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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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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
Strauss: Ein Heldenleben;  Schubert: Symphony no 8 in B minor 'Unfinished' / Kurt Sanderling
Strauss: Ein Heldenleben; Schubert: Symphony no 8 in B minor 'Unfinished' / Kurt Sanderling

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2009-10-13

Works: Richard Strauss: Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40; Franz Schubert: Symphony no 8 in B minor, D 759 "Unfinished"
Performers: Griffiths, Barry
Conductors: Sanderling, Kurt
Ensemble: BBC Northern Symphony

This Manchester live recording of Strauss' 'Ein Heldenleben' with the BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra preserves his wonderful 1975 performance in Manchester's Free Trade Hall in...continue...
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Boult Conducts Vaughan Williams, Hadley, Bax & Berg / Sir Adrian Boult
Boult Conducts Vaughan Williams, Hadley, Bax & Berg / Sir Adrian Boult

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2009-06-02

Works: Ralph Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis; Symphony no 6 in E minor; Patrick Hadley: One Morning in Spring, for orchestra; Arnold Bax: Mediterranean, for orchestra (arr. of piano p...
Conductors: Boult, Adrian
Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra

Sir Adrian Boult was Vaughan Williams' close and personal friend as well as one of his greatest advocates. This broadcast in excellent stereo from the...continue...
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BBC 42562
Beethoven: Piano Sonata no 7;  Poulenc: Pastourelle, etc / Emil Gilels
Beethoven: Piano Sonata no 7; Poulenc: Pastourelle, etc / Emil Gilels

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2009-03-10

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for Piano no 7 in D, Op. 10 no 3; Variations (15) and Fugue for Piano in E flat major, Op. 35 "Eroica"; Alexander Scriabin: Etude for piano in F sharp minor, Op. 8/2; Pie...
Performers: Gilels, Emil [Piano]
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BBC 42502
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
Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, etc / Rozhdestvensky, BBC SO
Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, etc / Rozhdestvensky, BBC SO

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2009-03-01

Works: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Russian Easter Festival Overture, Op. 36; Sergey Rachmaninov: Symphony no 1 in D minor, Op. 13; Sergey Prokofiev: Ode to the End of the War, for winds, 8 harps, 4 pianos, bra...
Conductors: Rozhdestvensky, Gennady
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
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BBC 42332
Mozart: Don Giovanni Overture;  Mahler: Symphony no 4 / Kurt Sanderling, Felicity Lott, BBC Northern SO
Mozart: Don Giovanni Overture; Mahler: Symphony no 4 / Kurt Sanderling, Felicity Lott, BBC Northern SO

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2008-10-28

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Don Giovanni; Gustav Mahler: Symphony no 4 in G major
Performers: Lott, Felicity [Soprano Vocal]
Conductors: Sanderling, Kurt
Ensemble: BBC Northern Symphony

Mahler's Symphony No. 4 has never been recorded by Kurt Sanderling and this release represents a new addition to his discography. Sanderling, who still lives...continue...
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BBC 42482
Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde;  Brahms: Alto Rhapsody / Baker, Leppard, Boult, et al
Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde; Brahms: Alto Rhapsody / Baker, Leppard, Boult, et al

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2008-10-14

Works: Gustav Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde; Johannes Brahms: Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53
Performers: Baker, Janet, Dame [Mezzo-soprano Vocal]; Mitchinson, John
Conductors: Leppard, Raymond; Boult, Adrian
Ensemble: BBC Men's Chorus; BBC Northern Symphony

Janet Baker's performance of Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde was first issued on BBC Radio Classics in 1995 and BBC Legends has vastly improved...continue...
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BBC 42432
Strauss: Don Quixote;  Haydn: Cello Concerto / Rostropovich, Sargent, et al
Strauss: Don Quixote; Haydn: Cello Concerto / Rostropovich, Sargent, et al

