There’s a lot of really fantastic content available online. Sometimes I spend hours just following links, unearthing amazing recordings that I had no idea existed. In an effort share some of my discoveries, I have devised a little game.
For each of the 12 days of Christmas, I chose a striking YouTube recording of the appropriate number of musicians. For instance, on the first day of Christmas, I picked an unaccompanied piece, and then a duet for the second day, a trio for the third, and so on. Conductors, page turners, dancers, and other silent performers don’t count. To keep things interesting, I didn’t repeat any composers or performers.
Unlike other similar list games, this one isn’t necessarily supposed to represent my “favorite” anything. Hopefully you’ll find some music you really like, but rather than trying to find a recording of my favorite piece of music, I tried to highlight spectacular videos.
Here’s my list:
- Beethoven: “Hammerklavier” Sonata
- Schumann: Adagio & Allegro
Mischa Maisky and Martha Argerich
- Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio
- Ludwig: Pale Blue Dot
- Schubert: “The Trout” Piano Quintet
Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Jaqueline du Pre, Zubin Mehta, and Daniel Barenboim
- Bach: Art of Fugue
Musica Antiqua Köln (six performers total throughout the video)
- Berlioz: Oraison funèbre
University of Michigan Trombone Choir
- Wagner: Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral
Szeged Trombone Ensemble
- Brackett: Simple Gifts
- Dowland: The Earle of Essex Galiard
Royal Wind Music
- Respighi: Pines of Rome
All Star Brass
- Dvorak: Serenade for Winds
Members of the Berlin Philharmonic
What great recordings have you found on YouTube? I’d love to see some other people’s lists!