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BBC Legends: Janet Baker Box Set [3 CDs]
BBC Legends: Janet Baker Box Set [3 CDs]

3 CD / BBC Legends / 2011-09-27


From 1950-1980 English mezzo-soprano, Jake Baker, dominated the Italian opera; admired and respected for her dramatic intensity and intimate performances. In these 3-CD BBC Legends...continue...
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BBC Legends: Leopold Stokowski Box Set [3 CDs]
BBC Legends: Leopold Stokowski Box Set [3 CDs]

3 CD / BBC Legends / 2011-09-27


British-born, naturalized American citizen and orchestral conductor, Leopold Anthony Stokowski was most famous for his free-hand performing style that spurned the traditional baton, yet obtained...continue...
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BBC Legends: Mstislav Rostropovich Box Set [3 CDs]
BBC Legends: Mstislav Rostropovich Box Set [3 CDs]

3 CD / BBC Legends / 2011-09-27

Works: Aram Khachaturian: Concert-Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra; Dmitry Shostakovich: Concerto for Cello no 2 in G major, Op. 126; Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Variations for Cello and Orchestra on a Rococ...
Performers: Rostropovich, Mstislav
Conductors: Hurst, George; Davis, Colin; Britten, Benjamin; Svetlanov, Evgeny; Rostropovich, Mstislav; Rozhdestvensky, Gennady

Considered one of the greatest cellists of the second half of the 20th century is the Russian musician and conductor, Mstislav Rostropovich. Collected here in...continue...
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Beethoven, Schubert / Tatyana Nikolayeva
Beethoven, Schubert / Tatyana Nikolayeva

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2009-11-25

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for Piano no 15 in D, Op. 28 "Pastorale); Franz Schubert: Sonata for Piano in B flat major, D 960; Impromptu in G flat major, D 899, no 9
Performers: Nikolayeva, Tatiana

Following her best-selling interpretation of the Goldberg Variations, these recitals of 1991 and 1993 add Beethoven's Pastoral' Sonata and the great and demanding Schubert Piano...continue...
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BBC 42682
Shostakovich: Violin Concerto / David Oistrakh, et al
Shostakovich: Violin Concerto / David Oistrakh, et al

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2009-11-25

Works: Arthur Bliss: Fanfare for the Lord Mayor of London, for brass & percussion, F. 65; Dmitry Shostakovich: Concerto for Violin no 2 in C sharp minor, Op. 129; Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Concerto for Vio...
Performers: Oistrakh, David [Conductor]
Conductors: Ormandy, Eugene; Shostakovich, Maxim

David Oistrakh's 1967 performance of Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No. 2 with Eugene Ormandy conducting the LSO was the European Premiere of the work. This is...continue...
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BBC 42672
Mahler: Symphony no 1 / Klaus Tennstedt, et al
Mahler: Symphony no 1 / Klaus Tennstedt, et al

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2009-11-23

Works: Gustav Mahler: Symphony no 1 in D major "Titan"; Mikhail Glinka: Ruslan and Lyudmila; Spoken Word: Klaus Tennstedt interviewed by John Amis
Conductors: Tennstedt, Klaus

The Mahler 1st broadcast from 1990 has never appeared before and represents Tennstedt's mature interpretation caught in brilliant stereo. Glinka's 'Ruslan & Ludmilla' Overture is...continue...
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BBC 42662
Gilels Plays Beethoven & Weber
Gilels Plays Beethoven & Weber

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2009-10-13

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for Piano no 21 in C major, Op. 53 "Waldstein"; Variations (12) for Piano in A major on a theme of Wranitzky, WoO 71; Variations (32) for Piano in C minor on an Original ...
Performers: Gilels, Emil [Piano]

Emil Gilels was one of the greatest interpreters of Beethoven during the second half of the twentieth century. One critic noted at this March 1968...continue...
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Strauss: Ein Heldenleben;  Schubert: Symphony no 8 in B minor 'Unfinished' / Kurt Sanderling
Strauss: Ein Heldenleben; Schubert: Symphony no 8 in B minor 'Unfinished' / Kurt Sanderling

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2009-10-13

Works: Richard Strauss: Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40; Franz Schubert: Symphony no 8 in B minor, D 759 "Unfinished"
Performers: Griffiths, Barry
Conductors: Sanderling, Kurt
Ensemble: BBC Northern Symphony

This Manchester live recording of Strauss' 'Ein Heldenleben' with the BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra preserves his wonderful 1975 performance in Manchester's Free Trade Hall in...continue...
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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
Cherkassky Performs Mendelssohn, Schubert, Schumann, et al
Cherkassky Performs Mendelssohn, Schubert, Schumann, et al

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2009-06-02

Works: Felix Mendelssohn: Andante and Rondo capriccioso in E major, Op. 14; Franz Schubert: Sonata for Piano in A major, D 959; Robert Schumann: Carnaval, Op. 9; Der Kontrabandiste ("Ich bin der Kontrabandi...
Performers: Cherkassky, Shura [Piano]

The recital from London's Queen Elizabeth Hall on 1 November 1970 in atmospheric stereo features a number of works which are very rare for this...continue...
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BBC 42542
Boult Conducts Vaughan Williams, Hadley, Bax & Berg / Sir Adrian Boult
Boult Conducts Vaughan Williams, Hadley, Bax & Berg / Sir Adrian Boult

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2009-06-02

Works: Ralph Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis; Symphony no 6 in E minor; Patrick Hadley: One Morning in Spring, for orchestra; Arnold Bax: Mediterranean, for orchestra (arr. of piano p...
Conductors: Boult, Adrian
Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra

Sir Adrian Boult was Vaughan Williams' close and personal friend as well as one of his greatest advocates. This broadcast in excellent stereo from the...continue...
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BBC 42562
Stravinsky: Symphony in 3 Movements, Agon, Apollon Musagete, etc / Igor Stravinsky, BBC SO
Stravinsky: Symphony in 3 Movements, Agon, Apollon Musagete, etc / Igor Stravinsky, BBC SO

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2009-03-10

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

The iconic Igor Stravinsky conducting his own works live was a major event and the 1958 gala event was no exception. 'Agon' and 'Apollon Musagete'...continue...
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BBC 42532
Beethoven: Triple Concerto Op 56;  Brahms: Double Concerto Op 102 / Kertesz, Menuhin, Gendron
Beethoven: Triple Concerto Op 56; Brahms: Double Concerto Op 102 / Kertesz, Menuhin, Gendron

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2009-03-10

Works: Johannes Brahms: Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor, Op. 102 "Double"; Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto for Piano, Violin and Cello in C major, Op. 56 "Triple Concerto"
Performers: Gendron, Maurice; Menuhin, Hephzibah; Menuhin, Yehudi [Violin]
Conductors: Kertész, István

Menuhin never recorded Beethoven's 'Triple Concerto', so this is a first and an addition to his extensive discography. The concert given at the 1964 Bath...continue...
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BBC 42522
Beethoven: Piano Sonata no 7;  Poulenc: Pastourelle, etc / Emil Gilels
Beethoven: Piano Sonata no 7; Poulenc: Pastourelle, etc / Emil Gilels

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2009-03-10

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for Piano no 7 in D, Op. 10 no 3; Variations (15) and Fugue for Piano in E flat major, Op. 35 "Eroica"; Alexander Scriabin: Etude for piano in F sharp minor, Op. 8/2; Pie...
Performers: Gilels, Emil [Piano]
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BBC 42502
Nielsen: Symphony no 3;  Sibelius: Symphony no 5, etc / Horenstein, Browning, Wheatley, et al
Nielsen: Symphony no 3; Sibelius: Symphony no 5, etc / Horenstein, Browning, Wheatley, et al

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2009-03-10

Works: Carl Nielsen: Symphony no 3, Op. 27 "Sinfonia espansiva"; Jean Sibelius: Symphony no 5 in E flat major, Op. 82; Recorded Sound: Robert Simpson talks about Jascha Horenstein, who died on 2 April 1972 ...
Conductors: Horenstein, Jascha
Ensemble: ; BBC Northern Symphony

Horenstein never recorded these two Scandinavian symphonies so these rare broadcasts are new to his discography. As a bonus, Robert Simpson, the composer, gives a...continue...

