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Title: The Most "MOVING" Pieces for you Personally.
Post by: dave b on March 22, 2008, 06:56:32 AM
This is a narrowed down version of some previous questions by me. Here I go again, still taking my "surveys". And perhaps asking too many questions, as usual. But now I want to ask which one or two pieces are personally the most moving for you, so when you hear it you want to turn up the volume a bit or a lot. Mine is still Respighi's Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No. 2 (III), Dvorak Cello Concerto (in places), some Dvorak Slavonic Dances, Vaughan Williams' Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus.
This is not the same question I asked before re your favorite 3 or 4 pieces. This is narrowed down to the one or two most MOVING, i.e. produces the most emotional reaction in you because of the beauty of the piece. Thanks in advance once again.....I am always on the lookout for pieces I haven't heard (which number in the millions, it seems). So I ask these questions, listen to the suggested pieces, and brand new windows have opened, as they have re other answers to questions I have put to you.
Title: Re: The Most "MOVING" Pieces for you Personally. Just one or two.
Post by: dave b on March 22, 2008, 06:58:18 AM
I asked for one or two, and I put down three. Good start :)
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Post by: J.Z. Herrenberg on March 22, 2008, 07:10:17 AM
There are many pieces that move me deeply. But there is one piece that stands out for me - the last movement of Mahler's Tenth, simply the most heart-rending music I know. (And if it's Cooke who is mainly responsible for that, then he had his moment of genius.)
Title: Re: The Most "MOVING" Pieces for you Personally. Just one or two.
Post by: Varg on March 22, 2008, 07:17:13 AM
I'll name more than 2 or 3, if you dont mind. That might help you discover new composers.

Bruckner: 5th Symphony. (Celibidache)
Bruckner: 7th Symphony, 2nd movement. (Celibidache)
Bruckner: 9th Symphony, 3rd movement. (Skrowaczewski)
Mahler: 9th Symphony, 4th movement. (Chailly)
Pettersson: Symphonies 6-7-8. (cpo records)
Strauss: Metamorphosen/Death and Transfiguration. (Karajan)
Wagner: Most of his Overtures and Preludes. (Barenboim)
Williams: 5th Symphony, 3rd movement. (Hickox)

There are extremely moving parts in every Bruckner symphonies, those are just my favorites; you'll want to check them all out.

Title: Re: The Most "MOVING" Pieces for you Personally. Just one or two.
Post by: Novi on March 22, 2008, 07:23:13 AM
Here are my 'two' as well :):

Beethoven op. 111 - especially the Arietta

Wagner, Parsifal

Bruckner 9
Title: Re: The Most "MOVING" Pieces for you Personally. Just one or two.
Post by: dave b on March 22, 2008, 07:23:59 AM
Thanks. I wanted to be sure people would not get tired of me asking what might appear to be the same question as yesterday (to name their top 3 or 4 pieces), but this is a little different in that it narrows it down to the most "moving", whatever each of us means by that.  And I ask these questions because I am always on the lookout for really beautiful classical music beyond a regular symphony that is nice but not particularly stunning, melody wise. So naming many pieces is fine with me.
Title: Re: The Most "MOVING" Pieces for you Personally. Just one or two.
Post by: Varg on March 22, 2008, 07:37:30 AM
Thanks. The only reason I said one or two was so people would not get tired of me asking what might appear to be the same question as yesterday (to name their top 3 or 4 pieces), but this is a little different in that it narrows it down to the most "moving", whatever each of us means by that.  And I ask these questions because I am always on the lookout for really beautiful classical music beyond a regular symphony that is nice but not particularly stunning, melody wise. So naming many pieces is fine with me.

That's what i tought.

It doesn't bothers me (and others, i'm sure) at all to help you in your quest. And dont be shy to ask exactly what you have in mind when you start a topic; most of us will just be glad to enlight you.
Title: Re: The Most "MOVING" Pieces for you Personally. Just one or two.
Post by: dave b on March 22, 2008, 07:41:08 AM
Thanks. And here is another reason I ask. It might be two years before some of the suggested pieces here are played on the radio, so my process of discovery of this music is really haphazard at best. Focusing on it now, allows me to search for it instead of waiting til it comes to me by chance, if at all, so vast is this field.
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Post by: mikkeljs on March 22, 2008, 07:48:23 AM
Granados: the La Maja...something... Aria from Goyescas

Scriabin: Sonata no. 3

Shostakovich: Symphony no. 14

And of cause Petterssons Symphony no. 6, but doesn´t that shake everyone more than most other things?
Title: Re: The Most "MOVING" Pieces for you Personally.
Post by: DavidW on March 22, 2008, 07:51:20 AM
Some of the most emotionally driven music is also some of the ugliest.  It's hard for me to really lump beauty and emotion together like you have Dave.  It's kind of how you use the two synonymously as if they were interchangable.  Well which do you want?  Beauty or the Beast?
Title: Re: The Most "MOVING" Pieces for you Personally. Just one or two.
Post by: Varg on March 22, 2008, 07:52:06 AM
Thanks. And here is another reason I ask. It might be two years before some of the suggested pieces here are played on the radio, so my process of discovery of this music is really haphazard at best. Focusing on it now, allows me to search for it instead of waiting til it comes to me by chance, if at all, so vast is this field.

That's exactly what you need to do; classical music is such a vast universe. And with the countless perfomers and conductors, it's really easy to get confused. Which reminds me, i did not name those with my suggestions; i'll update it right now.
Title: Re: The Most "MOVING" Pieces for you Personally.
Post by: dave b on March 22, 2008, 07:57:11 AM
Maybe I should define "moving" as I am using it. I mean beautifully moving, never moving in such a way as an explosion would "move" someone to distraction. Always in the sense of a beautiful melody. I.e. What pieces, to you, are the most beautiful (moving) melodies? Not which ones jar your brain around in your head as you sit near the cd player or radio. Some of the very loud symphony endings are not moving in the sense in which I am using it. And not all of Dvorak's Cello Concerto is moving, but a few parts are strongly so, same with some of his Slavonic Dances. A particularly beautiful piece of music within a broader work, is what I am looking for. Or even an entire work, although I don't think an entire piece can sustain that uplifting feeling throughout the entire performance. But I hope this clarifies the sense in which I am using the word. I think that is the generally accepted way most people use it.
Title: Re: The Most "MOVING" Pieces for you Personally.
Post by: dave b on March 22, 2008, 08:01:58 AM
Re what someone said about lumping beauty and emotion:  I think that beauty and emotion are inextricably connected, wouldn't you say? Lumping beauty with emotion seems to be something that is already done outside of what I am thinking. It is just there. When we see or hear beauty, we automatically associate beauty with good emotional feeling subjectively. It is a natural thing whereby beauty and emotion go hand in hand, even if we would have them go separately. So "lumping beauty with emotion" is not a voluntary act on our parts. Unless we want to distinguish between good and bad emotion. Positive and negative. But beauty causes positive emotion. That is the way in which I am using "moving", a positive experience of the beauty of a certain piece of music.
Title: Re: The Most "MOVING" Pieces for you Personally.
Post by: dave b on March 22, 2008, 08:04:15 AM
But, again, to David W, what kind of ugly music would be "moving" in the sense that I have used it throughout these posts? I can't picture an ugly piece of music being moving except in the sense of jarring you off your chair in a negative way due to the noise level and ugliness of it. I don't think ugly can be moving, except in a pitying sort of way. Quasimodo was "moving" to onlookers, but that is not the sense of the word I am using.
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Post by: Varg on March 22, 2008, 08:11:13 AM
Maybe I should define "moving" as I am using it. I mean beautifully moving, never moving in such a way as an explosion would "move" someone to distraction. Always in the sense of a beautiful melody. I.e. What pieces, to you, are the most beautiful (moving) melodies? Not which ones jar your brain around in your head as you sit near the cd player or radio. Some of the very loud symphony endings are not moving in the sense in which I am using it. And not all of Dvorak's Cello Concerto is moving, but a few parts are strongly so, same with some of his Slavonic Dances. A particularly beautiful piece of music within a broader work, is what I am looking for. Or even an entire work, although I don't think an entire piece can sustain that uplifting feeling throughout the entire performance. But I hope this clarifies the sense in which I am using the word. I think that is the generally accepted way most people use it.

That's exactly my cup of tea. All my suggestions will certainly appeals to you.
Title: Re: The Most "MOVING" Pieces for you Personally.
Post by: DavidW on March 22, 2008, 08:12:26 AM
I can't picture an ugly piece of music being moving except in the sense of jarring you off your chair in a negative way due to the noise level and ugliness of it. I don't think ugly can be moving, except in a pitying sort of way.

Then forget about it, broaden your horizons sometime I'm outta here.
Title: Re: The Most "MOVING" Pieces for you Personally.
Post by: Varg on March 22, 2008, 08:15:43 AM
I'll name more than 2 or 3, if you dont mind. That might help you discover new composers.

Bruckner: 5th Symphony (Celibidache)
Bruckner: 7th Symphony, 2nd movement (Celibidache)
Bruckner: 9th Symphony, 3rd movement (Skrowaczewski)
Chopin: Nocturnes (Barenboim)
Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites (Karajan)
Mahler: 9th Symphony, 4th movement (Chailly)
Pettersson: Symphonies 6-7-8 (cpo records)
Strauss: Metamorphosen/Death and Transfiguration (Karajan)
Wagner: Most of his Overtures and Preludes (Barenboim)
Williams: 5th Symphony, 3rd movement (Hickox)

There are extremely moving parts in every Bruckner symphonies, those are just my favorites; you'll want to check them all out.
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Post by: The new erato on March 22, 2008, 08:16:17 AM

Petterson Symphony nr 6 (not many to choose from.....)
Shostakovich Vn concerto nr 1 (Oistrakh)
F Martin Der Cornet. Die Weise von Liebe und Tod des Cornets (Zagrosek/Orfeo)
Title: Re: The Most "MOVING" Pieces for you Personally.
Post by: dave b on March 22, 2008, 08:21:23 AM
David W  I already forgot about it. Was only answering your question, which began "Well, which do you want...?"
Title: Re: The Most "MOVING" Pieces for you Personally.
Post by: dave b on March 22, 2008, 08:27:07 AM
Thank you. I will check out the Bruckner pieces especially because I have not heard that much played by him, at least on the radio.....thanks for those suggestions....I will try to check out all of this. Just saved me a year or two of listening....
Title: Re: The Most "MOVING" Pieces for you Personally.
Post by: Varg on March 22, 2008, 09:08:51 AM
That could be helpful:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=7w17MamPY7A (Wagner)

http://youtube.com/watch?v=AB4m885sTeE (Grieg)

http://youtube.com/watch?v=duSL3y2LASI (Mahler)

http://youtube.com/watch?v=NZL6bNqBNwM (Bruckner)

http://youtube.com/watch?v=Fh514blhFjE (Bruckner)

EDIT: I changed the Mahler.
Title: Re: The Most "MOVING" Pieces for you Personally.
Post by: dave b on March 22, 2008, 09:15:30 AM
That was a lot of trouble, and I appreciate it very very much. Thanks.
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Post by: Ten thumbs on March 22, 2008, 09:24:09 AM
Beauty and the beast, in no particular order:
Beethoven - Symphony No. 7
Mel Bonis - Piano Quartet in D major.
Title: Re: The Most "MOVING" Pieces for you Personally.
Post by: Varg on March 22, 2008, 09:45:25 AM
And here's Strauss!

http://youtube.com/watch?v=duSL3y2LASI (Metamorphosen. Not professional, but it gives you an idea. No need to say that it's not even comparable with the Karajan recording, so dont be influenced by the sound/playing. Part 2 and 3 are also available, just look at the right of your screen.)

