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Mozart: Symphony No. 40; Mahler: Kindertotenlieder; R. Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra / Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Karl Bohm
Mozart: Symphony No. 40; Mahler: Kindertotenlieder; R. Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra / Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Karl Bohm

2 CD / Testament / 2014-02-11

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony no 40 in G minor, K 550; Recorded Sound: Applause; Gustav Mahler: Kindertotenlieder, song cycle for voice & piano (or orchestra); Richard Strauss: Also Sprach Zarath...
Performers: Fischer-Dieskau, Dietrich [Baritone Vocal]
Conductors: Böhm, Karl
Ensemble: ; Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Testament's series of previously unpublished live concert recordings made by the Berlin Philharmonic offers listeners a rich library of notable performances by some of history's...continue...
Recording information: Neues Festspielhaus, Salzburg (08/19/1962)....continue...
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Mahler: Symphony No. 7 / Michael Gielen, Berlin PO (live, 1994)
Mahler: Symphony No. 7 / Michael Gielen, Berlin PO (live, 1994)

1 CD / Testament / 2013-11-12

Works: Gustav Mahler: Symphony no 7 in E minor
Conductors: Gielen, Michael
Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic

The Testament disc presents a live recording of a concert by the Berlin Philharmonic during the Berliner Festwochen on September 21, 1994. On short notice,...continue...
Recording information: Philharmonie, Berlin (09/21/1994)....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Violinist Michael Rabin: The Unpublished Recordings, 1947 - 1971
Violinist Michael Rabin: The Unpublished Recordings, 1947 - 1971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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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...
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Haydn: Symphony No. 94; Mahler: Symphony No. 1 / Giulini, live 1974
Haydn: Symphony No. 94; Mahler: Symphony No. 1 / Giulini, live 1974

2 CD / Testament / 2011-10-11

Works: Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony no 94 in G major, H 1 no 94 "Surprise"; Gustav Mahler: Symphony no 1 in D major "Titan"
Conductors: Giulini, Carlo Maria
Ensemble: ; Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

The great conductor Carlo Maria Giulini's answer to the question of what fascinated him about making music amounted to his Credo: "Music is a great...continue...
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Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde / Giulini - Berlin PO, Brigitte Fassbaender, Francisco Araiza, live 1984
Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde / Giulini - Berlin PO, Brigitte Fassbaender, Francisco Araiza, live 1984

1 CD / Testament / 2011-10-11

Works: Gustav Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde
Performers: Araiza, Francisco [Tenor Vocals]; Fassbaender, Brigitte [Mezzo-Soprano Vocals]
Conductors: Giulini, Carlo Maria
Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

The great conductor Carlo Maria Giulini's answer to the question of what fascinated him about making music amounted to his Credo: "Music is a great...continue...
Recording information: Philharmonie, Berlin (02/1984)....continue...
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Webern: Six Pieces for Orchestra; Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition / Giulini - Berlin PO, 1977
Webern: Six Pieces for Orchestra; Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition / Giulini - Berlin PO, 1977

1 CD / Testament / 2011-10-11

Works: Anton Webern: Pieces (6) for orchestra, Op. 6; Modest Mussorgsky: Pictures at an exhibition
Conductors: Giulini, Carlo Maria
Ensemble: ; Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

The great conductor Carlo Maria Giulini's answer to the question of what fascinated him about making music amounted to his Credo: "Music is a great...continue...
Recording information: Philharmonie, Berlin (01/1977)....continue...
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Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 10 - Deryck Cooke Performing Version / Goldschmidt
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 10 - Deryck Cooke Performing Version / Goldschmidt

3 CD / Testament / 2011-04-12

Works: Spoken Word: Mahler's 10th Symphony, narration with musical examples; Spoken introductions to the movements from Deryck Cooke's incomplete first version of Mahler's 10th; Gustav Mahler: Symphony no 1...
Performers: Cooke, Deryck
Conductors: Goldschmidt, Bertholt; Goldschmidt, Berthold
Ensemble: ; London Symphony Orchestra; Philharmonia Orchestra

