’ve listed them below for those of you who are…

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