And here's Barenboim playing a Nocturne:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=-4quKyrOVww

Enjoy!

Title: Re: The Most "MOVING" Pieces for you Personally.
Post by: Varg on March 22, 2008, 10:07:25 AM
http://youtube.com/watch?v=mEOKf3pVn-o

Pettersson's 7th. Such a bad interpretation! I would've never get into this if i heard that first. MUCH better on the cpo recording. One of my favorite work. Part 2-3-4-5 available, at the right.
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Post by: hautbois on March 22, 2008, 10:13:47 AM
Everything on Kremer's "After Mozart" album.  ;D

Grieg's symphonic dances, no. 2

Too many things by Rachmaninov

Kodaly's Galanta Dances (Kodaly is so little performed these days, why why why?)

So much music, so much good music to be precise, that moves. A live performance of Beethoven's violin concerto moved me to tears, it was Vivianne Hagner playing. Not one single recording moved me before that.

Howard
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Post by: quintett op.57 on March 22, 2008, 10:37:14 AM
Regarding symphonies

Bruckner 5-9
Haydn 96-101-103
Shosta 10
Title: Re: The Most "MOVING" Pieces for you Personally. Just one or two.
Post by: Haffner on March 22, 2008, 12:30:55 PM




Mahler: 9th Symphony, 1st and 4th movements (Karajan)
Strauss: Metamorphosen/Death and Transfiguration. (Karajan)
Wagner: Rheingold in its entirety, Die Walkure in its entirety, Siegfried Act III, Gotterdammerung Prelude and Finale.
Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Acts I and III in their entirety
Wagner: Parsifal in its entirety
Mozart: Second Movement of String Quintet in Gm, k266, last movement of k387, Don Giovanni as a whole, "Im Diesem Heil'gen Hallen" aria.
Joseph Haydn: op. 76,5; op. 54, 1-3; op. 20, nos. 1 and 2
Handel: Messiah Prelude
Beethoven: op. 132 (Borodin Quartet), op. 59, 1 (Quartetto Italiano), Missa Solemnis (Klemperer)
Gorecki Symphony no. 3 1st Movement

Those are just some.

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Post by: FideLeo on March 22, 2008, 12:35:52 PM
The six-part Ricercar from JSB's Musical Offering
The 1st movement allegro from Schubert's Quintet in C
Title: Re: The Most "MOVING" Pieces for you Personally.
Post by: Haffner on March 22, 2008, 12:37:08 PM
The six-part Ricercar from JSB's Musical Offering
The 1st movement allegro from Schubert's Quintet in C


Very cool, untypical choices. Makes me want to break the Schubert out NOW!
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Post by: Mozart on March 22, 2008, 12:43:35 PM


Bruckner: 5th Symphony. (Celibidache)
Bruckner: 7th Symphony, 2nd movement. (Celibidache)
Bruckner: 9th Symphony, 3rd movement. (Skrowaczewski)
Mahler: 9th Symphony, 4th movement. (Chailly)
Pettersson: Symphonies 6-7-8. (cpo records)
Strauss: Metamorphosen/Death and Transfiguration. (Karajan)
Wagner: Most of his Overtures and Preludes. (Barenboim)
Williams: 5th Symphony, 3rd movement. (Hickox)


Great list, these pieces would surely move my butt out of the uncomfortable concert hall seats!
Title: Re: The Most "MOVING" Pieces for you Personally. Just one or two.
Post by: greg on March 22, 2008, 04:11:54 PM
There are many pieces that move me deeply. But there is one piece that stands out for me - the last movement of Mahler's Tenth, simply the most heart-rending music I know. (And if it's Cooke who is mainly responsible for that, then he had his moment of genius.)
i just saw this thread, and i was going to mention this symphony (predictable, yeah, i know)  :P

but really, how much of it did "Cooke" write? Was it just the orchestrations? Sounds like it to me.... also, he has the same last name as me, as except with an e. Haha
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Post by: Sergeant Rock on March 23, 2008, 06:42:36 AM
Maybe I should define "moving" as I am using it. I mean beautifully moving, never moving in such a way as an explosion would "move" someone to distraction.

When I first read the title of your thread I was going to list the third movement of Havergal Brian's Gothic Symphony...the most moving (in the sense of mind-blowing) music I know....but I guess I won't now  ;D

I'll be back!

Sarge
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Post by: Sergeant Rock on March 23, 2008, 07:12:56 AM
Some of the most beautiful, and to me, emotionally moving music I know:

Fauré Pavane Op.50 - Barenboim/O de Paris (I prefer the choral version but the intrumental version affects me as deeply)

Fauré Pelléas et Mélisande - Ozawa/Boston (The entire suite is gorgeous but it was love at first listen when I heard the Sicilienne)

Mahler slow movements, especially: the Blumine (comes with some recordings of the First), the Second Symphony's Andante moderato (my father sighed audibly and turned to me and said, "God, that was beautiful," after he heard Ormandy and the Cleveland Orchestra...and my father was not a Mahler fan); the Fourth's Ruhevoll; the Fifth's Adagietto (it was played by Bernstein at JFK's memorial service); the Sixth's Andante moderto; the Ninth's great Adagio, the first movement.

I agree with the others here who mentioned the Finale of Mahler's 10th. Indescribably moving (especially those closing pages, dedicated to his wife).

If I had to recommend just one CD that fits your definition of beauty and emotion, it would be this one: It sustains the mood beautifully all the way through and includes some of my very favorite pieces of music (including a great "Danny Boy"):

(http://photos.imageevent.com/sgtrock/febgmc/Slatkin.jpg)


Sarge
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Post by: dave b on March 23, 2008, 08:01:05 AM
Thanks, Sarge, and others......I guess I am the only one who is absolutely capitvated by Respighi's Ancient Airs and Dances, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra....(?)
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Post by: J.Z. Herrenberg on March 23, 2008, 08:04:00 AM
Thanks, Sarge, and others......I guess I am the only one who is absolutely capitvated by Respighi's Ancient Airs and Dances, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra....(?)

I have them (in another performance). It's wonderful music, I agree. I promise to listen to them again.
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Post by: dave b on March 23, 2008, 08:27:43 AM
what recording do you have re Ancient Airs and Dances?  I always like to know more about these things...
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Post by: J.Z. Herrenberg on March 23, 2008, 08:34:13 AM
what recording do you have re Ancient Airs and Dances?  I always like to know more about these things...

Seiji Ozawa, Boston Symphony Orchestra, DGG
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Post by: The new erato on March 23, 2008, 08:37:47 AM
I'd recommend the Orpheus Ch Orchestra on DG if it's still available.

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Post by: Sergeant Rock on March 23, 2008, 08:37:53 AM
Thanks, Sarge, and others......I guess I am the only one who is absolutely capitvated by Respighi's Ancient Airs and Dances, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra....(?)

Oh, not at all, Dave. I love it. If you want something similiar (old music tarted up in modern dress), try Warlock's Capriol Suite, Stravinsky's Pulcinella, and Richard Strauss's Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme Suite. All three works delightful, delicious, and very beautiful.

Sarge
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Post by: Sergeant Rock on March 23, 2008, 08:41:44 AM
Seiji Ozawa, Boston Symphony Orchestra, DGG

I have that one, too. And Marriner's with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

Sarge
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Post by: The new erato on March 23, 2008, 08:45:14 AM
Oh, not at all, Dave. I love it. If you want something similiar (old music tarted up in modern dress), try Warlock's Capriol Suite, Stravinsky's Pulcinella, and Richard Strauss's Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme Suite. All three works delightful, delicious, and very beautiful.

Sarge

And Ravels Tombeau de Couperin, and Griegs Holberg Suite (not old music, but a good pastiche).
Title: Re: The Most "MOVING" Pieces for you Personally.
Post by: J.Z. Herrenberg on March 23, 2008, 08:51:12 AM
And Ravels Tombeau de Couperin, and Griegs Holberg Suite (not old music, but a good pastiche).

Yes yes! I was thinking of those, too.
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Post by: ChamberNut on March 23, 2008, 09:13:52 AM
So many, here's a sampling of mine:

Mozart - Gran Partita Serenade - 4th mvt. Adagio
Mozart - Symphony No. 40, 1st and 2nd mvt.
Mozart - String Quartet No. 19 "Dissonant"

Mahler - Symphony No. 5 'Adagietto' 

Brahms - Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, 2nd mvt.

Beethoven - Pretty much any string quartet

Schubert - String Quartet # 13 "Rosamunde", 1st and 3rd mvts

Schubert - String Quintet in C, 2nd & 3rd mvts.

Bruckner - Symphony No. 5 Adagio
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Post by: techniquest on March 24, 2008, 08:07:27 AM
Three individual pieces (as opposed to movements from larger works) which I find particularly moving:
Howard Skepton: Lento
Hovahaness: Fra Angelico
Vaughan Williams: Tallis Fantasia
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Post by: samuel on March 24, 2008, 09:10:43 AM
the single movement of music that moves me the most is the andante from mahler's sixth symphony.
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Post by: c#minor on March 24, 2008, 09:17:35 AM
must i be the first to say Tchaikovsky's 6th?
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Post by: Varg on March 24, 2008, 09:34:52 AM
must i be the first to say Tchaikovsky's 6th?

