VC DESERT ISLAND DOWNLOADS | Orpheus Chamber Orchestra's Todd Phillips - '5 Recordings I Can’t Live Without'
The Violin Channel recently caught up with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra violinist Todd Phillips – for a fun game of VC Desert Island Downloads
The Violin Channel recently caught up with long time Orpheus Chamber Orchestra violinist Todd Phillips – 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.
''The emotional impact and beauty of this song cycle is of course devastating. Listening to Fischer-Dieskau sing it is a never ending lesson in phrasing, articulation, variety of tone, harmonic awareness, and organic music-making.''
2. Beethoven's Late Piano Sonatas Op.109, 110, 111 - with pianist Artur Schnabel
''Schnabel's glowing tone and profound musicianship are mesmerizing, particularly in the slow movements. My mother studied with a Schnabel student so this was the gold standard growing up in our household.''
3. Mozart's 6 Quartets (Dedicated to Haydn) - as played by the Budapest String Quartet
''The matchless elegance and sincerity of the Budapest Quartet were pivotal in turning me on to quartet playing. Two members of the quartet, Alexander Schneider and his brother, Mischa Schneider, were among my dearest mentors.''
4. Fritz Kreisler's short original compositions (Liebesleid, Liebesfreud, Caprice Viennois etc)
''Kreisler had such a unique way of playing the violin which always spoke to me in such a direct way. Honest, noble, and oh so human!''
5. Beethoven's 'Missa Solemnis' - Robert Shaw & the Atlanta Symphony and Chorus
''Shaw had an extraordinary ability to elicit a beautiful clarity and flexibility from his chorus singers. The piece as a whole is one that I am still in the dizzying process of wrapping my head around. I am stunned by its incredible complexity and emotional scope.''
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