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Shostakovich



What pieces do you like? Heard the 10th?
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CHOPIN
Mozart
Schubert
Debussy
Mendelssohn
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What pieces do you like? Heard the 5th?

Fixed. But I've never heard the 10th. How does it compare to the 5th?
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What pieces do you like? Heard the 10th?

oh...hmmm,...first, fifth, seventh (three versions), ninth, tenth (Karajan), eleven, twelve, and fifteen. Plus, Rayok, and the 32 preludes and fugues (Jarrett). I'm sure there's something I'm missing in there...oh, Lady Macbeth, the complete opera. Oh...selected string quartets, too. (mneh). may eventually seek out the fourth symphony, if I can ever find Ormandy's version with the Philadelphia.

tenth, is a recent acquisition, still getting my mind around it. FWIW, the final fugue has my vote for best thing I've heard from him.
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Fixed. But I've never heard the 10th. How does it compare to the 5th?

Fifth is utterly spectacular. Tenth - only a shade less so. But then again I'm going with Bernstein's fifth against Karajan's tenth. If you took...for instance, Mravinsky's fifth or Gergiev's fifth, then Karajan's tenth would win IMHO.

BTW: Seventh - Bernstein/Chicago PO, is cruelly overlooked IMHO, particularly the finale.
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Fixed. But I've never heard the 10th. How does it compare to the 5th?

Considering the 10th is greatest symphony of the 20th Century, not well!



Love the 5th. Superb, but the 10th's cohesion and form (and without the 'shallow' finale), makes it tops. My favourite is the crazy as a jay bird 4th. One of the amazing pieces of music ever written. The perfectly formed 5th was in direct response to the 4th after Stalin savaged it. Wanker! Hence, the 'shallow' heroic finale. 'An artist's response to just criticism'. Gotta play the game with a nutter like Uncle Joe.
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Fifth is utterly spectacular. Tenth - only a shade less so. But then again I'm going with Bernstein's fifth against Karajan's tenth. If you took...for instance, Mravinsky's fifth or Gergiev's fifth, then Karajan's tenth would win IMHO.

BTW: Seventh - Bernstein/Chicago PO, is cruelly overlooked IMHO, particularly the finale.

Check out the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra from the Proms with Dudamel on YouTube. An astonishing 10th.

Karajan 10th (the earlier one)
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Check out the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra from the Proms with Dudamel on YouTube. An astonishing 10th.

Karajan 10th (the earlier one)

Have you heard Ormandy's 10th? Curious as I tend to favor Ormandy when he cuts loose. I'd figure the second movement would be a riot.
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if I can ever find Ormandy's version with the Philadelphia.

Got it. LP reissue! Amazing.

I remember my father playing an original LP when I was a kid. It scared me. That cover with the swash of blue paint.

Here you go
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Have you heard Ormandy's 10th? Curious as I tend to favor Ormandy when he cuts loose. I'd figure the second movement would be a riot.

Not Ormandy.

Heard most. Played it several times but never conducted it. On my list.
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Not Ormandy.

Heard most. Played it several times but never conducted it. On my list.

mine too. Should have bought it when Amazon had it available back in the day. arg.
post #27 of 101
I will readily admit to pedestrian knowledge and appreciation of classical music.

1. Mozart
2. Beethoven

after that, I like all the rest of the better-known more or less equally. No one composer stands out much more than the other.
post #28 of 101
1. Mahler
2. J.S. Bach
3. Stravinsky
4. Tchaikovsky
5. Brahms

--Andre
post #29 of 101
1. Beethoven 2. Mahler 3. Rachmaninoff 4. Brahms 5. Bruckner
post #30 of 101
In no particular order, 1. Mahler (esp. 7th & 9th symphonies) 2. Prokofiev (just about everything, but especially Piano Concertos 2 & 5, some of his operas, and his ballet and film scores) 3. Liszt (Sonata in B minor, transcental etudes, piano concerto #2, many of the Symphonic poems... you name it) 4. Ravel (just about everything he wrote is nearly perfect, but especially the Piano concertos and Gaspard de la nuit) 5. Poulenc (especially his piano and orchestra work, like Aubade) And Saint-Saens for honorable mention. I also like some more modern stuff, like Ligeti, Messiaen, Scriabin's weird mystic later stuff, Glass, etc. Though I love Don Giovanni and the Requiem, Mozart has really never done much for me. Haydn, Handel, Scarlatti, etc. and a lot of baroque stuff (not counting Bach) didn't float my boat much, either. But, hey, different strokes for different folks.
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