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Album Work Title Composer Performer Label Rating
AARON COPLAND: Violin Sonata (1942-43); CHARLES IVES: Largo for violin, clarinet, & piano; LEONARD BERNSTEIN: Piano Trio (1937); ELLIOTT CARTER: Elegy for viola & piano; SAMUEL BARBER: String Quartet in B minor Op. 11 BARBER; SAMUEL
BERNSTEIN; LEONARD
CARTER; ELLIOTT
COPLAND; AARON
IVES; CHARLES
James Ehnes (violin)
Members of the Seattle Chamber Music Society
Onyx 10 / 10
SCHUBERT, FRANZ: Impromptus D. 899; Piano Sonata in B-flat major D. 960
SCHUBERT; FRANZ Jouni Somero (piano)
Fc Records 4 / 8
BACH, J.S.: Goldberg Variations BWV 988 (transcribed for organ by Wilhelm Middelschulte)
BACH; J.S. Jürgen Sonnentheil (organ)

CPO Insiders Only
BACH, J.S.: The Art of Fugue
BACH; J.S. Hewitt, Angela (piano)
Hyperion Insiders Only
BERLIOZ, HECTOR: Symphonie fantastique; Hungarian March from The Damnation of Faust (organ transcriptions by Hansjörg Albrecht)
BERLIOZ; HECTOR Hansjörg Albrecht (organ)
Oehms Classics Insiders Only
NIELSEN, CARL: Symphonies Nos. 1-6
NIELSEN; CARL Schmidt; Ole: London Symphony Orchestra Alto Insiders Only
MOZART, WOLFGANG AMADEUS: Complete String Quartets
MOZART; WOLFGANG AMADEUS Talich String Quartet La Dolce Volta Insiders Only
BIBER, HEINRICH: Fidicinium Sacro-Profanum
BIBER; HEINRICH Ars Antiqua Austria, Gunar Letzbor
Challenge Classics 9 / 9
Works by Bach, Scarlatti, Falla, Kalabis, Poulenc, Rychlík, Martinu BACH; J.S.
FALLA; MANUEL DE
KALABIS; VIKTOR
MARTINU; BOHUSLAV
POULENC; FRANCIS
SCARLATTI; DOMENICO
Ruzicková; Zuzana Neumann; Václav,Sanderling; Kurt: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra Supraphon Insiders Only
CHOPIN, FRÉDÉRIC: Complete Solo Piano Works
CHOPIN; FRÉDÉRIC Maria, Pietro De (piano)
Decca Insiders Only
LEIFS, JÓN: Scherzo concreto; Quintet; Variazioni pastorale; Elegies
LEIFS; JÓN Dórunn Gudmundsdóttir (mezzo soprano); Rut Ingólfsdóttir (violin)
Wilkinson; Bernhardur: Reykjavík Chamber Orchestra
BIS Insiders Only
VERDI, GIUSEPPE: Requiem
VERDI; GIUSEPPE Krassimira Stoyanova (soprano); Marina Prudenskaja (mezzo-soprano); Saimir Pirgu (tenor); Orlin Anastassov (bass)
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Mariss Jansons
BR Klassik 8 / 9
DUKAS, PAUL: The Sorcerer's Apprentice; La péri; Symphony in C major
DUKAS; PAUL Tingaud; Jean-Luc: RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Naxos 9 / 9
BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN: Symphonies Nos. 5 and 7
BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VAN Strauss; Richard: Berlin State Opera Orchestra Naxos Insiders Only
RAMEAU, JEAN-PHILIPPE: The Keyboard Works
RAMEAU; JEAN-PHILIPPE Marcelle Meyer (piano)
Erato Insiders Only
SHOSTAKOVICH, DMITRI: Complete String Quartets; Quartets by Miaskovsky, Prokofiev, Weinberg, Schnittke
MIASKOVSKY; NIKOLAI
PROKOFIEV; SERGEI
SCHNITTKE; ALFRED
SHOSTAKOVICH; DMITRI
WEINBERG; MIECZYSLAW
Pacifica Quartet Cedille 10 / 10
POULENC, FRANCIS: Piano Concerto; Concert champêtre; Organ Concert
POULENC; FRANCIS Jean-Bernard Pommier (piano)
Maggie Cole (harpsichord)
Gillian Weir (organ)

