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Stravinsky: Le Rossignol; Maurice Delage (1879-1961): Quatre Poems Hindus, Berceuse Phoque / Janine Micheau; Jean Giraudeau. André Cluytens (rec. 1955)
Stravinsky: Le Rossignol; Maurice Delage (1879-1961): Quatre Poems Hindus, Berceuse Phoque / Janine Micheau; Jean Giraudeau. André Cluytens (rec. 1955)

1 CD / Testament / 2014-08-12

Works: Igor Stravinsky: Le Rossignol, opera (lyric tale) in 3 acts
Conductors: Cluytens, André
Ensemble: French National Radio Symphony Chorus; French National Radio Symphony Orchestra

Stravinsky's short, charming opera Le rossignol is rarely performed or recorded. Written in 1913-14 after the Rite of Spring, its libretto, based on The Nightingale...continue...
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Britten: Piano Concerto; Mátyás Seiber: To Poetry; Alan Bush: Voices of the Prophets / Peter Pears; Noel Mewton-Wood
Britten: Piano Concerto; Mátyás Seiber: To Poetry; Alan Bush: Voices of the Prophets / Peter Pears; Noel Mewton-Wood

1 CD / Testament / 2014-02-11

Works: Benjamin Britten: Concerto for Piano in D major, Op. 13; Mátyás Seiber: To Poetry, for high voice & piano; Alan Bush: Voices of the Prophets, Op. 41
Performers: Mewton-Wood, Noel; Pears, Peter, Sir [Tenor Vocals]
Conductors: Cameron, Basil
Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra

This disc brings to light both the unjustly neglected talents of Australian pianist Noel Mewton-Wood and two rare recordings by the great English tenor Peter...continue...
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Violinist Michael Rabin: The Unpublished Recordings, 1947 - 1971
Violinist Michael Rabin: The Unpublished Recordings, 1947 - 1971

3 CD / Testament / 2012-02-14

Works: Edouard Lalo: Symphonie espagnole, Op. 21; Niccolò Paganini: Caprices (24) for Violin solo, Op. 1; Caprice for solo violin in E flat major (Sostenuto-Andante), Op. 1/17, MS 25/17; Camille Saint-...
Performers: Johannesen, Grant; Rabin, Jeanne; Rabin, Michael; Smith, Brooks
Conductors: Rozsnyai, Zoltán

Michael Rabin's musical voice may have been quiet the past forty years, but to violin aficionados his star still shines brightly. His discography is small,...continue...
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Mischa Elman: The BBC Radio Recitals, 1961 / Joseph Seiger
Mischa Elman: The BBC Radio Recitals, 1961 / Joseph Seiger

2 CD / Testament / 2012-02-14

Works: Spoken Word: Announcement; George Frederick Handel: Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo in D major, HWV 371/Op. 1 no 13; Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano no 5 in F major, Op. 24 "Sp...
Performers: Elman, Mischa; Seiger, Joseph

Violinist Mischa Elman rarely played for radio broadcasts, even in America, but he did so occasionally for the BBC. The two recitals on these compact...continue...
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Bruckner: Symphony No. 9; Berg: Violin Concerto; Schubert / Christian Ferras
Bruckner: Symphony No. 9; Berg: Violin Concerto; Schubert / Christian Ferras

2 CD / Testament / 2012-01-10

Works: Franz Schubert: Rosamunde; Alban Berg: Concerto for Violin; Anton Bruckner: Symphony no 9 in D minor, WAB 109
Performers: Ferras, Christian [Violin]
Conductors: Keilberth, Joseph
Ensemble: ; Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

"Conducting is only a means to an end, never an end in itself. Making music is everything - and the less conducting draws attention to...continue...
Recording information: Neues Festspielhaus, Salzburg (08/17/1960)....continue...
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The Studio Recordings 1954-1960: Michael Rabin, violin
The Studio Recordings 1954-1960: Michael Rabin, violin

