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john parslow
6th October 2013, 10:05
Andre Rieu - Ave Maria (Maastricht 2008)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkY9HtwXNU8


If this doesn't make you weep then you are dead ...

Please feel free to add your favourite pieces

john parslow
6th October 2013, 10:22
La vergine degli angeli (Mirusia Louwerse, André Rieu)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igyn1rRk--U

Mark
6th October 2013, 10:37
Simply one of the most beautiful pieces ever written. This will take you and wrench your soul.....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=XMbvcp480Y4

The Adagio in G minor for violin, strings and organ continuo, is a neo-Baroque composition popularly attributed to the 18th century Venetian master Tomaso Albinoni, but in fact composed almost entirely by the 20th century musicologist and Albinoni biographer Remo Giazotto.

john parslow
6th October 2013, 10:45
Tchaikovsky-Queen of Spades Lisa's aria


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBmLr_f2kQg

From my favourite Opera: Pique Dame or Queen of Spades, I just love Russian voices ...

Mark
6th October 2013, 10:54
I have posted this before.

Although not strictly classical in the sense of the word, nonetheless as a musical piece it is profound.

This I have found so far to connect to my soul and heart like no other music has.
It is a symbiosis of Bulgarian and Tuva'n (Siberia) voices/throat singing.

Huun Huur Tu & Angelite - Fly, Fly My Sadness.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EpNuiNauH0

It requires no interpretation, the souls voice is universal.

Sooz
6th October 2013, 10:58
Andre Rieu - Ave Maria (Maastricht 2008)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkY9HtwXNU8


If this doesn't make you weep then you are dead ...

Please feel free to add your favourite pieces

That sent tingles up my spine. My Mum died listening to Andre Rieu.

She coughed and then passed away quickly. She was at home with her boyfriend, holding hands. Aged 90. Sitting on their couch.

Sooz

PS: Doesn't she have fabulous hair!

john parslow
6th October 2013, 10:58
Samuel Barber - Adagio for Strings, op.11


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRMz8fKkG2g

Another to tug at your heartstrings ...

john parslow
6th October 2013, 11:02
That sent tingles up my spine. My Mum died listening to Andre Rieu.

She coughed and then passed away quickly. She was at home with her boyfriend, holding hands. Aged 90. Sitting on their couch.

Sooz

PS: Doesn't she have fabulous hair!

What a brilliant way to cross over Sooz, it gives me the tingles too. JP

Mark
6th October 2013, 11:08
That sent tingles up my spine. My Mum died listening to Andre Rieu.

She coughed and then passed away quickly. She was at home with her boyfriend, holding hands. Aged 90. Sitting on their couch.

Sooz

PS: Doesn't she have fabulous hair!

"with her boyfriend, holding hands. Aged 90. Sitting on their couch"

Made me cry, thanks for that Sooz!

Ineffable Hitchhiker
6th October 2013, 11:55
YAY! Thanks John.

Will be listening to this while catching up on things around here.


My absolute favourite piece...(and I have many :) )



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrVDATvUitA

Sooz
6th October 2013, 12:16
"with her boyfriend, holding hands. Aged 90. Sitting on their couch"

Made me cry, thanks for that Sooz!

By the way, that wasn't a throwaway PS 'Doesn't she have fabulous hair'

My Mum would have said the same thing if she was watching that.

john parslow
6th October 2013, 14:33
By the way, that wasn't a throwaway PS 'Doesn't she have fabulous hair'

My Mum would have said the same thing if she was watching that.

Hi Sooz

She really is a young lady who has everything - she is beautiful, has a sublime voice and as you and your mum would say: - beautiful hair ...

I just listened to it again mezzo forte and it always brings me to tears. Love to you. JP

john parslow
6th October 2013, 14:53
Tchaikovsky, Pique Dame - Duet Liza & Pauline - Guleghina & Borodina


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWZm4fw7CVs

Sorry folks, I know I am rather indulging myself here but just can't resist! Love to all. JP

Apologies for the low sound and video quality ...

