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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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Istvan Kertesz conducts Bruckner Symphony no 4
Istvan Kertesz conducts Bruckner Symphony no 4

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2009-11-25

Works: Anton Bruckner: Symphony no 4 in E flat major, WAB 104 "Romantic"; Ralph Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis
Conductors: Kertész, István

The live stereo performance of Bruckner's 4th on 13 March 1964 first appeared on BBC Radio Classics in 1995 with poor re-mastering and no additional...continue...
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BBC 42642
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
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
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
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
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
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
Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem / Giulini, Cotrubas, Fischer-Dieskau, Edinburgh International Festival Chorus, London PO
Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem / Giulini, Cotrubas, Fischer-Dieskau, Edinburgh International Festival Chorus, London PO

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2008-10-28

Works: Johannes Brahms: German Requiem, Op. 45
Performers: Cotrubas, Ileana; Fischer-Dieskau, Dietrich [Conductor]
Conductors: Giulini, Carlo Maria
Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra

The Brahms Requiem from the 1978 Edinburgh Festival has never been issued before and in fact the DG studio taping nine years later in 1987...continue...
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BBC 42462
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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BBC 42432
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
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
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
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
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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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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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
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
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
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 / 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 for orchestra ("Military," "Sokol Festival"), JW 6/18
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
Janacek: Glagolitic Mass; Strauss / Tennstedt, et al
Janacek: Glagolitic Mass; Strauss / Tennstedt, et al

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2007-07-31

Works: Leos Janácek: Mass (Msa glagolskaja) for soloists, double chorus, orchestra & organ ("Glagolitic Mass"), JW 3/9; 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
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
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
Brahms: Lieder / Dame Janet Baker
Brahms: Lieder / Dame Janet Baker

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2007-01-30

Works: Johannes Brahms: Songs (9) for voice & piano, Op. 63; Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 72; Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 71; Songs (4) for voice & piano, Op. 70; Meerfahrt ("Mein Liebchen, wir sas...
Performers: Baker, Janet, Dame [Mezzo-soprano Vocal]; Hamburger, Paul; Lush, Ernest

"Beyond her distinctively warm-toned voice and heart-felt delivery, it is Baker's ability to balance the lyric and the dramatic that makes her Brahms' performances so...continue...
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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
Bruckner: Symphony no 7;  Beethoven / Barbirolli
Bruckner: Symphony no 7; Beethoven / Barbirolli

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2006-09-19

Works: Anton Bruckner: Symphony no 7 in E major, WAB 107; Ludwig van Beethoven: Egmont, incidental music, Op. 84; Creatures of Prometheus, Op. 43
Conductors: Barbirolli, John
Ensemble: Hallé Orchestra

The recording of Bruckner's Symphony No. 7 is a rarity for Barbirolli fans, and is an important new addition to the Barbirolli discography following his...continue...
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BBC 41862
Brahms, Mozart: Piano Concertos / Rubinstein
Brahms, Mozart: Piano Concertos / Rubinstein

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2006-09-19

Works: Johannes Brahms: Concerto for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 15; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for Piano no 23 in A major, K 488
Performers: Rubinstein, Artur [Piano]
Conductors: Davis, Colin
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; English Chamber Orchestra

The BBC Legends live Performance, in excellent sound, from a packed Royal Festival Hall in 1968, demonstrates that Rubinstein had lost none of his fire...continue...
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BBC 41872
Grieg, Wagner / Flagstad, Sargent, BBC SO
Grieg, Wagner / Flagstad, Sargent, BBC SO

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2006-09-19

Works: Recorded Sound: Applause; Edvard Grieg: Elegiac Melodies (2) for Strings, Op. 34; Melodies (12), Op. 33; Fyremål (The Goal), song for voice & piano, Op. 33/12; Romances (6), Op. 39; Songs (5), O...
Performers: Flagstad, Kirsten [Soprano Vocals]
Conductors: Sargent, Malcolm
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

