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Desert Island Discs
« on: May 02, 2017, 10:48:59 PM »
Ok let's play this. In case you don't know Desert Island Discs is a popular BBC radio programme where public figures select the eight discs that they would choose to have with them if stranded on a Desert Island. Maybe we've done this before but here goes anyway. As a bonus you can choose one boxed set:

Miaskovsky: Symphony 6 (List/ UralPO)
Moeran: Symphony in G (Dilkes/English Sinfonia)
Bax: Symphony 3 (Downes/LSO)
Walton: Symphony 1 (Thomson/LPO)
Sibelius: Tapiola (Segerstam/Helsinki PO)
Bruckner: Symphony 9 (Furtwangler/Berlin PO)
Shostakovich: Symphony 11 '1905' (Pritchard/BBC SO)
David Diamond: Symphony 3 (Schwarz/Seattle SO)

Bonus boxed set: Vaughan Williams symphonies (LPO/Boult)

No need to mention orchestra/conductor.
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Re: Desert Island Discs
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2017, 11:10:41 PM »
Maybe we've done this before but here goes anyway.

We have! - because you sent me away to the BBC archive to listen to the episode where your friend described you two young fogies smoking your pipes and listening to Schoenberg.  But at the risk of compiling a completely different list from previously:

John Browne: Stabat mater (The Sixteen)
Byrd: The Quadran pavan & galliard (Davitt Moroney)
Bach: Singet dem Herrn (Hilliard Ensemble. Knabenchor Hannover, London Baroque)
Haydn: Symphony no.94 (Concertgebouw/Davis)
Weber: 1st act trio from Der Freischütz (Kleiber)
Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms (Craft)
Nielsen: Clarinet concerto (Karin Dornbusch)
Nick Drake: From the morning

And the boxed set offer seems terribly generous - you could have the complete Mozart/Beethoven/Bach - so I'll play within the spirit of the rules and have The Lindsays' Beethoven quartets.
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Re: Desert Island Discs
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2017, 11:31:21 PM »
We have! - because you sent me away to the BBC archive to listen to the episode where your friend described you two young fogies smoking your pipes and listening to Schoenberg.  But at the risk of compiling a completely different list from previously:

John Browne: Stabat mater (The Sixteen)
Byrd: The Quadran pavan & galliard (Davitt Moroney)
Bach: Singet dem Herrn (Hilliard Ensemble. Knabenchor Hannover, London Baroque)
Haydn: Symphony no.94 (Concertgebouw/Davis)
Weber: 1st act trio from Der Freischütz (Kleiber)
Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms (Craft)
Nielsen: Clarinet concerto (Karin Dornbusch)
Nick Drake: From the morning

And the boxed set offer seems terribly generous - you could have the complete Mozart/Beethoven/Bach - so I'll play within the spirit of the rules and have The Lindsays' Beethoven quartets.
My apologies! I did search 'Desert Island Discs' in the search facility but nothing came up and I'd forgotten that I'd shown off about my mention on the programme. Think it was probably VW rather that Schoenberg! Interesting choices.
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Re: Desert Island Discs
« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2017, 12:04:48 AM »
Weber: 1st act trio from Der Freischütz (Kleiber)
Is that "O diese Sonne" or which piece is the trio?
Struck by the sounds before the sun,
I knew the night had gone.
The morning breeze like a bugle blew
Against the drums of dawn.
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Re: Desert Island Discs
« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2017, 12:23:08 AM »
Bach - Musical Offering (Savall)
Beethoven - String Quartets, Opp. 131 & 132 (Endellion String Quartet)
Bartók - Dance Suite, Two Pictures, Hungarian Sketches, Divertimento (Boulez & CSO, DG)
Chopin - Ballades, Fantaisie, Barcarolle (Zimerman)
Dufay - 'O gemma lux' (Huelgas Ensemble)
Mozart - Clarinet Quintet & Kegelstatt Trio (Wolfgang Meyer, Quatuor Mosaïques, Patrick Cohen)
Hommage à Piazzolla (Kremer)
Sibelius - Symphonies nos. 6 & 7 and Tapiola (Vänskä & Lahti) (although the complete Tempest would be a good, and appropriate, choice too...)