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BBC 42492
Locke, Schumann, Brahms / Kertesz, London SO
Locke, Schumann, Brahms / Kertesz, London SO

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2009-03-01

Works: Matthew Locke: Music for His Majesty's sackbutts and cornetts, suites (2) for 2 cornetts & 3 sackbuts; Robert Schumann: Symphony no 1 in B flat major ("Spring"), Op. 38; Johannes Brahms: Symphony no ...
Conductors: Kertész, István

Istvan Kertesz was another conductor with an outstanding future who died prematurely while on holiday. The short Locke opened the Royal Festival Hall program, which...continue...
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BBC 42292
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
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, Op. 36; Sergey Rachmaninov: Symphony no 1 in D minor, Op. 13; Sergey Prokofiev: Ode to the End of the War, for winds, 8 harps, 4 pianos, bra...
Conductors: Rozhdestvensky, Gennady
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
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BBC 42332
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, Geza [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
Mozart: Don Giovanni Overture;  Mahler: Symphony no 4 / Kurt Sanderling, Felicity Lott, BBC Northern SO
Mozart: Don Giovanni Overture; Mahler: Symphony no 4 / Kurt Sanderling, Felicity Lott, BBC Northern SO

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2008-10-28

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Don Giovanni; Gustav Mahler: Symphony no 4 in G major
Performers: Lott, Felicity [Soprano Vocal]
Conductors: Sanderling, Kurt
Ensemble: BBC Northern Symphony

Mahler's Symphony No. 4 has never been recorded by Kurt Sanderling and this release represents a new addition to his discography. Sanderling, who still lives...continue...
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BBC 42482
Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde;  Brahms: Alto Rhapsody / Baker, Leppard, Boult, et al
Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde; Brahms: Alto Rhapsody / Baker, Leppard, Boult, et al

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2008-10-14

Works: Gustav Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde; Johannes Brahms: Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53
Performers: Baker, Janet, Dame [Mezzo-soprano Vocal]; Mitchinson, John
Conductors: Leppard, Raymond; Boult, Adrian
Ensemble: BBC Men's Chorus; BBC Northern Symphony

Janet Baker's performance of Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde was first issued on BBC Radio Classics in 1995 and BBC Legends has vastly improved...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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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

25 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
Beethoven: Symphony no 3;  Wagner: Preludes / Solti, Nilsson, et al
Beethoven: Symphony no 3; Wagner: Preludes / Solti, Nilsson, et al

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2008-10-14

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica"; Richard Wagner: Götterdämmerung; Tristan und Isolde
Performers: Nilsson, Birgit [Soprano Vocal]
Conductors: Solti, Sir Georg
Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra; Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
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BBC 42392
Elgar, Brahms: Cello Concertos;  Debussy: Cello Sonata / Tortelier, Lush, Boult, Pritchard, et al
Elgar, Brahms: Cello Concertos; Debussy: Cello Sonata / Tortelier, Lush, Boult, Pritchard, et al

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2008-05-27

Works: Edward Elgar: Concerto for Cello; Johannes Brahms: Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor, Op. 102 "Double"; Claude Debussy: Sonata for Cello and Piano
Performers: Lush, Ernest; Tortelier, Paul [Cello]; Tortelier, Yan Pascal
Conductors: Boult, Adrian; Pritchard, John
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

The French cellist Paul Tortelier was one of the truly great artists of the 20th Century. He collaborated with such eminent conductors as Sir Thomas...continue...
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BBC 42362
Schubert, Martinu, Mussorgsky, Chopin, Smetana / Rudolf Firkusny
Schubert, Martinu, Mussorgsky, Chopin, Smetana / Rudolf Firkusny

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2008-05-27

Works: Franz Schubert: Pieces (3) for Piano, D 946; Bohuslav Martinu: Fantasie and Toccata for Piano, H 281; Modest Mussorgsky: Pictures at an exhibition; Frédéric Chopin: Mazurka for piano no 41 ...
Performers: Firkusny, Rudolf

