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Saturday, November 15th, 2008
9:15 pm - Mythical records "Odyssey of rapture" vol. 1


Mythical records, is now taking pre-orders for their new compilation "Odyssey of Rapture" vol. 1. The album includes neo-classical compositions by Abandoned Toys, Library Tapes, The synthetic dream foundation, Hannah Fury, Samantha Bouquin, Ephemeral mists, and many more great composers/artists. The official release date is Dec. 10th 2008. The full track list includes:

1. David Reyes "The magic woods"
2. Library Tapes "The rivers turned to cobblestone"
3. Abandoned Toys "An expanding tremble"
4. Ephemeral Mists "A pale slumber"
5. Phanatos "Voyage (quest for the shores of aphrodite)"
6. Aranis "Vala"
7. The new pollutants "Kidnap theme"
8. Hana (Jeff Greinke & Anisa Romero) "Hide"
9. Michel Avannier "La rencontre"
10. The synthetic dream foundation w/ Hannah Fury "Trapeze"
11. MePhI "Crystal night"
12. Aonua "Spirit of the deep"
13. Fiona Joy Hawkins "Contemplating"
14. Samantha Bouquin "Tale for a sunken moon"
15. Scythelence "Transparent eyelids"
16. Enigma de Ultratumba "To my unrest"
17. Samanta Ray & Pete Ardron "Interuterion 3"

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Wednesday, March 12th, 2008
4:07 pm - Abandoned Toys!!


Abandoned Toys makes some of the most beautiful contemporary classical music that I have come across lately. If you like the genre, you should really look into their album, "The witch's garden".

Abandoned toys

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Sunday, July 8th, 2007
12:28 pm - CORRUPT Radio

"Ancient wisdom mixed with a sharp commentary on present events, to tackle the future from a CORRUPT perspective."

The first show of CORRUPT Radio explains the origins of the contemporary Western music up till today.


Dead Can Dance - Ascension
Savall Jordi/Concert des Nations - Marche, Air et tambourin pour les matelots
Gregorian Chant - Missa de Nativitate Jesu Christi (The Aquitane Tradition)
Byzantine Chant - Exapostilarion de l'Office de Mardi Saint
JS Bach - Concerto For Two Harpsichords And Orchestra In C-Minor
St. Matthew Passion - Come ye Daughter
Burzum - The Crying Orc
Burzum - My Journey To The Stars
Darkthrone - Triumphant Gleam
Averse Sefira - Hierophant Disgorging
King Crimson - Red

Listen here:


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Sunday, July 1st, 2007
12:44 pm - Abandoned toys - beautiful contemporary classical


Abandoned Toys has a new beautiful album of contemporary classical music that is absolutely gorgeous. You should really consider picking it up, if you like modern classical music.

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Saturday, June 30th, 2007
1:01 pm - New member

I'm so happy to find this community! Always good to have a place where I can wax poetic about my all-time favorite composer.

-Who you are: My name is Hannah, I play piano.
-Where you're from: Southern California
-Why you are passionate about Beethoven: He's just...awesome. There are a few artists who have the ability to directly translate their personal struggles into the architecture of their music, to the point that it feels almost like you are intruding to listen, it's so private and raw. Beethoven is one of them. There are so many reasons why I am passionate about him. His innovation, his economy, his slow movements. Harmonically-based melodies. Knowing the rules and breaking them so broken and yet so good. Triumph over struggle, and not always the triumph you were expecting. Sometimes too much of the triumph you were expecting! He's so human, and yet so great. I love him.
-How you first became interested in Beethoven: I took a Beethoven class as part of getting out of first semester theory. I've been hooked ever since.
-Your favorite composition(s) by Beethoven: A lot of his sonatas, especially Op. 53 and all the late ones. Op. 109 especially. And all of his slow movements from the sonatas. I'm not that big on his concerti (although "Emperor" is always fun), but that may just be because I haven't spent that much time on them. I find the more I study a piece by Beethoven, the more I fall in love with it. So most of my favorites have been pieces or movements that I have studied (either by performing or in analysis classes) throughout the years.

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Sunday, March 18th, 2007
9:46 pm - New Member

-Who are you - Robert Littlejohn

-Where are you from - Originally Batavia, Illinois, but now from Chicago, Illinois - Rogers Park subdivision.

-Why are you passionate about Beethoven - Beethoven's compositions are considered the "bridge" between the Classical and Romantic periods of music.

-How you first became interested in Beethoven - I'm a vocalist, having sung in different choruses in College and in the Memphis Symphony Chorus.

-Your favorite composition(s) by Beethoven - Symphonies No 5 in C Minor and No. 9 in D Minor, the Moonlight, Pathetique, and Appassionata Piano Sonatas. Out of all of those, the Fifth Symphony is the most intriguing, as it was written to express his having to come to terms with his becoming deaf at age 25. Beethoven himself explained the opening motif as "Thus Fate knocketh at the door!" I have yet to hear the Eroica Symphony. I understand that Beethoven originally wanted to dedicate Symphony No. 3 to Napoleon Bonaparte, but he changed his mind when Napoleon started going to war against other countries.

