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    Default Greatest slow movement ever?

    All right, I am kind of undecided. I would have to nominate one of these:

    - Movement #3 from Beethoven's 9th
    - Movement #1 from Mahler's 9th
    - Movement #4 from Malher's 9th
    - Movement #3 (or #2, depending on your version) of Mahler's 6th

    What do you think? Restrict your nominations to Concertos or Symphonies, please.

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    Mahler's Adagietto from the 5th symphony.

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    - Romance from Chopin's F minor concerto
    - Middle movement of Beethoven's 3rd piano concerto
    - Last movement of Tchaikovsky's 6th and second of 5th
    - Third movement of Mendelssohn's 3rd symphony
    - Last of Schubert's Unfinished
    - Middle movement of Karłowicz's violin concerto
    - Middle movement of Ravel's Concerto in G
    - Third movement of Mahler 6th

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    Out of yours, I like the adagio molto e cantabile from the glorious Ninth!

    So many great slow movements...while I see this list filling up, first that came to mind for me was the largo from the f-minor Bach Keyboard Concerto...

    ...perhaps my favorite of anything is the adagio un poco mosso of the Emperor Concerto by Ludwig van played by the American Symphony Orchestra directed by Leopold Stokowski...

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    The top of my list is the adagio from Beethoven's 9th for its transcendence.

    Honorable mention goes to the adagio from Bruckner's 7th for how it deals with the death of a friend, quoting the Non Confundar from his Te Deum, and the adagio from his 9th, his resignation and acceptance of death itself. Also, the last page of Mahler's 9th is the greatest depiction of how to die peacefully I've heard.

    The last movement of Mahler's 3rd is the greatest depiction of divine love I've encountered.

    Also, the adagio of Mozart's 23rd piano concerto is one of the most hauntingly lovely pieces I can think of.

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    this is sort of the same as Amfibius's list with a couple added:

    1st and last movements of Mahler 9.
    3RD (I will always stand by it being the THIRD movement) of Mahler 6.
    3rd mov of Beethoven 9.
    1st movement of Górecki 3.
    3rd mov of Shostakovich 5.

    ohh there are far too many to list!

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    Pardon me if i sound cliche, but i am only answering frankly


    Andante K.467
    During the night when i listen to this on bed, i would imagine hovering across space and time with images from hubble supplementing my imagination.

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    Dvorak-Symphony No. 9, 2nd movement

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aramis View Post
    - Middle movement of Ravel's Concerto in G
    - Third movement of Mahler 6th
    I would agree with these two and off the top of my head would add:


    edit - I didn't notice we were supposed to limit our choices to symphonies and concertos making my other suggestions obsolete!
    Last edited by tdc; Aug-28-2011 at 19:04.

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    If we didn't have to restrict it to Symphonies and concertos I would choose the Brahms String Sextet No. 1 in B-flat major, Op. 18 movement 2.

    Following Amfibius' request I'll have to go with Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5, movement 2.

    Or maybe Beethoven: Symphony No. 7, movement 2 or Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 oft overlooked movement 2, or . . .

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    So many great ones already mentioned. A couple of more I can think of not already mentioned is the 3rd movement of Prokofiev's Symphony No. 5 and the 1st movement of Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10.

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    All of the slow movement from all of the Brahms concertos and symphonies.

    To be more specific (although I propose all of the above genuinely!), I would say the second movement from Dvorak's Cello Concerto (although I find his slow movements in general to be somewhat formulaic); the gorgeous second movement from Grieg's Piano Concerto, as well as the Tchaikovsky already mentioned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Polednice View Post
    All of the slow movement from all of the Brahms concertos and symphonies.
    EHEHEHEH

    I always thought they were the worst of his. Like in 4rd symphony where three movements are brilliant and the slow one seems to stay behind their quality. Or in 1st piano concerto where he gets too lenghty and obviously tries to imitate Beethoven (probably movement from 3rd concerto of his which I mentioned in this thread already). Or in 3rd symphony where andante is quite boring in comparison to the rest of symphony. Seems like he could hardly handle movements slower than moderato as good as he did in faster ones HMMM

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aramis View Post
    EHEHEHEH

    I always thought they were the worst of his. Like in 4rd symphony where three movements are brilliant and the slow one seems to stay behind their quality. Or in 1st piano concerto where he gets too lenghty and obviously tries to imitate Beethoven (probably movement from 3rd concerto of his which I mentioned in this thread already). Or in 3rd symphony where andante is quite boring in comparison to the rest of symphony. Seems like he could hardly handle movements slower than moderato as good as he did in faster ones HMMM
    :O :O Well, of all the examples you should choose to describe, it was exactly those three that I would have picked as his best! It was a few years ago that the slow movement of the 3rd Symphony made me realise that classical music doesn't have to be fast to be interesting; and his others are just as wonderful.

    The more I hear you people bash him, the more I'm led to believe that I'm the one with something wrong with me!

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    MOZART, piano concerto number 21, second movement-very popular, but out of this world

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