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    Hi there!

    I love music, particularly classical, and had been thinking about joining these forums for more than a year now, as I usually look for info about composers and their music, love polls, and because of this have came here many times as a guest to see what you people think about this or that topic. Having been exposed only about a decade ago to this wonderful, shining world that in my perception is classical music, I'm now an avid listener of the old masters and seek knowledge about them and their oeuvre. I've seen many interesting discussions here and would like to be part of this amazing community, and so decided to try to join.

    Uh, ok, to the personal info now... I'm 31, I love maths and electronic games, I'm an university student, I am a bit nerd. I'm shy.

    That's it I guess... well, nice to meet you, people.

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    Welcome to Talk Classical, Allerius! You know there are lots of different thread topics to read. Happy to count with you more than a guest. Do you usually listen to recordings, attend concerts, or prefer to read about the music style?

    Which are your favourite composers and interpreters?

    Have a great time.

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    Welcome Allerius! Fellow nerd here. Please enjoy your stay! Apart from the old masters, do you like game music, esp. traditional-instrument orchestral/chamber/solo game music?

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    Thank you, Granate! In time I will take a closer look upon the other topics and will try to contribute somehow.

    I tend to listen to recordings, what I do in almost all my free time, and sometimes while studying (I'm listening to Haydn London Symphonies with Jochum and the LSO while writing here heh), but less than often attend concerts and can't really read music (for now - I want to learn in the following years). At this moment, I'm just a listener - I do not have formal musical training, although I do have a keyboard and can play a piece or another if it's very simple.

    Well, I idolize Beethoven, Wagner and Bach, for different reasons, and tend to listen more to them. Their music seems like a warm shelter to me, and sometimes when I'm not in my best mood I seek refuge on their works. I have some other favorite composers though. I do love Mozart, Schubert, Berlioz, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Schumann, Mendelssohn and Prokofiev, and really like other composers too, although have much to discover yet - Shostakovich's symphonies, for example, I listened for the first time about one year ago, and I still don't know most of Bruckner's and Sibelius's. After a decade listening to classical music, I think that I'm not a newbie to it anymore - but I'm very far from being an expert also.

    Thanks again for your kind answer, I appreciate that. Have a great time to!

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    Thank's Kiki!

    Yes, I do. I played a lot of games since my childhood (started at 4 heh) and have listened to many soundtracks, and liked many of them, from OSTs of games such as Warcraft 2, Outcast, Castlevania: SOTN and others to 8-bit music of even older games - I owned a Sega Master System and liked the music of games such as Forgotten Worlds, Ghouls 'n Ghosts, Phantasy Star and others. I guess that I'm a bit outdated in terms of a gamer right now, as I don't know many of the more recent games, but I was quite the game nerd back in the early years of the past decade. I was an obsessed Warcraft 3 player, it was the last game that I really got into.

    And you? Do you like game soundtracks? Which do you prefer?

    Thanks for your reply, and nice to meet you.

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    P.S.: I'm not a native English speaker, so please people, correct me if a commit some grammatical barbarisms hehe. For that, you have my thanks in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allerius View Post
    Hi there!

    I love music, particularly classical, and had been thinking about joining these forums for more than a year now, as I usually look for info about composers and their music, love polls, and because of this have came here many times as a guest to see what you people think about this or that topic. Having been exposed only about a decade ago to this wonderful, shining world that in my perception is classical music, I'm now an avid listener of the old masters and seek knowledge about them and their oeuvre. I've seen many interesting discussions here and would like to be part of this amazing community, and so decided to try to join.

    Uh, ok, to the personal info now... I'm 31, I love maths and electronic games, I'm an university student, I am a bit nerd. I'm shy.

    That's it I guess... well, nice to meet you, people.
    Hi there and welcome to TC. You will learn lots.

    Classical music is not just about listening but a whole world.

    Well, looking forward to your posts

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    Thank you very much Judith, I agree with you. I'll try to post something later to participate here.

    Nice to meet you.

    P.S.: I've replied to the members Granate and Kiki yesterday, but my answers didn't appear here in this thread at all (well, I don't see them), I don't know why. I used the "quick reply button" and answered them separately, then "replied to thread" for a final message. Did I miss something?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allerius View Post
    ... And you? Do you like game soundtracks? Which do you prefer? ...
    Wow, that's a very comprehensive list of games. I salute you! I'm mostly into JRPG like Final Fantasy, DQ etc. The FF franchise has released many orchestral albums, apart from soundtracks and rearrangements, also full-orchestra live concerts. When Grand Turismo 5 used Lang Lang's Prokofiev Sonata #7 as its opening I was pleasantly shocked! They even have an option to play only classical music in the background during gameplay! I never played Diablo, but I think the Diablo III orchestral soundtrack is scaringly awesome. Trusty Bell (think it's called Eternal Sonata in the West) is a JRPG of Chopin's adventures in his dreams while lying sick in bed during the last few hours of his life. It has got an epic soundtrack featuring heavily the piano, not surprisingly. The game also features full length performances of his major works! Great for promoting classical music!

