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Album Work Title Composer Performer Label Rating
GLASS, PHILIP: Galileo Galilei
GLASS; PHILIP Richard Troxell (tenor), Lindsay Ohse (soprano), André Chiang (baritone), John Holiday (countertenor), others
The Portland Chamber Orchestra, Anne Manson
Orange Mountain Insiders Only
Various original works and arrangements by Chilcott, Britten, Mouton, Adam, Skempton, Rutter, Praetorius, others ADAM; ADOLPHE
BRITTEN; BENJAMIN
CHILCOTT; BOB
MOUTON; JEAN
PRAETORIUS; MICHAEL
RUTTER; JOHN
SKEMPTON; HOWARD
Michael Bloss (organ)
Elora Festival Singers, Noel Edison
Naxos 10 / 10
HARRIS, ROSS: Symphony No. 4; Cello Concerto
HARRIS; ROSS Li-Wei Qin (cello); Robert Ashworth (viola)
Dean; Brett,Walker; Gary: The Auckland Philharmonia
Naxos 7 / 9
VERDI, GIUSEPPE: Rigoletto
VERDI; GIUSEPPE Renata Scotto (soprano); Alfredo Kraus (tenor); Ettore Bastianini (baritone); Fiorenza Cossotto (mezzo-soprano); Ivo Vinco (bass); others
Orchestra e Coro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Gianandrea Gavazzeni
Andromeda Insiders Only
HAYDN, JOSEPH: Horn Concertos Nos. 1 and 2; Symphony No. 31 "Hornsignal"
HAYDN; JOSEPH Wilhelm Bruns (horn)
Fey; Thomas: Heidelberg Symphony
Hänssler Classic Insiders Only
Works by Bach, Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn, Debussy, Kancheli, Ligeti, Brahms, Liszt, Dvorák, Ravel, Chopin, Scriabin, Scarlatti, Grieg, Handel, and Pärt DVORÁK; ANTONIN
KANCHELI; GIYA
PÄRT; ARVO
RAVEL; MAURICE
TCHAIKOVSKY; PIOTR ILYICH
Khatia Buniatishvili (piano); Gvantsa Buniatishvili (piano)
Sony 8 / 9
RIES, FERDINAND: Piano Concerto in C minor; Concerto Pastoral; Introduction et Rondeau Brillant
RIES; FERDINAND Hinterhuber, Christopher (piano)
Grodd; Uwe: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Naxos Insiders Only
BRAHMS, JOHANNES: A German Requiem (plus rehearsal segment)
MOZART, WOLFGANG AMADEUS: Serenata notturna
BRAHMS; JOHANNES
MOZART; WOLFGANG AMADEUS
Grümmer, Elisabeth (soprano)
Prey, Hermann (baritone)
Klemperer; Otto: Cologne Radio Chorus,Cologne Radio Symphony
ICA Classics Insiders Only
SAUL, WALTER: 24 Preludes & Fugues in all the Major and Minor Keys
SAUL; WALTER Walter Saul (piano)
Tarsus Music 8 / 6
BACH, J.S.: Complete Organ Works
BACH; J.S. Koopman, Ton (organ)
Teldec Insiders Only
MASCAGNI, PIETRO: L'amico Fritz
MASCAGNI; PIETRO Mirella Freni (soprano); Luciano Pavarotti (tenor); others
Gavazzeni; Gianandrea: Chorus of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden,Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden
EMI Insiders Only
ROUSSEL, ALBERT: Bacchus et Ariane (Suites 1 & 2); Aeneas
ROUSSEL; ALBERT Martinon; Jean: Orchestre National et Choeurs de L'ORTF Erato Insiders Only
Various Composers Various Composers Heifetz; Jascha Various Conductors and Orchestras
RCA Insiders Only
MAHLER, GUSTAV: Rückert-Lieder; Kindertotenlieder; Songs of a Wayfarer
MAHLER; GUSTAV Horne, Marilyn (mezzo soprano)
Lewis; Henry,Mehta; Zubin: Los Angeles Philharmonic,Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Eloquence Insiders Only
BERG, ALBAN: Violin Concerto; Three Pieces for Orchestra
BERG; ALBAN Kremer, Gidon (violin)
Davis; Colin: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Newton Classics Insiders Only
Various original works and arrangements by Britten, Mathias, Mendelssohn, Praetorius, J.S. Bach, Webern, Rutter, Schoenberg, others BACH; J.S.
