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YOUR 10 CLASSICAL DESERT ISLAND DISCS
years ago I drove a small French car and in it was a valve radio which gave a
lot of listening pleasure. On Saturday mornings I used to listen to the BBC and
their program "Desert Island Discs". Every time a person, who was more
or less a celebrity, made you contemplate what would be your own selection of
ten discs to take with you when going into seclusion. You may have had a similar
you are a celebrity or not, here is the chance to list your desert island discs.
And you may add comments.
your selection of classical LPs by clicking on the button below. You may add an
explanation why this is your personal choice. Jazz will follow later.
by: Stephen R. Waldee - Manager, Roper Piano Studio, San Jose, California,
USA. (retired classical music broadcaster, programmer, and radio engineer)|
Salzburg Court & Baroque Music, Wilhelm Jerger cond. the Bamberger Symphoniker,
Mace LP. Charming neoclassical music in much the same spirit as Respighi's "Ancient
Dances and Airs for Lute" suites, but with a heartier and more florid orchestral
VISKI: Enigma - Symphonic Poem. Hungarian State Orchestra, Gyula Nemeth,
Mace LP. This work has some of the flavor of Kodaly and early Bartok, with dark
orchestration, a lushness of style and mood, and heady drama that are very compelling.|
PONCHIELLI: Quartet for Piano and Winds. DI Bonaventura, piano, Philadelphia
Woodwind Quintet, Columbia LP or Sony CD. If a piece of classical music could
actually make one laugh, this is it! Yet it has a charm and lyricism right out
of the bel canto opera style that make it more |
memorable, for me, than most
of Ponchielli's other serious achievements.
MAGNARD: Symphony No. 3, OSR/Ansermet - London Lp. None of the modern digital
performances of this piece can touch Ansermet and his orchestra for poetry and
insight: a most moving experience, and my first choice of all my treasures in
the Ansermet discography.|
SCHOECK: Violin Concerto. Lehmann, vn./Zürcher Orchestra/de Stoutz.
Mace LP. I prefer this performance to all others currently available, as it has
greater emotional intensity, surpassing even the dedicatee's own recording, that
of Stefi Geyer. The work deserves to be included in the first rank of popular
concerti for violin but is almost totally unknown to concertgoers.|
Four Symphonies; Radio Bratislava, Rajter. Opus CD. Ludovic Rajter seems unique
among modern conductors who have recorded the pieces, in his ability to combine
probing seriousness with lush relaxation. Although there are excellent performances
by Mehta, Jaervi, and Welser-Most, I turn to Rajter's cycle most often.|
|7. BIZET: Fair
Maid of Perth - Suite. LPO, Beecham. World Record Club LP. This 1934 recording
has amazing vividness, nascent high fidelity; and Beecham's performance is the
epitome of Gallic wit and taste. No CD transfer has yet equaled the work done
by Anthony C. Griffith and issued on LP by WRC. This performance, and its recording,
summarize the remarkable and historic qualities of TB and his hand-picked orchestra.|
|8. ELGAR: Wand
of Youth Suites; LPO/Van Beinum. Decca Eclipse and earlier LP issues. In the postwar
period, Van Beinum continued to draw the same freshness and delicacy from the
LPO that Beecham had evoked in the orchestra's first years. These performances
surpass even the composer's own, as well as later ones by Boult and down into
the current digital era. Here is the moving, childlike simplicity that Elgar sought
nostalgically to recreate, done in absolute perfection. Sadly, a once-available
CD reissue was not made directly from the Decca master and is inferior to the
first vinyl releases, now rarities.|
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Old King Cole ballet suite. LPO, Boult: Decca recording,
on Belart CD reissue. The original ffrr recordings of British music, done by Sir
Adrian shortly after his enforced retirement from the BBC, have remarkable energy
and spontaneity, and often surprisingly satisfying though monaural sound. This
one is my favorite of a large group of excellent contenders.|
Things to Come - Suite. LSO, Bliss - Living Stereo or Decca LPs, Belart CD. The
composer's own 1957 stereo recording has much of the immediacy and sense of excitement
of the performance from the 1935 film's original soundtrack, but immeasurably
better sound. While Bernard Herrmann turns the piece into an almost Wagnerian
apotheosis of bleakness, Bliss's |
own treatment is driving and intensely kinetic,
and not as portentous.
