1WineDude Giveaway! Classical Music Hottie Edition!

Vinted on September 8, 2010 binned in giveaways

It’s time for another giveaway here on 1WineDude.com – and for this edition, we are teaming up with Sony Music to deliver you some Classical music goodness for your aesthetic imbibing pleasure!

Oh, I should mention that one of the Classical CDs we are giving away features the conducting prowess of A TOTAL HOTTIE.

The featured hottie is Alondra de la Parra, a young Latin-American phenom who has been tearing up the Classical music scene lately.  According to her website:

Among her recent conducting highlights have been performances with the symphony orchestras of Houston, Phoenix, Columbus, San Antonio and the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de Mexico, as well as conducting concerts at the New Hampshire and Colorado Summer Music Festivals. This past summer, she led the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas at the Napa Valley Festival del Sole where they collaborated with violinist Sarah Chang and actor Robert Redford, and at Vermont´s Music Festival of the Americas at Stowe.

That’s right, Napa peeps – next July you can go to the festival yourselves and try to get her to pay attention to you (good luck with that).

Anyway… our giveaway today features Alondra’s latest release, My Mexican Soul. We’re also including some amazing piano-prowess kick-ass-ness from Lang Lang – Live In Vienna – in which he takes on works by Beethoven, Albeniz, Prokofiev and Chopin.

You know the drill – you leave a comment, and a lucky winner who will receive a copy of both double-disc CDs will be selected at random in one week’s time from the commenters. Leave a comment and tell us your favorite (or least-fave!) Classical music artist, composer, or work to spin when you’re unwinding with a glass of vino.

To get us started, here are my picks…

Fave: Beethoven.  Hands-down, no question about it, Beethoven is the man and for my money he’s worth ten natural prodigies like Mozart put together.  Beethoven struggled to write music; he was compelled (so much so that near-deafness couldn’t stop him).  As a result, for me his music is the most complete, the most awe-inspiring, the most beautiful.  I still get goose bumps when I hear his 5th Piano Concerto, and to this day if I tell people I’m going to the Philly orchestra to hear tem perform “the 2nd” my friends automatically I assume a Beethoven symphony.

Least fave: Chopin. I primarily cringe when I hear Chopin.  Why?  I mean, it’s beautiful stuff, right?  Indeed it is, but remember that yours truly is a rhythm section player in a funky rock band.  Timing, groove, and “the pocket” are my life when it comes to performing music, and Chopin tosses that shiz around like they’re toys subservient to the whim of the artist.  I just can’t deal with that – in a funk context, that stuff is sacred, it defines all else, it’s like the quarks of the funk musical universe, elementary and essential. So Chopin is a groove heretic and as such has pretty much no place in my music collection.  Beethoven?  30 albums (and counting).

Let’s hear yours for a chance to win some Classical tunage!


(images: alondradelaparra.com, amazon.com)





  • Joe @$uburbanwino

    can one "tear up" the classical music scene? And give me some Bach, dammit! Bach at the moon!

    • 1WineDude


      Actually, I love Bach because in a lot fo ways he was the first "bass" player, in that his music really spearheaded the idea of having an independent "bass line" for the lower-register instruments.

      Also, vintage Ozzy references are always welcome here!

  • joeshico

    Hi Joe, Agree with you on Chopin, boring and boring. For sheer listening I like Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov. Also listen to a lot of Handel and Hayden.

  • Joe

    Hi Joe, Agree with you on Chopin, boring and boring. For sheer listening I like Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov. Also listen to a lot of Handel and Hayden.

    • 1WineDude

      Oh man, Rimsky-Korsakov is so underrated! They way he uses horns is kick-ass! I dig me some Haydn as well.

  • Anne

    I am a cellist and love the Mahler symphonies. I also really enjoy Russian Romantic-era music.!

    • 1WineDude

      LOVE Mahler's works. Not for the easily-distracted, though! :)

  • Tim Brauhn

    When I want a boost, I put on Tchaikovsky, especially the 5th Sym. It’s like fight music. For more relaxing times, it’s got to be Ravel.

    • 1WineDude

      Nice shout out to Ravel, Tim!

  • OldSchoolSonomaVino

    I guess all be visiting the other wine County to see Alondra next year

  • Jim

    The "Red Priest." Vivaldi, Georg Telimann, Leonard "West Side Story" Bernstein

    • 1WineDude

      Ah, Bernstein – that dude conducts Mahler like nobody's business!

  • @jjurkiewicz

    JS Bach is my favourite one, but Vivaldi and Ravel are also on the top of my list.

    • 1WineDude

      Good picks – I find that Bach and Vivaldi get dismissed sometimes for being too "popular" but their material is way deeper than most people realize.

  • 1WineDude

    We have a winner! Thanks to everyone for the great comments!!!

  • Winford Brissey

    Music expresses that which can’t be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.

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