“Music (…) gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.” Plato As a music enthusiast I’m on a permanent quest for really great music, for those rare moments in (recorded human history where musicians are able to connect themselves and the audience with “the universe and everything”. This is about music that is capturing all attention. When you open up to it, then there will be no space left for anything else while you listen. In a certain sense the musicians (and in the best case also the audience) become godlike, above and beyond space and time…. those are the real magical moments of mankind. It is about creations of everlasting value, independent from fashion and matters of personal taste... so, as difficult as it is, let’s try to keep personal musical preferences away from here and remind ourselves that “beauty always lies in the ears of the beholder”. All genres are welcome. Just audio or with video doesn’t matter, neither does the sound quality. Music itself is in the center of interest. Please do not share pieces that you just know since recently and you like to share based on a temporary enthusiasm. Only show “the real stuff” here, performances you are convinced that they deserve to be part of the musical Pantheon. If there are different opinions concerning the value of a particular piece of music, then feel free to discuss it here. Finally that’s what threads are good for, right? Exchanging opinions and being inspired. The first piece I would like to share is Philip Glass, Akhnaten - Funeral of Amenhotep III. I chose this one as a starter, since it fits the title of this thread so well. Amenhotep death is giving way for another human becoming a god… Echnaton. Pay attention to the archpriest from 3:15 onwards… In the comments section of YouTube below the sound-only first act “Philip Glass Akhnaten (Complete) Act I” one comment goes: “Es un orgasmo cosmico escuchar esta musica... !” … yes, that’s exactly what this thread is supposed to be about… so here we go… Something totally different: Annie Lennox and David Bowie. Surely, Annie is not Freddie but… I couldn’t imagine anybody else filling the gap and then even going much further than that… Rabih Abou-Khalil, simply fabulous… but see yourself… Jascha Heifetz - Max Bruch - Violinconcerto No. 1. Somehow I wish there was a video, somehow I am glad that there isn’t… ...hope you like it... PS & by the way: I am listening mainly via LCD-X, AH-D7100, HE-400 and AKG K-1000. Amp-wise via modified transformer-coupled tubes and a HDVD-800.