That one should've appear much earlier!

Another obvious one that no one mentioned: Mozart Requiem!
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Post by: knight66 on March 24, 2008, 09:42:25 AM
The opening chorus of Bach's St Matthew Passion.
RVW Silent Noon
Movement 1 Mahler 9th
RVW The Lark Ascending
Berlioz. Romeo alone from Romeo and Juliet
R Strauss Befreit
Meistersingers Quintet
Beethoven 1st Rasamovsky mvt 1
Fidelio Quartet
Rosenkavalier Final Trio and duet
Peter Grimes Embroidery Aria.
Schubert Litani
 I can go on and on.......

Mike
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Post by: Keemun on March 24, 2008, 09:50:07 AM
Here's my list of 1 or 2 (with a few extra added for good measure).  ;)

Beethoven: Symphony No. 3, 2nd mvt. (Karajan, 1963)
Beethoven: String Quartet No. 15, Op. 132, 3rd mvt.
Brahms: German Requiem, 2nd mvt.
Bruckner: Symphony No. 5, 2nd mvt.
Bruckner: Symphony No. 7, 2nd mvt.
Bruckner: Symphony No. 8, 3rd mvt.
Mahler: Symphony No. 9, 4th mvt.
Pettersson: Symphony No. 7 (hauntingly beautiful)
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Post by: helios on March 24, 2008, 11:20:25 AM
To avoid repetition with the other list:

1) Mahler - Kindertotenlieder
2) Mahler - 9th Symphony, 4th movement
3) Debussy - Prelude a l'apres-midi d'une faune (especially this one)
4) Beethoven - Sonata Op. 111, last movement.

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Post by: Christo on March 24, 2008, 12:36:11 PM
Very moving for me are, often for personal & mostly also for sentimental reasons:

Vaughan Williams, A Pastoral Symphony
Vaughan Williams, Tallis Fantasia
Tubin, Symphony no. 4 'Lirica'
Tormis, Unustatud rahvad
Bartók, Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta
Braga Santos, Symphony no. 3
Pärt, Te Deum
Leigh, Harpsichord Concertino
Einhorn, Voices of Light
Bridge, Oration - concerto elegiaco
Skalkottas, 36 Greek Dances
Debussy, La Mer
Gibbs, Symphony no. 3 'Westmorland'
Howells, Requiem
Ginastera, Variaciones concertantes
Tailleferre, Concertino pour harpe et orchestre
Guridi, Diez melodias vascas
Holst, The Hymn of Jesus
Barber, Second Essay for orchestra
Janáček, Intimate Letters
Avetissian, Oratorio
Szymanowski, Stabat Mater
Duruflé, Requiem
Brian, Symphony no. 6 `Tragica'
Pierné, Divertissements sur un thème pastoral
Martin, Polyptyque
Falla, El Sombrero de Tres Picos
Respighi, Metamorphoseon
Respighi, Lauda per la Nativitá del Signore
Kodály, Dances from Galanta
Hindemith, Fünf Stücke für Streichorchester






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Post by: vandermolen on March 25, 2008, 03:24:20 AM
Howells: Hymnus Paradisi
Vaughan Williams: Ninth Symphony (last movement)
Armstrong Gibbs: Symphony 3 "Westmorland"
Braga Santos Symphony 3 and 4
Miaskovsky: Symphony 27 and Symphony 6
Sibelius: Tapiola
Hadley: "The Trees so High"
Sainton: "Nadir"
Pettersson: Violin Concerrto 2 (end section)
Bruckner: Symphony 9
Bax: Symphony 3 (Epilogue)
Suk: Asrael Symphony
Bainton: Symphony 3
Arnell: Symphony 5
Clifford: Symphony 1940
Moeran: Cello Concerto
Shostakovich Symphony 15 (last part) and Symphony 4 (conclusion)
Honegger: Liturgique Symphony
Tchaikovsky: Pathetique Symphony
Dvorak: Cello Concerto (last bit)
Shostakovich: Violin Concerto 1 (Passacaglia)
Elgar: Sospiri
Bliss: Morning Heroes (last section)
Tubin: Symphony 4
Bridge: Oration (Epilogue)
Barber: Second Essay
Copland: Tender Land Suite
Finzi: Dies Natalis
Respighi: Church Windows
Lilburn: Symphony 1
Rosenberg: last movements of symphonies 2 and 3
Truscott: Symphony and Elegy

Title: Re: The Most "MOVING" Pieces for you Personally.
Post by: Symphonien on March 26, 2008, 02:05:34 AM
Here are a few off the top of my head -

Beethoven - Piano Concerto No. 5 & Symphony No. 9
Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 6
Prokofiev - Piano Concerto No. 2
Messiaen - Quartet for the End of Time & Turangalîla Symphony
Penderecki - Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima
Schnittke - Piano Concerto, Concerto Grosso No. 1, Symphony No. 8...
Crumb - "Music of the Starry Night" from Makrokosmos III
Pärt - Fratres
Górecki - Symphony No. 3
Nørgård - Symphony No. 3
Lindberg - Clarinet Concerto
Salonen - Wing on Wing


But above all, any Mahler symphony.
Title: Re: The Most "MOVING" Pieces for you Personally.
Post by: Brian on March 26, 2008, 05:55:31 AM
Dvorak: Cello Concerto (last bit)
Oh, yes, especially that bit near the end of the final movement, actually there are two different parts, where the solo violins come in alongside the cello. Oh my gosh...
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Post by: Sef on March 26, 2008, 02:14:07 PM
Oh, yes, especially that bit near the end of the final movement, actually there are two different parts, where the solo violins come in alongside the cello. Oh my gosh...
Yes, and where when you would fully expect some kind of virtuoso cadenza you get instead a re-iteration of hauntingly beautiful themes from the 1st and 2nd movement. And it makes it even more moving when you find out the reason why this is.
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Post by: Marcel on March 26, 2008, 06:48:11 PM
My list:

Tchaikovsky: Symphonies 4,5,6
Shostakovich: Symphony 5, 7
Sibelius: Symphony 2, 5
Mozart: Don Giovanni
Beethoven: Symphony 5,9
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition (Ravel's instrumentation)
Dvořák: Cello concerto
...
Title: Re: The Most "MOVING" Pieces for you Personally.
Post by: c#minor on March 27, 2008, 03:23:14 AM
Chopin- Nocturnes, Ballads, many of the waltzes
Schubert- Lieder :Die Junge Nonne, Ave Maria, Gretchen am Spinnrade
Tchaikovsky- Nocturne Op. 19, No.4
Title: Re: The Most "MOVING" Pieces for you Personally.
Post by: marvinbrown on March 27, 2008, 04:11:18 PM


 Schubert- Symphony No.4 "Tragic" and 8 "Unfinished"
 Wagner- Tristan und Isolde (quite possible the most moving opera ever conceived)
 J.S. Bach- 2nd movement of the Double Violin Concerto in D minor
 Puccini- Tosca (that's right the whole opera, Good Heavens what a marvelously heartaching work)
 
 
 
  marvin
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Post by: BachQ on March 28, 2008, 06:33:40 AM
Puccini- Tosca

Does your avatar know that you've been two-timing?
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Post by: marvinbrown on March 28, 2008, 08:50:23 AM
Does your avatar know that you've been two-timing?

  Well it never stopped my avatar so why should it stop me  ;). 

  marvin
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Post by: BachQ on March 28, 2008, 02:29:37 PM
  Well it never stopped my avatar so why should it stop me  ;). 

  marvin


 :D
Title: Re: The Most "MOVING" Pieces for you Personally.
Post by: loudav on March 28, 2008, 05:00:18 PM
Hands down: R. Strauss' Four Last Songs. I could add others, but they pale by comparison.

And thank you, James, for having offered the same in your list. Not having seen it cited before you did, I was beginning to wonder what the world had come to.
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Post by: vandermolen on March 29, 2008, 08:07:12 AM
Yes, and where when you would fully expect some kind of virtuoso cadenza you get instead a re-iteration of hauntingly beautiful themes from the 1st and 2nd movement. And it makes it even more moving when you find out the reason why this is.
Yes, totally agree.
Title: Re: The Most "MOVING" Pieces for you Personally.
Post by: vandermolen on March 29, 2008, 08:09:32 AM
Simpleton's song at end of Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov
Title: Re: The Most "MOVING" Pieces for you Personally.
Post by: The new erato on March 29, 2008, 08:10:37 AM
Hands down: R. Strauss' Four Last Songs. I could add others, but they pale by comparison.

And thank you, James, for having offered the same in your list. Not having seen it cited before you did, I was beginning to wonder what the world had come to.
Of course, I bow my head in shame.....
Title: Re: The Most "MOVING" Pieces for you Personally.
Post by: Sergeant Rock on March 30, 2008, 04:10:20 AM
Hands down: R. Strauss' Four Last Songs.



(http://mandatemedia.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/2007/07/10/homer_doh_2.jpg)

Of course...Vier Letzte Lieder...I can't believe those songs didn't come immediately to mind.

Sarge
Title: Re: The Most "MOVING" Pieces for you Personally.
Post by: Anne on March 30, 2008, 11:29:25 AM
Simpleton's song at end of Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov

I agree!

Schubert:  Death and the Maiden

Beethoven:  Conducted by Bohm - Missa Solemnis: the solo violin in the latter part of the work
                 Conducted by Furtwangler - 9th Symphony: 3rd movement 1951
                                                                          : 1st movement  1942
Title: Re: The Most "MOVING" Pieces for you Personally.
Post by: vandermolen on March 30, 2008, 01:39:27 PM
I agree!

Schubert:  Death and the Maiden

Beethoven:  Conducted by Bohm - Missa Solemnis: the solo violin in the latter part of the work
                 Conducted by Furtwangler - 9th Symphony: 3rd movement 1951
                                                                          : 1st movement  1942

The Simpleton's song is quite beautiful and I feel that its message is as relevant for 20th (and 21st?) Century Russia as it was for 19th Century Russia.  Seeing this at a live performance in London was one of the best musical experiences ever for me (and I am not an opera fan).
Title: Re: The Most "MOVING" Pieces for you Personally.
Post by: J.Z. Herrenberg on March 30, 2008, 02:02:54 PM
Beethoven: Conducted by Furtwangler - 9th Symphony: 1st movement  1942

The most terrifying reading of this movement I know.
Title: Re: The Most "MOVING" Pieces for you Personally.
Post by: Bonehelm on March 30, 2008, 05:41:11 PM
The most terrifying reading of this movement I know.

