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Old 01-04-2009, 04:36 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Old 01-05-2009, 11:28 PM   #32 (permalink)
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I'm relatively new to the genre but at the moment I'd have to say Mozart's Symphony No. 25, Beethoven's Symphony No. 5, and Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E Minor.
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Old 01-16-2009, 08:40 AM   #33 (permalink)
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you can listen to Immediate Music or Xray Dog. they are mostly what you hear in movie trailers. its really nice and fast paced.
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Old 02-26-2009, 10:25 AM   #34 (permalink)
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Dvorak's New World Symphony.
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Old 02-26-2009, 11:44 PM   #35 (permalink)
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Here's what i think is some great orchestral music:

1.Addinsell - Warsaw Concerto
2. Bach - Brandenburg Concertos; Keyboard Concerto in A; Magnificat; Mass in B minor; Ouverture 1-4; St. Mathew Passion; Violin Concertos;
3. Barber - Adagio for Strings; Essays for Orchestra;
4. Bartok - Concerto for Orchestra; Hungarian Sketches; Music for Strings, Percussian, and Celeste;
5. Beethoven - Missa Solemnis; Piano Concerto No. 5; Symphony No. 3 "Eroica"; Symphony No. 5; Symphony No. 6 "Pastorale"; Symphony No. 7; Symphony No. 8; Symphony No. 9 "Chorale";
6. Berg - Violin Concerto;
7. Berlioz - Harold en Italie; Symphony Fantastique;
8. Bingen - Canticles of Ecstasy; Symphoniae;
9. Bizet - Carmen;
10. Brahms - Academic Festival Overture; Piano Concerto No. 1; Symphony No. 2; Symphony No. 3; Symphony No. 4; The German Requiem;
11. Britten - Occasional Overture; Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge; War Requiem; Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra;
12. Bruckner - Symphony No. 4;
13. Busoni - Doktor Faustus
14. Cage - Double Music; Constructions;
15. Copland - Appalacian Spring; Billy the Kid; Rodeo;
16. Corelli - Concerto Grosso's;
17. Couperin - The Nations;
18. C.P.E. Bach - Hamburg Concertos;
19. Debussy - Images for Orchestra; Le Mer; Nocturnes; Prelude to the Afternoon of a Fawn; Printemps;
20. Durufle - Requiem;
21. Dvorak - Carnival; Symphonic Variations; Symphony No. 7; Symphony No. 8; Symphony No. 9 "From the New World";
22. Elgar - Enigma Variations; Violin Concerto in B minor;
23. Falla - El amor brujo; El sombrero de tres picos; La vida breve; Psyche;
24. Faure - Requiem;
25. Foss - Orpheus and Euridice; Renaissance Concerto for Flute and Orchestra; Salomon Rossi Suite;
26. Gabrielli - Canzon duodecimi toni a 10;
27. Gershwin - An American in Paris; Rhapsody in Blue;
28. Glass - Dracula; Einstein on the Beach;
29. Golijoz - Aina Damor;
30. Gorecki - Symphony No. 3 "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs";
31. Grainger - Lincolnshire Posy;
32. Greenberg - Symphony No. 5;
33. Grieg - Lyric Suites; Peer Gynt Suites; Piano Concerto in A minor; Sigurd Jorsalfer;
34. Handel - Messiah; Water Music; Music for the Royal Fireworks;
35. Haydn - Divertimento for Cello and Orchestra; Missa in augustis; Symphony No. 55; Symphony No. 92 "Oxford"; Symphony No. 94 "Surprise"; Symphony No. 100 "Military"; Symphony No. 101 "The Clock"; Symphony No. 103 "Drumroll"; Symphony No. 104 "London"; Te deum;
36. Hindimith - Morgenmusik for Brass;
37. Holst - Suites for Military Band; The Planets;
38. Ives - Robert Browning Overture; Symphony No. 1; Three Places in New England;
39. Jerusalem - Dixit Dominus; Mass in D; Resposorio Segundo de S. S. Jose;
40. Khatchaturian - ***an;
41. Leoncavallo - Pagliacci;
42. Lutoslawski - Cello Concerto; Paroles tissees; Songs for Female Voice and Orchestra; Trois Poemes d'Henri Michaux;
43. Lyadov - The Enchanted Lake
44. Mahler - Das Lied von der Erde; Symphony No. 1; Symphony No. 2; Symphony No. 4; Symphony No. 8 "Symphony of a Thousand";
45. Mascagni - Cavaleria Rusticana;
46. Mendelssohn - A Midsummer Night's Dream; Ruy Blas: Overture; Symphony No. 3 "Italian"; Symphony No. 4 "Scottish"; Violin Concerto in E minor;
47. Monteverdi - Vespers of the Blessed Virgin;
