Originally Posted by cliveb
I won a scholarship to Oxford as a Bass-baritone,but spent far more time having fun than actually studying! .
Hey CliveB, which college were you at?!
I love many types of music, I too trained as a classical musician, my husband is a jazz musician...we met recording a dance track!
How ever "over played" it is I think the summer suite from Vivaldi's four seasons ...where you can feel the summer storm...is about the most wonderful piece of music. The whole of the four seasons is the first piece of music I got....I could see myself punting in the summer, hunting in autumn....it made sence to a twelve year old stuck at musc school!
And yes, Monteverdi's Vespers.....superb.
Also,Pictures at an Exhibition , which always makes me think of my mother, who loves it.
Since I got ill a few years ago I have memory problems which effect me playing. The Well Tempered Clavier is about the only thing I can play now...so I better rank that in my favourites. To sing: Oh Mio Babino Caro.....which even after I had left "classical" singing I still sing in warm up as it clears my tubes perfectly! I also have a huge soft spot for Gilbert and Sullivan Operetta. It makes great car music as everyone can enjoy the fun of singing along. Carmen is iconic, Turandot who my horse is named after.
One of the things with opera is I think you can't think of it as something only to listen too. The performance and the production is important too, imho.
I simply can't choose a faourite. It depends entirely on my mood and my surroundings! But I tried.