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Old 10-20-2008, 06:34 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Lux Aeterna has been my favorite for a while now. It still strikes me every time I hear it.
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Old 10-22-2008, 06:40 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Bolero by Maurice Ravel is of course a timeless classic, which I had been looking for for a while before I remembered the name. That's my problem with classical music. There's tons of great music that I grew up with, but I don't know name or composer of most of them.
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Old 10-26-2008, 07:51 PM   #23 (permalink)
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My favorite classical piece of all time is definitely II Air by Bach, though my favorites are always changing depending on the mood...

For good classical-musicish soundtracks, I recommend the Neon Genesis Evangelion OSTs and also the Spirited Away OST (animated film by Miyazaki).
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Old 10-28-2008, 11:05 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Oh my god.
Go listen to Prelude to Afternoon of the Faun by Debussy. It is such an amazing and beautiful piece.
GO LISTEN NOW!

Another piece is Capriccio Espagnol by Rimsky-Korsakov.
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Old 10-29-2008, 07:56 AM   #25 (permalink)
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Le Bolero de Ravel is one of my favourite piece, but my favourite is Bizet's Carmen Suite !
And Rachmaninov concerto n3 for piano.
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Old 11-21-2008, 07:14 PM   #26 (permalink)
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Have you tried listening to any Haydn-they mostly have nicknames and quite a few are uptempo.He's brilliant(or should I say was). He even wrote his own funeral music.
Or if you fancy something a bit more modern you could try Rondo Veneziano. Their most famous tune is called Venice In Peril.They perform in Venetian costumes and masks from the 1700's.Their collection is almost never ending.
Then there's always Glazunov-he was Russian. The list goes on and on!
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Old 11-22-2008, 08:36 PM   #27 (permalink)
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My favorite orchestral piece is Beethoven's 7th symphony. You should also look into Mahler's and Sibelius's symphonies as well. Sibelius's first symphony is a really interesting piece and is one of my favorites.

As for interpretations you can't really go wrong with Karajan, Bernstein, Furtwangler, or Toscanini. I'm not really particular about my conductors. I'm more critical of the interpretation by the pianist (but that's probably just because I play the piano).
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Old 11-24-2008, 09:38 AM   #28 (permalink)
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Beethoven and Mozart. And if you want to listen to something very unqiue and different, try Ravel's Bolero.
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Old 01-03-2009, 09:11 PM   #30 (permalink)
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Pavel Chesnokov's "Salvation is Created" gets me every time.
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