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...
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.
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
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.
BEETHOVEN / PROKOFIEV / RAVEL / CHOPIN / MOZART / etc
Martha Argerich & Claudio Abbado: The Complete Concerto Recordings
Martha Argerich (piano) / Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Mozart, Claudio Abbado
[ Deutsche Grammophon / 5 CD Box Set - released 15/Jan/2015 ]
"Lightning strikes as Argerich's Beethoven 3 is finally heard on disc" Recording of the Month Gramophone Magazine January 2005
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