We're asking our mentors to tell us their top ten songs of all time, from any genre! Here is Ben Opie's list. We hope you enjoy: you can listen along in our playlist below! What pieces of music are on your top ten?
Capriccio per oboe e orchestra - Penderecki
Because: The Penderecki Capriccio is one of my all time favourite pieces to play and this rendition is so exciting. No conductor, stellar soloist and amazing chamber music making.
Concerto for Harpsichord and String Orchestra - Henryk Górecki
Because: Chojnaki and Gorecki? Match made in heaven. The opening is breathtaking and after that is full music immersion.
Actus Tragicus - JS Bach
Because: I remember reading a commentary on Bach's writing in this piece and how it was said he knew exactly how difficult it would be for the two recorders to play in tune and so he exploited it. On top of that, this music is transcendent.
Antonio Pasculli - Quartetto Gelato
Because: I'm a sucker for pyrotechnics... so why not at the splits to some Pasculli? My thinking is, after doing this, how easy would it be to play it without the splits!
Hyperballad - Björk (Cover by Brodsky Quartet)
Because: I love crossover and these guys do it so well.
Get Happy/Happy Days Are Here Again - Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand
Because: Not only do I love a crossover, I love a mashup! And from 1963!
Taita Inti - Yma Sumac
Because: Yma Sumac is one of a kind, always an inspiration. Use this as an entry level, but please check out her other clips! (Please note: she has a vocal range from B2 to c#7)
Una Voce Poco Fa - Maria Callas
Baïlèro - Victoria de los Angeles
Because: I just love Victoria de los Angeles... that's why she's here. Also, Songs of the Auvergne are amazing.
Sonata No. 3 for Oboe, Violin, Bassoon and Basso Continuo in Bb Major - Zeleka
Because: Zelenka was a fascinating composer, so complex. I read he used to have to practice keyboard in a room with about 10 other people at the same time... I feel like you can hear that in his counterpoint sometimes!