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Album Work Title Composer Performer Label Rating
STRAVINSKY, IGOR: Piano Sonata (1924); Serenade in A; Piano-Rag Music; Ragtime; Prologue to Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov; Circus Polka; Tango, Valse; Polka; Two Sketches for a Sonata; Four Etudes; Firebird Suite (arr. Agosti)
STRAVINSKY; IGOR Lin, Jenny (piano)
Steinway & Sons 10 / 10
STRAUSS, RICHARD: Tone Poems, Burleske, Suite from Le Bourgeois gentilhomme, and Opera Excerpts (The Complete RCA and Columbia Recordings)
STRAUSS; RICHARD Ljuba Welitsch, Risë Stevens, and Inge Borkh (sopranos); Byron Janis (piano); others
Reiner; Fritz: Chicago Symphony Orchestra,Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra,RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra,Vienna Philharmonic
RCA Insiders Only
Franz Liszt: Liebesträum No. 3; Tarantella from “Venezia e Napoli”; St François d'Assise: la prédication aux oiseaux; Loreley; Hungarian Rhapsody No. 13 in A minor Franz Schubert: Gretchen am Spinnrade (arr. Liszt) Sergei Rachmaninov: Polka de V.R. Manuel de Falla: Ritual Fire Dance Frédéric Chopin: Waltz in A minor KK IVb No. 11; Waltz in D-flat major Op. 64 No. 1 (“Minute Waltz”) Nikolai Medtner: Fairy Tales Op. 26 Nos. 1 & 3, Op. 34 No. 2 CHOPIN; FRÉDÉRIC
FALLA; MANUEL DE
LISZT; FRANZ
MEDTNER; NIKOLAI
RACHMANINOV; SERGEI
SCHUBERT; FRANZ
Anna Scheps (piano)
Genuin 6 / 10
SCHMITT, FLORENT: Le Petit Elfe Ferme-l'Oeil (The Little Dream Elf); Introit, Récit et Congé
SCHMITT; FLORENT Henri Demarquette (cello); Aline Martin (mezzo soprano)
Mercier; Jacques: Orchestre national de Lorraine
Timpani Insiders Only
Works by Bartók, Brahms, Bruckner, Dvorák, Kodály, Mozart, Respighi, Ravel, Strauss, Gershwin, and Prokofiev BARTÓK; BELA
BRAHMS; JOHANNES
DVORÁK; ANTONIN
KODÁLY; ZOLTÁN
MOZART; WOLFGANG AMADEUS
RAVEL; MAURICE
STRAUSS; RICHARD
Christa Ludwig (mezzo soprano); Walter Berry (baritone); Barry Tuckwell (horn); Vladimir Ashkenazy, Clifford Curzon, and Julius Katchen (pianos); others
Kertész; István: London Symphony Orchestra
Decca Insiders Only
FRANCK, CÉSAR: Symphony in D minor
STRAVINSKY, IGOR: Pétrouchka
FRANCK; CÉSAR
STRAVINSKY; IGOR
Monteux; Pierre: Boston Symphony Orchestra,Chicago Symphony Orchestra RCA Insiders Only
STRAVINSKY, IGOR: The Rite of Spring
SCRIABIN, ALEXANDER: The Poem of Ecstasy
SCRIABIN; ALEXANDER
STRAVINSKY; IGOR
Gergiev; Valery: Kirov Orchestra Philips Insiders Only
TCHAIKOVSKY, PIOTR ILYICH: Piano Concerto No. 1; Nutcracker Suite (arr. two pianos)
TCHAIKOVSKY; PIOTR ILYICH Martha Argerich and Nicolas Economou (pianos)
Abbado; Claudio: Berlin Philharmonic
Deutsche Grammophon Insiders Only
MAHLER, GUSTAV: Das Lied von der Erde
MAHLER; GUSTAV Sarah Connolly (mezzo soprano); Toby Spence (tenor)
Nézet-Séguin; Yannick: London Philharmonic Orchestra
LPO Insiders Only
MAHLER, GUSTAV: Das Lied von der Erde
BUSONI, FERRUCCIO: Berceuse élégiaque
MAHLER; GUSTAV Susan Graham (mezzo soprano); Christian Elsner (tenor)
Zinman; David: Tonhalle Orchestra of Zurich
RCA Insiders Only
MAHLER, GUSTAV: Das Lied von der Erde
MAHLER; GUSTAV Alice Coote (mezzo soprano); Burkhard Fritz (tenor)
Albrecht; Marc: Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
PentaTone Insiders Only
SHOSTAKOVICH, DMITRI: Six Romances On Verses by W. Raleigh, R. Burns, & W. Shakespeare Op. 62a; Annie Laurie, Scottish Ballad (orch. by Shostakovich); Suite On Poems by Michelangelo Buonarroti Op. 145a
