Goodwin's High End



Here are some links to a variety of music that you might be interested in:

Music - A Few Timeless Classics

Below are a few classical, jazz, and popular CD's that you might enjoy. You can click on the cover art for a link:

Jacqueline Du Pr: A Lasting Inspiration The Art Of Alicia De Larrocha Tatiana Nikolayeva - Bach: Goldberg Variations Sawallisch - Schumann: Symphonies No 1-4

Brahms: German Requiem - Abbado Getz_Gilberto Miles Davis: Kind of Blue Dave Brucbek: Take Five

Miles Davis: Sketches of Spain Chet Baker: Chet Eva Cassidy - Time After Time Jame Taylor - Sweet Baby James 

Eva Cassidy - Imagine Lyle Lovett and his Large Band Hall & Oates - Abandoned Luncheonette Mel Torme - Swings Schubert Alley



Music - Favorite Recordings!

Here are a few of Alan Goodwin's personal favorite recordings:



      Bach Sacred Masterpieces & Cantatas / Gardiner - [Note: a compilation consisting of the following:]

o       Mass in B minor / Argenta, Nichols, Chance, Stafford, Milner, W. Evans; Gardiner

o       St. Matthew Passion / Rolfe Johnson, Bonney, von Otter, Chance, Crook; Gardiner

o       St. John Passion / Rolfe Johnson, Argenta, Archer, Hauptmann, Chance, Earle, Monteverdi Choir, The English Baroque Soloists; Gardiner

o       Christmas Oratorio

o       Magnificat, BWV 243; Cantata: Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, BWV 51

o       Cantatas: Advent Cantatas;   Christmas Cantatas;   Cantatas: BWV 82. 83, 125, 200;   plus many more Cantatas...

      Bach Goldberg Variations - 1986 broadcast for the BBC / Tatiana Nikolayeva - piano

      Bach Goldberg Variations - 1992 recording for Hyperion / Tatiana Nikolayeva - piano

      Bach The Art of the Fugue / Tatiana Nikolayeva - piano

      Barber Adagio for Strings - (My favorite interpretationthis is a must hear!)

      Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem) / Abbado, Studer, Schmidt - (As soon as this piece begins I always feel that something very special is unfoldingand it is true!)

      Elgar Enigma Variations / Bernstein, BBC Symphony Orchestra DG 413-490-2 (previously released on vinyl #2532 067) - (Exquisitely playedespecially Nimrod, track 9)

      Faure Requiem / (In Paradisum, which is the last movement, is the closest thing to heaven I've heard)

      Handel Messiah / Augr, von Otter, Chance, Crook, Tomlinson, English Concert, Pinnock

      Handel Chandos Anthems No 1-11 / Christophers, The Sixteen

      Messiaen Quatuor pour la Fin du Temps (Quartet for the End of Time) / Ensemble Walter Boeykens - (Be preparedas this is an incredibly powerful and moving interpretation)

      Mozart Piano Sonatas K.310, 331 & 533 / Murray Perahia

      Mozart Die Entfhrung aus dem Serail (The Abduction From the Seraglio) / Arleen Auger, Reri Grist, Peter Schreier, Harald Neukirch, Kurt Moll, Otto Mellies; Rundfunkchor Leipzig, Staatskapelle Dresden; Karl Bohm (previously released as an LP set on DG) (Arleen Auger is outstanding here!)

      Mozart Mozart: Mass in C Minor, K.427 / Exultate, jubilate, K.165 / Ave Verum Corpus, K.618 / Leonard Bernstein, Bavarian Radio Choir and Orchestra, Arleen Auger , Frederica von Stade, Frank Lopardo, Cornelius Hauptmann (Arleen Auger is outstanding here too—for instance listen to her sing the Credo: Et incarnatus est! of the "Great Mass" K. 427)

      Schubert String Quintet in C, D. 956 / Melos Quartet & Wolfgang Boettcher, Harmonia Mundi or Amazon (Note: Adagio (2nd movement is exceptional! And even though it is discontinued it is well worth searching for!)

