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Old 05-03-2016   #11
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Re: Your Favorite Classical and Opera

I've always loved Rachmaninov's The Isle of the Dead, not just because it's a fine piece of music, but also because of its Weird-Tales-esque title, which makes me think of it as the symphonic equivalent of a great Clark Ashton Smith story.

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Re: Your Favorite Classical and Opera

@miguel: Irreversible, painful ;_;
@Nirvana: That was pretty good, reminds me of BioShock.
@ramonoski: Unshed tears. I didn't know Beethoven until now.
@ChildofLeech: Thank to you I'll have to look into modern opera now.
@Vice: The strings are heavenly and yet somber. Beautiful.
@Pharpetron: Isle of the Dead is also one of my favorite. I believe Rachmaninov was inspired by a black and white painting similar to this


Pavane for A Dead Princess. This is my favorite piano rendition. I believe it suits the title's sentiments more than Ravel's version. (He believed it should be played faster, and that the title had nothing to do with his composition).

There is also this version

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Re: Your Favorite Classical and Opera


Your fall should be like the fall of mountains. But I was before mountains. I was in the beginning, and shall be forever. The first and the last. The world come full circle. I am not the wheel. I am the hand that turns the wheel. I am Time, the Destroyer. I was the wind and the stars before this. Before planets. Before heaven and hell. And when all is done, I will be wind again, to blow this world as dust back into endless space. To me the coming and going of Man is as nothing.
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What Harbour Shelters Peace?

Benjamin Britten - Peter Grimes

Now the great Bear and Pleiades
where earth moves
Are drawing up the clouds
of human grief
Breathing solemnity in the deep night.
Who can decipher
In storm or starlight
The written character
of a friendly fate
As the sky turns, the world for us to change?
But if the horoscope’s
bewildering
Like a flashing turmoil
of a shoal of herring,
Who can turn skies back and begin again?



Half my third year of Opera at Uni was studying this. Brutal story depending on interpretation and veiled threads of abuse and judgement. Can only listen to it once every other year in high def.
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Re: Your Favorite Classical and Opera

Speaking of Benjamin Britten, Arvo Pärt's Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten ranks among my favorite pieces of classical music. It's one of those pieces of music that I listen to continuously -- very few weeks pass without me listening to it at least once.

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Re: Your Favorite Classical and Opera


WORD MADE FLESH.— The relationship between thought and language is the relationship between a wound and its scar.

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Re: Your Favorite Classical and Opera

Arnold Schoenberg - Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night), Op. 4


I have absolutely no interest in atonal music, but I absolutely love this eerie nocturnal string sextet, an early work of Schoenberg. I think many others on this forum would enjoy it as well.
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Re: Your Favorite Classical and Opera

Favorite opera would be Puccini's "Turandot."
Let me see if I can find a three hour YouTube video.
Maybe not.
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Re: Your Favorite Classical and Opera

Erik Satie wrote some piano music for the theosophical symbolist art Salon de la Rose + Croix, hosted by mystic and overall weirdo Josef Peladan.

They were enigmatic compositions for piano:
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