I have recently become fascinated by Beethoven’s 9th, 8th and 5th symphonies, partly because I am familiar with some of the historical/philosophical context. I study and am familiar with the history of modern European philosophy (including Enlightenment philosophy and German Idealism) which I suspect could give me a beneficial entryway into the world of classical music. Can anyone recommend a method or approach to appreciating classical music more? Does anyone have suggestions for the best pieces and composers to set out with?
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]
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]
Which of Beethoven's piano sonatas can be played by a skilled amateur? [more inside]
What are the most intense, angriest interpretations of Beethoven? What about even more intense composers and interpretations of those?
Classical music filter: Did Brahms copy Beethoven in his third symphony? [more inside]
What are the best books offering analysis of Beethoven's symphonies? Other classical works? [more inside]
Inspired by this thread, I'm wondering which conductors offer the best interpretations of Beethoven? [more inside]