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Album Work Title Composer Performer Label Rating
TCHAIKOVSKY, PIOTR ILYICH: The Seasons Op. 37b; Six morceaux Op. 19
TCHAIKOVSKY; PIOTR ILYICH Pavel Kolesnikov (piano)
Hyperion 8 / 9
Music for Scordatura Violins KINDERMANN; JOHANN ERASMUS
POHLE; DAVID
SCHMELZER; JOHANN HEINRICH
TELEMANN; GEORG PHILIPP
VOJTA; JAN IGNÁZ FRANTIŠEK
Der Musikalische Garten Ars Production 10 / 10
CHOPIN, FRÉDÉRIC: Mazurkas (complete)
CHOPIN; FRÉDÉRIC Janina Fialkowska (piano)
ATMA Classique Insiders Only
JANÁCEK, LEOŠ: On the overgrown path Book I
SCHUMANN, ROBERT: Waldszenen Op. 82; Kinderszenen Op 15
JANÁCEK; LEOŠ
SCHUMANN; ROBERT
Marc-André Hamelin (piano)
Hyperion 9 / 10
DUSSEK, JAN LADISLAV: Piano Concertos in G Major Op. 1, No. 3; in C Major Op. 29; in E flat Major Op. 70
DUSSEK; JAN LADISLAV Howard Shelley (piano and conductor)
Shelley; Howard: Ulster Orchestra
Hyperion Insiders Only
BERLIOZ, HECTOR: Symphonie fantastique; Ballet des sylphes & Menuet des feux follets from The Damnation of Faust
BERLIOZ; HECTOR Karajan; Herbert von: Berlin Philharmonic Deutsche Grammophon Insiders Only
CHAMINADE, CÉCILE: La lisonjera (The Flatterer); Piano Sonata in C Minor; Études de concert, Op. 35; 4 Études; Les sylvains; Autrefois
Joanne Polk (piano)
Steinway & Sons Insiders Only
PURCELL, HENRY: Dido and Aeneas
PURCELL; HENRY Janet Baker (mezzo soprano); Patricia Clark (soprano); Raimund Herincx (baritone); Monica Sinclair (alto)
Lewis; Anthony: English Chamber Orchestra
Decca Insiders Only
SCHUMANN, ROBERT: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 4
SCHUMANN; ROBERT Thielemann; Christian: Philharmonia Orchestra Deutsche Grammophon Insiders Only
ADAMS, JOHN LUTHER: Become Ocean
ADAMS; JOHN LUTHER Morlot; Ludovic: Seattle Symphony Cantaloupe Music 9 / 9
HOWELLS, HERBERT: Stabat Mater (1959-65); Te Deum (1944/77); Sine nomine (1922)
HOWELLS; HERBERT Hill; Alison,Hulett; Benjamin Hill; David: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra,The Bach Choir Naxos 9 / 9
Works by Bartók, Beethoven, Brahms, Debussy, Falla, Kodály, Liszt, Mozart, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov, Schubert, Schumann, Stravinsky, others BARTÓK; BELA
BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VAN
BRAHMS; JOHANNES
DEBUSSY; CLAUDE
GLIÈRE; REINHOLD
KODÁLY; ZOLTÁN
LISZT; FRANZ
MOZART; WOLFGANG AMADEUS
PROKOFIEV; SERGEI
RACHMANINOV; SERGEI
STRAVINSKY; IGOR
Various Soloists & Orchestras
Fricsay; Ferenc
Deutsche Grammophon Insiders Only
BACH, J.S.: The Art of Fugue BWV 1080
BACH; J.S. Lippincott, Joan (organ)
Gothic Insiders Only
RESPIGHI, OTTORINO: Roman Trilogy
RESPIGHI; OTTORINO Marriner; Neville: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Philips Insiders Only
SHEBALIN, VISSARION: Suites Nos. 1 and 2
SHEBALIN; VISSARION Vasiliev; Dmitry: Siberian Symphony Orchestra Toccata Classics 8 / 8
BRUCKNER, ANTON: Symphony No. 5
BRUCKNER; ANTON Schaller; Gerd: Philharmonie Festiva Profil Insiders Only
HAYDN, JOSEPH: Symphonies Nos. 92 "Oxford", 93, 97-99
HAYDN; JOSEPH Davis; Colin: London Symphony Orchestra LSO Insiders Only
LARSSON, LARS-ERIK: Symphony No. 1; Four Vignettes from Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale; Music for Orchestra; Pastoral; Lyric Fantasy
