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First Choice features top artists in performances that have become benchmark recordings of masterworks from the classical repertoire. This first group includes performances by Claudio Abbado, the Emerson String Quartet, Herbert von Karajan, James Levine, Anna Netrebko, Itzhak Perlman, Trevor Pinnock, Gil Shaham Bryn Terfel and Krystian Zimerman.

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C.P.E. Bach: Sonatas and Rondos / Mikhail Pletnev, piano
C.P.E. Bach: Sonatas and Rondos / Mikhail Pletnev, piano

1 CD / Deutsche Grammophon / 2012-07-24

Works: Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Sonata for keyboard in G minor, H. 47, Wq. 65/17; Rondo, for keyboard no 1 in A major (Kenner IV/1), H. 276, Wq. 58/1; Sonata for keyboard in C minor, H. 121, Wq. 65/31; S...
Performers: Pletnev, Mikhail [Piano/Conductor]

First Choice features top artists - in the first batch, Claudio Abbado, the Emerson String Quartet, Helene Grimaud, Herbert von Karajan, James Levine, Anna Netrebko,...continue...
Recording information: Teldec Studios, Berlin, Germany (10/1998)....continue...
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Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 'Choral';  Choral Fantasy / Orgonasova, von Otter, Rolfe Johnson, Cachemaille - Gardiner
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 'Choral'; Choral Fantasy / Orgonasova, von Otter, Rolfe Johnson, Cachemaille - Gardiner

1 CD / Deutsche Grammophon / 2012-07-24

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral"; Fantasia in C minor, Op. 80 "Choral Fantasy"
Performers: Backes, Constanze; Clarkson, Julian; Johnston, Robert; Levin, Robert D. [American Pianist]; Podger, Julian
Conductors: Gardiner, John Eliot
Ensemble: ; Monteverdi Choir

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Brahms: Piano Quartet, Op. 25; Schumann: Fantasiestücke, Op. 88 / Argerich, Kremer, Bashmet, Maisky
Brahms: Piano Quartet, Op. 25; Schumann: Fantasiestücke, Op. 88 / Argerich, Kremer, Bashmet, Maisky

1 CD / Deutsche Grammophon / 2012-07-24

Works: Johannes Brahms: Quartet for Piano and Strings no 1 in G minor, Op. 25; Robert Schumann: Phantasiestücke (4) for violin, cello & piano in A minor, Op. 88
Performers: Argerich, Martha [Piano]; Bashmet, Yuri [Conductor/Viola]; Kremer, Gidon; Maisky, Mischa

First Choice features top artists - in the first batch, Claudio Abbado, the Emerson String Quartet, Helene Grimaud, Herbert von Karajan, James Levine, Anna Netrebko,...continue...
Recording information: Teldex Studio Berlin (02/2002)....continue...
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Dvorák: Symphony No. 9 'New World'; 3 Slavonic Dances / Bernstein - Israel PO
Dvorák: Symphony No. 9 'New World'; 3 Slavonic Dances / Bernstein - Israel PO

1 CD / Deutsche Grammophon / 2012-07-24

Works: Antonin Dvorák: Symphony no 9 in E minor, Op. 95/B 178 "From the New World"; Slavonic Dances (8) for Orchestra, Op. 46/B 83; Slavonic Dance no 3 for orchestra in A flat major, B. 83/3 (Op. 46/3)
Conductors: Bernstein, Leonard
Ensemble: ; Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

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Joseph Haydn: Cello Concertos / Mischa Maisky, cello; Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Joseph Haydn: Cello Concertos / Mischa Maisky, cello; Chamber Orchestra of Europe

1 CD / Deutsche Grammophon / 2012-07-24

Works: Franz Joseph Haydn: Concerto for Cello no 1 in C major, H. 7b/1; Concerto for Cello no 2 in D major, H. 7b/2 (Op. 101); Concerto for Violin no 4 in G major, H 7a no 4
Performers: Maisky, Mischa
Conductors: Maisky, Mischa
Ensemble: ; Chamber Orchestra of Europe

First Choice features top artists - in the first batch, Claudio Abbado, the Emerson String Quartet, Helene Grimaud, Herbert von Karajan, James Levine, Anna Netrebko,...continue...
Recording information: Vienna, Konzerthaus, Mozartsaal (10/1986)....continue...
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Le Belle Immagini - Magdalena Kozena sings Gluck, Mozart, Myslivecek
Le Belle Immagini - Magdalena Kozena sings Gluck, Mozart, Myslivecek