BRITTEN; BENJAMIN
MATHIAS; WILLIAM
PRAETORIUS; MICHAEL
ROSS; GRAHAM
SCHOENBERG; ARNOLD
SWAYNE; GILES
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS; RALPH
WEBERN; ANTON
Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, Graham Ross
Harmonia Mundi 8 / 9
RACHMANINOV, SERGEI: Trio Élégiaque in G minor
TCHAIKOVSKY, PIOTR ILYICH: Trio in A minor Op. 50
RACHMANINOV; SERGEI
TCHAIKOVSKY; PIOTR ILYICH
Trio Testore (Franziska Pietsch, violin; Hans-Christian Schweiker, cello; Hyun-Jung Kim-Schweiker, piano)
Trio Testore
Audite 8 / 10
Works by Bartók, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Haydn, Mozart, and Schubert BARTÓK; BELA
BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VAN
BRAHMS; JOHANNES
CHOPIN; FRÉDÉRIC
HAYDN; JOSEPH
MOZART; WOLFGANG AMADEUS
SCHUBERT; FRANZ
Lili Kraus (piano); Willi Boskovsky, Szymon Goldberg (violin); others
Various Conductors and Orchestras
Erato Insiders Only
STRAVINSKY, IGOR: Petrushka
WEBERN, ANTON: Six Pieces for Orchestra
DEBUSSY, CLAUDE: La Mer
DEBUSSY; CLAUDE
STRAVINSKY; IGOR
WEBERN; ANTON
Boulez; Pierre: Moscow Conservatory Symphony Orchestra Melodiya Insiders Only
Works by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Balakirev, Mussorgsky, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, & Schoenberg -
BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VAN
CHOPIN; FRÉDÉRIC
LISZT; FRANZ
MOZART; WOLFGANG AMADEUS
SCHUBERT; FRANZ
Brendel, Alfred (piano)
Brilliant Classics Insiders Only
MENDELSSOHN, FELIX: Complete String Quartets
MENDELSSOHN; FELIX Talich Quartet La Dolce Volta Insiders Only
BRITTEN, BENJAMIN: Symphonic Suite from Gloriana; Sinfonia da Requiem; Variations on an Elizabethan Theme (Sellinger’s Round); Chaconne from King Arthur (Purcell, arr. Herbage)
BRITTEN; BENJAMIN Pears, Peter (tenor)
Britten; Benjamin: SWR Symphony Orchestra
Hänssler Classic Insiders Only
SCHOENBERG, ARNOLD: Transfigured Night; Pelleas and Melisande
SCHOENBERG; ARNOLD Karajan; Herbert von: Berlin Philharmonic Deutsche Grammophon Insiders Only
HARRIS, ROY: Complete Piano Music
HARRIS; ROY Burleson, Geoffrey (piano)
Naxos Insiders Only
SCHMITT, FLORENT: La Tragédie de Salomé; Psaume XLVII
DEBUSSY, CLAUDE: Khamma
DEBUSSY; CLAUDE
SCHMITT; FLORENT
Andrea Guiot (soprano)
Martinon; Jean: Orchestre National de l'ORTF
EMI Insiders Only
RAFF, JOACHIM: Sextet; Grand Quintuor
RAFF; JOACHIM Ensemble Villa Musica
MDG Insiders Only
BERIO, LUCIANO: Sinfonia; Quattro versioni originali della Ritirata Notturna di Madrid di L. Boccherini; Calmo
BERIO; LUCIANO Virpi Räisänen (mezzo-soprano)
Lintu; Hannu: Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Ondine 8 / 9
SCHULHOFF, ERWIN: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2: Five Pieces
SCHULHOFF; ERWIN Aviv Quartet
Naxos Insiders Only
