What Are Some Good Classical CDs?

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Rev. Rogers asked on another thread for a list of CDs that might be good for one entering the joy of classicla music. Rather than specific CDs, let me suggest a few fundamental works that might form the cornerstone of such a library, and invite others to "revise and extend my remarks".

Symphony music has had several excellent conductors and orchestras over the years. I am hard-presed to remember many, but a few that come to mind are Bruno Walter (New York or Berlin?), Leopold Stolkowsky (Philadelphia?), Eugene Ormandy (Philadelphia), Leonard Bernstein and Zubin mehta (New York), Arturo Toscannini (NBC Orchestra), Sir Georg Solti (Chicago?), Andre Previn (Pittsburgh), Herbert Von Karajan (Berlin), and Seiji Ozawa (Boston)

This, plus the additions to come from others, should get you well started on your trek down Classical Lane.

-- Anonymous, December 27, 2001


Jerryl, God bless you I will definitely get started on your list.

-- Anonymous, December 27, 2001


I think the "Gloria in Excelsis you asked about is from the "Coronation Mass", so named because it was performed at the Coronation of Franz I, as Emperor of Austria, after Mozart had died. There is also the famous Gloria from Mozart's "Twelfth Mass".

Your list is pretty thorough and most nearly perfect. So, I will simply add a few of my own choice to it.

--A musical form invented by Handel---His "Organ Concertos", as well as his "Chandos Anthems", "Judas Macabeus" and "Israel in Egypt".

--The many masses of Haydn and Mozart, Haydn's "Organ Concertos" and his "Creation."

--Beethoven's great choral work,--"Missa Solemnis".

--Franz Schubert's--"Mass in G" and his "Unfinished Symphony".

-- Tschaikovsky's -- "1812 Overture"

-- Arthur Honegger-- "Le Roi David"

---Also PLEASE try to find a good collection of Negro Spirituals and "My Favorite Hymns" by Leontynne Price--each of which seem to be fast becoming a lost art in the African American community.

-- Anonymous, December 27, 2001

Our Music Director is 19 and a student at the university in town. Her primary instrument is the cello. At our second worship service we do not have a piano (yet) and she has brought her cello. It really has sparked an interest among the congregation for classical music that is written for the church. Do you have any ideas? P.S one of my friends who often attends our service says our church has such a great variety of music, every Sunday I sing a gospel song, we have classical music, contemporary christian and hymns. I like that we have added classical music to the worship experience.

-- Anonymous, December 27, 2001

I guarantee almost anyone will enjoy any recording by Itzhak Perlman.  He plays the violin so passionately!

In Excellence,

-- Anonymous, December 30, 2001

I know when I was a child I hated classical music, and felt it was not "black enough for me" But as I have gotten older I really love classical music also. Do you think that there is still the mindset that classical music isn't black music?

-- Anonymous, December 30, 2001

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