In my project of listening to all 22 LPs in the Funk & Wagnalls’ Family Library of Great Music, I’ve gotten to #11, which is Felix Mendelssohn. The first side is his Symphony No. 4 in A major (The Italian), and listening to it has been great.
The first movement is used in the movie Breaking Away, which is sort of funny because one of the main characters of the movie spends the majority of it pretending that he’s Italian.
The third movement is on a CD of some other Mendelssohn pieces that I bought at Target for $2 something like ten years ago. That - along with a similar CD of Schubert pieces - was pretty much my first experience of classical music.
So it’s really weird to learn only now that those two movements are from the same symphony.
After my grandpa died a few years ago, I got a considerable portion of his record collection, including Funk & Wagnalls’ 22-LP set called the Family Library of Great Music. It’s music from classical composers.