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    Quote Originally Posted by Merl View Post
    What a shame we can't nominate the slow movements of string quartets. Some SQ slow movements beat orchestral movements hands-down, IMO.
    Yes, the first movement of Beethoven's Op. 131.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merl View Post
    What a shame we can't nominate the slow movements of string quartets. Some SQ slow movements beat orchestral movements hands-down, IMO.
    kind of a famous one, but i adore the droning cello lines in Shosty 8./1

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    For me, second movement of Beethoven Eroica is much better than third movement from his 9th symphony. Mahler Adagietto is incredible boring, I cant realize why is so popular. For example, Barber Adagio for strings is more powerful and emotional. Tchaikovsky wrote many wonderful slow movements. Slow movements from Mozart piano concertos are beautiful.

    Third movement from Prokofiev 5th symphony is amazing. Larghetto from his 5th piano concerto is wonderful and very interesting. Also, andante from his Violin sonata 1 is marvelous piece.
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    Middle movement from Beethoven 4th piano concerto is remarkable, too.

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    Middle movement from Beethoven 4th piano concerto is remarkable, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merl View Post
    What a shame we can't nominate the slow movements of string quartets. Some SQ slow movements beat orchestral movements hands-down, IMO.
    Yes. The 10 greatest or so are mostly string quartets, all of late Beethoven + op.59,1+2 +op.18,1 + late Haydn, + Schubert string quintet etc.

    Concerto:

    Bach, Violin concerto E major
    Mozart, Piano concerti K 271, 453, 456, 482, 488, 491, 595
    Beethoven, piano concerto #5
    Brahms, piano concerto #1
    Saint-Saens, violin concerto #3
    Dvoraks, cello concerto
    Bartok, piano concerto #3

    Symphony:

    Haydn, symphony #86, 88, 102
    Beethoven, symphony #3,#9
    Schubert, symphony b minor, Great C major (although neither is very slow)
    Schumann, symphony #2
    Brahms, symphony #4
    Dvorak, symphony #7
    Bruckner, symphonies 7,8,9
    Mahler, symphonies #4, #6, #9
    Bartok, music for strings, percussion, celesta

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    How about Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 Adagio sostenuto

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    Another great slow movement: Kurt Atterberg's cello concerto.

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    The Andante (3rd mvmt) in Schnittke's symphony No.0 (A work that he never officially published) is so good. Sometimes it makes me wonder what music he could've made if he stuck with the more conventional style.

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    It's only been mentioned a couple of times, but I really like the 3rd movement of Rachy 2 (Rachmaninoff's Second Symphony, for those of you not into "cool" speak).

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    As this thread has come around again, how about the Epilogue that ends RVW's 6th Symphony? Slow, sustained pianissimo. Bleak, in the right hands.

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    It is quartet, but last movement from Prokofiev first string quartet is great.

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    Default Greatest slow movements

    So so many (I’m sure to kick myself after posting, when I remember huge favorites)…those that send me to heaven.
    Mahler 2 (Urlicht), 3, 5 (yeah I know it’s a cliche)
    Bruckner 6, 7 & 8
    Schumann 2nd symphony and Violin concerto (almost too painfully tragic to bare)
    Rachmaninov symphony 2 & 3, piano concerto 1, 2, 3 & 4
    Ravel G major piano concerto
    Beethoven symphony 9, piano concerto 4 & 5
    Bach…pretty much every 2nd movement of every concerto
    Ives symphony 2
    Sibelius, Brahms, Bruch, Wieniawski 1 Violin concerto
    Wagner Siegfried Idyll (am I allowed that one? I guess not!)…apropos of cheeky ones that probably don’t qualify…Schoenberg’s Verklaerte Nacht and Strauss’s Metamorphosen
    Liszt piano concerto 2 (no slow movement technically, but rather the deliciousness of the “slow movement” section with cello)
    Shostakovich piano concerto 2 (delightful in its simplicity)
    Mendelssohn piano concerto 1
    Chopin piano concerto 2
    …if we’re allowed piano sonatas, this list will get positively Proustian!!!!

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    Oh absolutely! Heaven!

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    Apropos of Prokofiev. If we’re allowed sonatas. The 2 nd movement of his 7th sonata is, for my ears, profoundly moving.

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