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Album Work Title Composer Performer Label Rating
ENGLUND, EINAR: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5; The Great Wall of China
ENGLUND; EINAR Klas; Eri: Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra Ondine Insiders Only
BACH, J.S.: Brandenburg Concertos BWV 1046-1051
BACH; J.S. Concerto Köln Berlin Classics 9 / 9
DEBUSSY, CLAUDE: Estampes; Images Books I & II; Twelve Etudes; Hommage à Haydn
DEBUSSY; CLAUDE Craig Sheppard (piano)
Romeo 9 / 8
BARTÓK, BELA: Fourteen Bagatelles BB 50; Nine Little Piano Pieces BB 90; No. 1 from Three Piano Pieces D 45/1; Adagio from Three Piano Pieces D 53/2; Intermezzo from Three Piano Pieces D 53/1; Scherzo D 50; Rhapsody Op. 1 (shortened version)
BARTÓK; BELA Jenö Jandó (piano)
Naxos 9 / 7
HAYDN, JOSEPH: Symphonies Nos. 57, 67 and 68
HAYDN; JOSEPH McGegan; Nicholas: Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra Philharmonia Baroque 10 / 9
HAYDN, JOSEPH: Symphonies Nos. 88, 101 "Clock" and 104 "London"
HAYDN; JOSEPH McGegan; Nicholas: Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra Philharmonia Baroque Insiders Only
HAYDN, JOSEPH: Symphonies Nos. 88, 92, 93-99, & 104
HAYDN; JOSEPH Szell; George: Cleveland Orchestra Sony Classical Insiders Only
BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN: Symphony No. 9 "Choral"
BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VAN Leontyne Price (soprano)
Maureen Forrester (alto)
David Poleri (tenor)
Giorgio Tozzi (bass)

Munch; Charles: Boston Symphony Orchestra,New England Conservatory Chorus
RCA Insiders Only
PROKOFIEV, SERGEI: Symphonies Nos. 1, 3, 5, & 6; Piano Concertos Nos. 1-5; Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; Lieutenant Kijé; Romeo and Juliet (excerpts)
PROKOFIEV; SERGEI John Browning (piano); Erick Friedman and Itzhak Perlman (violins)
Leinsdorf; Erich: Boston Symphony Orchestra
RCA Insiders Only
GHEDINI, GIORGIO: Sonata da concerto (for flute and orchestra); Concerto for flute, violin, and orchestra (“L’Alderina”); Violin Concerto (“Il belprato”)
GHEDINI; GIORGIO Francesco Parrino (violin); Stefano Parrino (flute)
Di Mauro; Francesco: Orchestra da camera Stesichoros
Stradivarius Insiders Only
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto; Encores by Tartini, Vivaldi, Kreisler, Brahms, Wieniawski TCHAIKOVSKY; PIOTR ILYICH Erica Morini (violin); Michael Raucheisen (piano)
Fricsay; Ferenc: RIAS Symphony Orchestra Berlin
Audite Insiders Only
PETER TCHAIKOVSKY - Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor Op. 23
SERGEI RACHMANINOV - Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor Op. 30
DIMITRI KABALEVSKY - Rondo in A minor Op. 59
KABALEVSKY; DIMITRI
RACHMANINOV; SERGEI
TCHAIKOVSKY; PIOTR ILYICH
Cliburn, Van (piano)
Kondrashin; Kirill: Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
Testament Insiders Only
MUSSORGSKY, MODEST: Pictures at an Exhibition
SCHUMANN, ROBERT: Fantasy in C major Op. 17
MUSSORGSKY; MODEST
SCHUMANN; ROBERT
Paul Lewis (piano)
Harmonia Mundi 9 / 9
MUSSORGSKY, MODEST: Boris Godunov (original version)
MUSSORGSKY; MODEST Martti Talvela, Nicolai Gedda, Leonard Mroz, Bozena Kinasz, Andrzej Hiolski, others
Semkow; Jerzy: Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra
EMI Insiders Only
CHAPÍ, RUPERTO: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2
CHAPÍ; RUPERTO Cuarteto Latinoamericano
Sono Luminus 9 / 10
MESSIAEN, OLIVIER: Selected Works
MESSIAEN; OLIVIER Various soloists (see review)
Various conductors and orchestras (see review)
Erato Insiders Only
MAHLER, GUSTAV: Symphony No. 8
MAHLER; GUSTAV Barbara Haveman, Orla Boylan, Christiane Oelze, Anna Palimina (soprano) ; Petra Lang (mezzo-soprano); Maria Radner (alto); Brandon Jovanovich (tenor); Hanno Müller-Brachmann (baritone); Günther Groissböck (bass)
Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, Markus Stenz
Oehms Classics 8 / 8
KABALEVSKY, DIMITRI: Symphonies Nos. 1-4
KABALEVSKY; DIMITRI Oue; Eiji: NDR Radiophilharmonie CPO Insiders Only
STRAUSS II, JOHANN: Complete Orchestral Edition
STRAUSS II; JOHANN Various Orchestras and Conductors
Naxos Insiders Only
SHOSTAKOVICH, DMITRI: Symphonies Nos. 3 and 10
SHOSTAKOVICH; DMITRI Gergiev; Valery: Mariinsky Orchestra Mariinsky Insiders Only
STAMITZ, CARL: Cello Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; Sinfonia concertante in D major for Violin, Viola, and Orchestra
STAMITZ; CARL Zoltan Rócz (cello); Ulrich Grehling (violin); Ulrich Koch (viola)
Cappella Coloniensis, Günther Wich and Marcell Couraud (conds.)
