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…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 Loren Miller on September 19, 2010 at 6:46pm
Never heard "Death of Klinghoffer," though I know the story. I have a CD with de Waart and SF doing "The Chairman Dances," "Tromba Lontana" and "Fast Ride," all of which I enjoy. I once caught a bit of "Nixon in China" on PBS - was okay, not mind-blowing ... but there's something in the overall sense of "The Chairman Dances" that I really enjoy.
Comment by James M. Martin on September 19, 2010 at 5:27pm
Glass puts me to sleep rather rapidly.
Comment by James M. Martin on September 19, 2010 at 5:27pm
My favorite Adams work is the DVD of his "Death of Klinghoffer," which opens with a longish preamble into how the "Holy Land" got to be the way it is, including Israel and Palestine. Adams caught hell for writing it so that it presents the Palestinian point of view parallel with that of the Israelis, but Adams made up for it a few years later when he composed that brilliant work on 9/11. Adams is an American Treasure.
Comment by Loren Miller on September 19, 2010 at 5:11pm
Well :-P~~~~~~~~~~~!!! {chuckle}

Just doesn't work for me, James, what can I say?

And as it comes to minimalism, Phillip Glass I can take or leave (mostly leave), but John Adams? Yeah, I dig what he does.
Comment by James M. Martin on September 19, 2010 at 4:29pm
I love Ives. So take that, Loren.
Comment by Loren Miller on September 19, 2010 at 4:05pm
I don't know whether you'd call him "overrated" or not ... but I have absolutely NO use for the work of Charles Ives ... YUK!
Comment by Steve Snyder on September 19, 2010 at 3:52pm
Overrated composers? Anything pre-25 by Mozart falls into that category, right? BIG hand grenade back at Jaume.
Comment by James M. Martin on September 19, 2010 at 1:42pm
Wasn't Delius an atheist? I seem to recall that he was. The movie by Ken Russell featuring the ballet dancer, Christopher Gable as Fenby, "Song of Summer," implies as much. It's a good film, done for BBC, concentrating on the two men's relationship.
Comment by Rich Goss on September 19, 2010 at 10:36am
Good one, Roy. I think there's another very conspicuous composer, but I can't remember who it was.
Comment by Roy The Infidel on September 18, 2010 at 8:04pm
Janáček was an infidel in his adult life tho he was schooled in a monastery as a young boy.

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