The Violin Channel recently caught up with Taiwanese-American violinist, Mr Cho-Liang Lin – 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.
- Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 - Performed by Sviatoslav Richter, Erich Leinsdorf and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
"It's overpowering piano playing.
It's uplifting to hear the great Chicago Symphony clearly inspired by Richter's astounding playing.
Nothing seems difficult for Richter. It's simply an amazing performance.
And it's beautifully recorded."
Sviatoslav Richter, Piano Erich Leinsdorf, Conductor Chicago Symphony Orchestra Release Date: December 31, 1971 Sony
Brahms: Concerto No. 2, Op. 83 - Beethoven: Sonata No. 23, Op. 57 |CD|
Sviatoslav Richter, Piano
Erich Leinsdorf, Conductor
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Release Date: December 31, 1971
"It's the best violin playing imaginable.
Listen to how Heifetz plays that opening page. How many colors did he impart within the first 20 bars? Endless.
It's not just the sheer technical brilliance and outsize sense of command, but it's the sweetness and impeccable sense of taste and imagination.
How did he get so many gorgeous slides in?
And I love how he just takes off after the opening chord of the last movement.
It's like a thoroughbred taking off from the gate. Wow!"
Korngold: Violin Concerto in D Major - Lalo: Symphonie espagnole |CD|
Jascha Heifetz, Violin
Alfred Wallenstein, Conductor
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Release Date: December 31, 1953
"This is what great music making should be. Such integrity, such scope of vision.
It's so wonderful to hear Mr. Rose match Mr Stern note for note. Something about Isaac Stern and Brahms. It's special.
The entire trio plays with heart and beauty. This is the total package."
The Isaac Stern Collection: The Istomin/Stern/Rose Trio Recordings
Eugene Istomin, Piano
Isaac Stern, Violin
Leonard Rose, Cello
Release Date: November 6, 1990
"I love to luxuriate in this orchestra's translucent and exquisite sound.
The famous flute solo (I am guessing it is played by Karlheinz Zöller) is so liquid and supple.
I didn't know how good Karajan was with Debussy until I heard this recording.
This is where I hear a phrase that threads nearly endlessly.
What great control these Berliners had!
Debussy: La mer - Prélude À L'après-midi D'un faune |CD|
Herbert Von Karajan, Conductor
Karlheinz Zöller, Flute
Release Date: January 1, 2007
"I think this is the best selling album of all time. No surprise.
I love the sounds of this album. MJ was a great artist.
I also hear how compelling a well produced pop album can be.
Great singing, great songs, great sound. I love this album."
Release Date: November 30, 1982