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    Quote Originally Posted by DeepR View Post
    Most of my favorite music did not make me go WOW on first hearing. But sure, there are some examples:
    Mozart Symphony No. 41, particularly movement 4; I don't think I've ever been more instantly floored by any piece of music.
    Rachmaninoff PC No. 2
    Handel's Dixit Dominus
    And quite a lot of solo piano music, such as Chopin's Etudes, Rachmaninoff's Preludes...
    Jon Leifs - Hekla
    Hekla is so cool! I just heard it a couple weeks ago when someone nominated it for the angry music game, and I loved it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tchaikov6 View Post
    Hekla is so cool! I just heard it a couple weeks ago when someone nominated it for the angry music game, and I loved it.
    About 2 months ago I watched the Hekla volcano on location in Iceland while listening to this piece. Sadly, no eruption, but still, wow!
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    Ravel's Piano Concerto in G. And it still makes me 'Wow'

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    ^ Yes, that's right. It should continue to make you think "wow" ... it isn't just the first time or whenever you first get it.

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    Rite of Spring, every time

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    Mozart Figaro
    Mozart symphony 40
    Beethoven symphony 7
    Mozart /requiem
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    Mozart is the greatest composer of all. Beethoven created his music, but the music of Mozart is of such purity and beauty that one feels he merely found it — that it has always existed as part of the inner beauty of the universe waiting to be revealed.

    We cannot despair about mankind knowing that Mozart was a man.

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    The first time that I heard Martha Argerich play Prokofiev's third piano concerto, it just blew me away. I have heard others play this piece very well. But none of the other renditions hits me like Argerich's performance.

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    Brahms' Piano Quintet in F minor, Op34

    Wow, indeed!
    "The function of music is to release us from the tyranny of conscious thought", Sir Thomas Beecham.

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    For me it was the first time I heard Symphonie Concertante by Joseph Jongen.

    Another wow is the Concerto for Organ, Strings and Timpani in G minor by Francis Poulanc.

    Of course any of the organ works of Messiaen.

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    Schoenberg - Erwartung, Lied Der Waldtaube, violin concerto, string quartet no.2
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    Some I remember being "wowed" by include the Glagolitic Mass, Durufle's Requiem, Mahler's Symphony No. 2, when I first heard more of Swan Lake than just the famous parts, Turangalila-Symphonie, Rachmaninov's 3rd piano concerto, Shostakovich's 4th, Beethoven's Choral Fantasy...

    The earliest "wow" I can remember is Rimsky-Korsakov's Russian Easter Overture. I heard it on a cassette tape at my grandparents' house when I was 8. I was blown away. Had never heard anything like it.

    And yes, I still love all of these works.
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    Yes, a lot. But here are the most important ones for me

    Josquin's Stabat Mater dolorosa: my gateway to Renaissance music. Still probably my most favorite choral piece
    Dufay's Lamentatio sanctae matris ecclesiae Constantinopolitanae: Even earlier music!
    Byrd's Pavan & Galliard, as played by Glenn Gould: for Renaissance keyboard music.
    Louis Couperin's Suite in F: for early baroque keyboard music
    Bach's Violin Sonata in C major, played by Szigeti
    Gluck's selected music from Orfeo ed Euridice
    Mozart's Piano Concerto 17,20, and 24, String Quartet No.23 in F major, K.590
    Beethoven's Bagatelle Op.119 and 126
    Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor (Callas/Karajan)
    Schubert's String Quintet
    Schumann's Gesange der Frühe, a pretty unique masterpiece.
    Brahms' Piano Quintet, Clarinet Trio and Quintet, Nänie, Gesange der Parzen, Schicksalslied and Intermezzi op. 117
    Wagner's Die Walkure (Act 2) and Die Meistersinger (Act 3)
    Dvorak's Cello Concerto and Symphony no. 7
    Verdi's Falstaff and Don Carlo (Act 4)
    Debussy's first movement of La Mer
    Sibelius' Symphonies no.2,4,5,6, and 7
    Poulenc's Piano Concerto and oboe sonata
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    Kurtag's Kafka Fragments

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    Chopin first ballade, nocturne op 27.2, barcarolle
    Beethoven Kreutzer sonata, appasionata, violin concerto, pianoconcerto 4
    Mozart Don Giovanni, pianoconcerto 20 and 23, a minor pianosonata
    Wagner Tristan
    Brahms Symphony 1
    Schubert Unfinished symphony, Die Stadt, Der Doppelganger, string quintet
    JS Bach: Chacone
    Ravel: Left hand concerto
    Prokofiev: piano concerto 2
    Probably forgetting a lot

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    Not my first listen, but Rudolf Firkusny playing Janacek's On The Overgrown Path had me humming along in a Gouldian like rhapsodic state. If you haven't listened to this classic DG recording, do yourself a favor and find the time. Firkusny (who studied with the composer from age five) and Janacek are a match made in heaven. Sublime music making.

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