'It's years since I was on Desert Island Discs but these days I'd find it much easier to choose the eight records I don't want than those that I do. I don't ever want to hear again: Mussorgsky, Pictures at an Exhibition; Rimsky Korsakov, Sheherazade; Schubert, Fifth Symphony; Beethoven, Pastoral Symphony; Mozart, 40th Symphony. And it isn't that I've heard them too often. I just don't care for any of them.'Interestingly, Charlotte Higgins, is reluctant to name her pieces, but does include Bellini, Donizetti, and Bruckner.
I too am reluctant to name pieces, partly because some pieces come and go, but then come back. Berlioz, Symphonie Fantastique would definitely have been an example, along with Schubert's Ninth Symphony, due mainly to playing them too many times. But now I feel some shame for this as I'm wowed by Berlioz and awed by Schubert! Tchaikovsky similarly. I performed The Merry Widow by Lehar so many times that I thought I could never face hearing it again - it's not the greatest music anyway - but even now I find myself wistful for the Vilja-Lied, and I may even download it for nostalgia. My idea of a musical hell included Country and Western, but not so long ago I purchased three Johnny Cash CD's! As yet, Prokofiev continues to hold no interest, but this too might change!
Now, if we were talking hymns or worship songs ...
If you're adventurous enough to put down what you would happily never hear again I'll be glad to hear from you.