Ancient and Modern. Of those recordings I tagged as Outstanding, two are in the historical category (although post-dating by decades Edison’s phonograph) and germane to us today, keeping in touch with great musicians: Boult’s Boston VW Job,, and Celibidache’s Haydn & Tchaikovsky from Stuttgart, 1959,, and do please note reader Mr Bennett’s comment regarding the latter.

Of more-recent fare in terms of recording date, piano releases I would not want to be without include Jablonski’s Chopin,, and Osborne’s Debussy,

String Quartets by W. H. Reed proved to be a pleasing discovery,, but if the Desert Island loomed, I really could not choose between Bychkov’s Mahler Five,, and Andrew Davis’s Stravinsky,, of which friend and colleague Bob Matthew-Walker’s comment says it all.