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    Posted: February 05 2004 at 02:31

Any of you guys into this stuff??  I'm a big Sibelius fan (love all the symphonies, especially the 4th for the moment) and I love Bach too.  The Art of Fugue totally kills me, I just pretend I'm listening to Gentle Giant....

but I'll be the first to admit I don't know squat about the "genre" (haha) as a whole, and would love to hear recommendations from anyone who has them.  some of the best prog I've never heard was made by these dudes, I just know it...

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 05 2004 at 08:15
Absolutely, Corbet - looking back over the years, I'm not sure what I got into first, prog or classical; did my love of intricate rock music lead to a love of orchestral, or vice versa?

Highly recommended for all prog fans - Josef Suk's 'Azrael' symphony

Favorite composers would be Verdi, Wagner, Puccini and especially the Mahler symphonic cycle.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 05 2004 at 10:27
I like Baroque stuff a bit myself, although I'm not generally too knowledgeable about classical.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 05 2004 at 18:50

I've always been a fan of Chopin. Beautiful piano melodies.

Strange idea, but..... I'd love to hear a instrumental prog classic done with animation like Disney Fantasia.

 

Has it been done?

 

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 05 2004 at 19:06

Actually that's probably the least strange idea I've heard today danbo .

Man, there's endless works that could be set to great animation, too bad Roger Dean hasn't produced an animated spectacular setting the music of Yes to animation.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 05 2004 at 20:09
Have you gone to his web-site. Great stuff.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 06 2004 at 00:09
One of my favorite bands Therion plays Classical Metal or it could even be called Operatic Metal.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 06 2004 at 03:33

Love classical music.

Bach, Holtz, Chopin and Tchaikovsky in particular.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 06 2004 at 05:04

agree with you concerning therion.

also, to come to this topic, my fav. classic composer is Bach.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 06 2004 at 16:10

Can't say I have any one favorite, however Bach, Mozart, Satie, Brahms, Chopin, Berlioz, the Russians are on the short list. The connection between classical and prog is quite powerful...

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 09 2004 at 12:32
The Romantic era is obviously the greatest era in classical music, producing such virtuso musicians like Wagner, Paganini, Rachmanhoff(Who plays some serious headbanging music), Strauss, Tchaikovsky, etc. Next is the baroque period, a mellower period in classical music, providing such talented musicians like Bach, Vivaldi, Chopin, etc.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 09 2004 at 17:50

Claus OGERMANN : Two concertos (Decca records)

Vaughan WILLIAMS : Violin sonata, string quartet n2... (Hyperion)

Henryk GORECKI : Symphony n3 (Elektra nonesuch)

Georges ENESCO : symphonie concertnat, suite n 3 (Erato)

Charles Koechlin : Oeuvre pour hautbois (audite)

Zbigniew Preisner : Requiem for my friend (Erato)

All these CD are HIGHLY recommended !!!

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 09 2004 at 18:29

Originally posted by corbet corbet wrote:

some of the best prog I've never heard was made by these dudes

Interesting isn't it?

There's some really good stuff out there... Personally I'm more into any slower compositions, or Adagio as it's termed...

From here a beginners choice may be Adagio compossed by Karajan, which includes the calmer and slower material by Mahler, Pachelbel, Brahms, Vivaldi, Grieg, Mozart, Beethoven, Bach and Sibelius to name a few... Worth investigating perhaps? And then there's always Adagio 2...

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 13 2004 at 21:17

My two favourites that I relate to prog are Shostakovich and Gustav Mahler. There are many great composers above and I love the mentioned Bach, Tchaikovsky, Puccini, Palestrina, Rachmanikov and Satie.

I'm really surprised that no one has mentioned Carl Orff yet...

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 13 2004 at 21:31
Hey, Zappa wrote some very worthwhile orchestral stuff too!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 13 2004 at 21:49
Jepp, The Yellow Shark is one of my favourite Zappa records...
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