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Album Work Title Composer Performer Label Rating
71QrvjV7gYL._SL1200 HAYDN, JOSEPH: String Quartets Op. 71 & 74
HAYDN; JOSEPH The London Haydn Quartet
Hyperion Insiders Only
Mahler6Net MAHLER, GUSTAV: Symphony No. 6
MAHLER; GUSTAV Netopil; Tomás
: Essener Philharmoniker
Oehms Classics 6 / 6
51tCAs-SHdL BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN: The 32 Piano Sonatas
BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VAN Eduardo del Pueyo (piano)
Pavane Insiders Only
61cvuNv6vRL._SL1200 WOLF-FERRARI, ERMANNO: Piano Trios No. 1 in D major Op. 5, No. 2 in F-sharp minor Op. 7
WOLF-FERRARI; ERMANNO Trio Mezzena, Patria, Ballario
Brilliant Classics 7 / 7
71AwpPmGE6L._SL1200 BRAHMS, JOHANNES: Fantasias Op. 116; Intermezzi Op. 117; Klavierstücke Op. 118; Klavierstücke Op. 119
BRAHMS; JOHANNES Stephen Hough (piano)
Hyperion 10 / 10
JAZZRAUSCH_Beethovens-Breakdown_ACT_jens-f-laurson_classical-critic LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (Arr. by Leonhard Kuhn): Piano Sonata Op. 27/2 "Moonlight"; Symphony No. 7, Allegretto; Two movements from String Quartet Op. 131 LEONHARD KUHN: Sonata BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VAN Jazzrausch Bigband
ACT 8 / 9
SSpcsKant SAINT-SAËNS, CAMILLE: Piano Concertos Nos. 3-5
SAINT-SAËNS; CAMILLE Kantorow, Alexandre (piano)
Kantorow; Jean-Jacques
: Tapiola Sinfonietta
BIS 9 / 10
Bruck6Daus BRUCKNER, ANTON: Symphony No. 6
BRUCKNER; ANTON Dausgaard; Thomas
: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
BIS 5 / 9
Bruck2Stein BRUCKNER, ANTON: Symphony No. 2
WEBER, CARL MARIA VON: Euryanthe Overture; Invitation to the Dance (arr. Berlioz)
BRUCKNER; ANTON Stein; Horst
: Vienna Philharmonic
Decca Insiders Only
81E3G64bGL._SL1413 BACH, J.S.: Suite in C minor BWV 997; Partita No. 6 in E minor BWV 830; Goldberg Variations BWV 988
BACH; J.S. Peter Serkin (piano)
Vivace 9 / 7
91-jCAGHnRL._SL1500 BERLIOZ, HECTOR: Symphonie fantastique Op. 14; Sara la baigneuse Op. 11; La mort d'Ophélie Op. 18 No. 2; Rêverie et caprice Op. 8
BERLIOZ; HECTOR Philippe Quint (violin)
Utah Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, University of Utah Chamber Choir, Thierry Fischer
Hyperion 8 / 8
BACH_Cantatas-vol30_Bach-Stiftung-St-Gallen_jens-f-laurson_classical-critic BACH, J.S.: Cantatas BWV 105, 68, & 55
BACH; J.S. Sibylla Rubens, Johannette Zomer (soprano); Jan Börner (alto); Bernhard Berchtold (tenor); Tobias Wicky, Matthias Helm (bass)
Chorus & Orchestra of the J.S. Bach Stiftung St. Gallen, Rudolf Lutz
Bach-Stiftung St. Gallen Insiders Only
614ELIeu1jL._SL1200 BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN: Piano Sonata No. 20 in G major Op. 49 No. 2; Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor Op. 27 No. 2 (“Moonlight”); Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major Op. 109; Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor Op. 57 (“Appassionata”)
BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VAN Philippe Entremont (piano)
Solo Musica 8 / 9
MozartDiv MOZART, WOLFGANG AMADEUS: Divertimento for String Trio, K. 563
MOZART; WOLFGANG AMADEUS TrioTaus
2L 8 / 8
