Mark Powell
One Hundred and One Recordings…

Alright then, challenge accepted. Here are 101 recordings that have helped shaped my tastes, my inner ear, my aesthetics, and… . my love of the sonic experience. They are, in no particular order:

Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks - R. Strauss - Cleveland O./Maazel

Mexican Shuffle - Herb Alpert - Tijuana Brass

Verklärte Nacht - Schoenberg -  L’Ensemble Intercontemporain/Boulez

Symphony No. 6 - Beethoven - Cleveland O./von Dohnányi

Dreams - The Cranberries

Symphony No. 8 - Schubert - Staatskapelle Dresden/Sawallisch

She Blinded Me With Science - Thomas Dolby

Clapping Music - Steve Reich - Steve Reich & David Cossin

The Peanut Vendor - Moises Simons - Louis Armstrong & Orchestra

Tiger Rag - Nic LaRocca - Original Dixieland Jass Band

Don’t Worry, Be Happy - Bobby McFerrin

Clarinet Concerto - Copland - Richard Stoltzman - LSO/Tilson Thomas

Yes, Yes - Con Conrad - Eddie Cantor

I’ve Had My Moments - William Axt - Eddie Quillan & June Clyde

Tiger Rag - Nic LaRocca - The Mills Brothers

O vos Omnes - Tomás Luis de Victoria - Shaw Festival/Shaw

I Ain’t Gonna Sin No More - Con Conrad & Herb Magidson - Ethel Waters

Symphony No. 5 - Mahler - Bavarian RSO - Rafael Kubelík

Le Nozze di Figaro - Mozart - Prey, Freni, Ewing, Vienna PO/Böhm

Innsbruck, Ich muss dich lassen - Heinrich Isaac - Concentus Musicus

Mucha Muchacha - Juan García Esquivel

The Dance of the Hours - Ponchielli - Philadelphia O./Stokowski

The Barber of Seville - Rossini - Sills, Milnes, Gedda, LSO/Levine

Sonate for Klarinette - Hindemith - Mitchell Lurie & Leona Mitchell

Concerto for Clarinet - Mozart - Robert Marcellus - Cleveland O./Szell

Piano Sonata No. 20 in A, D.959 - Schubert - Mitsuko Uchida

Mystère de l’instant - Duttilleux - Orch. Nat. de France/Rostropovich

Three Sisters - Peter Eötvös - Lyon Opera/Nagano

Vespers - Rachmaninoff - Latvian Radio Choir/Sigvards Klava

Waldesnacht - Brahms - Shaw Festival/Shaw

Saltarelle - Saint-Saens - Stockholm University Singers

Whatchamacallit - Juan García Esquivel

Figure Humaine - Poulenc - Netherlands Radio Choir/Eric Ericson

La Cenerentola - Rossini - Bartoli, Dara, Corbelli - Bologna Th./Chailly

Gran Partita - Mozart - Netherlands Wind Ensemble - de Waart

Annie Get Your Gun - Berlin - Merman, Middleton

I’m Not All There - Ella Shields

Music for Prague 1968 - Husa - UM Concert Band/Rachleff

I Want To Ride My Bicycle - Queen

Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

The Planets - Gustav Holst - LPO/Boult

My Little Grass Shack - The Eton Boys

What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong

Overture La Belle Helene - Offenbach - DSO/Paray

Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm - Crash Test Dummies

Rock Lobster - B52s

The Nutcracker - Tchaikovsky - Philadelphia O./Stokowski

Surfin’ Bird - The Trashmen

California Dreamin’ - Mamas and the Papas

Tristis est - Carlo Gesualdo - Hilliard Ensemble

Goodnight Irene - The Weavers

Homenaje a Federico Garcoa Lorca - Revueltas - ARCO

Mock Moris - Percy Grainger - Martin Jones

Georgy Girl - The Seekers

Simply Irresiistible - Robert Palmer

Girls Chase Boys - Ingrid Michaelson

Videntes stellam - Poulenc - Shaw Festival/Shaw

Fast Car - Tracy Chapman

Psalm 23 - Bobby McFerrin

Shout - The Isley Brothers

Them Basses - Getty Huffine - Eastman WE/Fennell

Minor Swing - Django Reinhardt - Hot Club de France

Non, je ne regrette rien - Edith Piaf

Symphony No. 9 - Beethoven - Vienna PO/Böhm

Daniel Pinkham - WGBH Sign On

Pass in Review - Bob Sharples

Y Ferch o Blwy Penderyn - Meredydd Evans

Quiet City - Aaron Copland - NYPO/Bernstein

Weber Clarinet Concerto No. 2 - Benny Goodman - Columbia SO

Cwm Rhondda - Harry Secombe - Treorchy Men’s Choir

Take on Me - a-ha
(still have a crush on Bunty Bailey)