The Czech born Rudolf Firkusny was one of the greatest pianists of the 20th Century and a life long champion of his compatriots, the composers...continue...
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BBC 42382
Vaughan Williams, Sibelius: Symphony no 4 / Sargent, BBC SO
Vaughan Williams, Sibelius: Symphony no 4 / Sargent, BBC SO

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2008-05-27


Sir Malcolm Sargent makes his debut on BBC Legends and after an illustrious period with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic where he made over 100 recordings,...continue...
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BBC 42372
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
Mozart: Concerto for Piano no 14 & 21, etc / Serkin
Mozart: Concerto for Piano no 14 & 21, etc / Serkin

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2008-01-22

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for Piano no 14 in E flat major, K 449; March in D major, K 335 no 1 (320a); German dances (6) for orchestra, K. 571; Concerto for Piano no 21 in C major, K 467
Performers: Serkin, Rudolf [Piano]
Conductors: Schneider, Alexander

The release of the Mozart Concertos Nos 14 & 21 together with the Six German Dances but supplemented by the March in D, K.335 are...continue...
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BBC 42272
Portrait of A Legend - Oistrakh
Portrait of A Legend - Oistrakh

4 CD / BBC Legends / 2007-12-04

Works: Dmitry Shostakovich: Concerto for Violin no 1 in A minor, Op. 77; Concerto for Violin no 2 in C sharp minor, Op. 129; Eugène Ysaÿe: Amitié, Op. 26; Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Concert...
Performers: Oistrakh, David [Conductor]; Oistrakh, Igor [Violin]
Conductors: Rozhdestvensky, Gennady; Svetlanov, Evgeny; Sargent, Malcolm; del Mar, Norman; Kondrashin, Kirill
Ensemble: ; Philharmonia Orchestra

"Oistrakh's technique is without question stellar and well-suited to the demands made on him by Shostakovich. But beyond technique and the mere execution of these...continue...
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Portrait of A Legend - Tennstedt
Portrait of A Legend - Tennstedt

4 CD / BBC Legends / 2007-12-04

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral"; Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92; Bedrich Smetana: Bartered Bride, B 143/T 93; Antonin Dvorák: Symphony no 8 in G major, Op. 88/...
Performers: Haggander, Marianne; Howell, Gwynne; Tear, Robert
Conductors: Tennstedt, Klaus

This 4 CD set featuring legendary German conductor Klaus Tennstedt combines four of his best-selling BBC Legends catalogue releases in a newly designed Limited Edition...continue...
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Nielsen, Sibelius: Symphonies / Barbirolli, et al
Nielsen, Sibelius: Symphonies / Barbirolli, et al

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2007-11-20

Works: Carl Nielsen: Symphony no 4, Op. 29 "Inextinguishable"; Jean Sibelius: Symphony no 3 in C major, Op. 52
Conductors: Barbirolli, John

Sir John Barbirolli has a prolific representation on BBC legends but this is the first time that two Scandinavian composers - Nielsen and Sibelius -...continue...
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BBC 42232
Mozart: Die Zauberflote / Davis/ Royal Opera House Covent Garden [DVD]
Mozart: Die Zauberflote / Davis/ Royal Opera House Covent Garden [DVD]

1 DVD Video / BBC Legends / 2007-10-30


Opus Arte is proud to announce the release of the first opera High Definition DVD onto the world market. High Definition provides a phenomenal audio...continue...
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Beethoven, Brahms / Schneiderhan, Seeman, et al
Beethoven, Brahms / Schneiderhan, Seeman, et al

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2007-10-23

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Egmont, incidental music, Op. 84; Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 61; Johannes Brahms: Sonata for Violin and Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 108
Performers: Schneiderhan, Wolfgang [Conductor/Violin]; Seemann, Carl
Conductors: Kertész, István
Ensemble: ; London Symphony Orchestra

Wolfgang Schneiderhan was an Austrian classical violinist born in Vienna. At age 10 he publicly performed Bach's Chaconne in D minor. The next year he...continue...
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BBC 42172
Beethoven, Chopin, Villa-Lobos, etc / Rubinstein
Beethoven, Chopin, Villa-Lobos, etc / Rubinstein

