The Avon Mills at Malmesbury where I have lived since 1985
I bought my first recordings in 1956 with money from my 15th birthday; they were Beethoven's Fifth Symphony (Concertgebouw under Eric Kleiber) and either the Beethoven 7th or the Eroica (Philhamonia Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan – I cannot remember which came first). To be followed over the next couple of years by the Brahms Violin Concerto (David Oistrakh, Franz Konwitschny), Beethoven Violin Concerto (Bronislav Gimpel, Heinrich Hollreiser), Debussy Images and Daphnis & Chloe (10 inch LP with Guido Cantelli and the Philharmonia), Sibelius 6th and 7th Symphonies (von Karajan, Philharmonia), Saint-Saëns Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso, and Havanaise (Alfredo Campoli, 10 inch medium play). These were added to my small collection of 78s (played on a wind-up gramophone): Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto with Yehudi Menuhin and George Enescu, and Tchaikovsky's Romeo & Juliet Overture – minus the third side; I only learned many years later that the music continued after the sword fighting. In my youth, Romeo and Juliet lived happily ever after.
Other early purchases included Guido Cantelli conducting Mendelssohn's Italian Symphony, and Schubert's Unfinished (Philharmonia). To these was added a 10" Decca disc of Brahms Academic Festival, and Tragic, overtures (Eduard van Beinum). And Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau singing Schubert and Schumann.
My current recording and violinist recording collections are listed via the links opposite. The collections are searchable. Apart from listening to recordings, I also play the violin or viola from time to time; nowadays, very infrequently, alas. My opinions on the various music I listen to are recorded occasionally in my blog Musicke & Food (link opposite).
My favourite works and composers change all the time. At the moment, I greatly favour Handel, Bach, Purcell, Schubert, Bruckner and Shostakovich. A brief selection of "special" works would include Bach's Mass in B minor, Schubert's B flat major piano sonata D 960, Bruckner's Ninth Symphony, and the violin concertos of Elgar, Britten and Shostakovich. But there are many, many others ...
My violas are pictured in two links -- viola-1, and viola-2. My violin is pictured in this link. Brief details of me are here. Any comments to: hcollier [at] gmail.com