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Post by dostoevsky Tue Jun 07, 2011 6:44 am

Sorry Zealous, I'm starting without you.

The thread was stopped just short of a 100 posts back in the old Goal forums, let's try and make this incarnation far more popular than that.

I shall begin with a selection of three favourites, please feel free to populate the thread with some of the popular works from the old thread as well as new composers and pieces.

Shostakovich's 10th Symphony, Movement II. Described by the composer as a musical portrait of Stalin, Herbert von Karajan's recording is considered the finest of all, though the Haitink recording is also a wonderful interpretation.



Secondly, the ballet which began riots in Paris, before the music became immensely popular when performed separately. The final movement, the Sacrifical Dance, here conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen in the most intense interpretation I have ever heard, though the entire piece has been taken off youtube unfortunately.



To break the Russian trend and include something more contemporary I'll post Adams' Shaker Loops once more, though I promise not to overhype him too much.



The likes of Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, Mahler and more deserve recognition, however I'll limit my first post to encourage others to participate. Enjoy!
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Post by BarrileteCosmico Tue Jun 07, 2011 7:04 am

I think you'll have a hard time getting to make this one more popular with Zealous out til September lol (and as far as I'm concerned, not aware of this forum's existence). Very Happy
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Post by dostoevsky Tue Jun 07, 2011 7:08 am

September? Oh dear.

Giu better get here soon then. Mole, Hispano and Sushi Master used to show some interest as well.

Even if people just post the Four Seasons, Ode to Joy or other insanely popular pieces it at least gives me the excuse to keep updating and I can cover less celebrated or really obscure composers like Penderecki or Ligeti. Just so long as it doesn't appear that I'm just talking to myself. Very Happy
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Post by BarrileteCosmico Tue Jun 07, 2011 7:13 am

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUJagb7hL0E

Although this is probably not considered classical music lol.
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Post by dostoevsky Tue Jun 07, 2011 7:22 am

alfredandrew wrote:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUJagb7hL0E

Although this is probably not considered classical music lol.

4'33", interesting choice for your first work. I've had this discussion before and I must say that I consider it music, however I would under no circumstances actually recommend the piece. The only danger is people clicking on the link, thinking we're insane and never actually bothering with Classical Music again.

To those interested it is a piece lasting 4 minutes and 33 seconds which consists entirely of silence. As such dissonances created by the audience whilst listening to the performance makes each interpretation unique, whilst despite claims that it is unimpressive and not a technical feat it should be noted that in response to the typical "an eight year old could write this," it may be said that no eight year old would actually think of 'writing' such a piece. On top of this it is also utterly ridiculous.
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Post by LeSwagg James Tue Jun 07, 2011 7:54 am

I took a classical music course in University (easy credit lol) we would learn about the history and listen to songs and have to know the composer, style etc. .. Used to get high as hell before class, still aced that sh!t.. Holla at your boy Very Happy

I don't listen to classical music but I do appreciate the work

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Post by BarrileteCosmico Wed Jun 08, 2011 10:54 am

@dostoevsky wrote:
alfredandrew wrote:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUJagb7hL0E

Although this is probably not considered classical music lol.

4'33", interesting choice for your first work. I've had this discussion before and I must say that I consider it music, however I would under no circumstances actually recommend the piece. The only danger is people clicking on the link, thinking we're insane and never actually bothering with Classical Music again.
Can we really say the piece belongs to any genre though lol? Very Happy
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Post by BarrileteCosmico Fri Jun 10, 2011 12:02 am

http://poptech.org/popcasts/benjamin_zander__poptech_2008

Fantastic fantastic presentation.
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Post by Great Leader Sprucenuce Fri Jun 10, 2011 12:08 am

@dostoevsky wrote:September? Oh dear.

Giu better get here soon then. Mole, Hispano and Sushi Master used to show some interest as well.

