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 Randall Smith on February 24, 2016 at 7:16am

Gee, I had about given up on this group! Thanks, Kelly, for infusing some life to it. 

I grew up on jazz, but have developed a strong love for classical, especially baroque, admitedly. Actually, it's all good! I listen to classical music all day.

Comment by Rich Goss on February 23, 2016 at 8:58pm

Kelly, classical music is the love of my life and in my seventies, after a lifetime of study and devotion, I can call myself a connoisseur. To me classical is evidence that mankind is capable of a spiritual existence.  The love of music defies the physical laws.  A priest holding up a chalice and mumbling Latin incantations is just groupthink and mind control. 

One of the most erotic moments of my life took place listening to the adagio from the Rachmaninoff Second Symphony, the second movement.  Memorize the opening theme and SR will bring it back to you over and over in all its glory.  The crescendo at the end will haunt you before you go to bed;.

Comment by Loren Miller on February 23, 2016 at 5:12pm

Gad, there's life in this old group yet!  YAY!

Comment by Rich Goss on February 23, 2016 at 4:44pm

People don't realize how great Liszt was.  He revolutionized music and took the salon room staunchness out it.  He was the Mick Jaggar of his day.

Comment by Jaume on March 29, 2011 at 4:53pm
Or an egoist one.
Comment by James M. Martin on March 29, 2011 at 4:53pm
Maybe God really does exist.  It's just that he's a mean old bastard.
Comment by James M. Martin on March 29, 2011 at 4:52pm
Beethoven's Ninth.  Schubert's "Unfinished."  Many more.  We know not the time or the hour and all that....
Comment by Jaume on March 29, 2011 at 4:49pm
I've heard the same argument made about Mozart's Requiem and Bach's Art of Fugue, but never about Bruckner's 9th so far.
Comment by James M. Martin on March 29, 2011 at 4:19pm
The greatest argument for the non-existence of "God" is that had he existed, he would not have taken out Anton Bruckner before this devoted Christian finished his immortal 9th Symphony, arguably the greatest symphonic work in the literature.
Comment by Rich Goss on January 3, 2011 at 9:48am


Lancaster certainly ended his eminent career on a kinky note with Atlantic City. But the Verdi biog narration was excellent, very respectful, even reverential.


Did you ever get into Verdi's life? What a story. He was a beaten, broken man, living like a bum in Milan, when Guiseppina Straponi, the most famous soprano in Italy,
spotted him walking down the street. She stopped her carriage,
called out Maestro, Maestro, ran after him and handed the raggedy man
a score.


Verdi hadn't heard that appellation in years. He kept walking, not knowing who she was referring to. Finally, he said, “No, Thank you, but I don't compose anymore.”
(After two flops.) She replied wistfully, looking in his eyes
earnestly, “Oh, please, just read it.”


Which he did and the rest is history. The score was, of course, Nabucco and after its premiere Verdi emerged a national hero and patriot. “Va Pensiero” was sung and
hummed all over Europe, spreading like the plague. “Verdi in the
man Italy has been wasting for!” yelled the riotous audience at the
curtain call.


And if it weren't for this chance happening, Verdi's career probably wouldn't have happened. So, with all the movies Lancaster made, I remember him best for the Verdi
miniseries voice-over.



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