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Old 04-22-2013, 12:42   #26
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Well, butter my butt and call me a biscuit! A classical music thread on GNG!

It sure beats posts like "Who likes Tool?" or "Iron Maiden."

Beethoven, Handel, and Hayden are my life-long favorites.

Beethoven's "Ode to Joy," Handel's "Messiah" (in total), and Hayden's "Trumpet Concerto in E flat major" are, in my belief, the three greatest classical compositions ever written.
FYI, I also posted on the Iron Maiden tread. If you are truly a music lover, then you should be able to appreciate a broad spectrum of music genres, as long as the arragement is well composed.
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Old 04-22-2013, 12:49   #27
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For me Beethoven represents the pinnacle of musical composition.
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Old 04-22-2013, 15:29   #28
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Some more modern music.
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Old 04-22-2013, 15:49   #29
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Mozart is my favorite composer of all time with Beethoven running a close second. The others have good pieces here and there but Mozart's and Beethoven's works move me like no others.
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Old 04-22-2013, 16:05   #30
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Can't go wrong with Tchaikovsky. His 1st Symphony and violin concerto never, ever get old. (The piano concerto is just as good, but its too played ... like Stairway to Heaven)

I also listen to Vivaldi, Rachmaninoff, Saint Saens, Dvorak, Chopin, Mozart (not so much, actually), Beethoven.

Not much for Mahler. And everyone makes a big deal about Brahms Symph. 1 ... it's just "ok" on my list.

Like someone already said, different strokes ...

If you just want to have an awesome collection to expose yourself, google for "karajan deutsche grammophon complete recordings" and get your wallet (or your BT client) ready.
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Old 04-22-2013, 16:09   #31
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Sometimes NPR broadcast live performances. I hear stuff I like, some not so much. You might like Aaron Copland or George Gershwin. Here is a usage of Puccini-Turandot Finale used in a movie at 2:15

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Old 04-22-2013, 17:15   #32
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Years ago I saw a performance of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture - in Moscow - with real cannons! Now that's music!

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Old 04-22-2013, 18:20   #33
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Agree with vast majority of the above.

If you are new to classical music, you will be amazed at how much you recognize from Bugs Bunny, TV commercials, and movies

Ex, In Caddyshack when they are in the pool dancing that is "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" from "The Nutcracker", and Beethoven's 9th (Ode to Joy) is at the end of "Die Hard"

Anyway, to add to the above great suggestions:
Bach Tocatta and Fugue in D minor (heavy metal organ music)
Mozart Sympony 40 and 41, Ein Klein Nachtmusik, and Fantasy in G minor (or is it D minor)

My 5 favorite piano pieces are:
1. Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata (mentioned above)
2. Chopin's Polonaise (mentioned)
3. Mozart Fantasy in G minor (or D minor?)
4. Franz Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody
5. Rachmanoff's 3rd (mentioned)

My favorite ballets are The Nutcracker (front to back awesome), and Romeo and Juliet

+1 Vivaldi's 4 seasons
+1 Ravel's Bolero
+1 Wagner's Flight of the Valkyries
+1 In the Hall of the Mountain King
+1 1812 Overture

I have a lot of "Best of....." CD's but Beethoven's 9th and "The Nutcracker", well, you need the whole CD

However, I would rather go to the dentist than listen to Bach's Brandenberg Concertos-not my thing at all
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Karajan conducts, Weissenberg plays Rachmaninoff Concerto #2. From the mid-70's.





Heifetz, Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto 1st movement.



Among living artists, my wife and I are big fans of this guy - Rafal Blechacz. The word on this guy is that there's nobody alive who can play Chopin as well. We were fortunate to see him for a one-night show last October at Duke.


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Old 04-22-2013, 22:09   #35
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Vivaldi is my favorite...

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Old 04-23-2013, 00:48   #36
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Let's not forget Andre Reiu. Who can play anything, anywhere, any time and do it well.

Boston Pops has always been a favorite.

