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Album Work Title Composer Performer Label Rating
Bernstein1600 BERNSTEIN, LEONARD: Mambo from West Side Story; Slava! A Political Overture; Suite from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue; CBS Music; Time Square Ballet from On the Town (excerpt); A Bernstein Birthday Bouquet
BERNSTEIN; LEONARD Alsop; Marin
: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Naxos 9 / 9
BernsteinFancy BERNSTEIN, LEONARD: Candide Overture; Fancy Free; Anniversaries for Orchestra; Wonderful Town Overture
BERNSTEIN; LEONARD Alsop; Marin
: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Naxos 9 / 9
BEETHOVEN_Symphonies_Vienna-Philharmonic_Bernstein_DG_ClassicsToday_jens-f-laurson_classical-critic BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN: Nine Symphonies
BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VAN Gwyneth Jones (soprano) Hanna Schwarz (mezzo-soprano) René Kollo (tenor) Kurt Moll (bass)
Bernstein, Leonard (conductor) Vienna Philharmonic Vienna State Opera Chorus
Deutsche Grammophon Insiders Only
090404950827-cover-zoom GLASS, PHILIP: Melodies (1995); Gradus (1968); Piece in the Shape of a Square (1967)
GLASS; PHILIP Craig Morris (trumpet)
Bridge 10 / 10
71NzN3fAzxL._SL1000 Operatic Arrangements by Charles Oberthür, Theodore Labarre, Henry Steil, Sophie-Lucille Larmande des Argus, François-Joseph Naderman, Benedetto Negri, & Robert-Chicaloas-Charles Bochsa DONIZETTI; GAETANOMOZART; WOLFGANG AMADEUSROSSINI; GIOACHINO Duo Praxedis
Ars Produktion 9 / 7
Gipps GIPPS, RUTH: Symphonies Nos. 2 and 4; Knight in Armour; Song for Orchestra
GIPPS; RUTH Gamba; Rumon
: BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Chandos 8 / 8
StravGerg STRAVINSKY, IGOR: Petrushka (1911 version); Jeu de cartes
STRAVINSKY; IGOR Gergiev; Valery
: Mariinsky Orchestra
Mariinsky Insiders Only
danishsongs 28 Danish Songs by various composers and arrangers JEPPESEN; KNUDLAUB; THOMASMORTENSEN; OTTONIELSEN; CARL Danish National Vocal Ensemble, Bo Holten
OUR Recordings Insiders Only
zelenkasancti ZELENKA, JAN DISMAS: Missa Sancti Josephi ZWV 14; De profundis ZWV 50; In exitu Israel ZWV 84
ZELENKA; JAN DISMAS Julia Lezhneva (soprano); Daniel Taylor (alto); Tilman Lichdi (tenor); Johnathan Sells (bass)
Stuttgart Chamber Choir, Stuttgart Baroque Orchestra, Frieder Bernius
Carus Insiders Only
hugheshandel Arias by George Frideric Handel, Vincenzo Campi, Thomas Arne, John Christopher Smith, & Philip Hayes ARNE; THOMAS A.CAMPI; VINCENZOHANDEL; G.F. Ruby Hughes (soprano)
Orchestra of The Age of Enlightenment, Laurence Cummings
Chandos Insiders Only
septurachristmas Works by Schütz, Bach, Darke, Praetorius, Leontovych, Warlock, Palestrina, Cornelius, Handel, Gruber, others, arranged for brass septet CORNELIUS; PETERDARKE; HAROLDPARSONS; ROBERTPRAETORIUS; MICHAELSCHÜTZ; HEINRICH Septura
Naxos 9 / 9
davidsonhandel HANDEL, G.F.: Silete venti HWV 242; Gloria HWV deest; Salve Regina HWV 241
VIVALDI, ANTONIO: Nulla in mundo pax sincera RV630
HANDEL; G.F.VIVALDI; ANTONIO Grace Davidson (soprano)
Academy of Ancient Music, Joseph Crouch
Signum Classics Insiders Only
gottee WAGNER, RICHARD: Götterdämmerung
WAGNER; RICHARD Daniel Brenna (tenor); Gun-Brit Barkmin, Amanda Majeski (soprano); Michelle DeYoung (mezzo-soprano); Eric Halfvarson, Peter Kálmán, Shenyang (bass-baritone)
Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Jaap van Zweden
Naxos 10 / 10
Elgar2 ELGAR, EDWARD: Symphony No. 2; Serenade for Strings
ELGAR; EDWARD Gardner; Edward
: BBC Symphony Orchestra
Chandos 6 / 9
StravinskyGimeno STRAVINSKY, IGOR: The Rite of Spring; Chant funèbre; Jeu de cartes; Concerto in D; Agon
