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...
LUDWIG van BEETHOVEN
Beethoven: The 9 Symphonies (complete)
Soile Isokoski (sop), Rosemarie Lang (cont) Robert Gambill (ten) René Pape (bass) / Staatskapelle Berlin / Daniel Barenboim
[ Warner Classics / 6 CD Box Set - released 22/Aug/2017 ]
"I waited a very long time to record the Beethoven symphonies," said Daniel Barenboim when this cycle was first released in 2000.
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
LUDWIG van BEETHOVEN
Beethoven: Complete Piano Sonatas & Concertos (12 CD set recorded 1970 - 77)
Alfred Brendel (piano) / London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bernard Haitink
[ Decca / 12 CD Box Set - released 1/Oct/2019 ]
He's a legend of the piano world, revered and applauded the world over. For long an exclusive Philips Classics artist, Alfred Brendel is the recipient of the 2010 Gramophone Lifetime Achievement Award.
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)
100 Violin Masterworks
Augustin Dumay, Isaac Stern, Itzhak Perlman, David Garrett, Daniel Hope, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Hilary Hahn, Gidon Kremer, etc
[ Deutsche Grammophon / 5 CD Box Set - released 20/Jun/2019 ]
Deutsche Grammophon proudly presents a selection of its greatest ever recordings for violin from its peerless catalogue of the world's greatest violinists.
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)
LUDWIG van BEETHOVEN
Beethoven : Barenboim [35 CD set]
Daniel Barenboim (piano & conductor), Pinchas Zukerman (violin) Jacqueline du Pre (cello) Itzhak Perlman (violin) Gervase de Peyer (clarinet), etc
[ Warner Classics / 35 CD Box Set - released 11/Nov/2016 ]
"By all accounts Beethoven was a freethinking person, and a courageous one, and I find courage an essential quality for the understanding, let alone the performance, of his works." Daniel Barenboim
Field: Piano Concertos, Nocturnes, Sonatas
Benjamin Frith (piano), Northern Sinfonia, David Haslam
[ Naxos / 6 CD Box Set - released 25/Jan/2019 ]
'Benjamin Frith has done a stellar job in bringing these concertos into the sunlight, brilliantly supported by the Northern Sinfonia under David Haslam' (Pianist magazine).
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.
GEORG FREDERIC HANDEL
Quintessence Handel: Complete Organ Concertos
Christian Schmitt (organ) Charlotte Balzereit (harp) / Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra. Nicol Matt
[ Brilliant Classics / 5 CD - released 22/Jan/2021 ]
The first complete recording of the Breitkopf Urtext Edition of the organ concertos of George Frideric Handel. Handel's organ concertos enjoy a wide popularity, they are brilliant concert pieces, in which the organ plays a joyous, "worldly" part.
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.
David Oistrakh - The Great Recordings (incls concertos & sonatas by Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, Tartini, etc)
David Oistrakh (violin) / Philharmonia Orchestra / Cleveland Orchestra / Orchestre National de la Radioffusion Francaise / Berliner Philharmoniker
[ Warner Budget Boxes / 17 CD Box Set - released 20/Sep/2008 ]
Warner Classics are proud to be able to present this 17-CD set of some of the finest recordings by David Oistrakh, one of the truly great violin virtuosi of the past 100 years.
MOZART / BEETHOVEN / WAGNER / C.P.E. BACH / HANDEL / DVORAK / etc
Dennis Brain - Homage
Dennis Brain (horn) with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Sena Jurinac, Walter Gieseking, George Malcom, Gerald Moore, Malcolm Sargent, Herbert von Karajan, etc
[ Warner Classics / 11 CD Box Set - released 14/May/2021 ]
This 11CD collection presents all of Brain's Warner recordings as concerto soloist and chamber and ensemble player - including music composed with him in mind - and his most notable contributions to symphonic, choral and operatic works.
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
BEETHOVEN / HANDEL / HINDEMITH / MOZART / COUPERIN / RAVEL / etc
Éric Heidsieck - The Complete Erato & HMV Recordings
Eric Heidsieck (piano) with Tania Heidsieck (piano) Paul Tortelier (violincello), Varous Orchestras
[ Warner Classics / 27 CD Box Set - released 27/Nov/2020 ]
Luminosity, clarity and depth of colour characterise the playing of Éric Heidsieck, born in Reims in 1936. A student of French masters Marcel Ciampi and Alfred Cortot, he went to Wilhelm Kempff to further his exploration of Beethoven. Heidsieck's...
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...
W. A. MOZART
Quintessence Mozart: Violin Concertos, Salzburg Divertimenti and Haffner Serenade
Hungarian Chamber Orchestra, Kristóf Baráti, Amati Chamber Orchestra, Gil Sharon, Kammerorchestra 'C.P.E. Bach', Hartmut Haenchen
[ Brilliant Classics / 5 CD - released 25/Sep/2020 ]
"..Baráti is out of the top drawer. With intensity of sound, unbridled athleticism and searing leaps into the stratosphere which send a tingle down the spine" (Gramophone)
Quintessence Dvorák: Complete Piano Music
Inna Poroshina (piano)
[ Brilliant Classics / 5 CD - released 22/Jan/2021 ]
Gramophone Magazine Re-issue of the Month - March 2011
Igor Stravinsky conducts Stravinsky - Symphonies and concertos [3 CD set]
Isaac Stern (violin) Benny Goodman (clarinet) Charles Rosen, Philippe Entremont (piano) / CBC Symphony Orchestra, Columbia Symphony Orchest
[ Sony Classical Masters / 3 CD Box Set - released 26/Jan/2016 ]
Hearing a composer conduct their own work offers a fascinating interpretive insight into their oeuvre, all the greater when the composer in question is one of the biggest and most-influential names in 20th century music, Igor Stravinsky.
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...
Isaac Stern plays Brahms
Isaac Stern (violin), with Leonard Rose (cello), Emmanuel Ax (piano) Jamie Laredo (viola) / Philadelphia Orch, Eugene Ormandy / New York Philh, Zubin
[ Sony / RCA Classical Masters / 5 CD Box Set - released 19/May/2018 ]
"The Brahms Double Concerto impresses largely for the closeness of the rapport with Leonard Rose; the solo concerto has some wonderful things too - phrases that speak or passagework that flashes like swordplay." (Gramophone)
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.
GEORG FRIDERIC HANDEL
Handel: Agrippina (complete opera)
Joyce DiDonato, Elsa Benoit, Biagio Pizzuti, Franco Fagioli, Andrea Mastroni, Jakub Józef Orliński / l Pomo d'Oro, Maxim Emelyanychev
[ Erato Classics / 3 CD - released 31/Jan/2020 ]
"With DiDonato nonpareil in the title-role and a uniformly strong cast, this now becomes a first choice for Handel's Venetian masterpiece." Gramophone Awards 2020 WINNER - Opera
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...
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