I'm retired and as I get older, classical music means more and more to me. Take this song by Greig; it brings your close to nature. Modern music doesn't do that.

Hector Berlioz, Guissepie Verdie, Johannes Brahms, and Gabriel Faure were atheists. It's not all church music.

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My favourites are these Piano Concerto's. As 'spiritual' as it's going to get IMO:

BEETHOVEN - Piano Concerto No. 4 in G, Op. 58-Rondo (Vivace)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOCJzgZN1FA (Unfortunately cut a bit short :-()

MOZART - Piano Concerto No. 26 in D, K. 537, "Coronation"-Larghetto
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8UE3fI3q44 (done here too fast)

RACHMANINOV - Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18-Moderato

CHOPIN - Piano Concerto No. 1-Romanza (Larghetto)

TCHAIKOVSKY - Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat Minor-Allegro Con Fuoco - excellent recording this

MOZART - Piano Concerto No. 21 in C, K. 467-Andante

MOZART - Concerto for Two Pianos & Orchestra in E flat, K. 365-Allegro

Thanks, I'll listen tonight. Here's a little story adding evidence to your hypothesis.

When Chopin was composing on the Island of Majorca, Georges Sand entering the salon. Being it was raining, she said to Chopin, your prelude reminds me of raindrops.

Chopin turned from the piano abruptly. "No," he said, "my work has no resemblance to the physical world."

Sounds spiritual to me. :-)

Until this day, the work is still nicknamed "the raindrops prelude."
Please sdd one more to your concert evening, you won't be sorry:

BRAHMS Piano Concerto No 1 in D Op 15: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4g3v_h3_sU
Lauren, the Brahms was wonderful. I never was into Brahms too much but I really enjoyed the concerto.

What a coincidence that you should send me Arturo Rubinstein.

This is the first essay I ever had published and Rubinstein is a key figure. He has a unique position in the history of mankind in that he was the last virtuoso to be taught by a great composer. With his death the chain was broken.

"He's 83 years old now. Do you realize that when he dies mankind's last direct link with the master composers will be broken? Maestro Rubinstein studied with Ignace Paderewski and he with Theodor Leschetizky and he directly with Carl Czerny and he with the immortal Beethoven. When Arthur Rubinstein dies mankind will lose its direct link to the great composers, and music will become a free-floating, unpiloted boat abruptly cut loose from its ancestral moorings. Music will degenerate to cacophonous gibberish by the end of the century. After such a wonderful tradition and legacy, the youth of mankind will listen to the insane noise of caged monkeys and clap their hands with screaming enthusiasm.

I’m from Polish descent and very proud that the father of modern-day Poland was a very good composer and perhaps the greatest pianist in the world at the time—Paderewski.

Here’s the piece. Dr. Grinspoon wrote the intro and Carl Sagan essay is a little above mine on the list.




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