Moonlight
6th October 2013, 15:31
Thank you all for a very peacefull and soothing Sunday morning. That's how I love them. :)

john parslow
6th October 2013, 18:34
https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/s403x403/1381997_10202062710471065_1247770010_n.jpg

This is how it makes you feel!

john parslow
6th October 2013, 18:45
Andre Rieu introduces Mirusia Louwerse - 'Solveig's Song'


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkfpKqzPFZA

Melidae
6th October 2013, 21:38
Great thread, JP. Thank you.

One of my favorites...Joaquin Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez (or concert of orange juice, as my 4 year old grandson calls it).


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9RS4biqyAc

The Concierto de Aranjuez was inspired by the gardens at Palacio Real de Aranjuez, the spring resort palace and gardens built by Philip II in the last half of the 16th century and rebuilt in the middle of the 18th century by Ferdinand VI. The work attempts to transport the listener to another place and time through the evocation of the sounds of nature. According to the composer, the second movement "represents a dialogue between guitar and solo instruments, cor anglais, bassoon, oboe, horn etc.". He described the concerto itself as capturing "the fragrance of magnolias, the singing of birds, and the gushing of fountains" in the gardens of Aranjuez.

Melidae
6th October 2013, 21:50
One more...heard Pavane for a Dead Princess by Ravel at Tanglewood some years ago...performed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Seiji Ozawa. Every time I hear it, I am transported back to a most wonderful warm summer evening enveloped by the most soothing music.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqAlMItkV44&feature=related

Tribe
7th October 2013, 09:01
http://youtu.be/bHmMrVPZfsE

One of my favourite pieces to listen to before sleep . X

john parslow
7th October 2013, 14:25
Anna Netrebko - "O Mio Babbino Caro"


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0diDwHtATw

Moonlight
8th October 2013, 00:34
This one was written just for me... :swing:


http://youtu.be/5-MT5zeY6CU

john parslow
8th October 2013, 17:38
Hello Moonlight

When I was a kid I saved up and bought the full piano copy of Moonlight Sonata and though I couldn't really read music I sat at the piano for months and unpicked every note until I had learned the first movement - quite something for one so young, if I remember correctly it is in the key of C# minor (four sharps) that's probably why I later became a bass player. Lol

It occurs to me that if it was written for you then you are much older than I thought ...

P.S. Thank you for posting one of my favourite piano pieces ...

Melidae
8th October 2013, 21:47
Posting this one for you, Moonlight....one of the most beautiful pieces ever composed....


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ip64cG7gK4

...and Angela Hewitt plays it from her heart....just lovely.


John, the story you told about how hard you worked to play the first movement of Moonlight Sonata on the piano was wonderful. It reminded me of when I was very young and heard my cousin Les play "Theme from 'The Apartment'" on the piano...I cried, it was so beautiful...and I was determined that I would play that piece myself one day.

Little did I know then that I would spend the rest of my life as a pianist...and it was the thrill of playing "Theme from 'The Apartment'" on the piano myself, with all the emotion that lie buried deep flowing through my fingers, into the piano, and filling the air, that propelled me into a passion I didn't know I had within me.

Besides, Chopin, of course, Debussy is one of my favorite composers...and "Clair de lune" is one of my many favorite pieces to play. Well, there's always Mozart, whose music is playful and so much fun...

john parslow
9th October 2013, 16:37
A beautiful rendition indeed Melidae - this another piece I learned as a kid. Perhaps I should have stuck with the piano. Since retiring both from work and bands, it can be a bit odd playing bass just to myself!

Thank you for posting. JP

john parslow
9th October 2013, 19:37
Requiem de Mozart - Lacrimosa - Karl Böhm - Sinfónica de Viena


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-kJVmEWWV8

BabaRa
9th October 2013, 19:46
Dein ist mein ganzes hertz - Plácido Domingo - Anna Netrebko - Rolando Villazon


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPNwd-SR_MA

Moonlight
10th October 2013, 00:50
Thank you Melidae. I imagined having the honour of listening to you play... beautifull.

John, as you know I was joking when I wrote that ... I really love the piece too (it's on my funeral list...) Anyway, after I wrote that I suddenly thought... hmmm... what if it really was? :shocked:

john parslow
12th October 2013, 11:35
Time To Say Goodbye Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbN0g8-zbdY&list=PL46D55A30B8390C1C

777
12th October 2013, 15:01
I'm so glad this thread has been re-booted thanks John!