6 CD / Testament / 2011-12-13

Works: Niccolò Paganini: Concerto for Violin no 1 in D major, Op. 6; Caprices (24) for Violin solo, Op. 1; Moto perpetuo for Violin and Orchestra in C major, Op. 11; Alexander Glazunov: Concerto for Vi...
Performers: Pommers, Leon; Rabin, Michael
Conductors: Matacic, Lovro von; Galliera, Alceo; Boult, Adrian; Goossens, Eugene, Sir; Slatkin, Felix

The story of the amazing violinist Michael Rabin is complicated and ultimately tragic. When his career should have been reaching the height of his success,...continue...
Recording information: 1954-1960....continue...
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Violin Sonatas: Brahms, Schubert, Ferguson, Beethoven
Violin Sonatas: Brahms, Schubert, Ferguson, Beethoven

1 CD / Testament / 2011-02-08

Works: Johannes Brahms: Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in A major, Op. 100; Franz Schubert: Sonatina for Violin and Piano in D major, D 384/Op 137 no 1; Howard Ferguson: Sonata for violin & piano, no 2, O...
Performers: Hess, Myra; Stern, Isaac [Violin]

Both in his memories and in conversation Isaac Stern named Myra Hess as one of the musicians who had influenced him the most. The Hess-Stern...continue...
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Beethoven: String Quartets, Op. 59 Nos. 2 & 3; Bartók: String Quartets Nos. 5 & 6
Beethoven: String Quartets, Op. 59 Nos. 2 & 3; Bartók: String Quartets Nos. 5 & 6

2 CD / Testament / 2011-02-08

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Quartet for Strings no 8 in E minor, Op. 59 no 2 "Razumovsky"; Quartet for Strings no 9 in C major, Op. 59 no 3 "Razumovsky"; Béla Bartók: Quartet for Strings no 5, Sz...

The second iteration of the Hungarian Quartet featured violinists Sándor Végh and Peter Szervánsky, violist Dénes Koromzay and cellist Vilmos Palotai. The first, led by...continue...
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Ravel: Ma Mère l'Oye Suite; Debussy: La Mer
Ravel: Ma Mère l'Oye Suite; Debussy: La Mer

1 CD / Testament / 2010-04-13

Works: Maurice Ravel: Ma mère l'oye; Concerto for Piano left hand; Claude Debussy: La mer
Performers: Block, Michel [Piano]
Conductors: Giulini, Carlo Maria

"Giulini's Berlin account is darker, bigger, heavier, stormier, and less glossy than both [Giulini's Philharmonia/EMI and Karajan's Berlin/DG 1965 recordings]. The endings of the movements...continue...
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Mozart: Divertimento no 15 K 287;  Stravinsky: Rite of Spring / Herbert von Karajan, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Mozart: Divertimento no 15 K 287; Stravinsky: Rite of Spring / Herbert von Karajan, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

1 CD / Testament / 2009-10-13

Works: Recorded Sound: Applause; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Divertimento for 2 Horns and Strings no 15 in B flat major, K 287 (271H); Igor Stravinsky: Le sacre du printemps
Conductors: Karajan, Herbert v.

"The overwhelming experience was of a precision, a range of colour and of dynamics, wholly suited to the music. Karajan was able to give even...continue...
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Schumann, Franck, Szymanowski, Ravel: Works for Violin and Piano / Oistrakh, Yampolsky
Schumann, Franck, Szymanowski, Ravel: Works for Violin and Piano / Oistrakh, Yampolsky

1 CD / Testament / 2009-02-10

Works: Robert Schumann: Fantasie for Violin and Orchestra in C major, Op. 131; César Franck: Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, M 8; Karol Szymanowski: Myths (3), Op. 30; Maurice Ravel: Tzigane
Performers: Oistrakh, David [Conductor]; Yampolsky, Vladimir [Piano]

This Enescu Festival program is a very interesting one. Its repertoire ranges from Fritz Kreisler's transcription of the Schumann violin concerto to Franck's immortal violin...continue...
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Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto no 1;  Rachmaninov, Kabalevsky / Cliburn, Kondrashin, Moscow PO
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto no 1; Rachmaninov, Kabalevsky / Cliburn, Kondrashin, Moscow PO

