• Announcements

    • Jay

      Donate to JWFan, win a CD!   05/30/17

      Hello!

      We are significantly behind on our funds for keeping JWFan alive, and need to collect donations again.
      As an incentive, I am offering a series of free CDS to anyone who donates over a certain amount!   Donate at least $10 and you will be entered into a pool to potentially win one of the following once we hit our $250 goal:   Tyler Bates - God of War; Ascension (OST, La La Land Records) Danny Elfman - Planet of the Apes (OST, Sony) Danny Elfman - Taking Woodstock (OST, La La Land Records) Christopher Lennertz - Identity Thief (OST, La La Land Records) Christopher Lennertz - Medal of Honor: Rising Sun (OST) Michael Giacchino - Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (OST, Varese Sarabande) Dave Holmes & Various - Ocean's 11 (OST, WB Records) Joel McNeely & Various - Hollywood '94 (Varese Sarabande) Joe Kraemer - Jack Reacher (OST, La La Land Records) John Williams - Born on the Fourth of July (OST, MCA Records)   Donate at least $20 and you will be entered into a pool to potentially win one of the following once we hit our $500 goal:   John Barry - First Love (La La Land) Jerry Goldsmith - The Challenge (La La Land) Jerry Goldsmith - In Harm's Way (2009 Intrada edition) Jerry Goldsmith - The Red Pony (Varese) Alan Silvestri - Dutch (La La Land) Shirley Walker - Willard (La La Land) John Williams - Family Plot (Varese Sarabande) or, any of the above CDs if you prefer   Donate at least $30 and you will be entered into a pool to potentially win one of the following once we hit our $750 goal:   James Horner - Gorky Park (OOP Kritzerland Edition) James Newton Howard - Outbreak (2CD, Varese Deluxe Edition) Laurence Rosenthal - Clash of the Titans (2CD, Intrada) John Williams - The Fury (2CD, La La Land) John Williams - Jane Eyre (OOP, La La Land) or, any of the above CDs if you prefer   Donate at least $50 and you will be entered into a pool to potentially win one of the following once we hit our $1,000 goal:   Jerry Fielding - The Wild Bunch (3CD, FSM) Ira Newborn - The Naked Gun trilogy (3CD, La La Land) Shirley Walker and Various - Batman: The Animated Series Volume 3 (4CD, La La Land) or, any of the above CDs if you prefer     All shipping will be paid by me to anywhere in the world!   I will pull names from a hat for each pool, and you get to pick whatever CD set you want if I pull your name!   To be eligible, leave your JWFan username in the comments area of your donation.  If you want to donate but not be in the running for a free CD, mention that in the comment.   Use this link or the link on the mainpage.       Thank you!   Jason, Ricard, and Andreas.
Muad'Dib

The Classical Music Recommendation Thread

2039 posts in this topic

I'm not familiar with them, but I'd love to hear some of his works! Could you post some links of what you is representative of them?

How have I not seen this thread?

Any fans of Max Richter or Ludovico Einaudi? Contemporary classical composers.

I started a thread about Richter a few days ago: http://www.jwfan.com...showtopic=22547

Cool, I'll have to check those clips out soon.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Listening to Rachmaninov's Symphonic Dances. A very nostalgic piece, I think his final work. It revisits the territory from his first symphony and contains a fantastic finale in which one of the theme from Sergei's own All-Night Vigil choral composition (apparently his own personal favourite) battles the infamous Dies Irae. Splendid stuff! Coincidentally, the LSO Live disc I got got this years Grammy nomination today for the best orchestral performance. It also contains Stravinsky's Symphony In Three Movements, which is great as well. Highly recommended.

LSO-Rachmaninov-Stravinsky.jpg

Speaking of Rachmaninov, he might be my favourite composers of all. Wonderfully gentle and turbulent at the same time. Pure magic.

Karol

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I love the three-disc set of the complete Rachmaninov symphonies conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy. It also includes Symphonic Dances, Isle of the Dead, and The Bells. Best recording of Symphonic Dances I've heard.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've got a 2-disc version of him conducting the three symphonies. I can imagine these are the same performances, right?

Karol

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've got a 3 disc set with his first 3 symphonies, Symphonic Dances and the Isle of the Dead. Conducted by Jansons and performed by the St. Petersburg Orchestra It was great,

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've got a 2-disc version of him conducting the three symphonies. I can imagine these are the same performances, right?

