What Music makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up?

  • Miserere mei Deus (Psalm 51).          voiced for a full choir sung in a Cathedral... it’s simply awe inspiring.
  • Ceremony of Carols, Op 28. Procession.     Sung by a great Cathedral boy soprano choir in a Cathedral.
  • Agnus Dei .. by Barber.    Sung by a full choir in a Cathedral


Clearly my time as a chorister in my youth had a big impact on me.

  • The North Star Grassman and the Ravens... by Sandy Denny sung live in the Paris Theatre in London 16/3/72


Finally floor singing with a folk group is out of this world, especially with The Grace Notes ...two songs are particularly hair tingling

  • Rue
  • Northern Tide 



Richter's Mussorgsky 'Pictures at an exhibition'. Finale when he goes all out.

Not for audiophiles but this is the best performance I have heard. Making Richter's *official* US debut LP tame in comparison. ( with a capable cartridge, it's spooky I am transported to the venue feeling the hall vibes ) I bought several copies before I finally picked up a pristine early original pressing.

After I have herd this one, now I see this was originally intended for a solo piano.

Hairs on the neck hmmm... rather an instant indescribable chill-thrill, sending shivers up and down my spine - but I identify two different triggers and feelings, though the same spine tingling sensation:-

1) a triggering of expectation, e.g. the opening bar of O Fortuna from Carl Orff's Carmina Burana (I can't explain why, but it invariably  has that effect, and this of all examples is by far the strongest), or the hearbeat at the start of Pink Flouyd's Dark Side of the Moon, or the sound of rain at the beginning of Black Sabbath's first album...

2) the chill-thrill can be from the outpouring of emotion in the music, as when listening to Puccini's Turandot, (particularly Liu's final song Tu che di gel sei cinta - and my tears always run from that point to the end of the opera. Much the same for several of his operas, e.g La Boheme.  Or in a completely different style Twelfth Night's Sequences culminating with the whistle marking the start of the charge into battle, or Marillion's Forgotten Sons, especially at the challenge "stop! Who goes there?".

I started this thinking there were only a few, but every one reminded me of another!



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