Dvorak Edition: The Slavonic Soul
Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano) Lucia Popp (soprano) Jacqueline du Pré (cello) Alban Berg Quartett, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, etc
[ Warner Classics / 27 CD/DVD Box Set - released 11/Jun/2021 ]
This box provides an illuminating and enriching survey of Dvorak's works, including his complete symphonies. A number of the celebrated performers have Slavonic roots themselves; all their interpretations draw on a deep affinity with the composer.
Corelli: Complete Edition
Pieter-Jan Belder (harpsichord), Musica Amphion
[ Brilliant Classics / 10 CD - released 15/Nov/2010 ]
It may seem surprising: can 10 discs really contain all of Arcangelo Corelli's output? They can, and do, but the surprise is merited, for the influence and reputation of these works far outstrips their quantity (and how often can one say that of a...
J. S. BACH
Pieter‐Jan Belder (keyboard), Thomas Zehetmair (violin), Christine Schornsheim (harpsichord), Andrius Puskunigis (oboe) / Amsterdam Bach Soloists, etc
[ Brilliant Classics / 9 CD Box Set - released 6/May/2016 ]
This 9 CD set contains the complete solo concertos by Johann Sebastian Bach: the Brandenburg Concertos, violin concertos, keyboard concertos for one, two, three and four harpsichords and the triple concerto. As an attractive "bonus" two CD's are...
J. S. BACH
Quintessence J.S. Bach: Famous Concertos [Includes 'Brandenburg Concertos']
Thomas Zehetmair (violin), Amsterdam Bach Soloists / Pieter-Jan Belder, Musica Amphion / Erik Bosgraaf, Ensemble Cordevento
[ Brilliant Classics / 5 CD Box Set - released 22/Jan/2021 ]
"This is a most rewarding reissue. Even those lovers of baroque music who usually avoid modern instrument performances, should consider this disc at budget price." (MusicWeb Sept 2013 Violin Concertos)
LUDWIG van BEETHOVEN
Beethoven: The Symphonies
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, William Steinberg
[ Deutsche Grammophon / 5 CD Box Set - released 15/May/2020 ]
In 1952, William Steinberg and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra embarked on a Beethoven symphony cycle which utilized the new and sonically advantageous process of recording on 35mm film.
Daniel Barenboim - The Complete Berlioz Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
Plácido Domingo, Dietrich Fischer- Dieskau, Yvonne Minton, Kiri Te Kanawa, Jessye Norman, Itzhak Perlman / Orchestre de Paris, Daniel Barenboim
[ Deutsche Grammophon / 10 CD Box Set - released 1/Dec/2018 ]
10-CDs presenting Daniel Barenboim's complete Berlioz Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon available together for the first time in one edition
Mahler: Complete Symphonies
Lynda Russell (soprano) / Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, Warsaw Boys' Choir, Antoni Wit, Michael H
[ Naxos / 15 CD Box Set - released 10/May/2017 ]
"The excellent quality of the Katowice Orchestra of Polish Radio is impressively demonstrated...it stands comparison with any rival" Penguin Guide on No 6
Rossini: Complete Overtures [4 CD set]
Prague Sinfonia Orchestra, Christian Benda
[ Naxos / 4 CD Box Set - released 20/Jan/2017 ]
"The playing is clean and efficient, well balanced and nicely paced," (BBC Music)
Ricercar Consort, La Fenice
[ Ricercar / 5 CD Box Set - released 22/Apr/2016 ]
Matthias Weckmann is doubtless the most fascinating Hamburg composer of the mid-17th century. A disciple of Schütz, nurtured on Italian music and, in particular, that of Claudio Monteverdi, he shone in all genres, achieving an impressive blending of...
The Complete Harpsichord Works
RIchard Egarr (harpsichord)
[ Harmonia Mundi / 4 CD Box Set - released 3/Oct/2011 ]
"Egarr revels in the variety, both harmonic and rhythmic, that this music contains, and the interpretative opportunities it offers. I don't think anyone, even Egarr, would suggest listening to all four of these CDs at a single sitting, but in smaller...
MOZART / von FLOTOW / PUCCINI / LEHAR / RICHARD STRAUSS / etc
Icon: Richard Tauber - The Gentleman Tenor
Richard Tauber (tenor) with various orchestras, conductors & accompaniments
[ Warner Classics / EMI Icon / 5 CD Box Set - released 20/Oct/2009 ]
This 5 CD set, devoted to the much-loved Austrian tenor Richard Tauber, is a further release in the EMI Classics ICON series.