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2008-10-14

Works: Richard Strauss: Don Quixote, Op. 35; Franz Joseph Haydn: Concerto for Cello no 2 in D major, Op 101/H 7b no 2
Performers: Danks, Harry; Maguire, Hugh; Rostropovich, Mstislav
Conductors: Sargent, Malcolm; Rostropovich, Mstislav
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; London Symphony Orchestra

This is a real rarity from the British Library Sound Archive - Rostropovich in a dramatic account of Don Quixote given during an early visit...continue...
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BBC 42402
Elgar, Brahms: Cello Concertos;  Debussy: Cello Sonata / Tortelier, Lush, Boult, Pritchard, et al
Elgar, Brahms: Cello Concertos; Debussy: Cello Sonata / Tortelier, Lush, Boult, Pritchard, et al

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2008-05-27

Works: Edward Elgar: Concerto for Cello; Johannes Brahms: Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor, Op. 102 "Double"; Claude Debussy: Sonata for Cello and Piano
Performers: Lush, Ernest; Tortelier, Paul [Cello]; Tortelier, Yan Pascal
Conductors: Boult, Adrian; Pritchard, John
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

The French cellist Paul Tortelier was one of the truly great artists of the 20th Century. He collaborated with such eminent conductors as Sir Thomas...continue...
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BBC 42362
Schubert, Martinu, Mussorgsky, Chopin, Smetana / Rudolf Firkusny
Schubert, Martinu, Mussorgsky, Chopin, Smetana / Rudolf Firkusny

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2008-05-27

Works: Franz Schubert: Pieces (3) for Piano, D 946; Bohuslav Martinu: Fantasie and Toccata for Piano, H 281; Modest Mussorgsky: Pictures at an exhibition; Frédéric Chopin: Mazurka for piano no 41 ...
Performers: Firkusny, Rudolf

The Czech born Rudolf Firkusny was one of the greatest pianists of the 20th Century and a life long champion of his compatriots, the composers...continue...
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BBC 42382
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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BBC 5001
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
Monteverdi, Graziani, Schubert, etc / Janet Baker
Monteverdi, Graziani, Schubert, etc / Janet Baker

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2007-10-23

Works: Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 10; Madrigals, Book 9; Scherzi musicali, volume 2; Bonifatio Gratiani: Velut palma, velut rosa, for voice & continuo; Mister Barringcloe: A Divine Hymn - Jehovah R...
Performers: Baker, Janet, Dame [Mezzo-soprano Vocal]; Hall, Joy; Leppard, Raymond [Conductor]

This CD encapsulates a great partnership (which lasted for more than 30 years) of Janet Baker and Raymond Leppard who both started coming to Benjamin...continue...
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BBC 42182
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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Great Performers of the Twentieth Century - Shura Cherkassky
Great Performers of the Twentieth Century - Shura Cherkassky

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2007-09-25

Works: George Frederick Handel: Suite for Harpsichord in E major, HWV 430; Johannes Brahms: Variations and Fugue for Piano in B flat major on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24; Alban Berg: Sonata for Piano, Op. 1; ...
Performers: Cherkassky, Shura [Piano]

Considered to be one of the greatest romantic pianists of the 20th century, this disc presents two early BBC recitals which were recorded live with...continue...
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BBC 42122
Brahms, Reger, Beethoven / Boult, Schuricht, et al
Brahms, Reger, Beethoven / Boult, Schuricht, et al

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2007-09-25

Works: Johannes Brahms: Tragic Overture, Op. 81; Max Reger: Variations and Fugue on a Theme of J.A. Hiller for orchestra in E major, Op. 100; Ludwig van Beethoven: Grosse Fuge for String Quartet in B flat m...
Conductors: Schuricht, Carl; Boult, Adrian
Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra; New Philharmonia Orchestra

This release, with bonus rare recording by Sir Adrian Boult, is one of Reger's greatest works. Full of wit, resource and above all, delicacy....continue...
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BBC 42132
Great Performers of the Twentieth Century / Kempe, et al
Great Performers of the Twentieth Century / Kempe, et al

