Classical music

Been meaning to start this thread for awhile - my apologies if something like this already exists, but I couldn’t find it

I am an absolute novice when it comes to classical music - but I’m finding i’m more and more drawn to it, especially for work and reading and just relaxing

I know OF a number of composers but not really a lot about their work - the big folks like Mozart, Beethoven, Vivaldi etc I am enjoying

Bach’s cello stuff has been a personal favourite; I am listening to Schubert’s ‘Trout Quintet’ right at this very minute and enjoying it immensely

I am looking for recommendations - I especially like, for want of a better description, ‘gentle’ ‘floating’ stuff not too jarring. I’ve been focussing on the old dudes, but would like to get acquainted with more modern stuff.

Is it still a big ole sausage party now?? Where the ladies at??

Anyway, complete classical noob - hoping there is help here!

On the more modern front, not specifically ‘classical’ but I really like this guy

You should listen to some of Schubert’s Impromptu studies. This is my favourite (played by the master):

And obviously Clare de Lune is an absolute classic:

Allegri’s Miserere is one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written:

and the Lacrimosa from Mozart’s Requiem is amazingly dramatic:

If you want a bit more drama I’d try some Rachmaninov, Liszt, Chopin, Berlioz, Bizet. The Rach 3 (3rd Piano Concerto) is the one made big by the film Shine, and is incredible, especially if you like a bit of piano how-the-fuck-is-he-playing-that.

These are some of my favourites:


I’m lost in a world of YouTube now. I forgot La Campanella. Had to learn this for A level music.

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If you’re looking for more info on women composers throughout history, the BBC has a handy starters guide with excerpts from pieces, archived programmes, and interviews:

In terms of modern music by women, I’d recommend trawling Spotify or Youtube for any of Judith Weir, Thea Musgrave, Errollyn Wallen, Tansy Davies, Elisabeth Lutyens, Charlotte Bray, Hannah Kendall - who all feature on the BBC page above.

Classical music more widely - highly recommend Alex Ross’ The Rest Is Noise book. It focuses mostly on 20th century music although it puts a lot of this in context. For a broader overview of classical music that’s simple to read and contains a daily listening suggestion, my girlfriend has been enjoying working her way through A Year of Wonder by Clemency Burton-Hill .

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Thread delivers! Thanks heaps for all of this

I recently listened to Debussy and really liked it. And yes definitely want investigate more in female composers - well ANY would be a start for me at the moment!

Thank you both

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Big fan of Johann Strauss 2 and waltz music in general. I’ve always felt that waltz music is as poppy as classical music gets.

I’ve only just recently got into Steve Reich though - so really enjoying this series of discoveries.

here’s a good way to get into a modern composer through old music - Max Richter’s Vivaldi Recomposed:

saw this live at the Barbican and I still get goosebumps listening to it now


I very much like this!

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Was this at the Sound Unbound festival? Was there if so.

Thought it was an astonishing performance. Particularly impressive was the lad doing the violin solos during (I think?) Spring. Was a great festival and opportunity to dip ones toe into different classical performances. They had a plan to run it every couple of years. Nils Frahm curated the last one but couldn’t make it unfortunately.

(Just realised your post is from ages ago)

One of the most moving pieces of music…ever.

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big dynamic range in this, starts very quiet, ends very loud. i once played this in a brass band of about 150 people so as you can see from the picture used in the video it was like 5 brass bands all playing together… now THAT was fucking loud

I was with @badmanreturns for this - we saw a performance that wasn’t part of the festival but they did do it again I think. Sound Unbound’s on again this weekend actually. Coincidentally, they’re doing Peter Gregson’s Bach: Recomposed project that was at the RAH a few weeks ago, also a DG release… Loads of other good stuff too. Liam Byrne, Nora Fischer etc. if you’re into the contemporary classical side of things.

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Ha! Coincidence. I don’t live in London anymore otherwise would probably go to this. Max Cooper and Bruce Brubaker doing Philip Glass Glassnotes on the Sunday night sounds interesting too.

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Bumping this for the first time in a while. Been listening to a lot of Mahler symphonies recently. Absolutely insane music. Isn’t this beautiful?

Had a listen to this while sorting a few things around the house yesterday and it was awesome too