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Offline ryankmfdm

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I Need More Classical Music
« on: January 27, 2014, 01:55:59 AM »
 So I've pretty recently just started listening to classical music again. While I'm convinced this is a beneficial development, I can't help but feel that I need to diversify my tastes a bit. I've pretty much been listening to Bach and Mozart exclusively (along with a little Handel here and there, as well as what could be considered a "greatest hits" compilation from the Romantic Period--Tchaik's "Nutcracker" Suite, Liszt's 2nd Hungarian Rhapsody, etc.). I was hoping some of you fine folks could make some recommendations that I'm likely to like.

 Some of my favorites as of right now, for guidance:

-Bach's Fantasia in G (BWV 572)
-Bach's Violin Concerto in E Major (BWV 1042)
-Bach's Double Keyboard Concerto in C Minor (BWV 1062)
-Mozart's Double Piano Concerto #10 (K 365)
-Mozart's 18th Piano Concerto (K 456)
-Mozart's Requiem Mass

 I'm not generally into choral works, but I do like some of Bach's cantatas, as well as Mozart's Requiem Mass, as specified above. Other than that, I'm not too picky as far as compositional form goes. Additionally, I'm mostly interested in pieces from the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic Periods.

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Re: I Need More Classical Music
«Reply #1 on: January 27, 2014, 02:11:14 AM »
Beethoven  ;D
"Beethoven wrote in three flats a lot. That's because he moved twice."

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Re: I Need More Classical Music
«Reply #2 on: January 27, 2014, 03:05:24 AM »
 Any works in particular?

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Re: I Need More Classical Music
«Reply #3 on: January 27, 2014, 04:19:54 AM »
the ones you like!
"Beethoven wrote in three flats a lot. That's because he moved twice."

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Re: I Need More Classical Music
«Reply #4 on: January 27, 2014, 04:47:20 PM »
The Best of Beehtoven:


This youtube channel also has a video for the best pieces of each classical composer!! I downloaded all the videos and I listen one different composer each day in my cellphone  ;D
Play Mozart in memory of me,  and I will hear you.  — Frédéric Chopin

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Re: I Need More Classical Music
«Reply #5 on: January 27, 2014, 05:46:44 PM »
Liadov
Liadov
and Liadov

Stanchinsky (EFLAT MINOR SONATA GOOO)
and some Scriabin too pretty much all of him

Mendelssohn's Prelude and Fugues Op. 35, Scottish Sonata/Fantasie Op. 28

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Re: I Need More Classical Music
«Reply #6 on: January 27, 2014, 10:32:12 PM »
Vivaldi- La Folia/Trio Sonata
Beethoven- 12 Scottish Songs (One of them: Auld Lang Syne)
Bach- Double Violin Concerto in D minor, First mv
Handel- Passacaille in G minor
V. Galilei- Saltarello/Salterallo
Paganini- Caprice in a minor
Paganini- Violin Concerto in b minor, Rondo (Also known as La Campanella)
Scarborough Fair
Greensleeves
Off She Goes (Reel)

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Re: I Need More Classical Music
«Reply #7 on: January 27, 2014, 11:14:26 PM »
A few of my favourites (I'll try to ignore large scale works except a few necessary.):

From Bach:
Goldberg Variations
(Siciliano in G minor
Ich ruf zu dir, Herr                        You can find Tatiana Nikolayeva's performances easily.
Wacht auf, ruft uns die Stimme)
Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue (Note that Gould only plays the Fantasy)
Prelude for Lute in C minor
Double Violin Concerto
Wir sitzen mit Tränen nieder from St. Matthäus Passion, the best in the whole thing.
Chaconne from The Partita for Solo Violin in D minor and the Busoni transc. (I recommend Perlman for one and Berman for the other)
Prelude and Fugue C# minor, D minor, C minor from Book One and G# minor, A minor and F# minor from Book Two.

From Mozart:
Piano Concerto No. 20
Masonische Trauermusik
Piano Sonata No. 8 in A minor

Schubert:
Auf dem Wasser zu singen (Liszt transcription, the song sucks.)
Der Erlkönig (The song. Liszt transcription doesn't suck, but the poem is too good to be ignored, as long as you speak German of course.)
Der Tod und Das Mädchen
String Quartet No. 14 (Also titled Der Tod und Das Mädchen)
Sonatas

Schumann:
Carnaval
Fantasiestücke
Kreisleriana
Études Symphoniques

Chopin:
Ballades, especially the famous first and the fourth
Scherzi, especialy the second and the third
Preludes, esp. D minor, G minor, F minor, F# minor, C minor, Db major, E minor
Etudes, esp. Op. 10 No. 1, Op. 10 No. 4, Op. 10 No. 9, Op. 10 No. 12 and all of op. 25
Mazurkas, Waltzes and Nocturnes, which you have to discover on your own

Mahler:
Symphony No. 9
Symphony No. 5
Das Lied der Erde

Medtner:
Fairy Tales. A 16 or 17 minutes long video of Berezovsky playing a few can be found on youtube, which will be enough.

