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Post by tirefeet » September 16th, 2013, 12:15 am

Any classical music lovers out there? I thought making a thread for getting recs from certain composers would be a good idea.

For example, I love "In the Hall of the Mountain King" from Grieg and I want to explore more of his works but I don't know where to start. So if you're familiar with Grieg what would you suggest me to listen from him?

I know our fellow Norwegian users will lend a hand here :lol:

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Post by funkybusiness » September 16th, 2013, 12:20 am

I think Bedřich Smetana would be a decent composer to move onto after Grieg? Maybe not as, uhh, whatever you wanna call Grieg. I mean, Trent Reznor covered In the Hall of the Mountain King, so...

but yeah. Smetana. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTKsHwqaIr4


This thread is an excellent idea by the way.

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Post by Lilarcor » September 16th, 2013, 12:33 am

Well the rest of Peer Gynt would be a start. :folded: For example Death of Aase

I'm far from an expert but after Smetana's Ma Vlast you could try out Dvorak, e.g: Symphony no.9




Carnival Overture - I love 3:20 and onwards so much


Serenade for Strings op.22


I'm mostly into piano concertos and sonatas I could post some of my favorites later.

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Post by tirefeet » September 16th, 2013, 12:34 am

Don't know about Reznor's rendition but the version of Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra's is just incredible, I couldn't find it on youtube.

Yeah, Smetana is cool as well. I may have listened die Moldau before but I don't remember much of it.

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Post by tirefeet » September 16th, 2013, 12:38 am

Thanks lilarcor :thumbsup: I know Dvorak's New World. I downloaded Grieg's Piano Concerto in A minor as well, it's pretty popular on youtube.

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Post by XxXApathy420XxX » September 16th, 2013, 1:01 am

If you're sane: Johann Sebastian Bach, Arvo Pärt, Steve Reich, Erik Satie, Frédéric Chopin, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Claudio Monteverdi, Moondog, Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Max Richter, Béla Bartók, Philip Glass, and Johannes Brahms

If you're a sick fuck like me: Luigi Nono, Krzysztof Penderecki, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Igor Stravinsky, George Antheil , Tony Conrad, György Ligeti, Ljubica Marić, Harry Partch, Helga Pogatschar, and Iannis Xenakis.
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Post by Lilarcor » September 16th, 2013, 1:07 am

ArthurYanthar on Sep 15 2013, 07:01:29 PM wrote:Moondog, Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Tony Conrad
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Post by XxXApathy420XxX » September 16th, 2013, 1:07 am

Lilarcor on Sep 15 2013, 07:07:15 PM wrote:
ArthurYanthar on Sep 15 2013, 07:01:29 PM wrote:Moondog, Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Tony Conrad
:huh:
Well they are different styles of classical music, but I'd still consider them to be that genre.
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Post by XxXApathy420XxX » September 16th, 2013, 1:09 am

The only good techno DJ made a good classical + techno concert too

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Post by Lilarcor » September 16th, 2013, 1:44 am

takk71 on Sep 15 2013, 06:38:37 PM wrote:Grieg's Piano Concerto in A minor as well, it's pretty popular on youtube.
Thanks for reminding me of this, love the second movement of that. So peaceful.


As for classical as a genre talk, for me personally that is too wide of a definition but I get that it could be useful, to see where the influences come from etc. Whenever I think of classical music I think of western music made after medieval times until about 1950, even though that includes renaissance, baroque and romantic music. Not saying that everything else is bad or anything but that's just how my drawers in my head work.

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Post by tirefeet » September 16th, 2013, 1:58 am

Any recs from Peer Gynt lilarcor? From a little search on internet, I think Morning Mood and Solveig's Song really stands out after Mountain King.

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Post by Lilarcor » September 16th, 2013, 2:07 am

takk71 on Sep 15 2013, 07:58:39 PM wrote:Any recs from Peer Gynt lilarcor? From a little search on internet, I think Morning Mood and Solveig's Song really stands out after Mountain King.
Well other than those three I'd say The Death of Ase (prelude to act 3) as performed by Göteborg symfoniker.

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Post by monty » September 16th, 2013, 2:07 am

@takk71: About Grieg, get this record asap. Gilels is the man to do these wonderful pieces justice - enjoy!

