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Old 05-29-2018, 06:26 AM   #71 (permalink)
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The one I got last also counts, since I really like it and I'm effectively still in the process of getting into classical.

Malipiero. Didn't know about this composer. Just traded for it on a whim. It was cheap, it was string quartets and I've heard several good things from the "Brilliant Classics" label. Turns out it's really damn good. I've still only heard disc 1 though.

^ That's a wonderful album cover, MicShazam, and a composer I've never heard of. As they are string quartets that you describe as "really damn good," I might give them a listen after I've checked out Frownland's latest recs.

TBH, I only came here to bump the thread and now...

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Old 05-29-2018, 07:46 AM   #72 (permalink)
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^ That's a wonderful album cover, MicShazam, and a composer I've never heard of. As they are string quartets that you describe as "really damn good," I might give them a listen after I've checked out Frownland's latest recs.
Of course, I'm not the most knowledgeable person on the subject, but it sounds good to me. I really like the melodic style and flavor of this album.

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TBH, I only came here to bump the thread and now...

I routinely worry about all of the things I've said I will check out but have yet to give an opinion on. I don't know what my "success rate" is, but it's not 100% for sure!
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Old 05-30-2018, 06:21 AM   #73 (permalink)
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Thanks for your detailed answer josht! That's a lot of years and a lot of listening that you've put in, but as you honestly say, still only scratching the surface of this almost limitless genre.

I've heard about 3 of the pieces you mention, but to all intents and purposes, I'm like a guy in the audience of a cartoon I once saw: A drawing of a concert hall, with the conductor on his plinth, busy with his baton, looks over his shoulder to tell the audience "... and now comes the bit you've heard on tv..."
Brings to mind this scene:




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Old 05-30-2018, 06:40 AM   #74 (permalink)
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^ I love Marge's last line!

... and yes, me too MicShazam: I don't check out everything I say I will. But you did listen to 801 Live, right?!
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^ I love Marge's last line!

... and yes, me too MicShazam: I don't check out everything I say I will. But you did listen to 801 Live, right?!
I'm not sure, actually

Remind me again what it is and I promise I will listen to it.
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Old 05-30-2018, 07:42 AM   #76 (permalink)
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I might check out the Roxy Music album on your rec, MicShazam.
And how about "801 Live" ? With good reason that album usually turns up on any list of Best Art-Rock Live Albums Featuring Eno and Phil Manzanera.
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Didn't actually know it existed since it's under Manzanera, but I will check it out.
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That 801 album is the ****.
At least I did my homework and have now listened to Viva! many times.
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I've actually always been in to the intensity and raw emotion of orchestrated movie and video game scores so it wasn't a huge deal to jump into Classical. It helps that I had taken music all through high school and gained an appreciation for the traditional instruments (and played about 20 different arrangements of Canon).

The final push came from a course on Music History I took in university (Classical period to Modern day). We had to memorize about 30 pieces of music and then had listening tests. Getting to know the music so well that you can pick out the piece and movement at any point in the music will really do a number on anyone, provided they stick with it.

But in all honesty, and as cliche as it may be, Beethoven's Fifth. Mahler has some great numbers, Mozart and Papa Haydn as well. Holst, Wagner, Puccini, Liszt and many others.
I started classical not too long ago and I first listened to Mahler's first symphony. It was very well done and different from other pieces I heard.
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When I was a teenager I got into Ravel, Debussy and, in general, some of the "French Impressionists," but in a sort-of casual way. Didn't pay attention to anything else. It wasn't until I got into Mozart's Requiem when I was about 30 that I *really* got into classical music.
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The Chopin pieces I played in piano lessons when I was a kid.
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Old 09-19-2018, 01:57 AM   #80 (permalink)
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I'd listened to the symphony as a kid, off and on, but what really caught my attention and ignited my desire to learn classical piano was Steve Sharples' "Bolero" end credits piece for Moulin Rouge!. From there I found Ravel's "Boléro" in a Google search, and was pretty much hooked on what is broadly termed "classical" music.
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