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What's the best way to hear classical music / opera online

I'm setting my 80-year-old dad up with a laptop. All he wants from this is to hear classical music and opera online. What can I bookmark on this laptop for him?
posted by goofyfoot on Apr 2, 2016 - 28 answers

Changing course to classical music career later in life

I am feeling torn between my life as it is and my life as I think it could have been and wondering whether it is even possible to change tracks at this point, and how I would go about it if it is. [more inside]
posted by Anyone's Ghost on Feb 7, 2016 - 34 answers

Best practices for digital media and home theater?

I'd like to improve the way we handle our digital media storage and viewing at home. Currently we have a PC running FreeNAS as the storage server, and another PC hooked up to the TV (the TV PC) that we play media with using Kodi. We use an iPhone as a remote. I'd like to replace this with something easier to use, so that for instance, a guest at our house could watch TV just using a remote. [more inside]
posted by pombe on Jan 30, 2016 - 7 answers

Recommend a decent hard shell cello case within our budget?

Need to get a full size hard shell cello case for a nice cello without busting our $300-to-$500 budget, and could use some recommendations. [more inside]
posted by mosk on Nov 24, 2015 - 7 answers

Is "ding ding ding" really an enhancement?

Please recommend music which would be noticeably worse off without a triangle. I have attended the symphony eight times per year for the past five years, and I've only been thoroughly annoyed by the triangle once*, but I'd like to develop appreciation rather than tolerance and befuddlement. [more inside]
posted by esoterrica on Oct 22, 2015 - 22 answers

La Commedia è finita - can the music go on?

So, dealing with the many ins and outs of caring for an ailing grandfather who's on his way out, I've come across one problem that the green might have an answer to. Said grandfather has been an audiophile all of his life and his front room is full of records and cds of opera, symphonies, concertos, cantatas, greatest hits of individual singers, etc. Is there anything we can do now so that his beloved music collection can go somewhere other than the trash when he dies? [more inside]
posted by theweasel on Sep 22, 2015 - 7 answers

Mahler for funerals

A good friend of mine recently passed away, and his mother asked me to pick two musical selections to play at his service. He was a big classical music buff, but I am not. I know Mahler was his favorite, but frankly, I have no idea where to even begin. Please help me identify Mahler compositions that are appropriate (in terms of mood and length) for a memorial service.
posted by palindromic on Aug 3, 2015 - 13 answers

Over 2000 Songs on Three And A Half Compact Discs For Only $2.98!!

Inspired by a recent FPP, I went to iTunes to buy Charles Mingus' Ah Um. I found the standard 12-track album (9 original, 3 new) for $9.99, a $16.99 50th Anniversary Edition (24 tracks), a $4.99 album (9 original tracks), and also for $4.99, Charles Mingus Complete Recordings: 1957 - 1960, a 9-album, 68-song collection including the 9 original Ah Um tracks. Being no dummy cheap, I got the latter, and am now wondering if there are any other festivals of musical bargains which may be lurking on the iTunes, and have some other questions about how to tell a good compilation from bad, and the differences in editions and releases of the same albums. [more inside]
posted by Alvy Ampersand on Apr 8, 2015 - 5 answers

Ancient cassette tape is finally broken, lost the track list ages ago.

Deutsche Grammophon classical recording. Acquired it circa 1983. Title: Serenades and Romances, The World's Loveliest Music for Strings. I think the catalog or serial number is 413 655-4 but I can't find the track list online. [more inside]
posted by MasonDixon on Mar 4, 2015 - 4 answers

Finding all performances of a particular piece

Is there a website where I can find all scheduled US performances of a given orchestral or choral piece? [more inside]
posted by easy, lucky, free on Feb 17, 2015 - 4 answers

Romantic classic music CD?

What's a great CD of classical music that is lower-case-r romantic, for a gift? [more inside]
posted by lewedswiver on Feb 10, 2015 - 12 answers

Can people recommend non-twee classical music?

I like some classical music, and I love orchestras, but to my ears the emotional palette of a lot of classical veers towards the 'twee' end of the scale. Can people recommend me some non-twee pieces to listen to? [more inside]
posted by memebake on Nov 17, 2014 - 41 answers

the still, small tone of disquiet

A soft, sustained high note floats over a musical texture. The music moves on underneath (slow, sad, troubled, tense - anything but happy examples) while the high note continues, insistently. Help me (re)find examples of this trope in pieces of classical music and solve something that's been needling me for a long time. [more inside]
posted by lokta on May 16, 2014 - 13 answers

Something terrible is about to happen...

