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 James M. Martin on April 11, 2010 at 12:53pm
You're probably right, Roy. It's been 40 years since I interviewed them.
Comment by Roy The Infidel on April 11, 2010 at 10:38am
@ James

That would be J.S. Bach's Suite No.3 in D major: Air BWV 1068, I think.
Comment by Jaume on April 11, 2010 at 4:35am
I don't doubt Rachmaninoff was a great pianist, perhaps even the greatest in his era. And I'm aware of the tragedies he had to endure. But while "someone who's seen great suffering can create great art" indeed, it doesn't follow that this has to be always true.

OK, I admit I have a weak spot for some of his orchestral and choral work. But the self-indulgence in the concertos really goes under my nerves. It's, indeed, "all a matter of feeling".
Comment by Rich Goss on April 10, 2010 at 8:47pm
As I write this comment, I'm listening to the great Rhapsody on a Theme from Paganini. What wonderful technology.

To call SR overrated, I vehemently disagree. Rachmaninoff saw more life than any of them. Beethoven was in Napoleonic conflict; Wager saw some Prussian aggression. But none of them lived through what SR witnessed in his life: two world wars, the Russian Revolution, personal heartbreak—lucky for him the great basso Chialapin helped him escape to the U.S.

At the turn of the century he was the arguably the greatest pianist in the world. Listen to some of the Youtube pieces, where SR plays Chopin he lift the listener to another realm of consciousness.

I maintain that someone who's seen great suffering can create great art.

Even if he were overrated—what difference does that make? Most of the public is into Madonna and Michael Jackson. SR brought the old schools of Moscow and Leningrad and brought bring on the new century.

Like Vincent Van Gogh said in a letter to his brother, "it's all a matter of feeling."
Comment by Jaume on April 10, 2010 at 2:14pm
Richard: Let me just say that classical music is very subjective.

Even Rachmaninoff? SUB-JEC-TIVE? Don't tell that to Objectivists ;-)
Comment by Rich Goss on April 10, 2010 at 1:41pm
Anybody into Vocalize?
Comment by Roy The Infidel on April 10, 2010 at 1:16pm
Our playlist above has been updated. It includes Rhapsody On A Theme of Paganini; Piano Concerto No.2 and No.3, and Symphony No.2.

Will continue to update.
Comment by Rich Goss on April 10, 2010 at 12:03pm
Jaune, Rachmaninoff overrated? Let me just say that classical music is very subjective.

Please give the Adagio from the Second a listen. He wrote so much great stuff. This is one of my favorite pieces of all.
Comment by Loren ɟɟןoʍ on April 10, 2010 at 7:06am
That is sure knowing your music!
Comment by Loren Miller on April 9, 2010 at 6:05pm
And Eric Carmen stole from Serge Rachmaninoff not once but twice: "Never Gonna Fall In Love Again," taken from the 3rd movement of his 2nd symphony and "All By Myself," that lifted from the 2nd movement of his 2nd piano concerto.

And while I think about it, Ian Anderson jazzed up Bach's Bourree on Jethro Tull's album, "Stand Up" (a long-time fave of mine!), and "Lover's Concerto" by The Toys come straight from The Anna Magdalena Bach Notebook.

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