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Anyone Else Like Classical Music?

Tue May 16, 2006 11:37 am

Most of the time, I like to diversify my music and keep some variety going. There are plenty of times when I just get sick of it all, and the one thing I listen to constantly is classical.

It does feel in this country like I'm the only one who enjoys it. So, anybody else?

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RE: Anyone Else Like Classical Music?

Tue May 16, 2006 11:41 am

i love classical music. i dont care for anything beyond 1800s...j/k i listen to all kinds but classical is still my favourite.
 
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RE: Anyone Else Like Classical Music?

Tue May 16, 2006 11:45 am

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RE: Anyone Else Like Classical Music?

Tue May 16, 2006 11:53 am

Quoting AC773 (Thread starter):
So, anybody else?

Yup, right here. In fact, I'm listening to a piece by Boccherini as I type this.

It's funny, but I was contemplating a thread on A.netter's favorite classical pieces and this pops up, lol.

Quoting AC773 (Thread starter):
the one thing I listen to constantly is classical

While I wouldn't say I listen to it constantly, I do listen to it consistently. Which, when I consider the number of classical tracks in my iTunes library, isn't too surprising, lol.

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RE: Anyone Else Like Classical Music?

Tue May 16, 2006 11:56 am

Quoting Airwave (Reply 3):
Yup, right here. In fact, I'm listening to a piece by Boccherini as I type this.

Haha, I happen to be listening to Alfvren's Swedish Rhapsody #1. No, I've never heard of him either.

Quoting Airwave (Reply 3):
While I wouldn't say I listen to it constantly, I do listen to it consistently

Sorry, that's what I meant. It's been a long day...

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RE: Anyone Else Like Classical Music?

Tue May 16, 2006 11:57 am

I love classical music, too.

Although it is not the type of music I always listen to.

Most of my preferences are German and Austrian composers,
but I do like Italian opera.

The one thing I enjoy about being in Germany is the easy public
access to classical concerts (of quality). There are a lot of open
air concerts in the spring and summer, they make for a very nice
evening. Lots of families go to them. Can you imagine that scenario
in the States? Kids screaming, parents yelling.
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RE: Anyone Else Like Classical Music?

Tue May 16, 2006 11:59 am

Quoting PSA727 (Reply 5):
Can you imagine that scenario
in the States? Kids screaming, parents yelling.

The Hollywood Bowl is quite civilized.
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RE: Anyone Else Like Classical Music?

Tue May 16, 2006 12:08 pm

Quoting AC773 (Reply 4):
No, I've never heard of him either.

Good, 'cos I have absolutely no clue. Lol. Add that one to the list. I love listening to Penn's classical programming on the radio, because they'll usually throw out some off-the-beaten-path composers, which is always nice.

Quoting AC773 (Reply 4):
Sorry, that's what I meant. It's been a long day...

Yah, it's all good, lol.  Smile

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 6):
The Hollywood Bowl is quite civilized.

As is the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philly. Well, usually, lol. They've done some very nice programs in the past. Actually, this reminds me to check their schedule for this year....

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RE: Anyone Else Like Classical Music?

Tue May 16, 2006 1:08 pm

I'm a student of classical singing (read: opera) so I definitely listen to classical music. I find it a lot more rewarding once you "get" it. I find other types of music, pop in particular, to be boring after repeated listening.

Right now I'm going through the typical repertoire of a voice student, LOTS of lieder, chanson, and Handel arias to keep my voice nimble and flexible. I'm looking forward to the day I can sing the punishing role of Bacchus in R. Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos, which is currently my favorite opera.

Hm, doesn't seem too many like opera here on A.net? If there IS an opera aficionado out there, which if your favorite opera?
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RE: Anyone Else Like Classical Music?

Tue May 16, 2006 1:15 pm

Quoting TristanHNL (Reply 8):
If there IS an opera aficionado out there, which if your favorite opera?

Yes, of course.

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RE: Anyone Else Like Classical Music?

Tue May 16, 2006 2:00 pm

Opera's very nice--soothing. Of course, people think I'm supposed to like it just because I'm Italian, lol. Interestingly enough, in my experience, more people are understanding of my enjoyment and interest in classical music than opera. It's as though classical's okay, but opera is too near Frasier Crane territory for them.

Quoting TristanHNL (Reply 8):
I'm a student of classical singing (read: opera)

I have a cousin who studied vocal music and teaching up at Syracuse--wonderful voice, always a pleasure to see his concerts. Out of curiousity, what is your vocal range, TristanHNL?

On a related note, there is an Italian restaurant in South Philly called Victor Cafe with one of the most unique dining experiences (you might like this TristanHNL...). You see, at Victor Cafe (named after RCA Victor, the place started as a gramaphone dealership), the waitstaff is made up of opera students who--in between serving and bussing--take turns belting out arias in front of the captivated diners. Yes, one minute, they're serving you very fine Italian food and the next, they're standing in front of you singing. It's an absolute gem of a restaurant--my love of opera started there and it's one of the few truly romantic restaurants in Philly (personally, I'd love to propose there--but quite a few things have to happen between now and then, lol).

