Looking for similar music to Vivaldi / Paganini

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Looking for similar music to Vivaldi / Paganini

Post by Elliott » Fri Sep 01, 2006 10:00 am

Evening all.

I've recently been listening to Antonio Vivaldi (namely 'The Four Seasons'), Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (the songs 'Trepak' and 'Marche' off 'The Nutcracker Suite') and Niccolo Paganini ('The Best of Paganini').

I'm wondering if anyone can reccomend me anything similar. I'm looking to find more music with fast playing (violin shredding preferably, it's brilliant), big build ups, and generally an all around 'powerful' feeling.

I'm not interested in the sort of classical music that dibbles and dabbles around and doesn't really 'go anywhere'.

Cheers.

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Post by jbuck919 » Fri Sep 01, 2006 10:10 am

Welcome, Elliott. Please favor us often with your posts.

I guess we're not going to be recommending the Brahms violin concerto. :)

If I read you right, and I may not be doing so, the biggest violin (section) "energy" I can think of occurs in the first movement of the Ninth Symphony of Beethoven. Agitation to the max. But you have to be patient--it doesn't get there right away. Also, you might get a better sense of what's really going on if you could see a video performance (sorry I can't provide a link) so you could watch the entire string section struggling to get there. Great fun.


I'm sure others will have additional ideas.

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Re: Looking for similar music to Vivaldi / Paganini

Post by Corlyss_D » Fri Sep 01, 2006 11:44 am

Elliott wrote:I've recently been listening to Antonio Vivaldi (namely 'The Four Seasons'), Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (the songs 'Trepak' and 'Marche' off 'The Nutcracker Suite') and Niccolo Paganini ('The Best of Paganini').
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What's wrong with more Vivaldi? He wrote tons of violin music. Anything by Giardino Armonico or Giuliano Carmignola or Concerto Koln or Musica Antiqua Koln will give you that rocket feeling.

What's wrong with more Paganini? Check out his violin sonatas and concerti.

Check out Andrew Manze, anything by him, but particularly his recordings of Biber. Biber does things with a violin that I didn't think were humanly possible.

Look too for violin sonatas and concertos by Telemann, another extremely prolific Baroque composer.

Bach's sonatas and partitas and concertos for violin are wonderful. I particularly like the sonatas and partitas in the version by Aaron Rosand, but others are good too. Look for the concertos in historically informed performances or original instruments performances by any of the groups I mentioned above.

Try the entire Nutcracker and Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty ballets. Also check out Kalinnikov symphonies, ballets by Leo Delibes, ballet music by Verdi and Rossini from their operas, anything by Glazunov, and Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition and Night on Bald Mountain.

That should keep you busy for the rest of the day . . . .
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Post by Ralph » Fri Sep 01, 2006 12:07 pm

Welcome!

Check out Albinoni and Dittersdorf for music you'll surely appreciate.

Corlyss is right - Vivaldi has so much to offer beyond the one best known series of violin concertos.
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Post by ch1525 » Fri Sep 01, 2006 1:04 pm

I've recently discovered and become a fan of Henri Vieuxtemps' Violin Concertos. Good stuff.

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Re: Looking for similar music to Vivaldi / Paganini

Post by Gary » Fri Sep 01, 2006 4:38 pm

Corlyss_D wrote:Try the entire Nutcracker...
Welcome, Elliott.

I recommend the complete recording below of this perennial (more like annual) favorite.



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Post by jbuck919 » Fri Sep 01, 2006 4:43 pm

I certainly hope we have not scared away poor Elliott. We have now had about four mutually contradictory replies, including mine, to his post (based on the ambiguity of same). Elliott, stay with us, post again please.

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Post by Elliott » Fri Sep 01, 2006 10:21 pm

Thanks for the quick replies.

I'll check out The Nutcracker and Beethoven's 9 soon, as well as more of Vivaldi and Paganini.

I'm new to the whole classical music genre, so it seems there is a still a lot I've yet to discover.

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Post by Gary » Fri Sep 01, 2006 10:35 pm

Elliott wrote:...so it seems there is a still a lot I've yet to discover.

More than a lot, verging on infinite. :)
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Post by Corlyss_D » Fri Sep 01, 2006 11:05 pm

Elliott wrote:Thanks for the quick replies.

I'll check out The Nutcracker and Beethoven's 9 soon, as well as more of Vivaldi and Paganini.

I'm new to the whole classical music genre, so it seems there is a still a lot I've yet to discover.
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Post by mourningstar » Sat Sep 02, 2006 3:16 pm

Yeah Corlyss is right,..

Reminds me, .. i bought 2 years ago, an entire classical music box. 60 cd's for 30 euro's. and indeed i founded that extremily cheap.

Before that, i didn't knew who Fauré was, and who Camille Saint was.. :o

and back to topic; Try listening to Sibelius, Violin Concerto. ..
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