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    Hello,

    I want to make a classical music sample as a present for a couple of my friends who are metalheads but open to new kinds of music. They listen to various kinds of Metal and Hard Rock, and they are very much into the sophistication of the music itself as well as hi-fi technology. They are curious about classical music as well, as they can hear the sophistication when they listen to it. But they don't know where to start best.

    Some of the Metal music is quite sophisticated anyway, so it might be a good present to offer them a "Metalhead compatible" classical music sample to get an interesting, metal compatible insight into classical music. I don't want them to suffer from a culture shock when listening to my sample. So the music needs to be very expressive and have a lot of "metal power".

    I love some of the classical music, but do not know that much about it, I listen more to Progressive Rock, Electronica and Jazz (hardly ever to Metal). I am not into hi-fi either. So I need your advice to make a great sample for my friends. It would be too sad if they miss out classical music because they don't get good examples.

    So here is my list of classical music for Metalheads - what else would you suggest?

    Wagner: The Ride of the Valkyries

    Vivaldi – 4 Seasons – Summer III and Winter I

    Carl Orff – O Fortuna and maybe some of the other Carmina Burana songs

    Mussorgsky - Night on the bald mountain

    Also, which choirmasters and interpreters would you suggest? It needn't be the best of all, but I don't want the versions to sound boring. Karajan and Anne-Sophie Mutter as a violonist seem to be a good start. You needn't be too picky about that, just remember that it's for metal heads so it's better if it is too expressive than too boring.

    Best wishes and thanks in advance for your advice,

    Robin
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    Debussy: La Mer. Afternoon of a Faun. Ravel: Daphis &Chloe,suite no 2, Bolero, La Valse,Rhapsodie Espagnole. Holst :The Planets. Respighi: The Pines of Rome.
    Richard Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel,Don Juan,Also Sprach Zarathustra.
    Smetana: The Moldau. Rimsky-Korskakov: Scheherezade, Capriccio Espanol. Russian Easter overture.
    Elgar: Enigma Variations. Tchaikovsky: Rome&Juliet. Francesca Da Rimini. Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition(orchestra or piano). Night on Bald Mountain. Dvorak: Carneval Overture.
    Janacek: Sinfonietta.Taras Bulba. Prokofiev: Scythian Suite. Lt.Kizhe Suite.
    Stravinsky: Firebird,Petrushka,Rite of Spring. All colorful works suitable for classical newbies.

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    If they're curious about it, don't make them a sampler - tell them to start with some of the late romantics (Mahler, Sibelius, Rachmaninoff), and go from there.

    Or just buy them Solit's version of Mahler's Second Symphony...it's sure to get their attention.

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    Les Preludes, Franz Liszt. Get the Minnesota Orch., Eiji Oue conducting, on Reference
    Ballet Music for Petrouchka, Stravinsky
    Overture to The Flying Dutchman, Wagner
    1812 Overture, Tchaikovsky. Naturally...
    Montagues and Capulets, from Romeo and Juliet, Prokofiev

    Need more?

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    most of classical piece can make metalhead say OMG. try this video, Ravel Tzigane. Metalhead like virtuoso piece.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dj21PCQ-nzQ

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    choir masters: Robert Shaw. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus can scream like nobody else.

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    No one has said Paganini?
    Unbelievable.
    If any Classical music would appeal to a metal head my guess would be that.
    Tell them "Think of it as early Yngwie"

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    (Plus Paganini has the added advantage of supposedly having sold his soul to the devil! ;-)

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    Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms (what could be perceived as being very O Fortuna like in many places)
    At last to guess, instead of always knowing. To be able to say “ah” and “oh” and “hey” instead of “yea” and “amen. ” ~ Wings of Desire

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    Shostakovich 4th, 10th and 11th symphonies
    Liszt Dante and Faust symphonies
    Berlioz Symphonie fantastique
    Britten Sinfonia da Requiem
    Bartok Concerto for Orchestra

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    How about Respighi's Pini Roma

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    Bartok, Britten, Stravinsky anything. Just make sure it's not too tonal.
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    For something a bit more extreme: Penderecki's Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima
    At last to guess, instead of always knowing. To be able to say “ah” and “oh” and “hey” instead of “yea” and “amen. ” ~ Wings of Desire

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    My college roommate was a metalhead and I was able to get him interested in a few classical pieces. Some pieces I remember that he liked were Barber's Adagio for Strings, Orff's Carmina Burana, and Stravinsky's Rite of Spring. He liked one of the Bartok string quartets too, but I don't remember which it was. I'm thinking the 4th, but am not certain.
    You may also want to check out some Latin composers. I would think the complex rhythms would be appealing to metalheads. Ginastera's Estancia comes to mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by superhorn View Post
    Debussy: La Mer. Afternoon of a Faun. Ravel: Daphis &Chloe,suite no 2, Bolero, La Valse,Rhapsodie Espagnole.
    Is this a joke or something? Impressionism is basically the antithesis of metal. It's soft, non-aggressive, dreamy, meandering - everything metal is not!

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