There's some amazing pieces already in here, I've had a great half hour and many more to come. The following piece is by far my favourite classical piece bar none. It's called Lark Ascending by Vaughn Williams. I put this on whenever I feel down, upset or stressed and it has an alchemical effect on me and transmutes all that is bad into a tearful grin of pleaseure.

It's a fifteen minute investment of your life and worth every second. It's calm and sultry, mystical riffs eventually climax but the teasing of the build up is well worth it. I dearly hope at least one of you gets something out of this.

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Wow Sooz, that is one of the most beautifully touching things I've ever heard *proper tears* :smiley hug:

Melidae
12th October 2013, 15:47
My life can tend to be a bit stressful...not the least of which is the fact that I work when everyone else rests or plays...nights, weekend, holidays...and I miss out on the fun and camaraderie shared with family and friends in such times.

Massenet's "Meditation" from Thais helps keep the peace inside as the world around me appears chaotic. I prefer cello to violin for those moments as the sound is more mellow...as in this version with Yo-Yo Ma on cello...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtiIpIJ5J2Q&feature=related

Melidae
13th October 2013, 00:30
Thank you for posting 'Time to Say Goodbye', JP.

It always gets me misty-eyed. Several years ago, my daughter was in a serious relationship with a man from Italy who was here on a work visa. She came close to marrying Max (a shortened version of his real name which I cannot pronounce, never mind spell) when his visa expired and he was to go back to Italy.

I was so torn...they were perfect for each other and yet they would have moved to Italy had they wed.

It was a very difficult decision for them. In the end, Max went home alone.

This song reminds me of the pain of their final goodbye...

john parslow
13th October 2013, 09:29
Thanks very much Ben a beautiful piece, just perfect with my first cup of tea after a bad night’s sleep on a Sunday morning. Another of my favourite English composers is listed below…

Melidae what can I say, such beautiful relaxing music this morning thank you, I might just be going back to bed soon …

Elgar Cello Concerto 1st Movement: Jacqueline du Pre


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OH0jUQTCCQI

Jacqueline du Pre is a light who shined so briefly but with such intensity, Love to all. JP

john parslow
20th October 2013, 10:16
Bobby McFerrin - Ave Maria ~ Live in Montreal


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xijdYYvyV7Y

Another brilliant version of the first post. Just shows how brilliant the human voice can be. Love to all JP

Calz
30th October 2013, 19:19
Hope this has not already been posted (truth be told the reset took away much of my mojo to follow through on such things as I did the "first time").

Good on you others for repeat performances.

One of my favorites:



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEzuXJ0rOJM

BabaRa
30th October 2013, 20:30
Hope this has not already been posted (truth be told the reset took away much of my mojo to follow through on such things as I did the "first time").

Good on you others for repeat performances.

One of my favorites:



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEzuXJ0rOJM

Thank you Calz for this wonderful reminder - this piece has always brought me peace. Here is another that does the same for me.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvzTxNq3nTg

Moonlight
3rd November 2013, 15:23
Sublime...


http://youtu.be/g8w0dIKFD2g

john parslow
3rd November 2013, 16:15
Thank you indeed for posting Moonlight, absolutely sublime listening for a Sunday afternoon, love to you. JP

BabaRa
4th November 2013, 00:17
3 of my favorite singers, singing one of my favorite songs. And I love the young girl in the audience who is singing along with her hand over her heart. That's exactly what I do every time I hear this piece.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPNwd-SR_MA

Tribe
11th November 2013, 14:08
http://youtu.be/leNmRpNjOko

john parslow
11th November 2013, 15:49
Hello Sarah, this is a beautiful piece by Elgar - I can honestly say I have never heard it before, thank you so much for posting. Love JP

john parslow
23rd January 2014, 12:42
Madam Butterfly by Puccini – Maria Callas


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLcbfF9ypmM

Eelco
23rd January 2014, 12:59
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Anyone know if there is a A = 432 version?

With Love
Eelco

Calabash
25th January 2014, 13:15
I always think of my hip-hop loving daughter whenever I hear this as it's her favourite classical song. It tells me that whatever our favourite genres, the individual beauty of music never fails to hit that special spot.

Kathleen Battle singing Lovers from The House of Flying Daggers


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRWo8848cSU