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      .....i like her voice... I like this song lorri .... I liek you music taste thanks for all what you are sharing
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      Thanks Jordan!

      Here is another one...enjoy!

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      One of my favourite composers is Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868). His operas are masterful, and he was a genius at composing orchestral overtures for those operas.

      One of his finest is the overture to Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), which premiered in 1816. Some audiences may remember it from Bugs Bunny or Woody Woodpecker cartoons. Others may recall its great use in the 1979 Peter Yates film Breaking Away.

      One can react to this piece in many ways, depending on one's moods. I always find it joyous and life-affirming. Enjoy!



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      Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713).

      One of the most influential musicians and composers of the Baroque era.
      His published achieved so much popularity that was unmatched until Haydn.
      Although not the first person to establish or coin the term "concerto grosso,"
      he was hands down the most important in establishing it as a popular music form.

      The 8th concerto of his op.6 bears the title "Christmas Concerto",
      which has been a popular piece even outside of the Baroque repertoire.

      Concerto Grosso Op.8 No.1 in G Minor Part 1
      Vivace - Grave - Allegro - Adagio - Allegro - Adagio - Vivace

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      Great thread!

      I'll add my (twenty)two cents on opera or opera like...

      If any of you like opera here’s a very tiny and subjective choice of several opera-like or opera songs..

      First I start with two songs from Filippa Giordano, her approach in my opinion is "lighter" opera but as emotional as opera should be, these two songs are just very breathtaking, the first song is casta diva, it's full of emotions; and the second is ave maria in a very nice variation (Bach Gounod).

      Casta Diva - Filippa Giordano (make sure you listen to at least 1.24 mins..)
      Casta Diva - Filippa Giordano


      Ave Maria - Filippa Giordano
      Ave Maria - Filipppa Giordano


      Una Furtiva Lacrima - Andrea Bocelli
      Either you like Andrea Bocelli or you don't, but I believe this song is very breathtaking as well.. I like the way he can softly start a sentence (in piano?) and ends it in "forte"..
      Una Furtiva Lacrima _ Andrea Bocelli


      Sarah Brightman - La Califfa
      Just awesome how she performs this song live..., also love the album version a lot.. One thing only, live she's smiling a lot.. (Oh and btw the song serenade from the same album luna is just amazing too.. )
      La Califfa - Sarah Brightman


      Sarah Brightman - Anytime, Anywhere
      Is my all time favourit, however the album version on youtube is not in good quality, so here's very goood live version... love the opera ending of the song and of course the beginning with the low basses... it's based on albinoni addagio..
      Sarah Brightman - Anytime, Anywhere


      Opera: La Boheme, O Suave Fanciulla - Pavarotti & Mirella Freni
      And if anyone likes to listen to this, here's a real nice aria of La BOheme, O Suave Fanciulla from a young Pavarotti and Mirella Freni... Pavarotti is very young here and his voice is very outstanding here... My other favourit, from La Boheme, is "Che Gelida Manina", see below.
      Unfortunately the youtube fragments are not as good in quality as I have both songs on a cd from a performance in the late 60's..
      O suave Fanciulla


      Opera:Che gelida Manina - Pavarotti & Mirella Freni
      Che gelida manina

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      Quote Originally Posted by A-one View Post
      I'll add my (twenty)two cents on opera or opera like...
      First I start with ... Filippa Giordano, her approach in my opinion is "lighter" opera but as emotional as opera should be, these two songs are just very breathtaking, the first song is casta diva, it's full of emotions;

      Thank you for your post and for those great audio/video clips.
      "Casta Diva" is one of my favourite arias, and Norma is one of my favourite operas.
      I had never heard (or heard of) Filippa Giordano, but thanks so much for the introduction. Her take on "Casta Diva" is both beautiful and inventive.
      I will definitely seek out more from her. Thanks!

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      From Lost, Michael Giacchinos amazing LAX, One of my favorite chill out tunes at the moment


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      Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Brightside View Post
      From Lost, Michael Giacchinos amazing LAX, One of my favorite chill out tunes at the moment
      Gorgeous. 'Nuff said.

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      For the people of Japan

      I love this piece of music..


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      Wow, so many wonderful pieces you all have posted! Giacchino, Corelli, Rossini, Beethoven, Taki, Satie, Holst, Campos, Shubert, etc.!

      This is probably one of my favorite threads (and forum sections) in that it deals with music. I would consider myself as being able to communicate effectively about anything except for my personal feelings. For some reason, it has always been difficult for me. I stutter, back track, and pause often when trying to explain something deep and personal (even when thinking of how to explain it in my head); that's why I usually don't speak of such things. But music...music is such a medium in which I can portray my emotions. Music, for me, has two main WONDERFUL attributes" First, it's metaphorical--it transcends words and their attached meanings to portray something that could never be expressed otherwise. Secondly, (and this has two parts) the notes carry a composer's emotions to the listener AND produces new emotions for a listener as well. This also works for us. For example, what Lion-Spirit-Walker felt listening to one of his music choices, we would have felt when we listened to it as well as receiving our own emotional responses to the piece. Truly wonderful, isn't it?

      With that said, this piece that I'm posting has been one of my favorite opera pieces. It's so lively and joyful that, no matter what mood I may be in, it always puts a smile on my face (many times I even begin laughing) and makes me feel delighted again.
      -This piece, "Cheti, Cheti, Immantinente" (Act III scene V from Don Pasquale, an Opera buffa composed by Gaetano Donizetti in 1843) is what is called a patter song. They are characterized with rapid tempo and single words corresponding to single notes. These songs are also the the main scene for a comic character(s), usually the bass and/or baritone. This scene is actually a patter duet (climax begins at 4:00) with one of my favorite singers, John del Carlo. Enjoy!

      -Ryan
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      Quote Originally Posted by Ryan View Post
      .... this piece that I'm posting has been one of my favorite opera pieces. It's so lively and joyful that, no matter what mood I may be in, it always puts a smile on my face (many times I even begin laughing) and makes me feel delighted again.
      .... "Cheti, Cheti, Immantinente" ... with one of my favorite singers, John del Carlo. Enjoy!
      Thanks so much for sharing that video! The music is great, and the complete package of music, production, and singers put a huge grin on my face.

      Though I have a fairly broad knowledge of music (and know many operas well), I admit to a severe deficiency in the Donizetti department---probably because I have never seen any of his works staged. This clip from Don Pasquale reinvigorates my desire to check out that opera and his other successful ones.

      You are spot-on about John del Carlo, but I have always enjoyed Mariusz Kwiecien as well. The pair perform together sublimely here. The comic timing that the two share is palpable, and it elevates the music.

      The best for me is that you can see the fun and joy on the faces of both singers in the performance, yet they also show you the fun and joy beneath the surface---two musical artists completely relishing this moment captured in time. The encore was well deserved.

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      Here's another one of my favorite Opera duets.
      "Man is a mystery. It needs to be unravelled; and if you spend your whole life unravelling it, don't say you've wasted time. I am studying that mystery because I want to be a human being." -Fyodor Dostoevsky.

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      Beautiful pieces Ryan! Thanks for sharing honey

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      Love this piece.....Rimsky Korsakov - Scheherazade


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      Very soul stirring........ I saw this played live outside Leeds Castle in Kent (England) and they had five royal artillery guns going off too with fireworks going off behind the orchestra!! Spectacular and wouldn't have missed it for anything!!!


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