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Running Dog

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(disclaimer - Julian Lloyd-Webber is the most over-rated cellist in the world... the musical equivalent of a Kashardian). Seriously - let me know what you like from this bunch (if any), and I'll try and find you some more composers like it... Sometimes we all need a hand in searching through s**t. And there is plenty of s**t music out there.
Some interesting stuff there, blaargh. I might take you up later on your offer, but for the moment I've been familiarising myself with works from some lesser-known composers (Ginastera, Gorecki. Ketelbey, Sullivan, Ives, Martinu etc). I would recommend that people seek out these 'lesser lights' because there's gold in them thar hills. Trouble is, their respective repertoires haven't excited concert programmers too much.

And I can't disagree with your assessment of Lloyd-Webber. Compared to the titans (du Pre, Tortelier, Casals, Rostropovich et al) he is fairy floss.
 

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blaargh

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I think that Martinu is awesome - I agree whole-heartedly with that! Have heard great things about Ginastera too - but haven't gotten around to it yet. Anything you would particularly recommend Running Dog ?

There really is so much great stuff, it is a shame that it doesn't get heard often in concerts/radio.
 

Running Dog

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Not technically classical music but does anyone know of a decent female operatic aria compilation?
Hi Eddie, not sure if you mean a compilation of arias by different singers (in which case your best bet might be to search by record company- Deutsche Grammophon, Decca, HMV etc), or a compilation from the same singer, but in any case you cannot die without hearing this:



Monstrous diva, but one of the most angelic voices ever bequeathed to a mortal being.
 

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I'm big on Chopin. I'm currently working on the Military March Polonaise, which is allegro...I've metronomed all but the last page of four to just under 40 beats a minute, so there's a fair way to go...! Doesn't help that school's finished and I don't have access to a piano for six weeks...!

On my youtube channel Gibbke2, I put up two experimental songs, both Star Wars themes. The whole point is road testing what I want to do musically, which is instrumental guitar written in an orchestral style. These ones are too rock based - the next one (which has hit a brick wall simply because I can't play one of the parts to speed yet, and it's taking ages!) uses percussion like an orchestra would, and I'm thinking of axing a drum kit altogether in favour of real percussion - timpanis, etc. Drums sound good on Duel, but not on Trap. The biggest factors are getting the guitar distortion right, because there are many harmonised lines (120 parts on Duel), and dynamics and tone. I'm working on a patch that increases distortion as you use the pedal, without altering the volume and without noticeable steps, so you could play a melodic line and increase the grunt when you want. The dynamics are the real key - the Trap instrumental doesn't hit the loud and soft anywhere near like the original does, so it sounds dead...
 

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