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Album Work Title Composer Performer Label Rating
cellofocus Works and arrangements for cello & orchestra by Vivaldi, Rossini, Paganini, Respighi, Wolf, Molinelli, Plakidis, & Menotti MENOTTI; GIAN CARLOPAGANINI; NICCOLÒRESPIGHI; OTTORINOROSSINI; GIOACHINOVIVALDI; ANTONIO Pablo Ferrández, Benedict Kloeckner, Anastasia Kobekina, Edgar Moreau (violoncello)
Schiff; Heinrich
: Kremerata Baltica
Profil 9 / 9
vaterunser Sacred Vocal & Instrumental Works by J. Christoph Bach, J. Michael Bach, Georg Böhm, Johann Theile, David Pohle, Johann Fischer, Franz Tunder, Johann Rudolph Ahle, Heinrich Schwemmer, & Johann Wolfgang Franck BACH; J. CHRISTOPHBACH; J. MICHAELBÖHM; GEORGECCARD; JOHANNESPOHLE; DAVIDSCHEIN; JOHANN HERMANNTHEILE; JOHANN Paulin Bündgen (countertenor)
Clematis
Ricercar Insiders Only
Lachner LACHNER, FRANZ: Symphony No 3; Festouvertüre
LACHNER; FRANZ Schmalfuss; Gernot
: Evergreen Symphony Orchestra
CPO 7 / 9
OLIVER KNUSSEN - Higglety Pigglety Pop!; Where the Wild Things Are
KNUSSEN; OLIVER Lisa Saffer (soprano)
Cynthia Buchan (mezzo-soprano)
Mary King (mezzo-soprano)
Christopher Gillett (tenor)
David Wilson-Johnson (bass)
Stephen Richardson (bass)

Knussen; Oliver
: London Sinfonietta
Deutsche Grammophon Insiders Only
MAGNUS LINDBERG - Aura; Engine
LINDBERG; MAGNUS Knussen; Oliver
: BBC Symphony Orchestra,London Sinfonietta
Deutsche Grammophon Insiders Only
ELLIOTT CARTER - Dialogues for Piano & Chamber Orchestra (2003; Boston Concerto (2002); Cello Concerto (2001); ASKO Concerto (2000)
CARTER; ELLIOTT Nicolas Hodges (piano)
Fred Sherry (cello)

Knussen; Oliver
: Asko Ensemble,BBC Symphony Orchestra,London Sinfonietta
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RICHARD WAGNER - DER RING DES NIBELUNGEN
WAGNER; RICHARD Ferdinand Frantz
Ludwig Weber
Set Svanholm
Max Lorenz
Kirsten Flagstad
Gunther Treptow
Josef Hermann
Hilde Konetzni
Elizabeth Höngen
Alois Pernerstorfer
others

Furtwängler; Wilhelm
: La Scala Orchestra & Chorus
Gebhardt Insiders Only
cover_1524064660105169-copy DEBUSSY, CLAUDE: Preludes Book II; La Mer (arr. by Debussy for Piano Duet)
DEBUSSY; CLAUDE Alexander Melnikov (piano); Olga Pashchenko (piano, La Mer)
Harmonia Mundi 9 / 9
MendFisch MENDELSSOHN, FELIX: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Overture and Incidental Music)
MENDELSSOHN, FANNY: Three Songs
MENDELSSOHN; FANNYMENDELSSOHN; FELIX Richter; Anna Lucia
Fischer; Iván
: Budapest Festival Orchestra
Channel Classics 6 / 9
martinmartinu MARTIN, FRANK: Mass for two four-part choirs; Songs of Ariel
MARTINU, BOHUSLAV: Four Songs of the Virgin Mary; Romance from the Dandelions
MARTIN; FRANKMARTINU; BOHUSLAV Creed; Marcus
: Danish National Vocal Ensemble
OUR Recordings 10 / 10
tristan WAGNER, RICHARD: Tristan und Isolde
WAGNER; RICHARD Wolfgang Windgassen, Fritz Uhl (tenor); Birgit Nilsson (soprano); Grace Hoffmann (mezzo-soprano); Erik Saeden (baritone); Josef Greindl (bass)
Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orfeo 8 / 7
