My wife and I love The Nutcracker's Pas De Deux (yt), particularly the section that features unison strings playing a descending scale on top of the brass playing slow chord progressions. Can you recommend some other symphonies or works that have this same swelling, somber, almost gut-wrenching feel? [more inside]
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 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]
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!
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]
I really, really like Tchaikovsky's symphonies. What other composers would I like? [more inside]
Could anyone recommend a good Mahler cycle? Even better, could anyone post their favourite recordings of each symphony...so far I've been relying on biased friends and dubious Amazon 'Listmania!' collections. Thank you :)
What was the name of the music used in the scenes in All That Jazz when Joe Gideon was getting ready in the bathroom?
Where can I hear modern symphonic music online? [more inside]
Help me find a good recording of Copland's Third Symphony. [more inside]
How do I dress for the symphony? I'm going to see the Toronto Symphony Orchestra tonight. I'm a student without many clothes. Is a nice sweater and some dark Levis okay? Thanks.
Which symphonic movements are clear examples of sonata-allegro form? (Exposition - Development - Recapitulation.) I'm looking for movements with really catchy, memorable themes, interesting development sections, and clear differences in the recapitulation. [more inside]
What should I wear to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra? [more inside]
name that artist filter: Who's rapping in the Neon Genesis Evangelion Symphony Soundtrack? [more inside]
What are the best books offering analysis of Beethoven's symphonies? Other classical works? [more inside]
What other orchestral music should I try next? [more inside]