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« Reply #25 on: April 06, 2015, 02:13:01 AM »

Love the choice of music, guys (including The Ventures!). Actually I'm listening to the Roussel symphony now. Thanks for the tip, rn57. Stirring stuff, which oddly puts me in mind of Shostakovich at times. I know, have and love his Le festin de l'araignée orchestral suite but that's about it...
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« Reply #26 on: April 07, 2015, 06:50:45 PM »

Here's some more Glenn Gould/Bach : https://www.sendspace.com/file/khi534
Dig it.
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« Reply #27 on: April 08, 2015, 01:15:01 AM »

Here's some more Glenn Gould/Bach : https://www.sendspace.com/file/khi534
Dig it.

Can't beat Mr Gould. In fact, it's just about the only way I can listen to Bach. The man's a genius (Glenn Gould, I mean). Grin 
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« Reply #28 on: April 08, 2015, 01:57:04 PM »

One of my favourite Bach pieces is 'Erbame Dich' from the St Matthew Passion.  Seen the passion performed a couple of times, but with a woman in the role.  Someday, hopefully I'll get to hear a counter-tenor singing it, given that, like many here I assume, I have a penchant for men singing high.  Here's the John Eliot Gardiner version -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4Vi8GrdGao

My favourite classical guy is probably Wagner, particularly the late stuff, Parsifal, Tristan und Isolde, The Ring.  Bite-sized chunks lose the power, though, so I don't have particularly favourite clips to post.

Not sure about a favourite symphonist.  Often, I prefer their chamber works or other stuff.  Mozart's piano concertos, plus his operas, and Schubert's string quartets.  One symphonist I like a lot is Bruckner, particularly his 7th and 9th symphonies.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYj1mDIz6_M

One guy I tried exploring a while back was Hugo Wolf, though never made it all the way through his songbooks.  Fantastic songs, though.  Here's a favourite, 'Der Knabe und das Immlein' from his Morike Lieder.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVRHwUsG9oA



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« Reply #29 on: April 14, 2015, 02:58:04 AM »

Love Bruckner's Ninth. Wagner's orchestral music too, but not once they start singing, lol.

This is a fascinating work by Paul Hindemith, his Concertino for Trautonium and Strings:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvg7H0co5Rw
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« Reply #30 on: May 24, 2015, 01:31:50 AM »

I recently bought and have been playing this:

Gorgeous stuff.
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« Reply #31 on: May 25, 2015, 01:57:25 PM »

Any Russian composer....especially Mussorgsky
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« Reply #32 on: May 26, 2015, 04:54:38 AM »

Listening now-
 Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia - Beethoven's Symphony №3, E-fmaj
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« Reply #33 on: May 28, 2015, 06:14:29 PM »

well if you like RnR then you will like Mozarts symphonies 40 and 41...they are pretty dark and they fit on an album,,usually side one is 40 and side to is 41 so it's the length of a typical rock album,,, these are his last two symphonies,,,also his Requiem which fits on a record too,, it's like a rock album too in the sense of how dark it is and how long it is...just long enough and not too long...
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« Reply #34 on: May 29, 2015, 03:37:39 AM »

Any Russian composer....especially Mussorgsky

i can go with that. :=)

Here in Rotterdam we have an annual Gergiev Festival, held in September and named after my favourite living conductor, Valery Gergiev, who is the festival's guest of honour. This year's featured composer is Rachmaninoff:   

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Nrf4Ib2oYw
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« Reply #35 on: July 17, 2015, 03:11:49 PM »

Jean Sibelius was born 150 years ago this year. I love his symphonies but his symphonic poems shouldn't be overlooked.

This is Tapiola, one of his last works:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yy0_zqEOp4A

Read a little about it here: http://inkpot.com/classical/sibtapiola.html
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« Reply #36 on: October 04, 2015, 07:43:26 AM »

I'm no fan of J.S. Bach as such. That said, I love pianist Glenn Gould's performances of his music and Anton Webern's arrangement of the "Six-part Ricercar" from Bach 's Musical Offering. But my favourite rendition of Bach is that by Alban Berg in his Violin Concerto...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Violin_Concerto_(Berg)

...of "Es ist genug" from Bach's cantata O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O_Ewigkeit,_du_Donnerwort,_BWV_60

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScDHnoGVltQ

This brief chorale sounds surprisingly modern to my ears. Berg introduces it on the solo violin (beginning in the YouTube link below at 19:40), alternating with Bach's original version (in the clarinets).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmWfihQJgBE  
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« Reply #37 on: November 13, 2015, 12:22:18 PM »

The opening fanfare of Paul Dukas' La Péri is often heard alone, yet it only really makes sense when followed by the swirling, exotic main body of the work, like a musical "once upon a time".   

