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Old 05-25-2006, 02:34 PM   #1
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Let's chat about classical music.

I think I've seen a few people around here mentioning that they enjoy classical music, so I reckoned we might as well talk about it. I did a search to see if it had been discussed before, but nothing, so here we go.

Favourite composers? Recordings? Epochs? Most-despised styles? It's up to you. I don't pretend to be an expert, but I will try to engage in some discussion. As for me, I'm fond of many epochs, namely classical and modern. I'm finding myself more attached to modern Russian composers these days. There is something about Dmitri Shostakovich's music, for instance, that grips me unlike no other composer's can. I've been giving Mravinsky's take on Shostakovich's fifth symphony a few spins lately, and I can't get enough of it. I usually prefer recordings that feature slower tempos in the fourth movement, but Evgeny Mravinsky's frantic interpretation of it is fantastic.


But moving away from the discussion side, I was wondering if anyone might be able to recommend some lesser-known composers to me? As I said, I'm no expert - I only know the big names. I'm not very fond of the flowery types like Mozart and Bach, can't STAND waltz, and generally am not fond of severe atonality. I'm more preferential to the darker, moodier music of Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Chopin and Beethoven, to name a few. So anything along those lines would be brilliant.
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Chopin?

Isn't that some modern progressive rock group?

I wouldn't know, I'm not into modern bands.
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I'm a fan of early 20th century american composers. Aaron Copland specifically and George Gershwin specifically.

Anyhow, that and the usual Beethoven and have recently gotten into badass Gustav Mahler.
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My favorite classical era is the 19th century. Most of my favorite composers, such as Beethoven and Dvorak, are from that era.
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I'm wetting meself because we're going to see the Ring Cycle over four nights in October.
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I think Mozart will always be my favorite composer, but Moonlight Sonata is one of my all time favorite classical pieces.
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I'm wetting meself because we're going to see the Ring Cycle over four nights in October.

I am completely jealous of that!!


I'm pretty much a classical music fan of all forms... definitely a huge fan of the "moodier" composers that you mentioned, GibsonGirl... unfortunately, I don't know many other composers along those lines... I just listen to what NPR plays for me


I'm also a big fan of both Henry Mancini and Leonard Bernstein from the more "modern" period
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I've heard Mancini, but not much from Bernstein, hippy. Is there any piece that you would particularly recommend?
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I've heard Mancini, but not much from Bernstein, hippy. Is there any piece that you would particularly recommend?

I'm a HUGE fan of Bernstein's "Mass" and he also did the music for "West Side Story"
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I listen to Chopin, Chaijkowski, Verdi, Beethoven
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I'm a big fan of more contemporary American composers like Barber and Copeland.

And I like Italian opera, like Verdi and Puccini

Oh yeah, and I'm going to see Pavarotti on June 21
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Guess which fingers I'm holding up, gottage!
LOWELL!


Two fingers, I bet. Just like Bono!
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Oh yeah, and I'm going to see Pavarotti on June 21


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