'Classical' Music
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Author:  des2 [ Thu May 24, 2007 2:43 pm ]
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Just that.
Monteverdi ... Bach ... Vivaldi .... Mozart ... Schubert ... Beethoven ... Brahms ... Mahler ... Shostakovich ... Britten ... Stockhausen ... Ligeti ... Glass...

1000 years. What other music lasted so long?

Author:  Foxie [ Thu May 24, 2007 2:53 pm ]
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Love Sibelius. Away from the militerism of Wagnar, the showmanship of Mozart and the intricies of Beethoven, Sibelius makes me drift away on a sensory barge through lands and loves I'd never have found my own way to.

Also like Adams' Giselle.

An orchestra has a texture and subtly that bands these days are only just beginning to coax from their own instruments.

Author:  des2 [ Thu May 24, 2007 3:03 pm ]
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I certainly agree about Sibelius. Love all his symphonies and his more minimal pieces like 'En Saga' and 'Oceanides'.
There is a richness and sorrow and cosmic geography about his music.

Author:  Richard [ Fri Jun 08, 2007 8:42 pm ]
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Any one else catch the recent broadcast of Ades' Chamber Symphony (played by the BCMG under the composer) ? For my money he's a real talent.

Author:  des2 [ Sat Jun 09, 2007 8:01 am ]
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No, I didn't catch that.
But I love Ades: ASYLA for example and the violin concerto that I recall being on the Proms last season.

Author:  George Berger [ Sun Mar 29, 2009 9:50 pm ]
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I too love Sibelius, Des2, especially his symphonies and En Saga, which you mention. En Saga is ur-Nordic and mythical. But my favorite is the very end of the 2nd symphony, which sort of reaches down to musical depths that are also transcendent. The insufficiently known 7th symphony gives me a feeling of either vast Finnish tracts of forest or a storm at sea, perhaps both. Having spent much time in Finland and admiring the country and its people, this music was bound to affect me. It's spirits seem genuine to my ears.

Author:  George Berger [ Sun Mar 29, 2009 9:52 pm ]
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Des, I'd put Arvo Pärt in your list, despite recent claims that the classical tradition ended with Sibelius and/or Shostakovich.

Author:  stephenxanders [ Mon Dec 21, 2009 5:18 am ]
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Ahm..I always love to talk about classical music because it's good to remember how music was formed and has been before :-)

I like sibelius too :-)

Author:  gileadslostson [ Mon Dec 21, 2009 8:52 am ]
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I too enjoy classical but there are older musics folks, a lot of tribal and aboriginal stuff can be dated to over 2000yrs.

Oh and add Dvorac to the list ;)

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