Best/Favorite Piece Of Classical Music?

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  1. Flashy

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    i prefer mostly modern music, but i do enjoy classical from time to time..

    anyone have any favorite pieces?

    (include whole pieces, concertos, or segments, any you wish)

    I have to say i am very partial to wind instruments, such as the flute/piccolo etc...they have such a beautiful sound...that is why i love many of these particular pieces:

    Vivaldi - the goldfinch, and Four Seasons (Spring)
    Bach's Flute Concerto, and Flute Sonata in E Flat
    an anonymous flute tune knows as "Greensleeves"
    Bizet - Entr'acte to Carmen (act 3)
    Bizet - III. menuet from L'Arlesienne Suite no 2



    though i do enjoy the more thundrous, almost martial pieces as well.
    I would have to say that

    -"O Fortuna" is my all time favorite...the darkness, the thundering orchestra, the grim lyrics in latin (the translation is incredible in english)


    - a close 2nd would be "Adagio For Strings" Op.11 so sad, so moving


    -a close 3rd would be Pachelbel's Canon on a ground in D (hat tip to Ordinary People, when i first heard it)




    oh, and has anyone heard the London Philharmonic Doing "Symphonic Led Zeppelin"? truly *AMAZING* one of my favorite CD's...a must have for a Zeppelin fan.
     
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    DeBussy's Claire de Lune. Makes me so happy I cry.
     
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    Hector Berlioz- Symphonie Fantastique

    Probably my absolute favourite, but I also quite enjoy anything by Chopin and Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata".
     
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    Wagner Operas!.........Tristan und Isolde, Lohengrin, Die Walkure.
     
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    ah good one...i forgot to add ride of the Valkyrie.
     
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    Tchaikovsky, my favourite, especially 'valse des fleurs'
     
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    For me it is Dilibes flower duet. It's about the only thing I know how to play on the piano with out sheet music.
    YouTube - The Flower Duet
     
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    Tchaikovsky, Symphony # 6 "Pathetique"
     
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    Mine is definitely "scheherazade" by Rimksy-Korsakov. I read somewhere that he had a disorder that caused him to see color when he heard certain chords or notes.
     
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    Mozart's PRAGUE comes to mind. I feel coloration when I hear it.
     
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    Always makes me think of powder blue salons filled with Louis Quinze furniture and Poussin paintings.
     
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    Makes me think of British Airways.

    YouTube - British Airways Cabin Crew
     
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    I am a vulgarian and not politically correct so give me anything from Wagner anytime.
     
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    One piece I love but didn't mention in the previous thread on this subject is Dovrak's Ninth Symphony From the New World. It's just splendid and the second movement, Largo, is sublime (and quite a contrast to the rest of the symphony). You'll recognize it immediately as the theme for the song, Coming Home. I don't think there's another work of such pastorality.

    The version I linked is a lovely arrangement written for a capella chorale.
     
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    I'm liking the Planets at the moment. Didn't realise Holst was British! Also love me a bit of Elgar and Vivaldi.

    Massenet's Meditation is great, as is Zadok the Priest, Handel's Queen of Sheba and that Prokofiev tune off 'The Apprentice' (Capulets and Montagues??).

    My favourite overall though is 'Chevaliers de Sangreal' by Hans Zimmer, for the Da Vinci Code soundtrack.
     
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    I love Holst's Planets. Astronomers do too. They all have copies of it.

    That Hans Zimmer piece is really good. I think it fits the theme very well.
     
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    Every Fall, one of my favorites is Norman Dello Joio's The Triumph of Saint Joan Symphony; and also his Variations, Chaconne, and Finale. They have these wonderful autumnal sounds and are perfect for a Fall evening at sunset overlooking a lake. There is a wonderful recording of these pieces that concludes with Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings.

    http://www.emusic.com/album/The-New...aint-Joan-Variatio-MP3-Download/10606598.html

    YouTube - Samuel Barber - Adagio for Strings, op.11

    It was originally the slow movement of his string quartet but now also can be performed as a choral work, "Agnus Dei."

    YouTube - Samuel Barber: Agnus Dei (Adagio for strings)

    I have fallen in love with Rachmaninov's 2nd Symphony. The third movement is beyond beautiful.

    YouTube - Rachmaninov - André Previn - Symphony No.2 Mvt.3-4 (2/3)

    Someone mentioned "O Fortuna". I'm assuming you meant the opening movement of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana. Great piece.

    YouTube - Ysgol Glanaethwy: O Fortuna - Last Choir Standing Final - BBC One
     
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    It's not my favorite, but just start whistling the overture to Respighi's The Thieving Magpie (It's called something else in Italian.) and see how quickly everyone else around starts humming or chimes in. That particular melody is a major musical virus. And a long one, too.
     
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