Ditto.
Title: Re: The Most "MOVING" Pieces for you Personally.
Post by: Varg on April 02, 2008, 01:02:15 AM
I think nobody named those.

Fauré: Requiem
Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade
Title: Re: The Most "MOVING" Pieces for you Personally.
Post by: Anne on April 02, 2008, 02:06:00 PM
"The Simpleton's song is quite beautiful and I feel that its message is as relevant for 20th (and 21st?) Century Russia as it was for 19th Century Russia.  Seeing this at a live performance in London was one of the best musical experiences ever for me (and I am not an opera fan)."

The Gergiev/Kirov DVD's are available for Boris Godunov and Khovanshchina.  In the latter opera the dance of the Persian slaves is beautiful and mesmerizing.
Title: Re: The Most "MOVING" Pieces for you Personally.
Post by: Anne on April 02, 2008, 02:12:53 PM
The most terrifying reading of this movement I know.

Same here. 
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Post by: Christo on April 02, 2008, 02:31:12 PM
Quote from: Jezetha on March 31, 2008, 12:02:54 AM
The most terrifying reading of this movement I know.


Same here. 

Is the recording really that bad?
Title: Re: The Most "MOVING" Pieces for you Personally.
Post by: MadvillainQuas on April 03, 2020, 01:13:53 PM
Let's restart an 11-year-old dead thread, shall we  ;)?

Schnittke: Choir Concerto, IV & Requiem
J.S. Bach: Art of Fugue, Contrapuntus XIV & St. John Passion, Herr unser Herrscher (Basically endless list, but these two are standout)
C.P.E. Bach: Sinfonia in G & D, Mvt. I
Mozart: Grosse Messe, Kyrie
Tailleferre: Valse Lente
Martynov: Beatitudes
Yoshimatsu: Ode to Birds and Rainbow, Mvt. II
RVW: Serenade to Music & Flos campi, VI
Tavener: Funeral Canticle
Part: Berliner Messe, Gloria
Lili Boulanger: Pie Jesu & Psalm 129
Ogermann: Preludio and Chant
Chilcott: St. John Passion, Miserere my Maker
Ravel: Piano Concerto, Mvt. II
Moeran: Symphony in G, Violin Concerto, Cello Concerto
Finzi: Violin Concerto, Mvt. II
Elgar: Cello Concerto
Hindemith: Nobillissima Visione, 1. & Symphony 'Mathis der Maler'
Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasilieiras No.3 & 9, Mvt. II
Satie: Le Fils des Etoiles, Prelude (I wish the first minute could just repeat forever)
Kapustin: 8 Etudes, II. Reverie
Reger: Psalm 100, Requiem
Peterson-Berger: Romance for Violin and Orchestra
Atterberg: Symphony No.3
Benyamin Nuss: Mr. Hamauzu, Mvt. I; Letters, S; Elegie fur Fukushima

...and that's that for the time being. Just too difficult to narrow down all of this music into one definitive list.



Title: Re: The Most "MOVING" Pieces for you Personally.
Post by: Que on April 04, 2020, 01:58:51 AM
Welcome to the forum! :)

Q
Title: Re: The Most "MOVING" Pieces for you Personally.
Post by: vandermolen on April 04, 2020, 03:12:18 AM
Let's restart an 11-year-old dead thread, shall we  ;)?

Schnittke: Choir Concerto, IV & Requiem
J.S. Bach: Contrapuntus XIV & St. John Passion, Herr unser Herrscher (Basically endless list, but these two are standout)
C.P.E. Bach: Sinfonia in G & D, Mvt. I
Mozart: Grosse Messe, Kyrie
Tailleferre: Valse Lente
Martynov: Beatitudes
Yoshimatsu: Ode to Birds and Rainbow, Mvt. II
RVW: Serenade to Music & Flos campi, VI
Tavener: Funeral Canticle
Part: Berliner Messe, Gloria
Lili Boulanger: Pie Jesu & Psalm 129
Ogermann: Preludio and Chant
Chilcott: St. John Passion, Miserere my Maker
Ravel: Piano Concerto, Mvt. II
Moeran: Symphony in G, Violin Concerto, Cello Concerto
Finzi: Violin Concerto, Mvt. II
Elgar: Cello Concerto
Hindemith: Nobillissima Visione, 1. & Symphony 'Mathis der Maler'
Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasilieiras No.3 & 9, Mvt. II
Satie: Le Fils des Etoiles, Prelude (I wish the first minute could just repeat forever)
Kapustin: 8 Etudes, II. Reverie
Reger: Psalm 100, Requiem
Peterson-Berger: Romance for Violin and Orchestra
Atterberg: Symphony No.3
Benyamin Nuss: Mr. Hamauzu, Mvt. I; Letters, S; Elegie fur Fukushima

...and that's that for the time being. Just too difficult to narrow down all of this music into one definitive list.
Welcome from me too. I share several of your choices including Moeran, Yoshimatsu and Boulanger.
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Post by: vers la flamme on April 04, 2020, 03:49:22 AM
Let's restart an 11-year-old dead thread, shall we  ;)?

Schnittke: Choir Concerto, IV & Requiem
J.S. Bach: Art of Fugue, Contrapuntus XIV & St. John Passion, Herr unser Herrscher (Basically endless list, but these two are standout)
C.P.E. Bach: Sinfonia in G & D, Mvt. I
Mozart: Grosse Messe, Kyrie
Tailleferre: Valse Lente
Martynov: Beatitudes
Yoshimatsu: Ode to Birds and Rainbow, Mvt. II
RVW: Serenade to Music & Flos campi, VI
Tavener: Funeral Canticle
Part: Berliner Messe, Gloria
Lili Boulanger: Pie Jesu & Psalm 129
Ogermann: Preludio and Chant
Chilcott: St. John Passion, Miserere my Maker
Ravel: Piano Concerto, Mvt. II
Moeran: Symphony in G, Violin Concerto, Cello Concerto
Finzi: Violin Concerto, Mvt. II
Elgar: Cello Concerto
Hindemith: Nobillissima Visione, 1. & Symphony 'Mathis der Maler'
Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasilieiras No.3 & 9, Mvt. II
Satie: Le Fils des Etoiles, Prelude (I wish the first minute could just repeat forever)
Kapustin: 8 Etudes, II. Reverie
Reger: Psalm 100, Requiem
Peterson-Berger: Romance for Violin and Orchestra
Atterberg: Symphony No.3
Benyamin Nuss: Mr. Hamauzu, Mvt. I; Letters, S; Elegie fur Fukushima

...and that's that for the time being. Just too difficult to narrow down all of this music into one definitive list.

Great list! I love your username, should I take it to mean that you're a hip-hop head, too? There are not many of us here, I must warn you ;D Hope you stick around!
Title: Re: The Most "MOVING" Pieces for you Personally.
Post by: André on April 04, 2020, 11:34:02 AM
+1 for the Elgar concerto, the Reger choral works.

I would add the slow introduction to Elgar symphony no 1, the cadenza and slow movement of his violin concerto and the introduction to part II of Mass of Life (Delius). Also Reger’s Der Einsiedler, the Requiem’s sister work.

Operas should figure here too, but being large scale works, the epithet ‘moving’ is likely to apply to particular scenes. Like the last scene from Bellini’s Norma, starting at In mia man alfin tu sei, or the redemptive Immolation Scene of Wagner’s Götterdämmerung.
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Post by: MadvillainQuas on April 04, 2020, 07:34:18 PM
Welcome from me too. I share several of your choices including Moeran, Yoshimatsu and Boulanger.

Yep, I've definitely seen your face around the forums whilst lurking. It seems we have quite similar tastes in music  :). It would be interesting to see an updated list, considering that 12 years have elapsed since your last one.

Thank you to all that have welcomed me to the forums, I really do appreciate it.

Great list! I love your username, should I take it to mean that you're a hip-hop head, too? There are not many of us here, I must warn you ;D Hope you stick around!

You got the reference, that means you must be a hardcore head too  8). To be frank, I used to be a big hip hop head until I got into the beat-making scene around 14 (I'm 20 now, for context). I swapped the rap for the instrumental scene, striving to find the most soul-hitting beats (obviously Madlib fits the description to a T, thus the nickname). It was around then, combining with my love for JRPG soundtracks (Hamauzu in particular) that got me into Classical, which has had a vice-like grip on me since.

+1 for the Elgar concerto, the Reger choral works.

I would add the slow introduction to Elgar symphony no 1, the cadenza and slow movement of his violin concerto and the introduction to part II of Mass of Life (Delius). Also Reger’s Der Einsiedler, the Requiem’s sister work.

Operas should figure here too, but being large scale works, the epithet ‘moving’ is likely to apply to particular scenes. Like the last scene from Bellini’s Norma, starting at In mia man alfin tu sei, or the redemptive Immolation Scene of Wagner’s Götterdämmerung.

Trust me, I still have a LOT to listen to. I've always found operas to be rather difficult to enter into, considering my listening experience revolves itself around the spiritual, rather than the corporeal experience; if I'm listening to a piece of music, for it to interest me, I'm looking for a transcendental, or cathartical experience. Moments like recitatives in Bach chorales, or story elements in Opera form dead-time for me in a musical sense, so finding the correct act and scene in a specific opera for such an experience is difficult. I'm definitely looking to get into some opera; I've definitely neglected the Italian scene in my musical search so far.

Der Einsiedler is definitely a masterful piece of work though, even if it didn't figure onto my truncated list. Love late opus Reger (and his music as a whole). Really fits into my own ideology of a perfect composer (for my own composition career): The structure of Bach, the mastery over time as a Beethoven or Brahms, and the harmonic language of a modernist (for my own example it'd be Hamauzu or Sagisu).

Would love to see more lists added to the pile. You never know, you could introduce someone to their new favourite piece of work!
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Post by: Holden on April 04, 2020, 11:49:02 PM
I must have missed this thread  when it first came out in 2008.

Absolute top of the list is the Verdi Requiem

Others include:

Schubert Nacht und Traum

Wiren Serenade for Strings. One of the most ridiculously happy pieces of music I know.

Chopin Nocturne Op 48/1

Beethoven Op 2/3 slow movement.

