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Classical Masters

For people who love opera, ballet, and classical music. A place to relax and enjoy the soothing sound of the masters. (Incept date, 0401.10)

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Hindemith, Mathias Grunewald, the Nazis, &c.

Started by James M. Martin Jul 4, 2012. 0 Replies

When I was a bachelor at a…Continue

Virtual Choir 3.0 - Water Night

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Tony Carroll Apr 2, 2012. 1 Reply

Words may not suffice here.  The average choir may be ... what?  Thirty, maybe 50 for a medium ensemble, and a large orchestra chorus might go one or two hundred.  Worthy of note, Eric Whitacre's…Continue

Tags: Water Night, Virtual Choir, Eric Whitacre

For Christopher...

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Dec 16, 2011. 2 Replies

I sometimes like to think I have a way with words here and there.  Today, having learned of the death of Christopher Hitchens, I find the words coming in fits and starts, but any attempt at giving…Continue

Tags: Dmitri Shostakovich, Christopher Hitchens

Is Music Dangerous?

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Aug 10, 2011. 3 Replies

It was a few years ago when I attended a Cleveland Orchestra concert which included Dmitri Shostakovich’s Fourth Symphony.  Up to that time, I had been aware of his more popular works, such as his…Continue

Tags: Shostakovich Symphony No. 4, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Stalin, Shostakovich

Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir - Lux Aurumque

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Apr 5, 2011. 3 Replies

When is a choir not a choir ... yet still a choir?When is an ensemble not assembled, yet is assembled?Ask Eric Whitacre. Some time back, he was sent a link on YouTube of a woman, singing a single…Continue

Tags: YouTube, Lux Aurumque, Virtual Choir, Eric Whitacre

Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir 2.0 - *** UPDATED ***

Started by Loren Miller Apr 5, 2011. 0 Replies

On 7 April, 2011, Eric Whitacre will release his latest Virtual Choir project, with the performance of his work, "Sleep."  This project involved the participation of no less than 2,051 voices from 58…Continue

Tags: YouTube, Sleep, Virtual Choir, Eric Whitacre

The Playlist Vault of Classical Masters on A|N

Started by Roy The Infidel. Last reply by Roy The Infidel Sep 22, 2010. 9 Replies

Archive of featured playlists on Classical Masters.Continue

Tags: masters, classical, playlist, vault

The OTHER Side of Eric Whitacre

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 10, 2010. 2 Replies

Certainly, there is "Water Night," "Sleep," and the powerful "When David Heard."  To this day I shed tears listening to some of this stuff.And then ... there's Eric's OTHER side ... the side which…Continue

Conductors, Too

Started by James M. Martin. Last reply by Steve Snyder Jun 19, 2010. 16 Replies

I hope this group will welcome from time to time discussions of conductors, as in some circles they are almost the auteurs of the work, usually those who get the rosettes in the Penguin Guide.  But…Continue

Shostakovich - Symphony No. 5

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Jun 5, 2010. 5 Replies

As controversial as it is powerful, Dmitri Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony was written in the wake of the searing criticism of his opera, "Lady MacBeth of Mtensk."  This criticism had reduced…Continue

Tags: Lady MacBeth of Mtsensk, Soviet, Shostakovich, Michael Tilson Thomas

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Comment by James M. Martin on September 20, 2010 at 12:22pm
Also underrated: Boccherini. His "Retirata de Madrid" gets me going, and the transcription by Berio has me marching around the house.
Comment by Richard Goscicki on September 20, 2010 at 12:15pm
Underrated composers: Mine would be Russian Ballet composer Reinhold Gliere. I saw a ballet piece at the Metropolitan in 1970 called "La Reve." I never forgot it. Of course, I was 26 and accompanied by a beautiful young lady and intimate companion, might have had something to do with it.

Also, Eric Satie is underrated. He was an organizer and spearhead of the French avant guarde. He was friends with all the greats of the Bel Epoch and helped develop a fresh new sound uniquely French divorced from the German and Italian.
Comment by James M. Martin on September 20, 2010 at 12:13pm
Underrated, probably J. N. Hummel.
Comment by Steve Snyder on September 20, 2010 at 2:58am
Flip side ... among semifamous to famous, who's your most UNDERrated composer? I'll start by throwing out Alf Schnittke.
Comment by Loren Miller on September 19, 2010 at 6:46pm
Never heard "Death of Klinghoffer," though I know the story. I have a CD with de Waart and SF doing "The Chairman Dances," "Tromba Lontana" and "Fast Ride," all of which I enjoy. I once caught a bit of "Nixon in China" on PBS - was okay, not mind-blowing ... but there's something in the overall sense of "The Chairman Dances" that I really enjoy.
Comment by James M. Martin on September 19, 2010 at 5:27pm
Glass puts me to sleep rather rapidly.
Comment by James M. Martin on September 19, 2010 at 5:27pm
My favorite Adams work is the DVD of his "Death of Klinghoffer," which opens with a longish preamble into how the "Holy Land" got to be the way it is, including Israel and Palestine. Adams caught hell for writing it so that it presents the Palestinian point of view parallel with that of the Israelis, but Adams made up for it a few years later when he composed that brilliant work on 9/11. Adams is an American Treasure.
Comment by Loren Miller on September 19, 2010 at 5:11pm
Well :-P~~~~~~~~~~~!!! {chuckle}

Just doesn't work for me, James, what can I say?

And as it comes to minimalism, Phillip Glass I can take or leave (mostly leave), but John Adams? Yeah, I dig what he does.
Comment by James M. Martin on September 19, 2010 at 4:29pm
I love Ives. So take that, Loren.
Comment by Loren Miller on September 19, 2010 at 4:05pm
I don't know whether you'd call him "overrated" or not ... but I have absolutely NO use for the work of Charles Ives ... YUK!
 

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