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Giuseppe Verdi: La Traviata / Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti, Matteo Manuguerra, Della Jones and Marjon Lambriks
Giuseppe Verdi: La Traviata / Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti, Matteo Manuguerra, Della Jones and Marjon Lambriks

2 CD / Decca / 2012-09-11

Conductors: Bonynge, Richard
Ensemble: National Philharmonic Orchestra

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Mozart: Die Entfuhrung Aus Dem Serail / Edita Gruberova, Kathleen Battle, Gosta Winbergh, Heinz Zednik - Georg Solti
Mozart: Die Entfuhrung Aus Dem Serail / Edita Gruberova, Kathleen Battle, Gosta Winbergh, Heinz Zednik - Georg Solti

2 CD / Decca / 2012-09-11

Conductors: Solti, Georg
Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic; Vienna State Opera Chorus
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Schreker: Die Gezeichneten (The Branded) / Alfred Muff, Monte Pederson, Laszlo Polgar, Elizabeth Connell and Heinz Kruse
Schreker: Die Gezeichneten (The Branded) / Alfred Muff, Monte Pederson, Laszlo Polgar, Elizabeth Connell and Heinz Kruse

3 CD / Decca / 2012-09-11

Conductors: Zagrosek, Lothar
Ensemble: Berlin German Symphony Orchestra; Berlin Radio Chorus

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What Zagrosek's gloriously recorded version demonstrates is the range of atmospheric beauty in the score. Zagrosek draws dedicated playing and singing from the...continue...
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Gounod: Faust / Kiri Te Kanawa, Francisco Araiza, Evgeny Nesterenko, Pamela Coburn and Marjana Lipovsek
Gounod: Faust / Kiri Te Kanawa, Francisco Araiza, Evgeny Nesterenko, Pamela Coburn and Marjana Lipovsek

3 CD / Decca / 2012-09-11

Conductors: Davis, Colin
Ensemble: Bavarian Radio Chorus; Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

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This is the most satisfying performance of Gounod's favorite opera yet to appear in the LP/CD era. Davis has generated just the sense of a...continue...
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Beethoven: Fidelio / Andreas Schmidt, Ekkehard Wlaschiha, Reiner Goldberg, Jessye Norman, Kurt Moll - Haitink
Beethoven: Fidelio / Andreas Schmidt, Ekkehard Wlaschiha, Reiner Goldberg, Jessye Norman, Kurt Moll - Haitink

2 CD / Decca / 2012-09-11

Conductors: Haitink, Bernard
Ensemble: Staatskapelle Dresden; Staatsoperanchor Dresden

Jessye Norman stars as the courageous Leonore who sets out to free her beloved Froestan from imprisonments, Beethoven's great opera on the themes of love...continue...
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Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann /  Jessye Norman, Cheryl Studer, Anne Sofie von Otter, Francisco Araiza, Samuel Ramey - Jeffrey Tate
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Wagner: Tristan und Isolde / Birgit Nilsson, Fritz Uhl, Regina Resnik, Tom Krause - Solti
Wagner: Tristan und Isolde / Birgit Nilsson, Fritz Uhl, Regina Resnik, Tom Krause - Solti

4 CD / Decca / 2012-09-11

Conductors: Solti, Georg
Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic
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Wagner: The Flying Dutchman / Robert Hale, Hildegard Behrens, Josef Protschka, Kurt Rydl - Dohnanyi
Wagner: The Flying Dutchman / Robert Hale, Hildegard Behrens, Josef Protschka, Kurt Rydl - Dohnanyi

2 CD / Decca / 2012-09-11

Conductors: Dohnanyi, Christoph von
Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic

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Singers, conductor, chorus, orchestra and engineers combine to make this the most successful recording of the work to date. In consequence its revolutionary character is...continue...
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Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera / Jose Carreras, Ingvar Wixell, Montserrat Caballe, Patricia Payne, Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco
Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera / Jose Carreras, Ingvar Wixell, Montserrat Caballe, Patricia Payne, Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco

2 CD / Decca / 2012-09-11

Conductors: Davis, Colin
Ensemble: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden

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The passion of ... Jose Carreras's... performance, and in the finals scene its pathos, fulfill every facet of Riccardo's complex personality. Caballe seems inspired by...continue...
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Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana; Leoncavallo: Pagliacci / Placido Domingo, Teresa Stratas, Juan Pons, Florindo Andreoli, Alberto Rinaldi
Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana; Leoncavallo: Pagliacci / Placido Domingo, Teresa Stratas, Juan Pons, Florindo Andreoli, Alberto Rinaldi