Quoting TristanHNL (Reply 8):
which if your favorite opera?

I don't think I really have a *favorite*, but I really love Turandot (even if Puccini died before completing it...) and Das Land des Lächelns ("Dein ist mein ganzes Herz" is a personal favorite). Tosca, too, come to think of it, lol.


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RE: Anyone Else Like Classical Music?

Tue May 16, 2006 2:08 pm

Quoting Airwave (Reply 10):
Tosca

You know the Tosca blooper?
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RE: Anyone Else Like Classical Music?

Tue May 16, 2006 2:29 pm

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 11):
You know the Tosca blooper?

Umm...I know there are a few humourous (and supposedly true) anecdotes involving Maria Callas as Tosca...is that what you mean?

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RE: Anyone Else Like Classical Music?

Tue May 16, 2006 2:35 pm

Quoting Airwave (Reply 12):
I know there are a few humourous (and supposedly true) anecdotes involving Maria Callas as Tosca

LOL ... there are! There's also the time the stage hands misunderstood direction and lept off the parapet with Tosca.

But ... at the end, Tosca jumps off the Castel Sant'Angelo into the River Tiber, which is impossible if you know where it is in relation to the river. Something like 3 blocks away, IIRC.
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RE: Anyone Else Like Classical Music?

Tue May 16, 2006 2:48 pm

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 13):
There's also the time the stage hands misunderstood direction and lept off the parapet with Tosca.

Are you serious?  rotfl   rotfl   rotfl  I would've loved to have seen that!

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 13):
at the end, Tosca jumps off the Castel Sant'Angelo into the River Tiber

Interesting; I did not know that. Certainly makes the above suicide en masse all the funnier!  rotfl 

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RE: Anyone Else Like Classical Music?

Tue May 16, 2006 2:51 pm

Quoting Airwave (Reply 10):
Out of curiousity, what is your vocal range, TristanHNL?

I am a tenor. My comfortable range is somewhere between C below middle C and Bflat below high C. Gotta work my way up to that high C, the money note! LOL I'm told by my coach that my voice has potential to grow into Wagner proportions. If that ever happens, I'd take on the role of Bacchus in a heartbeat!

Quoting Airwave (Reply 10):
waitstaff is made up of opera students who--in between serving and bussing--take turns belting out arias in front of the captivated diners

I love restaurants like that! They are truly unique. Here in Hawaii I can think of only one restaurant similar, and that is Macaroni Grill. It was a big hit when it opened up not too long ago, and it still is. Long lines keep me from going there though. Maybe if I start working there...  scratchchin 

Quoting Airwave (Reply 10):
but I really love Turandot

Ah, Puccini. In Questa Reggia still gives me chills  Smile My favorite rendition is by Eva Marton; she puts the fear of God in anyone when she lets loose on that aria! I still love Puccini (his accessible operas were what drew me into the genre), but lately my taste has shifted more toward Richard Strauss. I've begun studying some of his songs.
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RE: Anyone Else Like Classical Music?

Tue May 16, 2006 2:58 pm

Quoting Airwave (Reply 14):
Are you serious?

Uh-huh. They were supposed to "exit with principals" (I think they were actually the supers dressed as soldiers) and hadn't been there for dress rehearsal, and as Tosca is the last principal on stage ... LOL
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RE: Anyone Else Like Classical Music?

Tue May 16, 2006 3:09 pm

Quoting TristanHNL (Reply 15):
I am a tenor. My comfortable range is somewhere between C below middle C and Bflat below high C.

Ahh, the tenor.  Smile Y'know, I used to sing pretty swell myself--but then I hit puberty... Big grin

Quoting TristanHNL (Reply 15):
Gotta work my way up to that high C, the money note! LOL I'm told by my coach that my voice has potential to grow into Wagner proportions. If that ever happens, I'd take on the role of Bacchus in a heartbeat!

Haha, good luck with that!  bigthumbsup 

Quoting TristanHNL (Reply 15):
Maybe if I start working there...

Lol, there's an option. I remember our waiter telling us that the tips were great because so many diners have a romantic notion of the "struggling artist", lol.

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 16):
They were supposed to "exit with principals" (...) and as Tosca is the last principal on stage ...

Holy s#!t. That is so freakin' FUNNY! LMAO.  rotfl   rotfl   rotfl  At least they can't be faulted for failing to follow directions, lol.

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RE: Anyone Else Like Classical Music?

Tue May 16, 2006 5:22 pm

Yes, Bethoveen, Mozart, Vivaldi... you know... the boys !  Wink

Other than these above I listen to G.Verdi, Paganini, Chopin and of course my favourit which is J.S.Bach.

The other day I was in the house of a friend and asked "Is that Mozart that we are listening to?", He replied "Yes" I then asked "Which one?"... and he said "The last one !"  Wink
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RE: Anyone Else Like Classical Music?

Tue May 16, 2006 5:42 pm

Quoting TristanHNL (Reply 8):
If there IS an opera aficionado out there, which if your favorite opera?