      Schubert Piano Trios 1 & 2, D. 898, 929 / The Odeon Trio (Capriccio 10387) - or Link (Note: both links are for the same rendition) (A superb interpretation!)

      Schumann Symphonies 1-4 / Wolfgang Sawallisch, Staatskapelle Dresden (As soon as I heard the beginning of the first symphony I immediately loved it!)


Classical Compilations

      The Art of Alicia de Larrocha - a sublime Schubert B-flat Major Piano Sonata D.960 (by the time you get into the 2nd movement I think you'll understand why I am so enthusiastic), some wonderful Bach, and lots more from a variety of composers on a 7CD set! / Alicia de Larrocha - piano

      Arleen Auger - Handel Bach Arias / The Mostly Mozart Orchestra Gerard Schwarz - (The Handel arias especially are absolutely wonderful--but really all of the tracks are truly excellent!) (Note: this double album, Arleen Augr - American Soprano, has almost the same tracks on Disc 1. And in fact despite the duplication it is still worth getting both CD's.)

      Rachmaninoff for Relaxation - Vocalise / Anna Moffo (soprano) (Note: Vocalise, which is track 4, is worth getting just for this track alone!)

      Violins for Relaxation - Meditation from Massenet's Thas / Anne Akiko Meyers (violin), Andrew Litton (conductor) - (Thas Meditation which is track #1 is beautiful!)

      Ramirez Missa Criola / Jose Carreras (especially tracks 1 & 2) 

      Cantate Domino / Oscar's Motet Choir, Torsten Nilsson (conductor), Marianne Mellns (soprano), Alf Linder (organist),(Label: Proprius) (note: also a high resolution file of this recording is also now available from HDTracks)


Indian Classical

      Ali Akbar Khan-Signature Series/Vol.1 (CD-AMMP 9001) Three Ragas: Chandranandan, Gauri Manjari and Jogiya Kalengra

      Ali Akbar Khan-Signature Series/Vol.2  (CD-AMMP 9002) Three Ragas: Medhavi, Khammaj and Bhairavi Bhatiyar with Ragmala


Popular Vocal

     Ella Fitzgerald Sings Irving Berlin / Ella Fitzgerald

     Live at Blues Alley /  Eva Cassidy

     Time After Time /  Eva Cassidy

     Imagine /  Eva Cassidy

     Mud Slide Slim And The Blue Horizon / James Taylor

     Lyle Lovett and His Large Band / Lyle Lovett


Here are links for some other opinions on recommended classical recordings:

An eclectic mlange of music for your enjoyment!


Barber: Adagio for Strings: Schippers/NY Phil (Sony Classical MHK 62837)

Brahms: German Requiem: Abbado/Berlin Philharmonic (Deutsche Gramophon 437517)

Wagner: Lohengrin: Prelude: James Levine/Met Orchestra or Abbado/Vienna Phil

Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli: Tallis Scholars

Faure: Requiem: In Paradisum (last movement): Phillipe Herreweghe Harmonia Mundi HMC 901771)

Messiaen: L’Acension: Priere du Christ montant vers son Pere (4th movement) Antoni Wit, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Naxos 8554478-79

Schubert:  String Quintet in C, D. 956: Adagio (2nd movement is exceptional!): Melos Quartet, Harmonia Mundi

Franck: Les Beatitudes: Rilling


Beethoven (after 1816)

Violin Concerto D Major Opus 61, Yehudi Menuhin / Klemperer / Philharmonia Orchestra

String Quartets Opus 127, 130, 131, 132, 135

Piano Sonata Opus 101 (Horowitz, Horzowski, Dubromsky, Afanasiev)

Piano Sonata Opus 106 Hammerklavier / Charles Rosen

Piano Sonata Opus 109

Piano Sonata Opus 110 / Charles Rosen

Piano Sonata Opus 111 / Charles Rosen

Symphony No. 6 Pastoral / Abbado / Berlin Philharmonic (Deutsche Gramophon 471489)

Symphony No. 9 / Abbado / Berlin

Missa Solemnis / Rilling



Mass D minor, E minor, F minor (8) (Rilling or Abbado)

