Classical workout music (if any)

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    Sep 14, 2011 11:54 AM GMT
    Barber Violin Concerto 3rd mov't
    Bartok Concerto for Orchestra
    Berlioz Roman Carnival Overture
    Bernstein Chichester Psalms 1st mov't
    All the Brahms symphony finales
    Britten 4 Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes
    Any fast Chabrier piece
    Dvorak Carnival Overture
    Janacek Sinfonietta
    Liszt (but not Berlioz's version) Rakoczy March (somehow Berlioz's version is too tame for me)
    Poulenc Gloria
    Rimsky-Korsakov Russian Easter Overture
    Shostakovich 5th symphony finale
    Sibelius 5th Symphony Finale
    Verdi Overture to I Vespri Siciliani
    Wagner Rienzi Overture and Tannhauser Overture

    And let's not forget this fun Hindemith piece: Overture to the "Flying Dutchman" as played at sight by a second-rate concert orchestra at the village well at 7 o'clock in the morning
    Note the bad form that degenerates into a waltz near the end (reminds me of technical failure vs. absolute failure)
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    Sep 14, 2011 7:04 PM GMT
    Many an Overture by Rossini.

    'Symphony from the New World'/No.9. Dvorak.

    'Tannhauser Overture'. 'Flying Dutchman'.Wagner.

    All five piano concertos by Beethoven.Also Symphony No.7.


    'The Four Seasons'. Vivaldi.

    'Fireworks Music'
    'Nightingale Chorus'. Handel.

    'Goldberg Variations'.
    'Concerto for Two Violins'. J.S.Bach.

    'The Magic Flute'.
    Many a piano concerto by Mozart.

    'Appalachian Spring'. Copeland.
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    Sep 14, 2011 7:27 PM GMT
    danisnotstr8 saidI don't usually listen to classical music during workouts... a bit too mentally stimulating for me. But for those who like to-- or who do regularly-- add this to your playlist. I can imagine it would be nice on a treadmill if you just close your eyes and imagine you're marching back victoriously from battle with a battalion of Roman soldiers. [HOT!] Key change up a step is pretty awesome as Respighi pictured the soldiers coming into view over the hill on the Appian Way.

    "Pines of the Appian Way"

    I was looking to see if someone had posted this. For me, its definitely not a treadmill song, I use it for the very end of a hard set, the driving melody just really pushes me through.


    Planets...always good
    Russian Christmas Music - Alfred Reed
    Short Ride in a Fast Machine - John Adams
    Pictures at an Exhibition - Mussorgsky

    Pretty cool Short Ride Vid here:
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    Sep 14, 2011 9:43 PM GMT
    jprichva said
    q1w2e3 saidBarber Violin Concerto 3rd mov't

    Funny, most Barber scholars consider the third movement to be a tacky add-on, an empty piece of virtuosity. (I like it, though I prefer the conversational first movement.)

    Bernstein Chichester Psalms 1st mov't
    Really, not the whole thing?

    We're talking about workout music, remember? I don't think the 3rd movement of the Chichester Psalms would be appropriate, although the B section of the 2nd movement might be appropriate:

    Why do the nations rage,
    And the people imagine a vain thing?
    The kings of the earth set themselves,
    And the rulers take counsel together
    Against the Lord and against His anointed.
    Saying, let us break their bonds asunder,
    And cast away their cords from us.
    He that sitteth in the heavens
    Shall laugh, and the Lord
    Shall have them in derision!


    The original 3rd movement of the Barber concerto would be a great musical find if it weren't destroyed.
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    Sep 17, 2011 9:05 PM GMT
    I always run to classical, but annoyingly have to fast forward to the last 3 minutes usually in most of these - makes me start to sprint at the end of a run icon_biggrin.gif:

    Pines of the Appian Way, Respighi
    Variations on a Theme by Purcell, Britten (really just the last 3 minutes here)
    Piano Concerto 1, Mvmt 3, Gershwin
    Candide Overture, Bernstein
    Piano Concerto 2, Mvmt 1, Shostakovich
    Piano Concerto 2, Mvmt 1, Rachmaninov (slow, but the middle gets me going)
    Symphony 9, Mvmt 4, Dvorak (the best! The opening really gets you moving)
    Act 1 Finale, "The Queen of Spades," Tchaikovsky

    Every now and then a little Rhapsody in Blue...
    For a 3 mile run I like to race the last mvmt of the Beethoven 9.

    And, cheesy, and not really classical, but the track "All Systems Go - The Launch" from Apollo 13....yeah.