- recommend me some classical music
I’ve recently started listening to classical music and really enjoying it. Trouble is I know bugger all about it so looking for suggestions for composers / tunes I might like.
I think I prefer some of more dramatic, upbeat music with the brass instruments. Just listened to Holst’s Planets which has a bit of the above and I really enjoyed it.
Please share any recommendations that might fit the above description.Posted 3 years agojairajSubscriber
Thanks guys just listened to Beethoven’s 9th symphony 2nd movement and it was great just what I was after. Checking out some of the other suggestions to.
It was Classic FM thats got me interested. I used to listen to Jon Holmes on XFM in the morning but Chris Moyles has taken over now and I can’t stand him. Started station hopping on the radio and found Classic FM who were playing theme tune to Indian Jones so I stayed on and been tuning every morning now as enjoy the music.Posted 3 years agoathgrayMember
I asked almost an identical question here a year or so ago after listening to Holst, The Plantets.
For the big orchestra sound I would say for accessibility
Beethoven (5th or 9th symphony)Posted 3 years ago
John Williams (Anything really, maybe a compilation)
Edvard Grieg (Peer Gynt Suite)
Jean Sibelius (Finlandia)
Johannes Brahms (Any symphony. I think he only did 4).kcalSubscriber
big and brassy – Janacek as above.
Folk based – Bartok (not as off-putting as you’d imagine).
I picked up the Planets from my dad many moons ago. And that was it for a while, then started to explore the composers mentioned as inspirations for ELP music – hence Bartok, Janacek, Copeland. See also Stravinsky.
Don’t rule out chamber music either. Above composers wrote some first class chamber stuff, happily admit being moved to tears by some (Janacek String Quartets case in point).
Apple Music may be able to help you.Posted 3 years ago
then started to explore the composers mentioned as inspirations for ELP music
Yep, my early exposure to classical was through ELP and Nice (hence the Janacek). Then via Zappa to Stravinsky, Varese and Webern.
Anyone with a 20th Century brain should visit Shostakovich.Posted 3 years agoglobaltiMember
Some of these will bring tears to your eyes, they are so beautiful:
Handel’s Zadok The Priest
The aria “Ombra Mai Fu” from Serse sung by Andreas Scholl. He’s a counter-tenor with a stunning voice. Yes, that’s a man singing!
Almost unknown Russian composer Alexander Glazunov’s Song of the Singers of Psalms from Tsar Ludeyskiy.
O Mio Babbino Caro sung by Kiri te Kanewa.
Mozart: Ave verum Corpus from the Mass in C Minor.
Chanson de Matin played by Nigel Kennedy – amazing.
Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries.
Verdi’s Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves from the opera Nabucco.
Just a few tasters to get you going. It helps if you look them up on Wiki to get an appreciation of why the piece was written. Zadok for example is all about flattery, sycophancy and egotism and it was written to impress at a time when electrical amplification was still a few centuries away.Posted 3 years ago
Some useful advice from my grandmother, which I feel is worthwhile for anyone embarking on discovering classical music, especially on Radio 3.
I paraphrase her sage words……
When you hear the terms “premiere performance” and/or “conducted by the composer”, change channels. Fast.
She was a wise old owl.Posted 3 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
Can never go wrong with Stravinsky’s Firebird in general but for the 3 minute single version skip direct to the finale… (I can’t find it now but there used to be a magnificent version on youtube, a very old, very distorted recording where the orchestra just brutalised the recording hardware, mics clipping all over… technically terrible of course but the sheer power of it was ridiculous, too much to trap on vinyl.Posted 3 years agoCountZeroMember
I like listening to film soundtracks sometimes.
Helps me zone out at work.
Phillip Glass’s “The Hours” is a particular favourite.
Some of Thomas Newman’s are good.
Rachmaninov was criticised for writing film scores. Glass’s soundtracks for Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi, and NaqoyqatsiPosted 3 years ago
are all worth checking out, as are the movies, although Koyaanisqatsi is my favourite of the three.
Not exactly dramatic and upbeat, though…pt0608Subscriber
I’m a massive fan of Shostakovich.
Stick on Symphony No. 7. Then while listening to it, consider that the symphony was dedicated to the city of Leningrad, and that the first performance in Leningrad was during the siege in WW2. Since the Radio Orchestra barely existed anymore, musicians were put on extra rations and other musicians bused in from the frontline.
Then listen to Symphony No. 5 and consider that Shostakovich wrote this in retaliation to the threat hanging over him of being shipped off to the gulag.Posted 3 years agojimsladeMember
Arvo Part, Fur Alina is a good starting place, but I like everything else too.
Max Richter is very good too, although both these artists are “modern classical”.
For older stuff try Albinoni, the Adagio in G is good if you get on with baroque, and if you find Part’s composition too gloomy.Posted 3 years agoRusty SpannerSubscriber
Try a bit of Bruckner.
Nothing you can whistle, it’s all about the dynamics and the tension.
If you like ‘Marquee Moon’ by Television, you’ll probably like Bruckner.
The third symphony will give you an idea, try the seventh if you get it.
In the same vein, The Protecting Veil by John Tavener isn’t a foot tapper, but if you’re in the mood, it’ll blow the top off your head off.
There’s no right or wrong, just try a bit of everything and see what sticks.Posted 3 years ago
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