Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen
Simon O'Neill, Matthias Goerne, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Jaap van Zweden
[ Naxos / 14 CD Box Set - released 9/Aug/2018 ]
Wagner's visionary Der Ring des Nibelungen was first performed as a cycle of four operas in 1876. One of the most sustained and remarkable achievements in all music, the tetralogy is performed by an all-star cast, conducted by the new music director...
LUDWIG van BEETHOVEN
Beethoven: Complete Symphonies
Simona Šaturová, Mihoko Fujimura, Christian Elsner & Christian Gerhaher / ewandhausorchester Leipzig, Herbert Blomstedt
[ Accentus / 5 CD Box Set - released 3/Jul/2017 ]
"Blomstedt's Beethoven seems 'right': tempi are never too fast or too slow, but never staid, and phrasing is alive with rhythmic energy and cumulative momentum. His Leipzig players give their all- the strings in particular have a glorious burnished...
HANDEL / HOLST / ROSSINI / SIBELIUS / VAUGHAN WILLIAMS / etc
Icon: Malcolm Sargent - The Great Recordings
Sir Malcolm Sargent (conductor) with Isobel Baillie, Gladys Ripley, James Johnston, Norman Walker, etc
[ Warner Classics / EMI Icon / 18 CD Box Set - released 1/Aug/2015 ]
Malcolm Sargent's reputation as one of the great popularisers of classical music in Britain arose not only through his long association with the Henry Wood Promenade Concerts (1947-67), but was in evidence much earlier through chief conductorships of...
Villa-Lobos: The Piano Music Of
Sonia Rubinsky (piano)
[ Naxo / 8 CD Box Set - released 2/Feb/2010 ]
TCHAIKOVSKY / WAGNER / STRAUSS / BEETHOVEN / MOZART / SCHOENBERG / etc
450 Years Staatskapelle Berlin
Staatskapelle Berlin, Richard Strauss, Leo Blech, Otto Klemperer, Erich Kleiber, Herbert von Karajan, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Joseph Keilberth, etc
[ Decca Australian Eloquence / 15 CD Box Set - released 3/Apr/2020 ]
As the Staatskapelle Berlin celebrates its 450th anniversary, Deutsche Grammophon presents 15 discs of sound recordings of outstanding artistic merit from the venerable, world-class orchestra under its great conductors.
Schubert: Complete Symphonies & Rosamunde
Staatskapelle Dresden, Herbert Blomstedt, Willi Boskovsky
[ Brilliant Classics / 5 CD Box Set - released 4/Oct/2019 ]
"The playing of the Staatskapelle Dresden is quite excellent, with fine work from the strings and commendable clarity of wind textures. This may be "big-band" Schubert, but never once did I sense a heaviness to the ensemble." (MusicWeb)
J S BACH
Complete Organ Music, Vol. 1
Stefano Molardi (organ)
[ Brilliant Classics / 4 CD Box Set - released 10/Mar/2014 ]
Stefano Molardi is shaping his recorded survey of Bach's complete organ music as self‐sufficient and musically satisfying recitals which, disc by disc, explore the diverse styles at the composer's disposal.
WAGNER / HANDEL / MENDELSSOHN / VIVALDI / PARRY / RUTTER / WIDOR / etc
Stephen Cleobury (organ), The Michael Laird Brass Ensemble, The Philip Jones Brass Ensemble, The National Philharmonic Orchestra, etc
[ Decca / 6 CD Box Set - released 14/Jul/2014 ]
For many people their Wedding will be the most important day of their lives and choosing the right music is an important element in the making of the special day.
Strauss, (R.): Die Frau ohne Schatten
Stephen Gould, Camilla Nylund, Wolfgang Koch, Nina Stemme / Wiener Staatsoper, Christian Thielemann
[ Orfeo / 3 CD Box Set - released 1/May/2020 ]
"Let's face it-you need more than one recording of this great, complex, gorgeous work. This new one should be one of them." ClassicsToday
LUDWIG van BEETHOVEN
Beethoven: Complete Concertos [4 CD set]
Stephen Kovacevich (piano) Herman Krebbers (violin) Claudio Arrau (piano) Lidia Grychtolowna (piano) Janos Starker (cello)
[ Decca SBS Australian Eloquence / 4 CD Box Set - released 20/Sep/2015 ]
Like the Beethoven symphonies, his concertos form a cornerstone of the standard classical repertoire and collected together here, on four discs, are all his major concertos in stellar performances. From the Haydnesque first concertos, to the serene...
