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Album Work Title Composer Performer Label Rating
SIBELIUS_Cycles_WATANABE-DENON_CDs_complete_Discography_jens-f-laurson SIBELIUS, JEAN: Symphonies Nos. 1-7; Swan of Tuonela; Valse Triste
SIBELIUS; JEAN Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Akeo Watanabe
Denon 6 / 6
mt-olives BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN: Christus am Ölberge Op. 85; Elegischer Gesang Op. 118
BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VAN Hanna-Leena Haapamäki (soprano); Jussi Myllys (tenor); Niklas Spångberg (bass)
Chorus Cathedralis Aboensis, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, Leif Segerstam
Naxos 7 / 8
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN - Symphonies Nos. 3 "Eroica" & 5
BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VAN Kleiber; Erich
: Concertgebouw Orchestra
Decca Insiders Only
61dd660ZYL._SL1200 HINDEMITH, PAUL: Ludus Tonalis
HINDEMITH; PAUL Käbi Laretei (piano)
Eloquence Insiders Only
61RCw7UNKL._SL1211 Works by Cage, Harrison, Piston, Mozart, Schumann, Sessions, Thomson, Wolf, Mendelssohn, others CAGE; JOHNHARRISON; LOUMENDELSSOHN; FELIXMOZART; WOLFGANG AMADEUSPISTON; WALTERSCHUMANN; ROBERTSESSIONS; ROGERTHOMSON; VIRGILWOLF; HUGO New Music String Quartet
Sony Classical Insiders Only
lockeconsort LOCKE, MATTHEW: Various Suites and Canons for Viol Consort
LOCKE; MATTHEW Kenny; Elizabeth
Phantasm
Linn 9 / 9
Kabalevsky KABALEVSKY, DIMITRI: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2; Overtures: Colas Breugnon and Pathétique
KABALEVSKY; DIMITRI Ang; Darrell
: Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Naxos 8 / 8
HandelCantatas HANDEL, G.F.: Italian Cantatas (22, with instrumental accompaniment)
HANDEL; G.F. Various Soloists (see review)
Bonizzoni; Fabio
: La Risonanza
Glossa Insiders Only
Mahler1Vanska MAHLER, GUSTAV: Symphony No. 1
MAHLER; GUSTAV Vänskä; Osmo
: Minnesota Orchestra
BIS Insiders Only
partbrilliant PÄRT, ARVO: Magnificat (1989); Nunc dimittis (2001); Maria Antifonen (1988, 1991); Stabat Mater (1985)
PÄRT; ARVO Koetsveld; Krijn
: Ensemble Le Nuove Musiche
Brilliant Classics 9 / 9
Rapture HIGDON, JENNIFER: Harp Concerto
BARBER, SAMUEL: Symphony No. 1
HARLIN, PATRICK: Rapture
BARBER; SAMUELHARLIN; PATRICKHIGDON; JENNIFER Kondonassis, Yolanda (Harp)
Stare; Ward
: Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
Azica 9 / 9
RimskyMark RIMSKY-KORSAKOV, NIKOLAI: Scheherazade; Capricco espagnol
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV; NIKOLAI Markevitch; Igor
: London Symphony Orchestra
Eloquence Insiders Only
DOHNANY_Symphony_Jiminez_FSU_NAXOS_ClassicalCritic_ClassicsToday DOHNÁNYI, ERNST VON: Symphony No. 2; Two Songs
DOHNÁNYI; ERNST VON Evan Thomas Jones (baritone)
Florida State University Symphony Orchestra, Alexander Jiménez
Naxos 8 / 8
kermes HANDEL, G.F.: Arias from the operas Rinaldo, Giulio Cesare, Amadigi di Gaula, Serse, Teseo, Rodelinda, Deidamia, & Lotario; Arias from the oratorios Le Resurrezione, Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno, Athalia, Saul, and The Triumph of Time and Truth; Nine German Arias (No. 4, "Süße Stille, sanfte Quelle")
HANDEL; G.F. Simone Kermes (soprano)
Amici Veneziani, Boris Begelman
Sony Classical 7 / 9
