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Clarinet Concertos by Benjamin Britten, Arnold Cooke, Gerald Finzi & William Mathias / Michael Collins, clarinet; BBC SO
Clarinet Concertos by Benjamin Britten, Arnold Cooke, Gerald Finzi & William Mathias / Michael Collins, clarinet; BBC SO

1 CD / Chandos Records / 2016-03-25

Works: Benjamin Britten: Movements for a Clarinet Concerto, for clarinet & strings (realization of sketches by C. Matthews); Gerald Finzi: Bagatelles (5) for clarinet & piano, Op. 23; Arnold Cooke: Concerto...
Performers: Collins, Michael [Conductor/Clarinet]
Conductors: Collins, Michael
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

This second volume of British Clarinet Concertos follows 'a stunning recording' made a Critic's Choice of the Year in Gramophone (2013). Here again, the exclusive...continue...
Recording information: Blackheath Halls (01/05/2012/01/06/2012); Maida Vale Studio No. 1, London, England (01/05/2012/01/06/2012); Blackheath Halls (07/09/2015/07/10/2015); Maida Vale Studio No. 1, Lo...continue...
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Peter Racine Fricker (1920-1990): The Vision of Judgement; Symphony No. 5 / Jane Manning, soprano; Leeds Festival Chorus, Royal Liverpool PO; BBC SO, Charles Groves, Colin Davis
Peter Racine Fricker (1920-1990): The Vision of Judgement; Symphony No. 5 / Jane Manning, soprano; Leeds Festival Chorus, Royal Liverpool PO; BBC SO, Charles Groves, Colin Davis

1 CD / Lyrita / 2016-03-11

Works: Peter Racine Fricker: The Vision of Judgement, for soprano, tenor, chorus & orchestra, Op. 29; Symphony no 5 for organ & orchestra, Op. 74
Performers: Manning, Jane; Tear, Robert; Weir, Gillian
Conductors: Groves, Charles; Davis, Colin
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Peter Racine Fricker was among the first composers in Britain to be influenced by the music of Béla Bartók, Arnold Schoenberg and Igor Stravinsky, assimilating...continue...
Recording information: BBC Broadcast (05/05/1976); BBC Broadcast (10/14/1980)....continue...
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Arnold Cooke (1906-2005): Symphony Nos. 4 & 5 / BBC SO, John Pritchard; BBC Northern SO, Bernard Keeffe
Arnold Cooke (1906-2005): Symphony Nos. 4 & 5 / BBC SO, John Pritchard; BBC Northern SO, Bernard Keeffe

1 CD / Lyrita / 2016-03-11

Works: Arnold Cooke: Symphony no 4 in E flat major; Symphony no 5 in G major
Conductors: Pritchard, John; Keeffe, Bernard
Ensemble: BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra; BBC Symphony Orchestra

'My music is mainly based on traditional procedures and principles ... I do not have any particular theories of composition, just a natural inclination for...continue...
Recording information: BBC Broadcast (01/15/1975); BBC Broadcast (07/17/1981)....continue...
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Francis Chagrin (1905-1972): Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 / BBC SO, Martyn Brabbins
Francis Chagrin (1905-1972): Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 / BBC SO, Martyn Brabbins

1 CD / Naxos (USA) / 2016-02-12

Works: Francis Chagrin: Symphony no 1; Symphony no 2
Conductors: Brabbins, Martyn
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

Francis Chagrin was self-described as "Romanian by birth, British by nationality and cosmopolitan by inclination". Chagrin was a student of Nadia Boulanger and Paul Dukas....continue...
Recording information: BBC Maida Vale Studio 1, London (11/14/2014/11/15/2014)....continue...
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Arthur Bliss: Morning Heroes, oratorio; Hymn for Apollo for orchestra / Samuel West, orator; BBC SO & Chorus, Andrew Davis
Arthur Bliss: Morning Heroes, oratorio; Hymn for Apollo for orchestra / Samuel West, orator; BBC SO & Chorus, Andrew Davis

1 Super Audio CD / Chandos Records / 2015-10-30

Works: Arthur Bliss: Morning Heroes, symphony for orator, chorus & orchestra, Op. 48, F. 32; Hymn to Apollo, for orchestra, Op. 41, F. 116
Conductors: Davis, Andrew
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

Arthur Bliss's Morning Heroes, described by the composer as a "symphony for orator, chorus and orchestra," is a monumental work first performed in 1930 and...continue...
Recording information: Fairfield Halls, Croydon (05/16/2015-05/17/2015)....continue...
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Stravinsky: Complete Edition - Stage Works, Orchestral, Choral,  Vocal, Chamber, and Piano Music / Ashkenazy, Bostridge, Langridge, Maisky, Mustonen, Mutter, Pletnev, Pollini, Sacher, Shelton, Terfel, Stravinsky et al. [30 CD + 150-pg. booklet]
Stravinsky: Complete Edition - Stage Works, Orchestral, Choral, Vocal, Chamber, and Piano Music / Ashkenazy, Bostridge, Langridge, Maisky, Mustonen, Mutter, Pletnev, Pollini, Sacher, Shelton, Terfel, Stravinsky et al. [30 CD + 150-pg. booklet]

