And although i very much appreciate anyone's help/recommendation, please dont just offer up any other minimalist piece, b/c Glass is a minimalist.
I find his Violin Concerto to be minimal, yes...but quite emotive, dynamic and containing dissonance (as opposed to consonance).
I have been searching for a specific style of classical music for years and although I have found some pieces that I love, I seem to run into the same issue over and over. That is, I find them to be too bombastic and/or too "happy" sounding and they dont seem to illicit any emotion from me (many also seem "old fashioned" to me). I am not looking for depressing music per se, but pieces that are a bit darker, emotive and that illicit a certain emotion. Its for this reason that I very much enjoy movie soundtracks, but I find the pieces to be frustratingly short.
What has fit the bill:
Bartok's Concerto For Orchestra (powerful!)
Arvo Part's 3rd Symphony
Gorecki's 3rd Symphony; 1st movement (not a big fan of choral)
Debussy-Clair de Lune
Barber-Adagio (this might be one of the most beautiful pieces of music I have ever heard)
Ennio Morricone (Yo-Yo Ma plays...amazing)
What hasnt "clicked"...yet:
Mahler-I have his 7th and 9th; not doing it for me...
Sibelius-I may have bought too much of his material at once (String Quartet, Violin Concerto, Symphony 6 and 7 are quite beautiful...)...dont know where to start otherwise
Barber-cant seem to find anything that sounds even remotely like "adagio" (I have his Concerto for Violin and Orchestra)
Fyi, I dont own anything by Stravinsky.
Thank you for reading!
Edited by kwitel - 6/25/12 at 8:19pm