Chuck posted a couple of video clips of performances of pieces composed by Carl Freidrich Abel, which prompted me to think of my favorite classical pieces. Though I mostly listen to harder music (August Burns Red, Becoming the Archetype, As I Lay Dying, etc), l do love and enjoy classical music. Here are some of my all-time favorite pieces.
- Hungarian Rhapsody no. 2 composed by Franz Lizst, here performed by Josef Bulva. This is probably my favorite piano pieces of all time. I first heard it as a kid and have loved it ever since. This rendition, of those I’ve heard, is by far my favorite.
- Prelude in C# Minor, “The Bells of Moscow” composed by Sergei Rachmaninoff.
- Cavalleria rusticana – Intermezzo composed by Pietro Mascagni, here performed by the Evergreen Symphony Orchestra. For a special treat, check out Andrea Bocelli’s performance of Ave Maria sung to this piece.
- Sheep May Safely Graze composed by Johann Sebastian Bach, here performed by Leon Fleisher.
- Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini composed by Sergei Rachmaninoff, here performed by Lang Lang. This piece is quite lovely (it runs some 2o+ minutes), but this is the 18th variation, and has to be one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever composed.
- Eine kleine Nachtmusik composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
- Für Elise composed by Ludwig von Beethoven.
There you have it–enjoy!
Αυτω η δοξα,