I listen to an NYC-based classical station that asked listeners to submit their top 3 votes for their classical music countdown. #1 was a no-brainer - Beethoven’s Ninth. And with Wiggy celebrating his 250th birthday that will most likely win in a landslide. Was tough to decide the other two. Since Handel is my favourite composer, I went with Ombra Mai Fu (Largo from Xerxes) as my #2. For the thrid, I went with Rhapsody in Blue even though it’s jazz and not really classical. Other candidates I considered were Largo Al Factotum from Barber of Seville, the Barcarolle from Les Contes d’Hoffman, Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto, Mozart’s 26th Piano Concerto and Jauchzet Frohloket from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio.
It’s cliche, but I randomly happened to hear Mozart’s Requiem within minutes of learning of a relative passing and it moved me to tears.
Nessun Dorma from Puccini’s Turandot is probably my favorite opera piece, although generally speaking I’m not a fan of tragic operas and mostly prefer comedic ones. So the Queen of the Night aria from Mozart’s Magic Flute would probably be my favorite piece from a comedic opera.
In a live performance, it’s hard to beat Tchaikovsky’s 4th symphony, the pizzicato 3rd movement. Don’t even bother listening to a recording. This is only special if you hear it live and the sound is bouncing all over the venue as it comes from the different parts of the string section. So you’ll probably have to wait for Covid to be over.
Singing, it is difficult for me to get through a quality performance of Beautiful Savior. Here’s a virtual performance by the St. Olaf Choir (for whom it is their signature piece). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndUv80ALGps
Antonio Vivaldi’s Nulla In Mundo Pax Sincera & Gloria In D Major (in particular movement 1)
Some oboe concerto by Albinoni but I don’t know which one. I just heard it once when my radio alarm clock went off. At the time, arousing from my slumber, I thought/hoped that remembering “Albinoni” & “oboe concerto” would be enough information track it down :shake:
That’s all I can think of off the top of my head and that’s not just because there ain’t a lot on the top of my head.