Started by MilesMetal, September 09, 2015, 02:39:01 AM
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Quote from: mc ukrneal on September 09, 2015, 06:20:05 AMOne could quibble - no Bruckner...
Quote from: karlhenning on September 09, 2015, 06:11:19 AMKudos to you for bravely embarking on this broad sea!It may seem ironic to consider a 100-CD anthology a start . . . but, well, it is There is no easy way to condense the whole of the classical literature down to (let's call it) 125 hours of music; inevitably there's only room for one piece by Elgar (e.g.), which means we can only manage the "Enigma" Variations . . . just an example. But that anthology does hit a great many of the "obligatory" lit (which is music deserving of its popularity), while giving you some good glimpses at the "lesser lights" who are sometimes too readily overshadowed by the musical giants.
Quote from: karlhenning on September 09, 2015, 06:43:14 AMIf you must keep to only one Britten work, the Serenade is a great pick.
QuoteThe Prokofiev CD really does smack of Greatest-Hits!-ism.
QuoteI listen to Death Metal. I'd like to listen to classical, too. Where do I start?
Quote from: mc ukrneal on September 09, 2015, 06:20:05 AMIt's surprisingly not bad at all. And as it is a DG release, the performers are generally quite good as well. One could quibble - no Bruckner, not enough classical period, could have more second half of the 20th century - but on the whole it is a pretty broad collection. It certainly will give you an idea of what is out there and you can then narrow your pursuit accordingly.
Quote from: karlhenning on September 09, 2015, 06:43:14 AMIf you must keep to only one Britten work, the Serenade is a great pick.The Prokofiev CD really does smack of Greatest-Hits!-ism.
Quote from: ChamberNut on September 09, 2015, 06:48:14 AMWelcome to GMG, Miles! I use to listen to metal in my teens and 20s, and found the transition to classical music quite natural.You might really enjoy Bach's Solo Cello Suites 1-6 and Solo Violin Partitas 1-3 and Sonatas 1-3.
Quote from: MilesMetal on September 09, 2015, 07:38:01 AMThanks for the recommendation. I'm feeling the same way, actually. The first piece that really hit me was Toccata and Fugue in D Minor.
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.
Quote from: MilesMetal on September 09, 2015, 02:39:01 AMWould '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: ChamberNut on September 09, 2015, 07:44:54 AMA tremendous piece, indeed! I am a fan of solo strings or grouped chamber works for string instruments. One thing that isn't on that list are Beethoven's string quartets. Definitely check those out. In particular, you might really dig Beethoven's Grosse Fugue for String Quartet.No piece stands out for me as 'Heavy Metal' more than Wagner's Prelude to Die Walkure, Act I!
Quote from: 71 dB on September 09, 2015, 08:03:18 AM"most influencial" isn't necessorily what YOU would enjoy the most. Some composers are "too" talked about while many great composer don't get the fame they deserve for various historical reasons.Depends on what you pay for it. It can be a great way to get a lot of classical music to explore and decide what kind of classical music you enjoy the most. However, 100 CD can't cover classical music well. It's cratch on the surface, but that's something! Much better than nothing.There is no one "correct" way to explore classical music. Find YOUR own way. The more exciting, enjoyable and fun it is to explore, the better you are doing it, aren't you?
Quote from: MilesMetal on September 09, 2015, 07:36:47 AMI've had Prokofiev recommended a couple of times, I've made it a priority.
Quote from: North Star on September 09, 2015, 06:49:19 AMI was counting on you to shout 'What?! No Nielsen?!', Karl. 0:)
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. I 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.
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