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Discussion in 'Hangar Talk' started by woodstock, Jan 4, 2011.
Classical piano and opera.
Well, I played one through my freshman year in college. That was a LOOONG time ago.
My favorite piece of music ever is Debussy's String Quartet, Op. 10 G minor.
I especially love the second movement.
I recommend the Juilliard recording of the piece, which conveniently shares the disk with Ravel's excellent Quartet in F major.
That reminds me, I forgot to mention Schubert's Trout Quintet.
When I was in high school, I enjoyed very much what Keith Emerson did with these two pieces.
How's this for a lineup I found on Youtube for it? Entwhistle and Emerson!
My all time favorite though might very well be The Nice's (Keith's group before ELP) mashup of Bob Dylan's "Country Pie" set to Brandenburg Concerto #6:
Kill the Wabbit!!! LOL. Amazing how educational those cartoons were.
Most baroque chamber music, especially that for cello or viol; keyboard music for harpsichord or organ. Bach, Scarlatti, Telemann, and Vivaldi are probably the easiest to find, but a lot of the less well known composers of the era produced a huge body of great music. I'm not a big fan of most post-Beethoven orchestral works. I generally prefer the smaller ensembles.
Such as Frederick the Great and Henry VIII
My top spot goes to Bach, for his matchless combination of masterly musical engineering (as one reader put it) and profound expressivity.
I agree, Bach is my favorite classical composer. I am also appreciate violin music by Hilary Hahn. She has a recording of Bach Concertos which you might enjoy although some of the reviewers complain about the excessively fast tempo. Listen to the samples and decide for yourself.
Hitler was a big Wagner fan.
The FOUR Mozart Horn Concerti.
The Haydn, and Hummel Trumpet Concerti
The Vivaldi Double Trumpet Concerto in C.
Oboe Trio: Variations on Lali DaremLaMano from Mozart's Don Giovanni
From a professional musician's perspective my answer would be . . . about 500 various works for various ensembles, solo instruments, vocal combinations, etc.
If you're getting on a Classical music kick, one way to start is by Getting the Norton Recordings. They come in a 4 or 8-CD set. They accompany a Music Appreciation textbook (which I use in my class), and they do a good job of surveying the style periods and different ensemble types. You could probably get a used copy for cheap on Amazon.
Another way to approach it is to start with they type of ensemble or solo with which you are familiar, and then pick out the best artists.
Still another way to approach this is to pick out a time period and explore that. Hint: "Classical" music is really only the music from about 1720-1810. Commonly-accepted style periods are: Medieval (very general term), Ars Antiqua, Ars Nova, Baroque, Rococo/Galant, Classical, Romantic, Postromantic, Romantic Nationalistic styles, Impressionistic; then in the 20th Century you have the New Viennese School, Russian Emigre, Soviet, English Impressionistic, serialistic, aleatoric; then we get into neo-Romantic, electronic, minimalist, etc.
I also compose, and I would call my style 20th Century Pandiatonic (sorta like Copland or Samuel Barber)
Another thing you can do - Listen to Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin on NPR. He adds an entirely new dimension to the music, giving some history, using the piano to point out particular things to listen for, etc... It's a great way to listen to classical music, whether you're a "beginner" or you've been listening for decades.
Now, THAT piques my interest.
Where would I secure a recording of some of this music, Ben Myers?
Unfortunately, I don't have too many professional recordings of my music. Most are done by the colleges where I teach. But I do have an art song, sung by a professional soprano. I will look for it!
"Messiah" featuring conductor John Elliot Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists (period instruments) and Monteverdi Choir.
I personally like all the Beethoven symphonies, performed by the Berlin Philharmonic with Herbert von Karajan--the old set, which has been released by Deutsche Grammaphon.
Tchaikovsky piano Concerto 1 in B(f) minor, opus 23, performed by Van Cliburn, with guest conductor Kyril Kondrashin, NY Philharmonic. RCA Red Seal, early 60s recording, also now on CD. Favorite performance of them all
Anything featuring Imusici, an Italian chamber group, especially with Pina Carmarelli.
Any recorder concerti with Michaela Petri.
Any good liturgical music. the more ancient, the better. Gimme a good Latin mass any day!
I take no responsibility for the spelling, or lack thereof, of all those names !
Beethoven's "Symphony No. 7 In A Major" played by the London Symphony Orchestra.
I love including the Wiki hotlink for Beethoven... in case, y'know, someone hasn't heard of him! :wink2:
Wagner's music is better than it sounds.
- Mark Twain
The preferred music of attack helicopter commanders.
If ya like Beethoven take a listen to this.
Stuff like this make me embrace my Caribbean heritage, we can P A R T Y !!!
Interesting, but this is also the stuff that they "make" you play as part of your contract.
There are many "recomposings" of Beethoven's 5th, including one by Wagner who arrogantly asserted that had Beethoven lived in Wagner's time, he would have composed it that way!
A non traditional interpretation of Bach.
OK, maybe I'm odd, but that's really cool... kinda like this:
I will try to be a little more serious. No music collection is complete without the Brandenburg Concertos by Bach.
Is that the musical version of the Norton Reader?
I think so. I know it accompanies the Music Appreciation texts. But I think it does also accompany the reader. There is a 4 disc version, and an 8 disc version. Really, even the 8 disc version is only touching on what's out there.
Loved the aria!
If you want more energy in your accappella try a Toxic Audio show (http://www.toxicaudio.com/). Music and fun, very entertaining.
Well my choice in Classical Music is somewhat differant, I Like to listen to John Denver, Jim Croce, Arlo Guthrie, PP+M (peter,paul,and mary)or any other Folk Singers. Hope this helps dear.....................Dave G
Love those choices. They should, however, be called "Classic."
Sorry my DMA is showing!