What are your favorite songs that signal an impending cataclysm? I love Carl Orff's O Fortuna from the Carmina Burana cantata. What are some others like it? [more inside]
posted by rippersid on May 5, 2014 - 30 answers

Classical music filter: What famous classical piece is this?

It's one of those well known pieces that we've probably all heard many times before, but most of us probably can't name. Well, at least I can't name it and it's been stuck in my head for days! What famous classical piece is it? Thanks in advance! [more inside]
posted by obscure simpsons reference on Mar 14, 2014 - 4 answers

What concert band piece is this?

I've had this song in my head all day and I can't think the title or composer! I remember playing it in concert band years ago but can't really recall much else besides the main motif. [more inside]
posted by andruwjones26 on Feb 28, 2014 - 3 answers

Easy listening opera!

I enjoy listening to classical music while I work on creative pursuits and lately I've been hankering for more opera. I really enjoy Handel's Messiah (the whole thing, not just the chorus). I know the Messiah isn't technically an opera but wanted to give you a sense of the musical and vocal styles I'm enjoying right now. I also like Wagner's Ring cycle though that's not quite as "listenable" to me. Given this, what operas would you recommend? I'm really looking for specific opera titles, not just composers I might like.
posted by purple_bird on Feb 22, 2014 - 17 answers

Schubert's Impromptus - who should I be listening to?

Falling hard for both Schubert's Impromptus and Chopin's Nocturnes. Who are the best players, what recordings are essential to own? [more inside]
posted by Lipstick Thespian on Nov 18, 2013 - 8 answers

Apart from the William Tell Overture.

Classical music for workouts? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Nov 18, 2013 - 23 answers

How do I learn to hear sonatas and symphonies as unified works?

I enjoy classical music a lot, but at a superficial level (I don't play an instrument). I'm realising that part of my frustration is that I don't hear what makes the various parts of a piece (such as the movements of a sonata or symphony) belong together in a whole. How did you learn to do this? [more inside]
posted by muhonnin on Oct 12, 2013 - 9 answers

Expanding my repertoire

I'm looking for classical piano sheet music recommendations. [more inside]
posted by mammary16 on Sep 5, 2013 - 15 answers

Other classical music I might like

Please help me select my next classical music for work. [more inside]
posted by theredpen on Sep 5, 2013 - 11 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

And I like the part that goes, "Dum-dum-dum-DUN-DUN-TAH!"

Classical music (and opera) for a beginner! Where to start with hundreds of years of music? [more inside]
posted by Kitteh on Jul 22, 2013 - 24 answers

Erik Satie for me.

I need some guidance on how to pick a classical music recording to buy. Specifically I'm looking for the work of Erik Satie. [more inside]
posted by WeekendJen on May 14, 2013 - 7 answers

Remedial Beethoven for Assholes

I don't particularly like classical music. But I would like to rapidly acquire a broad but shallow education in the basics of classical music. How do I best do this? [more inside]
posted by Diablevert on Mar 1, 2013 - 19 answers

Lapsed classical lover seeks guidance

Can you recommend fantastic, classical music released in the last five years or so? [more inside]
posted by missmary6 on Dec 22, 2012 - 8 answers

What to get for a classical-music and science-loving mentor as a present?

What to get as a going-away present for my classical-music-and-science-loving mentor when I make a great deal less money than them and don't have as much knowledge as them in their interests? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Nov 21, 2012 - 10 answers

Mystery classical music

What is this piece of music (MP3)? My daughter's music teacher (it's an initiation class for 5-year olds) gave us the sheet music before leaving on vacation and I'd like to find a correct recording. [more inside]
posted by elgilito on Oct 28, 2012 - 11 answers

Small ensemble "classical" music that's not what I'm used to.

I want to find small ensemble "classical" music that I really like but don't know how to find or even really describe - "clean" and "structural"? Maybe it's "modern" but it's less abstract and more classical in scale and construction than the modern/experimental music I'm familiar with. [more inside]
posted by freebird on Aug 1, 2012 - 21 answers

What was the poem within this sonata?

Ridiculously specific classical music question: What is the poem/program note that is supposed to be read before the final movement in Hindemith's 'Sonata for Alto Horn in E flat' (1943)? In the original German and the English translation, if possible. [more inside]
posted by Peter Petridish on Jul 13, 2012 - 3 answers

Is it possible to find lead sheet music for Pachelbel's Canon?