30 CD / Deutsche Grammophon / 2015-10-23

Works: Igor Stravinsky: L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet in 2 scenes for orchestra; Pétrouchka; Le sacre du printemps; Le Rossignol, opera (lyric tale) in 3 acts; Chant du rossignol (Song of th...
Performers: Argerich, Martha [Piano]; Arrignon, Michel; Barenboim, Daniel [Conductor, Piano]; Berman, Boris; Bruns, Martin; Bryn-Julson, Phyllis [Soprano Vocal]; Bucquet, Marie- Francoise; Causse, Gerard [Viola]...
Conductors: Boulez, Pierre; Chailly, Riccardo; Rozhdhestvensky, Gennady ; Abbado, Claudio; Rozhdestvensky, Gennady; Bernstein, Leonard; Levine, James; Knussen, Oliver; Nagano, Kent; Gardiner, John E.; Ashkenazy,...
Ensemble: ; Asko-Schönberg Ensemble ; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Berliner Philharmoniker ; Boston Chamber Players; Boston Symphony Chamber Players; Chicago Symphony Chorus; Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Deuts...

The first edition of Stravinsky’s Complete works ever, comprising Stage Works (Ballets, Operas, Oratorio), orchestral, choral, solo vocal, chamber, and piano music as well as

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Recording information: Abbey Road Studios, London (01/1987); Abbey Road, Studio 1, London (01/1987); All Saints Church, Petersham (01/1987); All Saints' Church, Tooting, London (01/1987); Amsterdam (0...continue...

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Olivier Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time; Chronochromie, for orchestra / Michel Béroff, piano; Gervase de Peyer, clarinet; Erich Gruenberg, violin; William Pleeth, cello (rec. 1964 &1968)
Olivier Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time; Chronochromie, for orchestra / Michel Béroff, piano; Gervase de Peyer, clarinet; Erich Gruenberg, violin; William Pleeth, cello (rec. 1964 &1968)

1 CD / Warner Classics / 2015-09-18

Works: Olivier Messiaen: Quatuor pour la fin du temps, for violin, cello, clarinet & piano, I/22; Chronochromie, for orchestra, I/43
Performers: Beroff, Michel [Piano]; de Peyer, Gervase [Clarinet]; Gruenberg, Erich; Pleeth, William
Conductors: Dorati, Antal
Ensemble: ; BBC Symphony Orchestra

Recording information: No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (09/27/1964); No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (10/14/1968-10/16/1968)....continue...
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Stravinsky: The Firebird; Pétrouchka; The Rite of Spring / Pierre Boulez, The Cleveland Orchestra, Pierre Boulez
Stravinsky: The Firebird; Pétrouchka; The Rite of Spring / Pierre Boulez, The Cleveland Orchestra, Pierre Boulez

2 CD / Sony / RCA / 2015-08-28

Works: Igor Stravinsky: L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet in 2 scenes for orchestra; Petrushka, ballet (burlesque) in 4 scenes for orchestra (1947 version); Le sacre du printemps
Conductors: Boulez, Pierre
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; Cleveland Orchestra; New York Philharmonic

Drawn from the worldwide catalog holdings of Sony Classical, which includes both the Columbia/CBS and RCA Victor label imprints, the SONY Classical Originals, SONY Classical...continue...
Recording information: London (03/24/1967); Philharmonic Hall, Now Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Cente (03/24/1967); Severance Hall, Cleveland (03/24/1967); London (05/11/1971); Philharmonic Hall, Now Av...continue...
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British Violin Concertos - Concertos by Arnold Bax, George Dyson, John Veale & Arthur Bliss / Lydia Mordkovitch, violin
British Violin Concertos - Concertos by Arnold Bax, George Dyson, John Veale & Arthur Bliss / Lydia Mordkovitch, violin

2 CD / Chandos Records / 2015-07-31

Works: Arnold Bax: Concerto for Violin; George Dyson: Concerto for Violin in E flat major; Arthur Bliss: Concerto for Violin & orchestra, Op. 79, F. 111; John Veale: Concerto for Violin
Performers: Mordkovitch], Lydia
Conductors: Thompson, Bryden; Hickox, Richard; Hatfield, Lesley; Bryant, Stephen
Ensemble: BBC National Orchestra of Wales; BBC Symphony Orchestra; City of London Sinfonia; London Philharmonic Orchestra