A Finzi Anthology
Robert Plane (clarinet), Tim Hugh (cello), Roderick Williams (baritone), Iain Burnside (piano), James Gilchrist (tenor), John Mark Ainsley (tenor)
[ Naxos / 8 CD - released 9/Sep/2016 ]
More than any other composer, Gerald Finzi (1901-1956) has come to embody the lyrical pastoralism so associated with English twentieth-century music. This anthology includes eight critically acclaimed recordings of Finzi's works. The themes of...
Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffman (The Tales of Hoffman) (complete opera)
Roberto Alagna, Jose van Dam, Natalie Dessay, Sumi Jo / l'Opera National de Lyon, Kent Nagano
[ Erato Warner Classics Home of Opera / 3 CD - released 20/May/2016 ]
"Kent Nagano uses Kaye's complete edition preserving the recitatives. He balances this by taking quite a brisk view of the tempi and the pacing of the piece." MusicWeb
FRANCESCO PAOLO TOSTI
Tosti: The Song of a Life, Vol. 1
Romina Casucci (soprano) Maura Menghini (soprano) Mark Milhofer (tenor) Denver Martin‐Smith (baritone) Marco Scolastra (piano), Roberto Rupo (piano)
[ Brilliant Classics / 5 CD Box Set - released 22/Nov/2016 ]
The start of a new exciting series: the complete songs by Paolo Tosti! Paolo Tosti (1846‐1916) worked in poverty as a music teacher till he met the influential composer Giovanni Sgambati, who became his mentor. He introduced Tosti to Princess...
FERDINAND HEROLD / PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY / ADOLPHE ADAM
The Art of Natalia Osipova: La Fille mal gardée / Swan Lake / Giselle / Force of Nature BLU-RAY
Royal Ballet, Covent Garden / Natalia Osipova, with Steven McRae, Philip Mosley, Christopher Saunders, Matthew Golding, Elizabeth McGorian & others
[ Opus Arte Blu-Ray / 4 Blu-ray Box Set - released 25/Sep/2020 ]
Russian dance superstar Natalia Osipova joined The Royal Ballet as a Principal in 2013 and has since filled each of her leading roles with an unforgettable passion, fiery energy and technical prowess.
Roussel: The Complete Symphonies [4 CD set]
Royal Scottish National Orchestra / Stéphane Denève
[ Naxos / 4 CD Box Set - released 6/Dec/2010 ]
"an excellent disc, splendidly and idiomatically performed and a superb advertisement for composer, conductor and orchestra. Highly recommended." Gramophone Magazine on Symphony No 4
Alfven - The Symphonies & Rhapsodies
Christina Högman (soprano), Claes-Håkan Ahnsjö (tenor) Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Neeme Järvi
[ BIS / 5 CD - released 1/Nov/2004 ]
"Järvi conducts his Swedish forces with enthusiasm and authority, and this is altogether most rewarding and not music one meets readily." Penguin Guide
J. S. BACH / BARTOK / MESSIAEN / MOZART / STRAVINSKY / etc
Rudolf Serkin: The Complete RCA Album Collection
Rudolf Serkin (piano) with Peter Serkin, Ruth Laredo, Mieczyslaw Horszowski, Pablo Casals, etc
[ Sony Classical Masters / 35 CD Box Set - released 20/Jul/2020 ]
a "brilliant instrumentalist, sensitive, original interpreter and performer of uncommon vitality" (Michael Steinberg)
PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOSVKY
Tchaikovsky: The Symphonies & Tone Poems [7 CD set]
Russian National Orchestra, Mikhail Pletnev
[ Deutsche Grammophon Collector's Edition / 7 CD Box Set - released 1/Aug/2012 ]
"All the innate aristocratic feeling Tchaikovsky could ask for . . . very fine and well-detailed sound" The Penguin Guide
TCHAIKOVSKY / PROKOFIEV / STRAVINSKY / DELIBES / KHACHATURIAN / etc
Great Ballet [10 CD set]
Russian State Symphony Orchestra, Dmitry Yablonsky / Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Andrew Mogrelia / etc
[ Naxos / 10 CD Box Set - released 1/Dec/2015 ]
This collection starts in France, with one of the most haunting and memorable examples of the ballet form: Giselle. We are then swept along in a whirlwind tour of some of the greatest Russian ballets by such composers as Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky.