Subject: More music nerdery
Posted on: 2021-08-30 20:15:24 UTC

Yeah, I'm not really a music nerd, but I do have a lot of love for it right now. So I decided to go ahead with that ramble about my favorite pieces of classical and opera music after all, plus a bonus from a musical because that singing. I won't provide links because as we know links always break eventually, especially for older videos like a lot of those I listen to, but as of right now all these pieces are available on Youtube. And yeah, most of it's really basic stuff like Four Seasons, but there are a couple in there that might be new to some of you folks if you read this.

  • Nicole Scherzinger's Phantom of the Opera performance - Her voice! And four Phantoms on the same song!!
  • Bedřich Smetana - The Moldau - Literally the only thing I liked about my tyrannical high school music class was listening to this piece. It's mesmerizing. I recommend Herbert von Karajan's version with the Berliner Philharmoniker.
  • Maurice Ravel - Bolero - This one was shown also to my high school class... by one of our literature teachers so we'd have a break in studying during finals season. She was so cool, guys.
  • Mozart's Rondo Alla Turca - One of my favorite piano pieces since I was a toddler watching musical cartoons on the Hungarian cartoon channel. I love it to bits.
  • Paul de Senneville - Mariage d'Amour - My other favorite piano piece.
  • Antonio Vivaldi - Spring - Basic stuff, yeah, but it's so pretty! I also like Edvin Marton's reimagining of it a whole lot.
  • Johannes Brahms - Hungarian Dance No. 5 - I mean, I am Hungarian. For bonus fun, listen to Martynas's accordion version. It always makes me want to dance.
  • Paul Halley - Winter - I've mentioned it before in the original post in this thread, but I'd been madly in love with this piece since my first listen... a good couple of years ago, actually.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach - Saint Matthew Passion, final chorus - The most beautiful classical choral piece out there aside from Veni Veni Emmanuel, and I'll die on that hill. The instrumental cover by E. S. Posthumus is also gorgeous.
  • Jean-Baptiste Lully - Les Folies d'Espagne - Lully has a whole lot of respect from me as a composer because he was both very talented and very gay. I don't usually dip into Baroque music, but I remember this piece from a history class and it really stuck with me.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach - Toccata and Fugue in D Minor - It is a great regret of mine that this piece doesn't play in the background every time I step into a room.
  • Camille Saint-Saëns - Danse Macabre - I feel the same about this as about Toccata and Fugue in D Minor.
  • Tchaikovsky - Waltz of the Flowers, Dmitry Shostakovich - Waltz No. 2 and, like, every single old Russian waltz out there because a good waltz makes me feel Emotions.
  • Diana Damrau's performance of the Queen of the Night aria from Mozart's The Magic Flute - Look her up. Please. She's wonderful... well, 'jaw-dropping' might be a better word.

Also seriously, please do recommend more classical music to me - I'm about to listen to the entirety of Saint Matthew Passion because I've never heard a full recording, but I'm really looking to branch out right now. I oughta dig up that Beethoven CD/booklet I own...

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