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This Is An Emotionally Moving Mendelssohn Violin Concerto

Monday, December 15th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Classical Music In the Morning

Here are the previous recordings included so far in this new feature:

Johann Sebastian Bach

Ludwig van Beethoven

Hector Berlioz

John Dowland

George Frideric Handel

Joseph Haydn

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Maurice Ravel

Richard Strauss

Franz Schubert

Antonio Vivaldi

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Get Going Today With This Great Haydn Trumpet Concerto Performed by Wynton Marsalis

Sunday, December 14th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Classical Music In the Morning

Here are the previous recordings included so far in this new feature:

Johann Sebastian Bach

Ludwig van Beethoven

Hector Berlioz

John Dowland

George Frideric Handel

Joseph Haydn

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Maurice Ravel

Richard Strauss

Franz Schubert

Antonio Vivaldi

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A Mozart Trumpet Concerto For Getting Started Today

Saturday, December 13th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Classical Music In the Morning

Here are the previous recordings included so far in this new feature:

Johann Sebastian Bach

Ludwig van Beethoven

Hector Berlioz

John Dowland

George Frideric Handel

Joseph Haydn

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Maurice Ravel

Richard Strauss

Franz Schubert

Antonio Vivaldi

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A Beethoven Flute Serenade To Start Your Day

Thursday, December 11th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Classical Music In the Morning

Here are the previous recordings included so far in this new feature:

Johann Sebastian Bach

Ludwig van Beethoven

Hector Berlioz

John Dowland

George Frideric Handel

Joseph Haydn

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Maurice Ravel

Richard Strauss

Franz Schubert

Antonio Vivaldi

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10,000 People Singing ‘Ode to Joy’

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Classical Music In the Morning

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Johann Sebastian Bach

Ludwig van Beethoven

Hector Berlioz

John Dowland

George Frideric Handel

Joseph Haydn

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Maurice Ravel

Richard Strauss

Franz Schubert

Antonio Vivaldi

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‘Ravel’s Piano Transcriptions Are Brilliant…’

Thursday, December 4th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Classical Music In the Morning

An email from Steven K:

Hello, Dave:

Ravel’s Piano transcriptions are brilliant. Ravel, of course, is a master orchestrator; so the piano works allow you to enjoy the melodic and harmonic movement of the music in a simplified form that is perfectly enjoyable. Because people know Ravel primarily as the composer of “Bolero,” I think he’s rather underrated.

I enjoy a collection of piano works found on Spotify (as well as my CD collection), so I’m agnostic as to which YouTube version is best, but here’s one that seems presentable.

Thank you for the posts!

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Bach

Beethoven

Hector Berlioz

John Dowland

Handel

Haydn

Mozart

Richard Strauss

Franz Schubert

Vivaldi

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3 Recordings Reveal What The Lute Really Sounds Like

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Classical Music In the Morning

Setting us straight yesterdaymarkwark offered a helpful comment:

Yeah, that there is a guy playing lute music on a guitar. Not the same experience.

Here is some Bach, on a genuine baroque lute:
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And here is the 16/17th century English composer John Dowland:

And a more obscure composer from 15th century Italy:

The lute was an exceedingly popular instrument in the 16th and 17th centuries, so most of the repertoire is from the Renaissance/early Baroque. J.S. Bach wrote for it, but it was going out of style by then. Use the above links to poke around on youtube, and you should be able to find lots of great music.

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Bach

Beethoven

Hector Berlioz

Handel

Haydn

Mozart

Richard Strauss

Franz Schubert

Vivaldi

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An Hour of Vivaldi’s Oboe Concertos

Monday, December 1st, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Classical Music In the Morning

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Bach

Beethoven

Hector Berlioz

Handel

Haydn

Mozart

Richard Strauss

Franz Schubert

Vivaldi

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Anybody Appreciate Bach’s Oboe Concertos?

Sunday, November 30th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Classical Music In the Morning

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Bach

Beethoven

Hector Berlioz

Handel

Haydn

Mozart

Richard Strauss

Franz Schubert

Vivaldi

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How About An Hour of Bach’s Harpsichord Concertos?

Friday, November 28th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Classical Music In the Morning

Following up on yesterday’s selections from Handel, here’s some Bach:

A reaction from Twitter:

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Bach

Beethoven

Hector Berlioz

Handel

Haydn

Mozart

Richard Strauss

Franz Schubert

Vivaldi

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Who Likes Some Harpsichord?

