Over the course of the past few months, as all of our normal schedules changed drastically, we noticed the popularity of the “Pandemic Playlist” from our fellow musicians and peer organizations. Hopefully you’ve had the chance to find more time to pause and listen to recorded music.
If you’re looking to add to your listening list, TMS Center for Music’s own Linda Allen came up with the following list when prompted to write her own Pandemic Playlist. Please do search out these works, and happy listening to you! Have your own Pandemic Playlist? Please share with us on our social media pages, or email to Music@TheMusicSettlement.org and we can share yours with fellow students and families!
Linda Allen’s Pandemic Playlist
1. Bach is KING and goes at the top of the list. The Brandenburg Concerti always cheer me up, especially playing in Piano Duo form. Tricky, but so rewarding.
2. The Brahms Double Concerto for violin and cello. It is a heart-breaker. I have heard so many wonderful performances of it over the years and never tire of it.
3. The Ravel Daphnis and Chloe Suite No. 2 for Orchestra and Chorus. I have sung it many times and revel in the beauty of the orchestration, with the world’s best musical description of a sunrise.
4. Richard Strauss - where do I start? I love so much of his music, from the Rosenkavalier to the art songs (Morgen, Four Last Songs) to the glorious orchestral tone poems. I guess I will choose Death and Transfiguration. One always has a special fondness for their first love.
5. Rachmaninoff is another composer close to my heart. Piano Concerto No. 2 is my top choice here with the Vocalise very much in the running - whether sung or performed by one of many solo instruments. There are lots of transcriptions.
6. Mozart has to be on the list, and how do I choose between the Sinfonia Concertate duo and something like the brooding D-minor piano concerto?
7. In my next life, I hope I come back as a cellist so I can play the Dvorak Cello Concerto. I have heard many wonderful performances but my first was with Leonard Rose and I fell in love. I am also very fond of the Slavonic Dances, both as orchestral pieces and in transcription for lively piano four-hands.
8. Stravinsky! I fell in love with Stravinsky when as a child I got to see the movie Fantasia, and Disney used a large section of The Rite of Spring for the part with the dinosaurs. Wow- when I got to see the printed score I was stunned! It still excites me today. Love the Firebird also.
9. Having been in The Cleveland Orchestra Chorus for 20 years, I was lucky to sing just about all the major choral orchestra works, and my all-time favorite was the Verdi Requiem. We performed it several times over the years here and in New York’s Carnegie Hall, always to standing ovations. There is nothing quite like being on stage during the hair-raising Dies Iraq being played.
10. And of course, there is no way to leave off the Beethoven 9th Symphony. A miracle of a piece. The chorus must sit quietly for a very long time, but is rewarded by having a ring-side seat to some of the most marvelous music ever written, being jolted out of our revelry by the lighting-fast Scherzo with the hammer blows of the timpani, and finally to join in with the thundering finale. Freude! Freude! The chorus sang it so often, many of us had our parts memorized. Truly an Ode to JOY.
Well, there is my list – at least for today. So many other favorites that should have been there as well, and I had restricted myself to only classical works. The list would go on for pages otherwise.
So, what’s on your list?