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Seeking Classical Music Recommendations

I like to think that I have eclectic taste in music... but the one major hole in my repertoire is the (vast!!) field of Classical Music. What can you recommend I give a spin? [more inside]
posted by Philby on Jul 6, 2014 - 41 answers

Edifying lectures/talks on classical music?

I found the performance lecture series by Andras Schiff (via theguardian.com) to be a really enjoyable and education listen, in terms of learning more about and appreciating classical music (classical in the broad sense of the category). Are there other similar talks available done by musicians or music teachers? [more inside]
posted by polymodus on Jan 23, 2014 - 17 answers

How can I enhance my experience of Beethoven's Triple Concerto?

I'm listening to Beethoven's Triple Concerto in C major (op.56), and it seems inscrutable to me. I'm unfamiliar with and unschooled in classical music. Any listening tips for this particular concerto? What should I be paying attention to? [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Jul 31, 2013 - 8 answers

Any recordings of Beethoven Symphony #3 (Eroica) piano four-hands

I'm looking for a recording of the complete Eroica Symphony transcribed for piano four hands (or two pianos) with quality comparable to a compact disc. (To get a taste of what I'm looking for, here's a partial video recording that's quite good.) I'm aware of the two-hand Liszt transcriptions, and can recommend Scherbakov over Katsaris, but two hands are not enough!
posted by Napoleonic Terrier on Apr 15, 2013 - 0 answers

Nothing to do with the Emerald City

The last movement of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony begins by recapitulating and rejecting themes from the first three movements. What is being symbolically rejected? A friend of mine says the Ninth is about the Brahmaviharas, the four immeasurables. The first three movements represent compassion, benevolence, and equanimity, all of which are rejected by the fourth in favour of joy, hence the Schiller. As a personal interpretation I think this works quite well, but the idea that Buddhist doctrine is what Beethoven (or Schiller for that matter) had in mind is surely bonkers. So what did Beethoven have in mind? The sources I've found say 'nobody knows'.
posted by Segundus on May 19, 2011 - 12 answers

infinity naturals in beethovens lebewohl

What is the symbol above the last note of the third measure (and ninth measure) of Beethoven's "Lebewohl" piano sonata #26, opus 81a? It's two naturals vertically surrounding some a sort of infinity-like glyph: ∞ Visible here: http://imslp.org/images/3/36/PV-Beethoven_Werke_Breitkopf_Serie_16_No_149_Op_81a.jpg
posted by umlaut on Feb 23, 2010 - 4 answers

Which of Beethoven's piano sonatas can be played by a skilled amateur?

Which of Beethoven's piano sonatas can be played by a skilled amateur? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese on Jan 17, 2010 - 16 answers

Angriest interpretation of Beethoven?

What are the most intense, angriest interpretations of Beethoven? What about even more intense composers and interpretations of those?
posted by Josh Coe on Oct 4, 2009 - 11 answers

Did Brahms copy Beethoven?

Classical music filter: Did Brahms copy Beethoven in his third symphony? [more inside]
posted by Autarky on Sep 28, 2007 - 6 answers

What books have given you great insight into great music?

What are the best books offering analysis of Beethoven's symphonies? Other classical works? [more inside]
posted by agropyron on May 22, 2006 - 16 answers

Looking for a Beethoven Poster or source art

I'm trying to find a poster of Ludwig van Beethoven for my wall at home. I would love to have a poster with an image of Beethoven, perhaps some notes or sheet music, and some of the text (the original German, not a translation) of the Choral movement of the 9th. Obviously, I want something very specific. I've looked at allposters.com and several other online poster sites and I haven't found quite what I'm looking for. Does such a thing exist? [more inside]
posted by Nafai on May 19, 2006 - 4 answers

Beethoven's 0p. 109?

I've been trying to find/download a Beethoven piano sonata, op. 109 and have only been able to grab the first movement performed by Walter Klein. Does anybody know where I can download the whole piece? Who do you especially like performing it?
posted by sluglicker on Apr 13, 2006 - 8 answers

Beethoven on the brain thanks to Matteo

Inspired by this thread, I'm wondering which conductors offer the best interpretations of Beethoven? [more inside]
posted by tetsuo on Oct 11, 2005 - 14 answers

Oh, and the ability to air conduct along is always a plus

I'd like some recommendations for classical music. [more inside]
posted by vernondalhart on Jul 28, 2005 - 45 answers

Understanding Classical Music

I'd like to get music under-the-hood. I was listening to this CD, on which Leonard Bernstein explains some of the inner workings of Beethoven's 3nd Symphony, and I really enjoyed the explanations. Now, I love music, but only as a lay-person. I can't play an instrument, and I can't read musical notation. But I'd like to be able to listen to a symphony and understand what the composer is doing with harmonics, tempo, overtones and the like. How do I learn this? Are there any good books? Or is the only way to learn it to go to an music school for ten years? I guess the perfect resource would be a book with a CD. In the book, a musical term would be described, and you'd be instructed to play a specific track on the CD to help you understand the concept.
posted by grumblebee on Jul 11, 2004 - 6 answers

moonlight sonata played by a symphony - help me find it

Very specific question - for about ten years, I've been trying to hunt down a copy of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata as performed by a symphony (I do not know which one). I initially heard it on a tape sent along with my mother's Reader's Digest subscription. The tape was full of piano music played by symphonies - Blue Danube, Flight of the Bumblebee, Fantaisie Impromptu and Moonlight Sonata. I'd love to buy a cd of any of these songs, but mostly, I'm looking for Moonlight Sonata, performed by a symphony instead of on piano.

I've tried the usual suspects, Amazon, p2p clients, etc. Any ideas?
posted by annathea on May 26, 2004 - 4 answers

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