Karol

Not sure. This is the version I have (on London, or Decca depending on which country you're in...)

http://www.amazon.com/Rachmaninov-Symphonies-Sergey/dp/B0000042HY/ref=sr_1_2?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1354898026&sr=1-2&keywords=rachmaninov+ashkenazy

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Just came back from the concert in which they played the sensational second symphony by Jean Sibelius (Kamen's Dead Zone quite notably quotes a theme from the second movement) and also something I've not been familiar with - Elgar's obscure choral piece The Music Makers. The performance was opened Sibelius' lovely tone poem The Bard.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ii2z5wdBRpw

The Halle orchestra was conducted by Sir Mark Eldar and I really enjoyed myself.

Karol

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I dive back into the French Suites, English Suites and Partitas, who form a trilogy of suites for keyboard composed by Johann Sebastian Bach.

This musical form which goes back to the baroque period from the XVIth to the XVIIIth century, is no more no less than the ancestor of the sonata.

They are real small jewels of ingenuity and sensibility (yes yes, it is possible with Bach!)

Impossible for example not to be moved by the beauty of the Allemande of the French Suite N° 2...

Suggested version for its "neutrality" and its good taste: Andràs Schiff (piano).

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'd think that Bruckner would be thought of as just a romantic, since he was writing during that period and not reviving it later. Williams might be something of a neo-romantic in the way he approaches motives (Wagner is the obvious influence) in most of his scores, but his musical language is much more influenced by 20th century composers/jazz, I think.

But who cares how things are classified. Here's some wonderful Bruckner.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That's a fantastic piece. We had that on our choir schedule once, but sadly not for long (never actually had it in a concert).

Mauceri would call Williams a main romantic And Wagner, Bruckner & Co time just the early phase of the romantic era. But in general, Bruckner is definitely a "regular" romantic composer - working largely at the same time as Wagner (save for the last two and a half symphonies) and, more importantly, before Mahler and Strauss (he was Mahler's teacher at one point).

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That's a fantastic piece. We had that on our choir schedule once, but sadly not for long (never actually had it in a concert).

That's too bad. I was lucky enough to sing it in a stunning acoustic space, along with some Bach, Ligeti, and Whitacre. Fantastic experience.

Marian Schedenig likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

A discovery I made few years ago.

 

André Mathieu (1928-1968)

 

The sad fate of the composer from Quebec André Mathieu, is the story of a child who lived the music with the exceptional capacities of a Mozart and dreamed about an ideal that he was not able to embody because of the incomprehension of his contemporaries...

 

Mathieu's style leaned towards the late Romantic school of Rachmaninov, but it's true North American music and it's far nearest from us!

 

Concerto No. 4 in E Minor for Piano and Orchestra (A. Mathieu, Lefèvre, OSQ, Talmi)

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Great links here guys, thanks.

Below is one I can't remember if I posted before.



The performance was opened Sibelius' lovely tone poem The Bard.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

@TheGreyPilgrim
@Melange

 

Thanks for the links guys!

 

Here is another wonderful André Mathieu, I really love this kind of composition even if I'm not usually into "modern" classical music.

 

André Mathieu - Rhapsodie Romantique (Lefèvre, OSM, Bamert)

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

@TheGreyPilgrim

I must admit, I have a crush! Have to discover much of this Albéric Magnard, maybe it will reconciliate me with French music!

Also, the version you've put here is a recommended version on the site arkivmusic.com. Great :)

326496.JPG

http://www.arkivmusic.com/classical/album.jsp?album_id=41933

I will see if I can find this CD somewhere, again thanks!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Glad to hear it! But we both owe thanks to the person that posts these "unknown" symphonies on Youtube. There are quite a few to explore.



Don't know if there are any other fans of the organ out there, but it was a key part of my first musical experiences (including seeing James Mason play one as Captain Nemo) and I've always had a special place in my heart for it. Maurice Durufle was a truly remarkable composer, who left painfully few pieces due to a crippling streak of perfectionism. This is one of his gems. Written in tribute to fellow composer/organist Jehan Alain, who was killed (in notably badass fashion) during the second world war. The flowing triplet figures in the prelude are derived from the name ALAIN, Durufle quotes one of Alain's pieces, Litanies, several times throughout the prelude, and the fugue subject is once again based on the memorialized composer's name. Typical motivic and architectural genius for good old Maurice.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The organ... not too often... :D

I'm a big Bach lover... But I must admit, I prefer the piano over the organ and harpsichord.