2 CD / Decca / 2012-09-11

Conductors: Pretre, Georges
Ensemble: La Scala Opera Chorus; La Scala Opera Orchestra

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(Domingo)... heroically dominates the performance. Juan Pons sings the Prologue impressively.
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Britten: The Turn of the Screw / Helen Donath, Heather Harper, Robert Tear, Ava June. Lillian Watson - Colin Davis
Britten: The Turn of the Screw / Helen Donath, Heather Harper, Robert Tear, Ava June. Lillian Watson - Colin Davis

2 CD / Decca / 2012-09-11

Conductors: Davis, Colin
Ensemble: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra

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Bizet: Carmen / Jessye Norman, Neil Shicoff, Mirella Freni, Simon Estes - Seiji Ozawa
Bizet: Carmen / Jessye Norman, Neil Shicoff, Mirella Freni, Simon Estes - Seiji Ozawa

2 CD / Decca / 2012-09-11

Conductors: Ozawa, Seiji
Ensemble: French National Radio Symphony Orchestra

Jessye Norman sings the title role of the gypsy Carmen. Neil schicoff as the doomed Don Jose and Mirella Freni as his sweetheart Michaela join...continue...
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Giuseppe Verdi: Falstaff / Giuseppe Taddei, Rolando Panerai, Francisco Araiza, Piero de Palma, Heinz Zednik - Karajan
Giuseppe Verdi: Falstaff / Giuseppe Taddei, Rolando Panerai, Francisco Araiza, Piero de Palma, Heinz Zednik - Karajan

2 CD / Decca / 2012-09-11

Conductors: Karajan, Herbert von
Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic; Vienna State Opera Choir

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Verdi: Oberto / Samuel Ramey, Maria Guleghina, Violeta Urmana, Stuart Neill, Sara Fulgoni - Marriner
Verdi: Oberto / Samuel Ramey, Maria Guleghina, Violeta Urmana, Stuart Neill, Sara Fulgoni - Marriner

2 CD / Decca / 2012-09-11

Conductors: Marriner, Neville
Ensemble: Academy of St Martin in the Fields; London Voices

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Wagner: Das Rheingold / Robert Hale, Hanna Schwarz, Nancy Gustafson, Eike Wilm Schulte - Dohnanyi
Wagner: Das Rheingold / Robert Hale, Hanna Schwarz, Nancy Gustafson, Eike Wilm Schulte - Dohnanyi

2 CD / Decca / 2012-09-11

Conductors: Dohnanyi, Christoph von
Ensemble: Cleveland Orchestra

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Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier /  Evelyn Lear, Jules Bastin, Frederica von Stade, Derek Hammond-Stroud and Ruth Welting
Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier / Evelyn Lear, Jules Bastin, Frederica von Stade, Derek Hammond-Stroud and Ruth Welting

2 CD / Decca / 2012-09-11

Conductors: de Waart, Edo
Ensemble: Chorus of the Netherlands Opera; Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra

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The glory of the 1976 set conducted by Edo de Waart is the singing of Frederica von Stade as Octavian, a fresh, a...continue...
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Gorecki: Miserere / Los Angeles Master Chorale
Gorecki: Miserere / Los Angeles Master Chorale

1 CD / Decca / 2012-09-04

Works: Henryk Mikolaj Górecki: Lobgesang (Song of Praise), for chorus, Op. 76; Miserere, for chorus, Op. 44; Marian Songs (5) for chorus, Op. 54
Conductors: Gershon, Grant
Ensemble: ; Los Angeles Master Chorale

The resident chorale of Disney Hall, recognized as one of the world's premier choruses, pays tribute to the late mystic minimalist, composer of the best-selling...continue...
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Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 9 & 21 / Mitsuko Uchida, piano; Cleveland Orchestra
Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 9 & 21 / Mitsuko Uchida, piano; Cleveland Orchestra

1 CD / Decca / 2012-09-04

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for Piano no 9 in E flat major, K 271 "Jeunehomme"; Concerto for Piano no 21 in C major, K 467
Performers: Uchida, Mitsuko [Piano]
Conductors: Uchida, Mitsuko [Piano]
Ensemble: ; Cleveland Orchestra

