Both to record and to listen to... My favorites to record are: Beethoven - such rich textures in the woodwinds and brass with complex harmonies that really show what a recording system is capable of Brahms - He's my favorite to use "coloured" gear on. Tube mics and pres with a decent amount of saturation Rachmaninoff - This is what the piano should sound like Liszt - See above Mahler - a love/hate relationship - usually tests the limits of my equipment Mozart - It's so easy to make Mozart sound good My favorites to listen to are (in order): Beethoven Mahler Liszt Rachmaninoff Puccini R. Strauss Bruckner Mozart Handel J.S. Bach (none of the others) Composers I hate to record/listen to: Haydn - BBBOOORRRIIINGGG (zzzzzzzz....) J. Strauss - Oh for the love of GOD, we know you like waltzes, we get it... J.P. Sousa - See above but insert marches in place of waltzes. C.P.E. Bach - beyond boring, downright annoying Cowell - this is music? Chopin - Kopprasch wrote a bunch of Horn Etudes, but you don't see me playing them in concert. Why are Chopin etudes SO special? Just some thoughts... J.