Wednesday, April 25, 2007

The Old Is Often the Best

The news is so troubling of late with very little that can be called unqualified good news. Idiots in Congress, idiots in Lansing, bigger idiots at the UAW, dangerous idiots in the mid-east, ignorant know-it-alls in the entertainment industry.

Grabbed a CD of Strauss.

His music does it every time.

There has been great music with every generation, but Strauss was the best. Even now his vibrant and energetic waltzes and polkas can lift my spirit.

Probably the best known Strauss work is Blue Danube, but he has done a couple of others I like considerably better including Thunder and Lightning and Tritsch, Tratsch Polka.

I know that Beethoven was supposed to be the best of the best, but he is third behind Strauss and Tchaikovsky (best known for The Nutcracker and Swan Lake).

NOTE: I am not a big fan of Polka but his polkas are great, far better than the contemporary stuff that bears the name.


Blogger Nightcrawler said...

Moonlight Sonata... Best... Song... Ever...

(How do you make an oomlat?) Fur Elise (incorrectly named) is pretty good to. The heartache and longing in that song shows through.

The guy was deaf and still composed... Genius!

12:02 AM  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

My favorite version of The Blue Danube is the Berlin Philharmonic from the soundtrack of 2001.

My own favorite composer is Vivaldi.


4:52 PM  
Blogger The Conservative UAW Guy said...

Love the classics.

6:38 PM  
Blogger shoprat said...

nc so many great ones

bz A frightening number of people know Blue Danube only as the music played in 2001 A Space Odessy.

cug People who actually take the time to listen to them come to love them.

9:49 PM  
Anonymous Al Czervic said...

Gimme "In Heaven there is no beer (That's why we drink it here) Polka any day, by Edddie Stankiecziewicz (Stan-ki-chev-itz) and the Pennsylvania Coalminers.

It's not classical, but at Polka Festivals, beautiful blonde wide-green-eyed Polish lassies will dance with you, no matter hold old you are ;-)

For you Polka Fans, Jimmmy Sturr, renowned polka band leader, is Irish, and not Polski.

Al Czervic
(that is Polski)

11:04 PM  

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