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For some reason I've never dabbled too much into classical music asides from Satie and Arvo Part. WATMM, please tell me about some great classical pieces, old or contemporary, doesn't matter. Thanks dudes!

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Maurice Ravel - Pavane for Dead Princess: One of the most heart-breakingly beautiful things you'll ever hear...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKkeDqJBlK8&feature=related

 

Something more recent- Nils Frahm's Wintermusik album is just beautiful:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkbf1-cVUuY

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It's always great to see people getting interested in classical music.

 

The first composer I got into was Khachaturian, through his solo piano music. His music is accessible and rhythmically interesting. Last movement of his violin concerto:

 

 

 

 

Recently, I've been listening to a lot of Prokofiev. The 1st movement of the 2nd piano concerto is incredibly intense (inspired by the suicide of a close friend, it's also considered to have the most difficult piano solo in the standard repertoire):

 

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

 

(the video contains first and second movements)

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French guys is awesome,Satie,Ravel,Debussy,Faure,Milhaud

 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKd0VII-l3A

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iW1_aEZE9Bk&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUEpwcDZHp4&feature=related

 

think ravel is best(yeah,"pavane for dead princess" is most beautiful sond ever.)

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cumoVX7x3Zo

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I really like all the Russian romantics, especially Mussorgsky.

As has been said, Chopin and Satie are the shit. I prefer Satie, because I really like how he manages to portray a great deal of emotion, with way less flash than Chopin. Apples and oranges though.

 

EDIT: not that that's useful to you, as you already listen to him...

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yup. Ravel, Holst, Gershwin, Debussy, Wagner, Vaughan-Williams, Satie. 20th century is your best bet for just classic beautiful stuff. then there's lots of the modern good stuff that ends up being minimalist. Reich, Adams, Glass and so forth.

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Guest Greg Reason

Mozart - Requiem

Rachmaninoff - Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30

Varèse - Deserts

Penderecki - Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima

Charles Ives - Three Places in New England

Xenakis - ST/48, 1-240162

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French guys is awesome,Satie,Ravel,Debussy,Faure,Milhaud

Yeah.

 

Also like someone already said check out Holst, I love the Planets Suite.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUx3G6YHp7Y

 

Also Dvorak.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYl4Xb4cDQ8

 

Corelli.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8Y4GsNSVhY

 

Beethoven of course.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RBxLNMBBjw

 

Tchaikovsky.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6f6YazdkkxM

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Check out some Shostakovich, I love his String Quartet No. 8 in C minor op. 110

 

second movement:

 

 

 

Currently, I'm in love with Alfred Schnitte

 

2nd part of his Piano Quintet, but I recommend the whole of course

 

Also check out his Concerto For Piano & Strings, my favourite

 

And his String Quartets performed by the Kronos Quartet are also interesting. They also translated a Schnittke vocal composition to strings, with a beautiful result.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B85LNyuc7fI

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Hey hey Holsty baby

 

 

Probably the first ever fade out, there. This is beautiful too:

 

 

As is this:

 

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

 

 

 

Then there's this, which is just about perfect, from my number 2, Vaughan Williams.

 

 

 

And a beautiful piece by Gorecki

 

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My favorite piece of classical music is Prokofiev's second piano concerto.

 

It's great from beginning to end, but I'll only post the 2nd movement because it sums up the piece pretty well. I recommend getting a good recording of it though.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9q2qmuCXHI0

 

Also, Rachmaninov's Suites for 2 pianos are pretty great.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Zjt9QTj6V8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jjt7eTs8cs

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Gaaah. Too much to list.

 

If I had to pick a single piece to suggest it would be Ligeti's 'Atmospheres'.

 

[youtubehd]aI0P1NnUFxc[/youtubehd]

 

The thing is, I would barely consider it to be classical music. About the only thing it has in common with classical music up to that point in time (1961) is that it is performed by an orchestra. It's far more akin to electronic music in the manner that Ligeti is treating the orchestra. I like to think of the piece as more of an exercise in additive and subtractive synthesis.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atmosph%C3%A8res

 

Atmosphères eschews conventional melody, harmony, and rhythm, in favor of "sound masses" with sliding and merging orchestral clusters that suggest timbre is the central focus of the piece.[1] It exemplifies Ligeti's notion of "static, self-contained music without either development or traditional rhythmic configurations."[2] Harold Kaufman has written that Ligeti's music collapses foreground and background elements of musical structure into a "magma of evolving sound".[3] Program notes provided by Ensemble Sospeso describe Atmosphères as the "first major alternative to European serialism: static masses of orchestral sound that give the simultaneous sense of immobility and motion."[4] On the other hand, a close investigation of Ligeti's relationship to the Darmstadt avant-garde concludes that Atmosphères should "be seen as part of an evolution within the serial tradition and a response to problems articulated within it, rather than as a break from that tradition altogether".[5] The sound masses in Atmosphères are seen particularly to conform to the serial precepts of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s "statistical form", as exemplified in Gesang der Jünglinge (1955–56) and Gruppen (1955–57).[6]
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