Rachmaninoff:
All piano concerti (3>4>2>1)
Symphonic Dances
Die Toteninsel
Preludes, especially B minor, D major, A minor, C minor and G# minor
Etudes-Tableaux, esp. 39-3>39-2>33-3>33-5>33-9>39-6
Moments Musicaux
Second Piano Sonata
Suite for Two Pianos No. 2
Trio Elegiaque No. 2

Debussy:
Preludes (Gieseking recording is essential for any music lover IMO.)
La Mer

Beethoven:
3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th symphonies.
Piano Sonatas. The ones with the titles are obviously more appreciated and two of the set suck, frankly.

Mendelssohn:
Fingal's Cave Ouverture
Rondo Capriciosso

Shostakovich:
Preludes and Fugues Op. 87, most of the minor ones with E minor, F# minor, C# minor, G# minor and D minor being my favourites, and Db major
String Quartet No.8 (And the chamber symphony)
Strin Quartet No. 13
String Quartet No. 15
Piano Trio No. 2
Symphonies, all of them are good, except the Haydnesque 9th, 5th and 10th are popular, and the 7th is a favourite of mine.
Piano Sonata No. 2
Some early piano works.

Prokofiev:
Symphonies
Toccata
Piano Concerti, esp. 2 and 3
Violin Concerti.
Sonatas, esp. 7th, along with the other war sonatas.

Mussorgsky:
Pictures at an Exhibition

Korsakov:
Scheherazade

Ravel:
Gaspard de la Nuit

Carl Vine:
Piano Sonata

Arvo Pärt:
Te Deum
Silentium
Spiegel im Spiegel
Für Alina

Cage:
Dream
In a Landscape

Liszt:
Mazeppa
Totentanz
Benediction de Dieu dans la solitude
Mephisto Waltz No. 1
Piano Sonata in B minor
Funerailles
Consolations, esp. third.
The Troisieme Annee de Pelerinages
Ballade No. 2

Tchaikovsky (I don't like his piano music.):
Symphonies, esp. 1-4-6
Violin Concerto

Borodin:
In the Steppes of Central Asia

Alkan:
Op. 39
Barcarolle
Mad Woman thing
Le Festin d'Esope (Kidding)

Brahms:
Rhapsody in G minor
Ballade in G minor
Op. 116-119

BTW Stanchinsky Sonata is really amazing, his preludes are even amazinger(too cool to write it the correct way).

These should keep you busy (I know there are lots of large scale works.)






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Re: I Need More Classical Music
«Reply #8 on: January 28, 2014, 12:08:41 AM »
Stanchinsky (EFLAT MINOR SONATA GOOO)

Why just that one. His later (and numbered) ones are better IMO.
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Re: I Need More Classical Music
«Reply #9 on: January 28, 2014, 03:03:49 AM »
coda_colossale ,  you missed Brahams, Tchaikovsky and Liszt!! (haha you missed Liszt in your list  ;D ) It is incomplete without them

You could also add Piano Concerto 2 in the Shostakovich section

And of course the Chopin's Polonaise op.53
Play Mozart in memory of me,  and I will hear you.  — Frédéric Chopin

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Re: I Need More Classical Music
«Reply #10 on: January 28, 2014, 07:23:50 AM »
Why just that one. His later (and numbered) ones are better IMO.

They are, but I was listening to that one when I was writing the post, and the opening is just soooo cool.

*** Stanchinsky!

Offline ryankmfdm

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Re: I Need More Classical Music
«Reply #11 on: January 30, 2014, 03:43:00 AM »
 Whew. All right, that's a lot to take in. Unfortunately, I don't have the time to reply to every one of you individually, but I'll just hit some key points:

-Did a little investigation into Beethoven on my own. Really dig his First Piano Concerto in C Major, as well as the Fifth Symphony. I'd really like to listen to all of his piano concerti, as the concerto (especially piano, for obvious reasons) is one of my favorite types of composition.

-I have a few recordings of Bach's Goldberg Variations, and I like those a lot. Forgot to mention that in my first post. I'd also consider myself pretty familiar with most of the popular segments of Bach's cantatas, and I like those a lot, too, whether in choral form or arranged for organ.

-I also really like Brahms's Hungarian Dances, whether they be performed by orchestra or solo piano. Did he arrange for them to be played both ways?

 Within the next few days, I hope to give a thorough listen to Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20, Rachmaninoff's Third Piano Concerto (which everybody here seems to rave about), and probably Tchaik's Violin Concerto. I'd like to get through everybody's recommendations, but it's gonna take a while (especially since they all seem to get longer in duration as they progress chronologically!).




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Re: I Need More Classical Music
«Reply #12 on: February 03, 2014, 03:03:53 AM »
Romantic period? Chopin, Chopin, and some more Chopin. Find Zimmerman's recording of his ballades on youtube, perfect performance of truly magnificent pieces.