Musicians in Live Performances or on Recordings

Nowadays, we judge composers, compositions, as well as performers primarily by recordings, which is, to a large degree, unfair, but an unavoidable fact-of-life. Sadly, almost all of my favorite living composers fall into the "recording-only" category. As much as I prefer live performances, particularly because of some of my most memorable musical moments, live performances have their limitations too, especially for rare/new/modern/antique works and not so famous artists/ensembles (visitors), and out-of-way locales or smaller cities.

Naturally, most of my most memorable performances and favorite recordings are by some of my favorite artists listed below. Anyway, here are some of my favorite musicians, in performances or on recordings:

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Created in 1996? Last update April 4, 2011.
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