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    favourite classical music pieces. post them here.


    rachmaninov: cello sonata in g minor (also called the sonata for cello and piano). the third movement especially never fails to give me goosebumps:

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOZBgKTb4Uk&[/youtube]
    this is from a performance by mstislav rostropovich and vladimir horowitz. my absolute favourite recording of this is rostropovich with alexander dedyukhin but this one is absolutely gorgeous too.


    béla bartók:

    the 6 string quartets

    music for strings, percussion and celesta

    string quartet no. 4:4
    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejC2eI850gg[/youtube]

    string quartet no.4 mov. 1-2/5
    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FZ5cOhSQA0[/youtube]

    music for strings, percussion and celesta (II)
    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dK4YyDBoboU[/youtube]


    claude debussy: prélude ŕ l'aprčs-midi d'un fauve
    part1:
    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5A4CkUAazI[/youtube]

    part 2:
    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1P85n9uPzE[/youtube]


    dvořák: cello concerto in b minor
    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxYbF-Yzdf0[/youtube]


    gustav mahler: symphony no. 2 ('resurrection')
    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRsA5_BEDjw[/youtube]
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    I love Liszt, Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2.
    YouTube - Liszt, Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 Orchestra


    And I must list Mozart andante concerto No. 21

    YouTube - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 21 - Andante

    Heck there are just too many to name.

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    zoltán kodály's sonata for solo cello, op. 8. madness.

    pierre fournier playing the 3rd movement.

    [YOUTUBE]KPXtlV7Y3HY[/YOUTUBE]

    edward elgar's enigma variations. and in particular, variation IX - the beautiful 'nimrod'.

    [YOUTUBE]sUgoBb8m1eE[/YOUTUBE]

    sandór veress, béla bartók's pupil. too often overlooked.

    four transylvanian dances : lejtös

    [YOUTUBE]MUd0mZqDCIw[/YOUTUBE]

    adding bruckner. cause i love him dearly.

    the 8th symphony - finale (1/3).

    [youtube]DQaFHakTrGY[/youtube]

    frédéric chopin - grande polonaise. a 'classic'.

    played by vladimir horowitz.

    [youtube]4LZnGADAaFA[/youtube]

    liszt, the piano virtuoso.

    frederic lamond, playing tarantella from 'venezia e napoli'.

    [youtube]GdZ2KTPGQS8[/youtube]
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    Many of my favorites are more for sentimental reasons than anything else.

    Elsa's Procession to the Cathedral (from Lohengrin by Wagner)
    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgTK-U96k5Q[/youtube]
    Performed this one when I was on tour in Europe, plus it's just plain beautiful.

    Finlandia (Jean Sibelius)
    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fgwr3wrenkQ[/youtube]
    First orchestral piece I ever performed

    Jupiter (from Holst's Planets Suite)
    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nz0b4STz1lo[/youtube]
    I actually love the entire suite, but I'm posting this one because of the amazing horn part. I actually have the horn line that starts around 1:36 included in my music tattoo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by calcifer View Post
    zoltán kodály's sonata for solo cello, op. 8. madness.

    pierre fournier playing the 3rd movement.

    [youtube]KPXtlV7Y3HY[/youtube]
    i'm a sucker for the cello. and that's just gorgeous. i don't think i've ever heard any kodály, i'm going to have to get some. when it comes to classical, my knowledge is limited to stuff i hear and like - i took 2 years of piano and was never any good. i always regretted not knowing more about it.
    i definitely gravitate more toward more modern composers - late 19th and 20th centuries.

    eta: you just made me buy this on itunes
    Amazon.com: Starker plays Kodaly: Janos Starker, Hans Bottermund, Zoltan Kodaly, Josef Gingold: Music
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    ^ lol, i don't mind. i'm an impulsive buyer myself. kodály is totally worth it.
    but me too, i'm a sucker for cello & piano solos. if you ever have the chance to go see jean-guihen queyras in concert, do it. (he sometimes plays some of kodály's work.) he's one of the world's leading cellists atm & he's wonderful. he made me appreciate the cello - i was an ignoramus before. the only thing that sucks, is that there are almost no recordings of his work on youtube.
    most of what i know about classical music, i learned at concerts, being introduced to something i haven't heard before or having discussions with my neighbours during breaks or afterwards during the inevitable discussion at the bar.

    i don't want to double post so i'll just say i love bartók, dvořák, mahler too, liszt (of course), wagner etc. etc.

    eta: starker, oh nice! it's hard to say which one is best (him or fournier).
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    ^^^
    i'm listening to the starker record now and it's bloody gorgeous.
    and i'm the same, what i know i've learned from going to concerts - i was lucky at one point a friend of my mother's had season tickets to pretty much everything playing in geneva and when her husband didn't want to go to something or they were out of town, she'd give me the tickets. i got to see some truly amazing artists that way. and living in vienna was a great privilege as well and gave me a bit of an education in music.

    i will be on the lookout for queyras too.
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    ^
    you lived in genčve? cool. one day i want to visit CERN, but that's completely off-topic...
    the thing that motivated me x years ago to go see a classical concert was the fact that the concert hall in gent is a 13th century hospital (with the original roof, constructed out of wood, still intact) which is a unicum in europe. the only way to see it, is to attend a concert. it sounds a bit idiotic now, but at the time i just wanted to admire the roof. but i had such a fun time - i realized i really enjoyed listening to classical music..




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    Anything by Chopin, Debussy, or Mozart.. love Bach's cello suites.. Yo Yo Ma does an amazing job playing those pieces.

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    ^^^^
    love the cello suites too.

    calcifer, wow, that is amazing. i would have totally gone to see anything just to see the ceiling too.
    and yeah, i spent a total of 14 years in geneva, first time 10 years, second time 4. they took us to cern with school, it's definitely worth seeing.
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    ^ i'm jealous now. haha.

    Quote Originally Posted by Penny Lane View Post
    Anything by Chopin, Debussy, or Mozart.. love Bach's cello suites.. Yo Yo Ma does an amazing job playing those pieces.
    i love the bach cello suites, too. someone should add them to this thread.

    eta:
    bach cello suite # 1 - allemande. i love the 2nd movement.
    played by rostropovitsj, who was a good friend of benjamin britten (if i'm not mistaken - useless fact of the day)

    [youtube]S9ZVuV8Py24[/youtube]
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    ^^^
    you know i actually want to go back and see it sometime because i was around 14-15 when i went and i don't think i really appreciated it.
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    ^ i want to see it because i was 'stuck' in the department of physical & analytical chemistry, in the x-ray imaging group, two years ago. i had to work on bulk data processing (spectra data collected from 3D scannings of a biosample, using x ray techniques) & had to do a bit of programming to end up with elemental mappings of these samples & then making videos, which was totally useless, but anyway, they kept talking about cern & hasilab (in hamburg) and that you could ride your bike around in it and everything. it's got to be interesting to see something like that. i've only seen a linac (linear accelerator) once and i thought that was already pretty awesome!

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    Thank you for posting the Bach suites.. I had my laptop open in the library and didn't have headphones so I couldn't post them earlier.. ah, I love this music. It's so amazing to put some classical on full-blast, lie back in some pajamas with a glass of wine, and relax after a long day.

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