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Introducing the Virtuoso Series - Benchmark Recordings Back in the Catalog

The Virtuoso Series is 2012's premiere catalog of the core classical repertoire in the most renowned performances from Deutsche Grammophon and Decca. Artists in this first group of forty titles include Gidon Kremer, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Zubin Mehta, Neville Marriner, Colin Davis, Charles Dutoit and many others.

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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: 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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: 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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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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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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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: Berbie, Jane; Bergonzi, Carlo; Corelli, Franco; Cross, Richard; Freni, Mirella [Soprano Vocals]; Horne, Marilyn [Mezzo-Soprano Vocal]; Krause, Tom; Milnes, Sherrill [Baritone Vocals]; Pavarotti, Luci...
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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Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Gidon Kremer, violin; Abbado - London SO
Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Gidon Kremer, violin; Abbado - London SO

1 CD / Deutsche Grammophon / 2012-07-24

Works: Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto for Violin in E major, Op. 8 no 1/RV 269 "Primavera"; Concerto for 4 Violins and Cello in B minor, Op. 3 no 10/RV 580; Concerto per eco in lontana, for 4 violins, strings & ...
Performers: Bartlett, Eric; Figueroa, Guillermo; Hover, Herbert; How, Liang Ping; Jenner, Joanna; Kremer, Gidon; Linde, Hans-Martin [Flute/Recorder]; Pearson, Leslie [Keyboard]; Prystawski, Walter; Sato, Eriko
Conductors: Abbado, Claudio; Baumgartner, Rudolf; Hofmann, Wolfgang
Ensemble: ; London Symphony Orchestra
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Piano Encores - Fur Elise; Rondo Alla Turca; Minute Waltz et al. / performed by Argerich, Weissenberg, Gilels
Piano Encores - Fur Elise; Rondo Alla Turca; Minute Waltz et al. / performed by Argerich, Weissenberg, Gilels

1 CD / Deutsche Grammophon / 2012-07-24

Works: Robert Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op. 15; Waldszenen no 9 ("Abschied"), for piano, Op. 82/9; Ludwig van Beethoven: Bagatelle for piano in A minor ("Für Elise"), WoO 59; Sonata for piano no 8 in C m...
Performers: Argerich, Martha [Piano]; Berman, Lazar; Eschenbach, Christoph [Piano/Conductor]; Gavrilov, Andrei; Gilels, Emil [Piano]; Kempff, Wilhelm; Kissin, Evgeni [Piano]; Kontarsky, Alfons; Kontarsky, Aloys;...

A captivating collection spanning three centuries, including music from the greatest ever composers for the piano. Mozart's mischievously infectious Rondo "alla Turca", Chopin's effervescent "Minute"...continue...
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Johann Strauss: The Blue Danube and Famous Viennese Waltzes / Karl Bohm, Vienna PO
Johann Strauss: The Blue Danube and Famous Viennese Waltzes / Karl Bohm, Vienna PO

1 CD / Deutsche Grammophon / 2012-07-24

Works: Johann Strauss II: An der schönen, blauen Donau, Op. 314; Tritsch-Tratsch Polka, Op. 214; Kaiserwaltzer Waltz, Op. 437; Morgenblätter, Op. 279; Das Spitzentuch der Königin; Annen-Polka...
Conductors: Böhm, Karl; Kleiber, Carlos
Ensemble: ; Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Johann Strauss II earned the title of "Waltz King" with over 500 waltzes, polkas, several operettas and a ballet. The incomparable Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra bring...continue...

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Pachelbel: Canon; Albinoni: Adagio; works by Bach, Handel, Purcell & Vivaldi / Orpheus CO
Pachelbel: Canon; Albinoni: Adagio; works by Bach, Handel, Purcell & Vivaldi / Orpheus CO

1 CD / Deutsche Grammophon / 2012-07-24

Works: George Frederick Handel: Solomon, HWV 67; Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV 351; Water Music Suite no 2, HWV 349; Johann Sebastian Bach: Brandenburg Concerto no 3 in G major, BWV 1048; Suite no 3 in...
Performers: Andre, Maurice [Trumpet]; Bartlett, Eric; Brewer, Edward; Gallois, Patrick [Flute/Conductor]; Holliger, Heinz [Oboe/Conductor]; Kremer, Gidon; Meyer, Wolfgang [Organ]; Pearson, Leslie [Keyboard]; Pet...
Conductors: Pinnock, Trevor; Kubelik, Rafael; Wijnkoop, Alexander van; Abbado, Claudio; Brown, Iona; Mackerras, Charles; Füri, Thomas; ; Rose, Barry
Ensemble: ; I Musici; Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

