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Ferenc Erkel (1810-1893): Hunyadi László / Beatrix Fodor, Dániel Pataky, Attila Fekete, Ferenc Erkel
Ferenc Erkel (1810-1893): Hunyadi László / Beatrix Fodor, Dániel Pataky, Attila Fekete, Ferenc Erkel

2 CD / Brilliant Classics / 2014-05-27

Works: Ferenc Erkel: Hunyadi László, opera
Conductors: Héja, Domonkos
Ensemble: Budapest Philharmonic Choir

From the world-famous Budapest National Opera comes the first in a series of new recordings for Brilliant Classics, Hungarian operas in Hungarian. Ferenc Erkel (1810-93)...continue...
Recording information: Erkel Theatre, Budapest, Hungary (08/29/2012-09/02/2012)....continue...
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Bellini: Il Pirata / Alfredo Frontali, baritone; Lucia Aliberti, soprano (rec. 1994)
Bellini: Il Pirata / Alfredo Frontali, baritone; Lucia Aliberti, soprano (rec. 1994)

2 CD / Brilliant Classics / 2014-02-25

Works: Vincenzo Bellini: Il Pirata, opera
Conductors: Viotti, Marcello
Ensemble: Deutsche Opera Berlin Orchestra

Bellini's opera is considered one of the first Italian romantic operas as well as containing the first full-scale mad scene. The Orchestra and Chorus of...continue...
Personnel: Hermine May, Stuart Neill, Lucia Aliberti , Kelly Anderson, José Guadalupe Reyes, Roberto Frontali (vocals).

Recording information: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin-Dahlem (07/1994...continue...
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Mussorgsky: Sorochintsi Fair, opera / Hermann Kuklin, Svetlana Zalizniak, Nadezhda Ryzhkova, Sergei Vialkov
Mussorgsky: Sorochintsi Fair, opera / Hermann Kuklin, Svetlana Zalizniak, Nadezhda Ryzhkova, Sergei Vialkov

2 CD / Brilliant Classics / 2014-02-25

Works: Modest Mussorgsky: Sorochintsï Fair (Sorochinskaya yarmarka), comic opera (incomplete)
Conductors: Brazhnik, Evgeny
Ensemble: Ekaterinburg State Academic Opera Theatre of Russia Orchestra

Mussorgsky's three-act opera features a self-penned libretto based on the tale by Nikolai Gogol. Evgeny Brazhnik leads the Chorus and Orchestra of Ekaterinburg State Academic...continue...
Personnel: Vitaly Petrov , Svetlana Zalizniak , Sergei Vialkov , Sergei Maistruk , Nadezhda Ryzhkova , Hermann Kuklin , Andrei Vylegzhanin (vocals).

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Weber: Symphonies; Overtures; Piano Concertos; Clarinet Concertos / Emma Johnson, clarinet; Peter Rosel, piano
Weber: Symphonies; Overtures; Piano Concertos; Clarinet Concertos / Emma Johnson, clarinet; Peter Rosel, piano

4 CD / Brilliant Classics / 2013-11-19

Works: Carl Maria von Weber: Symphony no 1 in C major, J. 50 (Op. 19); Symphony no 2 in C major, J. 51; Konzertstück for Piano and Orchestra in F minor, Op. 79; Concerto for Piano no 1 in C major, J. 9...
Performers: Johnson, Emma [Clarinet]; Rosel, Peter
Conductors: Marriner, Sir Neville; Blomstedt, Herbert; Tortelier, Yan Pascal; Schwarz, Gerard; Suitner, Otmar; Janowski, Marek
Ensemble: ; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields; English Chamber Orchestra; Staatskapelle Berlin; Staatskapelle Dresden

Carl Maria von Weber marked the transition from the Classical to the Romantic period. His works, while adhering to the formal style of the Viennese...continue...
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Violin Showcase - Works by Wieniawski, Brahms, Elgar, Sarasate, Tchaikovsky, Paganini / Matthieu Arama, violin; Aurelien Pontier, piano
Violin Showcase - Works by Wieniawski, Brahms, Elgar, Sarasate, Tchaikovsky, Paganini / Matthieu Arama, violin; Aurelien Pontier, piano

1 CD / Brilliant Classics / 2013-11-19

Works: John Williams: Fantasy on "Fiddler on the Roof," for violin & piano; Henryk Wieniawski: Variations for Violin on an original theme, Op. 15; Romances (3) for violin & piano; Johannes Brahms: Hungarian...
Performers: Arama, Matthieu; Pontier, Aurelien

Young French violinist Matthieu Arama learned his art with Igor Oistrakh and performs worldwide in important venues with leading orchestras and conductors. This CD is...continue...
Recording information: Château Fombrauge, Bordeaux, France (08/2012)....continue...
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Grigory Frid (1915-2012): The Diary of Anne  Frank, opera / Eva Ben-Zvi; Bolshoi Theatre
Grigory Frid (1915-2012): The Diary of Anne Frank, opera / Eva Ben-Zvi; Bolshoi Theatre

1 CD / Brilliant Classics / 2013-09-24

Works: Grigory Frid: Diary of Anne Frank, opera-monodrama
Conductors: Chistiakov, Andrey
Ensemble: Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra

Frid's best known work is his chamber opera The Diary of Anne Frank for solo soprano and an instrumental group of nine. In stark, sinister...continue...
Personnel: Eva Ben-Zvi (vocals).

