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Heart-Stopping Classical Moments from Sherry Sylar

Posted November 24, 2015

“To be able to sit onstage at the New York Philharmonic and hear these wonderful musical phrases that come out of my Orchestra — it is magic every week.”

This month’s On the Cover featured musician, Associate Principal Oboe Sherry Sylar, shares some other magical moments: her list of “heart-stopping" moments in classical music. We'll let Sherry take it from here:

Why a list of "heart-stopping" moments? When I was a freshman in college, one of my professors reveled in playing musical moments that were, to him, magical. I will never forget the effect that these moments had on me. It was profound.

I realize now that we, as music educators, have a responsibility to encourage students to listen with their hearts. Our industry is so competitive that often students focus on being technically perfect. They forget the reason they are musicians — to touch the heart!

The following list contains some of my favorite “heart-stopping" moments, a list that is by no means complete!

Bach “Liebster Gott, erbarme dich” from Cantata BWV 179 (conducted by John Eliot Gardiner)

Bach Double Concerto for Two Violins, Second Movement

Barber Violin Concerto, Second Movement

Barber Cello Concerto, Second Movement

Brahms Double Concerto for Violin and Cello, Third Movement

Brahms Symphony No. 3, Third Movement

Brahms Piano Quartet in C minor, Third Movement (performed by Artur Rubenstein with the Guarneri Quartet)

Dvořák Symphony No. 7, Third Movement

Elgar Enigma Variations, Nimrod

Mozart Sinfonia concertante for Violin and Viola, Second Movement

Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet, Romeo at Juliet’s Grave

Puccini La rondine, “Chi il bel sogno di Doretta” (performed by Montserrat Caballé)

Rachmaninoff Vocalise

Ravel Piano Concerto, Second Movement

Shostakovich Symphony No. 1, Third Movement

Schumann Symphony No. 2, Third Movement

Strauss Der Rosenkavalier Suite

Verdi Requiem, Introit

Hear them for yourself in the Spotify playlist above, and check out our Tumblr post for Sherry's bonus heart-stopping moments from the Broadway and pop worlds.