Classical Music


"Without Music, Life Would Be A Mistake" Friedrich NIETZSCHE

You are now listening Bach: Aria from Goldberg Variations by Glenn Gould


My favorite composer: Franz Schubert


I love rock and classical music. These two types of music are not incompatible. Classical music does not mean old or old-fashioned music. Actually, Beethoven seems far more rock and roll than some contemporary rock musicians. Sometimes classical musicians even became rock musicians: John Cale for instance was an alto player before being a member of the Velvet Underground.

You are sad and melancholic, it's a rainy day, life seems so meaningless and absurd, you have one thing left to do: listen to classical music.


 SYMPHONIES

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) - 9 symphonies - My favorites: N°6, 8, 9

Ludwig Van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) - 9 symphonies - My favorites: N°3, 5, 7, 9

The glorious 9th of Ludwig van is the favorite music of Alex in Kubrick's Clockwork Orange

"O bliss, bliss and heaven, oh it was gorgeousness and georgeosity made flesh. The trombones crunched redgold under my bed, and behind my gulliver the trumpets three-wise, silver-flamed and there by the door the timps rolling through my guts and out again, crunched like candy thunder. It was like a bird of rarest spun heaven metal or like silvery wine flowing in a space ship, gravity all nonsense now. As I slooshied, I knew such lovely pictures. There were veeks and ptitsas laying on the ground screaming for mercy and I was smecking all over my rot and grinding my boot into their tortured litsos and there were naked devotchkas ripped and creeching against walls and I plunging like a shlaga into them." (Clockwork Orange)

Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) - 9 symphonies - My favorites: N°2, 5

Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) - 9 symphonies

Antonín DVORAK (1841-1904) - Symphony N°9 of the New World

Dmitri CHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) - 15 Symphonies


CONCERTOS

Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957) Violin Concerto

Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907) Piano Concerto

MOZART Clarinet Concerto - Clarinetist: Michel Portal

RAVEL - Concerto for the left hand. At the origin this concerto was especially conceived to be played by an amputee piano player.

Antonin DVORAK (1841-1904) - Cello Concerto

 

QUARTETS

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Quartet N° 13 "Rosamunda" Quatuor Alban Berg

Quartet N°14 "The Maiden & the Death" Quatuor Alban Berg

Ludwig Van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) - 17 Quartets

Bela BARTOK (1881-1945) - 6 Quartets


TRIOS & QUINTETS

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) - Trio en mi bémol majeur opus 100

Stanley Kubrick used this piece for his magnificent movie "Barry Lyndon"


PIANO SONATAS

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) - 3 last sonatas for piano - Alfred Brendel

Franz LISZT (1811-1886) - Sonata in B minor


IMPROMPTUS - NOCTURNES - PRELUDES

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) - Impromptus D 899 & D 935

Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849) - Nocturne Op. 15 No. 3 in G minor

It was used for one of the most moving musical scenes I ever saw in The Deer Hunter (Voyage au bout de l'enfer) of Michael Cimino

RACHMANINOV - Preludes

BACH - Preludes


VARIATIONS

Ludwig Van BEETHOVEN - Diabelli Variations

J.S.BACH - Golderg Variations


OVERTURES

Ludwig Van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) - Egmont - Coriolan

Gioacchino ROSSINI 1792-1868 - La Pie Voleuse - Le Barbier de Séville


MISCELLANEOUS

Franz SCHUBERT - Winterreise

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) - Requiem - Director: Ton Koopman

The ideal music for a superb funeral

Tomaso ALBINONI (1671-1750)- Adagio

J-S BACH (1685-1750) - Toccata y fuga

J-S BACH (1685-1750) - 6 cello suites Pablo Casals

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) - Hungarian Dances

Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) - The Rite of Spring

Erik SATIE (1866-1925) - Gnossiennes

Louis Malle used them for his beautiful movie "Feu Follet"


CONTEMPORARY MUSIC

Pierre HENRY (born in 1927)

Edgar VARESE (1883-1965) - Deserts

 

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