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Sibelius: Finlandia; Symphony No. 2 / Kamu, Karajan, Berlin PO
Sibelius: Finlandia; Symphony No. 2 / Kamu, Karajan, Berlin PO

1 CD / Deutsche Grammophon / 2012-07-24

Works: Jean Sibelius: Finlandia, Op. 26; Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 43; Kuolema; Lemminkäinen Suite, Op. 22
Conductors: Karajan, Herbert v.; Kamu, , Okko
Ensemble: ; Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

The stirring strains of Finlandia and Symphony No 2 eloquently voiced the mood of an emerging Finnish nation in the early 20th century....continue...
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Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries / Daniel Barenboim - Orchestre de Paris
Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries / Daniel Barenboim - Orchestre de Paris

1 CD / Deutsche Grammophon / 2012-07-24

Works: Richard Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg; The Flying Dutchman; Tristan und Isolde; Die Götterdämmerung; Die Walküre
Conductors: Barenboim, Daniel

Richard Wagner was one of the most influential composer ever - his harmonies were revolutionary and had a major impact on the musical language of...continue...
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Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherezade; Stravinsky: Firebird / Myung-Whun Chung - Bastille Opera Orch.
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherezade; Stravinsky: Firebird / Myung-Whun Chung - Bastille Opera Orch.

1 CD / Deutsche Grammophon / 2012-07-24

Works: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade; Igor Stravinsky: L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), concert suite for orchestra no 2
Performers: Laroque, Frederic
Conductors: Chung, Myung-Whun
Ensemble: ; Orchestre de l'Opera Bastille

Composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov was a master of orchestration - something readily apparent in his colorful symphonic suite Scheherazade, inspired by The Arabian Nights....continue...
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Orff: Carmina Burana / Christiane Oelze, Simon Keenlyside - Christian Thielemann
Orff: Carmina Burana / Christiane Oelze, Simon Keenlyside - Christian Thielemann

1 CD / Deutsche Grammophon / 2012-07-24

Works: Carl Orff: Carmina burana
Performers: Keenlyside, Simon; Kubler, David; Oelze, Christiane [Soprano Vocal]
Conductors: Thielemann, Christian
Ensemble: Deutsche Opera Berlin Chorus

Carmina Burana is among the most popular choral pieces of the 20th century, and the riveting "O Fortuna" that frames the work is quite unforgettable....continue...
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Mozart: The Concertos for Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon / Charles Neidich, Frank Morelli, Randall Wolfgang - Orpheus CO
Mozart: The Concertos for Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon / Charles Neidich, Frank Morelli, Randall Wolfgang - Orpheus CO

1 CD / Deutsche Grammophon / 2012-07-24

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for Clarinet in A major, K. 622; Concerto for Bassoon in B flat major, K. 191 (K. 186e); Concerto for Oboe in C major, K. 314 (K. 285d)
Performers: Morelli, Frank [Bassoon]; Neidich, Charles; Wolfgang, Randall
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Ensemble: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

Mozart's music expressed a spontaneity and refinement allied to a breathtaking sureness that has never been matched. The sublime Clarinet concerto contrasts with the Oboe...continue...
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Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 'New World' / Rafael Kubelik - Berlin PO
Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 'New World' / Rafael Kubelik - Berlin 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"; Bedrich Smetana: Vltava (The Moldau), symphonic poem (Má Vlast no 2), JB 1; Z ceskych luhu a háju (Fr...
Conductors: Kubelik, Rafael
Ensemble: ; Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

The most famous music by the Czech composer Antonin Dvorak is the "New World" Symphony, written during his three-year stay in New York. The influence...continue...
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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 7 / Pletnev - Russian Nat'l Orch.
Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 7 / Pletnev - Russian Nat'l Orch.

1 CD / Deutsche Grammophon / 2012-07-24

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67; Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92
Conductors: Pletnev, Mikhail
Ensemble: ; Russian National Orchestra

From the first movement's manic obsession with the opening motif to the Finale's chest-beating heroism. Beethoven's magnificent Fifth Symphony was both revolutionary and revelatory. Wagner...continue...
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Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 'Pastoral' / Mikhail Pletnev - Russian Nat'l SO
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 'Pastoral' / Mikhail Pletnev - Russian Nat'l SO

1 CD / Deutsche Grammophon / 2012-07-24

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral"; Symphony no 8 in F major, Op. 93
Conductors: Pletnev, Mikhail
Ensemble: ; Russian National Symphony Orchestra

The Ninth Symphony is Beethoven's crowning achievement and one of the greatest symphonic masterworks in Western classical music. Its glorious last movement climaxes with four...continue...
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Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 'Choral' / Mikhail Pletnev
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 'Choral' / Mikhail Pletnev

