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Album Work Title Composer Performer Label Rating
51KWQlRUAIL._SL1200 FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN: Nocturnes Op. 9 No. 2, Op. 27 No. 2, Op. 62 No. 1, Op. Posth. in C-sharp minor FRANZ LISZT: Liebesträume No. 3 CLAUDE DEBUSSY: Suite bergamasque: Clair de lune LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor Op. 27 No. 2 (“Moonlight”) JOHANNES BRAHMS: Piano Sonata No. 3 in F minor Op. 5 (Andante espressivo) BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VANBRAHMS; JOHANNESCHOPIN; FRÉDÉRICDEBUSSY; CLAUDELISZT; FRANZ Jennifer Lim (piano)
Genuin 5 / 9
712lz8emcAL._SL1200 Various Composers and Works BACH; J.S.BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VANBRAHMS; JOHANNESCHOPIN; FRÉDÉRICDEBUSSY; CLAUDERAVEL; MAURICESATIE; ERIKSCARLATTI; DOMENICOSCHUBERT; FRANZ Anne Queffélec (piano); other soloists
Various Conductors and Orchestras
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81-4ku-DceL._SL1200 FAURÉ, GABRIEL: Piano, Chamber, Orchestra, & Choral Works
FAURÉ; GABRIEL Various soloists
Various conductors, orchestras, & ensembles
Erato 8 / 8
FAURE_STUVY-Piano-Works_BIS_jens-f-laurson_classical-critic FAURÉ, GABRIEL: Nocturnes Nos. 1 (Op.33/1), 6 (Op. 63), & 13 (Op. 119); Romances sans paroles Op. 17; Sonata (1863); Mazurke (c. 1865); Ballade Op. 19
FAURÉ; GABRIEL Nicolas Stavy (piano)
BIS Insiders Only
TchaikSlat TCHAIKOVSKY, PIOTR ILYICH: The Nutcracker; The Sleeping Beauty; Swan Lake
TCHAIKOVSKY; PIOTR ILYICH Slatkin; Leonard
: Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
RCA Insiders Only
81ZP7QhkBL._SL1425 SIXTEN SYLVAN: Sonata for Horn & Piano Op. 7 (1963) JEAN-MICHEL DAMASE: Sonata for Horn & Piano (1996) LESLIE BASSETT: Sonata for Horn & Piano (1954) YORK BOWEN: Sonata in E-flat for Horn & Piano (1937) BASSETT; LESLIEBOWEN; YORKDAMASE; JEAN-MICHELSYLVAN; SIXTEN Ian Zook (horn); Eric Ruple (piano)
MSR Classics 9 / 9
MozartBlom MOZART, WOLFGANG AMADEUS: Symphonies Nos. 40 and 41 "Jupiter"
MOZART; WOLFGANG AMADEUS Blomstedt; Herbert
: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
BR Klassik 7 / 9
71116xrThCL._SL1200 BACH, J.S.: Five Sonatas & Partitas for Solo Violin; Three Suites for Solo Cello; Allemande in A minor from the Flute Partita BWV 1013; Sarabande in C minor from the Lute Suite BWV 997 (transcribed for harpsichord by Gustav Leonhardt)
BACH; J.S.LEONHARDT; GUSTAV Roberto Loreggian (harpsichord)
Brilliant Classics Insiders Only
61J4xeevzCL._SL1200 Various Composers and Works ALBÉNIZ; ISAACBOULEZ; PIERRECHOPIN; FRÉDÉRICFALLA; MANUEL DELISZT; FRANZMESSIAEN; OLIVIERSCHUMANN; ROBERTSTRAVINSKY; IGOR Yvonne Loriod (piano); Olivier Messiaen (piano); Jeanne Loriod (Ondes Martinot)
Various conductors and ensembles
Decca Insiders Only
71zRRM6hjOL._SL1200 BERLIOZ, HECTOR: Symphonie fantastique (arranged for two pianists by Jean-François Heisser)
BERLIOZ; HECTOR Jean-François Heisser and Marie-Josèphe Jude (piano)
