Your favorite classical tunes...


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Michael BC said:
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

Thanks, just love it. Really beautiful.

I really like those ones too but it is for one voice only.


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Maksim's version of Handel's Sarabande should be listened to while reading Poe's "The Conqueror Worm" as I posted on FB today.

Lo! ’tis a gala night
Within the lonesome latter years!
An angel throng, bewinged, bedight
In veils, and drowned in tears,
Sit in a theatre, to see
A play of hopes and fears,
While the orchestra breathes fitfully
The music of the spheres.

Mimes, in the form of God on high,
Mutter and mumble low,
And hither and thither fly—
Mere puppets they, who come and go
At bidding of vast formless things
That shift the scenery to and fro,
Flapping from out their Condor wings
Invisible Woe, Is Me!

That motley drama—oh, be sure
It shall not be forgot!
With its Phantom chased for evermore
By a crowd that seize it not,
Through a circle that ever returneth in
To the self-same spot,
And much of Madness, and more of Sin,
And Horror the soul of the plot.

But see, amid the mimic rout,
A crawling shape intrude!
A blood-red thing that writhes from out
The scenic solitude!
It writhes!—it writhes!—with mortal pangs
The mimes become its food,
And seraphs sob at vermin fangs
In human gore imbued.

Out—out are the lights—out all!
And, over each quivering form,
The curtain, a funeral pall,
Comes down with the rush of a storm,
While the angels, all pallid and wan,
Uprising, unveiling, affirm
That the play is the tragedy, “Man,”
And its hero, the Conqueror Worm.


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In case ya'll don't know it, I really love Maksim. I've got his videos...

Anyway, here's Freddie Mercury's "Bohemian Rhapsody" turned beautifully classical in style and performed by the Zagreb Philharmonic with Maksim.

How much better could it get? Freddie and Maksim?


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Prokofiev's violin concerto no. 1 just transports me. It's sublime.

Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique is, well, fantastic!

Contemporary classical composer John Adams is just wonderful. If you like the orchestrated score to the Matrix movies, this was the influence. Moreover, the music is intense, alive, and reminds me very much of these times we are living in.


and here's a section from his Naive and Sentimental Music



Jedi Master
What a great thread! :cheer:

Mariama said:
Call me morbid, but I still love Mozart's Requiem. :)

I might be very morbid, because I find Mozart's Requiem to be really soothing and cheerful. :lol: And since I really love his "Magic Flute" for it's playfulness and deep meaning here is

Die Zauberflöte The Magic Flute Papageno Papagena _

I really enjoy listening Donizetti 's "Il dolce suono" ("The Sweet Sound"). And in my opinion, Hungarian artist Miklósa Erika sings it absolutely splendidly

English Translation of "Il dolce suono" Translation by Ilya Speranza

The sweet sound, hits me, his voice!
Ah, that voice into my heart decends!
Edgardo, I surrender to you
A chill creeps into my breast!
trembles every fiber!
falters my foot!
Near the fountain next to me sit a while!
Alas! arises a tremendous phantom and separates us!
Here let us take refuge, by the foot of the alter.
Strewn is it with roses!
A harmony celestial, do you not hear?
Ah, the marrige hymn plays!
The ceremony for us draws near! Happiness!
Oh, joy that one feels and does not speak of!
The incense burns!
Brilliant the sacred torches, shining all around!
Here is the minister!
Give me your right hand!
Oh, joyous day!
At last, I am your, at last you are mine,
to me you have been given by God.
Every pleasure is more grateful,
(it is) to me, with you, more sweet
From peaceful heaven a smile
life to us will be.

And yes, Maksim Mrvica plays "Hungarian Rhapsody" like no other. The air breaths when he plays! True Master!


Jedi Master
I want to thank you all again for opening this thread and sharing such great music. It inspired me to go on a music journey today, and I'm glad that I could listen again great music I've heard before, and find great artists playing it and singing it. For me Music is great Healer. I think the effects of music are the same as with homeopathic remedies. If one finds exactly the one that's needed and takes it, the disease just vanishes. Music is also a great Teacher: it retells deep truths and transmits real knowledge, helps to release the emotions bottled up inside, brings to the surface memories from the past, gives Inspiration and Joy. And so much more... Since Ludwig van Beethoven has already wrote his "Ode to Joy", I'll just quote here the words of the two great Masters:

Ludwig van Beethoven,

I despise a world which does not feel that music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,
Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius.”
Then let us all do what is right, strive with all our might toward the unattainable, develop as fully as we can the gifts God has given us, and never stop learning

So, today, as I've said already, I listened to a lot o of music. So here I want to share it with all of you.

