Rainbow - Since You Been Gone - at full volume
Good for you!Beethoven's Ninth Symphony!
This next part is going to blow you away:
Well it's good to approach Mahler's works from the early Romantics (Beethoven, Schubert) up through the late 19th Century (Brahms, Dvorak), so you have some perspective. Diving right into Mahler can be a somewhat arduous task, though seeing as how you are familiar with Beethoven's 9th and The Planets, you are no stranger to large-scale works. If you're really interested, find a way to check out the Mahler 1st. Most libraries will have a decent selection of Mahler performances. Mahler did 9 symphonies, and also several song cycles and a few larger-scale works for vocals and orchestra. He also left an unfinished 10th symphony.Mason:
Unfortunately no. Although Ive listened to Classical music for most of my life, I was never one to buy CDs of anything. As a result my library is fairly small.
I have Beethovens Fifth and Ninth Symphonies, Holsts The Planets, Johan deMeis (not sure on the spelling, can't find my CD) Symphony No. 1: The Lord of the Rings, a Bach compilation, and some mixed CDs containing Mozart, Brahms, Wolf, Barber, etc from my years in choirs and concert bands.
I have plans to vastly expand my Beethoven, then move onto Brahms and follow my fancy from there.
Mahler is considered by some to be the last great Romantic composer. The stretched the boundaries of everything that had come before him all the way back to Bach. Mahler stood right at the gatway from the "tonal" era and the Modern era of the 20th century. He toyed with atonality in a few of his last works (the 9th, the 10th), but he always had one foot firmly planted in the tonal tradition. Bernstein went even further to say that Mahler's music predicted the rise of fascism and the global warfare that gripped the world in the subsequent years after his death in 1911. Mahler's goal was the express "the world in a symphony" - you can definately hear that in his work.I forgot to mention that I have Carl Orff's Carmina Burana. Hardly "Classical" I know, more like... I really don't know what to classify it as, 20th century I guess.
I'll have to check out Mahler, looks like I'll be getting a new AD!
I find I like pretty much anything from Baroque to Romantic and beyond as long as it's not atonal. Atonal music and I don't mix, at least for now. I don't know what I'll be listening to in a few years.