You surely know this... Symphony N° 3 of Camille Saint-Saens... A Concerto "with organ"... That maybe the best way for me to listen organ!

I bought many RCA Red Seal "Living Stereo" CD few years ago... SACD, even if I'm not equiped to listen them in SACD :)

They are old classics recordings but in really really really good condition.

Charles Munch was a director I've discovered with that collection.

Great director and Great work!

http://youtu.be/_-KEVlAbyk8

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

@Michael

 

Sorry, this kind of music gives me murder desires, have to stop after few seconds!

 

I like calm music, noble music.

 

Talking about noble music, this week I was listening again to and old album on which I always return.

 

I lisetened to several versions of these pieces, historical or newer performances, but this can't beat that classic.

 

Johann Sebastian Bach - Orchestral Suites

Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Marriner

 

Bach: Orchestral Suites Nos. 1-4

 

Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067 - Rondeau

 

Bach: Orchestral Suite #2 In B Minor, BWV 1067 - 2. Rondeau by Neville Marriner: Academy Of St. Martin In The Fields on Grooveshark

 

Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067 - Sarabande

 

Bach: Orchestral Suite #2 In B Minor, BWV 1067 - 3. Sarabande by Neville Marriner: Academy Of St. Martin In The Fields on Grooveshark

 

Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067 - Menuet

 

Bach: Orchestral Suite #2 In B Minor, BWV 1067 - 6. Menuet by Neville Marriner: Academy Of St. Martin In The Fields on Grooveshark

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

This is the most wonderful thing I have heard in a very long time:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMjhEQG75WQ

Agreed, very fine

@Michael

Sorry, this kind of music gives me murder desires, have to stop after few seconds!

I like calm music, noble music.

Yet here you are on a film music message board! Music should be all kinds of things, not just calm and noble. Bach recognized that.

Sharky and Muad'Dib like this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Enescu isn't all that well known, except for his Romanian Rhapsodies

Here is his Symphony No. 3.

I'll throw a shorter piece in here.

Ravel's "Le jardin féerique" from his Ma mère l'oye (Mother Goose) suite

Bespin and TheGreyPilgrim like this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

@nightscape94

 

Lovely piece by Enescu, thanks!

 

Ordered :)

7413585.jpg

http://www.arkivmusic.com/classical/album.jsp?album_id=169079

 

About Ma mère l'oye by Ravel, I have this CD that I warmly recommend :

 

Ravel: Daphnis et Chloe, La Valse / Nezet-Seguin, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra

 

312632.jpg

http://www.arkivmusic.com/classical/Drilldown?name_id1=101969&name_role1=3&bcorder=3H&album_group=5&name_id=9930&name_role=1


All this beautiful romantic music, reminds me that one that I love very much.

 

Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture, Op. 26, "Fingal's Cave" / BPO, Karajan

 



 

Here's an image of the Fingal's cave that inspired Mendelssohn for this piece :

 

hebrides_mm7701_010.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Just as an FYI, the version I posted is from this, in case it made a difference to you.

Thanks, I found the Mandeal CD on arkivmusic.com, where it's a recommended version. :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture, Op. 26, "Fingal's Cave" / BPO, Karajan

Ah, Mendelssohn, a choir singer's favourite.

Here's the first half of one of my favourite Mendelssohn works, with fantastic performances by Theo Adam and Gundula Janowitz.

(Link removed)

Edit: Turns out this isn't the Adam/Janowitz recording conducted by Masur I was referring to. It's not even Paulus, but Elias, Mendelssohn's second oratorio... YouTube's search can be annoying. Bits of the Paulus recording I was referring to used to be on YouTube, but I can't find any now.

Here's a different recording instead, full length:

Mendelssohn at his time was a major force in rediscovering the then mostly forgotten works by Bach and in his own oratorios combined Bach's structural techniques with those of the early Romantic period. The results were dramatic works that are just as exciting (and lengthy) as operas.

Here's a brilliantly dramatic moment from the above recording where Saul hears the voice of god (sung by boy sopranos):

&feature=youtu.be&t=40m02s

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Wonderful orchestration by Respighi of three Bach chorale preludes. The third is particularly stunning

Wonderful performance, Grey.

It's such a dignified noble piece in any form, claiming authority in a quiet way.

But in this form, the orchestra brings that out even more.

As a piece, I love how it manages to feel so rooted in the earth but somehow free flying.

Can't quite put my finger on it.

11:48 caught me completely off guard. I nearly burst into tears.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now