Recording information: Mosfilm Studios, Moscow (11/1991)....continue...
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Bellini: Beatrice di Tenda, opera / Paolo Gavanelli, Lucia Aliberti, Camille Capasso, Martin Thompson. Fabio Luisi
Bellini: Beatrice di Tenda, opera / Paolo Gavanelli, Lucia Aliberti, Camille Capasso, Martin Thompson. Fabio Luisi

2 CD / Brilliant Classics / 2013-07-30

Works: Vincenzo Bellini: Beatrice di Tenda, opera
Conductors: Luisi, Fabio
Ensemble: Chor and Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin

A most welcome reissue from the Berlin Classics catalogue, this release features excellent soloists of international fame, led by a young Fabio Luisi, one of...continue...
Personnel: John David de Haan, Raemond Martin, Camille Capasso, Martin Thompson , Paolo Cavanelli, Lucia Alberti (vocals).

Recording information: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin-Dahlem (06/1992)....continue...
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Ponchielli: La Gioconda / Hui He, Luciana D'Intino, Hugh Smith, Lado Ataneli
Ponchielli: La Gioconda / Hui He, Luciana D'Intino, Hugh Smith, Lado Ataneli

3 CD / Brilliant Classics / 2013-07-30

Works: Amilcare Ponchielli: La Gioconda
Conductors: Steckler, Yishai
Ensemble: Symphonic Orchestra of Teatro Verdi, Salemo

This recording is taken from Stagione Lirica's 2012 season at the Teatro Verdi in Salerno, Italy. In the title role is acclaimed Chinese soprano Hui...continue...
Recording information: Teatro Municipale Giuseppe Verdi, Salerno (2012)....continue...
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Mozart: Il ré pastore / Johannette Zomer; Francine van der Heijden; Marcel Reijans. Jed Wentz
Mozart: Il ré pastore / Johannette Zomer; Francine van der Heijden; Marcel Reijans. Jed Wentz

2 CD / Brilliant Classics / 2013-05-28

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Il rè pastore, K 208
Performers: Borgstede, Michael
Conductors: Wentz, Jed
Ensemble: Musica Ad Rhenum

Musica ad Rhenum has earned a special place in the early music world, with critics describing the ensemble's performances as "cutting- edge" and "exhilarating." The...continue...
Personnel: Johannette Zomer (vocals); Alexei Grigorev, Marcel Reijans, Claudia Patacca, Francine van der Heijden (vocals).

Recording information: Maria Minor Church, Utrecht, The Netherlands (...continue...
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Rimsky Korsakov: Kashchey The Immortal, opera / Arkhipov, Zhurina, Terentieva, Verestnikov, Matorin
Rimsky Korsakov: Kashchey The Immortal, opera / Arkhipov, Zhurina, Terentieva, Verestnikov, Matorin

1 CD / Brilliant Classics / 2013-05-28

Works: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Kashchey the Immortal (Kashchey bessmertnïy), opera ("autumnal parable") in 1 act
Conductors: Chistiakov, Andrey
Ensemble: Bolshoi theatre Orchestra

The story is based on centuries old legends, glorifying the triumph over evil and tyrannical powers. Rimsky, the genius of orchestration, vividly paints the evil...continue...
Personnel: Nina Terentieva, Vladislav Verestnikov, Alexandre Arkhipov, Vladimir Matorin, Irina Zhurina (vocals).

Recording information: 12/1991....continue...
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Wagner: Complete Piano Music / Pier Paolo Vincenzi, piano
Wagner: Complete Piano Music / Pier Paolo Vincenzi, piano

2 CD / Brilliant Classics / 2013-04-30

Works: Richard Wagner: Sonata for Piano in A flat major (for M. Wesendonck), WWV 85; Sonata for Piano in A major, WWV 26 (Op. 4); Sonata for Piano in B flat major, WWV 21 (Op. 1); Tristan und Isolde; Fantas...
Performers: Ferrati, Federica [Piano]; Vincenzi, Pier Paolo [Piano]

Amidst the flood of Wagner issues for the 2013 Wagner Bicentennial, this double CD presents an often hidden aspect of opera composer Wagner: his complete...continue...
Recording information: 2012-05-12_2012-05-13&2012-....continue...
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Debussy: Complete Music for Piano Duo / Massimiliano Damerini and Marco Rapetti, pianists
Debussy: Complete Music for Piano Duo / Massimiliano Damerini and Marco Rapetti, pianists

