music is what feelings sound like
This is both birthday music for the elderly (but in denial) ice_crystal, and an answer to fahye's question about music that tugs at the heartstrings. This is beautiful music, emotional break up music, wallowing in tears in the dark music, or equally music to smile in happiness to.
David Sylvian and Ryiuchi Sakamoto - Forbidden Colours for David Sylvian's voice, and the heartbreaking lyrics. I can't remember if the vocal version is in the movie, but the instrumental at least was in Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence.)
Franz Schubert - Ave Maria (Maria Callas) Not the best recording ever, because it's old, obviously, but Maria Callas has such a beautiful voice, I had to pick it over more recent recordings.
Mark Isham - My Wife With Champagne Shoulders I first heard him play trumpet at a David Sylvian concert, and went out the next day and bought an album, even though I don't particularly like trumpets.
As always, if you enjoy the tasters, support the artists and buy their albums, do!
ETA: I was going to add Peter Murphy's Strange Kind of Love, but I only seem to have it on... um, LP! (Shut up, Anne, it doesn't make me that ancient!) Does anyone have the mp3 they'd be willing to share?