1 Berlioz, Symphonie Fantastique
No work consumed more of his concentration and micropreparation, and none turned out more different at every performance
2 Mahler 2nd symphony
He consulted everyone from Gilbert Kaplan, who owned the manuscript, to a doublebass player whose father played in Mahler’s orchestra. He was never, ever satisfied with the results.
3 Beethoven 7
4 Rossini William Tell overture
5 Shostakovich 10
6 The perfect encore