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ORFF_Gisei_CPO_ClassicsToday_jens-f-laurson_classical-critic ORFF, CARL: Gisei - The Sacrifice
ORFF; CARL Kathryn Lewek (soprano); Ulrike Helzel (alto); Markus Brück, Ryan McKinny (baritone); Elena Zhidkova, Jana Kurucová (mezzo-soprano); Burkhard Ulrich (tenor)
Deutsche Oper Berlin, Jacques Lacombe
CPO Insiders Only
61OJWOjBL5L._SL1200 SCHUMANN, ROBERT: Piano Concerto in A minor Op. 54
BRAHMS, JOHANNES: Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel Op. 24
BRAHMS; JOHANNESSCHUMANN; ROBERT Alfred Brendel (piano)
Vienna Philharmonic, Simon Rattle
Decca 8 / 8
BENJAMIN BRITTEN - Billy Budd BRITTEN; BENJAMIN Philip Langridge Simon Keenlyside John Tomlinson Clive Bailey Mark Padmore Richard Coxon
Hickox; Richard
: London Symphony Orchestra,Tiffin Boys’ Choir
Chandos Insiders Only
Villa Lobos VILLA-LOBOS, HEITOR: Symphonies Nos. 3 "War" & 4 "Victory"
VILLA-LOBOS; HEITOR Karabtchevsky, Isaac (São Paulo Symphony Orchestra)
Naxos Insiders Only
vl67 VILLA-LOBOS, HEITOR: Symphony No. 6 "On the Outline of the Mountains of Brazil"; Symphony No. 7
VILLA-LOBOS; HEITOR Karabtchevsky, Isaac (São Paulo Symphony Orchestra)
Naxos Insiders Only
BENJAMIN BRITTEN - The Turn of the Screw
BRITTEN; BENJAMIN Peter Pears (tenor)
Jennifer Vyvyan (soprano)
David Hemmings (boy soprano)
Olive Dyer (soprano)
Joan Gross (mezzo-soprano)
Arda Mandikian (alto)

Britten; Benjamin
: English Opera Group Orchestra
Decca Insiders Only
BENJAMIN BRITTEN - Peter Grimes
BRITTEN; BENJAMIN Peter Pears (tenor)
Claire Watson (soprano)
others

Britten; Benjamin
: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden
Decca Insiders Only
Beethoven-String-Quartet-Survey-TAKACS-Quartet_DECCA-jens-f-laurson-ClassicalCritic BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN: Complete String Quartets
BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VAN Takács Quartet
Decca Insiders Only
RBGinSong Works by Patrice Michaels; Lori Laitman; Vivian Fung; Stacy Garrop; Derrick Wang GARROP; STACYMICHAELS; PATRICE Patrice Michaels (soprano); Kuang-Hao Huang (piano)
Cedille 9 / 10
919cNl1h7pL._SL1500 PAGANINI, NICCOLÒ: Complete Works
PAGANINI; NICCOLÒ Various Soloists, Orchestras, & Conductors
Dynamic Insiders Only
Kozhukhin RAVEL, MAURICE: Piano Concertos
GERSHWIN, GEORGE: Piano Concerto
GERSHWIN; GEORGERAVEL; MAURICE Kozhukhin; Denis
Yamada; Kazuki
: L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
PentaTone Insiders Only
BEETHOVEN_Celtic-Voice_Gramola_TrioVanBeethoven_ClassicsToday_jens-f-laurson_classical-critic BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN: Folksong Arrangements from Scotland, Ireland, & Wales
BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VAN Lorna Anderson (soprano); Jamie MacDougall (tenor)
TrioVanBeethoven
Gramola 7 / 9
81IIsiVD45L._SL1200 WOLF-FERRARI, ERMANNO: Piano Trio in D major Op. 5; Piano Trio in F-sharp minor Op. 7
WOLF-FERRARI; ERMANNO Trio Archè
Brilliant Classics 8 / 7
MOZART_Barenboim-Family_DG_ClassicsToday_jens-f-laurson_classical-critic MOZART, WOLFGANG AMADEUS: Piano Quartets
MOZART; WOLFGANG AMADEUS Daniel Barenboim (piano); Michael Barenboim (violin); Yulia Deyneka (viola); Kian Soltani (cello)
Deutsche Grammophon 6 / 7
BACH_Cantatas-vol23_Bach-Stiftung-St-Gallen_jens-f-laurson_classical-critic BACH, J.S.: Cantatas: Ich glaube, lieber Herr, hilf meinem Unglauben BWV 109; Ihr, die Ihr Euch von Christo nennet BWV 164; Es wartet alles auf Dich BWV 187
BACH; J.S. Monika Mauch [164], Ulrike Hofbauer [187] (soprano); Ruth Sandhoff [109], Jan Börner [164], Elvira Bill [187] (alto); Julius Pfeifer [109], Jakob Pilgram [164] (tenor); Markus Volpert [164], Dominik Wörner [187] (bass)
Chorus & Orchestra of the JS Bach Stiftung St. Gallen, Rudolf Lutz
Bach-Stiftung St. Gallen Insiders Only
gunge GUNGE, BO: 12 Studies
GUNGE; BO Ulrich Staerk (piano); Duo Askou/Andersen (violin and accordion); Pihl & Schelling (alto saxophone and harp)
Dacapo 9 / 9
71ZGB0BDMcL._SL1200 BUSONI, FERRUCCIO: Concerto for Piano, Orchestra, & Male Chorus Op. 39
BUSONI; FERRUCCIO Pietro Scarpini (piano)
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra & Choir, Rafael Kubelik
First Hand Insiders Only
RavelCluytens RAVEL, MAURICE: Complete Piano and Orchestral Works
RAVEL; MAURICE François; Samson
Cluytens; André
: Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire
Erato Insiders Only
ViolaSonatas ONSLOW, GEORGES: Viola Sonata in F major, Op. 16 No. 1
MENDELSSOHN, FELIX: Viola Sonata in C minor
KALLIWODA, JOHANN WENZEL: Six Nocturnes, Op. 186
KALLIWODA; JOHANN WENZELMENDELSSOHN; FELIXONSLOW; GEORGES Hiyoli Togawa, viola; Lilit Grigoryan, piano
Naxos Insiders Only
71pyWYWHnL._SL1200 BACH, J.S.: Complete Organ Works
BACH; J.S. Marie-Claire Alain (organ)
Erato Insiders Only
Entwürfe cpo-Cover April–Mai 2018_cover.indd BENDA, FRIEDRICH: Concertos for Viola Nos. 1 in F major; 2 in E-flat major; & 3 in E-flat major
BENDA; FRIEDRICH Jean-Eric Soucy (viola)
SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden & Freiburg, Bernard Labadie
CPO Insiders Only
barenboimbrahms BRAHMS, JOHANNES: Symphonies Nos. 1-4
BRAHMS; JOHANNES Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim
Deutsche Grammophon 7 / 9
BartokTetz BARTÓK, BELA: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 and 2
BARTÓK; BELA Tetzlaff, Christian (violin)
Lintu, Hannu (Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra)
Ondine 10 / 10
VWPC VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, RALPH: Serenade to Music; Oboe Concerto; Flos Campi; Piano Concerto
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS; RALPH Louis Lortie (piano); Sarah Jeffrey (oboe); Teng Li (viola)
Oundjian; Peter
: Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Chandos 8 / 8
81sMR4qiB9L._SL1500 CHOPIN, FRÉDÉRIC: Etudes Op. 10 & 25; Three Nouvelles Etudes
CHOPIN; FRÉDÉRIC Jocelyn Swigger (fortepiano)
Con Brio 8 / 8
BernsteinVocal Works by: Bach, Beethoven, Haydn, Handel, Berlioz, Verdi, Poulenc, Janácek, Ravel, Debussy, R. Strauss, Mahler, Bernstein, Messiaen, Milhaud, Tchaikovsky, Copland, Foss, Stravinsky, Bloch, Brahms, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Wagner, Sibelius, Villa-Lobos, Vaughan Williams, others Various Composers Various Soloists
Bernstein; Leonard
: New York Philharmonic
Sony Classical Insiders Only
91tRF6foHpL._SL1417 RACHMANINOV, SERGEI: Etudes-Tableaux Op. 33 & Op. 39
RACHMANINOV; SERGEI Steven Osborne (piano)
