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Album Work Title Composer Performer Label Rating
ADAMS, JOHN: Violin Concerto
MENDELSSOHN, FELIX: Violin Concerto in E minor
ADAMS; JOHN
MENDELSSOHN; FELIX
Chad Hoopes (violin)
Järvi; Kristjan: MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony
Naïve 7 / 7
BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major Op. 58 (with cadenzas by Beethoven, Clara Schumann, Anton Rubinstein, Hans von Bülow, Johannes Brahms, Camille Saint-Saëns, Frederic Rzewski, Ferruccio Busoni, Leopold Godowsky, Ernst von Dohnányi, & Nicolai Medtner)
BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VAN Lowenthal, Jerome (piano)
Topilow; Carl
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Works by Bartók, Beethoven, Liszt, Mozart, Schubert, & Schumann BARTÓK; BELA
BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VAN
LISZT; FRANZ
MOZART; WOLFGANG AMADEUS
SCHUBERT; FRANZ
SCHUMANN; ROBERT
Annie Fischer (piano)
Various Conductors and Orchestras
Warner Classics Insiders Only
VERDI, GIUSEPPE: Il trovatore
VERDI; GIUSEPPE Jussi Bjoerling (tenor); Zinka Milanov (soprano); Fedora Barbieri (mezzo-soprano); Leonard Warren (baritone)
Robert Shaw Chorale, RCA Victor Orchestra/Renato Cellini
RCA Insiders Only
DVORÁK, ANTONIN: Symphony No. 8
JANÁCEK, LEOŠ: Suite from Jenufa (arr. Honeck, Ille)
DVORÁK; ANTONIN
JANÁCEK; LEOŠ
Honeck; Manfred: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Reference Recordings 10 / 10
SCARLATTI, DOMENICO: Domenico Scarlatti: Sonatas K. 1, 9, 30, 32, 87, 159, 193, 208, 209, 213, 247, 427, 466, 474, 457, 481, 462, 551
SCARLATTI; DOMENICO Racha Arodaky (piano)
Outhere 8 / 9
DEBUSSY, CLAUDE: La Mer (arr. for organ)
RAVEL, MAURICE: Boléro; La Valse; Dawn (from Daphnis et Chloé); Valses Nobles et Sentimentales Nos. 2 and 3; Pavane for a Dead Princess (all arr. for organ)
DEBUSSY; CLAUDE
RAVEL; MAURICE
Gunnar Idenstam (organ)
BIS Insiders Only
BRAHMS, JOHANNES: Complete Symphonies, Serenades, Overtures; Short Choral Works; Haydn Variations
BRAHMS; JOHANNES Marjana Lipovsek (alto)
Abbado; Claudio: Berlin Philharmonic,Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Deutsche Grammophon Insiders Only
STRAUSS, RICHARD: Orchestral Works and Concertos
STRAUSS; RICHARD Steven Isserlis (cello); Myron Bloom and Norbert Hauptmann (horns); Simon Fuchs (oboe); Paul Meyer (clarinet); Knut Sonstevold (bassoon); Martha Argerich (piano)
Various: Various orchestras
RCA Insiders Only
BRAHMS, JOHANNES: Fantasien Op. 116; Klavierstücke Op. 118; Drei Intermezzi Op. 117; Klavierstücke Op. 119
BRAHMS; JOHANNES Gwendolyn Mok (piano)
MSR Classics 9 / 9
STRAUSS, RICHARD: Tone Poems (9); Suite from Der Rosenkavalier; Romance for Cello and Orchestra; Cello Sonata
STRAUSS; RICHARD Steven Isserlis (cello); Stephen Hough (piano)
Maazel; Lorin: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
RCA Insiders Only
Heinrich von Herzogenberg and Elisabeth von Herzogenberg: Complete Piano Works HERZOGENBERG; ELISABETH VON
HERZOGENBERG; HEINRICH VON
Nataša Veljkovic (piano)
CPO 9 / 9
GIUSEPPE BRESCIANELLO: Sinfonia in D major; JOHANN GEORG PISENDEL: Sonata in C minor; JOHANN ADOLPH HASSE: Sinfonia in D major (to the opera Demofoonte); JOHANN FRIEDRICH FASCH: Overture-Suite in F major; ANTONIO CALDARA: Sinfonia in C major; GIOVANNI BATTISTA SAMMARTINI: Sinfonia in A major (to the opera Memet); GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL: Overture in D major (to the Occasional Oratorio) BRESCIANELLO; GIUSEPPE ANTONIO
CALDARA; ANTONIO
FASCH; JOHANN FRIEDRICH
HANDEL; G.F.
