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Mahler: Symphony No. 4; Wagner: Parsifal Prelude; Mendelssohn: Ruy Blas Overture / Rudolf Kempe (rec. 1957-67)
Mahler: Symphony No. 4; Wagner: Parsifal Prelude; Mendelssohn: Ruy Blas Overture / Rudolf Kempe (rec. 1957-67)

1 CD / ICA Classics / 2013-11-19

Works: Gustav Mahler: Symphony no 4 in G major; Richard Wagner: Parsifal; Felix Mendelssohn: Ruy Blas Overture, Op. 95
Conductors: Kempe, Rudolf
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; London Symphony Orchestra

The highly distinguished conductor Rudolf Kempe (1910-1976) started as an oboist with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. During the Second World War, he was chief conductor...continue...
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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5; Janácek: Taras Bulba (rec. 1978 & 1981) / Rozhdestvensky, BBC SO
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5; Janácek: Taras Bulba (rec. 1978 & 1981) / Rozhdestvensky, BBC SO

1 CD / ICA Classics / 2013-11-19

Works: Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 5 in E minor, Op. 64; Leos Janácek: Taras Bulba, rhapsody for orchestra, JW 6/15
Performers: Dekany, Bela
Conductors: Rozhdestvensky, Gennady
Ensemble: ; BBC Symphony Orchestra

Rozhdestvensky is considered to be one of the greatest Tchaikovsky conductors today. Given his Russian background and his outstanding leadership of the Bolshoi in the...continue...
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Donizetti: Belisario / Joyce El-Khoury; Camilla Roberts; Russell Thomas; Nicola Alaimo; Alastair Miles. BBC SO, Elder
Donizetti: Belisario / Joyce El-Khoury; Camilla Roberts; Russell Thomas; Nicola Alaimo; Alastair Miles. BBC SO, Elder

2 CD / Opera Rara / 2013-11-12

Works: Gaetano Donizetti: Belisario, opera
Conductors: Elder, Mark
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

Belisario is, quite simply, one of Donizetti's finest achievements. Dating from the high watermark of Donizetti's maturity, Belisario proved a triumph on stages throughout the...continue...
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Donizetti: Caterina Cornaro / Carmen Giannattasio, Colin Lee, Troy Cook, Vuyani Mlinde, Loic Félix
Donizetti: Caterina Cornaro / Carmen Giannattasio, Colin Lee, Troy Cook, Vuyani Mlinde, Loic Félix

2 CD / Opera Rara / 2013-09-10

Works: Gaetano Donizetti: Caterina Cornaro, opera
Conductors: Parry, David
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

Caterina Cornaro was the last of Donizetti's operas to be premiered in his lifetime, and the only opera of his later period not to have...continue...
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Schumann, Dvorak: Piano Concertos / Francesco Piemontesi, piano; BBC SO, Belohlavek
Schumann, Dvorak: Piano Concertos / Francesco Piemontesi, piano; BBC SO, Belohlavek

1 CD / Naïve / 2013-06-25

Works: Robert Schumann: Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 54; Antonin Dvorák: Concerto for Piano in G minor, Op. 33/B 63
Performers: Piemontesi, Francesco
Conductors: Belohlávek, Jirí
Ensemble: ; BBC Symphony Orchestra

In April 2012 Piemontesi was named Best Newcomer at the BBC Music Magazine Awards, and in presenting his student with the award, Alfred Brendel praised...continue...
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Lionel Bringuier & Nelson Freire Live at the Royal Albert Hall - Chopin: Piano Concerto no 2; Berlioz, Roussel, Ravel, Gluck [DVD]
Lionel Bringuier & Nelson Freire Live at the Royal Albert Hall - Chopin: Piano Concerto no 2; Berlioz, Roussel, Ravel, Gluck [DVD]

1 DVD Video / Bel Air Classiques / 2013-04-30

Works: Hector Berlioz: Le corsaire Overture, Op. 21; Frédéric Chopin: Concerto for Piano no 2 in F minor, B 43/Op. 21; Christoph W. Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice, piano transcription Giovanni Sgambati;...
Performers: Freire, Nelson
Conductors: Bringuier, Lionel
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

