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Historic Recordings Sale - Featuring 3 labels: Music & Arts, Opera dOro and Preiser

Get remastered recordings from the masters of yesteryear! This weekend, three labels known for their historical recordings are featured and on sale! One of these, the Music & Arts label, is our Best Price feature for the weekend - we have the lowest price on M&A we can find anywhere! But hurry, this only lasts until midnight Monday.

Bruno Walter Conducts Bruckner's 4th and 9th Symphonies / NBC (1940) & Philadelphia (1948) Orchestras
Bruno Walter Conducts Bruckner's 4th and 9th Symphonies / NBC (1940) & Philadelphia (1948) Orchestras

2 CD / Music & Arts / 2012-07-31

Works: Anton Bruckner: Symphony no 4 in E flat major, WAB 104 "Romantic"; Symphony no 9 in D minor, WAB 109; Recorded Sound: Applause; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony no 35 in D major, K 385 "Haffner"
Conductors: Walter, Bruno
Ensemble: ; NBC Symphony Orchestra; Philadelphia Orchestra

In much the same way as he championed Mahler, conductor Bruno Walter was a tireless advocate for Bruckner during his American years. This period in...continue...
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Bruno Walter Early New York Recordings - Mahler: Symphonies nos 1 & 2 / Nadine Conner, Mona Paulee (rec. 1942)
Bruno Walter Early New York Recordings - Mahler: Symphonies nos 1 & 2 / Nadine Conner, Mona Paulee (rec. 1942)

2 CD / Music & Arts / 2012-08-28

Works: Gustav Mahler: Symphony no 1 in D major "Titan"; Symphony no 2 in C minor "Resurrection"; Recorded Sound: Applause; Silence
Conductors: Walter, Bruno
Ensemble: ; New York Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra; Westminster Choir

The Philharmonic-Symphony of 1942 was going through a bit of a rough patch at the height of WWII, with numerous players called up for military...continue...
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Claudio Arrau in Recital, 1969-1977 - Works by Beethoven; Brahms and Schumann / Claudio Arrau, piano [3 CDs]
Claudio Arrau in Recital, 1969-1977 - Works by Beethoven; Brahms and Schumann / Claudio Arrau, piano [3 CDs]

3 CD / Music & Arts / 2012-11-13

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for Piano no 7 in D, Op. 10 no 3; Sonata for Piano no 13 in E flat major, Op. 27 no 1 "Quasi una fantasia"; Sonata for Piano no 23 in F minor, Op. 57 "Appassionata"; Vari...
Performers: Arrau, Claudio [Piano]

There have been few pianists of Arrau's range and stature, and these invaluable live recordings can only reaffirm memories of another time, another place, where...continue...
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Claudio Arrau at Tanglewood: All-Mozart Recital, 1964 / Claudio Arrau, piano
Claudio Arrau at Tanglewood: All-Mozart Recital, 1964 / Claudio Arrau, piano

2 CD / Music & Arts / 2013-06-25

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sonata for Piano no 5 in G major, K. 283 (K. 189h); Sonata for Piano no 8 in A minor, K 310 (300d); Fantasy for Piano in C minor, K 475; Sonata for Piano no 14 in C minor, K ...
Performers: Arrau, Claudio [Piano]

Nothing could be more different than Arrau's approach to Mozart even in the early stages of his career. Certainly, other pianists in those days gave...continue...
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M&A 1274
Ludwig van Beethoven: Complete Symphonies and Selected Overtures / Toscanini (from the 1939 cycle)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Complete Symphonies and Selected Overtures / Toscanini (from the 1939 cycle)

5 CD / Music & Arts / 2013-07-30

Conductors: Toscanini, Arturo
Ensemble: NBC Symphony Orchestra

New 2013 digital transfers of Toscanini's 1939 legendary Beethoven cycle in the best possible sound! The previous edition of this set was one of Music...continue...
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Donizetti: La Favorita / Fedora Barbieri, Gianni Raimondi, Carlo Tagliabue, Giulio Neri
Donizetti: La Favorita / Fedora Barbieri, Gianni Raimondi, Carlo Tagliabue, Giulio Neri

