Originally Posted by JimWilson
Agreed, I just don't know of any recordings like that (I'm more of a metal-head myself). Any suggestions for some good material like that?
J.S. Bach is the acknowledged Master (and is considered the Father of Western music), but all of the Baroque composers are great. For a start, try Vivaldi's "Four Seasons". For a psychedelic experience, listen to Bach's Concerto for four Harpsichords (!) and Orchestra. It will change your life! A label with great recording quality is Harmonia Mundi (both the U.S. and French branches), and they specialize in Baroque repertoire. Baroque is to Classical what Bluegrass is to Pop Music. Very intricate, with lots of counterpoint, some with insanely fast tempos and fingering on stringed instruments (Violin, Lute, Cello) and keyboards (Harpsichord and the early version of a Piano, the Fortepiano), but also some slower, very lyrical tunes. It takes virtuoso level musicians to play it, and by the time they are recorded, they are absolute Masters of their instruments. There is a movement in the Baroque world that started in the 60's, of playing the music on modern recreations (except for the fortunate few who own originals. It's like owning a 50's Fender Strat or P-Bass, or a '58 Gibson dot-neck 335) of the instruments that existed when the music was new (tuned lower than the Classical era forward, with gut strings, stiffer construction, and a darker, less sweet timbre than modern instruments), and in the style that was employed then (rather stacatto, with no vibrato, and conducted usually by the keyboard player from his instrument). The movement was greeted by the Classical establishment the way Punk was by the 70's Rock establishment!