The definitive Mozart pianist of our time continues her Grammy Award- winning series of concerto recording with no.9 known as "Jeunehomme" and very popular no....continue...
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Brasilerio - Villa-Lobos & Friends / Nelson Freire, piano
Brasilerio - Villa-Lobos & Friends / Nelson Freire, piano

1 CD / Decca / 2012-08-21

Works: Heitor Villa-Lobos: O ginete do Pierrozinho, for piano (Carnaval das crianças no 1), A. 157/1; O chicote do diabinho, for piano (Carnaval das crianças no 2), A. 157/2; A manha de Pierrete, ...
Performers: Freire, Nelson [Piano]

Brazilian pianist Nelson Freire's eagerly awaited new album, Brasileiro: Villa-Lobos & Friends, pays tribute to his country's greatest composer, Heitor villa-Lobos, upon the 125th anniversary...continue...
Recording information: Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg-Harburg (02/21/2012-02/25/2012).

While Nelson Freire is world famous as an interpreter of the keyboard music of Frédéric Chopin, ...continue...
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Serenity: The Beauty of Arvo Pärt
Serenity: The Beauty of Arvo Pärt

2 CD / Decca / 2012-08-21

Works: Arvo Pärt: Spiegel im Spiegel; Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten, for string orchestra & bell; Für Alina; My Heart's in the Highlands, for chorus (or alto or countertenor) & organ; Canta...
Performers: Anderson, Mark; Anthony, Adele; Bax, Alessio [Piano]; Benedetti, Nicola; Carlsson, Roger; Grynyuk, Alexei; Kremer, Gidon; MacDonald, Robert [Bass Voice]; Owens, Matthew; Risberg, Erik; Shaham, Gil [V...
Conductors: Short, Nigel; Järvi, Neeme; Owens, Matthew; Christophers, Harry; Pitts, Anthony

An album of peace and tranquility that will set you in complete bliss. 9 beautiful and relaxing tracks that will compliment the perfect day or...continue...
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Beethoven for All: The Piano Concertos / Daniel Barenboim
Beethoven for All: The Piano Concertos / Daniel Barenboim

3 CD / Decca / 2012-08-07

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto for Piano no 1 in C major, Op. 15; Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 19; Concerto for Piano no 3 in C minor, Op. 37; Concerto for Piano no 4 in G major, Op. ...
Performers: Barenboim, Daniel [Conductor, Piano]
Conductors: Barenboim, Daniel

Complete Piano Concertos with Daniel Barenboim as soloist with the Staatskapelle Berlin

The tireless Daniel Barenboim will release the complete Piano Concertos

This major international

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Valentina Lisitsa / Live At The Royal Albert Hall [DVD]
Valentina Lisitsa / Live At The Royal Albert Hall [DVD]

1 DVD Video / Decca / 2012-08-07

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Fantasy for Piano in C minor, K 475; Franz Liszt: Ave Maria; Erlkönig (Schubert) for Piano, S 558 no 4; Totentanz for Piano, S 525; Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for Pian...
Performers: Lisitsa, Valentina [Piano]

Valentina Lisitsa is the highest viewed classical artist on YouTube and has quickly become one of the most popular artist of our time.

Her highly

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Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 / Vladimir Ashkenazy, Royal PO
Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 / Vladimir Ashkenazy, Royal PO

1 CD / Decca / 2012-07-31

Works: Dmitry Shostakovich: Symphony no 5 in D minor, Op. 47; Chamber Symphony in C minor, Op. 110a (arr. by Barshai from String Quartet no 8 )
Conductors: Ashkenazy, Vladimir
Ensemble: ; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony was premiered in Leningrad on 21 November 1937 and was the composer's response to Pravda's earlier denunciation of his opera Lady Macbeth...continue...
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Claude Debussy: La Mer; Afternoon of a faun; Three Nocturnes; Jeux / Charles Dutoit
Claude Debussy: La Mer; Afternoon of a faun; Three Nocturnes; Jeux / Charles Dutoit

1 CD / Decca / 2012-07-31

Works: Claude Debussy: Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune; La mer; Nocturnes (3) for Orchestra; Jeux
Performers: Hutchins, Timothy
Conductors: Dutoit, Charles
Ensemble: ; Montreal Symphony Orchestra

La Mer was not met with immediate success when it was first heard in October 1905 but subsequent generations of musicians have recognized it for...continue...
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John Cage: Sonatas & Interludes for prepared piano / John Tilbury, piano
John Cage: Sonatas & Interludes for prepared piano / John Tilbury, piano

1 CD / Decca / 2012-07-31

Works: John Cage: Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano
Performers: Tilbury, John

Sonatas and Interludes, composed in 1946-48, is John Cage's most important work for prepared piano.

