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05-11-2008, 06:23 PM
I've decided that as much as I adore John Denver :wink: , my ipod needs a bit of diversity...I've developed a new affinity for classical music...but I'm a true novice. Does anyone have any favorites? I'd love to hear about them!

05-11-2008, 06:35 PM
Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata
Mozart's Requiem - the one from the movie Amadeus
Holst's Planets Suite
Vivald's Four Seasons.

On and you can't beat a bit of 1812 Overture when there's a storm raging outside. :D

05-11-2008, 06:36 PM
Oh I love Madame Butterfly too but that's opera. :7:

05-11-2008, 06:56 PM
Adiemus - Karl Jenkins
Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet
Minuet from String quartet no 5
Morning Mood - Peer Gynt
Pachelbel's Canon
Chi Mai
Eliza's Aria

I'll post more when I think of any and am on my laptop where my itunes is.

05-11-2008, 07:01 PM

05-11-2008, 07:02 PM
Here's a couple of mine:

Maurice Ravel - Bolero
Aaron Copeland - Fanfare for the Common Man, Rodeo

And, in keeping with the theme of these boards:

Johann Sebastian Bach Toccata and Fugue in D Minor BWV 565
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Nutcracker Suite Op. 71a
Paul Dukas The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Igor Stravinsky The Rite of Spring
Ludwig van Beethoven 6th symphony in F, Op.68 "Pastorale"
Amilcare Ponchielli La Gioconda: Dance of the Hours.
Modest Mussorgsky Night on Bald Mountain
Franz Schubert Ave Maria

You may reconize the above as the basic playlist from Fantasia. ;)

Tom (who some people consider a classic... or at least as old as one)

05-11-2008, 07:06 PM
OOOOOOOOOOOH!! Songs from whom I cannot pronounce the artist....this is going to be FUN!!! Thank GOODNESS for Itunes.

-Becca (who's imagining herself standing in Barnes & Noble saying, "Yes, do you have Modest Musa...Mus...M...Modest Watermelon in stock?")

In case you've not heard the story Catrancher, my church choir director used to tell us that if, during a performance, we forgot the lyrics to the song we were singing, we should just mouth the word "watermelon" over and over until we caught up.... :wink:

It has served me well in French restaurants over the years.

05-11-2008, 07:26 PM
Hungarian Rhapsody 2 by Franz Liszt (this is the one Bugs Bunny and Tom and Jerry always play on the piano)

The Messiah Handel

The Nutcracker Suite Tchaichosky

I'll post more when I think of them.

05-11-2008, 07:28 PM
Rachmaninovs Piano Concerto No2 is achingly beautiful

Smetana - Ma Vlast

Bizet Carmen

Vivaldi four Seasons

My Favouite piece of all time though is Variations on a Theme by Thomas Tallis by Vaughan Williams - Like most Vaughan williams to be honest

05-11-2008, 07:31 PM
Wow what a cultured lot we are. :D

05-11-2008, 07:32 PM
My favourite has to be Mendelssohn's Italian Symphony.


(It starts properly at 1min 39secs)


05-11-2008, 07:33 PM
Ok. Well if Mus... Mis.... Mas... Watermelon is too difficult to pronounce, there's options.

Now, some people will no doubt argue with me about this one since he's not always considered a "classical" composer. However, it's something that he always aspired to and I, for one, find his music meets any "classical" criteria that I can think of. He is:

George Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue, American in Paris, etc.

At least Gershwin's easier to pronouce than Mussorgsky! :p

Tom (still trying to learn "Rhapsody in Blue" on the piano!)

Ohhhh..... stop press. Just thought of another one:

Sergei Rachmaninoff - Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

Tom (running out of thoughts!)

05-11-2008, 07:34 PM
Verdi - Chorous of the Hebrew Slaves
Clarke - Trumpet Voluntary
Verdi - Grand March from Aida (a ee da)

05-11-2008, 07:35 PM
Carnival of the Animals - Saint Saen (I think that's how it's spelt)

05-11-2008, 07:40 PM
Carnival of the Animals - Saint Saen (I think that's how it's spelt)

Yip, I love that one too.


05-11-2008, 07:43 PM
Thanks for the phonetic spelling, David :wink:

WOOHOO...so much to listen to!! I've already purchased Vivaldi's Four Seasons, Cannon in D and a few that I pinched from our French teacher by George Winston....

Now all I need is a nice bottle of wine...

05-11-2008, 08:46 PM
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Have to listen to 4 seasons all together and let it flow over you

Summer Presto is incredible Nigel kennedys version is wicked

05-11-2008, 08:46 PM
still dont know how to correct the double post thing - sound quality is naff but you get the general idea

05-11-2008, 08:50 PM
It's sorted for you...

That's incredible.

05-11-2008, 08:51 PM
This is my bestest - not a great recording - totally immersive piece - originally written for 2 orchestras to play together !! Moves me totally

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05-11-2008, 08:53 PM
OOH OOOH OOH !!! I just watched that one!

05-11-2008, 08:54 PM
Any Mozart.
Any Bach.
Anything at all that is Baroque.
Tosca (I can't help it).
Vesti la guibba (Sorry, still can't help it).
And Bach-Gounoud's Ave Maria is the best (more of the prayer than is Schubert).
I can't think of any more right now. I'm watching weird people in the airport. :unsure:

05-11-2008, 08:58 PM
OOOOOOH Weird people?! Excellent! Ask them what their favorite classical piece is!!!

Ok friends, I'm printing this off as we speak.....it's date night!! So, first, off to Rainbow Gardens (our favorite watering hole) to celebrate...and then TO THE LIBRARY to check out all these lovely selections!

05-11-2008, 09:27 PM
I love this one! It is the Olympic Fanfare, have a listen...


It has a special meaning to me as my friend who got married in July walked down the aisle to it by a full brass band and it gives me goosebumps when I hear it now!

We were outside the Church for the fanfare and the drum roll and then when the music started after about 22 seconds we started walking down the aisle, sure it was a little slower than the one on You Tube though!! (I was a bridesmaid in case you're wondering why I was walking down the aisle too lol)

I will always remember the feeling listening to this music!

06-11-2008, 01:45 AM
Oh wow, Minnie...that's fantastic!

Ok, we went to our local library tonight during "date night" and this is what I was able to find:

Il Cimento Dell'Armonia e Dell'Invenzione (Vivaldi Four Seasons)
Pachelbel Canon and Other Baroque Masterpieces
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto #2
Rachmaninov Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini
George Winston December

That's all I had time for this evening...I'll stop off at the "good" library tomorrow after work :D

Thanks for all your suggestions! Keep 'em coming!