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Shotakovich: String Quartets Vol. 1 - No. 1 Op. 49, No. 2 Op. 68, Op. 5 Op. 92 / Borodin Quartet
Shotakovich: String Quartets Vol. 1 - No. 1 Op. 49, No. 2 Op. 68, Op. 5 Op. 92 / Borodin Quartet

1 CD / Praga / 2016-04-01

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Ensemble: Borodin Quartet

Although Shostakovich entrusted the world premiŔres of his String Quartets to the Beethoven Quartet, it was the Borodin Quartet that earned the works worldwide acclaim....continue...
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Pierre Boulez - Young Composer and Conductor. Works by Debussy, Bartók, Stravinsky, Boulez / Yehudi Menuhin
Pierre Boulez - Young Composer and Conductor. Works by Debussy, Bartók, Stravinsky, Boulez / Yehudi Menuhin

1 CD / Praga / 2016-04-01

Conductors: Boulez, Pierre
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; Orchestre du Domaine Musical; Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Pierre Boulez (1925-2016) started conducting in order to perform his own music and to champion major 20th century composers such as Debussy, Bartˇk and Stravinsky....continue...
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Sibelius: Symphony No. 3; The Swan of Tuonela Op. 22 No. 3; Symphony No. 7; Debussy: Nocturnes - Nuages; Fêtes / Leningrad PO, Mravinsky
Sibelius: Symphony No. 3; The Swan of Tuonela Op. 22 No. 3; Symphony No. 7; Debussy: Nocturnes - Nuages; Fêtes / Leningrad PO, Mravinsky

1 Super Audio CD / Praga / 2016-04-01

Conductors: Mravinsky, Yevgeny
Ensemble: Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra

Sibelius's Symphony No.3 was composed in 1907. It is the link between the romantic intensity of his first two symphonies and the more cold complexity...continue...
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Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953): Symphonies Nos. 5 & 6 / Leningrad PO, Yevgeny Mravinsky
Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953): Symphonies Nos. 5 & 6 / Leningrad PO, Yevgeny Mravinsky

1 Super Audio CD / Praga / 2016-03-18

Conductors: Mravinsky, Yevgeny
Ensemble: Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra

This is a logical, albeit rare, combination of works - presented to the Politburo to reflect victory and irresistible force. Understandably they favored the fifth...continue...
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Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 21 & 23; Bela Bartok (1881-1945): Piano Concerto No. 3 / Annie Fischer, piano; Philharmonia Orch., Sir Adrian Boult, Wolfgang Sawallisch; Bavarian Radio SO, Ferenc Fricsay
Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 21 & 23; Bela Bartok (1881-1945): Piano Concerto No. 3 / Annie Fischer, piano; Philharmonia Orch., Sir Adrian Boult, Wolfgang Sawallisch; Bavarian Radio SO, Ferenc Fricsay

1 CD / Praga / 2016-03-18

Conductors: Boult, Adrian; Sawallisch, Wolfgang; Fricsay, Ferenc
Ensemble: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra; Philharmonia Orchestra

Great Hungarian conductor Ferenc Fricsay contended that musicians had to work on Bartˇk's major works to master Mozart's unique combination of profundity and playfulness. His...continue...
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Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971): Apollon Musagéte, Orpheus, Ode, Fireworks, Song of the Volga Boatmen / Leningrad PO, Moscow PO, SO of USSR, Yevgeny Mravinsky
Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971): Apollon Musagéte, Orpheus, Ode, Fireworks, Song of the Volga Boatmen / Leningrad PO, Moscow PO, SO of USSR, Yevgeny Mravinsky

1 CD / Praga / 2016-03-18

Conductors: Mravinsky, Yevgeny
Ensemble: Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra; Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra; Symphony Orchestra of USSR

Russian born, naturalized French and later American citizen, Igor Stravinsky made a triumphant return to the USSR for three days in October of 1962 at...continue...
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Robert Schumann (1810-1856): Symphonies Nos.1 & 4, Manfred Overture / Vienna PO, Berlin PO, Wilhelm Furtwängler
Robert Schumann (1810-1856): Symphonies Nos.1 & 4, Manfred Overture / Vienna PO, Berlin PO, Wilhelm Furtwängler