John Cage described the work as an attempt to express

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Igor Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring) / Ashkenazy, Deutsches SO Berlin
Igor Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring) / Ashkenazy, Deutsches SO Berlin

1 CD / Decca / 2012-07-31

Works: Igor Stravinsky: Le sacre du printemps; Symphony in Three Movements; Agon, ballet for 12 dancers & orchestra
Conductors: Ashkenazy, Vladimir
Ensemble: ; Deutsches Symphony Orchestra Berlin

The premiere of Stravinsky's Scare in Paris on 29 May 1913 was the occasion of one of the most famous scandals in music when this...continue...
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Harrison Birtwistle: The Triumph of Time / John Harle, Pierre Boulez, Andrew Davis
Harrison Birtwistle: The Triumph of Time / John Harle, Pierre Boulez, Andrew Davis

1 CD / Decca / 2012-07-31

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

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

It takes its name from a wood

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Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez / Carlos Bonell, guitar; Charles Dutoit - Montreal SO
Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez / Carlos Bonell, guitar; Charles Dutoit - Montreal SO

1 CD / Decca / 2012-07-24

Works: Joaquín Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez for Guitar; Fantasía para un gentilhombre; Manuel de Falla: Danza del molinero (from "El sombrero de tres picos")
Performers: Bonell, Carlos [Guitar]
Conductors: Dutoit, Charles
Ensemble: ; Montreal Symphony Orchestra

Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez is performed and recorded more than all the other guitar concertos put together, and the outer movements are full of Spanish...continue...
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Bach: Violin Concertos / Gidon Kremer, violin - ASMF
Bach: Violin Concertos / Gidon Kremer, violin - ASMF

1 CD / Decca / 2012-07-24

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto for Violin in D minor, BWV 1052; Concerto for Violin no 2 in E major, BWV 1042; Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor, BWV 1043; Concerto for oboe, violin, strings & conti...
Performers: Holliger, Heinz [Oboe/Conductor]; Kremer, Gidon
Conductors:
Ensemble: Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields

Johann Sebastian Bach was one of the most brilliant and influential composers in the whole of Western classical music. His violin concertos contrast brisk and...continue...
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Beethoven: Piano Concertos No. 5 'Emperor'; Piano Concerto No. 4 / Stephen Kovacevich, piano
Beethoven: Piano Concertos No. 5 'Emperor'; Piano Concerto No. 4 / Stephen Kovacevich, piano

1 CD / Decca / 2012-07-24

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto for Piano no 4 in G major, Op. 58; Concerto for Piano no 5 "Emperor"
Performers: Kovacevich, Stephen [Piano]
Conductors: Davis, Colin
Ensemble: ; London Symphony Orchestra

Perhaps the most remarkable thing about Beethoven's Fourth and Fifth Concertos are the openings - no previous classical concerto had announced itself with the soloist...continue...
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Grieg: Peer Gynt; Piano Concerto / Stephen Kovacevich, piano; Colin Davis; Herbert Blomstedt
Grieg: Peer Gynt; Piano Concerto / Stephen Kovacevich, piano; Colin Davis; Herbert Blomstedt

1 CD / Decca / 2012-07-24

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

Grieg's music, while based on the German tradition, magically captures the spirit and grandeur of his native Norway. Peer Gynt includes two perennial favorites, "Morning...continue...
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Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue; Piano Concerto; An American in Paris / André Previn, piano
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue; Piano Concerto; An American in Paris / André Previn, piano

1 CD / Decca / 2012-07-24

Works: George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue, for piano & orchestra (orchestrated by F. Grofé); An American in Paris; Concerto for Piano in F major
Performers: Previn, Andre [Conductor/Piano]
Conductors: Previn, Andre
Ensemble: ; Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Gershwin's Rhapsody in blue is one of the most successful fusions of classical music and jazz ever, and is one of the most popular of...continue...
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Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1; Symphony No. 4 / Vladimir Ashkenazy - London SO
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1; Symphony No. 4 / Vladimir Ashkenazy - London SO

