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PostSubject: Favourite Classical Music   Fri May 23, 2008 1:01 am

EVM's piano thread set me thinking.

Does anyone else like classical music?

I do, but my knowledge is somewhat limited, so when I go online to browse-buy classical music, I often find it difficult to track down something I like.

Any recommendations? I prefer concertos and chamber music to symphonies and Opera.

My recommendation to others is Bach's Goldberg Variations.
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PostSubject: Re: Favourite Classical Music   Fri May 23, 2008 1:05 am

Any Bach Cantata is always very enjoyable. There have been some excellent performances in St Annes Church on Dawson Street in recent years.

I used to sing in a few choirs, should really get back into it, it is great fun. Singing at the National Concert Hall was a highlight, it carries a similar thrill to sporting events I have participated in. A trip to the Concert Hall is always enjoyable, whichever side of the stage.
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PostSubject: Re: Favourite Classical Music   Fri May 23, 2008 1:07 am

I like classical music, but same deal - I don't know too much about it.
I generally know what I like when I hear it, and I do like a lot of Bach's stuff.
I've also spent a bit of time listening to Verdi.
Then there's always Carl Orff's Carmina Burana (the song O Fortuna is commonly known as the Old Spice ad song)
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PostSubject: Re: Favourite Classical Music   Fri May 23, 2008 1:11 am

AfricanDave wrote:
I like classical music, but same deal - I don't know too much about it.
I generally know what I like when I hear it.

I listen to a few online classical radio stations, and when I hear something I like, I make a note and then buy it later. I bought a Viola Concerto by Bruch recently that I would never have found any other way.

AfricanDave wrote:

Then there's always Carl Orff's Carmina Burana (the song O Fortuna is commonly known as the Old Spice ad song)

I've always found that that reminds me of Damian - The Omen, which is a movie that really freaks me out.
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PostSubject: Re: Favourite Classical Music   Fri May 23, 2008 1:14 am

As I said in the other thread, I adore Rachmaninoff.

I'm also a big, big fan of Wagner. Die Meistersinger being my favourite of favourites.

*wanders out of thread shouting Wahn! Wahn! Uberall Wahn!...*
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PostSubject: Re: Favourite Classical Music   Fri May 23, 2008 1:18 am

Try Brahms' "Deutsches Requiem" conducted by John Eliot Gardiner if you can. Sublime.

A good website is Alex Ross' www.therestisnoise.com
He's the NYT's music critic and has just published a book of the same title. You can listen to excerpts from all kinds of stuff on it.
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PostSubject: Re: Favourite Classical Music   Fri May 23, 2008 1:19 am

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I listen to a few online classical radio stations, and when I hear something I like, I make a note and then buy it later. I bought a Viola Concerto by Bruch recently that I would never have found any other way.
Have you any links for online classical radio stations?
I like to listen to Lyric FM the odd time but the ariel is broken on my car so the radio doesn't work to well.

seinfeld wrote:
I've always found that that reminds me of Damian - The Omen, which is a movie that really freaks me out.
It reminds me of the Omen too. Is the song actually used in that film? I don't think it is but it really should have been.
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PostSubject: Re: Favourite Classical Music   Fri May 23, 2008 1:19 am

cookiemonster wrote:
As I said in the other thread, I adore Rachmaninoff.

I'm only familiar with the Piano Concertos. What else should I listen to?


cookiemonster wrote:

I'm also a big, big fan of Wagner. Die Meistersinger being my favourite of favourites.

*wanders out of thread shouting Wahn! Wahn! Uberall Wahn!...*

Is that an opera?
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PostSubject: Re: Favourite Classical Music   Fri May 23, 2008 1:22 am

AfricanDave wrote:
seinfeld wrote:

I listen to a few online classical radio stations, and when I hear something I like, I make a note and then buy it later. I bought a Viola Concerto by Bruch recently that I would never have found any other way.
Have you any links for online classical radio stations?

http://www.listenlive.eu/classical.html

and this is all music, no chat:

http://www.avroklassiek.nl/
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PostSubject: Re: Favourite Classical Music   Fri May 23, 2008 1:23 am

I'm a big classical fan. I can never decide who I like more, Bach or Paganini.

I'd recommend Bach's Lute Suite Prelude and Paganini's 24 Caprices.
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PostSubject: Re: Favourite Classical Music   Fri May 23, 2008 1:27 am

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Any Bach Cantata is always very enjoyable. There have been some excellent performances in St Annes Church on Dawson Street in recent years.

I used to sing in a few choirs, should really get back into it, it is great fun. Singing at the National Concert Hall was a highlight, it carries a similar thrill to sporting events I have participated in. A trip to the Concert Hall is always enjoyable, whichever side of the stage.

I do love the NCH, I've not been there in ages though, must change that.

Ohhh...
http://www.nch.ie/Box-Office/Performances/Giants-of-Ragtime---Stride-Piano-(1).aspx?date=13/06/2008&time=1305

http://www.nch.ie/Box-Office/Performances/RTE-National-Symphony-Orchestra--The-Film-Music-of.aspx?date=20/06/2008&time=2000

OOOOOOH!

http://www.nch.ie/Box-Office/Performances/St--Petersburg-Philharmonic-Orchestra.aspx?date=07/10/2008&time=2000
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PostSubject: Re: Favourite Classical Music   Fri May 23, 2008 1:35 am

I like loads of classical but I never know who it is or what it's called. I do know that I prefer the soft flowing violin stuff.

