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    Question Beyond "Air on a G String" : Seeking Advice and Listening Suggestions

    Good day,

    I have joined your lovely forum today in order to ask direction on one specific yet nebulous search: Simply put, I adore J.S Bach's Orchestral Suite in D Major, Movement II (famously referred to as the "Air on a G String" piece) and am seeking more works in this *mood*. To be clear, I am not necessarily looking for other pieces by similar period or composer, but rather other works having the same sort of ambient, lilting and mournful qualities found in this "Air," which I must regard as atypical of Bach's works in general.

    So, if I like this particular piece, who or what else might I also enjoy? I will continue to listen to many different sources on my own, but am unfortunately not at all well-educated in this area and randomly poking about has been fruitless to date.

    Your thoughts or suggestions are most welcome. Many thanks in advance for your consideration.

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    Try the Adagietto from Mahler's fifth symphony. Mozart's clarinet concerto. Schubert's Unfinished 8th symphony. For starters.

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    You might like some of these:

    Locatelli:"Christmas Concerto" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBq64Y72PKQ (an unusual broad and fine complete performance with Warchal and the Slovak Chamber Orchestra)
    continuation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euVRKk_UyHc

    -> Brahms: 2nd Piano Concerto, 3rd Movement http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZjdS7hcr-8

    -> Rachmaninov: Symphony 2, Adagio http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNRxHyZDU-Q

    -> Bruckner: Symphony 7, Adagio http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQAyFk66DTI
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UX530_BsvHE

    -> Vaughan-Williams: Tallis Fantasia http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMgiOQXjtHw

    -> Messiaen:"Les Offrandes Oubliees" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPK3_QUn7FM¨
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlnGINFohHs
    Last edited by joen_cph; Dec-26-2012 at 16:33.

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    A very similar piece is Albinoni / Tomassi's Adagio, almost the twin brother of Bach's Air.


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    Bach: Ich Ruf Zu Dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639 (Busoni Transcription)
    Bach: Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1014: I. Adagio

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    Famous Adagios http://goo.gl/cEw4J

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    Thank you all so much for these leads. I will need more time to absorb everything, but definitely on the right track, and the Albinoni and Locatelli both immediately capture my ear. Much appreciated.

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    Bach: Brandenburg Concertos

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