1 CD / Decca / 2012-07-24

Works: Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23; Symphony no 4 in F minor, Op. 36
Performers: Ashkenazy, Vladimir
Conductors: Maazel, Lorin; Ashkenazy, Vladimir
Ensemble: ; London Symphony Orchestra

The opening of Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto is arguably the most famous of any piano concerto, but astonishingly the work was dismissed as worthless when...continue...
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Saint-Saëns: Organ Symphony; Piano Concerto No. 2 / Peter Hurford, organ; Pascal Rogé, piano
Saint-Saëns: Organ Symphony; Piano Concerto No. 2 / Peter Hurford, organ; Pascal Rogé, piano

1 CD / Decca / 2012-07-24

Works: Camille Saint-Saëns: Symphony no 3 in C minor, Op. 78 "Organ"; Concerto for Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 22
Performers: Hurford, Peter; Roge, Pascal [Piano]
Conductors: Dutoit, Charles
Ensemble: ; Montreal Symphony Orchestra

Saint-Saens said of his magnum opus, "I gave everything to it I was able to give. What I have here accomplished, I will never achieve...continue...
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Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto; Symphony No. 4 'Italian'; Hebrides Ov. / Kyung Wha Chung, violin; Dutoit
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto; Symphony No. 4 'Italian'; Hebrides Ov. / Kyung Wha Chung, violin; Dutoit

1 CD / Decca / 2012-07-24

Works: Felix Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture, in B minor Op. 26 "Fingal's Cave"; Concerto for Violin in D minor; Symphony no 4 in A major, Op. 90 "Italian"
Performers: Chung, Kyung-Wha [Violin]
Conductors: Dohnányi, Christoph von; Dutoit, Charles
Ensemble: ; Montreal Symphony Orchestra

Mendelssohn composed his evocative overture The Hebrides after a tour Scotland. This brilliant musical seascape in sunshine and storm is a supreme example of Romantic...continue...
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Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man; Barber: Adagio for Strings et al. / Zubin Mehta, Los Angeles PO
Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man; Barber: Adagio for Strings et al. / Zubin Mehta, Los Angeles PO

1 CD / Decca / 2012-07-24

Works: Aaron Copland: Fanfare for the common man; Appalachian Spring; Rodeo; Samuel Barber: Adagio for Strings
Conductors: Mehta, Zubin; Zinman, David
Ensemble: ; Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra

Barbr's Adagio for Strings has a long association with grief stretching back to 1945, when it was used for a radio broadcast announcing Franklin D....continue...
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Faure: Requiem; Pavane / Sylvia McNair, Thomas Allen, Neville Marrinier - ASMF
Faure: Requiem; Pavane / Sylvia McNair, Thomas Allen, Neville Marrinier - ASMF

1 CD / Decca / 2012-07-24

Works: Gabriel Fauré: Requiem, Op. 48; Cantique de Jean Racine, Op. 11; Pelléas et Mélisande, Op. 80; Fantaisie for Flute and Piano, Op. 79; Pavane, Op. 50
Performers: Allen, Thomas; Bennett, William; Birch, John; Cleobury, Stephen [Organ/Conductor]; McNair, Sylvia [Soprano Vocals]
Conductors: Marriner, Sir Neville; Guest, George; Fournet, Jean
Ensemble: ; Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields

In recognizing Faure's standing among French composers, his compatriot Jean Roger-Ducasse declared "more profound than Saint-Saens... more classic than Debussy, Grabriel Faure is the master...continue...
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Beethoven: Moonlight Sonata; Pathetique Sonata; Appassionata Sonata / Vladimir Ashkenazy, piano
Beethoven: Moonlight Sonata; Pathetique Sonata; Appassionata Sonata / Vladimir Ashkenazy, piano

1 CD / Decca / 2012-07-24

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27/2 "Moonlight"; Sonata for piano no 8 in C minor, Op. 13 "Pathetique"; Sonata for Piano no 23 in F minor, Op. 57 "Appassionata"
Performers: Ashkenazy, Vladimir

Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas, from the haunting stillness of the opening adagio of the "Moonlight" to the scorching ferocity of the finale of the "Appassionata",...continue...
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Handel: Water Music; Fireworks Music / Gardiner - English Baroque Soloists
Handel: Water Music; Fireworks Music / Gardiner - English Baroque Soloists

