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Welcome to a Free Musical Journey!

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!


 

Brahms

Somebody took a chill pill redux

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.

Enjoy

Brahms piano trio #1 in B major op. 8 – Adagio

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Dvorak

Impressive composition, and this guy loves his Cello

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.

Stumble on!

Reicha

For my brother by accident

I just now accidentally stumbled upon this piece by Anton Reicha. While I listened I had a feeling that my brother would enjoy it. The winds, the lightheartedness and playfulness of it.

It’s Reicha’s Octet for string quartet and winds in E flat major Op. 96 – first movement

Reicha’s Octet for string quartet and winds in E flat major Op. 96 – first movement orange_download_button

Puccini

Obscure bassoon piece

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

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My first post in a while! Hope you enjoy it


 

Bach

Sublime Send Off

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!

French Suite #1 in D minor Sarabande III  orange_download_button

 

Prelude and Fugue 1 in C Bwv 846  orange_download_button


Zelenka

Off to India and coming ’round to vocal

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)

Enjoy

Jan Dismas Zelenka Miserere I orange_download_button


Dittersdorf

Dittersdorf played with Mozart and Haydn!

Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf (2 November 1739 – 24 October 1799) was an Austrian composer, violinist and silvologist) What the heck is a silvologist?! Click on the link to find out.

Besides having such a cool name! – playing with Haydn and Mozart and being a silvologist!; he also composed quality music.

[* In 1785 they played string quartets together. Mozart played the viola; Haydn second violin and Wanhal played cello]

Here’s his Sinfonia #4 in F major adagio non molto. Worth a listen.

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Composers Composers - Ignored and Almost forgotten!

Ignaz Pleyel another ignored, almost forgotten composer

Here’s another composer who has been almost forgotten and whose music is rarely performed these days; and yet ‘back in the day’ was hugely popular. The interesting thing about Pleyel from what I gather via the Wikipedia link below, is that his popularity was due in some part to the simplicity of his compositions. Easy listening!
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ignaz_Pleyel

Here’s his concerto for Clarinet in B flat major followed by the Sinfonia Concertante for flute in B flat major. Both pieces are the second movements.

Concerto for Clarinet in B flat major orange_download_button

 

Sinfonia Concertante for flute in B flat major orange_download_button


Oldest Pianist

Lady in Number Six

Yesterday one of Classical musics most beautiful souls, passed away. Surely The Divine enjoyed how she lived her life and so did we.

Here’s the link to the Oscar nominated film. Once you watch it you’ll never forget Alice Herz-Sommer. Enjoy!

http://nickreedent.com/about/


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