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    hi all

    i'm relatively new to the world of classical music and i am having a little trouble finding things to listen to.

    can anyone help me out with some recommendations for music. my prefrence is for the louder more stirring instrumental pieces as apposed to the calmer more relaxing tracks.

    any help would be appreciated

    thanks
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    If you like stirring Orchestral Music, get these:
    Holst "The Planets" John Eliot Gardiner-Philharmonia
    Janacek "Sinfonietta" Szell and the Cleveland Orch.
    Handel "Music for Royal Fireworks" John Eliot Gardiner
    Walton "Symphony no. 1"
    Bartok " Concerto for Orchestra"
    Shostakovich "Symphony No. 10" Karajan/Berlin
    Prokofiev "Symphony No. 5"
    Stravinsky "The Rite of Spring" and "Petrushka" Ballets
    Mussorgsky/Ravel "Pictures at an Exhibition" and "Night on Bald Mountain" Sinopoli
    Holst "Military Suites"
    Beethoven "Symphony No. 3 and 5" John Eliot Gardner/Orchestre Revolutionaire
    Try any of these while doing nothing else, JUST LISTEN. You can find some great George Szell/Cleveland Orch. Recordings from the 60s of most of the above for cheap!
    And remember, listen repeatedly until you understand something, themes that repeat or a storyline. If you don't get it at first, give it another shot. Some of my favorite things didn,t hit me at first. The sign of GOOD MUSIC, but the above ALL have instant appeal! Most of these pieces start somewhere and end somewhere. The fun part is the trip!

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    if you're starting out on classical music and you're looking for colossal texture and rhythm, i'd suggest you try out the more recent composers. stravinsky and rachmaninoff would be good starts. welcome to the world of the temperamental classical music (ancient to contemporary classical!) cheers!!!

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    I would also reccomend Rachmaninov.
    Esp. his 2nd and 3rd piano concrto's and his Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini.
    Good stuff.
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    Go for Russian composers. A bit of Beethoven, Rossini and Mozart too.

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    Pay attention to the final movements of big symphonies.
    Dvorak's ninth, Saint Saens third, or Brahms' first will get you started...
    Last edited by Cadenza; Dec-02-2013 at 22:21.

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    Music does do that blood stirring thing, it is true.

    Only thing is, ALL music does it, even the crappy kind.

    What kind is that, you ask? Well, that would be telling.

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    How about,...


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    Welcome to the forum.

    Some of these do have some quieter passages, but they're great for building tension for the passages that 'stir the blood'.

    Samuel Barber - Piano Concerto
    Samuel Barber - Medea's Dance of Vengeance
    Stravinsky - Rite of Spring
    Benjamin Britten - Four Sea Interludes
    Bartok - Concerto for Orchestra
    Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition
    Respighi - The Pines of Rome
    Aaron Copeland - Fanfare for the Common Man
    Penderecki - Violin Concerto #2
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    This is always my go-to piece when I want something truly blood-stirring:


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    Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture would certainly fit your requirement.

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    Beethoven and Wagner

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    There are few things I've heard that stir my blood more than this section to the finale:

    (of the movement, of course...I, like many, often forget this is only a single movement )


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    Nothing to stir the blood like a good march! Here's one from Berlioz:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roX70PAu3oA

    And one from Tchaikovsky!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-m6eu46OrNk


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    And don't forget Haydn's Creation:

    Aria: Rollend in schäumenden Wellen:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wJfSLVxMm4

    Chorus: The Heavens are Telling the Glory of God

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4lSauxyFWo

    Sunrise and aria: 'In Vollem Glanze'

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80XS1KEwqeg

    Aria: Mit Würd und Hoheit angetan

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvVdoibR5hE

    Aria: Nun scheint in vollem Glanze der Himmel

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUS-PHJYFGo

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