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Only one - no either's, or's, and's, or but's! If you had to pick!

Mahler's Adagietto from Symphony No. 5
 

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Hello,
This is my first post here. If I'm put on the spot, and it looks like I am, then I will have to pick Brahms second Piano Concerto, preferably the Gilels recording.

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Hey, that`s my favourite piece also, holes! Finally, someone who likes Debussy`s La Mer as much as I do. Nice to know I`m not the only one to have this as their favourite. Some pieces come close, but nothing can beat this piece for me. Not that it`s a competition or anything. It`s just that no piece has had more effect on me than this one.
 

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I love Le Mer as well. I work for Barnes and Noble and actually had a long discussion ending with the lady purchasing a recording of it. Exciting!!!
 
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Hmm, this is such a difficuly question. I think for me it would have to ultimately be either Beethoven's 9th symphony or Zadock the Priest. Oh no, but what about "When to the Temple Mary Went" or Haydn's "Insanae et Vanae Curie"? Lol I think I could actually go on and on for pages and still not be able to come up with a definate answer! Sorry Weltschmerz...I do agree that Le Mer rocks though!
 

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and I give major kudos to you!! Mahler's 3rd is one of my FAAAAAVS. All 10 of his symphonies are not to be played with, lol. I did a summer study of Mahler and now am one of his #1 fans!
 
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Re Mahler......way back when I was young I was at a concert of Mahler's 9th which totally engrossed me and in the last movement I felt as though I was approaching the gates of Heaven & they slowly opened. Weird really as I was still alive & at the time did not believe in God at all. I read years later that the great Mahler conductor Bruno Walter felt in the last movement of the 9th that the gates of Heaven opened, so it wasn't just me!!!
Have you ever listened to Kindentotenlieder, very sad but absolutely wonderful.
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One of my favorite sopranos sings the Kindentotenlieder and it makes me cry everytime. Its really an amazing set of songs. My favoite of Mahler, since thats what this thread seems to be aiming now ;) has got to be his first. The third is immense and amazing, very modern Beethoven in size, if I can say that without getting shot, lol. His first though is so wonderful. I saw it for the first time at Wolftrap theatre which is an immense wooden theatre half inside and half out. It was such a beautiful experience, the cool night breeze and the gentle flow of it all. It was coupled with Mendleson's (sp?) Midsummer Night's Dream. Great programming!!

PS: the only reason my screenname is VivaciousWAGNERIAN is cause VivaciousMAHLERIAN sounds too much like a desiese ;-)
 

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Is Wagner a favourite??? You'll hate me as he is probably the only composer I really do not like, apart from his Siegfried Idyll. I love listening to music in the open air although I haven't done it for years. A long time ago I lived near Kenwood & used to go to the open air concerts, lay on the grass, looking at the stars & listening to the music....wonderful. Only problem was I used to take a bottle of red wine & usually got to relaxed. Happy memories. Denis
 

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That's funny, Denis.

I've always fallen asleep during indoor concerts, because they demand I close my eyes. There is nothing more distracting than having to watch the musicians. It's like watching a movie with all the microphones and cameramen in the picture! Definitely not like a popular music show.

Speaking of which, Classical musicians get too much attention.
 

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Hi, I have been known to doze during a concert but not often. Anything that involved a piano keeps me very alert. A Schumann/Beethoven/Brahms piano recital is total bliss and a live performance of a Brahms piano concerto with a pianist like Pollini is absolute heaven. Think I've digressed from Mahler!
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Richard Strauss could also be quite brilliant though sometimes his idea's, though precocious, were not resolved, leading to unbalanced and befuddling music. (to many ideas, to little resolution) The most balanced and formalized of his poems were also the most grandious, namely 'Also Sprach Zarathustra' and 'Death and Transfiguration'.
 
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