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http://www.classicstoday.com/features/100cds.asp

post #47 of 111

I dare to suggest Beethoven's Symphonies - At least the 5th, 6th and 9th - directed by Abbado or Thielemann, not Karajan, for starting.

Thielemann is a living legend already. And Abbado also has gone a lot around... And at least these were recorded in the last decade, so now you can get both Beethoven and sound quality, which makes it more enjoyable.

 

I love the opera but I wonder how you English-speaking-only guys can resist! By the way, according to me the real beginner must is the Aida by Verdi.

Mozart's operas such as Don Giovanni or Die Zauberflote are also very enjoyable but having those a very, very highly symbolical content, I would not go for a cold-barrel shot, it may be painful!

 

Then we have... Vivaldi, Le Quattro Stagioni - The Four Seasons. Here I'd tell: first get a string trio + piano version, then, the orchestra version.

 

Dvorak, Symphonies n°8 and n°9 to be listened to together, as "the Old and the New Worlds", already said.

 

Debussy, at least Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune

Stravinsky, at least Rite of spring and Firebird. (of which you may enjoy more a DVD/BRD version). Then comes his Symphony in C.

 

The I'd also look for some ancient orchestra that plays Vivaldi and Bach with original instruments . (or replicas LOL) I've got a pair of DG and oseau-lyre recordings... They make you understand many things.

 

And something that always helps (not a joke)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fantasia_%28film%29


Edited by Edoardo - 9/14/11 at 1:00pm
post #48 of 111

Nearly fifty posts and no mention of Arvo Pärt?!blink.gif

 

 

Arvo Pärt - Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten

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P.S.

 

I've met some audiofools. I mean, people who have like 20 discs, 20 CDs and a millionaire Hi-Fi system... Those have also their "must" audiophile's classical audiophiles CDs, which generally include

 

- The Carmina Burana, by Orff

- The Symphonie Fantastique, by Berlioz

- Toccata e Fuga in Re Minore, by Bach

 

I've never got why, but these three are always in the "test CD" tracklist.

post #50 of 111

If you ever get a craving for the newer, more "challenging" classical music you should definitely have a look (listen biggrin.gif) at these:

Carl Nielsen: Danish Composer (yay! there aren't so many) - I especially love his wind quintet, clarinet concert and 3. and 6. symphony.

John Adams: "Harmonielehre", "Fearful symmetries" and "The Chaiman dances" are really awesome (if you like this kind of minimalist music)

Kalevi Aho: Has written some truly weird stuff biggrin.gif (e.g. the contrabassoon concerto) - But his 7. symphony:"The insect symphony" is really cool, and the clarinet concerto is just awesome

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Originally Posted by Edoardo View Post

P.S.

 

I've met some audiofools. I mean, people who have like 20 discs, 20 CDs and a millionaire Hi-Fi system... Those have also their "must" audiophile's classical audiophiles CDs, which generally include

 

- The Carmina Burana, by Orff

- The Symphonie Fantastique, by Berlioz

- Toccata e Fuga in Re Minore, by Bach

 

I've never got why, but these three are always in the "test CD" tracklist.


I hope you aren't trying to make some comment about my post?

 

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I hope you aren't trying to make some comment about my post?

 

Not at all, not at all my friend! I was already writing my last post while you where publishing the video!

 

And... I hope anyone doesn't misunderstand me! Those pieces are all certainly a must, too! But beware of those who exhibit them too much!

 

Just it! My little experience with real audiophiles!! wink_face.gif
 

 

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I watch the New Year's Concert of Vienna every January 1st morning on TV since ever. :) Highly reccommended!

post #55 of 111
I'm 15 and i love Bach, Beethoven, Wagner ( Die Walküre must be my favourite and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg also) but what i don't get, what's so good about dubstep? It requiers allmost no skills at all
post #56 of 111
Since Andy Warhol, skills have not been valued in the creative arts. Everyone is looking for a shortcut. Check into recordings from the 30s, 40s and 50s. Skill was everywhere. It was the golden age of everything.

I've posted some of my transfers of historical recordings here...

http://www.head-fi.org/t/608187/digital-restoration-of-78s-links-updated-6-11

In particular, check out the first act of Die Walkure from 1935. The tenor, Lauritz Melchior is one of the greatest singers ever recorded, and the soprano, Lotte Lehmann is a brilliant actress. Follow along in the libretto with the narrative where she talks about her past. The way each word is expressed with meaning will astound you.

Oh, and the Wintersturme at the end... Forget about it. Never been topped.
Edited by bigshot - 7/4/12 at 10:59am
post #57 of 111
Yeah, now everybody can sing because of audiotune back with vinyl you couldn't correct anything. Could you suggest me some songs from the 30s 40s and 50s? I like the 60s as wel, the 70s also had some great music ( 1973 the dark side of the moon) now music is all electronic.,
post #58 of 111
The Walkure I liked to is 75 years old, but sounds very good and will suck you into the story. Compare it to the version you're familiar with. Let me know what you think.
post #59 of 111
Wintersturme starts at around 47 minutes. Listen from there and see what you think.

Melchior does things there that requires incredible breath control. He hits the highest notes without strain. Many tenors today have to "bark" to get those notes out, and Melchior just slides right through them.
Edited by bigshot - 7/4/12 at 11:11am
post #60 of 111
I have a 1967 EMI Angel pressing i'll put a picture on of it tomorow smily_headphones1.gif i have everything from wagner like 20+ vinyl books i love the walküre but you also have to check out Wagner konzert and also Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
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