3 CD / Brilliant Classics / 2013-04-30

Works: Claude Debussy: Symphony, for piano, 4 hands, L. 10; Andante cantabile, for piano, 4 hands; Diane au bois, comédie héroïque for soprano, tenor & piano, L. 51; Le triomphe de Bacchus, s...
Performers: Damerini, Massimiliano [Piano]; Rapetti, Marco

Performing these works is two of Italy's most-celebrated pianists. Their readings highlight the unique relationship that exists between piano and orchestra; the former can be...continue...
Recording information: Studio La Musica, Carrara, Italy (2012-06-02_2012-06-04&2012-)....continue...
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Top 50 Favourite Classical Chillout Tunes by Mozart, Dvorak, Saint-Saens, Schubert and Liszt
Top 50 Favourite Classical Chillout Tunes by Mozart, Dvorak, Saint-Saens, Schubert and Liszt

4 CD / Brilliant Classics / 2013-03-26

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for Piano no 21 in C, K. 467 "Elvira Madigan"; Serenade no 13 in G, K. 525 "Eine kleine Nachtmusik"; Serenade no 10 in B flat, K. 361/370a "Gran Partita"; Concerto f...
Performers: Austbo, Hakon; Berkhemer, Joan; Crombach, Sara; David, Nadia; Dubach, Alexandre; Giacometti, Paolo; Goldenweiser, Alexander [Composer]; Goldstein, Misha; Grauwels, Marc; Groop, Monica [Mezzo-Soprano ...
Conductors: Vermeulen, Dirk; Paavo, Järvi; Goodman, Roy; Sharon, Gil [Violin]; Vonk, Hans; Zweden, Jaap van; Tortelier, Yan Pascal; Marturet, Eduardo; Ermler, Mark; Menuhin, Yehudi [Violin]; Schneider, Alex...
Ensemble: ; Cambridge Ensemble; Consort of London; La Magnifica Comunità ; La Petite Bande; Musica ad Rhenum

A classical TOP 50, aiming at a public not specifically acquainted with classical music: young urban people with an open mind, who will enjoy the...continue...
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Scarlatti and the Neapoliton Song - Sonatas and Canzonas / Letizia Calandra, soprano; Francesco Cera, harpsichord
Scarlatti and the Neapoliton Song - Sonatas and Canzonas / Letizia Calandra, soprano; Francesco Cera, harpsichord

1 CD / Brilliant Classics / 2013-02-26

Works: Domenico Scarlatti: Sonata for Harpsichord in G major, K 103; Sonata for Harpsichord in D major, K 214/L 165; Sonata for Harpsichord in D minor, K 9/L 413; Sonata for Harpsichord in D minor, K 176; S...
Performers: Calandra, Letizia; Cera, Francesco

The disc combines several of Scarlatti's keyboard sonatas with Neapolitan songs by various composers of the era, exploring the influences of these songs on Scarlatti's...continue...
Recording information: Chiesa di S. Anatolia, Colle di Tora, Rieti, Italy (09/2009)....continue...
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Alexander Knaifel: The Canterville Ghost, opera / Suleimanov, Monogarova, Jurowski
Alexander Knaifel: The Canterville Ghost, opera / Suleimanov, Monogarova, Jurowski

1 CD / Brilliant Classics / 2013-01-29

Works: Alexander Knaifel: Canterville Ghost, opera
Performers: Livental, Alexander; Suleimanow, Stanislaw
Conductors: Jurowski, Michail
Ensemble: Moscow Forum Theatre Orchestra

Alexander Aronovich Knajfel concert tours have taken him all over Russia, Europe and the USA and he has since sung a variety of operatic roles...continue...
Recording information: Mosfilm Studios, Moscow (09/1990)....continue...
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Bizet: The Pearl Fishers, opera / Celso Albelo, Desiree Rancatore, Alastair Miles. Daniel Oren
Bizet: The Pearl Fishers, opera / Celso Albelo, Desiree Rancatore, Alastair Miles. Daniel Oren

2 CD / Brilliant Classics / 2013-01-29

Works: Georges Bizet: The Pearl Fishers, opera
Conductors: Oren, Daniel
Ensemble: Orchestra Filarmonica Salernitana Giuseppe Verdi

Parisian composer, Georges Bizet, was enrolled in the Consevatoire at the age of nine and won a premier prix in solfège within six months of...continue...
Recording information: Teatro Municipale Giuseppe Verdi, Salerno (05/16/2012-05/20/2012)....continue...
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Mozart: Don Giovanni / Werner van Mechelen, Elena Vink, Nancy Argenta, Christina Hogman. Kuijken
Mozart: Don Giovanni / Werner van Mechelen, Elena Vink, Nancy Argenta, Christina Hogman. Kuijken

3 CD / Brilliant Classics / 2012-10-30

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Don Giovanni
Conductors: Kuijken, Sigiswald
Ensemble: La Petite Bande

No serious opera collection is complete without Don Giovanni, one of the most popular and performed operas in history and to this day. This CD...continue...
Personnel: Nancy Argenta, Werner van Mechelen, Elena Vink, Harry van der Kamp, Nanco de Vries, Markus Schafer, Christina Hogman, Huub Claessens (vocals).

