John Leguizamo's Top Five Classical Works

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Even by the standards of his eventful, three-decade career, the last week has been especially noteworthy for actor John Leguizamo. On Sunday he appeared as a "Global Ambassador of the Arts" in the Puerto Rican Day Parade on Fifth Avenue. Later that same day he had the crowd laughing out of their seats at the Tony Awards. Now the star of the autobiographical Broadway show "Ghetto Klown" turns his focus to classical music. On Saturday, he shares his top five pieces of all time. Watch a video below:

John Leguizamo's Top Five:

No. 5 - Frederic Chopin, Nocturne No. 2 in E-flat, Op. 9/2, Philippe Entremont, piano

No. 4 - Frederic Chopin, Prelude No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 28/4, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano

No. 3 - Franz Liszt, Liebestraum No. 3 in A-flat, Op. 62, Daniel Barenboim, piano

No. 2 - Erik Satie, Gymnopedie No. 3, Aldo Ciccolini, piano

No. 1 - Beethoven, Piano Sonata No. 14 in C Sharp Minor, Op. 27, No. 2 "Moonlight", Andre Watts, piano

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Comments [7]

Jody from Delray Beach, FL

Saw "Ghetto Clown" last month, and "Freak" live bold and honest. Your courage is just as outstanding as your writing. Your lessons stay with me. Now a great treat to learn of your musical influences..As a designer, I will be listening to these for inspiration as well! Thank you for your wisdom and entertainment!

Jun. 22 2011 04:22 PM
Maryanne Alfano

If ordinary tastes include appreciating extraordinary music, then I guess I am guilty as well. Bravo to John L. for lovely selections and expressing how they affect him. He picked some of my favorites as well and I hope he will give a try to the Thomas Tallis meditation.

Jun. 22 2011 03:27 PM

Anyone attempting to "rank" Leguizamo's taste in classical music--or anyone else's, for that matter--is simply being a pedantic snob. You can choose to differ in matters of aesthetics, but don't try to behave as though you have single-handedly deciphered the respective value of all works in the genre.

I appreciate anyone's willingness to share their love of classical music, particularly when combined with John's entertaining and candid reflections and his commentary. Thank you!

Jun. 22 2011 03:24 PM
william pagenkopf from flushing, ny

While he really great comedian, pathos with humore. The musical selections are
typical of rather ordinary tastes,


Jun. 17 2011 06:05 AM
dr. walter delph from panama

have been following leguizamo for many be an artist by definition is to be in touch with a center in oneself where that creative juice resides, and finding a medium to express it. i bet he has other expressions of that juice than his great acting. most great artist do. dr. delph

Jun. 16 2011 12:44 PM
karl stoll from bayside queens

always been a fan of john , now i'm even a bigger fan !!!

Jun. 15 2011 08:48 PM
Erica Miner from CA

John Leguizamo and classical music - who knew? I was delighted to see this 'sensitive' side of him. He's very articulate.

Jun. 15 2011 08:47 PM

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