Bonus box set: Ravel - The Complete Edition (Decca Universal)

(this thread with 30 choices is the closest match I recall that has been done here before)
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Re: Desert Island Discs
« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2017, 04:26:10 AM »
Oh boy, this could prove to be quite difficult:

Sibelius: Tone Poems - Vänskä/Lahti SO (BIS)
Nielsen: Symphony Nos. 3 & 5 - Bernstein/Royal Danish Orch./New York Phil. (Sony)
Bartók: Piano Concertos - Schiff/Fischer/Budapest Festival Orch. (Warner)
Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 1 - Batiashvili/Salonen/Bavarian RSO (DG)
Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 5 - Previn/LSO (RCA)
Ravel/Debussy: Chamber Music - Nash Ensemble (Virgin Classics)
Prokofiev: Piano Concertos - Krainev/Kitajenko/Frankfurt RSO (Warner)
Szymanowski: Choral Works - Rattle/CBSO (EMI)

Box set: N/A - I couldn’t even begin to bother to answer this part as I’d never be fully satisfied with my choice.
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Re: Desert Island Discs
« Reply #6 on: May 03, 2017, 05:03:06 AM »
The easy choices:

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 30-32 (Penelope Crawford, Musica Omnia)
Dvorák: String Quartets Nos. 12 and 13 (Pavel Haas Quartet, Supraphon)
Janáček: Glagolitic Mass / Sinfonietta (Warsaw PO, Antoni Wit, Naxos)
Schubert: String Quintet (Petersen Quartet with Michael Sanderling, Berlin Classics)

The harder choices:

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 5 and 7 (Vienna PO, Carlos Kleiber, Deutsche Grammophon)
Grieg: Selected Lyric Pieces (Emil Gilels, Deutsche Grammophon)
Istanbul (Hesperion XXI, Jordi Savall, Alia Vox)
Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 5 and Tallis Fantasy (Royal PO, Andre Previn, Telarc)

The box set (also a very easy choice):

George Szell/Cleveland Orchestra: Complete Haydn Recordings (Sony)

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Re: Desert Island Discs
« Reply #7 on: May 03, 2017, 05:05:42 AM »
The easy choices:

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 30-32 (Penelope Crawford, Musica Omnia)
I almost chose that one, too.
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Re: Desert Island Discs
« Reply #8 on: May 03, 2017, 05:16:38 AM »
BONUS NON-CLASSICAL POST JUST TO CAUSE ANARCHY

Abbey Road (The Beatles)
At Carnegie Hall (Dave Brubeck Quartet)
Blues and Roots (Charles Mingus ensemble)
Duke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins
High Priestess of Soul (Nina Simone)
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy! (Adderley quintet)
Nina Simone Sings the Blues
Revolver (The Beatles)

Box set: Cookin' Workin' Relaxin' Steamin' with the Miles Davis Quintet

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Re: Desert Island Discs
« Reply #9 on: May 03, 2017, 05:50:08 AM »
Tchaikovsky - Suite No. 3 & Serenade for Strings (Kondrashin)
Schumann - Kreisleriana & Kinderszenen (Argerich)
Beethoven - String Quartet No. 13 Op. 130/133 (Hagen Quartett)
Schubert - Piano Sonatas D. 959 and 960 (Schnabel)
Brahms - Violin Sonatas Nos. 1, 2 and 3 (Frank/Serkin)
Brahms - String Sextets Nos. 1 and 2 (L'Archibudelli)
Hosokawa & Miyata - Deep Silence
Barrett - Dark Matter (Elision)

Box set: Emerson Quartet Complete Recordings on DG..... although I feel like that's cheating >.> in which case, Serkin/Beethoven

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Re: Desert Island Discs
« Reply #10 on: May 03, 2017, 06:12:27 AM »
Havergal Brian Symphony No.1 "Gothic" (Lenard/CSR Bratislava)
Brahms Symphony No.4 plus Overtures (Szell/Cleveland)
Sibelius Symphony No.5 (Rattle/Philharmonia)
Mahler Symphony No.4 (Maazel/Battle/Vienna)
Vaughan Williams Symphonies No.8 and 9 (Boult/LPO)
Beethoven Piano Sonatas Pathétique and Moonlight (Gilels)
Mozart Piano Concertos No.20 and 21 (Bilson/Gardiner/EBS)
Bruckner Symphony No.3 (Celibidache/Munich)

