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Great Choral Classics - Beethoven: Missa solemnis; Berlioz: Requiem; Verdi: Requiem; Mahler: Das klagende Lied / Janet Baker, Galina Vishnevskaya et al.
Great Choral Classics - Beethoven: Missa solemnis; Berlioz: Requiem; Verdi: Requiem; Mahler: Das klagende Lied / Janet Baker, Galina Vishnevskaya et al.

5 CD / ICA Classics / 2014-06-24

Conductors: Steinberg, William; Mitropoulos, Dimitri; Markevitch, Igor; Rozhdestvensky, Gennadi
Ensemble: ; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra; Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra; Russian State Academy Chorus

ICA Classics are offering a fantastic bargain: four choral masterpieces under the baton of some of the greatest conductors of the 20th century: William Steinberg,...continue...
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ICA 5127
Beethoven: Complete Piano Concertos / Ingrid Jacoby, piano
Beethoven: Complete Piano Concertos / Ingrid Jacoby, piano

3 CD / ICA Classics / 2014-06-24

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto for Piano no 1 in C major, Op. 15; Concerto for Piano no 3 in C minor, Op. 37; Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 19; Concerto for Piano no 4 in G major, Op. ...
Performers: Jacoby, Ingrid
Conductors: Kaspszyk, Jacek
Ensemble: ; Sinfonia Varsovia

Praised by The New York Times for her 'clear articulation... unequivocal phrasing... (and) expressivity', Ingrid Jacoby has established herself as one of the most poetic...continue...
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ICA 5126
Beethoven: Piano Sonatas nos 23 'Appassionata'; 31 & 32 / Claudio Arrau, piano
Beethoven: Piano Sonatas nos 23 'Appassionata'; 31 & 32 / Claudio Arrau, piano

1 CD / ICA Classics / 2014-04-29


The celebrated Chilean pianist Claudio Arrau's (1903 - 1991) career spanned the evolution of recorded sound, from his first acoustic recording in 1921 to the...continue...
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ICA 5122
Otto Kemplerer Conducts J.S. Bach: Orchestral Suite No. 3; Mozart: Symphony No. 29; Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 / Otto Klemperer
Otto Kemplerer Conducts J.S. Bach: Orchestral Suite No. 3; Mozart: Symphony No. 29; Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 / Otto Klemperer

1 CD / ICA Classics / 2014-04-29

Conductors: Klemperer, Otto
Ensemble: Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra

Otto Klemperer (1885 - 1973) was one ofthe most celebrated German conductorsof the 20th century, along with sucheminent names as Bruno Walter, ErichKleiber and Wilhelm...continue...
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ICA 5120
Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 14 & 27; Rondo K.382 / Ingrid Jacoby, piano
Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 14 & 27; Rondo K.382 / Ingrid Jacoby, piano

1 CD / ICA Classics / 2014-04-29

Conductors: Marriner, Neville
Ensemble: Academy of St Martin in the Fields

Praised by The New York Times for her 'clear articulation ... unequivocal phrasing ... [and] expressivity', Ingrid Jacoby has established herself as one of the...continue...
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ICA 5125
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1; Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 12 / Leon Fleisher, piano
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1; Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 12 / Leon Fleisher, piano

1 CD / ICA Classics / 2014-02-25

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto for Piano no 1 in C major, Op. 15; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for Piano no 12 in A major, K 414 (385p)
Performers: Fleisher, Leon [Piano]
Conductors: Cluytens, André; Jochum, Georg Ludwig
Ensemble: WDR Sinfonieorchester Koln

This release celebrates the American pianist Leon Fleisher's 85th birthday. This 1960 live recording of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.1, conducted by Andre Cluytens, is wonderfully...continue...
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ICA 5121
Brahms: Symphony No. 3; Debussy: La Mer; Chausson: La Mort de l'amour / Janet Baker; Svetlanov
Brahms: Symphony No. 3; Debussy: La Mer; Chausson: La Mort de l'amour / Janet Baker; Svetlanov

1 CD / ICA Classics / 2014-02-25

Works: Johannes Brahms: Symphony no 3 in F major, Op. 90; Claude Debussy: La mer; Ernest Chausson: Poème de l'amour et de la mer, op. 19
Performers: Baker, Janet, Dame [Mezzo-soprano Vocal]
Conductors: Svetlanov, Evgeny
Ensemble: ; London Symphony Orchestra

