posted on Sep, 2 2006 @ 03:57 PM
To watch and listen to a philharmonic orchestra perform is one of life's great pleasures--the superb synchronicity, the individual and group
artistry, the impeccable timing, the responsiveness to the conductor and above all the magnificant sounds are a living testament to the value of human
cooperation. Just thinking back to some of the performances I've seen and heard brings me to the edge of tears. No other form of music has anywhere
near the emotional impact of a good classical performance. One of my most fervent wishes is for a sound system that could accurately reproduce the
sounds of a great classical orchestra. Perhaps one day technology will take us there.
I hesitate to start trying to single out and name my favorites simply because I have so many. Saint Saens, "Carnival of the Animals"; Edvard
Grieg's Pier Gynt Suite; Massenet's Meditation from Thais; Beethoven's Symphony No. 5; Chopin's Concerto For Piano and Orchestra No. 2; well I'll
just stop here even though I've barely started.
Music is a big part of my life and I would be very unhappy without it. Even though I listen mostly to rock and pop music (and enjoy it tremendously),
nothing compares to the expressiveness and beauty of good classical music, be it orchestral, chamber, strings, opera, ballet, or what have you.
Kids grow up watching cartoons yet I would venture to say that not one in a hundred realize the music accompanying those cartoons comes from the
classics and mostly from Rossini's William Tell Overture.
[edit on 2-9-2006 by Astronomer70]