Classical pieces this week! Classical in the colloquial sense, not the actual period of classical music - most of my pics are probably going to be romantic or modern to be honest.
Beethoven's Toccata & Fugue in D minor.
I love this piece, LOVE it. It sounds ASTOUNDING blown out on an organ in a big church, I love the hallowe'eny connections of it, and in fact I walked down the aisle to it at our wedding!
Gershwin's Rapsody in Blue.
You could argue this is more jazz, but heck - I'm slipping it in here anyway -it's an AWESOME piece. It's also a nod to my love of vintage Tom & Jerry - it features in Mouse in Manhattan.
Rachmaniov's piano concerto no 2.
It's just beautiful, romantic, moving, amazing. It was memorably used in the 1945 film Brief Encounter
Andrew Lloyd Webber's Variations on a Theme by Paganini
Encountered this at school, courtesy of our young and trendy music teacher and was BLOWN away. I'm slightly obsessed with this, and could probably hum it all the way through for you just on my ownsome!
It not only features, obviously, the beautiful theme by Paganini, but also Julian Lloyd Webber on cello. He may not be the bestest cello player in the world, but I really like his sound.
Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake
Can I be greedy and say 'all of it'?! I know there are other ballets - others that I like, even! - but for me, 'ballet' is 'Swan Lake' if you see what I mean. The music - oh my giddy aunt the music - is sublime, tragic, epic, and wonderful. Although, I must admit I dislike the modern trend for fielding a happy ending - I far prefer the traditional tragic drowning. Also, I'm never much interested in Prince Siegfried - I'm always much more taken by Rothbart (the bad guy, naturally)!
So there you have it - Music Monday. Be inspired to listen to some of these, work out your own favourites, and read my husband's take on it over on his blog!