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    Hi , again, a new member as it's alway of interest to know what drives, or feeds us in our quest for musical delights.For myself the list is long but definately begins with Beethoven.His symphonies;concertos quartets (particularly the late ones ) I absolutely adore! The piano is my favourite intrument, so his sonatas, his Diabelli variations superb!
    I do believe Brahms comes next,along with the later Bruckner Symphonies.Recently I have
    enjoyed once more Poulenc , Ravel & Debussy on my CDs & also on Radio Classic in France where I live & paint.
    I am always saddened when I meet people with no knowledge or interest in classical music,for me "where man stands the highest is holy ground," thank goodness the list is long, for which I am eternally greatful,

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    Hi

    As a new member too, it is always good to find out what kind of music other people like. I also like Beethoven and Brahms, but I am also a fan of Schubert, Bach and Mendelssohn, especially his violin concerto. Among my circle of friends I seem to be the only one who really likes classical music, which is a shame. I like it because there is such a variety of good music that makes me feel different depending on the mood I am in.
    Lets hope other people can join this discussion and let us know what music they like and what it does for them

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    Quote Originally Posted by marval View Post
    I like it because there is such a variety of good music that makes me feel different depending on the mood I am in.
    What diversity are you talking about? Isn't classical music just about cheesy violins and relaxation?

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    Hi Marval, I am interested in your choice, I too love Mendelssohn & have been playing his Octet in e flat major, do you know it?
    you mentioned on another topic that you don't appreciate Opera,I share your feelings,except for Wagner,Italian opera is not for me. I can mention an opera you may enjoy, truthfully on first hearing i rushed to turn off, time to take it back to the library, a second hearing, it became a great favorite of mine. Ravel's L'Enfant et Sortileges,is it familar?Other composers for the voice that I are high on my list is Poulenc's Gloria.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lmd View Post
    you mentioned on another topic that you don't appreciate Opera,I share your feelings,except for Wagner,Italian opera is not for me.
    But Wagner wasn't italian...

    I can mention an opera you may enjoy, truthfully on first hearing i rushed to turn off, time to take it back to the library, a second hearing, it became a great favorite of mine. Ravel's L'Enfant et Sortileges,
    Just try not to learn its maths.



    L'ENFANT (affolé) Mon Dieu! C'est l'Arithmétique!

    LE PETIT VIEILLARD, LES CHIFFRES Tique, tique, tique!

    (Il danse autour de l'enfant en multipliant les passes maléfiques.)

    Onze et six vingt-cinq,
    Quatre et quat'dix-huit,
    Sept fois neuf trente-trois

    L'ENFANT (surpris) Sept fois neuf trente-trois?

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    thanks for the quote Manual, you know the work , & I know Wagner is not Italian.
    Do you listen to Italian opera?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lmd View Post
    Do you listen to Italian opera?
    Yes.

    A lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lmd View Post
    Hi Marval, I am interested in your choice, I too love Mendelssohn & have been playing his Octet in e flat major, do you know it?
    My favorite Mendelssohn work. Wonderful, isn't it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lmd View Post
    you mentioned on another topic that you don't appreciate Opera,I share your feelings,except for Wagner,Italian opera is not for me.
    I think I have a valid hypothesis for this misunderstanding...

    He (temporarily) got you confused with the other Argentinian.

    And, as long as he's on my mind, I'd like to offer a public apology to oisfetz. I reacted in a snarly manner when he seemed pejorative towards Wagner. I have since discovered that his quarrel is not with Wagner, but with opera as a genre.

    I overreacted.

    I'm sorry.
    The hardest knife ill us'd doth lose his edge. Shakespeare- Sonnet 95

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    Hello Chambernut absolutely in accordance, I need to acquire more of his music, what would you suggest,?I'm certain I know most, but it's not on the shelf, he is special,a delight to listen to

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    Hi
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    I have heard of Ravels L'enfant et Sortileges, I don't have a copy must get one so I can have a good listen. It is probably time that I progressed from operettas to something a little more serious, not that I think there is anything wrong with violins (not too cheesy though) and I do enjoy a bit of relaxation now and again. Yes Mendelssohn's Octed in E flat major is great, unfortunately I am just a listener not a player, maybe one day.

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    Hi Marval, I hope you get to hear it, & please, give it a second chance as I did, & subseqently know it backwards.
    Yes ,the violin can be the first instrument to irritate the senses, Brahms is the charmer
    for me concerning the violin,

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    Hi!
    As my username shows, i am a great fan of Mendelssohn and i find his Octet a remarkable example of his genius and composition technique!!!

    As far as opera is concerned, I believe that you should give a second chance to opera (both Italian and German). Why don't you listen to Rossini's "Il Barbiere Di Siviglia"? I find it astonishing!!! And of course you should listen to Mozart's operas, especially the "Magic Flute"!!!

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    I think you should know, I LOVE BEETHOVEN! Ok, so there is no particular reason for this, other than the fact that my ears like it. My next favorite would have to be Chopin.
    To me, music describes life. Short and to the point. and oh yes, I don't like opera! Sorry.
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    Hello Mendelssohn ,Voice as an intrument causes me to be very selective,but when I find
    the right composer the joy begins,So, an early one was Ravel L'enfant et les Sortileges,
    with Susan Danco sublime! I went to hear Wagners "Des Ring des Nibelungen" spell-bound'
    Tristan und Isolde, absolutely.Have appreciated Francis Poulenc,he is special "Gloria", have played it a great deal, Duparc's melodies yes,Britton also, Italian Opera is not unfamiliar to me, however, can't say it excites me. Mozart I appreciate more.I do know Rossini's
    "Il Barbiere Di Siviglia,& will try to hear it again,so that I can have a fresh opinion

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