Mine would be Shubert's "Ave maria" (D. 832, Op. 52, #6 for you purists out there)

I share in hopes that others will share their favorites, and I might discover something new to me.

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AMAZON.  Got the albums, downloadable onto a Kindle.

And you aren't dealing with "The House of Mouse."

I prefer Night on Disco Mountain.

I may have to play this sweetmeat on my show.

Beethoven Symphony #9
Carl Nielsen - Symphony #4
Mahler's Symphony #3
Shostakovich's Symphony #7
Smetana's The Moldau(Ma Vlast)
Wagner - Siegfried Idyll

I know, I know some aren't actually 'classical'.


Pachelbel's Canon in D. When we had it played at our Wedding 20 years ago it was not as ubiquitous as it is now.

If I can only pick one, it is: Second Move't of Beethoven's 5th Piano Concerto...Opus 67.

Mozart's Requiem conducted by Karl Bohm. 


At the moment:

Mozart - Piano Sonata No. 11 in A Major, K. 331
Gounod and Bach - Ave Maria

Arvo Part - Fratres

The thing that gets me about this piece is that the basic harmonic structure is very simple and rigid -- in the sense that the patterns could be completely described with a few lines of instructions -- but it has an unexplainable mystery and depth despite that. There are many arrangements, but I'll post cello and piano here. The cello's sul ponticello (the thin and delicate sound when it is bowed near the bridge) at the end is incredibly beautiful.


Maurice Ravel - Miroirs

Each of these five piano pieces illustrates an image of sound, sometimes quite clearly (the birds in #2, crashing waves in #3, tolling bells in #5). They really push the expressive range of the piano, with melody, harmony, and rhythm used far beyond their usual purposes. All are quite enjoyable at first listen, but they also hold many fascinating details and complexities that come out with careful study (I have worked on the two easier movements). #3, Une barque sur l'océan (a boat on the ocean) is probably the most striking, but my favorite is #5, La vallée des cloches (the valley of the bells).

All five parts, as a playlist:


Also, let me say that symphonies are boring. There.

Fratres IS very nice. A bit frantic at the start, but I suppose that's the intent. As for symphonies - I suppose they are a bit boring, but the structure was probably helpful before recorded music was available - an audience member knew what to expect and could plan their evening of listening accordingly. I like the sonatas... Thanks for posting!

"The Young Prince and Young Princess" by Rimsky-Korsakov


"Standchen" by Franz Schubert

So many to choose from.  Will start with Mozart's Requiem, especially the Dies Irae movement! Also coming to mind today is anything by Richard Wagner because of his bold use of brass instruments.  Will post more as they come to me.   Oh, and most of what the Russian 5 composed - especially Mussorgsky and Rimsky-Korsakov's works. 

Mozart Concerto 622 is my absolute favorite, out of many.

It's a lovely romp between a clarinet and orchestra, so simple, almost childlike in its joy. The middle piece is a lullaby from heaven, gets me right there.

For me personally the piece brings back fond memories of being back in my mid-twenties, living without a care in my own little world.


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