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babama, I was going to propose that one at well, but never followed through on a post. If possible, Scriabin outdoes Chopin in taking an achingly beautiful melody and providing just the right accompaniment to maximize the effect. Also glad you posted Ashkenazy, who's one of my all-time favorites overall -- THAT'S the way to present this movement!
I'm going to avoid the usual suspects that already have ample representation on this thread (Scriabin, Chopin) and share a piece I found when looking up examples of one of my favorite piano manufacturers.
Lovely, no? Though I admit, I may be partly enchanted solely by the instrument.
As a renaissance lover I must say Dowlands immortal tune "Flow my tears" set by Byrd "Pavana Lachrymae" without a doubt in my mind. Or any other variation on the tune still captures the beautiful melody. Many composers has used this theme. And this tune is still my favorite. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVoQy4M5pxo
I know I may get beat up for resurrecting an old thread but there may be new pieces that people have discovered since the last posting that fit into this thread and it would be interesting to hear about those pieces. In addition, there may me others that haven't seen the initial thread and would like to post now.
That said, I have a new piece that fits perfectly into "delicate and beautiful" to me which is:
Grieg Op.40 From Holberg's Time, 4th Movement (Air). Simply beautiful! Here is Joel Hastings wonderful performance:
Then you may check out the later Faure nocturnes as well as the barcarolles, impromptus, valse-caprices etc. Lots of lyricism and delicacy...
I love Faure--- perchance are there any quite easy ones? I am looking for quick-to-learn, delicate music I can play as church preludes
"Music, rich, full of feeling, not soulless, is like a crystal on which the sun falls and brings forth from it a whole rainbow" - F. Chopin "I never dreamt with my own two hands I could touch the sky" - Sappho
Gabriel Grovlez's "Almanach aux Images" has some wistful little pieces. "Petites Litanies de Jesus" is to be played "naively, tenderly and fervently." If you can remember to keep all those qualities on board. "Le Pastour" is another delicate one with longing & lovestruck undertones. (Each piece has an accompanying poem to illustrate the atmosphere.)