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sagarmatha



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PostPosted: Fri May 01, 2009 10:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You should! Well, I liked Mozart in the beginning but for me it's too sweet, no deep feeling, like a nice 18th century painting where you can see all details in a landscape e.g. But Bruckner is more like van Gogh, Cezanne. If it's possible to make an analogy with art.
I think everyone has heard the beginning of Strauss' Also sprach Zarathustra. Well Bruckner is a bit like that but a bit more ancient and more melodic.
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PostPosted: Fri May 01, 2009 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for pointing at good music, Staffan. I will give these Bruckner symphonies a try.

I've found youtube.com sometimes to be a good place for a first impression of the so far unheard.

Amongst my favourite music (from all sorts, classic, blues, folk, contemporary, oldies...yeah, Simon and Garfunkel is very nice, "I am a rock, I am an island...") ) I like Renaissance music very much. A piece that gives me the goose bumps, or Gänsehaut (as it is in German, translates as "geese skin") and totally relaxes me when I lay down on the sofa and listen to it, is Tomás Luis de Victoria`s Officium Defunctorum from 1605, especially the Taedet animam meam.

Here is a recording, not the best one, but not bad: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_4HjsiC-P8

(As often with good music, it has to be listened to several times untill one gets really hooked).

But then, Arthur Crudup's original of "That's all right Mama", always gets me Dancing going, the guitar there is just great!
Though, I prefer a version less hissing than this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74vRiqYPCx4

And on the American Recordings of the late Johnny Cash there is good stuff too like http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RY1__G1LRHY
but now I better stop and go to bed and

--Betty Very Happy

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PostPosted: Fri May 01, 2009 1:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well you have a heavy German ancestry regarding music!
Just think of the incredible A German Requiem by Brahms. I don't know how many times I have listened to that. One of my favorites.
You are true about good music, it has to be listened to several times untill one gets really hooked. I had to listen to Bruckner's # 4 many times before it finally sunk in. One exception from this rule, for me, is LvB. His symphonies goes straight into the heart. It's just a pity that the orchestra was not so evolved at that time. Not much brass instruments there, 1/3 of the modern orchestra is missing!. When I had my Beethoven period I couldn't stand brass instruments. But when Bruckner finally came to my heart I love it! Horn, the signum of romantic music.
Gänsehaut weiss ich genau was das bedeutet!
I will listen to your music tomorrow.
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PostPosted: Fri May 01, 2009 7:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Staffan,

I have enjoyed the photos on your web site. I am listening to Mass in E minor to be followed by Te Deum by Bruckner. This CD was an Easter gift to us from friends in Germany. My wife and I enjoy a strange mix of music, bluegrass, old time county, classical, and opera. Our favorite is Richard Wagner's Der Ring Des Nibelungen with the Vienna Philharmonic, Geotg Solti conducting. I am in the process of transferring it to CD to save the records.

Doug
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PostPosted: Sat May 02, 2009 1:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Doug, Te Deum is great. I just forgot to mention it to the other members. His Masses have however not sunk in yet. Maybe I'm a bit to profane for them Very Happy
When I was in Vienna 1981 (I have been there many times, following the famous composers to see where they lived. Transformed slides will appear later in my web gallery. But right now the scanner is broken) I went to the opera house for the first time and listened to the Meistersinger. It took 5 hours (!) 3 breaks included. That was the one and only time I've seen or heard an opera! I'm not so fond of the human voice, yes if it's a choir, but otherwise I prefer the orchestra. The bigger the better! AND with a lot of brass instruments!
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