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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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

Shostakovich - Symphony No. 5

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Jun 5, 2010. 5 Replies

As controversial as it is powerful, Dmitri Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony was written in the wake of the searing criticism of his opera, "Lady MacBeth of Mtensk."  This criticism had reduced…Continue

Tags: Lady MacBeth of Mtsensk, Soviet, Shostakovich, Michael Tilson Thomas

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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.
Comment by Rich Goss on September 18, 2010 at 10:19am
I think Verdi was an unbeliever, although he did write the Requiem and La Fuerza del Destino. But he did write Aida and that doesn't mean he believed in Isis.

He did live in sin with Guisepinna Straponi and got his windows broken for it.

Any others, definitely not Franz Liszt who became a cleric in later years.
Comment by Roy The Infidel on September 17, 2010 at 11:14pm

Can you tell who were professed infidels?

By the way, any suggestions for RSS feeds we can add to our group?
Comment by Rich Goss on September 15, 2010 at 9:52pm
How the heck did I miss Verdi. I even watched a four-part bio on video. I've been a operaphile my whole life and saw this portrait a thousand times.
Comment by Roy The Infidel on September 15, 2010 at 12:40pm
4th row: Rachmaninoff, Paganini, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich


5th row: Mahler, Prokofiev, Strauss, Ravel
Comment by Loren Miller on September 15, 2010 at 11:57am
Actually, I should have said, "In the order I recognize them," as there are a lot I DON'T recognize.

While I think about it ... 2nd to last row, far left ... Rachmaninoff?
Comment by Roy The Infidel on September 15, 2010 at 11:49am
@ Richard & Loren:

1st row: Beethoven, Debussy, Verdi, Puccini

2nd row: Janáček, Mozart, Brahms, Vivaldi

3rd row: Bach, Haydn, Stravinsky, Chopin
Comment by Rich Goss on September 12, 2010 at 8:27pm
Fun stuff. I'm sure of the Puccini. Read a biography on him.

Second row is ? Mozart, I'm pretty sure Brahms, and ?

It's gets harder as we go down.

Third row is Handel, Hayden, I think Stravinsky, and definitely Chopin from a famous portrait.

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