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.
DUPRÉ / FRANCK / COUPERIN / BRUHNS / BACH / MESSIAEN
Gillian Weir: A Celebration
Gillian Weir (organ)
[ Decca Australian Eloquence / 22 CD Box Set - released 12/Feb/2021 ]
'Dame Gillian is one of the greatest of living artists; her playing shows a perfect mixture of hand and heart, a true musician with the technique to tackle anything.' - JOHN AMIS, WRITER AND CRITIC
Verdi: Simon Boccanegra (Complete Opera recorded at the New Zealand Festival 2000)
Gordon Hawkins, Vladimir Vaneev, Yaron Windmuller, Nuccia Focile / New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Chapman Tripp Opera Chorus, Marco Guidarini
[ Trust / 2 CD Box Set - released 25/Feb/2006 ]
Verdi's sombre and powerful operatic masterpiece, with its themes of love, hate, treachery and reconciliation, is brought to life in this production from the 2000 New Zealand Festival, featuring the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and the Chapman...
Berlioz: Benvenuto Cellini (Complete opera recorded in 2003)
Gregory Kunde, Joyce DiDonato, Patrizia Ciofi, Laurent Naouri / Orchestre Nationale de France. John Nelson
[ Erato / Warner Classics Home of Opera / 3 CD Box Set - released 15/Sep/2018 ]
'A splendid achievement. Here indeed is the 'verve and vitality' Berlioz always believed he had found.' - Gramophone
MOZART / STRAUSS / TCHAIKOVSKY / BARTOK / VERDI / BEETHOVEN / etc
100 Years Of The Salzburg Festival
Herbert von Karajan, Alfred Brendel, Martha Argerich, Georg Solti, James Levine, Zubin Mehta, Leonard Bernstein, etc
[ Deutsche Grammophon / 58 CD Box Set - released 31/Jul/2020 ]
This comprehensive 58-CD limited edition boxed set is the centerpiece of Deutsche Grammophon's campaign celebrating the 100th anniversary of Salzburg Festival in 2020 offering an opportunity to dive into the rich Salzburg Festival history through a...
BACH / BEETHOVEN / BERNSTEIN / BARBER / MEYER / BRAHMS / etc
Hilary Hahn: The Complete Sony Recordings
Hilary Hahn (violin) with various orchestras
[ Sony Classical Masters / 5 CD Box Set - released 30/Oct/2015 ]
"Spellbinding...there is mastery in every silken phrase, every poised lyrical phrase...an object lesson in beautiful violin playing." Chicago Tribune (for Mendelssohn / Shostakovich)
BARTOK / MAHLER / BEETHOVEN / GERSHWIN / IVES / STRAVINSKY / BERNSTEIN / etc
Leonard Bernstein Remastered
Isaac Stern (violin) Philippe Entremont (piano) Andre Watts (piano) / Various orchestras, Leonard Bernstein
[ Sony Music / 100 CD Box Set - released 3/Dec/2017 ]
On the eve of his centenary in 2018, Sony Classical releases the most important collection, Leonard Bernstein's classic American Columbia recordings, remastered from their original 2- and multi-track analogue tapes. This has allowed for the creation...
BRAHMS / MOZART / SAINT-GEORGES / BRUCH / MENDELSSOHN / SARASATE / etc
Jaime Laredo - The Complete RCA and Columbia Album Collection
Jaime Laredo (violin/viola) with Emanuel Ax (piano) Vladimir Sokoloff (piano), Yo Yo Ma (cello), Rudolf Serkin (piano), Isaac Stern (violin), etc
[ Sony Classical / 22 CD Box Set - released 11/Jun/2021 ]
The complete recordings by Grammy-winning violinist Jaime Laredo in a single 23-CD edition in celebration of his 80th birthday June 7, 2021.
Britten: The Collector's Edition: The Masterpieces (37 CDs at a special price)
James Bowman, Lillian Watson, Peter Pears, Joan Cross, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Felicity Lott, Truls Mork, Peter Donohoe, Choir of Kings College, etc
[ Warner Classics / 37 CD Box Set - released 1/Jan/2009 ]
Benjamin Britten was born on the day of the Patron Saint of Music - St. Cecilia - 22nd November in 1913 in Lowestoft. This boxed set contains virtually all his compositions.
ADAM / MASSENET / BIZET / BONONCINI / GRAUN / WAGNER / etc
Joan Sutherland, Marilyn Horne, Irma Kolassi, Janine Micheau, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Richard Conrad, Lisa della Casa, Kirsten Flagstad, etc
[ Decca Eloquence / 20 CD Box Set - released 20/Nov/2020 ]
From Adam to Zandonai, from 1954 to 1996, 20 CDs made up of no less than 28 Decca opera recordings, most of them recorded as highlights albums, many long unavailable, newly remastered and all featuring the greatest singers of their age.
