Originally Posted by hoodjem
I saw Don Giovannni in Prague last summer. An unusual but interesting production (with a young boy dressed all in white as Giovanni's soul leading him to hell at the end).
The others perhaps yes, but as much as I love Bruckner, I would not rank him above "the father of the symphony and the string quartet." Saint-Saens is okay.
hoodjem, Thanks for your post. I think you are an intelligent man who offered great lists about tennis. So I only would be glad if you would be impressed by my four favourite composers, Schubert, Beethoven, Bach and Mozart.
Don Giovanni is one of only five or six operas which I am able to listen to. Most operas are too long for me and too superficial. The others are Fidelio, Die Zauberflöte, Carmen and Samson and Delilah.
I like that you accept Saint-Saens who is often blamed for eclecticism In fact S.-S. has proved that it's possible to write beautiful music also in 20th century (as also the Beatles have proved by the way).