Béla Bartók - The Hungarian Soul
Pierre Amoyal, James Conlon, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Sakari Oramo, Franz Welser-Möst, Mariss Jansons, Constantin Silvestri, András Schiff, Iván Fischer
[ Warner Classics / 20 CD Box Set - due 1/Oct/2021 ]
Béla Bartók is regarded as one of the greatest composers of the twentieth century, the creator of a body of works as immense as it is complex. He was passionate about Hungarian folk music and carried out serious ethnological research in the field.
SILVESTROV / PIAZZOLLA / KANCHELI / SCHNITTKE / SCHUMANN / BRAHMS / etc
Gidon Kremer: The Warner Collection Complete Teldec, EMI Classics & Erato Recordings
Gidon Kremer (violin), with Andrei Gavrilov (piano) Oleg Maisenberg (piano) Clemens Hagen (cello) Kremerata Baltica, etc
[ Warner Classics / 21 CD Box Set - due 1/Oct/2021 ]
Gidon Kremer avoids the well-trodden paths of the musical world as he explores it with style and sensitivity. Kremer combines a passion for freedom with a quest for authenticity, as is revealed in the recordings he made over a period of two decades.
Franck: Hulda (complete opera original version)
Meagan Miller, Joshua Kohl, Irina Jae-Eun Park, Anja Jung / Opernchor des Theater Freiburg, Freiburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Fabrice Bollon
[ Naxos American Classics / 3 CD Box Set - due 10/Oct/2021 ]
Most of César Franck's works received scant attention at the time of their composition and Hulda was never performed in his lifetime.
Arnold: Symphonies (Complete) / Dances
Ireland National Symphony Orchestra; Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Penny
[ Naxos / 6 CD Box Set - due 10/Oct/2021 ]
"These performances have the composer's imprimatur (he was present at the recording sessions) and can be cordially recommended." Penguin Guide
Mahler: Symphonies [complete] (11 CD set)
Lucia Popp, Edith Mathis, Doris Soffel, Elzabeth Connell / London Philharmonia Orchestra, Klaus Tennstedt
[ Warner Classics / 11 CD Box Set - released 10/Oct/2014 ]
*** Three Stars. Penguin Stereo Guide -- "The experience hits one a full force" (Penguin Guide)
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, René Jacobs
[ Harmonia Mundi / 3 CD Box Set - released 19/Jul/2019 ]
Scarlatti's Griselda, premiered in Rome in 1721, received a single performance at the Teatro Capranica, and was never taken into the repertoire elsewhere, both for financial reasons and because of the changing tastes of the time. The tragic story of...
Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov, opera in seven scenes (1869 version)
Alexander Tsymbalyuk, Maxim Paster, Mika Kares, Sergei Skorokhodov, Göteborg Opera Chorus
[ BIS SACD / 2 CD - released 6/Sep/2019 ]
"This new account, based on live performances, is beautifully sung and played, and recorded in surround sound" MusicWeb
Angela Hewitt plays Bach [15 CDs Special Price]
Angela Hewitt (piano)
[ Hyperion / 15 CD Box Set - released 20/Sep/2010 ]
'Angela Hewitt's Bach has long been a thing of wonder' (The Daily Telegraph)
Artur Rubinstein: The Chopin Collection (10 CDs special price)
Artur Rubinstein (piano) with New Symphony Orchestra & Symphony of the Air
[ Sony Classical Masters / 10 CD Box Set - released 1/May/2011 ]
"The florid gusto of Rubinstein's playing may not suit modern tastes, but he is clearly engaged with his material, rendering such considerations meaningless; and at his best, he is breathtaking." the Independent
Claus Peter Flor conducts Mendelssohn
Lucia Popp (sop) Marjana Lipovšek (mezzo) Josef Protschka (tenor) Sergei Edelmann (piano) Kyoko Takezawa (violin) / Bamberg Symphony, Claus Peter Flor
[ Sony / RCA Classical Masters / 6 CD Box Set - released 1/Jun/2017 ]
"Claus Peter Flor's Mendelssohn enjoys the classical virtues of good taste, fine attention to detail, and a real sense of style...these are perfectly respectable and entertaining performances, well recorded. You won't be disappointed." (ClassicsToday)
TCHAIKOVSKY / SHOSTAKOVICH / SCHNITTKE
Russian Chamber Music
[ Warner Classics / 8 CD - released 21/Aug/2020 ]
Established in Moscow in 1945, and still performing today, the Borodin Quartet sustains a distinctive tradition in the interpretation of Russian chamber music.
