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PostSubject: Re: Favourite Classical Music   Fri May 23, 2008 2:19 am

right let's see what you guys are talking about ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8ytY57u8_4
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PostSubject: Re: Favourite Classical Music   Fri May 23, 2008 2:26 am

Atticus wrote:
right let's see what you guys are talking about ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8ytY57u8_4

That scares the bejaysus out of me Atticus. Looking at that manuscript I mean.
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PostSubject: Re: Favourite Classical Music   Fri May 23, 2008 2:27 am

Atticus wrote:
right let's see what you guys are talking about ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8ytY57u8_4

This is No. 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RXnorFwfPA&feature=related

I note the reference to the size of his hands. Apparently, he could cover an octave and a half with one hand.
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PostSubject: Re: Favourite Classical Music   Fri May 23, 2008 2:31 am

Before saying goodnight, i'll leave you with Purcell's beautiful Dido and Aeneas. There have been many versions of Dido's Lament -

Anne Sophie von Otter -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8ytY57u8_4

Also Jessye Norman and Janet Baker (the one I have on CD) but the wonderful Alison Moyet also covered it on a recent-ish CD -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85ytCrJ_ygI


(if anyone wants to tell me how to post these youtube videos properly, please do!)
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PostSubject: Re: Favourite Classical Music   Fri May 23, 2008 2:32 am

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Atticus wrote:
right let's see what you guys are talking about ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8ytY57u8_4

This is No. 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RXnorFwfPA&feature=related

I note the reference to the size of his hands. Apparently, he could cover an octave and a half with one hand.

yeah, saw all the references to hands What a Face but i didn't read further as it's a bit late for me. An octave and a half eh?
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PostSubject: Re: Favourite Classical Music   Fri May 23, 2008 2:34 am

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Atticus wrote:
right let's see what you guys are talking about ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8ytY57u8_4

That scares the bejaysus out of me Atticus. Looking at that manuscript I mean.

ah rubbish, this time next year, your hands'll be streaming up and down that keyboard ... watch em go ... well done!
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PostSubject: Re: Favourite Classical Music   Fri May 23, 2008 2:53 am

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As I said in the other thread, I adore Rachmaninoff
A little-known masterpiece by Rachmaninoff is his Vespers -- Russian Orthodox church music. I've heard several versions of it, with different titles and different parts, but all wonderful.

Similarly, I've heard several variations on Night On Bare Mountain by Mussorgsky. Also great is his Pictures At An Exhibition.

There's something about those Russians when they're inspired... Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker is just perfect.

Carmina Burana was mentioned. Orff's other works are little-known but one delightful piece from his Schulwerk, written for children, featured in the brilliant film Badlands. There's a snatch of it here:
http://ie.youtube.com/watch?v=D1voYKjSkLw

If memory serves me correct, the same Orff piece was used some years ago in a TV ad for the Sunday Independent. Yes, the Sindo (clenches fist).

About Mozart, yes, many of his works are light ("pop") but most of his later works have serious depth, not to mention genius. There are so many of them that he must have been composing a masterpiece nearly every day of his adult life.

Bach would have run him close in productivity. My own favourite: the first movement of the 6th Brandenburg Concerto.
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PostSubject: Re: Favourite Classical Music   Fri May 23, 2008 12:45 pm

Does opera count? I'm rather fond of Verdi, especially La Forza del Destino. Reminds me of 'Jean de Florrete' and Stella Artois ads.
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PostSubject: Re: Favourite Classical Music   Sun Jun 15, 2008 7:51 pm

Anyone who wants a different angle on well-known classical music should buy the soundtrack to A Clockwork Orange. Wendy Carlos goes all synthesised. The result is familiar and yet strange at the same time.
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PostSubject: Re: Favourite Classical Music   Thu Dec 11, 2008 3:50 am

Just back from annual dose of Messiah, in one of the most beautiful Irish baroque church interiors. Last year it was a scratchy little Baroque group playing 18th century instruments and great trumpet blasts. This year the Irish Baroque Orchestra, lush and more Victorian sound. On both occasions, it was 3 hours well spent.
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PostSubject: Re: Favourite Classical Music   Thu Dec 11, 2008 4:18 am

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Just back from annual dose of Messiah, in one of the most beautiful Irish baroque church interiors. Last year it was a scratchy little Baroque group playing 18th century instruments and great trumpet blasts. This year the Irish Baroque Orchestra, lush and more Victorian sound. On both occasions, it was 3 hours well spent.

Oh wow. I so wish I had been there.