SHOSTAKOVICH; DMITRI Finley, Gerald (bass-baritone)
Sanderling; Thomas: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Ondine 10 / 10
MOZART, WOLFGANG AMADEUS: Le nozze di Figaro
MOZART; WOLFGANG AMADEUS Andrei Bondarenko, Christian Van Horn, Nicolai Loskutkin (baritone); Fanie Antonelou, Simone Kermes, Natalya Kirillova (soprano); Maria Forsström, Mary-Ellen Nesi (mezzo-soprano); others
Musicaeterna (Orchestra & Chorus of the Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre), Teodor Currentzis
Sony Insiders Only
Pauline Oliveros: Sound Patterns Alvin Lucier: North American Time Capsule 1967 John Cage: Solos for Voice 2 Robert Ashley: She Was a Visitor Toshi Ichyanagi: Extended Voices Morton Feldman: Chorus and Instruments; Christian Wolff in Cambridge ASHLEY; ROBERT
CAGE; JOHN
FELDMAN; MORTON
ICHYANAGI; TOSHI
LUCIER; ALVIN
OLIVEROS; PAULINE
The Brandeis University Chamber Chorus, Alvin Lucier
Sony 7 / 9
SHOSTAKOVICH, DMITRI: String Quartets Nos. 13-15
SCHNITTKE, ALFRED: String Quartet No. 3
SCHNITTKE; ALFRED
SHOSTAKOVICH; DMITRI
Pacifica Quartet Cedille 10 / 10
GEORGE CRUMB - The Ghosts of Alhambra (Spanish Songbook I); Voices from a Forgotten World (American Songbook V)
CRUMB; GEORGE Jamie Van Eyck (mezzo-soprano)
Patrick Mason (baritone)
David Starobin (guitar)
Daniel Druckman (percussion)

Freeman; James: Orchestra 2001
Bridge Insiders Only
W.A. Mozart: “Soave sia il vento” from Cosi fan tutte and Chorale Prelude from Die Zauberflöte (arr. by Anderson & Roe); Sonata for Two Pianos in D major K. 449 Ferruccio Busoni: Duettino concertante (based on Piano Concerto No. 19 in F major K. 459) Franz Liszt: Réminiscences de Don Juan Greg Anderson & Elizabeth Joy Roe: Grand Scherzo (based on the Act I finale to Cosi fan tutte); Ragtime alla Turca (based on Rondo alla Turca K. 331) BUSONI; FERRUCCIO
LISZT; FRANZ
MOZART; WOLFGANG AMADEUS
Greg Anderson & Elizabeth Joy Roe (pianists)
Anderson & Roe Piano Duo
Steinway & Sons 9 / 10
MAHLER, GUSTAV: Symphony No. 5
MAHLER; GUSTAV Fischer; Iván: Budapest Festival Orchestra Channel Classics 7 / 8
Works by Nielsen, Rachmaninov, Beethoven, Mennin, Yardumian, Alkan, and Liszt ALKAN; CHARLES VALENTIN
BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VAN
LISZT; FRANZ
MENNIN; PETER
NIELSEN; CARL
RACHMANINOV; SERGEI
YARDUMIAN; RICHARD
Ogdon, John (piano)
Buketoff; Igor: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
RCA Insiders Only
BRUCKNER, ANTON: Symphonies Nos. 5, 7-9
BRUCKNER; ANTON Beinum; Eduard van: Concertgebouw Orchestra Eloquence Insiders Only
REGER, MAX: 52 Easy Chorale Preludes on the most common Protestant chorales Op. 67 Nos. 1-15; Five Easily Performable Preludes & Fugues Op. 56
REGER; MAX Josef Still (organ)
Naxos 9 / 9
Various Composers BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VAN
SONNTAG; GOTTFRIED
Karajan; Herbert von: Berlin Philharmonic Deutsche Grammophon Insiders Only
BARTÓK, BELA: Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta;
Divertimento
SHOSTAKOVICH, DMITRI: Piano Concerto No. 1
BARTÓK; BELA
SHOSTAKOVICH; DMITRI
Ogdon, John (piano)
Marriner; Neville: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Decca Insiders Only
Johann Nepomuk David: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 6 DAVID; JOHANN NEPOMUK Wildner; Johannes: ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien CPO Insiders Only
