Alex Ross also had a few things to say about this. Take a look at his posting, and the ridiculous excuse from Hugo Lindgren. Hey, Ravi Shankar's ragas somehow managed to fit; if Beethoven had died, I bet it would be easy to fit him into a montage. And wait: did Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau not record enough 2 to 5 minute numbers in his career?
Alex mentions the death of Elliott Carter, a towering figure, and a native New Yorker, whom the Times couldn't be bothered to include in this feature.