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trav VERDI, GIUSEPPE: La traviata
VERDI; GIUSEPPE Venera Gimadieva (soprano), Michael Fabiano (tenor), Tassis Christyannis (baritone), Hanna Hipp (mezzo-soprano), others
Glyndebourne Chorus, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Mark Elder
Opus Arte 8 / 9
51cJ-pGB-XL BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN: Piano Sonatas (complete)
BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VAN Wilhelm Kempff (piano)
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ARTHUR HONEGGER - Symphonies Nos. 2 & 5 "Di tre re"
ALBERT ROUSSEL - Bacchus et Ariane Suite No. 2
HONEGGER; ARTHURROUSSEL; ALBERT Munch; Charles
: Boston Symphony Orchestra
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BarberMunch TCHAIKOVSKY, PIOTR ILYICH: Serenade for Strings
BARBER, SAMUEL: Adagio; Medea's Meditation and Dance of Vengeance
ELGAR, EDWARD: Introduction and Allegro
BARBER; SAMUELELGAR; EDWARDTCHAIKOVSKY; PIOTR ILYICH Munch; Charles
: Boston Symphony Orchestra
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81Ed6vb57GL._SY355 BRAHMS, JOHANNES: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor Op. 15; Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major Op. 83
BRAHMS; JOHANNES Daniel Barenboim (piano)
Staatskapelle Berlin, Gustavo Dudamel
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SibSeg SIBELIUS, JEAN: Pelléas et Mélisande (complete); Musik zu einer Szene; Valse lyrique, Autrefois, Valse chevaleresque; Morceau romantique sur un motif de Monsieur Jakob von Julin
SIBELIUS; JEAN Pia Pajala (soprano); Sari Nordqvist (mezzo soprano)
Segerstam; Leif
: Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
Naxos 10 / 10
mordkovitch SHOSTAKOVICH, DMITRI: Violin Concerto No. 1 in A major Op. 99; Violin Concerto No. 2 in C-sharp minor Op. 129
SHOSTAKOVICH; DMITRI Lydia Mordkovitch (violin)
Scottish National Orchestra, Neeme Järvi
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Berglund-Brahms BRAHMS, JOHANNES: Symphonies Nos. 1-4
BRAHMS; JOHANNES Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Paavo Berglund
Ondine 8 / 10
Shost7Anc DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH - Symphony No. 7 "Leningrad"
SHOSTAKOVICH; DMITRI Ancerl; Karel
: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
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ShostCellAnc FRANZ LISZT - Les Préludes
LUBOR BÁRTA - Viola Concerto
DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH - Cello Concerto No. 1
BÁRTA; LUBORLISZT; FRANZSHOSTAKOVICH; DMITRI Jaroslav Karlovsky (viola)
Miloš Sádlo (cello)

Ancerl; Karel
: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
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Shost5Anc DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH - Symphonies Nos. 1 & 5
SHOSTAKOVICH; DMITRI Ancerl; Karel
: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
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81IzG2a-NL._SL1500 J.S. Bach/Joe Chindamo: Goldberg Variations BWV 988 Zoë Black (violin); Joe Chindamo (piano)
AlFi 6 / 9
Gong Arias by Puccini, Donizetti, Verdi, Adam, Gounod, Bizet, & Massenet BIZET; GEORGESDONIZETTI; GAETANOGOUNOD; CHARLESMASSENET; JULESPUCCINI; GIACOMO Yinjia Gong (tenor)
Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Markus Lehtinen
BIS 5 / 8
61nkuJ5omyL SOR, FERNANDO: Complete Studies for Guitar
SOR; FERNANDO Enea Leone (guitar)
Brilliant Classics 8 / 9
FREDERIC CHOPIN - Ballades (4); Mazurkas: Op. 50/3; Op. 63/3; Op. 7/2; Op. 24/2; Op. 17/4; Barcarolle in F-sharp
CHOPIN; FRÉDÉRIC Ivan Moravec (piano)

