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posted on 06.02.09

It does not matter how large your music collection is at the moment, I believe that all of us have some special CDs/LPs/MCs we always like to come back to. They contain something in side that keeps us coming back to them  over and over again. Some of them set just the right mood, some make us think, some make us cry, some make us high.... Here is a (partial) list of music I keep coming back to over and over again (in no particular order):


  1. Ludwig van Beethoven. Symphony No. 5 in C minor, (Piano transcription by Ferencz Liszt, performed by Glenn Gould, Beethoven's Op. 67, Liszt's S. 464 No. 5) This one is at the top, as to why.... not now, not enough space.

  2. Carl Orff. Carmina Burana. A part of Trionfi: Trittico Teatrale, Carmna Burana shook the world... and me from the moment I heard it.

  3.  John Cage. Litany for the Whale. A sublime Cage, so far away from Cage we know.

  4. Arvo Pärt. Tabula Rasa. Can we describe silence  using sound? Of course! And here is one solid example!

  5.  Marianne Faithfull. A Secret Life. Another Badalamenti/Faithfull collaboration has a unique blend of music and words atmosphere that is just right (for certain occasions...)

  6. Dmitri D. Shostakovitch. Symphony No. 5 in D minor Op. 47. Full of sharp contrasts, anxiety, inner struggle with final victory, this is probably my favorite piece of symphonic music

  7. Ludwig van Beethoven. Symphony No. 7 in A-major, Op. 72.  Considered by some to be Beethoven's Second Pastoral Symphony, this work has a most memorable slow movement of any symphonic work. (it has been used and abused by many).

  8. Anton von Bruckner. Symphony No. 9 in D minor. Want to leave this planet of ours and experience the vastness of interstellar space? Try this!

  9. Richard Robbins. Via Crucis. Remarkable combination of vocal, instrumental and electronic music.

  10.  Leonard Bernstein. Mass. This is real life set to music!

  11. Philip Glass. Koyaanisquatsi. The music is amazing, but add Reggio's film you have a perfection!

  12. Arigo Boito. Nerone. I am not an opera lover, but this – just has that something je ne sais quois...

  13.  Pink Floyd. The Dark Side of the Moon. Need I say more...?

  14. Bernd Alois Zimmermann. Requiem for a Young Poet (Requiem für einen jungen Dichter). This 'lingual' for two narrators, soprano and baritone solos, three choirs, a large (really large) orchestra, organ, magnetic tape and... of course... a jazz band is simply remarkable in its complexity yet it sounds so coherent and well- planned that it simply amazes me!

  15.  J.S. Bach. Musical Offering (Musikalisches Opfer) BWV 1079. Well, this one is just a piece of wonderful music written by one of the first giants in classical music.


There is more.... But these would probably be the first on my mind if somebody asked me.

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