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Album Work Title Composer Performer Label Rating
KarajanChoral Works by Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Bruckner, Verdi and Stravinsky BACH; J.S.BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VANBRAHMS; JOHANNESBRUCKNER; ANTONHAYDN; JOSEPHMENDELSSOHN; FELIXMOZART; WOLFGANG AMADEUSSTRAVINSKY; IGORVERDI; GIUSEPPE Karajan; Herbert von
: Berlin Philharmonic,Vienna Philharmonic,Wiener Singverein
Deutsche Grammophon Insiders Only
klempererstmatthew BACH, J.S.: St. Matthew Passion BWV 244
BACH; J.S. Peter Pears (tenor/Evangelist), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone/Jesus), Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (soprano), Christa Ludwig (alto), Nicolai Gedda (tenor), Walter Berry (bass), others
Klemperer; Otto
: Philharmonia Choir,Philharmonia Orchestra
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J.S. BACH - St. Matthew Passion BACH; J.S. Howard Crook, Hans-Peter Blochwitz (tenor); Ulrik Cold, Peter Kooy (bass); Barbara Schlick (soprano); René Jacobs (alto)
Herreweghe; Philippe
: Choeur d'enfants ""In dulci jubilo"",Collegium Vocale Gent,La Chapelle Royale
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71kSGFx2tNL._SL1388 ALBAN BERG: Piano Sonata Op. 1 LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No. 28 in A major Op. 101 FRANZ LISZT: Légende No. 1 MODEST MUSSORGSKY: Pictures from an Exhibition BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VANBERG; ALBANLISZT; FRANZMUSSORGSKY; MODEST Andreas Haefliger (piano)
BIS 8 / 9
51VH3lQ2pcL CHOPIN, FRÉDÉRIC: Piano Sonata in B minor Op. 58; Berceuse Op. 57; Waltzes Op. 64; Mazurkas Op. 56 & 63; Mazurkas Op. 67 Nos. 2 & 4; Mazurka in F minor; Cello Sonata Op. 65: Largo (arranged for solo piano by Alfred Cortot)
CHOPIN; FRÉDÉRIC Jin Ju (piano)
MDG 7 / 9
GROISSBOECK_HERZ-TOD_Gerold-Huber_DECCA_jens-f-laurson_classical-critic BRAHMS: Vier ernste Gesänge Op.121 MAHLER: Rückert-Lieder WAGNER: Wesendonck-Lieder WOLF: Three Songs on poems by Michelangelo Buonarroti BRAHMS; JOHANNESMAHLER; GUSTAVWAGNER; RICHARDWOLF; HUGO Günter Groissböck (bass); Gerold Huber (piano)
Decca 8 / 9
Brazil Various Composers (see review) GUARNIERI; CAMARGOVILLA-LOBOS; HEITOR Francesca Anderegg (violin); Eriks Ribeiro (piano)
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CoplandBilly COPLAND, AARON: Grohg; Billy the Kid (complete)
COPLAND; AARON Slatkin; Leonard
: Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Naxos 10 / 10
DvorakTrios DVORÁK, ANTONIN: Piano Trios Nos. 3 in F minor, and 4 in E minor "Dumky"
DVORÁK; ANTONIN Christian Tetzlaff (violin); Tanja Tetzlaff (cello); Lars Vogt (piano)
Ondine Insiders Only
Bruck6Ticciati BRUCKNER, ANTON: Symphony No. 6
BRUCKNER; ANTON Ticciati; Robin
: Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Linn Insiders Only
costanzohandel HANDEL, G.F.: Arias from Amadigi di Gaula, Tolomeo, Flavio, Rinaldo, Rodelinda, Serse
GLASS, PHILIP: Arias & Songs from 1000 Airplanes on the Roof, Liquid Days, Monsters of Grace, The Fall of the House of Usher, Akhnaten
GLASS; PHILIPHANDEL; G.F. Anthony Roth Costanzo (countertenor)
Les Violons du Roy, Jonathan Cohen
Decca 10 / 10
810q1YY2qXL._SL1200 LUCHESI, ANDREA: Sonatas for Harpsichord & Violin Op. 1 (arranged for piano by Roberto Plano)
