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Nothing hits me hard every time, but the final section of Mahler's Tenth (from the reappearance of the catastrophe chord) gets me surprisingly often, though only in the context of listening to the entire work, since the section dispells the tension that gathers from Purgatorio onwards.
Also, the finale of Mozart's Figaro, another wonderful resolution (and again, only in the context of listening to the entire work).
Die Krebs gehn zurücke, Die Stockfisch bleiben dicke, Die Karpfen viel fressen, Die Predigt vergessen.
For me, the "Kyrie", "Pie Jesu", and "In Paradisum" from Maurice Durufle's "Requiem". As I mentioned in another thread, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, and Barber seem to be especially gifted at inducing teary moments:
Brahms -- 3rd Movement of Piano Concerto #2 Intermezzo 119/1 Rachmaninoff -- Vocalise 2nd Movement of Piano Sonata #2 Barber -- Conclusion of "Knoxville -- Summer of 1915" Conclusion of aria "Do Not Enter Yet, Anatol" from "Vanessa"
Maybe a few surprises:
Prokofiev -- Conclusion of Violin Sonata, Op 80. Lowell Liebermann -- Conclusion of Nocturne No 8
Fugato at the end of 'Hostias' in Mozart's Requiem the return of the Aria at the end of Bach's Goldbergs the 2nd movement of Mozart's KV 488 'La chanson des vieux amants' by Brel 'Hallelujah' by Cohen, sung by Jeff Buckley Andante from Mahler's 6th symphony Adagio from Rachmaninoff's 2nd symphony
not entirely passages, but I need a handkerchief all the same.
Longtemps, je me suis couché de bonne heure, but not anymore!
Bach Goldberg Variations Aria Schumann Traumeri Chopin Nocturne No 21 Schubert Piano Sonata no 21 1st movement Beethoven Bagatelle no 5, opus 57 2nd movement, Piano Concerto no 5 2nd movement Brahms Piano Concerto 2, 3rd movement Liszt Ballade no 2
I still often tear up at the final cadenza to Ravel's Concerto for the left hand whenever I am listening to a great performance of the piece all the way through, and I am concentrating on the music and letting my mind fall into the bliss.
- The slow section at the end of the first movement of Schumann's Fantasy. - The "big tune" with variations in the Liszt Second Ballade. - Brahms' Intermezzo in B minor, Op. 119 No. 1 - the central waltz. Deeply poignant. - Also Brahms - several passages in the Ballade Op. 10 No. 4, if well played. - Chopin - the Prelude in F# major, the middle section. Often imitated, never duplicated.
I feel extremely fortunate that I have the ability to play all these pieces and bring out the desired effect.
Elgar Sea Pictures, as sung by Janet Baker. In particular "because your voice has faltered" in Sabbath Morning at Sea and "God surely loved us a little then" in The Swimmer.
All in all a wonderful cd: it's coupled with the Du Pre Elgar concerto with Barbirolli.
Also Elgar: "Yea, in spite of a dreamer who slumbers and a singer who sings no more" in The Music Makers, which surely meant so much to Elgar, his close friend August Jaeger having died 3 years' before.
Schubert: D960 second movement Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde, last movement - many places, but particularly the ending. Ewig, ewig ... Mahler: Symphony #3, last movement. I'm not a great brass lover, but when the brass come quietly in with the main theme about 5 minutes from the end - it gets me every time. Strauss: Beim Schlafengehen Berg: Violin concerto, at the end where it all begins to dissolve.
I had already thought of that sublime moment from Mahler's 3rd when I got to your post. I will confess to being a brass lover, but that is just stunningly beautiful.
Too many to be mentioned publicly... Sometimes when I listen to one of these passages I feel the Weltschmerz shatter me to such a degree that I am unable to resume what I was doing before playing or listening.
Clichéd maybe, but Albinoni's Adagio in G minor, Alkan's Op. 15 and, for some reason, Rzewski's The People United Will Never Be Defeated have made me shed tears each and every time I've heard them in their entirety...um...Andromaque...does nothing (music-wise, of course ) make you cry anymore? I find that notion... Xxx
Sometimes, we all just need to be shown a little kindness <3
#1955194 - 09/07/1201:25 AMRe: passages that make you tear up every time
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A lot of the more obscure music I have found, for me (I live for the kinds of pieces that hit you in that place inside...):
Stanchinsky - Prelude en Mode Lyrique http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5fvk5wR-xM&feature=related (this recording is a bit too slow, and the only other recording I heard cuts a significant part out of the middle and isn't that good, so a special part of it for me is playing it myself the way I actually hear the piece and knowing that I might be one of the only people in the world playing it the way that triggers that feeling in me)
Vladigerov - Nocturne Op. 59 No. 4 (until 5:05, if I were playing the set I would never do an attaca into the next movement, after all, it's not exactly indicated in the score...) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Iui4JrpgIE&feature=related (this is like the Stanchinsky Prelude, I hear this piece in a way I haven't heard it ever performed, so it's these two pieces are quite special to me in that sense).