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 Post subject: classical music help
PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 1:18 pm 
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I enjoy classical music but I am far from an expert.
I want to get some vinyl. Subjective as it is, is there a go to album?
I think I would like something that is exciting, bombastic, dramatic.
Any suggestions from those that know would be appreciated. Thanks
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 1:39 pm 
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I believe this is more CD, SACD, etc., but worth a look...

http://www.classical.net/

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There are so many that I didn't know where to start.
So I went to Google and typed-in "most Dramatic classical records" and there are lots of good ideas there, including lists of top 50 Classical titles, etc.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 1:47 pm 
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You can not go wrong with these 2 Excellent Vinyl recordings

ALBENIZ-IBERIA/TURINA-DANZAS FANTASTICAS-DECCA SXL 2243 (SPEAKERS CORNER)

ESPANA-ARGENTA-DECCA SXL 2020 (SPEAKERS CORNER)


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Try this for some samples: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ci3uZ3zvNRM


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From the inventor of bombastic music, none other than the one and only 5th symphony of Beethoven. This is my favourite version, widely available on vinyl.

https://youtu.be/pMHVVeZmm4I

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You could try some Mahler.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 5:10 pm 
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Most people are not interested in classical vinyl, so you might have a chance to pick up some bargains.
There are many suggestions, but my faves are:
Holst: The Planets
Rossini: William Tell Overture


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 5:14 pm 
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If you have a CD player you could always go to the local library and sign out a variety of discs. It's what I did when I was trying to find my way with classical.

Another option, if you subscribe to a service like Spotify just type in a composer's name like Beethoven and the first choice you get will be Beethoven Radio. Pick that and you'll get a wide variety of music to sample.

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If you are just getting into classical music, I envy you. You have so much to discover, and it will be so rewarding.

There is at least one other topic thread on this subject in the CAM archives, so do have a look if you get the chance. In it, I was one of many who, more or less humbly, recommended something on the subject. It was probably J. S. Bach, and probably piano. Maybe it was the Glenn Gould Goldberg Variations, the 1980s recording. I'm not sure.

But another member chimed in with what, on reflection, was a far better suggestion. He said, go for a piano concerto. He said start with Beethoven's 4th. Not the 4th Symphony, mind you -- the 4th Piano Concerto. IMHO he was dead right. There is no better piece to get in with.

After that you can go to the 3rd, and the 5th, then other Beethoven ( the Piano Sonatas, say ) and other piano concertos. Brahms. Although I'm not crazy about Brahms, you might be. And Mozart. Ah.

There. I've mentioned the Big Three, but there are so many others, from the 14th century to the 20th. Anyone care to raise to the 21st ?

And à propos those Big Three, Douglas Adams said of them,

Beethoven shows you what it's like to be Beethoven.
Mozart shows you what it's like to be human.
Bach shows you what it's like to be the Universe.

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 Post subject: Re: classical music help
PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:12 pm 
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scarbpaul12 wrote:
I think I would like something that is exciting, bombastic, dramatic.


Strings and Brass come out of the gate swinging on Mussorgsky's relentless 'Night on Bald Mountain'.....

..... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9R7k3M-wM4


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:25 pm 
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No one admits it is a fun piece so here I go: Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture. I listen to it once in a blue moon just to enjoy the ride. Get the vinyl either from Mercury or the first Telarc (I know it is from a digitally recorded master).

How about Shostakovich 5th Symphony? Get the one conducted by Leonard Bernstein on Columbia for instance.

To be honest there are too many to list. I am at a lost on what to recommend. You can subscribed to Spotify or Tidal and sample various classical repertoires to your heart desire. Or, like someone has mentioned, check out some classical CDs/SACDs from your local library to explore. If you insist on vinyls only you can just pick up some old ones from yard sales and places like Value Village. Clean them and enjoy.

Don't assumed that only some orchestral musics are "exciting, bombastic, dramatic". Some chamber works can also be.

BTW get/borrow this book, too: https://www.amazon.ca/Essential-Classical-Recordings-Radios-Advice/dp/0771070012 I know the author recommended CDs but there are vinyls available for some of the older recordings that he mentioned.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:33 pm 
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KJT1 wrote:
If you have a CD player you could always go to the local library and sign out a variety of discs.


+1 That's what I do. The Toronto Library has reasonable selection of music CD's. Every now and again, I get into a mood for a certain style of music, and select a batch from the library to be delivered to my local branch, which I then pick up. If there is something I really enjoy as a result from this discovery process, I go and buy from an online source.


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 Post subject: Re: classical music help
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Anything by Franz von Suppe will give you great bombastic. The original Mercury Golden Imports album is very special. This re-release should be good. Otherwise there are lots of other recordings out there.


https://www.discogs.com/Supp%C3%A9-Paul-Paray-Detroit-Symphony-Orchestra-Overtures/release/7133580


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Yeah, you're totally needing to hear the Rossini Overtures. I think I have 3 or 4 different productions, I have a favorite, but I'm not home to check, it's either London or Academy of St. Marten. Totally exhilarating.

Symphonies are hard to reproduce on an audio system. I prefer chamber music. If you like classical guitar, see if you can get a copy of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition performed by Kazuhito Yamashita.

And +1 on the library, but no vinyl there...

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