W. A. Mozart: Magic Flute - The Queen of the Night Aria - Erika Miklósa _

Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia - Una voce poco fa - Erika Miklósa _

Una voce poco fa
qui nel cor mi risuonò;
il mio cor ferito è già,
e Lindor fu che il piagò.
Sì, Lindoro mio sarà;
lo giurai, la vincerò.
Il tutor ricuserà,
io l'ingegno aguzzerò.
Alla fin s'accheterà
e contenta io resterò.
Sì, Lindoro mio sarà;
lo giurai, la vincerò.
Io sono docile, son rispettosa,
sono obbediente, dolce, amorosa;
mi lascio reggere, mi fo guidar.
Ma se mi toccano dov'è il mio debole
sarò una vipera e cento trappole
prima di cedere farò giocar.


A voice has just
echoed here into my heart
my heart is already wounded
and it was Lindoro who shot.
Yes, Lindoro will be mine
I've swore it, I'll win.

The tutor will refuse,
I'll sharpen my mind
finally he'll accept,
and happy I'll rest.

Yes, Lindoro will be mine
I've swore it, I'll win.
I let be ruled, I let be guided
I'm obedient, sweet, loving
I let be ruled, I let be guided
But if they touch where my weak spot is
I'll be a viper and a hundred traps
before giving up I'll make them fall

Hélène Grimaud plays the "Adagio" from Mozart's Piano Concerto

Brahms: Piano Concerto 1 (d), op. 15, Maestoso - Hélène Grimaud, Michael... _


A Disturbance in the Force
Definitely one my favorites:

Beethoven's 3rd - 2nd movement.


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

This has been my favorite classical music piece for awhile. When I first heard it a few years back it reminded me of a particular background music that was played once while watching the local weather forecast on the weather channel. I'm not sure why this one stuck out so much though.

I thought this was an interesting comment on it, from wikipedia:

[quote author=wikipedia]

The concerto is respected, even feared, by many pianists ... Gary Graffman lamented he had not learned this concerto as a student, when he was "still too young to know fear".


I've found that I like this version of it by Olga Kern, with a slower, more intense credenza during the first movement.


The Living Force
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Ombra fedele anch'io Idaspe, by Riccardo Broschi (1698-1756). Darios aria, Act II, Scene XI.

Perfect for melancholic mood, I like this Farinelli soundtrack version the best although according to the experts it is far from perfect:
This study video is NOT presented for the voices. First, the merged countertenor and soprano voices are not the high quality of an Andreas Scholl, Maria Cristina Kiehr, or a Gundula Janowitz. Second, Their imprecise technique, breathiness, phrasing, scooping, and vibrato are contrary to the qualities required of this castrato aria written by Riccardo Broschi for his brother Carlo. What this soundtrack does demonstrate very clearly is the expected Baroque style of added ornamentation and performer interpretation departing from the basic A-B-A musical score, especially in the da capo section. A keyboard / vocal transcription is provided along with the audio track so that the viewer can perceive those departures from the score, especially in the repeated theme.


The Living Force
This is my favourite and also this version:

Verdi's Nabucco 'Va, Pensiero' (Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves)

Wish I could sing it in Italian. I'll be humming it all night now :lol:


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Lindenlea said:
This is my favourite and also this version:

Verdi's Nabucco 'Va, Pensiero' (Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves)

Wish I could sing it in Italian. I'll be humming it all night now :lol:

lol, I've been listening to that one since new year's day. In the name of all the oppressed people in the world...

I'll leave two more versions: (with Italian lyrics, the English version is in the description of the video)

And Maestro Muti's 2011 version in the Roma theater where he broke his tradition of not doing a "bis" (repeat) but was encouraged to do it by the public and to send a message to all politicians. He invited all the public to sing with the choir:

Most of the public new the lyrics by heart!

This version and Muti's rant is translated in several languages except for English. Go figure!


The Living Force
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Look forward to listening to the classical tunes mentioned so far.

I enjoy listening to Chopin's Nocturnes, a favorite being: Chopin Nocturne in C Sharp Minor.

waverider 9

The Force is Strong With This One
Great selections from everyone so far!