1 CD / Decca / 2012-07-24

Works: George Frederick Handel: Handel - Bourée; The Water Music; Water Music Suite no 2 in D major, HWV 349; Water Music Suite no 1 in F major, HWV 348
Conductors: Gardiner, John Eliot
Ensemble: English Baroque Soloists

Hande's Water Music was composed in 1717 for the English King George I, who had requested new music for a concert on the River Thames....continue...
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Mozart: Requiem / Sylvia McNair, Caroly Watkinson, Francisco Araiza; Robert Lloyd. Marriner - ASMF
Mozart: Requiem / Sylvia McNair, Caroly Watkinson, Francisco Araiza; Robert Lloyd. Marriner - ASMF

1 CD / Decca / 2012-07-24

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem in D minor, K 626; Ave verum corpus
Performers: Araiza, Francisco [Tenor Vocals]; Lloyd, Robert [Bass Voice]; McNair, Sylvia [Soprano Vocals]
Conductors: Marriner, Sir Neville; Schreier, Peter
Ensemble: ; Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields

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I have heard virtually all the recordings in the catalogue and feel pretty confident in saying that the new one under Sir Neville Marriner is...continue...
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Holst: The Planets; John Williams: Star Wars Suite / Zubin Mehta - Los Angeles PO
Holst: The Planets; John Williams: Star Wars Suite / Zubin Mehta - Los Angeles PO

1 CD / Decca / 2012-07-24

Works: Gustav Holst: The Planets, Op. 32/H 125; John Williams: Star Wars Suite
Conductors: Mehta, Zubin
Ensemble: ; Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra

Probably the most famous classical work by a British composer, The Planets was an instant success, admired as much for its originality of musical thought...continue...
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Bruch: Violin Concerto; Scottish Fantasia / Kyung Wha Chung, violin
Bruch: Violin Concerto; Scottish Fantasia / Kyung Wha Chung, violin

1 CD / Decca / 2012-07-24

Works: Max Bruch: Concerto for Violin no 1 in G minor, Op. 26; Scottish Fantasy, for violin & orchestra, Op. 46
Performers: Chung, Kyung-Wha [Violin]
Conductors: Kempe, Rudolf
Ensemble: ; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Max Bruch was a renowned composer of choral music and in England considered a worthy successor to Handel and Mendelssohn. He is largely remembered today...continue...
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Satie: Gymnopédies; Gnossiennes / Reinbert de Leeuw, piano
Satie: Gymnopédies; Gnossiennes / Reinbert de Leeuw, piano

1 CD / Decca / 2012-07-24

Works: Erik Satie: Petite ouverture à danser, for piano; Gymnopédies (3), for piano (also orchestrated by Debussy); Sonneries (3) de la Rose + Croix; Pièces froides (Cold Pieces), piece...
Performers: Leeuw, Reinbert de

Satie's dry musical wit and originality had enormous influence not only on French composers, but on the entire minimalist movement. His most popular works, trios...continue...
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Tchaikovsky: Ballet Suites - Nutcracker; Sleeping Beauty; Swan Lake / Karajan - Vienna PO
Tchaikovsky: Ballet Suites - Nutcracker; Sleeping Beauty; Swan Lake / Karajan - Vienna PO

1 CD / Decca / 2012-07-24

Works: Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake Suite, Op. 20a; Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a; Sleeping Beauty Suite, Op. 66a
Performers: Brabec, Emanuel; Sivo, Josef
Conductors: Karajan, Herbert v.
Ensemble: ; Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Tchaikovsky's three classic ballets combine his remarkable gift for melody with sparkling orchestration and a real sense of theatrical magic. Herber von Karajan and the...continue...
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Pianist Valentina Lisitsa: Live at the Royal Albert Hall
Pianist Valentina Lisitsa: Live at the Royal Albert Hall

1 CD / Decca / 2012-07-24

Works: Sergey Rachmaninov: Preludes (10) for Piano, Op. 23; Prelude, Op. 32, no 5; Preludes (13) for Piano, Op. 32; Prelude for piano no 21 in B minor, Op. 32/10; Étude-tableau no 39; Ludwig van Beetho...
Performers: Lisitsa, Valentina [Piano]

Valentina Lisitsa is the highest viewed classical artist on YouTube and has quickly become one of the most popular artist of our time.

