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Classical and Jazz Music Suggestions?

Discussion in 'Entertainment, Culture, and Sports' started by VMan, May 8, 2006.

  1. Thomas

    Thomas Senior member

    Jul 25, 2006
    Glad you reminded me of the 5th.

    Played my c1959 Shostakovich 5 (Bernstein/NYP) lp last night.

    Then I played it again.

    I have it on my iPod for my morning run. If I draw the fourth movement (on shuffle) I have to watch my pace or I get carried away. Ironically, most of the other versions I have heard have the ending slower, as if groaning under the weight of its effort. Supposedly DS wrote it that way, but Bernstein's version is so compelling that it is very hard to ignore.
  2. Mr. Checks

    Mr. Checks Senior member

    Mar 12, 2006
    One thing about classical music is that you can enjoy it by listening to more than one version of the same work. If you put on Gardiner´s, then Furtwaengler´s, version of Beethoven´s 9th, you have to concentrate on how the "authenticist" and "romantic" intepretations differ. You can do the same with Mozart: Try Boehm´s 38th symphony with the Berlin Philharmonic (using modern instruments), then Pinnock´s performance with the 41st (using period instruments).

    On the jazz side, try Miles Davis´s In a Silent Way. I think all of the ambient music I´ve heard imitates it without coming close. Or his earlier Birth of the Cool or Milestones.

    If I put on Gardiner's version of the 9th, and then Furtwangler's version, I'd be so worn out that I'd have to take two days off from work.

    [Although I'm a singer, I actually don't like the choral part of the 9th, I wish it had been written without the choir]
  3. A Y

    A Y Senior member

    Mar 12, 2006
    Southern California
    If I draw the fourth movement (on shuffle) I have to watch my pace or I get carried away. Ironically, most of the other versions I have heard have the ending slower, as if groaning under the weight of its effort.

    re. Shostakovich 5th. I think the effect is remarkable if the finale is played at half speed --- Benjamin Zander (whose recording I recommend) likened it to a big hammer pounding away at the populace demanding that "You will be happy! You will be happy!". It makes the ending which sounds superficially triumphant (especially when played fast) into a hollow ending, full of sarcasm and bitterness, which seems appropriate given Shosty's feeling about the Soviet regime, and the origin of the 5th symphony --- Stalin had ghost-written a very unfavorable review of his Lady Macbeth opera, and the 5th was subtitled "A Soviet artist's reply to justified criticism" as perhaps a way to toe the line, while using the music to show what he really felt. Of course, the Soviets lapped it all up.

  4. Connemara

    Connemara Senior member

    Mar 9, 2006
    The Oscar Peterson Trio's "A Jazz Portrait of Frank Sinatra." The album title sounds trivial, but it's sheer brilliance. One of my fav. Peterson albums.
  5. Violinist

    Violinist Senior member

    May 12, 2006
    I think Pachabel's Canon reveals to us an understanding higher than any philosophy or art. It is sublimely written and I am so sorry I don't go to more weddings so I can hear it more often.
  6. chas

    chas Senior member

    Oct 6, 2006
    Great posts from everyone, a couple jazz albums that I haven't seen mentioned here that I am very fond of are:

    Freddie Hubbard - Red Clay
    Cal Tjader - Soul Sauce
    Miles Davis - A Tribute to Jack Johnson; and In a Silent Way
    Fela Kuti - Music is the Weapon (Afro Jazz)
  7. asobu

    asobu Senior member

    Feb 18, 2007
    In jazz, for me there's nothing better than Art Blakey & The Jazz Messenger. Especially Moanin' and A Night in Tunisia [1960]. I'm also very fond of the atmosphere created on Wayne Shorter's Speak No Evil.
  8. astonmartin

    astonmartin New Member

    May 24, 2008
    This is the kind of thread I always end up discovering new music from.... it's the best thing about the "long tail" and music.... before u had to read in a magazine or hunt around in a record store to find something cool -- which made the choices always subject to the "gatekeeping" of editors and music store buyers and etc... -- which would lead inevitably to mediocrity and the prevalence of "poser music" -- i.e. stuff that you want to like because you think it's cool, not because you really like it. Music journalism especially creates high-profiles for really lame stuff, because journalists are always looking behind their backs, trying to profile something that they think in 2 years people will think they were cool for liking "way back when".... I GREATLY prefer the democratic nature of threads like these, where people simply list their tastes and you can just look something up on itunes or youtube and check it out for yourself....

    These days I'm really into techno and techno/rock and stuff like that -- try searching for these songs:

    Thomas Falke "Revolution On The Dance Floor"
    Groove Cutter "My Shooter"
    Control One "Just A Little Bit"
    Ian Carey "Redlight"
    Kevin Weg "Dead Radio"[​IMG]

    I don't usually go for techno but these are sort of like a wierd crossover between rock and techno/trance.

    Here are also some downloads with some other cool stuff too -- http://www.electricfilebox.com/tracks [​IMG]

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