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BBC Legends: Mstislav Rostropovich Box Set [3 CDs]
BBC Legends: Mstislav Rostropovich Box Set [3 CDs]

3 CD / BBC Legends / 2011-09-27

Works: Aram Khachaturian: Concert-Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra; Dmitry Shostakovich: Concerto for Cello no 2 in G major, Op. 126; Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Variations for Cello and Orchestra on a Rococ...
Performers: Rostropovich, Mstislav
Conductors: Hurst, George; Davis, Colin; Britten, Benjamin; Svetlanov, Evgeny; Rostropovich, Mstislav; Rozhdestvensky, Gennady

Considered one of the greatest cellists of the second half of the 20th century is the Russian musician and conductor, Mstislav Rostropovich. Collected here in...continue...
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Shostakovich: Violin Concerto / David Oistrakh, et al
Shostakovich: Violin Concerto / David Oistrakh, et al

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2009-11-25

Works: Arthur Bliss: Fanfare for the Lord Mayor of London, for brass & percussion, F. 65; Dmitry Shostakovich: Concerto for Violin no 2 in C sharp minor, Op. 129; Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Concerto for Vio...
Performers: Oistrakh, David [Conductor]
Conductors: Ormandy, Eugene; Shostakovich, Maxim

David Oistrakh's 1967 performance of Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No. 2 with Eugene Ormandy conducting the LSO was the European Premiere of the work. This is...continue...
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BBC 42672
Mahler: Symphony no 1 / Klaus Tennstedt, et al
Mahler: Symphony no 1 / Klaus Tennstedt, et al

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2009-11-23

Works: Gustav Mahler: Symphony no 1 in D major "Titan"; Mikhail Glinka: Ruslan and Lyudmila; Spoken Word: Klaus Tennstedt interviewed by John Amis
Conductors: Tennstedt, Klaus

The Mahler 1st broadcast from 1990 has never appeared before and represents Tennstedt's mature interpretation caught in brilliant stereo. Glinka's 'Ruslan & Ludmilla' Overture is...continue...
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BBC 42662
Beethoven: Triple Concerto Op 56;  Brahms: Double Concerto Op 102 / Kertesz, Menuhin, Gendron
Beethoven: Triple Concerto Op 56; Brahms: Double Concerto Op 102 / Kertesz, Menuhin, Gendron

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2009-03-10

Works: Johannes Brahms: Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor, Op. 102 "Double"; Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto for Piano, Violin and Cello in C major, Op. 56 "Triple Concerto"
Performers: Gendron, Maurice; Menuhin, Hephzibah; Menuhin, Yehudi [Violin]
Conductors: Kertész, István

Menuhin never recorded Beethoven's 'Triple Concerto', so this is a first and an addition to his extensive discography. The concert given at the 1964 Bath...continue...
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BBC 42522
Nielsen: Symphony no 3;  Sibelius: Symphony no 5, etc / Horenstein, Browning, Wheatley, et al
Nielsen: Symphony no 3; Sibelius: Symphony no 5, etc / Horenstein, Browning, Wheatley, et al

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2009-03-10

Works: Carl Nielsen: Symphony no 3, Op. 27 "Sinfonia espansiva"; Jean Sibelius: Symphony no 5 in E flat major, Op. 82; Recorded Sound: Robert Simpson talks about Jascha Horenstein, who died on 2 April 1972 ...
Conductors: Horenstein, Jascha
Ensemble: ; BBC Northern Symphony

Horenstein never recorded these two Scandinavian symphonies so these rare broadcasts are new to his discography. As a bonus, Robert Simpson, the composer, gives a...continue...

