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Album Work Title Composer Performer Label Rating
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
MAHLER, GUSTAV: Das Lied von der Erde; Symphonien Nos. 9 and 10 (arr. Cooke)
MAHLER; GUSTAV Birgit Finnilä (alto); Peter Schreier (tenor)
Sanderling; Kurt: Berlin Symphony
Berlin Classics Insiders Only
BECK, FRANZ IGNAZ: Symphonies: Op.3, No. 6; Op. 4, Nos. 1-3
BECK; FRANZ IGNAZ Stilec; Marek: Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice Naxos Insiders Only
WETZ, RICHARD: Symphony No. 3; Gesang des Lebens
WETZ; RICHARD Albert; Werner Andreas: Landesjugendchor Rheinlant-Pfalz,Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz CPO Insiders Only
ATTERBERG, KURT: Piano Concerto; Rhapsody Op. 1; Ballade & Passacaglia, Op. 38
ATTERBERG; KURT Love Derwinger (piano)

Rasilainen; Ari: NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover
CPO Insiders Only
SCHUBERT, FRANZ: Piano Sonata in B-flat major D. 960; Du bist die Ruhe D. 776 & Ungeduld D. 795 (arr. Franz Liszt); Wanderer-Fantasie D. 760
SCHUBERT; FRANZ Barry Douglas (piano)
Chandos 9 / 9
SCHUBERT, FRANZ: Wanderer-Fantasie
SCHUMANN, ROBERT: Fantasy in C major Op. 17
SCHUBERT; FRANZ
SCHUMANN; ROBERT
Joel Schoenhals (piano)
Fleur De Son 8 / 7
Works by Tchaikovsky, Borodin, Rimsky-Korsakov, Mussorgsky, Balakirev, Glazunov, Rachmaninov, Stravinsky, Prokofiev BORODIN; ALEXANDER
GLAZUNOV; ALEXANDER
MUSSORGSKY; MODEST
PROKOFIEV; SERGEI
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV; NIKOLAI
STRAVINSKY; IGOR
TCHAIKOVSKY; PIOTR ILYICH
Various Soloists
Ansermet; Ernest: L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande,London Philharmonic Orchestra,New Philharmonia Orchestra,Paris Conservatory Orchestra
Decca Insiders Only
SCHUMANN, ROBERT: Fantasiestücke Op 12; Davidsbundlertänze Op. 6: Gesänge der Frühe Op. 133 No. 5
JANÁCEK, LEOŠ: On an overgrown path Book I (five pieces)
JANÁCEK; LEOŠ
SCHUMANN; ROBERT
Jonathan Biss (piano)
Wigmore Hall Live 9 / 8
HANDEL, G.F.: Arias from Radamisto, Alcina, Hercules, Giulio Cesare, & Ariodante
HANDEL; G.F. Alice Coote (mezzo-soprano)
Bicket; Harry: The English Concert
Hyperion 7 / 7
REBEL, JEAN-FÉRY: Les élémens
RAMEAU, JEAN-PHILIPPE: Castor et Pollux suite
RAMEAU; JEAN-PHILIPPE
REBEL; JEAN-FÉRY
L'Orfeo Barockorchester, Michi Gaigg
CPO 10 / 10
JANÁCEK, LEOŠ: Suite from The Cunning Little Vixen (arr. Mackerras); Sinfonietta; Capriccio
JANÁCEK; LEOŠ Bavouzet, Jean-Efflam (piano)
Gardner; Edward: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Chandos 9 / 9
WEBER, CARL MARIA VON: Works for Piano Four-Hands; Transcriptions
GODOWSKY, LEOPOLD: Contrapuntal Paraphrase on Invitation to the Dance for two pianos
MOSCHELES, IGNAZ: Hommage à Weber (Grand Duo)
GODOWSKY; LEOPOLD
MOSCHELES; IGNAZ
WEBER; CARL MARIA VON
Duo d'Accord