This two-disc set offers four great British violin concertos which Lydia Mordkovitch recorded between 1995 and 2006 with Bryden Thomson, Richard Hickox, and four of...continue...
Recording information: Blackheath Halls, London (01/17/2006/01/18/2006); Brangwyn Hall, Swansea (01/17/2006/01/18/2006); St. Jude's Church, Central Square, London NW11 (01/17/2006/01/18/2006); Blackhe...continue...
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Martinu: Rhapsody-Concerto; Three Madrigals; Duo no 2; Sonata for viola & piano / Maxim Rysanov, viola; Alexander Sitkovetsky, violin
Martinu: Rhapsody-Concerto; Three Madrigals; Duo no 2; Sonata for viola & piano / Maxim Rysanov, viola; Alexander Sitkovetsky, violin

1 Super Audio CD / BIS (Sweden) / 2015-05-12

Works: Bohuslav Martinu: Rhapsodie for Viola and Orchestra; Madrigals (3) for Violin and Viola; Duo for Violin and Viola no 2, H 331; Sonata for viola & piano, H. 355
Performers: Apekisheva, Katya; Rysanov, Maxim; Sitkovetsky, Alexander
Conductors: Belohlávek, Jirí
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

Leading violist Maxim Rysanov and fellow musicians play Bohuslav Martinu's four later works for viola, all composed during his USA residence (1940-56) and all of...continue...
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Walton: Symphony No. 2; Cello Concerto; Improvisation on an Impromptu of Benjamin Britten / Paul Watkins, cello; BBC SO; Edward Gardner
Walton: Symphony No. 2; Cello Concerto; Improvisation on an Impromptu of Benjamin Britten / Paul Watkins, cello; BBC SO; Edward Gardner

1 Super Audio CD / Chandos Records / 2015-03-31

Works: William Walton: Improvisations on an Impromptu of Benjamin Britten, for orchestra; Concerto for Cello; Symphony no 2
Performers: Watkins, Paul [Cello, Conductor]
Conductors: Gardner, Edward
Ensemble: ; BBC Symphony Orchestra

Edward Gardner conducts the BBC Symphony in late music of Sir William Walton. This release follows the successful recording of Walton's First Symphony and Violin...continue...
Recording information: Watford Colosseum....continue...
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William Walton: Symphony No. 1; Violin Concerto / Tasmin Little, violin; Edward Gardner, BBC SO
William Walton: Symphony No. 1; Violin Concerto / Tasmin Little, violin; Edward Gardner, BBC SO

1 Super Audio CD / Chandos Records / 2014-05-27

Works: William Walton: Symphony no 1 in B flat minor; Concerto for Violin
Performers: Little, Tasmin [Violin]
Conductors: Gardner, Edward
Ensemble: ; BBC Symphony Orchestra

Edward Gardner, an exclusive Chandos artist, conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in two great William Walton works, his Violin Concerto and the Symphony No. 1....continue...
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Philippe Graffin: Concertos Parlando - Dvarionas, Shchedrin, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky / Philippe Graffin, violin
Philippe Graffin: Concertos Parlando - Dvarionas, Shchedrin, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky / Philippe Graffin, violin

1 CD / Cobra / 2014-04-08

Works: Balys Dvarionas: By the Lake (Prie ezerélio); Rodion Shchedrin: Concerto Parlando, for violin, trumpet & orchestra; Sergey Prokofiev: Melodies (5) for Violin and Piano, Op. 35bis; Pyotr Il'yic...
Performers: Graffin, Philippe; Hurrell, Martin
Conductors: Agrest, Mikhail; Servenikas, Robertas; Ervenikas, Robertas
Ensemble: ; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Lithuanian National Philharmonic Orchestra

The charismatic and innovative violinist Philippe Graffin, described as "today's quintessential French violinist" by the London Times, is at the creative heart of a new...continue...
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1930s Violin Concertos, Vol. 1 - Concertos by Barber, Berg, Hartmann, Stravinsky, Britten / Gill Shaham, violin
1930s Violin Concertos, Vol. 1 - Concertos by Barber, Berg, Hartmann, Stravinsky, Britten / Gill Shaham, violin

2 CD / Canary Classics / 2014-02-25

Works: Samuel Barber: Concerto for Violin, Op. 14; Alban Berg: Concerto for Violin; Karl Amadeus Hartmann: Concerto Funebre for violin & string orchestra; Igor Stravinsky: Concerto for Violin in D major; Be...
Performers: Shaham, Gil [Violin]
Conductors: Robertson, David; Shaham, Gil [Violin]; Mena, Juanjo
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; Boston Symphony Orchestra; Dresden Staatskapelle; New York Philharmonic; Sejong Soloists

These concerti have achieved iconic status within a violinist's repertory. Gil Shaham is the leading violinist of his generation. Conductor David Robertson conducts three of...continue...