1 CD / Testament / 2009-01-13

Works: Recorded Sound: Applause; Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23; Sergey Rachmaninov: Concerto for Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 30; Dmitry Kabalevsky: Rondo for pian...
Performers: Cliburn, Van
Conductors: Kondrashin, Kirill
Ensemble: Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra

1958 was a red-letter year not only in music competition history but in the entire history of performance. In that year the USSR established the...continue...
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Tchaikovsky, Villa-Lobos, Puccini, Leoncavallo, etc / Licia Albanese
Tchaikovsky, Villa-Lobos, Puccini, Leoncavallo, etc / Licia Albanese

1 CD / Testament / 2008-10-14

Works: Giacomo Puccini: Tosca; Gianni Schicchi, opera; Alfredo Catalani: La Wally; Francesco Cilèa: Adriana Lecouvreur; Ruggero Leoncavallo: Pagliacci, opera; Giuseppe Verdi: Otello; Wolfgang Amadeus M...
Performers: Albanese, Licia; Merrill, Robert [Baritone Vocal]
Conductors: Weissmann, Frieder; Marzollo, Dick; Morel, Jean P.; Trucco, Victor; Stokowski, Leopold
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Jussi Björling in Song
Jussi Björling in Song

1 CD / Testament / 2008-09-09

Works: Henry Geehl: For you alone; Ruggero Leoncavallo: Mattinata; Ernesto de Curtis: Torna a Surriento; Emil Sjögren: I drömmen di är mig nära; August Körling: Vita rosor; Gerald A...
Performers: Björling, Jussi [Tenor Vocal]; Schauwecker, Frederick
Conductors: Grevillius, Nils
Ensemble: Orchestra

Historic Masters Ltd., a company formed to continue historic reissues of vocal recordings initiated by the British Institute of Recorded Sound, contributed to this release...continue...
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Dvorák, Martinu, Beethoven / Kubelík, Firkusny, Philharmonia Orchestra
Dvorák, Martinu, Beethoven / Kubelík, Firkusny, Philharmonia Orchestra

1 CD / Testament / 2008-06-10

Works: Antonin Dvorák: Symphonic Variations for Orchestra, Op. 78/B 70; Bohuslav Martinu: Concerto for Piano no 4 ("Incantation"), H. 358; Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67
Performers: Firkusny, Rudolf
Conductors: Kubelik, Rafael
Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra

In August 1957, the Philharmonia Orchestra made a triumphant appearance at the Eleventh Edinburgh Festival, where this fascinating Rafael Kubelik concert was recorded. Captured here...continue...
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Cesare Valletti sings Mozart, Scarlatti, Schubert, Berlioz, etc
Cesare Valletti sings Mozart, Scarlatti, Schubert, Berlioz, etc

2 CD / Testament / 2008-06-10

Works: Giuseppe Sarti: Giulio Sabino; Alessandro Stradella: Le gare dell'amor eroico; Alessandro Scarlatti: Work(s); Il Pirro e Demetrio; Il Sedecia, re di Gerusalemme; Il Flavio; George Frederick Handel: M...
Performers: Taubman, Leo; Valletti, Cesare [Tenor Vocals]

The leading operatic 'tenore di grazia' of the 1950s and '60s, Cesare Valletti (1922-2000) was also an incomparable interpreter of songs. A few years after...continue...
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Meyerbeer, Goldmark, Bizet, et al / Toscanini, NBC SO
Meyerbeer, Goldmark, Bizet, et al / Toscanini, NBC SO

2 CD / Testament / 2007-02-13

Works: Giacomo Meyerbeer: Le pardon de Ploërmel "Dinorah"; Karl Goldmark: Rustic Wedding, symphonic poem in E flat major, Op. 26; Georges Bizet: La Jolie Fille de Perth, orchestral suite; Jules Massene...
Performers: Cooley, Carlton; koff, Mischa
Conductors: Toscanini, Arturo
Ensemble: NBC Symphony Orchestra

"Mono sound, surprisingly clear and luminous, is what we have on an unmissable two-CD Testament set of live NBC recordings conducted by Toscanini... these are...continue...
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Elisabeth Schwarzkopf - Unpublished EMI Recordings 1946-52
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf - Unpublished EMI Recordings 1946-52

2 CD / Testament / 2006-11-14

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantata no 51, "Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen," BWV 51; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Exsultate jubilate, K 165 (158a); Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), K. 620; Das Veilchen,...
Performers: Feasey, Norman; Hudez, Karl; Moore, Gerald [Piano]; Pougnet, Jean; Schwarzkopf, Elisabeth [Soprano vocals]
Conductors: Susskind, Walter; Krips, Josef; Braithwaite, Warwick; Dobroven, Issay

"A glimpse into the singer's workshop" - a phrase from Schwarzkopf's spoken introduction to her excerpts from 'The Magic Flute' - aptly describes this collection...continue...
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Ten Top Tenors / Caruso, Roswaenge, Gigli, Tauber, et al
Ten Top Tenors / Caruso, Roswaenge, Gigli, Tauber, et al

1 CD / Testament / 2006-11-14

Works: Ruggero Leoncavallo: Pagliacci, opera; Salvatore Cardillo: Core' ngrato; Adolphe Adam: Le postillon de Lonjumeau; Daniel-François-Esprit Auber: Fra Diavolo; Charles Gounod: Faust; Giacomo Puccin...
Performers: Björling, Jussi [Tenor Vocal]; Caruso, Enrico [Tenor Vocals]; Gigli, Beniamino [Tenor vocals]; Kreisler, Fritz [Composer/Violin]; Martinelli, Giovanni; McCormack, John [Tenor Vocal]; Melchior, L...
Conductors: Rogers, Walter B.; Seidler-Winkler, Bruno; Goossens, Eugene, Sir; Ghione, Franco; Szell, George; Paulik, Anton; Gaubert, Philippe; Heurteur, Fernand; Grevillius, Nils; Ormandy, Eugene; Collingwood, L...
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Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade;  Stravinsky / Stokowski
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade; Stravinsky / Stokowski

1 CD / Testament / 2006-11-14

Works: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade; Igor Stravinsky: Petrushka, ballet (burlesque) in 4 scenes for orchestra (1947 version)
Conductors: Stokowski, Leopold
Ensemble: Leopold Stokowski Orchestra; Philharmonia Orchestra

Testament presents Stokowski's legendary 1956 Philharmonia recording of Scheherazade in astonishingly vivid sound. It is full of energy, precision and razor-sharp characterizations. Unique interpretat...continue...
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Erich Kunz - Opera, Operetta & Song
Erich Kunz - Opera, Operetta & Song

1 CD / Testament / 2006-10-10

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492; Don Giovanni; Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), K. 620; Albert Lortzing: Der Waffenschmied; Zar und Zimmerma...
Performers: Kunz, Erich; Seefried, Irmgard
Conductors: Karajan, Herbert v.; Ackermann, Otto; Moralt, Rudolf; Paulik, Anton;
Ensemble: Kemmeter-Faltl Schrammel Ensemble; Philharmonia Orchestra; Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra; Vienna Volksoper Orchestra
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Beethoven: Missa solemnis;  Mozart / Herbert von Karajan
Beethoven: Missa solemnis; Mozart / Herbert von Karajan

2 CD / Testament / 2006-10-10

Works: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf talks about the recording in a recent interview; Ludwig van Beethoven: Missa solemnis in D major, Op. 123; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony no 38 in D ma...
Performers: Gedda, Nicolai [Tenor Vocals]; Ludwig, Christa [Mezzo soprano]; Schwarzkopf, Elisabeth [Soprano vocals]; Zaccaria, Nicola [Bass Vocal]
Conductors: Karajan, Herbert v.
Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra

In an interview included on this set, Elisabeth Schwazkopf says of the Philharmonia Orchestra, along with the Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell, that in those...continue...
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Dances of Poland / Wanda Landowska
Dances of Poland / Wanda Landowska

1 CD / Testament / 2005-12-13

Works: Michal Kleofas Oginski: Polonaise for piano in A minor "Farewell to the Fatherland"; Polonaise for piano in G major; Jacob Polonais: Gagliardi, for harpsichord; Wanda Landowska: Bourrée d'Auverg...
Performers: Landowska, Wanda [Harpsichord]

"Testament restores two of Wanda Landowska's most treasurable and long-out-of-print albums. One is a 1951 collection of Polish dances, originally titled "Landowska plays for Paderewski"...continue...
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Berg, Carter, Schuman / Juilliard String Quartet
Berg, Carter, Schuman / Juilliard String Quartet

1 CD / Testament / 2005-10-11

Works: Alban Berg: Lyric Suite for Soprano and String Quartet; Elliott Carter: Quartet for Strings no 2; William Schuman: Quartet for Strings no 3
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Debussy, Ravel, Webern / Juilliard String Quartet
Debussy, Ravel, Webern / Juilliard String Quartet

1 CD / Testament / 2005-10-11

Works: Claude Debussy: Quartet for Strings in G minor, Op. 10; Maurice Ravel: Quartet for Strings in F major; Anton Webern: Movements (5) for string quartet, Op. 5; Bagatelles (6) for string quartet, Op. 9

"Here are more Juilliard Quartet rarities plucked by Testament from the too-long-neglected treasure-trove of RCA's back catalog. These stereo recordings were made in RCA's studios...continue...
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Guitar Recital - Bach, Sor, Turina, Tippett, et al / Bream
Guitar Recital - Bach, Sor, Turina, Tippett, et al / Bream

1 CD / Testament / 2005-08-09

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita for Violin solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1004; Fernando Sor: Introduction, Theme & Variations on a theme from Mozart's "The Magic Flute," for guitar, Op. 9; Joaquín Tu...
Performers: Bream, Julian [Guitar]; Williams, John [Guitar]
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The Art of the Recorder / David Munrow
The Art of the Recorder / David Munrow

2 CD / Testament / 2005-06-14

Works: Anonymous, English: English Dance (13th century); English Te Deum; Estampie from the Robertsbridge fragment; Anonymous, Italian: Saltarellos 1-4 (GB-LBl Add.29987); Jacques Barbireau: Een Vroylic Wes...
Performers: Bowman, James [Countertenor Vocal]; Brookes, Oliver; Burrowes, Norma; Corkhill, David [Conductor/Percussion]; Hill, Martyn [Tenor Vocals]; Hogwood, Christopher [Conductor]; Lloyd, Robert [Bass Voice]...
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Ensemble: David Munrow Recorder Consort; Early Music Consort of London

David Munrow established his Early Music Consort of London in 1967 and much of his later work was based around this ensemble, with James Bowman,...continue...
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Brahms: Clarinet Quintet, etc;  Bliss / Thurston, Griller SQ
Brahms: Clarinet Quintet, etc; Bliss / Thurston, Griller SQ

1 CD / Testament / 2005-05-10

Works: Johannes Brahms: Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B minor, Op.115; Sonata for clarinet (or viola) & piano no 2 in E flat major, Op. 120/2; Arthur Bliss: Quintet for clarinet & string quartet, Op. ...
Performers: Foggin, Myers; Thurston, Frederick
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Lalo: Cello Concerto;  et at / Nelsova, Boult, et al
Lalo: Cello Concerto; et at / Nelsova, Boult, et al

1 CD / Testament / 2004-10-12

Works: Edouard Lalo: Concerto for Cello in D minor; Camille Saint-Saëns: Concerto for Cello no 1 in A minor, Op. 33; Ernest Bloch: Schelomo
Performers: Nelsova, Zara
Conductors: Boult, Adrian; Ansermet, Ernest
Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra

Few cellists have become as closely identified with a piece of music as Zara Nelsova was with Bloch's 'Schelomo'. This archetypally Jewish work, which can...continue...
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Mahler: Symphony no 3 / Barbirolli, West, Berlin PO, et al
Mahler: Symphony no 3 / Barbirolli, West, Berlin PO, et al