1 Super Audio CD / Praga / 2016-03-04

Conductors: Furtwängler, Wilhelm
Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra; Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Wilhelm Furtwńngler was an excellent pianist and accompanied leading singers at opera rehearsals and lieder recitals by Wolf, Schubert and Schumann. He did not consider...continue...
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Max Bruch (1838-1920): Scottish Fantasia; Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture; Symphony No.3 / David Oistrakh, violin; USSR State SO, Gennady Rozhdestvensky; Cleveland Orch., George Szell; NY PO, Leonard Bernstein
Max Bruch (1838-1920): Scottish Fantasia; Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture; Symphony No.3 / David Oistrakh, violin; USSR State SO, Gennady Rozhdestvensky; Cleveland Orch., George Szell; NY PO, Leonard Bernstein

1 CD / Praga / 2016-03-04

Conductors: Rozhdestvensky, Gennady; Szell, George; Leonard Bernstein
Ensemble: Cleveland Orchestra; New York Philharmonic Orchestra; USSR State Symphony Orchestra

The music of Scotland has long inspired classical composers. Scottish reels were first immortalized by Beethoven. Playing Bruch's Scottish Fantasia, violinist David Oistrakh pays tribute...continue...
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Beethoven: Violin Sonatas Nos.5
Beethoven: Violin Sonatas Nos.5 "Spring" & 9 "Kreutzer"; Piano Sonata No. 6 / David Oistrakh, violin; Frida Bauer, piano; Sviatoslav Richter, piano

1 CD / Praga / 2016-02-19

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano no 5 in F major, Op. 24 "Spring"; Sonata for Piano no 16 in G major, Op. 31 no 1; Sonata for Violin and Piano no 9 in A major, Op. 47 "Kreutzer"
Performers: Bauer, Frida; Oistrakh, David [Conductor]; Richter, Sviatoslav

Beethoven's fifth violin sonata, often called Spring Sonata, is modeled after Haydn and Mozart. The sixth is a gracious work with a fascinating central adagio....continue...
Recording information: Moscow (01/01/1967); Prague (01/01/1967); Moscow (05/19/1969); Prague (05/19/1969); Moscow (10/29/1967); Prague (10/29/1967)....continue...
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Brahms: Violin Sonatas Nos.1-3; Scherzo in C minor / David Oistrakh, violin; Frida Bauer, piano; Sviatoslav Richter, piano
Brahms: Violin Sonatas Nos.1-3; Scherzo in C minor / David Oistrakh, violin; Frida Bauer, piano; Sviatoslav Richter, piano

1 CD / Praga / 2016-02-19

Works: Johannes Brahms: Scherzo for Violin and Piano in C minor, WoO 2 "FAE Sonata"; Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in G major, Op. 78; Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in A major, Op. 100; Sonata for Vio...
Performers: Bauer, Frida; Oistrakh, David [Conductor]; Richter, Sviatoslav

Brahms's Violin Sonatas have become a reference for the "romantic sonata form." Each of the three works has its own sentimental mood. The first uses...continue...
Recording information: Moscow (03/29/1972); Prague (03/29/1972); Moscow (05/17/1972); Prague (05/17/1972); Moscow (05/18/1966); Prague (05/18/1966); Moscow (12/08/1968); Prague (12/08/1968)....continue...
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Brahms: Piano Concerto No.1; Variations and Fugue on a theme by Haendel / Claudio Arrau, piano; Bavarian Radio SO, Rafael Kubelík
Brahms: Piano Concerto No.1; Variations and Fugue on a theme by Haendel / Claudio Arrau, piano; Bavarian Radio SO, Rafael Kubelík

1 Super Audio CD / Praga / 2016-02-19

Works: Johannes Brahms: Concerto for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 15; Variations and Fugue for Piano in B flat major on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24
Performers: Arrau, Claudio [Piano]
Conductors: Kubelik, Rafael
Ensemble: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

Having won fame as a great Beethoven interpreter, Claudio Arrau is no less celebrated for his Mozart, Schubert, Chopin, Liszt, Schumann, Debussy and Brahms. His...continue...
Recording information: The Bavarian Radio, Munich (04/24/1964); The Radio Swizzera Italiana, Lugano (04/24/1964); The Bavarian Radio, Munich (05/20/1963); The Radio Swizzera Italiana, Lugano (05/20/19...continue...
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Shostakovich: Symphony No.9; Piano Trio No.2; String Quartet No.3 / Trio Oistrakh, Smetana Quartet, Czech PO, Zdene?k KoÜler
Shostakovich: Symphony No.9; Piano Trio No.2; String Quartet No.3 / Trio Oistrakh, Smetana Quartet, Czech PO, Zdene?k KoÜler

