Classical workout music (if any)

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    Feb 11, 2008 3:07 AM GMT
    In light of the Grammy's, I wondered if anyone listens to classical to workout to. I listen to different music (80's new wave, contemporary dance, classic disco, 80-90's [gay] club dance music, pop, sing along music, and classical are just some of my playlists.)

    Currently in my fast classical playlist for workouts, I have the following:
    Jota from 'Las Dolores' as played by "Los Romeros" (4 guitars)
    Juapango - Moncayo, Festival Orch. of Mexico cond. by Batiz
    Korngold - Violin concerto Mvt. III (James Ehnes - just won Grammy last tonight)
    Saltarello - Mendelssohn Symphony 4 - Gardiner conducting
    The Cowboys - John Williams - Boston Pops
    Ride of the Valyries - Solti
    Firebird, Dance of All the Subjects, Boulez cond. Chicago
    Chopin, Black Key Etude Op 10, No. 5 - Frederic Chiu
    Polovetsian Dances, Bernstien NY Phil
    Russlan and Ludmilla Overture, Bernstien NY Phil

    The over day I worked out entirely to the new Mahler's 8th with Boulez conducting.


    What's yours and is it 'high energy'
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    Feb 11, 2008 3:20 AM GMT
    Prokofiev! Especially his Toccata in D Minor. He was rock and roll before the Beatles were even born. I also use the 3rd movement of the Piano Concerto No. 3. Usually followed by Rupaul's "Lookin' Good (And Feelin' Gorgeous)" They just seem to go well together.
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    Feb 11, 2008 5:09 AM GMT
    Bruckner (any of his symphonies)
    Hindemith- Symphonic Metamorphosis
    Holst - come on... who hasn't worked out to Jupiter or Mars from "The Planets," seriously!
    Shostakovich - Festival Overture

    Respighi - Pines of Rome


    Saint-Saens - Mvt3 from piano concerto g minor
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    Feb 11, 2008 5:19 AM GMT

    The theme to Halloween. That is a classic and it's good for high rep low weight. Jamie Lee Curtis,the original Scream Queen, love her!
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    Feb 11, 2008 5:21 AM GMT
    1. Act One Finale of Turandot by Puccini
    2. "They're jealous" -- Figaro's aria from The Ghosts of Versailles by John Corigliano
    3. First movement of Prokofiev's Piano Concerto no. 5
    3. First movement of Grieg's Piano Concerto
    4. Britten's Piano Concerto
    5. "O fortuna" from Orff's Carmina Burana
    6. Fourth movement of Brahms' Symphony no. 1
    7. Saint-Saens' Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso

    there's more but that's all I can think of now.
  • mv03

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    Feb 11, 2008 7:38 AM GMT
    Any music by the group Bond is great.
  • irishkcguy

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    Feb 11, 2008 8:59 AM GMT
    My iPod workout mix begins with "O Fortuna," which has already been mentioned. I don't know if film scores count as "classical" music or not, but if the theme from "Rocky" doesn't do anything for you, something is wrong.
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    Feb 11, 2008 9:10 AM GMT
    my play list

    mozart rex tremenade from his requiem and the 1st movment of his 40th symphony
    bach saint matthew's passion, violin concertos and triple concerto
    vivaldi stabat mater (just the first aria) and some movement from the 4 seasons
    alkan concerto for solo piano
    beethoven the second movements of the 4th & 5th piano concertos
    the violin concertos of barber, sibelius, elgar, bartok second, britten,barber.
    kabalevsky piano transcription of bach dorian toccata
    hummel piano concerto in a minor
    delibes duet of the flower
    saint saens organ symphonie
    chopin etudes op.25 in c#,c, f,e, ballads no.1 & 4 and the concertos.
    the list goes on and on.
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    Feb 11, 2008 9:12 AM GMT
    I add in some Bach, Vivaldi, Purcell, and Elgar.