Shostakovich Scherzo from the 8th Symphony

I could go on but this is enough for now
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Post by: Florestan on April 05, 2020, 12:38:55 AM
Mozart Violin Sonata KV 301, Clarinet Concertp, Clarinet Quintet, Kyrie in F major KV 33
Beethoven Pathetique Sonata, Archduke Trio
Schubert Piano Sonata D 960, Arpeggione Sonata, Notturno for piano, violin and cello, Symphony no. 9 2nd mvt: Andante con moto
Schumann Three Romances for Oboe and Piano op. 94, no. 2: Einfach, innig; Kinderszenen op. 16: Träumerei and Der Dichter spricht
Chopin Polonaise op. 53, Barcarolle, Etude op. 10/3
Brahms Piano Trio op. 8, 2nd mvt; Scherzo, particularly the trio
Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings 2nd mvt: Valse. Moderato-tempo di valse, String Quartet no. 2 op. 22 2nd mvt: Allegro giusto
Rachmaninoff: Vespers, PC 2 & 3
Title: Re: The Most "MOVING" Pieces for you Personally.
Post by: Christo on April 05, 2020, 12:45:58 AM
Very moving for me are, often for personal & mostly also for sentimental reasons:

Vaughan Williams, A Pastoral Symphony
Vaughan Williams, Tallis Fantasia
Tubin, Symphony no. 4 'Lirica'
Tormis, Unustatud rahvad
Bartók, Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta
Braga Santos, Symphony no. 3
Pärt, Te Deum
Leigh, Harpsichord Concertino
Einhorn, Voices of Light
Bridge, Oration - concerto elegiaco
Skalkottas, 36 Greek Dances
Debussy, La Mer
Gibbs, Symphony no. 3 'Westmorland'
Howells, Requiem
Ginastera, Variaciones concertantes
Tailleferre, Concertino pour harpe et orchestre
Guridi, Diez melodias vascas
Holst, The Hymn of Jesus
Barber, Second Essay for orchestra
Janáček, Intimate Letters
Avetissian, Oratorio
Szymanowski, Stabat Mater
Duruflé, Requiem
Brian, Symphony no. 6 `Tragica'
Pierné, Divertissements sur un thème pastoral
Martin, Polyptyque
Falla, El Sombrero de Tres Picos
Respighi, Metamorphoseon
Respighi, Lauda per la Nativitá del Signore
Kodály, Dances from Galanta
Hindemith, Fünf Stücke für Streichorchester

All still there, in my own tiny corner, yet happily there have been many newcomers also, e.g.:

Pēteris Vasks, Viatore
Ēriks Ešenvalds, Long Road & a handful of other choral songs
Eivind Groven, Symphony No. 1 'Towards the Mountains'
Hendrik Andriessen, central movement of the Symphonie concertante
Nino Rota, opening of Symphony No. 1
Ola Gjeilo, The Lake Isle
Stanley Bate, Symphony No. 3  &c.  :)
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Post by: vandermolen on April 05, 2020, 04:17:32 AM
Oh, yes, especially that bit near the end of the final movement, actually there are two different parts, where the solo violins come in alongside the cello. Oh my gosh...
:)

In addition to my earlier list I'd add:

Esenvalds: Visions of Arctic Night

W.Denis Browne (killed in World War One): 'To Gratiana Dancing and Singing' (song)

Here it is:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=UjR91VzRxkQ

Miaskovsky: No.1 of 'Two Pieces for String Orchestra' (adapted from the Middle movements of Symphony 19)

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=DGxpkF1yq-w

Stanley Bate: Symphony No.4 (Christo has already mentioned Symphony No.3)

V.Novak: 'Christchild's Lullaby' the last of the 'Eight Nocturnes for Voice and Orchestra'.

Coincidentally I was listening to one of my earlier choices, Richard Arnell's Fifth Symphony. The last movement, which quotes from an old song 'Dear old pals, jolly old pals', that Arnell's father liked to sing, is incredibly moving and someone with whom I communicated about it said that that section makes you want to jump out of your seat and applaud!
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Post by: Biffo on April 05, 2020, 06:24:45 AM
When I was one-and-twenty (actually slightly less) I attended a course of Music Appreciation classes. We listened to a couple of the songs from Butterworth's A Shropshire Lad - one of them was Is my team still ploughing?. I found Housman's poems morbid and didn't enjoy the songs at all. Now that I am nearer three score years and ten I find the whole cycle almost unbearably moving, especially The lads in their hundreds.
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Post by: Total Rafa on April 05, 2020, 07:28:28 AM
Here are a few contenders:

Beethoven: Waldstein Sonata
Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A minor
Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances, Études-Tableaux Op. 33/4, PC3
Schubert: String Quintet
Brahms: Clarinet Quintet (slow movement), Symphony No. 4, PC2
Nielsen: Symphony No. 3 (Allegro espansivo)
Rautavaara: Slow movements from Symphony No. 7, Piano Concerto No. 1, and Cantus Acrticus
Sibelius: Violin Concerto
Martinu: Symphony No. 4, Largo
RVW: Symphony No. 5 (slow movement)
Faure: Requiem
Smetana: Piano Trio, Vlatva
Mozart: slow movements from PCs 18, 22, 23
Liszt: much of Harmonies poétiques et religieuses, and Annees, PC2
Dvorak: Piano Quintet No. 2
Mahler: Symphony No. 9
Bruckner: adagios of Symphony 7, 8
Babajanian: Piano Trio, Andante
Glass: Symphony 8, 9, PC1 Mvmt 2
Poulenc: Concerto for Two pianos
Schumann: Piano Quintet
Strauss: Metamorphosen
Shostakovich: Symphony No.5, Largo, VC1 Passacaglia, CC1 Moderato
Mendelssohn: Scottish Symphony, Violin Concerto
Title: Re: The Most "MOVING" Pieces for you Personally.
Post by: vandermolen on April 05, 2020, 11:14:12 AM
Here are a few contenders:

Beethoven: Waldstein Sonata
Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A minor
Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances, Études-Tableaux Op. 33/4, PC3
Schubert: String Quintet
Brahms: Clarinet Quintet (slow movement), Symphony No. 4, PC2
Nielsen: Symphony No. 3 (Allegro espansivo)
Rautavaara: Slow movements from Symphony No. 7, Piano Concerto No. 1, and Cantus Acrticus
Sibelius: Violin Concerto
Martinu: Symphony No. 4, Largo
RVW: Symphony No. 5 (slow movement)
Faure: Requiem
Smetana: Piano Trio, Vlatva
Mozart: slow movements from PCs 18, 22, 23
Liszt: much of Harmonies poétiques et religieuses, and Annees, PC2
Dvorak: Piano Quintet No. 2
Mahler: Symphony No. 9
Bruckner: adagios of Symphony 7, 8
Babajanian: Piano Trio, Andante
Glass: Symphony 8, 9, PC1 Mvmt 2
Poulenc: Concerto for Two pianos
Schumann: Piano Quintet
Strauss: Metamorphosen
Shostakovich: Symphony No.5, Largo, VC1 Passacaglia, CC1 Moderato
Mendelssohn: Scottish Symphony, Violin Concerto
Interesting choices. I agree that the slow movements of Martinu's 4th Symphony is very moving and agree with some of your other choices as well.
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Post by: amw on April 07, 2020, 01:59:11 AM
I feel like I've answered very similar thread topics in the past.

At the moment I would name the slow movement of Mozart's Piano Concerto No.22 & Brahms's Variations on an Original Theme Op.21 no.1.
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Post by: André on April 07, 2020, 04:34:37 AM
Many opera arias express emotions that particularly touch me: longing, abandon, resignation, a catharsis of the soul. Among those it seems that female characters have a quasi monopoly on the genre. Arias by Purcell, Gluck, Verdi, Puccini, Gounod, Thomas, Bellini. I won’t list them all, but here are three I fall for every time:

Gluck: Ô malheureuse Iphigénie (Iphigénie en Tauride)
Gounod: Ô ma lyre immortelle (Sappho)
Purcell: When I am laid in earth (Dido and Aeneas)
Title: Re: The Most "MOVING" Pieces for you Personally.
Post by: Roasted Swan on April 07, 2020, 09:43:07 AM
When I was one-and-twenty (actually slightly less) I attended a course of Music Appreciation classes. We listened to a couple of the songs from Butterworth's A Shropshire Lad - one of them was Is my team still ploughing?. I found Housman's poems morbid and didn't enjoy the songs at all. Now that I am nearer three score years and ten I find the whole cycle almost unbearably moving, especially The lads in their hundreds.

For some reason that I really cannot explain I have always found the "Shropshire Lad" poems extraordinarily moving.  I did when I was younger but - as you - do now even more as I get older.  Its the the whole transience and loss thing I guess........

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Post by: Symphonic Addict on April 07, 2020, 12:00:48 PM
One of the most moving pieces I've listened to lately is the 2nd movement from Wirén's Piano Trio No. 1. Short but incredibly touching. I'm glad I discovered that work!
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Post by: vandermolen on April 09, 2020, 10:58:37 PM
One of the most moving pieces I've listened to lately is the 2nd movement from Wirén's Piano Trio No. 1. Short but incredibly touching. I'm glad I discovered that work!

Right, I must hear this!

+1 for A Shropshire Lad as well.

In the same spirit I'd like to recommend Patrick Hadley's 'The Trees so High'.
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Post by: flyingdutchman on April 10, 2020, 01:48:43 AM
The most beautiful, the most moving for me is Tchaikovsky's 1st symphony, the second movement.  Beautiful, drenched with longing.  I love it.
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Post by: some guy on April 11, 2020, 08:59:58 PM
Interesting choices. I agree that the slow movements of Martinu's 4th Symphony is very moving and agree with some of your other choices as well.
But Vandermolen, doesn't the subject of this thread say, explicitly, "for you Personally"? That would make any agreement or disagreement with anyone's choices a plain impertinence.

Of course, since we have many things in common, those of us who post here, there will be numerous pieces that do indeed move more than one person. But that's as may be, according to the subject line.

Also, I suppose I should do some thread duty, now. I'd rather not. What moves me, personally, is not surprisingly, a personal matter. But as I've crawled out from under my rock....

Bokanowski, L'etoile absinthe. One the more (if not the most) immediately compelling as well as continually engaging pieces of music I have ever heard.

Brümmer, La cloche sans vallées. A close second to L'etoile. I recall Ludger saying that this was his favorite of his pieces. But my memory is not at all reliable.