Symphony No. 5 Abbado, Vienna Phil

Symphony No. 6 Klemperer, New Philharmonia Orchestra (EMI Classics CDM 567037)

Symphony No. 7 Abbado, Vienna Philharmonic (Deutsche Gramophon 437518)

Symphony No. 8 (2nd version, 1890) (Abbado)

Symphony No. 9 Yoav Talmi/Oslo Philharmonic (Chandos 7051)

[Note: The preferred Bruckner Symphonies versions should be either Nowakor Nowak revised by Carragan]



Missa Papae Marcelli: Tallis Scholars: The Best of the Renaissance (Philips 462862)(

Sicut Cervus: Musica Contexta: Music for Holy Saturday (Chandos Chaconne Series 0679)



Brandenburg Concertos: Rillling, The Oregon Bach Festival Chamber Orchestra (Hanssler 92.126)

Orchestral Suites

Mass in B minor

St. Mathew’s Passion

St. John’s Passion

Die Kunst der Fuge (The Art of the Fugue): Tatiana Nikolayeva, piano (Hyperion 66631)

Goldberg Variations: Tatiana Nikolayeva, piano (Hyperion 66589)

Motets / Helmuth Rilling / Hanssler



Lohengrin:  Abbado/Vienna Philharmonic (Deutsche Gramophon 437808)

Orchestral Music: James Levine/Met Orchestra (Deutsche Gramophon 447764)

Tristan & Isolde

Die Meistersinger




Verklarte Nacht Op 4 (Transfigured Night)




Chandos Anthems: The Sixteen



The Magic Flute

Ave Verum Corpus K618

Clarinet Concerto A major K622



String Quintet in C, D. 956: Adagio (2nd movement): Melos Quartet, (Harmonia Mundi HMA 1951494)

Schubert Piano Trios 1 & 2, D. 898, 929, The Odeon Trio (Capriccio 10387)

Fantasy in C, D. 934, violin & piano

Fantasy in F minor, D. 940, piano—four hands

Piano Sonatas: C minor, A major, B flat minor D. 958-960

Symphony No. 9 (The Great), D. 944

Die Winterreise D. 910

Schwanengesang D. 957



Rite of Spring






Stimmung (Singcircle) (Hyperion 66115)



Anadyomene (Ondine 921)

Cantus Arcticus (Naxos 8554147)



Preparation for the Final Mystery (realized by Nemtin) Ashkenazy (London/Decca 466329)


Hildegard von Bingen

Celestial Light (Telarc 50456)

Eberhard Weber

Silent Feet (ECM 1107) (centers 1-7)


Doudou N’Diaye Rose

Djabote (EMI/Virgin 8394702)


Dave Brubeck

Time Out


Billie Holiday

Lady Day: The Best of Billie Holiday (Columbia/Legacy 85475)


Miles Davis

The Essential Miles Davis (Columbia/Legacy 85475)

Kind of Blue

Sketches of Spain


John Coltrane

The Very Best of John Coltrane (Rhino 79778)

A Love Supreme (Impulse GRD 155)



Winter Light (Vanguard 79350)


Tony Williams

Wilderness (ARK21 810083)


The Celts

Shepherd Moons

The Memory of Trees

A Day without Rain (Warner Bros. 47426)(Only Time)


The Gates of Delirium

Tales from Topographic Oceans (Atlantic 82683)

Relayer (Atlantic 82664) (The Gates of Delirium)

Close to the Edge

Going for the One

The Yes Album


Eno & Fripp

Evening Star (Editions EEGCD 3) (Wind on Water—1st track)


John McLaughlin

Inner Mounting Flame


Brian Eno

Ambient 1: Music for Airports (EG Records 17)

Billy Joel

An Innocent Man (Columbia 69389)


Cyndi Lauper

She’s So Unusual (Legacy 62169)

The Beatles

Rubber Soul


Abbey Road


Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin II (Atlantic 82633)

Led Zeppelin IV (Atlantic 82638)

Houses of the Holy (Atlantic 82639)

Physical Graffiti (Swan Song 92442)



War (Island 811148)

Rattle and Hum (Island 842299)


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