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Album Work Title Composer Performer Label Rating
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
911Pb7zy8NL._AC_SL1500 BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN: Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-flat major Op. 106 (“Hammerklavier"); Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor Op. 111
BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VAN Filippo Gorini (piano)
Alpha 7 / 9
810EgBaFiAL._SL1500 Symphonies, Oratorios, Chamber Music, Piano Music, Sacred Music, & other works MENDELSSOHN; FELIX Various Soloists, Conductors, & Orchestras
Fey; Thomas,Rilling; Helmuth
Hänssler Classic Insiders Only
61lVYF4QpIL._SL1205 Works by Debussy, Satie, Saint-Saëns, Chabrier, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, Schumann, Brahms, & Beethoven BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VANBRAHMS; JOHANNESDEBUSSY; CLAUDERACHMANINOV; SERGEISAINT-SAËNS; CAMILLESATIE; ERIKSCHUMANN; ROBERT Cécile Ousset (piano)
Eloquence Insiders Only
Mahler4Vanska MAHLER, GUSTAV: Symphony No. 4
MAHLER; GUSTAV Carolyn Sampson (soprano)
Vänskä; Osmo
: Minnesota Orchestra
BIS 8 / 9
Beethoven Leg Beethoven: Symphonies, Concertos, Quartets, Piano Works, Missa Solemnis, Misc chamber and vocal works BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VAN Various Soloists (see review)
Various Conductors and Orchestras (see review)
Sony Classical Insiders Only
Shostakovich13 SHOSTAKOVICH, DMITRI: Symphony No. 13 "Babi Yar"
SHOSTAKOVICH; DMITRI Alexey Tikhomirov (bass)
Muti; Riccardo
: Chicago Symphony Chorus,Chicago Symphony Orchestra
CSO Resound 10 / 8
91VUYQxoKJL._SL1406 Miroslav Tadić: Jovka; Chicho Dusan Bogdanović: Levantine Suite Jonce Hristovski (arr. Tadić): Macedonian Girl Boris Papandopulo: Three Croatian Dances Vojislav Ivonović: Café Pieces (excerpts) Lazar Ostojić: Stairway to the Balkans Traditional: Rustemul; Walk Dance (arr. Tadić) Mak Grgić (guitar)
Naxos 9 / 9
litolffleonore LITOLFF, HENRY: Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor Op. 47; Piano Trio No. 2 in E-flat major Op. 56; Serenade for Violin & Piano Op. 91
LITOLFF; HENRY Leonore Piano Trio
Hyperion 10 / 10
Ascanio SAINT-SAËNS, CAMILLE: Ascanio (ballet from Act III); Overtures and Preludes to theatrical works (see review for details)
SAINT-SAËNS; CAMILLE Märkl; Jun
: Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Naxos 9 / 9
ProkofNevsky PROKOFIEV, SERGEI: Alexander Nevsky; Lieutenant Kijé Suite
PROKOFIEV; SERGEI Alisa Kolosova (mezzo soprano)
Fischer; Thierry
: Utah Symphony Orchestra & Choir
Reference Recordings 6 / 9
Shost10 SHOSTAKOVICH, DMITRI: Symphony No. 10
SHOSTAKOVICH; DMITRI Jansons; Mariss
: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
BR Klassik 7 / 8
718hureg-L._AC_SL1200 BACH, J.S.: The Six French Suites BWV 812-817; Adagio BWV 968; Fantasias: BWV 920 & BWV 922; Keyboard Sonata BWV 964; Prelude (Fantasia) BWV 921
BACH; J.S. Alexandra Papastefanou (piano)
First Hand 9 / 9
Bruck7Orm BRUCKNER, ANTON: Symphony No. 7
BRAHMS, JOHANNES: Haydn Variations
BRAHMS; JOHANNESBRUCKNER; ANTON Ormandy; Eugene
: Philadelphia Orchestra
RCA Insiders Only
71tchMCQjTL._SL1200 LISZT, FRANZ: Grandes Etudes de Paganini; Waldesrauschen; Gnomenreignen; Piano Sonata in B minor
LISZT; FRANZ Martin Ivanov (piano)
Gramola 7 / 9
71lGGTFMkaL._SL1000 Various Composers & Works HAYDN; JOSEPHMENDELSSOHN; FELIXMOZART; WOLFGANG AMADEUSSCHOENBERG; ARNOLDSCHUBERT; FRANZSTRAUSS; RICHARDWAGNER; RICHARD Various Soloists & Orchestras
SWAROWSKY; HANS
Profil Insiders Only
freeamerica Works by Jeremiah Ingalls, William Billings, Daniel Read, Sister Patsy Williamson, Otis Sawyer, Thomas Arne, & many others, including Anonymous The Boston Camerata, Anne Azéma
Harmonia Mundi 9 / 9
71Kh1hod42L._SL1200 LISZT, FRANZ: Piano Sonata in B minor; Two Legends; Après une lecture du Dante; Csardas obstinée