I am a classically trained musician - Organ, Piano, Voice and am currently organist for the parish church that I grew up in. My musical tastes run from very early music to something composed yesterday, so coming up with a favorites list is nearly impossible but I will attempt to give it a go.

Perhaps some of my favorite orchestral music is familiar to all here with a bit of a twist -

Aaron Copeland's - Appalachian Spring - Orchestral Suite from the Ballet - only in its original format of only 13 instruments (all that would fit into the pit at the Library of Congress theater) I prefer this version to any full orchestral version as there is an immediacy and very intimate poignancy to the entire suite. .

Samuel Barber - String Quartet - Opus 11 (1936). This is the original setting for the second movement or more commonly known "Adagio for Strings" is simply beautiful without 1001 Strings! I think it comes off as even more intense.

Also Barber's Piano Sonata - Opus 26 - is an enigmatic work in four movements that are all blended together and here are two links one played in the Romantic style and the other in a contemporary performance by Horowitz. I like it both ways depending upon my mood. There is also a third way which combines the two styles.

Romantic -
Contemporary -

For Choral music anything by Arvo Pärt but I also love his instrumental pieces as well. Here is a link to my top favorite and appropriately titled "Spiegel im Spiegel" or Mirror in(side) of the Mirror. His style is ecclesiastical minimalistic - if you hate Philip Glass you will love this - two very different styles.

I also love all things opera but this one blew my socks off - John Adams - Dr. Atomic - The story of Robert and Kitty Oppenheimer et al at Los Alamos just prior and up to the detonation of the atomic bomb. WHYY in New York City aired the full opera in 2008 so only scenes are available on YouTube. I chose two in particular, however if anyone gets the chance to view the entire opera - even if it is not your cup of tea - the scenery and music is outstanding. Adams style is minimalistic but he has gorgeous melodic lines with lush orchestral accompaniment.

"Dr. Atomic" - "Am I in Your Light" -
"Dr. Atomic" - "Red Alert" -

Finally - my own instrument the organ - here is something that you all may have heard before but had no idea what you were listening to. The composer is György Ligeti and this piece appears in the sound track of Stanley Kubrick's "2001 a Space Odyssey" (1968) during a rocket launch sequence. Mr. Ligeti uses micro tonality throughout the piece with slowly changing cluster chords - no synthesizer at all!

Györgi Ligeti - "Volumina" -

I have a ton more but will leave it at that!



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Seppo Ilmarinen said:
Debussy "Clair De Lune" (J.Williams & J.Bream classical guitar arrangement)

Nice version, so is the piano version that Mrs. Tigersoap posted but my favorite is still the orchestral version:

Edvard Grieg - In the hall of mountain king:

Mussorgsky - Night on bald mountain:

Johann Strauss II - The blue Danube waltz:

Tchaikovsky - The Nutcracker op. 71, March:

Tchaikovsky - Nutcracker - Trepak, Russian dance:

Luigi Boccherini - Minuet: (sounds of nature were added, not in the original score) :P

Tchai - Nut - Waltz of the flowers:

Tchai - Nut - Dance of the reed pipes

Tchai - Nut - Dance of the sugar plum fairy:

Tchai - Swan Lake - Dance of the swans:

Tchai - Swan - Lake in the moonlight:

Brahms - Hungarian Dance no. 5:

Maksim Mrvica playing Franz Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2: :)

Just noticed how many I posted, I'll stop. Last one:
Mozart - Marriage of Figaro overture:

And this one is from the same opera, many people know it from Shawshank redemption,
Mozart: Marriage of figaro, Sull'Aria:

edit: order


What a lovely thread! :love:
Most of them I know/recognize, such excellent choices!

That Maksim Mrvica playing Franz Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 surely is a virtuso with lot's of accompanying feelings/expressions. Excellent interpretation!

Mariama said:
Call me morbid, but I still love Mozart's Requiem. :)

Well then call me uber-morbid, that one goes definitely into my list of all time favorites!

Seppo Ilmarinen said:
Joe Hisaishi "The Legend of Ashitaka" (film music too)

Whoa, don't get me started with Joe Hisaishi, he is the best composer alive nowadays, (in my eyes ears). He is just pure genius.
Ok, just this one which has an interesting composition of instruments, but is very soothing.
Joe Hisaishi's - Sea of blue (from Hanabi soundtrack):

Here is a small baroque piece of a gem, Jean-Baptiste Lully's - Marche pour la cérémonie des Turcs

Bolet's very 'tender' interpretation of Chopin's Nocturne Op. 55 No. 1:
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