48. Mozart - Clarinet Concerto; The Magic Flute; Don Giovanni; A Little Night Music; Flute Concerto No. 2; Horn Concerto No. 2; Horn Concerto No. 3; Horn Concerto No. 4; The Marriage of Figaro; Oboe Concerto; Piano Concerto No. 9; Piano Concerto No. 19; Piano Concerto No. 20; Piano Concerto No. 21; Piano Concerto No. 23; PIano Concerto No. 24; Piano Concerto No. 25; Piano Concerto No. 26 "Coronation"; Piano Concerto No. 27; Requiem; Salzburg Symphonies; Symphony No. 29; Symphony No. 30; Symphony No. 38 "Prague"; Symphony No. 40; Violin Concerto No. 3; Violin Concerto No. 4;
49. Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition;
50. Offenbach - La Fille du Tambour-Major; Orpheus in the Underworld;
51. Orff - Carmina Burana;
52. Pachelbel - Canon and Gigue in D;
53. Prokofiev - Alexander Nevsky; Cinderella; Dreams; Lietenent Kije; Peter and the Wolf; Piano Concerto No. 1; Pushkin; Romeo and Juliette; Scythian Suite; Symphony No. 1 "Classical"; Symphony No. 3; Symphony No. 4; Symphony No. 5; Symphony No. 7; The Love for Three Oranges; Violin Concerto No. 1;
54. Puccini - Tosca;
55. Purcell - Ode to Cecilia's Day; Te Deum & Jubilate; Verse Anthems;
56. R. Strauss - Also Sprach Zarathustra; An Alpine Symphony; Arabella; Don Juan; Ein Heldenleben; Till Eulenspiegel;
57. Rachmaninov - Piano Concerto No. 2; Piano Concerto No. 3; Prince Rostislav, Symphonic Poem; Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini;
58. Rameau - Deus Noster Refugium; In Convertendo; Concertos; Quam Dilecta;
59. Ravel - Albrada del Gacioso; Bolero; Introduction and Allegro; La Valse; Mother Goose Suite; Pavane for the Dead Princess; Rapsodie Espagnole; Valses Nobles et Sentimentales;
60. Respighi - Feste Romane; Fontane di Roma; Pini di Roma;
61. Rihm - Music for Violin and Orchestra;
62. Rimsky-Korsakov - Capriccio espagnole; Christmas Eve; May Night; Mllada; Scheherazade; The Golden ****erel; The Invisible City of Kitezh; The Snow Maiden; The Tale of Tsar Saltan;
63. Rossini - The Barber of Seville;
64. Russell Bennett - Symphonic Songs for Band;
65. Saint-Saens - Carnival of the Animals; Symphony No. 3;
66. Schoenberg - Five Orchestral Pieces; Transfigured Night;
67. Schubert - Symphony No. 8 "Unfinished"; Symphony No. 9 "The Great";
68. Schumann - Manfred; Piano Concerto; Symphony No. 1 "Spring"; Symphony No. 2; Symphony No. 3 "Rhenish"; Symphony No. 4;
69. Shostakovich - Festive Overture; Jazz Suites; Piano Concerto No. 2; Symphony No. 1; Symphony No. 5; Symphony No. 7 "Leningrad"; Tahiti Trot; The Age of Gold Ballet Suite; The Bolt Ballet Suite;
70. Sibelius - En Saga; Finlandia; Karelia Suite; Luonnotar; Symphonies; Tapiola; Two Serenades; Two Serious Melodies; Valse Triste; Violin Concerto;
71. Strauss Jr. - Die Fledermaus; Waltzs;
72. Stravinsky - Petrouchka; The Firebird; The Nightingale; The Rite of Spring;
73. Tchaikovsky - 1812 Overture; Capriccio Italien; Marche Slav; Romeo and Julliette Fantasy-Overture; Sleeping Beauty; Swan Lake; Symphony No. 5; Symphony No. 6; The Nutcracker;
74. Telemann - Wassermusik;
75. Vaughan Williams - Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis; Fantasia on Greensleevs; Five Variants of "Dives & Lazarus"; Sea Songs; Symphony No. 3; Sympony No. 5; Symphony No. 6; The Lark Ascending;
76. Verdi - Aida; I Vespri Siciliani; La Traviata; Requiem; Rigoletto;
77. Villa-Lobos - Choros;
78. Vivaldi - Concertos;
79. Wagner - Parcifal; Tristan und Isolde;
80. Walteufel - Waltzes;
81. Weill - The Three Penny Opera;
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Old 02-27-2009, 12:34 PM   #36 (permalink)
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Danny elfman has alot of very provoking music... soundtracks and arrangements of classical pieces witha modern twist, worth a look/listen.
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Old 01-01-2011, 04:51 AM   #37 (permalink)
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Default Barcarolle from "The Tales of Hoffman" by Offenbach

Several days ago while practicing my cello, I was delighted to find myself playing a very simple melody from a classical piece I remember loving devotedly and to tears because of its sweet simplicity when I was 19, but could not identify because I didn't know the composer. Armed with this new crucial bit of information provided by my cello instructional book, I read up on the piece to learn more and share it with you here.

