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Classical Music - Greatest Piano Sonatas

Not for sure. His Ballades are far better. First sonata is not significant. The 2nd is the most famous and the 3rd maybe the best.
Anyway, my favourite Chopin come from little pieces like Marzukas.

5/8/2015 View
Classical Music - Greatest Piano Sonatas

I accept all your arguments despite they are opposite of mine.
"playful, naive" are the quality that i dislike the most in Mozart and that sonata is so light and harmonically inconsistent to represent a nice example of unworthy composition.
The Arietta from op.111 is one of Beethoven great movements. Only the first mov meet my reservation. It's rather mechanic in its progression and harmonically not consistent at all. The 2nd movememnt is great but some variations don't persuade me at all (for instance the proto-jazz variation) and the whole movemement shows a more improvisatory quality and less sustained structure (not necessarily a quality in my opinion) than its op. 109 predecessor.
I really envy your live experience with Schiff.
op.53: one of the recognized gem of Beethoven's heroic period. According to me, is just a long, pretentious, boring sonata.
I can name 25 better piano compositions by Ludwig van.
No Chopin on your list?

5/3/2015 View
Greatest Horror Movies

I would not dare to "recommend" it but, being quite unknown, I suggest it, at least.

5/3/2015 View
Greatest Horror Movies

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4/30/2015 View
Classical Music - Greatest Piano Sonatas

U forgot Berg's first and only Piano Sonata. Wagner chromaticism meet Schoenberg's free atonality.
Imho: Mozart 545 is one of the worst sonata from the Austrian composer
Schubert 959 shows one of the most recognizable slow movement of all time. And the Scherzo is a gem, too.
Op. 109 by Beethoven is way better than Hammerklavier and op.111. The first movement from 111 would want to be a sum of the heroic period from LvB but is just a mess. First movement from op.109 is one of Beethoven's most audacious moment, despite its rhapsodic flow.
Waldstein is boring like hell. All Beethoven's first 18 sonatas are way better. Expecially op.26-28-31,1-31,2-31,3.

4/30/2015 View
Best Ever Album Tournament - Round 1 - Part 6

I refuse to vote before listening or re-listening all the albums. I hope everybody will do this. U cannot condemn Battisti without giving him a chance!

4/30/2015 View
Best Ever Album Tournament - Round 1 - Part 3

Remain in Light beat Transformer.
The others.. dunno

4/30/2015 View
Best Ever Album Tournament - Welcome!

1950: Psalm 130 for Mixed Chorus a cappella (Schoenberg)

4/19/2015 View
Best Ever Album Tournament - Welcome!

Last thing: you should make a similar playlist for movies. Guaranteed success.

4/17/2015 View
Best Ever Album Tournament - Welcome!

I pick up some other favourites of mine.
1990: La Sposa Occidentale
1972: Ziggy Stardust
1970: Desertshore
1971: Sticky Fingers
1972: Transformer
1967: Strange Days
1966: Revolver
1971: Emozioni
Certainly there are many more rock albums to discover and probably better than these ones.
Of course, if you consider contemporary classical music the first half of XX century all the above mentioned album should be erased and replaced by the very favourite of mine.
Pick up 10 works by Schoenberg, 5 by Webern, 3 by Valen, 3 by Berg, 2 by Prokofiev and it's okay for me.

4/17/2015 View
Best Ever Album Tournament - Welcome!

What do you mean with contemporary classical music?
It's a vast period of time.

4/17/2015 View
Best Ever Album Tournament - Welcome!

I'm not a rock connoisseur. Anyway these are my favourite album
1966 - Blonde on Blonde
1967 - Velvet Underground and Nico
1968 - Astral Weeks
1968 - Marble Index
1968 - The Beatles (aka The White Album)
1968 - The Doors
1968 - White Light / White Heat
1974 - Rock Bottom
1980 - Remain in Light
1988 - L'Apparenza

4/16/2015 View
MY DESERT ISLAND WORKS OF ART

Like Tristan and Isolde, there isn't a hors concours recording of the last work of Bach.
For Contrapunctus I I love Gould live interpretation (the one where you can hear a bird in the beginning of the video)
For Contrapunctus II Gould is my favourite one.
Contrapunctus III: Robert Hill or Kenneth Gilbert
Contrapunctus IV: Gould on mad piano '60 live tv broadcast
Contrapunctus V: Gilbert
Contrapunctus VI: Gould on organ
Contrapunctus VII: Koroliov by far
Contrapunctus VIII: Gilbert or Leonhardt
Contrapunctus IX: Gould or Gilbert
Contrapunctus X: Moroney
Contrapunctus XI: Gould or Gilbert
Contrapunctus XII: Walcha
Contrapunctus XIII: rectus dunno, inversus Gould
Canons: very hard to make a choice here
Contrapunctus XIV: absolutely Gould

2/7/2015 View
MY DESERT ISLAND WORKS OF ART

Why do u skip it? Coz it's too much intense?
Contrapunctus II is written in french style and display a masterful rendition in the treatment of notes inègales.
notes inégales refers to the swung, jazz-like, rhythmic inflections of the musical score.

1/31/2015 View
MY DESERT ISLAND WORKS OF ART

Argh.. you forgot the best page by Bach! no.14! The unfinished fugue.
The least satisying work in the art of fugue is maybe Contrapunctus 12 or 2. By they are even masterpieces on their own.

1/31/2015 View