Works by Prokofiev, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Scriabin, Borodin, Balakirev, Glinka, Liadov, Myaskovsky, Shostakovich, Mussorgsky, Khatchaturian, Rimsky-Korsakov BORODIN; ALEXANDER
PROKOFIEV; SERGEI
RACHMANINOV; SERGEI
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV; NIKOLAI
SCRIABIN; ALEXANDER
STRAVINSKY; IGOR
TCHAIKOVSKY; PIOTR ILYICH
Gergiev; Valery: Mariinsky Orchestra Decca Insiders Only
Original works and arrangements for the Christmas season, from anonymous 15th-century manuscripts and Renaissance motets, to modern hymns and carols by John Scott, Geoffrey Williams, Richard Rodney Bennett, Alexander Craig, and others BENNETT; RICHARD RODNEY
PYGOTT; RICHARD
VERDELOT; PHILIPPE
VICTORIA; TOMÁS LUIS DE
WARLOCK; PETER
New York Polyphony BIS 8 / 10
RACHMANINOV, SERGEI: Piano Sonata No. 1 in D minor Op. 28; Preludes Op. 25 Nos. 4, 5, & 6; Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor Op. 26 (1931 revised version)
RACHMANINOV; SERGEI Xiayin Wang (piano)
Chandos 8 / 10
BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN: Complete String Quartets
BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VAN Talich Quartet La Dolce Volta Insiders Only
SHOSTAKOVICH, DMITRI: Symphonies Nos. 4-6
SHOSTAKOVICH; DMITRI Gergiev; Valery: Mariinsky Orchestra Mariinsky Insiders Only
TCHAIKOVSKY, PIOTR ILYICH: Violin Concerto
MENDELSSOHN, FELIX: Violin Concerto in E minor
MENDELSSOHN; FELIX
TCHAIKOVSKY; PIOTR ILYICH
Milstein, Nathan (violin)
Abbado; Claudio: Vienna Philharmonic
Universal Classics Insiders Only
SCHUBERT, FRANZ: Piano Sonatas D. 958, 959 and 960; Three Klavierstücke D. 946; Allegretto in C Minor D. 915
Maurizio Pollini (piano)
Deutsche Grammophon Insiders Only
GREENE, MAURICE: Six Overtures in Seven Parts; Pieces in C minor, A minor, & G minor from Lessons for the Harpsichord; Overture to Phoebe; Overture to St. Cecilia
GREENE; MAURICE David Schrader (solo harpsichord)
Clarke; Garry: Baroque Band
Cedille 9 / 10
BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN: String Quartet No. 11 "Serioso" (arr. Mahler)
BRAHMS, JOHANNES: Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor (arr. Schoenberg)
BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VAN
BRAHMS; JOHANNES
Dohnanyi; Christoph von: Vienna Philharmonic Decca Insiders Only
VIVALDI, ANTONIO: Il Cimento dell' Armonia e dell' Inventione Op. 8 (Nos. 1-4, Le Quattro Stagioni: Concerto No. 1 in E major RV 269 "La primavera"; Concerto No. 2 in G minor RV 315 "L'estate"; Concerto No. 3 in F major RV 293 "L'autunno"; Concerto No. 4 in F minor RV 297 "L'inverno"); Concerto No.8 in G minor RV 332; Concerto No.9 in D minor RV 454
VIVALDI; ANTONIO Enrico Onofri (solo violin); Paolo Grazzi (oboe--RV 454)
Il Giardino Armonico
Teldec Insiders Only