1 CD / Praga / 2016-02-05

Works: Dmitry Shostakovich: Symphony no 9 in E flat major, Op. 70; Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in E minor, Op. 67; Quartet for Strings no 3 in F major, Op. 73
Conductors: KoÜler, Zdene?k; Kosler, Zdenek;
Ensemble: ; Czech Philharmonic Orchestra; Igor Oistrakh Trio; Smetana Quartet; Trio Oistrakh

In the spring of 1945, the intelligentsia in Russia and the rest of the world expected Shostakovich's Symphony No.9 to glorify Stalin's victory with a...continue...
Recording information: Dvorák Hall, in the Rudolfinum (01/20/1961); Dvorák Hall, in the Rudolfinum (05/26/1961); Dvorák Hall, in the Rudolfinum (05/26/1967)....continue...
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Tchaikovsky: Romeo & Juliet û Fantasy-Overture; Berlioz: Romeo & Juliet; Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet û Ballet Suite No.2 / Moscow PO, Kyrill Kondrashin; London SO, Pierre Monteux; Leningrad PO, Yevgeny Mravinsky
Tchaikovsky: Romeo & Juliet û Fantasy-Overture; Berlioz: Romeo & Juliet; Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet û Ballet Suite No.2 / Moscow PO, Kyrill Kondrashin; London SO, Pierre Monteux; Leningrad PO, Yevgeny Mravinsky

1 Super Audio CD / Praga / 2016-02-05

Works: Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture; Hector Berlioz: Romeo and Juliet, A dramatic Symphony Op. 17 (excerpts); Sergey Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Second Suite from the ballet, ...
Conductors: Kondrashin, Kyrill; Monteux, Pierre; Mravinsky, Yevgeny
Ensemble: ; Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra; London Symphony Orchestra; Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra

The "Lovers of Verona" have long inspired distinguished composers like Benda, Zingarelli, Bellini, Gounod and most famously, Berlioz, Tcha´kovsky and Prokofiev. Here combat, tumult and...continue...
Recording information: Leningrad (01/07/1967); Moscow (01/07/1967); Studio recording, near London (01/07/1967); Leningrad (06/1962); Moscow (06/1962); Studio recording, near London (06/1962); Leningra...continue...
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Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto; Sibelius: Violin Concerto, Humoresques Nos.1 & 2 / David Oistrakh, violin; Moscow PO, USSR Radio Symph., Gennady Rozhdestvensky
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto; Sibelius: Violin Concerto, Humoresques Nos.1 & 2 / David Oistrakh, violin; Moscow PO, USSR Radio Symph., Gennady Rozhdestvensky

1 CD / Praga / 2016-02-05

Works: Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 35; Jean Sibelius: Concerto for Violin in D minor, Op. 47; Humoresques (2) for violin & orchestra, Op. 87b
Performers: Oistrakh, David [Conductor]
Conductors: Rozhdestvensky, Gennady
Ensemble: ; Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra; USSR Radio Symphony

This is an unusual pairing of two romantic concertos by Tchaikovsky and Sibelius, performed by the legendary David Oistrakh on his Stradivarius Comte de Fontana....continue...
Recording information: Moscow (07/23/1965); Moscow (09/27/1968)....continue...
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Shostakovich: String Quartets Nos.10, 11, 12 & 13 / Beethoven Quartet
Shostakovich: String Quartets Nos.10, 11, 12 & 13 / Beethoven Quartet

1 CD / Praga / 2016-02-05

Works: Dmitry Shostakovich: Quartet for Strings no 10 in A flat major, Op. 118; Quartet for Strings no 11 in F minor, Op. 122; Quartet for Strings no 12 in D flat major, Op. 133; Quartet for Strings no 13 i...
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Ensemble: Beethoven Quartet

Shostakovich's string quartets are the epitome of eloquence. The four selections here progress from the golden age of Soviet realism with Quartet No.10, though to...continue...
Recording information: Moscow (01/10/1966); Radio, Leningrad (01/10/1966); Moscow (01/27/1971); Radio, Leningrad (01/27/1971); Moscow (03/25/1969); Radio, Leningrad (03/25/1969)....continue...
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