Your favorite classical tunes...


The Living Force
I mentioned Handel earlier in the thread, but how could I forget Mozart's Violin Concertos? They are all completely sublime. Here's a YouTube link to No1 in B flat major:


Mrs. Tigersoap said:
At my daughter's request, we are currently introducing her to classical music (she's 7). These are her favourite so far (and one of my faves as well in the most popular ones):

Pachelbel's Canon in D major:

Debussy's Clair de lune :

I'm always moved to tears by these two.

Thanks for the thread, Herr Eisenheim! :)

For kids, Peter and The Wolf is my all time favourite, also by Saint-Seans, especially this version narrated by Peter Ustinov and conducted by Karajan:

For adults, this to me is very moving by Rachmaninov, one of my favourite composers. Isle of the Dead is inspired by the Dutch artist Arnold Bocklin... kinda stirs in me visions of what the C's have talked about the approaching wave and changes now on-going :)


The Living Force
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RflctnOfU said:
Just to clarify, do you mean Classical Period music, or, Classical as in orchestral/small ensemble music in general??

Good question - what is classical music?

I am happy with this vague definition from Wiki:
Given the extremely broad variety of forms, styles, genres, and historical periods generally perceived as being described by the term "classical music," it is difficult to list characteristics that can be attributed to all works of that type. Vague descriptions are plentiful, such as describing classical music as anything that "lasts a long time," a statement made rather moot when one considers contemporary composers who are described as classical; or music that has certain instruments like violins, which are also found in other genres. However, there are characteristics that classical music contains that few or no other genres of music contain.

Here is aria Va Tacito e Nascosto from Handel's Giulio Cesare

from my favorite album Heroic Arias


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Laura said:
I love this guy:

Yeah, some people might think it is cheesy or a sacrilege but he CAN be serious and he's got big hands which makes this possible:

...which is probably my favorite piece of music if I had to choose just one. And he does one heckuva job.

I have been listening to him all morning, thanks!

Aya said:
I am a big fan of piano concerto.

This is my all time favorite; Mozart Piano Concerto No 20. And I like Mitsuko Uchida, she is very passionate and precise in every performance. To me, this is magnificent and the perfection.

And Yuja Wang’s Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 3. The 3rd Movement is a bit fast, but I like the flow.

This morning I was listening to Listz's Un Sospiro. I love it.

I am also a big fan of piano concerto, Aya.
Thank you all, I will listen to all the links in this thread. Wonderful. Classical music 101. :D
Great thread, HE.

Michael B-C

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I discovered this piece of personally precious music aged about 13. I was lying in the bath one Sunday evening listening in reverence to a remarkable recording of a dramatisation of the Pilgrims Progress on BBC radio (strange child!) and was struck, as if by lightening, by the repeating, deeply summoning well of sound that underscored the production. One phrase of music lingered and lingered. I had to find it on a recording, but how! Not knowing where to start, in desperation more than hope, dripping wet, I pulled out the dozen classical LPs my parents had left hopefully on a shelf in my bedroom and rummaged through them. Half way down the pile I found a name that rang bells – Vaughan Williams; my heart skipped a beat for I remembered the announcer mentioning his name at the end of the broadcast. It couldn’t possibly be! In a fever of anticipation I thrust the vinyl onto the turntable – and there it was! Miracle of miracles! That sound, calling to me. As if from within. Familiar and forgotten. It had called to me and within 5 minutes of searching I had found it! And it’s been my constant companion ever since.

Please excuse the rather personal indulgence above but I so wanted to share with you the strange way this magical work came to me and the hold it still has over me. More like a haunting.

Here below is the finest recording yet produced and filmed – in the magical surrounds of Gloucester’s gothic cathedral where the composer intended it to be performed. I have always thought this music to be the perfect embodiment of the seeker on the path. Or perhaps the seeker who faces drowning and searches for release every step of the way. Or some such.

I hope you enjoy. :)

Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a theme of Thomas Tallis HQ

Thank you to all the other posters; some wonderful, wonderful sounds shared.


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Herr Eisenheim said:
and Verdi's la Traviata Overture will move even those made of stone :), too bad its very short
this is also visual feast with Leighton's paintings
Wow that was amazing.

And this girl is phenomenal. Mozart Piano Concerto 26. Aimi Kobayashi

My favorite type of music in general is classical Spanish guitar.

My favorite all time inspirational song is Chariots Of Fire.

Approaching Infinity

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A few of my favorites: Bach's Goldberg Variations, Mozart's Clarinet Concerto, Beethoven's 5th, 6th, and 9th symphonies, Mahler's 2nd symphony, Stravinsky's Rite of Spring.


The Living Force
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Approaching Infinity said:
A few of my favorites: Bach's Goldberg Variations,
Yes that's my all time favorite, too bad it was Hanibal Lector's too :) - if I remember correctly it was played in the background in one of the movies

Seppo Ilmarinen

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My few favorites:

Ennio Morricone "Cinema Paradiso" (film music)

Debussy "Clair De Lune" (J.Williams & J.Bream classical guitar arrangement)

Joe Hisaishi "The Legend of Ashitaka" (film music too)

Rimsky-Korsakov "Scheherazade"

Michael B-C

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A stand alone gemstone! The sound of the universe singing! 40 voices in surround sound weaving a tapestry of exhalant song. Where maths meets divine music. Take 10mins out and bathe…

A great recording by Magnificat.

Tomas Tallis~Spem in Alium
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