by: Laurence Howell - December 14th, 2005 - Great Britain|
|1. BACH: Violin
Sonatas and Partitas, Arthur Grumiaux, 3LP on Philips.|
FRANCK and GRIEG: Violin Sonatas, Arthur Grumiaux and István Hajdu,
SHOSTAKOVITCH: Symphony No. 11, Moscow Philharmonic conducted by Kyril
BACH: Suite No. 1 and 3 for Unaccompanied Cello, Daniel Shafran, on Melodia.|
Symphony No. 5, Czech Philharmonic conducted by Ladislav Slovak on Supraphon.|
and RAVEL: Concerto No. 1 and For the Left Hand, Andrei Gavrilov on ASD.|
|7. BARTOK: String
Quartet no 4, Julliard Quartet (1952 recording) on Philips.|
|8. MOZART: Violin
Concertos No. 4 and 5, Christian Ferras on Classics for Pleasure.|
Concerto for Violin, Christian Ferras. This is the early version with Sargent
and RPO, Pathé Marconi.|
SCHUBERT: Piano Sonatas 13 and 20, André Krust, on French Harmonia
My last choice is a good example of what is so rewarding in collecting Vinyl,
unearthing great Artists of the last Century that are sadly long forgotten.|| |
by: Rudolf A. Bruil - December 1st 2005 - Netherlands|
|1. BACH: Hohe
Messe - Münchinger - Decca SET|
MOZART: Piano Concerto KV 271, 'Jeunehomme' - Ingrid Haebler + Witold Rowicki
- Philips (if you permit me I will take Haebler's complete recordings with Witold
Rowicki, Colin Davis and Alceo Galiera)|
BEETHOVEN: String Quartet Op. 18 No. 2 - Quartetto Italiano - Philips (I
take the liberty to take the whole box with me)|
BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 4 - Conrad Hansen/Wilhelm Furtwängler
MAHLER: Symphony No. 3 - Leonard Bernstein/New York Philharmonic - CBS 72065/66|
|6. SIBELIUS: Violin
Concerto - Christian Ferras/Herbert Von Karajan/Berliner Philharmoniker - DGG
SLPM 138 961|
BARTOK: Concerto for Orchestra - Eugene Ormandy conducting the Philadelphia
Orchestra - Columbia ML 4973|
RACHMANINOFF: Symphonies - Walter Weller, L' Orchestre de la Suisse-Romande/London
Philharmonic Orchestra - Decca D9D3|
FAVOURITE VIOLIN PIECES -
Romano Rubato (Nap de Klijn, violin) and Bianca Ritorno (Alice Heksch, piano)
playing Provost, Ponce, Winternitz, Heuberger, Von Vecsey, Brandl and Espéjo
- Philips S 06024 R|
GRANADOS: 12 Spanish Dances - Thomas Rajna, piano - Crd 1021 (not
the Pro Arte CD)|
Münchinger's Mass received less praise compared to his St. Matthew, but it
is a very impressive performance of an impressive work. Bernstein's Mahler is
very human. For me Ferras and Karajan gave the perfect performance of the Sibelius
and I have the bonus of a strong Finlandia. Weller's is a powerful Rachmaninoff.
Romano Rubato (Nap de Klijn) and Bianca Ritorno (Alice Heksch) playing Provost,
Ponce, Winternitz, Heuberger, Von Vecsey, Brandl and Espéjo are just perfect
and human. And so is Thomas Rajna. If Spanish Dance No. 2, 'Oriental', is my favorite
when played by Alicia de Laroccha, just listen to Spanish Dance No. 11, 'Arabesca',
played by Thomas Rajna. Although I did choose my selection very carefully in view
of being deprived of the rest of my collection, I may decide to go to a different
island and choose a different lot.|| |
by: Menno Baron May 22, 2006 - Netherlands|
ARNOLD SCHöNBERG: Serenade for Seven Instruments & Bass Voice, op.
The light fantastic players, Daniel Shulman, conductor. Nonesuch.
is an incredible recording of great modern music.
EDGAR VARèSE: Offrandes/Intégrales/Octandre/Ecuatorial|
Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, Arthur Weisberg, conductor. Nonesuch.
fantastic recordings of beautiful pieces by this important composer.
ANTON WEBERN: Sämtliche Werke für Streichquartett/Complete Works
for String Quartet. Quartetto Italiano. Philips.|
It is as though they play
in your room ! And a very good cover photo of the players.
|4. THE NEW MUSIC VOL.
