GEORG FRIDERIC HANDEL
Handel: Serse (complete opera recorded in 2018)
Franco Fagioli (Serse), Vivica Genaux, Inga Kalna, Francesca Aspromonte / Il Pomo d ́Oro Orchestra, Maxim Emelyanychev
[ Deutsche Grammophon / 3 CD Box Set - released 20/Dec/2018 ]
"I'd guess that a voice like Franco Fagioli's…comes as close as we can get today to the mingled brilliance, suppleness and power of the great castrati in their pomp." Gramophone Editor's Choice Feb 2019
OFFENBACH / BIZET / VERDI / PUCCINI / MOZART / etc
Opera auf Deutsch
Fritz Wunderlich, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Brigitte Fassbaender, Ernst Haefliger, Irmgard Seefried, Rita Streich, Sándor Kónya, Ingeborg Hallstein, +
[ Deutsche Grammophon / 15 CD Box Set - released 22/Mar/2020 ]
This collection is a real treasure trove for opera lovers and tells the astonishing story of an era when all the many municipal opera houses in the German-speaking world performed the standard opera repertoire in the local language only.
Icon: Fritz Wunderlich: A Poet Among Tenors (works by Mozart, Mahler, Verdi, Puccini, Tchaikovksy, etc)
Fritz Wunderlich (tenor) with various orchestras & conductors
[ Warner Classics / EMI Icon / 6 CD Box Set - released 10/Oct/2010 ]
"The recordings are clean, balanced and digitally re-mastered. I urge every lover of the tenor to buy this set; it offers nearly seven hours of one of the most beautiful, natural, refined and unforced tenor voices we have ever heard." (MusicWeb Oct...
BARTOK / BEETHOVEN / BERLIOZ / BRAHMS / HAYDN / KODALY / etc
Ferenc Fricsay: Complete Recordings On DG - Vol.1 - Orchestral Works
Gaza Anda (piano) Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay
[ Deutsche Grammophon / CD Box Set - released 10/Oct/2015 ]
Deutsche Grammophon unites all of its Fricsay recordings into 2 volumes, of which this is the first. FERENC FRICSAY - Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon Vol. 1 presents Fricsay's orchestral output in its entirety.
George Szell - Complete Warner Recordings
George Szell (conductor) with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, David Oistrak, Emil Gilels, etc
[ Warner Classics / 14 CD Box Set - released 30/Oct/2020 ]
George Szell's commitment to musical truth made him an intimidating figure - even among the other formidable conductors of the 20th century.
Mendelssohn: Complete String Quartets, Quintets, Sextet and Octet
[ Brilliant Classics / 6 CD Box Set - released 20/Feb/2011 ]
Probably no composer other than Mozart displayed such a prodigious talent in childhood as that displayed by the young Mendelssohn.
Boston Symphony Orchestra: Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
Boston Symphony Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa, Andre Previn, Claudio Abbado. William Steinberg, Michael Tilson Thomas, Leonard Bernstein, etc
[ Deutsche Grammophon Conductors & Orchestras / 57 CD Box Set - released 20/Jun/2019 ]
The BSO's 1969-70 season was a landmark year for the orchestra with the arrival of distinguished conductor William Steinberg and the start of their recording legacy with DG. The label immediately reinforced its commitment to the BSO.
Debussy: His First Performers
Claude Debussy, Ricardo Viñes, Alfred Cortot, Walter Gieseking (pianos), Jacques Thibaud (violin), Lily Laskine (harp), Maggie Teyte (soprano), etc
[ Warner Classics / 10 CD Box Set - released 1/Jun/2018 ]
Claude Debussy, who died 100 years ago in March 1918, is one of history's greatest composers and the most influential of all French composers. A father of modern music, Debussy lived in the early days of the recording era.
MILHAUD / SAINT-SAENS / ALKAN / POULENC / LALO / PIERNE / etc
French Piano Concertos
Giovanni Bellucci, Martin Galling, Florian Uhlig, Rosario Marciano, François-Joël Thiollier, Marylène Dosse, etc
[ Brilliant Classics / 12 CD Box Set - released 1/Apr/2019 ]
A worthy collection of some of the greatest French piano concertos issued at a special price on 12 CDs.
