10 Classical Albums That Got Us Through Our Teens

By Kerry Frumkin, Lisa Flynn and Stephen Raskauskas |

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What would we do without music, especially during those tumultuous teen years! Here are 10 classical albums that helped us at WFMT survive adolescence, in no particular order.

Rimsky-Korsakoff – Scheherazade

Fritz Reiner conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Stravinsky Conducts Columbia Symphony Orchestra ‎– Le Sacre Du Printemps

Elgar - Cello Concerto, Op. 85 / Enigma Variations

Jacqueline du Pré, Daniel Barenboim, Philadelphia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra

Frédéric Chopin, Martha Argerich

Debussy’s Greatest Hits

Leonard Bernstein conducts the New York Philharmonic, Eugene Ormandy and William Smith conducts the Philadelphia Orchestra, and pianist Philippe Entremont

Beethoven – Eroica

Leonard Bernstein conducts the New York Philharmonic

Bach: The Goldberg Variations – Glenn Gould

Giacomo Puccini – La bohème

Antonino Votto conducts the Coro e Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, featuring soloists Giuseppe di Stefano, Maria Callas, Anna Moffo, and Rolando Panerai

Berlioz, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet

Seiji Ozawa conducts the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra

Gershwin – Rhapsody In Blue / An American In Paris

Leonard Bernstein conducting the Columbia Symphony Orchestra and New York Philharmonic

What albums helped you get through your teenage years? Let us know in the comments section below!