Anything by Handel, JP Sousza, There are others. Including Andrew Lloyd Weber and his ex wife Sahara Brightman and the many Tenors, Domingo, Carreras, Povrotti. There is so much to be explored including the fine examples above.
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Old 04-23-2013, 01:35   #37
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1. Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata (mentioned above)
2. Chopin's Polonaise (mentioned)
3. Mozart Fantasy in G minor (or D minor?)
4. Franz Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody
5. Rachmanoff's 3rd (mentioned)
I echo this choice and also add Pachebel "Canon in D major"
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Old 04-23-2013, 03:45   #38
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I don't have a favorite, but check out pandora.com and create a radio station based on any of these composers.
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Old 04-23-2013, 05:58   #39
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My vote is for Aaron Copland. I heard his Symphony No. 3 the other day for the first time, and Fanfare for the Common Man, is one of my favorites too.
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Old 04-23-2013, 07:25   #41
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Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy.

Heck, just about anything by Debussy if you want to relax.
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Old 04-23-2013, 11:43   #42
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I will throw in Holst, The Planets Suite.

Go to youtube and look up Holst, Jupiter directed by Eiji Oue conducting the Osaka Philharmonic. The second movement (about 3 min in) is one of my favorite passages in music.
if you want to have real fun, and hear my pet peeve, listen to "The Planets" first, then listen to the original sound track to "Star Wars" (the very 1st movie) and see why John Williams did *NOT* deserve an Oscar for best "original" composition.
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Old 04-23-2013, 11:52   #43
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Bach.

I personally go for Beethoven but Bach is fairly widely achknowledged as the "best" when it comes to playing life in music.
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Old 04-23-2013, 12:56   #44
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Might be too far outside the box, but...

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Old 04-23-2013, 15:09   #45
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Debussy: "The Girl With the Flaxen Hair", a short, beautiful, relaxing piece.
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Old 04-23-2013, 15:20   #46
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Let's not forget Andre Reiu. Who can play anything, anywhere, any time and do it well.

Boston Pops has always been a favorite.

Anything by Handel, JP Sousza, There are others. Including Andrew Lloyd Weber and his ex wife Sahara Brightman and the many Tenors, Domingo, Carreras, Povrotti. There is so much to be explored including the fine examples above.
I've attended two Andre Reiu shows and watched others on TV. His productions are the best in the world. His shows get you to participate, and they will make you laugh and cry.

Don't forget the pops. As a kid, I watched many Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops, and then later, with John Williams.

My favorite composers are from the 19th century, Johannes Brahms 1st, Peter Tchaikovsky a close second. Brahms 2nd Symphony is my favorite symphony and who doesn't love all of Tchaikovsky's popular pieces?

Just search and listen!!!
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Old 04-23-2013, 17:46   #47
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...also add Pachebel "Canon in D major"
I agree, and I tend to like the piano, so:

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Old 04-24-2013, 13:36   #49
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As a person beginning their journey with classical music consider these:

Baroque period--
Bach's "Brandenburg Concertos"
Vivaldi's "The 4 Seasons"
Handel's "Messiah"

Classical period--
Haydn symphonies (he wrote a bunch, go for the higher numbers close to 100)
Mozart anything

Romantic period--
Beethoven symphonies 5 and 9
Brahms Symphony #1
Tchaikovsky "Marche Slav" (just to be different)

20th Century--
Copland "Fanfare for the Common Man", "Appalachian Spring", "Rodeo"
Barber "Adagio for Strings"

Pay attention to movie scores; classical (in the broad sense) music shows up often, not to mention that movie scores are the current incarnation of "classical music" over the past 80 years. Others have mentioned it and I will too, listen to the music of the old Warner Brothers cartoons. Classical music themes are prevalent throughout-- Yosemite Sam's motif is the bass-line run from Schubert's "Die Erlkonig."

You will find things that you like to listen to, others not so much. Build on what you like-- be it a composer, a period, a genre (piano, quartets, concertos, violin, vocal, choral, opera, etc.) or whatever. This is a good trip to be on and one in which you will grow.
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