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Re: Ten Composers.......one piece each.
« Reply #100 on: February 16, 2012, 10:09:21 AM »
Dowland: Lachrimae
Tallis: Spem in alium
Rameau: Les Cyclops
Biber: The Rosary Sonatas
Haydn: Symphony #80
Berlioz: Requiem
Strauss: duett Concertino for clarinet & bassoon
Prokofiev: Symphony #7
Glass: Koyaanisqatsi
Lang: The Little Match Girl Passion




In chronological order,
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Re: Ten Composers.......one piece each.
« Reply #101 on: February 16, 2012, 11:13:27 PM »
I've forgotten about this thread:

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 11 "The Year 1905"
Prokofiev: Sinfonia Concertante
Bartok: The Miraculous Mandarin
Ravel: Piano Concerto for the left-hand
Debussy: Sonata for Flute, Viola, and Harp
Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 5
Villa-Lobos: Choros No. 6
Janacek: Glagolitic Mass
Ginastera: Estancia
Lyadov: Village Scene by the Inn
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Re: Ten Composers.......one piece each.
« Reply #102 on: February 16, 2012, 11:35:49 PM »
Okay, at random:  ;D

Bach, Matthäus Passion
Beethoven, Eroica
Pierné, Divertissements sur un thčme pastoral
Stravinsky, Le Sacre du Printemps
Vaughan Williams, Symphony No. 6
Respighi,    Lauda per la Nativitá del Signore
Holmboe, Symphony No. 8
Ginastera, Variaciones concertantes
Braga Santos, Symphony No. 3
Tormis, Unustatud rahvad
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Re: Ten Composers.......one piece each.
« Reply #103 on: February 17, 2012, 01:46:40 AM »
Also at random  :)


Rimsky Korsakov: Scheherazade
Braga Santos: Symphony 4
Rachmaninov: The Bells
Walton: Symphony 1
Bruckner: Symphony 5
Respighi: Church Windows
Bloch: String Quartet No. 1
Sibelius: Tapiola
Hamilton Harty: Piano Concerto
Patrick Hadley: 'The Trees so High'
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Re: Ten Composers.......one piece each.
« Reply #104 on: February 17, 2012, 12:30:42 PM »
So many excellent suggestions. These are mostly pieces I liked when much younger--and still do, of course, though not always to the same extent.

Deems Taylor, Through the Looking Glass

Mussorgsky-Ravel, Pictures at an Exhibition

Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto, No. 3

Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 5

Rossini, Overtures (the most popular ones)

Brahms, Clarinet Quintet

Mozart, Requiem

Dvorak, Symphony No. 9

Debussy, La mer

Ippolitov-Ivanov, Caucasian Sketches, Suite No. 1, Op. 10

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Re: Ten Composers.......one piece each.
« Reply #105 on: February 17, 2012, 02:36:36 PM »
For beginner? It means for somebody who was listening to jazz, rock or world music so far. For somebody who collected Coltrane, Davis, Steely Dan, Captain Beefheart, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan or even Kazakh singers of epic poetry recorded in 1950-es. This beginner is somebody who needs really intense music to be interested, isn't he?

So intensity is the key:

Handel - Messiah (Hogwood)
Bach - Goldberg Variations (Hantai 1st recording)
Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 27 (Immerseel)
Haydn - Symphony No. 103 (don't know, some HIP for sure, but have no possibility to study so far)
Beethoven - Symphony No. 9 (Goodman or Kletzki)
Schubert - String Quintet (don't know probably Festetics or L'Archibudelli)
Chopin - 24 Preludes Op.28 (it is one work!) - (Probably there is no fine recording, because in The Real Chopin series they are played on Erard which I find almost as useless as castrating them on Steinway. But I have heard Piet van Kuijken playing a half of them on perfectly sounding Pleyel - what a magic experience!)
Brahms - Violin Concerto (Heifetz, Reiner)
Bruckner - Symphony No. 7 (Jochum Staatskapelle Dresden)
Richard Strauss - Im Abendroth (or 4 last songs if allowed) - Jessye Norman, Masur


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Re: Ten Composers.......one piece each.
« Reply #106 on: February 18, 2012, 03:23:55 AM »
Nice to see Ippolitov-Ivanov making an appearance. A thumbs up from me too for the Caucasian Sketches (1 and 2).
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Re: Ten Composers.......one piece each.
« Reply #107 on: February 18, 2012, 11:55:48 AM »
Handel - Messiah
Bach - Goldberg Variations
Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 27
Haydn - Symphony No. 103
Beethoven - Symphony No. 9
Schubert - String Quintet
Chopin - 24 Preludes Op.28 (it is one work!)
Brahms - Violin Concerto
Bruckner - Symphony No. 7
Richard Strauss - Im Abendroth

