This thread reminds me of Desert Island Discs, the very long-running program on BBC Radio 4 where "castaways" are asked to pick eight records to bring with them to the desert island, along with a luxury of their choice (BTW, many choose a piano). Of course, the island has a record player (now a CD player, maybe even with MP3 player?).
This is a list of the most popular "tracks" and composers that have been chosen by castaways over a seventy-year period:https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/26v4KfMLDfnJQ8n4mB2fWr0/facts-and-figures
Not a bad list, as I'm sure you'll agree, bearing in mind that British castaways make up more than 50% of those who stranded themselves (through no fault of their own) on that mythical island
. No pop music made it to the top eight. I wonder what the list would look like if the program was made in the US, or Russia, or Germany, or Japan, or......
Incidentally, if the title of the thread had been "10 favorite pieces" (which apparently it's already morphed into), my list would be quite different from that I listed earlier as "10 greatest pieces".
At this precise moment in time, the list would look like this (in no particular order except chronological again):
1) Bach: Goldberg Variations (piano or harp, not harpsichord)
2) Handel (in Mozart's arrangement): Der Messias, K572
3) Mozart: Don Giovanni
4) Mozart: Clarinet Concerto
5) Beethoven: Symphony No.6 (Pastoral)
6) Schubert: Die schÃ¶ne MÃ¼llerin
7) Chopin: Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor
8) Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor
9) Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.3
10) Mahler: Symphony No.2 (Resurrection)