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, RALPH: Symphonies Nos. 1-9; Tallis Fantasia; Norfolk Rhapsody No. 1; The Lark Ascending; In the Fen Country; On Wenlock Edge
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS; RALPH Sheila Armstrong, Felicity Lott, Amanda Roocroft (soprano); Ian Bostridge (tenor); Jonathan Summers (baritone); Sarah Chang (violin)
Haitink; Bernard: London Philharmonic Choir,London Philharmonic Orchestra
Warner Classics Insiders Only
Bülent Arel: Stereo Electronic Music No. 1 Halim El-Dabh: Leiyla and the Poet Vladimir Ussachevsky: Creation – Prologue Milton Babbitt: Composition for Synthesizer; Ensembles for Synthesizer Mario Davidovsky: Electronic Study No. 1 Otto Luening: Gargoyles AREL; BÜLENT
BABBITT; MILTON
DAVIDOVSKY; MARIO
EL-DABH; HALIM
LUENING; OTTO
USSACHEVSKY; VLADIMIR
Max Pollikoff (violin)
Sony 7 / 8
CD From Hell: Dreadful Riffs On Purcell From Pluhar PURCELL; HENRY Philippe Jaroussky, Dominique Visse, Vincenzo Capezzuto (countertenor); Raquel Andueza (soprano); Gianluigi Trovesi (clarinet); Wolfgang Muthspiel (acoustic & electric guitar)
Pluhar; Christina: L'Arpeggiata
Erato Insiders Only
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN - String Quartets Nos. 1-16; Grosse Fugue
BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VAN Végh Quartet Naïve Insiders Only
BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN: The 32 Piano Sonatas
BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VAN Abdel Rahman El Bacha (piano)
Mirare Insiders Only
SCRIABIN, ALEXANDER: The Ten Piano Sonatas
SCRIABIN; ALEXANDER Yakov Kasman (piano)
Phaia Music Insiders Only
TURINA, JOAQUÍN: Danzas fantásticas; Poema en forma de canciones; Saeta en forma de salve a la Virgen de la Esperanza; Farruca from "Triptico"; Ritmos; Sinfonía Sevillana
TURINA; JOAQUÍN Clara Mouriz (mezzo-soprano)
Mena; Juanjo: BBC Philharmonic
Chandos 7 / 8
HAYDN, JOSEPH: String Quartets Opp. 20, 33, 51 "The Seven Last Words", 64, 76, and 77
HAYDN; JOSEPH Quatuor Mosaïques Naïve Insiders Only
SHOSTAKOVICH, DMITRI: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 5
SHOSTAKOVICH; DMITRI Haitink; Bernard: Concertgebouw Orchestra,London Philharmonic Orchestra Decca Insiders Only
RIISAGER, KNUDÅGE: Summer Rhapsody; Sinfonia concertante; Symphonies Nos. 4 and 5
RIISAGER; KNUDÅGE Holten; Bo: Aarhus Symphony Orchestra Dacapo Insiders Only
Concerto by: Brahms, Haydn, Boccherini, Vivaldi, Mozart, Saint-Saëns, Schumann, Dvorák, and Prokofiev BOCCHERINI; LUIGI
BRAHMS; JOHANNES
DVORÁK; ANTONIN
HAYDN; JOSEPH
MOZART; WOLFGANG AMADEUS
SAINT-SAËNS; CAMILLE
SCHUMANN; ROBERT
VIVALDI; ANTONIO
Claudio Arrau and Alexis Weissenberg (pianos); Mathan Milstein and Itzhak Perlman (violins); Janos Starker and Mstislav Rostropovich (cellos)
Giulini; Carlo Maria: London Symphony Orchestra,Philharmonia Orchestra,Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Warner Classics Insiders Only
Richard Strauss: The Complete Operas STRAUSS; RICHARD Various soloists
Various conductors & orchestras
Deutsche Grammophon Insiders Only
STRAVINSKY, IGOR: The Rite of Spring; Pastorale (arr. Stokowski)
BACH, J.S.: Toccata and Fugue in D Minor; Fugue in G Minor "The Little"; Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor (all arr. Stokowski)
BACH; J.S.
