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.
BACH / MESSIAEN / WIDOR/ HANDEL / FRANCK / etc
Jeanne Demessieux - The Decca Legacy
Jeanne Demessieux (organ)
[ Decca Eloquence / 8 CD Box Set - released 19/Mar/2021 ]
From her legendary debut through the succeeding years, Jeanne Demessieux brought virtuosity allied to intellect and sensitivity, and went on to become the glory of the French organ school.
Braun: Sonatas for Flute & Bass Continuo
Jed Wentz (flute) / Musica ad Rhenum
[ Brilliant Classics / 4 CD Box Set - released 10/Mar/2020 ]
Very little is known about Jean-Daniel Braun (ca 1703-before 1740). He seems to have been a flutist of some renown, and he worked for the Duke d'Épernon. He published several books of Sonatas for the traverse flute and basso continuo, which are...
Leonard Bernstein: The Composer [25 CD set]
Jennie Tourel, Zino Francescatti, Benny Goodman, Nancy Walker, Carol Lawrence, Yo-Yo Ma, Alan Titus, Harolyn Blackwell, etc / Leonard Bernstein (cond)
[ Sony Classical Masters / 25 CD Box Set - released 20/May/2017 ]
With his centenary upon us, Sony Classical releases the most comprehensive recorded collection ever released of the music of American conductor, composer and educator Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990).
Complete Piano Music
Jeroen van Veen (piano) with Sandra Van Veen (piano)
[ Brilliant Classics / 9 CD Box Set - released 20/Apr/2016 ]
This set contains the complete music for piano by Erik Satie, including the works for 4 hands.
Sakamoto: For Mr Lawrence - Piano Music;
Jeroen van Veen (piano) with Sandra van Veen (piano)
[ Brilliant Classics / 5 CD Box Set - released 2/Sep/2019 ]
"This is an interesting and enjoyable set. I would not recommend that you sit down and listen to the whole set at once...this was an enjoyable listen. Brilliant Classics should be applauded for bringing us such a comprehensive set as this." MusicWeb
J. S. BACH
Bach: The Complete Secular Cantatas
Joanne Lunn, Robin Blaze, Carolyn Sampson, Katsuhiko Nakashima, Hiroya Aoki, Makoto Sakurada, etc / Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki
[ BIS SACD / 10 CD Box Set - released 6/Dec/2019 ]
"The SACD sound is near ideal for such music, needing as it does to balance the intimate with a sense of public rejoicing. It catches the colours of the distinctive solo voices on display." MusicWeb
BACH / BEETHOVEN / BARTOK / DEBUSSY / RAVEL / COWELL / etc
Joseph Szigeti - The Complete Sony Recordings
Joseph Szigeti (violin) with Myra Hess, Pablo Casals, Benny Goodman, Bela Bartok, etc
[ Sony Classical / 17 CD Box Set - released 26/Mar/2021 ]
"Full of immediacy - and star turns - these remastered recordings make for a compelling time capsule" The Guardian
PUCCINI / HANDEL / MOZART / TRADITIONAL / DVORAK / etc
Kathleen Battle: The complete Sony Recordings
Kathleen Battle (soprano) with Wynton Marsalis, Christopher Parkening, Jean-Pierre Rampal & others
[ Sony Classics / 10 CD Box Set - released 25/Mar/2017 ]
Sony Classical presents legendary soprano Kathleen Battle in nine of her foremost studio recordings in her 'Complete Sony Recordings'.
BACH / BRAHMS / MAHLER / SCHUMANN / etc
MARBECKS COLLECTABLE: Kathleen Ferrier Edition (the complete recordings)
Kathleen Ferrier (alto) with various orchestras and accompanists
[ Decca Collector's Edition / 10 CD Box Set - released 2/Jul/2004 ]
This collector edition now makes available in a compact form the 10 CDs which formed the Ferrier Edition which was first released just over 10 years ago; several of these CDs have not been available for some time now.
