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brahmsvogt BRAHMS, JOHANNES: Piano Concerto No. 2; Variations & Fugue on a Theme by Handel Op. 24
BRAHMS; JOHANNES Lars Vogt (piano, conductor)
Vogt; Lars
: Royal Northern Sinfonia
Ondine 9 / 9
616Q81St5L._SL1200 MARKO TAJCEVIC: Balkan Dances (1927) FRANZ LISZT: Tarantella, from Venezia e Napoli MANUEL DE FALLA: Ritual Fire Dance MAURICE RAVEL: Valse nobles et sentimentales ROBERT SCHUMANN: Davidsbündlertanze Op. 6 FALLA; MANUEL DELISZT; FRANZRAVEL; MAURICESCHUMANN; ROBERTTAJCEVIC; MARKO Mirjana Rajic (piano)
Genuin 9 / 9
Mahler7Vansk MAHLER, GUSTAV: Symphony No. 7
MAHLER; GUSTAV Vänskä; Osmo
: Minnesota Orchestra
BIS 8 / 9
51kkYIXRoRL Various Composers and Works ARENSKY; ANTONBACH; J.S.BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VANLISZT; FRANZRACHMANINOV; SERGEISCARLATTI; DOMENICOSHOSTAKOVICH; DMITRI Maria Grinberg (piano)
Various Conductors and Ensembles
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Shapero SHAPERO, HAROLD: Sinfonia in C minor; Credo; Partita in D; On Green Mountain; Serenade in D for String Orchestra
SHAPERO; HAROLD Rose, Gil (Boston Modern Orchestra Project)
BMOP Sound 10 / 10
babayanrach RACHMANINOV, SERGEI: Preludes, Etudes-Tableaux, Moments musicaux (selections)
RACHMANINOV; SERGEI Sergei Babayan (piano)
Deutsche Grammophon 10 / 10
Borisova-Ollas_-Angelus_BIS_ClassicsToday_ClassicalCritic_Jens-f-Laurson BORISOVA-OLLAS, VICTORIA: Angelus; The Kingdom of Silence; Before the Mountains Were Born; Creation of the Hymn; Open Ground
BORISOVA-OLLAS; VICTORIA Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrey Boreyko (Angelus; Creation of the Hymn), Martyn Brabbins (The Kingdom of Silence; Before the Mountains Were Born), Sakari Oramo (Open Ground)
BIS 7 / 10
81VuIctTwNL._SL1500 TORU TAKEMITSU: Rain Dreaming HENRY COWELL: Set of four KAIJA SAARIAHO: Jardin secret II GAVIN BRYARS: After Handel’s “Vesper” ANAHITA ABBASI: Intertwined distances LUC FERRARI: Programme commun “Musique socialiste?” ABBASI; ANAHITABRYARS; GAVINCOWELL; HENRYFERRARI; LUCSAARIAHO; KAIJATAKEMITSU; TORU Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord)
Hyperion 10 / 10
BACH_Matthew-Passion_KingsCollege_Cleobury_CLASSICSTODAY_jens-f-laurson_classical-critic BACH, J.S.: St. Matthew Passion BWV 244
BACH; J.S. James Gilchrist (Evangelist); Matthew Rose (Jesus); Sophie Bevan (soprano); David Allsopp (countertenor); Mark Le Brocq (tenor); William Gaunt (bass)
The Choir of King’s College, Academy of Ancient Music, Stephen Cleobury
King's College 6 / 6
71LaEtWKC8L._SL1450 BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN: Piano Trio in C minor Op. 1 No. 3; Piano Trio in B-flat major Op. 97 (“Archduke”)
BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VAN Vienna Piano Trio
MDG 7 / 8
81QxRv8SmL._SL1200 BACH, J.S.: Six Partitas; Italian Concerto; Chromatic Fantasy & Fugue; French Overture; Four Duets; Goldberg Variations; Organ Works (selected); others
BACH; J.S. Scott Ross (harpsichord, organ)
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71fA7zcMI0L._SL1200 PROKOFIEV, SERGEI: The Ugly Duckling Op. 18; 5 Poems Op. 23: Nos. 2, 3, & 6; 5 Poems of Anna Akhmatova Op. 27; 5 Poems Op. 36: No. 4; 2 Songs from Lieutenant Kijé Op. 60b: No. 1 Stonet siz y golubochek; 2 Choruses Op. 66a: 2. Anyutka (version for voice and piano); 3 Children’s Songs Op. 68: 1; The Chatterbox; 3 Songs from Alexander Nevsky Op. 78b: 2. Mark, Ye Bright Falcons; 3 Romances Op. 72: 2. The rosy dawn is colouring the east; 12 Russian Folksongs Op. 104: 6. Katerina
PROKOFIEV; SERGEI Margarita Gritskova (mezzo-soprano); Maria Prinz (piano)
Naxos 10 / 10
