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Old 05-25-2004, 04:13 AM   #1
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Please reomend some CLASSICAL music for me.

I really do like classical music, but basically it is a genre that I am not that familiar with. I have to say that the only piece that I am familiar with is Beethoven's #5 symphony. I would like to get some more, so can anyone list some of the essential classical works that an amateur fan should have
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Classical music is just as varied as popular music. Theres operas, ballets, orchestral, etc. There will be some you like, some you hate and some in between.

I studied ballet for 16 years so tchaikovsky "The Nutcracker", and "Swan Lake" are up there as favourites of mine.

Rimsky-Korsakov "Flight of the Bumble Bee" - again another Russian

Brahms "Hungarian Dances" - German

Prokofiev "Peter and the Wolf" - although written for children is still a good intro. Again Russian.

Rachmaninovís "3rd Concerto". This was the piece of music that Ben Mendelsson ? or that other actor who always reminds me of Ben, tackled in the movie Shine. - umm, another Russian.

Umm, Im a bit lopsided in that I prefer the more dramatic and some times military Russian/German music. Im not really into Beethoven or most of the operas. But Im sure someone else can help you there.

You have probably heard Ravels "Bolero" and not realised it. - French.

And that opera they always play in horror movies - the name escapes me at the moment.

As for modern orchestral music, Im a big fan of the soundtrack to Bram Strokers Dracula by Wojciech Kilar - Poland. Again losts of strings and drums and DRAMA, baby
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Hubby knew. The classical music in just about every horror and King Arthur/sword fighting movie ever made is "Carmina Burana" by Carl Orff - German. You can have a listen at amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...sical&n=507846
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Remember the days of Torville and Dean, Oz? They got their perfect 10 from Bolero.


Carmina Burana is the music playing in the slow motion scene in Jackass where they are riding the shopping cart down the road.

Try some Greig - In The Hall Of The Mountain King. Very well known piece of music.

Tchaikovsky is my favourite, along with more of Ravel.
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I agree about Ravel - give that a try.
Debussy's 'Clair de Lune' is also something you'll probably recognize - I quite like it.
Holst's 'the planets suite' is also good - sounds like it was done for a movie really...probably because John Williams based some of his 'star wars' compositions on this...
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give a listen to Elgar's Enigma Variations. "Nimrod" ( 9th variation) is stunning.
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Khachaturian's "Adiago of Spartacus and Phrygia" is probably my favorite classical piece. It's gorgeous.

This is a really good collection, as is their "Simply The Most Romantic" which includes Spartacus' Adiago.

Simply The Best Classical Anthems Ever

Most Romantic Adiagos
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thanks for all of the recommendations. Some of those pieces I do recognise, I will be making use of Kazaa soon
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Kewl. That link I made to Amazon wasnt a recommendation to purchase that exact cd. It was just the first one I found.
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These are all good recommendations.

I'd like to add Symphony No. 9 "From the New World" by Antonin Dvorak.
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Rockmaninoff & Holst.



Excuse my liberties with the former.
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Pachabel's Canon is nice.... Wagner's good for "drama"; particularly "Ride of the Valkryies" (spelling???).

My problem is I recognize LOTS of tunes....I just don't know many titles/composers....
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You'll recognize Rossini's(sp?)overtures...they are used in cartoons and many movies. Also Mendelssohn(sp?-I can't tell if I'm spelling correctly this morning)
Verdi's Requiem is amazing...there is a bit on the first CD that AvsGirl mentioned.
Bacchanale from Samson and Delilah by Saint-Saens is awesome, try to get your hands on that. It's only 6 minutes long.
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"The Rite Of Spring" & "Firebird Suite" by Igor Stravinsky as starters. "Petrouska" is also very good.
If you're feeling adventurous, try some Edgard Varese.
Not actually clasical music, but it is symphonic.
Be forewarned, his stuff can be downright scary at times.
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I love "Rhapsody in Blue" by George Gershwin. It's my favorite piece of music ever.
Aaron Copland's "Appalachian Spring" is also wonderful.
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