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    Just listened to the final movement of Mahler's 6th for the first time, driving. With about 30 seconds left I turned up the volume to the max in order to be able to hear the last few peaceful bars.. only to have my ear drums perforated by a shattering final drum and brass clash.

    Any other similar moments !!!?? (I am aware of Haydns well signposted example !)

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    Just be careful with how loud you want to hear Lulu's last words.

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    Be aware of the volume level you have your player set at if you decide to listen to the very start of either Prokofiev's 3rd or Khachaturian's 2nd symphony
    There may come a time when Youtube won't let us do this...

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    There's a moment in the first movement of Tchaikovsky's 6th symphony that almost killed my ears.
    "No composer has been more innovative than Beethoven, he radically changed the nature and character of the music composed in the two centuries that followed his earliest works" - Charles Rosen ("The Classical Style")

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    Aside from the Mahler and Tchaikovsky examples mentioned, another one that made me jump on first listen was the sudden crash that begins the middle section of the 2nd movement of Rachmaninov's Symphony No. 2.
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    Them Russians....

    A REALLY great example I have of a composer playing a prank on the audience (just like Haydn's practical joke in the Surprise Symphony) is below. Just listen all the way through, a soothing waltz... and it won't matter too much how you're listening to it, headphones or speakers:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRvlKZ4bXnM

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    I recently played Ton Koopman's Six Trio Sonatas by Bach on organ and wasn't prepared for the intense bass vibrations at moderate volume that nearly shook a mirror off the listening room wall!
    Last edited by hpowders; Mar-14-2016 at 20:49.

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    Here's some warnings:

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    Warning
    No Tonal Centre Ahead.

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    Warning
    It's NOT more of the Same.

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    The opening of Haydn's Creation has an ear splitting moment with the chorus and full orchestra - "And there was light" - it can really catch you out the first time you hear the piece.
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    Well, in Mahler's first symphony there is this all-decisive moment where the whole orchestra clashes in. For me it is the part I look up, when listening to a new interpretation: do the shivers go down the spine or am I left alone in the cold? Up till now I cling unto Haitink's Concertgebouw & Berlin Philharmonic rendering of Mahler's first, because he is there (with me).
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    You have picked probably the most wonderfully extreme example. I first heard it in probably tenth grade, high up in the second balcony of Symphony Hall in Boston. It was an exhausting work (this was the mid-1960s and it was not widely known), and by the time of the quiet brass chorale at the end, my friend was facing away from the stage and seemed half asleep. I, on the other hand, was watching the orchestra and saw the percussionists tensing up and one raising the cymbals -- so I knew what was coming. Watching my friend propelled toward the ceiling was a priceless moment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by juliante View Post
    Just listened to the final movement of Mahler's 6th for the first time, driving. With about 30 seconds left I turned up the volume to the max in order to be able to hear the last few peaceful bars.. only to have my ear drums perforated by a shattering final drum and brass clash.

    Any other similar moments !!!?? (I am aware of Haydns well signposted example !)
    Never listen to Mahler while driving... I find the only music you can listen to and enjoy while driving is Baroque. Especially when driving on the highway... (solo piano is completely out of the question).

    But cheers for listening to Mahler's 6th for the first time...

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