Phases - A Nonesuch Retrospective
Steve Reich and Musicians / Kronos Quartet / Theatre of Voices / Pat Metheny
[ Nonesuch / 5 CD Box Set - released 31/Oct/2006 ]
Pioneer of US minimalism Steve Reich is 70 this year and to celebrate Nonesuch has released a bargain-priced 5 CD set of his greatest works including definitive recordings of "Music for 18 Musicians", "Different Trains" and "Drumming".
FAURE / HAYDN / MENDELSSOHN / SCHUMANN / STRAUSS / TAVENER / etc
Steven Isserlis: The Complete RCA Recordings
Steven Isserlis (cello) with Melvyn Tan (fortepiano) Marleke Blankestijn (violin) Douglas Boyyd (oboe) Stephen Hough (piano) etc
[ RCA Red Seal Masters / 12 CD Box Set - released 18/Oct/2016 ]
The English cellist Steven Isserlis has been a leading light on the international musical scene for more than three decades. His complete recordings for RCA Victor - including concertos and chamber works by Haydn, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Liszt,...
MOZART / HAYDN / BOCCHERINI
Karl Munchinger - The Classical Legacy
Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Wiener Philharmoniker, Karl Munchinger, with Christian Ferras, Willi Boskovsky, violin
[ Decca Australian Eloquence / 8 CD Box Set - released 1/Nov/2019 ]
A feast of Haydn and Mozart under the sure and stylish baton of Karl Münchinger, including several recordings making their first international appearance on CD. This box of Münchinger's legacy in Classical-era repertoire picks up where the...
GEORG FRIDERIC HANDEL
Handel: Theodora (Complete Oratorio)
Susan Gritton, Susan Bickley, Robin Blaze, Paul Agnew / Gabrieli Consort, Paul McCreesh
[ Archiv / 3 CD Box Set - released 14/Aug/2000 ]
1001 Classical recordings to hear before you die (1700-1760) - 2001 GRAMOPHONE AWARD FINALIST - Baroque Vocal
Verdi: Rigoletto (complete opera recorded in 1971) 2 CDs plus Blu-ray audio
Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti, Sherrill Milnes, Huguette Tourangeau / London Symphony Orchestra, Richard Bonynge
[ Decca 2 CDs plus Blu-ray audio / 3 CD/Blu-ray Disc - released 27/Sep/2019 ]
"May I say straight away that quite apart from the splendid contributions of Sutherland and Milnes, Pavarotti's Duke has a special flair with free and characterful vocalising which is one of the great strengths of the set." Gramophone
Icon: Sviator Richter - The Master Pianist (Complete EMI Recordings, 1961-1980)
Sviatoslav Richter (piano) with with Oleg Kagaan (violin) David Oistrakh (violin) and others
[ Warner Classics / EMI Icon / 14 CD Box Set - released 1/Feb/2011 ]
'Idiosyncratic, plain-speaking, heroic, reserved, lyrical, virtuosic and perhaps above all profoundly enigmatic, Sviatoslav Richter remains one of the greatest recreative artists of all time.' (Bryce Morrison)
J.S BACH / VARIOUS COMPOSERS
The Brandenburg Project: Twelve Concertos
The Swedish Chamber Orchestra / Thomas Dausgaard (cond)
[ BIS SACD / 3 CD Box Set - released 9/Apr/2021 ]
Bach's celebrated concertos are joined by new commissions.
Icon: Tito Gobbi - The Complete Solo Recordings [5CDs special price]
Tito Gobbi (baritone) with various orchestras & conductors
[ Warner Classics Icon / 5 CD Box Set - released 20/Apr/2010 ]
This 5 CD set, devoted to the outstanding Italian baritone Tito Gobbi, is a further release in the EMI Classics ICON series. The bulk of this set is devoted to all the solo recordings that Gobbi made during his entire career, brought together for the...
100 Best Carols [6 CD set]
Various Artists includes Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Kiri te Kanawa, Roberto Alagna, Thomas Hampson, Barbara Hendricks, Hermann Prey, etc
[ Warner Classics / 6 CD Box Set - released 12/Nov/2007 ]
This 6-CD set contains all the best-loved carols that gladden and enrich the Christmas season, performed by outstanding choirs, ensembles and soloists from all over the world.
J. S. BACH
St Matthew Passion
Ian Bostridge, Franz-Josef Selig, Sibylla Rubens, Andreas Scholl / Collegium Vocale Gent, Philippe Herreweghe
[ Harmonia Mundi / 3 CD Box Set - released 1/Nov/1999 ]