In the course of preparing the booklet for the BBC's celebrations of Mahler's centenary in 1960, Deryck Cooke felt that he needed to do more...continue...
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Dvorák: Symphony No. 9; Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2
Dvorák: Symphony No. 9; Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2

2 CD / Testament / 2010-10-12

Works: Modest Mussorgsky: Night on the Bare Mountain; Sergey Prokofiev: Concerto for Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 16; Antonin Dvorák: Symphony no 9 in E minor, Op. 95/B 178 "From the New World"
Performers: Gutierrez, Horacio
Conductors: Tennstedt, Klaus

The acclaimed German conductor Klaus Tennstedt is featured in this fascinating series of live recordings from the Philharmonie in Berlin. All are from the 1980s...continue...
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Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23; Dvorák: Symphony No. 8
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23; Dvorák: Symphony No. 8

1 CD / Testament / 2010-10-12

Works: Hans Pfitzner: Das Käthchen von Heilbronn, Op. 17; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for Piano no 23 in A major, K 488; Antonin Dvorák: Symphony no 8 in G major, Op. 88/B 163
Performers: Hierholzer, Babette
Conductors: Tennstedt, Klaus

The acclaimed German conductor Klaus Tennstedt is featured in this fascinating series of live recordings from the Philharmonie in Berlin. All are from the 1980s...continue...
Recording information: Philharmonie, Berlin (10/07/1980)....continue...
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Mahler: Symphony No. 2' Resurrection' / Klemperer
Mahler: Symphony No. 2' Resurrection' / Klemperer

2 CD / Testament / 2010-09-14

Works: Recorded Sound: Applause; Gustav Mahler: Symphony no 2 in C minor "Resurrection"
Performers: Rossel-Majdan, Hilde; Steingruber, Ilona
Conductors: Klemperer, Otto

This fascinating release from Testament features a live performance from 1951 with Otto Klemperer leading the Vienna Symphony in Mahler's 'Resurrection' symphony. Recorded in mono,...continue...
Recording information: Muskiverein, Vienna (05/18/1951)....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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Schubert: Symphony No. 4; Debussy: La Mer
Schubert: Symphony No. 4; Debussy: La Mer

1 CD / Testament / 2010-04-13

Works: Gioachino Rossini: Semiramide; Franz Schubert: Symphony no 4 in C minor, D 417 "Tragic"; César Franck: Psyché; Claude Debussy: La mer
Conductors: Giulini, Carlo Maria

Recording information: Philharmonie, Berlin (02/1969)....continue...
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TES 1438
Havergal Brian: Symphony No. 1 The Gothic
Havergal Brian: Symphony No. 1 The Gothic

2 CD / Testament / 2010-02-09

Works: Havergal Brian: Symphony no 1 in D minor for soloists, chorus, brass bands & orchestra, "The Gothic"; Spoken Word: Havergal Brian Interview
Performers: Dowd, Ronald; Sheppard, Honor; Stalman, Roger [Vocals]
Conductors: Boult, Adrian

This recording of Havergal Brian's colossal Gothic Symphony is taken from a 1966 live performance given in the Royal Albert Hall under Sir Adrian Boult,...continue...
Recording information: Royal Albert Hall, London (10/30/1966)....continue...
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Recital: Royal Festival Hall London 1959
Recital: Royal Festival Hall London 1959

2 CD / Testament / 2010-01-12

Works: Recorded Sound: Applause; John Stafford Smith: The Star-spangled Banner; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sonata for Piano no 10 in C major, K 330 (300h); Frédéric Chopin: Scherzo for Piano no 3 in...
Performers: Cliburn, Van

After 23-year-old Van Cliburn of Texas won the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, taking with him both the hearts of the Russian people and his jury...continue...
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Mahler: Symphony no 6 / Sir John Barbirolli, New Philharmonia Orchestra
Mahler: Symphony no 6 / Sir John Barbirolli, New Philharmonia Orchestra

1 CD / Testament / 2009-10-13

Works: Gustav Mahler: Symphony no 6 in A minor "Tragic"
Conductors: Barbirolli, John

By the time of this BBC Henry Wood Proms performance in August 1967, Barbirolli’s grasp of the work was complete. The result is a performance...continue...
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Beethoven: Symphony no 6; Strauss: Ein Heldenleben / Herbert von Karajan, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Beethoven: Symphony no 6; Strauss: Ein Heldenleben / Herbert von Karajan, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

1 CD / Testament / 2009-10-13

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral"; Richard Strauss: Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40
Performers: Schwalbe, Michel
Conductors: Karajan, Herbert v.

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Hector Berlioz: Les Troyens
Hector Berlioz: Les Troyens

4 CD / Testament / 2009-08-11

Works: Hector Berlioz: Les Troyens, opera, H. 133a; Spoken Word: Jon Vickers in conversation with Jon Tolansky
Performers: Allman, Robert; Carlyle, Joan; Davies, Rhoderick; Elms, Lauris; Evans, Edgar; Kelly, David C. [Opera]; Langdon, Michael; Lewis, Ronald; Robinson, Forbes; Rouleau, Joseph; Shuard, Amy; Thebom, Blanche...
Conductors: Kubelik, Rafael
Ensemble: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra

From our privileged position, half a century on, there may be a temptation to feel superior and to undervalue the 1957 Covent Garden Trojans and...continue...

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The Last Concerts - Richard Strauss / Strauss, Blumen, Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC SO
The Last Concerts - Richard Strauss / Strauss, Blumen, Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC SO

2 CD / Testament / 2009-03-10

Works: Richard Strauss: Don Juan, Op. 20; Burleske for piano & orchestra (or 2 pianos) in D minor, o.Op. 85 (TrV 145, AV 85); Sinfonia Domestica for orchestra, Op. 53 (TrV 209); Till Eulenspiegels lustige S...
Performers: Blumen, Alfred
Conductors: Strauss, Richard
Ensemble: ; Philharmonia Orchestra

The festival of Richard Strauss' music held in London during October 1947 was the result of a joint initiative by Sir Thomas Beecham and Ernst...continue...
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Strauss: Horn Concerto no 1, Eine Alpensinfonie / Kempe, Civil, Royal PO
Strauss: Horn Concerto no 1, Eine Alpensinfonie / Kempe, Civil, Royal PO

1 CD / Testament / 2009-02-10

Works: Richard Strauss: Concerto for Horn no 1 in E flat major, Op. 11; Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64
Performers: Civil, Alan
Conductors: Kempe, Rudolf
Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Before this recording, which was made following a concert at the Royal Festival Hall, Rudolf Kempe had never conducted the Alpine Symphony. The sessions are...continue...
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Strauss: Tod und Verklärung;  Mahler: Symphony no 1 / Walter, BBC SO, London PO
Strauss: Tod und Verklärung; Mahler: Symphony no 1 / Walter, BBC SO, London PO

1 CD / Testament / 2009-02-10

Works: Richard Strauss: Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24; Gustav Mahler: Symphony no 1 in D major "Titan"
Conductors: Walter, Bruno
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; London Philharmonic Orchestra

In the late 1940's, the London Philharmonic attracted a very impressive list of celebrity conductors, thanks to brilliant managing by its former viola player, Thomas...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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Beethoven: Symphony no 4;  R. Strauss: Ein Heldenleben / Karajan, Berlin PO
Beethoven: Symphony no 4; R. Strauss: Ein Heldenleben / Karajan, Berlin PO

1 CD / Testament / 2009-01-13

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 4 in B flat major, Op. 60; Richard Strauss: Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40
Performers: Spierer, Leon
Conductors: Karajan, Herbert v.
Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

The concert that Herbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic gave in London’s Royal Festival Hall on the evening of Saturday April 27, 1985 was...continue...
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Brahms: Symphony no 1;  Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht Op. 4 / Karajan, Berlin PO
Brahms: Symphony no 1; Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht Op. 4 / Karajan, Berlin PO

1 CD / Testament / 2009-01-13

Works: Arnold Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht for String Orchestra, Op. 4; Johannes Brahms: Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 68
Conductors: Karajan, Herbert v.
Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

This Testament CD dates from October 1988. Forty years had passed since Karajan had first conducted in London in April 1948. During those years, audiences...continue...
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TES 1431
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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A Portrait of Manon - Great Love Duets / Anna Moffo, et al
A Portrait of Manon - Great Love Duets / Anna Moffo, et al

2 CD / Testament / 2008-10-14

Works: Jules Massenet: Manon; Giacomo Puccini: Manon Lescaut; Madama Butterfly; La bohème; Giuseppe Verdi: La traviata; Gaetano Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor
Performers: Bergonzi, Carlo; di Stasio, Anna; Di Stefano, Giuseppe [Tenor vocals]; Elias, Rosalind [Mezzo-Soprano]; Kerns, Robert [Baritone Vocals]; Labò, Flaviano; Merrill, Robert [Baritone Vocal]; Moffo...
Conductors: Leibowitz, René; Previtali, Fernando; Leinsdorf, Erich; Prêtre, Georges
Ensemble: ; Rome Opera House Orchestra
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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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Mahler: Symphony no 3 in D minor, Kindertotenlieder / Ferrier, Boult, Klemperer, BBC SO, et al
Mahler: Symphony no 3 in D minor, Kindertotenlieder / Ferrier, Boult, Klemperer, BBC SO, et al

2 CD / Testament / 2008-08-12

Works: Gustav Mahler: Symphony no 3 in D minor; Kindertotenlieder, song cycle for voice & piano (or orchestra); Recorded Sound: Kathleen Ferrier Radio Interview with Eric McLean
Conductors: Boult, Adrian; Klemperer, Otto
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam

Sir Adrian Boult made only one commercial recording of a Mahler symphony - the First. Now Testament unveils to the public the UK premiere of...continue...
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TES 1422
Sibelius: Symphonies no 2 & 5 / Barbirolli, Hallé Orchestra, Royal PO
Sibelius: Symphonies no 2 & 5 / Barbirolli, Hallé Orchestra, Royal PO

1 CD / Testament / 2008-06-10

Works: Jean Sibelius: Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 43; Symphony no 5 in E flat major, Op. 82
Conductors: Barbirolli, John

This recording brings together two inspired performances led by Sir John Barbirolli, beautifully remastered by Testament. Barbirolli's repertoire was wide, but the music of Jean...continue...
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TES 1418
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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Mendelssohn, Chopin, Strauss: Cello Sonatas / Piatigorsky, Pennario, Firkunsny
Mendelssohn, Chopin, Strauss: Cello Sonatas / Piatigorsky, Pennario, Firkunsny

1 CD / Testament / 2008-06-10

Works: Felix Mendelssohn: Sonata for cello & piano no 2 in D major, Op. 58; Frédéric Chopin: Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, B 160/Op. 65; Richard Strauss: Sonata for Cello and Piano in F m...
Performers: Firkusny, Rudolf; Pennario, Leonard [Piano]; Piatigorsky, Gregor

Recorded between 1966 and 1968, Gregor Piatigorsky (1903-1976) delivers firmly shaped readings of three cello sonatas, vividly transferred from original RCA Victor masters. Felix Mendelssohn...continue...
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Strauss: Four Last Songs;  Wagner / Furtwängler, Flagstad
Strauss: Four Last Songs; Wagner / Furtwängler, Flagstad

1 CD / Testament / 2007-06-12

Works: Richard Strauss: Four Last Songs, AV 150; Richard Wagner: Tristan und Isolde; Götterdämmerung
Performers: Flagstad, Kirsten [Soprano Vocals]
Conductors: Furtwängler, Wilhelm

"As Michael Tanner opines in an interesting booklet-note, these two formidable artists had several collaborations in these Wagnerian excerpts, but caught live in very reasonable...continue...
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Mozart: Clarinet Concerto;  Brahms / Karajan, Walton, et al
Mozart: Clarinet Concerto; Brahms / Karajan, Walton, et al

1 CD / Testament / 2007-06-12

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for Clarinet in A major, K. 622; Spoken Word: A Tribute to Bernard Walton (Speech); Johannes Brahms: Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B minor, Op.115
Performers: Bean, Hugh; Croxford, Eileen; Mason, Frances; Walton, Bernard; Wellington, Christopher
Conductors: Karajan, Herbert v.
Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra

Walton's technical gifts were nothing short of amazing, not least his ability to control absolutely the power, reach and duration of a given note at...continue...
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Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande / Cluytens, Souzay, et al
Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande / Cluytens, Souzay, et al

3 CD / Testament / 2007-04-10

Works: Claude Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande
Performers: Collard, Jeanine; de los Angeles, Victoria; Froumenty, Pierre; Jansen, Jacques; Souzay, Gerard; Vieuille, Jean
Conductors: Cluytens, André

Gramophone says of Andre Cluytens' Pelleas et Melisande, "Reactions to this recording will not be lukewarm." Many opera lovers prefer a more symphonic approach to...continue...
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TES 3051
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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Fauré: Préludes Op. 103;  Franck / Thyssens-Valentin
Fauré: Préludes Op. 103; Franck / Thyssens-Valentin

1 CD / Testament / 2006-12-12

Works: César Franck: Prelude, Chorale and Fugue for Piano, M 21; Prélude, aria, et final, for piano, M. 23; Gabriel Fauré: Préludes (9) for piano, Op. 103
Performers: Thyssens-Valentin, Germaine

"My review of Germaine Thyssens-Valentin's mono Faure recordings discussed this unsung French pianist's career and the appeal her extremely rare discs once held for specialist...continue...
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Mozart: Piano Concerto no 23;  Debussy / Thyssens-Valentin
Mozart: Piano Concerto no 23; Debussy / Thyssens-Valentin

1 CD / Testament / 2006-12-12

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for Piano no 23 in A major, K 488; Claude Debussy: En blanc et noir; Berceuse heroïque; Mazurka, for piano, L. 67; Gabriel Fauré: Romances sans paroles (3)...
Performers: Thyssens-Valentin, Germaine
Conductors: Paumgartner, Bernhard; Manchon-Thaïs, Jeanne
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TES 1401
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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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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TES 1139
The Young Ashkenazy Vol 2 - Chopin, Liszt, et al
The Young Ashkenazy Vol 2 - Chopin, Liszt, et al

1 CD / Testament / 2006-11-14

Works: Frédéric Chopin: Ballade for Piano no 2 in F major/a minor, B 102/Op. 38; Mazurka for piano no 21 in C sharp minor, Op. 30/4, CT. 71; Mazurka for piano no 29 in A flat major, Op. 41/4, CT. ...
Performers: Ashkenazy, Vladimir
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TES 1046
Donizetti: L'Elisir d'Amore / Santini, Carosio, Gobbi, et al
Donizetti: L'Elisir d'Amore / Santini, Carosio, Gobbi, et al

2 CD / Testament / 2006-11-14

Works: Gaetano Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore, opera; Lucia di Lammermoor; Pietro Mascagni: L'Amico Fritz
Performers: Gobbi, Tito; Lelio, Loretta Di; Luise, Melchiorre; Monti, Nicola; Vocals], Margherita Carosio [Soprano
Conductors: Santini, Gabriele
Ensemble: Rome Opera House Orchestra
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TES 2150
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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TES 1005
Victoria de los Angeles - Baroque & Religious Arias
Victoria de los Angeles - Baroque & Religious Arias

1 CD / Testament / 2006-10-10

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Exsultate jubilate, K 165 (158a); Ch'io mi scordi di te...Non temer, amato bene, K 505; Ave verum corpus; Laudate Dominum; George Frederick Handel: As When the Dove Laments H...
Performers: de los Angeles, Victoria; Lewis, Richard [Tenor Vocals]; Menuhin, Yehudi [Violin]; Moore, Gerald [Piano]; Rothwell, Evelyn; Thalben-Ball, George, Sir [Composer/Organ]
Conductors: Boult, Adrian; Goldsborough, Arnold; Menuhin, Yehudi [Violin]
Ensemble: ; Bath Festival Orchestra; London Symphony Orchestra
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TES 1088
Elgar: Falstaff, Nursery Suite, etc / Sir Adrian Boult
Elgar: Falstaff, Nursery Suite, etc / Sir Adrian Boult

1 CD / Testament / 2006-10-10

Works: Edward Elgar: Falstaff, symphonic study for orchestra in C minor, Op. 68; Nursery Suite; Dream Children, for small orchestra (or piano), Op. 43; Pomp and Circumstance March no 3, for orchestra in C m...
Conductors: Boult, Adrian
Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra

"...This is the first - and, by general consent, the best - of Sir Adrian's three recordings of Falstaff. It dates from November 1950 and...continue...
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Strauss: Arabella / Kempe, Della Casa, Trötschel, et al
Strauss: Arabella / Kempe, Della Casa, Trötschel, et al

2 CD / Testament / 2006-03-14

Works: Richard Strauss: Arabella
Performers: Casa, Lisa della; Fehenberger, Lorenz; Malaniuk, Ira; Nentwig, Kathe; Peter, Albrecht; Proebstl, Max; Trotschel, Elfriede; Uhde, Hermann
Conductors: Kempe, Rudolf
Ensemble: Bavarian State Opera Orchestra

This set features a live performance of 'Arabella' given by the Bayerischen Staatsoper at the Royal Opera House during their visit to London since the...continue...
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TES 1367
Elgar: Cello Concerto;  Bach / Du Pré, Barbirolli, BBC SO
Elgar: Cello Concerto; Bach / Du Pré, Barbirolli, BBC SO

1 CD / Testament / 2006-03-14

Works: Edward Elgar: Concerto for Cello; Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite for solo cello no 1 in G major, BWV 1007; Suite for Cello solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1008
Performers: du Pre, Jacqueline [Cello]
Conductors: Barbirolli, John

"Jacqueline du Pre had a very special relationship with this concerto, and as long as you don't object to having your emotions left in tatters...continue...
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Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, etc / Leinsdorf, Boston SO
Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, etc / Leinsdorf, Boston SO

1 CD / Testament / 2005-12-13

Works: Sergey Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet; Lieutenant Kijé Suite, Op. 60
Conductors: Leinsdorf, Erich
Ensemble: Boston Symphony Orchestra

The Boston Symphony Orchestra had a close relationship with Prokofiev. Their great conductor Serge Koussevitzky conducted the premiere of the composer's second symphony in Paris...continue...
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Prokofiev: Symphonies no 2 & 6 / Leinsdorf, Boston SO
Prokofiev: Symphonies no 2 & 6 / Leinsdorf, Boston SO

1 CD / Testament / 2005-12-13

Works: Sergey Prokofiev: Symphony no 2 in D minor, Op. 40; Symphony no 6 in E flat minor, Op. 111
Conductors: Leinsdorf, Erich
Ensemble: Boston Symphony Orchestra

The Boston Symphony Orchestra gave the Western premiere of Prokofiev's 'Symphony No. 5' under the baton of Serge Koussevitzky. That famous recording remained unsurpassed for...continue...
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