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  1. Keyboard Instruments
    Not one but two stories on the piano today. "What (Or Who) Makes A Great Piano?" http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/music/the-piano-keys-of-the-future/2015/09/03/9bbbbfee-354c-11e5-94ce-834ad8f5c50e_story.html "A Listeners' Guide To The Great Pianos"...
  2. Classical Music Discussion
    Hello. I'm fairly new to classical music so please excuse any ignorance or incorrect terminology I may use... I'm seeking any suggestions for similar work based on the following pieces I like: (I'll leave them at the very end of the post) I like the mood of these and I'm looking for more...
  3. Orchestral Music
    Any recommendations? Something big and powerful. Something that could be, for lack of a better description, the theme song for the 18th or 19th century, if that makes any sense. Something similar to Andreas Waltendorf's A Cruce Victoria for the Europea Universalis III soundtrack. For those of...
  4. Classical Music Discussion
    I wish to dedicate this thread to a composer who for a short period of time ceased to write music and during that periodgave us one of If not the most profound musical offerings of all time. It is not music and yet it is. It is silence. John cage in listening to silence makes us feel emotion no...
  5. Orchestral Music
    So when a recording with 'period' instruments does Beethoven, what are they using that makes them sound different from modern violins? Is it just gut strings vs. steel? Different bridges? Setup? Bow hair? I mean, if Stradivaris were made in the 1700's... why don't they sound like 'period' fiddles?
  6. Classical Music Discussion
    Why are Scarlatti keyboard sonatas so often played on the guitar? Is there something about the music that makes it a good fit for the guitar?
  7. Opera
    Always controversial. Why do you like it or hate it? It's sometimes called the greatest opera ever. What makes it so compelling? It really grabs me. Those chords opening Act 3 , sounding and wafting upwards always grip me. What are it's meanings? What is its power? Is the power of the potion...
  8. Solo & Chamber Music
    I just noted that the complete Beethoven sonatas that HJ Lim that she excludes Piano Sonatas Opus 49 which are two short pieces. Not sure why she left those out and whether this makes this a complete cycle or not. It's been a long time since I heard Opus 49 so wondering whether those are...
  9. Orchestral Music
    Hi, I am looking for live recordings, initially of the usual Beethoven symphonies but would also be interested in any other suggestions for the likes of Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, etc. Would posters be able to advise as to their favourites and what makes them so special? I am very much a...
  10. Classical Music Discussion
    If music is inherently abstract and not tied to language (unless it's a song or has a text), how does one proceed to tie in a music passage with a concrete image? For example, what makes Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 particularly rustic or pastoral if the subtitle wasn't there to inform the...
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