LUDWIG van BEETHOVEN
Glenn Gould plays Beethoven [6 CD set]
Glenn Gould, piano
[ Sony Classical Masters / 6 CD Box Set - released 1/May/2011 ]
"Gould had a distinctive range of personae where the Beethoven was concerned. (his 3rd is a) studiously intense, intimately scaled studio recording Gould made with Leonard Bernstein in 1959." (Gramophone on the 3rd piano Concerto)
J. S. BACH
Glenn Gould - The Bach Box (The Remastered Columbia Recordings)
Glenn Gould (piano)
[ Sony Classical Masters / 30 CD Box Set - released 7/Aug/2020 ]
This stunning set is packed in a cube-shaped box and includes facsimile LP and CD Sleeves, a 240 page hardcover book featuring complete original liner notes (many penned by Gould himself) and an introductory essay by Michael Stegemann.
GEORG FRIDERIC HANDEL
Handel Box Set: Rinaldo / Saul / Giulio Cesare (Recorded live at Glyndebourne Opera House, 2005-2015) BLU-RAY
Glyndebourne Opera / Sonia Prina, Anett Fritsch, Sarah Connolly, Danielle de Niese, Christopher Purves, Iestyn Davies / Orchestra of the Age of Enligh
[ Opus Arte Blu-Ray / 3 Blu-ray Box Set - released 20/Mar/2017 ]
"Dantone conducts a strongly characterised performance founded on the alert playing of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment." (BBC Music on Rinaldo)
MENDELSSOHN / BRUCH / BARTOK / SCHUBERT / BEETHOVEN / etc
Yehudi Menuhin - The Complete American Victor Recordings
Yehudi Menuhin (violin), Wanda Landowska, with Robert Merrill, Theodore Saidenberg / Pierre Monteux, Charles Munch, Antal Dorati
[ RCA Red Seal / Sony Classics / 6 CD Box Set - released 1/Oct/2019 ]
Yehudi Menuhin - The Complete American Victor Recordings, a 6-CD set bringing together legendary early recordings by this violin legend. Gems from this set include the first ever releases in any format of two previously unpublished items.
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.
W. A. MOZART
Mozart: 6 String Quartets dedicated to Haydn / String Quintets
Guarneri Quartet, with Ida Kavafian & Kim Kashkashian (violas)
[ Sony / RCA Classical Masters / 6 CD Box Set - released 1/Jun/2012 ]
"The E flat major Quartet has a high seriousness that the Guarneri rightly bring out without, I think, overloading the music...The Guarneri bring plenty of vigour and weight to the more boisterous Hunt Quartet." (original Gramophone review)
Carl Orff Edition
Gundula Janowitz, Gerhard Stolze, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau / Berlin Opera, Eugen Jochum
[ Deutsche Grammophon Originals / 11 CD Box Set - released 10/Jul/2020 ]
To celebrate the 125th birthday of one of Germany's most famous composers (July 10th 2020), Deutsche Grammophon presents The Carl Orff Edition 11-CD Original Jackets Collection - Complete Deutsche Grammophon Recordings of Carl Orff
R. STRAUSS / BRAHMS / SCHUBERT / MOZART / HAYDN / WAGNER / etc
The Gundula Janowitz Edition: A Voice of Silver & Gold
Gundula Janowitz (soprano) / with Irwin Gage (piano), James King (tenor), Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan, etc
[ Deutsche Grammophon / 14 CD Box Set - released 6/Mar/2020 ]
This box set celebrates the beloved Gundula Janowitz's clear and honest soprano voice through a selection of her opera, oratorio and Lieder recordings.
Messiaen: The Complete Organ Works (7 CD set)
Hans-Ola Ericsson (Gronlund organ of Lulea cathedral, Sweden)
[ BIS / 7 CD Box Set - released 1/Feb/2009 ]
"of outstanding quality, both musical and technical" Penguin Guide
BEETHOVEN / BRAHMS / GERSHWIN / RAVEL / RACHMANINOV / etc
Helen Grimaud: Artist Box Set
Helen Grimaud (piano) with various orchestras & conductors
[ Erato / Warner Classics / 6 CD Box Set - released 3/Jul/2006 ]
"Hélène Grimaud, the 'wolf woman', is perhaps the most fascinating artist of our time." (Le Figaro)
Darius Milhaud: Une Vie Heureuse - anniversary edition
Various artists incls Dawn Upshaw, Jane Bathori, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Jeanne Loriod (onde Martenot) Yvonne Loriod (piano) Quatuor Bernède, Quatuo
[ Warner Classics Erato / 10 CD Box Set - released 16/Nov/2014 ]
Distinctively French, yet cosmopolitan in his personal and artistic horizons, Darius Milhaud (1892-1974) was adventurous, prominent, and prolific. A pupil of Dukas and d'Indy, he became a member of Les Six and a distinguished teacher in the USA and...