Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Fifteen Albums in Fifteen Minutes

Just ran across this older post from Terry Teachout who shares with us one of those internet list games: "choose fifteen albums you’ve heard that will always stick with you. List the first fifteen you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes." Follow the link to see his choices that start with

 Louis Armstrong, Satchmo at Symphony Hall

Here is my list, right off the top of my head:

  1. The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
  2. Bob Dylan, Blonde on Blonde
  3. J. S. Bach, Mass in B minor, Karl Richter
  4. John Williams, Spanish Guitar Music
  5. Glenn Gould, Bach, Well-Tempered Clavier
  6. Igor Stravinsky, The Rite of Spring
  7. Beethoven, Late Quartets, Guarneri Quartet
  8. Leo Brouwer, Scarlatti Sonatas
  9. Béla Bartók, Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta
  10. Monteverdi, L'Orfeo, Harnoncourt
  11. Beethoven, Piano Concertos, Friedrich Gulda, Vienna Philharmonic
  12. Julian Bream, 70s, music by Bennett, Rawsthorne, Walton & Berkeley
  13. Schubert, Symphony No. 9 in C major, "The Great"
  14. Shostakovich, String Quartets, Emerson Quartet
  15. Haydn, Complete Symphonies, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Davies
Why don't you have a go? I'm sure it would be interesting.

Here is a sample, for inspiration. Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Friedrich Gulda, piano with Horst Stein, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, April 1971:


Christine Lacroix said...

Once again, thanks for the lovely music. I'd never heard it before!

Bryan Townsend said...

That, along with several by Mozart, is my favorite piano concerto!