CHARLES IVES - Decoration Day; The Fourth of July; Thanksgiving; The General Slocum; Overture in G minor; Yale-Princeton Football Game; Postlude in F
IVES; CHARLES Sinclair; James
: Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Naxos Insiders Only
fagioli HANDEL, G.F.: Arias from Oreste, Serse, Rinaldo, Imeneo, Il pastor fido, Rodelinda, Giulio Cesare, Ariodante, Partenope
HANDEL; G.F. Franco Fagioli (countertenor)
Il Pomo d'Oro, Zefira Valova
Deutsche Grammophon 9 / 10
VIVALDI_Lazarevitch_Musiciens-de-saint-julien-ALPHA_jens-f-laurson_classical-critic VIVALDI, ANTONIO: Concertos RV 433, 428, 439; The Four Seasons
VIVALDI; ANTONIO François Lazarevitch (transverse flute, recorder, musette)
Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien, François Lazarevitch
Alpha Insiders Only
Rostropovich_WARNER_Cellist-of-the-Century_CLASSICS-TODAY_jens-f-laurson Various Composers & Works BLOCH; ERNESTDVORÁK; ANTONINHAYDN; JOSEPHMILHAUD; DARIUSPENDERECKI; KRZYSZTOFRHEINBERGER; JOSEF GABRIELSCHUMANN; ROBERTWEINBERG; MIECZYSLAW Mstislav Rostropovich (cello); others
Various Conductors & Orchestras
Warner Classics Insiders Only
HaydnLevi HAYDN, JOSEPH: Symphony No. 60 "Il Distratto"; Piano Concerto in D major; Symphony No. 104 "London"
HAYDN; JOSEPH Maya Tamir (piano)
Levi; Yoel
: Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Helicon 9 / 9
71wP3P4hRuL._SL1200 SCARLATTI, DOMENICO: 16 Sonatas (K. 19, 380, 9, 234, 492, 322, 525, 39, 396, 450, 430, 1, 197, 68, 208, 32)
SCARLATTI; DOMENICO Federico Colli (piano)
Chandos Insiders Only
Walton WALTON, WILLIAM: Viola Concerto
SINDING, CHRISTIAN: Suite im Alten Stil (arr. viola and orchestra)
SINDING; CHRISTIANWALTON; WILLIAM Eivind Holtsmark Ringstad (Viola)
Engegard; Arvid,Weilerstein; Joshua
: Oslo Philharmonic
Lawo 6 / 8
ANTONIO VIVALDI - Il Cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione Op. 8 (including Le Quattro Stagioni, "The Four Seasons")
VIVALDI; ANTONIO Pavlo Beznosiuk (violin)

Beznosiuk; Pavlo
: The Avison Ensemble
Linn Insiders Only
avisonhandel HANDEL, G.F.: Concerti grossi Op. 6
HANDEL; G.F. Beznosiuk, Pavlo (The Avison Ensemble)
Linn Insiders Only
handelacis HANDEL, G.F.: Acis and Galatea
HANDEL; G.F. Lucy Crowe (soprano); Allan Clayton, Benjamin Hulett, Jeremy Budd (tenor); Neal Davies (bass-baritone)
Early Opera Company, Christian Curnyn
Chandos 10 / 10
ondineschicksalslied BRAHMS, JOHANNES: Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny) Op. 54; Gesang der Parzen (Song of the Fates) Op. 89; Nänie (Naenia) Op. 82; Begräbnisgesang (Funeral Song) Op. 13
BRAHMS; JOHANNES Martín; Jaime
: Eric Ericson Chamber Choir,Gävle Symphony Orchestra
Ondine 9 / 9
Wiren WIRÉN, DAG: Symphony No. 3; Serenade (for strings) Op. 11; Divertimento Op. 29; Sinfonietta Op. 7A
WIRÉN; DAG Gamba; Rumon
: Iceland Symphony Orchestra
Chandos Insiders Only