I'm trying to learn to play the piano, and right now I'm using this book by Scott Houston, who is a huge advocate of lead sheet music and "fake" books. I really, really like the book, and even after just sitting down for a little bit I can already play some basic stuff like row, row, row your boat and jingle bells. However, there is one snag: the book's philosophy is that you should think of the one song you would most like to play on the piano and learn how to play by starting with that song first, an idea which I really love except for the fact that the one song I would really like to play more than anything else is Pachelbel's Canon in D. He specifically says in the book that his teaching method is completely unsuited for learning classical piano. I really don't want to learn how to play classical piano except for this one song, but this is one song I would really like to learn. Is there any way around this?
posted by bookman117 on Jul 3, 2012 - 18 answers

this is my box, this is my box, i never travel without my box...

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 - 7 answers

A Symphony, Divided?

Is there anywhere to listen to the component parts of a piece of classical music? [more inside]
posted by ilana on May 1, 2012 - 6 answers

Classical piano music: theme and variations based on popular tune

[Classical piano filter] What are some other pieces like Mozart's variations on Twinkle Twinkle Little Star? [more inside]
posted by foxjacket on Jan 12, 2012 - 6 answers

Help me Handel my sometimes useful but currently maddening sense of pitch

How can I learn to override my absolute pitch to cope with singing at Baroque pitch? [more inside]
posted by bassjump on Oct 12, 2011 - 12 answers

Help me identify this piece of classical music from a Japanese trailer.

What piece of classical music is this? [more inside]
posted by Senza Volto on Aug 13, 2011 - 4 answers


Well, it's T-minus five weeks to the wedding and I haven't got the music down. I've got a crapload of amazing singers and all of my ideas are going down the tubes. Hope? [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Aug 1, 2011 - 12 answers

Krakow music wish-list

What musical gems & rarities should I look for on my upcoming trip to Krakow? [more inside]
posted by palmcorder_yajna on Jul 31, 2011 - 3 answers

Amazing projects where art meets digital/social technologies

What are interesting projects where art meets new (digital/social) technologies? Like Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir, Youtube Symphony Orchestra, or Google Art Project.
posted by vladimirfrolov on May 9, 2011 - 3 answers

Name that classical tune!

Most TI-99 games used classical tunes for their music. I'm trying to identify the main theme from the game Alpiner, which can be found here. I'm also trying to identify the tune that plays when you conquer the last mountain, which I couldn't find online but reproduced from memory here. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by luvcraft on Apr 24, 2011 - 6 answers

Atomic Cafe Incidental Music

Does anyone recognize the music playing during Eisenhower's speech at about 40 minutes into "The Atomic Cafe"? It's not on the soundtrack and it doesn't seem to be listed in the closing credits. Thank you!
posted by interrobang on Apr 18, 2011 - 5 answers

Recording of Gabriel Fauré's Op. 50, "Pavane" with a very "breathy flute"?

I'm looking for a performance of Fauré's Op. 50, "Pavane" with a very "breathy flute." [more inside]
posted by Jay Jech on Jan 21, 2011 - 4 answers

Classical Music Non-Profits

Help me find classical music non-profit organizations in the USA. [more inside]
posted by sleevener on Dec 4, 2010 - 11 answers

Sources for public domain music

Please recommend some sources where I can download classical music. [more inside]
posted by a womble is an active kind of sloth on Nov 21, 2010 - 4 answers

What are your favorite Classical piano/organ recordings?

I go through phases where I listen to lots of classical piano/organ music, but I tend to rehash the same pieces (some Bach, mostly). I'd love to expand my collection. What are your favorite classical piano recordings? [more inside]
posted by jz on Nov 14, 2010 - 15 answers

Seeking classical cliché music for toil

I am looking for a classical music piece, or snippet, connoting "toil" or "hardship", and I think it's Russian or at least Eastern European. [more inside]
posted by everichon on Oct 18, 2010 - 4 answers

Help me develop an ear for classical music.

Help me develop an ear for classical music. [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce on Oct 8, 2010 - 18 answers

Give me all sorts of violin music.

Tracks/artists that help showcase the full range of violin music? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Aug 15, 2010 - 29 answers

Looking for enchanting, obscure works of classical music.

Looking for enchanting, obscure works of classical music. [more inside]
posted by resiny on Jul 19, 2010 - 33 answers

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