Massenet - "Don Quixote". Saw a wonderful staging of it many years ago at the English National.

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RE: Anyone Else Like Classical Music?

Tue May 16, 2006 10:23 pm

I love classical music--because I'm a classical pianist and violinist!

I've been playing piano for 22+ years; I was classically trained. I play all styles, but classical and baroque are my most-played styles.

I've been teaching myself violin for the last year now while living in London--after finding a green violin in a London music shop! I even write my own arrangements for violin.

So, I love to play classical music.

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RE: Anyone Else Like Classical Music?

Tue May 16, 2006 10:48 pm

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 13):
Tosca jumps off the Castel Sant'Angelo into the River Tiber, which is impossible if you know where it is in relation to the river. Something like 3 blocks away, IIRC.

Not exactly. It is just across the street (Lungotevere Castello) from the Tiber. It would be one hell of a leap but not three blocks. Maybe if you were an Olympic broad-jumper you might avoid eating some cobblestone.

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I like classical music, probably more than any other genre. I never turn on my car radio anymore. Most of the time music is just an annoyance to me but classical has been there all my life.

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RE: Anyone Else Like Classical Music?

Wed May 17, 2006 12:01 am

Quoting PSA727 (Reply 5):
There are a lot of open
air concerts in the spring and summer, they make for a very nice
evening. Lots of families go to them. Can you imagine that scenario
in the States? Kids screaming, parents yelling.

Actually this was invented in the USA!! Think of Philadelphia (Mann Music Center...ah I loved that one), Boston etc......it was Berlin that picked it up and started to spread it all over Europe so thanks for that invention!  Smile

Oh and yes I love classical music...being a Berliner this ain't so strange really, with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra around..it can't get better!!
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RE: Anyone Else Like Classical Music?

Wed May 17, 2006 5:28 pm

Yeah, I enjoy a bit of classical music.

Grieg (but of course) is my favourite composer, but Mozart, Vivaldi, Bethoven and that lot have nice music too.

Favourite classic piece is without a doubt Barber - Adagio for strings.

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RE: Anyone Else Like Classical Music?

Wed May 17, 2006 7:22 pm

My favourite opera will always be "La Boheme". It's timeless and beautiful.

I'm also a fan of Puccini, which may explain my interest in the works of Andrew Lloyd Webber.

I like what I like essentially, grand opera, intimate concertos, symphonic epics. I buy a season pass to the Sydney Symphony Orchestra each year and my wife and I attend as often as we can.

To me, classical music is like all forms of art - one simply likes what one likes. Usually your first impression is the correct one.

I do listen to classical music constantly though - it makes everyday events seem somehow magnificent.

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RE: Anyone Else Like Classical Music?

Wed May 17, 2006 7:33 pm

Yep, sometimes when the kids aren't rampaging about.... Favourite is Sheherazade by Rimsky Korsakov, but will listen to most stuff.

How about http://www.classicfm.com:80/#

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RE: Anyone Else Like Classical Music?

Wed May 17, 2006 7:34 pm

Quoting TristanHNL (Reply 8):
If there IS an opera aficionado out there, which if your favorite opera?

My wife and I absolutely love opera. She is partial to Donizetti, while I tend to enjoy Puccini more. Tosca is still my favorite. However, I do like Wagner a lot. Particularly when you are feeling depressed - than you really feel like hitting rockbottom!

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 13):
But ... at the end, Tosca jumps off the Castel Sant'Angelo into the River Tiber, which is impossible if you know where it is in relation to the river. Something like 3 blocks away, IIRC.

Come on, there was a flood in Rome during that act! She easily sprung into the river which had reached the walls of Sant'Angelo... Where is your imagination? It is Opera!

As for classical music, we love eastern European composers - a few weeks ago we drove through Bohemia going to Prague listening to Dvoøák's Symphony No. 6 in D major, opus 60. UNforgettable trip.

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RE: Anyone Else Like Classical Music?

Wed May 17, 2006 7:48 pm

Oh yes, I currently have Beethovens Moonlight Sonata on..
Ahh its actually making me very sad however..
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RE: Anyone Else Like Classical Music?

Wed May 17, 2006 7:52 pm

Quoting Speedbirdie (Reply 27):
Moonlight Sonata on..

Nice piece.  Smile

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RE: Anyone Else Like Classical Music?

Wed May 17, 2006 9:35 pm

Hey everyone, don't forget me as well. Classical music is mostly what I listen to!

As to which Classical piece I like most, I have to say it's the Liebestraum No. 3 by Franz Liszt.. I have to admit, it is one of the greatest piece of music! But don't forget Fantaisie-Impromptu in C-Sharp Minor! It's also one of my favourites!

Operas.. hmm.. I don't really follow the stories in the Opera itself, but I do listen to the Arias. My favourite piece is Core 'Ngrato by Salvatore Cardillo!

But somehow, I'm starting to lean towards Classical Crossover.. I don't know what you guys think about it, but I really like it these days..

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