The Sunday Magazine

The music Robert Harris and Michael Enright can't do without

Michael Enright and Robert Harris share their picks for music they could not be without, if they were marooned on a desert island.
Michael & Robert share their music picks for being stuck on a desert island. (CBC Media Centre)

Usually around Christmas time, The Sunday Edition's music guru, Robert Harris, joins Michael Enright to explore the music of the season. In years past, they have explored the history of the Christmas carol, indulged in wonderful Yuletide classical music and discussed the overabundance of downright bad Christmas albums.

But this year they did something different. They enacted their own version of a BBC Radio standby: the desert island disc. They shared the recordings each of them would take to that proverbial isolated island.

A Christmas present to each other, and to our listeners.

Robert's desert island choices:

-If ever I would leave you, by Aretha Franklin

-Remind Me, Doris Day and Andre Previn, from composer Jerome Kern and lyricist Dorothy Fields

-Stabat Mater by Giovanni Pergolesi

Michael's desert island discs:

-When Sunny Gets Blue by Nat King Cole, from 1957

-J.S. Bach, Cantata No. 140, Wachet Auf, or Sleepers Wake

-I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry, Hank Williams  

Robert Harris is a music journalist, critic, writer and broadcaster. His most recent book is Song of a Nation: The Untold Story of Canada's National Anthem.