Best music

Here are my favourite 20 albums in three categories.

When asked to name what album I would take with me to a deserted island (if it had a CD player) I will say Beethoven’s 9 Symphonies. When asked to name my favourite song I will say John Lennon’s Imagine.

Soundtracks

  • Klaus Badelt — Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
  • John Barry — Dances With Wolves
  • Christophe Beck — Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Score
  • Tan Dun — Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • Cliff Eidelman — Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
  • Danny Elfman — Batman
  • Michael Giacchino — Up
  • Jerry Goldsmith — Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
  • James Horner — Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
  • Trevor Jones — Dark City
  • Michael Kamen — Brazil
  • Dennis McCarthy — Star Trek: Generations
  • Ennio Morricone — The Mission
  • Thomas Newman — WALL-E
  • John Powell — How to Train Your Dragon
  • Howard Shore — The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • Alan Silvestri — Back to the Future Part III
  • Yann Tiersen — Amélie
  • John Williams — Jurassic Park
  • Hans Zimmer — The Rock

Popular

  • Abba — Gold
  • Lily Allen — Alright, Still
  • The Arrogant Worms — C’est Cheese
  • Barenaked Ladies — Gordon
  • The Beach Boys — The Greatest Hits
  • The Beatles — 1262-1966
  • Holly Cole Trio — Don’t Smoke in Bed
  • Phil Collins — No Jacket Required
  • The Essentials — …And Then Some
  • Fine Young Cannibals — The Raw & the Cooked
  • Garfunkel & Oates — All Over Your Face
  • INXS — Kick
  • Michael Jackson — Thriller
  • Billy Joel — River of Dreams
  • Huey Lewis & the News — Sports
  • Moxy Früvous — Bargainville
  • The Nylons — Run For Cover
  • The Police — Greatest Hits
  • Paul Simon — Greatest Hits: Shining Like a National Guitar
  • The Temptations — The Best of, Volume 1: The 60s (The Millenium Collection)

Classical

  • 300 Years of Classical Music (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Modern & Opera) — various artists
  • Canadian Brass — Best of the Canadian Brass
  • Johann Sebastian Bach — Violin Concertos — Akiko Suwanai, Chamber Orchestra of Europe
  • Ludwig van Beethoven — Piano Concerto No. 5, Piano Sonata No. 15 — Stefan Vladar, Capella Istropolitana
  • Ludwig van Beethoven — Piano Sonatas, Vol. 1 (Pathétique, Moonlight, Appassionata) — Jenö Jandó
  • Ludwig van Beethoven — Symphonien 1 – 9 — Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker
  • Hector Berlioz — Symphonie Fantastique, Lélio ou le retour à la vie — Michael Tilson Thomas, San Francisco Symphony
  • Brahms — The Symphonies, Orchestral Works and Concertos (Symphonies 1 – 4, Hungarian Dances) — Eduardo Marturet, Berlin Symphony Orchestra
  • Aaron Copland — Copland Conducts Copland (Appalachian Spring, Rodeo, Fanfare For The Common Man) — Columbia Symphony Orchestra
  • Antonín Dvorák — New World Symphony (Symphony No. 9, Slavonic Dances, Stabat Mater) — Libor Pesek, Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
  • George Gershwin — Rhapsody in Blue, An American in Paris, Porgy & Bess — Libor Pesek, Slovak National Philharmonic Orchestra
  • George Frideric Handel — Music for the Royal Fireworks & Water Music — Sir Neville Marriner, Academy of St. Martin In the Fields
  • Gustav Holst — The Planets — Andrew Davis, the Toronto Symphony
  • Aram Khatchaturian – Gayne & Masquerade Suites — Aram Khatchaturian, Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Gustav Mahler — 10 Symphonien — Rafael Kubelik, Symphonie-Orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart — Eine kleine Nachtmusik, Serenata notturna, Lodron Night Music No. 1 — Peter Sundkvist, Swedish Chamber Orchestra
  • Modest Mussorgsky — Pictures at an Exhibition — Carlo Maria Giulini, Chicago Symphony Orchestra [with Maurice Ravel — Ma Mère l’Oye – Rapsodie Espagnole]
  • Sergei Prokofiev — Favourite Orchestral Suites (Lieutenant Kijé Suite, Romeo & Juliet) — Sir Neville Marriner, London Symphony Orchestra & others
  • Bedrich Smetana — Má Vlast — Antoni Wit, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Antonio Vivaldi — The Four Seasons — Alberto Lizzio, Baroque Festival Orchestra