Bach: Cello Suite 1 Chopin: Piano Concerto 1 Lauridsen: O magnum mysterium Satie: Gymnopedies Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man Dvorak: Cello Concerto Mozart: Symphony 39 Bach: Sheep May Safely Graze Shore: Lord of the Rings Gershwin: An American in Paris Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto 3 Bach: Goldberg Variations Albinoni: Adagio in g minor Bach: Air on the G String Grofe: Grand Canyon Suite Bach: Concerto for 2 Violins Borodin: Polovtsian Dances Rossini: William Tell: Overture Brahms: Symphony 4 Delibes: Lakme: Flower Duet Brahms: German Requiem Stravinsky: The Firebird Khachaturian: Masquerade: Waltz Chopin: Piano Concerto 2.
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Salut d'amour, Op. Hungarian Rhapsody No. German Dance No. L'Arlesienne Suite No. Chanson Triste, Op.
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Allegro marciale animato - Presto. I Love You, Op. Feierlich und gemessen, ohne zu schleppen. Violin Concerto No. Sigurd Jorsalfar, Op. Romance in E-Flat Major, Op. Impromptu in C-Sharp Minor, Op. String Quartet No. Nocturne Andante. Ruslan and Ludmilla: Overture. Vivace Non Troppo.
Preludes, Book I, L. La fille aux cheveux de lin. Pictures at an Exhibition: V. Ballet of the Chickens in Their Shells. Six Pieces for Piano, Op. Romanze in F Major - Andante. Carnival Overture, Op. Crisantemi in C-Sharp Minor. Anitra's Dance.
Slavonic Dances, Op. Andante con moto. L' Arlesienne Suite No.
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Wanderer Fantasie in C Major, Op. Maria Callas lights up La Scala with her radiant performance, but she is perfectly matched by the rest of the cast and, indeed, La Scala's Orchestra and Chorus. The great Stephen Hough presides over the Rach concertos with stylish flair, and the Paganini Rhapsody is every inch the romantic masterpiece under Litton's control.
This beast of a symphony is wrangled under control by Andre Previn, and the results are typically stunning. Nice shirt on the cover, too. Monster piano concertos, tamed by the fingers of Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli. What more could any discerning piano fan ask for? Who better than Herbert von Karajan to guide us through the orchestra works of Ravel, one of France's most lush and romantic composers? This innovative work features recorded birdsong a gimmick from the era when loudspeakers were something of a novelty , but it's the gorgeous, atmospheric orchestral work that lingers longer in the memory.
This exotic-sounding piece is given all the necessary heft and intrigue by the ever-listenable Gergiev. Few people have more recognisable overtures to their name than Rossini, and here they're given glittering renditions on this fun disc from Giulini and the Philharmonia. The Carnival of the Animals is always a joy to hear, but there's a great deal of maturity in this reading of the third symphony that makes it a real stand-out. Clifford Curzon blends perfectly with the Weiner Oktett here, lending just the right amount of impish fun and nagging beauty to Schubert's Trout.
Sir Thomas Beecham turns these early Schubert symphonies into real monuments, with perfect clarity and infinite details to explore. Swallisch's attention to detail here is the perfect compliment to Schumann's dense writing, and he manages to bring out the tiniest details with ease. The first symphony is among Shostakovich's most raw and confusing compositions, so Andre Kostelanetz makes it is brutally entertaining as possible.
Scintillating stuff. This pairing of some of Shostakovich's best-known and least-known works is brought to life with attentive playing. Elizabeth Schwarzkopf's fingerprints are all over this great recording, but she still lets Strauss' songs come to the fore.
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One of Strauss' most enduring works is given the Karajan treatment in this epic and rewarding recording. Despite the slightly strange cover art Karajan driving to rehearsal, maybe? Steven Isserlis wrings out all the religiosity he can in this meditative piece, superbly captured and supported by the LSO.
Three giants of the violin repertoire taken on by one Jascha Heifetz - the results are stunning. Epic, intimate, furious and beautiful.
Tchaikovsky's last symphonies, including the heart-wrenching Pathetique, are given the treatment they deserve by the composer's fellow countrymen. A match made in heaven. Andre and Smith combine to fantastic effect here, tackling trumpet repertoire from throughout history. Tchaikovsky's tragic tale of a selfish anti-hero is brought to life with a superb cast and fantastic support from the workhorses at the Royal Opera House.
The legendary string quartet are on top form across this mammoth set effortlessly tackling the likes of Borodin, Mozart, Ravel and Schubert. Essential for string quartet aficionados. Transport yourself to a punt on a sleepy canal with his fabulous and extensive set of British Light Music Classics, all under the assured baton of Ronald Corp. The inimitable Stephen Hough records inimitable versions of some of his favourite composers' works.
Chopin, Saint Saens and even Richard Rodgers all get a look-in - what's not to like? Fiery stuff here from an on-form Hans Knappertsbusch, expertly directing one of Wagner's most enduring and all-encompassing dramas. This one does exactly what it says on the tin - it's highlights from Wagner's Ring performed without the singing bits.
More than anything it highlights what a wonderful orchestral writer Wagner could be. Wagner's ghostly epic is brought to spooky and atmospheric life by the Bayreuth Festival choir and orchestra, not to mention the stirling solo work. Trust Maria Callas to ooze class and poise in this most challenging of roles La Traviata is a crowd-pleaser for sure, but few can please those crowds quite like Callas. Heitor Villa-Lobos himself helms this superb recording of these legendary Brazilian works.
Full of intrigue, fun and atmosphere, there's plenty to explore here. There are countless recordings of this seminal Vivaldi work, but few capture the real poetic power of the suite quite as accurately and excitingly as Carmignola. This showcase for the world's favourite counter-tenor is a perfect introduction to his repertoire. Few singers consider their songs as carefully as Scholl, so it's always a pleasure to get lost in one of his clever interpretations.
Placido Domingo. Daniel Barenboim. Bryn Terfel. An Die Musik - Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau Named after a Schubert song, this huge collection of Fischer-Dieskau's greatest recordings spans from the 70s and throughout his career. Malcolm Arnold - Scottish Dances LPO Arnold's quirky, often grumpy and deeply idiosyncratic style is perfectly captured on this disc of regional dances, and performed with verve by the LPO.
Bach - Brandenburg Concertos Decca comes up trumps here with this definitive recording of the Brandenburg Concertos. Bach - Italian Concerto Alfred Brendel Brendel is a natural choice for the expressive and technical requirements of one of Bach's best-loved keyboard works. Bach - Mass in B Minor feat. Beethoven - Fidelio Klemperer Beethoven's only opera is captured perfectly here by Otto Klemperer, who fights to bring out every nuance of the rich score. Beethoven - Symphonies No. Beethoven - Symphony No. Beethoven - The Violin Sonatas Pinchas Zukerman Zukerman's breathtaking tone on the violin is ably assisted by Marc Neikrug on this complete cycle of Beethoven's sonatas.
Beethoven - Piano Concerto No. Beethoven - Pathetique Sonata Artur Rubinstein Rubinstein was undoubtedly a master of performance, so it's a real treat to hear him bring life to such staple piece as the Pathetique. Beethoven - Piano Sonatas Op. Borodin - Symphony No. Brahms - Symphony No. Chopin - Etudes, Preludes, Polonaises Maurizio Pollini This exhaustive set of Chopin classics is deftly handled by the nimble genius of Pollini pictured.
Dvorak - American Suite, Czech Suite etc.
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