Many people ask what music influenced my orchestrating style. Not sure of that, the question got me to thinking what the most important recordings were for me growing up. Here's a brief list. I wore them all out.



Berio, Folk Songs (original chamber music version, Cathy Berberian)
Stravinsky, Renard (I grew up with the now-out-of-print Boulez recording, though the Esa-Pekka Salonen is quite good).
Messiaen, Quartet for the End of Time (Tashi)
Berio, Sinfonia (the original out-of-print NY Phil recording)
Berio, Recital I (for Cathy)
Berio, Laborintus II
Stravinsky, The Rite of Spring (Boulez)
Ravel, Daphnis and Chloe (Dutoit)
Weill, The Seven Deadly Sins (Gisela May)
Weill, The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny
Bernstein, Mass
Berg, Wozzeck

Pop / Jazz:

Beatles, The White Album
Beatles, Abbey Road
Bjork, Post
Talking Heads (pretty much anything)
Cream, Wheels of Fire
Tori Amos, From the Choir Girl Hotel
The Doors, Strange Days
Nirvana, Nevermind
Parton, Harris, Ronstadt: Trio
Coltrane, My Favorite Things
Oliver Nelson, Blues and the Abstract Truth
The Dirty Dozen Band, Voodoo
Lenny Pickett with the Borneo Horns


West Side Story
Pacific Overtures

I tend to listen to a lot of music, mostly indie/alternative pop at home. A lot of it is stuff I listen to briefly and move on, but here are few from the past years (decades?) that got endless play:

Mumford and Sons, No Doubt, Beck, Scissor Sisters, Lana Del Rey, Weezer, Beirut, Sufjan Stevens, The Killers, Bjork, Tori Amos, Green Day, Rufus Wainwright, Vampire Weekend.