On this brilliant recording leading Chopin interpreter Nelson Freire delivers a deft, impeccable performance of Chopin's lyrical Second Piano Concerto. On the podium the young...continue...
Run Time: 95 min.
Region: 0
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
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Lionel Bringuier & Nelson Freire Live at the Royal Albert Hall - Chopin: Piano Concerto no 2; Berlioz, Roussel, Ravel, Gluck [Blu-Ray]
Lionel Bringuier & Nelson Freire Live at the Royal Albert Hall - Chopin: Piano Concerto no 2; Berlioz, Roussel, Ravel, Gluck [Blu-Ray]

1 Blu-Ray Video / Bel Air Classiques / 2013-04-30

Works: Hector Berlioz: Le corsaire Overture, Op. 21; Frédéric Chopin: Concerto for Piano no 2 in F minor, B 43/Op. 21; Christoph W. Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice, piano transcription Giovanni Sgambati;...
Performers: Freire, Nelson
Conductors: Bringuier, Lionel
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

On this brilliant recording leading Chopin interpreter Nelson Freire delivers a deft, impeccable performance of Chopin's lyrical Second Piano Concerto. On the podium the young...continue...
Run Time: 95 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: Blu-Ray, 16:9, Color
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Brahms: Symphony No. 4; Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 / Sir Adrian Boult (1975)
Brahms: Symphony No. 4; Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 / Sir Adrian Boult (1975)

1 CD / ICA Classics / 2013-02-26

Works: Johannes Brahms: Symphony no 4 in E minor, Op. 98; Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony no 4 in A major, Op. 90 "Italian"
Conductors: Boult, Adrian
Ensemble: ; BBC Symphony Orchestra

Just prior to the Second World War, Sir Adrian single-handedly built the BBC Symphony Orchestra into a world-renowned ensemble. This live 1975 Proms performance of...continue...
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Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 / Christopher Adey, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Richard Hickox, BBC Symphony Orchestra / Shura Cherkassky, piano
Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 / Christopher Adey, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Richard Hickox, BBC Symphony Orchestra / Shura Cherkassky, piano

1 CD / ICA Classics / 2012-11-13

Works: Frédéric Chopin: Concerto for Piano no 1 in E minor, B 53/Op. 11; Concerto for Piano no 2 in F minor, B 43/Op. 21
Performers: Cherkassky, Shura [Piano]
Conductors: Adey, Christopher; Hickox, Richard
Ensemble: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; BBC Symphony Orchestra

Shura Cherkassky enjoyed a long career of over 70 years, rising to the forefront of internationally acclaimed concert pianists. His phenomenal virtuosity, color, range, and...continue...
Recording information: Royal Albert Hall, London (08/30/1983); Studio 1, Broadcasting House, Glasgow, Scotland (08/30/1983); Royal Albert Hall, London (12/03/1981); Studio 1, Broadcasting House, Glasg...continue...
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Beecham conducts - Berlioz: Corsaire Overture; Grieg: Old Norwegian Romance; D'indy: Enchanted Forest; Saint-Saëns: Sym. 3
Beecham conducts - Berlioz: Corsaire Overture; Grieg: Old Norwegian Romance; D'indy: Enchanted Forest; Saint-Saëns: Sym. 3

1 CD / SOMM / 2012-08-14

Works: Hector Berlioz: Le corsaire Overture, Op. 21; Edvard Grieg: Old Norwegian Romance with Variations for 2 Pianos, Op. 51; Vincent d'Indy: La Forêt Enchantée, symphonic legend after Uhland for...
Performers: Gamley, Douglas; McCall, Tom; Vaughan, Denis
Conductors: Beecham, Thomas
Ensemble: ; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