STRAVINSKY; IGOR Gimeno; Gustavo
: Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg
PentaTone 6 / 8
Dutilleux DUTILLEUX, HENRI: Symphony No. 1; Métaboles; Les Citations
DUTILLEUX; HENRI Casadesus; Jean-Claude
: Orchestre National de Lille
Naxos 10 / 10
BRUCKNER_Piano-Works_HAENSSLER_ClassicsToday_jens-f-laurson_classical-critic BRUCKNER, ANTON: Aus Kitzlers Studienbuch; Lancier-Quadrille in C (WAB 120); Three Small Pieces for Four Hands (WAB 124); Quadrille for Four Hands (WAB 121); Klavierstück in E-flat major (WAB 119); “Stille Betrachtung an einem Herbstabend” (WAB 123); “Styrian” (WAB 122); “Fantasie” (WAB 119?); “Memory” (WAB 117)
BRUCKNER; ANTON Ana-Marija Markovina (piano)
Hänssler Classic Insiders Only
Mysteryofchristmas Works by Byrd, Tallis, Peacock, Weir, Macmillan, Rutter, Sametz, Lauridsen, others BYRD; WILLIAMLAURIDSEN; MORTENRUTTER; JOHNSAMETZ; STEVENSIXTEN; FREDRIKTALLIS; THOMASWEIR; JUDITH ORA Singers, Suzi Digby
Harmonia Mundi 9 / 10
SzellEdition Various Composers Various Composers Various Soloists
Szell; George
: Cleveland Orchestra,Columbia Symphony Orchestra,New York Philharmonic
Sony Classical Insiders Only
DesPREZ_Sacred-Motets_Cappella-Amsterdam_Daniel-Reuss_Harmonia-Mundi_jens-f-laurson_classical-critic DES PREZ, JOSQUIN: Déploration sur la mort d'Ockeghem; Requiem æternam; Nimphes, nappés; In principio erat Verbum; Absolve quæsumus, Domine; Absalon, fili mi; Planxit autem David; Miserere mei Deus; Pater Noster/Ave Maria
GOMBERT, NICOLAS: Musæ Jovis
DES PREZ; JOSQUINGOMBERT; NICOLAS Cappella Amsterdam, Daniel Reuss
Harmonia Mundi 9 / 10
semiram ROSSINI, GIOACHINO: Semiramide
ROSSINI; GIOACHINO Albina Shagimuratova (soprano); Daniela Barcellona (mezzo soprano); Barry Banks (tenor); Mirco Palazzi, Gianluca Buratto (bass/baritone)
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Mark Elder
Opera Rara 10 / 10
MahlerDasLiedRat MAHLER, GUSTAV: Das Lied von der Erde
MAHLER; GUSTAV Stuart Skelton (tenor); Magdalena Kozená (muffled soprano)
Rattle; Simon
: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
BR Klassik Insiders Only
Mahler2Jansons MAHLER, GUSTAV: Symphony No. 2 "Resurrection"
MAHLER; GUSTAV Anja Harteros (soprano); Bernarda Fink (alto)
Jansons; Mariss
: Bavarian Radio Chorus,Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
BR Klassik 5 / 8
singlevydew JONATHAN DOVE: It sounded as if the Streets were running RICHARD RODNEY BENNETT: The Insect World; The Aviary HOWARD SKEMPTON: Five Poems of Mary Webb SALLY BEAMISH: Seven Songs BENJAMIN BRITTEN: Friday Afternoons Op. 7 BEAMISH; SALLYBENNETT; RICHARD RODNEYBRITTEN; BENJAMINDOVE; JONATHANSKEMPTON; HOWARD Frederick Brown (piano)
St. Catherine's Girls' Choir, Cambridge, Edward Wickham
Resonus Classics 9 / 9
STRAUSS-R_Rosenkavalier_Karajan_WARNER_jens-f-laurson_ClassicsToday STRAUSS, RICHARD: Der Rosenkavalier
STRAUSS; RICHARD Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Teresa Stich-Randall (soprano); Christa Ludwig (mezzo-soprano); Otto Edelmann (bass); Eberhard Waechter (baritone); Nikolai Gedda (tenor); others
Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan
Warner Classics Insiders Only
MENDELSSOHN_Choral-Works_Paul_Elijah_Bach-Collegium_Helmuth-Rilling_HAENSSLER_jens-f-laurson_classical-critic MENDELSSOHN, FELIX: Elijah; St. Paul; Symphony No. 2; Psalms Opp. 31, 51, & 91
MENDELSSOHN; FELIX Christine Schäfer, Cornelia Kallisch, Michaela Kaune, Juliane Banse (soprano); Ingeborg Danz, Marlis Petersen, Sybilla Rubens (mezzo-soprano); Michael Schade, Andreas Schmidt (tenor); Christoph Genz, Matthias Goerne (baritone); et al.
