Looking for classical composers/pieces

Discussion in 'Jazz, Acoustic, Classical & Fingerstyle' started by Carcinoid, Jan 28, 2010.

  1. Explorer

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    Going to the symphonic poem theme asked about in the first post, here's some suggestions:

    The Pines of Rome (Pini di Roma) - Ottorino Respighi (Nothing is as epic as the Roman Legion returning triumphant, right?)
    The Peer Gynt Suite - Edvard Grieg
    Spanish Dance from La Vida Breve (The Brief Life) - Manuel de Falla

    If I'm in the mood for some really amazing non-symphonic classical music, I reach for JS Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, and for his complete Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin (especially either of the excellent recordings by Gidon Kremer).
     
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    Anything by Bartok would be good, especially if your one of the many people on this site into polyrhythms and the like.

     
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    It's allready been said... but:

    Stravinsky - Rights of Spring

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    Fixed :lol:

    plus, what's up with saying Berlioz wasn't a musician? as far as I know, he was a guitarist~ or you mean he wasn't musically educated?

    EDIT: oh, and if we're mentioning Stravinsky, then check out Symphony of Psalms
    and also Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta by Bartok.
    oh, and some Debussy stuff (I prefer his more orchestral stuff than the piano solo pieces)
     
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    Chopin, Stravinsky, Zappa!
     
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    A local classical and jazz radio station was playing "Violin Concerto" by this guy Christopher Rouse. I hadn't heard of him before. I was in my car and had to pull over and listen to the whole thing or else I would've crashed from freaking out so much at how good it was. By far one of the best pieces of music I've ever heard, regardless of genre.
     
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    Hans Erich Apostel, Frangis Ali-Sade, Milton Babbitt, Alban Berg, Elliott Carter, Friedrich Cerha, Unsuk Chin, Gloria Coates, Ruth Crawford-Seeger, Michael Denhoff, Edison Denisov, James Dillon, Julio Estrada, Morton Feldman, Brian Ferneyhough, Gerard Grisey, Cristobal Halffter, Jonathan Harvey, Hans-Werner Henze, Wieland Hoban, Heinz Holliger, György Kurtag, Bernhard Lang, György Ligeti, Liza Lim, Alberto Posadas, Rebecca Saunders, Giacinto Scelsi, Arnold Schönberg, Wolfgang von Schweinitz, Ralph Shapey, Reginald Smith-Brindle [lots of guitar music], Toru Takemitsu, Augusta Read Thomas, Frances-Marie Uitti, Fartein Valen, Anton Webern, Iannis Xenakis ...















    Enjoy!
     
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    This is a great thread. I've started revisiting my classical collection.

    I'm shocked that, this being a guitar forum, no-one has mentioned Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez.

    But, I'm rather partial to-

    Beethoven- Symphony No.3
    Holst- The Planets Suite (Jupiter can bring tears to my eyes- sadly it was raped for a bloody Rugby anthem!!)
    Elgar- The Enigma Variations

    I occasionally go more modern with Stravinsky- The Rite of Spring, Grieg- Peer Gynt, Gorecki- Symphony No.3.

    I had a listen to Mozart's 40th and 41st the other day. I always felt that the 40th started amazingly but descended into formulaic, bland Viennese twee-ness, but my opinion of this work is definitely on the up.

    Also- Zbigniew Preisner- Requiem for a Friend. It's beautiful.
     
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    I've copied this post I made on a different thread but it still applies:

    Personally I prefer modern classical. You have to check out Howard Shore's work. He did all the Lord of the Rings music and it is amazing. There are over 90 songs available.

    Also, as odd as it sounds. World of Warcraft. It's soundtrack, which is available on iTunes, is composed by their in-house composers but, I have to say, the music is amazing. Especially for dgent lovers as this music is heavily ambient.

    If anyone else has heard/bought this stuff, let me know what you think.
     
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    Renaissance

    Sacred Choral

    John Sheppard
    Thomas Talls*
    William Byrd

    Secular, Dance and Theatrical

    Robert Johnson
    Thomas Morley
    John Dowland*

    Baroque

    Sacred and secular, choral, instrumental and theatrical

    Henry Purcell*
    Jeremiah clarke

    Lutenists

    Paul O'dette
    Shirley Rumsey
    Julian Bream
    Valery Saurage
    Alphonse Marin (with Veleria Mignaco)

    Early Consorts

    Baltimore Consort
    Taronto consort
    Sirium
    Capella de Ministres
    Tordi Savall ensemble

    There's a list a friend gave me to listen to. :D
     
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    These are just two pieces that come to mind that you might be interested in. Sorry that they are both cello; I've been spending much more time playing cello and am not as familiar with symphonies.



     
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    Deep and creepy -> Prokofiev's violin concertos
     
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    Somebody sticky this please. It deserves it,
     
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    Fucking Mahler. Gets my vote as the best Bohemian composer ever.




    Some Symphony #5, for good measure.



    There's a really kickass recording conducted by George Solti, but I can't find it on Youtube and every other one seems to have a really flubbed trumpet solo at the beginning. I have mixed feelings with Barenboim, but he tends to work his orchestra pretty well, so this will do. I saw Dudamel conduct Mahler 1, and that was incredible. Wish I could afford the time for that more often.

    I'm not a big fan of Dvorak, but he does some crazy shit with the horns in this movement:




    Also, one of the most beautiful Brahms movements ever.

     
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    I wouldn't be encouraging speed on the No 7, as accurate as this player is with the notation (despite some rhythmical errors) there's little to no dynamic control and he doesn't take the time to slow down at the end of phrases. It's a much better piece if you play it slightly Rubato, paying more attention to the dynamics and taking your time over the tremolo semi-quavers a little bit more, rather than glancing over them with a fast tremolo technique. It's very easy to let your right hand control the piece rather than consciously thinking about your playing.

    Also, in an answer to the main question, try some of Mertz's work (Johann Kaspar Mertz) particularly his 'Elegie' might be of interest to you.
     
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    this music... oh man, this music!
     

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