Notes & Reviews:
Nikolaus Harnoncourt's influence on musical performance was transformative. In the 1950s, already established as an orchestral cellist in Vienna, he struck a new path by founding Concentus Musicus Wien, dedicated to performance on period instruments. As a conductor he developed relationships with major orchestras, always shedding new light on mainstream repertoire with his deep understanding of the composer's intentions and historical performing style. This 15-CD collection, spanning eras from the late Renaissance to Romanticism, demonstrates the scope of his achievement.
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Gershwin: An American in Paris, Concerto in F, Rhapsody in Blue, Broadway Overtures / Michael Tilson Thomas, piano; San Francisco SO, Los Angeles PO, Michael Tilson Thomas
Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958): Symphonies Nos. 1-9; Violin Concerto; Tuba Concerto; 3 Portraits / London SO, André Previn
Jascha Heifetz: The Complete Stereo Collection - Concertos by Beethoven, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Bach, Bruch,Glazunov, Mozart, Prokofiev, Rozsa, Vieuxtemps, Wieniawski and Sibelius plus solo & chamber works / Jascha Heifetz, violin [24 CDs]
Bruckner: Symphony No. 2 / Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Metropolitan Orchestra
Steven Isserlis: The Complete RCA Recordings - Works of Faure, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Saint-Saens, et al. / Steven Isserlis, cello; Various Ensembles
Nielsen: The 6 Symphonies; Violin Concertos; Aladdin Suite; Masquerade, et al. / Esa-Pekka Salonen, Swedish Radio SO; Philharmonia Orchestra
Gidon Kremer: Complete Concerto Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon - Violin Concertos by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Liszt, Mozart, Vivaldi, & more / Gidon Kremer, violin; various artists [22 CDs]
Maurizio Pollini: Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon / Maurizio Pollini, piano [55 CDs]
Ludwig van Beethoven: The Complete Piano Sonatas / Andras Schiff, piano