LARSSON; LARS-ERIK Manze; Andrew: Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra CPO Insiders Only
Works by: Beethoven, Bruch, Elgar, Manzoni, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Paganini, Saint-Saëns, Schoenberg, Sibelius, and Tchaikovsky BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VAN
BRUCH; MAX
MENDELSSOHN; FELIX
MOZART; WOLFGANG AMADEUS
SIBELIUS; JEAN
TCHAIKOVSKY; PIOTR ILYICH
Argerich; Martha,Maisky; Mischa,Mintz; Shlomo,Pollini; Maurizio,Shaham; Gil Sinopoli; Giuseppe: Berlin Philharmonic,New York Philharmonic,Philharmonia Orchestra Deutsche Grammophon Insiders Only
Works by: Beethoven, Brahms, Bruckner, Tchaikovsky, Debussy, Elgar, Maderna, Mahler, Mendelssohn, Mussorgsky, Ravel, Respighi, Schoenberg, Schubert, Schumann, Sinopoli, Richard Strauss BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VAN
BRAHMS; JOHANNES
BRUCKNER; ANTON
MADERNA; BRUNO
MAHLER; GUSTAV
MENDELSSOHN; FELIX
RESPIGHI; OTTORINO
SCHUBERT; FRANZ
STRAUSS; RICHARD
Sinopoli; Giuseppe: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra,New York Philharmonic,Philharmonia Orchestra,Staatskapelle Dresden Deutsche Grammophon Insiders Only
SPOHR, LOUIS: Quartet No. 10 in A major Op. 30; Quartet No. 18 in B minor Op. 61; Variations in D minor Op. 6
SPOHR; LOUIS Moscow Concertino Quartet
Marco Polo 8 / 7
Works by Handel, Rossini, Mendelssohn, Boccherini, Stravinsky, Wagner, Baermann, Strauss, Schoenberg, Vivaldi, Gabrielli, Vejvanovsky, Dvorák, Tchaikovsky, Grieg, Bach, Mozart, Bizet, Prokofiev, Corelli, Telemann, Barber, Ives, Cowell, Creston, Boyce, Fauré, Weber, Vaughan Williams, Elgar, Tippett, Ravel, Debussy, Ibert, others HANDEL; G.F.
MENDELSSOHN; FELIX
MOZART; WOLFGANG AMADEUS
VIVALDI; ANTONIO
Marriner; Neville: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Decca Insiders Only
BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN: Symphonies Nos. 1-9; Overtures: Leonore Nos. 2 and 3; Egmont; Coriolan
BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VAN Furtwängler; Wilhelm: Berlin Philharmonic,Philharmonia Orchestra,Vienna Philharmonic Andromeda Insiders Only
J.S. BACH: Partita No. 4 in D major BWV 282 FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN: Andante spianato et Grande Polonaise brilliante Op. 22; Polonaise in F-sharp minor Op. 44 ALEXANDER SCRIABIN: Mazurkas Op. 3 Nos. 6, 4 & 9; Waltz in A-flat major Op. 38 ENRIQUE GRANADOS: 8 Valses poéticos ADOLF SCHULZ-EVLER: Arabesques on Johann Strauss, Jr’s “By the Beautiful Blue Danube” ISAAC ALBÉNIZ: Tango Op. 165 No. 2 (arr. Leopold Godowsky) MORTON GOULD: Boogie-Woogie Etude ALBÉNIZ; ISAAC
CHOPIN; FRÉDÉRIC
GOULD; MORTON
GRANADOS; ENRIQUE
SCRIABIN; ALEXANDER
Benjamin Grosvenor (piano)
Decca 8 / 10
PROKOFIEV, SERGEI: Symphonies 1-7
PROKOFIEV; SERGEI Rozhdestvensky; Gennadi: Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra Melodiya Insiders Only
FUJIEDA, MAMORU: Patterns of Plants (32)
FUJIEDA; MAMORU Cahill, Sarah (piano)
Pinna 10 / 10
SHOSTAKOVICH, DMITRI: Symphonies Nos. 1-15; Suites from The Bolt, The Golden Age, Hamlet; October (Symphonic Poem); Overture on Russian and Kirghiz Folk Themes
SHOSTAKOVICH; DMITRI Ljuba Kazarnovskaya (soprano); Sergei Leiferkus and Anatoly Kotscherga (basses)
