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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Listening To?
PostPosted: Sat Oct 16, 2010 8:54 am 
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Check out Keith Jarrett's concerts. They're all improvised.

yeah except that isn't classical..

Jew, why do you have to ask for technical stuff? I suppose you don't play piano so technical or not, what's the differenece..? and even so this are masters we are talking about. Anyway, have you heard Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1?

I was just in the mood to hear an unorthodox technical piano concerto. My most recent post wasn't asking for technical stuff.. just for any Russian concerto pieces basically.

I've pretty much only heard some of Tchaikovsky's symphonies.

And I do play piano (thought not all that well). It's my secondary instrument, next to Drums and other percussion instruments (xylophone, timpani, marimba etc).


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For Russian piano or violin concertos, I would say that since you like Rachmaninoff, try Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini, which is basically a piano concerto. The 2 most esteemed Russian concertos are probably Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto and Piano Concerto No. 1. After Tchaikovsky, I would look to Prokofiev, starting with Violin Concerto No. 2 and Piano Concerto No. 3. If you like these, try his Violin Concerto No. 1 and Piano Concerto No. 2. Of other Russian composers Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 2 is probably what I'd sample next. I don't know any flute concertos by Russian composers.

For technical stuff, I'm not the best person to ask, but Liszt has a reputation for technical difficulty in general, so chances are his 2 piano concertos would fit here.


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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Listening To?
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420 Bro wrote:
Also, is it generally accepted that Klieber's version of Symphonie No. 4 is the best recording? I normally can't notice a difference between performances, but I at least want to try and see the differences and make up my mind.

Do you mean for Tchaikovsky? If so, Szell, Mravinsky, Jansons, and Abbado are all good. I haven't seen Kleiber recommended for Tchaikovsky.


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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Listening To?
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My bad, I should've been more specific. I was talking about Brahms.

I've heard Abbado's version of Tchiakovsky and it was incredible.


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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Listening To?
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For Brahms 4th, if I had to pick a most widely praised version, it probably would be Kleiber.


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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Listening To?
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Cool, thanks.


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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Listening To?
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For Brahms, Guilini does an incredible job with all four symphonies.


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Brian wrote:
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Also, is it generally accepted that Klieber's version of Symphonie No. 4 is the best recording? I normally can't notice a difference between performances, but I at least want to try and see the differences and make up my mind.

Do you mean for Tchaikovsky? If so, Szell, Mravinsky, Jansons, and Abbado are all good. I haven't seen Kleiber recommended for Tchaikovsky.

I'll have to check these out then, I've only heard the symphonies (all 6) with Karajan.


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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Listening To?
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Petrushka - Stravinsky

Just fantastic.


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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Listening To?
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Shostakovich - The Second Waltz as performed by André Rieu and his orchestra...while I try to decide if I go see him perform in the Odyssey Arena in April.

In the car these days I've been listening to Chopin's Nocturnes. They really do make beautiful driving music.


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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Listening To?
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Shostakovich - The Second Waltz as performed by André Rieu and his orchestra...while I try to decide if I go see him perform in the Odyssey Arena in April.

In the car these days I've been listening to Chopin's Nocturnes. They really do make beautiful driving music.

I especially love Classical and Jazz while driving in weather conditions. Jazz in the rain, and Classical in snow make for some really good drives :biggrin:


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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Listening To?
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Yeah, I like classical for snow driving too. I like jazz for night driving.

Finlandia, I take it you've been listening to Sibelius too?


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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Listening To?
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420 Bro wrote:
I guess it's technical in the way Satie is, though.
i would hardly call satie or jarrett technical


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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Listening To?
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Brian wrote:
Yeah, I like classical for snow driving too. I like jazz for night driving.

Finlandia, I take it you've been listening to Sibelius too?


Now where did you get that idea from? haha.

yeah...although oddly enough not too much this last week or two but I had been.


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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Listening To?
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I'm finding Prokofiev's Diabolical Suggestion an interesting piece.


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