WAGNER_Lohengrin_Bayreuth_Thielemann_Beczala_Harteros_DG_ClassicalCritic_ClassicsToday WAGNER, RICHARD: Lohengrin
WAGNER; RICHARD Piotr Beczala (tenor); Anja Harteros (soprano); Tomasz Konieczny, Egils Silins (bass-baritone); Waltraud Meier (mezzo-soprano); Georg Zeppenfeld (bass)
Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, Christian Thielemann
Deutsche Grammophon 7 / 9
BERLIOZ_Rediscovered_Gardiner_ORR_DECCA_Jens-f-Laurson_ClassicsToday BERLIOZ, HECTOR: Messe solennelle; Symphonie fantastique; Roméo et Juliette; La Damnation de Faust; Harold in Italy; Tristia; Irlande (Neuf Melodies)
BERLIOZ; HECTOR Gérard Caussé (viola); Donna Brown, April Cantelo (soprano); Catherine Robbin, Anne-Sofie von Otter (mezzo-soprano); Helen Watts (contralto); Jean-Luc Viala, Michael Myers, René Schirrer, Robert Tear, Jean-Laul Fouchécourt (tenor); Gilles Cachemaille, Jean-Philippe Lafont, Richard Salter (baritone)
Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, Monteverdi Choir, Orchestre de l'Opera National de Lyon, Edinburgh Festival Chorus, John Eliot Gardiner
Decca Insiders Only
RVWManze VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, RALPH: Sinfonia Antartica (Symphony No. 7); Symphony No. 9
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS; RALPH Manze; Andrew
: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Onyx 7 / 9
DebussyShui DEBUSSY, CLAUDE: Printemps; Saxophone Rhapsodie; Marche Écossaise; Berceuse Héroïque, Two Danses; Nocturnes
DEBUSSY; CLAUDE Shui; Lan
: Singapore Symphony Orchestra
BIS 6 / 9
SilencedVoicesBlackOak DICK KATTENBURG (1919-1944): Trio à cordes SÁNDOR KUTI (1908-1945): Serenade for String Trio HANS KRÁSA (1899-1944): Passacaglia & Fuga for String Trio; Tánec for String Trio GIDEON KLEIN (1919-1945): Trio for violin, viola, & cello PAUL HERMANN (1902-1944): Strijktrio GÉZA FRID (1904-1989): Trio à cordes Op. 1 FRID; GÉZAHERMANN; PAULKATTENBURG; DICKKLEIN; GIDEONKRÁSA; HANSKUTI; SÁNDOR Desirée Ruhstrat (violin); Aurélien Fort Pederzoli (viola); David Cunliffe (cello)
Black Oak Ensemble
Cedille 10 / 10
GAMES_Galosi_Mozart-Kurtag_COL-LEGNO_CLASSICS-TODAY_jens-f-laurson MOZART, WOLFGANG AMADEUS: 12 Variations K. 265; 10 Variations K. 455; 12 Variations K. 500
KURTÁG, GYÖRGY: Excerpts from Játékok books
KURTÁG; GYÖRGYMOZART; WOLFGANG AMADEUS Melissa Galosi (piano)
Col Legno 7 / 9
711z1a6kgL._SL1400 SERGEI RACHMANINOV: Preludes Op. 23: No. 5 in G minor; Etudes-Tableaux Op. 39: No. 1 in C minor; Etudes-Tableaux Op. 33: No. 3 in C minor; Preludes Op. 32: No. 10 in B minor ALEXANDER SCRIABIN: Piano Sonata No. 10 Op. 70 GYÖRGY LIGETI: Etudes 1, 3, & 9 SERGEI PROKOFIEV: Piano Sonata No. 8 in B-flat major Op. 84 LIGETI; GYÖRGYPROKOFIEV; SERGEIRACHMANINOV; SERGEISCRIABIN; ALEXANDER Yuja Wang (piano)
Deutsche Grammophon 9 / 8
61aneqOIQIL._SL1200 WAGNER, RICHARD: Götterdämmerung
WAGNER; RICHARD Kirsten Flagstad (soprano); Set Svanholm (tenor); Ingrid Bjoner (soprano); Egil Nordsø (bass); Eva Gustavson (soprano); others
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Norwegian State Radio Orchestra, Øivin Fjeldstad
Eloquence 6 / 5
haasoundspaces CD From Hell: Shouldn’t Mangling Mozart Be A Crime? HAAS; GEORG FRIEDRICHMOZART; WOLFGANG AMADEUS Bolton; Ivor
: Mozarteumorchester Salzburg,Salzburger Bachchor
Belvedere Insiders Only