LUDWIG van BEETHOVEN
Beethoven: Piano Trios
Daniel Barenboim (piano), Michael Barenboim (violin), Kian Soltani (cello)
[ Deutsche Grammophon / 3 CD - released 27/Nov/2020 ]
On his new album, Daniel Barenboim performs Beethoven's Complete Piano Trios with his son Michael Barenboim and cellist Kian Soltani.
LUDWIG van BEETHOVEN
Beethoven: Complete Piano Sonatas & Concertos
Daniel Barenboim (piano/conductor) / Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
[ Warner Classics / 14 CD Box Set - released 20/Aug/2021 ]
In his first recording of the cycle, the young Daniel Barenboim combines clarity of tone with freshness of thought to deliver superlative readings.
BACH / BRAHMS / WOLF / SCHUMANN / BRAHMS / GLUCK / etc
MARBECKS COLLECTABLE: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau: Early recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone) with various accompaniments
[ Deutsche Grammophon Original Masters / 9 CD Box Set - released 20/Mar/2013 ]
"This nine CD set is a valuable commemoration of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau's inestimable contribution to song. It is a real and genuine tribute, for it gives a true overview of a remarkable career." (MusicWeb)
Schutz: Sacred Music
Dresden Kreuzchor, Rudolf Mauersberger
[ Brilliant Classics / 4 CD Box Set - released 12/Oct/2013 ]
This collection is a tribute to the great Baroque composer, who received most of his training in Venice from the organist of St Mark's, Giovanni Gabrieli.
TARREGA / ALBENIZ / GRANADOS / RODRIGO / VIVALDI / BARRIOS / etc
50 X Guitar
Eduardo Fernandez, Alexandre Lagoya, Pepe Romero
[ Decca / 3 CD Box Set - released 20/Sep/2015 ]
From Tarrega's classic "Recuerdos de la Alhambra" to Rodrigo's dazzling "Concierto para una Fiesta" here is a generous selection of popular guitar classics performed by leading performers from the vast Decca catalogue.
Grieg: Complete Piano Music
Einar Steen-Nøkleberg (piano), Norwegian State Institute of Music Chamber Choir
[ Naxos / 14 CD Box Set - released 14/Jun/2019 ]
"Steen-Nøkleberg is entirely inside this music. He manages to make the familiar pieces sound fresh, and the less familiar... are most imaginatively played" Gramophone
Offenbach: La Belle Helene, Orphee Aux Enfers, La Grande-Duchesse de Gerolstein (Complete Operettas in French)
Felicity Lott, Yann Beuron, Natalie Dessay, Ewa Podles, Sandrine Piau, Laurent Naouri, Patricia Petibon, etc / Les Musiciens du Louvre-Grenoble, Marc
[ Erato Classics / 6 CD Box Set - released 15/Nov/2018 ]
"These are enormously spirited performances, no undue lingering, rhythmically riveting and generally uplifting. There is punch in the concerted numbers and the dances are whirlwinds." MusicWeb
Handel: Concerti grossi Op. 3 and Op. 6
Georg Kallweit, Bernhard Forck , Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
[ Pentatone / 3 CD - released 12/Mar/2021 ]
BRILLIANT PERFORMANCES OF HANDEL'S MASTERWORKS Handel's concerti grossi Op. 3 and Op. 6 are among the most exceptional instrumental music of the baroque age, and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin brings out all the brilliance of these delightful...
GILBERT and SULLIVAN
Gilbert & Sullivan: Operettas (Nine operettas and other miscellaneous works)
George Baker, Owen Brannigan, Elsie Morison, Richard Lewis, etc / Glyndebourne Festival, Sir Malcolm Sargent
[ Warner Classics / 16 CD Box Set - released 15/May/2015 ]
A splendiforous collection of Gilbert and Sullivan's finest operettas including, Patience, Pirates Of Penzance, Mikado, HMS Pinafore, The Yeomen of the Guard and Ruddigore. Also includes the Symphony in E "Irish" and the Cello Concerto.