Recording information: Santiago de Comp...continue...
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Tchaikovsky: The Oprichnik / Vassily Savenko, Elena Lassoskaya, Vladimir Ognovenko, Vsevolod Grivnov. Rozhdestvensky
Tchaikovsky: The Oprichnik / Vassily Savenko, Elena Lassoskaya, Vladimir Ognovenko, Vsevolod Grivnov. Rozhdestvensky

3 CD / Brilliant Classics / 2012-10-30

Works: Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: The oprichnik
Conductors: Rozhdestvensky, Gennady
Ensemble: Orchestra del Teatro Lirico di Cagliari

This live recording of one of Tchaikovsky's least known operas, in fact his earliest surviving complete opera, is bursting with full-blooded Russian voices that spin...continue...
Personnel: Alexandra Durseneva, Dmitri Ulianov, Vassily Savenko, Vsevolod Grivnov, Vladimir Ognovenko, Elena Lassoskaya, Irina Dolzhenko, Cinzia de Mola (vocals).

Recording information: Teatro ...continue...
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Bizet: Complete Orchestral Music / Enrique Batiz [3 CDs]
Bizet: Complete Orchestral Music / Enrique Batiz [3 CDs]

3 CD / Brilliant Classics / 2012-08-28

Works: Georges Bizet: Carmen Suite for orchestra no 1; Carmen Suite for orchestra no 2; The Pearl Fishers, opera; Overture "Patrie", for orchestra, Op. 19; L' Arlésienne, suite for orchestra no 1; L' A...
Conductors: Bátiz, Enrique
Ensemble: ; Orquestra Filarmonica de Mexico; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Though most are intimately familiar with Georges Bizet's operatic work, notably the universally beloved Carmen, much of the composer's fine orchestral music has been overlooked...continue...
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Tchaikovsky: Cherevichki / Valerij Popov, Ludmila Semciuk; Albert Schagidullin; Ekaterina Morosova
Tchaikovsky: Cherevichki / Valerij Popov, Ludmila Semciuk; Albert Schagidullin; Ekaterina Morosova

3 CD / Brilliant Classics / 2012-07-31

Works: Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: The Slippers (Oxana's Caprices), comic-fantasy opera, Op. 14 (revised version of "Vakula the Smith")
Conductors: Rozhdestvensky, Gennady
Ensemble: Orchestra del Teatro Lirico di Cagliari

In spite of its lukewarm reception, Tchaikovksy considered his eighth full-length opera, Cherevichki, his "finest work." Indeed, the work is filled with luminous orchestral writing,...continue...
Personnel: Ekaterina Morozova, Valentin Prolat, Vladimir Ognovenko, Vladmir Okenko, Barseg Tumanyan, Albert Schagidullin, Valerij Popov , Pavel Cernoch, Ludmila Semciuk, Grigory Osipov, Frantisek Zahr...continue...
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Monteverdi: L'Orfeo / Sylvia Pozzer, William Matteuzzi, Sara Mingardo, Angela Bucci, Sergio Vartolo
Monteverdi: L'Orfeo / Sylvia Pozzer, William Matteuzzi, Sara Mingardo, Angela Bucci, Sergio Vartolo

2 CD / Brilliant Classics / 2012-07-31

Works: Claudio Monteverdi: L'Orfeo
Performers: Canihac, Jean-Pierre; Coelati, Riccardo Rama; Giannelli, Jean Michel; Gintoli, Loredana; Imbert, Jean; Lechartier, Eric; Lucchi, Frederic; Lucchi, Julien; Lupo, Luigi; Maraldi, Gianni; Monti, Davide;...
Conductors: Vartolo, Sergio

Even four centuries after its first performance, Monteverdi's L'Orfeo reigns as one of the most enduringly popular of all operatic works and remains solidly in...continue...
Personnel: Angela Bucci, Loris Bertolo, Gianpaolo Dal Dosso, Sara Mingardo, Ilaria Zanetti, Sylvia Pozzer, Gabriella Martellacci, Francesco De Poli, Michele Andalò, William Matteuzzi, Gian Paolo ...continue...
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Svetlanov Conducts Russian Composers - Glazunov, Medtner, Prokofiev et al.
Svetlanov Conducts Russian Composers - Glazunov, Medtner, Prokofiev et al.