Evgeny Svetlanov's was a masterly conductor of of Russian and non-Russian composers of the late-Romantic era. The Brahms is both powerful and mellifluous, superbly played...continue...
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ICA 5123
Mahler: Symphony No. 4; Wagner: Parsifal Prelude; Mendelssohn: Ruy Blas Overture / Rudolf Kempe (rec. 1957-67)
Mahler: Symphony No. 4; Wagner: Parsifal Prelude; Mendelssohn: Ruy Blas Overture / Rudolf Kempe (rec. 1957-67)

1 CD / ICA Classics / 2013-11-19

Works: Gustav Mahler: Symphony no 4 in G major; Richard Wagner: Parsifal; Felix Mendelssohn: Ruy Blas Overture, Op. 95
Conductors: Kempe, Rudolf
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; London Symphony Orchestra

The highly distinguished conductor Rudolf Kempe (1910-1976) started as an oboist with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. During the Second World War, he was chief conductor...continue...
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ICA 5117
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5; Janácek: Taras Bulba (rec. 1978 & 1981) / Rozhdestvensky, BBC SO
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5; Janácek: Taras Bulba (rec. 1978 & 1981) / Rozhdestvensky, BBC SO

1 CD / ICA Classics / 2013-11-19

Works: Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 5 in E minor, Op. 64; Leos Janácek: Taras Bulba
Performers: Dekany, Bela
Conductors: Rozhdestvensky, Gennady
Ensemble: ; BBC Symphony Orchestra

Rozhdestvensky is considered to be one of the greatest Tchaikovsky conductors today. Given his Russian background and his outstanding leadership of the Bolshoi in the...continue...
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ICA 5116
Great Pianists / Legendary Recordings from Arrau, Cherkassky, Cziffra, Gilels & Katchen
Great Pianists / Legendary Recordings from Arrau, Cherkassky, Cziffra, Gilels & Katchen

5 CD / ICA Classics / 2013-10-29

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto for Piano no 1 in C major, Op. 15; Concerto for Piano no 3 in C minor, Op. 37; Concerto for Piano no 4 in G major, Op. 58; Frédéric Chopin: Concerto for Piano...
Performers: Amis, John; Arrau, Claudio [Piano]; Cherkassky, Shura [Piano]; Cziffra, Gyorgy [Piano]; Gilels, Emil [Piano]; Katchen, Julius [Piano]
Conductors: Boult, Adrian; Klemperer, Otto; Dohnányi, Christoph von; Kempe, Rudolf; Tzipine, Georges; Cluytens, André; Adey, Christopher; Hickox, Richard

For unalloyed dignity and composure, these performances are hard to equal.' - Gramophone, May 2011 'This is vintage Cherkassky; playing to charm the birds out...continue...
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BBC Legends: Great Recordings from the Archive / Performances by Horenstein, Mravinsky, Gilels, Richter, Toscanini, Rostropovich, Giulini et al.
BBC Legends: Great Recordings from the Archive / Performances by Horenstein, Mravinsky, Gilels, Richter, Toscanini, Rostropovich, Giulini et al.

20 CD / ICA Classics / 2013-10-29


This 20 CD box represents some of the greatest performances from the best-selling BBC Legends series, launched in 1998 to publish legendary performances from the...continue...
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ICA 5113
Haydn: Symphony No. 83
Haydn: Symphony No. 83 "The Hen"; Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique / Barbirolli

1 CD / ICA Classics / 2013-09-24

Works: Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony no 83 in G minor, H 1 no 83 "The Hen"; Hector Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14
Conductors: Barbirolli, John
Ensemble: ; SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden

Barbirolli made two earlier recordings of Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique in 1947 (mono) and 1958 (early stereo), both with the Halle Orchestra. This new live recording...continue...
Recording information: Hans Rosbaud Studio, SWR Baden-Baden (02/22/1969-02/24/1969)....continue...
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ICA 5105
Debussy: Trios Nocturnes; Jeux; Sibelius: Symphony No. 6 / Hans Rosbaud
Debussy: Trios Nocturnes; Jeux; Sibelius: Symphony No. 6 / Hans Rosbaud

1 CD / ICA Classics / 2013-09-24

Works: Claude Debussy: Nocturnes (3) for Orchestra; Jeux; Jean Sibelius: Symphony no 6 in D minor, Op. 104
Conductors: Rosbaud, Hans
Ensemble: ; Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra

Throughout his career, Rosbaud manifested a special affinity for French culture and music. After the war, he was the first German-speaking conductor to be invited...continue...
Recording information: Saal 1, Funkhaus, Cologne (1952-04-21&1954-04-26&1955-)....continue...
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ICA 5109
Cherubini: Medea / Maria Callas, Jon Vickers, Joan Carlyle, Fiorenza Cossotto. Nicola Rescigno
Cherubini: Medea / Maria Callas, Jon Vickers, Joan Carlyle, Fiorenza Cossotto. Nicola Rescigno

2 CD / ICA Classics / 2013-09-24

Conductors: Rescigno, Nicola
Ensemble: Covent Garden Opera Chorus; Covent Garden Opera Orchestra

This recording of the June 30, 1959 performance of Medea at the Royal Opera House received rave reviews. The Times wrote of the first night...continue...
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ICA 5110
Beethoven: Piano Concertos nos 1 & 3 / Ingrid Jacoby, piano
Beethoven: Piano Concertos nos 1 & 3 / Ingrid Jacoby, piano

1 CD / ICA Classics / 2013-09-24

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto for Piano no 1 in C major, Op. 15; Concerto for Piano no 3 in C minor, Op. 37
Performers: Jacoby, Ingrid
Conductors: Kaspszyk, Jacek
Ensemble: ; Sinfonia Varsovia

Praised by The New York Times for her 'clear articulation... unequivocal phrasing... [and] expressivity', Ingrid Jacoby has established herself as one of the most poetic...continue...
Recording information: Witold Lutoslawski Concert Studio of Polish Radio, Wars (04/07/2013-04/09/2013)....continue...
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ICA 5107
Schumann: Klavierstucke, Op. 32; Brahms: Ballades, Op. 10; Chopin: Sonata no 3; Mozart: Fantasy in d / Emil Gilels, piano (live 3/22/79)
Schumann: Klavierstucke, Op. 32; Brahms: Ballades, Op. 10; Chopin: Sonata no 3; Mozart: Fantasy in d / Emil Gilels, piano (live 3/22/79)

1 CD / ICA Classics / 2013-09-24

Works: Robert Schumann: Klavierstücke (4) for piano, Op. 32; Johannes Brahms: Ballades (4) for piano, Op. 10; Frédéric Chopin: Polonaise for piano no 4 in C minor, Op. 40/2, CT. 153; Sonata f...
Performers: Gilels, Emil [Piano]

This authorized BBC tape has never been issued before. The recital is slightly unusual in that Gilels opens with Schumann's rarely heard Four Klavierstuckeop.32. Gilels...continue...
Recording information: Abbotsholme Arts Society, Abbotsholme School, Staffords (03/22/1979)....continue...
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ICA 5108
Elgar: Symphony No. 2; Wagner: Tannhauser Overture; Venusberg Music / Sir Adrian Boult, BBC SO
Elgar: Symphony No. 2; Wagner: Tannhauser Overture; Venusberg Music / Sir Adrian Boult, BBC SO

1 CD / ICA Classics / 2013-09-24

Works: Edward Elgar: Symphony no 2 in E flat major, Op. 63; Richard Wagner: Tannhäuser
Conductors: Boult, Adrian
Ensemble: ; BBC Symphony Orchestra

Boult was very closely associated with Elgar's music throughout his career and recorded the Second Symphony five times. This live Proms performance recorded in stereo...continue...
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ICA 5106
Mozart: Symphony No. 41; Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 / Herbert von Karajan (live, Royal Festival Hall, 4/6/62)
Mozart: Symphony No. 41; Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 / Herbert von Karajan (live, Royal Festival Hall, 4/6/62)

2 CD / ICA Classics / 2013-05-28

Works: Anonymous: God Save the Queen (National Anthem, United Kingdom and Northern Ireland); Peter Dodds McCormick: Advance Australia Fair (National Anthem, Australia); Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony no ...
Conductors: Karajan, Herbert v.
Ensemble: ; Vienna Philharmonic

The combination of Karajan and the Vienna Philharmonic playing Mozart and Bruckner drew a "packed and raving audience" according to The Guardian of the April...continue...
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Mozart: Piano Concertos nos 15 & 20 / Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, piano; Stuttgart Radio SO. De Bavier
Mozart: Piano Concertos nos 15 & 20 / Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, piano; Stuttgart Radio SO. De Bavier

1 CD / ICA Classics / 2013-05-28

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for Piano no 20 in D minor, K 466; Concerto for Piano no 15 in B flat major, K 450
Performers: Michelangeli, Arturo Benedetti
Conductors: Bavier, Antoine de
Ensemble: ; Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra

This live SWR recording from the 1956 Ludwigsburg Festival shows a Mozart style far removed from that presented today. These are full-blooded interpretations and show...continue...
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Beethoven: Piano Concertos no 5; Andante favori; Variations; Bagatelles / Ingrid Jacoby, piano
Beethoven: Piano Concertos no 5; Andante favori; Variations; Bagatelles / Ingrid Jacoby, piano

1 CD / ICA Classics / 2013-05-28

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto for Piano no 5 "Emperor"; Variations (5) for Piano on "Rule Britannia", WoO 79; Andante for Piano in F major, WoO 57 "Andante Favori"; Variations (7) for Piano in C maj...
Performers: Jacoby, Ingrid
Conductors: Kaspszyk, Jacek

This is volume two of Ingrid Jacoby's complete set of Beethoven Piano Concertos. This strongly projected performance of Beethoven's Concerto No.5 is complemented by an...continue...
Recording information: Watford Town Hall (11/20/2012-11/21/2012); Witold Lutoslawski Concert Studio of Polish Radio, Wars (11/20/2012-11/21/2012); Watford Town Hall (1991-11-11_1991-11-12&1992-); Wito...continue...
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Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 3; Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales; Chopin: Nocturne Op. 27/2 / Arthur Rubinstein, piano
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 3; Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales; Chopin: Nocturne Op. 27/2 / Arthur Rubinstein, piano

1 CD / ICA Classics / 2013-03-26

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for Piano no 3 in C major, Op. 2 no 3; Maurice Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales; Frédéric Chopin: Nocturne for piano no 8 in D flat major, Op. 27/2, CT. 11...
Performers: Rubinstein, Artur [Piano]

Arthur Rubenstein is regarded as one of the greatest pianists of the twentieth century. This rare live recording of Rubenstein, made by the BBC in...continue...
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Schubert: Symphony No. 4; Britten: Serenade; Sibelius: Symphony no 2 / Gerald English, tenor; Hermann Baumann, horn. Barbirolli
Schubert: Symphony No. 4; Britten: Serenade; Sibelius: Symphony no 2 / Gerald English, tenor; Hermann Baumann, horn. Barbirolli

2 CD / ICA Classics / 2013-03-26

Works: Franz Schubert: Symphony no 4 in C minor, D 417 "Tragic"; Benjamin Britten: Serenade, for tenor, horn & strings, Op. 31; Jean Sibelius: Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 43
Performers: Baumann, Hermann; English, Gerald
Conductors: Barbirolli, John
Ensemble: ; Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra

Sir John Barbirolli was one of the most versatile conductors of his generation, associated with composers and works of every era. These historic recordings, never...continue...
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Mahler: Symphonies nos 1 & 8 / Hartmut Haenchen
Mahler: Symphonies nos 1 & 8 / Hartmut Haenchen

2 CD / ICA Classics / 2013-03-26

Works: Gustav Mahler: Symphony no 1 in D major "Titan"; Symphony no 8 in E flat major
Conductors: Haenchen, Hartmut
Ensemble: Netherland Philharmonic Orchestra; Ukrainian Radio Choir

Hartmut Haenchen was born in Dresden in 1943 and from the moment of his 1971 Carl Maria von Weber Competition victory onward, he has been...continue...
Recording information: Concertgebouw, Amsterdam (11/20/1999/09/10/2002)....continue...
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Brahms: Symphony No. 1; Martinu: Symphony No. 4 / Klaus Tennstedt
Brahms: Symphony No. 1; Martinu: Symphony No. 4 / Klaus Tennstedt

1 CD / ICA Classics / 2013-02-26

Works: Johannes Brahms: Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 68; Bohuslav Martinu: Symphony no 4
Conductors: Tennstedt, Klaus
Ensemble: ; SWR Stuttgart Radio Symphony

With stunning accounts of Brahms and Mahler, this recording marks an exciting, new relationship between ICA Classics and the SWR in Stuttgart, and it is...continue...
Recording information: Funkstudio Villa Berg des SDR Stuttgart (04/26/1973); Stadttheater, Göppingen (04/26/1973); Funkstudio Villa Berg des SDR Stuttgart (09/24/1976); Stadttheater, Göpping...continue...
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Mahler: Symphony No. 5 / Hans Rosbaud
Mahler: Symphony No. 5 / Hans Rosbaud

1 CD / ICA Classics / 2013-02-26

Works: Gustav Mahler: Symphony no 5 in C sharp minor
Conductors: Rosbaud, Hans
Ensemble: Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra

Francis Poulenc said in 1954, 'Music buffs believe that the greatest living conductor is Toscanini, musicians know that it is Hans Rosbaud.' This 'live' studio...continue...
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Brahms: Symphony No. 4; Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 / Sir Adrian Boult (1975)
Brahms: Symphony No. 4; Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 / Sir Adrian Boult (1975)

1 CD / ICA Classics / 2013-02-26

Works: Johannes Brahms: Symphony no 4 in E minor, Op. 98; Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony no 4 in A major, Op. 90 "Italian"
Conductors: Boult, Adrian
Ensemble: ; BBC Symphony Orchestra

Just prior to the Second World War, Sir Adrian single-handedly built the BBC Symphony Orchestra into a world-renowned ensemble. This live 1975 Proms performance of...continue...
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Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1; Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 / Geza Anda, piano
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1; Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 / Geza Anda, piano

1 CD / ICA Classics / 2013-02-26

Works: Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23; Johannes Brahms: Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 83
Performers: Anda, Geza [Piano]
Conductors: Solti, Sir Georg; Klemperer, Otto
Ensemble: Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra

This spine-tingling account of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No.1 has never been issued before. It is a 'live' studio recording from 1958 with the Cologne Radio...continue...
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Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 / Christopher Adey, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Richard Hickox, BBC Symphony Orchestra / Shura Cherkassky, piano
Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 / Christopher Adey, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Richard Hickox, BBC Symphony Orchestra / Shura Cherkassky, piano

1 CD / ICA Classics / 2012-11-13

Works: Frédéric Chopin: Concerto for Piano no 1 in E minor, B 53/Op. 11; Concerto for Piano no 2 in F minor, B 43/Op. 21
Performers: Cherkassky, Shura [Piano]
Conductors: Adey, Christopher; Hickox, Richard
Ensemble: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; BBC Symphony Orchestra

Shura Cherkassky enjoyed a long career of over 70 years, rising to the forefront of internationally acclaimed concert pianists. His phenomenal virtuosity, color, range, and...continue...
Recording information: Royal Albert Hall, London (08/30/1983); Studio 1, Broadcasting House, Glasgow, Scotland (08/30/1983); Royal Albert Hall, London (12/03/1981); Studio 1, Broadcasting House, Glasg...continue...
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Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 4 / Jacek Kaspszyk, Sinfonia Varsovia / Ingrid Jacoby, piano
Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 4 / Jacek Kaspszyk, Sinfonia Varsovia / Ingrid Jacoby, piano

1 CD / ICA Classics / 2012-11-13

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 19; Concerto for Piano no 4 in G major, Op. 58
Performers: Jacoby, Ingrid
Conductors: Kaspszyk, Jacek
Ensemble: ; Sinfonia Varsovia

Ingrid Jacoby has established herself as one of the most poetic and admired pianists of her generation. This recording of Beethoven's Piano Concertos Nos. 2...continue...
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Beethoven: Symphony No. 3; Smetana: Bartered Bride Overture; Giménez: Zarzuelas / Ataúlfo Argenta, Orquesta Nacional de Espana; Orchestre de la Suisse Romande; Gran Orquesta Sinfonica
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3; Smetana: Bartered Bride Overture; Giménez: Zarzuelas / Ataúlfo Argenta, Orquesta Nacional de Espana; Orchestre de la Suisse Romande; Gran Orquesta Sinfonica

1 CD / ICA Classics / 2012-11-13

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica"; Bedrich Smetana: The Bartered Bride; Ruperto Chapí y Lorenta: Música clásica; La Corte de Granada, Fantasía m...
Conductors: Argenta, Ataúlfo
Ensemble: ; Gran Orquesta Sinfonica; Orchestre de la Suisse Romande; Orquesta Nacional de Espana

Before his tragic and early death at the age of 44 in 1958, Ataúlfo Argenta was the foremost Spanish conductor of his generation and on...continue...
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Sviatoslav Richter: 1975 Royal Festival Hall Concerto / Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 3 & 29; Bagatelles op 126 Nos. 1, 4 & 6
Sviatoslav Richter: 1975 Royal Festival Hall Concerto / Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 3 & 29; Bagatelles op 126 Nos. 1, 4 & 6

1 CD / ICA Classics / 2012-11-13

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for Piano no 3 in C major, Op. 2 no 3; Bagatelle for piano in G major, Op. 126/1; Bagatelle for piano in B minor, Op. 126/4; Bagatelle for piano in E flat major, Op. 126/...
Performers: Richter, Sviatoslav

