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    Any Classical Music Fans/musicians?

    I mostly listen to Classical, from Bach to Bartok.
    Play classical guitar ( I know Dale does too). But really trying to listen to chamber music rather than symphonic stuff. Anybody else out there with this affliction?
    Jon

    #2
    Thou art not the only soul similarly afflicted.

    *Don't mind me. The cabin and nature tend to do this to me.

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      #3
      Alright, LMChose.
      Here are a few pieces that make living worth while:
      all 16 Beethoven string quartets but especially the late ones.
      Goldman Piano Variations, Bach
      Samuel Barber - violin concerto
      Brahms - basically everything he has ever published and did not burn.
      Bartok - 6 string quartets
      Shostakovich - both violin concertos, cello concerto and let's throw in his 2 piano concertos
      When I was struggling with neuropathic pain and the meds could only do so much, these pieces helped me get through it all.
      Last edited by arndog; 28 Dec 2008, 8:06 PM.

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        #4
        2 of my favorites that you didn't mention are Handel's Water Music and Vivaldi's Four Seasons. I swear John Williams got the Jaws theme from one of the movements.
        And will you succeed? Yes! You will indeed! 98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed ... Dr. Seuss - Oh, the Places You'll Go!

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          #5
          Natalie A - if you like Vivaldi's 4 seasons, check out Vivaldi's 'guitar concerto' somehow. There is a classical guitarist with the name of John Williams (a different guy than the composer you mentioned) and he has an amazing version of Vivaldi's guitar concerto. It is pretty joyous.

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            #6
            Oh, I forgot one thing. Youtube is great for listening to (free) classical music. I just did a search on youtube of vivaldi guitar concerto and you can watch and listen to it.

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              #7
              Thanks I'll check it out I love guitar. From classical to SRV to Alexi Laiho. Not that many would know him. LOL
              And will you succeed? Yes! You will indeed! 98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed ... Dr. Seuss - Oh, the Places You'll Go!

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                #8
                Claire de Lune & Moonlight Sonata! I love piano pieces.
                Roses are red. Tacos are enjoyable. Don't blame immigrants, because you're unemployable.

                T-11 Flaccid Paraplegic due to TM July 1985 @ age 12

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                  #9
                  Lynnifer ! - Debussy's Claire de Lune is too good for this earth. There is a lot of Debussy's piano music that is up to that quality. His 'Images' and book of Preludes. Really can't go wrong there.
                  The Moonlight Sonata - okay, now you have to treat yourself to Big Beethoven's other 31 piano sonatas. While I was recovering from this last spine surgery this spring and I was in bed a lot, I did an internet, ipod lecture series on Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas - the group of them span his whole career and are a window into his creativity, the piano was his music laboratory.

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                    #10
                    Pachelbel's Canon. It's my absolute fave.

                    I once had a CD with nothing, but variations of it. That CD certainly got a workout. I would study by it as it seemed to provide an atmosphere conducive to preparation and thinking.

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                      #11
                      I listened to those lectures (Teaching Company) on the way to & from work a few months ago. Very interesting and enjoyable. The lectures on Mozart's operas were also excellent.
                      - Richard
                      Originally posted by arndog View Post
                      ...I did an internet, ipod lecture series on Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas - the group of them span his whole career and are a window into his creativity, the piano was his music laboratory.

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                        #12
                        Ah, chamber music.....

                        Some day when I'm rich and famous (or old and retired) I will have a grand piano in my living room and I will spend my saturdays surrounded by friends, good food and drink, playing music......

                        Arndog, you have quite a list of wonderful music there. Impressive.

                        I'll have a go - a few listening favorites (although I would prefer to play them.....!)

                        Beethoven opus 132 string quartet - 3rd movement is my favorite single movement.
                        But opus 131 is the greatest of them all.
                        The piano quintets - Brahms, Schuman, Dvorak.
                        Yes, I agree... all Brahms chamber music - especially the piano quartets.
                        Certainly some pure, beautiful Mozart - how about the string quintets.
                        Schubert's 2 cello quintet
                        Schubert songs (An die musik...)
                        Messaien - Quartet for the End of Time - devastating
                        Shostakovich's piano trio is so wonderful. And the string quartets are fun.
                        Bartok string quartets - esp. #1, 2, and 4
                        Schoenberg's Verklarte Nacht

                        And I would have to add a few other favorites, that could be played in a chamber ...

                        Bach unaccompanied cello suites
                        Schubert impromptus for piano
                        Beethoven's late piano sonatas. The last 3.
                        Arvo Part - Fratres
                        Ives - the Unanswered question
                        And then which Gould recording of Bach's Goldberg's Variations.... It depends...

                        there's no end, really....

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                          #13
                          I am so glad there are others classical music fans.
                          Richard - I am a teach12.com junkie and have done tons of the Robert Greenberg musicology lectures. Bach, Haydn, Mozart Operas that you mentioned, His intro to opera which is how I got started with those. I am 50 (old and retired) and I should know something about opera. Then Beethoven 32 piano sonatas, Tchiakovsky (interesting life),etc.
                          What others have you listened to?

                          hlh - I can't believe you mentioned Op 132 3rd movement. It speaks to me so much - I already have dibs on it for playing at my funeral


                          Op 131(#14) is great but I like #15, 16 as much. I am taken 'em all with me on that desert island.
                          Gould Goldman Variations- I have both the '71 and his later version and favor the later mainly cause the sound quality is better. How about you?
                          You must be a pianist I would guess.....
                          Funny you mention Brahms piano quartets. One hour ago I just saw a concert here in Reno of Op 26 very well done. We have a chamber festival for the next 4 days.
                          They also played the amazing Ravel's Trio - have you heard this one? The cellist from the Tokyo Quartet is in town for our festival and he was great.
                          I have Shosti's Piano Trio - great piece. I also like his 15 quartets although they start to sound the same after a while.
                          LIEDER - Schubert, Brahms , Schumann both Clara and Robert.
                          I admit I have a crush on Barbara Bonney and her voice.
                          HLH, Anyone who likes Bartok's SQs is okay in my book.
                          I have the Emerson Quartet's Bartok cycle.
                          Mozarts String quartets dedicated to Haydn , op. 76 I think. Good stuff.
                          You are right , the list goes on and on and on.....

                          LaMeme - Pachelbel's Canon. Nice.

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                            #14
                            arndog -
                            I started with the History of Human Language, then the English language; Mozart's operas, Beethoven's piano sonatas, western literature, the short story, history of Asia Minor, the Metropolitan Museum, will start Great Masters of Music in the New Year. I may have missed 1 or 2!
                            - Richard
                            Originally posted by arndog View Post
                            ...I am a teach12.com junkie and have done tons of the Robert Greenberg musicology lectures. Bach, Haydn, Mozart Operas that you mentioned, His intro to opera which is how I got started with those. I am 50 (old and retired) and I should know something about opera. Then Beethoven 32 piano sonatas, Tchiakovsky (interesting life),etc.
                            What others have you listened to?...

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                              #15
                              Does Charlotte Church or Josh Groban count? I've enjoyed Charlotte's music for quite a while now, and I'm just beginning to listen to and enjoy Josh's stuff.

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