3 CD / Brilliant Classics / 2012-06-26

Works: Alexander Borodin: Symphony no 1 in E flat major; Symphony no 3 in A minor; Alexander Glazunov: Concert Waltz no 1 in D major, Op. 47; Concert Waltz no 2 in F major, Op. 51; Ouverture solennelle for ...
Conductors: Svetlanov, Evgeny

One of the 20th century's great interpreters, Evgeny Svetlanov initially trained as a pianist- composer before being appointed principal conductor of the Bolshoi Theatre Symphony...continue...
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Famous Ballet Music - works by Adam, Delibes, Massenet, Khachaturian, Tchaikovsky
Famous Ballet Music - works by Adam, Delibes, Massenet, Khachaturian, Tchaikovsky

5 CD / Brilliant Classics / 2012-05-29

Works: Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake Suite, Op. 20a; The Sleeping Beauty, suite, Op. 66a; Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a; Aram Khachaturian: Gayaneh, suite; Spartacus, suite; Masquerade, suite; Léo D...
Performers: Cairns, Christine; Watson, Lillian
Conductors: Bátiz, Enrique; Simonov, Yuri; Davis, Carl; Marriner, Sir Neville
Ensemble: ; Academy of St Martin in the Fields; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

For lovers of ballet music, this superb 5-disc set is an attractive collection of famous ballet music, featuring such immortal ballets from Tchaikovsky, Adam, Khatchaturian,...continue...
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Bassoon Kaleidoscope - works by Rossini, Boddecker, Saint-Saens, Dubois et al. / Bram van Sambeek, bassoon
Bassoon Kaleidoscope - works by Rossini, Boddecker, Saint-Saens, Dubois et al. / Bram van Sambeek, bassoon

1 CD / Brilliant Classics / 2012-04-24

Works: Phillip Friedrich Böddecker: Sonata sopra La Monica, for bassoon & organ (from Sacra Partitura); Gioachino Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia; Camille Saint-Saëns: Sonata for bassoon & piano,...
Performers: Bosdijk, Joost; Corver, Ellen; de Gidts, Marijn Korff; Elias, Izhar; Majoor, Maria-Paula; Schneemann, Marieke; Stotijn, Rick; van Sambeek, Bram

This program showcases the many colors and moods that the bassoon is ideally suited to creating. The music ranges from the early Baroque sonata of...continue...
Recording information: De Doelen, Rotterdam (04/20/2011-04/23/2011)....continue...
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BLC 9252
Patrie! Duets from French Romantic Opera by Halevy, Saint-Saens, Kosice , Gounod / Thébault, Pruvot
Patrie! Duets from French Romantic Opera by Halevy, Saint-Saens, Kosice , Gounod / Thébault, Pruvot

1 CD / Brilliant Classics / 2012-04-24

Works: Fromental Halévy: Charles VI; Camille Saint-Saëns: Henry VIII; Jules Massenet: Eve; Le Mage; Charles Gounod: Polyeucte; Emile Paladilhe: Patrie!; Ambroise Thomas: Le Caïd
Performers: Pruvot, Pierre-Yves; Thébault, Hjördis
Conductors: Talpain, Didier
Ensemble: ; Kosice Philharmonic Orchestra

The keyboard sonatas of C.P.E. Bach (1714 - 1788) bear hallmarks of a composer who lived through a significant moment in musical history: he composed...continue...
Recording information: Slovak State Philharmonic Hall, Kosice, Slovakia (04/16/2010-04/18/2010)....continue...
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HBDirect Recommended Recording BLC 94321
Dukas: Ariane Et Barbe-bleue / De Billy, Youn, Henschel, Polaski, Arman
Dukas: Ariane Et Barbe-bleue / De Billy, Youn, Henschel, Polaski, Arman

2 CD / Brilliant Classics / 2011-09-27

Works: Paul Dukas: Ariane et Barbe-Bleue, opera
Conductors: De Billy, Bertrand
Ensemble: Slovak Philharmonic Choir

"Above all: simply don't obey", Ariane's words here could also double as the motto of composer Pual Dukas' opera inspired by the original french fairy...continue...
Recording information: Wiener Konzerthaus (05/05/2006)....continue...
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Mozart: Complete Keyboard Works / Bart von Oort, fortepiano
Mozart: Complete Keyboard Works / Bart von Oort, fortepiano

15 CD / Brilliant Classics / 2011-08-30

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sonata for Piano no 13 in B flat major, K. 333 (K. 315c); Fantasia for Piano in D minor, K 397 (385g); Fantasia for Piano in C minor, K 396 (385f); Sonata for Piano no 10 in ...
Performers: Duetschler, Ursula; Oort, Bart van

A common problem for many fans of prolific composers like Mozart, is that it is nearly impossible to find all of their works consolidated into...continue...
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BLC 94198
Rimsky-Korsakov: The Tsar's Bride / Bolshoi
Rimsky-Korsakov: The Tsar's Bride / Bolshoi

2 CD / Brilliant Classics / 2011-06-28

Works: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: The Tsar's Bride
Conductors: Chistiakov, Andrey
Ensemble: Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra

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The aria is tenderly sung by Ekaterina Kudriavchenko, who handles with great sensitivity this portrayal of a figure familiar from many Russian novels and...continue...
Recording information: 1992....continue...
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Tchaikovsky: Secular Choruses
Tchaikovsky: Secular Choruses

