For the last few years I've been following the excellent reviews and accolades heaped upon the Monteverdi Choir's recordings
of the Bach Cantatas with John Eliot Gardiner on the Soli Deo Gloria label. Daunted by the whole enterprise, I have not yet purchased any of them. Does anyone familiar with at least some of the recordings in this series have any idea where to dive in? I'm not necessarily interested in the most famous or most-recorded cantatas, but rather the most beautiful, the most artful, the most moving. I'm tempted to just buy the (near-$300) box set, but I'm afraid with my busy schedule I will never listen to them all. Currently, the only Bach cantata recordings I have are Lorraine Hunt Lieberson's and one from Nancy Argenta which starts off with Ich Bin Vergnugt Mit Meinen Glucke.
posted by matildaben
on Feb 25, 2014 -
I'm quite liking Elgar's "Sea Slumber-Song" - but without vocals. Does such a thing exist? [more inside]
posted by sektah
on Feb 3, 2014 -
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 -
I want to get a truly special gift for someone who loves the music of Eric Satie. Where can I find the most hard-to-find or most amazing recordings? [more inside]
posted by Wuggie Norple
on Dec 1, 2013 -
Looking for recommendations for Baroque religious music, especially performances made by kids choirs (adult choirs will do nicely, too). Something like this
. [more inside]
posted by cardamon
on Sep 25, 2013 -
Can anybody help me find similar music to this John Williams song from Indiana Jones "Marion's Theme"
I need songs that are similarly bittersweet and romantic. I'm looking for pieces with a strong dose of heartache, rather than just lovely romantic music. It's about love, but something is awry and there is pain. More of a longing sound than a fulfilled love.
Can anyone tell me anything that they think is similar? Who might have influenced Williams with this piece? Or any composers from any era that had pieces like this.
Also if anyone could tell me what's going on here musically that gives it the atmosphere it has that would be amazing.
posted by niruniru
on Sep 23, 2013 -
I have an audition with a classical community choir in a few weeks and need some help choosing music, and tips on surviving the experience. [more inside]
posted by apcmwh
on Aug 16, 2013 -
There is an aria/section of a classical piece in my head I cannot identify. There is a soprano or mezzo-soprano solo (with an orchestra behind I think, though I cannot remember any details of the music), who sings a line that is something like "never seen his face (possibly "this place") before". It also contains a chorus shouting in between the soloist's phrases, with children's or an amplified child's voice quite prominent in parts of this shouting. [more inside]
posted by solarion
on Aug 1, 2013 -
What is this music? It was a piece by a woman composer; I think she had won some sort of important contemporary classical music award or was otherwise highly acclaimed, but the piece had a very postmodern/rockish sensibility. The beginning is a repetitive, kind of Olympo-fascist horn line and I think it resolves into something messier partway through the song. It's very catchy despite being kind of cacophonous. There was a music video for it that somehow involved, I think, horses or pegasi, an MS Paint aesthetic, and things with bright red eyes. [more inside]
posted by threeants
on May 27, 2013 -
Twenty years ago I came across an album of twentieth century music and I'm pretty sure it was from some music festival - the Osaka or Ojai festival? - featuring 20th-century orchestral composers. And this particular track featured musical glasses and had "Mountain" in the title.
Where do I begin hunting? [more inside]
posted by jimmymcvee
on Apr 5, 2013 -
Rhapsody's catalog is pretty good, but poor search and spotty album info are making me unhappy. I want to be able to choose albums and tracks to stream, so I'm not looking for radio. Opera is my priority. Can you help?
posted by markcmyers
on Feb 8, 2013 -
Advice sought for upbeat Classical music to listen to when studying. I seem to really enjoy the violin and the cello. I like some of Yo-Yo Ma and the Red Violin soundtrack. But, I do not like the classical music that is depressing and too slow -like some of the baroque. I am looking for the type of classical music one would hear in ballet. The kind that inspires and lifts you up, and makes you happy...that is simply beautiful. Do you know what I mean Hive Mind? Thanks!! So please give me a playlist
posted by TRUELOTUS
on Jan 2, 2013 -
Can you recommend fantastic, classical music released in the last five years or so? [more inside]
posted by missmary6
on Dec 22, 2012 -
Could someone please identify these two lieder? I think they are German art songs. I can't even make out any phrase to use as a search term (so if you can, that would be great): one
. Thanks in advance.