    I like all the composers that you mentioned. Looking forward to your posts!

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    P.S.: I've replied to the members Granate and Kiki yesterday, but my answers didn't appear here in this thread at all (well, I don't see them), I don't know why. I used the "quick reply button" and answered them separately, then "replied to thread" for a final message. Did I miss something?
    Until you have reached the magical 10 posts, most of your posts will be subject to moderator reviews before they will show up. That might feel a little inconvenient, but it will be over in no time!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiki View Post
    Wow, that's a very comprehensive list of games. I salute you! I'm mostly into JRPG like Final Fantasy, DQ etc. The FF franchise has released many orchestral albums, apart from soundtracks and rearrangements, also full-orchestra live concerts. When Grand Turismo 5 used Lang Lang's Prokofiev Sonata #7 as its opening I was pleasantly shocked! They even have an option to play only classical music in the background during gameplay! I never played Diablo, but I think the Diablo III orchestral soundtrack is scaringly awesome. Trusty Bell (think it's called Eternal Sonata in the West) is a JRPG of Chopin's adventures in his dreams while lying sick in bed during the last few hours of his life. It has got an epic soundtrack featuring heavily the piano, not surprisingly. The game also features full length performances of his major works! Great for promoting classical music!
    I've never played the FF franchise, but I know the OSTs of some of it's games and think that they are very beautiful. Prokofiev and Chopin on those two games seems like an amazing and interesting surprise to me, you made me want to play them now hehe. I played Diablo, like it's music and think that it contributes a lot to the dark atmosphere of the game. I never tried D3 though, and don't know it's soundtrack, but, being a classic Blizzard game, I'm almost sure that I will like it. I will try it later, thanks for the tip.

    Do you know the soundtracks of Warcraft 2: Tides of Darkness by Blizzard and Outcast by Appeal? They are my absolute favorites at this moment for what I know from games. The former comprises two series of orchestrated tracks (kind of suites), one for humans, another for orcs, which in my opinion are expressive and have interesting intrumental passages, such as beautiful harpsichord solos, while the latter game also has chorus and longer, more developed tracks that sometimes sound to me almost wagnerian in their use of chromaticism and powerful orchestral forces. I'm posting the youtube links to them below, just in case you may want to hear them (I'm supposing that this is allowed by the community rules; If not, someone please tell me):

    Warcraft 2: Tides of Darkness: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bz4INLEmh_I

    Outcast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yoca308dcqg


    Quote Originally Posted by Kiki View Post
    I like all the composers that you mentioned. Looking forward to your posts!
    I think that there's a lot for me to learn from this community's forums, and not being a musician myself I don't know if there's much for me to add to the discussions, but I'll try to contribute somehow later. I thank you, Granate, Judith and anyone else that might write on this thread while this post is being reviewed for your kind and cordial reception.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allerius View Post
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    Do you know the soundtracks of Warcraft 2: Tides of Darkness by Blizzard and Outcast by Appeal?....
    Impressive! Thanks for sharing. They remind me of the young and angry Prokofiev (the Scythian Suite and the early symphonies except the pseudo-Haydn No. 1), the more volatile parts in Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé, or the more challenging emotions in some contemporary music.

    Quote Originally Posted by Allerius View Post
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    I think that there's a lot for me to learn from this community's forums, and not being a musician myself I don't know if there's much for me to add to the discussions, but I'll try to contribute somehow later…...
    We're all learners, aren't we? And I think most people talk about their reactions to classical music here as listeners rather than musicians. So please enjoy! ^_^

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allerius View Post
    Well, I idolize Beethoven, Wagner and Bach, for different reasons, and tend to listen more to them. Their music seems like a warm shelter to me, and sometimes when I'm not in my best mood I seek refuge on their works. I have some other favorite composers though. I do love Mozart, Schubert, Berlioz, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Schumann, Mendelssohn and Prokofiev, and really like other composers too, although have much to discover yet - Shostakovich's symphonies, for example, I listened for the first time about one year ago, and I still don't know most of Bruckner's and Sibelius's. After a decade listening to classical music, I think that I'm not a newbie to it anymore - but I'm very far from being an expert also.

    Welcome to the site. If you want to add to your lists above, check out Mahler.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fritz Kobus View Post
    Welcome to the site. If you want to add to your lists above, check out Mahler.
    Thanks for the tip, Fritz Kobus. I have already listened to all his ten symphonies with Haitink and the RCO, more than five times each to assimilate them. My current favorites are Nos. 2, 3, 6, 8 and, particularly, 9. I really like how he develops his lengthy symphonies while maintaining in my opinion interesting structures and beautiful orchestrations on them. To this day I haven't tried his lieder though, including his famous Das Lied von der Erde, what I recognize that is an important gap in my music knowledge.

    Nice to meet you!

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