Almost overnight, Kirsten Flagstad, was regarded as the supreme Wagnerian soprano of her generation. In 1936-37, she sang with Beecham, Fritz Reiner and Wilhelm Furtwangler...continue...
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BBC 41902
Elgar, Tchaikovsky, Britten, et al / Silvestri
Elgar, Tchaikovsky, Britten, et al / Silvestri

2 CD / BBC Legends / 2006-07-25

Works: Edward Elgar: Cockaigne Overture, Op. 40 "In London Town"; Symphony no 1 in A flat major, Op. 55; Malcolm Arnold: Beckus the Dandipratt Overture, Op. 5; Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 2 in C ...
Conductors: Silvestri, Constantin
Ensemble: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Constantin Silvestri, conductor and composer, was born in Bucharest and became conductor of the Bacharest Philharmonic. He also conducted the Leningrad Philharmonic and Hungarian State...continue...
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BBC 41822
BBC Legends - Brahms: Piano Concerto no 2, etc / Ogdon
BBC Legends - Brahms: Piano Concerto no 2, etc / Ogdon

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2006-07-25

Works: Johannes Brahms: Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 83; Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for Piano no 32 in C minor, Op. 111
Performers: Ogdon, John [Piano]
Conductors: Barbirolli, John

John Ogdon studied at the Royal Manchester College of Music. He made his London deut at the Henry Wood Proms in 1958 playing the Busoni...continue...
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BBC 41832
Haydn, Brahms, Schubert / Firkusny
Haydn, Brahms, Schubert / Firkusny

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2006-06-27

Works: Franz Joseph Haydn: Sonata for Piano no 59 in E flat major; Sonata for Keyboard no 33 in C minor, H 16 no 20; Johannes Brahms: Pieces (4) for piano, Op. 119; Franz Schubert: Sonata for Piano in B fla...
Performers: Firkusny, Rudolf

Rudolf Firkusny was one of the great concert pianists of this century, but also one of the last links to the most important figures in...continue...
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BBC 41732
Bruckner: Symphony no 9 / Goodall, et al
Bruckner: Symphony no 9 / Goodall, et al

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2006-06-27

Works: Anton Bruckner: Symphony no 9 in D minor, WAB 109
Conductors: Goodall, Reginald
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

"... Movements start or progress in unassuming fashions, but actually a carefully paced drama is being unfolded and suddenly you find yourself riveted." -Chakwin, ARG...continue...
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Verdi: La Traviata / Norah Amsellem, Jose Bros, Renato Bruson, Maria Espada, Madrid Opera - Jesus Lopez Cobos [2 DVD]
Verdi: La Traviata / Norah Amsellem, Jose Bros, Renato Bruson, Maria Espada, Madrid Opera - Jesus Lopez Cobos [2 DVD]

2 DVD Video / BBC Legends / 2006-06-20

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: La traviata
Performers: Amsellem, Norah; Bros, Jose; Bruson, Renato; Espada, Maria; Mentxaka, Itxaro; Moncloa, Marco; Muzzi, Lorenzo; Rubiera, David; Sanchez, Emilio

Norah Amseliem as Violetta leads a cast of outstanding talent in Pier Luigi Pizzi's beautiful production filmed with High Definition cameras and recorded in multi-track...continue...
Run Time: 175 min.
Region: 0
Picture Format: NTSC Widescreen, 1.78:1, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, DTS Surround
Subtitles: English, French, German...continue...
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Dvorák, Janácek: String Quartets / Smetana Quartet
Dvorák, Janácek: String Quartets / Smetana Quartet

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2006-05-23

Works: Antonin Dvorák: Terzetto for 2 violins & viola in C major, B. 148 (Op. 74); Quartet for Strings no 14 in A flat major, B. 193 (Op. 105); Leos Janácek: Quartet for Strings no 1 ("Kreutzer So...
Performers: Kostecky, Lubomir; Novak, Jiri [Violin]; Skampa, Milan

The Smetana Quartet was the greatest of a legendary line of Czech string ensembles. The quartet was formed on the 6th of November 1945 and...continue...
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BBC 41802
Schumann, Beethoven, Bach: Piano Concertos / Hess
Schumann, Beethoven, Bach: Piano Concertos / Hess

