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Old 08-24-2006, 12:18 AM   #11
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Here is a clip from Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5
My favorite of his and all Symphonies



If you want more, let me know.
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Old 08-24-2006, 05:41 AM   #12
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I acquired my interests in classical music through years of being a huge figure skating fan. Among many pieces that have been used for different programs by various skaters, I discovered so many wonderful tunes.

Tchaikovsky's piano concerto #1 was one of the first melody that grabbed my attention, and remains as one of my all time favourites.
I am also deeply fond of his Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty suite.

Among other favourites are:

Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven
Bolero by Ravel
Don Quixote by Minkus
Piano concerto #2 by Rachmaninov
Spartacus (Adagio) by Katchaturian
Meditation di Thais by Massinet
Carmen suite by Bizet
Rigoletto and La Traviatta by Verdi
Swan by Saint Saens

Though these pieces by Bizet and Verdi (or any tunes from Opera) I prefer the instrumental versions... call me brutally uncultured, but I just never cared for those opera singing...
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Old 08-24-2006, 06:21 AM   #13
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I won a scholarship to Oxford as a Bass-baritone,but spent far more time having fun than actually studying! .


Hey CliveB, which college were you at?!

I love many types of music, I too trained as a classical musician, my husband is a jazz musician...we met recording a dance track!

How ever "over played" it is I think the summer suite from Vivaldi's four seasons ...where you can feel the summer storm...is about the most wonderful piece of music. The whole of the four seasons is the first piece of music I got....I could see myself punting in the summer, hunting in autumn....it made sence to a twelve year old stuck at musc school!

And yes, Monteverdi's Vespers.....superb.

Also,Pictures at an Exhibition , which always makes me think of my mother, who loves it.

Since I got ill a few years ago I have memory problems which effect me playing. The Well Tempered Clavier is about the only thing I can play now...so I better rank that in my favourites. To sing: Oh Mio Babino Caro.....which even after I had left "classical" singing I still sing in warm up as it clears my tubes perfectly! I also have a huge soft spot for Gilbert and Sullivan Operetta. It makes great car music as everyone can enjoy the fun of singing along. Carmen is iconic, Turandot who my horse is named after.

One of the things with opera is I think you can't think of it as something only to listen too. The performance and the production is important too, imho.

I simply can't choose a faourite. It depends entirely on my mood and my surroundings! But I tried.
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Old 08-24-2006, 06:21 AM   #14
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I listen to very little music apart from classical music and folk.

I go to a lot of performances, especially ballet and opera.
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Old 08-24-2006, 09:02 AM   #15
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love music, listen to it all the time, make it when I can. I have a degree in music B Mus., (as well as English and Culinary Arts). Big Opera fan so singing thrills me.

Favorite symphonic composers would be Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, Schumann. Concertos are great so the Tchaikovsky is a fave (as is his violin concerto).
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I acquired my interests in classical music through years of being a huge figure skating fan. Among many pieces that have been used for different programs by various skaters, I discovered so many wonderful tunes.

Tchaikovsky's piano concerto #1 was one of the first melody that grabbed my attention, and remains as one of my all time favourites.
I am also deeply fond of his Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty suite.

Among other favourites are:

Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven
Bolero by Ravel
Don Quixote by Minkus
Piano concerto #2 by Rachmaninov
Spartacus (Adagio) by Katchaturian
Meditation di Thais by Massinet
Carmen suite by Bizet
Rigoletto and La Traviatta by Verdi
Swan by Saint Saens

Though these pieces by Bizet and Verdi (or any tunes from Opera) I prefer the instrumental versions... call me brutally uncultured, but I just never cared for those opera singing...
My girlfriend used to figure skate so she can recognize some of my music.
Every time I play Jupiter Bringer of Jollity by Gustav Holst she always points out that she knows it.

But she still bugs me when I play my classical music.

She's a speed skater now, she's place 6th place in Canada when she went to the Nationals or something in Yukon
Did you see the link to the youtube of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 played by Evgeny Kissin at the top of this page?

Nice list.
You should check out Bizet's L'arlesienne Suites.
There is alot of famous stuff in there. You should look more into other stuff.
Mahler, Shostakovich, Xenakis, Reed and others.
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Old 08-24-2006, 10:20 AM   #17
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I love classical music. I used to listen to the operas on the radio when I was a teenager. My favorite song is by Jussi Bjoerling and Robert Merrill ( Au fond du temple saint ). I also love Rachmaninoff, especially ( Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini ), I want that played at my funeral. Hopefully that won't be for a long time yet.
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Old 08-24-2006, 10:26 AM   #18
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Check out Rachmaninov's Prelude in C sharp minor

this is a great link
tons of actual recordings of classical music
this Prelude is just over half way down, on the left side of the links.

http://classical.doctorjoe.net/

there is a ton of other great stuff to listen to

Enjoy
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Old 08-24-2006, 10:31 AM   #19
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Thanks , I have added this to my favorites.
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Old 08-24-2006, 10:45 AM   #20
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No problem. Thats why I'm here.
Well actually I'm here to talk about cooking.
But helping with music is good too!
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