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    Shostakovch's 5th Symphony...Awesome!

    I just listened to Shostakovich's 5th Symphony and wow, it was awesome! I've heard it many times before, but with a pair of headphones, it's truly sublime. I even listened to the almost torturous 3rd movement before reaching Nirvana with the fourth. It was so good, I cried tears of wonder, amazement and most of all...joy!

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    Original Poster

    I think this is the best symphony I've heard. I wish I had even 1% of his ability.

    Slightly off topic but still a related question that I've been saving for a while (and feel this is now the time to ask).

    I want to listen to some classical pieces, but really have no idea who to go for. Can you give me any recommendations of composers or compilations I should look for?

    I'm especially looking for lively, complicated pieces with a lot of action and a general epic feeling. There have been a few pieces merged in with some metal I listen to (Rhapsody of Fire are a perfect example) and to be honest, it's fantastic.

    Any suggestions?

    *edit* I think this is the second movement of the OPs song if anyone is interested (just did a quick search)
    youtube.com/wat…tug

    micoo;7951976

    I prefer this, skip to 1:52 for the best bit … I prefer this, skip to 1:52 for the best bit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMR4nieSFWs



    You mean when the music pauses for a second? Yeah that's easily the best bit - silence

    DragonChris;7952016

    You mean when the music pauses for a second? Yeah that's easily the best … You mean when the music pauses for a second? Yeah that's easily the best bit - silence



    na m8, amazing tune, dont mind a bit of classical myself, its great to relax to but i wasnt feelin this one

    micoo;7952029

    na m8, amazing tune, dont mind a bit of classical myself, its great to … na m8, amazing tune, dont mind a bit of classical myself, its great to relax to but i wasnt feelin this one



    From the little bit I heard (see link) I wasn't overcome with joy like the OP, but I'm all for more lively stuff - Hence my question, but I think the OPs away grr.

    DragonChris;7952102

    From the little bit I heard (see link) I wasn't overcome with joy like … From the little bit I heard (see link) I wasn't overcome with joy like the OP, but I'm all for more lively stuff - Hence my question, but I think the OPs away grr.



    Just have a listen to some stuff from more famous composers, Tchaikovsky, Bach, Beethoven, Handel, Hayden, Mozart, Vaughan Williams etc

    micoo;7952167

    Just have a listen to some stuff from more famous composers, Tchaikovsky, … Just have a listen to some stuff from more famous composers, Tchaikovsky, Bach, Beethoven, Handel, Hayden, Mozart, Vaughan Williams etc



    Bah, Wiki could have given me that

    Original Poster

    @ Dragon Chris,

    If you want some action, then Shostakovitch's 5th is definitely one to go for. It's got it all. Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture has also got some great action.

    ]Link to the forth movement of Shostakovich.

    You could also go to your library and borrow some CDs and see what's for you?

    What have you heard so far?

    DragonChris;7952236

    Bah, Wiki could have given me that



    from the link i posted did you really think ypud get more than that from me

    windhoek;7952244

    @ Dragon Chris, If you want some action, then Shostakovitch's 5th is … @ Dragon Chris, If you want some action, then Shostakovitch's 5th is definitely one to go for. It's got it all. Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture has also got some great action. ]Link to the forth movement of Shostakovich.You could also go to your library and borrow some CDs and see what's for you?What have you heard so far?



    Alright, I'll just have a stab around

    The stuff I liked, I have no idea what it was or who it was by sadly. I was trying to find the Rhapsody song with the example classical piece in it, but at this moment I can't find it (it's one of about 100 songs lol).

    micoo;7952277

    from the link i posted did you really think ypud get more than that from … from the link i posted did you really think ypud get more than that from me



    True

    Original Poster

    I see you had a bit of a listen to the 2nd movement, but didn't get much out of it? To get the full impact of this symphony, I'd suggest listening to the full symphony. Otherwise, it's like watching the middle of a film, but not the start or end. You might get an idea of what it's about, but not entirely.

    Found the song I think! Finding the link to youtube hold on...

    Classical song in Rhapsody: youtube.com/wat…lI8

    The start of this song is pretty much the start of A classical piece I quite liked (first 45 seconds) and is in fact used throughout the song I think, works well. Heard it on classical fm a few weeks ago while in a waiting room lol and realised I knew the tune, another outstanding part of the song occurs at 4:15.

    I think it's Dvoraks symphony (according to the comments on the vid lol). Going to check it out now.

    w00t! Found it (New World Symphony - 4th movt): youtube.com/wat…gXc

    Super.

    Original Poster

    Yes, that's the fourth movement from Dvorak's New world Symphony. I'm listening to it now.

    Original Poster

    Do you remember the old Hovis advert? The music for that is taken from the 2nd movement of the same symphony.

    If you want something lively I would recommend something with plenty of counterpoint, so maybe some Bach, Vivaldi, Handel- Baroque composers. These aren't really symphonic though, so if you want a more orchestral sound you probably want to look at Classical period onwards- Schubert's "unfinished" and Beethoven's 5th symphonies are probably among some of the most famous.
    I would also recommend the Rachmaninov piano concertos.
    Brahm's third symphony is amazing as well.
    Also I like British 20th Century composers such as Finzi (esp. clarinet concerto), Vaughn Williams, Elgar.

    There is an endless choice really....at least with something like Spotify or youtube you can have a listen and see what you like.

    windhoek;7952524

    Do you remember the old Hovis advert? The music for that is taken from … Do you remember the old Hovis advert? The music for that is taken from the 2nd movement of the same symphony.



    Ahh cool

    studentessa;7952529

    If you want something lively I would recommend something with plenty of … If you want something lively I would recommend something with plenty of counterpoint, so maybe some Bach, Vivaldi, Handel- Baroque composers. These aren't really symphonic though, so if you want a more orchestral sound you probably want to look at Classical period onwards- Schubert's "unfinished" and Beethoven's 5th symphonies are probably among some of the most famous. I would also recommend the Rachmaninov piano concertos. Brahm's third symphony is amazing as well.Also I like British 20th Century composers such as Finzi (esp. clarinet concerto), Vaughn Williams, Elgar.There is an endless choice really....at least with something like Spotify or youtube you can have a listen and see what you like.



    Oooh excellent thanks for that! Have some rep
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