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Thread #90211   Message #3954879
Posted By: Charmion
05-Oct-18 - 11:22 AM
Thread Name: Classical music - what makes you listen?
Subject: RE: Classical music - what makes you listen?
I am years too late in coming to this thread.

I listen to classical music for the TUNES, and what the composers do with them. Some appeal to me more than others, but Bach can always bring me to a dead halt with the perfect, yet always surprising, works he wrote for church musicians. "The Lark Ascending" by Ralph Vaughan Williams, or his "Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis", likewise stop time for me.

Grieg's Holberg Suite is the best breakfast music ever, and fine-dining restaurants are not wrong to load their sound systems with Vivaldi.

Modern recordings are so fine, and the musicianship of today's classically trained players so great, that we are living in the Golden Age of classical music performance, both in one's own sitting room and in a concert hall near you.

But I can't have it on the radio in the car. It's either too absorbing or too relaxing, both just totally wrong for driving.