Debussy's Deux Arabesques performed by pianist Philippe Entremont on a lousy-sounding old Masterworks LP. The choral movement of Mahler's Third on an I-wish-it-sounded-slightly-better Jascha Horenstein recording I have on both Nonesuch and Unicorn LPs. Des Knaben Wunderhorn on Vanguard. Mike Garson's piano solo on Bowie's Aladdin Sane.
I think twoleftears meant Mahler 5, which I agree is absolutely beautiful. Staying with Mahler, I agree with Mapman on Mahler 2, the final portion of the last movement always gives me the shivers. As does the third movement of the Shostakovich 5th Symphony.
Ramones -- I Wanted Everything. Zeppelin -- Dazed and Confused. Clapton's guitar solo in Spoonful, the one on Cream's "Wheels of Fire" album. Judith Nelson's performance of Henry Purcell's "Pursuing Beauty" in Volume 2 of Henry Purcell's Theatre Music on L'Oiseau-Lyre.
Horrors! Yes, typo, Mahler 5. Must proof-read more carefully... @newbee If you don't already have it, the 2CD expanded version of Live at Blues Alley entitled Nightbird, to me sounds even better than the original release, plus there's a bunch of additional material.
The 1st movement of Mahler 9. Rachmaninoff “The Bells” 1st and 2nd movements (I have about 20 different versions of the piece.) Brahms Cello Sonata #2, 4th movement. Schubert Piano Sonata in Bb. D.960. (And much other Schubert.) Anything by Eva Cassidy (Can’t help but tear up when she sings.)
Lots of hard rock (noisy stuff for some ;-)) or straight up classical.. adding a mix from other kinds of sound:
- Rakim - Dead Can Dance - Obvious People - Twin Shadow - Future - Adam Beyer - Safe From Harm - Massive Attack - God’s Chariots - Oklou - Bird of Paradise - Snowy White - Hotel California - Eagles (the acoustic Unplugged version...that opening guitar solo!) - Sonnet 138 - Ane Brun (Shakespeare put to gorgeous tune by Swedish Philharmonic)
barts -- I truly like my original Broadway Cast West Side Story, too. The CD doesn't mention the conductor but I figure it's got to be Lenny. Compelling score, performed with no end of compassion and energy. Surprisingly good fidelity on my CD.
The Man That Got Away - Judy Garland To Bobby - Joan Baez Ben - Marti Webb Born Free - Matt Monro Yesterday When I Was Young - Roy Clark Shine On You Crazy Diamond - Pink Floyd 2nd movement PC2 - Rachmaninoff
Since most of these are about loss (as well as being great performances) I'm not sure what to make of this list but none of them ever bring me down or lower my mood.
It might also seem sacrilegious to some, but I prefer the 5 min edit of Shine.
Maybe I like to think of them as occasionally necessary reminders of the sheer beauty of life.
Chrissie Hynde singing "There's a Thin Line Between Love and Hate" on the Pretenders Learning to Crawl LP. Gets me every time. Check it out.
John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme"
Aretha Franklin's heartfelt "Angel" written by her sister, off the Hey, Hey (The Other Side of the Sky) album. Of all Aretha's great albums, this one song off one of later lesser records is so personal it always grabs me.