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Re: Composer Recommendation
« Reply #20 on: May 26, 2016, 11:57:31 AM »
Beware. We have some sadists here, who will push La Mer on you.

I would be one of these: a superlative, extraordinary piece of music. Less a fan of the other two.

As for: "Give a man a fire and he is warm for a day. Set him on fire and he is warm for life," I am reminded of a scene in Milos Forman's The Firemen's Ball, when an inept Czech fire company is unable to keep an old man's house from burning down one chilly night. They set him on a chair outside his burning building, and when he complains he's cold, they take the only logical step; that is, they move his chair closer to the fire.
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« Reply #21 on: May 26, 2016, 05:44:10 PM »
Agree with the recommendations of Tchaikovksy, Sibelius, Dvorak, Kalinnikov, and Rimsky-Korsakov.  Also Elgar's Enigma Variations.

I'd add

Borodin: Symphony No. 2
Holst: The Planets
Stravinsky: Firebird; Petrushka
Janacek: Sinfonietta
Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky
Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances
Ravel: Orchestral Music
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« Reply #22 on: May 31, 2016, 12:42:01 PM »
Epic feel?

Varese - Ameriques

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« Reply #23 on: May 31, 2016, 09:57:17 PM »
GLIÈRE: Symphony no.3 "Ilya Murometz"¨  JANÁČEK:  Taras Bulba

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« Reply #24 on: June 17, 2016, 12:29:21 AM »
Is there a word for classical works with associate degree overarching concept? http://www.insanityfittest.org/insanity-workout-calendar.html
 i do not suppose 'concept albums' fits the bill!
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« Reply #25 on: June 17, 2016, 12:32:23 PM »
Is there a word for classical works with associate degree overarching concept? i do not suppose 'concept albums' fits the bill!

I'm sure what you're looking for is a very real thing, but can you be more specific as to what you're talking about?

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« Reply #26 on: June 23, 2016, 04:03:25 AM »
Hi James,
I adore the symphonic compositions by the musical masters such as Beethoven, Mahler, Haydn, etc.  But for a really good place to start I will recommend two wonderful symphonic poems by composers you may not have heard of:. 

1)  Má vlast  composed by Bedrich Smetana conducted by Rafael Kubelik with the stunning CPO in Prague in 1990.  It is available on cd.

2)  Symphonie Fantastique by Hector Berlioz  conducted by Charles Munch with the BPO in 1962.  It is available in a 10 cd box set.

Enjoy.
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Re: Composer Recommendation
« Reply #27 on: June 23, 2016, 04:19:46 AM »
Hi James,
I adore the symphonic compositions by the musical masters such as Beethoven, Mahler, Haydn, etc.  But for a really good place to start I will recommend two wonderful symphonic poems by composers you may not have heard of:. 

1)  Má vlast  composed by Bedrich Smetana conducted by Rafael Kubelik with the stunning CPO in Prague in 1990.  It is available on cd.

2)  Symphonie Fantastique by Hector Berlioz  conducted by Charles Munch with the BPO in 1962.  It is available in a 10 cd box set.

Enjoy.

But if one doesn't want to splurge on that 10-CD Berlioz box set from Munch, this single release of Symphonie Fantastique will do just fine:

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« Reply #28 on: June 23, 2016, 04:27:47 AM »
But if one doesn't want to splurge on that 10-CD Berlioz box set from Munch

What, and miss those two exquisite performances of Roméo et Juliette, and that wonderful La damnation de Faust:)
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« Reply #29 on: June 23, 2016, 04:37:04 AM »
What, and miss those two exquisite performances of Roméo et Juliette, and that wonderful La damnation de Faust:)

Hah! True, but maybe someone who is new to Berlioz doesn't want to get that whole set right off the bat unless they're completely nuts like me. ;D
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« Reply #30 on: June 23, 2016, 04:52:48 AM »
I was thinking on Sunday, though (anticipating a performance of Les nuits d’été), that to know Berlioz only through the Symphonie fantastique is about as unbalanced, and unfair to the composer, as to know Ravel only through the Boléro.
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« Reply #31 on: June 23, 2016, 11:23:43 AM »
For the beginner both Faust and R&J might be tough because of the strange form, one almost an opera, but not quite, the other one called a symphony but an even stranger beast.
While there is nothing wrong with the Symphonie fantastique, Faust is probably my favorite piece by Berlioz (as a German - what else?) and I think even the typical extraits of R&J: Romeo seul, Dance at the Capulets, Scene d'amour and the Queen mab scherzo are at least as good or better than the SF
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« Reply #32 on: June 23, 2016, 06:31:27 PM »
I was thinking on Sunday, though (anticipating a performance of Les nuits d’été), that to know Berlioz only through the Symphonie fantastique is about as unbalanced, and unfair to the composer, as to know Ravel only through the Boléro.

Personally, I'd start with the Requiem, but that's just me. 0:)
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« Reply #33 on: June 24, 2016, 03:07:24 AM »
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« Reply #34 on: June 25, 2016, 06:15:15 AM »
Yep, Karl, that's certainly gorgeous.
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« Reply #35 on: June 27, 2016, 10:26:39 PM »
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« Reply #36 on: July 02, 2016, 09:02:19 AM »
I won't repeat all of the good recommendations, but heartily endorse Saint-Saens Symphony #3, [Organ], Rimsky's Scheherazade and Tchaikovsky Symphony #4. And would add the Glazounov Symphony #5- a beautiful, grand work. Then there is Bruckner, a phenomenal symphonist and in his later symphonies, he reaches a level of profundity that [for me, at least] no one else ever does. My favorites are Numbers 5, 7, 8 and 9. But they are all very special. In Bruckner, in particular the approach and ability of the conductor is extremely important, and the music critics all have their favorites. I find that von Karajan, and Jochum both have beautiful, probing performances of all of the symphonies that are easily obtained. Of course, hearing any and all of these works LIVE is electrifying, if you can do that. There are many more "epic" works, of course.....
 

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« Reply #37 on: July 02, 2016, 06:26:32 PM »
Hi James,
I adore the symphonic compositions by the musical masters such as Beethoven, Mahler, Haydn, etc.  But for a really good place to start I will recommend two wonderful symphonic poems by composers you may not have heard of:. 

1)  Má vlast  composed by Bedrich Smetana conducted by Rafael Kubelik with the stunning CPO in Prague in 1990.  It is available on cd.


Enjoy.
Call me a homer but I will take the same Rafael Kubelik conducting our very own Boston Symphony Orchestra in an even more stunning performance:



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« Reply #38 on: July 03, 2016, 03:05:46 AM »
What, and miss those two exquisite performances of Roméo et Juliette, and that wonderful La damnation de Faust:)

There are still some reasonably priced used copies of this 2-disc set with the 1962 Fantastique coupled with the beautiful stereo R & J.


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« Reply #39 on: July 03, 2016, 05:01:43 AM »
Call me a homer but I will take the same Rafael Kubelik conducting our very own Boston Symphony Orchestra in an even more stunning performance:


My favorite performance of Ma Vlast without a doubt. The reissue two-fer, though, sounds even better as DG used their Original-Bit-Processing technology to clean up the audio plus you get the symphonic poems and the orchestral excerpts from The Bartered Bride:

"In the next world I shan't be doing music, with all the striving and disappointments. I shall be being it." - Ralph Vaughan Williams

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