The music in the Amadeus movie was fantastic.
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PostSubject: Re: Favourite Classical Music   Fri May 23, 2008 1:35 am

seinfeld wrote:
cookiemonster wrote:
As I said in the other thread, I adore Rachmaninoff.

I'm only familiar with the Piano Concertos. What else should I listen to?

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, variations 16-17-18 being my favourtie.

Preludes Op. 23 No. 5 in G minor.


seinfeld wrote:

cookiemonster wrote:

I'm also a big, big fan of Wagner. Die Meistersinger being my favourite of favourites.

*wanders out of thread shouting Wahn! Wahn! Uberall Wahn!...*

Is that an opera?

Tis.
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PostSubject: Re: Favourite Classical Music   Fri May 23, 2008 1:38 am

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I like loads of classical but I never know who it is or what it's called. I do know that I prefer the soft flowing violin stuff.

That's the best part, first you find out who it is, then you pick up a CD for next to nothing, then you listen to everything they've ever composed and you hear so much more that you love.

EvotingMachine0197 wrote:
The music in the Amadeus movie was fantastic.

Mozart, funny enough... Very Happy It's a great movie.
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PostSubject: Re: Favourite Classical Music   Fri May 23, 2008 1:45 am

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Mozart, funny enough... Very Happy It's a great movie.

I felt sorry for the other fellow, Saliari I think...was that his name Cookie ?
I must get that movie out again.
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PostSubject: Re: Favourite Classical Music   Fri May 23, 2008 1:48 am

John Williams performs the Prelude to Bach's 4th. Lute Suite.



Itzhak Perlman performs the 1st, 5th and 24th Caprices from Paganini's 24 Caprices.
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PostSubject: Re: Favourite Classical Music   Fri May 23, 2008 1:51 am

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Mozart, funny enough... Very Happy It's a great movie.

Mozart does nothing for me. Its just doesn't challenge. It has no edge.

When I think of Mozart, I think of Tiger Woods.
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PostSubject: Re: Favourite Classical Music   Fri May 23, 2008 1:54 am

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I like loads of classical but I never know who it is or what it's called. I do know that I prefer the soft flowing violin stuff.

Mendelson might be your man

That's the composer, not the bete noir of Irish farmers.
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PostSubject: Re: Favourite Classical Music   Fri May 23, 2008 2:01 am

That Bach piece by John Williams is incredible.
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PostSubject: Re: Favourite Classical Music   Fri May 23, 2008 2:01 am

seinfeld wrote:
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When I think of Mozart, I think of Tiger Woods.

That's quite a unique thought process you have there seinfeld Very Happy

What was so completely different between Bach and Wolfie ? Maybe I shoukld go and listen to some and see for myself.

Good thread seinfeld. Auditor must be asleep again. That fellow is always asleep...
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PostSubject: Re: Favourite Classical Music   Fri May 23, 2008 2:03 am

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cookiemonster wrote:
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Mozart, funny enough... Very Happy It's a great movie.

I felt sorry for the other fellow, Saliari I think...was that his name Cookie ?
I must get that movie out again.

Salieri, Antonio Salieri.

I'm going to have to go watch it again. I wouldn't call Mozart my favourite but I do find his music very enjoyable. It was the pop music of it's day and I do love a bit if decent pop.
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PostSubject: Re: Favourite Classical Music   Fri May 23, 2008 2:08 am

Ah yes Salieri. He was brilliant himself, just got eclipsed by an unfortunate genius. These things happen.
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PostSubject: Re: Favourite Classical Music   Fri May 23, 2008 2:10 am

EvotingMachine0197 wrote:
Ah yes Salieri. He was brilliant himself, just got eclipsed by an unfortunate genius. These things happen.

Mozart had better PR.
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PostSubject: Re: Favourite Classical Music   Fri May 23, 2008 2:11 am

EvotingMachine0197 wrote:
seinfeld wrote:
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When I think of Mozart, I think of Tiger Woods.

That's quite a unique thought process you have there seinfeld Very Happy

What was so completely different between Bach and Wolfie ? Maybe I shoukld go and listen to some and see for myself.

I don't get any sense of personality from Mozart; its just pure music, whereas if I listen to Rachmaninov, its like the guy is in the room telling me a really weird but utterly compelling story.
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PostSubject: Re: Favourite Classical Music   Fri May 23, 2008 2:14 am

seinfeld wrote:
EvotingMachine0197 wrote:
seinfeld wrote:
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When I think of Mozart, I think of Tiger Woods.

That's quite a unique thought process you have there seinfeld Very Happy

What was so completely different between Bach and Wolfie ? Maybe I shoukld go and listen to some and see for myself.

I don't get any sense of personality from Mozart; its just pure music, whereas if I listen to Rachmaninov, its like the guy is in the room telling me a really weird but utterly compelling story.

Not in the room, in you body playing every nerve ending like the keys on a piano.
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