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    • As years pass, I find myself more and more drawn to the subtleties, intricacies and beauty of classical music. As well as it's execution which can take quite original nuances.. Such as this interpretation of a well known piece

    • You know, when I was in my 20s I got possessed by classical music and I bought more than 200 CDs. I listened obsessively. And then, somehow, I got a little bit bored of it. I can't explain it other than I listened to it all so many times.

      But I got into modern takes with classical instruments, like what The Piano Guys and Lindsey Stirling have done. The story behind The Piano Guys just blows my mind. They are simple dads from a small city in Southern Utah where my father-in-law lives.

      Somehow the guy who delivered water to the local piano store took some time to play a new Yamaha piano they had received, and started showing it to a customer who wandered in the store. His mom had made him play piano as a kid.

      The store owner liked what he saw, offered the kid a job, and the kid started thinking of ways to get more people in the store. So he started a YouTube channel and got a piano and cello player who met in the store while buying sheet music to play for his video. It took off from there.

    • My dad is a music history professor and he's written a few incredibly well researched biographies of famous composers consisting of stories no one know about them.

      For example, a story about Richard Wagner just before the venerable maestro landed in a creditors' jail. It's spring of 1840 in Paris; Wagner is having lunch in the Bois du Boulogne on a mild, sunny day, his massive Newfoundland dog Robierre is taking a nap at his master's feet. Wagner isn't a famous composer yet - he's young, hungry and in trouble, his father is a poor police constable in Leipzig, he has to write horrendous pop music for pennies to survive, and he's too proud to ask for help. Wagner's creditors are on his heels...

      Or, the story about Maurice Ravel and his terrifying, maddening, crippling insomnia on his last journey across Morocco. Or how Haydn's wife used to wrap fish in his symphony notes out of spite, and in turn, he called her bestia infernale; how Hector Berlioz, driven mad with love for an aristocrat girl, dressed up in a maid's costume and set out to murder his love and her new fiancee; or how Bach was a  hopeless alcoholic.

      Maybe I should consider translating some of those:)

    • I was raised playing classical piano, at one time I had aspirations of being a classical pianist....

      I still find this to be one of the finest pieces of music ever composed, but you must listen to the entire piece, not just the opening bit.

      Beethoven : Sonata No.14 Op.27 No.2 ("Moonlight") / Valentina Lisitsa

    • That's so incredibly dramatic on the organ, it's like the original metal song. I never knew it could be that beautiful on the guitar until you posted this.

      But I see your amazing guitar solo and raise you an amazing performance mostly on strings. Great filming and audio quality too:

    • I think it would be quite worthwhile, when you could put in all the needed quality time spent with the story teller, it would be a very interesting reading.

    • If we're talking specific recordings or performances, I'll recommend Hilary Hahn & Natalie Zhu's 2005 recording of Mozart sonatas arranged as violin-piano duets. They recorded K #s 376, 301, 304, and 526, and their performance is extraordinary. They manage to infuse the music with both precision and warmth, and it's a joy to return to each time I listen to it.

      Another favorite album of mine is Sharon Isbin's recording "Bach: Lute Suites". One can never have too much of old Uncle Johann, in my opinion, and her rendering of these pieces is delightful. Also, when I first was exposed to some of the specific pieces on this album it was in the form of chamber music or as solo violin, and getting to know them all over again as guitar/lute solo pieces was a real treat.

    • Oh man can't go wrong with Chopin, such complexity, and always feels like there is a story being told:

      Schumann's Kinderszenen Op. 15 is a lighthearted favorite of mine. Even attainable to play for us mere mortals:

    • Wow, there's so much to choose from. Does it make any sense at all to argue whether Bach was better than Mozart? I don't think so. I grew up in Chicago and started going to CSO concerts when Fritz Reiner was conducting. I remember when the cream of the orchestra performed the complete Brandenburg concertos in two concerts. That was the high point till many years later I heard Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony and Chorus perform the Mahler 8th Symphony. I remember crying while I was driving home--it was simply overwhelming. Here's a video of Bernstein conducting the Vienna Philharmonic. Bernstein was largely responsible for the revival of interest in Mahler in the 1960s. Nicknamed the Symphony of a Thousand, it's a huge work and the sound over the net doesn't do it justice--big orchestra, organ, three choruses, brass in the balcony. There are some excellent recordings, but there's nothing that compares to a live performance.

    • This is too good not to share. With four random notes, this girl is capable of improvising some beautiful music. It is simply extraordinary. Sometimes is makes me wonder if the best music is something that evolves over time, or if it just strikes these artists like a bolt of lightening.

    • Yeah, I loved that clip, though I'd bet anything that they cheated with the sound towards the end. I have always been envious of people who actually get to witness classical flash mob performances.

    • I took piano lessons from the time I was six, and until I was about 12 harbored dreams of being a concert pianist like Van Cliburn. Then I encountered Chopin's Fantasy Impromptu.

    • Love clasical Music, My music collection is probably 70% clasical music, How to choose a favourite their all so different, the feeling as the music surrounds you is amazing not jsut hearing the music but feel it through your body. Those that say they don't listen to classical music only have to turn to most film scores, which is the moden equivalent of classical music.

      For those that haven't ran across The Two Cellos before this one may come accoss as a bit of a shock, these guys are amazing.

    • Om Shanti · Janice Giteck

      Janice Giteck is a Seattle-based composer and teacher. She studied with Darius Milhaud in the '60s, and later with Oliver Messiaen in Paris.

      Kyle Gann of the Village Voice wrote of Om Shanti (Dedicated to People Living with AIDS) "...typical for Giteck in the way it fuses elements of Javanese, Hasidic and Buddhist musical traditions into a joyous is a postminimalism heavily informed by more different world musics, perhaps, than that of any other composer of her generation."