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Album Work Title Composer Performer Label Rating
Best of Christmas Past: John Rutter–Music For Christmas Layton; Stephen
: Polyphony,The City of London Sinfonia
Hyperion 10 / 10
christmasindresden GOTTFRIED AUGUST HOMILIUS - Cantatas for Advent, Christmas, and New Year's Day
HOMILIUS; GOTTFRIED AUGUST Katja Fischer (soprano)
Alexander Schneider (alto)
Martin Petzold (tenor)
Jochen Kupfer (bass)

Kopp; Peter
: Dresdner Instrumental-Concert,Körnerscher Sing-Verein Dresden
Carus 10 / 10
5028421957487 LISZT, FRANZ: Twelve Symphonic Poems (arranged by Liszt for two pianos)
LISZT; FRANZ Leslie Howard, Mattia Ometto (piano)
Brilliant Classics 9 / 9
minuettostella Works by Purcell, Handel, Brahms, Giustini, Schubert, J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Rameau, Couperin, Haydn, Scarlatti, Dvorák, Ravel, Barber, others ALBÉNIZ; ISAACBARBER; SAMUELBEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VANDUSSEK; JAN LADISLAVDVORÁK; ANTONINHANDEL; G.F.HAYDN; JOSEPHMOZART; WOLFGANG AMADEUSPURCELL; HENRYRAVEL; MAURICE Alessandro Stella (piano)
KHA 9 / 9
71sgWfXRfCL._SL1200 BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN: String Quartet No. 11 in F minor Op. 95 ("Serioso")
DAVIDOVSKY, MARIO: Fragments, String Quartet No. 6
BARTÓK, BELA: String Quartet No. 1
BARTÓK; BELABEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VANDAVIDOVSKY; MARIO Juilliard String Quartet
Sony Classical 9 / 9
Works by Eleanor Daley, John Jacob Niles, Stephen Paulus, Gwyneth Walker, Per Nørgård, Wayland Rogers, others -
Chicago a cappella
Cedille 10 / 10
Carols, chants, modern works & arrangements of Christmas vocal music by Palestrina, Byrd, Clemens, Parsons, Pérotin, Leighton, Cornysh, Davies, others -
New York Polyphony
Avie 10 / 10
7393338183020 BACH, J.S.: The Well-Tempered Clavier Book II
BACH; J.S. Brenda Lucas Ogdon (piano)
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rachtwopianos RACHMANINOV, SERGEI: Fantaisie-Tableaux Suite For Two Pianos (No. 1 Op. 5)
Suite for Two Pianos (No. 2 Op. 17)
Six Morceaux for Piano four hands Op. 11
RACHMANINOV; SERGEI Charles Owen & Katya Apekisheva (pianos)
Avie 9 / 9
Toscanini-anniversary GIUSEPPE VERDI: Aida Overture BIZET/TOSCANINI: Carmen Suite PIOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY: Nutcracker Suite WALDTEUFEL/TOSCANINI: Skaters Waltz GIOACHINO ROSSINI: William Tell Overture BIZET; GEORGESROSSINI; GIOACHINOTCHAIKOVSKY; PIOTR ILYICHVERDI; GIUSEPPEWALDTEUFEL; EMILE Harmonie Ensemble/New York, Steven Richman
Bridge 9 / 8
Beet9Zand BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN: Symphony No. 9 (plus interminable discussion)
BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VAN Zander; Benjamin
: Philharmonia Chorus & Orchestra
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bachchristmasoratorio BACH, J.S.: Christmas Oratorio (Weihnachtsoratorium) BWV 248
BACH; J.S. Georg Poplutz (tenor/Evangelist); Julia Kleiter (soprano); Katharina Magiera (alto); Thomas E. Bauer (bass)
Bachchor Mainz, Bachorchester Mainz, Ralf Otto
Naxos 9 / 8
CopSym1Wilson COPLAND, AARON: Symphony No. 1 (version for orchestra alone); Statements; Dance Symphony; An Outdoor Overture