Neeme Järvi, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra Leonard Bernstein, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Vienna Philharmonic Herbert von Karajan, Berlin Philharmonic André Preven, London Symphony Orchestra Mstislav Rostropovich, National Symphony Orchestra Myung-Whun Chung, Philadelphia Orchestra
Deutsche Grammophon Insiders Only
PROKOFIEV, SERGEI: Symphonies Nos. 1 "Classical" and 3
PROKOFIEV; SERGEI Muti; Riccardo: Philadelphia Orchestra Philips Insiders Only
STRAUSS, RICHARD: Tone Poems, Concertos, Salome's Dance, Metamorphosen, Four Last Songs, Der Rosenkavalier
STRAUSS; RICHARD Janowitz; Gundula,Lisa Della Casa; Hilde Gueden Karajan; Herbert von: Berlin Philharmonic,Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,Vienna Philharmonic Deutsche Grammophon Insiders Only
BRAHMS, JOHANNES: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2
BRAHMS; JOHANNES London Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Jurowski
LPO 8 / 8
Works by Isserlis, Medtner, Taneyev, Rachmaninov, Balakirev, Rakov, & Rózycki BALAKIREV; MILY
MEDTNER; NIKOLAI
RACHMANINOV; SERGEI
TANEYEV; SERGEY
Sandro Russo (piano)
Musical Concepts 8 / 8
STRAUSS, RICHARD: Der Rosenkavalier
STRAUSS; RICHARD Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (soprano)
Christa Ludwig (mezzo-soprano)
Teresa Stich-Randall (soprano)
Otto Edelmann (bass)

Karajan; Herbert von: Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus
EMI Insiders Only
BELLINI, VINCENZO: Norma
BELLINI; VINCENZO Maria Callas (soprano); Ebe Stignani (mezzo-soprano); Mario del Monaco (tenor); Giuseppe Modesti (bass)
Orchestra e Coro di Roma della RAI, Tullio Serafin
Myto Insiders Only
TCHAIKOVSKY, PIOTR ILYICH: Sleeping Beauty Op. 66: Concert Suite; The Nutcracker Op. 71: Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy (transcr. by Mikhail Pletnev)
PROKOFIEV, SERGEI: Ten pieces from Romeo and Juliet Op. 75
PROKOFIEV; SERGEI
TCHAIKOVSKY; PIOTR ILYICH
Claire Huangci (piano)
Berlin Classics 9 / 9
BRUCKNER, ANTON: Symphony No. 9
BRUCKNER; ANTON Abbado; Claudio: Lucerne Festival Orchestra Deutsche Grammophon 7 / 8
MERCADANTE, SAVERIO: Omaggio a Bellini; Seconda Sinfonia caratteristica napoletana; Gran Sinfonia sopra motivi della Stabat Mater del celebre Rossini; Clarinet Concerto No. 2; Garibaldi--Sinfonia a grand'orchestra sopra l'inno dei cacciatori delle Alpi
MERCADANTE; SAVERIO Vecchia; Francesco La: Rome Symphony Orchestra Naxos Insiders Only
SCHUMANN, ROBERT: Kinderszenen Op. 15; Theme and Variations on the name Abegg Op. 1; Fantasy in C major Op. 17
SCHUMANN; ROBERT Lise de la Salle (piano)
Naïve 5 / 8
VERDI, GIUSEPPE: Un ballo in maschera
VERDI; GIUSEPPE Montserrat Caballé, Margherita Guglielmi (soprano); José Carreras (tenor); Renato Bruson (baritone); Ruza Baldani (mezzo-soprano)
La Scala Orchestra & Chorus, Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
Myto Insiders Only
PICKARD, JOHN: Eden; Symphony No. 4 "Gaia Symphony"
PICKARD; JOHN Hanson; Andreas: Eikanger-Bjorsvik Musikklag BIS 8 / 10
BRUCKNER, ANTON: Symphony No. 3 (1873 original version)
BRUCKNER; ANTON Ballot; Rémy: Altomonte Orchestra of St. Florian Gramola Insiders Only
J.S. BACH: Concerto for Two Violins in D minor BWV 1043; ANNA CLYNE: Prince of Clouds (2012); PHILIP GLASS: Echorus (1995); DAVID LUDWIG: Seasons Lost (2012) BACH; J.S.
