Share your classical music favorites. And opera too, if you insist. ;-)

In high school I played the off stage trumpet part for this. Still one of my most exciting musical experiences. The 4th movement still gives me chills. And Karajan really does it justice here.


Can't resist a flashmob. 


Anything Russian. And anything Mozart.


Here are my classical music favorites:


does music from 1991 count?


Smedley said:

Here are my classical music favorites:

 I think you should have posted here perhaps


My favorite classical piano piece. Just the first movement. This tutorial video has a light touch and is at a little slower tempo than usual but I like the mesmerizing note prompts. I do think there are a few mistakes here though. I don't recall the minor seconds in the later segments.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbTVZMJ9Z2I


hi bikefixed, long time no see.


Then Movement #7 of Rachmaninoff's All Night Vigil with one of the most haunting alto lines ever. Check out the huge build up to the climax around 1:10-1:30 and then the chorale comes in at the end. Singing the Bass II part for this whole work is an incredible experience with a good group.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVdEQVs8zko


drummerboy said:

hi bikefixed, long time no see.

 Life has been very different these past 6 years. I'm getting a huge serving of humble pie working on my MSW at Seton Hall now.


A favorite of mine, and perhaps my favorite performance. 


I find Erik Satie's music very soothing. Also that of Le Chevalier St-George (contemporary of Mozart and sometimes called "the Black Mozart" and Ralph Vaughn Williams. 


Beethoven's 8th, first movement in particular. Did a 50-minute oral presentation on it in college. (Honorable mention to the piano arrangement by Liszt.)


@drummerboy, I know you have posted that you don't get opera, but here is your chance to expand your horizons.

I'll post favorite arias if you add it to the title. I'm a fan.


Shocked at the number of obvious choices here, including my own. Thought the MOL crowd would surely be as obscure in classical music faves as in everything else.


Bach, Bach,and more Bach, esp. Jesu, joy of man's desiring


annielou said:

Shocked at the number of obvious choices here, including my own. Thought the MOL crowd would surely be as obscure in classical music faves as in everything else.

 nah - classical-wise, I stick with the big guns. 1812 Overture is still a favorite of mine. Love those cannons and the ending that takes forever.

Though I will say that my Nyman choice is kind of obscure. I think.


I do love me some Stravinsky and Khachaturian, but it will always be Holst for me.

It might actually have been the first album I ever owned.


I love me some Holst. Big fan of his wind band music too.

The Planets was one of the first albums I ever bought too. This one by Mehta - circa early 70's.

Jupiter is my favorite. I love the middle section based on the English hymn whose name I've forgotten.


Well, I was going to say Schittke's Concerto for Oboe and Harp, but I thought it would be showing off.


drummerboy said:

I love me some Holst. Big fan of his wind band music too.

The Planets was one of the first albums I ever bought too. This one by Mehta - circa early 70's.

Jupiter is my favorite. I love the middle section based on the English hymn whose name I've forgotten.

 Thaxted is the hymn, sometimes called I Vow To Thee, My Country.


This is the copy I had. I must have been 9 when I got it as I was obsessed with space.


Here is a link to a piece by Le Chevalier Saint-Georges:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUvuXJP_LOg 

And here is a link to Satie's Gymnopedies:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fuIMye31Gw


annielou said:

Shocked at the number of obvious choices here, including my own. Thought the MOL crowd would surely be as obscure in classical music faves as in everything else.

 I knew I was picking an everyman's piece, Bolero, but I had stumbled across that flash mob and figured I it was worth the choice. My alternative would have been another obvious pick but what the hell, here goes. I can handle the heat LOL


Where is @richiekess ? He played the Word Association Music Edition with @The_Soulful_Mr_T and I and had a wealth of musical knowledge.



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