Thursday, November 27th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Classical Music In the Morning

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Bach

Beethoven

Hector Berlioz

Handel

Haydn

Mozart

Richard Strauss

Franz Schubert

Vivaldi

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Your 2 Symphony Introduction to Franz Schubert

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Classical Music In the Morning

The Reformed Trombonist continues with his classical music suggestions. From the comments on yesterday’s classical music selection:

The period between 1750 (about the time of Bach’ death) and roughly 1800 is called Western music’s “Classical” era (roughly 1750 – 1810). Typically, people refer to “Classical” music when they’re talking about symphonic music, string quartets, oratorios, operas, etc. — but a more precise definition would be, simply, Western music, which has undergone many style changes over the years. Most of the music performed by modern symphony orchestras could best be categorized as Romantic music(ca. 1810-1860), late Romantic music (ca. 1860-1910), and some 20th century so-called “modern” music (much of which sounds very dated now).

Anyhow, in Franz Josef Haydn’s day, there was no gulf between popular music and “serious” music. Haydn was considered a great composer by the great composers, and he was also considered like a rock star to concert audiences. He spent most of his career living in provincial Hungary as a servant of Prince Esterhazy, where he enjoyed a comfortable, cosseted life writing music for the Prince’s court. But he had published some of his music and it became very popular throughout Europe. Later in life he moved to London and became rich and celebrated.

Haydn might be the last symphonic composer to be celebrated by the masses. At the very least, popular and serious tastes began to part ways.

Now, IMO, there are basically two types of “great composers.” Some composers are great because they are transitional figures, breaking new ground in compositional technique and aesthetic. Beethoven is considered such a composer, as is Wagner, Stravinsky, and Monteverdi. Early Beethoven sounds Classical, like Mozart and Haydn, whereas later Beethoven has numerous Romantic traits.

Other composers are considered great, though, not because they broke new ground, but because they obtained complete mastery over the style they inherited — so much so that they epitomized the style. Johann Sebastian Bach is such a figure — if you studied Bach thoroughly and yet never even encountered the music of other Baroque composers, you would still understand Baroque music quite well. Josquin Des Prez is considered such a figure regarding Medieval music, and Haydn is similarly situated as a standard-bearer for the Classical era.

(Why not Mozart? A good argument might be made. I tend to go with Haydn because he had a much longer career and was probably more influential at least for the first generation or two after Mozart’s death. Of course, on the flip side, Haydn is not really known as an opera composer.)

Interestingly, I met at least one prominent music historian who believed that Franz Schubert was closer to the Classical style than the Romantic. He felt Haydn had passed the baton not to Beethoven but to Schubert. I can see his point — to me, there’s nothing particularly Romantic about Schubert’s music, neither in its formal traits nor in its temperament. However, most historians consider Schubert a Romantic composer.

So, if you’re particularly fond of Haydn and you feel like exploring the next generation that followed him, you might consider listening to Schubert. The Eighth Symphony (the “Unfinished”) is his most famous symphony, but his Symphony No. 9 (the Great C Major) is a monument to the Classical form.

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> The period between 1750 (about the time of Bach’ death) and roughly 1800 is called Western music’s “Classical” era (roughly 1750 – 1810).

I not-quite-repeated myself. Seriously, I think 1810 is the better year for the end of the Classical era. But this isn’t an exact science.

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Bach

Mozart

Handel

Beethoven

Richard Strauss

Hector Berlioz

Vivaldi

Haydn

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Achieved is the Glorious Work

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Classical Music In the Morning

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Bach

Bach Harpsichord Concertos BWV 1052,1053,1044, Richard Egarr

Glenn Gould’s Version of Bach: Goldberg Variations

Flute Concertos

Yo Yo Ma Performs Bach’s Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello

Collecting Bach Recordings By Instrument: Violin

The Best Bach Violin Concerto Online?

Mozart

“The Best of Mozart” 2 hour selection

Handel

“Water Music”

Beethoven

The Extraordinary BBC Version of Beethoven’s ‘Sinfonia Eroica’

Richard Strauss

‘A Virtuosic Tour De Force, Difficult Even For the Very Greatest Orchestras…’: ‘A Hero’s Life’

Hector Berlioz

Symphonie fantastique

Vivaldi

Which Recording of Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’ do you Like the Most?

