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EvenFlow
10-27-2001, 04:00 AM
I was kinda wondering what kind of classical music would best suit a person who doesn't know anything about classical music? I'm a fan of movie soundtracks with symphony's but I'm not up on the classic stuff. Any recommendations?

Pendragon
10-27-2001, 05:15 AM
It depends on you really. If you like light music I'd reccommend Mozart and/or J.S. Bach... something heavier:Rachmaninov (piano concerto No.2), Sibelius (5th Symphony) or very heavy would be 'the rite of spring' or 'the firebird' by Stravinsky.

I would reccommend giving contemporary music a shunt. It's dischordant, unrhythmic and eugh... I think so anyway.:)

Also for more modern classical that does actually sound like classical try Michael Nyman or Rick Wakeman.

-Penny

EvenFlow
10-27-2001, 05:22 AM
Well I don't want something too light, or heavy. Sort of something that is is a mixture of both (if there exists such a piece).

Series X4 1.0
10-27-2001, 05:31 AM
Maybe Schubert?

It's just like with all music, you need to find the good pieces from different composers.

Pendragon
10-27-2001, 05:35 AM
Sibelius... Finlandia.
Rachmaninov... Piano Concerto No.2
J.S.Bach... Brandenburg concertos 1&5.
Widor... Toccata

There's so much good music floating around from hundreds of excellent composers it's difficult to suggest just a few. I've got one from each different era. Hope it helps.

also... Rick Wakeman piano music 'Chronicles of Man'. This is piano only. It's a good selection of pieces though in a medieval style.

EvenFlow
10-27-2001, 05:38 AM
Thanks for those suggestions Penny and Series X I'll check it out.

EvenFlow
10-27-2001, 05:56 AM
Just one other thing...obviously there are many orchestras out there..If I was going to buy some CD's what ones are more likely to be better (out of those you suggested)?

Stoned_Coder
10-27-2001, 06:04 AM
bachs toccatta and fugue

Pendragon
10-27-2001, 06:05 AM
I would initially say the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Ulster Orchestra/London Symphony Orchestra/Royal Festival Orchestra.

Then I wonder if you're not from the UK and if not if they are available where you are.

EvenFlow
10-27-2001, 06:08 AM
They may be (I'm in Australia). If I go to the ABC Shop they might have them. The ABC (Australian Broadcasting Commission) channel is very similar to your BBC (in fact we get heaps of BBC shows on the ABC).

Pendragon
10-27-2001, 06:21 AM
I would also reccommend the Berlin Philharmonic. Though to be one of the most presdigious orchestras in the world (the spelling error kind of spoils that a bit don't you think?). :D