What is your musical nourishment? What is the first sound that you listen to in the morning? For me, this morning it was Mozart's Don Giovanni, performed by the Berlin Philharmonic, directed by Maestro Herbert von Karajan, and recorded (digitally!) in Berlin at the Philharmonie concert hall in 1985. A three LP set on Deutsche Grammophon- pure sublimely teutonic culture.
I'm not really a Mozart fan- his music is too cute for me. Brilliantly cute. Like Michael Jackson, who also struck me as brilliant and as (too) cute. But the opening to this epic opera, Don Giovanni, is stunning. The first two minutes are beyond brilliant, they are divine. Mozart starts with a thunderous fortissimo chord that instantly sets the scale between the listener and the work that is to come. Just a simple 1-5-1 chord progression that grabs your attention, guaranteed. The first two minutes of this opera are some of the most fascinating two minutes in "classical" music. Gripping, brilliant, astonishing. Check it out for yourself, next time you can get around to it...