Thread: BORRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRING

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Post by Beagle February 23, 2012 (41 of 69)
rousslan said: some works can seem boring during the first listening : for me it was the case with Beethovenís last stringquartets : but I listen them again and again and now I love them. With great composers, we have to persevere and therefore we will be largely rewarded.
EXACTLY! The brain brushes off things which it can't wrap itself around. Listening is work, and work is rewarded. Our little exercise here shows composer X on the top of some people's lists and on the bottom of others: Hey, that's what those people have and have not worked at. Your history is your taste.

PS: yes, truly uninteresting music has been written many times -- but you won't find much of it recorded.

Post by current93 February 23, 2012 (42 of 69)
Beagle said:

PS: yes, truly uninteresting music has been written many times -- but you won't find much of it recorded.

It's exactly a Glazounov case.

So circle has rounded and it's time to close such an instructive thread.

Post by seth February 23, 2012 (43 of 69)
Beagle said:

Seth,

That's a list of NINE. Please add your 'wildcard' composer.

Beethoven
Mahler
Mozart
Bach
Brahms
Sibelius
Wagner
Smetana
Chopin
Tchaikovsky

Post by Euell Neverno February 23, 2012 (44 of 69)
An exercise in futility. De gustibus non est disputandum.

Post by sacd-peter June 13, 2012 (45 of 69)
Stones pulled off similar tricks, for instance using their 1980 hit Start Me Up to promote a Microsoft software release. Certain music appears timeless. While I can agree that some of Mozart's work would fit this classification, some of the early Who/Townsend concept albums might also fit such classification. From an artistic point of view, I find The Who one of the truly great rock bands.

It seems you are slightly upset or appalled that soemone makes money out of their talent. Perhaps you should keep such envy comments to yourself.

There are some great quotes from Who members, where one of the song lines become quite famous: "I hope I die before I get old". On the other hand, Townsend was quoted "We're only in it for the money". Perhaps he was right after all.

Tommy and Quadrophenia are great music and lyrics. Having them in high-res format is just very good. Both are highly recommended.

Post by jazz1 June 13, 2012 (46 of 69)
Least boring Bach
Most boring Bruckner

Post by Chris July 27, 2012 (47 of 69)
Arnaldo said:

Pop music too loud and all sounds the same
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/07/26/us-science-music-idUSBRE86P0R820120726

Nice to get scientific proof of something I have known a long long time! But then again scientists are often a bit slow realising facts that the general public already know. Better late than never though.
By the way the American "screamer" is obviously on a Swedish Tour this week. Personally I couldn't care less. But the fact that Barenboim and his fantastic young West East Divan Orchestra are performing Beethoven's timeless masterpiece symphony number 9 live at the Proms tonight, for me that is Music with a big M.
The whole series 1-9 can be heard at BBC radio three. Or on DECCA downloads, but sadly not on SACD.
Anything but boring IMO!

Post by ClassicalDJ July 27, 2012 (48 of 69)
Beagle said:

On the Glazunov Quartets thread, current93 said: "all I've heard by Glazunov were dead boring..."

I invite you all to participate in the following exercise, which might be illuminating. Without further comment, merely arrange the following 10 composers (alphabetical here) in a list with the LEAST BORING at the top and the MOST BORING at the bottom (you need to insert a tenth name, your choice):

Bach
Beethoven
Brahms
Mahler
Mozart
Smetana
Sibelius
Tchaikovsky
Wagner
[other]

Mahler
Bruckner (insert)
Sibelius
Dvorák (replacement for Smetana, as I don't know his music beyond Má vlast)
Beethoven
Brahms
Tchaikovsky
Mozart
Bach
Wagner (the only one on this list I would really call boring)

Post by Kveld-Úlfr July 27, 2012 (49 of 69)
At least 4 people in this thread have called Wagner "boring".

If feel alone... and wonder in the same time what is wrong here.

Post by ClassicalDJ July 27, 2012 (50 of 69)
Kveld-Úlfr said:

At least 4 people in this thread have called Wagner "boring".

If feel alone... and wonder in the same time what is wrong here.

In small doses I can find Wagner enjoyable (such as abridged orchestral versions the Ring cycle), but trying to sit down and listen to one of his operas is difficult, even if I do have the amount of spare time. I saw Tristan and Isolde live recently and enjoyed it, but it's still not music I'll often spend an evening listening to at home.

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