LUCHESI; ANDREA Roberto Plano (piano)
Brilliant Classics 9 / 9
61By8LRgDrL._SL1200 HINDEMITH, PAUL: Violin Sonatas Op. 11 No. 1, Op 11 No. 2; Violin Sonata in E major; Violin Sonata in C major; Nobilissima visione: Meditation; Kleine Sonate for Viola D’Amore & Piano Op. 25 No. 2; Trauermusik
HINDEMITH; PAUL Roman Mints (violin); Alexander Kobrin (piano)
Quartz Music 8 / 9
61cEUR9u2dL._SL1200 Works by Beethoven, Chopin, Dello Joio, Debussy, Franck, Godowsky, Grieg, & Schumann BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VANCHOPIN; FRÉDÉRICDEBUSSY; CLAUDEGRIEG; EDVARDJOIO; NORMAN DELLO Jorge Bolet (piano)
Moshe Atzmon/Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Audite Insiders Only
91ZpESgatL._SL1500 CHOPIN, FRÉDÉRIC: Preludes Op. 28; Andante spianato e Grande Polonaise Op. 22
CHOPIN; FRÉDÉRIC Maria Korecka-Soszkowska (piano)
Dux Insiders Only
ANGEL-HEART_PENTATONE_jens-f-laurson_classical-critic WOOLF, LUNA PEARL: Angel Heart: A Music Storybook
WOOLF; LUNA PEARL Matt Haimovitz (cello); Frederica von Stade, Zheng Cao (mezzo-soprano); Daniel Taylor (countertenor); Sanford Sylvan (baritone); Mike Marshall, Caterina Lichtenberg (mandolin); Jeremy Irons (narration)
Uccello Ensemble; Children's Choir of St. Martin de Porres School in West Oakland
PentaTone Insiders Only
BACH_Cello-Suites_Rachel-Podger_CHANNEL_ClassicsToday_jens-f-laurson_classical-critic BACH, J.S.: Cello Suites (arr. for violin)
BACH; J.S. Rachel Podger (baroque violin)
Channel Classics 6 / 10
91DyEGuGSIL._SL1500 CHOPIN, FRÉDÉRIC: Nocturnes Op. 55; Mazurkas Op. 56; Berceuse Op. 57; Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor Op. 58
CHOPIN; FRÉDÉRIC Maurizio Pollini (piano)
Deutsche Grammophon 7 / 9
81amj9ZOerL._SL1200 LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No. 18 in E-flat major Op. 31 No. 3; Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat major Op. 110 FELIX MENDELSSOHN: Variations serieuses JOHANNES BRAHMS: Rhapsody Op. 79 No. 2; Intermezzi in A minor Op. 118 No. 1; Intermezzi in C major Op. 119 No. 3 SERGEI PROKOFIEV: Piano Sonata No. 2 in D minor Op. 14 SERGEI RACHMANINOV: Etude-Tableau in F-sharp minor Op. 39 No. 3 MAURICE RAVEL: Miroirs: Alborada del gracioso and Les vallée des cloches GEORGE GERSHWIN: Piano Concerto in F BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VANBRAHMS; JOHANNESGERSHWIN; GEORGEMENDELSSOHN; FELIXPROKOFIEV; SERGEIRACHMANINOV; SERGEIRAVEL; MAURICE Sviatoslav Richter (piano)
Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Paul Mägi
Parnassus Insiders Only
ascentlipman YORK BOWEN: Phantasy for Viola & Piano Op. 54 CLARICE ASSAD: Metamorfose ROBERT SCHUMANN: Märchenbilder Op. 113 GARTH KNOX: Fuga libre DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH: Impromptu Op. 33 FRANZ WAXMAN: Carmen fantasie ASSAD; CLARICEBOWEN; YORKKNOX; GARTHSCHUMANN; ROBERTSHOSTAKOVICH; DMITRIWAXMAN; FRANZ Matthew Lipman (viola); Henry Kramer (piano)
Cedille 10 / 10
StraussAlbrecht STRAUSS, RICHARD: Bureske; Ein Heldenleben
STRAUSS; RICHARD Denis Kozhukhin (piano)
Albrecht; Marc
: Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
PentaTone 6 / 9
Saint-Saens3 SAINT-SAËNS, CAMILLE: Symphony No. 3 ("Organ"); Three Symphonic Tableaux from "La foi"; Bacchanale from Samson et Dalila
SAINT-SAËNS; CAMILLE Paul Jacobs (organ)
