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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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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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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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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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Harrison Birtwistle; Hugh Wood; Lou Harrison: Works for piano & orchestra / Joanna Macgregor, piano
Harrison Birtwistle; Hugh Wood; Lou Harrison: Works for piano & orchestra / Joanna Macgregor, piano

2 CD / Warner Classics / 2011-09-27

Works: Harrison Birtwistle: Antiphonies for piano & orchestra; Harrison's Clocks, for piano; Hugh Wood: Concerto for piano & orchestra, Op. 31; Lou Harrison: Concerto for Piano with Selected Orchestra
Performers: MacGregor, Joanna [Piano]
Conductors: Gielen, Michael; Davis, Andrew; Edwards, Sian
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; Radio Filharmonisch Orkest; Sydney Symphony Orchestra

For this special Warner release from the Joanna Macgregor catalog, Macgregor is joined by the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Sydney Symphony...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: The Love for Three Oranges, suite for orchestra, Op. 33 bis
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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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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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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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.
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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
Sound Format(s): LPCM Mono,
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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...
Recording information: Royal Albert Hall, London....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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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...
Run Time: 89 min.
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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.
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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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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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Best 100 Menuhin
Best 100 Menuhin

6 CD / Warner Classics / 2009-04-21

Works: Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto for Violin in E major, Op. 8 no 1/RV 269 "Primavera"; Concerto for Violin in C major, Op. 8 no 6/RV 180 "Il piacere"; Concerto for Violin in E flat major, Op. 8 no 5/RV 253 ...
Performers: Balsam, Artur; Barshai, Rudolf [Conductor/Viola]; Civil, Alan; Clare, Alan [Piano]; Curzon, Clifford [Piano]; Endt, Hendrick; Etheridge, John [Guitar]; Ferras, Christian [Violin]; Gazelle, Marcel; Go...
Conductors: Lysy, Alberto; Maksymiuk, Jerzy; Menuhin, Yehudi [Violin]; Pritchard, John; Furtwängler, Wilhelm; Kempe, Rudolf; Kurtz, Efrem; Susskind, Walter; Goossens, Eugene, Sir; Erede, Alberto; Fistoulari...
Ensemble: ; Alan Clare Trio; Bath Festival Orchestra; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra; London Philharmonic Orchestra; London Symphony Orchestra; Menuhin Festival Orchestra; Philharmonia O...

Adding to EMI Classics' acclaimed Best 100 Series is this new release featuring the Yehudi Menuhin's 100 greatest recorded moments, organized into the following categories:...continue...
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The Great Violin Concertos - Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart, Brahms, Beethoven, et al / Yehudi Menuhin
The Great Violin Concertos - Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart, Brahms, Beethoven, et al / Yehudi Menuhin

10 CD / Warner Classics / 2009-04-21

Works: Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto for Violin in E major, Op. 8 no 1/RV 269 "Primavera"; Concerto for Violin in C major, Op. 8 no 6/RV 180 "Il piacere"; Concerto for Violin in C minor, RV 199 "Il sospetto"; C...
Performers: Bennett, William [Flute]; Cocker, Paul; Ferras, Christian [Violin]; Malcolm, George; Menuhin, Yehudi [Violin]
Conductors: Lysy, Alberto; Maksymiuk, Jerzy; Menuhin, Yehudi [Violin]; Silvestri, Constantin; Kurtz, Efrem; Enescu, George [Composer]; Kempe, Rudolf; Susskind, Walter; Elgar, Edward, Sir; Boult, Adrian; Wöl...
Ensemble: ; Bath Festival Orchestra; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra; Camerata Lysy; London Symphony Orchestra; New Philharmonia Orchestra; Philharmonia Orchestra; Polish Chamber Orchestr...