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BBC 42492
Locke, Schumann, Brahms / Kertesz, London SO
Locke, Schumann, Brahms / Kertesz, London SO

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2009-03-01

Works: Matthew Locke: Music for His Majesty's sackbutts and cornetts, suites (2) for 2 cornetts & 3 sackbuts; Robert Schumann: Symphony no 1 in B flat major ("Spring"), Op. 38; Johannes Brahms: Symphony no ...
Conductors: Kertész, István

Istvan Kertesz was another conductor with an outstanding future who died prematurely while on holiday. The short Locke opened the Royal Festival Hall program, which...continue...
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BBC 42292
Beethoven, Gershwin: Piano Concertos / Cherkassky, et al
Beethoven, Gershwin: Piano Concertos / Cherkassky, et al

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2009-03-01

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto for Piano no 5 "Emperor"; George Gershwin: Concerto for Piano in F major
Performers: Cherkassky, Shura [Piano]
Conductors: Zollman, Ronald; Handley, Vernon
Ensemble: ; BBC Symphony Orchestra

Cherkassky has never recorded these two concertos before so this is a great addition to his discography. The Gershwin, an unusual choice for Cherkassky, was...continue...
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BBC 42312
Mozart: Piano Concertos no 16 & 17;  Bartók: Piano Concerto no 2 / Anda, Boulez, English Chamber Orchestra, BBC SO
Mozart: Piano Concertos no 16 & 17; Bartók: Piano Concerto no 2 / Anda, Boulez, English Chamber Orchestra, BBC SO

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2008-10-28

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for Piano no 16 in D major, K 451; Concerto for Piano no 17 in G major, K 453; Béla Bartók: Concerto for Piano no 2, Sz 95
Performers: Anda, Geza [Piano]
Conductors: Anda, Géza [Piano]; Boulez, Pierre
Ensemble: ; BBC Symphony Orchestra

This program of broadcasts from the 1970s showcases Geza Anda in two Mozart concertos and the technically challenging Bartok Piano Concerto No. 2. All these...continue...
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BBC 42472
Mozart: Concerto for Piano no 14 & 21, etc / Serkin
Mozart: Concerto for Piano no 14 & 21, etc / Serkin

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2008-01-22

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for Piano no 14 in E flat major, K 449; March in D major, K 335 no 1 (320a); German dances (6) for orchestra, K. 571; Concerto for Piano no 21 in C major, K 467
Performers: Serkin, Rudolf [Piano]
Conductors: Schneider, Alexander

The release of the Mozart Concertos Nos 14 & 21 together with the Six German Dances but supplemented by the March in D, K.335 are...continue...
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BBC 42272
Portrait of A Legend - Oistrakh
Portrait of A Legend - Oistrakh

4 CD / BBC Legends / 2007-12-04

Works: Dmitry Shostakovich: Concerto for Violin no 1 in A minor, Op. 77; Concerto for Violin no 2 in C sharp minor, Op. 129; Eugène Ysaÿe: Amitié, Op. 26; Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Concert...
Performers: Oistrakh, David [Conductor]; Oistrakh, Igor [Violin]
Conductors: Rozhdestvensky, Gennady; Svetlanov, Evgeny; Sargent, Malcolm; del Mar, Norman; Kondrashin, Kirill
Ensemble: ; Philharmonia Orchestra

"Oistrakh's technique is without question stellar and well-suited to the demands made on him by Shostakovich. But beyond technique and the mere execution of these...continue...
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Portrait of A Legend - Tennstedt
Portrait of A Legend - Tennstedt

4 CD / BBC Legends / 2007-12-04

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral"; Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92; Bedrich Smetana: Bartered Bride, B 143/T 93; Antonin Dvorák: Symphony no 8 in G major, Op. 88/...
Performers: Haggander, Marianne; Howell, Gwynne; Tear, Robert
Conductors: Tennstedt, Klaus

This 4 CD set featuring legendary German conductor Klaus Tennstedt combines four of his best-selling BBC Legends catalogue releases in a newly designed Limited Edition...continue...
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Nielsen, Sibelius: Symphonies / Barbirolli, et al
Nielsen, Sibelius: Symphonies / Barbirolli, et al