posted by amtho
on Nov 9, 2012 -
Need help identifying a classical song I hum to myself,possibly a piano piece, but can't remember what the name of it is or who made it. Link: http://youtu.be/PjnX9HgWueE [more inside]
posted by LittleNami
on Sep 30, 2012 -
It's time to play your favorite (maybe)
Ask Metafilter game: recommend music for a specific purpose! Bonus difficulty: the specificity is really
specific! [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong
on Sep 6, 2012 -
Help me look for Classical Greece themed art for Monty Python-esque animation backgrounds! [more inside]
posted by Tom-B
on Aug 27, 2012 -
Music recommendation filter: propulsive, elegiac, sinister, orchestral and/or choral, at least somewhat melodic music. Examples inside. [more inside]
posted by Sticherbeast
on Aug 9, 2012 -
What is the background music in the intro to the BBC's coverage of this year's British GP Qualifying? (Please, no spoilers!) [more inside]
posted by clorox
on Jul 7, 2012 -
Help me find a karaoke song that fits my personality and musical abilities! [more inside]
posted by jph
on Jun 22, 2012 -
I’m a pianist living in Canada and I’m interested in recording (and making commercially available) solo classical piano music by living Canadian composers – music that is still under copyright. What are the legal requirements and, if applicable, industry norms to acquire the rights to record this music? [more inside]
posted by bkpiano
on May 9, 2012 -
Help me help a friend: which (probably romantic-era) composer wrote a piece about a Chinese lacquer box? I have searched like crazy and found nothing.
posted by naturalog
on May 6, 2012 -
Whats the proper way to 'normalize' the titles of classical musical works when there doesn't seem to be any consistently used name? [more inside]
posted by Hither
on Apr 1, 2012 -
Baroque Choral Music Filter: I love the kind of baroque choral music with multiple parts going on simultaneously or in very close interaction, providing a gorgeous complex polyphonic tapestry that transcends language and sends me to heaven (as JS intended!). I very much dislike the soloists droning on in German against the orchestra. Which albums have more of the former? [more inside]
posted by zachawry
on Mar 21, 2012 -
Classical / opera music help: My partner has set up an beautiful slideshow of pictures and film of his parents' wedding in their village in Italy as a present for their 50th wedding anniversary. Help us with the music! [more inside]
posted by girlpublisher
on Feb 25, 2012 -
I love contemporary classical music, but I don't know enough other people that do too. Aside from Sequenza21, what are some good resources for meeting people online that share this interest? Also, aside from attending local events (I live in Madison, WI), can anybody suggest ways to meet people in person who are also fans? BTW, if this is an interest of yours too, feel free to send a message.
posted by mermaidcafe
on Feb 16, 2012 -
What do non-classically trained singers do for vocal warm-ups and conditioning? Looking for information on how untrained pop, rock, and jazz singers practice and keep their voices in good shape. [more inside]
posted by pupstocks
on Jan 25, 2012 -
Looking for an audio version of Rimsky-Korsakov's "Peter and the Wolf" that I heard in the 1980s where the narrator describing the wolf pursuing the duck says, breathlessly, "Lope ... waddle ... waddle ... lope ..." (describing their movements, with violins screeching in the background). I am looking for the particular recording that said it this way. It is particularly humorous and has great narration by a male voice in English. I thought it was the Peter Ustinov, but apparently not, as I bought it and it doesn't have this line (unless there is an alternative version floating around).
posted by cmp4Meta
on Jan 16, 2012 -
I want to give my mom a collection of Peter Shickele's great NPR classical music show: http://www.schickele.com/mix/. I was able to track down a few shows from various sources online but I really want a complete set. Does anyone have any advice?
posted by The Ted
on Dec 12, 2011 -
Re the decline of applause at symphony concerts: are there any classical/symphonic works that are still regularly applauded between movements, whether by convention or by spontaneous upwelling of feeling?
posted by flechsig
on Nov 16, 2011 -
I want to start listening to classical music but have no experience of this genre / form whatsoever. Where to start? [more inside]
posted by FuckingAwesome
on Nov 9, 2011 -
What's the classical piece in the background of the Radiolab "Loops" episode's segment on Gödel? [more inside]
posted by brianogilvie
on Oct 10, 2011 -
What are some of the most beautiful fermatas in classical music? Moments where the music stops, hangs - before finally resuming. Looking for pieces that were composed before 1920.
posted by Marquis
on Aug 25, 2011 -
I recently stumbled upon this piece
by John Tavener. It really gets going at the 2:20 mark. I love the rich chords and, at times, heavy bass of the piece. I want to get into this choral music, whether it is old Gregorian chant stuff or contemporary, but I don't know where to start! Anyone have any recommendations to start off with?
posted by staticscreen
on Aug 18, 2011 -