unnamed JOHANNES BRAHMS: String Quartet in C minor Op. 51 No. 1 ARNOLD SCHOENBERG: String Quartet No. 3 Op. 30 RUTH CRAWFORD: String Quartet (1931) SAM PLUTA: binary/momentary logics: flow state/joy state ANTHONY CHEUNG: Real Book of Fake Tunes CHARMAINE LEE: Spinals GEORGE LEWIS: String Quartet No. 1.5 “Experiments in Living” BRAHMS; JOHANNESCHEUNG; ANTHONYCRAWFORD; RUTHSCHOENBERG; ARNOLD Claire Chase (flutes)
Spektral Quartet
New Focus 9 / 10
BeetLiszt BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN: The Nine Symphonies (transcribed by Franz Liszt)
SCHUBERT, FRANZ: Piano Sonata in C minor D. 958
BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VAN Jean-Louis Haguenauer, Georges Pludermacher, Alain Planès, Paul Badura-Skoda, Michel Dalberto, Jean-Claude Pennetier (piano)
Harmonia Mundi 7 / 8
RespighiWilson RESPIGHI, OTTORINO: Roman Trilogy (Roman Festivals; Fountains of Rome; Pines of Rome)
RESPIGHI; OTTORINO Wilson; John
: Sinfonia of London
Chandos 6 / 9
Munch Music by Haydn, Mozart, Ravel, Widor, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, Frank, Saint-Saëns, Bizet, Fauré, D'Indy, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, Debussy, Roussel, Offenbach, Respighi, Barraud, and Berlioz Various Composers Munch; Charles
: Various orchestras
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Perlman Music by Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Ravel, Lalo, Chausson, Beethoven, Dohnányi, Sibelius, Dvorák, Mozart, others Various Composers Itzhak Perlman (violin)
Various Conductors and Orchestras
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616bPyvFJwL._SL1200 BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN: Bagatelles Op. 126; Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major Op. 109; Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor Op. 57 (“Appassionata”)
BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VAN Katie Mahan (piano)
Steinway & Sons 6 / 9
91hKQXC89aL._SL1500 DAVIS, WILLIAM MAC: Fearful Symmetry; Songs of Circles and The Wheel; Hymns for the Amusement of Children; 5 Elizabethan Lyrics; The Lord Bless You and Keep You
DAVIS; WILLIAM MAC Lynda Poston Smith (soprano); Robert Carl Smith (piano)
Centaur 9 / 8
Krommer69 KROMMER, FRANZ: Symphonies Nos. 6 and 9
KROMMER; FRANZ Griffiths; Howard
: Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana
CPO 9 / 9
BergQtt Various Composers, incl. Berg, Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Haydn, Rihm, Lutoslawski, Dvorák, Smetana, Brahms, others... BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VANBERG; ALBANDVORÁK; ANTONINHAYDN; JOSEPHLUTOSLAWSKI; WITOLDMOZART; WOLFGANG AMADEUSRIHM; WOLFGANGSCHUBERT; FRANZ Alban Berg Quartett
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735131919722 Works by Fauré, Debussy, Rameau, Chabrier, & Ravel CHABRIER; EMMANUELDEBUSSY; CLAUDEFAURÉ; GABRIELRAMEAU; JEAN-PHILIPPERAVEL; MAURICE Jorge Federico Osorio (piano)
Cedille 8 / 9
61d84yryiyL._SL1200 CLAUDE DEBUSSY: Nocturne ISAAC ALBÉNIZ: Chant d'Espagne Op. 232 Nos. 1, 4, & 5 EDVARD GRIEG: Lyric Pieces, Book 6 Op. 57 JOHANNES BRAHMS: Klavierstücke Op. 116 ALBÉNIZ; ISAACBRAHMS; JOHANNESDEBUSSY; CLAUDEGRIEG; EDVARD Uta Weyand (piano)
Ars Produktion 7 / 7
viennaharp GEORG CHRISTOPH WAGENSEIL: Concerto No. 2 in G major for harp, two violins, & violoncello; Sonata I for two violins, violoncello, & basso continuo JOHANN BAPTIST KRUMPHOLTZ: Sonata for harp in B-flat major CHRISTOPH WILLIBALD GLUCK: Danse des Champs Elysées from Orfée et Eurydice; Che farò senza Euridice from Orfeo ed Euridice JOSEPH HAYDN: Trio No. 3 Op. 53 in D major Hob. XVI:42 for violin, viola, & violoncello; Quartetto No. 6 in F major Hob. XIV:F1 for flute, viola, violoncello, & harp GLUCK; CHRISTOPH WILLIBALDHAYDN; JOSEPHKRUMPHOLTZ; JOHANN BAPTISTWAGENSEIL; GEORG Margret Köll (single action harp); Marcello Gatti (transverse flute)