This long-awaited live performance, from the Royal Festival Hall in October 1954, joins SOMM's growing collection of unforgettable performances by a conductor who genuinely loved...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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Brahms: Symphony No. 3; Elgar: Symphony No. 1 / Sir Adrian Boult
Brahms: Symphony No. 3; Elgar: Symphony No. 1 / Sir Adrian Boult

1 CD / ICA Classics / 2012-03-27

Works: Johannes Brahms: Symphony no 3 in F major, Op. 90; Edward Elgar: Symphony no 1 in A flat major, Op. 55
Conductors: Boult, Adrian
Ensemble: ; BBC Symphony Orchestra

Acclaimed British conductor Sir Adrian Boult's friendship with Sir Edward Elgar ensured that all his interpretations of the composer's works were without question authoritative, achieving...continue...
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Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1; Chopin; Liszt; Schumann et al.  / Julius Katchen, piano
Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1; Chopin; Liszt; Schumann et al. / Julius Katchen, piano

1 CD / ICA Classics / 2011-11-15

Works: Johannes Brahms: Concerto for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 15; Frédéric Chopin: Ballade for Piano no 3 in A flat major, B 136/Op. 47; Franz Liszt: Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke, S 514 "Mephisto...
Performers: Amis, John; Katchen, Julius [Piano]
Conductors: Kempe, Rudolf
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

American pianist Katchen (1926 - 69) was a child prodigy. At 11, he performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Ormandy. His technique was 'gold plated'...continue...
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Bruckner: Symphony No. 5 / Gunter Wand at the BBC Proms [DVD]
Bruckner: Symphony No. 5 / Gunter Wand at the BBC Proms [DVD]

1 DVD Video / ICA Classics / 2011-11-15

Works: Anton Bruckner: Symphony no 5 in B flat major, WAB 105
Conductors: Wand, Günter
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

Described as his personal 'Symphony of Fate', Wand's great affinity for Bruckner's 5th Symphony was noted by the composer Zimmermann. His first recording of the...continue...
Run Time: 79 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3, B&W
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo,
Subtitles: English, French
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Beecham Collection - Wagner / Beecham, Flagstad, et al
Beecham Collection - Wagner / Beecham, Flagstad, et al

1 CD / SOMM / 2011-10-11

Works: Richard Wagner: The Flying Dutchman; Lohengrin; Wesendonck Lieder; Tristan und Isolde; Spoken Word: Kirsten Flagstad
Performers: Flagstad, Kirsten [Soprano Vocals]
Conductors: Beecham, Thomas
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

Those who had the privilege of hearing Beecham conduct or witness Flagstad's renowned stage appearances never forgot those performances. For today's audiences, these rare recordings...continue...
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Kathleen Ferrier sings Brahms, Chausson, Mahler
Kathleen Ferrier sings Brahms, Chausson, Mahler

1 CD / SOMM / 2011-10-11

Works: Johannes Brahms: Serious Songs (4), Op. 121; Ernest Chausson: Poème de l'amour et de la mer, Op. 19; Gustav Mahler: Symphony no 3 in D minor
Conductors: Sargent, Malcolm; Barbirolli, John; Boult, Adrian
Ensemble: ; BBC Symphony Orchestra

The phrase "widely and greatly loved" is often bandied about in speaking of musicians, but in the case of Kathleen Ferrier, the Lancashire-born English contralto...continue...
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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4; Mussorgsky: A Night on Bare Mountain / Rozhdestvensky
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4; Mussorgsky: A Night on Bare Mountain / Rozhdestvensky

1 CD / ICA Classics / 2011-09-27

Works: Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 4 in F minor, Op. 36; Modest Mussorgsky: Sorochintsï Fair; Sergey Prokofiev: Love for Three Oranges
Performers: Wilson-Johnson, David
Conductors: Rozhdestvensky, Gennady
Ensemble: ; BBC Symphony Orchestra

Gennadi Rozhdestvensky is the last living survivor of a great Russian quartet of conductors and now, for the first time issued on CD are his...continue...
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Rozhdestvensky at the BBC Proms / Glinka, Tchaikovsky [DVD]
Rozhdestvensky at the BBC Proms / Glinka, Tchaikovsky [DVD]

