Rather than skewing the results by stating my preferences, I'll just ask that you write a comment with your Top 3 favorites (more or less, if you wish). The only stipulation is that I'd like you to provide the following bits of information for each recommendation:
- Composer, title of the piece, and its number or alternate title if it has one
- The best recording of the piece you know of, and whatever information is important to know so that I can find it (orchestra, director, etc.)
- A description -- short or long -- of why you love it. Is it heroic, or you love the melodies, or the timpanies and horns blast you out of your seat, or it's dark, foreboding and powerful and makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up... you get the picture.
So, start submitting your recommendations!