1 CD / Brilliant Classics / 2011-06-28

Works: Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Evening, for male chorus (poss. spurious); Autumn, song for voice & piano (16 Children's Songs), Op. 54/14; Child's Song, song for voice & piano (Children's Songs), Op. 54/...
Performers: Azovski, Andrei; Kortchak, Dimitri; Kravtchenko, Tamara; Michina, Anette; Savelieva, Natalia; Trifonova, Vera

Recording information: Mosfilm Studio, Moscow, Russia (02/1997)....continue...
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BLC 94210
A Handel Portrait
A Handel Portrait

42 CD / Brilliant Classics / 2011-05-31

Works: George Frederick Handel: The Water Music; Water Music Suite no 2 in D major, HWV 349; Water Music Suite no 1 in F major, HWV 348; Handel - Bourée; Concerto for Oboe no 3 in G minor, HWV 287; C...
Performers: Armstrong, Sheila [Soprano Vocal]; Balzereit, Charlotte; Borgstede, Michael; Bosgraaf, Erik; Brett, Charles; Bury, Alison; Carolan, Lucy [Harpsichord]; Comberti, Micaela; Corti, Francesco; Gati, Istv...
Conductors: Clark, Robert Haydon; Gibson, Alexander, Sir; Haenchen, Hartmut; Lubbock, John; Szostak, Zdzislav; Rolla, János [Violin]; Vitale, Marco; Matt, Nicol; ; Willcocks, David; Wentz, Jed; Cleobury, St...
Ensemble: ; Brandenburg Consort; Consort of London; L'Ecole d'Orphée ; Musica ad Rhenum

A wider survey of Handel’s output could scarcely be imagined, making this the perfect introduction to one of 'our' musical geniuses, whether you are English,...continue...

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Vivaldi: Ottone in Villa, opera
Vivaldi: Ottone in Villa, opera

3 CD / Brilliant Classics / 2010-11-09

Works: Antonio Vivaldi: Ottone in Villa, RV 729; Unspecified: Ottone in villa Liner Notes, Synopsis, Artist Biographies & Libretto [CD-ROM track]
Performers: Dordolo, Luca; Martorana, Maria Laura; Ouatu, Florin Cezar; Semmingsen, Tuva
Conductors: Guglielmo, Federico

Vivaldi’s fame as an opera composer is due in now small part to his incredible industry. He composed around 50 operas, and of these around...continue...
Recording information: Teatro Olimpico, Vicenza (06/20/2008-06/22/2008)....continue...
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Passionate Baroque Arias / Gemma Bertagnolli, soprano
Passionate Baroque Arias / Gemma Bertagnolli, soprano

1 CD / Brilliant Classics / 2010-07-13

Works: Johann Adolf Hasse: Astarto; George Frederick Handel: Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno, HWV 46a; Watermusic, suite in F Major, HWV 348; Concerto Grosso, Op. 6/6, HWV 324; Concerto Grosso, Op. 3/...
Performers: Bertagnolli, Gemma; Imbalzano, Elisa; Monti, Davide; Romaner, Franziska; Veggetti, Stefano; Zeller, Konrad
Conductors: Veggetti, Stefano
Ensemble: Ensemble Cordia

In 18th-century Italian opera the solo aria was the main, indeed almost the exclusive, vehicle for expressing the characters' feelings and emotions. And the presentation...continue...
Recording information: Pfarrkirche Kiens (Südtirol) (08/07/2007-08/09/2007)....continue...
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Brilliant Opera Collection - Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov / Dobrowen, Christoff
Brilliant Opera Collection - Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov / Dobrowen, Christoff

3 CD / Brilliant Classics / 2010-07-13

Works: Modest Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov
Conductors: Dobroven, Issay

Another outstanding recording from the golden era at EMI. Made in 1952, and produced by Walter Legge, it was the first of two that featured...continue...
Recording information: Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris (07/07/1952-07/21/1952)....continue...
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Brilliant Opera Collection - Berlioz: Béatrice et Bénédict / Barenboim, Domingo, Minton, Fischer-Dieskau, et al
Brilliant Opera Collection - Berlioz: Béatrice et Bénédict / Barenboim, Domingo, Minton, Fischer-Dieskau, et al

2 CD / Brilliant Classics / 2010-07-13

Works: Hector Berlioz: Béatrice et Bénédict, opera, H. 138
Conductors: Barenboim, Daniel

Berlioz claimed he wrote this opera to relax after the stress of completing the vast Les Troyens - and said it was "a caprice written...continue...
Recording information: 1981....continue...
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Brahms, Schumann, Franck, Lekeu: Violin Sonatas, etc / Christian Ferras, Pierre Barbizet
Brahms, Schumann, Franck, Lekeu: Violin Sonatas, etc / Christian Ferras, Pierre Barbizet

4 CD / Brilliant Classics / 2010-07-13

Works: César Franck: Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, M 8; Guillaume Lekeu: Sonata for cello & piano in G major; Johannes Brahms: Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in G major, Op. 78; Sonata for ...
Performers: Ambrosini, Jean-Claude; Barbizet, Pierre; Ferras, Christian [Violin]

