W. A. MOZART / BEETHOVEN / SCHUMANN / LISZT / BARTOK / SCHUBERT
Annie Fischer: The Complete London Studio Recordings
Annie Fischer (piano) Philharmonia Orchestra, Sir Adrian Boult, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Otto Klemperer, etc
[ Warner Classics Icon / 8 CD Box Set - released 23/Aug/2014 ]
'I can find no praise too high for Annie Fischer's playing, for she makes every phrase a delight. Sawallisch partners his soloist to perfection. Everybody has here combined to produce something really outstanding among recordings of Mozart...
MOZART / STRAUSS / BEETHOVEN / HINDEMITH / WAGNER / etc
Icon: Dennis Brain - The Horn Player
Dennis Brain (horn) with various orchestras & conductors
[ Warner Classics / EMI Icon / 4 CD Box Set - released 1/Jun/2008 ]
"I have listened repeatedly with increasing pleasure to this set which is irresistible for its sheer musical pleasure." (MusicWeb Bargain of the Month Sept 2008)
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.
SCHUMANN / BERLIOZ / DUKAS / ROUSSEL / FALLA / POULENC / etc
Icon: Jean Martinon - The Late Years
Various orchestras conducted by Jean Martinon, with Lily laskine. Itzhak Perlman, Marie-Claire Alain, etc
[ Erato / Warner Classics / 14 CD Box Set - released 20/Sep/2015 ]
2016 marked the 40th anniversary of Jean Martinon's death. This 14-CD collection focuses on Martinon's activity with the Orchestre National de l'O.R.T.F between 1968 and 1975 and on repertoire - much of it French
Lily Laskine: The Complete Erato & HMV Recordings
Lily Laskine (harp) with Jean-Pierre Rampal, Maurice Andre, Yehudi Menuhin, Marie-Claire Alain & others
[ Erato / Warner Classics Icon / 14 CD Box Set - released 1/Dec/2014 ]
The harpist Lily Laskine (1893-1988) was a popular and influential figure whose name was particularly closely identified with the Erato label, although she also recorded for EMI.
MOZART / von FLOTOW / PUCCINI / LEHAR / RICHARD STRAUSS / etc
Icon: Richard Tauber - The Gentleman Tenor
Richard Tauber (tenor) with various orchestras, conductors & accompaniments
[ Warner Classics / EMI Icon / 5 CD Box Set - released 20/Oct/2009 ]
This 5 CD set, devoted to the much-loved Austrian tenor Richard Tauber, is a further release in the EMI Classics ICON series.
BEETHOVEN / BRAHMS / DVORAK / WAGNER / etc
Icon: Rudolf Kempe: The Genius of the Podium
Rudolf Kempe conducting the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, etc
[ Warner Classics Icon / 11 CD Box Set - released 1/Feb/2011 ]
The German conductor Rudolf Kempe (1910-1976) began his musical career playing the oboe in various symphony orchestras. The programme begins with recordings of four Beethoven Symphonies that Kempe made with the Munich Philharmonic in 1971-72.
BACH / SOR / TORROBA / TURINA / TARREGA / etc
Icon: Andres Segovia - The Master Guitarist
Andres Segovia (guitar) with New London Orchestra, Alec Sherman
[ Warner Classics / EMI Icon / 3 CD Box Set - released 20/Dec/2014 ]
Segovia's contribution to the modern-romantic repertoire not only included commissions but also his own transcriptions of classical or baroque works. He is remembered for his expressive performances: his wide palette of tone, and his distinctive...
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)
GERSHWIN / KERN / PORTER / YOUMANS / SHEARING
Icon - Menuhin & Grappelli - Friends in Music
Yehui Menuhin (violin) & Stéphane Grappelli (violin)
[ Warner Classics / EMI Icon / 4 CD Box Set - released 5/Oct/2009 ]
This 4 CD set containing all the recordings that the two legendary violinists Yehudi Menuhin and Stéphane Grappelli made for EMI is a further release in the Warner Classics ICON series.
Arthur Rubinstein: The Chopin Recordings
Arthur Rubinstein (piano)
[ Warner Classics Icon / 5 CD Box Set - released 22/Feb/2010 ]
Arthur Rubinstein was born on January 28, 1887 to a businessman in Lódz. He was the youngest of 8 children in a family which was part of the large Jewish community in the city.
SCHUMANN / LISZT / SCHUBERT / WOLF / MAHLER / etc
Brigitte Fassbaender: Icon - The Great Lieder Recordings
Brigitte Fassbaender (mezzo-soprano) with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Nicolai Gedda, Lucia Popp, etc
[ Warner Classics Icon / 8 CD Box Set - released 20/Jun/2019 ]
Fassbaender was born in Berlin, the daughter of screen actress Sabine Peters and the baritone, Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender. The family settled in Nuremberg after World War II. She spent her early career in Munich.
BACH / MOZART / RICHARD STRAUSS / MAHLER / SCHUBERT / etc
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf: The Radient Soprano
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (soprano) with Victoria de los Angeles, Imgard Seefried, Christa Ludwig, Nicolai Gedda, etc
[ Warner Classics Icon / 10 CD Box Set - released 7/Feb/2011 ]
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf is universally acknowledged to be one of the greatest singers of the 20th century. Blessed with a voice of exquisite beauty, as well as a striking physical presence, she shone brightly in opera, excelled in the concert hall and...
Icon: Franco Corelli (excerpts from I Puritani, Norma, Turandot, Pagliacci, Cavalleria Rusticana, etc)
Franco Corelli (tenor) with various orchstras & conductors
[ Warner Classics / EMI Icon / 4 CD Box Set - released 20/May/2009 ]
Franco Corelli began his stage career in Italy in 1951. With his powerful voice, charismatic stage presence and film-star good looks he soon became one of the 20th century's outstanding operatic superstars.
Icon: Fritz Wunderlich: A Poet Among Tenors (works by Mozart, Mahler, Verdi, Puccini, Tchaikovksy, etc)
Fritz Wunderlich (tenor) with various orchestras & conductors
[ Warner Classics / EMI Icon / 6 CD Box Set - released 10/Oct/2010 ]
"The recordings are clean, balanced and digitally re-mastered. I urge every lover of the tenor to buy this set; it offers nearly seven hours of one of the most beautiful, natural, refined and unforced tenor voices we have ever heard." (MusicWeb Oct...
GIUSEPPE di STEFANO
Icon: Giuseppe di Stefano (Incls popular arias from the operatic repertoire)
Giuseppe di Stefano (tenor) with Rosanna Carteri / Milan Symphony Orchestra / Antonio Tonino
[ Warner Classics Icon / 3 CD Box Set - released 1/Aug/2008 ]
"This collection records what might have been as well as what was. As such it is a record of a singer who had so much to give but gave too prodigiously and without care for the consequences to his gifts. He preferred the lifestyle of smoking and the...
BACH / MOZART / SIBELIUS / TCHAIKOVSKY / GLAZUNOV / etc
Icon: Jascha Heifetz- The Master Violinist (6 CD set)
Jascha Heifetz (violin) with various orchestras, conductors & accompaniments
[ Warner Classics / EMI Icon / 6 CD Box Set - released 1/Nov/2008 ]
Jascha Heifetz was a Jewish Lithuanian-born American violin virtuoso who was born in 1901 and died in 1987. His father was a professional violinist who started to give him lessons when Heifetz was only three-years-old. He then went on to further...
HANDEL / MOZART / DVORAK / STRAUSS / MAHLER / etc
Icon: Lucia Popp: Queen Of The Night, Maiden Of Light
Lucia Popp (soprano) with various orchestras & conductors
[ Warner Classics / EMI Icon / 7 CD Box Set - released 7/Sep/2009 ]
MARBECKS STAFF PICK: REISSUE CD OF THE YEAR 2009 - "Lucia Popp's voice speaks directly to you in a manner hard to describe, but it is the kind of very individual utterance that Jurinac had and, to judge from old records, Fide Norena." (Gramophone)
MENDELSSOHN / MOZART / HAYDN / SCHUMANN / BRAHMS / WAGNER / REGER / etc
Joseph Keilberth: The Postwar Telefunken Recordings - 1953-1963
Ludwig Hoelscher (cello) / Berliner Philharmoniker, Bamberger Symphoniker, Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Joseph Keilberth
[ Warner Classics Icon / 22 CD Box Set - released 1/May/2018 ]
20th July 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the death of the German conductor Joseph Keilberth. His name is perhaps not so widely remembered as some of his contemporaries, but he was an important figure in the musical life of Germany in the mid-20th...
Icon: Montserrat Caballe : Great Operatic Recordings
Montserrat Caballe (soprano) with various orchestras & conductors
[ Warner Classics Icon / 4 CD Box Set - released 20/May/2009 ]
"Like many Caballé followers I have lots of these recordings already, but I will come back to this set as it gives such a finely digested overview of the soprano's art. And if you don't have many - or any - Caballé recordings or are unfamiliar with...