Mentor Playlist: Josephine Vains

Mentor Playlist: Josephine Vains

Solo cello, smooth jazz and a Rodgers and Hammerstein favourite. 

Joesphine Vains
Melbourne, Australia

Mentor Playlist: Josephine Vains

Solo cello, smooth jazz and a Rodgers and Hammerstein favourite. 

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?

String Quartet in A minor, Op.132. 3rd movement Heiliger Dankgesang eines Genesenen an die Gottheit, in der lydischen Tonart - Beethoven

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

Quatuor pour le Fin du Temps, Movement 5 Louange à l'Éternité de Jésus - Messiaen

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.