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Old 02-17-2009, 09:15 PM   #71 (permalink)
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For a succinct message. Emmanuel Chabrier, in case you are intimidated by long ones. I cannot stress this enough.
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Old 02-25-2009, 12:41 PM   #72 (permalink)
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Old 02-25-2009, 01:03 PM   #73 (permalink)
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I say Samuel Barber. His "Adagio for Strings" is well known, but his symphonies and concertos are mind blowing.

There's a CD of piano works that show a wide variety of styles, and his technical ability is amazing.
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Old 03-01-2009, 09:59 AM   #74 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Åke Sjöström View Post
Mahler pffft. I think he's overrated.
Kalevi Aho-severely underrated. Simon Proctor too. Come on, Serpents and Contrabassoons and Tubas need love too-we're the black sheep of the orchestra.

PS. i take that back-Schoenberg is SEVERELY underrated-he's a goddamn genius-so is Toru Takemitsu-I know way too many classical composers lol
You think that Mahler is overrated! Have you heard his Symphony No. 8, it's perpetuous, brilliant, incredibly beautiful all the way throughout it's two movements. Just as well, his first symphony "Titan" - it has a purely grand piece throughout. Both of these symphonies carry Mahler's passion of the world; his desire to explain its meaning through music. As he said in a conversation with Sibelius: "... the symphony should be like the world: it must embrace everything." I think that that's the essence of his brilliance.

Having said that, he wrote a piece called "Das Lied von der Erde" (The song of the Earth) of some oriental lyrics. This piece is one which, I think expresses those same values of worldly description.
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