Even if people just post the Four Seasons, Ode to Joy or other insanely popular pieces it at least gives me the excuse to keep updating and I can cover less celebrated or really obscure composers like Penderecki or Ligeti. Just so long as it doesn't appear that I'm just talking to myself. Very Happy

I know Giu is going to be posting editorial's in the Juve section other than that i dont know.

I will post some stuff tomorrow Cool Zealous use to have a keen interest aswell and he was one of many people i sent out e-mails to so as seen as he get's back from holidays.

ITS ON !!!!!!!!!!!!! Very Happy
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Post by McLewis Sat Jun 11, 2011 12:39 am

I love classical music, but my scope of it is quite small...

Here's the Winter season from Vivaldi...the second movement is my favorite.



Rossini's Tancredi Overture - One of the best pieces I've had the honor of playing on trumpet.



"Benedictus" from Mozart's excellent Requiem -heavy on the opera, but it goes well with the movement of this piece.

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Post by dmize Sat Jun 11, 2011 1:02 am

@dostoevsky wrote:
Even if people just post the Four Seasons, Ode to Joy or other insanely popular pieces it at least gives me the excuse to keep updating and I can cover less celebrated or really obscure composers like Penderecki or Ligeti. Just so long as it doesn't appear that I'm just talking to myself. Very Happy

How bout this:



used to be able to play most of it at one point too. I'm sure it's probably considered an easy to play song though?
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Post by The Nature Boy Sat Jun 11, 2011 1:25 am

my 2 favorites:



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Post by dostoevsky Sat Jun 11, 2011 2:00 am

Some great additions and thank you all for your contributions.

I wish to introduce a lesser known Russian and Soviet composer, Nikolai Miaskovsky, a composer most readily recognised for his impressive symphonic output, however I wish primarily to highlight his Cello Concerto, a truly sublime composition. Unfortunately the finest rendition by Mstislav Rostropovich is unavailable on youtube in a form which does it justice. Two releases exist, however only one drawn from the Russian Archives which includes a man coughing over the recording for the entire performance is available on youtube. Instead I hope this will suffice:



Secondly, one of my favourite Piano sonatas, Franz Liszt's Sonata in B Minor. The other parts can be found in the links to the side of the video.

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Post by dostoevsky Sun Jun 19, 2011 3:45 am

I was just sent this amazing performance and thought I'd share it. Truly marvellous; getting her signature is now a top priority.

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Post by dostoevsky Wed Jul 06, 2011 2:10 pm

Bump.

Introducing Gustavo Dudamel, the man with the hair to match Puyol, and boasting one of the most marvelous projects and orchestras in the world: the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra, featuring a truly astounding collection of young artists.

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Post by Great Leader Sprucenuce Wed Jul 06, 2011 8:00 pm

Cant have you seem like are speaking to yourself now can we dost?



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Post by Guiltybystander Wed Jul 06, 2011 11:25 pm

Some stuff I could find on youtube that I enjoy:


Not the best rendition in the world, but the other versions were all cut in 5 pieces.








Cool thread guys!
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Post by dostoevsky Tue Jul 19, 2011 12:30 pm

Fantastic post GBS, I particularly loved the Sinfonietta which I wasn't acquainted with and the Scriabin. Prokofiev meanwhile is quite simply always amazing.

Thanks for posting as well Mole, though I'm not a Haydn fan lol. Now redundant positive reps for both of you. Smile
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Post by dostoevsky Mon Aug 01, 2011 11:07 am

Zealous has returned!

Cue epic music. Cool

He deserves nothing but the best to herald his return, so I present Pierre Boulez and the Vienna Philharmonic's rendition of Stravinsky's Firebird.

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Post by billy_gr Mon Aug 01, 2011 11:53 am


I always like Wagner’s music… the epic feeling was so appealing to me
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Post by Lord Hades Sat Aug 13, 2011 10:57 am

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SA_VGeC5ecU

indian classical .. lyrics are a bit weird
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