Danny Elfman: Violin Concerto / Piano Quartet
Sandy Cameron (violin) / Royal Scottish National Orchestra, John Mauceri
[ Sony Classical / CD - released 4/May/2019 ]
"Mostly these accomplished and entertaining pieces owe a lot (as do so many movie scores) to Elfman's self-confessed passion not just for the Romantic classical repertoire as a whole but specifically for the 20th-century Russians." Gramophone
Barber: The School for Scandal Overture / Symphonies 1 & 2
Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Marin Alsop (conductor)
[ Naxos American Classics / CD - released 1/Jul/2001 ]
"the two Symphonies are played by the Scottish orchestra with passionate commitment and deep lyrical feeling." Rosette (highest rating) Penguin Stereo Guide
The Complete Bruckner Symphonies
Royal Scottish National Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Georg Tintner, conductor
[ Naxos / 12 CD Box Set - released 22/Dec/2015 ]
"The pattern of the later symphonies is set here, emotional slow movement, galumphing scherzo and all. But there are moments of almost Sullivanesque sparkle. Tintner's account is wonderfully cohesive and fresh." - The Sunday Times (Paul Driver), May
A Festival of Fučík
Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Neeme Järvi
[ Chandos SACD / Hybrid SACD - released 20/Oct/2015 ]
"this is a highly enjoyable reminder of the delights of Romanticism's popular side." BBC Music
An Introduction to Khachaturian: (Incls 'Spartacus Ballet Suite No 2' & Symphony No. 3)
Royal Scottish National Orchestra / Neeme Jarvi / Fedor Glushchenko
[ Chandos Intro / CD - released 1/Aug/2006 ]
'Chandos has released a knockout, state of the art digital recording.' (American Record Guide)
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
W. A. MOZART
Mozart - Don Giovanni [highlights]
Ruggero Raimondi, Kiri Te Kanawa, Edda Moser, Jose van Dam, Teresa Berganza / Theatre National de l'Opera de Paris, Lorin Maazel
[ Sony Classical / CD - released 25/Jun/2018 ]
The Classic recording with legendary great performers, and newly re-mastered in 24bit High Resolution Audio.
Complete Symphonies (Nos 1-7)
Scottish National Orchestra / Neeme Jarvi
[ Chandos Classics / 4 CD Box Set - released 20/Nov/2008 ]
"The recorded sound is great, the Scottish National Orchestra plays like a world class band. All in all, this is not only a set to complete your Prokofiev collection, it's also the one to start it - if you haven't yet." (MusicWeb bargain of the...
GILBERT and SULLIVAN
H.M.S. Pinafore (Complete Opera)
Richard Suart, Thomas Allen, Rebecca Evans, Donald Adams / Welsh National Opera, Charles MacKerras
[ Telarc Records / CD - released 7/Jul/2000 ]
1001 Classical recordings you must hear before you die (1851-1900) - 'Sir Charles Mackerras here gives an exuberant reading. The lyricism and transparency of Sullivan's inspiration shine out with winning freshness. The casting is not just starry but...
Richter plays Prokofiev
Sviatoslav Richter (piano) / Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra, Witold Rowicki
[ Alto / CD - released 10/Aug/2013 ]
Sviatoslav Teofilovich Richter was a Soviet pianist well known for the depth of his interpretations, virtuoso technique, and vast repertoire. He is widely considered one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century.
Sibelius: Symphonies 2 & 7
BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Thomas Søndergård
[ Linn SACD / Hybrid SACD - released 20/May/2015 ]
"The playing of BBC NOW, in line with its conductor's evident vision, is astonishing in its sophistication. Their flawless performance of the Seventh Symphony, if you love this music, will break your heart." The Herald (Glasgow), March 2015
Romantic Classics (Incls Salut d'amour', Liebestraum No. 3' & 'Clair de lune')
Various artists incls Margaret Fingerhut, Earl Wild (pianos) Craig Ogden (guitar), London Mozart Players, Scottish National Orchestra, etc
[ Chandos 241 / 2 CD - released 1/Jan/2004 ]
Romantic Classics features some of the world's most requested music, taken from Chandos' distinguished catalogue and digitally remastered to the company's usual, uncompromising standards.
