Classical Masters

For people who love opera, ballet, and classical music. A place to relax and enjoy the soothing sound of the masters. (Incept date, 0401.10)

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Gregorian chants

Started by LuRob. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 7, 2016. 1 Reply

Do you like this style of plain chant?This is monody, no acccompaniment and no abrupt changes in the melody.Continue

Hindemith, Mathias Grunewald, the Nazis, &c.

Started by James M. Martin Jul 4, 2012. 0 Replies

When I was a bachelor at a church-subsidized school in North Texas our resident ballet…Continue

Virtual Choir 3.0 - Water Night

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Tony Carroll Apr 2, 2012. 1 Reply

Words may not suffice here.  The average choir may be ... what?  Thirty, maybe 50 for a medium ensemble, and a large orchestra chorus might go one or two hundred.  Worthy of note, Eric Whitacre's…Continue

Tags: Water Night, Virtual Choir, Eric Whitacre

For Christopher...

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Dec 16, 2011. 2 Replies

I sometimes like to think I have a way with words here and there.  Today, having learned of the death of Christopher Hitchens, I find the words coming in fits and starts, but any attempt at giving…Continue

Tags: Dmitri Shostakovich, Christopher Hitchens

Is Music Dangerous?

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Aug 10, 2011. 3 Replies

It was a few years ago when I attended a Cleveland Orchestra concert which included Dmitri Shostakovich’s Fourth Symphony.  Up to that time, I had been aware of his more popular works, such as his…Continue

Tags: Shostakovich Symphony No. 4, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Stalin, Shostakovich

Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir - Lux Aurumque

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Apr 5, 2011. 3 Replies

When is a choir not a choir ... yet still a choir?When is an ensemble not assembled, yet is assembled?Ask Eric Whitacre. Some time back, he was sent a link on YouTube of a woman, singing a single…Continue

Tags: YouTube, Lux Aurumque, Virtual Choir, Eric Whitacre

Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir 2.0 - *** UPDATED ***

Started by Loren Miller Apr 5, 2011. 0 Replies

On 7 April, 2011, Eric Whitacre will release his latest Virtual Choir project, with the performance of his work, "Sleep."  This project involved the participation of no less than 2,051 voices from 58…Continue

Tags: YouTube, Sleep, Virtual Choir, Eric Whitacre

The Playlist Vault of Classical Masters on A|N

Started by Roy The Infidel. Last reply by Roy The Infidel Sep 22, 2010. 9 Replies

Archive of featured playlists on Classical Masters.Continue

Tags: masters, classical, playlist, vault

The OTHER Side of Eric Whitacre

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 10, 2010. 2 Replies

Certainly, there is "Water Night," "Sleep," and the powerful "When David Heard."  To this day I shed tears listening to some of this stuff.And then ... there's Eric's OTHER side ... the side which…Continue

Conductors, Too

Started by James M. Martin. Last reply by Steve Snyder Jun 19, 2010. 16 Replies

I hope this group will welcome from time to time discussions of conductors, as in some circles they are almost the auteurs of the work, usually those who get the rosettes in the Penguin Guide.  But…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on July 30, 2018 at 11:13pm

@ Randy, I am reading about the rampant inflation taking place in countries in Central America and South America. Was Honduras impacted by the economic struggles of that area?

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 30, 2018 at 7:26pm

@ Rich Goss, please do tell us the story of Bizet ! I am not an opera fan, however, I enjoy this piece. Wikipedia tells the events of his death, and his last struggle seeking success. 

In a way, Bizet has a message to transmit: follow your gifts, enjoy them while alive, and care not for success or failure, whatever that means. Perhaps the trick is to hear, and feel, and see, and know your gifts. If part of you lives on, evoking respect from others, then perhaps that is a success. 

Living with and among those who think differently than you does not define you. 

Your grandson must be a real treasure for you! No, I cannot imagine an 8-years old grandson listening to opera while mowing the lawn. Maybe a little opera would help drive away the grumbles from the one doing the mowing. 

It seems I hum all the time; I wasn't aware of that. So, I listened to what I hummed and it was mostly hymns I learned as a child. 

Does your grandson's family enjoy opera? Does he hum, or sing, or play a musical instrument, or show any interest in music? How exciting to have him home (I am assuming you speak of a grandson from Honduras.  


Comment by Randall Smith on July 30, 2018 at 7:25am

Speaking of opera (see last post):

My 8 year old grandson was mowing with headsets on. I asked him what he was listening to. He handed them over, and shock of shocks, it was the Saturday opera! Who ever heard of an little kid listening to opera for 2 hours? He loves classical music! What a guy.

Comment by Randall Smith on May 10, 2017 at 7:17am

When I was in Italy (Tuscany) a couple weeks ago, I learned that Giacomo Puccini was born and lived in Lucca. While not an opera lover (but not a hater), I attended a concert with 5 "Puccini's" and 5 "others". A soprano, baritone, and pianist performed and were marvelous.

Amazingly, this little walled city has a concert EVERY night, this being the 3800th consecutive performance! It's held in a church, usually to packed audiences. Great accustics.

I also toured Puccini's home, now a museum. I sure learned a lot about the man and his music. If you ever go to Lucca, don't miss the concert(s) or the museum. 

Comment by Loren Miller on February 23, 2017 at 7:56am

For anyone who is interested, I just updated my piece regarding the Shostakovich 5th Symphony, since the old link to Michael Tilson-Thomas' program no longer works, but one on YouTube does.  I just watched this again the other day, and the power of the work and its impact is still clearly manifest.

Comment by Loren Miller on February 23, 2017 at 7:46am

Ha!  Didn't know that.  I may break out his Water Music later!

Comment by Randall Smith on February 23, 2017 at 6:54am

And today is Handel's birthday. May his music live on.

Comment by Randall Smith on August 3, 2016 at 7:39am

Handel! On my radio now! Genius! What more can I say?

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 14, 2016 at 8:37am

In the car on Friday, I heard NPR news get their priorities completely backwards, reporting first on Nancy Reagan's funeral, and last on Keith Emerson's death. He'll be missed!

Comment by Loren Miller on March 14, 2016 at 8:31am

"And now for something completely different:"

The recent departure of keyboard master Keith Emerson reminded me of his intimate connection with classical music, which is what attracted me to him in the first place.  He drew from it all the time, played with it, did variations on themes and created his own works ... and sometimes, he just let it RIP!

Thanks for the music, Keith.


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