Sviatoslav Richter was one of the greatest interpreters of the 20th century. Beethoven's 'Hammerklavier' Sonata was one of the main features of Richter's programming in...continue...
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Schumann: Symphony No. 4; Debussy: La Mer; Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien, suite / Guido Cantelli (live, Edinburgh 1954)
Schumann: Symphony No. 4; Debussy: La Mer; Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien, suite / Guido Cantelli (live, Edinburgh 1954)

1 CD / ICA Classics / 2012-09-25

Works: Robert Schumann: Symphony no 4 in D minor, Op. 120; Claude Debussy: Le martyre de Saint Sébastien, symphonic fragments (arranged by Caplet); La mer
Conductors: Cantelli, Guido
Ensemble: ; Philharmonia Orchestra

Highly respected by Toscanini, Italian conductor Guido Cantelli (b. 1920) started recording with the Philharmonia Orchestra for EMI in the early 50's but was tragically...continue...
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Grieg: Piano Concerto; Liszt: Piano Concerto no 1; Lully; Scarlatti / Georges Cziffra, piano (Paris, 1959)
Grieg: Piano Concerto; Liszt: Piano Concerto no 1; Lully; Scarlatti / Georges Cziffra, piano (Paris, 1959)

1 CD / ICA Classics / 2012-09-25

Works: Edvard Grieg: Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 16; Franz Liszt: Concerto for Piano no 1 in E flat major, S 124; Hungarian Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra, S 123; Jean-Baptiste Lully: Gavotte en ron...
Performers: Cziffra, Gyorgy [Piano]
Conductors: Tzipine, Georges; Cluytens, André

Hungarian born György Cziffra was one of the most celebrated virtuosos of the post-war decades in Europe, noted for his powers of improvisation as a...continue...
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Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2; Bernstein: Candide Overture / Svetlanov
Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2; Bernstein: Candide Overture / Svetlanov

1 CD / ICA Classics / 2012-09-25

Conductors: Svetlanov, Evgeny
Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra; Philharmonia Orchestra

Rachmaninov was, by his own account, Svetlanov's favorite composer. This new live recording of his Symphony No.2 from the Royal Festival Hall in 1993 with...continue...
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Mahler: Das Klagende Lied; Janacek: The Fiddler's Child / Cahill, Baker, Tear, Howekk / Rozhdestvensky
Mahler: Das Klagende Lied; Janacek: The Fiddler's Child / Cahill, Baker, Tear, Howekk / Rozhdestvensky

1 CD / ICA Classics / 2012-09-25

Works: Gustav Mahler: Das klagende Lied, cantata for soloists, chorus & orchestra; Leos Janácek: The Fiddler's Child (Sumarovo Díte), ballad for orchestra, JW 6/14
Performers: Baker, Janet, Dame [Mezzo-soprano Vocal]; Cahill, Teresa; Dekany, Bela; Howell, Gwynne; Tear, Robert
Conductors: Rozhdestvensky, Gennady
Ensemble: ; BBC Symphony Orchestra

Rozhdestvensky was the first Russian conductor to perform and record all Mahler's symphonies in his country. Das klagende Lied is performed here live. The ICA...continue...
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Debussy: Images; Brahms: Piano Concerto no 2; Prokofiev: Piano Sonata no 3 / Emil Gilels, piano
Debussy: Images; Brahms: Piano Concerto no 2; Prokofiev: Piano Sonata no 3 / Emil Gilels, piano

1 CD / ICA Classics / 2012-09-25

Works: Johannes Brahms: Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 83; Claude Debussy: Images for Piano, Set 1; Sergey Prokofiev: Sonata for Piano no 3 in A minor, Op. 28; Visions fugitives (20) for Piano...
Performers: Gilels, Emil [Piano]
Conductors: Rossi, Mario
Ensemble: Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra

Russian pianist Emil Gilels is regarded by many as one of the most significant pianists of the twentieth century and is universally admired for his...continue...
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Berlioz: Requiem / Nicolai Gedda, tenor. Mitropoulos
Berlioz: Requiem / Nicolai Gedda, tenor. Mitropoulos

1 CD / ICA Classics / 2012-06-26

Works: Hector Berlioz: Requiem, Op. 5 (Grande Messe des Morts)
Conductors: Mitropoulos, Dimitri
Ensemble: Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra Chorus