Il Furibondo
Accent 9 / 9
810J-bw1V5L._SL1500 CLAUDE DEBUSSY: Images Book I ALBERTO GINASTERA: Piano Sonata No. 1 Op. 22 GYÖRGY LIGETI: Etudes Book I: No. 5, Arc-en-ciel SERGEI PROKOFIEV: Piano Sonata No. 6 in A Major Op. 82 DEBUSSY; CLAUDEGINASTERA; ALBERTOLIGETI; GYÖRGYPROKOFIEV; SERGEI Dmytro Choni (piano)
Naxos 7 / 8
RimskyPet RIMSKY-KORSAKOV, NIKOLAI: Capriccio Espagnol; Russian Easter Festival Overture; Scheherazade
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV; NIKOLAI Petrenko; Vasily
: Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
Lawo 7 / 9
ASMF Various Composers Various Composers Various Soloists
Marriner; Neville
: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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art of dimunitions Works by Marini, Uccellini, Rossi, Kapsberger, others KAPSBERGER; GIOVANNIMARINI; BIAGIOUCCELLINI; MARCO Leonor de Lera (baroque violin)
L'Estro d'Orfeo
Challenge Classics 9 / 9
71pA0BAvBL._SL1200 SCHUBERT, FRANZ: Piano Sonatas in A minor D. 845; G major D. 894; C minor D. 948; & B-flat major D. 960
SCHUBERT; FRANZ Shai Wosner (piano)
Onyx 9 / 9
Jochum Works by Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, Strauss, Wagner, Bruckner, others BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VANBRUCKNER; ANTONMOZART; WOLFGANG AMADEUSSCHUBERT; FRANZSCHUMANN; ROBERTSTRAUSS; RICHARDWAGNER; RICHARD Jochum; Eugen
: Bamberg Symphony Orchestra,Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,Berlin Philharmonic,Concertgebouw Orchestra
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91lPqmZ88BL._SL1500 ROGER-DUCASSE, JEAN: Barcarolle No. 1 (1906); Etude No. 12 (1914); Etude No. 2 (1916); Etude (No. 3) en sixtes (1916); Arabesque No. 1 (1917); Arabesque No. 2 (1919); Rythmes (1917); Sonorités (1918); Barcarolle No. 2 (1920); Barcarolle No. 3 (1921)
ROGER-DUCASSE; JEAN Patrick Hemmerlé (piano)
Melism 10 / 9
RAT-D080-3000 BÉLA BARTÓK: Piano Sonata J.S. BACH: French Suite No. 5 in G major BWV 816 TONY CHEN LIN: Digression (Meditation on R.S.) ROBERT SCHUMANN: Humoreske Op. 20 BACH; J.S.BARTÓK; BELALIN; TONY CHENSCHUMANN; ROBERT Tony Chen Lin (piano)
Rattle 8 / 8
Tcherepnin TCHEREPNIN, NIKOLAI: Narcisse et Echo; La Princesse Lointaine
TCHEREPNIN; NIKOLAI Borowicz; Lukasz
: Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
CPO 9 / 9
ekaterina Arias by Puccini, Charpentier, Gounod, Bizet, & Verdi Ekaterina Siurina (soprano); Charles Casttronovo (tenor)
Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra, Constantine Orbellian
10 / 10
71siuagaxHL._SL1200 WEIGL, KARL: String Quartets Nos. 7 & 8
WEIGL; KARL Thomas Christian Ensemble
CPO 9 / 9
71q0Ls7qtHL._SL1200 BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN: Piano Sonatas Op. 31 Nos 1, 2, & 3; Variation on an Original Theme Op. 34; Eroica Variations Op. 35
BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VAN Andreas Staier (fortepiano)
Harmonia Mundi 8 / 9
EscalesWilson Works by Chabrier, Duruflé, Saint-Saëns, Debussy, Ibert, Massenet and Ravel CHABRIER; EMMANUELDEBUSSY; CLAUDEDURUFLÉ; MAURICEIBERT; JACQUESRAVEL; MAURICESAINT-SAËNS; CAMILLE Wilson; John
: Sinfonia of London
Chandos 4 / 9
Chailly Works by Bruckner, Tchaikovsky, Dvořak, Mendelssohn, Rossini, Bartók, Gershwin, Mahler, Ravel, Debussy, Mussorgsky, Schoenberg, Webern, Berg, Stravinsky, Varèse, Berio, Messiaen and Shostakovich Various Composers Chailly; Riccardo
: Various orchestras
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81ERlSYrEL._SL1200 BEACH, AMY: Piano Quintet in F-sharp major Op. 67
ELGAR, EDWARD: Piano Quintet in A minor Op. 84
