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Your top five classical composers

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Impossible to choose, I know, but I'd like to know who you really like.

1. Mozart
2. Beethoven
3. Brahms
4. Bruckner
5. Debussy

post #2 of 101
plus...
rossini
copland
post #3 of 101
In no particular order 'cause that's impossible. 1. Mozart 2. Scarlatti 3. Chopin 4. Strauss 5. Beethoven
post #4 of 101
Rachmaninov
Tchaikovsky
Beethoven
Brahms
Bach
post #5 of 101
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In no particular order 'cause that's impossible.

1. Mozart
2. Scarlatti
3. Chopin
4. Strauss
5. Beethoven

What Scarlatti and Strauss pieces are favourites?
post #6 of 101
Beethoven
Tchaikovsky
Chopin
Rachmaninov
Bartok
post #7 of 101
Pachelbel Mozart Agazzari Beethoven Bach
post #8 of 101
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Agazzari

Never heard of him or played his music. Will check him out.
post #9 of 101
Bach (do I really need to say this?), Schubert, Wagner, Brahms, Mahler Runner up: Dvorak
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What Scarlatti and Strauss pieces are favourites?
For Strauss, nothing exceeds "Vier letzte lieder" IMO. "Morgen!" is another great Strauss lieder. By Scarlatti I mean Domenico. His Sonata in C Major K. 159 is a particular favorite, on both harpsichord and piano.
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For Strauss, nothing exceeds "Vier letzte lieder" IMO. "Morgen!" is another great Strauss lieder.

By Scarlatti I mean Domenico. His Sonata in C Major K. 159 is a particular favorite, on both harpsichord and piano.

The Four Last Songs is his masterpiece, I think. Followed by Till. What's your favourite recording?

I love that Scarlatti sonata. The way the line rises in the opening movement.
post #12 of 101
Beethoven
Tchaikovsky
Shostakovich
Prokofiev
Chopin
post #13 of 101
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The Four Last Songs is his masterpiece, I think. Followed by Till. What's your favourite recording? I love that Scarlatti sonata. The way the line rises in the opening movement.
Karajan/Janowitz, without question. It leaves everything else in the dust. It is easily the best late Karajan recording...he is restrained, uncharacteristically so. And then Janowitz...that voice, my god. Lyric soprano with a LOUD voice that just soars over the music. "Biem Schlafengehen" on this recording is Gundula Janowitz's magnum opus IMO. The emotion is staggering. Schwarzkopf and Flagstad didn't even come close!
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Karajan/Janowitz, without question. It leaves everything else in the dust. It is easily the best late Karajan recording...he is restrained, uncharacteristically so. And then Janowitz...that voice, my god. Lyric soprano with a LOUD voice that just soars over the music.

"Biem Schlafengehen" on this recording is Gundula Janowitz's magnum opus IMO. The emotion is staggering. Schwarzkopf and Flagstad didn't even come close!

It is wonderful. Love Fleming and Norman (especially the Leipzig playing, here). Check out Flagstad on YouTube from the Proms world premiere (with Dennis Brain on horn). Stunning!
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It is wonderful. Love Fleming and Norman (especially the Leipzig playing, here). Check out Flagstad on YouTube from the Proms world premiere (with Dennis Brain on horn). Stunning!
Oh yes, I've heard it. Amazing stuff.
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