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2013-09-10

Conductors: Questa, Angelo
Ensemble: RAI Symphony Chorus Turin; RAI Symphony Orchestra Turin

The great conductor Arturo Toscanini once said, "the opera La Favorita is all beautiful; the last act - every note a masterpiece." Perhaps even more...continue...
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Verdi: Aida / Franco Corelli, Mary Curtis-Verna, Miriam Pirazzini. Questa (Turin 1956)
Verdi: Aida / Franco Corelli, Mary Curtis-Verna, Miriam Pirazzini. Questa (Turin 1956)

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2013-08-13

Conductors: Questa, Angelo
Ensemble: RAI Symphony Chorus; RAI Symphony Orchestra

Radames, a military hero in ancient Egypt, is engaged to Amneris, the Pharaoh's daughter, but secretly loves the slave girl Aida instead. Exposed as a...continue...
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Gioachino Rossini: Semiramide / Joan Sutherland, Monica Sinclair, Mario Petri. Richard Bonynge (1968)
Gioachino Rossini: Semiramide / Joan Sutherland, Monica Sinclair, Mario Petri. Richard Bonynge (1968)

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2013-08-13

Conductors: Bonynge, Richard
Ensemble: RAI Symphony Chorus; RAI Symphony Orchestra

Opera d'Oro presents a new entry in the Grand Tier series, presenting deluxe editions of the most beloved complete Opera d'Oro recordings, with original artwork...continue...
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Richard Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen / Hotter, Fischer-Dieskau, Greindl, Varnay, Windgassen, Varnay. Clemens Krauss [Bayreuth 1953]
Richard Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen / Hotter, Fischer-Dieskau, Greindl, Varnay, Windgassen, Varnay. Clemens Krauss [Bayreuth 1953]

14 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2013-04-09

Conductors: Krauss, Clemens
Ensemble: Bayreuth Festival Chorus; Bayreuth Festival Orchestra

A deluxe edition of one of the most beloved complete Opera d’Oro recordings! This new package contains newly translated complete English librettos for all four...continue...
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Giuseppe Verdi: Nabucco / Maria Callas, Gino Bechi, Gino Sinimberghi. Vittorio Gui
Giuseppe Verdi: Nabucco / Maria Callas, Gino Bechi, Gino Sinimberghi. Vittorio Gui

2 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2013-03-12

Conductors: Gui, Vittorio
Ensemble: Orchestra & Chorus of the San Carlo Theater

Live performance, Naples, December 29, 1949. Nabucco, the king of Babylon, goes mad after proclaiming himself a god. While he is imprisoned, the slave girl...continue...
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Richard Wagner: Tristan und Isolde / Melchior, Flagstad, List Jansen. Fritz Reiner (London, 1936)
Richard Wagner: Tristan und Isolde / Melchior, Flagstad, List Jansen. Fritz Reiner (London, 1936)

3 CD / Opera D'Oro / 2013-02-12

Conductors: Reiner, Fritz
Ensemble: London Symphony

The medieval Irish princess Isolde wants to poison the knight Tristan for wrongs he has done her, but falls in love with him instead when...continue...
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Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg / Otto Wiener, Hans Hotter, Karl Friedrich, Hans Strohbauer. Wallberg (live, Vienna, 1961)
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg / Otto Wiener, Hans Hotter, Karl Friedrich, Hans Strohbauer. Wallberg (live, Vienna, 1961)

4 CD / Preiser / 2013-09-10

Conductors: Wallberg, Heinz
Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic; Vienna State Opera Chorus

Recorded in Vienna live in 1961, this performance has never been available and includes some of the finest singers of that time....continue...
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A Vocal Portrait: Operatic recital 1957; RAI broadcasts 1955/56, etc. / Anita Cerquetti, soprano
A Vocal Portrait: Operatic recital 1957; RAI broadcasts 1955/56, etc. / Anita Cerquetti, soprano