Hickox; Richard: City of London Sinfonia
Virgin Classics Insiders Only
BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN: Symphony No. 6 in F major ("Pastoral"); Symphony No. 1 in C major
BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VAN Pfitzner; Hans: Berlin Philharmonic,Berlin State Opera Orchestra Naxos Insiders Only
BERLIOZ, HECTOR: Overture to Béatrice et Bénédict; Harold in Italy
PAGANINI, NICCOLÒ: Sonata per la Gran Viola e Orchestra
BERLIOZ; HECTOR
PAGANINI; NICCOLÒ
Carpenter, David Aaron (viola)
Ashkenazy; Vladimir: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Ondine Insiders Only
NORGARD, PER: Symphonies Nos. 1 "Sinfonia austera" and 8
NORGARD; PER Oramo; Sakari: Vienna Philharmonic Dacapo Insiders Only
BERWALD, FRANZ: The Battle of Leipzig; Concerto for Two Violins & Orchestra; Theme & Variations for Violin & Orchestra; The Queen of Golconda: Overture & Dances; Estrella di Soria: Overture & Polonaise
BERWALD; FRANZ Johannes Lörstad, Andreas Hagman (violins)

Willén; Niklas: Malmö Opera Orchestra
Sterling Insiders Only
BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN: Symphonies Nos. 3 "Eroica" and 8
BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VAN Pfitzner; Hans: Berlin Philharmonic Naxos Insiders Only
FRANCIS POULENC - Concerto for Organ, Strings, & Timpani PIERRE PETIT - Concertino for Organ, Strings, & Percussion SAMUEL BARBER - Toccata Festiva BARBER; SAMUEL
PETIT; PIERRE
POULENC; FRANCIS
Gillian Weir (organ)
Hill; David,Leppard; Raymond: English Chamber Orchestra
Linn Insiders Only
HANDEL, G.F.: Arias from Amadigi di Gaula, Deidamia, Giulio Cesare, Lotario, Rodelinda, Ariodante, Scipione, Rinaldo, & Radamisto
HANDEL; G.F. Emma Bell (soprano)
Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Richard Egarr
Linn 8 / 10
PROKOFIEV, SERGEI: Romeo and Juliet Suite (arr. Muti)
PROKOFIEV; SERGEI Muti; Riccardo: Chicago Symphony Orchestra CSO Resound 7 / 9
GODOWSKY, LEOPOLD: Six Waltz-Poems for the Left Hand; Concert study Op. 11 No. 1; Transcriptions
GODOWSKY; LEOPOLD Konstantin Scherbakov (piano)
Marco Polo 9 / 9
WITT, FRIEDRICH: Symphony No. 6 "Sinfonie turque"; Symphony No. 9; Flute Concerto
WITT; FRIEDRICH Susanne Barner (flute)

Moesus; Johannes: Hamburg Symphony
MDG Insiders Only
Historical Gems: Moriz Rosenthal–Complete Recordings Moriz Rosenthal (piano)

Weissmann; Frieder: Berlin State Opera Orchestra
APR Insiders Only
CRAVEN, ERIC: Piano Sonatas Nos. 7, 8, & 9
CRAVEN; ERIC Mary Dullea (piano)
Metier 10 / 10
RZEWSKI, FREDERIC: The People United Will Never Be Defeated
RZEWSKI; FREDERIC Corey Hamm (piano)
Red Shift Recordings 10 / 10
Henrique Oswald: Piano Concerto in G minor; Alfredo Napoleão: Piano Concerto No. 2 in E flat minor Napoleão; Alfredo
Oswald; Henrique
Pizarro, Artur (piano)
Brabbins; Martyn: BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Hyperion Insiders Only
MUSSORGSKY, MODEST: Pictures at an Exhibition (arr. Ravel)
RAVEL, MAURICE: Mother Goose Suite; Boléro; Rapsodie espagnole
MUSSORGSKY; MODEST
RAVEL; MAURICE
Koussevitzky; Serge: Boston Symphony Orchestra Naxos Insiders Only
FIBICH, ZDENEK: Symphony No. 1; Impressions from the Countryside
FIBICH; ZDENEK Štilec; Marek: Czech National Symphony Orchestra Naxos Insiders Only
HOLST, GUSTAV: The Planets; The Perfect Fool Ballet; Egdon Heath; A Moorside Suite; Suites for Band Nos. 1 and 2; St. Paul's Suite; A Fugal Concerto
HOLST; GUSTAV Various Orchestras and Conductors (see review)
Eloquence Insiders Only
MOERAN, E.J.: Symphony
IRELAND, JOHN: Piano Concerto
IRELAND; JOHN
MOERAN; E.J.
Joyce; Eileen Heward; Leslie: Hallé Orchestra Dutton Insiders Only
RACHMANINOV, SERGEI: Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor Op. 30; Suite No. 2 for Two Pianos Op. 17
RACHMANINOV; SERGEI Martha Argerich (piano)
Nelson Freire (piano)

