MARBECKS COLLECTABLE: Clemens Krauss: The complete Richard Strauss Decca recordings
Wiener Philharmoniker, Clemens Krauss, with Pierre Fournier (cello), Christel Goltz, Hans Braun, Julius Patzak, Margareta Kenney, Anton Dermota, Walte
[ Decca / 5 CD Box Set - released 22/Oct/2016 ]
" The entire box features the post-war Vienna Philharmonic in very good shape, all things considered. Solo work is outstanding, with special praise going to Boskovsky and Fournier . . . the bigger tone poems are conducted with a unique authority."
BEETHOVEN / DOHNANYI / SCHUBERT
MARBECKS COLLECTABLE: Ernö Dohnányi: Piano Recital
Ernö Dohnányi (piano)
[ Testament / 2 CD - released 10/Mar/2015 ]
From 1949 to 1959 Dohnányi taught at Florida State University while he and his third wife became American citizens in 1955. The following year he was invited to perform at the 10th Edinburgh International Festival where he played his Piano Quintet...
MARBECKS COLLECTABLE: Boulez: Le Marteau sans maitre / Derive 1 / Derive 2
Hilary Summers (mezzo) / Ensemble Intercontemporain, Pierre Boulez
[ DG 20/21 Boulez 2005 / CD - released 28/Jun/2016 ]
"All three works are superbly rendered by Ensemble Intercontemporain, in sound well suited to the translucent nature of the instrumentation." (International Record Review June 2005)
MARBECKS COLLECTABLE - Verdi: Aida (complete opera recorded in 1959)
Renata Tebaldi, Carlo Bergonzi, Giulietta Simionato, Cornell MacNeil / Wiener Philharmoniker / Herbert von Karajan
[ Decca Legends / 2 CD - released 20/Jan/2018 ]
'Tebaldi's interpretation of the part of Aida is well known and much loved. Her creamy tone colour rides beautifully over the phrases and she too acquires a new depth of imagination.' The Penguin Guide to Opera on Compact Disc
CHEN GANG-HE ZHANHAO / PETER BREINER
MARBECKS COLLECTABLE: Gang: Butterfly Lovers / Breiner: Songs and Dances from the Silk Road
Takako Nishizaki (violin) / New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, James Judd, conductor
[ Naxos HDCD / CD - released 1/Jun/2017 ]
"This performance goes to the top of the heap. Nishizaki, whose previous recordings of the work (and there have been several) have sold millions of copies, knows the music better than anyone, and plays with consummate finesse and sensitivity."
MARBECKS COLLECTABLE: The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto & Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
Takako Nishizaki (violin) / Shanghai Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra, Yong-yan Hu
[ Naxos / Marco Polo / CD - released 1/Jun/2017 ]
As a child, Takako Nishizaki studied with her father, Shinji, the co-founder of the Suzuki Method and with Shinichi Suzuki himself. She was the first student to complete the now famous Suzuki course and was awarded a teacher's diploma at the tender...
W. A. MOZART
MARBECKS COLLECTABLE: Mozart: Violin Concertos Nos 1, 3 & 4
Viktoria Mullova (violin) / Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
[ Philips / CD - released 23/Sep/2002 ]
Editor's Choice - Gramophone Magazine (Nov 2002)"
MARBECKS COLLECTABLE: Debussy: Complete Piano Music Vol II
Werner Haas (piano), Noel Lee (piano)
[ Philips Duo / 2 CD ]
Recorded 1963 & 1971
W. A. MOZART
MARBECKS COLLECTABLE: Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos 22 & 27
Alfred Brendel (piano) with Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Sir Charles Mackerras
[ Philips Records / CD - released 20/Mar/2011 ]
Brendel's a legend of the piano world, revered and applauded the world over. For long an exclusive Philips Classics artist, Alfred Brendel was the recipient of the 2010 Gramophone Lifetime Achievement Award.
ALBENIZ / GRANADOS / HALFFTER / MOMPOU / SOLER
MARBECKS COLLECTABLE: Great Pianists of the 20th Century - Alicia de Larrocha I
Alicia de Larrocha (piano)
[ Decca / Philips / 2 CD - released 1/Jun/2000 ]
Spanish classical pianist, born in Barcelona on May 23, 1923. Died there on September 25, 2009. Known for her performing Mozart as well as Albéniz, Granados, Mompou and other Spanish composers. She was considered one of the great piano legends of the...