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81naxXUAd-L._SX355 Works by Beethoven, Bizet, Haydn, Kodály, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Rossini, Stravinsky, Verdi, Wagner, others BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VANBIZET; GEORGESHAYDN; JOSEPHKODÁLY; ZOLTÁNMENDELSSOHN; FELIXMOZART; WOLFGANG AMADEUSSTRAVINSKY; IGORWAGNER; RICHARD Fischer-Dieskau; Dietrich,Forrester; Maureen,Haefliger; Ernst,Jurinac; Sena,Lorengar; Pilar,Windgassen; Wolfgang
Fricsay; Ferenc
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ArnoldCopp MALCOLM ARNOLD - David Copperfield; The Roots of Heaven (complete film scores)
ARNOLD; MALCOLM Stromberg; William
: Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Marco Polo Insiders Only
AncerlMussorgsky MODEST MUSSORGSKY - Pictures at an Exhibition (arr. Ravel); A Night on Bald Mountain
ALEXANDER BORODIN - In the Steppes of Central Asia
NICOLAI RIMSKY-KORSAKOV - Capriccio espagnol
BORODIN; ALEXANDERMUSSORGSKY; MODESTRIMSKY-KORSAKOV; NIKOLAI Ancerl; Karel
: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
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Mahler9Anc GUSTAV MAHLER - Symphony No. 9
MAHLER; GUSTAV Ancerl; Karel
: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
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martinu5Anc BOHUSLAV MARTINU - Symphonies Nos. 5 & 6; Memorial to Lidice
MARTINU; BOHUSLAV Ancerl; Karel
: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
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sukpet SUK, JOSEF: Asrael Symphony, A Summer Tale, Tale of a Winter's Evening, Ripening
LIADOV, ANATOLY: The Enchanted Lake
LIADOV; ANATOLYSUK; JOSEF Petrenko; Kirill
: Orchester der Komischen Oper Berlin
CPO 8 / 9
51-MS2K5cmL VIVALDI, ANTONIO: Concertos in G major RV 443, G minor RV 439 (“La notte”), D major RV 95 (“La Pastorella”), D minor RV 566, E-flat major RV 375, G minor RV 103, & D major RV 90
VIVALDI; ANTONIO Maurice Steger (recorders)
I Barocchisti, Diego Fasolis
Harmonia Mundi 10 / 10
51LE0tUd-XL HANSCHEL, ROGER: Niederschlagsmengen (Music for saxophone & string quartet in 7 movements)
HANSCHEL; ROGER Roger Hanschel (alto saxophone)
Auryn Quartet
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81rXGzuN81L._SL1500 Works by J.S. Bach arranged for Moog Synthesizers, violin solo, & string orchestra by Craig Leon BACH; J.S. Jennifer Pike (violin); Craig Leon (Moog Synthesizer)
Sinfonietta Cracovia, Craig Leon
Sony Classical 5 / 7
71ViRJ-feoL._SL1500 Works by Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Dvorák, Fauré, Granados, Haydn, Ives, Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, Turina, others BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VANBRAHMS; JOHANNESDVORÁK; ANTONINMOZART; WOLFGANG AMADEUSSCHUBERT; FRANZSCHUMANN; CLARASHOSTAKOVICH; DMITRI Menahem Pressler (piano); Daniel Guilet, Isidore Cohen, Ida Kafavian (violin); Bernard Greenhouse, Peter Wiley (cello); Walter Trampler (viola), others
Beaux Arts Trio
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ALBERT ROUSSEL - Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4; Bacchus et Ariane Suite No. 2; Sinfonietta for String Orchestra
ROUSSEL; ALBERT Cluytens; André
: Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire
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MartBeloh BOHUSLAV MARTINU - Symphonies Nos. 1-6
MARTINU; BOHUSLAV Belohlávek; Jirí
: BBC Symphony Orchestra
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Salomegoltz RICHARD STRAUSS - Salome
STRAUSS; RICHARD Christel Goltz (soprano)
Sir Ericsdotter (mezzo-soprano)
Helmut Melchert (tenor)
Ernst Gutstein (baritone)
others

Suitner; Otmar
: Staatskapelle Dresden
Berlin Classics Insiders Only
RICHARD STRAUSS - An Alpine Symphony; Macbeth
STRAUSS; RICHARD Janowski; Marek
: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
PentaTone Insiders Only
Friedenstag RICHARD STRAUSS - Friedenstag
STRAUSS; RICHARD Deborah Voigt (soprano)
Albert Dohmen (bass-baritone)
Johan Botha, Jon Villars (tenor)
others

Sinopoli; Giuseppe
: Staatsopernchor Dresden
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RICHARD STRAUSS - Suite for Orchestra from Der Burger als Edelmann Op. 60; Duet-Concertino for clarinet, bassoon, & string orchestra AV 147; Sextet from Capriccio
STRAUSS; RICHARD Daniel Sepec (violin)
Nicole Kern (clarinet)
Higinio Arrué (bassoon)

Järvi; Paavo
: Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen
PentaTone Insiders Only
RICHARD STRAUSS - Scenes from Elektra, Salome, Die Frau ohne Schatten, & Capriccio
STRAUSS; RICHARD Christine Brewer (soprano)
Eric Owns (bass)