COPLAND; AARON Wilson; John
: BBC Philharmonic
Chandos 8 / 9
CopSym3Wilson COPLAND, AARON: Symphony No. 3; Connotations; Letter from Home; Down a Country Lane
COPLAND; AARON Wilson; John
: BBC Philharmonic
Chandos 7 / 9
CopSlat COPLAND, AARON: Symphony No. 3 (with original ending); Three Latin American Sketches
COPLAND; AARON Slatkin; Leonard
: Detroit Symphony Orchestra
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kingslessonsandcarols Works & Arrangements by Ord, Willcocks, Warlock, Weir, Chilcott, Rutter, Pärt, Cleobury, Whitbourn, Bach, Berlioz, Joubert, others CHILCOTT; BOBJOUBERT; JOHNORD; BORISPÄRT; ARVORUTTER; JOHNWARLOCK; PETERWHITBOURN; JAMES Choir of King's College, Cambridge, David Willcocks, Philip Ledger, Stephen Cleobury
King's College 9 / 8
askenazydebussy DEBUSSY, CLAUDE: Preludes Books I & II
DEBUSSY; CLAUDE Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano)
Paladino 9 / 7
davismessiah HANDEL, G.F.: Messiah (New concert edition by Andrew Davis)
HANDEL; G.F. Relyea; John,Wall; Erin
Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Davis
Chandos 1 / 9
Bruck5Venz BRUCKNER, ANTON: Symphony No. 5
BRUCKNER; ANTON Venzago; Mario
: Tapiola Sinfonietta
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MozartContzen MOZART, WOLFGANG AMADEUS: Violin Concertos Nos. 1-5; Concerto in D major K271A
MOZART; WOLFGANG AMADEUS Contzen; Mirijam
Goebel; Reinhard
: Bavarian Chamber Philharmonic
Oehms Classics Insiders Only
sonorochristmas Christmas With Sonoro BEAMISH; SALLYHIGGINS; MICHAELHOWELLS; HERBERTJOUBERT; JOHNRUTTER; JOHNWARLOCK; PETER Michael Higgins (organ)
Sonoro, Neil Ferris
Resonus Classics 9 / 9
Larsson3 LARSSON, LARS-ERIK: Symphony No. 3; Three Orchestral Pieces; Adagio for String Orchestra; Musica permutatio
LARSSON; LARS-ERIK Manze; Andrew
: Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra
CPO 5 / 9
Elgar1Gard ELGAR, EDWARD: Symphony No. 1; Introduction and Allegro
ELGAR; EDWARD Gardner; Edward
: BBC Symphony Orchestra,Doric String Quartet
Chandos 7 / 8
gruberovalucia DONIZETTI, GAETANO: Lucia di Lammermoor
DONIZETTI; GAETANO Edita Gruberova (soprano); Peter Dvorsky, Thomas Moser (tenor); Matteo Manuguerra (baritone); Siegfried Vogel (bass); Czeslawa Slania (mezzo-soprano)
Vienna State Opera Orchestra, Giuseppe Patané
Orfeo 8 / 8
61W8D9I4aYL._SL1500 Various Composers BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VANCHOPIN; FRÉDÉRICFALLA; MANUEL DERACHMANINOV; SERGEIRAVEL; MAURICESCHUMANN; ROBERT Martha Argerich (piano); Various soloists
Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana
Warner Classics Insiders Only
Bernstein1600 BERNSTEIN, LEONARD: Mambo from West Side Story; Slava! A Political Overture; Suite from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue; CBS Music; Time Square Ballet from On the Town (excerpt); A Bernstein Birthday Bouquet
BERNSTEIN; LEONARD Alsop; Marin
: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Naxos 9 / 9
BernsteinFancy BERNSTEIN, LEONARD: Candide Overture; Fancy Free; Anniversaries for Orchestra; Wonderful Town Overture
BERNSTEIN; LEONARD Alsop; Marin