The piece is "Barcarolle" from the opera, "The Tales of Hoffmann," by Jacques Offenbach. Although I prefer the orcestral version (and have never heard the opera), I feel the opera's story is interesting:

"The Muse appears and reveals to the audience that her purpose is to draw Hoffmann's attention to herself, and to make him abjure all other loves, so he can be devoted fully to her: poetry. She takes the appearance of Hoffmann's closest friend, Nicklausse" as Hoffmann recounts his three failed loves, with the muse at the end revealing herself to him and telling him: "Be reborn a poet! I love you, Hoffmann! Be mine!" The magic of poetry reaches Hoffmann as he sings, "Muse whom I love, I am yours!" The Tales of Hoffmann - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. So, it is not exactly a happy ending, assuming that loving a Muse rather than a human is a good thing, and apparently in the end the Muse realizes that Hoffman's three loves represent the real love for a woman he was trying to meet that day...but when she arrives, he is too drunk to notice, and so the Muse (poetry) wins him as he loses real human love.

Offenbach in fact died several months before finishing the opera, and so a friend of his, another composer, finished it for him...which I feel is a great and loving act of friendship, isn't it?

Before I post the youtube video of Barcarolle, here's more information about Offenbach and the piece:

Offenbach's numerous operettas, such as Orpheus in the Underworld, and La belle Hélène, were extremely popular in both France and the English-speaking world during the 1850s and 1860s. They combined political and cultural satire with witty grand opera parodies.

Offenbach's one fully operatic masterpiece, The Tales of Hoffmann (Les Contes d'Hoffmann), composed at the end of his career, has become the most familiar of Offenbach's works in major opera houses.

Most experts are of the opinion that his last work, The Tales of Hoffmann, was his only grand opera. It is more serious and more ambitious in its musical scope than his other works, perhaps reflecting the wish of the humourist to be taken seriously. The opera was still unfinished at his death in 1880, but was completed by his friend Ernest Guiraud and premiered in 1881.

The most famous number in the opera is the "Barcarolle" (Belle nuit, ô nuit d'amour), which is performed in Act 2. Curiously, the aria was not written by Offenbach with Les contes d'Hoffmann in mind. He wrote it as the 'Elves’ Song' in the opera Die Rheinnixen (Les fées du Rhin), which premiered in Vienna on February 8, 1864. Offenbach died with Les contes d'Hoffmann unfinished.

The Barcarolle has been incorporated into many films, including Life Is Beautiful and Titanic. It also provided the tune for Elvis Presley's rendition of the song "Tonight Is So Right For Love" in the film G.I. Blues (1960).

(Jacques Offenbach - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia).

The Tales of Hoffmann - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
I think I must have had the whole orchestral version of the opera on tape, because I used to play it at night while falling asleep and I remember there were many parts. I will try to find the whole thing, but this is the movement that sticks in my mind as the saddest and sweetest and, unsurprisingly, it is the most famous, I now learn:

"Barcarolle" from the opera, "The Tales of Hoffmann," by Jacques Offenbach

YouTube - Offenbach - Barcarolle , from 'The Tales of Hoffmann'

And here is the actual Barcarolle with opera singers Rebecca Knight and Karen England...the...erm..."OperaBabes." Oi! Somehow that epithet turns opera into something perverse and lowbrow...but they sing well:

Now here is an actual scene from the opera (made into a movie) in which Hoffman's third love, Antonia, sings of missing Hoffman in what eventually is a passionate duet with him and then further singing that, to Hoffman's horror, leads to her death due to her fragile state of health, as described here: Metropolitan Opera International Radio Broadcast Information Center - Opera Archive. The melody isn't so memorable or moving as Barcarolle, I feel, but it is still a pretty, wistful love song:

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Old 02-09-2011, 12:56 AM   #38 (permalink)
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The thing that San Fransisco orchestra did with Metallica is sweet!

Their orchestra leader guy knows all about metal. It was sweet!
it was really interesting. but still the original was much much better. i wanted to listen to some completely new composition for that "band + orchestra" set.
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Old 02-09-2011, 10:03 AM   #39 (permalink)
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Metallica's S&M is meh... I really like Deep Purple's flirtations with orchestra, though.

Concerto for Group and Orchestra is one of their best albums by far, imo.
Terence Hill, as recently confirmed during an interview to an Italian TV talk-show, was offered the role but rejected it because he considered it "too violent". Dustin Hoffman and John Travolta declined the role for the same reason. When Al Pacino was considered for the role of John Rambo, he turned it down when his request that Rambo be more of a madman was rejected.
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Mendelssohn's Midsummer Night's dream Overture.
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