Classical RJers (or something...)

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    Sep 08, 2012 4:21 PM GMT
    Heya!

    I realized that Classical music is hardly even mentioned here although many people probably dig, so here we goes! Dis be a place to share our "discoveries", background in music if you have one, favorite composers and oeuvres, etc.

    I'm personally trained as a singer and a self-taught pianist (ask details in pm if you want): I'm big into the Romantic (and post-rom) era as a pianist, so I listen -and play- to a lot of Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninov, Beethoven, but also some Debussy, Scriabin, etc.

    Unleash the fury, baby!


    Liszt's Un Sospiro - Marc-André Hamelin




    Chopin's Etude Op.25 No.12 - Pollini




    Fauré's Le Secret - Régine Crespin




    Chopin's Nocturne Op. 15 No. 2 - Zimerman



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    Sep 08, 2012 9:10 PM GMT
    except when you do a search for classical music threads.... which we have plenty of
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    Sep 08, 2012 9:24 PM GMT
    calibro saidexcept when you do a search for classical music threads.... which we have plenty of


    We're in no shortage of low-tier idiocy either, yet it doesn't seem to stop you.
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    Sep 08, 2012 9:28 PM GMT
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    Sep 08, 2012 10:08 PM GMT
    calibro saidexcept when you do a search for classical music threads.... which we have plenty of


    And so you popped yourself into this thread to make a snide comment?? WTF? I'm new here, and so is the OP, so ease up, will ya? Are we to fact check now on how many postings you have participated in on this subject? Don't be such a bi-otch. It's unbecoming as fuck.

    Anywhore, I am a violinist/fiddler and love opera. Especially Wagner (I know, I know, enter the haters). I have tickets to see Rigoletto at the Opera at the ballpark event in SF (where they simulcast the live opera onto the HD screen at the AT&T ballpark.) I just saw Nixon in China and am ready to pee in my pants over having front row tix at Lohengrin at the SF opera on Halloween, which is also queer night (yes, we'll be in costume!).
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    Sep 08, 2012 10:15 PM GMT
    I was a classically trained pianist, and then naturally segued to being a music major in college where I dabbled with being a harpsichordist because Baroque was my main performance emphasis. I completely burned out. Never played again. Ever.
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    Sep 08, 2012 10:29 PM GMT
    And nights you slept on a semi-inflated rubber mattress in the corner of the room......icon_eek.gif
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    Sep 08, 2012 10:30 PM GMT
    turbobilly saidAnd nights you slept on a semi-inflated rubber mattress in the corner of the room......icon_eek.gif


    That was like 2 years after I graduated and I was living with my brother icon_razz.gif
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    Sep 08, 2012 10:32 PM GMT
    Oh sure, blame it on Paco Rabbane....icon_mad.gif
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    Sep 08, 2012 10:32 PM GMT
    Ariodante saidI was a classically trained pianist, and then naturally segued to being a music major in college where I dabbled with being a harpsichordist because Baroque was my main performance emphasis. I completely burned out. Never played again. Ever.

    Wow, Classically trained RJ'ers are Awesome! Learn something new everyday. icon_wink.gif
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    Sep 08, 2012 10:36 PM GMT
    I always liked the way the colors was all mixed up on the keys.......icon_lol.gif
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    Sep 08, 2012 10:41 PM GMT
    Ariodante saidI was a classically trained pianist, and then naturally segued to being a music major in college where I dabbled with being a harpsichordist because Baroque was my main performance emphasis. I completely burned out. Never played again. Ever.


    I burned out too, from the evils of music school. Then friend had me get my violin out and start playing bluegrass, french canadian, celtic and old time fiddling after 10 years. I have never been so happy that I had some great technique to back me up.
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    Sep 08, 2012 10:43 PM GMT
    The really smart artists.....of any form...always got the hell out ASAP. So much politics and JEALOUSY...
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    Sep 08, 2012 11:07 PM GMT
    Calibro is getting his Scorpio bitch persona on again :p
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    Sep 08, 2012 11:21 PM GMT
    Ariodante saidI was a classically trained pianist, and then naturally segued to being a music major in college where I dabbled with being a harpsichordist because Baroque was my main performance emphasis. I completely burned out. Never played again. Ever.


    Wow I'm sorry to hear that =/
    It may not be your case, but it always saddens me when I hear of young people -mostly- who abandon musical altogether after being pushed so hard that they collapsed. I believe music should be a very personal thing that people should take time to tame at their very own rhythm - otherwise it kinda turns back on you and leaves you sour for a long time.


