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Remember - Classical CDs And DVDs make great Christmas Gifts !

  It's almost holiday season , and once again , I'd like to remind  people that classical CDs and DVDs can make wonderful Christmas and holiday gifts . And they're a great way to encourage more people to make classical music a part of their lives .

  Instead of the same old ties and sweaters for Christmas , how about giving your loved ones the gift of classical music for the holidays ?  If you have children ,grandchildren ,nieces or nephews who have reached the age of say, 10 - 13 ,  why not use  gifts of classical CDs and DVDs to introduce them to classical music ?
When they open their gifts , tell them that classical music is awesome !

   For a starter , you might give some one the classic DG CD of the Beethoven 5th and 7th symphonies with the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by the late , great Carlos Kleiber , or colorful descriptive works such as
Debussy's La Mer, Mussorgsky's Pictures At An Exhibition , Ravel's Daphnis & Chloe ballet music ,
Richard Strauss tone poems such as Tilll Eulenspiegel , Don Juan, Also Sprach Zarathustra and Ein Heldenleben , Smetana's The Moldau , Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherezade , etc.  Recordings by such great conductors as Herbert von karajan , Leonard Bernstein , Sir Georg Solti , James Levine, Valery
Gergiev ,  Riccardo Muti , Lorin Maazel , Andre Previn , Sir Simon Rattle ,  Leonard Slatkin , Clauidio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim etc are reliable choices .

   Or piano concertos by Rachmaninov , Tchaikovsky , Chopin , Liszt , Mozart and Beethoven ,
symphonies by Dvorak , Rachmaninov , Beethoven, Tchakovsky , etc.  Violin concertos by
Tchaikovsky, Beethoven , Mendelssohn , and Sibelius etc.  Horn concertos by Mozart .

   For operas , on either CD or DVD , Puccini's La Boheme ,Tosca ,Madama Butterfly and Turandot ,
or Verdi's Rigoletto ,La Traviata , Il Trovatore , and Aida ,  Mozart's The Magic Flute , Don Giovanni or
The Marriage Of Figaro ,  Hansel &Gretel by the original and real Engelbert Humperdinck (ideal for kids),
Beethoven's Fidelio , Offenbach's The Tales Of Hoffmann , The Bartred Bride by Smetana ,
Yevgeny Onegin by Tchaikovsky , Boris Godunov by Mussorgsky ,  etc.

   You can't go wrong with the DVDs from performances taped  at Metropolitan opera performances ,
and for CDs ,  with recordings by such great singers as Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti,
Marilyn Horne,Placido Domingo , Renee Fleming etc .  It's best to get complete opera recordings which have a booklet with the original libretto and  an English translation plus the synopsis,; not all  do .

   These books are excellent  introductions to classical music and  fine  gifts :  The Essential Canon Of Classical Music by David Dubal , and Classical Music 101 by Fred Plotkin .  Someday , some one may be grateful that you gave  them the gift of classical music this way . You never know !
Posted: Nov 30 2011, 06:18 PM by the horn | with no comments
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