ICA holds a veritable treasure trove of historical recordings, the Cologne Broadcasts especially honing in on a rich period of performance in Germany. This stellar...continue...
Recording information: Saal 1, Funkhaus, Cologne (08/26/1956)....continue...
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Hugo Wolf: Italienisches Lieder / Janet Baker, mezzo-soprano; John Shirley-Quirk, baritone; Stuart Bedford, piano
Hugo Wolf: Italienisches Lieder / Janet Baker, mezzo-soprano; John Shirley-Quirk, baritone; Stuart Bedford, piano

1 CD / ICA Classics / 2012-06-26

Works: Hugo Wolf: Italienisches Liederbuch I
Performers: Baker, Janet, Dame [Mezzo-soprano Vocal]; Bedford, Steuart

The 46 songs that make up Wolf's Italienisches Liederbuch show the composer at his most captivatingly individual; and history has proven that only singers of...continue...
Recording information: Aldeburgh Festival, Snape Maltings, Suffolk, England (06/19/1977)....continue...
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Boccherini: Quartet Op. 44/4; Mozart:
Boccherini: Quartet Op. 44/4; Mozart: "Hunt" Quartet; Beethoven: Quartet No. 15 / Quartetto Italiano

1 CD / ICA Classics / 2012-05-29

Works: Luigi Boccherini: Quartet for Strings in G major, Op. 44 no 4/G 223 "La Tiranna"; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Quartet for Strings no 17 in B flat major, K 458 "Hunt"; Ludwig van Beethoven: Quartet for S...
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Ensemble: Quartetto Italiano

The Quartetto Italiano is regarded as one of the finest string quartets of the twentieth century. They were formed officially in 1945. By the early...continue...
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ICA 5070
Verdi: Requiem / Vishnevskaya, Isakova, Ivanovska, Petrov - Igor Markevitch (Live, Moscow 1960)
Verdi: Requiem / Vishnevskaya, Isakova, Ivanovska, Petrov - Igor Markevitch (Live, Moscow 1960)

2 CD / ICA Classics / 2012-05-29

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: Requiem Mass; Gioachino Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia; La scala di seta; Guillaume Tell; La gazza ladra; L'italiana in Algeri; La Cenerentola
Performers: Isakova, Nina; Ivanovsky, Vladimir; Petrov, Ivan; Vishnevskaya, Galina
Conductors: Markevitch, Igor

The great Russian conductor Igor Markevitch (1912 - 1983) was born in Kiev and spent his formative years in Switzerland. At the height of his...continue...
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Rachmaninov: The Bells; Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky / Shtoda, Prokina, Leiferkus - Evgeny Svetlanov
Rachmaninov: The Bells; Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky / Shtoda, Prokina, Leiferkus - Evgeny Svetlanov

1 CD / ICA Classics / 2012-05-29

Works: Sergey Rachmaninov: The Bells, choral symphony for soprano, tenor, baritone, chorus & orchestra, Op. 35; Sergey Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky, Op. 78
Performers: Hodgson, Alfreda; Leiferkus, Sergei [Bass Vocals]; Prokina, Yelena; Shtoda, Daniil
Conductors: Svetlanov, Evgeny
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; Philharmonia Orchestra Chorus

ICA marks the 10th anniversary of the great Evgeny Svetlanov's death with a coupling of Rachmaninov's The Bells and Prokofiev's Alexander Nevsky, two composers that...continue...

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Verdi: Falstaff / Corena, Rovere, Cadoni, Dominguez - Giulini
Verdi: Falstaff / Corena, Rovere, Cadoni, Dominguez - Giulini

2 CD / ICA Classics / 2012-03-27

Conductors: Giulini, Carlo Maria
Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Carlo Maria Giulini was one of the 20th century's greatest conductors. His live performances of operas by Verdi, Rossini and Mozart have acquired legendary status....continue...
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Schumann: Piano Concerto; Beethoven: Eroica Variations; Sonata No. 30 / Annie Fischer
Schumann: Piano Concerto; Beethoven: Eroica Variations; Sonata No. 30 / Annie Fischer

1 CD / ICA Classics / 2012-03-27

Works: Robert Schumann: Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 54; Ludwig van Beethoven: Variations (15) and Fugue for Piano in E flat major, Op. 35 "Eroica"; Sonata for Piano no 30 in E major, Op. 109
Performers: Fischer, Annie [Piano]
Conductors: Keilberth, Joseph
Ensemble: WDR Symphony Orchestra Koln