    At current, stuck on Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No3 and the curiously amazing counter-tenor Philippe Jaroussky singing Vivaldi's Vedro Con Mio Diletto from Il Giustino.

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    Feb 11, 2008 11:46 AM GMT
    Some great pieces that I'll add to my list have been suggested here that I never thought of and also made me think of other's tangentially. For me, it usually has to be driving or similarly inspirational to work and not over played (I just couldn't play O Fortuna - heard it waaayyyy too many times). There are lots of pieces that I love that I just can't workout to because the rhythm is too variable or just to slow for long periods. Sometimes the music is actually distracting, (I love Messian's Turangalila Symphony but it distracts me more than helps me to workout)
    I should also mention that there are two Bach works I listen to constantly: Brandenburg 3 and Sinfonia to Cantata No.29, both from Switched on Bach. Great for running. Lot's of great Bach works for solos and ensembles that have a lot of drive to them.
    As for soundtracks, barring the rock/electronica type, there are great works in this genre that I listen to. Any John Williams 'chase scene' or 'battle scene' works, same goes for Korngold. I also love 'The Construction' from the movies Explorers by Jerry Goldsmith. A lot of segments by Bernard Herrmann like the 'driving in the rain' music from Psycho or a lot of the 'Torn Curtain' score (that wasn't used in the movie) as well as some of his work on Ray Harryhausen movies.
  • leaozinho

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    Feb 11, 2008 12:11 PM GMT
    WOW! I am truly surprised to see this topic
    I am really amazed. I love classical music and it seems 'at odds' with the typical work-out music that we are forced to listen to at gyms. I am really touched by all of your responses. I wish we could all go to the same gym and play our music together.
    A long time ago, i went to a small gym and early in the morning they let me play music of my choice. I think i had them put the Emperor Piano Concerto by Beethoven.

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    Feb 11, 2008 12:24 PM GMT
    Hey, for motivation, there's nothing like Verdi's Requiem.

    Do three more sets or YOU'RE GOING TO HELL!
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    Feb 11, 2008 1:59 PM GMT
    irishkcguy saidMy iPod workout mix begins with "O Fortuna," which has already been mentioned. I don't know if film scores count as "classical" music or not, but if the theme from "Rocky" doesn't do anything for you, something is wrong.



    Right there with you!

    Although it's not really classical music, "Bond" (as mentioned before) usually gets me in the right state of mind and believe it or not Josh Groban.

    That said, there's nothing like benchpressing, doing lateral reaises or just running while "the eye of the tiger" plays in your ears. icon_twisted.gif
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    Feb 11, 2008 2:02 PM GMT
    Shostakovich - Violin Concerto No. 1
    Gershwin - Concerto in F Major for Piano & Orchestra
    Poulenc - Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra

    (although some movements are better than others for workouts - one has some amazing quiet sections using harmonic overtones - but hard to hear in a gym)
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    Feb 11, 2008 3:04 PM GMT
    hawky saidI add in some Bach, Vivaldi, Purcell, and Elgar.

    At current, stuck on Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No3 and the curiously amazing counter-tenor Philippe Jaroussky singing Vivaldi's Vedro Con Mio Diletto from Il Giustino.




    Is this dude a castrati? He his some really high notes!
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    Feb 11, 2008 5:46 PM GMT
    I'm so glad that there are other people who exist who listen to classical music in the gym...these may be more obvious than what people were looking for:

    4th Movement of Mozart's Symphony 41 k 551
    3rd movement of Mozart's concerto for two pianos k 365

    3rd and 4th movements of Mendelssohn Octet

    Finale of Beethoven's 7th, by Solti or Karajan or Kleiber

    For long runs I like to listen to the Art of Fugue and the Goldberg Variations, something with a steady rhythmic pulse.
  • jarhead5536

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    Feb 11, 2008 5:48 PM GMT
    Wagner, Wagner, Wagner! Nothing better for exercise. Also some Bruckner, Shostakovitch, Mahler or Rachmaninoff...
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    Feb 11, 2008 6:20 PM GMT
    I sometimes like to play classical as background music for work, reading, or cooking. I never thought to play it for working out. What about it makes it condusive to exercise?

