Kevin’s Picks

10 Essential Recordings

  • Arvo Pärt: Te Deum – Tõnu Kaljuste, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir & Tallinn Chamber Orchestra (ECM, 1993)
  • Respighi: Roman Trilogy – Seiji Ozawa & the Boston Symphony Orchestra (Deutsche Grammophon Galleria, 1987)
  • The Goat Rodeo Sessions – Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile (Sony Masterworks, 2011)
  • Caroline Shaw: Partita for 8 Voices – Roomful of Teeth (New Amsterdam, 2013)
  • Chopin: 4 Ballades, 4 Scherzi – Vladimir Ashkenazy (Decca Classics, 1964/2000)
  • Mahler: The Symphonies – Bernard Haitink & the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (Decca, 1994)
  • Last Leaf – Danish String Quartet (ECM Records, 2017)
  • Bach: St. Matthew Passion (Excerpts) – Ton Koopman, De Nederlandse Bachvereniging & Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra (Erato, 1993)
  • John Adams: Century Rolls, Lollapalooza, Slonimsky’s Earbox – Emanuel Ax, Christoph Von Dohnányi, Cleveland Orchestra, Kent Nagano & Hallé Orchestra (Nonesuch Records, 2001)
  • Project W: Works by Diverse Women Composers – Mei-Ann Chen & Chicago Sinfonietta (Cedille Records, 2019)

Book Recommendations

  • Elizabeth Lunday – Secret Lives of Great Composers (Quirk Books, 2009)
  • Clemency Burton-Hill – Year of Wonder: Classical Music to Enjoy Day by Day (Harper, 2018)
  • Michael Steinberg – The Symphony: A Listener’s Guide (Oxford University Press, 1995)
  • Nicolas Slonimsky – Lexicon of Musical Invective: Critical Assaults on Composers Since Beethoven’s Time (W.W. Norton & Company, 1953/2000)
  • Dorothy Lamb Crawford – A Windfall of Musicians: Hitler’s Émigrés and Exiles in Southern California (Yale University Press, 2011)
  • John Adams – Hallelujah Junction: Composing an American Life (Picador, 2009)
  • Alex Ross – The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century (Picador, 2008)
  • Leonard Slatkin – Conducting Business: Unveiling the Mystery Behind the Maestro (Amadeus, 2012)
  • Jasper Rees – I Found My Horn (A Devil to Play): One Man’s Struggle with the Orchestra’s Most Difficult Instrument (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2008)
  • John Bird – Percy Grainger (Oxford University Press, 1999)
  • Peter Schickele – The Definitive Biography of P.D.Q. Bach (Random House, 1977)

Video Recommendations

  • Berlin Philarmonic – Digital Concert Hall
  • Netherlands Bach Society – All of Bach
  • Michael Tilson Thomas & San Francisco Symphony – Keeping Score (SFS Media, 2004-2011)
  • The Making of West Side Story (Deutsche Grammophon, 1984)
  • Berg: Wozzeck – Fabio Luisi & Opernhaus Zürich (Accentus, 2016)
  • LA Phil 100 – The LA Philharmonic Centennial Birthday Gala (C Major, 2020)

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