Your favorite classical tunes...

Thank you the joy and beautiful experience!

I have to share this two:

Edita Gruberova sings Bellini: La sonnambula

Marilyn Horne sings Saint-Saens: Samson and Delilah, Mon coeur s'ouvre a ta voix

Incredible music and the best singers!!!
One of my favorite is a composition from the famous romanian composer Ciprian Porumbescu. It is simply called "The Ballad".

The slides from the clip contain landscapes from romania.
Have been listening to a few different tracks which I feel helps to motivate and maintain confidence whilst being open to love and truth, particularly during inner battles.

this next link is the orchestral version to a video game called Final Fantasy X, absolutely beautiful melody. entitled: To Zanarkand

The final link is entitled Zen Music. It is really great for soft relaxed heart space.
Z said:
I never imagined this piano piece can sound so powerful on a cello, goes straight to emotional center :violin:

I quite agree with you, Z. Goldberg Variations have always been among my favourites :).

A short time ago I reheard Vivaldi's Nisi Dominus - Cum Dederit as part of a modern dance performance and the combination of the beautiful movement and heart piercing beauty of the music was breath taking.

It's fascinating when art can bypass the mental centre and directly access the emotional centre.

To me this is inspired.
I've always liked the Grieg piano concerto in A minor. Here is the first movement:
So much good stuff, so many favourites...

Some may know this beautiful piece by Eric Whitacre (see post on his Virtual Choir), but here is the original of Sleep before the Robert Frost estate refused use of Stopping by woods on a snowy evening,

And this ravishing setting of James Agee's Sure on this shining night by Morten Lauridsen,

Sure on this shining night
Of star made shadows round,
Kindness must watch for me
This side the ground.
The late year lies down the north.
All is healed, all is health.
High summer holds the earth.
Hearts all whole.
Sure on this shining night I weep for wonder wand'ring far alone
Of shadows on the stars.

I think that John Adams is probably the finest composer alive, some good pieces on here already suggested. My current favourites are Chopin and Debussy. I think Debussy's finest piece is probably La Mer, dramatic, beautiful and moving,
(A surprise to find that performance online, I was in the audience!)
In Memoriam Frans Brüggen who died today aged 79.

This recording was a real shock to me when I first heard it, as it sounded so completely different from what I was used to.

Chopin- Piano Concerto no. 2 in F minor on authentic period instruments (live recording):

youtube Colin Rose said:
This particular recording was made by Dang Thai Son, winner of the 1980 International Chopin Competition, on an 1848 Pleyel piano, in collaboration with the Orchestra of the 18th Century under the direction of Frans Bruggen. It comes from a box set entitled "The Real Chopin". Compiled by a Polish record label in 2010 to commemorate the great composer's bicentennial, the box set includes recordings (often multiple recordings of the same piece) of his entire works done on authentic period instruments. The recording quality is tremendous, and the playing is spectacular as well. Hearing Chopin played this way really casts his music in a different light. My personal opinion is that recordings on modern instruments are equally as legitimate, but it's incredible to hear the music the way Chopin himself would have in his day.

It should be noted that in this recording, not only is the piano authentic to Chopin's period, but the orchestra is as well, and their style is very different from what you would get from larger orchestras of today. Their tone is straight with no vibrato, and surprisingly crystalline. It's a unique experience to listen to the concerti like this.

More from Brüggen on YouTube here: _
One of my all time favorites is The Moldau by Smetana: _

A metaphor for life...
There are so many excellent pieces that I love out there, but if I were to pick my current favorite piece it would have to be Satie's Gymnopedies no.1. Especially as performed by Christopher Parkening.
Trust a deaf composer to compose perfect soundtrack for giving birth ;) - so delicate and tender and yet so powerful, for the time being this is my favorite classical tune

Beethoven's piano concerto No. 5 as a soundtrack for Sense8:
Thank you for this nice thread (and for reviving it).

Lately I have been enjoying Bruckner, directed by Sergiu Celibidache. Here is the symphony No 9.

One of my all-time favourites is Dvorak's No.9, here again directed by Celibidache. The largo never fails to melt my heart. Von Karajan's version has been gathering dust since a looong time. Compared to Celi's I find it dull, flat and uninspired.

Speaking of the largo, here is Alice Coltrane's re-visit. Shivers down my spine.

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