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by Justin
Fri Sep 28, 2007 1:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Bland Leading the Bland
Replies: 74
Views: 13801

I was happy to see other posters come to the defence of Nielsen's Inextinguishable. My orchestra performed this a few years ago and it quickly became one of my favourite symphonies. And I would suggest that nothing - not listening to the recording with headphones nor sitting in the front row of the ...
by Justin
Wed Sep 26, 2007 4:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Passacaglias
Replies: 23
Views: 3971

Re: Passacaglias

Welcome to the board, and I'm afraid I have to say, in the kindest way, you have to be kidding. The two most famous and greatest passacaglias are the one for organ in C minor by Bach (infinitely the greatest masterpiece in this form) and the concluding movement of the Fourth Symphony of Brahms. Not...
by Justin
Tue Sep 25, 2007 7:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Passacaglias
Replies: 23
Views: 3971

Passacaglias

I am a fan of the passacaglias from Shostakovich's Violin Concerto no. 1 and Lutoslawski's Concerto for Orchestra. There's something about this musical form which really stimulates me intellectually. I can't think of any more examples off the top of my head (except for Webern's, which I'm not so fon...
by Justin
Thu Aug 23, 2007 11:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Modern "Classical" music?
Replies: 38
Views: 4949

I don't see what's wrong with saying popular music is for drinking or dancing or driving etc. I don't think I would put a pop CD on my fine listening equipment and listen to it as a foreground activity. Pop by definition is background music to me. I have no issue with you saying that popular music ...
by Justin
Thu Aug 23, 2007 12:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Modern "Classical" music?
Replies: 38
Views: 4949

I have organised the music on my computer into three categories, which I have reluctantly labelled "classical music", "popular music" and "soundtracks". However the first two of these labels frustrate me immensely, since much of my "classical" music is far from classical, and most of my "popular" mu...
by Justin
Tue Jul 31, 2007 4:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lutoslawski recommendations?
Replies: 11
Views: 2959

Thanks everyone!

I have made a list of your recommendations (my priority will be the cello concerto) and will visit my local stores soon.
by Justin
Mon Jul 30, 2007 1:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Help me choose who to explore next...
Replies: 34
Views: 5820

Just putting in my vote for Beethoven! If you enjoy classical music, you will love his symphonies (well, I guess there will always be exceptions!).
by Justin
Mon Jul 30, 2007 1:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lutoslawski recommendations?
Replies: 11
Views: 2959

Lutoslawski recommendations?

Our university symphony orchestra has played Lutoslawski's Symphony no. 3 and his Concerto for Orchestra, and I have really loved both works. I'd like to hear recommendations for the next Lutoslawski work(s) that I should listen to. I thought maybe Symphony no. 4 would be good to try next?
by Justin
Mon Jul 30, 2007 12:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How do you listen to music?
Replies: 27
Views: 3954

Hmmm. After reading your replies and reflecting for a while, I wonder whether my problem with concentration is really that I have somewhat narrow tastes, and I'm just not that interested in a lot of music that I hear. Of course I have a built up a large personal collection of music which I do love a...
by Justin
Sat Jul 28, 2007 6:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How do you listen to music?
Replies: 27
Views: 3954

That's right - I meant music that is new to me!
by Justin
Sat Jul 28, 2007 5:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How do you listen to music?
Replies: 27
Views: 3954

How do you listen to music?

I'm interested to hear from people how they approach new music. Do you start it playing, sit back, and do nothing but listen? I can do this for music I already know, but when I want to listen to some new piece of music, usually I am unable to keep my attention on just listening without getting distr...
by Justin
Fri Jul 27, 2007 10:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sheherazade recommendation
Replies: 46
Views: 10354

We are playing this piece right now in our university orchestra! It's not the type of music I can really love, but I find it enjoyable once in a while to let myself get swept along with it, and it's certainly a lot of fun to play all those melodies. Our conductor's favourite recording is Valery Gerg...
by Justin
Mon Jul 16, 2007 12:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Another introduction
Replies: 18
Views: 2923

I got my hands on Alexander Nevsky and have been listening to it for the past couple of days. I'm really enjoying it! Thanks to those who recommended it!
by Justin
Fri Jul 13, 2007 12:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Another introduction
Replies: 18
Views: 2923

Re: Another introduction

Thanks to everyone for the welcomes! Have you ever considered Gregorian chant, or Monteverdi . . . . Hehehe, not quite my cup of tea! (And I quite enjoy the Left Coast, incidentally.) I share your enthusiasm for the Simpson Symphony # 9. # 10 is similar and the rest are worth exploring as well. It's...
by Justin
Thu Jul 12, 2007 4:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Another introduction
Replies: 18
Views: 2923

Another introduction

Hello all, I've been reading this forum for several weeks, and finally decided to join in. I'm from Australia and currently studying in the San Francisco Bay Area. I play violin in my university symphony orchestra, which is a great source of new music, and I also play the piano. My knowledge and exp...