Win Nick’s Voucher


So, another Quarantined Friday?

Don’t despair – I have a delectable €25 Golden Discs voucher to give away.

Simply tell me below what is your favourite piece of classical music.

Here’s mine.

The winner will be chosen by my pet budgie.

Please include video links if possible.

Lines close at 9.30pm EXTENDED until Midnight 6am!

Nick says: Good luck.

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67 thoughts on “Win Nick’s Voucher

  1. Bertie Blenkinsop

    Vaughan Williams – The Lark Ascending

    I’ve only really started listening to classical in the past 5 or so years but I’ve grown to love it.. probably an age thing.
    Still can’t get into opera mind you.

    1. Papi

      I was the same about opera until we went to the proper opera house experience in Budapest, red velvet and a box with champagne service, I’ve been hooked ever since. It’s something else when you see Madame butterfly or the marriage of Figaro on stage. It’s addictive.

      1. Bertie Theodore Alphege Blenkinsop

        I did suspect that alright Papi, similarly I’d love to go to a ballet.

        1. Papi

          Do it, and go to a big production, abroad if you can, then you’ll have that for when you see a community production that’s mostly effort and the pure love of it.
          My pick by the way is Schubert with Dame Janet Baker, Ave Maria, in German. Just beautiful.

          1. Bertie Theodore Alphege Blenkinsop

            It’s on the ever increasing list of places to go, post lockdown…. probably straight after Thomas the Tank Engine Land.

          2. Brother Barnabas

            you’ll spend half the night admiring how your mickey looks in the white tights in the reflection in the window, and the other half the night looking at everyone else’s

          3. Bertie Theodore Alphege Blenkinsop

            Ahhh, you’ve been to Thomas the Tank Engine Land before, I take it?

    1. SOQ

      You beat me to it dylan.

      That piece helped me through the most difficult period of my life- never heard that version before mind- thank you.

    2. Slightly Bemused

      I had not heard of this. My weekend is looking to be very educational. Thank you :-)

      1. SOQ

        The second is the one which resonated with me- at a very sad time in my life.

        The words were those of 18-year-old Helena Wanda Błażusiakówna, a highland woman incarcerated on 25 September 1944. It read O Mamo, nie płacz, nie. Niebios Przeczysta Królowo, Ty zawsze wspieraj mnie (Oh Mamma do not cry, no. Immaculate Queen of Heaven, you support me always). The composer recalled, “I have to admit that I have always been irritated by grand words, by calls for revenge. Perhaps in the face of death I would shout out in this way. But the sentence I found is different, almost an apology or explanation for having got herself into such trouble; she is seeking comfort and support in simple, short but meaningful words”.[11] He later explained, “In prison, the whole wall was covered with inscriptions screaming out loud: ‘I’m innocent’, ‘Murderers’, ‘Executioners’, ‘Free me’, ‘You have to save me’—it was all so loud, so banal. Adults were writing this, while here it is an eighteen-year-old girl, almost a child. And she is so different. She does not despair, does not cry, does not scream for revenge. She does not think about herself; whether she deserves her fate or not. Instead, she only thinks about her mother: because it is her mother who will experience true despair. This inscription was something extraordinary. And it really fascinated me.

  2. Nigel

    Boccherini’s Guitar Quintet #4 In D, “Fandango”, played by Jordi Savall and Les Concert Des Nations

    A wonderful, bright, rollicking, joyous piece of music, a marvelous celebration of life and living, perfect for listening to while on a walk as it starts slow and builds to an absolute footstomper of a fandango, transporting you along until its triumphant conclusion.

  3. Cool_Hand_Lucan

    Carl Orff – Gassenhauer

    There are so many different arrangements of it but the one from Badlands is my favourite. Used in many different TV shows, films and ads but never get sick of listening to it.

  4. Stephen F

    ‘Air on the G String’ because it was played as my bride entered the church on our wedding day, but primarily because the title makes me snigger like a 12 year old boy every time I hear it

        1. Huh?

          Brilliant! I used to live beside Belleville, I’ve been meaning to watch this for years.

          And I’ll share this link with my choir who are all a bit sad about our concert that won’t go ahead for now, this will cheer them up.

          Many thanks!

  5. Ragamuffin

    St Matthew Passion by JS Bach

    Being both a philistine and an atheist, I hadn’t come across this magnificent piece until the opening scene of Martin Scorsese’s 1995 film Casino, Then, as an admittedly intense teenager, I used to listen to it in the dark, turned up to the max. It tells the story of Jesus’ last days, and deals with the relatable themes (to my adolescent brain at least) of betrayal, judgement, love and death.

    It wasn’t until Good Friday 2019 that I finally got to see it live in the National Concert Hall. Bach was not messing about with this one: the production requires a double orchestra, a double choir, 6 soloists, and a continuo organ. It was, quite simply, epic.

  6. Rosette of Sirius

    Was going to go with Jean Sibelius but no, for a little rub o’ the green seeing as it’s all exploding in my garden this weekend, will go with Seán Ó Riada and perhaps the most famous orchestral works; Nomos No. 1: Hercules Dux Ferrariae for string orchestra (1957)

    1. Slightly Bemused

      Oh I love that piece! I was thinking of Seán O’Riada but could not choose. Thank you!

          1. Slightly Bemused

            Well, I did not get paid for it, so amateur? Yes!

            Starting too fast often means you lose the rhythm, and rhythm is a dancer :-)

  7. Andrew

    Khachaturian’s Spartacus
    The adagio danced beautifully here by the Bolshoi ;Lyudmilla Semenyaka as Phrygia
    Irek Mukhamedov as Spartacus/

    The Lark Ascending is a favourite also along with Bach’s St. Matthew’s Passion and I see both have already been chosen, which is nice.

  8. Liam Deliverance

    Ludwig Van Beethoven – The Piano Sonata No. 14 in C minor “Quasi una fantasia”, Op. 27, No. 2 (Year 1801)

    Or, to you and me, Moonlight Sonata – a piece I regularly come back to, something very enjoyable about the frenetic-ness of it all and the evocative melodies. To hear a fine piece of music is sublime, to see it actually being played is magic. This video shows the complexity involved for the pianist quite nicely.

  9. DOC

    Adagio for strings – Samuel Barber – Platoon OST
    The Blue Danube – Johann Strauss -2001 A Space Odyssey OST

  10. theo kretchmar schuldorf

    Today I’ll say this playful Bach ditty.
    I bet he wrote it to amuse his million kids.
    Theo Jr. enjoys being chased around the room to this one, and it reminds me how Theo Sr. (birthday later today – I’m breaking the 2km ban to wave at him through the window ) used to chase us about.

    1. Clampers Outside

      I also love that when one gets tired of humming or da-da-ing the four lines of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star the opening part to 12 Variations mixes really well with it :0)
      I think the wee man may like it too!

  11. Leopold Gloom

    Nils Frahm’s Tristana or Max Richter’s On the Nature of Daylight. Absolute perfection.

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