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Old 08-05-2012, 07:32 AM   #1
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Most beautiful (classical) music

Thought it might be a pleasant respite for those so inclined. Please post your candidate, video, audio or just title.

I first heard this when a critic said it was the most beautiful classical piece ever written (classically inspired may be more accurate). Not sure if it's the (singular) best, but it's probably right up there.

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This one always gets me.
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Old 08-05-2012, 08:20 AM   #3
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I have been partial to most any of Tchaikovsky's music. I don't much care for the heavy violins of some other composers.
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Old 08-05-2012, 08:35 AM   #4
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Beethoven, Symphony No. 9

For me, this is the most perfect piece of music ever written. I had the good fortune to see it performed live years ago at the Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing arts in Vienna, VA. We had lawn seats and brought a blanket to sit on and some refreshments. It was a beautiful night. Laying on our backs, staring up at the night sky and listening to the Ode to Joy was one of those magic moments I'll never forget.
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Old 08-05-2012, 09:08 AM   #5
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"Prelude to the Afternoon of a Fawn" by Claude Debussy. "1812 Overture" by Tchaikovsky.
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Old 08-05-2012, 09:12 AM   #6
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Beethoven, Symphony No. 9

For me, this is the most perfect piece of music ever written. I had the good fortune to see it performed live years ago at the Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing arts in Vienna, VA. We had lawn seats and brought a blanket to sit on and some refreshments. It was a beautiful night. Laying on our backs, staring up at the night sky and listening to the Ode to Joy was one of those magic moments I'll never forget.
I agree on the most perfect piece music. The first time I heard it was a July 4th concert by the Minneapolis Symphony in Powderhorn Park.
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I have a few Bocelli songs I like better but I agree that Pavorati's Nessun Dorma is about as good as it gets.
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Old 08-05-2012, 12:24 PM   #8
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Rachmaninoff, rocks.

The Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18 or

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43

Both pieces take me places.
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The Lark Ascending by Ralph Vaughan Williams

There are lots of options on YouTube for this one, but I couldn't find my favorite which is performed by The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields (Neville Marriner). Here's a decent version though:

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2 polar opposites:

Debussy's Clair de Lune
Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue

Both have been favorites of mine since childhood.

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2 polar opposites:

Debussy's Clair de Lune
Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue

Both have been favorites of mine since childhood.

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Rhapsody in Blue would my 3rd favorite.
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Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D. Pure perfection.
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One of my favorite uses of classical music in the movies.

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I love Bocelli's Con te Partiro and Gershwin's Rapsody in Blue. I took classical piano for nine years and played both Chopin's Polanaise and Rachmaninoff in C# Minor in recitals. I've gotten away from the purist classical and haven't touched a piano in years. When I married my current wife about 40 years ago, she taught me to chord on the piano and that got me into pop music. Prior to that I could only play as written off sheet music. Then we bought an organ and we played duets. She played organ in church and was good at it. But, that got me away from classical and into pop. Both instruments gone years ago as are our talents along with numerous other things.
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Rachmaninoff, rocks.

Try this - Rachmaninoff performing one of the most beautiful and haunting melodies in the repertoire.

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For me, it is impossible to choose one most beautiful classical piece. But today, one piece comes to mind. This is Chopin's Waltz #14 in E Minor (posthumous), which I played in a recital back in junior high. It is a haunting piece and I have never heard a performance of it that did it justice, by me or anybody else.

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Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata
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Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata
My father in law used to play this for the family. It is wonderful. Ludwig sure did know how to create beauty.
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Lots of beautiful choices, just what I was hoping for with this thread.

My two favorite classical albums growing up were Peter and the Wolf (Prokofiev) and Mozart Horn Concertos performed by Dennis Brain, I wore the grooves off both albums. French horn and cello have always been my favorite instruments in the orchestra.

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From this album
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Here's another classic used effectively in a movie. Kubrick and Strauss, what's not to love?

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