MARBECKS COLLECTABLE: Works of Igor Stavinsky: A re-issue of the legendary 22 CD Sony Complete Edition The Recorded Legacy
All conducted by Igor Stravinsky
[ Sony / 22 CD Box Set - released 1/Aug/2007 ]
1001 Classical Recordings you must hear before you die (1951-present for Rake's Progress) - "...in terms of archival importance, [Stravinsky's] discography, especially the Columbia recordings now reissued on Sony Classical, is the greatest landmark...
J. S. BACH
MARBECKS COLLECTABLE: Bach: Solo Keyboard Works
Andras Schiff (piano)
[ Decca Collector's Edition / 12 CD Box Set - released 1/Oct/2018 ]
Schiff's many Bach recordings for Decca have won much critical praise and he has been one of the strongest advocates of playing Bach on the modern piano during the past twenty-five years and his recordings of Bach are regularly among top choices.
W. A. MOZART
MARBECKS COLLECTABLE: Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos 19 & 27
Andreas Schiff (piano) Camerata Academica des Mozarteums, Salzburg, Sandor Vagh
[ Decca Records / CD - released 16/Jan/2001 ]
"The Mozart were immaculate performances, played with consummate musicality, using a palette of wonderfully translucent colours." The Guardian on a live performance
MARBECKS COLLECTABLE - Schumann: Kreisleriana / Fantasia
Arthur Rubinstein (piano)
[ RCA Rubinstein Collection Vol 52 / CD - released 16/Feb/2001 ]
Volume 52 in the Complete Rubinstein Collection
MARBECKS COLLECTABLE - Brahms: Piano Concerto No 1 Op 15 / Capriccio Op 76 No 2 / Intermezzo Op 118 No 6 / Rhapsody Op 79 No 1
Arthur Rubinstein (piano) / Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner
[ RCA Rubinstein Collection Vol 34 / CD - released 15/Dec/2017 ]
"When we listen to Rubinstein at his finest, we come in contact with that rarest of rarities - a healthy, sanguine, affirmative genius. On disc, as it was in person, the playing is full-hearted and honest, without distortion or neurotic excess....
MARBECKS COLLECTABLE - Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos 1 & 2 / Trois Nouvelles Etudes (Rec 1958, 61 & 62)
Arthur Rubinstein (piano) / Symphony of the Air / New Symphony Orchestra of London
[ RCA Rubinstein Collection / CD - released 16/Dec/2017 ]
."When we listen to Rubinstein at his finest, we come in contact with that rarest of rarities - a healthy, sanguine, affirmative genius." Washington Post
SCARLATTI / SCHUMANN / DEBUSSY / CHOPIN / etc
MARBECKS COLLECTABLE - Steinway Legends-Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (piano)
[ Decca Steinway Legends / 2 CD - released 20/Jul/2007 ]
The three Scarlatti sonatas in this collection of Michelangeli's recordings were supposedly taped in his home in the mid-sixties. The remainder of the recordings gathered here date from the seventies onward.
Band Of The French Foreign Legend, with Roberto Alagna (tenor)
MARBECKS COLLECTABLE: Legende
[ Deutsche Grammophon / CD - released 14/Jul/2014 ]
The band was established in 1832, comprised exclusively of legionnaires. They have to go through the basic traing in Castelnaudary with the other legionnaires before being approved to the band. Today, the band is travelling and representing the...
MAURICE RAVEL / ERNEST CHAUSSON
MARBECKS COLLECTABLE: Ravel & Chausson: Piano Trios
Beaux Arts Trio
[ Philips / CD - released 1/Mar/2006 ]
'this new Beaux Arts performance, even more than their previous one, is most sensitive to the music's ebb and flow, acutely aware of its inventive new combinations of sounds ... the new Beaux Arts recording now becomes the prime recommendation'...
MARBECKS COLLECTABLE - Bruckner: Symphony No 8 in C minor
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra / Gunter Wand
[ RCA Records / 2 CD - released 1/Mar/2001 ]
1001 Classical recordings you must hear before you die (1851-1900) - "Few readings in recent years have been more assiduously toured or generally acclaimed than Wand's Bruckner Eighth" (Gramophone)