L’estro Armonico by Vivaldi. He was really my first true classical music love. I kind of hate to admit this, but I first got turned onto Vivaldi because of one stupid little section of a movie: 1981’s Looker. There’s a little tiny snippet of a scene where the main character played by Albert Finney come into the operating room and asks for Vivalvi to play that day. I think one other scene may have had some Vivaldi playing in it as well. I really liked that movie at the time and for whatever reason I started listening for Vivaldi after that and was totally hooked.
Matter of fact, I first got hooked on classical music because of archaeology. Shortly after I decided to major in archaeology I started doing work-study work for an anthropologist at Wisconsin named Aidan Southall. He had me typing up index cards for his collection of off-print journal articles. I’d usually start my day doing that for a couple of hours and I had one of the early Walkmans (radio only) and I’d tune it to the local public radio station that would be playing classical music in the morning and just pass a pleasant couple of hours listening to this great new music I’d just discovered and doing something vaguely academic.
Anyway, he’s still one of my favorites (see here for another). Never did get much into anything past the Baroque, generally, and even Bach is second on my list. He also wrote some excellent choral music, especially the Gloria. Definitely worth having a go.