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Old 08-05-2012, 08:07 PM   #21
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My favorite.


George Winston - Give Me Your Hand - YouTube

Song almost makes me cry everytime Specially the Irish version

http://youtu.be/x6u25j3KSmw
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Old 08-07-2012, 12:40 PM   #23
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Love this thread! When I was growing up, my dad was in the Altoona (Pennsylvania) symphony orchestra. I know that it's funny now to think about Altoona having a symphony, but we grew up as little kids being dragged to the symphony, and we all grew up having an appreciation for classical music.

Anyway, one of the pieces that they did back then was Tchaikovsky's 4th. We had the record, and listened to it over and over while Dad got familiar with the music. I have it on my iPod, and it always brings back great memories!

And whoever said "Peter and the Wolf" - yes!! Fun, fun music. We had a record of that also, and totally wore it out.
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I'm sure many of you, like me, found Disney's Fantasia quite remarkable. It inspired an appreciation for classical music when I was very young. Here's "A Night on Bald Mountain" and "Ave Maria, Op. 52 No. 6".

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I'm sure many of you, like me, found Disney's Fantasia quite remarkable. It inspired an appreciation for classical music when I was very young. Here's "A Night on Bald Mountain" and "Ave Maria, Op. 52 No. 6".
I enjoyed watching that, it had been quite a while, thanks. Hard to imagine Fantasia was made 72 years ago, with some pretty dark imagery for Disney. I also enjoyed it, though my parents listened to classical music at home, and gave me lessons on several instruments, so I was immersed at an early age too. And kids today think 'mashups' are something new...

Avalon: Pachelbel's Canon in D IS one of the greatest pieces of all time IMO. I have many artist/arrangements of it and I love them all, including the one you linked, thanks.
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Ludwig sure did know how to create beauty.
He certainly did.
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Some pieces that I like to listen to time and time again are the following.

* Schubert's "Serenade"
* Chopin's "Tristesse"
* Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez, Second Movement or Adagio
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He certainly did.
Another of Beethoven's best, Sym #5, 4th Movement (majestic, beautiful, grand)...even better than his most well known 1st Movement opening IMO.
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Think we need some Mozart today. Here's one of my favorite pieces by "Wolfie"

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One in honor of NASA's amazing achievement.

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My favorites would be anything by Puccini but the one that gets me the most is "o mio babbino caro", not a song from his most popular operas.

Followed by the Brandenburgs by Bach, which technically are not classical but baroque...
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What a great Question...

Back to Opera, with Bizet's "Lakmé"

A Soprano duet to make the heart soar!

Sutherland, Tourangeau - Viens, Mallika! "Flower Duet" Lakmé - YouTube
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Anything from Mozart is my favorite......
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Another Beethoven favorite of mine: Piano Sonata No. 8 Opus 13 "Pathetique"

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What a "classic"! Countless people and not just schoolchildren have been introduced to this wonderful piece this way.

For a more highbrow performance of The Barber of Seville by Rossini, the following is more complete, albeit much less fun. The "Bugs Bunny passage" starts at 2:00.

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The old WB cartoons were my introduction, as a child, to a lot of classical music.
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This bit of Wagner's Parsifal



Maybe this too.



I'm an old opera person from way back. There are too many tied for "most beautiful" to list. The person who listed the Lakme duet beat me to it
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I have to second the vote for Vaughan Williams' "The Lark Ascending."

Also, the slow movement of the Elgar cello concerto:

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