5 After 5, Favorite Classical Pieces

Do you enjoy much classical music? My dad always called it "long-haired" music and we'd spend a ton of time making fun of it, but it has turned out to be probably my favorite type of music to listen to...

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It's time for another round of 5 After 5!  In case you missed it, last week's list was ways to track/plan everything and if you're new to this series, you can read more about it here - then catch up on all the old editions here.

Today I've got my list of 5 to share, as well as next week's topic for you to stew about over the upcoming days.

And this series is a link party, so be sure to scroll down and join in all the fun with us this week!

List 5 favorite classical music pieces

I had an incredibly difficult time choosing my five for the list this week. There is just so much great music out there!

1.  Mars (Holst)

The ballet studio that I went to while training in the summers (for skating, in case you're new here) was putting on a performance of The Planets one year and I thought it was so cool.

This piece was the most exciting to watch and I just love how the intensity builds throughout the whole thing! 

2.  Air on a G String (Bach)

What I love most about this piece is the fact that I cannot hear it without immediately picturing this,

which happens to be my favorite Bond film (although there are two others that are almost my favorite).

Here's a really cool version of the song, using original instruments. I attended a Mozart concert in Salzburg that did this, and it was pretty neat.

3.  O Fortuna (Carl Orff)

This piece tends to be really overused these days during professional sporting events, but I fell in love with it long before it was well-known, when I had to go see a live ballet performance for a school requirement.

Carmina Burana is my favorite ballet -- I've seen it several times and if it's coming to town, I'll go see it again because I'm always fascinated by the different ways it's interpreted.

The wildest involved a giant, rotating wheel with bodies hanging from each spoke. 

Yeah. Crazy stuff!

4.  Aquarium (Saint-SaĆ«ns)

I was shocked to recognize the opening notes of this movie when it came out, since it sounded just like a beloved classical piece.

I fell in love with the tune way back in the dawn of time, when I enjoyed it during one portion of the Impressions de France film at Epcot, which remains one of my favorite things to do at Disney to this day!

5.  The Four Seasons (Vivaldi)

I love this entire group of violin concerti, but my absolute favorite classical piece of all is the first movement of Winter.

G has taken me to see several live performances of this work, but the most magical had to be when he nabbed New Year's Eve tickets for it at this venue:

We enjoyed a candlelight concert at St. Eustache, then walked over to join the New Year's festivities at the Eiffel Tower. Ma-gi-cal!!

For next week:

Favorite Cured Meat

Mmmm...it's so good, yet so bad. What cured meat do you enjoy eating the most?

I can't wait to see what you share!

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