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post #1 of 12
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Hi Guys,

 

Help me expand my classical music knowledge.

Amongst many genres, I enjoy classical and opera. Unfortunately my knowledge of these two areas really only extends to the well known and common "anthems" and collections.

 

Outside of the classics, I like Mozarts & Verdi's Requiem....I think its the gregorian\operatic style vocals which add power and emotion to them, that really sucks me in.

 

I am hoping you guys can point me to pieces you love and want to share...and think everyone should own or hear.

 

I recently bought a Bluray player for my PC with the aim of ripping Music Blurays, so if you want to recommend Blurays as well as CDs, feel free.

 

 

Thanks


Edited by kryten123 - 3/28/13 at 7:35am
post #2 of 12

I'll start by giving you one recommendation based on your love for Mozart:

 

Find anything by Josef Mysliveček. You might be surprised... biggrin.gif
 

post #3 of 12

If you love both opera and Mozart, then strongly recommend all of the Mozart operas.  In particular, it's hard to get enough of Mozart's Magic Flute.  Do you know that one?  And with DVD/BluRay you can watch -- which adds a lot to the experience, especially when learning the opera.  Have you watched the Bergman movie version of Magic Flute.  Very fun!

 

Then, for my tastes, on to Don Giovanni!

post #4 of 12

Mozart operas for beginner...hmmm...I would go with "Cosi fan tutte" and "Le Nozze de Figaro". It helps if you have libretto available, these operas are quite funny (and Don Giovanni, mentioned above, is just awesome).

post #5 of 12
Thread Starter 

Thanks guys, I'll check out your ideas.

I am open to all sorts of classical\opera, not just Mozart.

post #6 of 12

here are some good recordings on blu-ray. My favorite opera is Verdi's Rigoletto, where you will find a lot of the powerful emotions you experienced in his Requiem.

 

 

this is not the best Rigoletto on disk, but it is a very very good one that currently goes for $9 on amazon. 

 

Another blu-ray bargain is this Tosca (not a Verdi opera, but one that Verdi could have written)

 

big, brash, and bold!

 

More expensive but worth the investment is this excellent Magic Flute

this is a great production, and probably the best cast assembled for a Magic Flute in recent years. Shame for the rather dull performance of the band.

 

Speaking of great production, I'll risk recommending something that is not normally considered a good introductory opera:

this is the Highlights blu-ray from the so-called Valencia Ring. You won't  be able to follow the story (for that you'll need the full edition) but you will be able to experience the amazing production and the excellent playing and singing. The scene depicted on the cover is from the end scene of the Ring cycle, which has to be seen to be believed. It is available on youtube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8njyLeEfuQ) but only watching it and hearing it on blu-ray you'll make justice to this wonderful recording. I own the full edition and it is the one opera recording in my DVD/blu-ray collection I keep coming back to...

post #7 of 12

I highly recommend Don Giovanni by Joseph Losey. It was one of the first films to have 5:1 surround and was shot on location in Italy with a near perfect cast. You won't find a better opera experience on bluray. Best of all it's cheap at importcds

 

http://www.importcds.com/movies/2517726/don-giovanni-1979

 

Enjoy!

post #8 of 12
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I highly recommend Don Giovanni by Joseph Losey. It was one of the first films to have 5:1 surround and was shot on location in Italy with a near perfect cast. You won't find a better opera experience on bluray. Best of all it's cheap at importcds

 

http://www.importcds.com/movies/2517726/don-giovanni-1979

 

Enjoy!

+1  Nice production!

Raimondi is a lush rogue and John Macurdy is a solid, deep Commendatore.  And you also get Kiri Te Kanawa as Donna Elvira!  I never get tired of Jose Van Dam as Leporello who does well with the acting and comports himself proudly in the il catalogo è questo.

post #9 of 12
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Thanks guys for all the recommendations - I'll check these out

post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by kryten123 View Post

Hi Guys,

 

Help me expand my classical music knowledge.

 

 

I see you live in the UK. The best way to expand your knowledge of classical music is to listen to BBC Radio 3. 

 

Now with the Internet of course anyone in the world can listen to BBC Radio 3 and I recommend it.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/

 

There are many great programmes!

post #11 of 12
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Originally Posted by p a t r i c k View Post

 

I see you live in the UK. The best way to expand your knowledge of classical music is to listen to BBC Radio 3. 

 

Now with the Internet of course anyone in the world can listen to BBC Radio 3 and I recommend it.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/

 

There are many great programmes!


Hi, I hardly ever listen to the radio - occasionally in the car....and then it tends to be radio 2/4 lol

I hadnt thought of listening to the BBC via internet

post #12 of 12

I can't give you much in the way of opera but some classical works that are pretty awesome ( and palatable for most) are:

 

Any odd number Beethoven Symphony - esp. 3, 5, & 7 (you've heard the themes from these before)

Elgar's Nimrod from the Enigma Variations (gorgeous yet simple)

Jupiter from Holst' The Planets (you may know the hymn from this)

Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture (you know this from V for Vendetta)

Dvorak's Cello Concerto (epic)

 

Let me know what you think! I spend a lot of time turning new listeners onto classical music so some feedback would be great!

Enjoy!

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