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Album Work Title Composer Performer Label Rating
Mahler4Jur MAHLER, GUSTAV: Symphony No. 4
MAHLER; GUSTAV Sofia Fomina (soprano)
Jurowski; Vladimir
: London Philharmonic Orchestra
LPO 9 / 8
Mahler9Blom MAHLER, GUSTAV: Symphony No. 9
MAHLER; GUSTAV Blomstedt; Herbert
: Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Accentus 8 / 9
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN - Symphony No. 9
BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VAN Irmgard Seefried (soprano)
Sieglinde Wagner (alto)
Anton Dermota (tenor)
Josef Greindl (bass)

Furtwängler; Wilhelm
: Vienna Philharmonic
Orfeo Insiders Only
PAUL HINDEMITH - Die Harmonie der Welt
HINDEMITH; PAUL Francois Le Roux (baritone)
Sophia Larson (soprano)
Robert Wörle (tenor)
Christian Elsner (tenor)
Arutjan Kotchinian (bass)
others

Janowski; Marek
: Berlin Radio Symphony
Wergo Insiders Only
Handel_Occasional-Oratorio_BR-KLASSIK_ClassicsToday_jens-f-laurson_classical-critic HANDEL, G.F.: Occasional Oratorio HWV 62
HANDEL; G.F. Julia Doyle (soprano); Ben Johnson (tenor); Peter Harvey (baritone)
Bavarian Radio Chorus, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Howard Arman
BR Klassik Insiders Only
71qRn27t0iL._SL1072 HAYDN, JOSEPH: Symphonies No. 92 in G major “Oxford”; No. 75 in D major; No. 44 in E minor “Trauer” (transcribed for piano by Carl David Stegmann)
HAYDN; JOSEPH Ivan Ilić (piano)
Chandos 10 / 10
81RB0hDJM2L._SL1500 DAVIS, CARL: D.W. Griffith’s Intolerance (1916)
DAVIS; CARL Luxembourg Radio Symphony Orchestra, Carl Davis
Carl Davis Collection 9 / 9
A1Y-NzWuutL._SL1500 Works by Claude Debussy, Franz Liszt, Robert Schumann, & André Tchaikowsky DEBUSSY; CLAUDELISZT; FRANZSCHUMANN; ROBERTTCHAIKOWSKY; ANDRÉ Norma Fisher (piano)
Sonetto Classics ‎ Insiders Only
KNAPPERTSBUSCH_WPh_Theater-an-der-Wien_LVB_Wagner_Backhaus-Nilsson_ARTHAUS-MUSIK_ClassicalCritic_ClassicsToday BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN: Piano Concerto No. 4; Leonore III Overture
WAGNER, RICHARD: Tristan und Isolde - Prelude & Liebestod; Die Walküre, Act 1
BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VANWAGNER; RICHARD Birgit Nilsson (soprano); Claire Watson (soprano); Fritz Uhl (tenor); Josef Greindl (bass); Wilhelm Backhaus (piano)
Vienna Philharmonic, Hans Knappertsbusch
Arthaus Musik 7 / 6
BACH_GoldbergVariations_Esfahani_DG_ClassicsToday_jens-f-laurson_classical-critic BACH, J.S.: Goldberg Variations
BACH; J.S. Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord)
Deutsche Grammophon 8 / 9
A1Cu3fcpSWL._SL1500 BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major Op. 55 (“Eroica”)
STRAUSS, RICHARD: Metamorphosen
BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VANSTRAUSS; RICHARD Sinfonia Grange au Lac, Esa-Pekka Salonen
Alpha 6 / 7
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN - Symphonies Nos. 3, 5, & 7
BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VAN Solti; Georg
: Vienna Philharmonic
Decca Insiders Only
Mendelssohn_Piano-Concertos_PROSSEDA_deVriend_DECCA_Jens-f-Laurson_ClassicsToday MENDELSSOHN, FELIX: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; Rondò Brilliant; Hebrides Overture
MENDELSSOHN; FELIX Roberto Prosseda (piano)
Residentie Orchestra The Hague, Jan Willem de Vriend
Decca 7 / 9
6136GQquL._SL1000 Works by Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Prokofiev, & Rachmaninov BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VANCHOPIN; FRÉDÉRICLISZT; FRANZPROKOFIEV; SERGEIRACHMANINOV; SERGEI Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano)
Profil Insiders Only
817dIzTA3XL._SL1200 SCHUMANN, ROBERT: Fantasiestücke Op. 12; Humoreske Op. 20
SCHUMANN; ROBERT Jörg Demus (fortepiano)
MDG 6 / 7
A1gafyTUCJL._SL1500 MAURICE RAVEL: La Valse DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH: Preludes & Fugues Op. 87 Nos. 5 & 24 JOSEPH HAYDN: Piano Sonata in E-flat Hob. XVI:52 SERGEI PROKOFIEV: Piano Sonata No. 7 in B-flat major Op. 83 RODION SHCHEDRIN: Two Polyphonic Pieces: No. 1 Two-Part Invention, No. 2 Basso Ostinato HAYDN; JOSEPHPROKOFIEV; SERGEIRAVEL; MAURICESHCHEDRIN; RODIONSHOSTAKOVICH; DMITRI Wei Luo (piano)
Decca Gold 8 / 9
Brahms3Dvorak8 BRAHMS, JOHANNES: Symphony No. 3
DVORÁK, ANTONIN: Symphony No. 8
BRAHMS; JOHANNESDVORÁK; ANTONIN Hrusa; Jakub
: Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Tudor 7 / 8
Roussel Edition ROUSSEL, ALBERT: Symphonies, Ballets, Orchestral Works, Chamber Music, Choral Works, Opera, Songs, Historical Recordings
ROUSSEL; ALBERT Various Soloists
Various Orchestras and Conductors
Erato Insiders Only
ARNOLD SCHOENBERG - A Survivor From Warsaw
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN - Symphony No. 9 in D minor Op. 125
BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VANSCHOENBERG; ARNOLD Jane Marsh (soprano)
Josephine Veasey (mezzo-soprano)
Placido Domingo (tenor)
Sherrill Milnes (baritone & narrator in A Survivor From Warsaw)