Ashley, In Sara, Mencken, Christ and Beethoven there were men and women. This is one of those pieces I do not play often because once I've started it, I cannot turn it off, for any reason. Bach's St. Matthew Passion is another one of those.

Bach, St. Matthew Passion.

Berlioz, Les Troyens.

Prokofiev, Semyon Kotko.

Janáček, not only Katya Kabanova but Osud, as well.

Britten, War Requiem.

Noetinger and Guthrie, Face Off. I do remember Jérôme saying, shortly after this came out, that this was his favorite. I'm sure of that. :-)

There's more. Lots more. By all of the people I've mentioned already along with dozens of others I've not. Only to be expected from a fan(atic). It's a big world, and I've been in it a long time.
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Post by: Biffo on April 12, 2020, 12:14:56 AM
But Vandermolen, doesn't the subject of this thread say, explicitly, "for you Personally"? That would make any agreement or disagreement with anyone's choices a plain impertinence.

Of course, since we have many things in common, those of us who post here, there will be numerous pieces that do indeed move more than one person. But that's as may be, according to the subject line.

Also, I suppose I should do some thread duty, now. I'd rather not. What moves me, personally, is not surprisingly, a personal matter. But as I've crawled out from under my rock....

Bokanowski, L'etoile absinthe. One the more (if not the most) immediately compelling as well as continually engaging pieces of music I have ever heard.

Brümmer, La cloche sans vallées. A close second to L'etoile. I recall Ludger saying that this was his favorite of his pieces. But my memory is not at all reliable.

Ashley, In Sara, Mencken, Christ and Beethoven there were men and women. This is one of those pieces I do not play often because once I've started it, I cannot turn it off, for any reason. Bach's St. Matthew Passion is another one of those.

Bach, St. Matthew Passion.

Berlioz, Les Troyens.

Prokofiev, Semyon Kotko.

Janáček, not only Katya Kabanova but Osud, as well.

Britten, War Requiem.

Noetinger and Guthrie, Face Off. I do remember Jérôme saying, shortly after this came out, that this was his favorite. I'm sure of that. :-)

There's more. Lots more. By all of the people I've mentioned already along with dozens of others I've not. Only to be expected from a fan(atic). It's a big world, and I've been in it a long time.

Specifically for me, Didon's aria Adieu, fière cité and the song of the young sailor Hylas "Vallon sonore"
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Post by: vandermolen on April 12, 2020, 12:22:18 AM
But Vandermolen, doesn't the subject of this thread say, explicitly, "for you Personally"? That would make any agreement or disagreement with anyone's choices a plain impertinence.

Of course, since we have many things in common, those of us who post here, there will be numerous pieces that do indeed move more than one person. But that's as may be, according to the subject line.

Also, I suppose I should do some thread duty, now. I'd rather not. What moves me, personally, is not surprisingly, a personal matter. But as I've crawled out from under my rock....

Bokanowski, L'etoile absinthe. One the more (if not the most) immediately compelling as well as continually engaging pieces of music I have ever heard.

Brümmer, La cloche sans vallées. A close second to L'etoile. I recall Ludger saying that this was his favorite of his pieces. But my memory is not at all reliable.

Ashley, In Sara, Mencken, Christ and Beethoven there were men and women. This is one of those pieces I do not play often because once I've started it, I cannot turn it off, for any reason. Bach's St. Matthew Passion is another one of those.

Bach, St. Matthew Passion.

Berlioz, Les Troyens.

Prokofiev, Semyon Kotko.

Janáček, not only Katya Kabanova but Osud, as well.

Britten, War Requiem.

Noetinger and Guthrie, Face Off. I do remember Jérôme saying, shortly after this came out, that this was his favorite. I'm sure of that. :-)

There's more. Lots more. By all of the people I've mentioned already along with dozens of others I've not. Only to be expected from a fan(atic). It's a big world, and I've been in it a long time.
I take the point in your opening sentence, although I was just pointing out that I found some of the works (slow movement of Martinu's 4th Symphony for example) moving as well. I'm not sure how this can be construed as impertinent as I was not 'disagreeing' with the other choices.
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Post by: Iota on April 12, 2020, 02:02:13 AM
Bokanowski, L'etoile absinthe. One the more (if not the most) immediately compelling as well as continually engaging pieces of music I have ever heard

An interesting piece! Particularly expressive in conjunction with its title I felt.


Most moving pieces for me include:


Britten From the Gutter (Peter Grimes)

Mahler 9, 1st movement

Mahler 3, final movement

Schumann Davidsbundlertanze

Schumann Kreisleriana

Beethoven 9

Beethoven Op.111

Wagner Liebestod

Sibelius 7

Machaut Messe de Nostre Dame (Peres)

Vaughan Williams 5, Romanza


And I don't know if a lever's pulled and one disappears down a chute for mentioning the following, but I can't help myself:

Strauss Rosenkavalier Final Trio

Rachmaninov 2nd symphony, Adagio


Many I could add, some mood ones, but the above fairly constant over many years.

Title: Re: The Most "MOVING" Pieces for you Personally.
Post by: vandermolen on April 15, 2020, 07:00:33 AM
I wanted to add two Japanese scores, both of which I've found very moving. The long opening movement of Hayasaka's Piano Concerto, in memory of his brother and the victims of WW2 (he is best known as the composer of the music for the film 'Seven Samurai') and Moroi's Third Symphony, also in memory of the victims of WW2:

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Post by: relm1 on April 15, 2020, 03:22:26 PM
Mahler 2 for me.  It was the first time I heard a professional orchestra and chorus.  I was 16 years old and it was a very pivotal moment in my life.  That experience transformed me and I became a composer then.  I hadn't had any formal music lessons but started writing music and afterwords would go on to take courses on piano, theory, harmony, counterpoint, composition, performance, conducing, and eventually get a masters degree in composition.  I was fully onboard with music after that experience.  It will always be bittersweet memory for me though.
Title: Re: The Most "MOVING" Pieces for you Personally. Just one or two.
Post by: relm1 on April 15, 2020, 03:27:02 PM
There are many pieces that move me deeply. But there is one piece that stands out for me - the last movement of Mahler's Tenth, simply the most heart-rending music I know. (And if it's Cooke who is mainly responsible for that, then he had his moment of genius.)

Off topic, but since I deeply respect your opinion, which interpretation of 10 is your preferred?
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Post by: OrchestralNut on March 01, 2021, 08:51:35 AM
There are obviously many, many pieces of music that move me immensely.  However, there is one work (really part of the work that moves me most, above all others):

Schubert's String Quintet in C, D956 (specifically, the Trio Andante sostenuto portion of the Scherzo third movement).  Nothing comes close for the emotional impact for me.
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Post by: Mirror Image on March 01, 2021, 10:07:07 AM
Quite a few, but I’ll do my best to narrow it down to at least 10:

Bartók: Bluebeard’s Castle (my favorite piece of music of all-time)
Debussy: Sonata for Flute, Viola & Harp
Ravel: Miroirs
Stravinsky: Apollon musagète
Szymanowski: Litany to the Virgin Mary
Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde
Berg: Violin Concerto, “To the memory of an angel”
Poulenc: Oboe Sonata
Janáček: String Quartet No. 2, "Intimate Letters”
Malipiero: Sinfona No. 6, “Degli archi”

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Post by: Artem on March 01, 2021, 12:34:24 PM
I'm rarely moved by music these days as opposed to the time back when I was a student. But when it happens it will often be Brahms stirring my emotions, especially this disk.

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Post by: Symphonic Addict on March 01, 2021, 04:40:20 PM
I've came to think about these ones:


Shostakovich: Viola sonata. An utterly personal and devastating work. Shostakovich's last masterpiece.

Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio. The last minutes of the coda contain some of the most intensely passionate music I know. Never fails to give me goosebumps.

Pärt: Tabula rasa. This work has a kind of "transcendent" soundworld I find so thought-provoking. The second part Silentium is particularly moving.

Strauss: Vier letzte Lieder. Some have mentioned this piece with good reason. This is sublime beyond explanations.

Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana. Yet another case where the gorgeousness of the music moves me to the bone. My second favorite Italian opera after Turandot.

Wagner: Isoldes Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde. Despite Wagner's personality, he truly wrote music from his soul, and this specific musical moment is the epitome of the impossible love.
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Post by: geralmar on June 08, 2021, 06:48:16 PM
Sibelius: Symphony #3, 2nd movement, Andantino; Collins, LSO (mono)
Kalinnikov: Symphony "1, 2nd movement, Andante Commodamente
Mahler: Symphony #10, 3rd movement, Purgatorio; Ormandy, Philadelphia
Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture
Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker, Arabian Dance; Perlea, Bamberg
Grieg: Peer Gynt, Arabian Dance; Ormandy, Philadelphia (mono)
Ravel: Bolero
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Post by: Roasted Swan on June 09, 2021, 04:48:12 AM
I've came to think about these ones:


Shostakovich: Viola sonata. An utterly personal and devastating work. Shostakovich's last masterpiece.

Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio. The last minutes of the coda contain some of the most intensely passionate music I know. Never fails to give me goosebumps.

Pärt: Tabula rasa. This work has a kind of "transcendent" soundworld I find so thought-provoking. The second part Silentium is particularly moving.

Strauss: Vier letzte Lieder. Some have mentioned this piece with good reason. This is sublime beyond explanations.

Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana. Yet another case where the gorgeousness of the music moves me to the bone. My second favorite Italian opera after Turandot.

Wagner: Isoldes Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde. Despite Wagner's personality, he truly wrote music from his soul, and this specific musical moment is the epitome of the impossible love.

Great music all - but if Cavalleria is your 2nd favourite Italian opera where is Turandot!?

Quick story about Tabla Rasa; I played in the UK premiere of this work back in the early 1980's.  One of the violinists was Mark Lubotsky I remember (who recorded Britten's concerto with the composer).  At that point Part was literally unknown and frankly the music was rather boring to rehearse (the programme included the Britten In Memoriam as well).  But uniquely it was music that did become transcendent in performance where the extra focus/energy of a concert and the presence of an audience transformed the impact of the work for players and listeners.  I'm not sure I've ever experienced quite such an "uplift" between rehearsals and concert as with this music.  The memory stays with me very clearly all those years later and it remains one of the most memorable premieres I played in.....
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Post by: Mirror Image on June 09, 2021, 06:23:08 AM
I've came to think about these ones:


Shostakovich: Viola sonata. An utterly personal and devastating work. Shostakovich's last masterpiece.

Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio. The last minutes of the coda contain some of the most intensely passionate music I know. Never fails to give me goosebumps.

Pärt: Tabula rasa. This work has a kind of "transcendent" soundworld I find so thought-provoking. The second part Silentium is particularly moving.

Strauss: Vier letzte Lieder. Some have mentioned this piece with good reason. This is sublime beyond explanations.

Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana. Yet another case where the gorgeousness of the music moves me to the bone. My second favorite Italian opera after Turandot.

Wagner: Isoldes Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde. Despite Wagner's personality, he truly wrote music from his soul, and this specific musical moment is the epitome of the impossible love.

Interesting list, Cesar. I’m certainly with you with the Strauss --- who wouldn’t be moved by this work? The Wagner is masterful as well. I received Karajan’s recording of Cavalleria Rusticana many weeks ago, but I haven’t got around to listening to it yet. Hopefully, today will be the day.
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Post by: Irons on June 09, 2021, 06:23:54 AM
More often then not I am moved by a piece when least expecting it but one sure hit that never fails is Finzi's Dies Natalis. Finzi's music reaches across the centuries and matches Traherne's poetic words to perfection. Life in all it's forms is about renewal and this is magically caught in the finale "The Salutation" the arrival of a new born baby moves me beyond words.
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Post by: kyjo on June 09, 2021, 09:20:53 AM
Let's restart an 11-year-old dead thread, shall we  ;)?

Schnittke: Choir Concerto, IV & Requiem
J.S. Bach: Art of Fugue, Contrapuntus XIV & St. John Passion, Herr unser Herrscher (Basically endless list, but these two are standout)
C.P.E. Bach: Sinfonia in G & D, Mvt. I
Mozart: Grosse Messe, Kyrie
Tailleferre: Valse Lente
Martynov: Beatitudes
Yoshimatsu: Ode to Birds and Rainbow, Mvt. II
RVW: Serenade to Music & Flos campi, VI
Tavener: Funeral Canticle
Part: Berliner Messe, Gloria
Lili Boulanger: Pie Jesu & Psalm 129
Ogermann: Preludio and Chant
Chilcott: St. John Passion, Miserere my Maker
Ravel: Piano Concerto, Mvt. II
Moeran: Symphony in G, Violin Concerto, Cello Concerto
Finzi: Violin Concerto, Mvt. II
Elgar: Cello Concerto
Hindemith: Nobillissima Visione, 1. & Symphony 'Mathis der Maler'
Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasilieiras No.3 & 9, Mvt. II
Satie: Le Fils des Etoiles, Prelude (I wish the first minute could just repeat forever)
Kapustin: 8 Etudes, II. Reverie
Reger: Psalm 100, Requiem
Peterson-Berger: Romance for Violin and Orchestra
Atterberg: Symphony No.3
Benyamin Nuss: Mr. Hamauzu, Mvt. I; Letters, S; Elegie fur Fukushima

...and that's that for the time being. Just too difficult to narrow down all of this music into one definitive list.

Great choices! We have quite similar tastes.
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Post by: Florestan on June 09, 2021, 09:58:04 AM
Mozart Violin Sonata KV 301, Clarinet Concertp, Clarinet Quintet, Kyrie in F major KV 33
Beethoven Pathetique Sonata, Archduke Trio
Schubert Piano Sonata D 960, Arpeggione Sonata, Notturno for piano, violin and cello, Symphony no. 9 2nd mvt: Andante con moto
Schumann Three Romances for Oboe and Piano op. 94, no. 2: Einfach, innig; Kinderszenen op. 16: Träumerei and Der Dichter spricht
Chopin Polonaise op. 53, Barcarolle, Etude op. 10/3
Brahms Piano Trio op. 8, 2nd mvt; Scherzo, particularly the trio
Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings 2nd mvt: Valse. Moderato-tempo di valse, String Quartet no. 2 op. 22 2nd mvt: Allegro giusto
Rachmaninoff: Vespers, PC 2 & 3

If I had to pick the top five from the above, then here they are hands down, in chronological order:

Beethoven - Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 - 1st mvt: Grave – Allegro di molto e con brio
Schubert - Piano Sonata in B-flat major,  D. 960 - 1st mvt: Molto moderato
Chopin - Polonaise in A♭ major, Op. 53
Brahms - Piano Trio No. 1 in B major, Op. 8 - 2nd mvt: Scherzo: Allegro molto — Trio: Più lento — Tempo primo (the trio)
Tchaikovsky - Serenade for Strings in C major, Op. 48, 2nd mvt: Valse: Moderato — Tempo di valse
Title: Re: The Most "MOVING" Pieces for you Personally.
Post by: flyingdutchman on June 09, 2021, 01:42:37 PM
Tchaikovsky's 1st symphony especially moves me. 2nd movement.
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Post by: Symphonic Addict on June 09, 2021, 02:49:54 PM
Great music all - but if Cavalleria is your 2nd favourite Italian opera where is Turandot!?

Quick story about Tabla Rasa; I played in the UK premiere of this work back in the early 1980's.  One of the violinists was Mark Lubotsky I remember (who recorded Britten's concerto with the composer).  At that point Part was literally unknown and frankly the music was rather boring to rehearse (the programme included the Britten In Memoriam as well).  But uniquely it was music that did become transcendent in performance where the extra focus/energy of a concert and the presence of an audience transformed the impact of the work for players and listeners.  I'm not sure I've ever experienced quite such an "uplift" between rehearsals and concert as with this music.  The memory stays with me very clearly all those years later and it remains one of the most memorable premieres I played in.....

Turandot doesn't move me in the same way as Cavalleria Rusticana does. The latter is more poignant, whilst Turandot possesses more grandeur and majesty. And good anecdote, btw!
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Post by: Symphonic Addict on June 09, 2021, 02:51:38 PM
Interesting list, Cesar. I’m certainly with you with the Strauss --- who wouldn’t be moved by this work? The Wagner is masterful as well. I received Karajan’s recording of Cavalleria Rusticana many weeks ago, but I haven’t got around to listening to it yet. Hopefully, today will be the day.

Listen to the Mascagni when you can, John. Likewise your Puccini purchases. Some wondrous music is waiting for you.
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Post by: André on June 09, 2021, 03:46:41 PM
Listen to the Mascagni when you can, John. Likewise your Puccini purchases. Some wondrous music is waiting for you.

+1.

This is one verismo opera where solo voices are almost subservient to the orchestral and choral forces. Karajan knew that and gave it the most elegant, refined and drop dead gorgeous account of it. If you hair don’t stand up during the Easter Chorus, you should check if you still have a pulse  :D
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Post by: Mirror Image on June 09, 2021, 03:53:58 PM
Listen to the Mascagni when you can, John. Likewise your Puccini purchases. Some wondrous music is waiting for you.

+1.

This is one verismo opera where solo voices are almost subservient to the orchestral and choral forces. Karajan knew that and gave it the most elegant, refined and drop dead gorgeous account of it. If you hair don’t stand up during the Easter Chorus, you should check if you still have a pulse  :D

I will definitely remedy this momentarily and I’m rather looking forward to it.
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Post by: gprengel on July 15, 2021, 03:37:53 PM
I could name many pieces but right now I'd like to mention only the miraculous rarity of the Kozlovsky's Requiem from 1798: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ik8ktuRwIRo&t=1020s

I cannot describe how this work moves me which is way ahead of it's time ...
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Post by: vandermolen on July 15, 2021, 08:02:05 PM
More often then not I am moved by a piece when least expecting it but one sure hit that never fails is Finzi's Dies Natalis. Finzi's music reaches across the centuries and matches Traherne's poetic words to perfection. Life in all it's forms is about renewal and this is magically caught in the finale "The Salutation" the arrival of a new born baby moves me beyond words.
Very much agree with you Lol about 'Dies Natalis' especially that famous Wilfred Brown/Christopher Finzi version. C.1975 I was on holiday in the Yorkshire Dales. I was the first up in the morning and switched on the radio and was enraptured by what I was hearing, which seemed to reflect the beautiful landscape I was surrounded by. As soon as I got back to London I dashed up to HMV in Oxford Street to buy the LP (with its great image of the Earth from Apollo Eight):
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Post by: vandermolen on July 15, 2021, 08:20:47 PM
Another go:
Bloch: Sacred Service
Bloch: Symphony in C sharp minor (Conclusion)
Bax: Christmas Eve
Sainton: Nadir
Miaskovsky: Symphony 27
Diamond: Symphony 3 (slow movement)
Braga-Santos: Symphony 4
Moeran: Cello Concerto (conclusion)
Bruckner: 9th Symphony
Shostakovich: Piano Quintet
Sibelius: Tapiola
Bax: Piano Quintet
Alwyn: Violin Concerto
Howells: Hymnus Paradisi
Finzi: Dies Natalis/In Terra Pax
Tubin: Symphony 4
Vaughan Williams: A London Symphony (conclusion 1913 and 1920 version, not 1936 version)
Stanley Bate: Symphony 3 and Symphony 4
Rootham: Symphony No.2 (conclusion)
Arnell: Symphony No.5 and No.3
Pettersson: Symphony No.6 'The long struggle towards the sunrise' at the end - I find that terribly moving - a kind of hard-won acceptance after an hour of turbulence and suffering.
+ Violin Concerto No.2 (ending)
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Post by: david johnson on July 15, 2021, 10:36:55 PM
Bruckner 6 mvt 1 chorale section near the conclusion
Bruckner 9
several Custer LaRue moments on the disc -  La Rocque'n'roll - Popular Music Of Renaissance France/Baltimore Consort
Sibelius !, mvt 1, folk-song segment near the end
Beethoven 5, mvt 2
Hummel, Trumpet Concerto, mvt 2
etc... :)
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Post by: amw on July 16, 2021, 12:40:41 AM
I feel like I've answered very similar thread topics in the past.

At the moment I would name the slow movement of Mozart's Piano Concerto No.22 & Brahms's Variations on an Original Theme Op.21 no.1.
Trying to think if there's anything I would add to this. Schumann's Kerner-Lieder for sure. Eastman's Gay Guerrilla, if you're into that sort of thing, and Berio's Laborintus II, if you're not. And plenty of individual moments that are only moving (affecting, electrifying, etc) in the context of listening to an entire, often very long piece: the big payoff in the last movement of Mahler 3, the last two pages of the slow movement of Bruckner 8, the 1-2-3 combination of Aus Liebe, Können Tränen meiner Wangen and Komm, süßes Kreuz in BWV 244, and the similar but different 1-2-3 combination of Zerfließe, mein Herze, Ruht wohl and Ach Herr, laß dein lieb Engelein at the very end of BWV 245. Others are very performance-dependent; the very last piece of Schumann's Davidsbündlertänze can be extremely moving or it can just be a fun little aside after the main body of the piece is over, depending on the pianist, the instrument and the interpretation.