1 DVD Video / ICA Classics / 2011-06-28

Works: Mikhail Glinka: Ruslan and Ludmila; A Life for the Tsar; Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker
Conductors: Rozhdestvensky, Gennadi
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

Performed during his tenure as Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony, the BBC Proms performances featured on this DVD represent Gennadi Rozhdestvensky at the highest...continue...
Run Time: 64 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3, Color
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Brahms: Symphony No. 1; Elgar: Enigma Variations / Boult
Brahms: Symphony No. 1; Elgar: Enigma Variations / Boult

1 CD / ICA Classics / 2011-05-31

Works: Johannes Brahms: Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 68; Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations; Spoken Word: John Douglas Todd interviews Sir Adrian Boult
Performers: Thalben-Ball, George, Sir [Composer/Organ]
Conductors: Boult, Adrian
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

Sir Adrian Boult (1889 - 1983), one of the great British conductors of the 20th century, studied under the legendary Arthur Nikisch. This fiery 1976...continue...
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Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2; Chopin, Liszt / Loughran/BBC SO, Ohlsson [DVD]
Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2; Chopin, Liszt / Loughran/BBC SO, Ohlsson [DVD]

1 DVD Video / ICA Classics / 2011-02-22

Works: Johannes Brahms: Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 83; Frédéric Chopin: Scherzo for Piano no 1 in B minor, B 65/Op. 20; Polonaise for piano no 6 in A flat major ("Héroique...
Performers: Ohlsson, Garrick
Conductors: Loughran, James
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

Garrick Ohlsson won the 1970 Chopin International Piano Competition, just four years before the recitalperformance of Chopin and Liszt featured on this DVD. Ohlsson has...continue...
Run Time: 78 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3
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The Complete HMV Stereo Recordings - Shura Cherkassky
The Complete HMV Stereo Recordings - Shura Cherkassky

2 CD / First Hand / 2009-08-11

Works: Ferruccio Busoni: Chaconne, transcription for piano in D minor (after J. S. Bach, BWV 1004), KiV B24; Ludwig van Beethoven: Bagatelle for piano in G minor, Op. 119/1; Franz Schubert: Impromptu no 4 i...
Performers: Cherkassky, Shura [Piano]
Conductors: Sargent, Malcolm
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

Like many other artists, the great Russian pianist Shura Cherkassky fled from what became Soviet Russia and settled in the USA. A student of Josef...continue...
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FHR 04
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
Best Concertos 100
Best Concertos 100

6 CD / EMI Classics / 2009-03-24

Works: Sergey Rachmaninov: Concerto for Piano no 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 1; Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18; Concerto for Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 30; Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini; Pyotr Il'...
Performers: Accardo, Salvatore [Violin/Conductor]; Ambache, Diana; Andsnes, Leif Ove; Asperen, Bob van; Biondi, Fabio [Violin]; Broadway, Kenneth; Bury, Alison; Bylsma, Anner; Capucon, Gautier; Capucon, Renaud; ...
Conductors: Pesek, Libor; Foster, Lawrence; Vonk, Hans; Plasson, Michel; Cziffra, György [Piano]; Jansons, Mariss; Kitayenko, Dmitri; Davis, Andrew; Frühbeck de Burgos, Rafae; Litton, Andrew; Hickox, R...
Ensemble: Aalborg Symphony Orchestra; Academy of London; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields; Ambache Chamber Orchestra; Auvergne Orchestra; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra; Berlin Philha...

