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Well met friend you must be cold and weary after your long journey to GAF Castle. Come warm yourself by the fire, and let us raise a glass to your good health and perhaps enjoy some classical music to rouse the spirits or calm the mind, whilst you regale us with tales of your travels from fair Viriconium.






 

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Dvořák for me. Anything from him is golden, but my favorites are probably the Slavonic Dances (number 7 in C minor) and New World.
 
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On my free time, I very much like to play Chopin's Waltzes and Nocturnes. Most recently, since last week I picked up and mastered about 90% of Chopin's Op 69 No. 2 (Ashkenazy) Waltz (posted above by @etp_1 ), after finally mastering a Nocturne (forgot Opus number) beforehand.

In my history, I have learned Chopin's Winter Wind (now I don't know it haha), Fantaisie Impromptu, Revolutionary Etude (both and Arcadi Volodos' left-hand only version) and some others which I love. My most favorite tunes are a simple German one from the Kinderszenen collection by Robert Schumann called "Scenes from Childhood," -- which I love to death for it's light melody -- and Czardas by Vittorio Monti.

Please enjoy.

 
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Beth Gibbons (of Portishead) sang a performance of Gorecki's "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs," and it's beautiful. Her voice is practically tailor-made for such emotive music.

 
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I'm personally favourable to Holst, Stravinsky and of course good ol' Beethoven.

"The Planets" by Holst is probably one of the most amazing and genius body of music ever produced.


And Beethoven simply because "Ode to Joy" is the most uplifting and inspiring composition ever.


Joy, bright spark of divinity,
Daughter of Elysium,
Fire-inspired we tread
Within thy sanctuary.
Thy magic power re-unites
All that custom has divided,
All men become brothers,
Under the sway of thy gentle wings.


Lyrics inspired by ma boi Friedrich Schiller. Fundamental truth, right f*cking there my friends!

And let's please not forget Frank Zappa!
 

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Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream Overture has been one of my all time favorite pieces of music since I was a child but yet seemingly isn't particularly popular. Other portions ofA Midsummer Night's Dream are almost as great.

Pachelbel's Canon In D Major is a gorgeous classic.

I love the version of Stravinsky's Firebird from Fantasia2000


Entry of the Gods into Valhalla from the opera Das Rheingold is probably my overall favorite selection from Wagner.


Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings, Op. 11 is one of the most hauntingly beautiful pieces of music ever written.
 

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Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream Overture has been one of my all time favorite pieces of music since I was a child but yet seemingly isn't particularly popular. Other portions ofA Midsummer Night's Dream are almost as great.

Pachelbel's Canon In D Major is a gorgeous classic.

I love the version of Stravinsky's Firebird from Fantasia2000


Entry of the Gods into Valhalla from the opera Das Rheingold is probably my overall favorite selection from Wagner.


Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings, Op. 11 is one of the most hauntingly beautiful pieces of music ever written.
Yeah the marriage Song of midsummer Is an iconic ones now
 

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My all time fave is Bach harpsichord pieces, preludes and such. Throw it on and I’m in fucking heaven

I really like Schubert as well for early morning vibes
 
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I saw this yesterday and it got me thinking about how to enter the world of classical music.

Help me out GAF, he mentions Brahms. Where do I start? Is there a CD that would be good to get? I don't like YouTube audio quality, but I wouldn't have a clue about what CD to get!!!

Any Amazon links? (UK)

Thanks for any advice. I love music but never ventured into this world yet. I remember liking a composer called Dmitri Shostakovich I studied briefly on my English degree (I like dissonant music, I think he was meant to be dissonant or something!?)

Sorry for my ignorance, please don't send me back to the radio! (R.E.M. - Yo, can't find nothing on the radio. Turn to that station!)

 
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Is it blasphemy to bring in my fondness for the Opera?

Examples, La Traviata (Verdi):

Carmen (Bizet):
 

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Huge fan of Bach and baroque in general. Karl Richter was an absolute beast. There is an amazing harpsichord solo in the middle of this.
Also check him out playing toccata and fugue in d minor on the organ it’s mind blowing.


 
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Love the dynamics and build up towards that orgasmic ending. Scheherazade is great in general and love the Kalender Prince especially.


Mozart wrote this during the final days of his mother's illness. The second movement (10:21) is fucking amazing. The violin gives me chills everytime.




Also, obligatory weeb post

 
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i've listened to all the masters, i'm out of material

that empty feeling
 

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Wonderful thread!!!

