Clearly, I'm not listening (and playing) enough.
My instrument is the piano. Nothing else works so well alone. But, four-handed piano is huge fun, and there are many lovely piano-string duets.
I don't have a favorite composer. If pressed hard enough, I'd say
"Mozart, Bach, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, and Rachmaninov".
(1) It seems as though there are no post-1950 composers of orchestral music on the same level as the great composers of 1650-1950. Is this a misperception? If so, whom would you rank on a par with Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Tchaikovsky, and so on? If not, what is the explanation? Is it that composers are simply following the money, which is no longer in orchestral composition, or is there something more fundamental going on?
(2) In this recording of the aria "Si un Jour" from Verdi's Opera La Forza del Destino, who is the singer?
Last update: 31 May, 2017