Our Candidates’ Favorite Recordings

“What are the five minutes or so — longer than a moment, shorter than a symphony — that you’d play for a friend to convince them to fall in love with classical music?” New York Times music writer Zachary Woolfe posed this question to critic-colleagues, composers, conductors, and other musicians in a recent article:

We asked our five Music Director finalists a similar question: “If you were stuck on a desert island, what 5 recordings would you hope to have with you?”

Timothy Redmond

Timothy Redmond

Apr 28 & 30, 2019

Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro
Glyndebourne Festival Opera
London Philharmonic / Bernard Haitink

Ives: Symphony No. 2
New York Philharmonic / Leonard Bernstein

Adès: The Tempest
The Metropolitan Opera / Thomas Adès

J.S. Bach: B minor Mass
The Monteverdi Choir
The English Baroque Soloists / John Eliot Gardiner

Brahms: The Complete Symphonies
Scottish Chamber Orchestra / Sir Charles Mackerras


Robert Franz

Robert Franz

Jan 6 & 8, 2019

Beethoven: The Complete Symphonies

Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht

R. Strauss: Four Last Songs

Puccini: Madama Butterfly

Mozart: Requiem


George Jackson

George Jackson

Mar 3 & 5, 2019

The Beatles: “Penny Lane”
“It paints such a fantastic portrait of England”

The Rolling Stones: “Miss You”
“For all the people I’d miss”

Michael Jackson: “Billie Jean”
“Perhaps I’d do some aerobics to keep myself fit on the island…”

Wagner: Der Ring des Niebelungen (The Ring of the Niebelungs)
“16 hours of music, which would help pass the time on the island”

Mozart: Overture to The Magic Flute
“Because it’s Mozart!”


Vladimir Kulenovic

Oct 14 & 16, 2018

J.S. Bach: “Goldberg” Variations
1955 recording by pianist Glenn Gould

J.S. Bach: “Goldberg” Variations
1982 recording by pianist Glenn Gould

Tchaikovsky: Valse Sentimentale
Ivry Gitlis, violin

Schubert: String Quintet D. 956
Melos Quartet with Mstislav Rostropovich / Deutsche Grammophon

Mozart: Requiem
Berliner Philharmoniker / Herbert von Karajan
(1961, Anton Dermota as tenor soloist)


Timothy Myers

Timothy Myers

Nov 4 & 6, 2018

Mahler: Symphony No. 5
Berliner Philharmoniker / Claudio Abbado

Brad Mehldau: The Art of the Trio, Vol. 3

J.S. Bach: French Suites
Andras Schiff, piano

The Darkness: Permission to Land

Mozart: Cosí fan tutte


What would be your 5 “desert island” recordings? Let us know in the comments!

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3 comments on “Our Candidates’ Favorite Recordings
  1. Steve Mowery says:

    Keith Emerson: Piano Concerto No.1
    Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra
    Stravinsky: Symphony in Three Movements
    Mozart: Symphony No. 40
    Pat Metheny Group: The Way Up

  2. John Harrison says:

    My five:

    La Boheme 1938 version with Gigli and Albanese, conductor Berretoni
    Beethoven, Triple Concerto Barenboim, Perlman and Yo Yo Ma
    Mozart, Symphonia Concertante, Perlman, Zuckerman, conductor Mehta
    George Butterworth, the Shropshire Lad and Banks of Green Willow
    Verdi Requiem, 1940 version with Gigli, Caniglia, Stignani and Pinza conductor Fabritis
    Bonus Disc for a change of genre: The Voice of the Sparrow, Edith Piaf.

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