Hyperion 9 / 10
ugorskibox Beethoven: Diabelli Variations, Piano Sonata No. 32 et al.; Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition; Schumann: Davidsbündlertänze; Schubert: Wanderer Fantasie; Chopin: Polonaises et al.; Scriabin: Piano Concerto, Piano Sonatas 2, 3, 5, 9 et al.; Brahms: Piano Sonatas 1-3 et al.; Other works BACH; J.S.BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VANBRAHMS; JOHANNESDEBUSSY; CLAUDEMESSIAEN; OLIVIERSCHUBERT; FRANZSCRIABIN; ALEXANDER Anatol Ugorski (piano)
Boulez; Pierre
: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Deutsche Grammophon Insiders Only
JochumBox1 Works by Beethoven, Brahms, Bruckner, Haydn, Mozart, Handel, Höller, Mahler, Schubert, Sibelius, R. Strauss, Wagner, Elgar, Schumann, and Weber BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VANBRAHMS; JOHANNESBRUCKNER; ANTONELGAR; EDWARDHAYDN; JOSEPHMOZART; WOLFGANG AMADEUSSIBELIUS; JEANSTRAUSS; RICHARDWAGNER; RICHARD Various Soloists (see review)
Jochum; Eugen
: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,Berlin Philharmonic,London Philharmonic Orchestra,London Symphony Orchestra
Deutsche Grammophon Insiders Only
Krommer Marc KROMMER, FRANZ: String Quartets: D minor Op. 74 No. 3; A minor Op. 103 No. 3; F major Op. 19 No. 2
KROMMER; FRANZ Marcolini Quartett
Avi 6 / 8
Shost4 11 Nels SHOSTAKOVICH, DMITRI: Symphonies Nos. 4 and 11 "The Year 1905"
SHOSTAKOVICH; DMITRI Nelsons; Andris
: Boston Symphony Orchestra
Deutsche Grammophon 9 / 8
Shost410plet SHOSTAKOVICH, DMITRI: Symphonies Nos. 4 and 10
SHOSTAKOVICH; DMITRI Pletnev; Mikhail
: Russian National Orchestra
PentaTone Insiders Only
MOZART_Magic-Flute_Zauberflote_Klemperer_WARNER_jens-f-laurson_ClassicsToday MOZART, WOLFGANG AMADEUS: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)
MOZART; WOLFGANG AMADEUS Nicolai Gedda, Gerhard Unger (tenor); Gundula Janowitz, Lucia Popp, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (soprano); Walter Berry (bass-baritone); Gottlob Frick, Franz Crass (bass); Christa Ludwig (mezzo-soprano); others
Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer
Warner Classics 8 / 9
91s3ttQqvSL._SL1500 Various Composers and Works BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VANBRAHMS; JOHANNESDEBUSSY; CLAUDEMAHLER; GUSTAVSTOCKHAUSEN; KARLHEINZVERDI; GIUSEPPEWAGNER; RICHARD Various soloists
Berlin Philharmonic, Claudio Abbado
Deutsche Grammophon Insiders Only
CAVALLI_Requiem_Ensemble-Polyharmonique_RAUMKLANG_jens-f-laurson_classical-critic CAVALLI, FRANCESCO: Requiem
GRANDI, ALESSANDRO: Motets
CAVALLI; FRANCESCOGRANDI; ALESSANDRO Ensemble Polyharmonique, Alexander Schneider
Raumklang Insiders Only
Zweden BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 7
BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VAN Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Jaap van Zweden
DSO Live Insiders Only
clemenzavillazon MOZART, WOLFGANG AMADEUS: La Clemenza di Tito
MOZART; WOLFGANG AMADEUS Rolando Villazon (tenor); Joyce DiDonato, Tara Erraught (mezzo-soprano); Regula Mühlemann, Marina Rebeka (soprano); Adam Plachetka (bass-baritone)
Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Deutsche Grammophon 6 / 9
51RqrHNSoL GOUNOD, CHARLES: Piano Music (selections)
