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Karol Szymanowski: Stabat Mater; Harnasie / Lucy Crowe, Pamela Helen Stephen, robert Murray, Gabor Bretz
Karol Szymanowski: Stabat Mater; Harnasie / Lucy Crowe, Pamela Helen Stephen, robert Murray, Gabor Bretz

1 Super Audio CD / Chandos Records / 2013-09-24

Conductors: Gardner, Edward
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Chorus; BBC Symphony Orchestra

With this new release Edward Gardner and the BBC Symphony Orchestra continue their critically acclaimed series exploring Polish music for Chandos. It features two large...continue...
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Elgar: Symphony No. 2; Wagner: Tannhauser Overture; Venusberg Music / Sir Adrian Boult, BBC SO
Elgar: Symphony No. 2; Wagner: Tannhauser Overture; Venusberg Music / Sir Adrian Boult, BBC SO

1 CD / ICA Classics / 2013-09-24

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

Boult was very closely associated with Elgar's music throughout his career and recorded the Second Symphony five times. This live Proms performance recorded in stereo...continue...
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Elgar: 'Enigma Variations, Op. 36; Bonus: Rehearsal of the Elgar & interview with Bernstein / BBC SO (rec. April 1982) [DVD]
Elgar: 'Enigma Variations, Op. 36; Bonus: Rehearsal of the Elgar & interview with Bernstein / BBC SO (rec. April 1982) [DVD]

1 DVD Video / ICA Classics / 2013-09-24

Works: Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations
Conductors: Bernstein, Leonard
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

Humphrey Burton's booklet note is informative and enlightening, and provides a unique perspective on the conductor and the DVD program - in particular the rehearsal,...continue...
Run Time: 64 min.
Region: 0
Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3, B&W
Sound Format(s): Enhanced Mono,
Subtitles: French, German, Japanese
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Elgar: Cello Concerto; Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations; Dvorak: Silent Woods / Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello)
Elgar: Cello Concerto; Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations; Dvorak: Silent Woods / Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello)

1 CD / Harmonia Mundi / 2013-09-10

Works: Edward Elgar: Concerto for Cello; Antonin Dvorák: Rondo for Cello and Orchestra in G minor, Op. 94; From the Bohemian forest, Op. 68; Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Variations for Cello and Orchestr...
Performers: Queyras, Jean-Guihen
Conductors: Belohlávek, Jirí
Ensemble: ; BBC Symphony Orchestra

On the surface, there is little in common between the elegiac lyricism of Elgar’s Cello Concerto, the Bohemian nostalgia of Dvorák’s exquisite miniatures and the...continue...
Recording information: BBC Maida Vale Studios (05/2012)....continue...
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Donizetti: Caterina Cornaro / Carmen Giannattasio, Colin Lee, Troy Cook, Vuyani Mlinde, Loic Félix
Donizetti: Caterina Cornaro / Carmen Giannattasio, Colin Lee, Troy Cook, Vuyani Mlinde, Loic Félix

2 CD / Opera Rara / 2013-09-10

Works: Gaetano Donizetti: Caterina Cornaro, opera
Conductors: Parry, David
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

Caterina Cornaro was the last of Donizetti's operas to be premiered in his lifetime, and the only opera of his later period not to have...continue...
Recording information: BBC Maida Vale Studios, London (11/2011/12/2011)....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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Taylor: Viola Concerto, Symphony No. 2 / Sarah-Jane Bradley
Taylor: Viola Concerto, Symphony No. 2 / Sarah-Jane Bradley

1 CD / Toccata Classics / 2013-07-30

Works: Matthew Taylor: Humoreskes, concerto for viola & orchestra, Op. 41; Symphony no 2, Op. 10
Performers: Bradley, Sarah-Jane
Conductors: Walker, Garry
Ensemble: ; BBC Symphony Orchestra

This is Garry Walker's third CD for Toccata Classics after two well-received releases of Havergal Brian works with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. On this...continue...
Recording information: Studio 1, BBC Maida Vale, London (2009-01-23&2013-01-24_2013-)....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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Schumann, Dvorak: Piano Concertos / Francesco Piemontesi, piano; BBC SO, Belohlavek
Schumann, Dvorak: Piano Concertos / Francesco Piemontesi, piano; BBC SO, Belohlavek

1 CD / Naïve / 2013-06-25

Works: Robert Schumann: Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 54; Antonin Dvorák: Concerto for Piano in G minor, Op. 33/B 63
Performers: Piemontesi, Francesco
Conductors: Belohlávek, Jirí
Ensemble: ; BBC Symphony Orchestra

