These Lists Are Not…

…what you might think of as “Top 10 Lists.” I’m not listing what I consider to be the finest 10 Symphonies or Sacred Choral Works, for instance. I don’t presume to be so knowledgeable as to know what the finest 10 Symphonies are. You’ll notice, also, that the items are not numbered: that is to say they are in no particular order – they could be listed in any order.

These Lists Are…

…my Favorites Lists – the pieces I go to time and again when I want to remind myself what fine, music sounds like. The pieces or recordings could be listed in any order because often, I change my mind on which Symphony or Sacred Choral Work is my favorite. If you spend some time reading my posts and find you are of a like mind, then you may want to check out some of the works you find on my Favorites Lists.

  • Unbelievable Performances

    The first time I had the occasion to watch a broadcast of The Kennedy Center Honors was in December of 2012 when, among others, Led Zeppelin were recipients. Wow! Since then, I’ve watched every award broadcast (this year, Martha Argerich, The Eagles, Al Pacino, Mavis Staples, and James Taylor will be honored) and researched back many years – many performances are available on Youtube. In short, The Kennedy Center Honors are the finest produced award shows you will ever witness. I have listed below my favorites, some are artist introductions, most are wonderful, heart-stopping performances. Please watch all of these…

  • Symphonies

    Wolfgang  Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 41 “Jupiter” (1788) Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 (1812) Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 3 (1883) Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 1 “Titan” (1888) Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 (1937) William Schuman: Symphony No. 3 (1941) Igor Stravinsky: Symphony in Three Movements (1945) Alan Hovaness: Symphony No. 2 “Mysterious Mountain” (1955) Philip Glass: Symphony No. 2 (1994) Christopher Theofanidis: Symphony No. 1 (2009) (Posted 01/01/2015)

  • Christmas Choral Works

    John Gardner: Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day Stephen Paulus: Sing, Hevin Imperial, Most of Hicht! André Bellefeuille (arr.): Noël c’est L’amour Healey Wilan: Three Kings Healey Wilan: Hodie, Christus natus est William Walton: What Cheer? Herbert Howells: A Spotless Rose Frank Sargent: Jesus Christ the Apple Tree Benjamin Britten: A Hymn to the Virgin John Rutter: What Sweeter Music Brian Kay (arr.): Gaudete Daniel Pinkham: Christmas Cantata Ralph Vaughan Williams: The Truth Sent from Above (Revised 12/07/2014)

  • Sacred Choral Works

    My favorite Sacred Choral Works (NOT Advent/Christmas). Stephen Paulus: Pilgrims’ Hymn Gerald Finzi: Lo, the Full Final Sacrifice Gerald Finzi: God Has Gone Up Charles H. H. Parry: I Was Glad Maurice Duruflé: Ubi Caritas Morten Lauridsen: O Nata Lux William Mathias: Let the People Praise You C. V. Stanford: Beati quorum via Benjamin Britten: Te Deum in C Ralph Vaughan Williams: Antiphon Ernst Bullock: Give Us the Wings of Faith (Posted 10-07-2014)

  • Symphonic Choral Works

    Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection” William Walton: Belshazzar’s Feast Ludwig van Beethoven: Missa Solemnis Johannes Brahms: Ein Deutches Requiem Dave Brubek: Gates of Justice Wolfgang Mozart: Requiem Leonard Bernstein: Chichester Psalms Carl Orff Carmina Burana Johann Sebastian Bach: Mass in B minor Benjamin Britten: War Requiem (Revised 09-28-2014)

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