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2007-11-20

Works: Carl Nielsen: Symphony no 4, Op. 29 "Inextinguishable"; Jean Sibelius: Symphony no 3 in C major, Op. 52
Conductors: Barbirolli, John

Sir John Barbirolli has a prolific representation on BBC legends but this is the first time that two Scandinavian composers - Nielsen and Sibelius -...continue...
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BBC 42232
Beethoven, Chopin, Villa-Lobos, etc / Rubinstein
Beethoven, Chopin, Villa-Lobos, etc / Rubinstein

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2007-10-23

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto for Piano no 4 in G major, Op. 58; Camille Saint-Saëns: Concerto for Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 22; Heitor Villa-Lobos: Moreninha (A boneca de massa), for piano (A...
Performers: Rubinstein, Artur [Piano]
Conductors: Dorati, Antal; Schwarz, Rudolf
Ensemble: ; London Philharmonic Orchestra

"This album shows two distinct sides of Rubinstein. In his performance of Beethoven's Fourth and Saint-Saëns' Second piano concertos, Rubinstein demonstrates his penetrating understanding of...continue...
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Beethoven, Brahms / Schneiderhan, Seeman, et al
Beethoven, Brahms / Schneiderhan, Seeman, et al

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2007-10-23

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Egmont, incidental music, Op. 84; Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 61; Johannes Brahms: Sonata for Violin and Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 108
Performers: Schneiderhan, Wolfgang [Conductor/Violin]; Seemann, Carl
Conductors: Kertész, István
Ensemble: ; London Symphony Orchestra

Wolfgang Schneiderhan was an Austrian classical violinist born in Vienna. At age 10 he publicly performed Bach's Chaconne in D minor. The next year he...continue...
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BBC 42172
Vivaldi: Four Seasons, etc;  Mozart / Szeryng et al
Vivaldi: Four Seasons, etc; Mozart / Szeryng et al

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2007-07-31

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for Violin no 3 in G major, K. 216; Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto for Violin in E major, Op. 8 no 1/RV 269 "Primavera"; Concerto for 2 Violins in A minor, Op. 3 no 8/RV ...
Performers: Garcia, Jose-Luis; Szeryng, Henryk [Violin]
Conductors: Szeryng, Henryk [Violin]

"When I listen to Szeryng I always learn something new. It's not that I learn how to play a phrase, but how it is possible...continue...
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Beethoven, Shostakovich / Barbirolli, Hallé Orchestra
Beethoven, Shostakovich / Barbirolli, Hallé Orchestra

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2006-11-07

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67; Dmitry Shostakovich: Symphony no 5 in D minor, Op. 47
Conductors: Barbirolli, John

Sir John Barbirolli took over from Toscanini as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic in 1937 and became Director of the Halle from 1943...continue...
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BBC 41932
BBC Legends - Brahms: Piano Concerto no 2, etc / Ogdon
BBC Legends - Brahms: Piano Concerto no 2, etc / Ogdon

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2006-07-25

Works: Johannes Brahms: Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 83; Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for Piano no 32 in C minor, Op. 111
Performers: Ogdon, John [Piano]
Conductors: Barbirolli, John

John Ogdon studied at the Royal Manchester College of Music. He made his London deut at the Henry Wood Proms in 1958 playing the Busoni...continue...
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BBC 41832
Bach: Arias from St. Matthew Passion / Ameling, et al
Bach: Arias from St. Matthew Passion / Ameling, et al

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2006-01-24

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: St Matthew Passion, BWV 244
Performers: Ameling, Elly [Soprano Vocal]; Barrow, John; Jenkins, Neil
Conductors: Steinitz, Paul

This recording showcases two great Bach singers, contralto Janet Baker and the Dutch soprano, Elly Ameling in arias from Bach's St. Matthew Passion. This BBC...continue...
Recording information: The Priory Church of St. Bartholomew the Great, West Sm (03/18/1972)....continue...
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BBC 41682
Serkin - Mozart: Piano Concertos, German Dances, etc
Serkin - Mozart: Piano Concertos, German Dances, etc