1 CD / Deutsche Grammophon / 2012-07-24

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: La clemenza di Tito; Le nozze di Figaro; Idomeneo; Lucio Silla; La finta giardiniera; Christoph Willibald Gluck: Paride ed Elena; La clemenza di Ttio; Josef Myslivecek: Isacc...
Performers: Borovka, Vladislav; Kozena, Magdalena; Pavlis, Jindrich; Willi, Barbara Maria
Conductors: Swierczewski, Michel
Ensemble: ; Prague Philharmonia

First Choice features top artists - in the first batch, Claudio Abbado, the Emerson String Quartet, Helene Grimaud, Herbert von Karajan, James Levine, Anna Netrebko,...continue...
Recording information: Prague, Rudolfinum, Dvorák Hall (09/2001)....continue...
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Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition; Night on Bald Mountain; Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales / Sinopoli - NY PO
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition; Night on Bald Mountain; Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales / Sinopoli - NY PO

1 CD / Deutsche Grammophon / 2012-07-24

Works: Modest Mussorgsky: Pictures at an exhibition; Night on the Bare Mountain; Maurice Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales
Conductors: Sinopoli, Giuseppe
Ensemble: ; New York Philharmonic Orchestra

First Choice features top artists - in the first batch, Claudio Abbado, the Emerson String Quartet, Helene Grimaud, Herbert von Karajan, James Levine, Anna Netrebko,...continue...
Personnel: Ulrich Bastin (arpegina).

Recording information: New York, Manhattan Center (12/1989)....continue...
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Prokofiev: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 3 / Evgeny Kissin, piano - Abbado, Berlin PO
Prokofiev: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 3 / Evgeny Kissin, piano - Abbado, Berlin PO

1 CD / Deutsche Grammophon / 2012-07-24

Works: Sergey Prokofiev: Concerto for Piano no 1 in D flat major, Op. 10; Concerto for Piano no 3 in C major, Op. 26; Alexander Scriabin: Pieces (4) for piano, Op. 51; Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 8
Performers: Kissin, Evgeni [Piano]
Conductors: Abbado, Claudio
Ensemble: ; Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

First Choice features top artists - in the first batch, Claudio Abbado, the Emerson String Quartet, Helene Grimaud, Herbert von Karajan, James Levine, Anna Netrebko,...continue...
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A Romantic Songbook - Songs by Loewe, Mendelssohn, Schubert and Schumann / Thomas Quasthoff, baritone; Justus Zeyen, piano
A Romantic Songbook - Songs by Loewe, Mendelssohn, Schubert and Schumann / Thomas Quasthoff, baritone; Justus Zeyen, piano

1 CD / Deutsche Grammophon / 2012-07-24

Works: Franz Schubert: Frühlingsglaube, D 686/Op. 20 no 2; Du bist die Ruh, D 776/Op. 59 no 3; Der Jüngling an der Quelle, D 300; Im Frühling, D 882/Op. 101 no 1; Auf der Bruck, D 853; Im Abe...
Performers: Quasthoff, Thomas; Zeyen, Justus

First Choice features top artists - in the first batch, Claudio Abbado, the Emerson String Quartet, Helene Grimaud, Herbert von Karajan, James Levine, Anna Netrebko,...continue...
Recording information: Bavaria Musikstudios, Munich (11/2003)....continue...
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Rameau: Une Symphonie Imaginaire / Marc Minkowski - Les Musiciens du Louvre
Rameau: Une Symphonie Imaginaire / Marc Minkowski - Les Musiciens du Louvre

1 CD / Deutsche Grammophon / 2012-07-24

Works: Jean-Philippe Rameau: Zaïs; Castor et Pollux; Les Fêtes d'Hébé; Dardanus; Le Temple de la Gloire; Les Boréades; La Naissance d'Osiris; Platée; La Poule, for 3 violins, v...
Conductors: Minkowski, Marc
Ensemble: Les Musiciens du Louvre - Grenoble

First Choice features top artists - in the first batch, Claudio Abbado, the Emerson String Quartet, Helene Grimaud, Herbert von Karajan, James Levine, Anna Netrebko,...continue...
Recording information: Théâtre de Poissy, Salle Molière (06/2003)....continue...
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