TWO - Victrola:|
Boulez, Haubenstock-Ramati, Maderna, Rome Symphony orchestra,
Bruno Maderna conducting. RCA Victrola.
The concerto for oboe and chamber
orchestra by Maderna is a very nice and
friendly modern work by this composer
who died much too young.
OLIVIER MESSIAEN: Oiseaux exotiques, Reveil des oiseaux, La Bouscarle.|
Supraphon, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Vaclav Neumann, conductor, Yvonne Loriod,
Also a very beautiful modern word by this amazing composer.
You can actually
hear the birds wake up. An ornothologist would probably
recognise the birds.
Very good recordings for Supraphon.
Concerto for orchestra / HINDEMITH: Symphony 'Matis der Maler', l'orchestre
de la Suisse Romande, Paul Kletzki. Decca.|
The concerto for orchestra is a
powerful piece. Great recordings by Decca.
HINDEMITH: Violin Concerto / BRUCH: Scottish Fantasia,|
Orchestra, Paul Hindemith and Jascha Horenstein, conductors, David Oistrach, violin.
I consider the Hindemith concerto as one of the greatest 20th century
concerto's. This is the best possible performance and recording.
BéLA BARTóK: Divertimento for Strings / IGOR STRAWINSKY:
Concerto for strings in D, Dumbarton Oaks,|
The Zurich Chamber Orchestra,
Edmond de Stoutz, conductor. Vanguard Stereolab.
ARVO PäRT: Tabula Rasa, Fratres, Cantus, Gidon Kremer (in Fratres). Staatsorchester
Stuttgart. Dennis Russel Davies, conductor. ECM New Series.|
and very good recordings. Music for people who like spiritual new music.
BRAHMS: Piano Concerto no. 1, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta conductor,
Arthur Rubinstein, piano. Decca.|
Incredible what a power this man (Rubinstein)
still has at such an old age !
Perfect recording and performance of my favourite
by: Raanan Eylon - June 4, 2008 - Israel|
DINU LIPATTI: Last Recital - Angel.|
GEORGES ENESCO: Bach Complete Sonatas and Partitas - Olympic.|
|3. MARCEL MULE:
Saxophone Quartet - London.|
BUSCH TRIO playing Brahms,Beethoven - Odyssey.|
DVORAK: Cello concerto-Casals Szell -1936 - References.|
DE LA ZARZUELE - Escala.|
A CONCERT IN THE WHITE HOUSE: Casals, Schneider, Horszowski.|
|8. BRAHMS: Clarinet
Quintet - Kell, Busch - References.|
Bracha Zefira and Nahum Nardi - CBS.|
Conchita Supervia in Song - OASI.|
by: Bert Dekkers - December 28, 2009 - Netherlands|
|1. MAURICE RAVEL: Maurice
Ravel - L'enfant et les sortileges - Lorin Maazel DGG - The fairest of all fairy-tales.|
|2. ANTONIN DVORAK
/ JOSEF SUK: Serenades For Strings - Karl Munchinger Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra
- Decca Only if there is a very good stereo set on location. |
MAURICE RAVEL / CLAUDE DEBUSSY: String Quartets Quartetto Italiano
GUSTAV MAHLER: Second Symphony Resurrection - LSO, Georg Solti
IGOR STRAVINSKY: Le Sacre du Printemps - Philharmonia Orchestra Igor
Markevich HMV, now Testament|
ALBERT ROUSSEL / HENRI DUTILLEUX: Suite en fa / 2e symphonie Le Double
- Lamoureux Orchestre Charles Munch Erato|
FRIEDERICH HANDEL: Messiah LSO Colin Davis Philips
Recorded/produc ed by Harold Lawrence (1966)|
GEORGE GERSHWIN: Porgy and Bess (1959 soundtrack) - Philips / CBS - Musical
director Andre Previn |
DARIUS MILHAUD / JEAN FRANCAIX / GEORGES AURIC / ERIC SATIE: Le Boeuf sur
le toit / Concerto / Ouverture / Parade LSO Antal Dorati - Mercury
ARNOLD SCHOENBERG / ALBAN BERG / ANTON WEBERN: Neue Wiener Schule: Die Streichquartte
LaSalle Quartet The whole box, please. - DGG|| |