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2004-10-19

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for Piano no 12 in A major, K 414 (385p); Concerto for Piano no 20 in D minor, K 466; German dances (6) for orchestra, K. 571; Prelude and Fugue for Piano in C major...
Performers: Serkin, Rudolf [Piano]
Conductors: Schneider, Alexander

This wonderfully relaxed recording of popular Mozart concertos given in 1966 at the City of London Festival in the Guildhall allows us to hear Rudolf...continue...
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BBC 41572
Dvorák, Brahms: Concertos / Fournier, et al
Dvorák, Brahms: Concertos / Fournier, et al

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2004-09-21

Works: Antonin Dvorák: Concerto for Cello in B minor, Op. 104/B 191; Johannes Brahms: Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor, Op. 102 "Double"
Performers: Fournier, Pierre [Cello]; Francescatti, Zino
Conductors: Davis, Colin; Sargent, Malcolm
Ensemble: ; BBC Symphony Orchestra

Pierre Fournier and Zino Francescatti were born in Paris and Marseille respectively. Fournier was the leading French cellist of his generation and performed with all...continue...
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BBC 41492
Beethoven, Bach, Paganini, et al / Nathan Milstein, et al
Beethoven, Bach, Paganini, et al / Nathan Milstein, et al

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2004-09-21

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 61; Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita for Violin solo no 1 in B minor, BWV 1002; Niccolò Paganini: Caprices (24) for Violin solo, Op. 1; Ma...
Performers: Lush, Ernest; Milstein, Nathan [Violin]
Conductors: Boult, Adrian; Leinsdorf, Erich
Ensemble: ; London Philharmonic Orchestra

Nathan Milstein was born in Odessa and studied with celebrated teacher Leopold Auer in St. Petersburg. Through his friendship with the composer Glazunov, he met...continue...
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BBC 41512
The 1959 Royal Festival Hall Concert / Beecham, RPO
The 1959 Royal Festival Hall Concert / Beecham, RPO

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2003-02-01

Works: Thomas Arne: God Save the Queen; Felix Mendelssohn: Overture for orchestra in F major ("Fair Melusina"), Op. 32; John Addison: Carte blanche, ballet suite; Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 7 in A ma...
Conductors: Beecham, Thomas

From Sir Thomas's last year of conducting before his death in 1961 comes this live concert recording from November 8, 1959. This disc features Beecham's...continue...
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BBC 40122
Great Performers of the Twentieth Century - Thomas Beecham
Great Performers of the Twentieth Century - Thomas Beecham

2 CD / BBC Legends / 2003-02-01

Works: Hector Berlioz: Requiem, Op. 5 (Grande Messe des Morts); Thomas Arne: God Save the Queen; Felix Mendelssohn: Overture for orchestra in F major ("Fair Melusina"), Op. 32; John Addison: Carte blanche, ...
Performers: Lewis, Richard [Tenor Vocals]
Conductors: Beecham, Thomas

Beecham's last concert at the Royal Albert Hall was a performance of Berlioz's Grande Messe des Morts. He retired permanently from the conducting platform soon...continue...
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BBC 44032
Great Performers of the Twentieth Century - John Barbirolli
Great Performers of the Twentieth Century - John Barbirolli

2 CD / BBC Legends / 2000-07-25

Works: Gustav Mahler: Symphony no 4 in G major; Hector Berlioz: Le corsaire Overture, Op. 21; Edward Elgar: In the South (Alassio), Concert Overture, Op. 50; William Walton: Partita for Orchestra; Benjamin ...
Performers: Harper, Heather
Conductors: Barbirolli, John

"Glorious John" was not known in this country for his Mahler interpretation, but this 1967 concert of the Symphony No. 4, featuring soprano Heather Harper,...continue...
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