The Violin Channel recently caught up with acclaimed French violinist Augustin Dumay – 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 5 recordings I have chosen here have been amongst what I would think have been the most instrumental in my musical development … for me these interpretations represent the highest level of expressive intensity, imagination and conviction.
When I do listen to them though, it often highlights how many lukewarm and pseudo-politically correct performances we hear today on the concert stage …. often almost like ‘sound photocopies’ of Bärenreiter editions – with some superb exceptions of course.
With anything I play or listen to, and hopefully you’ll hear here, I try to remember what Pablo Casals famously said “… Don’t focus on the trees but make us dream of the forest.”
Brahms works for solo piano
Julius Katchen, Piano
Release Date: November 11, 1997
Strauss Four Last songs
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Soprano
George Szell, Conductor
Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin
Release Date: January 12, 1999
Label: EMI Classics
Fritz Wunderlich Lieder
Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Schumann, Wolf, Strauss
Release Date: September 14, 2018
Label: SWR Classic
Beethoven Symphonies No. 4 & 7
Release Date: January 11, 2005
Bartók Violin Concertos No. 1 & 2
Isaac Stern, Violin
Leonard Bernstein, Conductor
Release Date: June 10, 1995
Label: Sony Classical