Hänssler Classic Insiders Only
Various Composers and Works BODY; JACK
FARR; GARETH
KELLY; VICTORIA
WHITEHEAD; GILLIAN
Henry Wong Doe (piano)
Rattle 9 / 9
TAMBERG, EINO: Symphonic Dances; Concerto Grosso; Suite from Joanna Tentata
TAMBERG; EINO Järvi; Neeme: Residentie Orkest Den Haag BIS Insiders Only
STRAVINSKY, IGOR: The Firebird (1910 Suite); The Rite of Spring; Petrushka; Symphony in Three Movements
STRAVINSKY; IGOR Rozhdestvensky; Gennadi: London Symphony Orchestra Nimbus Insiders Only
Works by: Gluck, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Berlioz, Smetana, Dvorák, Janácek, Borodin, Nielsen, Tchaikovsky, Martinu, Bartók BARTÓK; BELA
DVORÁK; ANTONIN
JANÁCEK; LEOŠ
MARTINU; BOHUSLAV
MENDELSSOHN; FELIX
MOZART; WOLFGANG AMADEUS
SCHUBERT; FRANZ
SMETANA; BEDRICH
TCHAIKOVSKY; PIOTR ILYICH
Kubelik; Rafael: Various orchestras Warner Classics Insiders Only
STRAUSS, RICHARD: Sinfonia domestica; Macbeth
STRAUSS; RICHARD Maazel; Lorin: Vienna Philharmonic Deutsche Grammophon Insiders Only
BACH, J.S.: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; Chaconne; Air; Gavotte en Rondeau
BACH; J.S. Joshua Bell (violin)
Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Joshua Bell
Sony 6 / 9
HANDEL, G.F.: An Ode for St. Ceclia's Day; Cecilia, volgi un sguardo
HANDEL; G.F. Carolyn Sampson (soprano); James Gilchrist (tenor)
King; Robert: The King's Consort & Choir
Hyperion Insiders Only
MESSIAEN, OLIVIER: Turangalîla-Symphonie
MESSIAEN; OLIVIER Angela Hewitt (piano); Valérie Hartmann-Claverie (Ondes Martenot)
Lintu; Hannu: Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Ondine 9 / 9
BACH, J.S.: Goldberg Variations BWV 988
BACH; J.S. Anastasia Voltchok (piano)
Solo Musica Insiders Only
Works by Liszt, Chopin, Grieg, Moszkowski, Saint-Saëns, Prokofiev, Schumann, Franck, others CHOPIN; FRÉDÉRIC
GRIEG; EDVARD
LISZT; FRANZ
SAINT-SAËNS; CAMILLE
SCHUMANN; ROBERT
Arthur de Greef (piano)
Various Orchestras
APR Insiders Only
KABALEVSKY, DIMITRI: Preludes for piano Op. 1; Variations in D major Op. 40 Nos. 1 & 2; Six Preludes & Fugues Op. 61; Rondo in A minor Op. 59; Spring Games & Dances Op. 81; Recitative and Rondo Op. 84; Variations Op. 87 Nos. 1, 2, & 3; Lyric Tunes for Piano Op. 93A
KABALEVSKY; DIMITRI Kirsten Johnson (piano)
Nimbus 9 / 9
Works by Charles Gounod, Ugis Praulins, Pietro Mascagni, William Gomez, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Georges Bizet, Giacomo Puccini, Peteris Vasks, Gregorio Allegri, Vladimir Vavilov, & Adolphe Adam ALLEGRI; GREGORIO
GOUNOD; CHARLES
MASCAGNI; PIETRO
MOZART; WOLFGANG AMADEUS
PUCCINI; GIACOMO
VASKS; PETERIS
Elina Garanca (mezzo-soprano)
Latvian Radio Choir, Saarbrücken Opera Choir, Saarbrücken Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Karel Mark Chichon
Deutsche Grammophon 6 / 8
MOZART, WOLFGANG AMADEUS: Don Giovanni