2 CD / Testament / 2004-09-14

Works: Gustav Mahler: Symphony no 3 in D minor; John Barbirolli: An Elizabethan Suite, for 4 horns and strings
Conductors: Barbirolli, John

In March of 1969, Sir John Barbirolli and the Berlin PO gave performances of Mahler's Third Symphony. Michael Kennedy, biographer of both conductor and composer,...continue...
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Guido Cantelli - The NBC Broadcast Concerts
Guido Cantelli - The NBC Broadcast Concerts

4 CD / Testament / 2004-07-01

Works: Gioachino Rossini: L'assedio di Corinto; Béla Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra, Sz 116; Franz Schubert: Symphony no 2 in B flat major, D 125; Giorgio Federico Ghedini: Concerto dell'Albatro f...
Performers: Balsam, Artur; Hollander, Max; koff, Mischa; Miller, Frank [Cello]
Conductors: Cantelli, Guido
Ensemble: NBC Symphony Orchestra

Perhaps the best way to sum up the significance of the performance in Testament's 3 boxed sets of Cantelli's 1949-50 NBC Symphony broadcast recordings is...continue...
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TES 1336
Mischa Elman - Complete Decca Recordings Vol 1
Mischa Elman - Complete Decca Recordings Vol 1

4 CD / Testament / 2004-05-01

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for Violin in D major, K 271a (271i); Concerto for Violin no 5 in A major, K 219 "Turkish"; Werner Josten: Sonatina for violin & piano; Ludwig van Beethoven: Concert...
Performers: Elman, Mischa; Seiger, Joseph
Conductors: Krips, Josef; Solti, Sir Georg; Boult, Adrian; Fistoulari, Anatole
Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra; New Symphony Orchestra
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Mischa Elman - Complete Decca Recordings Vol 2
Mischa Elman - Complete Decca Recordings Vol 2

4 CD / Testament / 2004-05-01

Works: Edvard Grieg: Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in F major, Op. 8; Sonata no 3 in C minor for violin & piano; Gabriel Fauré: Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in A major, Op. 13; Johannes Brahms: ...
Performers: Elman, Mischa; Seiger, Joseph
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Verdi: Overtures, etc / Mackerras, Philharmonia Orchestra
Verdi: Overtures, etc / Mackerras, Philharmonia Orchestra

1 CD / Testament / 2004-04-01

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: La forza del destino; Nabucco; Alzira; Charles Mackerras: The Lady and the Fool, romantic ballet suite (after Verdi)
Conductors: Mackerras, Charles
Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
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Delius, Walton, Elgar: Violin Sonatas / Rostal, Horsley
Delius, Walton, Elgar: Violin Sonatas / Rostal, Horsley

1 CD / Testament / 2004-03-01

Works: Frederick Delius: Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2; William Walton: Sonata for Violin & Piano; Edward Elgar: Sonata for violin & piano in E minor, Op. 82
Performers: Horsley, Colin; Rostal, Max

Violinist Max Rostal was the successor to his master Carl Flesch, as a teacher and a solid, serious soloist. Rostal won the Mendelssohn Prize in...continue...
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The Great Violinists - Recordings from 1900-1913
The Great Violinists - Recordings from 1900-1913

2 CD / Testament / 2004-02-01

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonata for Violin solo no 1 in G minor, BWV 1001; Partita for Violin solo no 1 in B minor, BWV 1002; Orchestral Suite no 3 in D major, BWV 1068; Joseph Joachim: Romance for vio...
Performers: Barcewicz, Stanislaw; Burmester, Willy; Creus, Camille de; Dessau, Bernhard; Gregorowicz, Karol; Hall, Marie; Joachim, Joseph; Kreisler, Fritz [Composer/Violin]; Kubelík, Jan; Marteau, Henri; ...
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Janacek, Enescu, Bartok, Dvorak, Brahms / Mackerras, et al
Janacek, Enescu, Bartok, Dvorak, Brahms / Mackerras, et al