Haydn

Where To Begin To Appreciate Haydn? Symphony No 94 G major

Wake Up With Haydn’s Missa Sancti Nicolai San Nicola

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Wake Up With Haydn’s Missa Sancti Nicolai San Nicola

Monday, November 24th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Classical Music In the Morning

Commenting on yesterday’s request for favorite Haydn compositions:

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Bach

Bach Harpsichord Concertos BWV 1052,1053,1044, Richard Egarr

Glenn Gould’s Version of Bach: Goldberg Variations

Flute Concertos

Yo Yo Ma Performs Bach’s Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello

Collecting Bach Recordings By Instrument: Violin

The Best Bach Violin Concerto Online?

Mozart

“The Best of Mozart” 2 hour selection

Handel

“Water Music”

Beethoven

The Extraordinary BBC Version of Beethoven’s ‘Sinfonia Eroica’

Richard Strauss

‘A Virtuosic Tour De Force, Difficult Even For the Very Greatest Orchestras…’: ‘A Hero’s Life’

Hector Berlioz

Symphonie fantastique

Vivaldi

Which Recording of Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’ do you Like the Most?

Haydn

Where To Begin To Appreciate Haydn? Symphony No 94 G major

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Where To Begin To Appreciate Haydn?

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Classical Music In the Morning

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Bach

Bach Harpsichord Concertos BWV 1052,1053,1044, Richard Egarr

Glenn Gould’s Version of Bach: Goldberg Variations

Flute Concertos

Yo Yo Ma Performs Bach’s Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello

Collecting Bach Recordings By Instrument: Violin

The Best Bach Violin Concerto Online?

Mozart

“The Best of Mozart” 2 hour selection

Handel

“Water Music”

Beethoven

The Extraordinary BBC Version of Beethoven’s ‘Sinfonia Eroica’

Richard Strauss

‘A Virtuosic Tour De Force, Difficult Even For the Very Greatest Orchestras…’: ‘A Hero’s Life’

Hector Berlioz

Symphonie fantastique

Vivaldi

Which Recording of Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’ do you Like the Most?

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The Best Bach Violin Concerto Online?

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Classical Music In the Morning

Another great suggestion from Don Sucher this morning:

Bach’s violin concertos can be pure magic. Equally thoughtful and passionate. A model of man’s ability to meld the spirit of the individual with the cooperation of the group. (If only our politics could be carried out as imaginatively and as well!)

There are many wonderful examples available on LP and CD. On web-available video none IMO is better than this – Trevor Pinnock conducting The English Concert with Simon Standage and Elizabeth Wilcock on the violins. So, so sweet! Truly food for the soul.

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Bach

Bach Harpsichord Concertos BWV 1052,1053,1044, Richard Egarr

Glenn Gould’s Version of Bach: Goldberg Variations

Flute Concertos

Yo Yo Ma Performs Bach’s Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello

Collecting Bach Recordings By Instrument: Violin

Mozart

“The Best of Mozart” 2 hour selection

Handel

“Water Music”

Beethoven

The Extraordinary BBC Version of Beethoven’s ‘Sinfonia Eroica’

Richard Strauss

‘A Virtuosic Tour De Force, Difficult Even For the Very Greatest Orchestras…’: ‘A Hero’s Life’

Hector Berlioz

Symphonie fantastique

Vivaldi

Which Recording of Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’ do you Like the Most?

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Collecting Bach Recordings By Instrument: Violin

Friday, November 21st, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Classical Music In the Morning

Want to see something featured and then added to the collection? Tweet your selections to @DaveSwindle or email DaveSwindlePJM <@> Gmail.Com. Here are the previous recordings included so far in this new feature:

Bach

Bach Harpsichord Concertos BWV 1052,1053,1044, Richard Egarr

Glenn Gould’s Version of Bach: Goldberg Variations

Flute Concertos

Yo Yo Ma Performs Bach’s Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello

Mozart

“The Best of Mozart” 2 hour selection

Handel

“Water Music”

Beethoven

The Extraordinary BBC Version of Beethoven’s ‘Sinfonia Eroica’

Richard Strauss

‘A Virtuosic Tour De Force, Difficult Even For the Very Greatest Orchestras…’: ‘A Hero’s Life’

Hector Berlioz

Symphonie fantastique

Vivaldi

Which Recording of Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’ do you Like the Most?

