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The Classical Music Recommendation Thread

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20 hours ago, TheGreyPilgrim said:

Probably the greatest musical performance I'm aware of.

 

 

 

Gorgeous!  The playing is pretty good too! :P

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I tried learning to play that once. The jumps starting at 7:30 are a bitch, though...

 

Speaking of jumps, Alkan's "Symphony for Solo Piano" looks like fun to play:

 

 

But that's only the 4th movement. The rest of the symphony is worth checking out, too. 

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I saw her in concert but forget what she played though she was intoxicating.  In the pre-concert talk she mentioned a passion for wolves (unless I am mixing her up with someone else).  Separately, I have been a life long fan of Bach's Chaccone in D minor for violin finding it one of the most sublime compositions.  Bach was just amazing.  I remember learning the prelude and fugue in C for piano and realizing how much more difficult it was to perform due to the right/left hand equality.  I really struggled with it.  His music is versatile.  I frequently perform the cello suites arranged for bass trombone and have arranged some of his seminal keyboard works for various forces ranging from solo trombone (toccata and fugue) to full orchestra (Passacaglia and Fugue in c min).  No questioning he's one of the titans of western music.

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Saw her play Brahms 1st and 2nd (two different concerts about 2 years apart).  Both were excellent.

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The Andante from Scriabin's Piano Concerto is just so gorgeous!

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This B-phrase tune epitomizes Tchaikovsky's gift for melody and melancholy.

 

 

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Particularly love the first movement of this.

 

Also, am I going crazy, or does the Menuetto sound a bit like Aunt Marge's Waltz?

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1 hour ago, LampPost said:

am I going crazy

 

Yes.

 

1 hour ago, LampPost said:

does the Menuetto sound a bit like Aunt Marge's Waltz?

 

Yes.

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Well I wouldn't be so sure about that... 😜

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I love this composer and have posted about him before.  So sad he died while so young.  Interestingly, this symphony includes an electric guitar and a drum kit.  I just love how the violence of the first movement contrasts with the uneasy serenity of the last movement (unfortunately I couldn't find it on youtube).

 

 

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3 thematic classical music compilations with some JW's recordings.

 

 

 

 

 

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5 hours ago, Marian Schedenig said:

 

Lousy interpretation.

 

Its my favorite!

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I...think so.

 

What other films have it?

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A fun piece for piano and orchestra, in a similar vein to "Danse Macabre".

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18 hours ago, TheGreyPilgrim said:

Somewhat overlooked, but I think the man's finest show of orchestration.

 

 

...though today I am informed by a colleague that André Caplet had a hand in some of the orchestration of the original play.  Idiot!  Moron!  Must look into just how much of the impressiveness of the piece can be attributed to him rather than Debussy himself.

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But surely André Caplet only functioned as a copyist? To save time.

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I honestly have no idea in this context.  He could have basically copied from a short score as we see in Hollywood, or he may have been going from the ground up off of a piano original draft.  

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6 minutes ago, Stefancos said:

Like Conrad Pope and Williams?

 

Or Zimmer and his ghostwriters.

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18 hours ago, TheGreyPilgrim said:

...though today I am informed by a colleague that André Caplet had a hand in some of the orchestration of the original play.  Idiot!  Moron!  Must look into just how much of the impressiveness of the piece can be attributed to him rather than Debussy himself.

 

Similar disputes surrounded Liszt's early tone poems, which were claimed to have been either partially or entirely orchestrated by Joachim Raff.

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7 hours ago, TheGreyPilgrim said:

Ah, Sowerby, largely unknown outside of the sacred music circles.  Interesting stuff.

 

You probably prefer the numerous clerical organ works...

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Here's an entertaining movement from Busoni's humongous Piano Concerto, "IV: All'Italiana":

 

 

I prefer the Hyperion recording myself but, it's Hyperion...what can you do? :unsure:

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11 hours ago, publicist said:

 

You probably prefer the numerous clerical organ works...

 

You know, he was never one of my favorites there.  I enjoy this symphonic mode a lot more. 

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