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Re: Top10 compositions that you don't like but everyone else does
« Reply #360 on: March 16, 2019, 04:56:54 PM »
Let's see...

Bartok - Concerto for Orchestra
Beethoven - Symphony no. 9
Brahms - Symphony no. 1
Bruch - Violin Concerto no. 1
Dvorak - "New World" Symphony and "American" Quartet
Elgar - Cello Concerto
Mahler - Symphony no. 5
Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto, Rococo Variations, and ballets


Most of these works have simply lost their luster to me due to overexposure.

That's true for a lot of things with me, The famous the work, the more likely it bores me, because I have listened to it so many times over the years.  Beethoven and Mahler are about the only composers who  have escaped this syndrome.

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Re: Top10 compositions that you don't like but everyone else does
« Reply #361 on: March 16, 2019, 04:59:19 PM »
I’m still not going to commit myself to a ‘Top 10’ list, but I just never really understood why Ravel’s Boléro is considered one of his best works. .... Boléro just kind always felt ho-hum to me and rather unremarkable.

I tend to agree. But La Valse is just as boring as Bolero.

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Re: Top10 compositions that you don't like but everyone else does
« Reply #362 on: March 16, 2019, 08:07:38 PM »
I tend to agree. But La Valse is just as boring as Bolero.

La Valse is another work that I’ve never warmed to either. I will say I feel it’s a rather inventive work. Man, I really dislike putting down Ravel as I mentioned before he’s one of my absolute favorites, but every great composer has made missteps or has works that people just aren’t going to like. That’s just the way it is.
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Re: Top10 compositions that you don't like but everyone else does
« Reply #363 on: March 17, 2019, 12:37:41 AM »
I like Bolero but not La Valse.
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Re: Top10 compositions that you don't like but everyone else does
« Reply #364 on: March 17, 2019, 01:17:08 AM »
They are totally different. Bolero is something like a minimalist/experimental dance piece and La Valse is more of a symphonic poem far darker and also richer in material (it's no contest pro La Valse for me although it's not among my absolute Ravel favorites either).
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Re: Top10 compositions that you don't like but everyone else does
« Reply #365 on: March 17, 2019, 01:41:05 AM »
Always nice to hear that I am a tasteless ass.

No, you're not. Don't take it too personal.  :D
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Re: Top10 compositions that you don't like but everyone else does
« Reply #366 on: March 18, 2019, 07:36:08 AM »
I was joking.  ;) And, for what it's worth, I do like the finale of Nachtmusik. So I guess I'm a 3/4 tasteless ass  :D Just kidding.  :)
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Re: Top10 compositions that you don't like but everyone else does
« Reply #367 on: March 18, 2019, 08:27:34 AM »
Symphonie Fantastique by Berlioz.

I cannot for the life of me get to be intrigued or touched or excited or anything by it


EDIT Damn, that was an awful typo... "Berlios", ahahah.
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Re: Top10 compositions that you don't like but everyone else does
« Reply #368 on: March 18, 2019, 08:44:13 AM »
Symphonie Fantastique by Berlios.

I cannot for the life of me get to be intrigued or touched or excited or anything by it

I didn't like it at first listening but eventually I grew to love it as I do damn near every Berlioz work.
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Re: Top10 compositions that you don't like but everyone else does
« Reply #369 on: March 19, 2019, 08:52:33 AM »
I like Bolero but not La Valse.
Uncannily similar to what I would say: I love Bolero but not La Valse.  8)
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Re: Top10 compositions that you don't like but everyone else does
« Reply #370 on: March 19, 2019, 09:08:34 AM »
I like Bolero but not La Valse.

Ah, finally a point we disagree on! ;D I much prefer La valse to Bolero, though I don’t actively dislike the latter.
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Re: Top10 compositions that you don't like but everyone else does
« Reply #371 on: March 19, 2019, 09:11:34 AM »
I have some problems with Italian Opera, especially its most illustrious figure:

Verdi: Nabucco
Verdi: La traviata
Verdi: Aida
Verdi: Don Carlo
Verdi: Rigoletto
Me too!
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Re: Top10 compositions that you don't like but everyone else does
« Reply #372 on: March 19, 2019, 09:21:15 AM »
I love both La Valse and the Bolero, with different parts of my brain.

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Re: Top10 compositions that you don't like but everyone else does
« Reply #373 on: March 19, 2019, 09:40:32 AM »
I don't disdain Eine kleine Nachtmusik. But there are probably around 100 Mozart works that are clearly superior and probably another 100 that would be at least as deserving of such widespread popularity. The popularity is _comparably_ recent, beginning only in the 1890s or later. According to wikipedia the first large Mozart biography by Otto Jahn (1859) doesn't seem to be aware of the piece's existence.
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