Spending time on a cold, rainy day…

I thought I would take the time to share some of my favorite recordings since it’s a dreary day here in Milwaukee. Listening to music is one of my favorite activities. I enjoy it on many levels, such as: learning performance techniques particular to a given instrument(How does Herseth phrase the posthorn solo?), studying compositional ideas and concepts demonstrated by the composer(Was that a Phrygian half cadence?), or just sitting back and basking in the overall mood and emotion.

Here’s a short list off the top of my head. Feel free to share some of your favorites.

Holst: The Planets – James Levine/Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Mahler: Symphony No. 2 – Leonard Bernstein/New York Philharmonic

Mussorgsky/Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition – Fritz Reiner/Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherezade – Fritz Reiner/Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Baroque Music for Trumpet – Wynton Marsalis

A Portrait – Chanticleer

Blue Wheat – Dale Warland Singers

The Blues and the Abstract Truth – Oliver Nelson

We Get Requests – Oscar Peterson Trio

It Might as Well Be Spring – Count Basie and Frank Sinatra

Nancy Wilson/Cannonball Adderley

John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman

Temptation – Holly Cole

Modern Cool – Patricia Barber

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