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swollen
Posted: Saturday, October 06, 2012 10:04:01 AM

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I'm not ashamed to admit it, but I know so very little about classical music, other than the fact that as I've matured, I've started to enjoy it more and more.

An even bigger admission, is that today I became every Marketing Man's dream, and downloaded '50 Shades the Classics,' great album, so money well spent IMO.

So, please help. I need advice from all you Lushie 'Classical Music buffs' out there.

Please tell me what you know, and feed my new-found hunger!!

Thank you.

X
Kiki
Posted: Saturday, October 06, 2012 10:24:13 AM

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It depends on what you like, piano, violin. Above all it is a matter of personal taste.

I don't know much either, my dad was a huge fan though. Lately I have been going through his collection, too bad I can't ask him anymore.

I recently discovered Scarlatti Sonatas played by Christian Zacharias (piano). I liked it very much.
If you like piano then Horowitz recordings of Schuman are also recommendable.

Then there is Mendelssohn Violin Concerto In E Minor

Like I said I am new in the field as well. Great thread though curious what others have to say.




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Posted: Saturday, October 06, 2012 11:06:07 AM

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swollen wrote:
I'm not ashamed to admit it, but I know so very little about classical music, other than the fact that as I've matured, I've started to enjoy it more and more.

An even bigger admission, is that today I became every Marketing Man's dream, and downloaded '50 Shades the Classics,' great album, so money well spent IMO.

So, please help. I need advice from all you Lushie 'Classical Music buffs' out there.

Please tell me what you know, and feed my new-found hunger!!

Thank you.

X


Start with the classics. Bach, Beethoven, Mozart. Throw in some Shostakovich, Tchkovsky, Handel, Holst

Beethoven's 9th Symphony
Handel's Water Music
Shostakovich Festive Overture
Holst The Planets (Jupiter and Mars are my faves)
Orff's Carmina Burana
Mozart's Lacrimosa (part of Requiem)

Some of those you'll recognize from movies. Let me know how it goes. Yea, I was a band jock in high school and college





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keoloke
Posted: Saturday, October 06, 2012 11:23:59 AM

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You should be able to tune to a classical music radio.. or online.

They don't just play the music, they also mention the title, the artist and at times a bit of the story of it. It will get you familiar with some works and their artist. Than you'll go from there!


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ElChupacabras
Posted: Saturday, October 06, 2012 11:52:43 AM

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Tchaikowsky. Most of his work is fantastic.
Beethoven's Piano concerto No 1 in C major.
Motzart. Sonata No 11 in A major k 331 -andante grazioso.

Those three are pretty neat.
TheGulfCoaster
Posted: Saturday, October 06, 2012 1:23:19 PM

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I like modern treatment of and the works inspired by Paganini and fond of 'the Planets' by Holst (early 20th century classical music) - especially 'Jupiter'.
elitfromnorth
Posted: Saturday, October 06, 2012 1:26:57 PM

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How can I be a true Norwegian and not front Edvard Grieg in all this? Hall of the Mountain King is his most famous one.

But don't limit your search to the old masters like Wagner and Mozart. If you see a movie and the music gives you the chills, try looking up the name of the composer of the music. Hans Zimmer is the man behind the music from The Gladiator. It does wonders for setting the mood. Also Ennio Morricone does brilliant at that.

And I will finish this off by adding one of my newfound favourites when it comes to mood music



Yes, this music is from a video game.


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Nikki703
Posted: Saturday, October 06, 2012 1:37:25 PM

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I like classical music too although I dont know very much about it either. Something very relaxing about listening to classical while sitting by the fire. There are many slections that I like but dont even know the names but listen to them on some of the XM Satellite radio channels.

Maybe this is why I was always drawn to classically influenced rock bands such as Yes, ELP, etc!
She
Posted: Saturday, October 06, 2012 3:15:43 PM

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lafayettemister wrote:


Start with the classics. Bach, Beethoven, Mozart. Throw in some Shostakovich, Tchkovsky, Handel, Holst

Beethoven's 9th Symphony
Handel's Water Music
Shostakovich Festive Overture
Holst The Planets (Jupiter and Mars are my faves)
Orff's Carmina Burana
Mozart's Lacrimosa (part of Requiem)

Some of those you'll recognize from movies. Let me know how it goes. Yea, I was a band jock in high school and college


Yup, great advice to start with masters. You can learn how to listen classical music and then you can take it further by yourself when learn how to recognize sounds that you like.

Bach is quite heavy, however I enjoy it specially while cleaning the house.

LM you forgot Rahmaninov (Rachmaninoff)! He is my favorite, extremely passionate and sensual, made me cry numerous times, amazing music really, specially his Piano Concerto no.2!!

Swollen, whatever you do, listen it LOUD!!!! icon_biggrin You need to feel every note of it and than you will tell if you like it or not :)

Lovely thread!
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Posted: Saturday, October 06, 2012 9:35:54 PM

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I would recommend all of Beethoven's nine symphonies.

They are an entire world of music on their own. If you want to experience the entire compass of human emotions these towering masterpieces are a must.

The 9th symphony alone is a work without equal. For me, listening to it is tantamount to a religious experience. After having heard it I just want to go out and fight evil and injustice wherever they may be found.



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Buz
Posted: Saturday, October 06, 2012 10:11:12 PM

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To relax I enjoy Chopin's piano concertos.

Frank
Posted: Sunday, October 07, 2012 9:16:50 AM

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She wrote:
LM you forgot Rahmaninov (Rachmaninoff)! He is my favorite, extremely passionate and sensual, made me cry numerous times, amazing music really, specially his Piano Concerto no.2!!
Swollen, whatever you do, listen it LOUD!!!! icon_biggrin



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Frank
Posted: Sunday, October 07, 2012 9:31:27 AM

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Films to certainly consider!






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swollen
Posted: Sunday, October 07, 2012 11:01:39 AM

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Gosh! So many recommendations to check out!

I'll let you know how I get on.

Thank you so much guys. xx
MyHorseIsAmazing
Posted: Sunday, October 07, 2012 12:48:03 PM

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try to watch The Piano Guys. They are just great.
overmykneenow
Posted: Monday, October 08, 2012 1:37:39 AM

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Classic FM in the UK is perfect for entry-level enjoyment of classical music without any snobbery attached.

A lot of the stuff played there is very familiar such as Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto no 2 (the music from Brief Encounter, later adapted to "All By Myself" in the 1970s) and Debussy's Clair De Lune (the music from the remake of Ocean's 11) - other stuff may have a very familiar feel: Dvorak sounds very familiar because he's been ripped off mercilessly over the years for every film score John Williams has done.

A site you might find useful for finding bits of classical music you like: Song of the Salesman - it tells you what music they're playing on UK adverts ;)

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Posted: Monday, October 08, 2012 1:44:08 AM

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elitfromnorth wrote:
Hans Zimmer is the man behind the music from The Gladiator. It does wonders for setting the mood.


Zimmer also wrote the theme tune for the early 1990s pan-european daytime quiz show Going for Gold hosted by Henry Kelly ;)



Well I guess you have to start somewhere xx

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