I almost never listened to classical music, but Chopin's Nocturnes have always been my go-to. I listened to a classical music mash-up and realized I should listen to more composers. I'm not a big fan of Beethoven; I'm more into the emotional stuff. Suggestions?
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First thing I really got hooked on was piano solos. There was this guy in my high school who played the piano, and was super eccentric, and insanely good. (He was actually on the faculty at the Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, a couple years back... so he's apparently even better than I knew. lol)
He played with this INCREDIBLE passion.
It was unbelievable, and inspiring. Kind of thing that brought tears and a smile to my face at the same time.
Two of his performance pieces, at the time, were Chopin's Ballade no. 3 (op. 47), and Chopin's Scherzo no. 2 (op. 31).
These are all over youtube. If you can find recordings by Emanuel Ax or Evgeny Kissin, those are particularly good.
The "op." numbers are sequential numbers ("op" stands for "opus", Latin for "work"). Just #1 through #whatever, because lots of works by the same composer have the same title. (e. g., the same guy might have 5 or 10 different pieces called "Waltz in C Minor".)
The interplay between fast-and-furious and flighty-dreamland in those two is pretty amazing, if they are played well.
Here's Valentina Lisitsa playing Liszt's "La Campanella":
This one's as enjoyable for the visuals as for the music itself. I like the complete lack of tension in her arms/wrists, etc. Jealous, I am.
I also like the spaz faces she makes from 3:15 to 3:25 or so.
You gotta start here with the big ones. Beethoven's 5th symphony, then the 9th, then maybe the 7th.
I remember doing the imaginary-conductor-in-the-dark thing, as a little girl, with Beethoven's 5th when I first heard it. Especially the transition between the 3rd and 4th movements.
I think you'll also like these:
Die schone Melusine / Fair Melusine overture (Mendelssohn)
two recordings -- no need for the video here, just the audio:
(a bit faster, more passionate, but mb a bit sloppier in the fast parts)
(a little slower, but more articulated)
Tchaikovsky -- Romeo and Juliet overture:
(slow build-up to about 4:30, that's where it gets good)
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