Reynold Levy may be the president of Lincoln Center, the world’s largest art complex with 5 million visitors each year but, as he revealed to host Gilbert Kaplan, it wasn’t until age 32 that he got hooked on classical music. Bach did the trick. Since then, he’s come to love Beethoven and Mozart – and more recently, Shostakovich, whose war symphonies he likens to the classic novel All Quiet on the Western Front.
As he labors to perfect a balancing act and gain support for Lincoln Center's own goals from the fiercely independent Met Opera, New York Philharmonic and the Center’s 10 other arts organizations, he sometimes fantasizes that he’d rather be a conductor or stand-up comedian.
Johann Sebastian Bach Concerto No. 1 in D minor, BWV 1052. [Excerpt - First Movement] London Symphony Orchestra. David Zinman. Vladimir Ashkenazy, piano. Decca 476 2729.
Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet No. 16 in F major, Opus 135. [Second Movement] Juilliard String Quartet. Sony 62792.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Mass in C minor, K 427 “Great.” [Excerpt] Le Concert D’Astrée. Louis Langrée. Natalie Dessay and Véronique Gens, sopranos; Topi Lehtipuu, tenor; Luca Pisaroni, bass. Virgin Classics 359309.
John Mayer, arr. Doug Petty “My Stupid Mouth.” Audra MacDonald. Nonesuch 79862.
Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 “Choral” [Excerpt - Second Movement] London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. Bernard Haitink. Twyla Robinson, soprano; Karen Cargill, mezzo-soprano; John Mac Master, tenor; Gerald Finley, bass. LSO Live 592.
Dmitri Shostakovich Symphony No. 7 in C major, Opus 60 “Leningrad.” [Excerpt – Fourth Movement] Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and Kirov Theater Orchestra. Valery Gergiev. Philips 289 470 8452.