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  • Favorite Classical Piece?

    I know its hard to boil it down to one, especially when youre talking centuries of great music, but do you have a favorite classical piece of music?
    I think mine is Mussorgsky/Ravel's "Pictures at an Exhibition" (orchestral version). I "discovered" the music over 35 years ago, have many different recordings of the work, and I love nearly all of them.
    Mussorgsky's composition is brilliant, Ravels orchestration is excellent, true genius. Anyway, what are your favorite classical piece(s)? (if you can pick one)
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    Debussey's Clair de Lune. Whether it's straight piano or an orchestral version, whenever I hear it, I have to stop and listen. Maybe it's the simplicity intermingled with complex passages. It's haunting, romantic, and sweet all at the same time.

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      • JCOConnell
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        Interesting choice - is this the only performance that tickles your fancy?

      • Socrates
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        Not Really--just I have this on CD--known quantity--this version is notable I've been informed reliably

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      Today's LP? The Perfect Fourth ...




      But ask me again tommorrow.

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      • #5
        There are so many that I will not be able to choose one favorite.
        But Stravinsky with Ernest Ansermet as conductor on Decca/London will be on the top of my list here.
        There is much more that I like in classical, my record collection reflects this with 60 % being classical.

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        • #6
          Just to clarify, I was asking what is your favorite piece of classical music, not necessarily your favorite classical LP or performance of that music.
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            So you're asking about the score?

          • banditcat200
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            Petrushka by Stravinsky

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          • #8
            Too many to choose from, so off the top of my head at this moment:
            Schoenberg - Verklarte Nacht (string sextet version)
            Messiaen - Quator Pour la Fin du Temps
            Beethoven - Moonlight Sonata
            Dvorak - Symphony #9 (it was the fist full symphony I ever listened to, and have loved it ever since)
            Stravinsky - Firebird and Rite of Spring. (agree abut the old Ansermet recordings too).
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            • #9
              Stravinsky Ballets and Mozart Piano Concertos amongst my favorites.
              Works by Mussorgsky and Tchaikovsky a very close 2nd.
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              • #10
                Lot's of great pieces above and many of my own favorites.

                One piece that I heard last year that blew me away was Berlioz's Symphony Fantastique. A piece that satisfies both the music lover and audiophile in me (especially the last movement!).
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