My Favourite Music

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Last Updated 4th Dec 2002
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Classical

I have been a fan of classical music since I was 10 and I am still discovering new pieces. My "Desert Island" selection is

  1. Janacek - Sinfionetta (Vienna Phil & Mackerras on Decca)
  2. Britten - Sea Interludes from "Peter Grimes" (New York Phil & Bernstein on Sony)
  3. Sibelius - Symphony No 5 (Vienna Phil & Maazel on Decca)
  4. Dvorak - Symphony No 9 "From the New World" (London SO & Simon on Boots Classical)
  5. Tchaikovsky - Symphony No 4 (Vienna Phil & Abbado on DG)
  6. Britten - Simple Symphony (English Chamber Orch & Britten on London)
  7. Vaughan Williams - Symphony No 5 (Royal Phil & Previn on Telarc)
  8. Vaughan Williams - Fantasia on a theme of Thomas Tallis (ditto)
  9. Elgar - Introduction and Allegro for Strings (E.C.O & Britten on London)
  10. Delius - Brigg Fair (Halle & Handley on EMI)
  11. Copland - Appalachian Spring (St Louis SO & Slatkin on HMV)
(Ooops! too many! Never mind - the list will be different next time I think about it anyway.)

Jazz

Hard to pick pieces here as I select by artist - here goes:
  1. Oscar Peterson
  2. Duke Ellington
  3. Lionel Hampton
  4. Dave Brubeck
  5. Count Basie
  6. Modern Jazz Quartet
  7. Miles Davis
  8. Quincy Jones
  9. and many more.

Other stuff

I like selected performers from other categories - and some of these are hard to categorise. The "best" albums listed are not the only ones to listen to!
  1. Renaissance - Ashes are Burning
  2. Janis Ian - Night Rains
  3. Clannad - Macalla
  4. Rickie Lee Jones - Rickie Lee Jones
  5. Maire Brennan - Maire
  6. Vangelis - Heaven and Hell
  7. The Barely Works - Don't mind walking
  8. Maddy Prior - Changing Winds
  9. Steeleye Span - Sails of Silver
  10. Tomita - Snowflakes are Dancing
and all sorts of others.