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    I have entensely enjoyed classical music, for most of my life, and I am in my late Forties. I credit my late father, for he played the viola for me as an infant, and our parents encouraged music listening. From there on, I developed my own tastes, which quickly diverged from those of my dad, which were quite narrow (by his own admission). My own tastes began to develop with an LP of Switched-On Bach. In the early 90s, our first CD player & the discovery of Varese, Cage, and Webern got things seriously going. By the late 90s, I was aggressively collecting.

    I would consider myself an ardent listener. (I do not play.) Most generes I enjoy very much, with the exception of serious opera. It has been 17th Century German & French keyboard music lately. I have been more interested in Schubert since my father’s death a few months ago. My wife studied piano as a child, and she appreciates solo piano pieces.

    Music playback is a pursuit for me that is coequal in importance with the music itself. I am an audio amateur, so I build my own equipment, mostly speakers. I play everything from iTunes at 256kbps using AAC files, both downloaded & imported. From there it’s through a high end Bluetooth receiver. Next is a Class D or T amplifier and very small sealed single driver (one speaker driver per speaker cabinet) speakers. I split to a powered sub before the amplifier that drives the speakers. These speakers excel for quartets, very small ensembles, and solo string & keyboard works. Larger works just do not work through this system. I have a larger project in mind that would do full orchestral music some justice.

    I look forward to learning & participating.

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    Sister Ray

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    Welcome to TalkClassical, Sister Ray. I hope you enjoy the forum.

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    Hi and welcome to TC. Think you will love this site and learn so much.
    Love Schubert. What about Brahms and Schumann even though they are later than 17th century?

    Well looking forward to your posts
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    I like the Schumann symphonies. Brahms is problematic, for me. The symphonies are pleasant, but they somehow are insufficiently compelling to me.

    For Schubert, I prefer the string quartets over the symphonies. I do intend to try Harnoncourt’s Schubert’s cycle. I hear “nature” in Schubert, as I do in Mahler.

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    Welcome Sister Ray.

    I'm a huge fan of Harnoncourt. If you think there is some hope for Schumann's symphonies, you might try Harnoncourt's recording of the Schumann Symphonies. I'd say it's a case where he finds something new in the music.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sisterray View Post
    Brahms is problematic, for me. The symphonies are pleasant, but they somehow are insufficiently compelling to me.
    That seems to be how I feel with Brahms too.
    "All of Italian opera can be heard in [Bellini's] "Ah! non creda [mirarti]."
    --Renata Scotto in "Scotto, More Than a DIva."

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    Welcome among us.

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