: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Naxos 9 / 9
BEETHOVEN_Symphonies_Vienna-Philharmonic_Bernstein_DG_ClassicsToday_jens-f-laurson_classical-critic BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN: Nine Symphonies
BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VAN Gwyneth Jones (soprano) Hanna Schwarz (mezzo-soprano) René Kollo (tenor) Kurt Moll (bass)
Bernstein, Leonard (conductor) Vienna Philharmonic Vienna State Opera Chorus
Deutsche Grammophon Insiders Only
090404950827-cover-zoom GLASS, PHILIP: Melodies (1995); Gradus (1968); Piece in the Shape of a Square (1967)
GLASS; PHILIP Craig Morris (trumpet)
Bridge 10 / 10
71NzN3fAzxL._SL1000 Operatic Arrangements by Charles Oberthür, Theodore Labarre, Henry Steil, Sophie-Lucille Larmande des Argus, François-Joseph Naderman, Benedetto Negri, & Robert-Chicaloas-Charles Bochsa DONIZETTI; GAETANOMOZART; WOLFGANG AMADEUSROSSINI; GIOACHINO Duo Praxedis
Ars Produktion 9 / 7
Gipps GIPPS, RUTH: Symphonies Nos. 2 and 4; Knight in Armour; Song for Orchestra
GIPPS; RUTH Gamba; Rumon
: BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Chandos 8 / 8
StravGerg STRAVINSKY, IGOR: Petrushka (1911 version); Jeu de cartes
STRAVINSKY; IGOR Gergiev; Valery
: Mariinsky Orchestra
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danishsongs 28 Danish Songs by various composers and arrangers JEPPESEN; KNUDLAUB; THOMASMORTENSEN; OTTONIELSEN; CARL Danish National Vocal Ensemble, Bo Holten
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zelenkasancti ZELENKA, JAN DISMAS: Missa Sancti Josephi ZWV 14; De profundis ZWV 50; In exitu Israel ZWV 84
ZELENKA; JAN DISMAS Julia Lezhneva (soprano); Daniel Taylor (alto); Tilman Lichdi (tenor); Johnathan Sells (bass)
Stuttgart Chamber Choir, Stuttgart Baroque Orchestra, Frieder Bernius
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hugheshandel Arias by George Frideric Handel, Vincenzo Campi, Thomas Arne, John Christopher Smith, & Philip Hayes ARNE; THOMAS A.CAMPI; VINCENZOHANDEL; G.F. Ruby Hughes (soprano)
Orchestra of The Age of Enlightenment, Laurence Cummings
Chandos Insiders Only
septurachristmas Works by Schütz, Bach, Darke, Praetorius, Leontovych, Warlock, Palestrina, Cornelius, Handel, Gruber, others, arranged for brass septet CORNELIUS; PETERDARKE; HAROLDPARSONS; ROBERTPRAETORIUS; MICHAELSCHÜTZ; HEINRICH Septura
Naxos 9 / 9
davidsonhandel HANDEL, G.F.: Silete venti HWV 242; Gloria HWV deest; Salve Regina HWV 241
VIVALDI, ANTONIO: Nulla in mundo pax sincera RV630
HANDEL; G.F.VIVALDI; ANTONIO Grace Davidson (soprano)
Academy of Ancient Music, Joseph Crouch
Signum Classics Insiders Only
gottee WAGNER, RICHARD: Götterdämmerung
WAGNER; RICHARD Daniel Brenna (tenor); Gun-Brit Barkmin, Amanda Majeski (soprano); Michelle DeYoung (mezzo-soprano); Eric Halfvarson, Peter Kálmán, Shenyang (bass-baritone)
Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Jaap van Zweden
Naxos 10 / 10
Elgar2 ELGAR, EDWARD: Symphony No. 2; Serenade for Strings
ELGAR; EDWARD Gardner; Edward
: BBC Symphony Orchestra
Chandos 6 / 9
StravinskyGimeno STRAVINSKY, IGOR: The Rite of Spring; Chant funèbre; Jeu de cartes; Concerto in D; Agon
STRAVINSKY; IGOR Gimeno; Gustavo
: Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg
PentaTone 6 / 8
Dutilleux DUTILLEUX, HENRI: Symphony No. 1; Métaboles; Les Citations
DUTILLEUX; HENRI Casadesus; Jean-Claude
: Orchestre National de Lille
Naxos 10 / 10
BRUCKNER_Piano-Works_HAENSSLER_ClassicsToday_jens-f-laurson_classical-critic BRUCKNER, ANTON: Aus Kitzlers Studienbuch; Lancier-Quadrille in C (WAB 120); Three Small Pieces for Four Hands (WAB 124); Quadrille for Four Hands (WAB 121); Klavierstück in E-flat major (WAB 119); “Stille Betrachtung an einem Herbstabend” (WAB 123); “Styrian” (WAB 122); “Fantasie” (WAB 119?); “Memory” (WAB 117)
BRUCKNER; ANTON Ana-Marija Markovina (piano)
Hänssler Classic Insiders Only
Mysteryofchristmas Works by Byrd, Tallis, Peacock, Weir, Macmillan, Rutter, Sametz, Lauridsen, others BYRD; WILLIAMLAURIDSEN; MORTENRUTTER; JOHNSAMETZ; STEVENSIXTEN; FREDRIKTALLIS; THOMASWEIR; JUDITH ORA Singers, Suzi Digby
Harmonia Mundi 9 / 10
SzellEdition Various Composers Various Composers Various Soloists
Szell; George
: Cleveland Orchestra,Columbia Symphony Orchestra,New York Philharmonic
Sony Classical Insiders Only
DesPREZ_Sacred-Motets_Cappella-Amsterdam_Daniel-Reuss_Harmonia-Mundi_jens-f-laurson_classical-critic DES PREZ, JOSQUIN: Déploration sur la mort d'Ockeghem; Requiem æternam; Nimphes, nappés; In principio erat Verbum; Absolve quæsumus, Domine; Absalon, fili mi; Planxit autem David; Miserere mei Deus; Pater Noster/Ave Maria
GOMBERT, NICOLAS: Musæ Jovis
DES PREZ; JOSQUINGOMBERT; NICOLAS Cappella Amsterdam, Daniel Reuss
Harmonia Mundi 9 / 10
semiram ROSSINI, GIOACHINO: Semiramide
ROSSINI; GIOACHINO Albina Shagimuratova (soprano); Daniela Barcellona (mezzo soprano); Barry Banks (tenor); Mirco Palazzi, Gianluca Buratto (bass/baritone)
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Mark Elder
Opera Rara 10 / 10
MahlerDasLiedRat MAHLER, GUSTAV: Das Lied von der Erde
MAHLER; GUSTAV Stuart Skelton (tenor); Magdalena Kozená (muffled soprano)
Rattle; Simon
: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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Mahler2Jansons MAHLER, GUSTAV: Symphony No. 2 "Resurrection"
MAHLER; GUSTAV Anja Harteros (soprano); Bernarda Fink (alto)
Jansons; Mariss
: Bavarian Radio Chorus,Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
BR Klassik 5 / 8
singlevydew JONATHAN DOVE: It sounded as if the Streets were running RICHARD RODNEY BENNETT: The Insect World; The Aviary HOWARD SKEMPTON: Five Poems of Mary Webb SALLY BEAMISH: Seven Songs BENJAMIN BRITTEN: Friday Afternoons Op. 7 BEAMISH; SALLYBENNETT; RICHARD RODNEYBRITTEN; BENJAMINDOVE; JONATHANSKEMPTON; HOWARD Frederick Brown (piano)
St. Catherine's Girls' Choir, Cambridge, Edward Wickham
Resonus Classics 9 / 9
STRAUSS-R_Rosenkavalier_Karajan_WARNER_jens-f-laurson_ClassicsToday STRAUSS, RICHARD: Der Rosenkavalier
STRAUSS; RICHARD Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Teresa Stich-Randall (soprano); Christa Ludwig (mezzo-soprano); Otto Edelmann (bass); Eberhard Waechter (baritone); Nikolai Gedda (tenor); others
Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan
Warner Classics Insiders Only


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