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Elliot Carter: Symphonia - sum fluxae pretium spei; Clarinet Concerto / Michael Collins, clarinet
Elliot Carter: Symphonia - sum fluxae pretium spei; Clarinet Concerto / Michael Collins, clarinet

1 CD / Deutsche Grammophon / 2013-08-20

Works: Elliott Carter: Concerto for Clarinet; Symphonia "Sum fluxae pretium spei"
Performers: Collins, Michael [Conductor/Clarinet]
Conductors: Knussen, Oliver
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; London Sinfonietta

The definitive 20th-century music series. 50 releases planned, featuring 50 iconic works, plus "fillers". 50 works you must know to understand the music of the...continue...
Recording information: Henry Wood Hall, London (04/1998); Maida Vale Studio 1, London, England (04/1998); Henry Wood Hall, London (08/1998); Maida Vale Studio 1, London, England (08/1998)....continue...
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Arthur Bliss Conducts Bliss: The Beatitudes; A Colour Symphony; Pastoral / Nancy Evans; Gareth Morris
Arthur Bliss Conducts Bliss: The Beatitudes; A Colour Symphony; Pastoral / Nancy Evans; Gareth Morris

2 CD / Dutton Laboratories / 2013-07-09

Works: Arthur Bliss: The Beatitudes, cantata for 2 solo voices, chorus, organ & orchestra, F. 28; Introduction and Allegro, for string orchestra, F. 117; Things to Come, film score suite for orchestra, Op. ...
Conductors: Bliss, Sir A. [Composer]; Jacques, Reginald; Lambert, Constant
Ensemble: ; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Jacques String Orchestra; London Symphony Orchestra Chamber Ensemble; Philharmonia Orchestra
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Witold Lutoslawski: Orchestral Works Vol. 4 - Symphony no 1; Partita; Chain 2; Preludia taneczne / Michael Collins, clarinet; Tasmin Little, violin
Witold Lutoslawski: Orchestral Works Vol. 4 - Symphony no 1; Partita; Chain 2; Preludia taneczne / Michael Collins, clarinet; Tasmin Little, violin

1 Super Audio CD / Chandos Records / 2013-03-26

Works: Witold Lutoslawski: Symphony no 1; Partita, for violin, orchestra & obbligato piano (arranged from version for violin & piano); Chain 2, dialogue for violin & orchestra; Dance Preludes (5) for solo c...
Performers: Burley, Elizabeth; Collins, Michael [Conductor/Clarinet]; Little, Tasmin [Violin]
Conductors: Gardner, Edward
Ensemble: ; BBC Symphony Orchestra

The fifth and final volume of this Lutoslawski set is the perfect cap to a series that has been called "as polished as it is...continue...
Recording information: Watford Colosseum....continue...
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Josef Suk: Asrael Symphony, Op. 27b; Britten: Sinfonia da Requiem, Op. 20 / Belohlavek
Josef Suk: Asrael Symphony, Op. 27b; Britten: Sinfonia da Requiem, Op. 20 / Belohlavek

2 CD / Supraphon / 2013-01-29

Works: Josef Suk: Symphony in C minor, Op. 27 "Asrael"; Benjamin Britten: Sinfonia da Requiem, Op. 20
Conductors: Belohlávek, Jirí
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

A unique and symbolic encounter: the most distinguished Czech conductor of the present time and a fabulous British orchestra communicate the profound messages in the...continue...
Recording information: Smetana Hall of the Municipal House, Prague, Czech Repu (06/01/2008)....continue...
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20/21  Carter: Symphonia, Clarinet Concerto / Knussen, et al
20/21 Carter: Symphonia, Clarinet Concerto / Knussen, et al

1 CD / Deutsche Grammophon Import / 2012-11-28

Works: Elliott Carter: Concerto for Clarinet; Symphonia "Sum fluxae pretium spei"
Performers: Collins, Michael [Conductor/Clarinet]
Conductors: Knussen, Oliver
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; London Sinfonietta

British conductor Oliver Knussen returns to DG's landmark "20/21" series following the success of his Takemitsu "Quotation of Dream" recording with two world premiere recordings...continue...
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Lutoslawski: Orchestral Works, Vol. 3 / Symphony No. 2; Grave; Cello Concerto; Mala Suite / Edward Gardner, BBC Symphony Orchestra; Paul Watkins, cello
Lutoslawski: Orchestral Works, Vol. 3 / Symphony No. 2; Grave; Cello Concerto; Mala Suite / Edward Gardner, BBC Symphony Orchestra; Paul Watkins, cello

1 CD / Chandos Records / 2012-11-13

Works: Witold Lutoslawski: Little Suite, for chamber orchestra (later arr. for full orchestra); Concerto for Cello; Metamorphoses; Symphony no 2
Performers: Watkins, Paul [Cello, Conductor]
Conductors: Gardner, Edward
Ensemble: ; BBC Symphony Orchestra

This is the fourth volume in Chandos' series devoted to the music of the Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski. Described by Gramophone as a 'veritable dream...continue...
Recording information: Watford Colosseum (12/05/2011-12/06/2011)....continue...
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Herbert Howells: Hymnus Paradisi / Joan Rodgers, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Alan Opie, Richard Hickox
Herbert Howells: Hymnus Paradisi / Joan Rodgers, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Alan Opie, Richard Hickox

1 CD / Chandos Records / 2012-07-31

Works: Herbert Howells: Hymnus Paradisi for soprano, tenor, chorus & orchestra; A Kent Yeoman's Wooing Song, for soprano, baritone, chorus & orchestra
Performers: Opie, Alan [Baritone Vocal]; Rodgers, Joan
Conductors: Hickox, Richard
Ensemble: ; BBC Symphony Orchestra

This re-release of Herbert Howells' Hymnus Paradisi and A Kent Yeoman's Wooing Song forms part of the new Hickox Legacy series commemorating the life and...continue...
Recording information: All Saints' Church, Tooting, London (11/02/1998-11/04/1998); All Saints' Church, Tooting, London (11/07/1998)....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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Lutoslawski: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2 / Louis Lortie, Gardner/BBC SO
Lutoslawski: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2 / Louis Lortie, Gardner/BBC SO

1 Super Audio CD / Chandos Records / 2012-01-31

Works: Witold Lutoslawski: Symphonic Variations, for orchestra; Concerto for Piano "For Krystian Zimerman"; Variations on a theme of Paganini for 2 Pianos; Symphony no 4
Performers: Lortie, Louis [Piano]
Conductors: Gardner, Edward
Ensemble: ; BBC Symphony Orchestra

This is the third volume in the Chandos series devoted to the music of the Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski. It brings together his first surviving...continue...
Recording information: Walthamstow Assembly Hall (06/29/2011-06/30/2011)....continue...

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Pierre Boulez Edition - Boulez: Pli Selon Pli, etc / BBC SO
Pierre Boulez Edition - Boulez: Pli Selon Pli, etc / BBC SO

1 CD / Sony Classical Import / 2011-12-29

Works: Pierre Boulez: Pli selon pli, for soprano & orchestra; Livre pour cordes, for strings
Performers: Bergmann, Maria; D'Alton, Hugo; Lukomska, Halina; Stingl, Paul
Conductors: Boulez, Pierre
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; Strings of the New Philharmonia Orchestra (Strings

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Lutowslawski: Vocal Works / Lucy Crowe, soprano; Gardner, BBC SO
Lutowslawski: Vocal Works / Lucy Crowe, soprano; Gardner, BBC SO

1 CD / Chandos Records / 2011-09-27

Works: Witold Lutoslawski: Silesian Triptych, for soprano & orchestra (collabration with Bryston); Lacrimosa (fragment of a requiem), for soprano, chorus & orchestra (or organ); Paroles tissées; Slee...
Performers: Crowe, Lucy; Purves, Christopher; Spence, Toby
Conductors: Gardner, Edward
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

The BBC Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Edward Gardner, presents Muzyka Polska Volume II, the second disc in their Polish Music series. Dedicated to...continue...
Recording information: Studio 1, BBC Maida Vale Studios, London, England (03/29/2011-03/31/2011)....continue...
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Britten: Phaedra; A Charm of Lullabies; Lachrymae / Sarah Connolly
Britten: Phaedra; A Charm of Lullabies; Lachrymae / Sarah Connolly

1 CD / Chandos Records / 2011-05-31

Works: Benjamin Britten: Phaedra, Op. 93; A Charm of Lullabies, song cycle for mezzo-soprano & piano, Op. 41; Lachrymae, reflections on a song of Dowland, for viola & string orchestra, Op. 48a; Two Portrait...
Performers: Burley, Elizabeth; Connolly, Sarah [Mezzo-soprano Vocal]; Monks, Susan; Rysanov, Maxim
Conductors: Gardner, Edward
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

The repertoire on this CD is written across a period of more than 45 years, beginning the year Britten entered the Royal College of Music...continue...
Recording information: Maida Vale Stodio No. 1, London, England (09/23/2010-09/25/2010)....continue...
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Lutoslawski: Piano Concerto, etc / Zimerman, Lutoslawski
Lutoslawski: Piano Concerto, etc / Zimerman, Lutoslawski

1 CD / Deutsche Grammophon Import / 2009-12-10

Works: Witold Lutoslawski: Concerto for Piano "For Krystian Zimerman"; Chain 3, for orchestra; Novelette, for orchestra
Performers: Zimerman, Krystian [Piano]
Conductors: Lutoslawski, Witold
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
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Koppel: Requiem Op 78, Oboe Concerto Op 82, Violin Concerto Op 83, etc / Segerstam, Krenz, et al
Koppel: Requiem Op 78, Oboe Concerto Op 82, Violin Concerto Op 83, etc / Segerstam, Krenz, et al

2 CD / Danacord / 2009-04-14

Works: Hermann D. Koppel: Requiem, Op. 78; Concertino for Strings no 1, Op. 32; Concertino for Strings no 2, Op. 66; Concerto for Oboe, Op. 82; Chamber Concerto for Violin and Strings, Op. 83
Performers: Hammergaard, Jorgen; Vítek, Milan
Conductors: ; Krenz, Jan; Gardelli, Lamberto; Schwarz, Rudolf; Segerstam, Leif; Fandsen, John
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; Danish National Radio Choir; Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra

This is the sixth volume in the series Danacord is devoting to the music and performances of Herman Koppel. These recordings date from 1968, 1958...continue...
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DCD 571
Stravinsky: Symphony in 3 Movements, Agon, Apollon Musagete, etc / Igor Stravinsky, BBC SO
Stravinsky: Symphony in 3 Movements, Agon, Apollon Musagete, etc / Igor Stravinsky, BBC SO

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2009-03-10

Works: Recorded Sound: Applause; Igor Stravinsky: Agon, ballet for 12 dancers & orchestra; Symphony in Three Movements; Apollon musagète, ballet in 2 scenes for string orchestra; Firebird
Conductors: Stravinsky, Igor
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

The iconic Igor Stravinsky conducting his own works live was a major event and the 1958 gala event was no exception. 'Agon' and 'Apollon Musagete'...continue...
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BBC 42532
Beethoven, Gershwin: Piano Concertos / Cherkassky, et al
Beethoven, Gershwin: Piano Concertos / Cherkassky, et al

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2009-03-01

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto for Piano no 5 "Emperor"; George Gershwin: Concerto for Piano in F major
Performers: Cherkassky, Shura [Piano]
Conductors: Zollman, Ronald; Handley, Vernon
Ensemble: ; BBC Symphony Orchestra

Cherkassky has never recorded these two concertos before so this is a great addition to his discography. The Gershwin, an unusual choice for Cherkassky, was...continue...
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BBC 42312
Mozart: Piano Concertos no 16 & 17;  Bartók: Piano Concerto no 2 / Anda, Boulez, English Chamber Orchestra, BBC SO
Mozart: Piano Concertos no 16 & 17; Bartók: Piano Concerto no 2 / Anda, Boulez, English Chamber Orchestra, BBC SO

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2008-10-28

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for Piano no 16 in D major, K 451; Concerto for Piano no 17 in G major, K 453; Béla Bartók: Concerto for Piano no 2, Sz 95
Performers: Anda, Géza [Piano]
Conductors: Anda, Géza [Piano]; Boulez, Pierre
Ensemble: ; BBC Symphony Orchestra

This program of broadcasts from the 1970s showcases Geza Anda in two Mozart concertos and the technically challenging Bartok Piano Concerto No. 2. All these...continue...
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BBC 42472
Shostakovich: Symphonies no 12 & 6;  Strauss Jr. / Rozhdestvensky, BBC SO, et al
Shostakovich: Symphonies no 12 & 6; Strauss Jr. / Rozhdestvensky, BBC SO, et al

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2008-10-14

Works: Dmitry Shostakovich: Symphony no 12 in D minor, Op. 112 "To the Memory of Lenin - 1917"; Symphony no 6 in B minor, Op. 54; Johann Strauss II: Work(s); Vergnügungszug (Excursion Train), polka sch...
Conductors: Rozhdestvensky, Gennady
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; Philharmonia Orchestra

This CD contains the first Western performance of Shostakovich's vast Symphony No.12 'The Year 1917' given in the Usher Hall, Edinburgh in 1962 with the...continue...
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BBC 42422
Weber, Tippett, Brahms / Schmidt-Isserstedt, BBC SO
Weber, Tippett, Brahms / Schmidt-Isserstedt, BBC SO

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2008-05-27

Works: Carl Maria von Weber: Euryanthe, J 291/Op. 81; Michael Tippett: Fantasia concertante on a theme of Corelli; Johannes Brahms: Symphony no 4 in E minor, Op. 98
Performers: Dekany, Bela; Goren, Eli; Vigay, Denis
Conductors: Schmidt-Isserstedt, Hans
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

Berlin born Hans Schmidt-Issserstedt was steeped in the German tradition. He formed the NDR Orchestra (Northern German Radio) in Hamburg which he conducted for 26...continue...
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BBC 42352
Beecham in Concert - Mozart, Grieg, Alwyn
Beecham in Concert - Mozart, Grieg, Alwyn

1 CD / SOMM / 2008-02-01

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony no 29 in A major, K 201 (186a); William Alwyn: Symphony no 3; Edvard Grieg: Symphonic Dances (4), Op. 64
Conductors: Beecham, Thomas
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Sir Thomas Beecham (1879-1961) was nothing if not versatile in the extent of his repertoire over a very active conducting life. Mozart held a very...continue...
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Gerhard: Symphony no 4
Gerhard: Symphony no 4 "New York," Violin Concerto / Colin Davis, Yfrah Neaman, BBC SO

1 CD / Lyrita / 2008-01-01

Works: Roberto Gerhard: Symphony no 4 "New York"; Concerto for Violin & orchestra
Performers: Neaman, Yfrah
Conductors: Davis, Colin
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
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LYTA 274
Karolju - Christmas Music from Rouse, Lutoslawski, Rodrigo
Karolju - Christmas Music from Rouse, Lutoslawski, Rodrigo

1 CD / RCA Records / 2007-11-06

Works: Christopher Rouse: Karolju; Witold Lutoslawski: Polish Christmas Carols (20); Joaquín Rodrigo: Retablo de navidad, for soprano, bass, chorus & orchestra
Performers: Doyle, Julia; Stephany, Anna
Conductors: Zinman, David
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; Philharmonia Chorus
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RCA 11561
Great Performers of the Twentieth Century / Kempe, et al
Great Performers of the Twentieth Century / Kempe, et al

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2007-09-11

Works: Michael Tippett: Concerto for Double String Orchestra; Alban Berg: Concerto for Violin; Leos Janácek: Sinfonietta for orchestra ("Military," "Sokol Festival"), JW 6/18
Performers: Peinemann, Edith
Conductors: Kempe, Rudolf
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

The exceptionally fine and dramatic recording of Tippett's Concerto for Double String Orchestra was never recorded by Kempe and is a new addition to Kempe's...continue...
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BBC 42152
Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, etc / Rozhdestvensky
Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, etc / Rozhdestvensky

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2007-04-24

Works: Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a; Dmitry Shostakovich: The Bolt, suite from the ballet, Op. 27a; Igor Stravinsky: Scènes de ballet, for orchestra
Conductors: Rozhdestvensky, Gennady
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

"Rozhdestvensky is not only a superb ballet conductor -- his years at the Bolshoi in the 60s taught him to keep his tempos inviting and...continue...
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Elgar: The Spirit of England / Lloyd-Jones, BBC SO
Elgar: The Spirit of England / Lloyd-Jones, BBC SO

1 CD / Dutton Laboratories / 2007-03-20

Works: Edward Elgar: The Spirit of England, songs (3) for soprano/tenor, chorus & orchestra, Op. 80; Frederick Kelly: Elegy for Strings "In Memoriam Rupert Brooke"; Ivor Gurney: War Elegy, for orchestra; Hu...
Performers: Farrington, Iain; Gritton, Susan; Vocal], Andrew Kennedy [Tenor
Conductors: Lloyd-Jones, David
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

"For me, the outstanding item is Ivor Gurney's War Elegy. Remembered for his haunting songs and poetry, and the tragic story of his mental health...continue...
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Haydn, Debussy, Beethoven, et al / Ansermet
Haydn, Debussy, Beethoven, et al / Ansermet

2 CD / BBC Legends / 2007-01-30

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

The anthology represented here gives us a rare snapshot of Ernest Ansermet conducting classical composers - Haydn and Beethoven - as well as composers he...continue...
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BBC 42022
Shostakovich, Haydn, Britten / Kempe, BBC SO
Shostakovich, Haydn, Britten / Kempe, BBC SO

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2006-09-19

Works: Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony no 104 in D major, H 1 no 104 "London"; Benjamin Britten: Peter Grimes; Dmitry Shostakovich: Symphony no 1 in F minor, Op. 10
Conductors: Kempe, Rudolf
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

The exciting live studio performance of Shostakovich Symphony No.1 from 1965 is a new addition to Kempe's discography and is also being released to coincide...continue...
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BBC 41882
Rawsthorne: Symphonies 1-3 / Pritchard, Del Mar, Braithwaite
Rawsthorne: Symphonies 1-3 / Pritchard, Del Mar, Braithwaite

1 CD / Lyrita / 2006-08-01

Works: Alan Rawsthorne: Symphony no 1; Symphony no 2 ("A Pastoral Symphony"); Symphony no 3
Performers: Chadwell, Tracey
Conductors: Pritchard, John; Braithwaite, Nicholas; del Mar, Norman
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; London Philharmonic Orchestra

Alan Rawsthorne (1905-1971) is perhaps the only notable composer who started a career as a dentist. Tiring of teeth, he turned to music but didn't...continue...
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BBC Legends - Weber, Ravel, etc / Monteux
BBC Legends - Weber, Ravel, etc / Monteux

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2006-06-27

Works: Carl Maria von Weber: Jubel-Ouvertüre for orchestra in E major, J. 245 (Op. 59); Maurice Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin; Willem Pijper: Symphony no 3, K. 71; Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations; Emma...
Conductors: Monteux, Pierre
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; London Symphony Orchestra

"The opening of the little known Weber overture may contain the seeds of Wagner's overture to 'Die Meistersinger,' the ending is a stirring take on...continue...
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Shostakovich: Complete Cello Works / Wallfisch
Shostakovich: Complete Cello Works / Wallfisch

2 CD / Nimbus Records / 2006-04-01

Works: Dmitry Shostakovich: Concerto for Cello no 1 in E flat major, Op. 107; Concerto for Cello no 2 in G major, Op. 126; Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, Op. 40; Sonata for Viola and Piano, Op. 147;...
Performers: Brown, Timothy; Wallfisch, Raphael [Cello]; York, John
Conductors: Brabbins, Martyn
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

This double album, containing over two hours of music, is the only integral edition of Shostakovich cello works available, and is being issued in commemoration...continue...
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NIM 5764
Music of Elliott Carter Vol 7 / Knussen, Hodges
Music of Elliott Carter Vol 7 / Knussen, Hodges

1 CD / Bridge / 2005-12-01

Works: Elliott Carter: Dialogues; Boston Concerto, for orchestra; Concerto for Cello; ASKO Concerto
Performers: Hodges, Nicolas; Sherry, Fred [Cello]
Conductors: Knussen, Oliver
Ensemble: ASKO Ensemble; BBC Symphony Orchestra; London Sinfonietta

This highly-anticipated recording, a Bridge co-production with the BBC, presents first recordings of four major Elliott Carter compositions, all composed within the past six years....continue...
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BDG 9184
Skalkottas: Piano Concerto no 2, Suites, etc / Madge, et al
Skalkottas: Piano Concerto no 2, Suites, etc / Madge, et al

1 Super Audio CD / BIS (Sweden) / 2005-04-01

Works: Nikos Skalkottas: Concerto for Piano no 2, A/K 17; Suite for Orchestra no 2, A/K 4; Little Suite for Strings, A/K 7; Small Dance Suite, A/K 13
Performers: Madge, Geoffrey Douglas
Conductors: Christodoulou, Nikos
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

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BIS 1484SA
Tippett: Symphonies no 2 & 4 / Tippett, BBC SO
Tippett: Symphonies no 2 & 4 / Tippett, BBC SO

1 CD / NMC Recordings / 2005-03-02

Works: Michael Tippett: Symphony no 2; Symphony no 4
Conductors: Tippett, Michael
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

This recording, from 1993, is the last one made by the conductor and the only time he recorded his performance of these works. Originally featured...continue...
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NMC 104
Barber: Vanessa / Slatkin, Graham, Brewer, et al
Barber: Vanessa / Slatkin, Graham, Brewer, et al

2 Super Audio CD / Chandos Records / 2004-11-23

Works: Samuel Barber: Vanessa, Op. 32
Performers: Birchall, Simon [Bass Baritone Vocals]; Brewer, Christine; Burden, William; Charlesworth, Stephen; Davies, Neal [Bass-Baritone Vocal]; Graham, Susan; Wyn-Rogers, Catherine
Conductors: Slatkin, Leonard
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

"Christine Brewer...[gave] a performance of extraordinary emotional and vocal span. What a cast of formidable American singers this was. There was Susan Graham, with an...continue...
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CHA 5032
Strauss, Ravel, Mozart / Elisabeth Söderström, et al
Strauss, Ravel, Mozart / Elisabeth Söderström, et al

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2004-09-21

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

Elisabeth Soderstrom has remaimed a member of the Swedish Royal opera for life. Her repertoire includes a wide range of roles - from Monteverdi's Poppea,...continue...
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BBC 41532
Bach - Conductor's Transcriptions / Slatkin, et al
Bach - Conductor's Transcriptions / Slatkin, et al

1 Super Audio CD / Chandos Records / 2004-07-27

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: Toccata and Fugue for Organ in D minor, BWV 565; Cantata no 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben" BWV 147; Herzlich tut mich verlangen, BWV 727; Orchestral Suite no 3 in D maj...
Conductors: Slatkin, Leonard
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

"...Slatkin proves that he's the ideal interpreter of this repertory. The softer, more reflective pieces flow serenely and sweetly, while the dramatic toccatas and fantasias...continue...
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