In April 2012 Piemontesi was named Best Newcomer at the BBC Music Magazine Awards, and in presenting his student with the award, Alfred Brendel praised...continue...
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Bent Sorensen (b. 1955): La Notte - music for piano, violin & orchestra / Rolf Hind, piano; David Alberman, violin
Bent Sorensen (b. 1955): La Notte - music for piano, violin & orchestra / Rolf Hind, piano; David Alberman, violin

1 CD / Dacapo / 2013-04-30

Works: Bent Sorensen: Sehnsüchte (7), for violin & piano; The Masque of the Red Death, for piano; Concerto for Piano "La Notte"
Performers: Alberman, David; Hind, Rolf
Conductors: Schonwandt, Michael; Schoenwandt, Michael
Ensemble: ; BBC Symphony Orchestra

Composed by Bent Sorensen (b. 1955), the three works with the piano in focus, released here for the first time on CD, have been recorded...continue...
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Lionel Bringuier & Nelson Freire Live at the Royal Albert Hall - Chopin: Piano Concerto no 2; Berlioz, Roussel, Ravel, Gluck [DVD]
Lionel Bringuier & Nelson Freire Live at the Royal Albert Hall - Chopin: Piano Concerto no 2; Berlioz, Roussel, Ravel, Gluck [DVD]

1 DVD Video / Bel Air Classiques / 2013-04-30

Works: Hector Berlioz: Le corsaire Overture, Op. 21; Frédéric Chopin: Concerto for Piano no 2 in F minor, B 43/Op. 21; Christoph W. Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice, piano transcription Giovanni Sgambati;...
Performers: Freire, Nelson
Conductors: Bringuier, Lionel
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

On this brilliant recording leading Chopin interpreter Nelson Freire delivers a deft, impeccable performance of Chopin's lyrical Second Piano Concerto. On the podium the young...continue...
Run Time: 95 min.
Region: 0
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
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BAC 079
Lionel Bringuier & Nelson Freire Live at the Royal Albert Hall - Chopin: Piano Concerto no 2; Berlioz, Roussel, Ravel, Gluck [Blu-Ray]
Lionel Bringuier & Nelson Freire Live at the Royal Albert Hall - Chopin: Piano Concerto no 2; Berlioz, Roussel, Ravel, Gluck [Blu-Ray]

1 Blu-Ray Video / Bel Air Classiques / 2013-04-30

Works: Hector Berlioz: Le corsaire Overture, Op. 21; Frédéric Chopin: Concerto for Piano no 2 in F minor, B 43/Op. 21; Christoph W. Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice, piano transcription Giovanni Sgambati;...
Performers: Freire, Nelson
Conductors: Bringuier, Lionel
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

On this brilliant recording leading Chopin interpreter Nelson Freire delivers a deft, impeccable performance of Chopin's lyrical Second Piano Concerto. On the podium the young...continue...
Run Time: 95 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: Blu-Ray, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1
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Sir Malcolm Sargent: An Evening at the Proms - Music of Sullivan, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Holst, Chabrier, Litolff / BBC SO
Sir Malcolm Sargent: An Evening at the Proms - Music of Sullivan, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Holst, Chabrier, Litolff / BBC SO

1 CD / Guild / 2013-04-09

Works: Recorded Sound: Applause; Arthur Sullivan: Overture di ballo, for orchestra in E major; Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin; Quartet for Strings no 1 in D major, Op. 11; Antonin Dvorák: S...
Performers: Cherkassky, Shura [Piano]; Hammond, Joan, Dame
Conductors: Sargent, Malcolm
Ensemble: ; BBC Symphony Orchestra

Most of this recording comes from the 1959 Proms, and there is no conductor more closely associated with the London Proms than Sir Malcolm Sargent....continue...
Recording information: 08/29/1956/??/??/1959....continue...
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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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Brahms: Symphony No. 4; Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 / Sir Adrian Boult (1975)
Brahms: Symphony No. 4; Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 / Sir Adrian Boult (1975)

1 CD / ICA Classics / 2013-02-26

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

Just prior to the Second World War, Sir Adrian single-handedly built the BBC Symphony Orchestra into a world-renowned ensemble. This live 1975 Proms performance of...continue...
Recording information: Royal Albert Hall, London (07/29/1972/08/08/1975)....continue...
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Alexander Goehr: Marching to Carcassonne; When Adam Fell; Pastorals / Peter Serkin, piano
Alexander Goehr: Marching to Carcassonne; When Adam Fell; Pastorals / Peter Serkin, piano

1 CD / Naxos (USA) / 2013-02-26

Works: Alexander Goehr: When Adam Fell, for orchestra, Op. 89; Pastorals, for orchestra, Op. 19; Marching to Carcassonne, for piano & orchestra, Op. 74
Performers: Serkin, Peter [Piano]
Conductors: Knussen, Oliver
Ensemble: ; BBC Symphony Orchestra; London Sinfonietta

A unique programme of music by Alexander Goehr unavailable elsewhere on record. The composer's close association with conductor Oliver Knussen and pianist Peter Serkin give...continue...
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Karol Symanowski: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 4
Karol Symanowski: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 4 "Symphonie Concertante"; Concerto Overture / Louis Lortie, piano; BBC SO

1 Super Audio CD / Chandos Records / 2013-01-29

Works: Karol Szymanowski: Concert Overture, for orchestra in E major, Op. 12, M12; Symphony no 4, Op. 60 "Symphonie concertante"; Symphony no 2 in B flat major, Op. 19, M24
Performers: Lortie, Louis [Piano]
Conductors: Gardner, Edward
Ensemble: ; BBC Symphony Orchestra

Szymanowski inscribed the original score with part of the poem Witez Wlast by his friend Tadeusz Micinski: 'I will not play you sad songs, O...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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20/21 - Lindberg: Aura, Engine / Knussen, London Sinfonietta
20/21 - Lindberg: Aura, Engine / Knussen, London Sinfonietta

1 CD / Deutsche Grammophon Import / 2012-11-22

Works: Magnus Lindberg: Aura, in memoriam Witold Lutoslawski, for orchestra; Engine
Conductors: Knussen, Oliver
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; London Sinfonietta

Magnus Lindberg, a 42-year-old Finnish composer, is a force to be reckoned with in the 21st century. "Aura" is a powerful, unrelenting work that is...continue...
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Oliver Knussen: Autumnal; Choral; Violin Concerto; Requiem; Songs for Sue / Leila Josefowicz, violin; Alexandra Wood; Huw Watkins; Claire Booth
Oliver Knussen: Autumnal; Choral; Violin Concerto; Requiem; Songs for Sue / Leila Josefowicz, violin; Alexandra Wood; Huw Watkins; Claire Booth

1 CD / NMC Recordings / 2012-11-13

Works: Oliver Knussen: Choral, for band; Autumnal, for violin & piano (Triptych, Part 1); Whitman Settings, for voice & piano, Op. 25; Secret Psalm, for violin; Prayer Bell Sketch, for piano, Op.29; Concert...
Performers: Booth, Claire; Josefowicz, Leila; Knussen, Oliver; Watkins, Huw; Wigglesworth, Ryan; Wood, Alexandra
Conductors: Knussen, Oliver; Wigglesworth, Ryan
Ensemble: ; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

Technophonia brings together cutting edge music interfaces used by Drake Music Scotland, the nation's leading arts organization providing music-making opportunities for people with disabilities. Olive...continue...
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Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 / Christopher Adey, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Richard Hickox, BBC Symphony Orchestra / Shura Cherkassky, piano
Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 / Christopher Adey, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Richard Hickox, BBC Symphony Orchestra / Shura Cherkassky, piano

1 CD / ICA Classics / 2012-11-13

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

Shura Cherkassky enjoyed a long career of over 70 years, rising to the forefront of internationally acclaimed concert pianists. His phenomenal virtuosity, color, range, and...continue...
Recording information: Royal Albert Hall, London (08/30/1983); Studio 1, Broadcasting House, Glasgow, Scotland (08/30/1983); Royal Albert Hall, London (12/03/1981); Studio 1, Broadcasting House, Glasg...continue...
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Lowell Liebermann: Revelry / Grant Llewellyn, BBC Symphony Orchestra
Lowell Liebermann: Revelry / Grant Llewellyn, BBC Symphony Orchestra

1 CD / Albany Records / 2012-11-13

Works: Lowell Liebermann: Concerto for Orchestra; Variations on a theme by Mozart for 2 pianos, Op. 42; Nocturne, for orchestra; Revelry, for orchestra
Conductors: Llewellyn, Grant
Ensemble: ; BBC Symphony Orchestra

It is a mistake to generalize about the music of a composer with an oeuvre as broad as Lowell Liebermann's - and not only because...continue...
Recording information: BBC Maida Vale Studios, Studio 1....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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British Clarinet Concertos, Vol. 1: Concertos by Stanford, Finzi and Arnold / Michael Collins, clarinet
British Clarinet Concertos, Vol. 1: Concertos by Stanford, Finzi and Arnold / Michael Collins, clarinet

1 CD / Chandos Records / 2012-10-30

Works: Charles Villiers Stanford: Concerto for Clarinet in A minor, Op. 80 (unpublished); Gerald Finzi: Concerto for clarinet & string orchestra in C minor, Op. 31; Malcolm Arnold: Concerto for Clarinet no ...
Performers: Collins, Michael [Conductor/Clarinet]
Conductors: Collins, Michael
Ensemble: ; BBC Symphony Orchestra

This disc marks the beginning of a new survey of British Clarinet Concertos, featuring the exclusive Chandos artist, Michael Collins, who here combines the role...continue...
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Smetana: The Bartered Bride / Dana Buresova, soprano; Thomas Juhas, tenor; Jozef Benci, bass
Smetana: The Bartered Bride / Dana Buresova, soprano; Thomas Juhas, tenor; Jozef Benci, bass

2 CD / Harmonia Mundi / 2012-10-09

Works: Bedrich Smetana: Prodaná nevesta (The Bartered Bride), opera, JB 1
Conductors: Belohlávek, Jirí
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

Although for nearly 150 years Bedrich Smetana's The Bartered Bride has triumphed in opera houses all over the world, the work's road to success was...continue...
Recording information: Barbican Center, London (05/2011)....continue...
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Mahler: Das Klagende Lied; Janacek: The Fiddler's Child / Cahill, Baker, Tear, Howekk / Rozhdestvensky
Mahler: Das Klagende Lied; Janacek: The Fiddler's Child / Cahill, Baker, Tear, Howekk / Rozhdestvensky

1 CD / ICA Classics / 2012-09-25

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

Rozhdestvensky was the first Russian conductor to perform and record all Mahler's symphonies in his country. Das klagende Lied is performed here live. The ICA...continue...
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Josef Suk: Prague; Summer's Tale / BBC SO, Belohlavek
Josef Suk: Prague; Summer's Tale / BBC SO, Belohlavek

1 Super Audio CD / Chandos Records / 2012-09-25

Works: Josef Suk: Pohádka Léta (A Summer Tale), Tone Poem For large Orchestra, A, Op. 29; Praga, Op. 26
Conductors: Belohlávek, Jirí
Ensemble: ; BBC Symphony Orchestra

Two symphonic poems by Suk are performed here by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Jiri Belohlavek, who also brought us the highly acclaimed recording of...continue...
Recording information: Watford Colosseum (01/03/2012-01/04/2012)....continue...
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Schoenberg: Choral Music / Pierre Boulez, BBC Singers, et al
Schoenberg: Choral Music / Pierre Boulez, BBC Singers, et al

2 CD / Sony Classical Import / 2012-08-30

Works: Arnold Schoenberg: Friede auf Erden, Op. 13; Kol nidre, Op. 39; Folksongs (3) for Chorus, Op. 49; Pieces (4) for Chorus, Op. 27; Satires (3) for Chorus, Op. 28; Pieces (6) for Mens Chorus, Op. 35; Dr...
Performers: Chase, Roger; Collins, Michael [Clarinet]; Constable, John; Ellis, James; Liddell, Nona; Reich, Günter; Shirley-Quirk, John; Van Kampen, Christopher
Conductors: Boulez, Pierre
Ensemble: BBC Singers; BBC Symphony Chorus; BBC Symphony Orchestra
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Harrison Birtwistle: The Triumph of Time / John Harle, Pierre Boulez, Andrew Davis
Harrison Birtwistle: The Triumph of Time / John Harle, Pierre Boulez, Andrew Davis

1 CD / Decca / 2012-07-31

Works: Harrison Birtwistle: Triumph of Time, for orchestra; Earth Dances, for orchestra; Panic, for saxophone, drum kit & orchestra
Performers: Clarvis, Paul; Harle, John
Conductors: Boulez, Pierre; Davis, Andrew
Ensemble: ; BBC Symphony Orchestra

Birtwistle's 30-minute orchestral processional is one of the works that established his international reputation in the early 1970s.

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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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Grieg: Peer Gynt; Piano Concerto / Stephen Kovacevich, piano; Colin Davis; Herbert Blomstedt
Grieg: Peer Gynt; Piano Concerto / Stephen Kovacevich, piano; Colin Davis; Herbert Blomstedt

1 CD / Decca / 2012-07-24

Works: Edvard Grieg: Peer Gynt; Peer Gynt Suite no 2, Op. 55; Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 16
Performers: Kovacevich, Stephen [Piano]
Conductors: Blomstedt, Herbert; Davis, Colin
Ensemble: ; BBC Symphony Orchestra; San Francisco Symphony Orchestra

Grieg's music, while based on the German tradition, magically captures the spirit and grandeur of his native Norway. Peer Gynt includes two perennial favorites, "Morning...continue...
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Alexander Goehr: Colossos or Panic; The Deluge; etc. / Hilary Summers, Clair Booth
Alexander Goehr: Colossos or Panic; The Deluge; etc. / Hilary Summers, Clair Booth

1 CD / NMC Recordings / 2012-05-29

Works: Alexander Goehr: Colossos or Panic, for orchestra; The Deluge, cantata for 2 voices & orchestra, Op. 7; Little Symphony, Op. 15
Performers: Booth, Claire
Conductors: Knussen, Oliver
Ensemble: ASKO Ensemble; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Birmingham Contemporary Music Group; Schoenberg Ensemble

To celebrate Alexander Goehr's 80th birthday this year, BBC Radio 3 commissioned a new orchestral work which was premiered by the BBC Symphony Orchestra on...continue...
Recording information: CBSO Centre, Birmingham (01/31/2010); Grote Zaal, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam (01/31/2010); Studio 1, BBC Maida Vale, London, England (01/31/2010); CBSO Centre, Birmingham (04/22/2...continue...
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Rachmaninov: The Bells; Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky / Shtoda, Prokina, Leiferkus - Evgeny Svetlanov
Rachmaninov: The Bells; Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky / Shtoda, Prokina, Leiferkus - Evgeny Svetlanov

1 CD / ICA Classics / 2012-05-29

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

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

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Brahms: Symphony No. 3; Elgar: Symphony No. 1 / Sir Adrian Boult
Brahms: Symphony No. 3; Elgar: Symphony No. 1 / Sir Adrian Boult

1 CD / ICA Classics / 2012-03-27

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

Acclaimed British conductor Sir Adrian Boult's friendship with Sir Edward Elgar ensured that all his interpretations of the composer's works were without question authoritative, achieving...continue...
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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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Beecham conducts - Berlioz: Corsaire Overture; Grieg: Old Norwegian Romance; D'indy: Enchanted Forest; Saint-Saëns: Sym. 3
Beecham conducts - Berlioz: Corsaire Overture; Grieg: Old Norwegian Romance; D'indy: Enchanted Forest; Saint-Saëns: Sym. 3

1 CD / SOMM / 2012-02-01

Works: Hector Berlioz: Le corsaire Overture, Op. 21; Edvard Grieg: Old Norwegian Romance with Variations for 2 Pianos, Op. 51; Vincent d'Indy: La forêt enchantée, symphonic legend after Uhland for...
Performers: Gamley, Douglas; McCall, Tom; Vaughan, Denis
Conductors: Beecham, Thomas
Ensemble: ; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

This long-awaited live performance, from the Royal Festival Hall in October 1954, joins SOMM's growing collection of unforgettable performances by a conductor who genuinely loved...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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Bruckner: Symphony No. 5 / Gunter Wand at the BBC Proms [DVD]
Bruckner: Symphony No. 5 / Gunter Wand at the BBC Proms [DVD]

1 DVD Video / ICA Classics / 2011-11-15

Works: Anton Bruckner: Symphony no 5 in B flat major, WAB 105
Conductors: Wand, Günter
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

Described as his personal 'Symphony of Fate', Wand's great affinity for Bruckner's 5th Symphony was noted by the composer Zimmermann. His first recording of the...continue...
Run Time: 79 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3, B&W
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo,
Subtitles: English, French
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Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1; Chopin; Liszt; Schumann et al.  / Julius Katchen, piano
Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1; Chopin; Liszt; Schumann et al. / Julius Katchen, piano

1 CD / ICA Classics / 2011-11-15

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

American pianist Katchen (1926 - 69) was a child prodigy. At 11, he performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Ormandy. His technique was 'gold plated'...continue...
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Brian Elias: The House That Jack Built / A Talisman / Doubles, Tim Mirfin, bass
Brian Elias: The House That Jack Built / A Talisman / Doubles, Tim Mirfin, bass

1 CD / NMC Recordings / 2011-11-15

Works: Brian Elias: The House That Jack Built, for orchestra; A Talisman, for voice, trumpet & orchestra; Doubles, for orchestra
Performers: Holland, Jonathan; Mirfin, Timothy
Conductors: Davis, Andrew; Brabbins, Martyn; Belohlávek, Jirí
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

The bold and dazzlingly inventive The House That Jack Built was inspired by the games and jeers of the playground. It is coupled with the...continue...
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Delius: Double Concerto; Violin Concerto; Cello Concerto / Tasmin Little, violin; Paul Watkins, cello
Delius: Double Concerto; Violin Concerto; Cello Concerto / Tasmin Little, violin; Paul Watkins, cello

1 Super Audio CD / Chandos Records / 2011-10-25

Works: Frederick Delius: Concerto for Violin and Cello; Concerto for Violin RT vii/6; Concerto for Cello, RT vii/7
Performers: Little, Tasmin [Violin]; Watkins, Paul [Cello, Conductor]
Conductors: Davis, Andrew
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

The Violin, Double, & Cello Concertos by Delius involving solos string instruments are here brought together on the same disc for the 1st time. Tasmin...continue...
Recording information: All Saints' Church, Tooting, London (10/13/2010-10/14/2010)....continue...
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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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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4; Mussorgsky: A Night on Bare Mountain / Rozhdestvensky
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4; Mussorgsky: A Night on Bare Mountain / Rozhdestvensky

1 CD / ICA Classics / 2011-09-27

Works: Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 4 in F minor, Op. 36; Modest Mussorgsky: Sorochintsï Fair; Sergey Prokofiev: Love for Three Oranges
Performers: Wilson-Johnson, David
Conductors: Rozhdestvensky, Gennady
Ensemble: ; BBC Symphony Orchestra

Gennadi Rozhdestvensky is the last living survivor of a great Russian quartet of conductors and now, for the first time issued on CD are his...continue...
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Manuel de Falla: Nights in the Gardens of Spain / Javier Perianes, piano
Manuel de Falla: Nights in the Gardens of Spain / Javier Perianes, piano

1 CD / Harmonia Mundi / 2011-09-13

Works: Manuel de Falla: Piezas Españolas (4) for Piano; Fantasía bética for Piano; Homenaje - M. de Falla; Pour le tombeau de Paul Dukas, for piano, G. 83 (orchestrated in "Homenajes");...
Performers: Perianes, Javier
Conductors: Pons, Josep
Ensemble: ; BBC Symphony Orchestra

"I never thought of becoming a virtuoso. Virtuosity, with its concert tours, has always repelled me," Manuel de Falla told a journalist in 1915, by...continue...
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Rozhdestvensky at the BBC Proms / Glinka, Tchaikovsky [DVD]
Rozhdestvensky at the BBC Proms / Glinka, Tchaikovsky [DVD]

1 DVD Video / ICA Classics / 2011-06-28

Works: Mikhail Glinka: Ruslan and Ludmila; A Life for the Tsar; Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker
Conductors: Rozhdestvensky, Gennadi
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

Performed during his tenure as Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony, the BBC Proms performances featured on this DVD represent Gennadi Rozhdestvensky at the highest...continue...
Run Time: 64 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3, Color
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Wagner, Strauss & Beethoven / Solti, BBC SO, Royal Opera [DVD]
Wagner, Strauss & Beethoven / Solti, BBC SO, Royal Opera [DVD]

1 DVD Video / ICA Classics / 2011-06-28

Works: Richard Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman); Richard Strauss: Don Juan, Op. 20; Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67
Conductors: Solti, Sir Georg
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Sir Georg Solti achieved great success with the first complete recording of Das Rheigold in 1958, after which his reputation for recording Wagner increased steadily....continue...
Run Time: 96 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3
Sound Format(s): LPCM Mono,
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Brahms: Symphony No. 1; Elgar: Enigma Variations / Boult
Brahms: Symphony No. 1; Elgar: Enigma Variations / Boult

1 CD / ICA Classics / 2011-05-31

Works: Johannes Brahms: Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 68; Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations; Spoken Word: John Douglas Todd interviews Sir Adrian Boult
Performers: Thalben-Ball, George, Sir [Composer/Organ]
Conductors: Boult, Adrian
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

Sir Adrian Boult (1889 - 1983), one of the great British conductors of the 20th century, studied under the legendary Arthur Nikisch. This fiery 1976...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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