But there must be the second set at once then because there is no posibility to omit Mahler and Prokofiev at their best,

Perotinus - Viderunt omnes
Ockeghem - Missa Prolationum
Liszt - Piano Sonata
Wagner - Tristan und Isolde
Tchaikovsky - Piano Trio (Naxos)
Dvorak - Cello Concerto
Mahler - Symphony No.9
Stravinsky - The Rite of the Spring
Bartok - String Quartet No.5
Prokofiev - Violin Sonata No.1 (Oistrakh, Richter)
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Re: Ten Composers.......one piece each.
« Reply #108 on: February 19, 2012, 10:40:28 AM »
Set No 2!

Vaughan Willliams: Symphony No 6
Moeran: Symphony
Shostakovich: Symphony 10
Nielsen: Symphony 5
Sibelius: Symphony 2
Copland: Symphony 3
Popov: Symphony 1
Rosenberg: Symphony 3
Lilburn: Symphony 1
Mahler: Symphony 6
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Re: Ten Composers.......one piece each.
« Reply #109 on: February 19, 2012, 02:08:02 PM »
Wagner The Ride of the Valkyries
Beethoven Symphony No.9
Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody No.2
Mahler Symphony No.6
Tchaikovsky Symphony No.4
Mozart Symphony No.40
Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet
Haydn "Farewell" Symphony
Brahms Symphony No.1
Bach Well-Tempered Clavier
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Re: Ten Composers.......one piece each.
« Reply #110 on: February 19, 2012, 05:28:19 PM »

Top10:

Handel - Messiah
Bach - Goldberg Variations
Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 27
Haydn - Symphony No. 103
Beethoven - Symphony No. 9
Schubert - String Quintet
Chopin - 24 Preludes Op.28 (it is one work!)
Brahms - Violin Concerto
Bruckner - Symphony No. 7
Richard Strauss - Im Abendroth

Top20 but not Top10:

Perotinus - Viderunt omnes
Ockeghem - Missa Prolationum
Liszt - Piano Sonata
Wagner - Tristan und Isolde
Tchaikovsky - Piano Trio (Naxos)
Dvorak - Cello Concerto
Mahler - Symphony No.9
Stravinsky - The Rite of the Spring
Bartok - String Quartet No.5
Prokofiev - Violin Sonata No.1 (Oistrakh, Richter)

But it is impossible to make such list without my favorite baroque piece, most ecstatic work ever, one of Psalm of Davids of Schütz, so I must propose next set.

Josquin - Missa Pangue lingua
Monteverdi - Gira il nemico insidioso
Schütz - Danket dem Herrn SV 45 (Regensburger Domspatzen)
Mendelssohn - Midsummer Night's Dream overture
Schumann - Kreisleriana
Rachmaninov -  Piano Concerto No. 2
Debussy - Sonata for flute, viola and harp
Ravel - Le tombeau de Couperin for orchestra
Faure - String Quartet
Sibelius - Tapiola
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Re: Ten Composers.......one piece each.
« Reply #111 on: February 20, 2012, 07:11:34 AM »
Bach - English Suites - How can anyone not like these wonderful pieces.

Mozart - Piano Concerto #25 - Not sure anyone wrote a better piano concerto for most of the 19th century.

Beethoven - The late Piano Sonatas - When I want a break from my living composer listening I often go back to these.

Mendelssohn - Symphony #4 - The Italian Symphony - Just a lot of fun

Nielsen - Clarinet Concerto - An amazing and beautiful work - way ahead of it’s time.

Tchaikovsky - Symphony #2 original version - Too bad he decided to change the original  so it was more acceptable and never went back to where he was going with the original version.

Stravinsky - Rite of Spring - Probably the most important piece of music of the 20th century.

Webern - Op 5. Five Movements for string quartet - I feel that this might be the best 10 minutes of music ever written. I have been listening to it for years and still find new things to admire.