BUT, it severely lacks Händel!!!!

One of my favorites is Art Thou Troubled.
I wanted to listen to it on youtube, but it was mostly just amateur choirs. Yuck. I can't share that here.
There was just one really old vinyl recording by an actual orchestra (thank you very much!), 100% mono, quiet and with cracking and noise all over the place. It's a decent adaptation of the song, could've been better, especially the singer, but beggars can't be choosers.
So I remastered the audio real quick for you nice people to enjoy!

Fixed version



Disclaimer: although the music and art might be English, I am not ;)
 
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I've set myself a challenge: to listen only to classical music until August 30th (the release of Tool's new album).

No rock, no videogame OSTs, nothing "usual". Over 3 months of classical music only.

Kind of like an experiment I guess, but there's no hypotheses about what'll happen. Maybe just that I'll enjoy it and it will make other music (e.g. Tool) sound different upon future listen. Also, it's linked to the video I shared above and a renewed interest in philosophy.

I've started today with The Four Seasons.

First problem I see is I have the mentality that I'm listening to "advert" or "background" music. This will probably fade no doubt as I get into the music.

Sorry for posting this, but I thought why not? I'll post back in September!
 
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I've set myself a challenge: to listen only to classical music until August 30th (the release of Tool's new album).

No rock, no videogame OSTs, nothing "usual". Over 3 months of classical music only.

Kind of like an experiment I guess, but there's no hypotheses about what'll happen. Maybe just that I'll enjoy it and it will make other music (e.g. Tool) sound different upon future listen. Also, it's linked to the video I shared above and a renewed interest in philosophy.

I've started today with The Four Seasons.

First problem I see is I have the mentality that I'm listening to "advert" or "background" music. This will probably fade no doubt as I get into the music.

Sorry for posting this, but I thought why not? I'll post back in September!
Legit. If you do a lot of mental work (like in front of a computer), you'll probably notice an improvement to mood and mental clarity.

These past two weeks I've listened to nothing but classical piano, and my brain feels like it was exfoliated and moisturized.
 

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I had a friend in 2012 show me this song and coerce me to learn it, as I already had learned the original by Chopin. Wonderful piece; so glad and humbled to have had the chance to perform it as it is just as entertaining to play as to listen, for me. (Skip to 2:45 for Godowsky's left handed version)

 

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The past 1 1/2 weeks I've also been listening to predominantly classical music. The only exception was during exercise. Anything that springs to mind that helps while running like an album of Metallica?
 

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Been listening to a few soundtracks recently



I saw this yesterday and it got me thinking about how to enter the world of classical music.

Help me out GAF, he mentions Brahms. Where do I start? Is there a CD that would be good to get? I don't like YouTube audio quality, but I wouldn't have a clue about what CD to get!!!

Any Amazon links? (UK)

Thanks for any advice. I love music but never ventured into this world yet. I remember liking a composer called Dmitri Shostakovich I studied briefly on my English degree (I like dissonant music, I think he was meant to be dissonant or something!?)

Sorry for my ignorance, please don't send me back to the radio! (R.E.M. - Yo, can't find nothing on the radio. Turn to that station!)
Honestly, I'd say just find a good classical radio station or feed and from there establish composers works you like (I've very much piece driven versus composer driven myself)

Albeit a commercial station I quite like Classical FM on my daily commute. Because there's normally a mix of some firm favourites as well as some obscure ones. They also do a yearly audience based top 300 of favourite classical tracks that generally throws up some gems: -

https://www.classicfm.com/radio/hall-of-fame/

you're not going to get the obscure stuff there, but it's a starting point and they do a variety of different shows throughout the day offering up different sorts of music.
 
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Khalid M.

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Great thread gentlemen. I have avoided classical music for far too long but I have seen the light. I began exploring it in the last months. I'm pretty fond of this piece:
 
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Joy, bright spark of divinity,
Daughter of Elysium,
Fire-inspired we tread
Within thy sanctuary.
Thy magic power re-unites
All that custom has divided,
All men become brothers,
Under the sway of thy gentle wings.


Lyrics inspired by ma boi Friedrich Schiller. Fundamental truth, right f*cking there my friends!

And let's please not forget Frank Zappa!
That was fucking amazing. I loved the little girl who threw money in the hat at the beginning just frozen with awe like somehow she caused all of it!

I gotta go with the 1812 Overture!

 
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