Harmonia Mundi 7 / 9
712Tmq7Li5L._SL1221 APOSTEL, HANS ERICH: Piano Music
APOSTEL; HANS ERICH Thérèse Malengreau (piano)
BIS 10 / 10
ProkKhol PROKOFIEV, SERGEI: Piano Concertos 1, 3 and 4
PROKOFIEV; SERGEI Kholodenko, Vadym (piano)
Harth-Bedoya; Miguel
: Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
Harmonia Mundi 8 / 8
TchaikNos TCHAIKOVSKY, PIOTR ILYICH: Symphony No. 6
MUSSORGSKY, MODEST: Pictures at an Exhibition (orch. Ravel)
MUSSORGSKY; MODESTTCHAIKOVSKY; PIOTR ILYICH Noseda; Gianandrea
: London Symphony Orchestra
LSO 6 / 5
huvechopin CHOPIN, FRÉDÉRIC: Four Scherzos; Four Ballades
CHOPIN; FRÉDÉRIC Cyril Huvé (fortepiano)
Warner Classics Insiders Only
alagnakurzak PUCCINI, GIACOMO: 10 Duets From La bohème, Madama Butterfly, La Rondine, Tosca, Manon Lescaut, Il tabarro, & La fanciulla del West
PUCCINI; GIACOMO Aleksandra Kurzak (soprano); Roberto Alagna (tenor)
Sinfonia Varsovia, Riccardo Frizza
Sony Classical 8 / 7
91V-Bp1rqYL._SL1500 BUSONI, FERRUCCIO: Sonatina Seconda; Nine Variations on a Chopin Prelude; Elegies
BUSONI; FERRUCCIO Svetlana Belsky (piano)
Ravello 8 / 3
HaydnJando HAYDN, JOSEPH: Fantasia (Capriccio) in C major; Minuets and other dances; Adagio in G major
HAYDN; JOSEPH Jandó, Jenö (piano)
Naxos 7 / 8
StenBlomst STENHAMMAR, WILHELM: Symphony No. 2; Serenade
STENHAMMAR; WILHELM Blomstedt; Herbert
: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
BIS Insiders Only
StenLind STENHAMMAR, WILHELM: Symphony No. 2; Incidental Music to "A Dream Play"
STENHAMMAR; WILHELM Lindberg; Christian
: Antwerp Symphony Orchestra
BIS 7 / 9
kohsaariaho SAARIAHO, KAIJA: Tocar; Cloud Trio; Light and Matter; Aure; Graal théâtre
SAARIAHO; KAIJA Jennifer Koh (violin); Nicolas Hodges (piano); Hsin-Yun Huang (viola); Wilhelmina Smith, Anssi Karttunen (cello)
Curtis 20/21 Ensemble, Conner Gray Covington
Cedille 10 / 10
BACH_Cantatas-KUIJKEN_Petite-Bande-ACCENT-Box_jens-f-laurson_classical-critic BACH, J.S.: Cantatas of a Complete Liturgical Year
BACH; J.S. Gerlinde Sämann, Siri Thornhill, Elisabeth Hermans, Yeree Suh, Sophie Karthäuser (soprano); Petra Noskaiová (alto); Christoph Genz, Jan Kobow, Marcus Ullmann (tenor); Jan van der Crabben, Dominik Wörner (bass)
La Petite Bande, Sigiswald Kuijken
Accent Insiders Only
712A3th-wfL._SL1429 BRAHMS, JOHANNES: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor Op. 15
BRAHMS; JOHANNES Ekaterina Litvintseva (piano)
Klassische Philharmonie Bonn, Herbert Beissel
Profil 7 / 7
BeetAng BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN: Piano Concertos Nos. 4 and 5 "Emperor"
BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VAN Angelich; Nicholas
Equilbey; Laurence
: Insula Orchestra
Erato 6 / 8
PrevinLSO Various Composers Various Composers Previn; André
: London Symphony Orchestra
EMI Insiders Only
BACH_GREGSON-ReComposed_CelloSuites_DG_jens-f-laurson_classical-critic CD From Hell: Peter Gregson Banalizes Bach GREGSON; PETER Peter Gregson (cello, synthesizers); Richard Harwood, Reinoud Ford, Tim Lowe, Ben Chappell, Katherine Jenkinson (cello)
