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« on: May 11, 2009, 04:39:05 PM »

Bach violin partitas and sonatas - prefereably played by Nathan Milstein.

If you have never listend to these, put on the last movement of th 2nd Partita (caccione or chaconne) and try to count the number of violins playing.... 
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« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2009, 06:18:27 PM »

I'm no expert, but I am partial to Orff's Carmina Burana. 
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« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2009, 09:38:32 PM »

Bach violin partitas and sonatas - prefereably played by Nathan Milstein.


Just for fun, I'll start out with something that's pretty much the polar opposite of that..   Grin






Look out, here it comes.... 







Glass, "Concerto Fantasy for Two Tympanis and Orchestra".  a/k/a "Tympiani Impossible".   Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2009, 03:54:24 AM »

I'm no expert, but I am partial to Orff's Carmina Burana. 

I've never even heard of that!  Hey, non-expert who what do you get Orff on?
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« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2009, 01:53:37 PM »

I'm no expert, but I am partial to Orff's Carmina Burana. 

I've never even heard of that!  Hey, non-expert who what do you get Orff on?
You've never heard it?  Really?  I'll have to burn you a copy.  You'll most likely recognize "O Fortuna", since it is used all over the place, but all in all, it's a very solid piece of work.
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« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2009, 01:54:16 PM »

For me, I'm partial to Tchaikovsky's ballet suites: The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake...

But then again, I started out as a classically trained ballet dancer.
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« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2009, 08:09:39 PM »

I'm now living on this thread...

Debussy. All Debussy. Especially the Suite Bergmasque, Pour le Piano (Sarabande in particular), and the First Arabesque.
Then Ravel...Ondine and Pavane are so beautiful.
Chopin I like, but not as much as ravel and Debussy.

Rachmaninoff's 18th variation on a theme of Paganini (I think that's it) is very nice orchestrated.
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« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2009, 04:31:51 AM »

For me, I'm partial to Tchaikovsky's ballet suites: The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake...

But then again, I started out as a classically trained ballet dancer.

see, I have a hard time with T's music - I have always strongly disliked the Nutcracker - seen it as a kid and adult several times and its just a jumble of people, noise, and a non-sensical story line.  The music certainly has its catchy bits but T is, well, unsatisfying.

Wait, I'm not done yet!

I love violin music (for obvious reasons).  The best violinist probably since Paganini (who was undoubtedly the genius since he revolutionized the instrument) was Heifetz.  So I have a few Heifetz CDs - and his playing is superlative - technically but it is harsh and hard - in everything except T.  It is gorgeous in his hands - and (IMO) the vehicle to his genius.  So now I'm divided on T.  On the one hand, he sounds like movie accompaniment music but on the other is ths richeness that I get from Heifetz.

OTOH (and its a big one) as dance music - if I could move to it - perhaps I would enjoy the rest of it much more.  Just never had a chance to try - but I do see why a ballet dancer would go bonkers for it - translated into movement....
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« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2009, 04:42:51 AM »

I'm now living on this thread...

Debussy. All Debussy. Especially the Suite Bergmasque, Pour le Piano (Sarabande in particular), and the First Arabesque.
Then Ravel...Ondine and Pavane are so beautiful.
Chopin I like, but not as much as ravel and Debussy.

Rachmaninoff's 18th variation on a theme of Paganini (I think that's it) is very nice orchestrated.


If you like Debussy (as the line goes) then you should love Faure.  Here's a cello version ...
http://tr.youtube.com/watch?v=mwpbpYPfE9I&feature=PlayList&p=78566E408ED75DCD&index=0&playnext=1

Here's another - Berceuse.  There are many versions on utube but I like this zusman version because he plays it slower
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuIXryCnQQY

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« Reply #9 on: May 13, 2009, 04:46:17 AM »

Debussy. All Debussy. Especially the Suite Bergmasque, Pour le Piano (Sarabande in particular), and the First Arabesque.

we have to do one at a time!!
Love the arabesque... my own favorites

L'apr├Ęs-midi d'un faune
This version is masterful on the flute - http://tr.youtube.com/watch?v=F5A4CkUAazI

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« Reply #10 on: May 13, 2009, 05:10:05 PM »

Carmina Burana is choral, maybe that is why you are unfamiliar with it?
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« Reply #11 on: May 13, 2009, 05:19:27 PM »

Yeah, I'm that guy... that guy who listens to the 20th-century stuff.   Shocked  Copeland, Mahler (okay, he's borderline), Stravinsky, Varese, Messain, Boulez, Glass, Adams,...
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« Reply #12 on: May 13, 2009, 10:25:32 PM »

then you are way more sophisticated than i am C Smiley  I can just get out of the 19th with Faure...

in time.... suggest some faves - but I am not a copeland fan.... unless you are watching cowboy movies that is Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: May 14, 2009, 05:20:30 AM »

James Galway is also a really good flautist. I particularly like his version of Bach's Flute sonata in C.
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« Reply #14 on: May 14, 2009, 05:39:38 AM »

lovely - my best friend is a flautist and she loves JG too.... is there a good utube version?
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