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    Default Introductions - Grandpa enjoying retirement

    Looking forward to see if you all can give me some more listening material. Gotta find something to do in retirement when the grandkids aren't here. My tastes are pretty conventional - Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, Brahms. Can't say I care for much new stuff.

    Nice to meet you all.

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    Welcome to Talk Classical, Clloydster. Enjoy the site - it's mostly harmless.

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    Appreciate it - sure hope you're harmless. Don't think kevlar will help me in here. This is classical music, right? What's the worst that happens - heated debate about which Beethoven symphony is best? I can imagine, though - I follow a shaving forum as well . . . bunch of young guys getting excited about old razors I used as a kid - you couldn't imagine how worked up they get up over types of razor blades!

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    Most of the threads are friendly exchanges of ideas and information - and you'll find many members here with vast knowledge on the subject(s). Once in a while a subject comes up that leads to more heated discussions though............

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    Welcome.
    As Art Rock says there are numerous great threads that can provide great info and recommendations - if you come across the odd contentious thread, chuckle, shake your head and move on.
    I never did care for Kevlar coned speakers

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    So where do you start here? I click new posts, but a lot seem to be games, and I haven't got those sorted out yet. Any place that newbies go?

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    Difficult to answer in general. What are you looking for?

    For instance, we have a forum with threads dedicated to particular composers, we have recommended lists (like 100 best symphonies and so one), specialized forums (e.g. opera), or just jump into the Classical Music Discussion forum and look at the subjects to see whether there is something that interests you.
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    Welcome! I think you’ll love it here. If you’re looking for a place to jump in, may I suggest this thread if you are into String Quartets: Weekly quartet. Just a music lover perspective.. We choose and talk about a different quartet each week, and Beethoven is under discussion right now
    "If we understood the world, we would realize that there is a logic of harmony underlying its manifold apparent dissonances." - Jean Sibelius

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    I'll check that out, Allegro Con Brio. I got a box set of Beethoven quartets a while back, but haven't listened to them that much.

    I keep seeing this ominous yellow box at the top talking about places I can't go until I do this and that. What on earth is that about? The super secret rooms that only the initiated can see? Is that like being taught all the secret handshakes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clloydster View Post
    I'll check that out, Allegro Con Brio. I got a box set of Beethoven quartets a while back, but haven't listened to them that much.

    I keep seeing this ominous yellow box at the top talking about places I can't go until I do this and that. What on earth is that about? The super secret rooms that only the initiated can see? Is that like being taught all the secret handshakes?
    I believe every new member got that. Basically, you have to make ten posts that are not in the community fourm and may have to wait up to 12 hours after reaching that to have full privileges. You can click on the X to stop seeing it. Hopefully, I clear up that for you. There is no elaborate ritutal that you have to go through.

    If you have any issues, I recommend reaching out to a moderator through PM or post a theard of your issue in the Site Feedback & Technical Support form.

    I read your introduction and see that you looking for more listening materials. Try this blog by Trout, Recommended Recordings Intro and Entry Links. For each listed work, Trout wrote his preferred recordings of that work. The list of works come from a collaborative project from different members who rank works to reflect the overall consensus of talkclassical fourm voters at the time of the creation.

    As a newcomer to classical music I found it a helpful guide. An important note don't treat it as canon as your taste may differ, just treat it as a starting place.

    Welcome to the form, hope you stick around.
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    Welcome among us Why not begin by looking for RCA Living Stereo recordings or maybe Mercury Living Presence. I'll start - I greatly like those Mercury recordings with Rafael Kubelik leading the Chicago Symphony.

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    If you want to live more dangerously start suggesting that avant-garde music is not classical, or that John Cage's piece 4'33" is not music, or that a piece of music can be objectively great. Another good trick is to suggest the Furtwangler was not much of a conductor (and certainly not as good as Toscanini), or that HvK was the best.

    Then the gloves will come off, and blood will be spilt.

    Oh, and if you want to meet member HammeredKlavier just suggest that Joseph Haydn is pretty good: you will be corrected, at length. I think he has a Haydn reference search tool running at all times, in order to educate Haydn fans.

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    I'm the gatekeeper to the J. Haydn cult. I will monitor your posts carefully, and if you I deem you worthy, you will get a private invite. And if you are able to get past the 3 stages of initiation (one which includes a blood-sealed vow to abstain from the music of his younger brother Michael), you can become a member.
    "Forgive me, Majesty. I'm a vulgar man. But I assure you, my music is not.“ Mozart

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil loves classical View Post
    I'm the gatekeeper to the J. Haydn cult. I will monitor your posts carefully, and if you I deem you worthy, you will get a private invite. And if you are able to get past the 3 stages of initiation (one which includes a blood-sealed vow to abstain from the music of his younger brother Michael), you can become a member.
    I'm relatively ignorant of all this stuff, so I don't think I even knew Haydn had a brother. Mostly I think I've heard his string quartet that has the movement that they used for the German national anthem, and heard part of his Creation oratorio at a church function (in my earlier days I used to single a little bit in my church choir - they let me stay in spite of that!).

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