Jonas Kaufman: 50 Great Arias (4 CD set)
Jonas Kaufmann (tenor) with various orchestras & conductors
[ Decca / 4 CD Box Set - released 5/Sep/2014 ]
"These four discs present Jonas Kaufmann in his vocal prime, invariably placing his glorious sound at the service of music and text. The result is a collection of illuminating performances from a uniquely thoughtful, dynamic, soul-stirring artist."
LUDWIG van BEETHOVEN
Beethoven: The Complete String Quartets (the 1982 Live recordings)
Juilliard String Quartet
[ Sony Classical Masters / 9 CD Box Set - released 13/Nov/2020 ]
The Juilliard String Quartet, which was founded in 1946 is one of the world's most prestigious string quartets in the world. In February 2011, the quartet received the NARAS Lifetime Achievement Award for its outstanding contributions to music.
DEBUSSY / MAHLER / MESSIAEN / RAVEL / STRAVINSKY
Boulez & The Cleveland Orchestra
Juliane Banse (soprano) Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano) Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo-soprano) / Cleveland Orchestra, Pierre Boulez
[ Deutsche Grammophon Conductors & Orchestras / 8 CD Box Set - released 25/Jul/2017 ]
The sound throughout is exceptionally vivid, and Boulez, the orchestra and his soloists provide exemplary performances at almost every turn: heartily recommended." Gramophone Editor's Choice June 2004 [on the Debussy/Ravel]
Bizet: Les Pêcheurs de Perles (The Pearl Fishers) [complete opera]
Julie Fuchs, Cyrille Dubois, Florian Sempey, Luc Bertin-Hugaul / Orchestre National de Lille, Alexandre Bloch
[ Pentatone SACD / 2 Hybrid SACD - released 1/Nov/2012 ]
Les Pêcheurs de Perles is best known for its glorious duet, but Georges Bizet's opera has much more to offer. This live recording more than ever brings out the brilliance of this oriental story about love, duty and friendship. In the last 150 years,...
BERLIOZ / DVORAK / SCHUBERT / SCHUMANN / TCHAIKOVSKY / etc
Romantic Symphonies & Overtures [10 CD set]
Philharmonia Orchestra, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer
[ Warner Classics The Klemperer Legacy / 10 CD Box Set - released 15/Dec/2014 ]
Otto Klemperer was born on 14th May 1885 in Breslau, Silesia (now Wroclaw, Poland) and died on 6th July 1973 in Zurich and hence next year we mark 40 years since his passing. Although disfigured by a stroke suffered whilst a brain tumour was being...
Bartók: String Quartets Nos. 1-6
Lindsay String Quartet
[ Decca Eloquence / 3 CD Box Set - released 23/Jul/2021 ]
"These players have their own kind of distinction in this music and should not be missed." Gramophone, December 1989
CHOPIN / MOZART / SCHUMANN / SCHUBERT / MOZART / etc
Maria João Pires - Complete Recordings On Deutsche Grammophon
Maria Joao Pires (piano) / Emmanuel Krivine (cello) / Chamber Orchestra of Europe
[ Deutsche Grammophon / 38 CD Box Set - released 4/Sep/2020 ]
"…there are moments of rapturous beauty in every piece." Gramophone
Rameau: The Opera Collection [27 CD set incls 'Zoroastre', 'Castor & Pollux' & 'Hippolyte et Aricie']
Mark Padmore, Nathan Berg, Gawllw Mechaly, Anne Maria Panzarella, Mireille Delunsch, Zeger Vandersteene, Sophie Daneman, etc
[ Erato / Warner Classics / 27 CD Box Set - released 20/Dec/2014 ]
This budget-priced box brings together nine of Rameau's operas and music from four of his other stage works, all in performances led by seven conductors who played a leading role in the revival of interest in Rameau's music over the past 30 years.
SHOSTAKOVICH / BEETHOVEN / PROKOFIEV / CHOPIN / etc
Martha Argerich Edition: Concertos
Martha Argerich (piano) with Sergei Nakariarov (trumpet) / Various orchestras & conductors
[ EMI Martha Argerich Edition / 4 CD Box Set - released 28/Oct/2007 ]
SPECIAL IMPORT! - In celebration of Martha Argerich at the age of 70 a special collection of her great concertos recordings she has made with EMI.
BEETHOVEN / BRAHMS / BRUCH / PAGANINI / TCHAIKOVSKY / SIBELIUS / etc
Best Of Maxim Vengerov
Maxim Vengerov (violin) / Various orchestras & conductors
[ Warner Classics / 11 CD Box Set - released 20/Nov/2006 ]
"his technique is highly impressive, and he produces a beautiful tone even in the violin's lower regions." (BBC Music)
Schubert: Complete Piano Sonatas
Michael Endres (piano)
[ Capriccio / 6 CD Box Set - released 20/Apr/2011 ]
"the Steck piano that Endres plays has a pleasing bloom, which has been recorded with satisfying natural presence, and his lyrical, lovingly shaped performances undoubtedly deserve a place among the very best alternatives." Gramophone