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    Greetings!

    I'm currently learning more about classical music and am still building my music collection. Also, I am taking this Coursera course (Introduction to Classical Music) taught by Craig Wright to learn more about the history and nuances of Western classical music (it's a very interesting course).

    I have been listening to jazz since I was a kid but became interested in classical music later because of some jazz versions of classical pieces (the "Scheherazade" and "Concierto de Aranjuez", for example). The Scheherazade was my first classical CD from many years ago but I have since explored the works of other composers. I also listen to some contemporary composers' works.

    I am only beginning to appreciate classical music more these days. It's only recently that I've taken the initiative to listen more intently.

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    Welcome to TalkClassical, a2u. I hope you enjoy the forum.

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    Where in Massachusetts? My wife and I were born and raised just north of Boston in Revere and Lynn.

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    Hello! a2u! Which composers or genres are you listening to the most these days? And which equipment do you use to listen to your collection?

    Have a warm welcome at Talk Classical, and enjoy your stay.

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    Hi,

    Medford. Near Davis Square.

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    Welcome to the forum. For those relatively new to the music, I’d recommend Harold Schonberg’s The Lives of the Great Composers — a terrific read that can add additional background info on the major composers. I wore out my copy many years ago.
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    The light of love restores every lost voice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Granate View Post
    Hello! a2u! Which composers or genres are you listening to the most these days? And which equipment do you use to listen to your collection?

    Have a warm welcome at Talk Classical, and enjoy your stay.
    Thanks!

    I am currently listening to Bach and Beethoven these days. Since I'm rather new to their works, I've started listening to their symphonies and concertos.

    I've been listening using iTunes Music and TIDAL on my computer, a Mac, coupled with a CA DACMagic XS D/A and some Hi-Res headphones from Sony. I've also been playing them on our Sonos speakers. Not exactly a high end system but good enough for now until I can upgrade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmsbls View Post
    Welcome to TalkClassical, a2u. I hope you enjoy the forum.
    Thanks!

    I've been reading some of the discussions and they're quite enlightening. I hope to contribute to this forum more in the future.

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    Welcome! By hanging around here, you'll definitely speed up your acquisition of musical knowledge and will also beef up your classical collection. I like books (I have a ton of them) and online classes, but there's something different about interacting with active listeners. You'll find people around here who have similar tastes to yours, and their recommendations will save you a lot of time hunting for what you personally will consider your ultimate recordings.

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    Welcome neighbor, I am from Connecticut! I joined TC just a couple of months ago and it's been a great experience - there are some really interesting discussions here to follow and participate in, a lot of really knowledgeable people, and you'll pick up more recommendations for things to listen to than you'll ever have time for!

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    Quote Originally Posted by a2u View Post
    Hi,

    Medford. Near Davis Square.
    Welcome to TC! I'm in Sharon, about a half hour south of Boston.

    You're in a good location - lots of great live music in Boston and Cambridge, much of it cheap or free because it's associated with one of the music schools. The BSO and the Celebrity Series offer some terrific performances, but tickets are pretty expensive.

    If you listen to any physical media - CD's or LP's - be sure to visit Stereo Jack's, just a few blocks north of Porter Square, on Massachusetts Avenue.

    And don't forget to vote NO on Question 1 in November!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wkasimer View Post
    Welcome to TC! I'm in Sharon, about a half hour south of Boston.

    You're in a good location - lots of great live music in Boston and Cambridge, much of it cheap or free because it's associated with one of the music schools. The BSO and the Celebrity Series offer some terrific performances, but tickets are pretty expensive.

    If you listen to any physical media - CD's or LP's - be sure to visit Stereo Jack's, just a few blocks north of Porter Square, on Massachusetts Avenue.

    And don't forget to vote NO on Question 1 in November!
    I've seen Stereo Jack but I haven't gone there yet. I should visit the store soon. I did visit Planet Records in Harvard Square once.
    Thanks for the tips.

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    Quote Originally Posted by a2u View Post
    I've seen Stereo Jack but I haven't gone there yet. I should visit the store soon. I did visit Planet Records in Harvard Square once.
    Planet's classical stuff is ridiculously overpriced. Stereo Jack's prices are meant to encourage purchase, so their stock changes a lot faster. Most LP's are $1.00, and there are lots of $2.00 CD's. And Stereo Jack's is where I sell the CD's that I no longer want.

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    Welcome, a2u! When you listen to Bach, are you looking for period or modern instruments? Whichever you like better, please consider sharing what works best for you in either his Composer Guestbook thread or the Current Listening V thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bharbeke View Post
    Welcome, a2u! When you listen to Bach, are you looking for period or modern instruments? Whichever you like better, please consider sharing what works best for you in either his Composer Guestbook thread or the Current Listening V thread.
    That's a good question. I've heard both recently. I'll share my thoughts in the other threads later....

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