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Anybody like Beethoven, but with a little actual detailed knowledge of classical music?

I listen to the 9th and the 5th symphony every once in a while after a really shitty day. I got new, pretty fucking expensive but really good headphones (compared to my old ones) and bow I'm searching for good recordings of both the 9th and the 5th symphony to get the best out of them.

Does anybody know really good recordings of those that are worth buying?

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    Bach, Wagner and Baroque music are also greatly appreciated.
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    Subscribing to get this information too.
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    Harnoncourt / Chamber Orchestra of Europe for sure, for Beethoven. And Paul Lewis.
  • 6
    @bittersweet I have tge Boxset, N. Harnoncourt / Chamber Orchestra of Europe: that one is indeed fantastic.
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    @AlexDeLarge Can't help you with Bach/Wagner, I often listen to Mozart, Dvorak, Chopin & Orff.
  • 7
    @bittersweet Mozart is just beautiful too, but I just love the Carmina Burana by C. Orff. "O Fortuna" is a particularly amazing start for a midnight thinking, brainstorming or project planning session.
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    @AlexDeLarge Thomas Allen <3

    https://youtube.com/watch/...

    I sang it as part of a choir in the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam.
  • 6
    @AlexDeLarge The recording of Bach’s Lautenwerk recorded by John Williams are amazing.
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    I'm sorry, I don't know where to find them.

    I often listen to Camille Saint Saëns' Organ symphony. It's beautiful and so complex and so full of life, with so much feeling. It helps me get through the tough days. And it's such a masterpiece I can't help but find it motivating to try achieving something even remotely as amazing.

    Edit: sorry about the terrible wording; it's so loud here I can't even think 😡
  • 4
    if you like classical music London Symphony Orchestra is the way to go

    no 7 and 9

    https://youtube.com/watch/...

    no 5

    https://youtube.com/watch/...
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    I don't know where to buy them either, but after a quick search you should be able to find some FLACs somewhere.

    I'm happily surprised to see so many people talking about classical music in this thread!

    If I may, what headset did you buy?
  • 3
    @AlexDeLarge Vivaldi, Winter.
    One of the most awesome renditions I’ve ever seen of this one - https://youtu.be/nGdFHJXciAQ
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    @Jilano Bose Quietcomfort 35 II. Really good ones, probably not the best ones, but the best I've ever had and a joy to use.
  • 4
    @AlexDeLarge they look rather decent. I’m trying to find some details on the frequency response but I can’t find anything on the website.
  • 4
    @AlexDeLarge another excellent performance - Handel/Hangorsen Passacaglia https://youtu.be/qNsxXued784
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    @Root Damn that's awesome.
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    @AlexDeLarge Another exceptional performance - Bach Invention number 13 arranged for guitar https://youtu.be/ND0geIgFWZM
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    @AlexDeLarge Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto, 3rd movement - https://youtu.be/ASB6hFUat4g
  • 5
    Dude if you like classical music you can look at some old famous artists from my country.

    Moniuszko - he was writing opera, orchestra music.

    https://youtube.com/watch/...

    https://youtube.com/watch/...

    If you like piano look at Chopin ex. Nocturne op.9 No.2

    https://youtube.com/watch/...

    Or more nocturnes

    https://youtube.com/watch/...
  • 5
    Forgot about Shostakovich! That's my go-to 5am amphetamine music... so tense, psychotic and painful, but I like a bit of pain.

    https://youtu.be/tby5aMrMu6Q/...

    Then on the much brighter end, best enjoyed while shitfaced on MDMA while hugging a 6 foot plush rabbit, there's Niccolo Paganini, best played by Itzhak Perlman:

    https://youtube.com/watch/...
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    @bittersweet Paganini is the original master of shred!! Every single metal guitarist owes something to him.
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    @oudalally It's like all the Dies Irae pieces are masterworks. I love Mozart's requiem, but for me Dvorak is #1.

    https://youtube.com/watch/...
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    @AlexDeLarge last one then I’m going to bed.

    This was a recording of Victor Borge playing a concert celebrating his 80th birthday.
    He was performing with Anton Kontra, a virtuoso violinist. At the end of the show, an encore was called for, and Anton suggested the Cszardas by Vittorio Monti.
    Victor knew the piece, but had never played it, so he improvised his way through while being his usual incredibly silly self.

    This is some of the most spectacular musicianship you will ever witness, it really is just mind blowing to see two people so incredibly skilled at an instrument, and it’s an amazing piece of music.

    https://youtu.be/cYhxmqpEPEw
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    @AlexDeLarge there are so many "best" recordings, some of my favs for Beethoven's 5th:
    Herbert von Karjan/Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, 1963. Very dramatic, and great sound.

    Carlos Kleiber/Vienna Philharmonic, 1975 (remastered 1995). The go-to recording for most critics.

    Manfred Honeck/Pittsburgh Symphonic Orchestra, 2014. The best sound of any recording, not as thrilling as Karajan or Szell.
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    @bjoer751 The Vienna philharmonic recording is spectacular.

    My dad had the unremastered version and it really is superb. I cant compare it to the remastered version as I don’t have it, but it’s a flawless performance!
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    @AlexDeLarge I love all the names you mentioned.

    Struggling to find that music to buy or download.

    Let me know if you find it anywhere.
  • 2
    Not exactly what you asked for, but Kristian Zimmerman does an absolutely brilliant job on everything I've heard him play including Beethoven. If you've never heard him, have a listen.
  • 4
    I like Beethoven. It was in a dog's movie when I was a kid. That's about all I know about it. 😂
  • 3
    So many amazing recommendations! I wouldn't have thought that so many people here love classical music. Had I known, I would have asked earlier.

    I'll try every single recommendation out as soon as I have the chance.
  • 1
    Don't forget Debussy's Claire de Lune, which has an amazing 9/8 time signature.

    Here's an hour long version, although the original composition takes about 3½–4 minutes to play. https://youtu.be/ea2WoUtbzuw
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    Hmm but those are all covers, can somebody give me the original recordings? /s
  • 4
    @Codex404 hahahaha. Only on wax cylinder mate. Try the vintage section at your local HMV ;)
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    @AlexDeLarge ++ for O Fortuna. I initially read that as "a particularly amazing start for midnight drinking" though, to which I also agree
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    I havent seen them recommended yet.

    So you should also try Schubert and Tschaikowsky

    and Schubert. I would go for schuberts unfinished on a quiet afternoon and for Tschaikowsky while working.

    https://youtu.be/0mnrHf7p0jM Schubert

    For Tschaikowsky i would go for the nutcracker or

    swan lake. They are really great. Cheers
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    @LrdShaper Hahaha, yeah, that too.
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    I might get good recordings (FLAC format) of that.
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    @bittersweet Shostakovich's film music is some of my favorite music of all time. The Romance from the Gadfly is one of the best violin solos ever. (My opinion, obviously.)
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