Kubelik Works by Bartók, Beethoven, Berg, Dvorák, Falla, Handel, Hartmann, Janácek, Kubelik, Mahler, Martinon, Martinu, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Orff, Pfitzner, Schoenberg, Schumann, Smetana, Verdi, Wagner, Weber, others. BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VANDVORÁK; ANTONINJANÁCEK; LEOŠMAHLER; GUSTAVSCHOENBERG; ARNOLDSMETANA; BEDRICHVERDI; GIUSEPPEWAGNER; RICHARDWEBER; CARL MARIA VON Various Soloists
Kubelik; Rafael
: Various orchestras
Deutsche Grammophon Insiders Only
Hemsing BORGSTRØM, HJALMAR: Violin Concerto in G major Op. 25 (1914)
SHOSTAKOVICH, DMITRI: Violin Concerto No.1 in A minor Op. 77 (1947–48, rev. 1955)
BORGSTRØM; HJALMARSHOSTAKOVICH; DMITRI Eldbjørg Hemsing (violin)
Elts; Olari
: Vienna Symphony Orchestra
BIS 6 / 8
Wiren45 DAG WIRÉN - Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5; Oscarsbalen (Ballet Suite)
WIRÉN; DAG Dausgaard; Thomas
: Norrköping Symphony Orchestra
CPO Insiders Only
Wiren23 DAG WIRÉN - Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3; Concert Overtures Nos. 1 & 2
WIRÉN; DAG Dausgaard; Thomas
: Norrköping Symphony Orchestra
CPO Insiders Only
71EF0SsIeWL._SL1500 BACH, J.S.: The Well-Tempered Clavier Book I (selections)
SHOSTAKOVICH, DMITRI: Preludes & Fugues Op. 87 (selections)
BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN: Diabelli Variations Op. 120; Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major Op. 109; Short works
BACH; J.S.BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VANSHOSTAKOVICH; DMITRI Olli Mustonen (piano)
RCA Insiders Only
DvorakEssentialQts DVORÁK, ANTONIN: String Quartets Nos. 11-14; Cypresses
DVORÁK; ANTONIN Panocha Quartet
Supraphon Insiders Only
51dCcamaZAL DEBUSSY, CLAUDE: Preludes; Images; Etudes; Children’s Corner Suite; Suite Bergamasque; Estampes; L’isle joyeuse; various short works
DEBUSSY; CLAUDE Hans Henkemans (piano)
Decca Insiders Only
61fhbztd1GL._SS500 J.S. Bach: Selected Preludes & Fugues; Dmitri Shostakovich: Selected Preludes & Fugues; Robert Schumann: Träumerei BACH; J.S.SCHUMANN; ROBERTSHOSTAKOVICH; DMITRI Shi-An Costello (piano)
Blue Griffin 8 / 9
91IVnzc175L._SL1500 Gregorian Chant Monastic Choir of St. Peter's Abbey, Solesmes, France, Dom Joseph Gajard
Paraclete Insiders Only
harveydeosignum HARVEY, JONATHAN: I Love the Lord; Magnificat; Nunc dimittis; Tocatta for Organ and Tape; Come, Holy Ghost; Praise ye the Lord; Missa brevis; The Royal Banners Forward Go; Laus Deo; The Annunciation
HARVEY; JONATHAN Edward Picton-Turbervill (organ)
The Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge, Andrew Nethsingha
Signum Classics 10 / 10
Pinafore SULLIVAN, ARTHUR: HMS Pinafore
SULLIVAN; ARTHUR Tim Brooke-Taylor (narrator); Elisabeth Watts (soprano); John Mark Ainsley and Toby Spence (tenors); Hilary Summers (alto); Neal Davies and Andrew Foster-Williams (baritones)
Egarr; Richard
: Scottish Opera
Linn 4 / 8
Part_Symphonies_ECM_ClassicsToday_jens-f-laurson_classical-critic PÄRT, ARVO: The Symphonies
PÄRT; ARVO Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Tõnu Kaljuste
ECM 8 / 8
