QuestionDo you listen to much classical music, if so, could you recommend some?
      – Thelevellers, 2009-10-17 at 14:58:43   (19 comments)

On 2009-10-17 at 15:02:31, Thelevellers wrote...
I have recently been using Spotify to start listening to classical stuff, but am stuck on where to start. I've got a few obvious ones, like Bach's Brandenberg concerto and Holst's The Planets. My dad did give me a HUGE list to try last night, but it is a little TOO long! My problem is I don't know where to start, and while I know many names of composers (thank-you Monty Python's 'The Decomposing Composers'), I don't know any names of pieces of music. Oh, and I have a problem with opera - I hate that style of singing almost universally. I have just quite enjoyed having Carmina Burana on while reading and commenting on here though...
On 2009-10-17 at 16:21:58, Lee J Haywood wrote...
I've got the whole 5-disc set of Time-Life's '100 classical masterpieces', along with a bunch of other classical albums like 'In classical mood' - compilations are a good start. One good album is 'Vivaldi cello concertos' by Ofra Harnoy. You could also try an album by the Mediaeval Baebes - not strictly classical, but I like them anyway. And Myleene Klass released pop-like versions of classical music in her 'Moving on' album. My favourite individual pieces are Beethoven's 'Moonlight sonata' and Barber's 'Adagio for strings'.
On 2009-10-17 at 19:58:45, Thelevellers wrote...
I dislike compilation albums, but I think I may give in for classical... Mediaeval Babes sound like they have potential :)
On 2009-10-17 at 22:39:43, BorgClown wrote...
I usually don't like classical music for its tendency to bounce between pianissimo and fortissimo, it makes it hard to listen for me. Having said that, there are a few composers, like Pachelbel, who I instantly like. His Canon has to be one of the most heard classical compositions in history: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pachelbel%27s_Canon
On 2009-10-18 at 10:22:44, Lee J Haywood wrote...
@BorgClown: Interesting - I just listened to the embedded version and I don't recognise it. It's not in any of my collections and the only versions I've heard have been the Canon Rock versions on YouTube, like this one. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_Gl6fsrP5E (Woo, I just passed 4,000 points).
On 2009-10-18 at 10:27:31, Lee J Haywood wrote...
@Thelevellers: That reminds me, if you like Metallica then Apocalyptica's first album should appeal to you? Their others are good too. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apocalyptica Even System of a Down translates to the electric violin. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMKmQmkJ9gg And more music generally... http://www.discussionator.com/bookmarks.html#Music
On 2009-10-18 at 15:44:01, Thelevellers wrote...
System of a Down translates into 2 or three entire albums by String quartet! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqIFBbSN80c That quartet have done muse, queens of the Stone Age and Offsrping... Love it all in the right mood! :) I'm not a big fan of Metallica myself, the wrong kind of heavy for me really, Apocalyptica are cool, but again they have that same heavy edge and I don't find myself wanting to listen that much...
On 2009-10-18 at 15:45:37, Thelevellers wrote...
Oh, I wasn;t that impressed by the Mediaeval babes, I'm not much of a fan of that style of singing, or at least not for more than one or two songs at a time...
On 2009-10-19 at 00:46:07, BorgClown wrote...
@Lee J Haywood: You must have heard it before, just look at the list of works it appears on: http://www.pachelbelcanon.com/
On 2009-10-19 at 00:49:21, BorgClown wrote...
Also, you making 4,000 points does not count, you have direct access to the database, and the superpower to make more than three comments in a row.
On 2009-10-19 at 14:20:16, Lee J Haywood wrote...
@BorgClown: They're not it though, they're all derivatives surely? Given how popular it is in that sense though, it's surprising that I haven't heard it by itself - at least, not knowingly. I only remember using my superpower once, and I'd only gain a few meagre points from it - so I'm still over 4,000. You can see a complete breakdown of a user's points on their 'Responses' list in their profile. You've given me the most, of course...
On 2009-10-20 at 00:59:42, BorgClown wrote...
Gimme my points back!
On 2009-10-20 at 14:14:52, Lee J Haywood wrote...
@BorgClown: They're not yours, you gave them as a gift. They're mine now. If you want to keep the points you generate, talk to yourself in your own topics and leave us alone.
On 2009-10-20 at 17:22:58, Thelevellers wrote...
lol! Now there's an idea - talking to yourself as a productive thing! :O Ok, that's pushing the term 'productive' a little far...
On 2009-10-20 at 20:23:24, BorgClown wrote...
Even better, I'm gonna use my BorgMime account and start talking in our (mine?) contact pages.
On 2009-10-29 at 19:36:20, Scarletxstarlet wrote...
I like mostly Romantic/Impressionist composers: Chopin, Debussy, Scriabin, etc. If you want to get some classical recordings for free, head over to www.classiccat.com. Also useful is www.pianosociety.org and their classical music wiki. I use it all the time for sheet music.
On 2009-11-02 at 11:29:29, Lee J Haywood wrote...
@Thelevellers: http://magnatune.com/artists/lara_st_john
On 2009-11-02 at 21:29:05, BorgClown wrote...
Does anyone remember Vanessa Mae? She did several interesting adaptations to classical music.
On 2009-12-17 at 20:21:13, Lee J Haywood wrote...
http://listverse.com/2009/12/17/top-15-greatest-composers-of-all-time/