I recently lost by iPod and have to buy another. I am having such withdrawal symtoms. The lack of music is killing me. But then I have a very broad taste in music. Depending on my mood I could be listening to Chopin or Guns and Roses, a fugue or Judy Garland, Purcell or Paul Simon. I am counting the hours until I get paid and can buy a new iPod (in the full knowledge that the moment I buy it the missing old one will turn up! Twisted Evil )
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PostSubject: Re: Favourite Classical Music   Thu Dec 11, 2008 4:26 am

Music can be so much about location and occassion.


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Can't fault that selection. Carmina Burana is good nigh out and Mozart's Requiem really is a must if there is a performance at hand.

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=swkT07TP-mo

And what about Lakmé's Flower Duet. Much used but still superb.




I find most of Wagner consistently hard to relate to. After a weekend of this the Eastern front would seem like light relief.

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=3mmpcdNNMos&feature=related


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PostSubject: Re: Favourite Classical Music   Thu Dec 11, 2008 4:57 am

Squire wrote:
Music can be so much about location and occassion.


soubresauts

Can't fault that selection. Carmina Burana is good nigh out and Mozart's Requiem really is a must if there is a performance at hand.

I played a tape of the Lacrymosa from the Requiem at my father's funeral. It is one of my favourite pieces of music. I still remember the reaction of the people there, few of whom ever heard it before. For weeks after I had people asking 'what was that piece of music? It is incredible.'

What I find amazing about Mozart is that so much of his music never dates. You find many pieces by other composers and you know the period from the music. But there are pieces by Mozart that I find could have been composed in any age.
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PostSubject: Re: Favourite Classical Music   Thu Dec 11, 2008 2:00 pm

I know a few of the Mozart Masses D-Minor, the Spatzen, but my favorite liturgical piece would be Faure's Pie Jesu

Faure Pie Jesu

Dvorak's Largo (2nd Mvnt) from the New World Symphony (9th). This version has some dreadful vocalist on it half way through but you get the picture.

Largo

Images of Count John McCormack and the Garda Band in the Herbert Park of a Sunday afternoon.
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PostSubject: Re: Favourite Classical Music   Thu Dec 11, 2008 2:11 pm

Used to sing that very arrangement of Pie Jesu at school.

Rutter also did a fantastic arrangement.
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PostSubject: Re: Favourite Classical Music   Thu Dec 11, 2008 2:37 pm

tis nice.
I do be pointing microphones at that kind of thing once in a while.
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PostSubject: Re: Favourite Classical Music   Thu Dec 11, 2008 11:13 pm

Papal Knight wrote:

I played a tape of the Lacrymosa from the Requiem at my father's funeral. It is one of my favourite pieces of music. I still remember the reaction of the people there, few of whom ever heard it before. For weeks after I had people asking 'what was that piece of music? It is incredible.'

It is excellent. I seem to have screwed up on the links above so here it is again.

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=swkT07TP-mo
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PostSubject: Re: Favourite Classical Music   Thu Dec 11, 2008 11:20 pm

Eughhh, Wagner... Tacky, bombastic, overblown sh1te. Same goes for Orff's Carmina Burana.

Puccini, if opera's allowed, is my current obsession, rather boringly, I have O Soave Fanciulla in my head a lot...
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PostSubject: Re: Favourite Classical Music   Thu Dec 11, 2008 11:56 pm

My favourite
Samuel Barber, Adagio for Strings
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PostSubject: Re: Favourite Classical Music   Fri Dec 12, 2008 12:03 am

tonys wrote:
My favourite
Samuel Barber, Adagio for Strings

I suspect I would like that a lot more if it hadn't been Vietnamed to death...
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PostSubject: Re: Favourite Classical Music   Fri Dec 12, 2008 12:08 am

Anything by J.S. Bach
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PostSubject: Re: Favourite Classical Music   Fri Dec 12, 2008 12:11 am

cactus flower wrote:
Anything by J.S. Bach

St. Matthew's Passion is a favourite, particularly O Haupt Voll Blut und Wunden...
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PostSubject: Re: Favourite Classical Music   Fri Dec 12, 2008 12:29 am

Byrd: Ave verum Corpus

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBYLNbKoPP0


Tallis: If ye love me

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvu0lrliPW0

And I know it's been nominated already, but for visuals alone let alone the sound, if this verison of Jesse Norman singing Dido's Lament doesnt blow you away, then I don't know what's wrong with ye ;-)

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PostSubject: Re: Favourite Classical Music   Fri Dec 12, 2008 12:33 am

I love Janet Baker singing the same song.
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PostSubject: Re: Favourite Classical Music   Sun Dec 14, 2008 1:09 pm

Whilst out walking Thomas Tallis came to mind.

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