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    Hello people. My name is Bruno Éttori, I am a brazilian fan of Bach and Beethoven, wishing to discover more about the other composers from the various eras, from Renaissance until Contemporary music.
    My journey into music got serious around 15 years ago, with progressive rock bands like Pink Floyd, King Crimson and Genesis. As the years went on, I discovered more within the prog-rock genre, in search for music more focused on instrumental and innovative approaches. After some years, I found a whole new world within Experimental music, with bands like Swans and Coil. Then I got really interested in jazz and its wide range of subgenres, and music based in improvisation in general. More recently, I finally decided to learn and listen more about our masters from baroque, classical and romantic eras, and will soon check medieval, renaissance and contemporary eras too with more detail.
    Currently I'm obsessed with Bach, especially his St Matthew Passion and Mass in B Minor.
    Cheers!

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    Welcome!! I'm also a strong Bach enthusiast. It's good to hear that you're going to explore all the avenues of classical music. You are in for a major treat that won't be forgotten.

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    Good to have you. Bach is wonderful, a great way to start. Beethoven was my gateway drug, specifically his piano sonatas and concertos. One of my early Bach discoveries was the Goldberg Variations. I love them.

    Also good to see another Genesis fan on here. I'm not generally big into prog-rock, but I love Peter Gabriel era Genesis.

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    A hearty welcome to the forums! Another fellow Bach nut here. Your classical music journey will undoubtedly be immensely rewarding, and though I derive infinite satisfaction from the incredible diversity of CM, sometimes I wonder why I don't just listen to Johann.

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    Greetings to you

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    Welcome to TC. You list some favourites of mine as well (Bach, Pink Floyd, Genesis... ). Enjoy the forum, i's mostly harmless.
    I treat my music like I treat my pets. It’s something to own, care about and curate with attention to detail. From a blog by hjr.

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    Hi. The St Matthew Passion is not a bad piece to g3obsessed about Have you tried the St John?

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    I'm a bit strange. I recommend Bach keyboard concertos for you. Also his keyboard/violin/cello partitas and French and English suites and cantatas. I prefer these to the Matthew Passion and Mass in B Minor. Mass in B Minor is difficult, maybe Karl Richter got it right. The Art of Fugue is difficult too, it's a headache.

    A theory. After Goldberg variations Bach was a bit strange. He became an alien.
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    Welcome! I've been listening to Bach for 50 years but I still learn new things through this forum that enhance my appreciation of his music. I think you will, too. And then there's all the rest of CM... lots of good stuff!

    You'll find that many of us like to suggest our favorite works. As for the Matthäus-Passion, I've been listening a lot to this video which I discovered fairly recently. I love everything about it. Three of the singers (Petzold, Schmidt, and Bär) are my favorite Bach artists.



    I think the Goldberg Variationen are a great next step, and I'd like to suggest the harpsichord artistry of Jory Vinikour.



    All best wishes!

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    Another welcome here!

    Quote Originally Posted by Allegro Con Brio View Post
    A hearty welcome to the forums! Another fellow Bach nut here. Your classical music journey will undoubtedly be immensely rewarding, and though I derive infinite satisfaction from the incredible diversity of CM, sometimes I wonder why I don't just listen to Johann.
    "Somebody called him… Sebastian."

    (Otherwise it would be complete chaos I guess, cuz an awful lot of German dudes around that time had 'Johann' added to their name. "Hello Johann, how is Johann?" "Johann, my neighbour?" "No, Johann, the baker." "Aha... well, he's fine but his bread has become more tasteless recently." "And Johann, how is he?" "Johann, my 2nd cousin?" "No, your 3rd nephew." "Aha, he had his first day at school yesterday." "Oh, and darn, I almost forgot asking: how is Johann?" "Johann, my 2nd son?" "No, Johann, your 4th." "Ah, well, he's helping Johann to compose a fugue." "Johann?" "Yes, Johann." Apparently both the apostle and the Baptist were popular amongst them Lutherans.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc View Post
    "Somebody called him… Sebastian."
    But he was hardly a Cockney Rebel.
    Last edited by premont; Apr-24-2020 at 16:52.

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    I actually read that as "He was hardly a cocker spaniel". Must be the picture of our late dog in front of me.
    I treat my music like I treat my pets. It’s something to own, care about and curate with attention to detail. From a blog by hjr.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aioriacont View Post
    Hello people.
    Currently I'm obsessed with Bach, especially his St Matthew Passion and Mass in B Minor.
    Cheers!
    Welcome from me too. I have been obsessed by Bach for the most of my life.

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    Thanks for the greetings, people! I'm really looking forward discovering more music with you

    Quote Originally Posted by Ekim the Insubordinate View Post
    Good to have you. Bach is wonderful, a great way to start. Beethoven was my gateway drug, specifically his piano sonatas and concertos. One of my early Bach discoveries was the Goldberg Variations. I love them.

    Also good to see another Genesis fan on here. I'm not generally big into prog-rock, but I love Peter Gabriel era Genesis.
    Thanks! I really love the Goldberg Variations too! Both on harpsichord (Masaaki Suzuki), as well as in the strings arrangements (for trio and also for ensemble) by Dmitry Sitkovetsky.
    Also, Gabriel-era Genesis is amazing. The music from Trespass until Lamb has an unique atmosphere which I found nowhere else. I also love the remaining two albums with Hackett still on the band after Gabriel left (A Trick of the Tail and Wind & Wuthering), Hackett's first solo album (Voyage of the Acolyte) and Phillips' first solo too (The Geese and the Ghost).


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    Hi. The St Matthew Passion is not a bad piece to g3obsessed about Have you tried the St John?

    Yes, I love it as well. The Mass in B Minor and those two great passions are my triad of top Bach works at the moment, but I also love most of his instrumental music (the brandenburg concertos, the violin and harpsichord ones, the orchestral suites; also the solo works for keyboard, violin, cello), as well as several cantatas, the oratorios, the lutheran masses, the motets. Bach is surely a genius that makes my life a lot brighter! But the top three works which mostly intrigue me are the big Mass and the two great Passions. I am a big fan of HIP performances, but I also love the non-HIP greats from the past, so I have a special playlist in my Spotify for both Otto Klemperer's Mass and his St Matthew Passion, and also for Wolfgang Gönnenwein's St. John Passion. I love how epic and massive those three versions sound. When I am in a HIP mood, I go for Masaaki Suzuki's and Herreweghe's versions, when I am in a both HIP and OVPP mood I go for the Kuijken's ones.

    Quote Originally Posted by seitzpf View Post
    Welcome! I've been listening to Bach for 50 years but I still learn new things through this forum that enhance my appreciation of his music. I think you will, too. And then there's all the rest of CM... lots of good stuff!

    You'll find that many of us like to suggest our favorite works. As for the Matthäus-Passion, I've been listening a lot to this video which I discovered fairly recently. I love everything about it. Three of the singers (Petzold, Schmidt, and Bär) are my favorite Bach artists.

    I think the Goldberg Variationen are a great next step, and I'd like to suggest the harpsichord artistry of Jory Vinikour.

    All best wishes!
    Thanks, that's an amazing video for the SMP! I love the GV's too, amazing virtuoso composition! I usually prefer to listen to it in the original-intended form, for Harpsichord, as in the other great video you post.
    I am very fascinated by the baroque-era instruments: lute, harpsichord, organ. The baroque violin itself has a different and delightful sound too. I also listened to versions of the WTC in both harpsichord and clavichord too, i was curious about how the clavichord would sound, and love it too!

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