WeinerToldi WEINER, LEO: Toldi (symphonic poem)
WEINER; LEO Csányi; Valéria
: Budapest Symphony Orchestra MÁV
Naxos 7 / 8
BACH_Rubinsky_Magna-Sequentia_NAXOS_ClassicalCritic_ClassicsToday BACH, J.S.: Various dance movements (compiled by Sonia Rubinsky)
BACH; J.S. Sonia Rubinsky (piano)
Naxos 5 / 8
handelopus6 HANDEL, G.F.: Concerti grossi Op. 6 (Nos. 1-6)
HANDEL; G.F. Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Bernhard Forck
PentaTone 9 / 9
SchumannSaw ROBERT SCHUMANN - Symphonies Nos. 1-4; Overture, Scherzo and Finale
SCHUMANN; ROBERT Sawallisch; Wolfgang
: Staatskapelle Dresden
Warner Classics Insiders Only
812lkgLQSbL._SL1500 SCHUMANN, ROBERT: Toccata Op. 7; Humoreske Op. 20; Arabeske Op. 18; Carnaval Op. 9
SCHUMANN; ROBERT Cai; Sheng
Centaur 7 / 7
811R8HG42NL._SL1426 Works by Antonio Molina, Dolores Paterno, Julio Nakpil, Diego Perez, Francisco Buencamino Sr., Juan de Sahagun Hernandez, Ignacio Massaguer, Marcelo Adonay, Francisco Santiago, Nicanor Abelardo, & Ramón Valdes y Pica MOLINA; ANTONIONAKPIL; JULIOSANTIAGO; FRANCISCO Sally Pinkas (piano)
MSR Classics 9 / 8
BEETHOVEN_Symphonies_Berlin-Philharmonic_70s_Karajan_DG_Blu-ray_ClassicsToday_jens-f-laurson_classical-critic BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN: Nine Symphonies (+ 2 interviews with H.v.Karajan) BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VAN Anna Tomowa-Sintow (soprano), Agnes Baltsa (alto), Peter Schreier (tenor), José van Dam (bass), Wiener Singverein
Karajan, Herbert von / Berlin Philharmonic
Deutsche Grammophon 9 / 9
BACH_Cantatas-vol26_Bach-Stiftung-St-Gallen_jens-f-laurson_classical-critic BACH, J.S.: Cantatas: Es ist nichts gesundes an meinem Leibe BWV 25; Was frag' ich nach der Welt BWV 94; Ach! Ich sehe, itzt, da ich zur Hochzeit gehe BWV 162
BACH; J.S. Joanne Lunn, Nuria Rial, Gerlinde Sämann (soprano); Terry Wey, Margot Oitzinger (alto); Sören Richter, Daniel Johannsen, Charles Daniels (tenor); Peter Harvey, Dominik Wörner, Stephan MacLeod (bass)
Chorus & Orchestra of the J.S. Bach Stiftung St. Gallen, Rudolf Lutz
Bach-Stiftung St. Gallen 9 / 9
HarpsCedille Harpsichord Concertos by Walter Leigh; Ned Rorem; Viktor Kalabis; Michael Nyman KALABIS; VIKTORLEIGH; WALTERNYMAN; MICHAELROREM; NED Vinikour, Jory (harpsichord)
Speck; Scott
: Chicago Philharmonic
Cedille 10 / 10
Bach_Organ_Survey_HURFORD_Decca-Italy_Discography_Classical-Critic_jens-f-laurson BACH, J.S.: The Organ Works
BACH; J.S. Peter Hurford (organ)
Decca Insiders Only
81FvqM529L._SL1500 LISZT, FRANZ: Études d’exécution transcendente
LYAPUNOV, SERGEI: Études d’exécution transcendente
LISZT; FRANZLYAPUNOV; SERGEI Konstantin Scherbakov (piano)
Steinway & Sons 8 / 8
BACH_Swiatkiewicz_Harpsichord_Concertos_CHANNEL_jens-f-laurson_classical-critic BACH, J.S.: Harpsichord Concertos 1-3 (BWV 1052-54)
BACH; J.S. Marcin Świątkiewicz (harpsichord); Zefiar Valova, Anna Nowak-Pokrzywinska (violin); Dymitr Olszewski (viola); Tomasz Pokrzywinski (cello)
Channel Classics 7 / 8
SchumannThiel SCHUMANN, ROBERT: Symphonies Nos. 1-4
SCHUMANN; ROBERT Thielemann; Christian
: Staatskapelle Dresden
Sony Classical Insiders Only
Howells HOWELLS, HERBERT: Concerto for String Orchestra; Elegy for Viola, String Quartet, & String Orchestra; First Suite for String Orchestra; Serenade for Strings
