It doesn't really sound like you have a good ear if your liking changes that much from hearing the ponetics to pronouncing itMa Cherie, I don't think anymore that Spanish is such a beautiful language (after learning it).
There is not such a thing like real Spanish BUT a somewhat standarized norm of Spanish that you call "from Castilla", and that's hardly even spoken in Castilla as it is.Real Spanish (from Castilla)
Curiously enough, these are the traits that I like most and best about Spanish. The Z somewhat makes it different too. This is an example of why I am fascinated by the Spanish diction:is too harsh with all those "j" sounds and snake-like "c" and "z" (like in Zaragoza).
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and that being a Basque trait makes it unique amongst all the rest Romance languages. It's funny that the ups and downs is what I find a bit "annoying" of Italian after hearing for awhile.It is "drier" and lacks the joyful intonation of Italian.
Not that elegance is a thing that you can measure at all, but I would find the most harsh language sounding elegant if an elegant person (indeed) is speaking.It doesn't have the elegance of French, nor the grandeur of English.
About the grandeur, written like that, or greatness... I am afraid that Marx o Freud did not think like you when they learnt Spanish to read The Quixote in original version.