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 Post subject: Re: classical music help
PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:58 pm 
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If you like exciting, dramatic, bombastic, you can start with these... bur there's more, much more...

La Valkiria (The Ride of the Valkyries) - Wagner

Leonard Bernstein “Siegfried`s Death & Funeral Music” Götterdämmerung

Richard Wagner: El Ocaso de los Dioses, Marcha fúnebre de Sigfrido

Tchaikovsky : Overture 1812

J.S Bach - Toccata And Fugue in D minor

Metallica S&M 1999 Full Concert

Lots to explore when you enter the classical music genre.
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Carmina Burana by Orff. You know the song - you just never knew what it was called.


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Enjoying classical music is a lifetime journey.
While you a looking for vinyl now, I would suggest that you also expand your classical mental repertoire.

In iTunes, there is now a collection from Naxos, called 24hrs of Classical Music. It contains an excellent cross section of Classical Music for $9.99. Music include works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, Dvorak, Grieg, Handel, Haydn, Liszt, Mozart, Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky and Vivaldi. There are many excellent performances in this set. I suggest that if you do get it, break the 316 tracks into it's component albums for a more meaningful access.

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/24-ho ... d342326677

Several sets of Beethoven 9 symphonies are available for less then $20.

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Shostakovich, Wagner,Bruckner,Rimsky Korsakov.......


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scarbpaul12 wrote:
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
Paul


A performers interpretation of a piece can be just as important as the music itself.
In other words, a certain performance can give a totally different meaning to the same piece of music.

Suggest you avoid "bombastic"

See if you can find,
Beethoven piano concertos 2 & 4 by kovacevich / Davis
The 1974 performance is amazing
in terms of recording quality, not sure what the vinyl is like
SACD transfer is OK
https://www.sa-cd.net/showtitle/151


Vivaldi - Le Quattro Stagioni
Monica Hugget, Raglan Baroque Players, Nicholas Kraemer
Virgin 7243 5 61172 1 8

Vivaldi’s Op.8 has 12 Concerti and No.1 to 4 of these concerti are the Four Seasons.
However, there are also No. 5 to 12 which are not really that well known.
Of over 500 recordings of the Four Seasons, I prefer Hugget's performance even over Tafelmusic’s.
Plus it also has Op.8 No. 5, 6, 10 & 11
There is a CD duo pack of this, which for some reason, sounds harsher.

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Such a huge topic with a million different answers.
Some of my favourite albums (bombastic - some, but also excellent recording and performances)
Beethoven: The nine symphonies (Paavo Järvi's cycle is among the best out there, IMO - his rendition of the 5th and 9th are my all-time favourite versions. Unfortunately the price of entry has gotten quite steep...)
Beethoven:Incidental music to Goethe's Egmont
Tacet : Die Röhre - This has a beautifully recorded selection of music that I've listened to many times...
Prokofiev: Lieutenant Kije/Song of the Nightingale
There are many many more to look at, the list being endless..but to me, these are some real standouts.
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I also am a classical newbie, that said, I think you would thoroughly enjoy a copy of Scheherazade.


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moinau wrote:
J.S Bach - Toccata And Fugue in D minor

Definitely this version, also widely available locally. Make sure your system is up to it. :mrgreen:

https://www.discogs.com/Virgil-Fox-The- ... se/2356270

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William Tell Overture The Lone Ranger theme at the end.
For sheer excitement Shostakovich symphony # 7 Leningrad.


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Paul, I think you must have been the person I was thinking of when I posted on page 1.

Uunderhill wrote:
See if you can find,
Beethoven piano concertos 2 & 4 by kovacevich / Davis
The 1974 performance is amazing


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For every starter imho Beethoven's nine symphonies are a must. Not the small ensemble orchestras but the full blown monsters like the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, just an example.


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try these


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b1zxuv98 wrote:
William Tell Overture The Lone Ranger theme at the end.
For sheer excitement Shostakovich symphony # 7 Leningrad.

....lots to choose from on the William Tell,including the Telarc/Kunzel/Cincinnati Pops......the fluid precision of the Milwaukee Symphony's WT finale, rocks :)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIbYCOiETx0


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Holy smokes, that is a ton of feedback!
Thank you for the links, the references, the library idea and general impressions.
It looks like I better get busy!
I do have a CD player (I just keep it a secret :D)and I will look for some of the recommend preformances at the library and go from there.
Thanks again to everyone that chimed in, excellent and positive comments.
Paul


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Toby wrote:
Paul, I think you must have been the person I was thinking of when I posted on page 1.

Uunderhill wrote:
See if you can find,
Beethoven piano concertos 2 & 4 by kovacevich / Davis
The 1974 performance is amazing


Toby,

Thanks for the confirmation
Yes - Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 - almost provides the meaning of life
I don't know how many CD's are in my collection ( I have about 8 versions of the Mozart Clarinet Concerto)
the Kovacevich performance of No. 4 is one of the very rare times I think
this is the only interpretation I need to hear.
I'm sorry to say there is no other Piano Concerto disk that I know that measures up to this.

However, other considerations are by Lief Oves Andsnes

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1 & 3

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 & Coral Fantasy

These can also be bought individually or in a box set
https://www.amazon.ca/Beethoven-Journey-Piano-Concertos-Nos-1-5/dp/B00LF0GSPA?tag=canuckca-20" target="_blank">https://www.amazon.ca/Beethoven-Journey ... B00LF0GSPA

Mozart Piano Concerto No. 20 - Without being told who wrote No. 20,
its tricky to tell if Mozart or Beethoven wrote it.
http://www.arkivmusic.com/classical/alb ... _id=186417
Mozart No. 17 - is not really to my taste - although its a favourite amongst many concert pianists.

Beethoven Piano Trios - Florestans Trios - Susan Tomes
http://www.prestoclassical.co.uk/r/Hype ... 4471%252F4

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