A few samples:


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Post by burneyfan » September 16th, 2013, 2:13 am

takk71 on Sep 15 2013, 07:58:39 PM wrote:Any recs from Peer Gynt lilarcor? From a little search on internet, I think Morning Mood and Solveig's Song really stands out after Mountain King.
Solveig's Song was the first thing that occurred to me, but as someone with a singing background, I'm biased toward vocal works. Grieg wrote some very fine lieder.
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Post by tirefeet » September 16th, 2013, 2:17 am

Thanks guys, I shall get my hands onto those.

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Post by monty » September 16th, 2013, 2:19 am

Oh, and don't forget Grieg's Holberg Suite, too:


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Post by Lilarcor » September 16th, 2013, 2:34 am

A more general recommendation, but two youtube channels I subscribe to, they've upload loads of good recordings of familiar pieces and lesser heard.

http://www.youtube.com/user/mightysmeagol
http://www.youtube.com/user/protestant7

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Post by brokenface » September 16th, 2013, 2:42 am

ArthurYanthar on Sep 15 2013, 07:09:30 PM wrote:The only good techno DJ
:think: :folded:

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Post by XxXApathy420XxX » September 16th, 2013, 3:18 am

brokenface on Sep 15 2013, 08:42:03 PM wrote:
ArthurYanthar on Sep 15 2013, 07:09:30 PM wrote:The only good techno DJ
:think: :folded:
I probably should have specified more. The rave kind of techno music, but Jeff Mills does it in a very special way. I really hope you don't like rave DJs like Tiesto.
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Post by brokenface » September 16th, 2013, 3:33 am

ah okay, no I was thinking more the likes of Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson, Robert Hood..

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Post by XxXApathy420XxX » September 16th, 2013, 3:35 am

brokenface on Sep 15 2013, 09:33:30 PM wrote:ah okay, no I was thinking more the likes of Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson, Robert Hood..
:woot: A Detroit techno fan! :thumbsup:
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Post by brokenface » September 16th, 2013, 3:45 am

ArthurYanthar on Sep 15 2013, 09:35:35 PM wrote:
brokenface on Sep 15 2013, 09:33:30 PM wrote:ah okay, no I was thinking more the likes of Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson, Robert Hood..
:woot: A Detroit techno fan! :thumbsup:
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Post by Gershwin » September 16th, 2013, 5:30 am

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I'd just start with the two Peer Gynt suites, Takk: Op. 46 and Op. 55. And I go with Lilarcor's advice, Dvorak's Ninth was the first thing that popped in my head as I read the OP.
Russian composers like Rimsky-Korsakov might work as well, try for instance his Capriccio Espagnol.
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Post by Gershwin » September 16th, 2013, 5:31 am

funkybusiness on Sep 15 2013, 06:20:00 PM wrote:(...)

This thread is an excellent idea by the way.
Second that!
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Post by Rich » September 16th, 2013, 7:51 am

Grieg is good. If you like classical mixed with folk music that is quite similar to Grieg then I'd go for Dvorak (as people have already said), Jean Sibelius, and Leos Janacek.

Sibelius:
Finlandia
The Swan of Tuonela
Symphony No. 7


Janacek is better known for his operas than anything else...if you want to listen to his two most famous operas they are The Cunning Little Vixen and Jenufa. He also has the rhapsody Taras Bulba and the symphonic poem Sinfonietta that I'd recommend.

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Post by Lilarcor » September 25th, 2013, 3:26 am

Thread needs to survive longer than a day!

I'll post some of my favorite piano sonatas/concertos. I've only listened to classic for 2-3 years and have never played an instrument so bear that in mind i guess.

Everything by Beethoven is fantastic, especially the fifth piano concerto. Lively, uplifting, can't stop listening to it.
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Schumann op 54. Some people dislike Kissin's style but I really like this recording.
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Nocturnes 1-19 by Chopin. Nocturne 2 is probably the most famous, I think it was even mentioned in Dexter. The video description for this has timed all the nocturnes so you can skip ahead or back and forth between them!
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Rachmaninoff's second piano concerto. Cliburn, one of my favorite pianists, passed away earlier this year.
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Rachmaninoff's third piano concerto. Must have seen this performance on youtube dozens of times, Horowitz is the master.
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Liszt's Sonata in B Minor. The Rachs are fairly dark but this is perhaps even darker and most the unforgiving piece I've posted here I'd say. Few recordings I truly enjoy, but this is one of them.
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Back to something more dreamy and uplifting, Saint-Saens' fifth piano concerto.
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Most of these are long, if you listen to a whole concerto for example. Here's two brief encounters of Shostakovich to end a very long post.
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Post by tirefeet » September 25th, 2013, 3:41 am

Great stuff Lilarcor! I grew warm to all the composers mentioned in thread over the last week and now last fm recommends me Faure and Berlioz.