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vmh3A7ohFnc
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« Reply #38 on: November 13, 2015, 04:01:04 PM »

The opening fanfare of Paul Dukas' La Péri is often heard alone, yet it only really makes sense when followed by the swirling, exotic main body of the work, like a musical "once upon a time".   

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vmh3A7ohFnc
Thanks for the link and insights re La Peri, john - I recently picked up a '69 LSO conducted by Richard Bonynge LP, so some good comparison material and food for thought next time I spin it (I really enjoyed the first listen through).

I also recently took a plunge/blind purchase of Heifetz doin' Bruch's Scottish Fantasy Concerto No. 1 and Vieuxtemps' Volin Concerto No 5 in A Minor OP. 37 (phew) from 61/62.  Wonderful stuff, both pieces - I hear a lot of influence on contemporary scores, including possibly Michael Nyman's Drowning by Numbers soundtrack: perhaps that's just me tho'

Thanks again - A
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« Reply #39 on: November 15, 2015, 04:52:16 AM »

The opening fanfare of Paul Dukas' La Péri is often heard alone, yet it only really makes sense when followed by the swirling, exotic main body of the work, like a musical "once upon a time".   

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vmh3A7ohFnc
Thanks for the link and insights re La Peri, john - I recently picked up a '69 LSO conducted by Richard Bonynge LP, so some good comparison material and food for thought next time I spin it (I really enjoyed the first listen through).

I also recently took a plunge/blind purchase of Heifetz doin' Bruch's Scottish Fantasy Concerto No. 1 and Vieuxtemps' Volin Concerto No 5 in A Minor OP. 37 (phew) from 61/62.  Wonderful stuff, both pieces - I hear a lot of influence on contemporary scores, including possibly Michael Nyman's Drowning by Numbers soundtrack: perhaps that's just me tho'

Thanks again - A

I have that same recording. The Bruch concerto is so well-known and often played but it still sounds great every time. I heard it performed live by Ray Chen (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39oTb9a5jow) and the BBC Symphony Orchestra not so long ago. A stunning performance, although Heifetz is still the guv'nor in my book. ;=)
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« Reply #40 on: December 03, 2015, 02:30:47 AM »

This suits my mood right now, particularly in light of recent sad developments round these parts:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGMwNe9WWmE

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« Reply #41 on: December 03, 2015, 12:28:09 PM »

This suits my mood right now, particularly in light of recent sad developments round these parts:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGMwNe9WWmE



Excellent stuff from Barber. An all time classic imo.  Grin
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« Reply #42 on: January 03, 2016, 03:50:58 AM »

Of all great American composers, Charles Ives probably comes the closest to the Americana of Brian and VDP (Happy Birthday, Van Dyke!):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHs6VGKZ4Wo
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« Reply #43 on: January 28, 2016, 03:25:00 AM »

Powerful stuff now from Jean Sibelius, a favourite composer of mine.

"In Pohjola there are thick, dark forests
that dream wild dreams, forever secret.
Tapio's eerie dwellings are there
and half-glimpsed spirits, and the voices of twilight."  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yy0_zqEOp4A

Edit: I see this is its second airing in this thread. There's always that risk, of course...
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« Reply #44 on: February 16, 2016, 02:53:21 AM »

I don't think I've linked this yet. Carlos Chávez's Symphony No. 2 (Sinfonía india) could not be further removed from its predecessor in this topic:
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHn0FfB6GGU
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« Reply #45 on: March 02, 2016, 04:03:51 AM »

Richard Strauss's Also Sprach Zarathustra is much more than just the 2001 theme. 
Herbert von Karajan conducts what may be the definitive performance:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3eEHZCahVU

(Crank up the volume to catch that initial low C!)
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« Reply #46 on: March 13, 2016, 05:04:54 AM »

I think it was Prokofiev who wrote, way back during the last century, that there was still so much to say in C major. The Czech composer Leoš Janáček certainly bears this out. The opening melody of his Sinfonietta will be familiar to ELP fans.  (R.I.P., Keith E.) 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIL5CM3ce5U
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« Reply #47 on: March 16, 2016, 05:15:56 AM »

Apologies if I've posted this already.

Maurice Ravel wrote some fantastic pieces for orchestra but this ballet suite probably takes the cake.

You may need to turn up the volume to catch the initial early morning stirrings. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ooh6qOR_dFc

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daphnis_et_Chloé
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« Reply #48 on: March 27, 2016, 01:31:55 AM »

My favourite "classical" piece for this occasion. Happy Easter, folks. :=)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FHFJ0lU9Us
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« Reply #49 on: April 13, 2016, 10:20:56 AM »

Ottorino Respighi's symphonic poem Pines of Rome is an overwhelming experience in the right hands, such as here under Fritz Reiner:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBcNFcMZmEg

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pines_of_Rome
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