Runnicles; Donald
: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Telarc Insiders Only
guillaume ROSSINI, GIOACHINO: Guillaume Tell
ROSSINI; GIOACHINO Nicola Alaimo (baritone), Marina Rebeka, Amanda Forsythe (soprano), Juan Diego Flórez, Celso Albelo (tenor), Veronica Simeoni (mezzo-soprano), Simone Alberghini (bass), others
Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Communale di Bologna, Michele Mariotti
Decca 9 / 9
81f2bV-FW4L._SL1417 MARTUCCI, GIUSEPPE: Piano Trio No. 1 in C major Op. 59; Piano Trio No. 2 in E-flat major Op. 62
MARTUCCI; GIUSEPPE Trio Vega
Naxos 10 / 8
Schubert9Abbado SCHUBERT, FRANZ: Symphony No. 9 "The Great"
SCHUBERT; FRANZ Abbado; Claudio
: Orchestra Mozart
Deutsche Grammophon Insiders Only
81J43dono-L._SL1425 Works by Smetana, Bortkiewicz, Guillaume, Rowley, Sauer, Blumenfeld, Castelnuevo-Tedesco, Bloch, Manziarly, Farwell, Sowerby, Scott, Leschetitzky, & Templeton BLOCH; ERNESTCASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO; MARIOSMETANA; BEDRICHSOWERBY; LEO Janice Weber (piano)
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900130_MissaSolemnis_book_v3.qxp_- BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN: Missa solemnis in D major Op. 123
BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VAN Genia Kühmeier (soprano), Elisabeth Kulman (mezzo-soprano), Mark Padmore (tenor), Hanno Müller-Brachmann (bass-baritone); Anton Barachovsky (violin)
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Bernard Haitink
BR Klassik 8 / 9
81YR-6J5AoL._SL1500 Works by J.S. Bach, Frédéric Chopin, Richard Wagner, others BACH; J.S.CHOPIN; FRÉDÉRICWAGNER; RICHARD Cyprien Katsaris (piano)
Sony Classical Insiders Only
Malipiero MALIPIERO, GIAN FRANCESCO: Sinfonia degli eroi; Ditirambo tragico; Armenia; Grottesco; Dai sepolcri
MALIPIERO; GIAN FRANCESCO Closel; Amaury du
: Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra
Naxos 8 / 7
71WetpQKdcL._SL1418 FAURÉ, GABRIEL: Pièces brèves Op. 84; Thème et Variations Op. 73; Barcarolles Nos. 4, 5, & 6; Nocturnes Nos. 6 & 7
FAURÉ; GABRIEL Jean-Claude Pennetier (piano)
Mirare 7 / 9
51-de0zMLmL Works by Chopin, Beethoven, Schumann, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Ravel, Brahms, Scarlatti, Mozart, Bach, Haydn, Liszt, & Scriabin BACH; J.S.BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VANCHOPIN; FRÉDÉRICMUSSORGSKY; MODESTPROKOFIEV; SERGEIRAVEL; MAURICESCHUMANN; ROBERTTCHAIKOVSKY; PIOTR ILYICH Ivo Pogorelich (piano)
London Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado
Deutsche Grammophon Insiders Only
Avshalomov AARON AVSHALOMOFF - Flute Concerto; Symphony No. 1
AVSHALOMOFF; AARON Nadine Asin (flute)

Avshalomov; David,Avshalomov; Jacob
: Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Marco Polo Insiders Only
Tubin EDUARD TUBIN - Symphonies Nos. 1-10; Toccata; Suite from the ballet "Kratt"
TUBIN; EDUARD Järvi; Neeme
BIS Insiders Only
CÉSAR FRANCK - Prélude, choral et fugue
MAURICE RAVEL - Sonatine
CLAUDE DEBUSSY - Préludes (5); Pour le piano
DEBUSSY; CLAUDEFRANCK; CÉSARRAVEL; MAURICE Moravec, Ivan (piano)
Supraphon Insiders Only
9795_coverpic JOHANNES BRAHMS - Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2
BRAHMS; JOHANNES Moravec, Ivan (piano)
Belohlávek; Jirí
: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Supraphon Insiders Only
SchumFranckMor ROBERT SCHUMANN - Piano Concerto; Kinderszenen
CÉSAR FRANCK - Symphonic Variations
FRANCK; CÉSARSCHUMANN; ROBERT Moravec, Ivan (piano)
Neumann; Václav
: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
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4500_coverpic CLAUDE DEBUSSY - Images Books I & II; Des pas sur la neige; Estampes FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN - Five Mazurkas; Three Waltzes; Polonaise in C-sharp minor Op. 40 No. 1; Polonaise-Fantasie in A-flat major Op. 61 CHOPIN; FRÉDÉRICDEBUSSY; CLAUDE Moravec, Ivan (piano)
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BeetSonMora LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN - Piano Sonatas Nos. 8 "Pathétique"; 13 "Moonlight"; 26 "Farewell"; and 27; 32 Variations in C minor
BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VAN Moravec, Ivan (piano)
Supraphon Insiders Only
RavelCtoMoravec LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN - Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Op. 58
CESAR FRANCK - Symphonic Variations
MAURICE RAVEL - Piano Concerto in G
BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VANFRANCK; CÉSARRAVEL; MAURICE Moravec, Ivan (piano)
Belohlávek; Jirí
: Prague Philharmonia
Supraphon Insiders Only
71IkRGZI3BL._SL1500 Transcriptions of works by Albéniz, Bach, Chopin, Handel, Khachaturian, Mahler, Orff, & others BACH; J.S.CHOPIN; FRÉDÉRICHANDEL; G.F.KHACHATURIAN; ARAMLISZT; FRANZMAHLER; GUSTAVORFF; CARLRACHMANINOV; SERGEI Cyprien Katsaris (piano)
Sony Classical 10 / 8


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