I hope someone here can help me - I'm a complete newbie to the vast genre of 'classical' music, and although there's a few things that have captured my imagination, I feel like I've bitten off more than I can chew.
So I was hoping to be pointed in the right direction - I guess what I could really do with is a good cd box set or collection to listen to so I can figure out my own taste. Does anyone have any good recommendations for a newbie like me?
For what it's worth - my background started in punk rock, moved onto to things like ska and reggae, and these days I'm into such wonderful things as Drum & Bass and Dubstep! I'm quite open minded though, I've always been into the more melodic side of things, and anything with an interesting rhythm (e.g. four on the floor dance music & a lot of commercial pop has always really bored me).
I'm particularly looking for music that's more dark & spooky sounding, mainly minor key. I really like when music can take one theme or idea and vary it and develop it, with different amounts of energy or subtle changes in rhythm.
I'm not too fond of long slow mellow pieces or the marchy, pompous, full orchestra 'national anthem' type music, which I think has always turned me off classical music in the past.
Sorry if that's a bit vague, my terminology is limited - but if anyone has read this far and can tell me what to look out for and what to avoid, based on what I'm describing, it would be much appreciated. Even a good book or website link so I can learn more would be great!