Bizet: Carmen (Complete Opera recorded in 1958 & 1959)
Victoria de los Angeles, Nicolai Gedda, Janine Micheau / French National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham
[ Warner Classics The Home Of Opera / 3 CD Box Set - released 1/Jul/2019 ]
"This classic Beecham set was originally welcomed in Gramophone with a glowing review from Philip Hope Wallace: 'I send up a loud "Ole".' It certainly stands the test of time, sparkling, swaggering and seducing in a way that is uniquely Beecham's. It...
Aleksei Tanovitski (bass) & Kostiantin Andrejev (tenor) / Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Narva Boys Choir & Estonian Concert Choir, Paavo Järvi
[ Erato / Warner Classics / CD - released 20/Jun/2015 ]
"Järvi's Estonians perform with fervour and the Razin makes the issue worthwhile." (Sunday Times)
HERBERT HOWELLS / RONALD CORP
Alice Neary (cello) / Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Ronald Corp (conductor)
[ Dutton Epoch / CD - released 1/Feb/2015 ]
Cellist Alice Neary's championship of Herbert Howells' three-movement Cello Concerto (now in a performing edition by Jonathan Clinch) and conductor Ronald Corp's own recent Cello Concerto make for a rewarding coupling in the best Dutton Epoch...
Elgar: Cello Concerto / Enigma Variations / Froissart / Starlight Express / etc
Alison Hagley (soprano) Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone) Robert Cohen (cello) / Royal Philharmonic / Welsh National Opera Orch. / Sir Charles Mackerras
[ Decca SBS Australian Eloquence / 2 CD - released 1/Nov/2007 ]
"Mackerras captures the wistful charm of the quieter pieces (on CD2) very effectively, and spirits are high in the more robust items" Gramophone
Piano Concertos Nos. 22 & 24
Angela Hewitt (piano) National Arts Centre Orchestra, Hannu Lintu
[ Hyperion / CD - released 20/Jun/2014 ]
Here Angela Hewitt is joined by her compatriot National Arts Centre Orchestra of Canada and frequent collaborator Hannu Lintu for sparklingly stylish renditions of Mozart's Piano Concertos Nos 22 and 24.
RAVEL / DEBUSSY / FAURE
Anne Queffelec [3 CD set]
Anne Queffelec (piano) with Pierre Amoyal (violin) / Orchestre National de Monte-Carlo
[ Erato / Warner Classics / 3 CD - released 20/Aug/2014 ]
A collection of Anne Queffélec's Erato recordings of French repertoire which in which she expresses great musicality, allowing us to rediscover her fine recordings of Ravel's Miroirs, Debussy's Etudes and Fauré's Violin Sonatas (with Pierre Amoyal),...
HENRIQUE OSWALD & ALFREDO NAPOLEAO
The Romantic Piano Concerto 64 - Oswald & Napoleão dos Santos
Artur Pizarro (piano) / BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Martyn Brabbins
[ Hyperion Romantic Piano Concerto Vol 64 / CD - released 29/Sep/2014 ]
Portuguese virtuoso Artur Pizarro makes a welcome return to the Romantic Piano Concerto series with the outpourings of two brilliant pianist-composers.
Kim: Violin Concerto / Dialogues / Cornet
Cecylia Arzewski (violin) / Ireland RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Scott Yoo
[ Naxos American Classics / CD - released 15/Aug/2019 ]
Earl Kim was born in 1920 in Dinuba, California and studied with Arnold Schoenberg, Ernst Bloch, and Roger Sessions. He was a professor at Princeton from 1952 to 1967 and at Harvard from then until 1998, and was the recipient of numerous awards and...