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Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture; Capriccio Italien; Romeo & Juliet / Royal PO; St. Petersburg PO, Ashkenazy
Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture; Capriccio Italien; Romeo & Juliet / Royal PO; St. Petersburg PO, Ashkenazy

1 CD / Decca / 2012-07-24

Works: Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Capriccio italien, Op. 45; Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture; Francesca da Rimini, Op. 32; 1812 Overture, Op. 49
Conductors: Ashkenazy, Vladimir
Ensemble: ; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra

Tchaikovsky's "1812" Overture is the most spectacular of all classical orchestral works, commemorating the turning point of Napoleon's failed invasion of Russia. Renowned for its...continue...
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Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2;
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2; "Paganini" Rhapsody / Rafael Orozco, piano

1 CD / Decca / 2012-07-24

Works: Sergey Rachmaninov: Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18; Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini
Performers: Orozco, Rafael
Conductors: De Waart, Edo
Ensemble: ; Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra

Rachmaninov was one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century and since his death he has become one of the most popular composer. His...continue...
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Opera Arias - Nessum Dorma; Casta Diva; O Mio Babbino Caro et al. / Pavarotti, Sutherland, Tebaldi
Opera Arias - Nessum Dorma; Casta Diva; O Mio Babbino Caro et al. / Pavarotti, Sutherland, Tebaldi

1 CD / Decca / 2012-07-24

Works: Giacomo Puccini: Gianni Schicchi, opera; Madama Butterfly; Tosca; Turandot; Giuseppe Verdi: Rigoletto; Il Trovatore; Nabucco; La traviata; Jacques Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann; Alfredo Catalani: ...
Performers: Berbié, Jane; Bergonzi, Carlo; Corelli, Franco; Cross, Richard; Freni, Mirella [Soprano Vocals]; Horne, Marilyn [Mezzo-Soprano Vocal]; Krause, Tom; Milnes, Sherrill [Baritone Vocals]; Pavarott...
Conductors: Gardelli, Lamberto; Bonynge, Richard; Cleva, Fausto; Varviso, Silvio; Kertész, István; Karajan, Herbert v.; Solti, Sir Georg; Lewis, Henry; Maazel, Lorin; Pritchard, John; Mehta, Zubin

Opera has it all - the radiant melodies, comic characters, rousing choruses and far-fetched plots. This stirring collection includes the most famous highlights from this...continue...
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Chopin: Piano Encores - Raindrop Prelude; Minute Waltz; Ballade no 1 et al. / Claudio Arrau, Zoltan Kocsis, Stephen Kovacevich
Chopin: Piano Encores - Raindrop Prelude; Minute Waltz; Ballade no 1 et al. / Claudio Arrau, Zoltan Kocsis, Stephen Kovacevich

1 CD / Decca / 2012-07-24

Works: Frédéric Chopin: Waltz for Piano in A flat major, B 131/Op. 42 "Grande Valse"; Nocturne for piano no 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109; Fantasy-Impromptu for piano in C sharp minor, Op. 6...
Performers: Arrau, Claudio [Piano]; Cziffra, Gyorgy [Piano]; Davidovich, Bella [Piano]; Harasiewicz, Adam; Kocsis, Zoltan [Piano]; Kovacevich, Stephen [Piano]; Magaloff, Nikita; Orozco, Rafael

Chopin was one of the greatest ever composer-pianist, who moved to Paris from his native Poland when he was 20, following the Russian suppression of...continue...
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Méditation: The Beautiful Music of Massenet
Méditation: The Beautiful Music of Massenet

1 CD / Decca / 2012-07-03

Works: Jules Massenet: Meditation (from "Thaïs"); Le Cid; Werther; Hérodiade; Manon; Esclarmonde; Thaïs; Valse très lente, for piano; Chérubin; Cendrillon; Oh! si les fleurs avaient...
Performers: Aragall, Giacomo; Calleja, Joseph; Carreras, Jose [Tenor Vocal]; Fleming, Renee; Gheorghiu, Angela; Horne, Marilyn [Mezzo-Soprano Vocal]; Kaufmann, Jonas; Kennedy, Nigel [Violin]; Lisnic, Tatiana; Pa...
Conductors: Bonynge, Richard; de Fabritiis, Oliviero; Mauceri, John; Armiliato, Marco; Abel, Yves; Rizzi, Carlo; Davis, Colin; Lewis, Henry; Agoult, Raymond

Julesl Massenet, who died 100 years ago in 1912, was a French composer best known for his operas, and was widely considered in his day...continue...
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