Share your classical music favorites. And opera too, if you insist. ;-)

just to show that I'm not complete cretin, this makes me cry


I had to stick this in here. One of my all time favorite scenes


A favorite and perfect for the season.


Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9.

Sorry, annilou. I also love the Beatles.


max_weisenfeld said:

Well, I was going to say Schittke's Concerto for Oboe and Harp, but I thought it would be showing off.

 Really?


Well, not surprisingly, I have two.  And I am a singer, so they're both pieces for voice and orchestra:

Samuel Barber, “Knoxville Summer 1915”, for voice and orchestra. Text based on autobiographical prose poem by James Agee. Best to listen with text in hand. I was very lucky to see this performed live just yesterday at a free concert at Prospect Presbyterian Church, and it was just spectacular!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nrnW-F0DzE

Hector Berlioz, “Requiem”. (Grande Messe de Morts).  Got to perform this in college – at Smith, Amherst and Avery Fisher Hall. NO ONE gets to perform the Berlioz!! -- scored for 400-voices, 100-piece orchestra, and 4 brass choirs placed at each corner of the hall. If you listen to only one movement, make it the “Dies Irae”, esp. the Tuba Mirum”, which starts at about 5 mins in. Loudest thing I’ve ever heard. All that brass! All those celli – and look at all those typani!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vk8AyJBoi4I


drummerboy said:

nah - classical-wise, I stick with the big guns. 1812 Overture is still a favorite of mine. Love those cannons and the ending that takes forever.

One Christmas when I was a teenager my dad gave me the Tchaikovsky in a recording by Ormandy and the Philadelphians. The reason he chose that version, he said, was that they didn’t skimp on the artillery.


DaveSchmidt said:

The reason he chose that version, he said, was that they didn’t skimp on the artillery.

 Wind your stereo volume up to 11 when the cannons fire and watch your speakers leap out of their cones!


ina said:

max_weisenfeld said:

Well, I was going to say Schittke's Concerto for Oboe and Harp, but I thought it would be showing off.

 Really?

 Yes, really.

Also Saariaho, Solonen, and Shostakovitch, among other esses

And I'm particularly partial to polyphony  


DaveSchmidt said:

Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9.

Sorry, annilou. I also love the Beatles.

I suspect you might have enjoyed this, then...


Train_of_Thought said:

I suspect you might have enjoyed this, then...

Not then, but I enjoyed the article just now. Thanks.

Only one of the songs, “Across the Universe,” featured on the “Let It Be” album.

“Apparently, there’s no sheet music for ‘Dig a Pony,’” joked one of the concert’s publicists.

Juniemoon said:

Well, not surprisingly, I have two.  And I am a singer, so they're both pieces for voice and orchestra:

Samuel Barber, “Knoxville Summer 1915”, for voice and orchestra. Text based on autobiographical prose poem by James Agee. Best to listen with text in hand. I was very lucky to see this performed live just yesterday at a free concert at Prospect Presbyterian Church, and it was just spectacular!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nrnW-F0DzE

Hector Berlioz, “Requiem”. (Grande Messe de Morts).  Got to perform this in college – at Smith, Amherst and Avery Fisher Hall. NO ONE gets to perform the Berlioz!! -- scored for 400-voices, 100-piece orchestra, and 4 brass choirs placed at each corner of the hall. If you only listen to only one movement, make it the “Dies Irae”, esp. the Tuba Mirum”, which starts at about 5 mins in. Loudest thing I’ve ever heard. All that brass! All those celli – and look at all those typani!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vk8AyJBoi4I

 Also orchestra and chorus...Gloria by Francis Poulenc. Performed it in high school, as its premier performance in USA (1969).


When I was in elementary school, some music teacher played Grieg's Piano Concerto in A minor for us and I just loved it. Its exciting musculature and subtle, melodic transition passages caught my fancy for some reason. To this day, it's one of my favorite pieces of music.


ridski said:

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 A Czechoslovakian guy goes to the optometrist for an eye exam. The doctor says "can you read the third line of the eye chart?" "Read it?" says the Czech, "I KNOW that guy!"


Hey did someone say Czech?

A Facebook friend posted this today, I've never heard it before, but really enjoyed it.


ridski said:

Hey did someone say Czech?

Yes!


DaveSchmidt said:

ridski said:

Hey did someone say Czech?

Yes!

 Here you go, $35.78. You can just take that up to the cashier up front. Have a great day!


ridski said:

 Here you go, $35.78. You can just take that up to the cashier up front. Have a great day!

Antonin, it’s your turn to pay. Last time you were a little largo in picking it up.


Juniemoon said:

Hector Berlioz, “Requiem”. (Grande Messe de Morts).  Got to perform this in college – at Smith, Amherst and Avery Fisher Hall. NO ONE gets to perform the Berlioz!! -- scored for 400-voices, 100-piece orchestra, and 4 brass choirs placed at each corner of the hall. If you listen to only one movement, make it the “Dies Irae”, esp. the Tuba Mirum”, which starts at about 5 mins in. Loudest thing I’ve ever heard. All that brass! All those celli – and look at all those typani!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vk8AyJBoi4I

 Omg, love this. Saw it in Royal Albert Hall in 2016 as a Remembrance Day concert - unbelievable to see it performed. Was there with the professional trumpet player in the family - loved the brass - nothing like 20 trumpets on stage! 


Also, I've got to add Marquez Danzon 2 - no matter how discouraged I am by everything else in the world, this never fails to lift me up: 


DaveSchmidt said:

Antonin, it’s your turn to pay. Last time you were a little largo in picking it up.

 I know this Russian guy. He's a great sound technician. I also used to work with a Czech one, too.


finnegan said:

Also, I've got to add Marquez Danzon 2 - no matter how discouraged I am by everything else in the world, this never fails to lift me up: 

 This was great! Never heard it before. Love finding new music. Thank you!


drummerboy said:

 This was great! Never heard it before. Love finding new music. Thank you!

 .DITTO!  Never even heard of this composer.  Thanks from me, too.


Una Furtiva Lagrima - Enrico Caruso 1904


cramer said:

Morganna - 

 Thank you @cramer. I love Aretha as much as I love Luciano. It's so wonderful during this uncertain time, to have a place to share beauty.



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