I have plans to go back to school to get my Master of Music degree. I may go into Conducting or Music Theory. In either case, my goal is to accomplish with a Masters what I failed to do with a Bachelor of Music degree - teach choral music in a school setting. I think I would like to teach in a collegiate situation better, because there are students who want to be in school rather than those who are forced to be in school when they think they don't want to be there.

current mood: artistic

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Friday, March 16th, 2007
7:21 pm - "Farewell to the Piano"

Around the middle 20th century and perhaps earlier, a piece called "Farewell to the Piano," allegedly Beethoven's last composition, was popular in collections of easy piano music. I've been convinced for many years that the claim to its being his last composition, at the least, was bogus. It isn't mentioned in any reputable literature on Beethoven that I've seen, and it doesn't sound like late Beethoven. It could be an early work. It's also sometimes known as "Glaube, Liebe und Hoffnung" or "Abschiedsgedanken."

Today I tried searching for information on it for the first time in years. The information isn't fully clear, but apparently the authorship of the piece is itself dubious.

One page lists it as WoO. 15, but other sources assign that number to a set of six Ländler. The piece could be considered a Ländler, so maybe it's one of the set. I think of it as a minuet, and others have called it a waltz. In Beethoven's time the waltz and Ländler hadn't clearly separated.

Digging further I found this on Google Books:
It is very possible that the Beethoven piece received its title through a mistake in translation. The work appeared first in 1838, in an edition of a Berlin publisher named Crantz. It was then entitled "Glaube, Liebe, und Hoffnung. Abschiedsgedanken. Walzer für Pianoforte." This means "Faith, Love, and Hope, Parting Thoughts. Waltz for Piano." It is a rather long title for a simple work, but perhaps the "Parting Thoughts" of Crantz were changed into "Farewell," and later on into the present title.

I don't know if anyone else cares, but I'm glad to finally have learned that much.

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Thursday, March 1st, 2007
5:44 am - Colin Davis's Missa Solemnis

Normally I don't get very enthusiastic about particular recordings of a piece, but I was extremely impressed by Colin Davis's recording on Philips of the Missa Solemnis, which I borrowed from the library where I work. It's on a 2-CD set with the Mass in C, and spills over onto the second CD. The tempos are noticeably slower than in other recordings and performances I've heard, and it really makes it better in almost every case. There are places where the music just needs the extra moment to breathe, or it sounds rushed.

The biggest win is in the two huge fugues. With the slower tempo, there's more room for them to ratchet up the energy. In one recording I used to have, the "Amens" near the end of "In gloria Dei patris" sounded screechy. The "O miserere" passage on this recording is the most dramatic rendering of it I've heard.

There are a couple of places where the slower pace doesn't work very well. The "Et resurrexit" (pardon any errors in my Latin spelling) really needs to go fast, and the trumpet calls which interrupt the "Dona nobis pacem" were a bit plodding. But these are greatly outnumbered by the passages where Davis's choice of tempos makes it work.

I don't know if this recording is still available, but I'd strongly recommend it.

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Thursday, January 25th, 2007
1:27 am - Schiff lectures on the Beethoven sonatas

Attention, anyone who has ever fallen in love with a piano sonata...get these while they last. (needs close to 1GB for the whole set) .
More details here: http://community.livejournal.com/classical_music/557271.html

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Sunday, January 7th, 2007
11:07 pm - Does anyone else have this book?

I just ordered it off of Amazon.com!
Beethoven: The Music and the Life, by Lewis Lockwood.
We all know why I ordered this one. :D *satisfied grin*

current mood: excited

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Saturday, December 16th, 2006
8:35 am - Beethoven's birthday

A joyous Beethoven's Birthday to all!

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Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006
5:19 pm

I play violin with my Youth Orchestra here in the grand old state of North Carolina, and we recently had our first concert of the season, which the senior orchestra opened with Egmont's Overture. I was so proud to have played that piece, and I admit I was worried about not doing it justice, but we played with such force... it was so amazing to be a part of! I hope we can play more Beethoven(I am heckling my conductor for us the play the Seventh Symphony because I am in love with the allegretto mvmt).

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Saturday, November 11th, 2006
6:13 am

Last night, I went to a St. Paul Chamber Orchestra concert (got two free tickets), and they played the Maestro's first, second, and fifth symphonies all in one night!!!!!

I am so happy right now, you can't even believe it!!

current mood: content

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Monday, October 16th, 2006
11:07 pm - Origin of Title?

