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Favourite piece of classical music? watch

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    (Original post by Corkscrew)
    Gotta be Rachmaninov's Cello Sonata in G minor
    Or Saint-Saens Cello Concerto in A minor
    Or Tchaikovsky 6
    Or The Planets by Holst
    Or The New World Symphony by Dvorak
    Or Schubert's Death and the Maiden quartet

    Too many to choose from! Youtube doesn't work for me but I'd definitely recommend looking them all up.
    How have I mangaged to not have heard this piece of music before? :eek:

    I love it- thanks

    the Saint-Saens concerto is great too, good choice
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    Bach, for me, is the best composer of all time, proof as follows:





    As for movie soundtracks, this one left me pretty speechless:

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    (Original post by you7me)
    i've got my GCSE Music exam in a month and two weeks and we do a hell of a lot of classical!
    the best one i've come across so far is Schoenberg's Peripetie! It's just really interesting to listen to. It never gets boring! I must've heard it about a thousand times and yet I never know what to expect! lol!
    Hey, Handel's 'For the Glory of the Lord' is brilliant. Also, you have to love Mozart. But I do like Peripetie. The clarinet solo, and the forte trombone part in the middle...
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    I love Mozart's fantasy in D minor and Faure's Requiem which is so moving. But for movie soundtracks i do like Pirates of the Carribean. I expect they are all on youtube but i can't make a link work.
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    (Original post by CrazyBeautiful)
    How have I mangaged to not have heard this piece of music before? :eek:

    I love it- thanks

    the Saint-Saens concerto is great too, good choice
    I only heard it because it's on the Grade 8 list for ABRSM but I absolutely adore it now!

    I love your choices too (and quite a lot of the others) but sadly I'm all out of rep

    Are you a 'cellist?
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    Here is a really great collection of youtube videos. I enjoy all th pieces of music but I have included them often because of the quality of the performance as anything else.

    I picked this first video because I love the voice of Steven Rickards.

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

    This second video I included again because of the superb quality of the voice, this time of Philippe Jaroussky

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zQX2XqAE8c

    Part of the appeal of this video is to admire the enthusiasm of Leonard Bernstein but I also love the voice of Janet Baker.
    (Please note, I posted the wrong video here and have posted the one I meant to post in a separate post below)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsm6lDuM3JA

    And finally I picked this piece because I thought June Andersons performance was marvellous.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcmAdS8vkDA
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    (Original post by j.alexanderh)
    Hey, Handel's 'For the Glory of the Lord' is brilliant. Also, you have to love Mozart. But I do like Peripetie. The clarinet solo, and the forte trombone part in the middle...
    Glory of the Lord is fun to sing, well the melisma part particularly!
    Mozart is good, but a little bleh such that it's plain and it's just there. it's in front of your face but not in your face. you know whats coming and there's no big bang
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    Turkish March.

    And Clair de Lune, but only because that reminds me of Twilight. :love:
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    I honestly struggle to understand how Einaudi so consistently makes it into these threads. I'd have thought he would be held back by the fact that his music is useless, but apparently people can't cope with more than 4 chords.
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    Bar none. (Also, Valentina Lisitsa is the most talented pianist alive; but that's just the icing.)
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    (Original post by you7me)
    Glory of the Lord is fun to sing, well the melisma part particularly!
    Mozart is good, but a little bleh such that it's plain and it's just there. it's in front of your face but not in your face. you know whats coming and there's no big bang
    Yes, but you don't listen to Mozart for 'bang'. That wasn't what the Classical period was about. Mozart wrote intelligent music, not (especially) emotive music. I'll take Symphony 40 over anything by Schoenberg eight times out of ten.
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    Oops, I made a mistake in the above post. I meant to post the following video involving Leonard Bernstein and Janet Baker instead of the one I posted.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tf5fM1i3MGQ
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    (Original post by Corkscrew)
    I only heard it because it's on the Grade 8 list for ABRSM but I absolutely adore it now!

    I love your choices too (and quite a lot of the others) but sadly I'm all out of rep

    Are you a 'cellist?
    I played for a brief spell at school, just up to grade 3. I stopped for 'personal reasons', shall we say, but I really miss it. If I could afford lessons again (well, if I could even find a teacher again) I would continue. One day... :daydreaming:



    So I take it you play, and to a very high standard. Very jealous
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    (Original post by danadd9)
    Maybe your brain just can't handle how amazing Wagner's music is and shuts down?

    If you haven't already, give one of the more energetic operas a try, Die Walküre or Siegfried maybe.

    I do not want to underestimate the musical talent of Wagner, so the most logical explanation seems like to be yours and I have to accept it! I definitely try one of operas mentioned above, but the only way I can watch it is through the Mezzo TV channel which broadcasts about 1 Wagner opera monthly and usually at night. So I stay tuned to the next one and won't fell asleep...

    Have you seen Visconti's Ludwig yet? It is not really about the Wagner, but still a good movie and since I heard the film's soundtrack, Wagner reminds me to the movie all the time.

    Here's a well-known scene from the movie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QaI_qL1kDgE
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    I guess it's not really classical as such, but it's as close as I'm gonna get

    The Heart Asks the Pleasure First - Michael Nyman

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    (Original post by callmeanapple)
    I do not want to underestimate the musical talent of Wagner, so the most logical explanation seems like to be yours and I have to accept it! I definitely try one of operas mentioned above, but the only way I can watch it is through the Mezzo TV channel which broadcasts about 1 Wagner opera monthly and usually at night. So I stay tuned to the next one and won't fell asleep...

    Have you seen Visconti's Ludwig yet? It is not really about the Wagner, but still a good movie and since I heard the film's soundtrack, Wagner reminds me to the movie all the time.

    Here's a well-known scene from the movie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QaI_qL1kDgE
    Can you not listen via Spotify?

    And I hadn't heard of it until just now! - I'll plough my way through it tomorrow when my connection's better


    Also posting a general favourite piece, Mahler's 9th symphony:

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    Two: Rachmaninov 2nd piano concerto and Sibelius symphony No.1. Glorious pieces.
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    Mussorgsky - Night On Bald Mountain:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCEDf...eature=related

    And a later song by Brian Wilson (like being on a ghost train):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LI-KazTKw8

    Mrs O'Learys Cow (Fire)

    Following on from some other Holst choices:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5l5FWmMbLG0

    Holst- Planets Suite (Venus)

    Jupiter is the most 'instant classic' of the planets I'd say, closely followed by Mars. Venus is delicate and magical, Mercury is similarly whimsical but also randomly bombastic. You could argue that the other planets are fillers (relatively speaking).

    The Snowman (in its entirety):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LE78XSQKMxI
 
 
 
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