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    Welcome to the Classical Music Thread, which was started on the 257th Anniversary of the birth of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.


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    This thread is a free-for-all on which anything related to music can be posted. If you want to tell us your favourite pieces, or performances, please go ahead. Do you know of any important upcoming events? Let us know. Have you found a YouTube video which you want to share? Post it up here so we can see it. Anything goes, as long as it is music related and on topic.


    SH

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    I will try to find a 'worthy' You Tube classical clip for this man, but I'll kick off by sticking my neck out. In my opinion, the two mediums of music which require the most talent are jazz and classical. This man, a trumpeter, was born in New Orleans in 1951, so perhaps unsurprisingly is excellent in the field of jazz. Slightly less known is his amazing talent for classical pieces as well.

    He has made what is arguably one of the most famous trumpet concertos ever written his own, and his ability is phenomenal and has to be admired.

    His name? Wynton Marsalis.

    The sheer technical mastery of this man is awe inspiring, demonstrated superbly by the cadenza at the end of Movement 1. Sadly, the orchestra clearly didn't want to take the final movement at the tempo Wynton did, so this recording is at the more normal 'Allegro' as opposed to the 'Molto Allegro' I have a private recording of. He does try to speed things up to start with in the final movement, but the conductor is not up for it.

    Can you hear the one mistake?

    Last edited by BBoo; 27th January 2013, 23:40.

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    • #3
      Re: The Classical Music Thread

      These are the pieces I've listened to today, on the 257th Anniversary of Mozart's birth, from 6am to midnight (the last one is still playing) in a non-stop 18 hour session. All come from CDs bought after much research, and highly recommended -

      Das Alban Berg Quartett

      String Quartet No. 14 G Major K387
      String Quartet No. 15 D Minor K421
      String Quartet No. 16 Eb Major K428
      String Quartet No. 17 Bb Major K458
      String Quartet No. 18 A Major K464
      String Quartet No. 19 C Major K465
      String Quartet No. 20 D Major K499
      String Quartet No. 21 D Major K575
      String Quartet No. 22 Bb Major K589
      String Quartet No. 23 F Major K590

      Trio Parnassus


      Piano Trio Bb Major K502 (my favourite piece of them all)
      Piano Trio E Major K542

      Alfred Brendel (piano) Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields/Sir Neville Marriner


      Piano Concerto No. 20 D Minor K466
      Piano Concerto No. 21 C Major K467
      Piano Concerto No. 22 Eb Major K482
      Piano Concerto No. 23 A Major K488
      Piano Concerto No. 24 C Minor K491

      Thomas Zehetmair (violin) Philharmonia Orchestra [soloist conducting]

      Violin Concerto No. 1 Bb Major K207
      Violin Concerto No. 2 D Major K211
      Violin Concerto No. 3 G Major K216
      Violin Concerto No. 4 D Major K218
      Violin Concerto No. 5 A Major K219

      Itzhak Perlman (violin) Pinchas Zukerman (viola) Israel Philharmonic Orchestra/Zubin Mehta


      Sinfonia Concertante For Violin, Viola And Orchestra Eb Major K364

      as above except Zukerman on second violin

      Concertone For Two Violins And Orchestra C Major K190

      Thea King (clarinet) English Chamber Orchestra/Jeffrey Tate

      Clarinet Concerto A Major K622

      Thea King (clarinet) Gabrieli String Quartet

      Clarinet Quintet A Major K581

      Philippa Davies (flute) Rachel Masters (harp ) City Of London Sinfonia /Richard Hickox

      Concerto For Flute & Harp C Major K299

      David Pyatt (horn) Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields/Sir Neville Marriner


      Horn Concerto No. 1 D Major K412
      Horn Concerto No. 2 Eb Major K417
      Horn Concerto No. 3 Eb Major K447
      Horn Concerto No. 4 Eb Major K495
      Horn Quintet Eb Major K407

      Amadeus String Quartet Cecil Aronowitz (viola)


      String Quintet No. 1 Bb Major K174
      String Quintet No. 2 C Minor K406
      String Quintet No. 3 C Major K515
      String Quintet No. 4 G Minor K516
      String Quintet No. 5 D Major K593
      String Quintet No. 6 Eb Major K614

      Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Josef Krips

      Symphony No. 38 D Major K504
      Symphony No. 39 Eb Major K543
      Symphony No. 40 G Minor K550
      Symphony No. 41 C Major K551

      As ever with the Mozart birthday, it is always a case of what you leave out rather than what you put in. No room for the String Trio K563, the Gran Partita K361, the Quintet for Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, Bassoon and Piano K452, any of the mass settings, the solo piano works, or anything operatic?