Leinsdorf; Erich
: Boston Symphony Orchestra,Chorus Pro Musica; New England Conservatory Chorus
RCA Insiders Only
JOHANNES BRAHMS - Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor Op. 15; Six Piano Pieces Op. 118
BRAHMS; JOHANNES Peter Donohoe (piano)

Svetlanov; Evgeny
: Philharmonia Orchestra
EMI Insiders Only
KAVAKOS_NAGY_Stravinsky_Bach_ECM_ClassicalCritic_ClassicsToday BACH, J.S.: Sonata & Partita No. 1 for Solo Violin
STRAVINSKY, IGOR: Suite italienne; Duo concertant
BACH; J.S.STRAVINSKY; IGOR Leonidas Kavakos (violin); Péter Nagy (piano)
ECM 10 / 10
SHOSTAKOVICH_Sy8_Noseda_LSO_LSOlive_SACD_ClassicalCritic_ClassicsToday SHOSTAKOVICH, DMITRI: Symphony No. 8
SHOSTAKOVICH; DMITRI London Symphony Orchestra, Gianandrea Noseda
LSO 8 / 9
PETER ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY - Symphony No. 5
JOSEPH HAYDN - Symphony No. 98
HAYDN; JOSEPHTCHAIKOVSKY; PIOTR ILYICH Klemperer; Otto
: Philharmonia Orchestra
EMI Insiders Only
STRAUSS_Alpine-Symphony_BOEHM_Dresden_DG_ClassicsToday_jens-f-laurson_classical-critic STRAUSS, RICHARD: An Alpine Symphony; Till Eulenspiegel
STRAUSS; RICHARD Staatskapelle Dresden, Karl Böhm
Deutsche Grammophon 6 / 6
DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH - Chamber Symphony Op. 110a; Symphony for Strings Op. 118a; From Jewish Folk Poetry SHOSTAKOVICH; DMITRI Nadia Pelle (soprano) Mary Ann Hart (mezzo) Rodney Nolen (tenor)
Turovsky; Yuli
: I Musici de Montréal
Chandos Insiders Only
GUSTAV MAHLER - Symphony No. 8
MAHLER; GUSTAV Joyce Barker, Beryl Hatt, Agnes Giebel (soprano)
Kerstin Meyer, Helen Watts (alto)
Kenneth Neate (tenor)
Alfred Orda (baritone)
Arnold van Mill (bass)

Horenstein; Jascha
: London Symphony Orchestra
BBC Insiders Only
GUSTAV MAHLER - Symphony No. 9
FRANZ SCHUBERT - Symphony No. 8 "Unfinished"
MAHLER; GUSTAVSCHUBERT; FRANZ Giulini; Carlo Maria
: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Deutsche Grammophon Insiders Only
JOHANNES BRAHMS - Symphony No. 1 in C minor Op. 68
BRAHMS; JOHANNES Giulini; Carlo Maria
: Los Angeles Philharmonic
Deutsche Grammophon Insiders Only
JOHANNES BRAHMS - Symphony No. 2
BRAHMS; JOHANNES Giulini; Carlo Maria
: Los Angeles Philharmonic
Deutsche Grammophon Insiders Only
HANDEL_Messiah_LUKS_Collegium1704_ACCENT_ClassicsToday_Classical-Critic_Jens-F-Laurson HANDEL, G.F.: Messiah
HANDEL; G.F. Giulia Semenzato (soprano); Benno Schachtner (countertenor); Krystian Adam (tenor); Krešimir Stražanac (bass)
Collegium 1704, Collegium Vocale 1704, Václav Luks
Accent Insiders Only
HolstLitton HOLST, GUSTAV: The Planets
ELGAR, EDWARD: Enigma Variations
ELGAR; EDWARDHOLST; GUSTAV Litton; Andrew
: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
BIS 7 / 8
MendelssohnOvs MENDELSSOHN, FELIX: Overtures: Paulus; The Beautiful Melusine; Trumpet; The Hebrides; Athalie; A Midsummer Night's Dream; Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage; Ruy Blas
MENDELSSOHN; FELIX Gardner; Edward
: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Chandos 7 / 8
DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH - Cello Concerto No. 1; Symphony No. 1
SHOSTAKOVICH; DMITRI Mstislav Rostropovich (cello)

Ormandy; Eugene
: Philadelphia Orchestra
Sony Classical Insiders Only
BeetKnaCurz LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN - Piano Concertos Nos. 4 & 5 "Emperor"
BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VAN Clifford Curzon (piano)

Knappertsbusch; Hans
: Vienna Philharmonic
Decca Insiders Only
GABRIEL FAURÉ - Requiem; Pelléas et Mélisande; Cantique de Jean Racine; Shylock
FAURÉ; GABRIEL Henri Legay (tenor)
Bernard Demigny (baritone)
Françoise Ogéas (soprano)

Inghelbrecht; Désiré-Emile
: Choeurs et Orchestre National de la Radiodiffusion Francaise
Testament Insiders Only
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


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