Discussion in 'Art & Culture' started by river, Jan 9, 2016.
Here's another: The Russian Soprano Anna Netrebko
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Anybody else please!!!!!
Thanks for the above posts people ; except pad; nothing personal pad but you just don't understand; apparently.
A lot of modern commercial and pop musicians have a classical composition or two lying around. Some have put a good deal of effort into them - Zappa, Fahey (the tape and collage pieces), O'Connor, Eno, others.
They hit for higher average than the even more common and for some reason universally cringe-inducing forays of classical musicians into folk or genre. ( There are exceptions: )
The one that intrigues me the most is one of Leo Kottke's, a collaboration with opera composer and conductor Stephen Paulus - excerpts and suggestions and forerunners of the guitar part are scattered in his later recordings, but the thing itself has never been recorded afaik.
One of them:
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Die Julischka aus Buda-Budapest sung by Carla Maffioletti
Here's another version of Bolero as performed by Andre Rieu and the Johann Strauss Orchestra: Much more colorful.
I was personally at this concert along with my lovely wife.
Ennio Morricone's Ecstasy of Gold is one of my favorite pieces of music.
I have no idea what you guys are quarreling about. One started a discussion about classical music and the other joined the discussion. As the Moderator, I see no problem.
Well actually, there is one problem. You both insulted each other. I'll let it go, but please don't let it happen again.
After all, this is not a university lecture. Loosen up!
Neither do I.
I can understand that. It violated the unwritten "rules" about what comprises "classical" music.
It doesn't have movements. It keeps repeating the same figure over and over, only changing at the very end.
The rhythm is a Latin American dance. In those days it was okay to build a symphony around the waltz rhythm because the waltz dance is so stately and conservative. That was not true of the bolero dance, although it would be okay today.
It was extremely repetitive. It repeats the same long figure over and over, achieving dynamics by merely turning the lead over to a different section of instruments. Again, this would be acceptable today, but in those days they felt that "classical" meant "old fashioned."
"Bolero" is one of my four favorite "classical" pieces. The others are "The Lark Ascending" and "Metamorphoses," which I mentioned earlier, and "Scheherezade," which was also mentioned.
I've seen live performances of three of these by fabulous orchestras. I have not yet seen a performance of "Bolero," which is rather odd since it's quite popular in the USA.
In the younger quarters in general, they still seem to view classical as old fashion.
What do you think of my all time favourite, Nana Mouskouri? She has dabbled in just about everything as I have shown and is up there with all those pop divas as among the top sellers.
Scheherazade Andre Rieu and the Johann Strauss Orchestra:
It's been made trite by association, and become one of those pieces that's so popular nobody listens to it any more - Oliver Stone used in a soundtrack, etc - but Samuel Barber's Adagio movement from his string quartet opus 11 has to fit in here somewhere.
Here's an original version - by a quartet, as first scored, and at Barber's likely indicated tempo:
Sorry, I haven't heard her. As a musician I try to be somewhat familiar with a variety of styles, and as noted I attend the symphony occasionally and have a few favorite pieces. But I'm a rock'n'roller (bass guitar) so I'm not much of an authority on "serious music."
Trey isn't a classical artist, but I think he plays well with a symphony.
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Speak of rock n roll to me, and I'm stuck with the likes of Elvis, Gerry Ricky, Roy and Buddy. My first love in music.
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Nana Mouskouri singing Serenade de Schubert:
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