Making A List - 2016

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Making A List 2016 Choices
This year’s edition of Making A List honors Bob Greene

Making A List on Classical WNED, honoring Bob Greene, is supported by Philips Lytle LLP in honor of Bob’s over 40 years of service to WNED | WBFO and a lifetime of loving classical music.

Bob Greene


After listening to every yearly edition of Making A List since it began airing 28 years ago, Bob Greene was asked what would he recommend for listeners who wish to give the gift of music to someone they care about. His answer was simple. He couldn’t recommend anything specific… that’s why he has always looked forward to hearing Making A List each year. But Bob does say you can’t really go wrong with Tchaikovsky or Beethoven. We agree…


harpconHere’s a symphony by Tchaikovsky you may not know.  Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony (City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons; Orfeo CD 895151).

Schubert QWhat Shakespeare’s Plays are to literature, Beethoven’s Symphonies are to music.  Beethoven: Symphonies 1 – 9 (Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Christian Thielemann; Sony 6 CDs 88875112822).

Bob Krum

HewittThe Tchaikovsky Project vol 1. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Pathétique; Romeo and Juliet –Fantasy Overture after Shakespeare (Czech Philharmonic, Semyon Bychkov; Decca CD 483 0656).

RespighiRachmaninov Variations. Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini; Variations on a Theme of Corelli.  Trifonov: Rachmaniana (Daniil Trifonov, piani; Philadelphia Orchestra, Yannick NĂ©zet-SĂ©guin; Deutsche Grammophon CD 479 4970).

wallaceFritz Wunderlich Complete Studio Recordings including Oratorios by Bach and Haydn, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, complete opera recordings, Lieder and popular song. (Fritz Wundrelich, tenor; multiple ensembles and conductors; Deutsche Grammophon 32 CDs in CDbox B002565802).

Joan Nobile

VW FilmDanse Macabre. Dukas: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.  Dvorak: The Noonday Witch.  Mussorgsky:  A Night on the Bare Mountain.  Balakirev: Tamara.  Saint SaĂ«ns: Danse macabre.  Ives:  Hallowe’en (Orchestre Symphonique de MontrĂ©al, Kent Nagano; Decca CD 483 0396).

AchronAn original 100% Canadian Quartetto Gelato. Hilario Duran: Aventura Afrocubana Suite.  Jossy Abramovich: Gypsy Fantasia. Rebecca Pellett: Una Storia D’amore.  Charles T Cozens: Celtic Dances.  Michael Occhipinti: Sirocco and Ballu di Gelato.  Howard Cable: On Crowsnest Trail (Quartetto Gelato; OGPI CD 010).

PanoramaFilament: eighth blackbird.  Byce Dessner: Murder Ballades.  Nico Muhly: Doublespeak.  Son Lux: To Love; This is My Line.  Philip Glass: Two Pages (the ensemble “eighth blackbird”; Cedille CD 90000 157).

Nick Lippa

BPO Live.  Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D.  Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D (ChloĂ« Hanslip, violin; Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, JoAnn Falletta: BPO CD 95002). 

sextetVideo Games Live! Level 3.  Symphonic forces play tracks written for Video Games including “Street Fighter”, “The Secret of Monkey Island”, “Zelda 25th Anniversary Overture”, “Liberi Fatali” from Chrono Cross, “Dragonborn Theme” from Skyrim and 10 other selections (Studio Orchestra available as a download from iTunes or Amazon or at

AbbadoPenderecki: Violin Concerto No. 1; Cello Concerto No. 2 (Christiane Edinger, violin; Boris Pergamenschikow, cello; Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Krzysztof Penderecki; Orfeo CD 285931). Newly released as a download at

Bob Berkman

WeilersteinFirst Loves.   A collection of violin and Piano pieces, encores and transcriptions by Kreisler, Sarasate and Heifetz  (Tim Fain, violin; Robert Koenig, piano; VisionintoArt 2 CDs 2015). The CD can be found at

shoreOrchestral Work by Opera Composers.  Puccini: Preludio sinfonico.  Rossini: Bassoon Concerto.  Verdi: Capriccio for Bassoon and Orchestra.  Paganini: Concertino for Horn, Bassoon and Orchestra.  Respighi: Le boutique fantasque.  (Patrick De Ritis, bassoon; JosĂ© Vicente CastellĂł, horn; WĂĽrzburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Enrico Calesso; Naxos CD 8.573382).