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2007-10-23

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto for Piano no 4 in G major, Op. 58; Camille Saint-Saëns: Concerto for Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 22; Heitor Villa-Lobos: Moreninha (A boneca de massa), for piano (A...
Performers: Rubinstein, Artur [Piano]
Conductors: Dorati, Antal; Schwarz, Rudolf
Ensemble: ; London Philharmonic Orchestra

"This album shows two distinct sides of Rubinstein. In his performance of Beethoven's Fourth and Saint-Saëns' Second piano concertos, Rubinstein demonstrates his penetrating understanding of...continue...
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Monteverdi, Graziani, Schubert, etc / Janet Baker
Monteverdi, Graziani, Schubert, etc / Janet Baker

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2007-10-23

Works: Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 10; Madrigals, Book 9; Scherzi musicali, volume 2; Bonifatio Gratiani: Velut palma, velut rosa, for voice & continuo; Mister Barringcloe: A Divine Hymn - Jehovah R...
Performers: Baker, Janet, Dame [Mezzo-soprano Vocal]; Hall, Joy; Leppard, Raymond [Conductor]

This CD encapsulates a great partnership (which lasted for more than 30 years) of Janet Baker and Raymond Leppard who both started coming to Benjamin...continue...
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BBC 42182
Brahms, Reger, Beethoven / Boult, Schuricht, et al
Brahms, Reger, Beethoven / Boult, Schuricht, et al

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2007-09-25

Works: Johannes Brahms: Tragic Overture, Op. 81; Max Reger: Variations and Fugue on a Theme of J.A. Hiller for orchestra in E major, Op. 100; Ludwig van Beethoven: Grosse Fuge for String Quartet in B flat m...
Conductors: Schuricht, Carl; Boult, Adrian
Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra; New Philharmonia Orchestra

This release, with bonus rare recording by Sir Adrian Boult, is one of Reger's greatest works. Full of wit, resource and above all, delicacy....continue...
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BBC 42132
Great Performers of the Twentieth Century - Shura Cherkassky
Great Performers of the Twentieth Century - Shura Cherkassky

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2007-09-25

Works: George Frederick Handel: Suite for Harpsichord in E major, HWV 430; Johannes Brahms: Variations and Fugue for Piano in B flat major on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24; Alban Berg: Sonata for Piano, Op. 1; ...
Performers: Cherkassky, Shura [Piano]

Considered to be one of the greatest romantic pianists of the 20th century, this disc presents two early BBC recitals which were recorded live with...continue...
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BBC 42122
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
Performers: Peinemann, Edith
Conductors: Kempe, Rudolf
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

The exceptionally fine and dramatic recording of Tippett's Concerto for Double String Orchestra was never recorded by Kempe and is a new addition to Kempe's...continue...
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BBC 42152
Vivaldi: Four Seasons, etc;  Mozart / Szeryng et al
Vivaldi: Four Seasons, etc; Mozart / Szeryng et al

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2007-07-31

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for Violin no 3 in G major, K. 216; Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto for Violin in E major, Op. 8 no 1/RV 269 "Primavera"; Concerto for 2 Violins in A minor, Op. 3 no 8/RV ...
Performers: Garcia, Jose-Luis; Szeryng, Henryk [Violin]
Conductors: Szeryng, Henryk [Violin]

"When I listen to Szeryng I always learn something new. It's not that I learn how to play a phrase, but how it is possible...continue...
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Beethoven: Symphony no 9 / Beecham, Fisher, et al
Beethoven: Symphony no 9 / Beecham, Fisher, et al

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2007-07-31

Works: Anonymous: God Save the Queen (National Anthem, United Kingdom and Northern Ireland); Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral"
Performers: Borg, Kim; Fisher, Sylvia; Lewis, Richard [Tenor Vocals]; Merriman, Nan
Conductors: Beecham, Thomas
Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Sir Thomas Beecham has been exceptionally well served by BBC Legends (this is the twelfth Beecham release on the label) though in almost all cases...continue...
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BBC 42092
Janacek: Glagolitic Mass; Strauss / Tennstedt, et al
Janacek: Glagolitic Mass; Strauss / Tennstedt, et al