Bach-Collegium Stuttgart, Prague Chamber Chorus, Gächinger Kantorei, Czech Philharmonic, Helmuth Rilling
Hänssler Classic Insiders Only
RAATS-GORECKI-PART_Kaleidoscopic_APARTE_jens-f-laurson_ClassicsToday RÄÄTS, JAAN: Kaleidoscopic Etudes
PÄRT, ARVO: Mozart-Adagio
GÓRECKI, HENRYK: Lerchenmusik: Recitatives and Ariosos
GÓRECKI; HENRYKPÄRT; ARVORÄÄTS; JAAN Patrick Messina (clarinet); Henri Demarquette (cello); Fabrizio Chiovetta (piano)
Aparte 6 / 9
71crEiKohAL._SL1200 BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN: Four pieces without opus number; Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor Op. 27 No. 2 (“Moonlight”); Bagatelles Op. 33; Piano Sonata No. 10 in G major Op. 14 No. 2; 32 Variations in C minor
BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VAN Pavel Kolesnikov (piano)
Hyperion 8 / 10
DvorakHemsing DVORÁK, ANTONIN: Violin Concerto
SUK, JOSEF: Fantasy in G minor; Liebeslied
DVORÁK; ANTONINSUK; JOSEF Eldbjorg Hemsing (violin)
Buribayev; Alan
: Antwerp Symphony Orchestra
BIS 7 / 9
Schreker SCHREKER, FRANZ: Prelude to a Drama; Suite from The Birthday of the Infanta; Romantic Suite
SCHREKER; FRANZ Falletta; JoAnn
: Berlin Radio Symphony
Naxos 9 / 9
51fRHYZezAL DEBUSSY, CLAUDE: Études
DEBUSSY; CLAUDE Élodie Vignon (piano)
Cypres 6 / 7
51REmmhBfvL._SS500 BACH, J.S.: The Art of Fugue BWV 1080
BACH; J.S. Craig Sheppard (piano)
Romeo 9 / 9
fevinbrabant FÉVIN, ANTOINE DE: Missa Ave Maria; Ascendens Christus in altum; Sancta Trinitas a 4; Sancta Trinitas a 6; Salve sancta parens (chant); Missa Salve sancta parens
FÉVIN; ANTOINE DE Rice; Stephen
: The Brabant Ensemble
Hyperion 9 / 9
manzevaughanwilliams VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, RALPH: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 6
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS; RALPH Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrew Manze
Onyx 7 / 7
714kNW9bgWL._SY355 BACH, J.S.: Cello Suites BWV 1007-1012
BACH; J.S. Yo-Yo Ma (cello)
Sony 9 / 9
salome STRAUSS, RICHARD: Salome
STRAUSS; RICHARD Caballé, Montserrat (soprano)
Milnes, Sherrill (baritone)
Leinsdorf; Erich
: London Symphony Orchestra
Sony Classical Insiders Only
ballo VERDI, GIUSEPPE: Un ballo in maschera
VERDI; GIUSEPPE Montserrat Caballé, Margherita Guglielmi (soprano); José Carreras (tenor); Renato Bruson (baritone); Ruza Baldani (mezzo-soprano)
La Scala Orchestra & Chorus, Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
Myto Insiders Only
GUISEPPE VERDI - Aida VERDI; GIUSEPPE Montserrat Caballé (soprano) Fiorenza Cossotto (mezzo soprano) Placido Domingo (Radames) Pierro Cappucilli (baritone) others
Muti; Riccardo
: Chorus of the Royal Opera House,New Philharmonia Orchestra
EMI 10 / 8
Opera arias by Verdi Boito, Mascagni, Rossini, Turina, Montsalvatge, Puccini, & Bellini; Spanish songs -
Montserrat Caballé (soprano)
Alexis Weissenberg (piano)

EMI 10 / 8
GIUSEPPE VERDI - La forza del destino
VERDI; GIUSEPPE Montserrat Caballé (soprano)
José Carreras (tenor)
Piero Cappuccilli (baritone)
