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 Rich Goss on April 16, 2010 at 3:56pm
I could scarcely believe it. Right around seven minutes into the Sonata 32, Beethoven introduces a jazz theme that sounds more like Gershwin. He abruptly leaves a melancholy and instills jazz that sounds like it can from Preservation Hall in New Orleans.

Just as late Mozart and Bach leave off with romanticism, Beethoven touches on music that would enter the reportory in the New World in the new century 75 years later.

He was born during the American Revolution and was inspired by it his whole life.

Let me know if you agree. It's not that Claudio Arrau just supped it up. I heard Danial Barenboim, Rudolph Serkin and others just the same way.
Comment by Loren Miller on April 13, 2010 at 6:04am
As for Wagner, anyone who has the cojones to conduct Mendelsohn with gloves on isn't making friends with me very well. Sure, Ride of the Valkyries is cool, but that anti-Semitic attitude is still in the background and it makes a very poor continuo.
Comment by Jaume on April 13, 2010 at 5:03am
To be fair to both Wagner and Bruckner, the former also said the latter was the greatest symphonist since Beethoven. But Wagner disliked Bruckner so much as a person (poor Anton was notorious for his social faux-pas) he enjoyed scolding him.
Comment by Roy The Infidel on April 13, 2010 at 4:51am
And Maurice Ravel and perhaps Edward Elgar. Any dissension? Okay, just keep your peace. :) We shall get to Eric Whitacre in no time. Of course, who can resist Cloudburst?
Comment by Roy The Infidel on April 13, 2010 at 1:36am
I guess Giacomo Puccini is next.
Comment by James M. Martin on April 12, 2010 at 10:20pm
@Loren: You are in good company: Wagner told Bruckner to change professions after studying one of his symphonic scores: it seems the old auto-didact just did not appreciate the symphonic form, and there poor B. had written it almost with W. in mind. (He took it home and completely rewrote it.) Unlike you, I adore Bruckner. Wagner never wrote a decent symphony. Vanilla, chocolate and strawberry.
Comment by Loren Miller on April 12, 2010 at 10:12am
I already posted up one of Messr. Whitacre's most beautiful works, but more never hurts!
Comment by Roy The Infidel on April 12, 2010 at 10:02am
Nods in agreement at Loren. :)
Comment by Roy The Infidel on April 12, 2010 at 10:00am
Any specific request from the group for the next composer that will be featured so I may prepare the playlist? Eric Whitacre crossed my mind but I would like to get your opinion.
Comment by Loren Miller on April 12, 2010 at 9:55am
Hey, we ALL have our tastes! I can't STAND Bruckner (with maybe an exception or two), I think Messien's "Exotic Birds" is glorified NOISE, and as it comes to minimalists, I don't much care for Phillip Glass, but I greatly enjoy John Adams.

Seems to me Lt. Howard Hunter, late of the Hill Street precinct, said it best:

"That is why there is chocolate and vanilla."

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