MOZART; WOLFGANG AMADEUS Mariusz Kweicien, Alex Esposito, Alexander Tsymbalyuk, Dawid Kimberg (bass-baritone); Malin Byström, Véronique Gens, Elizabeth Watts (soprano); Antonio Poli (tenor)
Luisotti; Nicola: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden
Opus Arte 8 / 10
RAVEL, MAURICE: Complete Solo Piano Music
RAVEL; MAURICE Florian Uhlig (piano)
Hänssler Classics Insiders Only
Works by Debussy, Ravel, Respighi, Rimsky-Korskov, Prokofiev, Glinka, Scriabin, Berlioz, Bizet, Franck, Gershwin, Brahms, Verdi, Rossini, Beethoven, Elgar, Tchaikovsky BERLIOZ; HECTOR
BRAHMS; JOHANNES
DEBUSSY; CLAUDE
FRANCK; CÉSAR
GERSHWIN; GEORGE
PROKOFIEV; SERGEI
RAVEL; MAURICE
RESPIGHI; OTTORINO
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV; NIKOLAI
Maazel; Lorin: Cleveland Orchestra Decca Insiders Only
PROKOFIEV, SERGEI: Symphony No. 2; Dreams; "Classical" Symphony
PROKOFIEV; SERGEI Alsop; Marin: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra Naxos 9 / 9
SHOSTAKOVICH, DMITRI: Symphony No. 13 "Babi Yar"
SHOSTAKOVICH; DMITRI Vinogradov; Alexander Petrenko; Vasily: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Naxos 10 / 9
BARTÓK, BELA: Kossuth; Two Portraits; Suite No. 1
BARTÓK; BELA Falletta; JoAnn: Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Naxos Insiders Only
DEBUSSY, CLAUDE: Preludes Books I & II
DEBUSSY; CLAUDE Catherine Kautsky (piano)
Centaur 9 / 9
SCHOENBERG, ARNOLD: Gurrelieder; Verklärte Nacht
SCHOENBERG; ARNOLD Jennifer Wilson (soprano); Daniela Denschlag (contralto); Daniel Kirch, Niklas Bjorling Rygert (tenor); Alexander Tsymbalyuk (bass): Itay Tiran (speaker)
Mehta; Zubin: Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,Prague Philharmonic Choir
Helicon 7 / 6
TELEMANN, GEORG PHILIPP: Herr Gott, dich loben wir TWV 11:15a/b; Serenata O erhabnes Glück der Ehe TWV 11:15c
TELEMANN; GEORG PHILIPP Hannah Morrison (soprano); Margot Oitzinger (alto); Markus Schäfer, Immo Schröder (tenor); Matthias Vieweg, Christos Pelekanos (bass)
Max; Hermann: Das Kleine Konzert
CPO 8 / 9
REZNICEK, EMIL NIKOLAUS: Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4
REZNICEK; EMIL NIKOLAUS Beermann; Frank: Robert Schumann Philharmonie CPO Insiders Only
Works by Mozart, Schumann, Liszt, Schubert, Chopin, Beethoven, Copland, Kirchner, & J.S. Bach BACH; J.S.
BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VAN
CHOPIN; FRÉDÉRIC
LISZT; FRANZ
MOZART; WOLFGANG AMADEUS
Howard Karp (piano)
Albany Insiders Only
HAYDN, JOSEPH: Piano Concertos Nos. 3, 4 and 11
HAYDN; JOSEPH Bavouzet, Jean-Efflam (piano)
Takács-Nagy; Gábor: Manchester Camerata
Chandos Insiders Only
HAYDN, JOSEPH: Piano Concertos Nos. 3, 4, & 11
HAYDN; JOSEPH Hamelin, Marc-André (piano)
Labadie, Bernard (Les Violons du Roy)
Hyperion Insiders Only


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