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So glad to hear this thread is a catalyst for dusting off and spinning some of those often neglected albums :Djohnnywalker wrote:Because of this thread, I have pulled out all of my Sibelius records; I have not listened to them in awhile.
I have the Colin Davis/BSO set of his symphonies, which I prefer overall. Individually, though, I prefer my LPs of the 2nd by Barbirolli/RPO, and of the 4th by Karajan/BPO. Magnificent music!
Thanks for tips, have quite a few Ravel pieces, also enjoy RVWcats squirrel wrote:yes, Ravel wrote some lovely music, and orchestrated others' works, although many will nly know Bolero.
Look for Daphnis and Chloe, (often coupled with La Mer, by Debussy on LP).
His piano concerti, The Mother Goose Suite, and end with La Valse, almost macabre!
And if you like Ravel's music, you may like Ralph Vaughan Williams', his symphonies, as he was a pupil of Ravel, one of only a few. :D
This is very true, at first it's just about discovering the music, but quickly the difference a performance can make becomes clear, turning something rather dull and flat into something bright and engaging. And as you say many factors go to influence this. It can be hard to give a definitive though, as stated, I've sometimes preferred a not so highly rated recording/performance, it's very much a personal thing.cats squirrel wrote:one thing that is often overlooked with classical music is the performance of the piece. That is, how the piece is played. Each band has their sound, and each conductor their take on things, and of course, there is is still the influence of the surroundings and balance the engineer has produced. All in all, making a unique experience.
I think it's an acquired taste. I have often wondered about how people develop their tastes in music. I imagine early exposure has a lot to do with it. There was a recent push to introduce music in the womb! Supposedly to help develop your unborn baby's neurons :shock: ... Of course, there's no proof, I don't think..... Like the study reported in the Guardian that finds that Mozart and Metallica fans share a delicate disposition. :lol:cats squirrel wrote:firstly, I must admit to not being a great fan of such music..
The music of Arnold Bax brings me close to the influence of classical and film scores. I was introduced to his music serendipitously while 'browsing' at Olssons Books and records(defucnt), nearly twenty years ago. His works are not as well known as those of most European composers. Which brings me to my other inquiry... Are there any composers, not part of the "Canon," particularly contemporary, that we should be paying attention to? (any non-European?)jives11 wrote:For me , My parents played some classical music to me as a child growing up, neither were musicians but they liked some classical music and they were very much of the early HiFi generation of the 1950s. I think I actually got interested through the cross over of film music. Some films used classical pieces and I wanted to hear more, some classical composers wrote for films , and many film composers are heavily influenced by classical composers . I love Rozsa , Korngold, Herrmann , Walton, Prokofiev all of whom wrote for film .
Something that my love of Rock , Prog and Psychedlia brings is an interest in the forgotten and obscure, and there is a lot of classical music in this area. There are composers rarely or never performed or recorded, which I find fascinating, sad and I try to listen. I once saw a documentary by Ken Russell on forgotten British composers, and that has been an interesting world of discovery. I think it touches a bit on a point made earlier in the thread about Nationalism in music, we hear the familiar in certain sound worlds. I guess any Finn has grown up with Sibelius in the background, even without neccesarily knowing what it was.