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    Samuel Barber. Adagio for Strings

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dPDO3Tfab0

    It's an extraordinary, powerful piece of music. I doubt there is another that can evoke so much emotion. I doubt there is another that can bring tears to the eyes as readily as this.

    If there is I'd like to know. Any suggestions ?

    There is something by Shostakovitch that I think was written as a funereal piece but I can't track it down. It's been so long since I listened to it.
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    Re: Samuel Barber. Adagio for Strings

    Here's my suggestion of a powerful, emotional piece of music..........Albinoni/Giazotto, Adagio in G minor..............a favourite of mine. Really beautiful.

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    Re: Samuel Barber. Adagio for Strings

    That's actually my wife's favourite piece, ever since she first heard a little of it played in the comedy series "Butterflies"
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    Re: Samuel Barber. Adagio for Strings

    Quote Originally Posted by Snowfire View Post
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dPDO3Tfab0

    It's an extraordinary, powerful piece of music. I doubt there is another that can evoke so much emotion. I doubt there is another that can bring tears to the eyes as readily as this.

    If there is I'd like to know. Any suggestions ?

    There is something by Shostakovitch that I think was written as a funereal piece but I can't track it down. It's been so long since I listened to it.
    Tears to the eyes did you say?

    Debussy:
    "Claire du Lune"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvFH...yer_detailpage

    "Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?featur...&v=9_7loz-HWUM

    ... and .....

    Max Bruch:
    "Violinkonzert Nr. 1"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWy8...yer_detailpage

    .... also ....

    Johann Baptist Georg Neruda
    "Welcome to the Machine"
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    .... and I don't know why it is but those old scratchy 78rpm recordings move me more than the modern, high tech studio productions. Do you find that too?

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    Re: Samuel Barber. Adagio for Strings

    I'm familiar with the Debussy pieces but not the Max Bruch. Enjoyed that.

    Another that gives me goose bumps....

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-mSmEfLmZc

    When the full choir, albeit small, expands the piece at 50 seconds, it makes my hair stand on end. Stunning.

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    Re: Samuel Barber. Adagio for Strings

    Quote Originally Posted by Snowfire View Post
    Another that gives me goose bumps....

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-mSmEfLmZc

    When the full choir, albeit small, expands the piece at 50 seconds, it makes my hair stand on end. Stunning.
    Very nice!

    Well, this needs no introduction and it's no meek little piece - but it still AND ALWAYS stirs me to levitation! It's as close to an orgasim without sex ......
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQWOP2YbQLg

    .... and ......

    One of the most moving pieces I know is Franz Schuberts "Erlkönig": A father and his son on horseback. The boy is dying and they are riding to what the father hopes will save his boy. But .....
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JuG7Y6wiPL8

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    Re: Samuel Barber. Adagio for Strings

    Even as an atheist I get stirred by a bit of ecclesiastical splendour
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    Re: Samuel Barber. Adagio for Strings

    Quote Originally Posted by Snowfire View Post
    Even as an atheist I get stirred by a bit of ecclesiastical splendour
    Struth!

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    Re: Samuel Barber. Adagio for Strings

    Quote Originally Posted by Snowfire View Post
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dPDO3Tfab0

    It's an extraordinary, powerful piece of music. I doubt there is another that can evoke so much emotion. I doubt there is another that can bring tears to the eyes as readily as this.

    If there is I'd like to know. Any suggestions ?

    There is something by Shostakovitch that I think was written as a funereal piece but I can't track it down. It's been so long since I listened to it.


    Could this be the piece you were trying to track down ?

    Shostakovich - Piano Concerto No. 2: II. Andante - YouTube
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    Re: Samuel Barber. Adagio for Strings

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    Quote Originally Posted by G#Gill View Post
    Could this be the piece you were trying to track down ?

    Shostakovich - Piano Concerto No. 2: II. Andante - YouTube
    Lovely melody!

    My first "listen" to Shostakovich was as series of his cello works. Not my cup, so I shied away from his music. Later I discovered he did much more than that. Your link for example.

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