Sesto Bruscantini (bass-baritone)
Nicolai Ghiaurov, Giovanni Foiani (bass)
Maria Luisa Nave (mezzo-soprano)
others

Patané; Giuseppe
Hardy Classic 10 / 7
BernLind BERNSTEIN, LEONARD: Candide Overture; Symphonic Dances from West Side Story; Three Dance Variations form Fancy Free; On the Waterfront; Three Dance Episodes from On the Town
BERNSTEIN; LEONARD Lindberg; Christian
: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
BIS 7 / 9
Shost6Jarvi SHOSTAKOVICH, DMITRI: Symphony No. 6; Sinfonietta (String Quartet No. 8, arr. Stasevich)
SHOSTAKOVICH; DMITRI Järvi; Paavo
: Estonian Festival Orchestra
Alpha Classics 8 / 9
nordicdream DAG WIRÉN: Serenade Op. 11 for string orchestra EDVARD BRÆIN: Serenade for viola & string orchestra (arr. Paul Struck) JEAN SIBELIUS: Souvenir from Eight Short Pieces Op. 99 No. 3 (arr. Struck); Valse triste Op. 44 KURT ATTERBERG: Suite No. 3, Op. 19 No. 1 for violin, viola, & string orchestra OLE BULL: Sæterjentens Søndag for violin & string orchestra (arr. J. Svendsen) CHRISTIAN SINDING: Serenade Op. 33 No. 4 for harp & string orchestra (arr. Struck) JOHANN SVENDSEN: Romance in G major Op. 26 for cello & string orchestra (original for violin) JOHAN HALVORSEN: Chant de "Veslemøy" for violin & string orchestra JAN ALM: Two Poems for double bass, harp, & string orchestra ALM; JANATTERBERG; KURTBRÆIN; EDVARDBULL; OLEHALVORSEN; JOHANSIBELIUS; JEANSINDING; CHRISTIANSVENDSEN; JOHANWIRÉN; DAG Various soloists
LGT Young Soloists, Alexander Gilman
RCA 10 / 10
bartokmunich BARTÓK, BELA: Concerto for Orchestra; Piano Concerto No. 3
BARTÓK; BELA Javier Perianes (piano)
Munich Philharmonic, Pablo Heras-Casado
Harmonia Mundi 9 / 9
71FgPEonEQL._SL1200_-1 SCHUBERT, FRANZ: Piano Works; Quintet for Piano & Strings in A major D. 667 (“Trout”); Seven Lieder
SCHUBERT; FRANZ Artur Schnabel (piano); Karl Ulrich Schnabel (piano); Therese-Behr Schnabel (contralto)
Pro Arte Quartet
Warner Classics Insiders Only
MARTEAU_Works-for-string-quartet-v1_CPO_ClassicsToday_jens-f-laurson_classical-critic MARTEAU, HENRI: String Quartet No. 2 Op. 9; Huit Mélodies Op. 19 for Mezzo-soprano & String Quartet
MARTEAU; HENRI Isasi Quartet; Karine Deshayes (mezzo-soprano)
Isasi Quartet
CPO Insiders Only
Ciaccona_BACH_Bin-Hu_EUDORA_Jens-f-laurson_Classical-Critic_ClassicsToday BACH, J.S.: Prelude (BWV 1006); Sonatas (BWV 1001 & 1003); Chaconne (BWV 1004); Sinfonia (BWV 156)
BACH; J.S. Bin Hu (guitar)
Eudora 10 / 10
RavelCeli RAVEL, MAURICE: Daphnis et Chloé (Suites); La Valse; Le Tombeau de Couperin
RAVEL; MAURICE Celibidache; Sergiu
: Munich Philharmonic
BR Klassik Insiders Only
Langgaardchamber LANGGAARD, RUED: Écrasez l’infâme; "Unfinished" Sonata for Piano & Violin; Short Violin Sonata; Violin Sonata No. 4
LANGGAARD; RUED Gunvor Sihm (violin); Berit Johansen Tange (piano)
Dacapo 9 / 10
Currentzis-Tchaikovsky TCHAIKOVSKY, PIOTR ILYICH: Symphony No. 6 "Pathétique"
TCHAIKOVSKY; PIOTR ILYICH MusicAeterna, Teodor Currentzis
Sony Classical 9 / 6


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