We're asking our mentors to tell us their top ten songs of all time, from any genre! Here is Josephine Vains' list. What pieces of music make your top ten?
Because: It is such exquisite string writing, but even more so, profound music from my favourite composer. In the hands of the Alban Berg Quartet, it’s a masterpiece of rhetoric.
Solo Suites - Bach
Because: A universe in one work, Bach provides the performer with more food for thought than any other. My favourite movement is probably the Allemande from Suite VI.
Space Oddity - David Bowie
Because: A truly original sound with so many layers, this is a piece that I don't mind getting stuck in my head for days on end. RIP David Bowie.
Chameleon - Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters
Because: It's so great live! Super funky.
Blue in Green - Miles Davis (Kind of Blue)
Because: It's such a great piece for late nights. Iconic and timeless
Salome, Final Scene - Richard Strauss
Because: I think this is one of the greatest final scenes in opera, ever. Spine-chilling music to match the bloodthirst on stage
Because: It is a spiritual journey for even the hardiest non-believer.
You're Getting To Be A Habit With Me - Anita O'Day
Because: I love the dusky timbre of her voice. The whole record (An Evening with Anita O'Day) is fantastic.
String Quintet in C major D.956 - Schubert
Because: I never tire of this work, and it seems neither do audiences.
Edelweiss - Rodgers and Hammerstein (The Sound of Music)
Because: I'm always been a sucker for a slow waltz, and the easy voice of Christopher Plummer.