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    The only thing I've seen live was Bernstein's Candide and it was great! A recording can't ever come close to the in person experience. The comedic effect just doesn't translate for me. But the live performance was filled with brilliant singing and acting and many incredibly funny moments all throughout the performance.

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    Die Walkure at The Met last April was one of the greatest artistic experiences I have ever had. Sublime. I would do it again in a heartbeat.

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    Listening to Debussy Estampes, Preludes, and Images Book I by Claudio Arrau. His piano sound and feel is the best I've heard. Picked up a used CD on the Philips label. These are his late recordings from 1979-1980.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StarThrower View Post
    Listening to Debussy Estampes, Preludes, and Images Book I by Claudio Arrau. His piano sound and feel is the best I've heard. Picked up a used CD on the Philips label. These are his late recordings from 1979-1980.
    Those are great recordings.

    Also try Paul Jacobs recording of The Preludes on Nonesuch. Still my fav version and probably my favorite recorded classical piano ever....the sound is impeccable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chalkpie View Post
    Those are great recordings.

    Also try Paul Jacobs recording of The Preludes on Nonesuch. Still my fav version and probably my favorite recorded classical piano ever....the sound is impeccable.
    Paul Jacobs is excellent, and so are the Preludes played by Michelangeli. Going to give Ashkenazy's version a listen today also. I've gotten much more involved with Debussy's Preludes now that I'm able to play some of them myself. I'm currently working on number 10 from book 1, La Cathedrale Engloutie. Here's a piano roll of Debussy playing it:
    I think the subtext is rapidly becoming text.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StarThrower View Post
    Listening to Debussy Estampes, Preludes, and Images Book I by Claudio Arrau. His piano sound and feel is the best I've heard. Picked up a used CD on the Philips label. These are his late recordings from 1979-1980.
    I grew up with Arrau's recordings of Chopin's Preludes, one of mom's faves, and one of mine as well. Had it on vinyl, now on CD.
    "And this is the chorus.....or perhaps it's a bridge...."

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    Quote Originally Posted by MissKittysMom View Post
    Paul Jacobs is excellent, and so are the Preludes played by Michelangeli. Going to give Ashkenazy's version a listen today also. I've gotten much more involved with Debussy's Preludes now that I'm able to play some of them myself. I'm currently working on number 10 from book 1, La Cathedrale Engloutie.
    Congrats and I love that one! Debussy is a musical deity!
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    Current klassische musik spinning:

    Wagner - Siegfried (Levine/Met 90's)
    Wagner - Choruses album
    Mahler - 5, 6 (MTT/SFS)
    Shostakovich - 4, 7, 10, 11 (symphonies - Gergiev Mariinsky )
    Shostakovich SQs - 1, 2, 3 (gonna hit them in order)
    If it isn't Krautrock, it's krap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chalkpie View Post
    Congrats and I love that one! Debussy is a musical deity!
    Thank you! I did number 6 (des pas sur la neige) last year. Recorded, but I still haven't gotten around to uploading it yet. And yes, Debussy is indeed one of the gods, along with Satie and Bartok. Hoping to take on Rachmaninoff's C# minor before long.
    I think the subtext is rapidly becoming text.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chalkpie View Post
    Congrats and I love that one! Debussy is a musical deity!
    Without him, modern music would've been much, much different.
    "Well my son, life is like a beanstalk, isn't it?"--Dalai Lama

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    Just discovered Claude Vivier because Reinbert de Leeuw has died and this composer was mentioned in articles on his dead.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MissKittysMom View Post
    Thank you! I did number 6 (des pas sur la neige) last year. Recorded, but I still haven't gotten around to uploading it yet. And yes, Debussy is indeed one of the gods, along with Satie and Bartok. Hoping to take on Rachmaninoff's C# minor before long.
    Excellent. Do you ever play Ravel?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rarebird View Post
    Just discovered Claude Vivier because Reinbert de Leeuw has died and this composer was mentioned in articles on his dead.
    Cool stuff?

    Yeah I saw that de Leeuw died. RIP to a masterful Dutch musician.
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    Quote Originally Posted by progmatist View Post
    Without him, modern music would've been much, much different.
    Absolutely. And at the other end of the spectrum who was totally influential yet polar opposite was Wagner. Both forward-thinking brilliant geniuses, yet both paved the way for so many musical ideas.
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    Man... I need to get acquainted with Debussy. I'm sorely lacking in classical music education.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aith01 View Post
    Man... I need to get acquainted with Debussy. I'm sorely lacking in classical music education.
    Start with Trios Nocturnes. These 3 pieces are individually quite different but together define the music of Debussy pretty well.

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    Speaking of classical music. I just visited an ol' friend.

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    Start with Trios Nocturnes. These 3 pieces are individually quite different but together define the music of Debussy pretty well.
    Thank you for the advice! I'll put these at the top of the list.


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    Speaking of classical music. I just visited an ol' friend.
    Oh wow... Please forgive my ignorance, but whose grave is that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by aith01 View Post
    Thank you for the advice! I'll put these at the top of the list.




    Oh wow... Please forgive my ignorance, but whose grave is that?
    Shostakovic. My wife took this picture but the 'real' Shostakovic was the grave next to it. We saw that later but that grave had a small fence around it so I could not take a good picture.[emoji19] But I was there! Not only Shostakovich is buried on here but also Prokoviev , Schnittke, Tsjechov, Gogol and a whole bunch of other famous people from russian culture.

    .... and a kitschy grave of Boris Yeltsin

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    Quote Originally Posted by thedunno View Post
    Start with Trios Nocturnes. These 3 pieces are individually quite different but together define the music of Debussy pretty well.
    Also Prelude To The Afternoon Of A Faun. A ten minute masterpiece that ushered in the modern age of orchestral music. And La Mer.

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