Sviatoslav Richter's comment that Hungarian-born Annie Fischer (1914 - 1995) was 'a great artist imbued with a spirit of greatness and genuine profundity' is just...continue...
Recording information: Saal 1, Funkhaus, Cologne....continue...
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Brahms: Symphony No. 3; Elgar: Symphony No. 1 / Sir Adrian Boult
Brahms: Symphony No. 3; Elgar: Symphony No. 1 / Sir Adrian Boult

1 CD / ICA Classics / 2012-03-27

Works: Johannes Brahms: Symphony no 3 in F major, Op. 90; Edward Elgar: Symphony no 1 in A flat major, Op. 55
Conductors: Boult, Adrian
Ensemble: ; BBC Symphony Orchestra

Acclaimed British conductor Sir Adrian Boult's friendship with Sir Edward Elgar ensured that all his interpretations of the composer's works were without question authoritative, achieving...continue...
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Schubert: Impromptu; Beethoven: Sonatas / Wilhelm Backhaus
Schubert: Impromptu; Beethoven: Sonatas / Wilhelm Backhaus

1 CD / ICA Classics / 2012-02-28

Works: Franz Schubert: Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 935/Op. 142; Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for Piano no 6 in F major, Op. 10 no 2; Sonata for Piano no 29 in B flat major, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier"
Performers: Backhaus, Wilhelm [Piano]

The great German pianist, Wilhelm Backhaus made his first concert tour at the age of sixteen. He toured widely throughout his life, making his U.S....continue...
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Holst: The Planets; Britten: Variations & Fugue on a Theme of Purcell / Rozhdestvensky
Holst: The Planets; Britten: Variations & Fugue on a Theme of Purcell / Rozhdestvensky

1 CD / ICA Classics / 2012-02-28

Works: Gustav Holst: The Planets, Op. 32/H 125; Benjamin Britten: The Young person's guide to the orchestra
Conductors: Rozhdestvensky, Gennady
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

Gennadi Rozhdestvensky (b.1931) is the last living survivor of a great Russian quartet of conductors consisting of Mravinsky, Kondrashin and Svetlanov. He was the highly...continue...
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Beethoven: Missa Solemnis / Heather Harper, Julia Hamari, William Steinberg
Beethoven: Missa Solemnis / Heather Harper, Julia Hamari, William Steinberg

1 CD / ICA Classics / 2012-02-28

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Missa solemnis in D major, Op. 123
Performers: Eliasson, Sven Olof; Gehring, Wolfram; Harper, Heather; Marschner, Wolfgang; Meven, Peter
Conductors: Steinberg, William
Ensemble: Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra

William Steinberg (1899 - 1978), a native of Cologne who spent almost all his career in the USA, was known principally as Music Director of...continue...
Recording information: Saal 1, Funkhaus, Cologne (06/15/1973)....continue...
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Rossini: Barber of Seville / Giulini, Panerai, Berganza, Alva
Rossini: Barber of Seville / Giulini, Panerai, Berganza, Alva

2 CD / ICA Classics / 2011-11-15

Works: Gioachino Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia
Conductors: Giulini, Carlo Maria

Giulini (1914 - 2005) was without question one of the greatest conductors of his generation. His opera performances at Covent Garden were landmarks for the...continue...
Recording information: The Royal Opera House, London, England (05/21/1960)....continue...
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Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1; Chopin; Liszt; Schumann et al.  / Julius Katchen, piano
Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1; Chopin; Liszt; Schumann et al. / Julius Katchen, piano

1 CD / ICA Classics / 2011-11-15

Works: Johannes Brahms: Concerto for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 15; Frédéric Chopin: Ballade for Piano no 3 in A flat major, B 136/Op. 47; Franz Liszt: Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke, S 514 "Mephisto...
Performers: Amis, John; Katchen, Julius [Piano]
Conductors: Kempe, Rudolf
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

American pianist Katchen (1926 - 69) was a child prodigy. At 11, he performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Ormandy. His technique was 'gold plated'...continue...
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Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1; Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.4 / Claudio Arrau, piano
Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1; Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.4 / Claudio Arrau, piano

1 CD / ICA Classics / 2011-11-15

Works: Frédéric Chopin: Concerto for Piano no 1 in E minor, B 53/Op. 11; Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto for Piano no 4 in G major, Op. 58
Performers: Arrau, Claudio [Piano]
Conductors: Klemperer, Otto; Dohnányi, Christoph von
Ensemble: ; Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra

Few artists of any generation prompted such consistent praise as Arrau who embraced virtually every part of the piano repertoire, including marathon cycles of Bach,...continue...
Recording information: Saal 1, Funkhaus, Cologne, Germany....continue...
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