GOUNOD; CHARLES Roberto Prosseda (piano); Enrico Pompili (piano)
Decca Insiders Only
chopin CHOPIN, FRÉDÉRIC: Nocturne in F-sharp major Op. 15 No. 2; Etudes Op. 10 Nos. 5 & 7; Etude Op. 25 No. 4; Four Preludes from Op. 28; Polonaise in F-sharp minor Op. 44; Fantasy in F minor Op. 49; Mazurkas Op. 50; Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor Op. 35 (“Funeral March”)
CHOPIN; FRÉDÉRIC Angela Hewitt (piano)
The Frederyk Chopin Institute 8 / 6
Cavalieri CAVALIERI, EMILIO DE: Rappresentatione di Anima et di Corpo
CAVALIERI; EMILIO DE Johannes Weisser, Marcos Fink, Gyula Orendt (baritone); Mark Milhofer (tenor); Marie-Claude Chappuis (soprano)
Academy of Ancient Music Berlin, State Opera Chorus Berlin, René Jacobs
Harmonia Mundi Insiders Only
81wg-unEBzL._SL1491 CHARPENTIER, JACQUES: 72 Etudes Karnatiques
CHARPENTIER; JACQUES Giusy Caruso (piano)
Centaur 9 / 7
RAUTAVAARA_Cello-Works_Tetzlaff_ONDINE_ClassicsToday_jens-f-laurson_classical-critic RAUTAVAARA, EINOJUHANI: Sonata for Cello & Piano No. 1 (1972-73/2001); Two Preludes and Fugues (1955); Sonata for Solo Cello (1969); Song of My Heart (1996/2000); Sonata for Cello & Piano No. 2 (1991); Polska for two cellos and piano (1977)
RAUTAVAARA; EINOJUHANI Tanja Tetzlaff (cello); Gunilla Süssmann (piano)
Ondine 7 / 9
zsigmondybach BACH, J.S.: Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin
BACH; J.S. Dénes Zsigmondy (violin)
Paladino Music 8 / 9
Tilson-Thomas-Pathetique TCHAIKOVSKY, PIOTR ILYICH: Symphony No. 6 "Pathétique"
TCHAIKOVSKY; PIOTR ILYICH San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Michael Tilson Thomas
SFS Media 9 / 9
RugglesMiller RUGGLES, CARL: Sun-Treader
STUCKY, STEVEN: Second Concerto for Orchestra
HARBISON, JOHN: Symphony No. 4
HARBISON; JOHNRUGGLES; CARLSTUCKY; STEVEN Miller; David Alan
: National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic
Naxos 6 / 7
KrommerSyms1-3 KROMMER, FRANZ: Symphonies Nos. 1-3
KROMMER; FRANZ Griffiths; Howard
: Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana
CPO Insiders Only
AmstSinBar BARTÓK, BELA: Divertimento
BRAHMS, JOHANNES: String Quintet No. 2
BARTÓK; BELABRAHMS; JOHANNES Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Candida Thompson
Channel Classics 6 / 9
raschbeethoven BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN: The 32 Piano Sonatas
BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VAN Martin Rasch (piano)
Audite Insiders Only
61Wowy88hiL._SL1200 Works by Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninov, Mozart, Prokofiev, Ravel, Grieg, Schumann, & Tchaikovsky BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VANBRAHMS; JOHANNESCHOPIN; FRÉDÉRICLISZT; FRANZPROKOFIEV; SERGEITCHAIKOVSKY; PIOTR ILYICH Various soloists, orchestras, & conductors
Abbado; Claudio,Bychkov; Semyon,Jochum; Eugen,Ozawa; Seiji
: Berlin Philharmonic,Staatskapelle Berlin
Deutsche Grammophon Insiders Only
viardotviolin VIARDOT, PAUL: Six Pièces (1902); Introduction et Caprice (1890); Six Pièces faciles (1889); Trois Petites pièces (1929); Gitane; Other works
VIARDOT, PAULINE: Six morceaux (1868)
VIARDOT; PAULVIARDOT; PAULINE Reto Kuppel (violin); Wolfgang Manz (piano)
Naxos 8 / 8


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