I'm particularly interested in the origin/reason of the Appassionata and the Pathétique. Can anyone help me out here? I've googled with several approaches, but simply nothing comes up. Thanks

current mood: curious

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Monday, August 7th, 2006
9:15 pm - Cantata on the Elevation of Leopold II

Having written about the Joseph II cantata, I should say something about the even more obscure sequel, the Cantata on the Elevation of Leopold II to the Imperial Dignity. I don't think it's up to the level of the earlier cantata, and it's a bit more conservative in style, but it's still very impressive for the pre-Vienna Beethoven.

It includes what I think is the first instance of Beethoven's torturing a soprano. The coloratura aria "Fliesse, Wohnezähre, fliesse!" goes on and on for over ten voice-wrecking minutes. I'm more impressed with the trio, "Ihr, die Joseph ihren Vater nannten." The way the voices answer one another hints at some later works. The final chorus is notable for the words "Stürzet nieder, Millionen," which must be the first clear allusion to the Ode to Joy in Beethoven's work. There's even a hint of the Ninth Symphony in the music.

If anyone's interested in tracking this recording down, it's on a 1995 Koch/Schwann CD, 3-1435-2. That's not a brand I've run into before, and may not be normally imported into the US.

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Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006
8:11 pm - Cantata on the Death of Joseph II


It's been over a decade since I listened to this piece. I used to have it on an LP -- in Latin, for no reason I can understand. Beethoven wrote it in 1790; that's before the Op. 2 piano sonatas. If people talk about it at all, they mention it as a sketch for Fidelio. But it's a wonderful work on its own, as I just rediscovered this week in borrowing a CD of it from the library for which I work.

It adds to it, hearing it in German. (Though, oddly, the soprano and the chorus disagree on how to pronounce the "J" in "Joseph.") Some of the words still fit today's world:

Ein Ungeheuer, sein Name Fanatismus,
Stieg aus den Tiefen der Hölle,
Dehnte sich zwischen Erd' und Sonne,
Und es ward Nacht!

The highlight is the aria with chorus, "Da stiegen die Menschen an's Licht." If you haven't heard it, you'd recognize it in a second; it's an early version of "O Gott, welch ein Augenblick" from Fidelio. It takes a few listenings to get away from Fidelio, which treats the material even more wonderfully, but this is wonderful music in itself. The first half is just the soprano singer with the orchestra; then the material is repeated with the chorus filling in behind the soloist, in a way quite a bit like the opera.

The CD also includes the Cantata on the Elevation of Leopold II, which I haven't listened to yet, and which I don't recall even having heard of previously.

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Tuesday, July 25th, 2006
4:09 am - Intro from a newbie

-Who you are
Vick. Slightly nerdy, suffering from severe addiction to classical music.

-Where you're from
India, originally. Currently living in Southern California.

-Why you are passionate about Beethoven
I don't know. Just cannot help it.

-How you first became interested in Beethoven
Coming from a different culture with its own rich music tradition, I didn't have much exposure to Beethoven (or classical music) beyond the odd snippets of Fur Elise/moonlight sonata clubbed within random other stuff in 'best of' collections.
After superficially listening to various genres of music for 25 yrs, one day I happened to be ambushed by the 2nd movement Allegretto from the seventh symphony. That was the first time a piece of music, and apparently such a simple one, had made me choke up. And this happened when I was not even paying full attention to it!

-Your favorite composition(s) by Beethoven
Late String Quartets, Op 18 No.1, Razumovsky quartets, symphonies: 3,5,6,7,9, piano sonatas, Piano Trio 'Archduke', Piano concerti 4&5, Violin concerto, Overtures Coriolan, Egmont, Leonore III...Brahms first symphony ;)

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Friday, July 21st, 2006
9:30 pm - Hi, I'm new here...

O Freunde,

-Who you are
Nick, guitar player, 29 years and 11 months old.

-Where you're from
Gothenburg, Sweden

-Why you are passionate about Beethoven
Because no one has transformed music and the artist's image in the same way. Not to mention that no one has ever written such fantastic music.

-How you first became interested in Beethoven
It seemed that Beethoven had written all the classical pieces that I liked the most. The Pastoral Symphony really intrigued me, since I had no idea he could write such cheerful music.

-Your favorite composition(s) by Beethoven
Symphonies nos. 5, 6 and 9 (in no particular order), piano concerto no. 4, string quartet in B flat op. 130, piano sonatas in C minor op. 13 "Pathétique" and op. 53 in C, cello sonata in A op. 69.

current mood: drunk

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Monday, July 17th, 2006
12:48 am - In era there are things a'changin


Hey there...

When I first really began to learn about Beethoven I was under the impression that he was a Romantic composer. However, some texts, musicians and professors all claim wholeheartedly that he was strictly a Classical composer. Obviously he was the catalyst for the whole Romantic boom.... but should he be thought of as the Classical Destroyer / Architect of Romanticism or should we pin him down to one era?


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