Does anyone else listen to classical music? I was raised on it. My father had a massive record collection of both regular classical music and film soundtracks that covered an entire wall of our house (plus more) and eventually expanded that to a CD collection that was almost as big. When he wasn’t listening to 1920s and 1930s music, he was listening to classical and, of course, I would listen too since as a child, I was a captive audience.
But I still listen to it all the time.
My favorite composers are Prokofiev, Khachaturian, Stravinsky, Debussy and Beethoven for the symphonies. I also listen to a fair amount of Bach. Weirdly, I’ve never been a big fan of Mozart.
Right now, I’m listening to Prokofiev’s Lieutenant Kije suite, one of my favorites.
I know classical isn’t that popular these days, but am I a lone fan on the forums?
Classical music fan 'ere! I’ve been listening to classical music ever since I was a baby. In fact, these arrangements below are the ones I’ve been listening to lately from my favorite Japanese puppet show.
How could I forget the Strausses! I listen to Strauss waltzes all the time and I love the New Year’s Concert in Vienna, although I usually have to wait to stream it since it isn’t shown in the U.S. unfortunately.
I grew up with classical music, listened to it long before I got into rock.
I tend to like “program music”… music that evokes a mental picture. Stuff like The Four Seasons, a lot of Tchaikovsky, etc. Rimsky-Korsakov is probably my favorite composer, but my single favorite piece is Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony.
If I had to pick an absolute favorite piece, it would be a very, very sad piece of choral music called O Vos Omnes by Tomás Luis de Victoria. The first time I heard it, sung by a live choir, I was brought to tears by how sad and beautiful it is. And I don’t even know Latin.
Oh, man. I’d never really been a fan of Khachaturian until I heard his trio for piano, violin and clarinet — holy smokes! Astonishing
I mostly gravitate towards Debussy, Ravel, Poulenc and Satie chamber works but I was shocked during the lockdown. I completely fell in love with Mahler of all people. Totally out of the blue for me, but it fit the mood of the time!
Classical is about the only genre I buy physical media any more because streaming services absolutely suck for that. Completely clueless. I’m not sure if they actually pay people or it’s a labor of love, but those are the only liner notes worth reading any more (well, Mosaic for jazz but their output is getting less and less frequent)
I belonged to a classical CD club in the 90s… can’t even remember which one… it was one of those “we’ll send you a CD every month unless you tell us not to” deals. Of course I never remembered to stop the delivery and seldom bothered to return the CD. I got a lot of good stuff by accident.