I’ve decided to start a new feature, one that I should be able to keep up (almost) daily, with different recommended tracks each day. I don’t know about anyone else, but often I prefer a human opinion to a recommendation algorithm, so I thought I’d offer mine.
Orchestral: Franz Schubert, Symphony No. 9 in C major ‘Great’
The best recording I’ve heard of this so far is by Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic, which is fantastic, but not perfect (a bit too much rubato I think).
Chamber: Frederic Rzewski, The People United Will Never Be Defeated!
Jazz: Bob Mintzer Big Band (featuring Kurt Elling), Minuano
Rock/pop ( I really need to think of something better to call this): Fleet Foxes, White Winter Hymnal