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.''
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Baritone
Daniel Barenboim, Piano
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: January 22, 2013
''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.''
Schnabel Plays Beethoven Vol. 5
Artur Schnabel, Piano
Beethoven opus 101, 106, 109, 110, 111
Release Date: February 28, 1995
''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.''
Mozart - The Six Quartets Dedicated to Haydn
Budapest String Quartet
Label: Columbia Masterworks
Release Date: 1953
''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!''
Fritz Kreisler, Favourite Short Pieces 1926-38
Fritz Kreisler, violin
Carl Lamson and Franz Rupp, piano
Label: Biddulph Records
Release Date: July 12, 2019
''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.''
Missa Solemnis / Great Mass in C minor
Beethoven - Mozart
Robert Shaw, Conductor
Atlanta Symphonic Orchestra & Choir
Release Date: October 25, 1990