SCHUMANN / CHOPIN / ENESCU / RAVEL / LISZT / BRAHMS / etc
The Immortal Dinu Lipatti
Dinu Lipatti (piano)
[ Warner Classics / 3 CD Box Set - released 1/Mar/2017 ]
1001 Classical recordings you must hear before you die (1801-1850) - 'an irreplaceable treasure.' Gramophone
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.
W. A. MOZART
Mozart: Die Zauberflote [The Magic Flute] (complete opera)
Klaus Florian Vogt, Rolando Villazon, Regula Mühlemann, Christiane Karg, Albina Shagimuratova / Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Yannick Nézet-Séguin
[ Deutsche Grammophon / 2 CD Box Set - released 6/Sep/2019 ]
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung praised Villazón's "comic talent" in his first Papageno, "achieving 'heights of emotion' with the captivating Regula Mühlemann's Papagena", as well as the "magical tenor" of Klaus Florian Vogt as Tamino.
MONTEVERDI / BIBER / FERRARI / ALLEGRI / MERULA
Monteverdi: Teatro d'Amore / Via Crucis [2 CDs limited edition]
Nuria Rial (soprano) Philippe Jaroussky (countertenor) Barbara Furtuna / L'Arpeggiata, Christina Pluhar
[ Erato / Warner Classics / 2 CD Box Set - released 16/Dec/2016 ]
Founded in 2000, L'Arpeggiata is a French-based ensemble directed by Austrian-born harpist and lutenist Christina Pluhar. Its members, some of the leading European soloists in their field, join forces with exceptional singers from the worlds of...
MARBECKS COLLECTABLE: Delius: Orchestral Works - In a Summer Garden / A Song of Summer / The Walk to the Paradise Garden / etc
Robert Tear (tenor) / Halle Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli
[ EMI Classics / 2 CD Box Set - released 12/May/1994 ]
Sir John Barbirolli recorded these English tone poems in 1965-68, with the London Symphony Orchestra and his own Hallé Orchestra.
BACH / VIVALDI / BOCCHERINI / SAINT-SAENS / FRANCK / ELGAR / etc
50 Best Cello [3 CD set]
Various Artists incls Pablo Casals, Han-Na Chang, Natalie Clein, Robert Cohen, Jacqueline du Pre, Lynn Harrell, Steven Isserlis, etc
[ Warner Classics CD / 3 CD Box Set - released 1/Feb/2014 ]
This collection features a host of celebrated cellists performing 50 iconic tracks, from three of Bach's suites for solo cello, to a rare recording of the Arthur Sullivan cello concerto.
Pierre Boulez conducts Stravinsky [Incls Firebird Ballet, Pulcinella Suite & Le Sacre du Printemps]
BBC Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Ensemble intercontemporain, Cleveland Orchestra, Pierre Boulez
[ Sony Classical / 3 CD Box Set - released 3/Dec/2017 ]
Conductor Pierre Boulez's lucid precision is perhaps the ideal perspective on Stravinsky's music, from the late Romantic sweep of the Firebird to the witty Neo-Classicism of the Pulcinella Suite.
Spergher: Organ and Harpsichord Music
Chiara Minali (organ and harpsichord)
[ Brilliant Classics / 3 CD Box Set - released 1/Jun/2019 ]
"..this recording should give Spergher's compositions much more prominence. This music deserves to be more widely known by performers and audiences alike." Choir & Organ
Konrad Ruhland Conducts Gregorian Chant
Choralschola of the Niederaltaicher Scholaren, Capella Antiqua Munchen Choralschola, Konrad Ruhland
[ Sony Classical / 4 CD Box Set - released 25/Feb/2018 ]
"The hypnotic beauty of Gregorian Chant intoned in high-vaulted churches and cathedrals has found widespread popularity in recent decades through countless recordings. Some of the most distinguished of them were made in the 1970s, 80s and 90s by the...
Mendelssohn: 'Elias', Op. 70 / 'Paulus', Op. 36 (Rec 1994)
Christine Schafer (soprano) Cornelia Kallisch (alto) / Andreas Schmidt (bass) Czech Philharmonic / Helmuth Rilling
[ Brilliant Classics / 4 CD Box Set - released 14/Aug/2005 ]
"Is this a Bargain of the Month? That's for the Editor to decide. For my money, this is set fair to be a Bargain of the Year. Urgently recommended." (MusicWeb April 2003)
MARBECKS COLLECTABLE: Vivaldi: Concerti per Violine Op 4 "La Stravaganza"
I Solisti Veneti, Claudio Scimone
[ Erato / 2 CD Box Set - released 2/Feb/1989 ]
Originally recorded in 1977
Escher: Orchestral, Chamber and Choral Music
Concertgebouw, Riccardo Chailly / Netherlands Chamber Choir
[ Brilliant Classics / 3 CD Box Set - released 10/Apr/2020 ]
The most extensive survey on record of a major Dutch 20th-century composer, featuring some of the country's most distinguished musicians.
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.
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)
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.
TCHAIKOVSKY / TANEYEV / ARENSKY / RIMSKY-KORSAKOV / etc
MARBECKS COLLECTABLE: Russian Piano Trios
The Moscow Trio
[ Brilliant Classics / 3 CD Box Set - released 22/Apr/2013 ]
This 3‐disc collection showcases Russian piano trios from the mid‐nineteenth to early‐twentieth centuries. Piano trios were unheard of for Russian composers until Mikhail Glinka wrote one in 1832; it earned the epithet 'Pathétique' as it seemed to be...
BACH / GABRIELI / HANDEL / MOZART / VIVALDI / etc
Canadian Brass: from Monteverdi to Mozart [5 CD set]
[ Sony Classical Masters / 5 CD Box Set - released 1/Sep/2011 ]
This album is a re-issue of the acclaimed ensemble Canadian Brass who have recorded works from the Renaissance and Baroque as well as a number of works by Mozart.
GEORG FRIDERIC HANDEL
Handel: Messiah (complete oratorio Live from the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge 2009)
Ailish Tynan, Alice Coote, Allan Clayton & Matthew Rose / Choir of King's College, Academy of Ancient Music, Stephen Cleobury
[ Warner Classics / 2 CD Box Set - released 10/Mar/2010 ]
"The first choral concert transmitted live to 85 cinemas, Stephen Cleobury's interpretation ticks all the boxes, with choir and orchestra impeccably balanced, and soloists glowing." The Independent, 24th April 2009 ****
Complete Guitar Music
Gérard Abiton (guitar) & Beatrice Martin (harpsichord) Ensemble Orchestral Stringendo, Jean Thorel
[ Brilliant Classics / 4 CD Box Set - released 20/Oct/2014 ]
Manuel Ponce was one of Mexico's best and most popular composers. His compositions are imbued with the native music and folklore of his beloved Mexico, irresistably lively, sensual and passionate.
Braun: Sonatas for Flute & Bass Continuo
Jed Wentz (flute) / Musica ad Rhenum
[ Brilliant Classics / 4 CD Box Set - released 10/Mar/2020 ]
Very little is known about Jean-Daniel Braun (ca 1703-before 1740). He seems to have been a flutist of some renown, and he worked for the Duke d'Épernon. He published several books of Sonatas for the traverse flute and basso continuo, which are...