STRAVINSKY; IGOR
Nézet-Séguin; Yannick: Philadelphia Orchestra Deutsche Grammophon Insiders Only
KARAYEV, KARA: The Seven Beauties; The Path of Thunder (ballet suites)
KARAYEV; KARA Yablonsky; Dmitry: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Naxos Insiders Only
BACH, J.S.: Suites for Solo Cello Nos. 1, 2, & 3 BWV 1007-9
BACH; J.S. Joel Becktell (cello)
Blue Griffin 8 / 9
J.S. Bach: Movements from Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor BWV 1043; Goldberg Variations BWV 988; Concerto for Oboe & Violin in D minor BWV 1060; Sonata No. 4 for Violin & Harpsichord in C minor BWV 1017; Cantata BWV 56 BACH; J.S. SLIXS Raumklang 9 / 9
ADAMS, JOHN: The Gospel According to The Other Mary--A Passion Oratorio in Two Acts
ADAMS; JOHN Kelley O'Connor (Mary Magdalene); Tamara Mumford (Martha); Russell Thomas (Lazarus); Daniel Bubeck, Brian Cummings, Nathan Medley (Countertenors)
Dudamel; Gustavo: Los Angeles Master Chorale,Los Angeles Philharmonic
Deutsche Grammophon Insiders Only
VERDI, GIUSEPPE: Aida
VERDI; GIUSEPPE Zinka Milanov (soprano); Fedora Barbieri (mezzo-soprano); Jussi Björling (tenor); Leonard Warren (baritone); Boris Christoff, Plinio Clabassi (bass)
Rome Opera Orchestra & Chorus, Jonel Perlea
RCA Insiders Only
GLIÈRE, REINHOLD: Symphony No. 3 "Il'ya Muromets"
GLIÈRE; REINHOLD Falletta, JoAnn (Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra)
Naxos 10 / 10
SCHOENBERG, ARNOLD: Verklärte Nacht
SCHUBERT, FRANZ: String Quintet in C Major
SCHOENBERG; ARNOLD
SCHUBERT; FRANZ
Hollywood String Quartet Testament Insiders Only
BACH, J.S.: Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 3 and 5
BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN: Symphony No. 3 "Eroica"
BACH; J.S.
BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VAN
Josef Niedermayer (flute)
Willi Boskovsky (violin)
Wilhelm Furtwängler (piano)

Furtwängler; Wilhelm: Vienna Philharmonic
EMI Insiders Only
Works by Beethoven, Brahms, Bruckner, Debussy, Franck, Mahler, Mussorgsky, Ravel, Schubert, Schumann, and Tchaikovsky BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VAN
BRAHMS; JOHANNES
BRUCKNER; ANTON
DVORÁK; ANTONIN
MAHLER; GUSTAV
SCHUBERT; FRANZ
SCHUMANN; ROBERT
TCHAIKOVSKY; PIOTR ILYICH
Giulini; Carlo Maria: Berlin Philharmonic,Chicago Symphony Orchestra,Los Angeles Philharmonic,Vienna Philharmonic Deutsche Grammophon Insiders Only
TCHAIKOVSKY, PIOTR ILYICH: Swan Lake; The Sleeping Beauty; The Nutcracker (complete ballets)
TCHAIKOVSKY; PIOTR ILYICH Slatkin; Leonard: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra RCA Insiders Only
SCHUBERT, FRANZ: Piano Sonata in A minor D. 845; Piano Sonata in D major D. 850
SCHUBERT; FRANZ Goode, Richard (piano)
Nonesuch 10 / 9
NIELSEN, CARL: Symphonies Nos. 4 "The Inextinguishable" and 5
NIELSEN; CARL Oramo; Sakari: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra BIS Insiders Only
SIBELIUS, JEAN: Symphonies Nos. 2 and 5
SIBELIUS; JEAN Koussevitzky; Serge: Boston Symphony Orchestra Naxos Insiders Only


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