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The Barbican Centre in London had a special 'Beethoven Weekender' last Saturday and Sunday to celebrate the 250th anniversary year of Beethoven's birth.  Over the weekend all nine of Beethoven's symph

I was watching a video on YouTube about making decorative candles.  (It's what one does at 4:30 AM). ANYWAY, The had the 1812 Overture playing as the artist worked on the candle.

 

Now, The 1812 is one of the pieces that got me (then a young kid) into classical music.  I mean... CANNONS.  So I'm listening to it, just about ready to geek out to the finale, and it stops dead.

 

So, here's what I listened to last, with a link to one of my favorite recordings of it.  Conducted by the late, great, Erich Kunzel.

 

 

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1 hour ago, Ii2 said:

The Messiah. By Handel

The greatest choral work ever written. Good show!

 

1 hour ago, SteveMc said:

On a Schumann exploration myself.

When it comes to my favourite piano works, it's a hard choice between Frederic Chopin and Robert Schumann. Both were such masters of the piano. In terms of Schumann I would highly recommend: Kinderscenen, Waldscenen, Fantasiestucke, Manfred, the twelve songs (Liederkries) and the Piano Concerto.

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Curious.

 

I just listened to Bela Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra:

I. Introduzione: Andante non troppo: Allegro vivace

II. Presentando le coppie: Allegro scherzando

III. Elegia: Andante non troppo

IV. Intermezzo interrotto: Allegretto

V. Finale. Presto

 

The fourth movement is the most famous.

Conducted by Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

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I just finished listening to Shostakovich's first piano concerto, with Yefim Bronfman on the piano and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Esa-Peka Salonen. 

 

Shostakovich has always amazed me with his fun, jazzy sound which very much contrasts his andante side, which holds a different beauty. His two piano concertos are a great introduction to his music.

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2 hours ago, The Illustrious Jerry said:

His two piano concertos are a great introduction to his music.

 

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22 minutes ago, Ii2 said:

But today when I heard the whole Hallelujah piece, only then did I realize the majesty and magnificence of the piece. 

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1 hour ago, Ii2 said:

As you can imagine I heard the Messiah’s most known melody, the “Hallelujah” chorus, more than once as it is widely used.  But today when I heard the whole Hallelujah piece, only then did I realize the majesty and magnificence of the piece.   One of if not the best choral work in history.  Maybe the best religious piece of music of all time.           :music:

I always liked the excerpt: "For unto us a child is born!". 

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13 hours ago, Ii2 said:

The Messiah. By Handel

It's MESSIAH; no definite article.

Was that the 4-part, or the 5-part version?

 

7 hours ago, Ii2 said:

As you can imagine I heard the Messiah’s most known melody, the “Hallelujah” chorus, more than once as it is widely used.  But today when I heard the whole Hallelujah piece, only then did I realize the majesty and magnificence of the piece.   One of if not the best choral work in history.  Maybe the best religious piece of music of all time.           :music:

Whenever I've sung the HALLELUJAH chorus, it's always been with a sense of relief, as it meant that we were into the home stretch.

The AMEN chorus is still the best.

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I went to see CARMINA BURANA live a few years back with the Canadian National Academy Orchestra conducted by Boris Brott. That was the appropriately named Choral Spectacular concert event for that year in my city. It was a very good concert. I believe they also performed Bernstein's Chichester Psalms.

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2 hours ago, The Illustrious Jerry said:

I believe they also performed Bernstein's Chichester Psalms.

 

I love the Chichester Psalms!


I go through phases when listening to music. I listen to a lot of soundtracks and a lot of classical music, but sometimes I lean more strongly towards one or the other. I might not listen to soundtracks for a few weeks. And in fact, I only listened to my first classical work of the year tonight (unless you count the Williams fanfares on American Journey, or a few Bach and Schützt cues on Spotify as references to our new choir rehearsal programme). It was Shostakovich's 11th - probably my favourite work of his.

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I also had a big Tchaikovsky weekend:

Claudio Abaddo and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra playing Symphony No. 6 and Marche Slave.

Itzhak Perlman on the violin with the London Symphony Orchestra for his Concerto for Violin and Orchestra.

 

As well as Edvard Grieg's Holberg Suite.

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57 minutes ago, The Illustrious Jerry said:

I also had a big Tchaikovsky weekend:

Claudio Abaddo and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra playing Symphony No. 6 and Marche Slave.

Itzhak Perlman on the violin with the London Symphony Orchestra for his Concerto for Violin and Orchestra.

 

As well as Edvard Grieg's Holberg Suite.

 

I too was listening to Abaddo CSO for my Tchaikovsky this weekend. 

 

The 6 CD purple box right?

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1 hour ago, Jurassic Shark said:

I like Maazel's and Jansons'.

Mariss Jansons holds my favourite Scheherazade recording still. It's on an EMI album along with another Rimsky-Korsakov work, Cappricio espagnol. He's up there with my favourite conductors.

 

And speaking of Slatkin @Bespin, he has some Tchaikovsky recordings that aren't that bad either, good Nutcracker and Swan Lake recordings.

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