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Old 11-12-2007, 01:07 PM   #11
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I am another fan of Tchaikovsky's ballet suites (Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Romeo&Juliet, Nutcracker). Also his Piano Concerto #1 is one of my all time faves.

Among other suggestions which are not yet mentioned:

Swan by Saint Saens
Meditation de thais by Massenet
Instrumental interpretations of La Traviata and Rigoletto by Verdi
Bolero by Ravel
Instrumental interpretations of Carmen suite by Bizet
Piano concerto #2 by Rachmaninov
Don Quixote by Minkus
Spartacus Adagio by Katchaturian
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Old 11-12-2007, 01:08 PM   #12
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Well, I see someone's already suggested Vivaldi's Four Seasons, but here's another...Ravel's Bolero. I absolutely love that piece of music. There's also Ferde Grofe's Grand Canyon Suite, it's absolutely stunning! And any cello concerto's you can find. That'll definitely put you in the mello mood. And if you like piano works there is a group of kids out that are absolutely fantastic. They are called 'The 5 Browns' and they now have 2 CD's out and they are both great. These kids are still in their teens, it's going to be a group to watch and hear as they get more mature in their playing. I'm not much for straight piano music, but these kids are great. My sister currently has all my classical CD's (copying them to her ipod), or I'd get you a few more that I love.
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Old 11-12-2007, 06:17 PM   #13
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How about a little Gershwin?

Rhapsody In Blue

Thought I'd throw this one in for fun/nostalgia.



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Old 11-12-2007, 08:14 PM   #14
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Oh, Amy! Gershwin is one of my favorites, especially Rhapsody in Blue.
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Old 11-12-2007, 08:51 PM   #15
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Oh, Amy! Gershwin is one of my favorites, especially Rhapsody in Blue.

Me too! Me too! As a little girl I saw a ballet (in either Lincoln Center or Radio City Music Hall) performed to RIB; and I was in luvvvv. All the ballerinas were in BLUE. Beautiful!

This one's for you, courtesy Leonard Bernstein :

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Old 11-12-2007, 08:58 PM   #16
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Thank you, Amy. I'm listening as I type. I love how the music "washes" over me and trickles down my whole body. Gershwin painted such beautiful musical pictures, much as Robert Frost painted poetic pictures.
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Old 11-12-2007, 10:14 PM   #17
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Try any and all of Andri Reiu works his music is to dream about. He conducts the strauss orchestra and his music goes from classical to light classical and I have five of his CD's. The best way to discribe his music is LUSH and you can get lost in it. His orchestra plays a lot of the music mentioned in the above post's
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Old 01-02-2008, 04:17 PM   #18
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tg, this thread has been in the back of my mind for some time. i found an old cd recently, "relaxing with the classics" by the london symphony orchestra, that i thought would fit what you were looking for.

the tunes on the disk were:

1. morning mood from peer gynt suit - grieg
2. canon in d - pachelbel
3. scheherazade - rimsky korsakov
4. polovetsian dance no.2 for prince igor - borodin
5. clair de lune - debussy
6. adagio sostuneto - beethoven
7. venus, bringer of peace, from the planets - holst
8. air from suite no. 3 in d - bach
9. romanze from eine kleine nachtmusik - mozart
10. romeo and juliet fantasy overture - tchaikovsky
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Old 01-02-2008, 04:18 PM   #19
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NICE CD!!! Can I get a copy? That sounds just wonderful.
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Old 01-02-2008, 04:25 PM   #20
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alix, i can burn you a copy (i'm not really breaking any copyrights since it was sent to me for free in junk mail) if you'd like. same goes for you tg.

pm me if you're interested.

i still need to send my check out for goodweed's cookbooks.

then i can start burning those for friends too...

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