THE KING'S SINGERS
The King's Singers: Madrigals & Songs from the Renaissance
The King's Singers with The Consorte of Musicke, Anthony Rooley & Tragicomedia
[ Warner Classics / 8 CD Box Set - released 1/Mar/2018 ]
Founded at King's College in Cambridge in 1968, the King's Singers are one of the world's most sought-after and acclaimed vocal ensembles. This amazing set repackages eight of their greatest albums.
W. A. MOZART
Mozart: Die Zauberflote [The Magic Flute] (Complete opera recorded in 1978)
Kiri Te Kanawa, Peter Hofmann, Edita Gruberova, Kurt Moll, Kathleen Battle / Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Alain Lombard
[ Decca / 2 CD Box Set - released 8/Jan/2021 ]
A real gem looking at the incredible cast, a veritable "Who's Who" of opera singers of the time: Kiri Te Kanawa, Peter Hofmann, Edita Gruberova, Kathleen Battle, Kurt Moll and Jose Van Dam.
W. A. MOZART
Mozart: Die Zauberflote [The Magic Flute] (complete opera)
Klaus Florian Vogt, Rolando Villazon, Regula Mühlemann, Christiane Karg, Albina Shagimuratova / Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Yannick Nézet-Séguin
[ Deutsche Grammophon / 2 CD Box Set - released 6/Sep/2019 ]
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung praised Villazón's "comic talent" in his first Papageno, "achieving 'heights of emotion' with the captivating Regula Mühlemann's Papagena", as well as the "magical tenor" of Klaus Florian Vogt as Tamino.
POWER / DUFAY / ISAAC / DE MONTE / SCHUTZ / BACH / etc
The Hilliard Ensemble: Renaissance & Baroque Music
Hilliard Ensemble / London Baroque / Knabenchor Hannover / Paul Hillier
[ Erato Warner Classics / 7 CD Box Set - released 22/Aug/2017 ]
Now reissued at a special price
Delalande: Symphonies Pour Les Soupers Du Roy [Symphonies for the King's Supper]
La Simphonie du Marais, Hugo Reyne
[ Camera Obscura / Harmonia Mundi / 4 CD Box Set - released 1/Sep/1990 ]
Hugo Reyne, known until then as the 'recorder-player of Les Arts Florissants', presented the first-ever completed recording of the Symphonies pour les soupers du Roy with his ensemble La Simphonie du Marais, founded three years previously
GEORG FRIDERIC HANDEL
MARBECKS COLLECTABLE: Handel: Rodelinda (complete opera)
Barbara Schlick, Cludia Schubert, David Cordier, Kai Wessel / La Stagione
[ Deutsche Harmonia Mundi / 3 CD Box Set - released 2/Feb/1991 ]
Recorded in 1990
ALBINONI / CORELLI / COUPERIN / HANDEL / LOCATELLI / PURCELL / etc
Baroque [25 CD set]
L'Arte Dell'arco, Musica Amphion, Violini Capricciosi, Amsterdam Bach Soloists, Concerto Koln, etc
[ Brilliant Classics / 25 CD Box Set - released 14/Feb/2020 ]
This 25CD set presents the most famous, iconic and best-loved works from the Baroque Era, including Bach's Brandenburg Concertos, Marcello's Oboe Concerto, Handel's Organ Concertos, Telemann's Tafelmusik, and Vivaldi's Concertos Op 8.
FRANZ LISZT / FRANZ SCHUBERT
MARBECKS COLLECTABLE: Lazar Berman plays Liszt & Schubert
Lazar Berman (piano)
[ Discover / 2 CD Box Set - released 10/Feb/2013 ]
Current selling for $50 USD on Amazon Live recording made in June 1992
Greig: Piano, Orchestral & Vocal Works, Chamber Music
Leif Ove Andsnes, Cyprien Katsaris, Juhani Lagerspetz, Gerald Moore, Geoffrey Parsons, Yehudi Menuhin, Truls Mørk, Kirsten Flagstad, Paavo Jarvi, etc
[ Erato / Warner Classics / 12 CD Box Set - released 12/Jun/2020 ]
"Jarvi junior follows in father's footsteps with a worthwhile disc of Peer Gynt" (Editor's Choice Gramophone Magazine August 2005 for Peer Gynt)