Desert Island List

I’ve been asked several times over the past couple months what I would put on my playlist if I were planning to hang out on a desert island for the rest of my life. Here it is:

1. Sibelius: Symphony 5:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkzrSZKA4cM

2. Glass: Violin Concerto:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WB0wHIC0NS0

3. Barber: Adagio for Strings:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRMz8fKkG2g

4. Vivaldi: Four Seasons, Winter (Specifically with Nigel Kennedy on solo violin – he is AMAZING):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAk1UOh83fI

5. Debussy: The Sunken Cathedral:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jg5hvGS7X7w

6. Smetana: Ma Vlast (Moldau):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjG4XbzhYuo

7. Bach – Brandenburg 5:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49IOKnhX0Sk

8. Ave Maria (performed by Charlotte Church):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8g6Tqqc6DQ

9. Lauridsen: O Magnum Mysterium (specifically by this Nordic choir)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nn5ken3RJBo

10. The Flower Duet (from Lakme):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gR85R1sv94g

11. Mozart – Soave sia il vento (from Cosi fan Tutti)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0i-kbMoSJc

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One comment

  1. This is a superb list, but I am tempted to ask which one(s) you are going to dance to.

    Leaving aside selections from the above list which just about covers classical music anyway (Brandenburg 5 is an absolute must!), I think mine would have to include (in no particular order):

    Peter Warlock – Capriol Suite

    Then a whole lot of jazz

    Miles Davis/John Coltrane – So What?

    Herbie Hancock & Pat Metheny – Canteloupe Island

    Chet Baker – I get along without you very well

    Ahmad Jamal Trio – Darn That Dream

    Someone else can fill in with other genres.

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