Wonderful! I love this kind of composition. Songs or romances, whatever. With or without some other instrument.
I like all the tracks. Perhaps it's a bit wird that, apart from the piano, the instruments change: strings soloists, piano solo, string ensemble, ¿elctric guitar?, cello... I mean, for an album where the piano is the main instrument, we are accostumed to listen to it alone. Or, if there is orchestration, it is more or less the same in the whole album.
I general, the mood is nostalgic, passionate, sometimes sad... Very romantic. Your language is tonal all the time, it goes well with the style. Of course, I don't disregard classic (or romantic) tonality, but I am also very fond of others idioms.
It would be nice, a plus, to see the scores, since some of us learn a lot from others.
In summary, excellent work.
Now, this is hell of a challenge to pick... My top ten movements are constantly flowing back and forth, but there are a handful that always remain around the top. Of course, you'll quickly figure out what I tend to favor the most: Romantic and post-Romantic composers, Russians, orchestral pieces... And you'll be able to quickly point out what particular trends have carried on into my own music.
So I'm first listing the honorable mentions...
Rachmaninov, Piano Concerto No. 2, 1st movement.
Haendel: Messiah, "Unto Us a Child is Born".
Mussorgsky, Pictures at an Exposition, 10th movement ("The Great Gate of Kiev").
Bach, Orchestral Suite No. 3, 2nd movement ("Air"). Especially the non-historically-informed performances I grew up to love.
Beethoven, Symphony No. 5, 1st and 3rd movements.
Tchaikovsky, The Maid of Orleans, Act III, Scene 2, "March". Rivalling Verdi's better known march from Aida.
Tchaikovsky, Eugene Onegin, Act I, Letter Scene.
Tchaikovsky, The Maid of Orleans, Act I, Hymn.
Rachmaninov, Symphony No. 2, 1st movement.
Elgar, Enigma Variations, "Nimrod".
Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 4, 1st movement.
Tchaikovsky, Manfred Symphony, 2nd movement.
Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 5, 2nd movement.
Mahler, Symphony No. 1, 1st and 4th movements.
Mendelssohn, Violin Concerto in E minor, 1st movement.
Dvorak, Symphony No. 7, 3rd movement.
Tchaikovsky, The Sleeping Beauty, Act I (Rose Adagio) and Act III (March, Polonaise and Pas de Quattre).
Prokofiev, Romeo and Juliet, Act I, "Dance of the Knights".
Beethoven, Symphony No. 9, 1st movement.
Mozart, Great Mass in C Minor, "Kyrie".
Shostakovich, The Gadfly, "Romance".
Morricone, Cinema Paradiso, "Love Theme".
Brahms, Symphony No. 1, 4th movement.
And now, the top ten, in (some sort of) descending order, with a few extra comments...
10) Borodin, String Quartet No. 2 in D, 2nd movement. What a lovely nocturne!
9) Mozart, Symphony No. 41 in C, 4th movement. Ah, that five-theme fugue...
8) Prokofiev, Piano Concerto No. 1 in Db, 1st movement. Has blown me away every time since I first heard it.
7) Beethoven, Symphony No. 7, 1st movement. It always gets me bouncing in my seat with its infectious rhythms.
6) Delius, Florida Suite, 1st movement ("Daybreak")
5) Mahler, Symphony No. 4, 1st movement. Couldn't avoid falling in love with it at once.
4) Grofe, Grand Canyon Suite, 4th movement, ("Sunset"). Rather than the more famous "On the Trail".
3) Tchaikovsky, The Queen of Spades, Act III, Scene 2. I just love the way the drama is enhanced by the music in this passage.
2) Mahler, Symphony No. 2, 1st movement. An epic, gigantic funeral march.
1) Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 6 (Pathetique), 3rd movement. It... just brings the house down!
This is pretty good! A couple that I personally thought were a little off but aren't really wrong.
The section directly after the introduction with solo viola(?) didn't seem like a fitting resolution to that intro.
When that viola theme comes back with the intro chords again, I had imagined those chords to form B7 instead of Bm7, which again, is by no means a bad thing, it just threw me off.
I personally never liked the Brahms 4th symphony. When I played it in Symphony it seemed kind of bland compared to his second symphony.
But the 6th symphony by Tchaikovsky I totally agree with, pretty much the whole piece (emphasis on 3rd and 4th movement), but my list had too many things to put on it :( I wish I had like 100 spots!
I'm so glad this this is a post. I love a lot of pieces in their entirety but specific parts are really the great things to discuss sometimes! These are in no particular order except for my number 1 choice!
10. Shostakovich Piano Trio #2 in E minor, 4th movement
9. Lutoslawski, Cello Concerto, end of Cantalina and Finale (reh. 77)
8. Mussorgsky, Pictures at an Exhibition, 10th movement (The Great Gate of Kiev)
7. Britten, Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Fugue
6. Barber, Violin Concerto, 2nd movement
5. Prokofiev, Violin Concerto #1 in D major, 1st movement
4. Haydn, Symphony 97, 1st movement
3. Shostakovich, Piano Concerto #2 in F major, 1st movement
2. Dvorak, Symphony 8, 1st movement
1. Respighi, The Pines of Rome, 4th movement (The Pines of the Appian Way)