Any prolific composer could surprise us with how they rank their own works. Perhaps it's as simple and as compelling as "What have I done lately?" This 19th century Titan might have dismissed one of our favorites with, "That's so 1808."
Just a suggestion for all you classical music lovers and composers, I found an Ipad application called iClassics which seemed to be very helpful to me. It is basically a navigation of classical music throughout the ages. I am a composer myself and just by listening to various composers and instrumentalists, I have broaden my thoughts on composition. For you classical music lovers, it is a great way to find and listen to great compositions and pieces that you may or may not have heard before! Download it and let me know what you think!