This elegant 10-CD boxed set contains the greatest violin concerto recordings from Menuhin's extensive catalog, the absolute cream of the crop, including Vivaldi's Four Seasons;...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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Best Concertos 100
Best Concertos 100

6 CD / Warner Classics / 2009-03-24

Works: Sergey Rachmaninov: Concerto for Piano no 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 1; Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18; Concerto for Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 30; Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (Introduct...
Performers: Accardo, Salvatore [Violin/Conductor]; Ambache, Diana; Andsnes, Leif Ove [Piano/Conductor]; Asperen, Bob van; Biondi, Fabio [Violin]; Broadway, Kenneth; Bury, Alison; Bylsma, Anner; Capucon, Gautier;...
Conductors: Pesek, Libor; Foster, Lawrence; Vonk, Hans; Plasson, Michel; Cziffra, György [Piano]; Jansons, Mariss; Kitayenko, Dmitri; Davis, Andrew; Frühbeck de Burgos, Rafae; Litton, Andrew; Hickox, R...
Ensemble: Aalborg Symphony Orchestra; Academy of London; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields; Ambache Chamber Orchestra; Auvergne Orchestra; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra; Berlin Philha...

The latest release in from the top-selling 'BEST 100' series by EMI Classics contains excerpts from the most famous concertos of all time. Each of...continue...
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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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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 (lost; reconstructed from piano duets and...
Conductors: Rozhdestvensky, Gennady
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
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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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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
Olivier Messiaen - 100th Anniversary Edition
Olivier Messiaen - 100th Anniversary Edition

14 CD / Warner Classics / 2008-11-24

Works: Olivier Messiaen: Turangalîla-symphonie, for piano, ondes martenot & orchestra, I/29; Les Offrandes oubliées, méditations symphoniques, for orchestra (also a piano reduction), I/5...
Performers: Argerich, Martha [Piano]; Béroff, Michel [Piano]; Command, Michele; Fischer-Dieskau, Manuel; Hakim, Naji; Hind, Rolf; Langridge, Philip [Tenor Vocals]; Loriod, Jeanne; Loriod, Yvonne [Piano/Co...
Conductors: Previn, Andre; Baudo, Serge; Dorati, Antal; Rattle, Simon, Sir; Edwards, Terry
Ensemble: ; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra; London Symphony Orchestra; Orchestre de Paris; Orchestre de Paris Percussion Ensemble

To celebrate Messiaen's centenary, EMI Classics is releasing a boxed set with of 14 CDs of his greatest music, including 4 CDs of solo organ...continue...
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20th-Century Masterpieces - 100 Years of Classical Music
20th-Century Masterpieces - 100 Years of Classical Music

16 CD / Warner Classics / 2008-11-24

Works: Sergey Rachmaninov: Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18; Claude Debussy: La mer; Frederick Delius: Brigg Fair - An English Rhapsody; Gustav Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde; Arnold Schoenberg: Pi...
Performers: Andsnes, Leif Ove [Piano/Conductor]; Argerich, Martha [Piano]; Bashmet, Yuri [Conductor/Viola]; Chang, Sarah [Violin]; Devos, Louis; du Pre, Jacqueline [Cello]; Harrell, Lynn [Cello]; Isserlis, Steve...
Conductors: Pappano, Antonio; Giulini, Carlo Maria; Beecham, Thomas; Klemperer, Otto; Rattle, Simon, Sir; Dutoit, Charles; Mackerras, Charles; Haitink, Bernard; Berglund, Paavo; Frühbeck de Burgos, Rafae; B...
Ensemble: ; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; City of London Sinfonia; Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra; French National Orchestra; Helsinki Philharmo...

The works in this set of 16 CDs have been arranged in strict chronological order of composition, the first disc beginning with a work from...continue...