    I'm relatively ignorant about classical music. Still, my first experience with the symphony was Respighi's The Pines of Rome (relatively modern). I really like it. Glad to see it made the list on this thread though! Maybe I'll try it next time I go running or lifting. It's one of only four classical CDs I own, along with Holst's The Planets (also mentioned above, and another one I heard live), Peter and the Wolf (Patrick Stewart narrating), and Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade. I also want to get the scores to the Bugs Bunny cartoons. Those are amazing in their own unique way.

    Even though these are more modern and "storytelling" type pieces, I generally don't like hearing something that sounds like it was made to accompany an epic film. The older the better for me (baroque/rennaisance maybe?), but I'm sure that makes for poor workout music.
  • jarhead5536

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    Feb 11, 2008 6:27 PM GMT
    Well Rugger,

    As a classically trained musician, music is always has a stimulating effect, both emotionally and physically. A symphony orchestra in full cry, everyone blowing and sawing away, is truly a thrilling thing to experience. My breathing rate increases, my heart rate goes up, and the endorphins are rushing like crazy. This physical state is ideal for exercise, at least to me...
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    Feb 11, 2008 6:32 PM GMT
    No Javaman, that's his voice alright. Philippe Jaroussky is no castrati, just that he has a ridiculously soprano-like quality with a high pitch. Heard him live in Sydney last year.
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    Feb 12, 2008 2:05 AM GMT
    I tend to prefer Classical for cardio, and it has to have some momentum. (For weights I go for classic rock).

    Just off the top of my head---

    Schubert, Quintet in C, mvt 3
    Brahms, Serenade in D, mvt 5
    Brahms, String Quintet in G, mvt 1
    Brahms, String Quintet in F, mvt 3
    Brahms, Piano Quintet, mvt 3
    Bach, Brandenburg #5, mvts 1, 3
    Bach, Keyboard concerto in D minor, mvts 1, 3
    Mozart, Piano concerto #25, mvts 1, 3
    Schumann, Piano concerto, mvts 1, 3
    Tchaikovsky, Souvenir de Florence, mvt 4
    Tchaikovsky, String Quartet #1, mvts 1, 3
    Dvorak, American Quartet, mvt 1
    Beethoven, Violin Concerto, mvt 3
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    Feb 12, 2008 5:45 PM GMT
    javaman9999 saidHindemith- Symphonic Metamorphosis


    Hindemith is one of the most under-listened to composers of the 20th century. Thank you for recommending him.
  • helium

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    Feb 12, 2008 5:51 PM GMT
    This is new to me. I never thought of using classical music for a workout regime. I should keep that in mind for the future. :-)
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    Feb 12, 2008 6:12 PM GMT
    I love classical music, but not to work out to. I listen to it when I want depth of feeling. The day I got my HIV diagnosis I was a bit upset (to say the least), so I put on "Alto Rhapsody" by Johannes Brahms. To me it was the perfect piece to shed a few tears to while trying to cope with the shock.icon_sad.gif
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    Feb 12, 2008 8:38 PM GMT
    On my current playlist for workouts...

    Malaguena by Ernesto Lecuona
    Requiem by Mozart, and also Andrew Lloyd Webber's version
    Red Violin by Ikuko Kawai (Concierto de Aranjuez)
    Follie! from La Traviata
    Violin Fantasy on Puccini's Turandot by Vanessa Mae
    Winter movement of the Four Seasons by Vivaldi
    Ravel's Bolero (the ostinato is good for those long cardio sessions)
    Memorial by Michael Nyman
    And the final scene of Swan Lake

    from movie soundtracks, the Matrix Reloaded one works wonders for me also, the Mona Lisa Overdrive track makes me feel like I'm being chased, and go faster on the bike....