Fischer; Thierry
: Utah Symphony
Hyperion 8 / 9
61Cng-ApURL._SL1200 LISZT, FRANZ: Études d’execution transcendante
LISZT; FRANZ Andrey Gugnin (piano)
Piano Classics 8 / 9
71DaDdkILKL._SL1200 WEINBERG, MIECZYSLAW: 24 Preludes Op. 100 (arranged for violin by Gidon Kremer)
WEINBERG; MIECZYSLAW Gidon Kremer (violin)
Accentus 9 / 9
71cWz3-G5L._SL1200 PARRY, HUBERT: Piano Trio No. 1 in E minor (1877); Piano Trio No. 3 in G major (1890); Partita in D minor for violin & piano (1886)
PARRY; HUBERT Leonore Piano Trio
Hyperion 9 / 9
denk Music by Machaut, Binchois, Dufay, Byrd, Gesualdo, Monteverdi, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Wagner, Liszt, Debussy, Stockhausen, Glass, Ligeti; 8 more BACH; J.S.BYRD; WILLIAMDEBUSSY; CLAUDEDUFAY; GUILLAUMEGESUALDO; CARLOLIGETI; GYÖRGYMACHAUT; GUILLAUME DEMONTEVERDI; CLAUDIOMOZART; WOLFGANG AMADEUSWAGNER; RICHARD Jeremy Denk (piano)
Nonesuch 4 / 9
Respighi RESPIGHI, OTTORINO: Roman Trilogy
RESPIGHI; OTTORINO Falletta; JoAnn
: Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
Naxos 9 / 9
71ecuZTdguL._SL1238 CHOPIN, FRÉDÉRIC: Etudes Op. 10
SCRIABIN, ALEXANDER: Piano Sonata No. 10 Op. 70; Two Dances Op. 73; Vers la flamme Op. 72; Five Preludes Op. 74
STOCKHAUSEN, KARLHEINZ: Klavierstück IX
CHOPIN; FRÉDÉRICSCRIABIN; ALEXANDERSTOCKHAUSEN; KARLHEINZ Daniele Pollini (piano)
Deutsche Grammophon 9 / 9
71vQbTN57mL._SL1200 ANTHEIL, GEORGE: Symphony No. 3 (“American”); Symphony No. 6 (“after Delacroix”); Hot-Time Dance; Spectre of the Rose Waltz; Archipelago
ANTHEIL; GEORGE BBC Philharmonic, John Storgårds
Chandos 8 / 9
71airp-lU6L._SL1200 MAHLER, GUSTAV: Symphony No. 5 (arranged for piano duet by Otto Singer)
MAHLER; GUSTAV Piano Duo Trenkner-Speidel
MDG Insiders Only
SARASTE_Beethoven-Symphonies_PROFIL-Haenssler_WDR-SO_Survey_Cycles_Discography_jens-f-laurson BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN: Complete Symphonies
BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VAN Laura Aikin (soprano); Ingeborg Danz (alto); Maximilian Schmitt (tenor); Tareq Nazmi (bass)
WDR Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, NDR Chorus, Jukka-Pekka Saraste
Profil 8 / 9
MendelssohnBrautigam MENDELSSOHN, FELIX: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2; Rondo Brilliant; Capriccio Brilliant; Serenade and Allegro Giojoso
MENDELSSOHN; FELIX Brautigam, Ronald (piano)
Willens; Michael Alexander
: Die Kölner Akademie
BIS 5 / 9
ZwedenStravDeb DEBUSSY, CLAUDE: La Mer
STRAVINSKY, IGOR: The Rite of Spring
DEBUSSY; CLAUDESTRAVINSKY; IGOR van Zweden; Jaap
: New York Philharmonic
Decca Gold 6 / 7
716q3KcJwJL._SL1200 HAYDN, JOSEPH: Piano Sonata in C minor Hob. XVI:20; Variations on the theme “Gott erhalte, Franz, den Kaiser” Hob. I, 430; Partita (Divertimento) in G major Hob. XVI:6; Piano Sonata in C major Hob. XVI: 48; Variations in F minor Hob. XVII:6
HAYDN; JOSEPH Kristian Bezuidenhout (fortepiano)
Harmonia Mundi 8 / 9
610HFKP2M3L._SL1200 WEBER, CARL MARIA VON: Piano Sonata in A-flat major Op. 39
SCHUBERT, FRANZ: Piano Sonata in B major D. 575
SCHUBERT; FRANZWEBER; CARL MARIA VON Paul Lewis (piano)
Harmonia Mundi 7 / 10
corelli CORELLI, ARCANGELO: Concerti Grossi Op. 6 Nos. 1-5, & 7; Sinfonia Santa Beatrice d’Este
CORELLI; ARCANGELO Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Gottfried von der Goltz
