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    Beethoven's Fifth is one of them. After 6758392 listenings, it's definitely still "WOW!". I think that I'll nickname it as the "WOW!" symphony from now on.

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    Most recently the piece that I went Wow to was (yesterday) "Become Ocean" by John Luther Adams.

    A long time ago I remember going WOW on first listen to Pink Floyd's record "Animals". There have been a lot of others in between and prior.

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    Recently, Thomas Adès' Totentanz for mezzo-soprano, baritone and orchestra. I heard it live, and it absolutely took my breath away. Can't wait for it to be recorded at some point...

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    The two I remember from my early teens (many decades ago now!) are the opening of the Brahms Second Symphony, and a pirated version of the Mahler 3rd Symphony dating from the early 1950s.

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    Two Hungarian masterpieces: The Miraculous Mandarin and Kafka Fragments.

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    Zoltán Kodály - Sonata for Solo Cello
    Schubert - String Quartet 15
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    Philip Glass - Violin Concerto
    Schubert - String Quintet in C major, D 956

    Both made me go Wow on first hearing.
    Both were discovered through Bulldog's voting games, and I'd never have known otherwise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jacck View Post
    Zoltán Kodály - Sonata for Solo Cello
    Schubert - String Quartet 15
    But in most instances I need repeated listenings to really appreciate the music. One such case is Suk's Asrael symphony. It was not that interesting the first 3-4 listens, but now it is amazing. I did not like Beethoven at first listening either, especially his late quartets need some time to sink in. But when they do, they are some of the best and deepest music ever composed. So while the WOW effect wasn't there on first listening, it is there now everytime I listen to these masterpieces.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jacck View Post
    Zoltán Kodály - Sonata for Solo Cello
    That's one of the only pieces I knew by Zoltán Kodály, but fairly recently I discovered his "Peacock Variations" (in part because of another member's mentions of it in a forum "project"). It's a very attractive set of orchestral variations.

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