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Music to sooth a troubled soul...

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I just remembered something.  A Frenchman (can't remember the name, sorry) was asked what music should one listen to.  I have never forgotten his reply.  His words were to the effect of: You should always listen to music of the mood you are currently in.  I must have heard / read this 30 years ago but it has always stuck with me.

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Ah, Berlioz' March to the scaffold, then. :D

Beethoven 9 - I like Bohm / VPO.  Also try Menuhin (a fine conductor).

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On 1/4/2017 at 16:28, chris217 said:

If you wish to be uplifted, almost anything by Haydn would fit the bill.

Good choice, but for me Mozart even more.  I love a bit of classical I can whistle along with!

And the first classical music I liked, Vivaldi's 4 Seasons, the Academy of St Martin's version with Neville Marriner on Decca.  The icy flow of Winter always gives me tingles.

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19 hours ago, awkwardbydesign said:

Good choice, but for me Mozart even more.  I love a bit of classical I can whistle along with!

And the first classical music I liked, Vivaldi's 4 Seasons, the Academy of St Martin's version with Neville Marriner on Decca.  The icy flow of Winter always gives me tingles.

Also the four seasons with Sparf on violin on the BIS label, which I first heard about on this forum. A dramatic performance and superbly recorded.

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On 1/5/2017 at 16:25, horace said:

A good Beethoven 9 to finish, methinks. Any suggestions for the ultimate recording of that? I have the 1960s and 1980s DG Karajans, but have always meant to look further. 

In my opinion, the 1962 DG version is THE ultimate version. The only version to approach it is the one from Karajan's second DG set (1979, I think).

What about a bit of Bach? This, from Cantata 105, always brightens my day:

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Nothing takes me somewhere else like Alice Coltrane does.

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Three of her most accessible and other worldly albums. An outrageous and unappreciated talent IMO.

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Music to soothe/calm includes this (although I'm not religious)

and, curiously perhaps, this

VB

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not quite classical but eric bibb is awonderful tonic

especially his track ,

You might slip, you might slide, you might
Stumble and fall by the road side
But don't you ever let nobody drag your spirit down
Remember you're walking up to heaven
Don't let nobody turn you around

Walk with the rich, walk with the poor
Learn from everyone, that's what life is for
And don't you let nobody drag your spirit down
Remember you're walking up to heaven
Don't let nobody turn you around

Well I might say things that sound strange to you
And I might preach the gospel, I believe it's true
I won't let nobody drag my spirit down
Yes, I'm walking up to heaven
Won't let nobody turn me around

You might slip, you might slide, you might
Stumble and fall by the road side
But don't you ever let nobody drag your spirit down
Remember you're walking up to heaven
Don't let nobody turn you around

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It is in the classical section, so much as there are many others that I find calming, I'll limit mine to classical.

Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah. Can be a little 'overblown', but it's soul stirring and a piece I never feel worse for having listened to. Trite? Predictable? So what. It is a stunning work and if any music can lift your mood, this should.

Elgar Violin Concerto. The Menuhin is well known but the Itzak Perlman I find more moving. There is so much emotion in it that whatever you are feeling is totally wiped. Despite my preferences and general collection, I would probably choose this as the one piece I would take with me.

Finlandia. Again, an obvious choice and overly commercialised, but nevertheless, a stunning work that always makes me feel better mentally when I play it.

Grieg, Wedding Day at Troldhaugen. You cannot listen to this without mixed feelings, but it is such a perfect composition that it always lightens my mood.

Messiaen. Transports de joie. Organ work. Needs a system capable of handling the really low organ notes. And with enough belt to really hit it when the crescendo comes in. Magnificent, challenging and stunning. Takes you into a different universe.

Many more.

This is what music does. It takes you away from the shit and puts you in a better place.

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Agreed Rabski, Elgar's Violin Concerto is wonderful music to lift spirits after a shit day.

This recording is possibly Kennedy's finest moment. Excellent.

Elgar: Violin Concerto

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On 06/02/2017 at 10:03, Von Krolock said:

Agreed Rabski, Elgar's Violin Concerto is wonderful music to lift spirits after a shit day.

This recording is possibly Kennedy's finest moment. Excellent.

Elgar: Violin Concerto

One I don't have, but must add to the ever-growing mayhem. I like Kennedy. Despite his best efforts to prove otherwise, he has a stunning ability to pull the emotion out of music. The Perlman is superb, but I'll give this a go. With the LPO, it should be very, very good.

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16 minutes ago, rabski said:

One I don't have, but must add to the ever-growing mayhem. I like Kennedy. Despite his best efforts to prove otherwise, he has a stunning ability to pull the emotion out of music. The Perlman is superb, but I'll give this a go. With the LPO, it should be very, very good.

It's on Spotify :^

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Also on Spotify is a wonderful version of the Elgar by Igor Oistrakh with all Russian musicians.  I first came across it on a charity shop LP.

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More music to sooth a trouble soul.

I find the opening track on this Telemann recording to be wonderfully uplifting, just so beautiful ...

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