Mozart likely deserves a category of his own; in addition to the movement mentioned, the slow movements of the Piano Concertos No.17, 21, 23 & 27 cannot avoid deep feeling in any performance, and it's very difficult to achieve an unfeeling performance of e.g. the Quintets D515 or D516, the Rondo D511, etc. That's without even getting into the operas. Our perception of Mozart as a light composer who doesn't deal with heavy emotions is largely because we have forgotten how to listen to his music (or perform it, in many cases).
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Post by: Symphonic Addict on July 16, 2021, 05:34:13 PM
Another go:
Bloch: Sacred Service
Bloch: Symphony in C sharp minor (Conclusion)
Bax: Christmas Eve
Sainton: Nadir
Miaskovsky: Symphony 27
Diamond: Symphony 3 (slow movement)
Braga-Santos: Symphony 4
Moeran: Cello Concerto (conclusion)
Bruckner: 9th Symphony
Shostakovich: Piano Quintet
Sibelius: Tapiola
Bax: Piano Quintet
Alwyn: Violin Concerto
Howells: Hymnus Paradisi
Finzi: Dies Natalis/In Terra Pax
Tubin: Symphony 4
Vaughan Williams: A London Symphony (conclusion 1913 and 1920 version, not 1936 version)
Stanley Bate: Symphony 3 and Symphony 4
Rootham: Symphony No.2 (conclusion)
Arnell: Symphony No.5 and No.3
Pettersson: Symphony No.6 'The long struggle towards the sunrise' at the end - I find that terribly moving - a kind of hard-won acceptance after an hour of turbulence and suffering.
+ Violin Concerto No.2 (ending)

Interesting list, Jeffrey. The only work I don't know is the Rootham IIRC.
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Post by: vandermolen on July 17, 2021, 09:22:12 AM
Interesting list, Jeffrey. The only work I don't know is the Rootham IIRC.
Worth hunting down Cesar (Lyrita CD). He completed it just before he died and his student, the loyal Patrick Hadley was there to help him (transcribing what Rootham was telling him). I find the closing sequence unbearably moving:

PS I had to look up what 'IIRC' means  ::)
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Post by: Symphonic Addict on July 17, 2021, 08:10:45 PM
Worth hunting down Cesar (Lyrita CD). He completed it just before he died and his student, the loyal Patrick Hadley was there to help him (transcribing what Rootham was telling him). I find the closing sequence unbearably moving:

PS I had to look up what 'IIRC' means  ::)
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It must be a quite poignant work, Jeffrey. I'll make sure to give it a listen in this week.

Haha sorry for that word (if I remember correctly).
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Post by: vandermolen on July 17, 2021, 09:25:22 PM
It must be a quite poignant work, Jeffrey. I'll make sure to give it a listen in this week.

Haha sorry for that word (if I remember correctly).

I'd be interested to hear what you think of it Cesar. It's very different from his First Symphony, which I also think very highly of.
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Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on July 18, 2021, 06:15:06 AM
A couple of ones which always get to me:

*Finzi's Cello Concerto
Elgar's Cello Concerto (particularly if played by du Pré)...and, oh!  Brain kicked in a bit more now....some others....

Vaughan Williams A London Symphony, Symphony No. 5, A Lark Ascending, Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus....
a lot of Mozart hits at the old heart..particularly some of his piano concertos and some of the arias from certain operas
Puccini - arias and duets from La Boheme
R. Strauss' - arias and music from Der Rosenkavalier
various oboe concertos (there's just something about the oboe which often touches me in a kind of melancholic way)
Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings
Purcell's Dido's Lament
Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2 (Cortot and Barbirolli a particular favorite)
Dvorak's Cello Concerto

Well that's for starters!   :)

*I'll have to check out Finzi's Dies Natalis!

PD
Title: Re: The Most "MOVING" Pieces for you Personally.
Post by: krummholz on July 18, 2021, 08:51:53 AM
In no particular order:

Beethoven: Op. 132 Slow movement "Heiliger Dankgesang"
Mahler: "Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen"
Mahler: Symphony #3 Adagio, Symphony #9 Adagio (Finale), Symphony #10 Finale (Coda especially), Symphony #6 Andante
Vaughan Williams: Symphony #5 3rd movement (Lento?)
Schoenberg: String Quartet #2 (Ich fuhle Luft von anderem Planeten)
Pettersson: Symphony #7 (long hymnlike passage about 2/3 of the way through)

I'm sure others will come to me...
Title: Re: The Most "MOVING" Pieces for you Personally.
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on July 18, 2021, 09:01:55 AM
In no particular order:

Beethoven: Op. 132 Slow movement "Heiliger Dankgesang"
Mahler: "Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen"
Mahler: Symphony #3 Adagio, Symphony #9 Adagio (Finale), Symphony #10 Finale (Coda especially), Symphony #6 Andante
Vaughan Williams: Symphony #5 3rd movement (Lento?)
Schoenberg: String Quartet #2 (Ich fuhle Luft von anderem Planeten)
Pettersson: Symphony #7 (long hymnlike passage about 2/3 of the way through)

I'm sure others will come to me...
Must admit, I need to check out Mahler better.  Will look to see what all I might have of his (hidden in those sets) and explore further.  Schoenberg I have a little of (will dig again).  Pettersson I've heard of but don't know at all.  Would you say that his seventh is a good place to dive in?

PD
Title: Re: The Most "MOVING" Pieces for you Personally.
Post by: krummholz on July 18, 2021, 10:23:58 AM
Must admit, I need to check out Mahler better.  Will look to see what all I might have of his (hidden in those sets) and explore further.  Schoenberg I have a little of (will dig again).  Pettersson I've heard of but don't know at all.  Would you say that his seventh is a good place to dive in?

PD

Yes! It is certainly the best known and most popular of his symphonies, and the one that really put him on the map, so to speak. I am not otherwise a huge Pettersson fan - much of his music seems static to me, and too long-winded to boot. But I love the 3rd and the 7th, and found the 6th engaging the last time I listened to it (Alun Francis reading I believe). He definitely is worth delving into if you can stomach hour-long angst-ridden confessionals composed in an astringent but very tonal idiom.
Title: Re: The Most "MOVING" Pieces for you Personally.
Post by: André on July 18, 2021, 11:00:02 AM
Yes! It is certainly the best known and most popular of his symphonies, and the one that really put him on the map, so to speak. I am not otherwise a huge Pettersson fan - much of his music seems static to me, and too long-winded to boot. But I love the 3rd and the 7th, and found the 6th engaging the last time I listened to it (Alun Francis reading I believe). He definitely is worth delving into if you can stomach hour-long angst-ridden confessionals composed in an astringent but very tonal idiom.

This sounds like a pharmaceutical warning notice about possible side effects  :D.

Personally I don’t find Pettersson’s music to be static at all. There is a dark but powerful undercurrent that runs beneath the surface, like lava flowing under the cracks of a thick black crust.

(https://st.depositphotos.com/1698754/2679/i/950/depositphotos_26797577-stock-photo-basaltic-lava-flow-solidifying-slowly.jpg)
Title: Re: The Most "MOVING" Pieces for you Personally.
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on July 19, 2021, 12:21:06 AM
Will check out Pettersson's seventh then...thank you both!  :)

PD
Title: Re: The Most "MOVING" Pieces for you Personally.
Post by: foxandpeng on July 19, 2021, 04:50:41 AM
This sounds like a pharmaceutical warning notice about possible side effects  :D.

Personally I don’t find Pettersson’s music to be static at all. There is a dark but powerful undercurrent that runs beneath the surface, like lava flowing under the cracks of a thick black crust.

(https://st.depositphotos.com/1698754/2679/i/950/depositphotos_26797577-stock-photo-basaltic-lava-flow-solidifying-slowly.jpg)

I love your imagery!
Title: Re: The Most "MOVING" Pieces for you Personally.
Post by: krummholz on July 19, 2021, 07:24:18 AM
This sounds like a pharmaceutical warning notice about possible side effects  :D.

Personally I don’t find Pettersson’s music to be static at all. There is a dark but powerful undercurrent that runs beneath the surface, like lava flowing under the cracks of a thick black crust.

(https://st.depositphotos.com/1698754/2679/i/950/depositphotos_26797577-stock-photo-basaltic-lava-flow-solidifying-slowly.jpg)

I like the imagery there and find it apt - but remember that lava often flows very very slowly... and that's the impression I have of much of Pettersson's output.

De gustibus and all... but I can wholeheartedly recommend the 7th Symphony.
Title: Re: The Most "MOVING" Pieces for you Personally.
Post by: Xenophanes on July 20, 2021, 04:28:44 PM
Right now, the most moving piece of music for me is "Erbarme dich" from Bach's St. Matthew Passion, with Julia Hamari and Otto Büchner:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPAiH9XhTHc

Historically, these are a couple that will move me.

Beethoven Symphony no. 3, 2nd movement, funeral march.  Ansermet, SRO. Climax of the fuge, actually.

Mozart, Symphony no. 41, 2nd movement.  Leibowitz, Colin Davis . . .
Title: Re: The Most "MOVING" Pieces for you Personally.
Post by: relm1 on July 21, 2021, 04:45:10 AM
Lepo Sumera Symphony No. 2
Kevin Puts Symphony No. 2
Mahler Symphony No. 2*, 3, 9, 10
Shostakovich Symphony No. 13
Haug Symphony No. 1
Finzi Fall of the Leaf
Tippett A Child of Our Time
RVW: Symphony No. 9 (really all the symphonies), Pilgrims Progress
Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet (especially ending)
Handel: The Messiah (Worthy Is the Lamb and Amen are especially moving culmination)
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 and Swan Lake (especially life where you're fully involved with the three hour spectacle)
Gorecki Symphony No. 3
Elgar Cello Concerto, Violin Concerto, Dream of Gerontius
Part Berliner messe

* This will forever hold a very special place in my life because it was the first professional orchestral performance I attended and I was so moved by the experience.  I wish I could email the conductor who is still alive to tell him that it changed my life but I don't know how to find him.