Mozart RequiemWeinberger: Overture to a Chivalrous Play; Six Bohemian Songs and Dances; Passacagliafor Organ and Orchestra (Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Gerd Albrecht; Capriccio CD 5272).

Allison Collins

ASOSongs from the Arc of Life. 19 favorite songs and lieder played by cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Pianist Kathryn Stott (Sony CD 88875 10316).

GarancaTraffic Quintet plays Desplat.  Music from films scored by Alexandre Deplat including , The King’s Speech, Girl with a Pearl Earring & Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close among others (Traffic Quintet; Mercury CD 481217).

SudbinLullabies for Mila.  Selections drawn from music By Bach, Grieg, Rachmaninov, Scriabin, Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms (Alessio Bax, piano; Southbank Sinfonia, Simon Over; Signum CD 439).

Peter Hall

YingJ. S. Bach (arr. Labadie): Goldberg Variations (Les Violons du Roy, Bernard Labadie; ATMA CD 2723).

KaufmannR. Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor; Introduction and Allegro appassionato; Introduction and Concert-Allegro; “Träumerei” (Jan Lisiecki, piano; Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano; Deutsche Grammophon CD 479 5327).

VerdiOla Gjeilo: Voices, Piano, Strings. Gjeilo: 11 selections including “Ubi Caritas”, “Serenity (O Magnum Mysterium”), “The Crossing” and “Sacred Heart” (the ensembles Tenebrae & Voces8; Matthew Sharp, cello; Ola Gjeilo, piano; Chamber Orchestra of London; Decca CD B0024646).

Virginia Barron

2 cellosLive from Buenos Aires Martha Argerich Daniel Barenboim.  Schumann (arr. Debussy); Six Studies in Canon Form.  Debussy: En blanc et noir.  BartĂłk: Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion (Martha Argerich, piano; Daniel Barenboim, piano; Deutsche Grammophon CD 479 5563).

vengerovPaul Neubauer Live.  Schubert: “Arpeggione” Sonata in A minor.  Brahms:  Sonata for Viola and Piano in E-flat; Two Songs for Voice, Viola and Piano.  Schulenburg: Gypsy Romance and Czardas.  Valdez: Gypsy Serenade (Paul Neubauer, viola; Sasha Cooke, mz; Gilbert Kalish, Juho Pohjonen, Wu Han, pianos: Music @ Menlo CD 2886).

Domingo_Yuki Numata Resnick: For Ko.  Bach: Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002 interspersed among 4 other works: Burhans: Remembrance; Iannotta: Dead Waspsin the Jam-Jar; Marks: Trunket’s Sarabande & Greenwald: BourĂ©e (Yuki Numata Resnick, violin; Innova CD 951).

Carl Lam

GriegDvorak: Symphony No. 7 in D minor & Symphony No. 8 in G (Houston Symphony, Andrés Orozco-Estrada; Pentatone SACD 5186 578).

FibichTchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in B minor, “Pathétique” & Dvorak (arr. Honeck): Rusalka Fantasy (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Manfred Honeck; Reference SACD 720).

ZuilLR. Strauss: Don Juan & Ein Heldenleben (“A Hero’s Life”) (London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bernard Haitink; LPO CD 79).

Ed. Simone 

prohaskaHĂ©lène Grimaud Water.  Music related to “water” by Berio, Takemitsu, FaurĂ©, Ravel, AlbĂ©niz, Liszt, Janáček and Debussy (Deutsche Grammophon CD 479 5268).

