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  1. Religious Music
    2009 thread about the work I've started a Berlioz Grande Messe des Morts challenge in the last days, counting 30 different performances. I have other questions, but which are your favourite performances and what do you like to feel listening to them?
  2. Classical Music Discussion
    I am curious as to who you believe to be the true descendants of Beethoven? Is it the camp of Berlioz, Liszt and Wagner or Schumann and Brahms? I definitely can hear a lot of Beethoven's later symphonic works in Symphonie Fantastique. Particularly in the interesting textures and the...
  3. Classical Music Discussion
    The BSO I've always had a soft spot for Charles Munch and the BSO that he conducted for so many years when I lived in Boston and attended lots open rehearsals where I saw him inspire the hotshots: Samuel Mayes and Joseph D. Pasquale in particular. Two of Munch's recordings with the BSO that I...
  4. Religious Music
    In a critique of Mozart's Requiem, Berlioz praised certain movements (e.g. Rex Tremendae and Lacrimosa), but dismissed others as inadequate. I was very surprised that he considered the Dies Irae unsatisfactory, as that has always been my favorite portion of the Requiem. Berlioz thought that it...
  5. Classical Music Discussion
    Well here we are in March and the next 2 names for composers of the month Hector Berlioz Steve Reich So here is a chance for lovers of these two to tell us why. Favourite works and performances Berlioz I am familiar with but only on a superficial basis. Reich I know is a 'minimalist' composer...
  6. Classical Music Discussion
    I think most people know about dies irae being used numerous composers throughout their works but are there any other examples of other chants being musically quoted in works? I know requiems have parts for libera me, lacrimosa, etc. (not sure if these are actually musically quoted chants or...
  7. Opera
    I bought tickets to go to see Les Troyens at La Scala, next April. Strange as it may seem, It will be my very first listening to this opera :o. Actually Berlioz, for some reason, is one of the main composers I have never paid too much attention to. I will go there "virgin", i.e. without a...
  8. Classical Music Discussion
    If you've never heard this piece, it's really worth checking out. You'll hear how much Berlioz influenced later composers like Wagner, Strauss and Mahler. Truly amazing music: Summer Nights with Berlioz
  9. Recorded Music and Publications
    I have a VHS tape of Ricardo Muti conducting Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique. The tape is damaged - only about half is watchable. It appears to be a recording from a PBS program - probably from the 1970's or 80's. The date and orchestra name are unavailable on the tape. The portion of the...
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