MARBECKS COLLECTABLE: Grieg: Peer Gynt (Complete incidental music) / Sigurd Jorsalfar (with 154 page booklet)
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Jarvi
[ Deutsche Grammophon / 2 CD Box Set - released 4/May/1987 ]
JÄRVI'S GRIEG: Still the one to go for! "Exceptionally vivid", according to The Penguin Guide
SIBELIUS / BERWALD / GRIEG / NIELSEN / STENHAMMAR / etc
Neeme Järvi & Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Järvi
[ Deutsche Grammophon Conductors & Orchestras / 8 CD Box Set - released 15/Aug/2019 ]
"a living legend in Nordic music" The Telegraph
HUMPERDINCK / ORFF / TCHAIKOVSKY / PROKOFIEV / ROSSINI / etc
MARBECKS COLLECTABLE: Es war einmal... Grimms Märchen in der Musik [Music inspired by Grimm's Fairy Tales]
Gottlob Frick, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Hans Hotter, Hermann Prey, Edda Moser, Andre Previn, Wolfgang Sawallisch, etc
[ EMI 20th Century Classics / 9 CD Box Set - released 20/May/2011 ]
Includes the very rare recordings of Carl Orff's 'Der Mond' & 'Die Kluge'
Sibelius: The Complete Symphonies / Orchestral Works
Hallé Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli
[ Warner Classics / 6 CD Box Set - released 19/Mar/2021 ]
Sir John Barbirolli's electrifying interpretations of the works of Jean Sibelius have inspired audiences all over the world. In a letter to Barbirolli, Sibelius declared himself to be a 'devoted admirer' of the conductor, adding that he was always...
J. S. BACH
53 Cantatas [Vols 41 - 55 from the complete cycle]
Hana Blaziková, Damien Guillon, Gerd Türk, Carolyn Sampson, Satoshi Mizukoshi & Peter Kooij / Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki
[ BIS / 15 CD Box Set - released 1/Dec/2014 ]
BIS is delighted to present a specially priced boxed sets featuring volumes 41-55 of the acclaimed Bach Cantatas series with the Bach Collegium Japan and their director Masaaki Suzuki.LIMITED EDITION!! 15 CDs for the price of 5
WEBER / BRUCH / CRUSELL / KROMMER / STAMITZ / HOFFMEISTER / COPLAND / etc
Henk de Graaf (clarinet) Maria Du Toit (clarinet) Oskar Michallik (clarinet) Giovanni Punzi (clarinet), Eva Katrine Dalsgaard (viola), etc
[ Brilliant Classics / 14 CD Box Set - released 1/Sep/2018 ]
Many of the composers in this set wrote for the clarinet at times when the orchestral status and design of the instrument were still in transition: the 18th century saw the gradual establishment of the clarinet as a more-or-less standard orchestral...
STRAUSS / VERDI / ADAM / TCHAIKOVSKY / MOZART / etc
Herbert von Karajan - Complete Decca Recordings
Herbert von Karajan with Vienna Philharmonic, with Mario del Monaco, Renata Tebaldi, Hilde Güden, Leontyne Price, etc
[ Decca / 33 CD Box Set - released 21/Feb/2020 ]
Presented with original sleeves and spined wallets, this 33CD set of Herbert von Karajan's complete Decca recordings includes a new essay by Karajan biographer, Richard Osborne.
Schutz: Opus ultimate (Der Schwanengesang)
The Hilliard Ensemble, Knabenchor Hannover, London Baroque, Heinz Hennig
[ Virgin Veritas / 2 CD Box Set - released 24/Mar/1996 ]
The male-voice Hilliard Ensemble was founded in 1974 and was disbanded after 40 years in 2014. Its singers were praised by Gramophone: "the superlative purity of their vibrato-free tone, perfect blend and balance of voices and immaculate intonation"
W. A. MOZART
Quintessence Mozart: Violin Concertos, Salzburg Divertimenti and Haffner Serenade
Hungarian Chamber Orchestra, Kristóf Baráti, Amati Chamber Orchestra, Gil Sharon, Kammerorchestra 'C.P.E. Bach', Hartmut Haenchen
[ Brilliant Classics / 5 CD - released 25/Sep/2020 ]
"..Baráti is out of the top drawer. With intensity of sound, unbridled athleticism and searing leaps into the stratosphere which send a tingle down the spine" (Gramophone)
I Solisti Veneti, Claudio Scimone, with Nane Calabrese (viola d'amore), Pierre Pierlot (oboe), Jean-Pierre Rampal (flute), Maurice Allard (bassoon) et
[ Warner Concertos / 15 CD Box Set - released 16/Sep/2019 ]
Antonio Vivaldi and Claudio Scimone, two names forever bound to each other in a quest for originality and beauty.
