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The most exciting start to an opera, symphony,concerto .....

Post by hangos » Wed May 02, 2012 4:41 pm

For music which from the very first bar grabs you by the scruff of the neck and almost compels you to listen, my nominations are ....
Opera ; Verdi's Otello, Wagner's die Walkuere
Symphony ; Mahler 2 and 5, Tchaikovsky 4, Beethoven 5 and 7
Concerto ; Schumann, Greig, Beethoven 5, Liszt 1

Silly thread perhaps, but we might learn of some hitherto unknown gems!
Nice to see a kind of spring awakening on this forum, several new threads have arisen today!
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Post by absinthe » Wed May 02, 2012 4:57 pm

:)

That happened to me while pre-teen: Vaughan Williams' 6th Symphony. But for that I may have waited a long time to be drawn into music, not just listening but the theoretical.

Maybe ironically but the opening bars of his 7th had a smiliar effect.

Re concertos, it was the 2nd movement of Grieg's Piano Concerto. I just sat there...!

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Post by jbuck919 » Wed May 02, 2012 5:14 pm

The beginning of Mahler's Fifth "exciting"? :shock: Like the last trumpet calling most of us to doom, maybe.

I mean, don't think there won't be controversy on such a topic. :)

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Post by hangos » Wed May 02, 2012 5:18 pm

jbuck919 wrote:The beginning of Mahler's Fifth "exciting"? :shock: Like the last trumpet calling most of us to doom, maybe.

I mean, don't think there won't be controversy on such a topic. :)
You read me like a book, John (no pun intended!). I like "controversial" threads because they generate lots of replies
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Post by Wallingford » Wed May 02, 2012 11:13 pm

Saint-Saens' Violin Concerto #1, in A Major -- immediately states its business, then treats us to ten minutes of genuine entertainment.
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Re: The most exciting start to an opera, symphony,concerto .

Post by bricon » Thu May 03, 2012 3:00 am

Strauss' Elektra.

Just 3 chords that pin you back into your seat.
After just a few seconds you KNOW that you're in for a wild ride.

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Post by Ricordanza » Thu May 03, 2012 5:37 am

Although I wouldn't call the opening to Saint-Saens' Piano Concerto No. 2 "exciting," the piano solo that begins the work certainly draws you in.

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Post by RebLem » Thu May 03, 2012 10:59 am

Beethoven Fifth Symphony.
Brahms First Symphony.
Tchaikovsky Piano Conerto 1.
Prokofiev Piano Concerto 1.
Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra.
Mahler: Symphony 8.
Schumann: Rhenish Symphony.
Mendelssohn: Italian Symphony.
Janacek: Hary Janos Suite.
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Post by ContrapunctusIX » Thu May 03, 2012 11:13 am

The slow fugato introduction to Bartok's Music for Strings, Percussion & Celeste. Starts softly and slowly and works its way up to a deafening crescendo.

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Post by jbuck919 » Thu May 03, 2012 3:35 pm

RebLem wrote:Beethoven Fifth Symphony.
Brahms First Symphony.
Tchaikovsky Piano Conerto 1.
Prokofiev Piano Concerto 1.
Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra.
Mahler: Symphony 8.
Schumann: Rhenish Symphony.
Mendelssohn: Italian Symphony.
Janacek: Hary Janos Suite.
Hard to argue with any of those. I immediately thought of Berlioz's Benvenuto Cellini, and I'll tell you why: The Princeton University orchestra, never one of the great collegiate bands even excluding conservatories, changed conductors between my freshman and sophomore year, and the difference under the new conductor, whose name I cannot recall, was startling (in such a setting, occasional infusions of new talent from incoming classes and cohorts is another possible factor). The Benvenuto Cellini Overture was the first thing they played in their first concert under him, and I was so shocked to hear both both excitement and solid playing from that group that I remember hunkering way forward in my seat.

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Post by hangos » Thu May 03, 2012 4:00 pm

jbuck919 wrote:
RebLem wrote:Beethoven Fifth Symphony.
Brahms First Symphony.
Tchaikovsky Piano Conerto 1.
Prokofiev Piano Concerto 1.
Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra.
Mahler: Symphony 8.
Schumann: Rhenish Symphony.
Mendelssohn: Italian Symphony.
Janacek: Hary Janos Suite.
Hard to argue with any of those. I immediately thought of Berlioz's Benvenuto Cellini, and I'll tell you why: The Princeton University orchestra, never one of the great collegiate bands even excluding conservatories, changed conductors between my freshman and sophomore year, and the difference under the new conductor, whose name I cannot recall, was startling (in such a setting, occasional infusions of new talent from incoming classes and cohorts is another possible factor). The Benvenuto Cellini Overture was the first thing they played in their first concert under him, and I was so shocked to hear both both excitement and solid playing from that group that I remember hunkering way forward in my seat.
I agree, John ; years ago I used to have an LP of Haitink conducting several short pieces, of which this overture was one. It even sounded exciting under "boring Bernard"'s baton.
Another contender has got to be Verdi's La forza del destino overture, especially in this fabled performance from 1944 ;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXI_-f-w ... re=related

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Post by diegobueno » Fri May 04, 2012 7:57 am

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Post by Seán » Fri May 04, 2012 11:03 am

Mahler's Second Symphony;
Mahler's Fifth Symphony;
Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto and
Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.
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Post by IcedNote » Fri May 04, 2012 11:07 am

Someone has to mention Carmina Burana, right? :)

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Post by jbuck919 » Fri May 04, 2012 1:49 pm

IcedNote wrote:Someone has to mention Carmina Burana, right? :)
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(Yes, I know I've touched up the meter of O Fortuna.)
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Post by stenka razin » Fri May 04, 2012 3:59 pm

bricon wrote:Strauss' Elektra.

Just 3 chords that pin you back into your seat.
After just a few seconds you KNOW that you're in for a wild ride.

Yes, my first response, too, m8.D :D :D :D

Here is the brilliant maestro Christian Thielemann conducting the entire opera. Listen to the opening measures. If you have never heard this opening, it will come as a jolting shock and the rest of the opera will provide countless affirmations of majestic power. Please enjoy:

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Post by arepo » Sat May 05, 2012 7:52 pm

Boito's "Mefistofele"

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