Aparte 8 / 9
SibeliusSondergard SIBELIUS, JEAN: En Saga; Finlandia; The Swan of Tuonela; The Oceanides; Valse triste; King Christian II Suite
SIBELIUS; JEAN Søndergård; Thomas
: BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Linn 5 / 9
WEINBERG_BLOCH_Piano-Quintets_Stamic_AnimalRecords_jens-f-laurson_classical-critic WEINBERG, MIECZYSLAW: Piano Quintet Op. 18
BLOCH, ERNEST: Piano Quintet No. 2
BLOCH; ERNESTWEINBERG; MIECZYSLAW Aneta Majerová (piano)
Stamic Quartet
Animal Music 9 / 9
61uvafV5nSL._SL1200 LISZT, FRANZ: Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude; Sposalizio; Funérailles; Two Legends
CHOPIN, FRÉDÉRIC: Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor Op. 35 (“Funeral March”)
CHOPIN; FRÉDÉRICLISZT; FRANZ Nuron Mukumi (piano)
Genuin 8 / 9
MENDELSSOHN_Piano-Trios_Sitkovetsky_BIS_jens-f-laurson_classical-critic MENDELSSOHN, FELIX: Piano Trios Nos. 1 & 2
MENDELSSOHN; FELIX Sitkovetsky Trio
BIS 7 / 10
Mahler7 MAHLER, GUSTAV: Symphony No. 7
MAHLER; GUSTAV Gielen; Michael
: Berlin Philharmonic
Testament Insiders Only
Shost4 SHOSTAKOVICH, DMITRI: Symphonies Nos. 4 and 5
BRITTEN, BENJAMIN: Sinfonia da Requiem; Four Sea Interludes and Passacaglia from "Peter Grimes"
BRITTEN; BENJAMINSHOSTAKOVICH; DMITRI Previn; André
: Chicago Symphony Orchestra,London Symphony Orchestra
EMI Insiders Only
Mahler4Previn MAHLER, GUSTAV: Symphony No. 4
SCHUBERT, FRANZ: An die Musik D. 547; Ständchen D. 889; Der Hirt auf dem Felsen D. 965
MAHLER; GUSTAVSCHUBERT; FRANZ Ameling, Elly (soprano)
Previn; André
: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
EMI Insiders Only
81tFlDnhliL._SL1500 BRAHMS, JOHANNES: 13 Variations on a Hungarian Song in D major Op. 21 No. 2; Hungarian Dances Nos. 1 & 4; Klavierstücke Op. 76; Intermezzo in A minor Op. 116 No. 2
BACH, J.S.: Partita No. 2 in D minor for Unaccompanied Violin: Chaconne (transcribed for piano left hand by Johannes Brahms)
BRAHMS; JOHANNES Rikke Sandberg (piano)
Danacord 6 / 8
SchumannMTT SCHUMANN, ROBERT: Symphonies Nos. 1-4
SCHUMANN; ROBERT Tilson Thomas; Michael
: San Francisco Symphony
San Francisco Symphony 5 / 9
Price PRICE, FLORENCE: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 4
PRICE; FLORENCE Jeter; John
: Fort Smith Symphony
Naxos 8 / 7
FLORENCE PRICE - The Oak; Mississippi River Suite; Symphony No. 3
PRICE; FLORENCE Hsu; Apo
: The Women's Philharmonic
Koch International Classics 8 / 8
Berlioz BERLIOZ, HECTOR: Complete Works
BERLIOZ; HECTOR VARIOUS SOLOISTS
VARIOUS CONDUCTORS AND ORCHESTRAS
Warner Classics Insiders Only
Wind-Concertos-Front FRANK TICHELI: Clarinet Concerto BRAD WARNAAR: Horn Concerto BEHZAD RANJBARAN: Flute Concerto RANJBARAN; BEHZADTICHELI; FRANKWARNAAR; BRAD James Zimmermann (clarinet); Leslie Norton (horn); Érik Gratton (flute)
Nashville Symphony, Giancarlo Guerrero
Naxos 10 / 10
BARTOK_VC2_ENESCU_Octet_Vilde-Frang_WARNER_jens-f-laurson_classical-critic BARTÓK, BELA: Violin Concerto No. 1
ENESCU, GEORGE: Octet for Strings
BARTÓK; BELAENESCU; GEORGE Vilde Frang (violin); Gabriel Le Magadure, Erik Schumann, Rosanne Philippens (violin); Lily Francis, Lawrence Power (viola); Jan-Erik Gustafsson, Nicolas Altstaedt (cello)
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Mikko Franck
Warner 9 / 9


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