Started by MilesMetal, September 09, 2015, 02:39:01 AM
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Quote from: USMC1960s on September 22, 2015, 11:43:04 AMWagner Ride of the Valkyries
Quote from: Xenophanes on December 26, 2015, 02:49:27 PMWow! This is so different than anything I eveLPted. I admire it. I sort of started my own collection, after I got away from home, getting recordings of various pieces I liked and moving on to important pieces by composers supposed to be important. Initially, I knew something about opera (the old Met broadcasts with Milton Cross) and classical singers, some symphonies and some keyboard music. I didn't know much about chamber music, choral music, keyboard music (still not a strong point), or ancient music. I don't think we had anything quite like collections such as this one. Can you imagine something like that on 78 rpm records? Or even on LPs?The DG collection actually appears excellent to me, given I have not heard most of those specific recordings and I have my own favorites. Even at full price on Amazon, it's still only about $2 a CD, so it's an excellent value.It may take some perseverance and concentration to get through that many CDs but you seem prepared for that. I hope you enjoy it.One older book I found interesting, though opinionated, is Harold C. Schonberg's Lives of the Great Composers. It is well written, and you really don't have to agree with his opinions on Mahler and a few others.http://www.amazon.com/Lives-Great-Composers-Harold-Schonberg/dp/0393038572/ref=la_B000APGJO6_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1451172713&sr=1-1Another older book I always like was Abraham Veinus, The Concerto (1944, which is also opinionated but it keeps him from being dull.http://www.amazon.com/Concerto-Origins-Modern-Dover-Books/dp/0486211789/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1451173238&sr=1-1&keywords=abraham+VeinusBut I am old and not a music historian, and I have made no attempt to keep up with the literature. Actually, I have learned most of what I know of music history from record jackets and CD booklets.
Quote from: ChamberNut on September 09, 2015, 06:48:14 AMI use to listen to metal in my teens and 20s, and found the transition to classical music quite natural.
Quote from: MilesMetal on September 09, 2015, 08:14:23 AMThat's a fair point. I'm not sure how far into it I will go, although I am interested enough to not only listen to the music but also learn about it in general. Getting to know it's history, context, influence and legacy will make it easier to understand exactly what I'm hearing.
Quote from: MilesMetal on September 09, 2015, 08:14:23 AMI know for sure that I won't be blown away on every first listen. With also music I know it takes time to appreciate these things. It was the same when I was originally getting into death metal.
Quote from: Rinaldo on January 01, 2016, 02:20:57 PMI'm always surprised when someone mentions how close their 'metal experience' is to classical music. Two completely different worlds and completely separate pleasures for me. Plus I abhor symphonic crossovers that all those kitschy power metal bands love to do. Keep my metal orchestra free, thank you!The closeness of, say, ambient / noise music and spectralism - that I understand. I think it was my attunement to Brian Eno & electronic music in general that helped me transition to classical (through Feldman, Reich and early Glass).
Quote from: MilesMetal on September 09, 2015, 02:39:01 AMIdeally, I'd like a list of the essential works by the most influential classical composers. Would 'The History of Classical Music on 100 CDs' be a good place to start? How would you rate it? Is it missing anything?
Quote from: bwv 1080 on January 07, 2016, 06:50:21 PM...Lutoslawski - Piano Concerto...
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