HASSE; JOHANN ADOLF
PISENDEL; JOHANN GEORG
SAMMARTINI; GIOVANNI BATTISTA
Dresden Baroque Orchestra CPO 9 / 9
BERLIOZ, HECTOR: Harold in Italy; Roman Carnival Overture; Rêverie et Caprice; Benvenuto Cellini Overture
BERLIOZ; HECTOR Lise Berthaud (viola); Giovanni Radivo (violin)
Slatkin; Leonard: Orchestre National de Lyon
Naxos Insiders Only
MAHLER, GUSTAV: Symphony No. 6
MAHLER; GUSTAV Luisi, Fabio (Vienna Symphony Orchestra)
Wiener Symphoniker 7 / 6
ALKAN, CHARLES VALENTIN: Cello Sonata
CHOPIN, FRÉDÉRIC: Cello Sonata
ALKAN; CHARLES VALENTIN
CHOPIN; FRÉDÉRIC
Alban Gerhardt (cello)
Steven Osborne (piano)

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DAUGHERTY, MICHAEL: Reflections on the Mississippi for Tuba and Orchestra
SHOSTAKOVICH, DMITRI: Symphony No. 9
DAUGHERTY; MICHAEL
SHOSTAKOVICH; DMITRI
Carol Jantsch (tuba)
Biava; Luis: Temple University Symphony Orchestra
BCM+D 8 / 9
BACH, C.P.E.: Concerto in F major for two harpsichords, Wq. 46; Concerto in E flat major for harpsichord and piano, Wq. 47; Sonatina in D major, Wq. 109
BACH; C.P.E. Miklós Spányi and Cristiano Holtz (harpsichords); Tamás Szekendy (fortepiano)
Concerto Armonico Budapest
BIS Insiders Only
BACH, C.P.E.: Piano Concertos in D minor Wq 22; in G major Wq. 43/5; in F major (for two pianos) Wq. 46
BACH; C.P.E. Michael Rische and Rainer Maria Klaas (pianos)
Kammersymphonie Leipzig
Hänssler Classic Insiders Only
Various Composers and Works BACH; J.S.
BERNSTEIN; LEONARD
GRANADOS; ENRIQUE
MORRICONE; ENNIO
ROTA; NINO
Mak Grgic (guitar)
Marquis 9 / 8
DOWLAND, JOHN: Twenty Songs for Tenor and Lute (from Books I-IV)
DOWLAND; JOHN Nigel Rogers (tenor); Paul O'Dette (lute)
Virgin Classics Insiders Only
Music by Rodrigo, Falla, Granados, Albéniz, Torroba, Tárrega, Sor, Llobet, others ALBÉNIZ; ISAAC
FALLA; MANUEL DE
GRANADOS; ENRIQUE
RODRIGO; JOAQUIN
John Williams (guitar)
Various Orchestras and Conductors
Sony Classical Insiders Only
SIBELIUS, JEAN: Symphonies Nos. 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6; En saga; The Swan of Tuonela; Karalia Suite; Finlandia; Valse triste; Tapiola
SIBELIUS; JEAN Karajan; Herbert von: Berlin Philharmonic Warner Classics Insiders Only
HINDEMITH, PAUL: Nobilissima Visione (complete ballet); Five Pieces for String Orchestra
HINDEMITH; PAUL Schwarz; Gerard: Seattle Symphony Naxos Insiders Only
TCHAIKOVSKY, PIOTR ILYICH: Eugene Onegin
Mirella Freni (soprano); Thomas Allen (baritone); Neil Shicoff (tenor); Paata Burchuladze (bass); others
Staatskapelle Dresden, James Levine
Deutsche Grammophon Insiders Only
VERDI, GIUSEPPE: La forza del destino
VERDI; GIUSEPPE Carlo Tagliabue, Saturno Melitti (baritone); Ebe Stignani (mezzo-soprano); Galliano Masini (tenor); Maria Caniglia (soprano); Tancredi Pasero (bass); others
Orchestra & Chorus of RAI, Turin, Gino Marinuzzi (cond.)
