Stuff to listen to
What are some pieces regardless of instruments would you recommend listening to? Could be a symphony, chamber music, concerto etcetc.
Tried wandering aimlessly on youtube without much sucess.
Look at Fratres by Arvo Part for an enjoyable ten minutes on this Sunday morning.
Beethoven String Quartet No. 4 in C Minor. Brahms Sonatensatz C Minor for violin and piano
Boccherini - Cirri: cello sonatas by Catherine Jones
Go to https://www.earsense.org/ and work your way through the chamber music literature. I'm particularly partial to Dvorak, especially the A major piano quintet and the piano trios.
I'm fortunate to have a great listener sponsored classical music station in my broadcast region, KDFC. Listen to that online if you want experts to pick the tracks for you. Perhaps there are other great stations in other regions? Any suggestions everybody?
Toronto public library provides to it's members free access to Naxos music library. Sound quality is average, but there is literally all music recorded by Naxos and more.
"Tried wandering aimlessly on youtube without much sucess"
What? No Mozart yet? Try his K516 2-viola string quintet!
"One of the tragedies of the modern age is that people really believe that Youtube is THE source for music, and if it doesn't exist there it doesn't exist at all."
Agreed with Scott. I usually find the music or a well noted name and then search Youtube for it/them. Sometimes you'll have struck gold and relevant or good leads will pop up but it'll still only get you so far before the search becomes stale again. One of my favorites off Youtube still is Wieniawski's variations on an original theme Op 15 performed by Ilya Grubert.
For listening, I like the Handel operas. For violin inspirations, I like the Corelli sonatas and anything played by Andrew Manze. And that's about as modern as I usually like to get.
To use YouTube as a source, you pretty much have to know what you're looking for.
Some mainstream pieces you should know
The Naxos library is great, has a lifetime of music. If you subscribe to IMSLP you get access as well, so anyone can get it for very little.
If you are interested at all in solo piano music, I suggest the best piece ever written for that instrument: The B Minor Sonata by Franz Liszt. I also recommend the album "Horowitz Plays Scriabin."
Here are some of my go-to pieces when I want to listen to something:
takashi yoshimatsu's memo flora piano concerto. it's my favorite piece of music right now and he's a great composer that I don't hear about enough
Zero female composers mentioned so far. Chamber music of Amy Beach, some of it is very nice.
if we're talking female composers then lili boulanger's nocturne is a personal favorite of mine
While we're on the topic of female composers, I feel compelled to add the wonderful viola compositions of Rebecca Clarke. My particular favourite being Morpheus
I second the nomination of Clarke. Her viola sonata is the single most frequently performed piece featuring solo viola over the last 20 years or so.
Regarding women composers Clara Schumann and Fanny Hensel (Mendelssohn's sister) should also be mentioned. Mozart's sister Nannerl was a child prodigy too, but unfortunately stopped composing at a young age.
I've actually studiously avoided talking about Clara Schumann and Fanny Mendelssohn when people start talking about women composers, because they're the first two most people think of. But... do listen to Clara Schumann's piano concerto and piano trio. They're both excellent pieces.
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