Music That Gives My Readers Goose Bumps – part I

My rather spontaneous post about  my top 10 music that gives me goose bumps inspired by Cosi Fan Tutte turned out to be my most successful post by far.

I’ve received a lot of feedback on different social media sites and fora, it would be too much of a pity not to share this, as there is excellent stuff in there I could have mentioned myself. Listed below in random order. I’ll quote the source’s avatar name in brackets, and my little personal comment (if any) right next to it.

To make these posts manageable I’ll only list 10 per post. Again, source are all publicly available Youtube links.

Expect more to come.

By the way, I’d really appreciate hearing more from you, this has been extremely fun so far!

Mozart: Piano Concerto no. 21 – Andante (GuidoF) – oh yes absolutely, this piece I’ve even added to the soundtrack of my own wedding video.

Bach’s b-minor mass (GuidoF) – sure, I’ve already posted about it here.

Ravel: Ma Mère l’Oie (SonnetCLV) – Ravel really has extremely touching moments

Berg: Lulu’s death (Albert7) – I’m not a Berg fan across the board, but this is beautiful

Verdi: Don Carlo – Et giammai m’amo (GuidoF) – among my favorite Verdi operas as well

Vivaldi: Gloria RV589 (accwai) – Yes yes yes, can’t be bothered with most of Vivaldi, but this one is great!

Scarlatti: Sonata K213 (accwai) – In a recent twitter conversation with Jens F. Laurson (@classicalcritic) he seemed shocked by my somehow dismissive comment here about Scarlatti leaving me cold. Well, he has a point, and I’ve since changed my mind. This is another case in point.

Bantock: Celtic Symphony (Metairie Road) – have to admit had never heard this before, but beautiful

Brahms: Alto Rhapsody (Andolink) – I doubt Andolink has read my blog post about it, but he recommended exactly the same Herreweghe recording – nice.

Bach: Largo from the Double Concerto BWV1043 – oh yeah, this needs a future blog post.

That’s all for today, as said before, more to come! And please, give me more!

Top 10 Music That Gives Me Goose Bumps

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

See also my review of Cosi Fan Tutte with Yannick Nézet- Seguin.


2. Brahms: Symphony no. 1 (4th movement, starting around 30:00)


Wilhelm Furtwängler, NDR Sinfonieorchester

See also my post on Brahms Symphony 1 and why it means so much to me for more info.


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

See my reviews of two great versions here and here


5. Bach: St. Matthew Passion: Wir setzen uns in Tränen nieder

Ton Koopman

See my review of my favorite versions here and here.


6. Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong: Summertime

From Porgy and Bess


7. Händel: Rinaldo : Lascia ch’io pianga

Cecilia Bartoli

Find a review of my favorite Rinaldo recording here.


8: Schubert: Ständchen

Hans Hotter

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

1974 album

All sources: Youtube.


I’ve now published two follow-up posts with readers finds on music that gives them goose bumps here.

Petrenko @BerlinPhil follow-on – “it just clicked”

Following on to my article below, I was pointed to this very friendly article from the NY times. According to one of the musicians, it “just clicks” with Petrenko (side note: I wonder if it ever “just clicked” when they chose Karajan).

I guess this is what music actually needs to be like in the 21st century, no mediagenic Titan holding the baton, but somebody who really cares about the music (not trying to imply that Karajan didn’t care about the music by the way).

Now I’m taking bets on his first symphony cycle recording, given that he has barely recorded anything yet makes him a total wild card.

Here is mine, based mainly on exclusions: Russian? Too obvious. Schumann? Rattle just released a good cycle. Brahms: same thing (a bit longer ago). Mozart: more relevant for period ensembles these days. Mendelssohn: nobody wants to hear anything but 3 and 4. And finally Beethoven: No way! too risky.

Anton Bruckner?

Therefore, and also based on his experience conducting Wagner in Bayreuth, my bet is on Bruckner. To my knowledge, Rattle never went beyond the 4th and 9th, and even Abbado didn’t do a full cycle with the BPO.

What do you think?

Habemus Papam – Kirill Petrenko to lead the Berlin Philharmonic. One question remains: who the heck is that?

I’ve previously mentioned the search of a successor for Simon Rattle in Berlin. 

Now we have the answer: Kirill Petrenko. 

I assume I’m not the only one barely familiar with this young conductor. He has recorded only a small handful albums and has never formally headed a symphony orchestra before (only opera, at the Berlin Komische Oper, in Munich and also Bayreuth). 

At least this article from the Guardian sounds reassuring. 

Interesting times ahead as of 2018. 

Who will be leading the Berlin Philharmonic? (I hope for Paavo Järvi, but don’t really believe in it)

Not sure I have very much to add to this brilliant article by Alex Ross in the New Yorker, except that I wish it would be Paavo Järvi, who is not even in the most often quoted lists of high-likelihood candidates, or if I have to chose a name from this “inner circle”, I’d take Nelsons.