gayinterest saidWagner FTW
Not moved by a great deal of classical music before the Romantic era.
Similarly, I don't really enjoy much written in the Classical period, but Baroque is great. Romantic, Contemporary, absolutely. Honestly, having studied music history, theory, and composition, my view is that the Classical period was the least innovative and imaginative time for music.
I remember for our assignments where we needed to write in certain forms, most students could write something that sounded passably like Mozart. The assignments for every other period were much more challenging, because sifting through endless possibilities requires a great deal of ingenuity. When I listen to a good piece by say, Prokofiev or Ravel, I find myself admiring an especially creative musical phrase thinking "how the hell did he come up with that?"
I also think Tristan is one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever composed. I discovered it by accident because I really loved Bernard Hermann's score from Hitchcock's Vertigo and everyone kept saying it was a Tristan ripoff.
Tristan is fantastic. You might really enjoy the song Im Treibhaus, a song also written by Wagner, which is one of the most interesting pieces of that musical form.