When I started this blog less than 2 months ago, I set myself a clear unwritten rule of NOT intending to write posts with top 10 lists.
Well, rules are there to be broken, let’s take a walk on the wild side, baby!
A soon to be published post on Cosi Fan Tutte, gave me the idea for this post.
All of the below are melodies that will never leave me untouched.
The versions below are not necessarily representative of what I’d recommend as reference for the particular classical work, it was what I found on Youtube so everybody hopefully should be able to access it.
The ranking is fully artificial, and could totally change tomorrow.
If you have any additions or suggestion, please comment!
1. Soave Sia Il Vento from Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte
2006 Glyndebourne recording, Ivan Fischer
2. Brahms: Symphony no. 1 (4th movement, starting around 30:00)
Wilhelm Furtwängler, NDR Sinfonieorchester
3. Keith Jarrett: My Song
From the “Carnegie Hall Concert” 2006. Could also have taken the original from the 1978 album with Jan Garbarek, but didn’t find it on Youtube. See a review on this amazing album here.
4. Mozart: C-minor mass KV427: Domine Deus
Elīna Garanča, Diana Damrau
5. Bach: St. Matthew Passion: Wir setzen uns in Tränen nieder
6. Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong: Summertime
From Porgy and Bess
7. Händel: Rinaldo : Lascia ch’io pianga
Find a review of my favorite Rinaldo recording here.
8: Schubert: Ständchen
Also outstanding in the piano only version
9. Dido & Aeneas: Dido’s Lament
Simone Kermes; Teodor Currentzis
10. Genesis: The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway: Carpet Crawlers
All sources: Youtube.
I’ve now published two follow-up posts with readers finds on music that gives them goose bumps here.