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Post by Rich » September 25th, 2013, 3:53 am

takk71 on Sep 24 2013, 09:41:46 PM wrote:Great stuff Lilarcor! I grew warm to all the composers mentioned in thread over the last week and now last fm recommends me Faure and Berlioz.
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Post by Gershwin » September 25th, 2013, 2:12 pm

Nice picks, Lilarcor!

I'm always very fond of this Shostakovich fugue:



And then Beethoven's first piano concerto! It's a bit underrated, but with a gentle touch of the keys, it's a real gem. Here's the last part:



Did I already say Glenn Gould is my favourite pianist ever? Well, he is. And his 1981 performance of Bach's Goldberg Variations is the best ever. You should really take your time for it, sit back and relax for the entire 47 minutes. It's worth it, and I guess like me, you'll do it over and over again, once you've started liking it.



Well, I could go on, but I'll try to feed this topic within a few days. :)
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Post by Lilarcor » September 28th, 2013, 2:40 am

Seconding that Gould recording of the Goldberg variations, listening to it right now and loving it! I am weak for the variations with hand-crossings. :P

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Post by Spiritchaser » September 28th, 2013, 9:34 am

Avro Part - Tabula Rasa
Steve Reich - Music for 18 Musicians
Philip Glass - Glassworks
Arnold Schoenberg - Neue Wiener Schule
Henryk Mikolaj Gorecki - Symphony no. 3
Edgard Varese - Complete Works
Anton Webern - Complete Works
Olivier Messiaen - Quatuor pour la fin du temps
Morton Feldman – String Quartet no. 2

Also, don't forget Bela Bartok and Gyorgy Ligeti - two of the greatest 20th century composers.

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Post by Gershwin » September 29th, 2013, 10:10 am

I agree on recommending Pärt, Reich, Glass and maybe Gorecki, but the other composers' work is a lot harder to digest. I wouldn't advice it to someone who just started listening classical music, though I like it now.

This reminds me, I should listen some Bartók again. Great composer indeed.
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Post by Gershwin » November 8th, 2013, 3:14 pm

Bumping this thread to promote the greatest Dutch composer of the twentieth century.



By the way, it's the ultimate hangover music.
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Post by Buksemannen » June 14th, 2014, 4:29 pm



One of my favorite classical works.

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Post by XxXApathy420XxX » June 18th, 2014, 2:12 pm

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Post by Gershwin » June 18th, 2014, 3:29 pm

Me like.
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Post by Gershwin » June 24th, 2014, 6:15 pm

Buksemannen on Jun 14 2014, 10:29:51 AM wrote:

One of my favorite classical works.
Never heard of this guy. It's interesting to hear Sibelius-like romanticism next to some slightly impressionist chords.
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Post by Gershwin » June 24th, 2014, 9:18 pm

Gershwin on Jun 24 2014, 12:15:04 PM wrote:
Buksemannen on Jun 14 2014, 10:29:51 AM wrote:

One of my favorite classical works.
Never heard of this guy. It's interesting to hear Sibelius-like romanticism next to some slightly impressionist chords.
And that was after listening only the first part. I now had time to play the entire concerto, and especially the third (last) part is very powerful. Thanks for sharing!
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Post by Buksemannen » August 3rd, 2014, 8:31 pm

Gershwin on Jun 24 2014, 03:18:11 PM wrote:And that was after listening only the first part. I now had time to play the entire concerto, and especially the third (last) part is very powerful. Thanks for sharing!
No problem. He is not a very famous composer, and only composed a small handful of works. He also wrote a second piano concerto which i also recommend. I discovered him through an british independent record label called Hyperion. They have a series called "The Roamntic Piano Concerto" where they focus on recording and releasing less known piano concertos. The series started back in 1990 and have 64 volumes to date. I believe more gold can be found in the series, heard about 5 volumes so far, and i will eventually listen to them all. If you are a member of what cd, all volumes can be found there. Link to the Hyperion page

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Post by Rich » March 17th, 2015, 11:56 pm

Can I do a history type thing in this thread with bios and such? I do love classical music.

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