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    Hello all. I'm fairly new to classical music. Well, not really new to hearing it, but new to actually listening to it, if you know what I mean. When I was young, I was in the school band, to I was exposed to classical, but never really thought of it as something to listen to. I listened to mostly rock and heavy metal, and started to get into Frank Zappa. As I listened to him more, I started to listen to more jazz influenced rock, and then rock influenced jazz.

    Somehow, that led me to Bela Fleck. I saw hime and the Flecktones live at Summerfest here in Milwaukee about 4 years ago, and became obsessed with the man's music, grabbing up everything I could find. In that, was a CD he made of classical music, Perpetual Motion. I loved it, both for the beauty f the music, and for his ability to play it on the banjo. I then was lucky enough to see him and Edgar Meyer live, and started to really get interested in Edgar's music as well.

    Also thru jazz, I started to really get into listening to jazz guitar, and I figured the more the merrier, so I started to look at some classical guitar players as well. Andres Segovia (sp?), Angel Romero, and many others.

    I haven't really started to focus on the composers as much, because I don't know them all that well, and for now, it seems easier to follow the performers. I would like to change that, but I am not sure how.

    I would like to start reading up on the great composers and their works, but there is so much out there, it is hard to know where to start. The same goes with buying CD's. There may be 10 different recordings of a symphony, or something, all done by different orchestras. How is a newbie like me supposed to be able to know which is the best performance, or which may be terrible, and ruin something that may be wonderful if played by someone else?

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    Hello Empty One,

    Welcome to Talk Classical. I myself am a recent listener of classical music (well, going on about 3 years now).

    I just finished reading a terrific book on Classical Music authored by Phil Goulding, titled "Classical Music: The Top 50 Composers".

    He lists the Top 5, Top 10 and best compositions for each of the Top 50 Composers for which he, along with colleagues came up with.

    I think it is a wonderful way to get an introduction to classical music, even though it is somewhat a subjective list of composers, and you may or may not agree with all the choices, nevertheless.

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    Hello, Empty One (sounds strange saying that ), welcome aboard. Your background info is a very interesting read.

    I'm a newbie myself, and I found sites such as - http://classical.net/ useful for tips, composer bios and reviews. Reading reviews from magazines, books or places like amazon.com and interacting with "experienced listeners," will help a lot. But in the end, it's you tastes that matter. Once you start listening frequently, you'll feel comfortable with some performers than others, enjoy a slower tempo than a fast one, or vice-versa, etc.

    Have fun.
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    Hello Empty_One, and welcome to the forums!

    Great you have found to us, and we are looking forward to reading your comments, questions and to getting you known.

    You have a preference for classical guitar? So any favourite works or composers? Guitar literature is really wide spreaded and there is really much to discover! The Romero-family is famous, so what do you think about Pepe Romero? - Andreas Segovia, by the way.

    Greetings,
    Daniel

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    Hi Empty One, welcome to Talk Classical.

    Quote Originally Posted by Empty_One View Post
    I then was lucky enough to see him and Edgar Meyer live, and started to really get interested in Edgar's music as well.
    Meyer recorded Appalachian Journey with violinist Marc O'Connor and cellist Yo-yo Ma. It's a very good almost-crossover disc, and may work as an introduction to semi-classical chamber works. It's a disc I enjoy a lot, so I usually suggest buying it.


    Also thru jazz, I started to really get into listening to jazz guitar, and I figured the more the merrier, so I started to look at some classical guitar players as well. Andres Segovia (sp?), Angel Romero, and many others.
    Segovia rules! !
    And he shared the throne with Narciso Yepes.

    I would like to start reading up on the great composers and their works, but there is so much out there, it is hard to know where to start. The same goes with buying CD's. There may be 10 different recordings of a symphony, or something, all done by different orchestras. How is a newbie like me supposed to be able to know which is the best performance, or which may be terrible, and ruin something that may be wonderful if played by someone else?
    Naxos is a very good booster for rookies. They have an interesting website (www.naxos.com) with lots of information on composers and their performers, musical extracts, etc. And I think there are introductory guides as well. And what is more important, all their cds will keep your budget safe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Manuel View Post
    Meyer recorded Appalachian Journey with violinist Marc O'Connor and cellist Yo-yo Ma. It's a very good almost-crossover disc, and may work as an introduction to semi-classical chamber works. It's a disc I enjoy a lot, so I usually suggest buying it.

    I actually have that, and also Appalachia Waltz, and have enjoyed both very much. I also have some CD's by Yo-Yo Ma that I have liked.

    It's almost like there is too much great stuff to listen to, and not enough time... Or money

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    Quote Originally Posted by Empty_One View Post
    It's almost like there is too much great stuff to listen to, and not enough time... Or money

    Take that for granted. And once you know the pieces, you realise there are lots of interpretations of them... and you feel like trying them all.

    I recently got a cd featuring pianist Paul Crossley, playing works by Franck. I fell in love with the Prelude, fugue et variation Op. 18 (not a new work to me, I already knew it from italian forgotten master Sergio Fiorentino). And now I want to check Crossley in more Franck and some Ravel. Even though I have 14 versions of Gaspard de la Nuit*, I expect Crossley can add something new to it.

    There are lots of introductory guides, listing the top 100 classical music works out there. You can also purchase cheap second hand cds at local stores...
    I think we could even create our own list here in a new thread; where members write suggestions for the newbies.

    Don't become a classical music lover and collector. This is how your life is going to be.

    Manuel.



    *And so in the past I promissed myself not to get a new one.

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