Box Set: Haydn Complete Symphonies (Fischer) ...that probably won't fit on the island. But this will:

Haydn The London Symphonies (Norrington/Stuttgart)


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Re: Desert Island Discs
« Reply #11 on: May 03, 2017, 06:17:05 AM »
Sibelius Symphony No.5 (Rattle/Philharmonia)

The Philharmonia rather than the CBSO?
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Re: Desert Island Discs
« Reply #12 on: May 03, 2017, 06:21:36 AM »
Individual Discs:

Beethoven, Piano Sonatas, Volume 6 - Annie Fischer
Beethoven, String Quartets Opp 132, 135 - Brentano Quartet
Michel Block Plays the Holy Music of Franz Liszt
Hildegard von Bingen, Vocation - Marie Luise Hinrichs
Faure, Requiem - Carlo Maria Giulini
Morales, Officium Defunctorum & Missa Pro defunctis - Jordi Savall
Schubert, Piano Works - Kun Woo Paik
Debussy, Piano Works Volume 4 - Michel Beroff (Denon)


Box-set:

Arthur Rubinstein: The Complete Album Collection
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Re: Desert Island Discs
« Reply #13 on: May 03, 2017, 06:53:18 AM »
Some discs:


Box-set:
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Re: Desert Island Discs
« Reply #14 on: May 03, 2017, 07:46:09 AM »
Bach - Musical Offering (Savall)
Beethoven - String Quartets, Opp. 131 & 132 (Endellion String Quartet)
Bartók - Dance Suite, Two Pictures, Hungarian Sketches, Divertimento (Boulez & CSO, DG)
Chopin - Ballades, Fantaisie, Barcarolle (Zimerman)
Dufay - 'O gemma lux' (Huelgas Ensemble)
Mozart - Clarinet Quintet & Kegelstatt Trio (Wolfgang Meyer, Quatuor Mosaïques, Patrick Cohen)
Hommage à Piazzolla (Kremer)
Sibelius - Symphonies nos. 6 & 7 and Tapiola (Vänskä & Lahti) (although the complete Tempest would be a good, and appropriate, choice too...)

Bonus box set: Ravel - The Complete Edition (Decca Universal)

(this thread with 30 choices is the closest match I recall that has been done here before)
I love the Complete Tempest and great bonus boxed set choice.
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Re: Desert Island Discs
« Reply #15 on: May 03, 2017, 07:49:48 AM »
Some discs:


Box-set:

Great choices - or rather ones that I largely share. I felt guilty about leaving out BS Symphony 4 and suspected that you'd rub it in by choosing it yourself! Much the same about Tubin.
Thanks to all for great postings.
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Re: Desert Island Discs
« Reply #16 on: May 03, 2017, 09:03:24 AM »
Non-classical albums to restore some order:

Bel Canto, Shimmering, Warm and Bright
Dead Can Dance, Within the Realm of a Dying Sun
Japan, Gentlemen Take Polaroids
Laibach, Nova Akropola
The Royal Family and The Poor, The Temple of The 13th Tribe
Talk Talk, The Colour of Spring
Twice A Man, Driftwood
Ultravox, Rage in Eden

Box-set: David Sylvian Weatherbox


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Re: Desert Island Discs
« Reply #17 on: May 03, 2017, 09:12:05 AM »
The Philharmonia rather than the CBSO?

I like both but yes, the Philharmonia performance of the Symphony, coupled with Night Ride and Sunrise, gets marooned with me.

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Re: Desert Island Discs
« Reply #18 on: May 03, 2017, 09:12:36 AM »
I like both but yes, the Philharmonia performance of the Symphony, coupled with Night Ride and Sunrise, gets marooned with me.

Sarge

I appreciate the clarification, good sir  :)
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Re: Desert Island Discs
« Reply #19 on: May 03, 2017, 09:48:24 AM »
Non-classical
















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