1 CD / Preiser / 2011-11-08

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: Aida, opera; I Vespri Siciliani; Nabucco; Ernani; La Forza del Destino; Vincenzo Bellini: Norma, opera; Gaspare Spontini: Agnese di Hohenstraufen; Giacomo Puccini: Tosca; Amilcare Pon...
Performers: Cerquetti, Anita; Simionato, Giulietta
Conductors: Gavazzeni, Gianandrea; Rossi, Mario; Vittorio, Gui;
Ensemble: ; RAI Concerto, Milan

Born in 1931, Anita Cerquetti had a short (eight-year) period of fame from 1952 to 1960, receiving great acclaim for her performances of Norma, Aida...continue...
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Ouvertures et Intermezzi; Rossini, Bellini, Verdi, Puccini, et al.; Orchestra del Teatro all Scala; Gino Marinuzzi
Ouvertures et Intermezzi; Rossini, Bellini, Verdi, Puccini, et al.; Orchestra del Teatro all Scala; Gino Marinuzzi

1 CD / Preiser / 2013-05-14

Works: Gioachino Rossini: Barber of Seville, Overture; La gazza ladra, Overture; Le siège de Corinthe, Overture; Vincenzo Bellini: Norma, opera; Giuseppe Verdi: I Vespri siciliani; Giacomo Puccini: M...
Conductors: Marinuzzi, Gino
Ensemble: ; Orchestra del Teatro all Scala

Riccardo Muti noted that "Listening to some of Gino Marinuzzi's old recordings revealed an amazingly modern style of making music. I recall, for example, being...continue...
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Lehar & Co. - 22 Arias from operettas by Strauss, Lehar and Kalman / Richard Tauber, tenor (rec. 1924 - 1946)
Lehar & Co. - 22 Arias from operettas by Strauss, Lehar and Kalman / Richard Tauber, tenor (rec. 1924 - 1946)

1 CD / Preiser / 2013-02-12

Works: Johann Strauss II: Der Zigeunerbaron; Eine Nacht in Venedig; Die Fledermaus; Franz Lehár: The Merry Widow; Frasquita; Friederike; Das Land des Lächelns; Paganini; Der Zarewitsch; Giuditta; ...
Performers: Novotna, Jarmila; Schwarz, Vera; Tauber, Richard; Vanconti, Carlotta
Conductors: Lehár, Franz

Recorded between 1924 and 1946, the legendary Richard Tauber shows his affinity for light music with a collection of arias from operettas by Strauss, Lehár...continue...
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Dreamticket to La Boheme - Arias excerpted from performances 1902-1960 / Bjorling, Caruso, Bori, Schone at al.
Dreamticket to La Boheme - Arias excerpted from performances 1902-1960 / Bjorling, Caruso, Bori, Schone at al.

1 CD / Preiser / 2012-10-09

Works: Giacomo Puccini: La bohème
Performers: Albanese, Licia; Arizmendi, Elena; Bjorling, Jussi [Tenor Vocal]; Bori, Lucrezia; Caruso, Enrico [Tenor Vocals]; Cebotari, Maria; de Luca, Giuseppe; Di Stefano, Giuseppe [Tenor vocals]; Eisinger, Ire...

This recording offers the opportunity to hear some of the world's famous singers performing the same arias and scenes so the listener can put together...continue...
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A Tribute to Giuseppe Verdi / Leonard Warren, Alfredo Kraus, Maria Callas et al. (rec. 1914-1962)
A Tribute to Giuseppe Verdi / Leonard Warren, Alfredo Kraus, Maria Callas et al. (rec. 1914-1962)

2 CD / Preiser / 2013-08-13

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: Nabucco; Ernani; Macbeth; Luisa Miller; Rigoletto; Il Trovatore; La Traviata; I Vespri Siciliani; Simon Boccanegra; Un Ballo in Maschera; La Forza del Destino; Don Carlo; Aida, opera;...
Performers: Bampton, Rose; Barbieri, Fedora; Bastianini, Ettore; Berger, Erna [Soprano vocals]; Bergonzi, Carlo; Bjorling, Jussi [Tenor Vocal]; Callas, Maria [Soprano Vocals]; Caruso, Enrico [Tenor Vocals]; Cerq...

These two CDs contain selected recordings of operas by Verdi recorded between 1914 and 1962....continue...
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PSR 93484