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Classical Music 30.10.05

I asked Duke for some recommendations on classical music, because, let’s face it, They Might Be Giants isn’t the greatest stuff to listen to while studying. He returned a huge list, and I ended up buying Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and Rachmaninoff’s Greatest Hits, including his famous Symphony No. 2.

Whoever thought classical music could be so awesome? I’ve listened to each album, all the way through, four times since Friday (two days ago) – that’s how awesome this stuff is. Now I feel like I’ve missed out on a lot by not listening to classical music earlier.

10 Comments

Anonymous Ram Rod 30.10.05  

I didn't think it could be THAT awsome.

Blogger Blake 30.10.05  

My dad listens to alot of classical music, so over the years I’ve heard my fair share.

It’s pretty awesome, especially alot of the apocolyptic stuff.

Blogger Blake 30.10.05  

Whoa! New colour!

Anonymous skip0110 31.10.05  

If you run across any classical with nice strings (stringed instruments? I'm no musician) let me know.

Anonymous Giles Guthrie 2.11.05  

Have you checked out Rachmaninov's 2nd Piano Concerto? Probably not studying music, but who cares? It's awesome.

Also, check out Beethoven's 5th Piano Concerto.

And skip0110, have a look at the Baroque era. Start with Vivaldi's Four Seasons and Bach's Brandenburg Concertos

Anonymous skip0110 2.11.05  

Thanks for the suggestions, Giles. The Vivaldi is top notch: I just listened to it twice through.

Anonymous ceiling_fan 2.11.05  

Classical music is awesome, if you want to hear classical guitar at its finest look no further:

Mr. Andres Segovia. One crazy ass mofo.

Blogger Sage 2.11.05  

Have you checked out Rachmaninov's 2nd Piano Concerto?

Is that the same thing as Concerto No. 2? (Sorry, I’m totally new to the classical music world, as you can tell…)

Anonymous Giles Guthrie 3.11.05  

Is that the same thing as Concerto No. 2? (Sorry, I’m totally new to the classical music world, as you can tell…)

Yes. But concertos are different to symphonies. A concerto is a piece for orchestra plus a solo instrument, whereas a symphony is a (typically four-movement) piece for the whole orchestra with no specific soloist.

Blogger Sage 3.11.05  

Ah, gotcha. And yes, Concerto No. 2 happens to be the very first song (is that correct terminology?) on this Greatest Hits album. Concerto No. 3 has really struck a cord with me though – it just sounds so perfect to me for whatever strange, emotional reason. (Since I really lack any musical knowledge whatsoever, I can’t give scientific or mathematical reasons for liking certain songs. Things just either “sound right” or “sound wrong” to me.)