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2006-05-02

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 19; Robert Schumann: Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 54; Johann Sebastian Bach: Toccata in G major, BWV 916
Performers: Hess, Myra
Conductors: Gibson, Alexander, Sir; Sargent, Malcolm
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Dame Myra Hess was a pianist with a commanding yet unobtrusive technique who specialized in Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann and Brahms. She made her debut...continue...
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BBC 41782
Berlioz, Tchaikovsky / Rozhdestvensky, Leningrad PO
Berlioz, Tchaikovsky / Rozhdestvensky, Leningrad PO

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2005-02-22

Works: Hector Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14; Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Francesca da Rimini, Op. 32
Conductors: Rozhdestvensky, Gennady
Ensemble: Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra

Apart from being a great orchestral teacher and to some an icon for conducting and interpretation, he was a highly respected interpreter of the post-romantic...continue...
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BBC 41632
Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Cherkassky, etc / Cherkassky, et al
Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Cherkassky, etc / Cherkassky, et al

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2004-11-23

Works: Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23; Modest Mussorgsky: Pictures at an exhibition; Shura Cherkassky: Prelude Pathetique, for piano; Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Fli...
Performers: Cherkassky, Shura [Piano]
Conductors: Solti, Sir Georg
Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra

Shura Cherkassky, was one of the 20th Century's greatest romantic virtuosos, a pupil of the legendary pianist Josef Hofmann at the Curtis institute in Philadelphia....continue...
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BBC 41602
Beethoven, Schumann, Schoenberg / Arrau
Beethoven, Schumann, Schoenberg / Arrau

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2004-11-23

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for Piano no 13 in E flat major, Op. 27 no 1 "Quasi una fantasia"; Robert Schumann: Fantasia in C major, Op. 17; Arnold Schoenberg: Pieces (3) for piano, Op. 11
Performers: Arrau, Claudio [Piano]

Claudio Arrau was in intellectual, with a profound analytical bent, a deeply relective interpreter, commanding a tonal range of extraordinary breath, variety and depth. The...continue...
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BBC 41622
Du Pré - Dvorák: Cello Concerto;  Ibert
Du Pré - Dvorák: Cello Concerto; Ibert

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2004-10-19

Works: Antonin Dvorák: Concerto for Cello in B minor, Op. 104/B 191; Jacques Ibert: Concerto for cello & 10 wind instruments
Performers: du Pre, Jacqueline [Cello]
Conductors: Groves, Charles, Sir; Krein, Michael
Ensemble: Michael Krein Orchestra; Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

"Like many of the BBC releases, this one documents a rather special event: a concert at the Royal Albert Hall in 1969 where Du Pre...continue...
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Giulini - Bruckner, Dvorák, Rossini / Philharmonia
Giulini - Bruckner, Dvorák, Rossini / Philharmonia

2 CD / BBC Legends / 2004-10-19

Works: Anton Bruckner: Symphony no 8 in C minor, WAB 108; Antonin Dvorák: Symphony no 8 in G major, Op. 88/B 163; Gioachino Rossini: Semiramide
Conductors: Giulini, Carlo Maria
Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra

BBC Legends celebration of Carlo Maria Giulini's 90th year concludes with Bruckner's Symphony No. 8 which he came to later on in his career and...continue...
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BBC 41592
Dvorák, Brahms: Concertos / Fournier, et al
Dvorák, Brahms: Concertos / Fournier, et al

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2004-09-21

Works: Antonin Dvorák: Concerto for Cello in B minor, Op. 104/B 191; Johannes Brahms: Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor, Op. 102 "Double"
Performers: Fournier, Pierre [Cello]; Francescatti, Zino
Conductors: Davis, Colin; Sargent, Malcolm
Ensemble: ; BBC Symphony Orchestra

Pierre Fournier and Zino Francescatti were born in Paris and Marseille respectively. Fournier was the leading French cellist of his generation and performed with all...continue...
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