Naxos Insiders Only
DVORÁK, ANTONIN: Hiawatha Melodrama; American Suite; Humoresques; other pieces
FARWELL, ARTHUR: Navajo War Dance No. 2; Pawnee Horses (2 versions)
DVORÁK; ANTONIN
FARWELL; ARTHUR
Kevin Deas (narrator; bass-baritone); Benjamin Pasternack (piano); others
University of Texas Chamber Singers, James Morrow (cond.) PostClassical Ensemble, Angel Gil-Ordoñez (cond.)
Naxos 9 / 8
FIELD, JOHN: Nocturnes Nos. 1-7; Nocturne No. 8 (two versions); Sicilienne (Nocturne No. 20); Romance (Nocturne No. 19); Pastorale (Nocturne No. 21)
IRMER, STEFAN: Playing-with-Field Nos. 1-3
FIELD; JOHN
IRMER; STEFAN
Stefan Irmer (piano)
MDG 7 / 7
BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN: Fidelio
BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VAN Christa Ludwig (soprano)
Walter Berry (bass-baritone)
Gottlob Frick (bass)
Jon Vickers (tenor)
others

Klemperer; Otto: Philharmonia Chorus & Orchestra
EMI Insiders Only
BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN: Symphonies Nos. 1-9
BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VAN Karita Mattila (soprano)
Violeta Urmana (mezzo)
Thomas Moser (tenor)
Thomas Quasthoff (bass)

Abbado; Claudio: Berlin Philharmonic,Eric Ericson Chamber Choir,Swedish Radio Choir
Deutsche Grammophon Insiders Only
STENHAMMAR, WILHELM: Excelsior!; Interlude from The Song; Serenade
STENHAMMAR; WILHELM Lindberg; Christian: Royal Flemish Philharmonic BIS 9 / 8
BRUCKNER, ANTON: Symphonies Nos. 1-3
BRUCKNER; ANTON Barenboim; Daniel: Staatskapelle Berlin Peral Music 7 / 7
BIZET, GEORGES: Carmen
BIZET; GEORGES Shirley Verrett (mezzo-soprano); Placido Domingo (tenor); Kiri Te Kanawa (soprano); José van Dam, Richard van Allen, Thomas Allen (bass baritone)
Covent Garden Orchestra & Chorus, Georg Solti
Opera d'Oro Insiders Only
ORFF, CARL: Der Mond; Die Kluge
ORFF; CARL Gottlob Frick and Gustav Neidlinger (basses); Hans Hotter and Hermann Prey (baritones); Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (soprano); others
Sawallisch; Wolfgang: Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus
EMI Insiders Only
ORFF, CARL: Der Mond; Die Kluge
ORFF; CARL Karl-Heinz Stryczeck (baritone); Rainer Süß (bass); Magdalena Falewicz (soprano); Eberhard Büchner (tenor); others
Kegel; Herbert: Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra
Berlin Classics Insiders Only
STRAUSS, RICHARD: Ein Heldenleben; Also sprach Zarathustra; Don Juan; Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks; An Alpine Symphony
STRAUSS; RICHARD Solti; Georg: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,Chicago Symphony Orchestra,Vienna Philharmonic Decca Insiders Only
DOWLAND, JOHN: Lachrimae, or Seaven Teares
DOWLAND; JOHN Hespèrion XX Alia Vox Insiders Only
DOWLAND, JOHN: Lachrimae, or Seaven Teares
DOWLAND; JOHN Paul O'Dette (lute)