BACH_Doeselaar_Wiersinga_La-Dolce-Volta_classicalcritic_jens-f-laurson_ClassicsToday BACH, J.S.: Organ Transcriptions: Chorale Prelude BWV 623 "Wir danken dir, Herr Jesu Christ"; Keyboard Concerto BWV 1056; Chaconne from BWV 1004; Toccata in D major BWV 912; The Art of Fugue BWV 1080 (excerpts); Italian Concerto BWV 971; Chorale Prelude BWV 720 "Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott"
BACH; J.S. Leo van Doeselaar, Erwin Wiersinga (organ)
MDG 10 / 10
8140tf3yC3L._SL1500 WAGNER, RICHARD: Siegfried
WAGNER; RICHARD Gerhard Siegel (tenor); Simon O’Neill (tenor); Iain Paterson (bass-baritone); Martin Winkler (baritone); Clive Bayley (bass); Malin Christensson (soprano); Anna Larsson (contralto); Rachel Nicholls (soprano)
Hallé, Mark Elder
Hallé 7 / 9
618Pj5UtYLL._SL1200 DEBUSSY, CLAUDE: Images Books I & II; La plus que lente; Etudes Books I & II; Suite bergamasque; Pour le piano; L’isle joyeuse; Preludes Book I
DEBUSSY; CLAUDE Idil Biret (piano)
IBA 6 / 7
ProjectW Music by Florence Price, Clarice Assad, Jessie Montgomery, Reena Esmail, and Jennifer Higdon HIGDON; JENNIFERPRICE; FLORENCE Chen; Mei-Ann
: Chicago Sinfonietta
Cedille 9 / 9
CTCello CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO, MARIO: Cello Concerto; Transcriptions for Cello and Piano
CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO; MARIO Smith, Brinton (cello)
Chen, Evelyn (piano)
Yamada; Kazuki
: Houston Symphony
Naxos 9 / 7
SanctuaryRoad MORAVEC, PAUL: Sanctuary Road
MORAVEC; PAUL Laquita Mitchell (soprano); Raehann Bruce-Davis (mezzo-soprano); Joshua Blue (tenor); Malcolm J. Merriweather (baritone); Dashon Burton (bass-baritone)
Tritle; Kent
: Oratorio Society of New York Chorus and Orchestra
Naxos 9 / 8
714fNbGB94L._SL1200 CLARA SCHUMANN: Piano Concerto in A minor Op. 7 FERDINAND HILLER: Konzertstücke Op. 113 HENRI HERZ: Rondo de concert Op. 27 FRIEDRICH KALKBRENNER: Le rêve Op. 113 HERZ; HENRIHILLER; FERDINANDKALKBRENNER; FRIEDRICHSCHUMANN; CLARA Howard Shelley (piano)
Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Howard Shelley
Hyperion 8 / 9
ANTHEIL_Serenades_CPO_ClassicsToday_Jens-f-Laurson_ClassicalCritic ANTHEIL, GEORGE: Serenades 1 & 2; Dreams; The Golden Bird
ANTHEIL; GEORGE Württemberg Philharmonic Reutlingen, Fawzi Haimor
CPO Insiders Only
81jRzIE00wL._SL1381 GODOWSKY, LEOPOLD: 53 Studies on the Chopin Études (25 selected pieces)
GODOWSKY; LEOPOLD Konstantin Scherbakov (piano)
Marco Polo 9 / 9
91JJwC1OBL._SL1500 ALKAN, CHARLES VALENTIN: Esquisses Op. 63 Nos. 1, 2, 11, 12, 26, 31, 46, & 48; Toccatina Op. 75; Etude alla barbaro: Concerto for Solo Piano Op. 39 Nos. 8-10
ALKAN; CHARLES VALENTIN Schaghajegh Nosrati (piano)
Cavi-music 8 / 9
BACH_Olivier-Latry_La-Dolce-Volta BACH, J.S.: Ricercare á 6 BWV 1079; Fugue in G minor BWV 578; Fantasy & Fugue in G minor BWV 542; Toccata & Fugue in D minor BWV 565; “Erbarm’ dich mein, o Herre Gott” BWV 721; “Herzlich tut mich verlangen” BWV 727; “In dir ist Freude” BWV 615; Pièce d’orgue BWV 572; Passacaglia BWV 582
BACH; J.S. Olivier Latry (organ)
La Dolce Volta 9 / 10
71JNJu2JtnL._SL1425 RICHARD ADDINSELL: Warsaw Concerto GEORGE GERSHWIN: Variations on “I Got Rhythm” FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN: Variations on “Là ci darem la mano” Op. 2 CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS: Caprice-Valse Op. 76 (“Wedding Cake”) CARL MARIA VON WEBER: Polonaise Brilliante Op. 72 (arr. Franz Liszt) PAUL TUROK: Ragtime Caprice Op. 65 (1977) DUKE ELLINGTON: New World A-Comin’ HENRY LITOLFF: Concerto Symphonique No. 4 in D minor Op. 102: Scherzo ADDINSELL; RICHARDCHOPIN; FRÉDÉRICELLINGTON; DUKEGERSHWIN; GEORGELITOLFF; HENRYSAINT-SAËNS; CAMILLE Joshua Pierce (piano)
Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Kirk Trevor
MSR 9 / 8
710FQz3x5eL._SL1335 BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN: String Quartets (complete)
BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VAN The Juilliard String Quartet
Sony Classical Insiders Only
BruckQuint BRUCKNER, ANTON: String Quintet (orch. Schaller); Overture in G minor
BRUCKNER; ANTON Schaller; Gerd
: Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra
Profil Insiders Only
SaintSaens5Lortie SAINT-SAËNS, CAMILLE: Piano Concertos Nos. 3 and 5; Allegro appassionato; Rhapsodie d'Auvergne
SAINT-SAËNS; CAMILLE Lortie; Louis
Gardner; Edward
: BBC Philharmonic
Chandos 10 / 10
Ugorskajaschubert SCHUBERT, FRANZ: Piano Sonata No. 21 in B-flat major D. 960; Three Piano Pieces Op. Posth. D. 946; Moments Musicaux Op. 94 D. 780
SCHUBERT; FRANZ Dina Ugorskaja (piano)
Cavi 9 / 9
81JzDgXOJYL._SL1500 WEINBERG, MIECZYSLAW: String Quartet No. 11 Op. 89 (1965); String Quartet No. 12 Op. 103 (1969-70); String Quartet No. 13 Op. 118 (1977)
WEINBERG; MIECZYSLAW Silesian Quartet
CD Accord 9 / 9
81D5at6QWtL._SL1385 Works by Albéniz, Bizet, Debussy, Choisnel, Dohnányi, Drdla, Dvorák, Falla, Foster, Kreisler, Marsick, Massenet, Nevin, & Schumann ALBÉNIZ; ISAACBIZET; GEORGESDEBUSSY; CLAUDEFALLA; MANUEL DEKREISLER; FRITZMASSENET; JULES Fritz Kreisler (violin); Hugo Kreisler (cello); Carl Lamson, Michael Rauscheisen (piano)
Naxos Insiders Only
816SV2T-QeL._SL1200 BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN: Piano Sonata in C major Op. 2 No. 3; Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major Op. 53 (“Waldstein”); Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-flat major Op. 106 (“Hammerklavier”); Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major Op. 73 (“Emperor”)
BRAHMS, JOHANNES: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major Op. 83; Waltzes Op. 39 Nos. 1, 2, & 6
BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VANBRAHMS; JOHANNES Wilhelm Backhaus (piano)
Südfunk-Sinfonieorchester, Joseph Keilberth, Hans Müller-Kay
SWR Classic Insiders Only
FallaCasado FALLA, MANUEL DE: The Three-Cornered Hat (complete); El amor brujo
FALLA; MANUEL DE Marina Heredia (voice)
Heras-Casado; Pablo
: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Harmonia Mundi 5 / 9
81upItSj4TL._SL1450 BRAHMS, JOHANNES: Complete Intermezzi
BRAHMS; JOHANNES Evgeni Koroliov (piano)
Tacet 8 / 9
agrippina HANDEL, G.F.: Agrippina
HANDEL; G.F. Joyce DiDonato, Marie-Nicole Lemieux (mezzo-soprano); Elsa Benoit (soprano); Jakub Jozef Orlinski, Carlo Vistoli, Franco Fagioli (countertenor); Luca Pisaroni (bass); Andrea Mastroni (baritone)
Il Pomo d'Oro, Maxim Emelyanychev
Erato 10 / 10
61mEcfEWA9L._SL1200 CHOPIN, FRÉDÉRIC: Four Ballades
LISZT, FRANZ: Three Petrarch Sonnets
SCRIABIN, ALEXANDER: Two Poems Op. 32; Piano Sonata No. 4 Op. 30
CHOPIN; FRÉDÉRICLISZT; FRANZSCRIABIN; ALEXANDER Anna Fedorova (piano)
Channel Classics 7 / 10
WarnerBeethovenbox The (almost) Complete Works of Beethoven BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VAN Various soloists