Deutsche Grammophon Insiders Only
sony88985392322boxv1 Works by Bartók, Beethoven, Puccini, R. Strauss, & Wagner BARTÓK; BELABEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VANPUCCINI; GIACOMOSTRAUSS; RICHARDWAGNER; RICHARD Birgit Nilsson (soprano); various singers
Various Conductors & Orchestras
Sony Classical Insiders Only
Emerson TCHAIKOVSKY, PIOTR ILYICH: Souvenir de Florence
SCHOENBERG, ARNOLD: Verklärte Nacht
SCHOENBERG; ARNOLDTCHAIKOVSKY; PIOTR ILYICH Emerson String Quartet; Paul Neubauer (viola II); Colin Carr (cello II)
Sony Classical 8 / 8
613eN3l7RuL._SL1200 LISZT, FRANZ: Études d’exécution transcendante; La leggierezza; Rigoletto Paraphrase
LISZT; FRANZ Boris Giltburg (piano)
Naxos 6 / 10
PrevinBox Big Boxes: The Classic André Previn Various Composers Various Soloists
Previn; André
: London Symphony Orchestra,Various orchestras
RCASony Classical Insiders Only
VERDI_Macbeth_Biondi_GLOSSA_ClassicsToday_jens-f-laurson_classical-critic VERDI, GIUSEPPE: Macbeth (1847 version)
VERDI; GIUSEPPE Giovanni Meoni (baritone); Nadja Michael (soprano); Fabrizio Beggi (bass); Giuseppe Valentino Buzza (tenor); Marco Ciaponi (tenor); others
Europa Galante, Fabio Biondi
Glossa Insiders Only
Bruneau BRUNEAU, ALFRED: Orchestral Music from Messidor; L'Attaque du moulin; Naïs Micoulin
BRUNEAU; ALFRED Ang; Darrell
: Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
Naxos 6 / 8
BEETHOVEN_LISZT_Till_Fellner_ECM_ClassicsToday_jens-f-laurson_classical-critic LISZT, FRANZ: Années de pèlerinage Première année - Suisse
BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN: Sonata No. 32 Op. 111
BEETHOVEN; LUDWIG VANLISZT; FRANZ Till Fellner (piano)
ECM 8 / 7
SaintSaensChamayou SAINT-SAËNS, CAMILLE: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 5 "Egyptian"; Solo piano works (4 Etudes, Mazurka, Allegro appassionato, Valse nonchalante)
SAINT-SAËNS; CAMILLE Chamayou, Bertrand (piano)
Krivine; Emmanuel
: Orchestre National de France
Erato 9 / 9
Eller ELLER, HEINO: Violin Concerto; Symphonic Legend; Fantasy in G minor for Violin and Orchestra; Symphony No. 2
ELLER; HEINO Skride, Baiba (violin)
Elts; Olari
: Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Ondine 8 / 8
714yShCLGcL._SL1200 SCARLATTI, DOMENICO: Keyboard Sonatas (selection)
SCARLATTI; DOMENICO Soyeon Kate Lee (piano)
Naxos 7 / 9
SchrekerWard SCHREKER, FRANZ: Ekkehard Overture; Fantastic Oveture; Prelude to a Grand Opera "Memnon"; On Eternal Life; Four Little Pieces for Large Orchestra
SCHREKER; FRANZ Valda Wilson (soprano)
Ward; Christopher
: Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz
Capriccio Insiders Only
DebussyGimeno DEBUSSY, CLAUDE: La Mer; Iberia; Images for piano, Book 1 (orch. Matthews); Six épigraphes antiques (orch. Escher)
DEBUSSY; CLAUDE Gimeno; Gustavo
: Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg
PentaTone Insiders Only
Yamada ROUSSEL, ALBERT: Bacchus et Ariane Suites 1 &2
DEBUSSY, CLAUDE: Six épigraphes antiques (orch. Ansermet)
POULENC, FRANCIS: Les Biches (suite)
DEBUSSY; CLAUDEPOULENC; FRANCISROUSSEL; ALBERT Yamada; Kazuki
: L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
PentaTone 8 / 8
HAYDN_Concertos_Midori-Seiler_Berlin-Classics_CLASSICSTODAY_Jens-f-Laurson_ClassicalCritic HAYDN, JOSEPH: Violin Concertos No. 1 in C major; No. 3 in A major; & No. 4 in G major
SALOMON, JOHANN PETER: Romance for Violin & Orchestra
HAYDN; JOSEPHSALOMON; JOHANN PETER Midori Seiler (violin & leader)
Concerto Köln
Berlin Classics 9 / 9
germanchristmas Christmas Music From 17th Century Germany HASSLER; HANS LEOPRAETORIUS; MICHAELSCHEIN; JOHANN HERMANNSCHÜTZ; HEINRICH Margaretha Consort, Marit Broekroelofs
Naxos 10 / 10
aceremony JOHN RUTTER - Dancing Day
BENJAMIN BRITTEN - A Ceremony of Carols Op. 28
Other works by Willan, Holst, Praetorius, & J.S. Bach -
BACH; J.S.BRITTEN; BENJAMINRUTTER; JOHN Richard Dorsey (oboe)
Judy Loman (harp)

Bartle; Jean Ashworth
: Toronto Children's Chorus
Marquis Classics Insiders Only
Mahler6TC MAHLER, GUSTAV: Symphony No. 6
MAHLER; GUSTAV Currentzis; Teodor
: MusicAeterna
Sony Classical 8 / 7
Traditional & original Christmas carols, songs, & hymns composed or arranged by Vaughan Williams, Praetorius, J.S. Bach, Rutter, Pärt, Lawson, Warlock, others -
King's Singers
Signum 10 / 10
GLass-11 GLASS, PHILIP: Symphony No. 11
GLASS; PHILIP Bruckner Orchestra Linz, Dennis Russell Davies
Orange Mountain 10 / 10
scriabinsonatas SCRIABIN, ALEXANDER: Piano Sonatas Nos. 4 & 5; Selected Preludes, Etudes, and Short Works
SCRIABIN; ALEXANDER Vadym Kholodenko (piano)
Harmonia Mundi 6 / 8
71eqq9WwnTL._SL1213 STRAUSS, RICHARD: Piano Trio No. 2 in D major; Piano Quartet in C minor Op. 13
STRAUSS; RICHARD Daniel Blumenthal (piano); Doren Dinglinger (violin); Tony Nys (viola); Alexandre Vay (cello)
CPO 8 / 9
Nutcracker TCHAIKOVSKY, PIOTR ILYICH: The Nutcracker (complete ballet)
TCHAIKOVSKY; PIOTR ILYICH Dudamel; Gustavo
: Los Angeles Philharmonic
Deutsche Grammophon 7 / 8
GEORGE FREDERIC HANDEL - Messiah
HANDEL; G.F. Lynne Dawson, Nicole Heaston (soprano)
Magdalena Kožená (mezzo-soprano)
Charlotte Hellekant (contralto)
Brian Asawa (countertenor)
John Mark Ainsley (tenor)
Russell Smythe (baritone)
Brian Bannatyne-Scott (bass)

Minkowski; Marc
: Choeur des Musiciens du Louvre,Les Musiciens du Louvre
Archiv Insiders Only
Haydn87Christophers HAYDN, JOSEPH: Symphonies Nos. 49 "La Passione" and 87
MOZART, WOLFGANG AMADEUS: Sinfonia Concertante for violin and viola (K364)
HAYDN; JOSEPHMOZART; WOLFGANG AMADEUS Aisslin Nosky (violin); Max Mandel (viola)
Christophers; Harry
: Handel and Haydn Society
Coro Insiders Only
Mahler5Harding MAHLER, GUSTAV: Symphony No. 5
MAHLER; GUSTAV Harding; Daniel
: Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Harmonia Mundi 8 / 9


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