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Yo Yo Ma Performs Bach’s Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello

Thursday, November 20th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Classical Music In the Morning

Want to see something featured and then added to the collection? Tweet your selections to @DaveSwindle or email DaveSwindlePJM <@> Gmail.Com. Here are the previous recordings included so far in this new feature:

Bach

Bach Harpsichord Concertos BWV 1052,1053,1044, Richard Egarr

Glenn Gould’s Version of Bach: Goldberg Variations

Flute Concertos

Mozart

“The Best of Mozart” 2 hour selection

Handel

“Water Music”

Beethoven

The Extraordinary BBC Version of Beethoven’s ‘Sinfonia Eroica’

Richard Strauss

‘A Virtuosic Tour De Force, Difficult Even For the Very Greatest Orchestras…’: ‘A Hero’s Life’

Hector Berlioz

Symphonie fantastique

Vivaldi

Which Recording of Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’ do you Like the Most?

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Which Recording of Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’ do you Like the Most?

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Classical Music In the Morning

From the comments of “What Are Your Favorite Classical Music Tracks Online?“:

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Which Online Classical Music Tracks Are Best to Start The Day?

Monday, November 17th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Classical Music In the Morning

From the comments on the debut of this feature from Wednesday, asking “What Are Your Favorite Classical Music Tracks Online?

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Bach

Bach Harpsichord Concertos BWV 1052,1053,1044, Richard Egarr

András Schiff playing Bach’s French Suites, French Overture, and Italian Concerto on piano

Glenn Gould’s Version of Bach: Goldberg Variations

Mozart

“The Best of Mozart” 2 hour selection

Handel

“Water Music”

Beethoven

The Extraordinary BBC Version of Beethoven’s ‘Sinfonia Eroica’

Richard Strauss

‘A Virtuosic Tour De Force, Difficult Even For the Very Greatest Orchestras…’: ‘A Hero’s Life’

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‘A Virtuosic Tour De Force, Difficult Even For the Very Greatest Orchestras…’

Sunday, November 16th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Classical Music In the Morning

From the comments on the debut of this feature from Wednesday, asking “What Are Your Favorite Classical Music Tracks Online?

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Bach

Bach Harpsichord Concertos BWV 1052,1053,1044, Richard Egarr

András Schiff playing Bach’s French Suites, French Overture, and Italian Concerto on piano

Glenn Gould’s Version of Bach: Goldberg Variations

Mozart

“The Best of Mozart” 2 hour selection

Handel

“Water Music”

Beethoven

The Extraordinary BBC Version of Beethoven’s ‘Sinfonia Eroica’

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The Extraordinary BBC Version of Beethoven’s ‘Sinfonia Eroica’

Saturday, November 15th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Classical Music In the Morning

Another great online find from Don Sucher who emailed:

David,  I know you’ll be getting to Beethoven eventually.

Wanted to make sure you knew about this: the BBC production of “Eroica.” It is a film that contains the entire symphony in a truly extraordinary performance conducted by John Eliot Gardner, but it is much more than that. It tells the story of the significance of this earth moving piece of music. I expect you (and PJL’s readers) will find it mesmerizing. I still do and I have seen it about a half dozen times.

Kind of amazing that the entire BBC film is available on line! :)

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Bach

Bach Harpsichord Concertos BWV 1052,1053,1044, Richard Egarr

András Schiff playing Bach’s French Suites, French Overture, and Italian Concerto on piano

Glenn Gould’s Version of Bach: Goldberg Variations

Mozart

“The Best of Mozart” 2 hour selection

Handel

“Water Music”

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Glenn Gould’s Version of Bach: Goldberg Variations

Friday, November 14th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Classical Music In the Morning

In response to yesterday’s query for favorite Bach tracks, Don Sucher emails:

This one for sure! :)

Bach

Bach Harpsichord Concertos BWV 1052,1053,1044, Richard Egarr

András Schiff playing Bach’s French Suites, French Overture, and Italian Concerto on piano

Mozart

“The Best of Mozart” 2 hour selection

Handel

“Water Music”

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What Are You Favorite Bach Recordings?

Thursday, November 13th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Classical Music In the Morning

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Bach

Bach Harpsichord Concertos BWV 1052,1053,1044, Richard Egarr

Mozart

“The Best of Mozart” 2 hour selection

Handel

“Water Music”

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