Simpson - Symphony #6 - I really prefer #9 but #6 is probably a better piece for some one just starting to explore classical music

Glass - Desert Music - The first hearing of this piece changed my listening selections for ever. It sounds dated to me now but

Bonus: Van Cliburn’s recording of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto #3. The recording that got me interested in Classical Music some 55 years ago.
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Re: Ten Composers.......one piece each.
« Reply #112 on: February 27, 2012, 02:05:48 PM »
Great topic!

My 10 to start with:

Beethoven: violin concerto
Grieg: piano concerto
Tchaikovsky: symphony #4
Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro
Janacek: Sinfonietta
Handel: Water music
Schubert: Moments Musicaux
Sibelius: symphony #2
Brahms: clarinet quintet
Verdi: Rigoletto

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Re: Ten Composers.......one piece each.
« Reply #113 on: February 27, 2012, 02:19:01 PM »
Dowland: Lachrimae
Tallis: Spem in alium
Rameau: Les Cyclops
Biber: The Rosary Sonatas
Haydn: Symphony #80
Berlioz: Requiem
Strauss: duett Concertino for clarinet & bassoon
Prokofiev: Symphony #7
Glass: Koyaanisqatsi
Lang: The Little Match Girl Passion



In chronological order,

Had to make an adjustment on my list, being a fan of all eras I really wanted to represent them all, but my appreciation for the music of Heinrich Ignaz Biber continues to grow and have come to acknowledge his important contribution to the Baroque era and music in general...long story short, he replaced Vivaldi  ;D

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Re: Ten Composers.......one piece each.
« Reply #114 on: February 27, 2012, 08:08:41 PM »
Janacek: Sinfonietta

Great choice! One of my favorites. Have you heard Taras Bulba?
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Re: Ten Composers.......one piece each.
« Reply #115 on: February 27, 2012, 11:52:25 PM »
Great choice! One of my favorites. Have you heard Taras Bulba?

Yes I have, but never live. Both are coupled on my Mackerras recording.

I will always remember how Gardiner's Sinfonietta (with some British youth orchestra) filled the concert hall.
And how the violins and brass made such a perfect blend, the typical 'Janacek sound'!
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Re: Ten Composers.......one piece each.
« Reply #116 on: February 28, 2012, 07:31:36 PM »
Yes I have, but never live. Both are coupled on my Mackerras recording.

I will always remember how Gardiner's Sinfonietta (with some British youth orchestra) filled the concert hall.
And how the violins and brass made such a perfect blend, the typical 'Janacek sound'!

Gardiner? Janacek? Sounds interesting. One of absolute favorite Janacek works is Glagolitic Mass, but I have only found one performance which really resonated with of this work and it's with MTT/LSO.
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Re: Ten Composers.......one piece each.
« Reply #117 on: February 28, 2012, 11:19:52 PM »
In an effort to create a better starter list for beginners, come up with a list of ten composers and ONE selection for each composer that would be a great introduction for a beginner.


This would be my suggestion for a beginner:

Bach - Goldberg variations
Haydn - Trumpet Concerto
Mozart - Piano Concerto No.21
Beethoven - Symphony No.5 (or the Violin concerto)
Brahms - Academic Festival Overture
Tchaikovsky - Romeo & Juliet
Mussorgsky - Pictures at an exhibition (orch Ravel)
Dvorak - Symphony No.9
Debussy - Prélude ŕ l'aprčs-midi d'un faune
Sibelius - Finlandia


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Re: Ten Composers.......one piece each.
« Reply #118 on: February 29, 2012, 02:09:05 AM »
Gardiner? Janacek? Sounds interesting. One of absolute favorite Janacek works is Glagolitic Mass, but I have only found one performance which really resonated with of this work and it's with MTT/LSO.

As for the Glagolitic Mass, it is on my shelf (Kubelik on DG), but remains unlistened to until this day. With the exception of Handel oratorios (which are mostly very operatic), I am not really into choral works, but I should give that work a new try. After all, it is Janacek, creator of Jenufa, Kat'a Kabanova and Sinfonietta, three absolute wonders  :)

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Re: Ten Composers.......one piece each.
« Reply #119 on: February 29, 2012, 09:11:35 AM »
As for the Glagolitic Mass, it is on my shelf (Kubelik on DG), but remains unlistened to until this day. With the exception of Handel oratorios (which are mostly very operatic), I am not really into choral works, but I should give that work a new try. After all, it is Janacek, creator of Jenufa, Kat'a Kabanova and Sinfonietta, three absolute wonders  :)

Nico

You should definitely give it a try. I think you'll be impressed with it. The orchestral accompiment plays a big role in this work too.
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