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This wide-ranging collection provides an overview of Carlo Maria Giulini's collaborations with London's most distinguished orchestras, including his beloved Philharmonia Orchestra. Released in anticipation of the 100th anniversary of the conductor's birth in 2014, this 17-disc set showcases the sheer quality and breadth of Giulini's recorded legacy, and includes reverential and deeply-felt readings of Beethoven, Brahms and Schumann; thrilling performances of overtures by Verdi and Rossini; and vivid and colorful Debussy, Ravel, Falla and Stravinsky, all led with the utmost flair and commitment. Also featured is a fascinating bonus documentary on Giulini's life and career, with contributions by the conductor himself and some of the musicians who worked closely with him.
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Carlo Maria Giuliini: The Chicago Years: Beethoven, Berlioz, Brahms, Bruckner, Mahler Stravinsky [4 CDs]
The Concerto Recordings / Arrau, Milstein, Perlamn, Rostropovich, Starker, Weissenberg. Carlo Maria Giulini [9 CDs]
Callas Remastered: The Complete Studio Recordings 1949-1969 [70 CDs] / Maria Callas, soprano. Includes original artwork, 136-page book w/ photos, librettos, other bonus material.
Carl Nielsen: Complete Symphonies 1-6 / Ole Schmidt, London SO
Brahms: Piano Concertos nos 1 & 2 / Hélène Grimaud, piano
Paganini: Complete Guitar Music / Luigi Attademo, guitar
Wagner: Die Walkure: Act 2 (San Francisco, 13/11/1936) / Kirsten Flagstad, Lotte Lehmann, Kathryn Meisle, Lauritz Melchoir. Fritz Reiner
Paganini: Complete Ghiribizzi for guitar / Alfonso Baschiera, guitar
Ligeti: Violin Concerto; Bartok: Violin Concerto no 2; Eotvos: Seven / Patricia Kopatchinskaja, violin; Ensemble Modern