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2007-09-11

Works: Michael Tippett: Concerto for Double String Orchestra; Alban Berg: Concerto for Violin; Leos Janácek: Sinfonietta
Performers: Peinemann, Edith
Conductors: Kempe, Rudolf
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

The exceptionally fine and dramatic recording of Tippett's Concerto for Double String Orchestra was never recorded by Kempe and is a new addition to Kempe's...continue...
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BBC 42152
Janacek: Glagolitic Mass; Strauss / Tennstedt, et al
Janacek: Glagolitic Mass; Strauss / Tennstedt, et al

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2007-07-31

Works: Leos Janácek: Glagolitic Mass; Richard Strauss: Le Bourgeois gentilhomme, Op. 60
Performers: Gunson, Ameral; Shimell, William; Tear, Robert
Conductors: Tennstedt, Klaus
Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra

Like the BBC Legends recording of the Sinfonietta, Tennstedt never commercially recorded the Glagolitic Mass. It is a massive work comprising four singers, organ and...continue...
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BBC 42082
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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Klemperer, Ravel, Brahms, etc / Stokowski
Klemperer, Ravel, Brahms, etc / Stokowski

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2007-04-24

Works: Otto Klemperer: Merry Waltz for orchestra; Ralph Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis; Maurice Ravel: Rapsodie espagnole; Johannes Brahms: Symphony no 4 in E minor, Op. 98; Ottokar ...
Conductors: Stokowski, Leopold
Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra; New Philharmonia Orchestra

This stereo broadcast of a Royal Albert Hall concert given in May 1974 represents the last public appearance of Leopold Stokowski in England. The 1974...continue...
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BBC 42052
Walton, Debussy, Handel, Delius, etc / Silvestri, et al
Walton, Debussy, Handel, Delius, etc / Silvestri, et al

2 CD / BBC Legends / 2007-04-24

Works: William Walton: Partita for Orchestra; Claude Debussy: La mer; Le gladiateur ("Mort aux Romains, tuez jusqu'au dernier"), cantata for 3 soloists & orchestra, L. 41; Sergey Rachmaninov: Symphony no 3 ...
Conductors: Silvestri, Constantin
Ensemble: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

This "live" 2CD set adds important new recordings to the discography of Silvestri and the Bournemouth Symphony and follows on from the recently issued 2CD...continue...
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BBC 42072
Haydn, Debussy, Beethoven, et al / Ansermet
Haydn, Debussy, Beethoven, et al / Ansermet

2 CD / BBC Legends / 2007-01-30

Works: Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony no 85 in B major, H 1 no 85 "La Reine"; Claude Debussy: Nocturnes (3) for Orchestra; Ibéria, for orchestra, L. 122/2; Spoken Word: Ernest Ansermet discusses Debussy ...
Conductors: Ansermet, Ernest
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; Philharmonia Orchestra

The anthology represented here gives us a rare snapshot of Ernest Ansermet conducting classical composers - Haydn and Beethoven - as well as composers he...continue...
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BBC 42022
Prokofiev: Symphony no 5, etc;  Britten / Rozhdestvensky
Prokofiev: Symphony no 5, etc; Britten / Rozhdestvensky

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2006-07-25

Works: Sergey Prokofiev: Symphony no 5 in B flat major, Op. 100; Pieces (10) for Piano from "Romeo and Juliet", Op. 75; Benjamin Britten: The Young person's guide to the orchestra; Recorded Sound: Announcem...
Conductors: Rozhdestvensky, Gennady
Ensemble: Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra

This release of Prokofiev Symphony No.5 completes the three BBC stereo broadcasts made from the Proms in 971 which featured Tchaikovsky Symphony No.4 (BBC CD...continue...
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BBC 41842
Elgar, Tchaikovsky, Britten, et al / Silvestri
Elgar, Tchaikovsky, Britten, et al / Silvestri

