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A slight cheat (some strings, a guitar[?] and sleigh bells) but still beautiful:

Remember (Christmas) - Harry Nilsson
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Antony and the Johnsons Hope There's Someone
I came to post this too. That link does not work for me though, it says blocked in my country.

My favourite live version of the song is this one: https://youtu.be/loNU4fVpO8E

That tiny pause at around 1:07 always makes me feel like my heart wants to break.
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Old 11-09-2019, 04:42 AM
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Erica Patoka, "Old Souls":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8J0e9d9wHA

I stumbled across this some time ago, when I was searching for renditions of "Old Souls," which is a song from the movie Phantom of the Paradise. The movie version is done by Jessica Harper, and done very well in the movie; but Erica's beautiful voice at the same time as she is confidently playing the piano, elevate her version above Jessica's, in my opinion.
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As has been mentioned: Schubert and other German composers of the Romantic period wrote many stunning and moving lieder to be sung with piano accompaniment only. You can't go wrong with Schubert's "Standchen" (Serenade) or "An die Musik" (To Music), or "Du Bist Wie eine Blume" (You are like a flower) by Schumann, or Beethoven's mini-song-cycle "An die Ferne Geliebte" (To the Distant Beloved). Among many others. We could throw in Edvard Grieg of Norway and his setting of Andersen's poem "Jeg Elsker Deg" (I Love You) as well. But I'm just scratching the surface of these.

I will also admit to having a soft spot for many American songs of the 1840-1880 period, many of which were designed to be sung with piano accompaniment. "Somebody's Darling," "Beautiful Dreamer," and "Gentle Annie" are all somewhat maudlin, lyrics-wise, by the standards of today, but the whole effect of melody, accompaniment, and music can be quite moving.
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Multiple ticks for Schubert's An die Musik, especially as sung (to my taste) by Kathleen Ferrier or Dietrich Fischer Dieskau

And I'd add to "Jeg Elsker Deg" Grieg's "Varen" (The Last Spring) sung by Barbara Bonney, also her recording of Alfven's Liebst Du Um Schõnheit" (If You Love For Beauty)

(It"s not hard to find the words translated into English).
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And on a completely different tack, Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit"

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Managed to garble that earlier post.

Bonney singing Alfven's "Så Tag Mit Hjerte" (Take My Heart) and Clara Schumann's "Liebst Du Um Schönheit" (If You Love For Beauty).

https://youtu.be/rQ5eSFaff2I

https://youtu.be/YSJzTbHcp2Q
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May I submit the first ~35 seconds of "Let it Be" by the Beatles?
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I can't believe no one's mentioned Joni Mitchell. She has so many beautiful songs that are just piano and voice, especially on "Blue". One of my all-time favorite songs is from that album - River.
Stellar selection. Love it!
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Like, all of Franz Schubert’s songs? Johannes Brahms, Hugo Wolf, and Gustav Mahler also too.
And Debussy. "Beau Soir" (click on "show more" for English translation) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtMMOr41EFU
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Phil Collins' very beautiful track You Know What I Mean.

It does have a little bit of strings as garnish.
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Old 11-13-2019, 10:34 AM
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Only a dream - Mary Chapin-Carpenter
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYlrJIPd6tY
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Old 11-13-2019, 11:52 AM
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Bridge over troubled water - Simon and Garfunkle
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-l-VQduPzvQ
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I'm a big fan of Spencer Krug. He's part of a number of small bands, but also records under a "solo" project. This album in particular is just him singing while playing the piano: https://jagjaguwar.com/release/JAG222/.
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