Phoenix Edition Insiders Only
MENDELSSOHN, FELIX: Violin Concerto; Octet for Strings; Hexenlied; Suleika; Auf Flügeln des Gesanges
MENDELSSOHN; FELIX Hope, Daniel (violin)
Hengelbrock; Thomas: Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Deutsche Grammophon Insiders Only
KRAUS, JOSEPH MARTIN: 8 Symphonies (incl. Sinfonia da chiesa; Symphonie funèbre)
KRAUS; JOSEPH MARTIN Ehrhardt; Werner: Concerto Köln Phoenix Edition Insiders Only
ENESCU, GEORGE: Isis; Symphony No. 5
ENESCU; GEORGE Marius Vlad (tenor)
Ruzicka; Peter: Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern
CPO Insiders Only
MONTEVERDI, CLAUDIO: Vespers
MONTEVERDI; CLAUDIO Various Soloists
Herreweghe; Philippe: Collegium Vocale,La Chapelle Royale,Les Saqueboutiers de Toulouse
Harmonia Mundi Insiders Only
NIELSEN, CARL: Symphonies Nos. 5 and 6 "Sinfonia semplice"
NIELSEN; CARL Gilbert; Alan: New York Philharmonic Dacapo 10 / 10
LISZT, FRANZ: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2; Totentanz
LISZT; FRANZ Brendel, Alfred (piano)
Haitink; Bernard: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Philips Insiders Only
MAHLER, GUSTAV: Symphony No. 4
SCHUBERT, FRANZ: An die Musik D. 547; Ständchen D. 889; Der Hirt auf dem Felsen D. 965
MAHLER; GUSTAV
SCHUBERT; FRANZ
Ameling, Elly (soprano)
Previn; André: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
EMI Insiders Only
MARTINU, BOHUSLAV: Chamber Music with Flute
MARTINU; BOHUSLAV Fenwick Smith (flute); Sally Pinkas (piano); others
Naxos Insiders Only
TANSMAN, ALEXANDRE: Piano Concerto No. 2
BOULANGER, NADIA: Fantasie for piano and orchestra
GERSHWIN, GEORGE: Rhapsody in Blue
BOULANGER; NADIA
GERSHWIN; GEORGE
TANSMAN; ALEXANDRE
Greilsammer, David (piano)
Sloane; Steven: Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France
Naïve Insiders Only
Popular songs from 1920s & '30s Berlin, by Lehár, Tauber, Kálmán, Abraham, Stolz, Künneke, Korngold, others ABRAHAM; PAUL
KÁLMÁN; EMMERICH
KORNGOLD; ERICH WOLFGANG
LEHÁR; FRANZ
STOLZ; ROBERT
Kaufmann; Jonas,Kleiter; Julia Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Jochen Rieder
Sony Classical 9 / 9
WAGNER, RICHARD: Tannhäuser Overture
SIBELIUS, JEAN: Symphony No. 2
Sibelius
WAGNER; RICHARD
Nelsons; Andris: Boston Symphony Orchestra BSO Classics 9 / 9
BACH, J.S.: Magnificat in D major; Lutheran Masses BWV 233-236
BACH; J.S. Barbara Bonney (soprano); Birgit Remmert (mezzo-soprano); Rainer Trost (tenor); Olaf Bär (baritone)
Schreier; Peter: C.P.E. Bach Chamber Orchestra,RIAS-Kammerchor
Newton Classics Insiders Only
Works by Haydn, Beethoven, Debussy, Ravel, Chopin, Schumann, Brahms, Liszt, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov, Schubert, Scriabin BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VAN
BRAHMS; JOHANNES
CHOPIN; FRÉDÉRIC
DEBUSSY; CLAUDE
LISZT; FRANZ
PROKOFIEV; SERGEI
RACHMANINOV; SERGEI
RAVEL; MAURICE
SCHUMANN; ROBERT
SCRIABIN; ALEXANDER
Richter, Sviatoslav (piano)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Erich Leinsdorf (cond.) Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Munch (cond.) Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestra, Christoph Eschenbach (cond.)