This set contains a selection of the recordings by the great French violinist focusing on his prowess as a chamber musician. Ferras was born in...continue...
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BLC 93791
Schubert: Die Freunde von Salamanka / Guschlbauer, Prey, Mathis, Moser, et al
Schubert: Die Freunde von Salamanka / Guschlbauer, Prey, Mathis, Moser, et al

1 CD / Brilliant Classics / 2010-07-13

Works: Franz Schubert: Die Freunde von Salamanka, Singspiel, D. 326
Conductors: Guschlbauer, Theodor

This recording was made live at the Hohenems Schubertiade Festival in 1978. "Beautiful singing by Mathis... Hermann Prey in excellent form... lovers of Schubert should...continue...
Recording information: 1978....continue...
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Classical Top 100
Classical Top 100

5 CD / Brilliant Classics / 2010-05-04

Works: Antonio Vivaldi: The Four Seasons; Concerto for Flute "Il Gardellino"; Camille Saint-Saëns: Carnival of the animals; Carnival of the Animals; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Sonata, K. 331; Eine ...
Performers: Austbo, Hakon; Boer, Harmen de; Crombach, Sara; Geiger, Gyorgy; Goldstein, Misha; Grafova, Maria; Grauwels, Marc; Groop, Monica [Mezzo-Soprano Vocal]; Hölbling, Anna; Han, Derek; Hoek, Martijn v...
Conductors: Warchal, Bohdan; Clark, Robert Haydon; Bátiz, Enrique; Ermler, Mark; ; Robev, Georgi; Sándor, János; Kosler, Zdenek; Heyerick, Florian; Davis, Carl; Lenárd, Ondrej; Vandernoot, An...
Ensemble: ; Early Music Consort of London; London Baroque; Musica ad Rhenum; New York Harp Ensemble

This set is newly compiled, choosing the 100 very best tracks in the best available performances, including London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Carl...continue...
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BLC 94027
Vivaldi: Opera Overtures / Sardelli/Modo Antiquo
Vivaldi: Opera Overtures / Sardelli/Modo Antiquo

1 CD / Brilliant Classics / 2010-04-20

Works: Antonio Vivaldi: La Fida Ninfa (Tempesta di mare); Arsilda; Il Giustino; Bajazet; L'Olimpiade; La Sena festeggiante; La Griselda; Il Teuzzone; L'Ottone in villa; Il Farnace; L'incoronazione di Dario;...
Conductors: Sardelli, Federico Maria
Ensemble: Modo Antiquo

This CD contains a unique program of the complete overtures of all Vivaldi's operas. As an opera composer, Vivaldi has long been neglected, but these...continue...
Recording information: S. Angiolo Vico l'Abate, Italy (11/2001)....continue...
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BLC 94030
Rossini: Overtures / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Rossini: Overtures / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

1 CD / Brilliant Classics / 2010-03-09

Works: Gioachino Rossini: La gazza ladra; La scala di seta; Il Signor Bruschino; Il barbiere di Siviglia; Overture to Il turco in Italia (The Turk in Italy); L'Italiana in Algeri; Semiramide; Guillaume Tell
Conductors: Bátiz, Enrique

Rossini's opera overtures have always enjoyed a life away from the opera house and in the concert hall. For sheer sparkle and excitement they have...continue...
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Mozart: La Clemenza Di Tito
Mozart: La Clemenza Di Tito

2 CD / Brilliant Classics / 2010-02-09

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: La Clemenza de Tito
Conductors: Wentz, Jed

Mozart hadn't composed in the archaic genre of opera seria for ten years when the impresario Guardasoni asked if he would write an opera to...continue...
Recording information: Maria Minor Church, Utrecht, The Netherlands (08/2002)....continue...
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Donizetti: Maria Stuarda
Donizetti: Maria Stuarda

2 CD / Brilliant Classics / 2010-02-09

Works: Gaetano Donizetti: Maria Stuarda
Conductors: Ceccato, Aldo

Donizetti's take on the last few days in the life of Mary, Queen of Scots, was premiered in 1834, but under the title of Buondelmonte...continue...
Recording information: 1971....continue...
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Gounod: Faust
Gounod: Faust

3 CD / Brilliant Classics / 2010-02-09

Works: Charles Gounod: Faust
Conductors: Cluytens, André

Gounod's masterpiece based on Goethe's Faust was premiered in Paris in 1859. It centers on the character of Marguerite, and this led to the opera...continue...
Recording information: Salle de la Mutualité, Paris, France (04/30/1953-06/05/1953)....continue...
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BLC 93964
Dvorak: Rusalka
Dvorak: Rusalka

2 CD / Brilliant Classics / 2010-02-09

Works: Antonin Dvorák: Rusalka
Performers: Miricioiu, Nelly
Conductors: Rahbari, Alexander