1 CD / Testament / 2004-01-01

Works: Leos Janácek: Sinfonietta; The Makropulos Case (Vec Makropulos), opera, JW 1/10; Káta Kabanová, opera, JW 1/8; From the House of the Dead- Suite; Jealousy; George Enescu: Roumanian Rha...
Performers: Cohen, Raymond
Conductors: Mackerras, Charles
Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra; Pro Arte Orchestra

"This was Mackerras's first recording of the 'Sinfonietta', as well as my introduction to the piece. It's still the rawest, most earthy rendition on record...continue...
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Gérard Souzay Sings Baroque, Classical & Traditional Songs
Gérard Souzay Sings Baroque, Classical & Traditional Songs

1 CD / Testament / 2003-12-01

Works: Louis XIII, King of France: Chanson des bougies; Pierre Guédron: Cette Anne si belle; Antoine Boësset: Me veux-tu voir mourir; Caches, beaux yeux; French Traditional: Tambourin; Joseph Cant...
Performers: Bonneau, Jacqueline; Souzay, Gérard
Conductors: Cornman, Robert
Ensemble: Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
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TES 1315
Falla, Ravel, Fauré / Gérard Souzay
Falla, Ravel, Fauré / Gérard Souzay

1 CD / Testament / 2003-11-01

Works: Manuel de Falla: Siete canciones populares española (7 Popular Spanish Songs), for voice & piano, G. 40; Maurice Ravel: Histoires naturelles; Gabriel Fauré: C'est l'extase, song for voice &...
Performers: Baldwin, Dalton; Bonneau, Jacqueline; Souzay, Gerard
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TES 1311
Ravel, Debussy, Chausson, Duparc: Mélodies / Gérard Souzay
Ravel, Debussy, Chausson, Duparc: Mélodies / Gérard Souzay

1 CD / Testament / 2003-11-01

Works: Maurice Ravel: Don Quichotte à Dulcinée; Claude Debussy: Ballades (3) de François Villon; Chansons de France (3), song cycle for voice & piano, L. 102; Mandoline; Ernest Chausson...
Performers: Souzay, Gerard
Conductors: Lindenberg, Edouard

"If you love French melodies, then 80 minutes of Gerard Souzay in his prime makes this a necessary acquisition. Everything here was recorded in the...continue...
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Massenet: Scènes Pictoresques, etc / Albert Wolff, et al
Massenet: Scènes Pictoresques, etc / Albert Wolff, et al

1 CD / Testament / 2003-09-01

Works: Jules Massenet: Suite for Orchestra no 4 "Scènes pittoresques"; Scènes alsaciennes; Adolphe Adam: Si j'étais roi; Daniel-François-Esprit Auber: Le Domino Noir, opera; Ferdin...
Conductors: Wolff, Albert
Ensemble: Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
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TES 1308
Poulenc: Les Biches;  Delibes / Désormière, et al
Poulenc: Les Biches; Delibes / Désormière, et al

1 CD / Testament / 2003-09-01

Works: Francis Poulenc: Les biches, suite for orchestra (from the ballet), FP 36; Léo Delibes: Coppélia, suite for orchestra; Sylvia, suite from the ballet
Performers: Nerini, Pierre
Conductors: Desormiere, Roger
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TES 1294
Ibert, Ippolitov-Ivanov, Tchaikovsky, et al / Désormière
Ibert, Ippolitov-Ivanov, Tchaikovsky, et al / Désormière

1 CD / Testament / 2003-09-01

Works: Jacques Ibert: Divertissement, for chamber orchestra; Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov: Caucasian Sketches, suite for orchestra, Op. 10; Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty Suite, Op. 66a; Domenico Sc...
Conductors: Desormiere, Roger
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TES 1309
Satie, Britten, Dvorak / Barbirolli, Concertgebouw Orchestra
Satie, Britten, Dvorak / Barbirolli, Concertgebouw Orchestra

1 CD / Testament / 2003-08-01

Works: Erik Satie: Gymnopédies (3) for Piano; Gnossienne no 1; Benjamin Britten: Sinfonia da Requiem, Op. 20; Antonin Dvorák: Symphony no 7 in D minor, Op. 70/B 141
Conductors: Barbirolli, John

This rare recording features Sir John Barbirolli's debut appearance with the Concertgebouw Orchestra. His expressive, somewhat old-fashioned romantic approach to this magnificent repertoire is always...continue...
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TES 1252
Prokofiev, Bartok / Katchen, Ansermet, Suisse Romande
Prokofiev, Bartok / Katchen, Ansermet, Suisse Romande

1 CD / Testament / 2003-07-01

Works: Sergey Prokofiev: Concerto for Piano no 3 in C major, Op. 26; Béla Bartók: Concerto for Piano no 3, Sz 119; Mikrokosmos, Sz 107
Performers: Katchen, Julius [Piano]
Conductors: Ansermet, Ernest
Ensemble: Suisse Romande Orchestra

Katchen held the distinction of making the first LP recording issued by a British company. His career was formidable from that moment on. Katchen's interests...continue...
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TES 1300
Guido Cantelli - The NBC Broadcast Concerts 1949-1950
Guido Cantelli - The NBC Broadcast Concerts 1949-1950

4 CD / Testament / 2003-07-01

Works: George Frederick Handel: Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio; Johann Sebastian Bach: Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248; Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 4 in F minor, Op. 36; Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony no 94...
Conductors: Cantelli, Guido
Ensemble: NBC Symphony Orchestra

Perhaps the best way to sum up the significance of the performances in Testament's two boxed sets of Guido Cantelli's 1949-1950 NBC Symphony broadcast recordings...continue...
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TES 1306
Guido Cantelli - The NBC Broadcast Concerts December 1950
Guido Cantelli - The NBC Broadcast Concerts December 1950

4 CD / Testament / 2003-07-01

Works: Gioachino Rossini: Semiramide; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Divertimento for 2 horns & strings in F major "A Musical Joke", K 522; William Schuman: Undertow, ballet (choreographic episodes); Darius Milha...
Performers: Bauchmann, Edmund; Cooke, George; koff, Mischa; Marlowe, Sylvia; Miller, Frank [Cello]
Conductors: Cantelli, Guido
Ensemble: NBC Symphony Orchestra

Immersed in the most contemporary music of his time, Guido Cantelli was a virtuoso conductor who used viruosity not as an end in itself, but...continue...
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TES 1317
Rodrigo, Semenoff, Elizalde: Concertos / Christian Ferras
Rodrigo, Semenoff, Elizalde: Concertos / Christian Ferras

1 CD / Testament / 2003-06-01

Works: Joaquín Rodrigo: Concierto de estio for Violin; Ivan Semenoff: Double Concerto for violin, piano & orchestra; Fred Elizalde: Concerto for Violin
Performers: Barbizet, Pierre; Ferras, Christian [Violin]
Conductors: Enescu, George [Composer]; Semenoff, Ivan; Poulet, Gaston
Ensemble: ; London Symphony Orchestra; Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
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TES 1307
Shostakovich: Symphony no 5;  Kodaly / Istvan Kertesz, et al
Shostakovich: Symphony no 5; Kodaly / Istvan Kertesz, et al

1 CD / Testament / 2003-05-01

Works: Dmitry Shostakovich: Symphony no 5 in D minor, Op. 47; Zoltán Kodály: Felszállot a páva (The Peacock), folksong for male or mixed chorus; Variations on a Hungarian folksong, "The ...
Conductors: Kertész, István
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TES 1290
Fauré, Ravel, Milhaud, Aubert: Mélodies / Irma Kolassi
Fauré, Ravel, Milhaud, Aubert: Mélodies / Irma Kolassi

1 CD / Testament / 2003-05-01

Works: Gabriel Fauré: La chanson d'Eve, Op. 95; Automne, Op. 18 no 3; Soir, Op. 83 no 2; Mélodies (5), Op. 58 "de Venise"; Maurice Ravel: Mélodies populaires grecques (5); Greek Traditional...
Performers: Bonneau, Jacqueline; Collard, Andre; Kolassi, Irma

"Testament has again reached into the archives at Decca to release this compilation of recordings oringinally issued on LP between 1952 and 1954. One wonders...continue...
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