lodgeviolin Works for Solo Violin by: Nicola Matteis (fils); Pedro Lopes Nogueira (attrib.); Pietro Antonio Locatelli; Thomas Baltzar; John Walsh (ed.); Johann Georg Pisendel; Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber BALTZAR; THOMASBIBER; HEINRICHLOCATELLI; PIETROMATTEIS; NICOLAPISENDEL; JOHANN GEORG Lodge; Augusta McKay
Naxos 10 / 10
M9LBIsrael MAHLER, GUSTAV: Symphony No. 9
MAHLER; GUSTAV Bernstein; Leonard
: Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Helicon Insiders Only
DvorMut DVORÁK, ANTONIN: Violin Concerto; Romance; Mazurek; Humoresque (arr. Kreisler)
DVORÁK; ANTONIN Mutter, Anne-Sophie (violin)
Honeck; Manfred
: Berlin Philharmonic
Deutsche Grammophon Insiders Only
81E4cPdY1RL._SL1417 BRAHMS, JOHANNES: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major Op 83; Piano Sonata No. 1 in C major Op. 1
BRAHMS; JOHANNES Norman Krieger (piano)
London Symphony Orchestra, Philip Ryan Mann
Decca 6 / 8
71I4SGyk6kL._SL1197 SIBELIUS, JEAN: Piano Works (selected)
SIBELIUS; JEAN Leif Ove Andsnes (piano)
Sony Classical 9 / 9
musica-nova Works by Parabosco, Grillo, A. Gabrieli, Dowland, Gibbons, Brade, Scheidt, Marini, Legrenzi, Charpentier, Araujo, San Lorenzo, Cabanilles, & Anonymous BRADE; WILLIAMCHARPENTIER; MARC-ANTOINEDOWLAND; JOHNGIBBONS; ORLANDOLEGRENZI; GIOVANNIMARINI; BIAGIOSCHEIDT; SAMUEL Hesperion XXI, Jordi Savall
Alia Vox 10 / 10
SSpcs45 SAINT-SAËNS, CAMILLE: Piano Concertos Nos. 4 and 5 "Egyptian"
SAINT-SAËNS; CAMILLE Descharmes, Romain (piano)
Soustrot, Marc (Malmö Symphony Orchestra)
Naxos 8 / 9
SlatkinAmer Music by Anderson, Bernstein, Copland, Corigliano, Ives, Schwantner, Schuman, Piston, others ANDERSON; LEROYBERNSTEIN; LEONARDCOPLAND; AARONIVES; CHARLESPISTON; WALTERSCHUMAN; WILLIAMSCHWANTNER; JOSEPH Various Soloists
Slatkin; Leonard
: National Symphony Orchestra,St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
RCA Insiders Only
PoulencTing POULENC, FRANCIS: Les Biches; The Model Animals (ballet suites); Sinfonietta
POULENC; FRANCIS Tingaud, Jean-Luc (RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra)
Naxos Insiders Only
HandelBrook HANDEL, G.F.: Violin Sonatas (9)
HANDEL; G.F. The Brook Street Band
Avie 9 / 9
BEETHOVEN_String-Quartets_Leipziger-Streichquarett_MDG_jens-f-laurson_classical-critic BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN: Complete String Quartets & Quintets
BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VAN Leipzig String Quartet
MDG Insiders Only
3149028128734 GOUNOD, CHARLES: String Quartets (complete)
GOUNOD; CHARLES Quatuor Cambini-Paris
Aparte Insiders Only
Schmitt2 SCHMITT, FLORENT: Symphony No. 2; Suites from Anthony and Cleopatra
SCHMITT; FLORENT Oramo; Sakari
: BBC Symphony Orchestra
Chandos 8 / 8
Bruck7Nels BRUCKNER, ANTON: Symphony No. 7
WAGNER, RICHARD: Siegfried's Funeral Music
BRUCKNER; ANTONWAGNER; RICHARD Nelsons; Andris
: Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Deutsche Grammophon 6 / 9
61BV1NbsLuL._SL1200 LISZT, FRANZ: Piano Sonata in B minor (two performances)
LISZT; FRANZ Paul Badura-Skoda (piano)
Gramola Insiders Only


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