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2007-07-31

Works: Leos Janácek: Glagolitic Mass; Richard Strauss: Le Bourgeois gentilhomme, Op. 60
Performers: Gunson, Ameral; Shimell, William; Tear, Robert
Conductors: Tennstedt, Klaus
Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra

Like the BBC Legends recording of the Sinfonietta, Tennstedt never commercially recorded the Glagolitic Mass. It is a massive work comprising four singers, organ and...continue...
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BBC 42082
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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Klemperer, Ravel, Brahms, etc / Stokowski
Klemperer, Ravel, Brahms, etc / Stokowski

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2007-04-24

Works: Otto Klemperer: Merry Waltz for orchestra; Ralph Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis; Maurice Ravel: Rapsodie espagnole; Johannes Brahms: Symphony no 4 in E minor, Op. 98; Ottokar ...
Conductors: Stokowski, Leopold
Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra; New Philharmonia Orchestra

This stereo broadcast of a Royal Albert Hall concert given in May 1974 represents the last public appearance of Leopold Stokowski in England. The 1974...continue...
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BBC 42052
Walton, Debussy, Handel, Delius, etc / Silvestri, et al
Walton, Debussy, Handel, Delius, etc / Silvestri, et al

2 CD / BBC Legends / 2007-04-24

Works: William Walton: Partita for Orchestra; Claude Debussy: La mer; Le gladiateur ("Mort aux Romains, tuez jusqu'au dernier"), cantata for 3 soloists & orchestra, L. 41; Sergey Rachmaninov: Symphony no 3 ...
Conductors: Silvestri, Constantin
Ensemble: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

This "live" 2CD set adds important new recordings to the discography of Silvestri and the Bournemouth Symphony and follows on from the recently issued 2CD...continue...
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BBC 42072
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 Debussy ...
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
Bach, Haydn, Schumann / Hess
Bach, Haydn, Schumann / Hess

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2007-01-30

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: Prelude and Fughetta in G major, BWV 902; English Suite no 2 in A minor, BWV 807; Franz Joseph Haydn: Sonata for Keyboard no 62 in E flat major, H 16 no 52; Robert Schumann: Ca...
Performers: Hess, Myra

"Three BBC studio sessions from the great Dame Myra are an unexpected and welcome find...It begins with some of the loveliest Bach you will ever...continue...
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Hindemith, Dvorák, Beethoven / Giulini, London PO
Hindemith, Dvorák, Beethoven / Giulini, London PO

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2006-11-07

Works: Paul Hindemith: Konzertmusik for Brass and Strings, Op. 50; Antonin Dvorák: Symphony no 7 in D minor, Op. 70/B 141; Ludwig van Beethoven: Egmont, incidental music, Op. 84
Conductors: Giulini, Carlo Maria
Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra; New Philharmonia Orchestra

When Carlo Maria Giulini died earlier this year aged 90, the musical world mourned one of the great conductors of the 20th century and one...continue...
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BBC 41942
Beethoven: Piano Sonatas;  Schumann / Fischer
Beethoven: Piano Sonatas; Schumann / Fischer

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2006-11-07

Works: Robert Schumann: Carnaval, Op. 9; Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for Piano no 7 in D, Op. 10 no 3; Sonata for Piano no 16 in G major, Op. 31 no 1
Performers: Fischer, Annie [Piano]

This mixed recital by the Hungarian pianist Annie Fischer follows the highly successful BBC Legends release of Haydn, Beethoven, Chopin, Kodaly and Mozart on BBC...continue...
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BBC 41992
Weber, Schubert, Brahms / Tennstedt, London PO
Weber, Schubert, Brahms / Tennstedt, London PO

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2006-11-07

Works: Carl Maria von Weber: Oberon, J 306; Franz Schubert: Symphony no 9 in C major, D 944 "Great"; Johannes Brahms: Tragic Overture, Op. 81
Conductors: Tennstedt, Klaus
Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra

Klaus Tennstedt was born in Merseberg, Germany and after periods of conducting the Dresden Staatskapelle and acting as Music Director of the Dresden Opera, he...continue...
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BBC 41952
 
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