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Feb. 5th, 2008 | 08:16 pm
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posted by: nighean_ruaidhe in classical_music

I realized from John's post before me that asking for suggestions is a very good idea. There is no way that I could ever go through all of the classical music out there. Does anyone have any suggestions of composers/individual pieces I should check out? My favorite composer so far is Rachmaninov, and I particularly love his first movement of the Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor. I also LOVE his Prelude in C-sharp minor, and also his Prelude in B minor. I guess that I am familiar with most of the more popular pieces of composers such as Brahms Symphony No. 1 and Beethoven's 9th Symphony.

I love all classical music, but I like concertos in particular. Piano and violins are my favorite, but like I said, I love all classical music. I am also very fond of compositions in minor keys...they seem to effect me the most. But, like I said...I love all classical music. Any suggestions?

Thanks,

Ashley

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pax_homninibus

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from: pax_homninibus
date: Feb. 7th, 2008 01:37 am (UTC)
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Seconded on the Beethoven and the Chopin.

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athena

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from: athena8
date: Feb. 6th, 2008 01:58 am (UTC)
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Barber's violin concerto is absolutely beautiful! ♥ I'd also recommend the Bach violin concertos, particularly the A minor.

My favorite piano concerto is Beethoven's 5th piano concerto in E flat major. The first and third movements are bright and bold, but the second movement is nostalgic and pretty - one of the loveliest melodies he wrote, I think. =)

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Mister Baltimore

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from: av8rmike
date: Feb. 6th, 2008 04:54 pm (UTC)
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Nice icon! That's my favorite of the partitas.

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athena

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from: athena8
date: Feb. 6th, 2008 05:12 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! Though I actually can't really take any credit, because my brother took this picture (of his own hand, lol)!

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from: gms5287
date: Feb. 7th, 2008 04:38 am (UTC)
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Barber's Violin concerto sounds like a bad Brahms impression. It's my least favorite piece of his.

Now as far as everything else he wrote, great great stuff. I recommend his Piano Concerto, and Capricorn Concerto.

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harrietbrown

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from: harrietbrown
date: Feb. 6th, 2008 02:34 am (UTC)
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I LOVE the Prokofiev Violin Concerto in g minor. The D major flirts with minor keys as well. The Khachaturian Violin Concerto in a minor is fun, too. It sounds like the KGB is coming to get ya! Then it has a beautiful second movement and a spirited finale.

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anne_pierson

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from: anne_pierson
date: Feb. 6th, 2008 05:07 am (UTC)
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well i know it sounds boring perhaps, i love Beethoven, he is aggressive that can bring a lot of emotions to mind. though as an opera singer i always find myself entangled in Mozart, special when I am in the role of the queen of the night in the magical flute.

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anne_pierson

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from: anne_pierson
date: Feb. 6th, 2008 05:10 am (UTC)
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oh i forgot Claude Debussy and the love of my life Christoph Willibald Gluck

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Cody

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from: larghetto
date: Feb. 6th, 2008 06:27 am (UTC)
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Check out the two piano concertos by Erno von Dohnanyi. Also, recently released on the Romantic Piano Concerto series, the concertos by Henryk Melcer. Ferrucio Busoni has one hell of a piano concerto if you can sit through all five movements.

Dvorak's piano concerto is undeservedly underplayed, as is his violin concerto. Franz Xaver Scharwenka has four very nice piano concertos. Anton Rubinstein does as well. Tchaikovsky's second piano concerto is considerably better than his first but relatively unknown. His Concert Fantasy, in my opinion, is his best solo-orchestral piece.

Mendelssohn's concertos for two pianos are attractive enough, as are his Capriccio Brillante, Op. 22 and his regular piano concertos. Although I don't like the piece, many people adore Schumann's piano concerto in A minor. Of course, there's always Grieg.

I'm particularly fond of the piano concerto by Benjamin Britten, but it's more avant-garde than what your post suggests you like. If you can find it, Sergei Bortkiewicz's piano concerti (he has three, the third has only been recorded once or twice and is commercially unavailable, which is a huge shame), are astounding pieces. Other concertos to consider may be those by Zygmunt Stojowski, Ignaz Paderewski, Moritz Moszkowski, the lone concerto of Rimsky-Korsakov, Anton Arensky, Charles Alkan's concerto for solo piano, Mili Balakirev's two piano concertos. A personal favorite of mine is Dussek's fourth concerto. Henselt has a nice concerto. Litolff's concerto symphoniques are very, very well-written pieces.

Medtner's piano concertos are far above those of Rachmaninov (by the way, listen to Rach's first under Leif Ove-Andsnes and the fourth under Michelangeli), but they're much heavier pieces that yield more upon further listenings. Along the same lines, Alexander Scriabin's concerto and other piano/orchestra pieces may be of some intrest to you. Prokofiev, too. Avoid the Ashkenazy recordings.

A curious favorite of mine, the concerto of Eyvind Alnaes. Some nice listening comes from the concertos of Camille Saint-Saens. The second of his is my favorite of the five, but be sure to listen too to his Africa Fantasy.

And, lastly, you must absolutely track down a recording of the piano concerto by the horribly underrated Kurt Atterberg.

That should be enough to get you started. For more, check out the Romantic Piano Concerto series released by Hyperion, currently up to 44 volumes.

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pax_homninibus

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from: pax_homninibus
date: Feb. 7th, 2008 01:36 am (UTC)
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If you join classical_share, you can download my copy of the first movement from Saint-Saens' Piano Concerto No. 2, which is superb. It's in a minor key, too, very moody. You'd also probably like Maurice Ravel's Tzigane. And all of Beethoven's piano concertos are amazing.

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