1 CD / Deutsche Grammophon / 2012-07-24

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral"
Conductors: Pletnev, Mikhail
Ensemble: Russian National Orchestra

The Ninth Symphony is Beethoven's crowning achievement and one of the greatest symphonic masterworks in Western classical music. Its glorious last movement climaxes with four...continue...
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Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition / Giulini - Chicago SO
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition / Giulini - Chicago SO

1 CD / Deutsche Grammophon / 2012-07-24

Works: Modest Mussorgsky: Pictures at an exhibition; Night on the Bare Mountain; Boris Godunov; Alexander Borodin: Prince Igor; Aram Khachaturian: Gayaneh
Performers: Sporsen, Torgny
Conductors: Giulini, Carlo Maria; Maazel, Lorin; Järvi, Neeme; Knussen, Oliver; Rozhdestvensky, Gennady
Ensemble: ; Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Pictures at an Exhibition is an imaginative series of musical tableaux inspired by an art exhibition. Originally composed as a piano suite, it wasn't published...continue...
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Bach: Goldberg Variations / Andrei Gavrilov, piano
Bach: Goldberg Variations / Andrei Gavrilov, piano

1 CD / Deutsche Grammophon / 2012-07-24

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
Performers: Gavrilov, Andrei

Bach's monumental Goldberg Variations are considered to be one of the greatest keyboard works in classical music, composed to cure the insomnia of a Russian...continue...
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Bach: Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 1-3 / Trevor Pinnock - The English Concert
Bach: Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 1-3 / Trevor Pinnock - The English Concert

1 CD / Deutsche Grammophon / 2012-07-24

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: Brandenburg Concerto no 1 in F major, BWV 1046; Brandenburg Concerto no 2 in F major, BWV 1047; Brandenburg Concerto no 3 in G major, BWV 1048; Orchestral Suite no 3 in D major...
Performers: Laird, Michael; Mitchell, Alastair; Reichenberg, David; Rutherford, Christian; Standage, Simon
Conductors: Pinnock, Trevor
Ensemble: ; English Concert

The Brandendburg Concertos stand at the summit Baroque orchestral music. Each work is a dazzling masterpiece of instrumental intricacy, featuring a breathtaking range of textures...continue...
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Bach: Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 4-6 / Trevor Pinnock - The English Concert
Bach: Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 4-6 / Trevor Pinnock - The English Concert

1 CD / Deutsche Grammophon / 2012-07-24

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: Brandenburg Concerto no 4 in G major, BWV 1049; Brandenburg Concerto no 5 in D major, BWV 1050; Brandenburg Concerto no 6 in B flat major, BWV 1051; Orchestral Suite no 2 in B ...
Performers: Beznosiuk, Lisa; Hunt, William; Jones, Trevor [Viol]; Medlam, Charles; Pinnock, Trevor; Pleeth, Anthony [Cello]; Schlapp, Jan; Standage, Simon
Conductors: Pinnock, Trevor
Ensemble: The English Concert

The Brandendburg Concertos stand at the summit Baroque orchestral music. Each work is a dazzling masterpiece of instrumental intricacy, featuring a breathtaking range of textures...continue...
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Ravel: Boléro; Rapsodie Espagnole et al. / Ozawa, Boston SO
Ravel: Boléro; Rapsodie Espagnole et al. / Ozawa, Boston SO

1 CD / Deutsche Grammophon / 2012-07-24

Works: Maurice Ravel: Boléro; Pavane pour une infante défunte; Une barque sur l'océan, for orchestra; Menuet antique; Rapsodie espagnole; La valse
Conductors: Ozawa, Seiji
Ensemble: ; Boston Symphony Orchestra

With its relentless driving crescendo, consisting of the same hypnotic melody and counter-melody heard via a range of ingenious different instrumental combinations, Ravel's Bolero has...continue...
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Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik; Serenata Notturna; Posthorn Serenade / Bohm - Vienna PO
Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik; Serenata Notturna; Posthorn Serenade / Bohm - Vienna PO

1 CD / Deutsche Grammophon / 2012-07-24

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik; Serenade no 6 in D major, K 239 "Serenata notturna"; Serenade no 9 in D major, K 320 "Posthorn"
Performers: Galway, James [Flute]; Kirchner, Heinz; Maas, Emil; Spierer, Leon; Zepperitz, Rainer
Conductors: Böhm, Karl
Ensemble: ; Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Tha main theme of the first movement of "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik" is one of Mozart's most famous and instantly recognizable tunes. There is no record...continue...
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