2 CD / BBC Legends / 2006-07-25

Works: Edward Elgar: Cockaigne Overture, Op. 40 "In London Town"; Symphony no 1 in A flat major, Op. 55; Malcolm Arnold: Beckus the Dandipratt Overture, Op. 5; Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 2 in C ...
Conductors: Silvestri, Constantin
Ensemble: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Constantin Silvestri, conductor and composer, was born in Bucharest and became conductor of the Bacharest Philharmonic. He also conducted the Leningrad Philharmonic and Hungarian State...continue...
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BBC 41822
BBC Legends - Weber, Ravel, etc / Monteux
BBC Legends - Weber, Ravel, etc / Monteux

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2006-06-27

Works: Carl Maria von Weber: Jubel Overture, J 245/Op. 59; Maurice Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin; Willem Pijper: Symphony no 3, K. 71; Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations; Emmanuel Chabrier: Work(s)
Conductors: Monteux, Pierre
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; London Symphony Orchestra

"The opening of the little known Weber overture may contain the seeds of Wagner's overture to 'Die Meistersinger,' the ending is a stirring take on...continue...
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Dvorák, Janácek: String Quartets / Smetana Quartet
Dvorák, Janácek: String Quartets / Smetana Quartet

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2006-05-23

Works: Antonin Dvorák: Terzetto for 2 violins & viola in C major, B. 148 (Op. 74); Quartet for Strings no 14 in A flat major, B. 193 (Op. 105); Leos Janácek: Quartet for Strings no 1 "Kreutzer Son...
Performers: Kostecky, Lubomir; Novak, Jiri [Violin]; Skampa, Milan

The Smetana Quartet was the greatest of a legendary line of Czech string ensembles. The quartet was formed on the 6th of November 1945 and...continue...
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BBC 41802
Delius, Mozart, Beethoven: Piano Concertos / Curzon
Delius, Mozart, Beethoven: Piano Concertos / Curzon

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2006-05-02

Works: Frederick Delius: Concerto for Piano in C minor, RT vii/4; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for Piano no 24 in C minor, K 491; Ludwig van Beethoven: Fantasia in C minor, Op. 80 "Choral Fantasy"
Performers: Curzon, Clifford [Piano]
Conductors: Pritchard, John; Haitink, Bernard
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; London Philharmonic Orchestra

"The piece de resistance here is the Delius Concerto. Nowadays, Curzon is primarily associated with the core repertoire - Mozart, Schubert, Schumann and Brahms -...continue...
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Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Barker, Thompson, Keen, Stilwell, Blanchet, Smeets, Bijnen, Amsterdam Opera - Edo de Waart [2 DVD]
Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Barker, Thompson, Keen, Stilwell, Blanchet, Smeets, Bijnen, Amsterdam Opera - Edo de Waart [2 DVD]

2 DVD Video / BBC Legends / 2005-11-15

Works: Giacomo Puccini: Madama Butterfly
Performers: Barker, Cheryl; Bijnen, Annelleen; Blanchet, Peter; Keen, Catherine; Stilwell, Richard; Thompson, Martin

Robert Wilsons pure and highly stylized 2003 production enhances the timeless beauty of Puccinis moving Japanese tragedy. Cheryl Barker and Martin Thompson lead an inspired...continue...
Run Time: 169 min.
Region: 1
Picture Format: NTSC Widescreen, 1.78:1, Color
Sound Format(s): PCM Stereo, DTS 5.1
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Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Cherkassky, etc / Cherkassky, et al
Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Cherkassky, etc / Cherkassky, et al

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2004-11-23

Works: Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23; Modest Mussorgsky: Pictures at an exhibition; Shura Cherkassky: Prelude Pathetique, for piano; Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Fli...
Performers: Cherkassky, Shura [Piano]
Conductors: Solti, Sir Georg
Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra

Shura Cherkassky, was one of the 20th Century's greatest romantic virtuosos, a pupil of the legendary pianist Josef Hofmann at the Curtis institute in Philadelphia....continue...
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BBC 41602
Beethoven, Schumann, Schoenberg / Arrau
Beethoven, Schumann, Schoenberg / Arrau