CLYNE; ANNA
GLASS; PHILIP
LUDWIG; DAVID
Jennifer Koh, Jaime Laredo (violin)
Parameswaran; Vinay: Curtis 20/21 Ensemble
Cedille 10 / 10
PROKOFIEV, SERGEI: Complete Symphonies and Concertos; Dreams; Autumnal Sketch; The Prodigal Son; The Year 1941; Waltz Suite; Two Pushkin Waltzes; Sonata for Solo Violin
PROKOFIEV; SERGEI Kun-Woo Paik (piano)
Tedi Papavrami (violin)
Alexander Rudin (cello)

Kuchar; Theodore,Wit; Antoni: National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine,Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Naxos Insiders Only
WAGNER, RICHARD: Die Walküre
WAGNER; RICHARD Anita Välkki, Claire Watson (soprano); Jon Vickers (tenor); Rita Gorr (mezzo-soprano); Michael Langdon, Hans Hotter (bass)
Orchestra & Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Georg Solti
Testament 9 / 7
TCHAIKOVSKY, PIOTR ILYICH: Symphonies (incl. Manfred); Hamlet; Romeo and Juliet
SIBELIUS, JEAN: Symphonies 1-7
STRAUSS, RICHARD: Don Juan; Death and Transfiguration
SIBELIUS; JEAN
STRAUSS; RICHARD
TCHAIKOVSKY; PIOTR ILYICH
Maazel; Lorin: Vienna Philharmonic Decca Insiders Only
HOLST, GUSTAV: The Planets; Ballet from The Perfect Fool
HOLST; GUSTAV Boughton; William: Philharmonia Orchestra Nimbus Insiders Only
DVORÁK, ANTONIN: Complete Symphonies and Concertos
DVORÁK; ANTONIN Alisa Weilerstein (cello); Frank Peter Zimmermann (violin); Garrick Ohlsson (piano)
Belohlávek; Jirí: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Decca Insiders Only
Works by Beethoven, Respighi, Liszt, Shostakovich. Ravel, Debussy, Offenbach, & Saint-Saëns BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VAN
DEBUSSY; CLAUDE
LISZT; FRANZ
OFFENBACH; JACQUES
RAVEL; MAURICE
RESPIGHI; OTTORINO
SAINT-SAËNS; CAMILLE
SHOSTAKOVICH; DMITRI
Martha Argerich (piano); Mischa Maisky (cello); Renaud Capuçon, Alissa Margulis, Andrey Barranov (violin); Francesco Piemontesi, Jura Margulis, Gabriela Montero, Cristina Marton (piano); Gautier Capuçon (cello)
Warner Classics 8 / 9
Albinoni: Balletto in G major Op. 3 No. 3 (1701) Bonporti: Sonata in G minor Op. 6 No. 7 (1705) Vivaldi: La Folia, Op. 1 No. 12 (1705) Bononcini: Sonata II from XII Sonatas for the Chamber (1732) Porpora: Sonata, Op. 2 No. III (London 1736) Sammartini: Sonata V from XII Sonate a due Violini, e Violoncello, e Cembalo, se piace, Opera Terza (Paris 1743) Locatelli: Sonata in D major Op. 8, No. 8 (1744) Gallo: Sonata No. 1 in G major (c. 1750?) Tartini: Suonata a tre in D minor (undated manuscript) ALBINONI; TOMASO
GALLO; DOMENICO
LOCATELLI; PIETRO
PORPORA; NICOLA
TARTINI; GIUSEPPE
VIVALDI; ANTONIO
London Baroque BIS 9 / 9
BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN: Fidelio
BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VAN Christa Ludwig (mezzo-soprano), Jon Vickers, Waldemar Kmentt (tenor), Walter Berry, Eberhard Waechter, Walter Kreppel (bass-baritone), Gundula Janowitz (soprano)
Karajan; Herbert von: Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Myto 7 / 5
PETRASSI, GOFFREDO: Divertimento in C major; Partita; Quattro inni sacri; Coro di morti
PETRASSI; GOFFREDO Carlo Putelli (tenor); Davide Malvestio (bass)
Vecchia; Francesco La: Rome Symphony Orchestra
Naxos Insiders Only


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