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VC DESERT ISLAND DOWNLOADS | VC Artist Noah Bendix-Balgley - ‘5 Recordings I Can’t Live Without’

VC recently caught up with Berlin Philharmonic 1st Concertmaster, VC Artist Noah Bendix-Balgley – for a fun game of VC Desert Island Downloads

The Violin Channel recently caught up with Berlin Philharmonic 1st Concertmaster, VC Artist Noah Bendix-Balgley – for a fun game of VC Desert Island Downloads.

We sat him down to pick his brain on which 5 CD recordings he would take with him to a deserted island – and how the tracks have helped shape him as a musician.


1. Jascha Heifetz - Performing Max Bruch's 'Scottish Fantasy'

'This amazing recording gets me every time ... I happen to really love the romanticism and gorgeous melodies of Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy ... and Heifetz plays this music like no one else.

Technical brilliance, with a searing intensity to the playing ... every note he plays has a purpose and the clarity of his phrasing and the musical direction is amazing.'


Bruch & Vieuxtemps

Malcolm Sargent, Conductor

New Symphony Orchestra of London

Release Date: August 15, 1995

Label: Sony Classical



2. La Boheme - with Luciano Pavarotti, Mirella Freni, Herbert von Karajan and the Berliner Philharmoniker

'I love Puccini’s opera and I fell in love with this recording a long time ago ... Pavarotti and Freni are at the top of their form ... passionate and sensitive singing, with great timing and vocal colors.

The wonderful lush and dark sound of the Berliner Philharmoniker under Karajan make this recording a joy to listen to ... There are so many goosebump moments to enjoy here!!'

La Bohème, Puccini

Mirella Freni & Luciano Pavarotti

Herbert von Karajan, Conductor

Berliner Philharmoniker

Release Date: October 14, 2008

Label: Decca



3. Beethoven String Quartets - Performed by the Guarneri Quartet

'Beethoven String Quartets are certainly Desert-Island music for me ...

I have played a good number of the Quartets and listened to all of them, yet I feel I have only scratched the surface to understand this amazing music, even with the quartets that I have studied and performed.

I love the Guarneri Quartet Beethoven cycle ... I never feel that they play a single note without meaning or attention to sound ... and what a sound it is - such warmth and love.

Each individual member of the quartet shines with their individuality, while the collective interpretation is cohesive and powerful.'

Guarneri Quartet

Beethoven : The Late String Quartets

Release Date: August 7, 1990

Label: RCA Gold Seal


4. Taraf de Haïdouks - Band of Gypsies

'A band of Romani musicians from Clejani, Romania, Taraf de Haïdouks play traditional folk music from this region ... this dance music is infectious and full of manic energy ... it gets my blood pumping, and I can’t help but tap my foot along to it.'

Tara de Haïdouks

Band of Gypsies

Release Date: May 14, 2001

Label: Crammed


And to finish off, something a bit smoother:


5. Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong

'A great collaboration of two of the all-time greats ... joined by the Oscar Petersen Quartet.

I love the individuality of their voices, and how directly they speak through their songs ... timing, phrasing, colors - they have it all.

One can’t say Louis Armstrong has a typical ‘beautiful’ voice, but it is so expressive and evocative ... the rhythmic groove of the Quartet is just right, and of course Louis’ trumpet solos are a joy!'

Ella & Louis

Ella Fitzgerald

Louis Armstrong

Release Date: April 12, 2011

Label: Poll Winners



november, 2022


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