Sony Classical Insiders Only
Works by Bach, Bartók, Beethoven, Boulez, Carter, Chopin, Debussy, Haydn, Liszt, Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, Webern & others BARTÓK; BELA
BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VAN
CARTER; ELLIOTT
CHOPIN; FRÉDÉRIC
DEBUSSY; CLAUDE
HAYDN; JOSEPH
RAVEL; MAURICE
SCHUMANN; ROBERT
Charles Rosen (piano)
New Philharmonia Orchestra, John Pritchard
Sony Classical Insiders Only
HAHN, REYNALDO: Le Rossignol Éperdu
HAHN; REYNALDO Billy Eidi (piano)
Timpani 8 / 8
STRAUSS, RICHARD: Five Klavierstücke Op. 3; Early Piano Pieces
STRAUSS; RICHARD Dario Bonuccelli (piano)
Dynamic 7 / 4
BELLINI, VINCENZO: I Capuleti e I Montecchi
BELLINI; VINCENZO Nicole Cabell (soprano); Joyce DiDonato (mezzo-soprano); Saimir Pirgu (tenor); Eric Owens, Ao Li (bass)
Orchestra & Chorus of the San Francisco Opera, Riccardo Frizza
EuroArts 8 / 10
BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN: Symphony No. 9
BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VAN Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (soprano); Elsa Cavelti (alto); Ernst Haefliger (tenor); Otto Edelmann (bass)
Furtwängler; Wilhelm: Lucerne Festival Chorus,Philharmonia Orchestra
Audite Insiders Only
BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN: String Quartets Op. 18 Nos. 1, 4, & 6 (transcribed for piano duet by Hugo Ulrich and Robert Wittmann)
BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VAN Arhuvia; Saar,Ho; Stephanie DUO Stephanie & Saar (Stephanie Ho and Saar Arhuvia, piano duo)
New Focus Recordings 9 / 8
TORROBA, FEDERICO MORENO: Concierto en Flamenco; Diálogos entre guitarra y orquesta; Aires de La Mancha; Suite castellana
TORROBA; FEDERICO MORENO Romero, Pepe (guitar)
Coves, Vicente (guitar)
Coves; Manuel: Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra
Naxos Insiders Only
LISZT, FRANZ: Complete Piano Works
LISZT; FRANZ Howard; Leslie Rickenbacher; Karl: Budapest Symphony Orchestra Hyperion Insiders Only
ENGLUND, EINAR: Symphony No. 2 "Blackbird"; Symphony No. 4 "Nostalgic"; Piano Concerto No. 1
ENGLUND; EINAR Niklas Sivelöv (piano)

Panula; Jorma: Turku Phiharmonic Orchestra
Naxos Insiders Only
DVORÁK, ANTONIN: Serenade for Strings
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, RALPH: Tallis Fantasia
PURCELL, HENRY: Dido's Lament (arr. Stokowski)
DVORÁK; ANTONIN
PURCELL; HENRY
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS; RALPH
Stokowski; Leopold: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Newton Classics Insiders Only
RAVEL, MAURICE: Complete Solo Piano Works
RAVEL; MAURICE Simon, Abbey (piano)
Vox Insiders Only
SAINT-SAËNS, CAMILLE: Danse macabre (trans. Lemare); Cyprès et Lauriers; Symphony No. 3 "Organ"
SAINT-SAËNS; CAMILLE Vincent Warnier (organ)
Slatkin; Leonard: Orchestre National de Lyon
Naxos 9 / 8
HAYDN, JOSEPH: Paris and London Symphonies
HAYDN; JOSEPH Karajan; Herbert von: Berlin Philharmonic Deutsche Grammophon Insiders Only
BAYLESS, JOHN: Improvisations on Beatle melodies in the style of J.S. Bach
BAYLESS; JOHN John Bayless (piano)
Pro Arte Insiders Only
WAGNER, RICHARD: Der Ring des Nibelungen
WAGNER; RICHARD Alwyn Mellor, Margaret Jane Wray, Wendy Bryn Harmer (soprano); Stefan Vinke, Dennis Petersen, Mark Schowalter, Stuart Skelton (tenor); Greer Grimsley, Markus Brück, Richard Paul Fink, (bass-baritone); Stephanie Blythe (mezzo-soprano); Daniel Sumegi, Andrea Silvestrelli (bass); others
Seattle Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Asher Fisch
Avie Insiders Only
HAYDN, JOSEPH: Symphonies Nos. 82 "The Bear" and 86
LEBRUN, LUDWIG-AUGUST: Oboe Concerto in C major
HAYDN; JOSEPH
LEBRUN; LUDWIG-AUGUST
Benoît Laurent (oboe)
Waas; Guy Van: Les Agrémens
Ricercar Insiders Only


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