Irgens-Jensen's seems to be forum flavour of the month based on one Naxos disc of a sweet little Passacaglia and a Symphony partly written by the conductor (sounds like bernstein) and Arnold will put you off symphonies forever. However based on you list the Berlioz will put you to sleep long before you get to the end, if indeed you ever get to the end of works.
Did the nursing staff not get to you in time or was it a bottle too many as you have quoted yourself because I cannot believe that even you would think your posts worth repeating?
So, you have heard the Irgens-Jensen or did you do a Parla and merely Google it (rhetorical question)?
Pressed quote by mistake, I do sometimes make mistakes, but not very often.
Pressed "quote" whilst drunk, you mean.
I've only had a light ale ociffer.
"Only sensible pieces", Ian? Which are the non sensible, by the way? I guess Tallis' "Spem in Alium", on one extreme, or Ligeti's "Lux Aeterna", on the other.
So, stick to some "sure thing" Classics, let's say Beethoven's Piano Sonata in e minor, op. 90 or Mozart's Violin/Piano Sonata in e minor (too), K. 304.
Now don't let anyone discourage or frustrate you here in your explorations! And it should be fun!
This might be a bit of a stretch for you (and maybe not!), but I was thinking that since you like (love) the 1812 overture that perhaps you might enjoy something like Janacek's "Sinfonietta"? Here's a link with Kubelik conducting it on youTube (the first movement anyway). Let me know whether or not you like it! [And yes, to the rest of you, I know that it's a big leap! Anyway, I was floored the first time that I heard it. It was a BBC Proms performance that I listened to over my computer too so not the greatest sound!
Thankyou, I have been looking and learning, however as I'm not made of money I have been using Youtube to look for them unless some one knows of a way to download and listen for free. Once again thanks, and please continue with your suggestions, I'm enjoying the experience.
A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence. ~Leopold Stokowski.
Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. ~Berthold Auerbach.
Music is the poetry of the air. ~Richter.
Hi Ian. Good to hear from you! I know it's hard, we all have our budgets to deal with. :-( Could you please give us some feedback so as to try and figure out what you might like (or try to in my case as I'm not as familiar with as much music as some of the others here online!)? It would help a lot! Also, do you have a library nearby? Or if it doesn't have much (CDs, etc.) available, can you get some things through some sort of "interlibrary loan"?
And perhaps some of Gramophone's employees might be so kind as to give a few suggestions (should they happen to read this)? :-)
Hi Ian - The Gramophone Classical Music Guide has a section called 'Suggested Basic Library.' I think everyone (with the odd exception) would consider that sensible.
'After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music'.
Aldous Huxley brainyquote.com
Amazon, Spotify, Apple, some other on-line CD retailers will offer excerpts for free but downloads of complete works can be prohibitive in that it can cost as much as the CD but without the notes, etc.
Actually, Spotify allows you to listen to the entire track rather than merely excerpts - and it's free!
Obviously, it's geared mainly towards pop and rock, but there's a lot of classical there as well (although not necessarily every recording).
That's true but I had to join. No problem. I am reminded by them that I have a small number of free downloads pending.
However, that "odd exception" you mention would claim superiority for his recommendations because they would be based on facts not mere opinions.