LISZT; FRANZ Joseph Moog (piano)
Onyx 8 / 9
71qM2-PwPLL._SL1200 KOVAŘOVIC, KAREL: Complete String Quartets
KOVAŘOVIC; KAREL Stamic Quartet
Supraphon 7 / 9
811bu4VO7gL._SL1387 COKE, ROGER SACHEVERELL: Three Cello Sonatas
COKE; ROGER SACHEVERELL Raphael Wallfisch (cello); Simon Callaghan (piano)
Lyrita Insiders Only
71tNVdYBA7L._AC_SL1200 LABOR, JOSEF: Piano Quintet Op. 3; Piano Quartet Op. 6
LABOR; JOSEF Nina Karmon (violin); Pauline Sachse (viola); Justus Grimm (cello); Niek de Groot (double bass); Oliver Triendl (piano)
Capriccio 9 / 9
HaydnParJar HAYDN, JOSEPH: The "Paris" Symphonies (Nos. 82-87)
HAYDN; JOSEPH Järvi; Kristjan
: Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich
Preiser 4 / 8
HaydPar HAYDN, JOSEPH: Paris Symphonies (Nos. 82-87)
HAYDN; JOSEPH Harnoncourt, Nikolaus (Concentus Musicus Wien)
Deutsche Harmonia Mundi Insiders Only
61QJ8FhNLL._SL1200 BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN: The Ten Sonatas for Piano & Violin
BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VAN Uto Ughi (violin); Lamar Crowson (piano)
Sony Classical Insiders Only
stilespanish Works by Victoria, Guerrero, Lobo, Mateo Flecha "El Viejo", Pedro Rimonte, & Morales GUERRERO; FRANCISCOLOBO; ALONSOMORALES; CRISTÓBAL DERIMONTE; PEDROVICTORIA; TOMÁS LUIS DE Stile Antico
Harmonia Mundi 10 / 10
71Yq9tMhx8L._SL1400 SCHUBERT, FRANZ: Piano Sonatas No. 18 in C minor D. 958 & No. 19 in A major D. 959; Impromptus D. 899; Three Piano Pieces D. 946
SCHUBERT; FRANZ András Schiff (fortepiano)
ECM 8 / 9
isbinspain MARIO CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO: Quintet for Guitar & String Quartet Op. 143 ANTONIO VIVALDI: Concerto in D major RV 93 (Arr. Emilio Pujol/Ed. Sharon Isbin) JOAQUÍN TURINA: La oración del torero for string quartet Op. 34 LUIGI BOCCHERINI: Quintet for Guitar & String Quartet in D major G. 448 BOCCHERINI; LUIGICASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO; MARIOTURINA; JOAQUÍNVIVALDI; ANTONIO Isbin; Sharon
Pacifica Quartet
Cedille 10 / 10
71sxmd0kxiL._AC_SL1450 RUBINSTEIN, ANTON: Bal costumé Op. 103
RUBINSTEIN; ANTON Duo Pianistico di Firenze (Sara Bartolucci and Rodolfo Alessandrini)
Brilliant Classics Insiders Only
81fT3XJXJJL._SL1385 SCHUBERT, FRANZ: Winterreise D. 911 (arranged for trombone by Matthew Gee)
SCHUBERT; FRANZ Matthew Gee (trombone); Christopher Glynn (piano)
Naxos 9 / 7
Walter Works by Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, Mahler, Schubert, Haydn, Dvorák, Wagner, Bruckner, R. Strauss, J. Strauss II, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Barber, Smetana, Gluck BARBER; SAMUELBEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VANBRAHMS; JOHANNESBRUCKNER; ANTONHAYDN; JOSEPHMAHLER; GUSTAVMOZART; WOLFGANG AMADEUSSCHUBERT; FRANZSTRAUSS II; JOHANN Various Soloists
Walter; Bruno
: Columbia Symphony Orchestra,New York Philharmonic,Philadelphia Orchestra
Sony Classical Insiders Only
Mahler2Walter MAHLER, GUSTAV: Symphony No. 2 "Resurrection"
MAHLER; GUSTAV Emilia Cundari (soprano); Maureen Forrester (alto)
Walter; Bruno
: New York Philharmonic,Westminster Choir
Sony Classical Insiders Only
GUSTAV MAHLER - Symphony No. 9
MAHLER; GUSTAV Walter; Bruno
: Vienna Philharmonic
Dutton Insiders Only
2448_coverpic MAHLER, GUSTAV: Das Lied von der Erde; Three Rückert Lieder
MAHLER; GUSTAV Kathleen Ferrier (alto)
Julius Patzak (tenor)

Walter; Bruno
: Vienna Philharmonic
Decca Insiders Only
71I2-hGG6YL._SL1379 SCHUBERT, FRANZ: Winterreise D. 911
SCHUBERT; FRANZ Peter Schreier (tenor); Sviatoslav Richter (piano)
Philips 9 / 9
81AaPqdMbDL._SL1200 AUBER, DANIEL-FRANCOIS-ESPRIT: Overtures and Incidental Music from Le Maçon; Le Timide; Leicester; Le Séjour militaire; Emma; La Neige; Le Testament; & Le Bergère chatelaine
AUBER; DANIEL-FRANCOIS-ESPRIT Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice, Dario Salvi
Naxos 8 / 8


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