I’m a little bit of a classical music nerd. My mother was (is) a gifted singer and pianist, and when I was a small child our house was always full of music. Whether it was Bocelli on the radio, Moonlight Sonata on the piano, “O Fortuna” at bathtime or (my favorite) Mom singing “Ave Maria” while doing dishes, we always had some sort of piece playing in the background.
As us kids got older, Mom stopped playing. We eventually had to sell the piano and with her asthma problems, it became difficult and eventually close to impossible for her to sing like she used to.
I’d pick up the slack occasionally singing some snatch of popular music in a mediocre tenor, but it wasn’t the same.
Now that I’m older and I’ve run the gamut in terms of popular music, I find myself returning to those old tunes more and more. There is something essentially timeless about this music; something that nourishes the soul, and stirs it. So here’s some music. Some of it’s old, some of it’s new. Most of it’s well known, although there are a couple pieces you’ll be surprised with. A
few are not classical music per se, but most certainly inspired by the same profound aesthetic that leaves us listening to the same notes hundreds of years after the fact.
I realize some of you are going to be like, “WTF?! Classical music?! PUSSY MUSIC FOR PUSSIES!” All I can say is, if you don’t feel like getting up and kicking some ass after listening to the Fifth you need to get the fuck off this site before God kills you for having no taste.
Beethoven Symphony No. 9
Beethoven Symphony No. 5
Dvorak, Symphony No. 9, fifth movement
“O Fortuna” (from Carmina Burana, by Carl Orff)
Habanera as performed by Katherine Jenkins (yes I realize this isn’t the best version but my God is she fucking hot)
“Rondo Alla Turca”, Mozart
Bach, Fugue in G minor
“Entrance of the Gladiators”, Julius Fučík
“Moti Ragnarokum”, Burzum
Carlos Guastavino, “Bailecito”
I’ll put more up later. Pic unrelated.