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Your top five classical composers

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  1. audiophilia

    audiophilia Senior member

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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

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    plus...
    rossini
    copland
     
  3. Connemara

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    In no particular order 'cause that's impossible.

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

    GQgeek Senior member

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    Rachmaninov
    Tchaikovsky
    Beethoven
    Brahms
    Bach
     
  5. audiophilia

    audiophilia Senior member

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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?
     
  6. StephenHero

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    Beethoven
    Tchaikovsky
    Chopin
    Rachmaninov
    Bartok
     
  7. Neo_Version 7

    Neo_Version 7 Senior member

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    Pachelbel
    Mozart
    Agazzari
    Beethoven
    Bach
     
  8. audiophilia

    audiophilia Senior member

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    Agazzari

    Never heard of him or played his music. Will check him out.
     
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    Bach (do I really need to say this?), Schubert, Wagner, Brahms, Mahler

    Runner up: Dvorak
     
  10. Connemara

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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.
     
  11. audiophilia

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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.
     
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    Beethoven
    Tchaikovsky
    Shostakovich
    Prokofiev
    Chopin
     
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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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    audiophilia Senior member

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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.
     
  16. audiophilia

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    Shostakovich

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


    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? [​IMG]


    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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