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    Art / Classical Music

    Lacks a thread for classical music. I am not much of a classical freak, but every now and then it is nice, especially while working- For tonights writing session I went with some really basic stuff, Tchaikovsky's Overture 1812 and Maurice Ravel's Bolero.
    Obviously the Tellarc recordings, you need to watch the vids in HD for the best sound quality apparently.



    As a link, recording of the Overture 1812 by the Japanese Army sporting a battery of 105s.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0F5k70xwGSk
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    Glad to see that someone else enjoys this music. I grew up with it; my father plays in a professional orchestra. I was very close to going down the same road, but I decided that I didn't want to spend 12-16 hours a day in a practice room just for the chance to get a job. Speaking of Bolero though, I did get to play part of Bolero on stage with Evelyn Glennie once too, which was pretty damn cool. Anyway!

    Beethoven is a constant favorite, and believe it or not he wrote a lot more than the 5th and 9th symphonies, Fur Elise, and Moonlight Sonata.
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    Egmont Overture:

    Piano Concerto #5, 1st Mvt:

    6th Symphony, Mvt. I and II:

    As cool as he is, I tend to have a soft spot for Russian and Hungarian composers for whatever reason as well.

    Mussorgski wrote Pictures at an Exhibition, but most people don't know that it was originally written for solo piano. It was later orchestrated by Maurice Ravel. It's been through a lot of forms since then, including an interpretation by the progressive rock band Emerson, Lake, and Palmer. I love it when various people/groups do interpretations of the same piece.
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    Piano:

    Orchestrated:

    ELP:

    (Tried to find the album version, but couldn't - this version is okay-ish, gives you an idea)


    Rimsky-Korsakov, Russian Easter Festival Overture. One of the things I really like about this piece is the inclusion of liturgy from the Russian Orthodox Church. Also wrote Sheherazade (which I misspell all the time).
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    Scheherazade:


    Currently, most orchestras only do recordings and live performances. In the US particularly, this is because of the unions forcing the cost of the production etc. so high that they're simply not viable (even if the musicians themselves would be happy to do it for less). This is changing though. The Berlin Philharmonic has a very nice online service now, with live streams of concerts and access to a back catalog. Some of the US orchestras are starting to fight back against their unions - they WANT to have their performances streamed online - so the next few years may be very interesting for online orchestral performances.

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    *huge* youtube channel of contemporary and modern classical music - approx. 3k videos O_O

    http://www.youtube.com/user/TheWelleszCompany

    haven't had much time yet to browse this channel tho'

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    Bach's cello suites are my favorite. The first one:

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    I don't know much about Classical but I love a lot of them, I love Russian pianists.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Spaztick View Post
    Bach's cello suites are my favorite. The first one:

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    That's baroque, not classical.
    Quote Originally Posted by wikipedia
    Periods of Western art music:
    Early
    Medieval (500–1400)
    Renaissance (1400–1600)
    Baroque (1600–1760)

    Common practice
    Baroque (1600–1760)
    Classical (1750–1830)
    Romantic (1815–1910)

    Modern and contemporary
    20th century (1900–2000)
    Contemporary (1975–present)
    21st century (2000–present)
    I'm not a big fan of classical, but I love baroque. Renaissance & Medieval music is good too.

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    Well the German colloquial term for art music is Klassische Musik or Classical Music. Hardly anyone uses Kunstmusik (art music) or E(rnste)-Musik (serious music) as terms. And I didn't bother to look the term up.
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    Let's pretend that when we say classical, we mean old and good. Symphonies, orchestras, all that.

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    Can I bonerize over Steve Reich's music in this thread or should someone start a contemporary classical thread.



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    steve reich music is so bonerizable

    consider me to be putting on my robe and wizard hat if he is mentioned
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    Quote Originally Posted by Amantus View Post
    Can I bonerize over Steve Reich's music in this thread or should someone start a contemporary classical thread.



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    Go ahead, I did not intent to keep contemporary music out, its just something I am not too versed in.
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    If we're going to let in more modern music, then I'm definitely going to have to drop this in here. The Chairman Dances by John Adams. In a way it is minimalist, with a lot of ostinatos layered on top of each other, but because of the layering you end up with some cool stuff. I played this piece when I was with the COYO. Mr. Adams even came out to conduct it for us, which was pretty damn cool.
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    John Adams has also written some stuff I'm not too fond of, for example the Dr. Atomic Symphony which is about the Manhattan Project. But I'll leave it here anyway since it was on my mind:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Amantus View Post
    Can I bonerize over Steve Reich's music in this thread or should someone start a contemporary classical thread.
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    steve reich music is so bonerizable

    consider me to be putting on my robe and wizard hat if he is mentioned
    and that's why i love FHC =D

    now the tricky question: if we allow reich in this thread, will there be too a place for e.g. la monte young? :P
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    Barber's Adagio for Strings: too soon?
    Contract stuff to Seraphina Amaranth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sponk View Post
    Barber's Adagio for Strings: too soon?
    Soooo fired. (Though yeah, it's awesome. Choral version better in my book).


    I was lucky enough to get to see the premier of Dr. Atomic (in its original opera form) and very much enjoyed it, though the music was a bit far-out compared to some of his earlier stuff. If you like minimalist music and you ever get the chance to see a Philip Glass opera you should go immediately; I've seen Akhnaten and La Belle et la Bete (or however you spell it; Beauty and the Beast), and they were both amazing.

    ...speaking of Philip Glass, I was just thinking how much I'd like to see Einstein on the Beach (a minimalist classic), and what do you know, they've just revived it and it's touring!


    On the more traditional end, Brucker is great; Mahler was a copyist for him as a young guy and was influenced a lot by his work.

    Nielsen is another goodie, from Denmark. His fifth symphony is supposed to be representative of World War I.
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    Since Rimsky-Korsakov and Mussorgsky are already in, I'll post some Grieg, and all my favs are covered.

    Ah fuck it, I don't know what to choose. Listen to whole Peer Gynt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rufuske View Post
    Since Rimsky-Korsakov and Mussorgsky are already in, I'll post some Grieg, and all my favs are covered.

    Ah fuck it, I don't know what to choose. Listen to whole Peer Gynt.

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    Seen Carmina Burana live, was well worth it (seen a few contemporary works as well, but nothing that really stood out).
    Coming soon(tm).


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    i saw john adams conducting the lso at the barbican a while ago, it was very good.
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    Performing Carmina Burana was totally win! See I have a lot to peruse in this thread, big ups.

    This is what we would call "neo-classical music" in Dutch, but I suppose it is contemporary music itt. The album (this particular execution of the piece, if you will) actually went gold, almost unheard of for this type of music. Went to live performance, was not disappointed. Sadly, the entire piece could not be found on Youtube - so you'll have to make do with a section (the culmination of the piece, it's almost truly a spoiler).

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