Saturday, June 11, 2011

For those who don't think classical music can be exciting.

I, like most people, love beautiful melodies. I love the ultra beautiful themes from a Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Mendelssohn,    So, when I first delved into classical music, all I would want to listen to was those pieces with the beautiful themes.  I admit it, at first I didn't give someone like Dmitri Shostakovich a chance. Then I was listening one time to this symphony many years ago on my classical radio station and heard something I have never heard before. Wow, was it exciting... I said to myself, what is that?  It turned out to be the final movement of Shostakovich symphony #5.  Well, since that time I wanted to hear more of this 20th century Russian composer.  I really began to understand and love his music. I think exciting is a good description of his music.   Most of the pieces I post on the classical weekends, I want you to just turn up the volume and listen to the beautiful music.  On this piece I am asking you to please watch the video and enjoy in the brilliance of the pianist, and brilliance of the music.  You won't hear a beautiful theme, but you will see and hear excitement, especially the playful flurry at the end.  So, please stay with this until the end.

Dmitri Shostakovich: Piano concerto #1, movements 3, moderato and 4, allegro con brio

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