Holman; Peter: The Parley of Instruments
Hyperion Insiders Only
DOWLAND, JOHN: Lachrimaei, or Seaven Teares
DOWLAND; JOHN Jakob Lindberg (lute)
The Dowland Consort
BIS Insiders Only
DOWLAND, JOHN: Lachrimae, or Seaven Teares (1604)
DOWLAND; JOHN Fretwork Virgin Classics Insiders Only
PUCCINI, GIACOMO: La fanciulla del West
PUCCINI; GIACOMO Eva-Maria Westbroek (soprano); Carlo Ventre (tenor); Ashley Holland (baritone); others
Weigle; Sebastian: Frankfurt Opera & Museum Orchestra
Oehms Classics Insiders Only
BRAHMS, JOHANNES: Ein Deutsches Requiem Op. 45 (version for piano 4 hands)
BRAHMS; JOHANNES Teresa Wakim (soprano); Paul Max Tipton (baritone); Justin Blackwell, Scott Allen Jarrett (piano)
Quigley, Patrick Dupré (Seraphic Fire)
Seraphic Fire Media Insiders Only
John Dowland - 15 songs, including Come away; Awake, sweet love; Weep you no more, sad fountains; If my complaints; Time stands still
DOWLAND; JOHN Johan Linderoth (tenor)
Inger Alebo (lute)

Euterpe Musica Insiders Only
STRAUSS, RICHARD: Salome
STRAUSS; RICHARD Birgit Nilsson (soprano); Gerhard Stolze (tenor); Grace Hoffman (mezzo-soprano); Eberhard Waechter (bass-baritone)
Solti; Georg: Vienna Philharmonic
Decca Insiders Only
VERDI, GIUSEPPE: Don Carlo (four-act Italian version)
VERDI; GIUSEPPE Ruggero Raimondi, Matti Salminen, Luigi Roni, bass; José Carreras, tenor; Mirella Freni, Edita Gruberova, soprano; Agnes Baltsa, mezzo-soprano
Karajan; Herbert von: Vienna State Opera Chorus,Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Orfeo Insiders Only
BACH, J.S.: Six Trios for Organ BWV 525-530 (arr. Stone)
BACH; J.S. Tempesta di Mare Chamber Players Chandos 7 / 9
BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major Op. 73 (“Emperor”)
SCHUMANN, ROBERT: Fantasy in C major Op. 17
BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VAN
SCHUMANN; ROBERT
Yundi (piano)
Harding; Daniel: Berlin Philharmonic
Deutsche Grammophon 6 / 7
DURUFLÉ, MAURICE: Requiem
FAURÉ, GABRIEL: Requiem
DURUFLÉ; MAURICE
FAURÉ; GABRIEL
Lucia Popp, Kiri Te Kanawa (soprano); Siegmund Nimsgern (baritone)
Ambrosian Singers; Desborough School Choir; Philharmonia Orchestra, Andrew Davis
Sony Classical Insiders Only
BACH, J.S.: St. Matthew Passion BWV 244
BACH; J.S. Peter Pears (tenor/Evangelist), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone/Jesus), Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (soprano), Christa Ludwig (alto), Nicolai Gedda (tenor), Walter Berry (bass), others
Klemperer; Otto: Philharmonia Choir,Philharmonia Orchestra
EMI Insiders Only
BRAHMS, JOHANNES: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; Fantasias Op. 116
BRAHMS; JOHANNES Gilels, Emil (piano)
Jochum; Eugen: Berlin Philharmonic
Deutsche Grammophon Insiders Only


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