Almost? "Perfect Music"?! Bach Elgar Mascagni Schubert Shostakovich Very Special

Almost? “Perfect Music”?!

Great compositions sure to move the heart. But I’m a little reluctant to include them in the “Perfect Music” section! (*See Perfect Music on the right hand alphabetical panel*)

Cavalleria Rusticana – intermezzo by Pietro Mascagni


Shostakovich waltz from Jazz suite. Used in the movie “Eyes Wide Shut” with Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman

Shostakovich Waltz from Jazz Suite


And here is an absolutely delightful version by Andre Rieu.

Shostakovich Russian Waltz by Rieu


Bachs “Master and Commander”

Bach cello suite 1 bwv 1007


From Elgar’s enigma variations, op. 36 Nimrod


Now here is Schubert for Jess! Schubert’s 8th Symphony second movement (see comments)

Schubert’s 8th Symphony second movement

  • Jim
    July 22, 2009 at 1:11 am

    More than a chance Danielle! You better get over here and be with us – before you head back to that great, troubled country!

  • Danielle
    July 21, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    Jim – my computer has managed to play a few of these shorter Bach pieces and I am SO EXCITED to have your site to access when I am feeling starved of culture in Pakistan. I really love that cello suite. Can’t wait to get back and use my big speakers!
    Loved seeing you yesterday and ! emailed Tricia to see if there is any chance of catching up with you two beautiful people before we head off next week.

  • Jim
    February 28, 2009 at 6:30 am

    Scott – Thanks mate.
    Somebody out there is listening!
    Hope you stick around and listen more. I’ve been told it’s a great site. it’s been a labour of Love! Please give me any suggestions for music you’d like to hear – that may not be on the site.
    all the best,

  • Scott
    February 28, 2009 at 2:21 am

    Elgars enigma variations, op. 36 Nimrod. I am in ecstacy. Every time I hear that piece my heart fills like it is about to burst yet I never knew who it was. Thankyou Jim for this site. I can now go to a place and identify all those marvellous pieces that fill my spirit.

  • Jim
    April 26, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    OK Jess – let’s have a listen to Schubert’s Symphony #8 / Second movement.
    Thanks for pointing out my egregious lapse! Of course the site is a ‘work in progress’ … and getting some Schubert on here is progress!

  • Jess
    April 26, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    What, no Schubert on the site?

    Surely qualifying for ‘almost perfect’ music is Schubert’s Symph #8 in B minor… just two movements making an ‘almost perfect’ unfinished symphony. Though I wonder, perhaps these two stand alone for a reason – Schubert himself must have realised there was little more to say; three’s a crowd.
    The 2nd especially is beautiful!