By LA Weekly
By Henry Rollins
By Weekly Photographers
By Shea Serrano
By Nate "Igor" Smith
By Dan Weiss
By Erica E. Phillips
By Kai Flanders
One hundred entries is actually a paltry list to represent the achievements of this or any other musical century. Even so, let’s boil it down even further to an indispensable 10-plus-10, which you will accept only with the promise to move further afield on your own.
List No. 1: The Absolutes
4. BARTÓK: Concerto for Orchestra. Fritz Reiner conducting the Chicago Symphony (RCA)
5. COPLAND: Appalachian Spring, complete ballet. Aaron Copland conducting the Boston Symphony (RCA). Original version for chamber orchestra. Hugh Wolff conducting the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (Teldec)
7. LIGETI: Requiem. Michael Gielen conducting the Hessian Radio Symphony and Chorus (Teldec). N.B.: Salonen has also recorded this work for Sony; when it’s to be released is anyone’s guess.
9. REICH: Music for 18 Musicians. Steve Reich and Musicians (Elektra/Nonesuch). An earlier version, also by Reich and Musicians, is available on ECM New Series, but the newer one is better.
List No. 2: The Almost-Absolutes
13. CRAWFORD SEEGER: String Quartet. Arditti Quartet (Grama vision)
14. SCHOENBERG: Quartet No. 4. Arditti Quartet (Disques Montaigne)
15. CARTER: Quartet No. 2. Juilliard Quartet (Sony)
18. FELDMAN: For Philip Guston. California EAR Unit (Bridge)
20. CAGE: Fourteen. Stephen Drury, pianist, with the Calli thumpian Ensemble (Mode)