Countess Maritza - Kalman - Santa Fe Opera/Crosby

I Can’t Fight This Feeling - REO Speedwagon

Der Fliegender Holländer - Wagner - Bailey, Martin, CSO/Solti

Iolanthe - Gilbert & Sullivan - D’Oyly Carte Opera/Godfrey

Well I Like That Girl - NRBQ

Every Breath You Take - The Police

Wonderfullness - Bill Cosby

Cyfri’r Geifr - Meredydd Evans

Lincolnshire Posy - Percy Grainger - Eastman WE/Fennell

Die Zauberflöte - Mozart - Streich, Stader, RIAS Berlin/Fricsay

Symphony No. 2 - Howard Hanson - Eastman Rochester O./Hanson

The Baby Serenade - Erich Korngold - WDR Orch./W. A. Albert

Symphony No. 2 - Sibelius - LSO/Kajanus

You Went the Wrong Way Old King Louie - Allan Sherman

St. Paul’s Suite - Holst - RPO/Sargent

Roamin’ in the Gloamin - Harry Lauder

Has Anybody Here Seen Kelly? - Florrie Ford

Concerto No.4, Op.4 for Organ - Händel - E. P. Biggs, LPO/Boult

The Laughing Policeman - Charlie Penrose

The Ying Tong Song - The Goons

Vanessa - Samuel Barber - Ciesinski, Meier, Spoleto Fest./Keene

The Gasman Cometh - Flanders and Swann

Symphony No. 3 - Per Norgard - Danish RSO/Segerstam

The Stars and Stripes Forever - Sousa - Sousa’s Band/Sousa

Escape - Rupert Holmes

Dear Old Stockholm - Stan Getz - Miles Davis

Gianni Schicchi - Puccini - de los Angeles, Gobi - Rome Opera/Santini

Bridal Lullaby - Roger Woodward - Martin Jones

Adagio for Strings - Samuel Barber - NYPO/Bernstein

Amahl and the Night Visitors - Menotti - NBC SO/Schippers

Two years on Tumblr… . . who knew?

Two years on Tumblr… . . who knew?

Why play in an orchestra?

Because an orchestra rehearsal is the single best laboratory for life skills that exists.

Making the Absurd Available to the Intelligent for a Very Long Time

And that, Ladies and Gentlemen is my new byline… 

Today, A Note from Teddy

“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.”

Today, A Note from Teddy

“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.”

A Note For All My ALP/IML Alums

Because I care… 

Happy Weekend!



The answer of what gets you through a degree varies, of course. An iron will and extraordinary self-discipline, for some. (Graduate school is a bit different, where we got through mostly on vodka sodas and the sweet, sweet tears of our enemies).

The author, having recently run the gauntlet that is a degree…

So, why do you do this kind of work?


Yup. I was asked recently why I do this. . So… these thoughts came to mind. Little did they know… I think about this kinda stuff… A LOT… 

If we are to make our undergraduates and graduates relevant in the musical world of the 21st century, we must train entrepreneurs, not for the sake of an economic opportunity exclusively, but for the sake of defining an area in which a musician can practice their art by fostering an environment of discovery, exploration, and high artistic achievement. 

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Huge Congratulations to the assembled forces of the Houston Symphony, Hans Graf, Kristi Johnson, and guest artists, including a certain Übermezzo, on an adventurous, wondrous performance of Berg’s Wozzeck

The cast is perfect and the orchestra, one of the finest in the country, made the performance of this incredible score seem almost effortless in its execution. Wow, should not have chosen the word execution there, but you get my meaning. 

If you didn’t go on Friday, get your ticket for Saturday!