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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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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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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
Messiaen: Quatuor pour la fin du temps, Chronochromie / Dorati, de Peyer, Gruenberg, Pleeth, Béroff, et al
Messiaen: Quatuor pour la fin du temps, Chronochromie / Dorati, de Peyer, Gruenberg, Pleeth, Béroff, et al

1 CD / Warner Classics / 2008-10-14

Works: Olivier Messiaen: Quatuor pour la fin du temps; Chronochromie
Performers: Beroff, Michel [Piano]; de Peyer, Gervase [Clarinet]; Gruenberg, Erich; Pleeth, William
Conductors: Dorati, Antal
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

Messiaen's mysterious and immensely powerful 'Quartet for the End of Time', recorded here with Gervase de Peyer giving a transcendent performance on clarinet. Paired with...continue...
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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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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...

This 30-CD budget boxed set contains all of the hits, as well as other gems such as 'A Sea Symphony', 'Fantasia on Christmas Carols', 'On...continue...
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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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40 Most Beautiful Love Themes - Vivaldi, Mozart, Debussy, etc / Mehta, Ristenpart, Haitink, Scimone, Masur, et al
40 Most Beautiful Love Themes - Vivaldi, Mozart, Debussy, etc / Mehta, Ristenpart, Haitink, Scimone, Masur, et al

2 CD / Warner Classics / 2008-06-24

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for Piano no 21 in C major, K 467; Concerto for Clarinet in A major, K 622; Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture; Swan Lake Suite, Op. 20a; Con...
Performers: Auger, Arleen [Soprano Vocal]; Bax, Alessio [Piano]; Chambon, Jacques; Field, Joan; Golan, Itamar [Piano]; Grutzmann, Susanne; Guschlbauer, Theodor [Conductor]; Hanslip, Chloe [Violin]; Isbin, Sharon...
Conductors: Guschlbauer, Theodor; Masur, Kurt; Janowski, Marek; Shostakovich, Maxim; Foster, Lawrence; Wolff, Hugh; Saraste, Jukka-Pekka; Rizzi, Carlo; Davis, Andrew; Lombard, Alain; ; Albert, Rudolf; Lazarev, A...
Ensemble: 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic; Bamberger Symphoniker; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Berlin Symphony Orchestra; Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra; Borodin Quartet; Cleveland Orchestra; Dresden Staatskapel...
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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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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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The Puccini Experience / Mehta, Italian Radio SO Rome, Italian Radio Chorus Rome
The Puccini Experience / Mehta, Italian Radio SO Rome, Italian Radio Chorus Rome

2 CD / Warner Classics / 2008-05-20

Works: Giacomo Puccini: Gianni Schicchi, opera; La bohème; Manon Lescaut; Tosca; La Rondine; Madama Butterfly; Chrysanthemums, elegy for string quartet; Suor Angelica; Il tabarro (The Cloak), opera; ...
Performers: Blasi, Angela Maria; Canonici, Luca; Carreras, Jose [Tenor Vocal]; Cowan, Richard; Cura, Jose [Tenor Vocals]; d'Artegna, Francesco Ellero; Domingo, Placido [Tenor Vocals]; Gallardo-Domas, Cristina; H...
Conductors: Barbacini, Maurizio; Conlon, James; Domingo, Placido; Sado, Yutaka; Nagano, Kent; Mehta, Zubin; López-Cobos, Jesús; Slatkin, Leonard; Szilvay, Csaba; Szilvay, Géza; Verrot, Pascal; Sci...
Ensemble: ; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Berlin State Opera Orchestra; French National Orchestra; Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Rome; Lyon Opera Orchestra; Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra; Munich Radio Orchestra; Ph...
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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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Portrait
Portrait

1 CD / Warner Classics / 2008-02-26

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto for Violin no 2 in E major, BWV 1042; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for Violin no 4 in D major, K. 218; Felix Mendelssohn: Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in D min...
Performers: Hope, Daniel [Violin]
Conductors: ; Norrington, Roger; Oramo, Sakari; Watkins, Paul; Shostakovich, Maxim
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; Beaux Arts Trio; Camerata Salzburg; Chamber Orchestra of Europe; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Personnel: Daniel Hope (violin); Gaurav Mazumdar (sitar).

Recording information: 08/26/2003-11/02/2005....continue...
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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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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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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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