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Re: Ten (or so) well-known works you don't enjoy that much
« Reply #60 on: July 27, 2021, 06:52:13 AM »
Let's see:

Beethoven Wellington's Victory, Emperor Concerto
Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture, Overture to Romeo and Juliet, Symphony No. 4
Wagner Ring cycle
Ravel Bolero
Rachmaninoff Isle of the Dead
Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue (not a strong dislike, mostly feel it's overplayed)
Most anything by Philip Glass

Can't think of any more at the moment, but I'm sure there are others.

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Re: Ten (or so) well-known works you don't enjoy that much
« Reply #61 on: July 27, 2021, 07:34:24 AM »
Conversely, it's one of my favorite operas! lol  ;D  That's o.k. though.   :)

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It's considered one of Verdi's best. The fault lies with me, I guess.

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Re: Ten (or so) well-known works you don't enjoy that much
« Reply #62 on: July 27, 2021, 07:53:47 AM »
Let's see:

Beethoven Wellington's Victory, Emperor Concerto
Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture, Overture to Romeo and Juliet, Symphony No. 4
Wagner Ring cycle
Ravel Bolero
Rachmaninoff Isle of the Dead
Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue (not a strong dislike, mostly feel it's overplayed)
Most anything by Philip Glass

Can't think of any more at the moment, but I'm sure there are others.
Must admit:  the 1812 I only really enjoy hearing once a year--on the Fourth of July.  Bolero, I could see adding that onto my list.  Rhapsody in Blue--once a year works for me.

It's considered one of Verdi's best. The fault lies with me, I guess.

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Re: Ten (or so) well-known works you don't enjoy that much
« Reply #63 on: July 27, 2021, 07:56:41 AM »
Must admit:  the 1812 I only really enjoy hearing once a year--on the Fourth of July. 
The best time I've ever heard it was on the 14th of July, Bastille Day - in Paris - coming from someone's open house window. Presumably not someone with a history degree - or maybe it was the Russian embassy!

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« Reply #64 on: July 27, 2021, 08:02:48 AM »
The best time I've ever heard it was on the 14th of July, Bastille Day - in Paris - coming from someone's open house window. Presumably not someone with a history degree - or maybe it was the Russian embassy!
:laugh:  ;D

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« Reply #65 on: July 27, 2021, 08:19:01 AM »
I'm sure we've done this somewhere before, but always fun, and quite revealing.  My lazy approach has been to pick works from the posts of other people with whom I clearly share certain revulsions:

Grieg Pf Cto
Dvorak: Symphony no. 9
Prokofiev: Classical Symphony
Vaughan Williams - The Lark Ascending

after which I have to think of a few of my own:

Milhaud - Le boeuf sur le toit
Mozart - Piano concerto no.21
Canteloube - Songs of the Auvergne
Schumann - 4th symphony
Mendelssohn - Elijah
Pretty much anything performed by Édith Piaf

Shostakovich: 7th symphony
interminable, trite and boring

which was also my opinion until I performed the piece (well, actually I didn't - actually I had to hand over my sticks, and stand and count for a "star" drummer who was brought in at the last minute, and who it turned out couldn't read music.  He was a good drummer, though, to be fair).  After performing it I realised that, apart from most of the first movement, the rest is pretty damn good.

I found the exercise revealing because several of the composers on my list are particular favourites - perhaps there's an element of "I love you and in return you write that thing."
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« Reply #66 on: July 27, 2021, 08:59:20 AM »
Well, I'd argue that the *Grieg piano concerto is absolutely beautiful--that and Vaughan Williams' Lark.  Yes, it's (the pc), big ole Romantic, but for me, it just sweeps me along.  :)

*Some favorite recordings:  Andsnes, Lupu, Curzon

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Re: Ten (or so) well-known works you don't enjoy that much
« Reply #67 on: July 27, 2021, 09:17:25 AM »
Milhaud - Le boeuf sur le toit

I never have liked this work either. La Création du monde is a much finer work (and it’s a popular one as well).
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Re: Ten (or so) well-known works you don't enjoy that much
« Reply #68 on: July 27, 2021, 10:05:49 AM »
Oh, see, I prefer the cow on the roof to the creation of the world. But there's always a dissenter  ;D

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« Reply #69 on: July 27, 2021, 10:14:51 AM »
Oh, see, I prefer the cow on the roof to the creation of the world. But there's always a dissenter  ;D

Except when it comes to Lutosławski Concerto for Orchestra recordings. ;)
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« Reply #70 on: July 27, 2021, 10:15:10 AM »
Oh, see, I prefer the cow on the roof to the creation of the world. But there's always a dissenter  ;D

Sometimes even two! Le boeuf sur le toit is a masterpiece of sunny&funny music. The real dissenters here are the doom&gloom brigade...  ;D
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« Reply #71 on: July 27, 2021, 10:16:00 AM »
Well, I'd argue that the *Grieg piano concerto is absolutely beautiful--that and Vaughan Williams' Lark.  Yes, it's (the pc), big ole Romantic, but for me, it just sweeps me along.  :)

*Some favorite recordings:  Andsnes, Lupu, Curzon

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Re: Ten (or so) well-known works you don't enjoy that much
« Reply #72 on: July 27, 2021, 10:17:12 AM »
Sometimes even two! Le boeuf sur le toit is a masterpiece of sunny&funny music. The real dissenters here are the doom&gloom brigade...  ;D

Guilty as charged! :P My posse can speak up now...I mean come on guys.  ::) ;D
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« Reply #73 on: July 27, 2021, 10:26:16 AM »
Dvorak: Symphony no. 9

Oh, yeah! Overblown, overplayed, absolutely nothing to write home about. On a par with Beethoven's 9th. Worth a listen once in a blue moon, though.
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« Reply #74 on: July 27, 2021, 10:32:18 AM »
Guilty as charged! :P My posse can speak up now...I mean come on guys.  ::) ;D

All jokes aside, John my dear friend, I really love Le boeuf sur le toit. Unfailingly melodious, infectiously rythmical, always puts a smile on my face, has been a earworm ever since I first heard it --- right up my alley.  :)
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« Reply #75 on: July 27, 2021, 10:38:31 AM »
All jokes aside, John my dear friend, I really love Le boeuf sur le toit. Unfailingly melodious, infectiously rythmical, always puts a smile on my face, has been a earworm ever since I first heard it --- right up my alley.  :)

I’m all for jovial and good-spirited music, but this work just has never done anything for me, but to each their own of course.
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« Reply #76 on: July 27, 2021, 11:04:10 AM »
I’m all for jovial and good-spirited music, but this work just has never done anything for me, but to each their own of course.

Of course, John!

What are the best five jovial and good-spirited works that you would recommend me?
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« Reply #77 on: July 27, 2021, 11:22:57 AM »
Of course, John!

What are the best five jovial and good-spirited works that you would recommend me?

Determined to de-rail the thread are we?
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« Reply #78 on: July 27, 2021, 11:27:16 AM »
Determined to de-rail the thread are we?

Given that John can always choose to reply to me in a PM, or not at all, or that any mod can chop off this bit of discussion at any time, I'd say you're overreacting.

And besides, there are certainly worse ways to derail this thread, methinks.
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« Reply #79 on: July 27, 2021, 11:44:15 AM »
Amen, sister!
So, do you like both of those works Floristan?

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