Various conductors & orchestras
Warner Classics Insiders Only
Bruckner6 BRUCKNER, ANTON: Symphony No. 6
BRUCKNER; ANTON Schaller; Gerd
: Philharmonie Festiva
Profil 9 / 8
Bruckner1 BRUCKNER, ANTON: Symphony No, 1 (Vienna Version)
BRUCKNER; ANTON Schaller; Gerd
: Philharmonie Festiva
Profil 7 / 7
71ReH2W0qL._SL1500 BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN: String Quartets (complete)
BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VAN Miró Quartet
PentaTone Insiders Only
BRAHMS-SCHOENBERG_PARRY_GaeVLE-SO_ONDINE_jens-f-laurson_classical-critic BRAHMS, JOHANNES: Piano Quartet in G minor Op. 25 (orch. Arnold Schoenberg)
PARRY, HUBERT: Elegy for Brahms
BRAHMS; JOHANNESJOHANNES BRAHMS (arr. SCHOENBERG)PARRY; HUBERT Gävle Symphony Orchestra, Jaime Martín
Ondine 9 / 9
71KXbV2sJvL._SL1220 DARIUS MILHAUD: Sonata Op. 47 for flute, oboe, clarinet, & piano ANDRÉ JOLIVET: Serenade for wind quintet with principal oboe ALBÉRIC MAGNARD: Quintet Op. 8 for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, & piano PHILIPPE HERSANT: Osterlied for wind quintet & piano CARL NIELSEN: Wind Quintet Op. 43 THIERRY ESCAICH: Mecanic Song for wind quintet & piano JOLIVET; ANDRÉMILHAUD; DARIUSNIELSEN; CARL Eric Le Sage (piano)
Les Vents Français
Warner Classics 9 / 9
81-WlPOfCDL._SS500 FELIX AUGUST BERNHARD DRAESEKE: Sonata in B-flat major for Clarinet & Piano Op. 38 CHARLES VILLIERS STANFORD: Clarinet Sonata Op. 129 GIACOMO SETACCIOLI: Clarinet Sonata Op. 31 DRAESEKE; FELIXSETACCIOLI; GIACOMOSTANFORD; CHARLES VILLIERS Guy Yehuda (clarinet); Ralph Votapek (piano)
Blue Griffin 10 / 10
bachmelancholy BACH, J.S.: Various arrangements & adaptations for viola and harpsichord
BACH; J.S. Moreno; Emilio,Zapico; Aarón
Glossa 8 / 9
7155MkeOMwL._SL1450_-1 GRIEG, EDVARD: Lyric Pieces (complete); Piano Sonata Op. 7; Scenes from Folk Life Op. 19; Ballade in G minor Op. 19; Holberg Suite; Four Album Leaves Op. 28; Improvisation On Two Norwegian Folk Tunes Op. 29; Four Piano Pieces Op. 1; Poetic Tone-Picture Op. 3; Humoresques Op. 6; Nordic Dances & Folk Tunes Op. 17
GRIEG; EDVARD Håkon Austbo (piano)
Brilliant Classics 10 / 10
711rqRmL75L._SL1200 SORABJI, KAIKHOSRU SHAPURJI: Sequentia Cyclica super Dies Irae
SORABJI; KAIKHOSRU SHAPURJI Jonathan Powell (piano)
Piano Classics 10 / 8
034062301416 BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN: Piano Sonatas Op. 2 No. 1 in F minor; No. 2 in A major; No. 3 in C major
BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VAN Konstantin Scherbakov (piano)
Steinway & Sons 9 / 9
RCO_Live_GATTI_Mahler_1-4_ClassicalCritic_ClassicsToday MAHLER, GUSTAV: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4
MAHLER; GUSTAV Julia Kleiter (soprano)
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Daniele Gatti
RCO Live 9 / 9
Yannick-Mahler-8 MAHLER, GUSTAV: Symphony No. 8
MAHLER; GUSTAV Angela Meade, Erin Wall, Lisette Oropesa (soprano); Elizabeth Bishop, Mihoko Fujimura (mezzo-soprano); Anthony Dean Griffey (tenor); Markus Werba (baritone); John Relyea (bass)
Westminster Symphonic Choir, Choral Arts Society of Washington, American Boychoir, Philadelphia Orchestra, Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Deutsche Grammophon 6 / 4


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