LisaFlorent Schmitt: Antony and Cleopatra Suites 1 & 2 (Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, JoAnn Falletta; Naxos CD 8.573 521).

OscarL'eventail de Jeanne. A ballet with music written by 8 French collaborators: Ravel, Ibert, Poulenc, Auric, Schmitt, Ferroud, Delannoy, Roussel, Roland-Manuel and Milhaud: L’eventail de JeanneRavel: Ma mère l'oye (“Mother Goose”) (Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, John Axelrod; Naxos CD 8.573 354).

OscarSokolov: In Concert.  Schubert: Impromptus D 899; Three Piano Pieces D 946.  Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-flat, Hammerklavier.  Encores by Rameau and Brahms (Grigory Sokolov, piano; Deutsche Grammophon 2 CDs 479 5426).

Other Gift suggestions:  Since Helene Grimaud's latest release is on my list, why not give someone a gift from an organization Grimaud started in 1999?  The Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, NY, is a great organization that is dedicated to preserving and reviving several species of wolf.  They do educational outreach with ambassador wolves and promote wolf awareness.  Check out their website at

Give someone on your list the opportunity to see a play at a local theater company or attend an orchestra concert.  Most box offices will do gift certificates." 

Skip the interference and geographic limitations of broadcast radio and get your special someone an internet radio receiver.  There are lots of models to choose from in all price ranges and they all receive stations via wi-fi or wired connection from around the world!  You can take WNED-Your Classical Escape with you anywhere you go." 

Scott Sackett

ReinerWilliam Lawes: Phantasm. Lawes: 12Sets for the Royal Consort (the Ensemble “Phantasm;” Linn CD 470).

OundjianShostakovich under Stalin’s Shadow.  Shostokovich: Symphony No. 9 in E-flat; Symphony No. 5 in D minor; Suite from Hamlet; Symphony No. 8 in C minor (Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons; Deutsche Grammophon 2 CDs 479 5201).

Star WarsShakespeare Songs.  Settings of Shakespeare’s lyrics by Quilter, Finzi, Byrd, Morley, Wilson, Johnson, Schubert, Haydn, Gurney Warlock and Korngold (Ian Bostridge, tenor; Antonio Pappano, piano; Warner Classics CD 944735).

Other Gift Ideas from Scott:

You might consider Charitable Gifts. Support a charity whose work is important to you. Make a donation, volunteer, or do both.

Charity Navigator’s rating system provides data on the financial health and the accountability and transparency of charity organizations.  Here are two in our area that I know about…

Founded in 1965 as an affiliate of Literacy Volunteers of America, Literacy New York, Buffalo-Niagara is the region’s sole provider of free, one-on-one adult English language education in Erie and Niagara Counties.  Its programs include Basic Reading and English as a Second Language tutoring, Family Literacy programs, and Neighborhood Drop-in-Centers.
Vive provides safety, shelter, food and legal assistance to asylum-seekers who wish to make a refugee claim in Canada or obtain asylum protection in the United States. Vive was founded in 1984 by members of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo and is a program of Jericho Road Community Health Center in Buffalo.

Stratton Rawson

PlayField: Nocturnes (complete) (Elisabeth Joy Roe, piano; Decca CD 478 9672).

HahnTime Present and Time Past.  A. Scarlatti: Variations on La Folia.  Gorecki: Harpsichord Concerto (1980).  C. P. E. Bach: 12 Variations on Les Folies d’Espagne.  Geminiani: Concerto grosso in D minor (after Corelli’s Op. 5, No. 12).  Reich (arr. Esfahani): Piano Phase.  J. S. Bach: Keyboard Concerto in D minor, BWV 1052 (Mahan Esfahani, harpsichord; Concerto Köln; Deutsche Grammophon (Archiv) CD 479 4481).

GliereOffenbach: Overtures (Orchestra of the Swiss Romande, Neeme Järvi; Chandos SACD 5160).