      No, but there's always tomorrow.

      SH

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      • #4
        Re: The Classical Music Thread

        I've performed the ones below from your list. The ones in blue I was the soloist - Sinfonia Concertante I've done playing both parts. I thoroughly admire your choice of recordings - a man after my own heart!

        Originally posted by ScabHunter View Post
        These are the pieces I've listened to today, on the 257th Anniversary of Mozart's birth, from 6am to midnight (the last one is still playing) in a non-stop 18 hour session. All come from CDs bought after much research, and highly recommended -

        Das Alban Berg Quartett

        String Quartet No. 14 G Major K387
        String Quartet No. 17 Bb Major K458
        String Quartet No. 18 A Major K464
        String Quartet No. 19 C Major K465
        String Quartet No. 21 D Major K575


        A
        lfred Brendel (piano) Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields/Sir Neville Marriner

        Piano Concerto No. 23 A Major K488


        Thomas Zehetmair (violin) Philharmonia Orchestra [soloist conducting]

        Violin Concerto No. 1 Bb Major K207
        Violin Concerto No. 2 D Major K211
        Violin Concerto No. 3 G Major K216
        Violin Concerto No. 4 D Major K218
        Violin Concerto No. 5 A Major K219


        Itzhak Perlman (violin) Pinchas Zukerman (viola) Israel Philharmonic Orchestra/Zubin Mehta


        Sinfonia Concertante For Violin, Viola And Orchestra Eb Major K364


        Thea King (clarinet) English Chamber Orchestra/Jeffrey Tate

        Clarinet Concerto A Major K622

        David Pyatt (horn) Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields/Sir Neville Marriner

        Horn Concerto No. 1 D Major K412
        Horn Concerto No. 2 Eb Major K417
        Horn Concerto No. 3 Eb Major K447
        Horn Concerto No. 4 Eb Major K495



        Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Josef Krips

        Symphony No. 40 G Minor K550
        Symphony No. 41 C Major K551

        As ever with the Mozart birthday, it is always a case of what you leave out rather than what you put in. No room for the String Trio K563, the Gran Partita K361, the Quintet for Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, Bassoon and Piano K452, any of the mass settings, the solo piano works, or anything operatic?

        No, but there's always tomorrow.

        SH

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        • #5
          Re: The Classical Music Thread

          Another beautiful piece by a superb cellist. Hope you enjoy enough to listen to the remainder which is lovely.

          Last edited by BBoo; 31st January 2013, 04:04.

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          • #6
            Re: The Classical Music Thread

            Happy Birthday Franz Schubert



            born 31st January 1797, Alsergrund, Österreich


            Composer of nearly 1,000 musical works, despite living only to the age of 31

            More to come

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            • #7
              Re: The Classical Music Thread

              It is time I posted a video to this thread. Where better to start than with the work which I would place not only as Schubert's finest, but as the best and most important vocal work ever written - Die Winterreise. If there is one piece of music in history which I wish I had written, it is this one. It is the most played piece of my life, my constant theme song.

              The words are provided by the poet Wilhelm Müller.

              Here is a complete recording of the 24-song cycle, found on YouTube-



              Here are the words -

              http://www.classiccat.net/schubert_f/911.text.php

              and here is an English translation -

              http://www.recmusic.org/lieder/assem...&ContribId=211

              SH

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              • #8
                Re: The Classical Music Thread

                Happy 204th Birthday Felix Mendelssohn.



                Here is a relatively recent upload of one of Mendelssohn's string quartets, the Op 80 in F Minor. The Mendelssohn quartets are played far too infrequently, and this is probably the finest of the set.



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