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Brian:

--- Quote from: Sungam on April 06, 2007, 06:17:21 AM ---
Brahms: Symphony No. 1 - Brahms is a good one.  I have a CD of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performing this, and love it.
I've already listen to and loved the "New World Symphony", all four of Brahms Symphonies, Copland's Symphony #3, and Ravel's Bolero.  I'm going to majoring in music in the fall, I'd better be developing an ear for classical soon!

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I'm glad you've listened to all four - No. 1 is the last one I'd play to a new or returning classical fan...

The last four Dvorak symphonies will be really appealing. Nos. 6, 7, 8 are just as good as "New World" and sometimes better ... when you're in  a peaceful happy mood, prepare to be blown away by No. 8!

Might I recommend www.naxos.com? For $20 a year you get full access to ALL their 3,000 or so CDs - you can't download them, but you can stream them live. They have some really excellent recordings of a great many things, ranging from Bernstein's Symphonic Dances to Brahms' Hungarian Dances to Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier to Beethoven's Overtures to Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 to Barber's Adagio to "Tintagel" by Sir Arnold Bax (awesome awesome awesome piece!) (and that's just highlights from the letter B). The downside is each composer listing is totally disorganized, so whether you find the music you're looking for depends on how hard you look.  :(   Also some of their recordings are not as good, like the Beethoven symphonies, which are played in a rather dull way.

Sungam:
Its like the fair just burned down, and as I played around in the wreckage, I found a Goldmine!  Thanks for the link.

Harry:
Well all's well, what ends well right?

71 dB:

--- Quote from: Sungam on April 06, 2007, 05:57:53 AM ---I have fallen away from the strait and narrow path that is classical music.  Now that I try to jump back into it, it burns!  I need something that will ease my mind back into the giant pool of classical goodness - any suggestions?

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How about Elgar's Violin Concerto, Op. 61 ?

not edward:

--- Quote from: Sungam on April 06, 2007, 06:17:21 AM ---Some of what I listen to now that is post-rock stuff like Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Explosions in the Sky, and Mogwai.

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Because you like these groups, I'm going to suggest you also try listening to more contemporary music. Try  snippets of some of these pieces on www.naxos.com:

Penderecki: Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima, Symphony No 2
Messiaen: Turangalila-Symphonie
Ligeti: Etudes for piano
Shostakovich: Execution of Stepan Razin
Schnittke: Cello Concerto, Faust Cantata
Xenakis: Pleiades
Lutoslawski: Cello Concerto
Gorecki: Symphony No 3

Obviously, you shouldn't neglect the main repertoire, but these are pieces which I've found tend to appeal to those who like the sort of post-rock you seem to.

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