The Must have list for a Classical Neophyte....Trying to help expand the minds here.

Chumpy

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Still trying as a newbie to listen to more 'Classical' since about 192 B.C. - not much tried for us in last few months/will re-check when Proms re-occur.

 

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Chumpy

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... just re-discovering J.S. Bach - Toccata + Fugue in D ...

One top of search in YouTube (can't paste link ...) is our fave ...

 
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Chumpy........If you can, I urge you to listen to the same piece performed by Masaaki Suzuki ('Bach Organ Works', BIS label)......close your eyes and that Schnitger/Hinz organ is in your listening room.

 

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My choice for Mozart's Requiem would be the 1991 Solti recorded in St Stephen's Cathedral. Its 'traditional' and is a brilliant and very atmospheric performance.

 

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Just been reading through this very informative (and occasionally vituperative) thread - I'll definitely be accessing some of the music suggested - thanks to those who contributed.  The debate (?!) concerning the old and the new, serves in the main, only to confirm that dogmatism is alive and well in both camps. 

My experience with the 2 works I'm going to suggest, began with irritation and condemnation and ended with an amazed appreciation. So it is possible to be won over by what one categorically dismisses as 'noise' or at the other end of exactly the same stick - 'old school'.

Unless as someone suggested here, you prefer to be myopic/a cultural fundamentalist (in which case, good luck to you - enjoy!  :D ), I'd suggest that remaining open to the new or different or indeed 'irritating', can yield some very interesting results. 

I'd recommend to anybody starting out in classical music to try out - Steve Reich's 'Music for 18 musicians' and John Adams 'Naive and Sentimental Music'.

 

Chumpy

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... Just with Ms Wife checking out best Bach Opus 147 Cantata 'JJOMD' versions - no conclusions/only 2 on my HDD so far ...

 

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Not sure if many would call this classical in the context you are discussing here but I have a passion for very early instatements and music from the renaissance. The sounds produced are unlike and so interesting than most of the mainstream output. One of my favourite ensembles hails from the Czech Republic, the Rožmberská Kapela who specialise in this early music played on mostly original instruments. Here is an example of their music making

 
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On 11/22/2017 at 12:12, complin said:

Not sure if many would call this classical in the context you are discussing here but I have a passion for very early instatements and music from the renaissance. The sounds produced are unlike and so interesting than most of the mainstream output. One of my favourite ensembles hails from the Czech Republic, the Rožmberská Kapela who specialise in this early music played on mostly original instruments. Here is an example of their music making

You can hear that Susato piece at 4:24.

 

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Doing well my friend, how are you? Racked up my divorce count  , girls getting big, and I've retired, going back in once I finish my it degree 

 

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Doing well my friend, how are you? Racked up my divorce count  , girls getting big, and I've retired, going back in once I finish my it degree 
Glad your well and doing OK, considering. Welcome back. :hug: .

 

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Hello every one this my first time on this thread.  I was raised basically on Rock'n'Roll and Rock music.  However back then now and then I listened to Wagner (just music no words).  Now a lot of moons onwards part of my listening sessions involves full scale classical music. However there are two composers where I do not get on with their most important works that Is Mahler and Bruckner.  My friend played Mahler's 9th Symphony with great reverence commenting how beautiful and sad it was...  I just could not get into it, it sounded boring and if I could not sleep at night this piece would certainly induce me to sleep.  However I do love Mahlers 1st , 2nd and 3rd Symphonies.  With Bruckner its an experience on two extremes for me.  His music consist of very dramatic and thrilling parts which totally engross me but in the same piece of music suddenly the music becomes extremely boring, these two contrasting styles seem to exist in all his music, to the extent there is no one piece of music I can listen to from the very beginning right to the end.  People had said that the music cannot consistently be exciting there are slower and calmer parts as well, however my answer to that is but I like the slower and calmer parts of vast majority of other classical composers must be his style of composing?  I just wondered are there other Classical music lovers who too cannot completely get on with the two composers?

 

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Not sure if anyone has said this yet - aplologies if they have, as I haven't read all the posts between the first page and this one - but IIRC there was a series on Radio 3 called "Building a Library" on Saturday mornings which I used to listen to before I sold my last house (I've brought the FM aerial with me but it's still in the garage). The presenter compared recent and not-so recent-recordings of various works and made his recommendations. IIRC he was quite thorough and knowledgeable. If the programme is still airing, I'd recommend it.

Another point: I was exposed to "classical" music very early on in life and didn't start listening to anything else until I was a teenager (long time ago now). I began to decide there were things I liked and other things I didn't. So I think it is worth giving anything a listen; if you aren't sure, get a compilation or a sampler. When Naxos CDs were cheap and readily available at MVC, I got a Naxos catalogue,  and since by that time I'd already decided which musical periods I enjoyed most (incidentally these were usually before 1750) [cue jokes about how composers ought to knock off work before 10 to 6] I just went through the catalogue, ordering CDs of music written by composers who lived at the right time.  I don't think exactly the same thing is possible today, but try things out, and if you like it, get more of the same.