Select your own favorite composers, genres and individual musical selection: Then listen/download for free. No joining or registration. My hope is that this site will provide a broad introduction to ‘newbies’ – and that real aficionados of Classical music will find plenty of interest too.
One of the best features of the site is the Long Playing selections.
They allow you to listen uninterrupted to 25 – 70 minutes of music. You can find them on the side menu under Blog Titles (Long Playing); or at the top bar in LP’s: But just to be sure… I’ve put the link right here in front of your nose! http://jimsclassicalmusic.com/?page_id=2744
Re: Comments and requests: I love to get them! Simply click on the title of the piece which will take you to the web page where you can leave a comment.
G.I. Gurdjieff was surely one of the most influencial figures from the first half of the 20th century, as regards influencing the big names in the Arts, Mystical schools, Musicians etc. An incredibly charismatic man who lived life to the full. His music is unlike any other. Isn’t it?
Sacred hymne no. 4 / Allegretto / Chants of the Molokans / Tibetan melody
I’d never heard of Crusell. As usual most good stuff I find is ‘accidental’ – just stumbling around in cyberspace; and that’s how I found Crusell.
Anyway this guy Crusell (15 October 1775 – 28 July 1838) was a Swedish-Finnish clarinetist, composer and translator, “the most significant and internationally best-known Finnish-born classical composer and indeed, — the outstanding Finnish composer before Sibelius”.
Here’s his clarinet concerto #2 in F minor / second movement.
The wonderful Australian poet Francis Brabazon was fond of Palestrini’s music. I had never heard anything by him until now. Since I admire Francis’ poetry so much, and the life he led as a Spiritual seeker, it behooved me to check him out.
After all those years of avoiding vocal music, I’ve now made the huge leap to even enjoying ‘sacred music.’ Sometimes the comments you’ll find about UTube videos are really intense! Here are a few about this piece.
This brings me peace among an ocean of issues. This transports me outside me. This is the Real Art.
and this: I’m not religious at all, I still love this.
and: Dang I just cried
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (c. 1525 – 2 February 1594) Miserere mei Deus
When i begin to reference my own web site; that will be the day where I’ve truly Made It.
That day has come!
Recently I was haunted by a memory of my glorious Classical D.J. days in Castlemaine, Victoria; and how there was a piece that I featured and pontificated about, but couldn’t remember what the piece was.
It involves my love of super slow piano riffs: The silence between the notes (*when done by a Master like Beethoven, Liszt, Chopin … or in this case Brahms)
Just today I came upon this posting on my site; of a piece by Brahms, with some super duper slow piano, and great cello in the bargain. And then I remembered that this is the piece I featured on the radio show.
Stumbling around through google titles like: Most Beautiful Classical Melody, Greatest Symphonic Moments, Great Piano Solos and so on and so forth. This beauty – that I didn’t know of before – was “discovered” in one of those sites.
In a recent email from Naxos there was a featured album of bassoon and orchestra pieces by some of the great composers, some of whom were not known for bassoon or orchestral pieces: Such as Verdi, Puccini and Paganini. This third movement from Puccini’s Bassoon Concerto is certainly no master work – but a charming little piece nonetheless! Enjoy
Once again I’ll be off the air for a while during the time we are moving up north. From Central Victoria to the Sunshine Coast. Since we are house-sitting while we search for our new home, I won’t have access to my music collection (unless I do some ‘cloud solution’ real soon!) So … here is a sublime send off.
I only ‘discovered’ Bach French suites and his Preludes and Fugues recently. My Bach collection has been lacking for a long time!
What glorious music, and perfect to de-stress during moving!
In a few weeks I’m off to India for 3 months in Meherabad, Maharastra State – where the tomb shrine of Avatar Meher Baba is. Tricia and I are busy packing and preparing for this Spiritual Adventure! So I’ll just leave you with a final piece until next year. See you in early 2015.
Well I’ve finally started to appreciate, and be moved by Vocal pieces. (*See Opera Apology at the top of the page) I find this particular piece by Jan Dismas Zelenka to be “Compelling.” Bach liked his music. What else need be said! (* How about what the piece is?! It’s Miserere I)