It was by chance in 1900 that Dvorak came by the libretto for Rusalka by the poet Jaroslav Kvapil. It had been declined by two...continue...
Recording information: Zagreb, Croatia (12/13/1997-12/18/1997)....continue...
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Rossini: Semiramide (Arranged for Solo Guitar by Mauro Giuliani) / Izhar Elias
Rossini: Semiramide (Arranged for Solo Guitar by Mauro Giuliani) / Izhar Elias

2 CD / Brilliant Classics / 2009-08-11

Works: Gioachino Rossini: Semiramide
Performers: Elias, Izhar

Rossini's opera seria 'Semiramide' of 1822 is one of his most famous works, and like many other hits of the period was subject to various...continue...
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Brilliant Opera Collection - Wagner: Tristan und Isolde / Furtwängler, Flagstad, et al
Brilliant Opera Collection - Wagner: Tristan und Isolde / Furtwängler, Flagstad, et al

4 CD / Brilliant Classics / 2009-07-14

Works: Richard Wagner: Tristan und Isolde
Performers: Davies, Rhydderch; Evans, Edgar; Fischer-Dieskau, Dietrich; Flagstad, Kirsten; Greindl, Josef; Schock, Rudolf; Suthaus, Ludwig; Thebom, Blanche
Conductors: Furtwängler, Wilhelm
Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra; Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus

This first recording made by EMI in 1952 for the new LP format and produced by the legendary Walter Legge was the first major recording...continue...
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Brilliant Opera Collection - Puccini: Tosca / Callas, de Sabata, di Stefano, Gobbi, et al
Brilliant Opera Collection - Puccini: Tosca / Callas, de Sabata, di Stefano, Gobbi, et al

2 CD / Brilliant Classics / 2009-06-30

Works: Giacomo Puccini: Tosca
Performers: Calabrese, Franco; Callas, Maria; Caselli, Dario; Cordova, Alvaro [boy soprano]; Di Stefano, Giuseppe; Gobbi, Tito; Luise, Melchiorre; Mercuriali, Angelo
Conductors: De Sabata, Victor
Ensemble: Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra

This classic 1953 EMI recording has never been bettered, and a stellar cast conducted by Victor de Sabata has resulted in one of the greatest...continue...
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Brilliant Opera Collection - Donizetti: Anna Bolena / Rudel, Sills, Plishka, et al
Brilliant Opera Collection - Donizetti: Anna Bolena / Rudel, Sills, Plishka, et al

3 CD / Brilliant Classics / 2009-06-30

Works: Gaetano Donizetti: Anna Bolena
Performers: Burrows, Stuart; Kern, Patricia; Lloyd, Robert [Bass Voice]; Plishka, Paul; Sills, Beverly; Tear, Robert; Verrett, Shirley
Conductors: Rudel, Julius
Ensemble: John Alldis Choir; London Symphony Orchestra

This recording which dates from 1973 using the uncut version of the opera has been at the top of the critics' list of recommended versions...continue...
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BLC 93924
Bizet: Carmen and L'arlésienne Suites / Bátiz, Mexico PO
Bizet: Carmen and L'arlésienne Suites / Bátiz, Mexico PO

1 CD / Brilliant Classics / 2009-01-13

Works: Georges Bizet: L' Arlésienne, suite for orchestra no 1; L' Arlésienne, suite for orchestra no 2; Carmen, opera
Conductors: Bátiz, Enrique
Ensemble: Mexico Philharmonic Orchestra

It is difficult to understand today the critical mauling meted out to Bizet's operatic masterpiece Carmen after its Paris premier in 1875. Act 3 was...continue...
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BLC 93842
Haydn: Klavierstücke / Bart van Oort
Haydn: Klavierstücke / Bart van Oort

6 CD / Brilliant Classics / 2008-10-14

Works: Franz Joseph Haydn: Variations (12) for Harpsichord in E flat major, H 17 no 3; Sonata for Keyboard in F minor, H 17 no 6; Variations (20) for Harpsichord in A major, H 17 no 2; Variations on the Hym...
Performers: Van Oort, Bart

This useful set gathers up the many shorter works that Haydn wrote for the keyboard: many minuets of light character and charming temperament and variation...continue...
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The Trumpet in Vienna - Fux, Reutter, Albrechtsberger, etc / Otto Sauter, Nicol Matt, et al
The Trumpet in Vienna - Fux, Reutter, Albrechtsberger, etc / Otto Sauter, Nicol Matt, et al

2 CD / Brilliant Classics / 2008-09-02

Works: Johann Joseph Fux: Serenade à 8; Pulcheria; Johann Albrechtsberger: Concerto for Trumpet in E flat major; Karl Georg von Reutter: Concerto for Trumpet no 1 in C major; Concerto for Trumpet no ...
Performers: Sauter, Otto
Conductors: Matt, Nicol
Ensemble: Capella Istropolitana

Fux and Schmelzer are familiar names to lovers of the music of Bach's forebears, but who has heard the bright and charming compositions of Georg...continue...
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