BACH, J.S.: Six French Suites BWV 812-817; Prelude in E major from The Well-Tempered Clavier Book I; Fantasia and Fugue in A minor BWV 904 (two versions); Chromatic Fantasie and Fugue in D minor BWV 903
BACH; J.S. Sergey Schepkin (piano)
Steinway & Sons 9 / 9
DVORÁK, ANTONIN: Requiem
DVORÁK; ANTONIN Christiane Libor (soprano); Ewa Wolak (alto); Daniel Kirch (tenor); Janusz Monarcha (bass)
Wit; Antoni: Warsaw Philharmonic Choir,Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
Naxos 10 / 10
MOZART, WOLFGANG AMADEUS: Piano Concertos Nos. 10, 18, 20, 22, 24, 25 and 26; Symphony No. 40 (all arr. Hummel)
MOZART; WOLFGANG AMADEUS Fumiko Shiraga (piano); Henrik Weise (flute); Peter Clemente (violin); Tibor Bényi (cello)
BIS Insiders Only
FIBICH, ZDENEK: Symphony No. 2; At Twilight--Idyll for Orchestra; Selenka--Idyll for Clarinet and Orchestra
FIBICH; ZDENEK Irvin Venys (clarinet)
Štilec; Marek: Czech National Symphony Orchestra
Naxos Insiders Only
PERGOLESI, GIOVANNI BATTISTA: La Serva Padrona
PERGOLESI; GIOVANNI BATTISTA Federica Zanello (soprano); Michele Govi (baritone)
Dallara; Marco: Ensemble Regia Accademia
Tactus Insiders Only
BACH, C.P.E.: Rondos and Fantasias from the "Kenner und Liebhaber" collection
BACH; C.P.E. Schornsheim, Christine (tangent piano)
Capriccio 10 / 10
WAGNER, RICHARD: Siegfried
WAGNER; RICHARD Lance Ryan, Peter Marsh (tenor); Susan Bullock, Robin Johannsen (soprano); Meredith Arwady (mezzo-soprano); Terje Stensvold (baritone); Jochen Schmeckenbecher, Magnus Baldvinsson (bass)
Frankfurter Opern-und Museumorchester, Sebastian Weigle
Oehms Classics 9 / 9
MEDTNER, NIKOLAI: Skazki Op. 20; Piano Sonata in B-flat minor Op. 53 No. 1 (“Sonata Romantica”)
RACHMANINOV, SERGEI: Variations on a theme of Corelli Op. 42; Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor Op. 36 (performing edition by Steven Osborne)
MEDTNER; NIKOLAI
RACHMANINOV; SERGEI
Steven Osborne (piano)
Hyperion 8 / 9
RAMEAU, JEAN-PHILIPPE: Dardanus
RAMEAU; JEAN-PHILIPPE John Mark Ainsley
Véronique Gens
Laurent Naouri
Mirielle Delunsch
Jean-Philippe Courtis
Russell Smythe

Minkowski; Marc: Choeur et Les Musiciens du Louvre
Archiv Insiders Only
RAMEAU, JEAN-PHILIPPE: Une Symphonie Imaginaire (music from Zaïs, Castor et Pollux, Dardanus, Le Temple de la Gloire, Les Boréades, Platée, Les Indes galantes, others)
RAMEAU; JEAN-PHILIPPE Minkowski; Marc: Les Musiciens du Louvre Archiv Insiders Only
Works by Dan Cooper, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Gene Pritsker, Lei Liang, Milica Paranosic, Albin Lucier, Alfred Schnittke, & Lynn Bechtold PRITSKER; GENE
SCHNITTKE; ALFRED
VILLA-LOBOS; HEITOR
Zentripetal (Lynn Bechtold, violin; Jennifer DeVore, cello)
Composers Concordance Recordings 9 / 9
BACH, J.S.: The Well-Tempered Clavier 1 & 2
BACH; J.S. Kenneth Gilbert (harpsichord)
Deutsche Grammophon Insiders Only


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