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Good classical music?
« on: November 20, 2009, 07:28:49 AM »
I'd like to add come classical music to my iPod.  When I tried to find some, I realized this can be a pretty broad term, so I ended up sorta overwhelmed.

I know a lot of names; Mozart, Beethoven, Wagner, Chopin, Strauss, Brahms, Salieri.  But I have no idea what period they're from or what sort of music they produced.

Okay, to make a broad question only slightly less broad, here's what I'm looking for.  Basically anything instrumental.  NO OPERA.  I hate opera.  My dad piped that shit all over the house when I was growing up, and it drove me nuts.  I'd really like some straight instrumental arrangements with no vocals.  So who created that sort of music?


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Re: Good classical music?
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2009, 07:59:24 AM »
I like Chopin's piano works, like Impromptu Fantasy or Raindrops and Claude Debussy's Claire de Lune is one of the most beautiful things I've ever heard. 

That's really the extent of my Classical musical knowledge.  :)


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Re: Good classical music?
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2009, 08:58:16 AM »
The soundtrack to the 1994 Gary Oldman film, "Immortal Beloved" is a good starting point for Beethoven.  One of my favorite classical music CD's.  It is still in print or available used on Amazon for cheap.


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Re: Good classical music?
« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2009, 09:49:15 AM »
Mike is a HUGE classical music nut. He and I share some common interests in that regard. Check out some works by Scarlatti, there are two of them, one is more opera than the other. But there are a couple instrumental albums I had that are phenomenal. Anything from the Baroque period is pretty great, IMO.


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Re: Good classical music?
« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2009, 10:11:01 AM »
Ok try some of the following

William Grant Still
Antonin Dvorak
Edward Elgar
George Frideric Handel


Claude Debussy's Claire de Lune
Isn't terribly representative of his other work, but Debussy is good if you like less traditional, more Avant-garde, music



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Re: Good classical music?
« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2009, 10:38:53 AM »
I'm a fan of Liszt, Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin. Earlier stuff like Bach never really struck me as something to listen to. It (to me anyways) lacks emotion, it seems more of a military march than a song I would regularly enjoy. I mainly listen to classical piano although I do also like choral arrangements from time to time. If you want some specific suggestions please let me know.


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Re: Good classical music?
« Reply #6 on: November 20, 2009, 10:58:54 AM »
Avant-garde for its day, perhaps,

Which would be the context in which I was using it. Nothing "perhaps" about it. :)


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Re: Good classical music?
« Reply #7 on: November 20, 2009, 12:08:01 PM »
I'll throw in these two:

Mozart's Jupiter Symphony (Symphony No. 41)

Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2
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Re: Good classical music?
« Reply #8 on: November 20, 2009, 01:07:18 PM »
I don't think that was clear from your post.


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Re: Good classical music?
« Reply #9 on: November 09, 2012, 08:02:38 AM »
Man, Im, you have made this thread even more incomprehensible that they normally are.

Anyways, I'm going to concert tomorrow which has a really exciting line-up of performances.

Hymnus Paradisi:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/UFQhN6hea1o?" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/UFQhN6hea1o?</a>

Belshazzar's Feast:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/EO6J386KygA?" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/EO6J386KygA?</a>

The Lark Ascending:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/ZR2JlDnT2l8?" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/ZR2JlDnT2l8?</a>

Fanfare for the Common Man:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/4NjssV8UuVA?" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/4NjssV8UuVA?</a>

I'm hoping the performers can do the music justice.  I've heard them before and they were awesome, so I'm expecting great things.


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Re: Good classical music?
« Reply #10 on: November 09, 2012, 08:05:28 AM »
Interesting program. This:

The Lark Ascending:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/ZR2JlDnT2l8?" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/ZR2JlDnT2l8?</a>

Is in my top five of favourite classical pieces (which I would suggest as a LOC but somehow I doubt it would make it).


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Re: Good classical music?
« Reply #11 on: November 09, 2012, 08:37:56 AM »
I think Williams and Howells are connected in some way, from what I've read Williams got Howells to release Hymni Paradisi, when he'd kept it in a drawer for a decade as it was inspired by the death of Howells' son.  I'm not sure about Copeland though.


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Re: Good classical music?
« Reply #12 on: November 18, 2012, 05:48:25 PM »
Pretty much anything by Tchaikovsky (however you transliterate his last name):
 Piano Concerto # 1
 Swan Lake
 Sleeping Beauty
 1812 Overture

Mussorgsky:
 Pictures at an Exhibition (piano or Ravel's orchestral version each have their good points)
 Night on the Bare Mountain

Stravinsky:
 Firebird
 Rites of spring

Delius:
 Brigg Fair [a personal favorite]

Abinoni:
 Adagio in G minor

Pachelbel
 Canon

Handel:
 Fireworks music
 Water music

Vivaldi:
 Four season (winter is my favorite, but spring is the one everyone knows)

Mozart:
 Horn concertos

Bach:
 Air on a G string
 Toccata and fugue in D minor

Wagner:
 Ride of the Valkyrie (Act III of Lohengrin)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBweqmLk6dU&feature=related

Hawkwind:
 Assault and Battery / Golden Void
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXUd_jV-0eE
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Re: Good classical music?
« Reply #13 on: December 08, 2012, 12:36:37 PM »
At an interval for classical music concert by university students doing music from the movies.  It's not bad, but some of the soloists have been pretty shaky.  Just heard someone absolutely murder Gabriel's Oboe by Morricone.  The more orchestral stuff has been excellent though.