BEACH; AMYELGAR; EDWARD Garrick Ohlsson (piano)
Takács Quartet
Hyperion 9 / 9
71VYDc8akdL._SS500 SATIE, ERIK: Vexations
SATIE; ERIK Noriko Ogawa (piano)
BIS 8 / 9
HERNANDEZ_Sira_Piano-Music_NAXOS_jens-f-laurson_classical-critic HERNÁNDEZ, SIRA: Initiation to the Shadow; Terra Santa; Fantasia for Piano; Don't Forget About That
HERNÁNDEZ; SIRA Sira Hernández (piano)
Naxos 7 / 8
71MRYesw-xL._SL1450 STRAUSS, RICHARD: Also Sprach Zarathustra Op. 30; Don Quixote Op. 35; Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche Op. 28; Don Juan Op. 20; Tod und Verklärung Op. 24; Ein Heldenleben Op. 40; Der Bürger als Edelmann Op. 60: Der Rosenkavalier: Suite; Salome: Dance of the Seven Veils Op 54; Burleske for Piano & Orchestra; Concerto for Horn & Orchestra No. 1 in E-flat major Op. 11
STRAUSS; RICHARD Lorne Monroe (cello); Carlton Cooley (viola); Andel Brushilow (violin); Samuel Mayes (cello); William Smith (piano); Rudolf Serkin (piano); Mason Jones (horn)
Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy
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Dawson DAWSON, WILLIAM LEVI: Negro Folk Symphony
KAY, ULYSSES: Fantasy Variations; Umbrian Scene
DAWSON; WILLIAM LEVIKAY; ULYSSES Fagen; Arthur
: ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
Naxos 9 / 8
TARTINI_Violin-Concertos_Siranossian_ALPHA_ClassicsToday_Jens-f-Laurson_ClassicalCritic TARTINI, GIUSEPPE: Violin Concertos in E minor D. 56; A major D. 96; D minor D. 45; G major; D minor D. 44
TARTINI; GIUSEPPE Chouchane Siranossian (violin)
Venice Baroque Orchestra, Andrea Marcon
Alpha 9 / 10
81R0WuJya6L._SL1500 BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN: String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat major Op. 130; Grosse Fuge Op. 133; Quartet No. 15 in A minor Op. 132
BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VAN Tetzlaff Quartett
Ondine 8 / 10
jensen IRGENS-JENSEN, LUDVIG: Tema con Variazioni; Partita Sinfonica; Air; Suite Kong Baldvines Armring; Sinfonia d; Rondo marziale; Passacaglia
IRGENS-JENSEN; LUDVIG Aadland, Eivind (Trondheim Symphony Orchestra)
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Mehta :
BRUCKNER; ANTONDVORÁK; ANTONINMAHLER; GUSTAVMUSSORGSKY; MODESTRIMSKY-KORSAKOV; NIKOLAISTRAUSS; RICHARDTCHAIKOVSKY; PIOTR ILYICH Mehta; Zubin
: Los Angeles Philharmonic
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CALMUS_Landmarks_CARUS-Verlag_classicalcritic_jens-f-laurson_ClassicsToday Choral works by Leonard Cohen, Francis Poulenc, Federico Ruis, Veljo Tormis, Georg Kreisler, Mordechaj Gebirtig, Paul Moravec, Aylton Escobar, Jaako Mäntyjärvi, & Sting MÄNTYJÄRVI; JAAKKOMORAVEC; PAULPOULENC; FRANCISTORMIS; VELJO Calmus Ensemble
Carus 5 / 9
81AiImQNwhL._SL1390_-1 SCARLATTI, DOMENICO: Sonatas K. 56, 83, 97, 131, 154, 178, 204, 228, 248, 267, 285, 300, 305, 321, 338, 352, & 367
SCARLATTI; DOMENICO Eylam Keshet (piano)
Naxos 10 / 10
BEETHOVEN_Mandolin-Suites_Martineau_NAIVE_jens-f-laurson_classical-critic BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN: Sonatina in C minor, WoO 43b, No. 1; Adagio in E-flat, WoO 43a, No. 2; Sonatina in C, WoO 44a, No. 1; Andante and Variations in D, WoO 44b, No. 2; Symphony No.7 Allegretto (transcr. Hans Sitt) JOHANN NEPOMUK HUMMEL: Grand Sonata for Mandolin and Piano op.37a CORENTIN APPARAILLY: Letter to the Immortal Beloved FRITZ KREISLER: Rondo on a Theme by Beethoven WALTER MURPHY: A Fifth of Beethoven BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VANHUMMEL; JOHANN NEPOMUKKREISLER; FRITZMURPHY; WALTER Julien Martineau (mandolin); Vanessa Benelli Mosell (piano); Yann Dubost (double bass); José Fillatreau (drums)
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