New game. I'm sure we encounter a lot of moments when we discover something great COMPLETELY inadvertently. List them here, not just music-related. The only rule of this game is not to reply with snide jackass comments, like "Oh, that ain't so great." We have enough threads for the Tourettic assholes of the world around here, so respect: this thread is just for sharing your moments.
I'll go first.
1. The Largo from Vivaldi's Double Concerto for Oboes, PV535.
I go to a church where members of NY Phil or Juilliard attend, and get to hear great performances regularly during service. Last Sunday, during Offertory, two oboists played the Largo from Vivaldi's Double Concerto, backed by a restrained organ accompaniment... and it was THE most moving musical experience I've had in the past 2-3 years, even surpassing Radu Lupu's Schubert recital at Carnegie, which I attended couple of nights before the birth of my 2nd daughter w/ my wife... I scavenged to find an LP of this around the city, but to no avail yet. In a single swoop, though, I've become addicted to Vivaldi, as I've been buying up various LPs. Yes, Vivaldi is great, aside from providing the soundtrack to the movie Wall Street.
2. "Giddy Up" by The Hives
The best, inadvertent hip-hop song of the past decade by a rock band. I crank it up in the car while my two girls bop heads in the back in their baby seats. G-yeah!
3. Schumann Duets by de Gaetani/Guinn/Kalish
Contains the best rendition of my favorite duet of all time, "In der Nacht" by Schumann, written during the last period of the composer's life when he had a brief spell of lucidity from mental illness. If you're curious, I blogged about it here:
Anyway, the CD of Schumann Duets by de Gaetani/Guinn/Kalish is OOP and often sells for $100+ (there are a couple used copies on Amazon selling for $35 or so, the lowest I've seen in a while). You'd understand why when you listen to de Gaetani and Guinn singing "In der Nacht" and weep. Anyhoo, I totally stumbled into an ebay sale and picked up the vinyl of it for $3.50. The Nonesuch pressing is better than I expected, way better than the CD, and I've listened to the LP every night for the past week.