HOWELLS; HERBERT City of London Sinfonia, Richard Hickox
Chandos 10 / 9
SchubGard SCHUBERT, FRANZ: Symphonies Nos. 3, 5, & 8 "Unfinished"
SCHUBERT; FRANZ Gardner; Edward
: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Chandos 4 / 8
A1o8rEVJEFL._SL1500 CRAMER, JOHANN BAPTIST: 60 Etudes for Piano (revised and edited by Hans von Bülow)
CRAMER; JOHANN BAPTIST Giorgio Farina (piano)
Bongiovanni 8 / 8
712PKzvOezL._SL1200 Works by Albéniz, Granados, Falla, Mompou, & Turina ALBÉNIZ; ISAACFALLA; MANUEL DEGRANADOS; ENRIQUEMOMPOU; FREDERICTURINA; JOAQUÍN Jean-François Heisser (piano)
Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Jesús López-Cobos
Erato Insiders Only
71vCts1NflL._SL1200 PETER SCULTHORPE: Mountains WENDY HISCOCKS: Toccata DAVID MASLANKA: Piano Song DON BANKS: Pezzo Dramatico GRAEME KOEHNE: Twilight Rain GEORGE ROCHBERG: Carnival Music BARNEY CHILDS: Heaven to clear when day did close MASLANKA; DAVIDROCHBERG; GEORGESCULTHORPE; PETER John McCabe (piano)
Metier 10 / 7
lise WAGNER, RICHARD: Tannhäuser: Dich, teure Halle; Allmächtige Jungfrau!
STRAUSS, RICHARD: Ariadne auf Naxos: Es gibt ein Reich; Vier Lieder Op. 27; Wiegenlied; Malven; Vier letzte Lieder
STRAUSS; RICHARDWAGNER; RICHARD Lise Davidsen (mezzo-soprano)
Philharmonia Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Saolnen
Decca 9 / 9
Mahler10Storg MAHLER, GUSTAV: Symphony No. 10 (awful arrangement for chamber orchestra)
MAHLER; GUSTAV Storgards; John
: Lapland Chamber Orchestra
BIS Insiders Only
dvorakludmila Dvorák’s Gorgeous Saint Ludmila DVORÁK; ANTONIN Adriana Kohútková (soprano); Karla Bytnarová (alto); Tomáš Černý, Ondrej Šaling (tenor); Peter Mikuláš (bass)
Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir, Leoš Svárovský
Naxos 10 / 10
Acis_Cypess_Sisters-Face-to-Face-300dpi W. F. BACH: Concerto in F major Fk. 10 C. P. E. BACH: Sonata in C major Wq. 87 J.S. BACH: Sonata in G major BWV 1039; Concerto in C major BWV 1061a BACH; C.P.E.BACH; J.S.BACH; W.F. The Raritan Players: Rebecca Cypess (harpsichord); Yi-heng Yang (fortepiano)
Acis 9 / 9
81HaAsg8MkL._SL1394 RAMEAU, JEAN-PHILIPPE: Keyboard Works (selections)
RAMEAU; JEAN-PHILIPPE Virginia Black (piano)
CRD 6 / 8
Elementalguitar WALLACE, FRANK: The Elements (2004); A Heavy Sleep (2013); Black Falcon (2013); The Bells (2011); Sonata One (2005); Passing in the Night (2012)
WALLACE; FRANK Frank Wallace (guitar)
Gyre 9 / 9
PTC 5186655 Schubert Symphonies Foster cover BENEDETTO MARCELLO: Arianna abbandonata LEONARDO VINCI: Sinfonia from Maria dolorata FRANCESCO GASPARINI: Atalia (Aria: Ombre, cure sospetti) LEONARDO LEO: Angelica e Medoro: Or ch'è dal sol difesa GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL: Agrippina HWV 6 (Sinfonia); Qual ti riveggio, oh Dio HWV 150 GASPARINI; FRANCESCOHANDEL; G.F.LEO; LEONARDOMARCELLO; BENEDETTOVINCI; LEONARDO Magdalena Kožená (mezzo-soprano)
Collegium 1704, Václav Luks
PentaTone 10 / 10
MahlerRoth MAHLER, GUSTAV: Titan (Symphony No. 1); 1893-94 version
MAHLER; GUSTAV Roth; Francois-Xavier
: Les Siècles
Harmonia Mundi 6 / 8
71Pyvi33UkL._SL1200 BUSONI, FERRUCCIO: Piano Concerto in C major Op. 39
BUSONI; FERRUCCIO Kirill Gerstein (piano)
Men of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo
Myrios Classics 10 / 10


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