The History of Photography in Sound
Ian Pace (piano)
[ Metier / 5 CD Box Set - released 1/Mar/2016 ]
"You might think a piano cycle lasting more than five hours is asking too much. But when the music is as endlessly fascinating, engaging, challenging, puzzling, beautiful, thought-provoking and charming as Finnissy's, it is not a hardship" BBC Music
BEETHOVEN / SCHUBERT / DVORAK / TCHAIKOVSKY / KREISLER / etcc
Ida Haendel - The Decca Legacy
Ida Haendel (violin) with Ivor Newton (piano) Adela Kotowska (piano) National Symphony Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
[ Decca Eloquence / 6 CD Box Set - released 20/Oct/2020 ]
"That special, spontaneous warmth of response … places Haendel's Tchaikovsky performance for Decca among the finest recordings ever made of this wonderful concerto." Gramophone, July 1999
Paderewski: The American Recordings [Complete Victor Recordings, 1914-31]
Ignacy Jan Paderewski (piano)
[ Appian APR / 5 CD Box Set - released 21/Nov/2016 ]
IGNACY JAN PADEREWSKI (1860-1941) must be counted as one of the most famous pianists who ever lived, and he was certainly the most financially successful, yet his recorded legacy has always been something of a puzzle. Paderewski was from a generation...
Quintessence Dvorák: Complete Piano Music
Inna Poroshina (piano)
[ Brilliant Classics / 5 CD - released 22/Jan/2021 ]
Gramophone Magazine Re-issue of the Month - March 2011
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.
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)
WILLIAMS / MORRICONE / BONFA / PREVIN / BERNSTEIN / LEGRAND / etc
John Williams Conductor
Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell (violins) Yo Yo Ma (cello) / Pittsburg Symphjony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, John Williams
[ Sony Classics / 20 CD Box Set - released 20/Jan/2018 ]
In 1980, composer John Williams became one of the most visible conductors on the planet after being named Music Director of the Boston Pops Orchestra. Since then he has lead hundreds of high-profile concerts with the Pops and with many other leading...
ELGAR / DVORAK / MONN / HAYDN / BEETHOVEN / BRAHMS / etc
Jacqueline du Pre: The Great Recordings
Jacqueline du Pré (cello), with Pinchas Zukerman (violin), Daniel Barenboim (piano) and many others
[ Warner Classics / 17 CD Box Set - released 1/Dec/2017 ]
Jacqueline du Pre's career, though tragically brief, coincided with a golden age of recording. This 17-disc treasury unites her entire EMI Classics legacy and includes - for the first time on CD - two Bach sonata movements from her 1962 debut...
MAHLER / ELGAR / BERLIOZ / CHAUSSON / SCHUBERT / etc
Icon: Janet Baker - The Beloved Mezzo (5 CD set)
Janet Baker (contralto) with various orchestras & conductors
[ Warner Classics / EMI Icon / 5 CD Box Set - released 1/Nov/2008 ]
A singer's career brings many challenges, not the least of them being the balancing act involved in a professional life divided between opera and song.
LUDWIG van BEETHOVEN
Beethoven: Piano Concertos
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano / director); Karin Egardt (oboe); Kevin Spagnolo (clarinet); Mikael Lindström (bassoon); Terése Larsson (horn)
[ Chandos SACD / 3 Hybrid SACD - released 4/Sep/2020 ]
Following his acclaimed recording of sonatas by contemporaries of Beethoven, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet further celebrates the great composer's anniversary year with this set of the complete Piano Concertos.