    Also, more music:

    Chopin's Minute Waltz - Valentina Lisitsa (<3)



    Rachmaninov's Elegie Op.3 No.1 - Kitain



    (love the grumpy recording lol)
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    Sep 09, 2012 12:06 AM GMT
    Cranky_No_More saidI started out in music school too. Piano performance with composition minor.

    I sucked, so I became a cocktail lounge pianist, which is how I paid my way though university. I was good at that.

    I don't play anymore but I still love music.


    I don't like admitting it to you, Jeff, but I always think of you as Bunny from Kurt Vonnegut's "Breakfast of Champions"...........icon_wink.gif
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    Sep 09, 2012 12:17 AM GMT
    Meh...let's go have a cocktail.........icon_wink.gif
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    Sep 09, 2012 12:30 AM GMT

    i still play though i no longer entertain any notions of being a "concert pianist", i.e. actually have a career.
    I teach piano, i practice still and perform now and then.. it'll do.

    here playing Chopin 's op 27 no 2 , one of my favorite Nocturnes.
    recording volume sucks, so you have to boost your volume to almost max .. sorry. ( that's if you bother listening ;p )

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDmfrFSFBXo
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    Sep 09, 2012 12:32 AM GMT
    Rita said
    calibro saidexcept when you do a search for classical music threads.... which we have plenty of


    We're in no shortage of low-tier idiocy either, yet it doesn't seem to stop you.


    one, don't use phrases, such as "low-tier idiocy," when you clearly can't navigate the space of the semicolon construction. how plebeian.

    two, you're a faceless entity on this site and making a thread on the supposition that your thread is unique and somehow worthy of creation; however, the opposite is true, and if you were a member of this site for more than a month, you'd probably realize it.

    three, you have the musical taste of a golden retriever in heat.

    four, when you wrote "self-taught pianist," paint to numbers came to mind.
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    Sep 09, 2012 12:33 AM GMT
    the single greatest piece in piano literature is this. epic.



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    Sep 09, 2012 12:37 AM GMT
    smudgetool said
    calibro saidexcept when you do a search for classical music threads.... which we have plenty of


    And so you popped yourself into this thread to make a snide comment?? WTF? I'm new here, and so is the OP, so ease up, will ya? Are we to fact check now on how many postings you have participated in on this subject? Don't be such a bi-otch. It's unbecoming as fuck.

    Anywhore, I am a violinist/fiddler and love opera. Especially Wagner (I know, I know, enter the haters). I have tickets to see Rigoletto at the Opera at the ballpark event in SF (where they simulcast the live opera onto the HD screen at the AT&T ballpark.) I just saw Nixon in China and am ready to pee in my pants over having front row tix at Lohengrin at the SF opera on Halloween, which is also queer night (yes, we'll be in costume!).


    no, but you should actually do a thread search to make sure you're not littering the forums with yet another thread that's been produced time and time again. and i think anyone who puts "violinist/fiddler" within inches of talking about how much they love wagner shouldn't throw stones at unbecoming houses. isn't there a song cycle you should be beating off to right now anyway?
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    Sep 09, 2012 12:50 AM GMT
    Cranky_No_More said
    CityRiver saidthe single greatest piece in piano literature is this. epic.
    {[redacted piece of musical kitsch}}

    The chorus director of the Richmond Symphony told me in his opinion (and I agree) that this is the greatest piece in the piano literature:


    I LOVE Schubert! Lemme Crank you up. icon_cool.gif
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    Sep 09, 2012 12:50 AM GMT
    Whichever piece is to take the crown for greatest in the piano repertoire, that piece was written before the Romantic.
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    Sep 09, 2012 12:52 AM GMT
    Cranky_No_More said
    CityRiver saidthe single greatest piece in piano literature is this. epic.
    {[redacted piece of musical kitsch}}

    The chorus director of the Richmond Symphony told me in his opinion (and I agree) that this is the greatest piece in the piano literature:



    ^ I love that piece too. Shubert is a genius. Also like his impromptu in A flat.



    btw I respectfully disagree that Pictures at Exhibition is a Kitsch. It's popular for a reason. Ravel certainly didn't think that way when he transcribed it to the symphonic form.
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    Sep 09, 2012 12:57 AM GMT
    ^^^^Wow, such elegant Schubert.

    Here's Brendel playing Haydn---he really knows how to make it sing. (I know I've posted this before, but who cares).



    And more singing: