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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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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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Delius: Appalachia; The Song of the High Hills
Delius: Appalachia; The Song of the High Hills

1 Super Audio CD / Chandos Records / 2011-04-26

Works: Frederick Delius: Appalachia - American Rhapsody; A Song of the High Hills, for wordless chorus & orchestra, RT ii/6
Performers: Bowen, Christopher; Robinson, Olivia
Conductors: Davis, Andrew
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

This recording presents two rarely heard but striking works by Frederick Delius (1862-1934). Both works are prime examples of Delius's highly individual and ground-breaking use...continue...
Recording information: All Saints' Church, Tooting, London (10/15/2010-10/16/2010)....continue...
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Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2; Chopin, Liszt / Loughran/BBC SO, Ohlsson [DVD]
Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2; Chopin, Liszt / Loughran/BBC SO, Ohlsson [DVD]

1 DVD Video / ICA Classics / 2011-02-22

Works: Johannes Brahms: Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 83; Frédéric Chopin: Scherzo for Piano no 1 in B minor, B 65/Op. 20; Polonaise for piano no 6 in A flat major ("Héroique...
Performers: Ohlsson, Garrick
Conductors: Loughran, James
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

Garrick Ohlsson won the 1970 Chopin International Piano Competition, just four years before the recitalperformance of Chopin and Liszt featured on this DVD. Ohlsson has...continue...
Run Time: 78 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3
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Strauss: Ein Heldenleben; Dvorak / Rudolf Kempe [DVD]
Strauss: Ein Heldenleben; Dvorak / Rudolf Kempe [DVD]

1 DVD Video / ICA Classics / 2011-02-22

Works: Richard Strauss: Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40; Antonín Dvorák: Symphony no 9 in E minor, Op. 95/B 178 "From the New World"
Conductors: Kempe, Rudolf
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; Royal Philharmonic Orchesta

The audio recording of the Dvorák 9 from this Kempe DVD has been released on BBC Legends, and was a Penguin Guide Rosette Winner. In...continue...
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Region: All
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Kamen: The New Moon in the Old Moon's Arms / Slatkin, et al
Kamen: The New Moon in the Old Moon's Arms / Slatkin, et al

1 CD / Decca Import / 2010-08-06

Works: Michael Kamen: The New Moon in the Old Moon's Arms; Mr. Holland's Opus - An American Symphony
Performers: Hardy, David; Josefowicz, Leila; Kamen, Michael; Kohno, Toshiko; Mulligan, Simon; Palmer, Phil
Conductors: Slatkin, Leonard
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; National Symphony Orchestra
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Elgar: Enigma Variations, etc / Bernstein, BBC Symphony
Elgar: Enigma Variations, etc / Bernstein, BBC Symphony

1 CD / Deutsche Grammophon Import / 2010-01-07

Works: Edward Elgar: The Crown of India, Op. 66; Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36 "Enigma"; Pomp and Circumstance Marches (5), Op. 39
Conductors: Bernstein, Leonard
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
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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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Beethoven, Dvorák: Violin Concertos / Suk, Sargent
Beethoven, Dvorák: Violin Concertos / Suk, Sargent

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2009-06-02

Works: Antonin Dvorák: Concerto for Violin in A minor, Op. 53; Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 61
Performers: Suk, Josef
Conductors: Sargent, Malcolm
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

Josef Suk is the great-grandson of Dvorak so it is fitting that his wonderfully idiomatic performance in stereo of the composer's concerto with Sir Malcolm...continue...
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BBC 42572
The Complete HMV Stereo Recordings - Shura Cherkassky
The Complete HMV Stereo Recordings - Shura Cherkassky

2 CD / First Hand / 2009-05-29

Works: Ferruccio Busoni: Chaconne, transcription for piano in D minor (after J. S. Bach, BWV 1004), KiV B24; Ludwig van Beethoven: Bagatelle for piano in G minor, Op. 119/1; Franz Schubert: Impromptu no 4 i...
Performers: Cherkassky, Shura [Piano]
Conductors: Sargent, Malcolm
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

Like many other artists, the great Russian pianist Shura Cherkassky fled from what became Soviet Russia and settled in the USA. A student of Josef...continue...
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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
Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, etc / Rozhdestvensky, BBC SO
Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, etc / Rozhdestvensky, BBC SO

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2009-03-01

Works: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Russian Easter Festival Overture (Svetlïy pazdnik), for orchestra, Op. 36; Sergey Rachmaninov: Symphony no 1 in D minor, Op. 13; Sergey Prokofiev: Ode to the End of the ...
Conductors: Rozhdestvensky, Gennady
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
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BBC 42332
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
Elgar's Enigma Variations - Documentary and Performance [DVD]
Elgar's Enigma Variations - Documentary and Performance [DVD]

1 DVD Video / Kultur International Films / 2009-02-24

Works: Sir Edward Elgar: Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36 "Enigma"
Conductors: Davis, Andrew
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

In an acclaimed BBC drama-documentary filmed in the rolling Malvern Hills Sir Andrew Davis unravels the mystery of the famous musical puzzle contained in Elgar's...continue...
Run Time: 83 min.
Region: 1
Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM, DTS
Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian
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KUL D0917
Holst: The Planets Op. 32;  Elgar: Enigma Variations Op. 36 / Boult, Barbirolli, BBC SO, et al
Holst: The Planets Op. 32; Elgar: Enigma Variations Op. 36 / Boult, Barbirolli, BBC SO, et al

1 CD / Opus KURA / 2008-12-09

Works: Gustav Holst: The Planets, Op. 32/H 125; Edward Elgar: Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36 "Enigma"
Conductors: Boult, Adrian, Sir; Barbirolli, John, Sir
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; Hallé Orchestra

The Holst comes from a recording made in 1945 in Bedford where the BBC had been evacuated. Barbirolli's Enigma Variations was recorded in 1947....continue...
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OPK 2079
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
Strauss: Don Quixote;  Haydn: Cello Concerto / Rostropovich, Sargent, et al
Strauss: Don Quixote; Haydn: Cello Concerto / Rostropovich, Sargent, et al

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2008-10-14

Works: Richard Strauss: Don Quixote, Op. 35; Franz Joseph Haydn: Concerto for Cello no 2 in D major, Op 101/H 7b no 2
Performers: Danks, Harry; Maguire, Hugh; Rostropovich, Mstislav
Conductors: Sargent, Malcolm; Rostropovich, Mstislav
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; London Symphony Orchestra

This is a real rarity from the British Library Sound Archive - Rostropovich in a dramatic account of Don Quixote given during an early visit...continue...
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BBC 42402
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
Holst: The Planets - A visualization / Andrew Davis/BBC SO & Chorus (DVD & CD) [DVD]
Holst: The Planets - A visualization / Andrew Davis/BBC SO & Chorus (DVD & CD) [DVD]

2 DVD Video / Kultur International Films / 2008-07-29

Works: Gustav Holst: The Planets, Op. 32/H 125
Conductors: Davis, Andrew
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Chorus; BBC Symphony Orchestra

This stunning visualization accompanies a highly acclaimed performance of Gustav Holst's suite by the BBC Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Andrew Davis. In this...continue...
Run Time: 60 min.
Region: 1
Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo,
Country of Origin: USA
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KUL D4384
Vaughan Williams - The Collector's Edition / Willcocks, Boult, Bean, Barbirolli, et al
Vaughan Williams - The Collector's Edition / Willcocks, Boult, Bean, Barbirolli, et al

30 CD / Warner Classics / 2008-07-08

Works: Ralph Vaughan Williams: Symphony no 1 "A sea symphony"; A London Symphony (Symphony no 2) (Original 1913 version); Symphony no 8 in D minor; Symphony no 3 for soprano or tenor & orchestra ("Pastoral"...
Performers: Adler, Larry; Allen, Thomas; Angas, Richard; Armstrong, Sheila [Soprano Vocal]; Aronowitz, Cecil; Asch, David van; Bainbridge, Elisabeth; Baker, Janet, Dame [Mezzo-soprano Vocal]; Balmain, Ian; Barlo...
Conductors: Handley, Vernon; Boult, Adrian; Silvestri, Constantin; Banks, Eric; Groves, Charles; Sargent, Malcolm; Barbirolli, John; Hickox, Richard; O'Brien, Brendan; Davies, Meredith; Willcocks, David; Rose, B...
Ensemble: ; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; King's College Choir, Cambridge; London Madrigal Singers; London Music Group; London Philharmonic Orch...
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WRNC 066362B
Craig Armstrong: Memory takes my hand, Immer, etc / BBC SO, et al
Craig Armstrong: Memory takes my hand, Immer, etc / BBC SO, et al

1 CD / Virgin Classics / 2008-07-08

Works: Craig Armstrong: Concerto for Violin no 1 ("Immer"); One Minute, 15 pieces for orchestra; Memory Takes My Hand, for voice, chorus & orchestra
Performers: Crowe, Lucy; Gould, Clio
Conductors: Walker, Garry
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

Craig Armstrong is one of the world's most sought-after and respected composers and arrangers in the film and music industry. Starting off as house composer...continue...
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VCL 190322B
Classic Archive: Pierre Boulez /  Debussy, Schoenberg [DVD]
Classic Archive: Pierre Boulez / Debussy, Schoenberg [DVD]

4 DVD Video / EuroArts (Warner) / 2008-06-01

Works: Claude Debussy: Nocturnes (3) for Orchestra; Jeux; Images for Orchestra; Arnold Schoenberg: Accompaniment to a Cinematographic Scene, Op. 34; Igor Stravinsky: Le sacre du printemps
Conductors: Boulez, Pierre
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; New Philharmonia Orchestra

On this DVD, home viewers encounter Pierre Boulez, one of the most intriguing musical personalities of our times. Boulez, born in 1925, is a leading...continue...
Run Time: 99 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3, B&W
Sound Format(s): Mono,
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EUAW 20005E
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
Camilo: Concerto for Piano, etc / Camilo, Slatkin, BBC SO
Camilo: Concerto for Piano, etc / Camilo, Slatkin, BBC SO

1 CD / Decca Import / 2008-05-22

Works: Michel Camilo: Concerto for piano & orchestra; Suite for piano, strings & harp; Caribe
Performers: Camilo, Michel
Conductors: Slatkin, Leonard
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
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Lutyens: Quincunx, etc; Bedford: Music for Albion Moonlight / Del MAr, et al
Lutyens: Quincunx, etc; Bedford: Music for Albion Moonlight / Del MAr, et al

1 CD / Lyrita / 2008-03-01

Works: Elisabeth Lutyens: Quincunx, for baritone, soprano & orchestra (after Sir Thomas Browne), Op. 44; And Suddenly it's Evening, for tenor & chamber ensemble, Op. 66; David Bedford: Music for Albion Moon...
Performers: Handt, Herbert; Manning, Jane; Nendick, Josephine; Shirley-Quirk, John
Conductors: del Mar, Norman; Carewe, John
Ensemble: ; BBC Symphony Orchestra
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LYTA 265
Bach, Brahms, Mozart / Aubrey Brain, Adolf Busch, et al
Bach, Brahms, Mozart / Aubrey Brain, Adolf Busch, et al

1 CD / Opus KURA / 2008-02-01

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: Brandenburg Concerto no 1 in F major, BWV 1046; Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord no 6 in G major, BWV 1019; Johannes Brahms: Trio for Horn, Violin and Piano in E flat major, O...
Performers: Brain, Aubrey; Busch, Adolf; Serkin, Rudolf
Conductors: Busch, Adolf; Boult, Adrian, Sir
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
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OPK 2070
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
Tchaikovsky, Scriabin: Piano Concertos / Nikolai Demidenko
Tchaikovsky, Scriabin: Piano Concertos / Nikolai Demidenko

1 CD / Hyperion / 2007-12-11

Works: Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23; Alexander Scriabin: Concerto for Piano in F sharp minor, Op. 20
Performers: Demidenko, Nikolai [Piano]
Conductors: Lazarev, Alexander
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

'A major achievement' (Classic CD)

'It is something of an achievement when one manages to hear afresh such an over-familiar work' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Altogether, this is...continue...
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Benno Moiseiwitsch plays Delius and Rachmaninov
Benno Moiseiwitsch plays Delius and Rachmaninov

1 CD / Guild / 2007-12-01

Works: Frederick Delius: Concerto for Piano in C minor, RT vii/4; Sergey Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini; Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18
Performers: Moiseiwitsch, Benno
Conductors: Sargent, Malcolm; Rignold, Hugo
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; Philharmonia Orchestra

The great-Russian born pianist Moiseiwitsch was predominantly a performer of Romantic works. This CD restores his 2nd recording of the Rachmaninov Concerto No. 2, made...continue...
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GUI 2326
Dyson: Nebuchadnezzar, etc / Hickox, Padmore, et al
Dyson: Nebuchadnezzar, etc / Hickox, Padmore, et al

1 CD / Chandos Records / 2007-11-06

Works: George Dyson: Nebuchadnezzar, for chorus & ensemble; Woodland Suite, for strings & winds; O Praise God in His Holiness; Praise; Be Strong & of Good Courage (Confortare)
Performers: Davies, Neal [Bass-Baritone Vocal]; Padmore, Mark [Tenor Vocal]
Conductors: Hickox, Richard
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

This is the world premiere recording of 'Woodland Suite' and the first recording of the 'Three Songs of Praise' in the version with orchestral accompaniment....continue...
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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
Bantock: Omar Khayyám / Handley, Wyn-Rogers, et al
Bantock: Omar Khayyám / Handley, Wyn-Rogers, et al

3 Super Audio CD / Chandos Records / 2007-10-23

Works: Granville Bantock: Omar Khayyam, for soloists, chorus & orchestra
Performers: Menna, Sian; Price, Edward; Robinson, Olivia; Spence, Toby; Williams, Roderick [Bass-Baritone Vocal]; Wyn-Rogers, Catherine
Conductors: Handley, Vernon
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

Bantock succeeded Sir Edward Elgar at Birmingham University in 1908. During his time there he developed an interest in large-scale choral composition, producing among other...continue...
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Ralph Vaughan Williams conducts his own Music
Ralph Vaughan Williams conducts his own Music

1 CD / SOMM / 2007-10-01

Works: Ralph Vaughan Williams: Symphony no 5 in D major; Dona nobis pacem
Performers: Flynn, Renée; Henderson, Roy
Conductors: Vaughan Williams, Ralph
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; London Philharmonic Orchestra

Those who have loved this British composer's music have known his only commercial recordings - The Wasps Overture and the Ballet 'Old King Cole' (1925)...continue...
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SOMM 071
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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Kathleen Ferrier Edition Vol 5- Chausson, Brahms, etc
Kathleen Ferrier Edition Vol 5- Chausson, Brahms, etc

1 CD / Decca Import / 2007-09-06

Works: Johannes Brahms: Serious Songs (4), Op. 121; Ernest Chausson: Poème de l'amour et de la mer, for voice & orchestra, Op. 19; Howard Ferguson: Discovery for voice & piano, Op 13; William Wordswo...
Performers: Lush, Ernest
Conductors: Sargent, Malcolm; Barbirolli, John
Ensemble: ; BBC Symphony Orchestra
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Brahms: Piano Concertos no 1 & 2, etc / Backhaus, et al
Brahms: Piano Concertos no 1 & 2, etc / Backhaus, et al

2 CD / Urania (Italy) / 2007-07-24

Works: Johannes Brahms: Concerto for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 15; Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 83; Waltzes (16) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 39; Ballades (4) for Piano, Op. 10; Variations (28) f...
Performers: Backhaus, Wilhelm
Conductors: Böhm, Karl; Boult, Adrian, Sir
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; Sächsische Staatskapelle

Despite the recording dates, these releases - deriving from 78s - preserve an impressive sound quality that Urania has chosen to maintain as close as...continue...
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Dukas: Ariane et Barbe-Bleue / Botstein, Philips, et al
Dukas: Ariane et Barbe-Bleue / Botstein, Philips, et al

2 CD / Telarc / 2007-07-24

Works: Paul Dukas: Ariane et Barbe-Bleue, opera
Performers: Bardon, Patricia; Danby, Graeme; Davies, Sarah-Jane; James, Ana; Nolen, Laura Vlasak; Phillips, Lori; Rose, Peter [Bass Vocal]; Touchais, Daphne
Conductors: Botstein, Leon
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

"Nearly a century after its premiere it's time we wised up to the modernity of Paul Dukas' only opera... The three-act score, with its taut,...continue...
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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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Matthew Taylor: String Quartet 3, Piano Trio / Brabbins, BBC
Matthew Taylor: String Quartet 3, Piano Trio / Brabbins, BBC

1 CD / Toccata Classics / 2007-03-13

Works: Matthew Taylor: Piano Trio, Op. 17; Quartet for Strings no 3, Op. 18; Conflict and Consolation, for brass, timpani & percussion, Op. 19
Conductors: ; Brabbins, Martyn
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; Lowbury Piano Trio

Matthew Taylor's music (b. 1964) seeks to give the symphonic tradition continued relevance in the modern age. These three works, composed consecutively between 1993 and...continue...
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Beecham Collection - Wagner / Beecham, Flagstad, et al
Beecham Collection - Wagner / Beecham, Flagstad, et al

1 CD / SOMM / 2007-02-01

Works: Richard Wagner: The Flying Dutchman; Lohengrin; Wesendonck Lieder; Tristan und Isolde; Spoken Word: Kirsten Flagstad
Performers: Flagstad, Kirsten [Soprano Vocals]
Conductors: Beecham, Thomas
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

Those who had the privilege of hearing Beecham conduct or witness Flagstad's renowned stage appearances never forgot those performances. For today's audiences, these rare recordings...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
Kirsten Flagstad Vol 3 - Live Performances 1948-1957
Kirsten Flagstad Vol 3 - Live Performances 1948-1957

3 CD / Simax / 2006-10-25

Works: Richard Wagner: Tristan und Isolde; The Flying Dutchman; Die Walküre; Götterdämmerung; Wesendonck Lieder; Richard Strauss: Four Last Songs, AV 150; Befreit, Op. 39 no 4; Allerseelen, O...
Performers: Flagstad, Kirsten [Soprano Vocals]; Svanholm, Set [Tenor Vocals]; Ursuleac, Viorica
Conductors: Kleiber, Erich; Merola, Gaetano; Furtwängler, Wilhelm; Wallenstein, Alfred; Walter, Bruno; Jones, Geraint; Sebastian, Georges; Beecham, Thomas; Hye-Knudsen, Johan; Sargent, Malcolm
Ensemble: ; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra; Buenos Aires Teatro Colón Orchestra; Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra; Mermaid Orchestra; Metropol...
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Ancora - Bainbridge: Viola Concerto, etc / Trampler, et al
Ancora - Bainbridge: Viola Concerto, etc / Trampler, et al

1 CD / NMC Recordings / 2006-10-07

Works: Simon Bainbridge: Fantasia for Double Orchestra; Concerto for Viola and Orchestra; Concertante in moto perpetuo for Oboe and Chamber Ensemble
Performers: Black, Nigel; Daniel, Nicholas; Edwards, Catherine; Farrall, Joy; Irvine, Robert; Kiernan, Patrick; Lukas, Kathryn; Shave, Jacqueline; Tarlton, Neil; Trampler, Walter; Wilkinson Khoroshunin, Katie
Conductors: Bainbridge, Simon; Thomas, Michael Tilson
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; Composers Ensemble; London Sinfonietta

The central work on the disc is the composer's 'Viola Concerto,' commissioned by Walter Trampler who performs here with the London Sinfonietta under the distinguished...continue...
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Brahms, Mozart: Piano Concertos / Rubinstein
Brahms, Mozart: Piano Concertos / Rubinstein

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2006-09-19

Works: Johannes Brahms: Concerto for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 15; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for Piano no 23 in A major, K 488
Performers: Rubinstein, Artur [Piano]
Conductors: Davis, Colin
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; English Chamber Orchestra

The BBC Legends live Performance, in excellent sound, from a packed Royal Festival Hall in 1968, demonstrates that Rubinstein had lost none of his fire...continue...
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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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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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Bruckner: Symphony no 9 / Goodall, et al
Bruckner: Symphony no 9 / Goodall, et al

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2006-06-27

Works: Anton Bruckner: Symphony no 9 in D minor, WAB 109
Conductors: Goodall, Reginald
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

"... Movements start or progress in unassuming fashions, but actually a carefully paced drama is being unfolded and suddenly you find yourself riveted." -Chakwin, ARG...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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