Chailly; Riccardo: RIAS Symphony Orchestra Berlin
Philips Insiders Only
HANDEL, G.F.: Music for the Royal Fireworks; Concerto a due cori in F; Water Music Suite (arr. Harty); Berenice Overture; others
HANDEL; G.F. Mackerras; Charles: London Symphony Orchestra,Pro Arte Orchestra Testament Insiders Only
VERDI, GIUSEPPE: Arias from 24 operas; Complete recordings of Aida, Un ballo in maschera, La traviata, Don Carlo, Rigoletto, Il trovatore
VERDI; GIUSEPPE Carlo Bergonzi (tenor); Renata Tebaldi, Birgit Nilsson, Joan Sutherland, Renata Scotto, Antonietta Stella, (soprano); Giulietta Simionato, Grace Bumbry, Fiorenza Cossotto (mezzo-soprano); various baritones & basses
Various conductors & orchestras
Decca Insiders Only
See Review MAHLER; GUSTAV
POULENC; FRANCIS
SCHOENBERG; ARNOLD
STRAUSS; RICHARD
STRAVINSKY; IGOR
TAKEMITSU; TORU
Various Soloists
Ozawa; Seiji: Berlin Philharmonic,Boston Symphony Orchestra,Saito Kinen Orchestra,Various orchestras,Vienna Philharmonic
Decca Insiders Only
BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major Op. 73 (“Emperor”); Choral Fantasy in C minor Op. 80
BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VAN Leif Ove Andsnes (piano)
Andsnes; Leif Ove: Mahler Chamber Orchestra,Prague Philharmonic Choir
Sony 8 / 9
WILD, EARL: Four transcriptions; Piano Sonata 2000; Improvisation in the form of a theme and three variations on “Someone to Watch Over Me”; Seven Virtuoso Etudes on Gershwin Songs
WILD; EARL Giovanni Doria Miglietta (piano)
Piano Classics Insiders Only
HAYDN, JOSEPH: Symphonies Nos. 1, 39, and 49 "La Passione"
GLUCK, CHRISTOPH WILLIBALD: Don Juan (ballet)
GLUCK; CHRISTOPH WILLIBALD
HAYDN; JOSEPH
Antonini; Giovanni: Il Giardino Armonico Alpha 8 / 9
DiDonato Sings Neapolitan Bel Canto–Gloriously BELLINI; VINCENZO
DONIZETTI; GAETANO
MERCADANTE; SAVERIO
ROSSINI; GIOACHINO
Joyce DiDonato (mezzo-soprano)
Lyon Opera Orchestra, Riccardo Minasi
Erato 9 / 10
FELDMAN, MORTON: String Quartet No. 1 (1979); Three Pieces for String Quartet; Structures
FELDMAN; MORTON FLUX Quartet Mode 10 / 10
BACH, J.S.: The Well-Tempered Clavier Book I
BACH; J.S. Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano)
Deutsche Grammophon 7 / 9
BIZET, GEORGES: Carmen
BIZET; GEORGES Vesselina Kasarova (mezzo-soprano), Isabel Rey (soprano); Jonas Kaufmann (tenor); Michele Pertusi (bass-baritone); others
Zurich Opera Orchestra, Franz Welser-Möst
Decca 7 / 8
REGER, MAX: Orchestral Works; Concertos; Choral Music; Chorale Fantasias for Organ; Chamber Music
Various Soloists
Various Conductors and Orchestras
Brilliant Classics Insiders Only
WAXMAN, FRANZ: Hollywood Suite; Auld Lang Syne Variations; Souvenirs de Paris; Four Scenes of Childhood; "The Little Mouse" from The Song of Terezín; "Barnstorming" from The Spirit of St. Louis; The Charm Bracelet
WAXMAN; FRANZ The St. Clair Trio
Lenore Sjoberg (violin)
James Van Valkenburg (viola)
Steven Molina (bass)

Koch International Classics Insiders Only
STENHAMMAR, WILHELM: Serenade
STENHAMMAR; WILHELM Järvi; Neeme: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra BIS Insiders Only
SUK, JOSEF: Asrael; A Summer Tale; Ripening; Epilogue; Fairy Tale; Praga
SUK; JOSEF Neumann; Václav,Pešek; Libor: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra Supraphon Insiders Only


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