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2004-11-23

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for Piano no 13 in E flat major, Op. 27 no 1 "Quasi una fantasia"; Robert Schumann: Fantasia in C major, Op. 17; Arnold Schoenberg: Pieces (3) for piano, Op. 11
Performers: Arrau, Claudio [Piano]

Claudio Arrau was in intellectual, with a profound analytical bent, a deeply relective interpreter, commanding a tonal range of extraordinary breath, variety and depth. The...continue...
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BBC 41622
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
Tchaikovsky, Schumann: Piano Concertos / Rubinstein, et al
Tchaikovsky, Schumann: Piano Concertos / Rubinstein, et al

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2004-09-21

Works: Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23; Robert Schumann: Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 54; Spoken Word: Artur Rubinstein in Conversation with Michael Oliver
Performers: Rubinstein, Artur [Piano]
Conductors: Giulini, Carlo Maria; Schwarz, Rudolf
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; Philharmonia Orchestra

Artur Rubinstein, one of the most celebrated pianists of the 20th Century, has been featured in Chopin and Beethoven concertos on BBC Legends over the...continue...
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BBC 41522
Strauss, Ravel, Mozart / Elisabeth Söderström, et al
Strauss, Ravel, Mozart / Elisabeth Söderström, et al

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2004-09-21

Works: Richard Strauss: Four Last Songs, AV 150; Capriccio, Op 85; Maurice Ravel: Shéhérazade, poems (3) for soprano (or tenor) & orchestra (or piano); Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Le nozze di Fig...
Performers: Soderstrom, Elisabeth
Conductors: Dorati, Antal; Boulez, Pierre; Pritchard, John
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Elisabeth Soderstrom has remaimed a member of the Swedish Royal opera for life. Her repertoire includes a wide range of roles - from Monteverdi's Poppea,...continue...
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BBC 41532
Giulini - Weber, Schubert, Britten / LPO, New Philharmonia
Giulini - Weber, Schubert, Britten / LPO, New Philharmonia

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2004-06-29

Works: Carl Maria von Weber: Der Freischütz, J 277; Franz Schubert: Symphony no 9 in C major, D 944 "Great"; Benjamin Britten: The Building of the House, overture for chorus & orchestra, Op. 79; Spoken...
Conductors: Giulini, Carlo Maria
Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra; New Philharmonia Chorus; New Philharmonia Orchestra

Carlo Maria Giulini, the last of the great and most revered Italian maestros, celebrates his 90th birthday in Milan in May this year. BBC Legends...continue...
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BBC 41402
Giulini- Verdi: Requiem, etc / Giulini, Bumbry, Kónya, et al
Giulini- Verdi: Requiem, etc / Giulini, Bumbry, Kónya, et al

2 CD / BBC Legends / 2004-06-29

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: La forza del destino; Requiem Mass; Spoken Word: Carlo Maria Giulini in conversation with Michael Oliver
Performers: Arie, Raffaele; Bumbry, Grace; Konya, Sandor; Ligabue, Ilva
Conductors: Giulini, Carlo Maria
Ensemble: Philharmonia Chorus; Philharmonia Orchestra

This performance which took place in April, 1964 is held by many of Guilini's admirers as being the greatest performance he ever gave of this...continue...
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BBC 41442
Schubert, Schoenberg, et al / Lucia Popp
Schubert, Schoenberg, et al / Lucia Popp

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2004-06-29

Works: Franz Schubert: An mein Herz, D 860; Der Jüngling an der Quelle, D 300; Jägers Abendlied, D 368/Op. 3 no 4; Der Einsame, D 800; Arnold Schoenberg: Songs (4) for voice & piano, Op. 2; Richar...
Performers: Gage, Irwin; Parsons, Geoffrey; Popp, Lucia [Soprano Vocals]

These two recitals taken from the Edinburgh Festivals of 1981 and 1984 offer a wonderful and varied follow-up to her St. John Smith's Square disc...continue...
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BBC 41482
Smetana, Dvorak, Janacek / Tennstedt, London PO
Smetana, Dvorak, Janacek / Tennstedt, London PO

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2004-03-23

Works: Bedrich Smetana: Bartered Bride, B 143/T 93; Antonin Dvorák: Symphony no 8 in G major, Op. 88/B 163; Leos Janácek: Sinfonietta
Conductors: Tennstedt, Klaus
Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra

"The sound is unexpectedly rich, full, and well balanced for a broadcast tape - as good or better than many of today's studio recordings. While...continue...
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Beethoven, Mozart, Smetana / Smetana Quartet
Beethoven, Mozart, Smetana / Smetana Quartet

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2004-03-09

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Quartet for Strings no 1 in F major, Op. 18/1; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Quartet for Strings no 20 in D major, K 499 "Hoffmeister"; Bedrich Smetana: Quartet for Strings no 1 in E...

The Smetana Quartet was unique because instead of using music stands, they learned their repertoire by heart and played from memory which allowed them to...continue...
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BBC 41372
Sibelius: Symphony no 2;  Tchaikovsky, Beethoven / Stokowski
Sibelius: Symphony no 2; Tchaikovsky, Beethoven / Stokowski

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2003-05-20

Works: Jean Sibelius: Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 43; Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty Suite, Op. 66a; Ludwig van Beethoven: Egmont, incidental music, Op. 84
Conductors: Stokowski, Leopold
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; New Philharmonia Orchestra

"The sheer originality of this performance of the Sibelius 2 takes one's breath away. I suppose a few may want to relegate this to the...continue...
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Chabrier, Mozart, Berlioz, et al / Thomas Beecham, Royal PO
Chabrier, Mozart, Berlioz, et al / Thomas Beecham, Royal PO

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2003-02-01

Works: Emmanuel Chabrier: Gwendoline, opera in 2 acts; España, rhapsody for orchestra (also vers. for 2 pianos); Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Div for Winds and Strings no 2 in D major, K 131; Frederick D...
Conductors: Beecham, Thomas
Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

This is an excellent collection of Beecham live performances he did with the BBC. These are works Beecham referred to as "lollipops", which he used...continue...
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BBC 41132
Tchaikovsky, Respighi / Silvestri, Bournmouth Symphony
Tchaikovsky, Respighi / Silvestri, Bournmouth Symphony

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2003-02-01

Works: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony, Op. 58; Ottorino Respighi: Pines of Rome
Conductors: Silvestri, Constantin
Ensemble: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

"...Silvestri puts the right abandon into this teeming score, and the results are most telling. The other item is a brilliant account of the Pines...continue...
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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
Rachmaninov, Prokofiev: Piano Concertos / Cherkassky, et al
Rachmaninov, Prokofiev: Piano Concertos / Cherkassky, et al

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2003-02-01

Works: Sergey Rachmaninov: Concerto for Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 30; Sergey Prokofiev: Concerto for Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 16
Performers: Cherkassky, Shura [Piano]
Conductors: Schwarz, Rudolf; Nagano, Kent
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; London Philharmonic Orchestra

"These recordings of concerts with Russian pianist Shura Cherkassky are a real treat for lovers of temperament and spontaneity. A native of Odessa, the legendary...continue...
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De Los Angeles - Scarlatti, Handel, Berlioz, et al / Moore
De Los Angeles - Scarlatti, Handel, Berlioz, et al / Moore

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2003-02-01

Works: Alessandro Scarlatti: Il Pirro e Demetrio; George Frederick Handel: Judas Maccabaeus, HWV 63; Franz Schubert: Mein! ("Bächlein, lass dein Rauschen sein"), song for voice & piano (Die schöne...
Performers: de los Angeles, Victoria; Moore, Gerald [Piano]
Conductors: Schwarz, Rudolf
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

De los Angeles makes her debut on BBC Legends with a recital from the 1957 Edinburgh Festival. The French chansons, German Lieder and Spanish Folk...continue...
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BBC 41012
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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