The latest release in from the top-selling 'BEST 100' series by EMI Classics contains excerpts from the most famous concertos of all time. Each of...continue...
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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
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
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
Tchaikovsky, Scriabin: Piano Concertos / Nikolai Demidenko
Tchaikovsky, Scriabin: Piano Concertos / Nikolai Demidenko

1 CD / Hyperion / 2007-12-11

Works: Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23; Alexander Scriabin: Concerto for Piano in F sharp minor, Op. 20
Performers: Demidenko, Nikolai
Conductors: Lazarev, Alexander
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

'A major achievement' (Classic CD)

'It is something of an achievement when one manages to hear afresh such an over-familiar work' (BBC Music Magazine)

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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
Brahms: Piano Concertos no 1 & 2, etc / Backhaus, et al
Brahms: Piano Concertos no 1 & 2, etc / Backhaus, et al

2 CD / Urania (Italy) / 2007-07-02

Works: Johannes Brahms: Concerto for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 15; Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 83; Waltzes (16) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 39; Ballades (4) for Piano, Op. 10; Variations (28) f...
Performers: Backhaus, Wilhelm
Conductors: Böhm, Karl; Boult, Adrian, Sir
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; Sächsische Staatskapelle
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URA 4259
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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Kirsten Flagstad Vol 3 - Live Performances 1948-1957
Kirsten Flagstad Vol 3 - Live Performances 1948-1957

3 CD / Simax / 2006-10-25

Works: Richard Wagner: Tristan und Isolde; The Flying Dutchman; Die Walküre; Götterdämmerung; Wesendonck Lieder; Richard Strauss: Four Last Songs, AV 150; Befreit, Op. 39 no 4; Allerseelen, O...
Performers: Flagstad, Kirsten [Soprano Vocals]; Svanholm, Set [Tenor Vocals]; Ursuleac, Viorica
Conductors: Kleiber, Erich; Merola, Gaetano; Furtwängler, Wilhelm; Wallenstein, Alfred; Walter, Bruno; Jones, Geraint; Sebastian, Georges; Beecham, Thomas; Hye-Knudsen, Johan; Sargent, Malcolm
Ensemble: ; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra; Buenos Aires Teatro Colón Orchestra; Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra; Mermaid Orchestra; Metropol...
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SIM 1823
Toscannini - Unpublished HMV Recordings from 1935 and 1938
Toscannini - Unpublished HMV Recordings from 1935 and 1938

1 CD / Testament / 2006-10-10

Works: Gioachino Rossini: Semiramide; Felix Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream; Johannes Brahms: Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 73
Conductors: Toscanini, Arturo
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
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TES 1015
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
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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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
Liszt: Symphonic Poems Vol 1 / Noseda, BBC PO
Liszt: Symphonic Poems Vol 1 / Noseda, BBC PO

1 CD / Chandos Records / 2005-09-20

Works: Franz Liszt: Ce qu'on entend sur la montagne, symphonic poem for orchestra ("Bergsymphonie;" 4 versions), S. 95 (; Tasso - Lamento e trionfo, S 96; Les préludes, S 97; Orpheus, S 98
Conductors: Noseda, Gianandrea
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

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Volume 1 of Liszt's complete symphonic poems augurs well for the releases. Gianandrea Noseda and the BBC Philharmonic remind you at every...continue...
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Bruckner: Symphony no 6, etc / Klemperer, Harper, et al
Bruckner: Symphony no 6, etc / Klemperer, Harper, et al

1 CD / Testament / 2005-07-12

Works: Anton Bruckner: Symphony no 6 in A major, WAB 106; Te Deum in C major, WAB 45
Performers: Baker, Janet, Dame [Mezzo-soprano Vocal]; Harper, Heather; Lewis, Richard [Tenor Vocals]; Nowakowski, Marian
Conductors: Klemperer, Otto
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Chorus; BBC Symphony Orchestra

"At the very outset, one is struck by the great force and clarity with which the BBC microphones capture the four soloists... Indeed the orchestra...continue...
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Essential Piano - The Ultimate Piano Collection
Essential Piano - The Ultimate Piano Collection

2 CD / Decca Import / 2005-03-08

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27/2 "Moonlight"; Bagatelle for piano in A minor ("Für Elise"), WoO 59; Sonata for piano no 8 in C minor, Op. 13 "Pathetique"; ...
Performers: Ashkenazy, Vladimir; Bolet, Jorge; Cherkassky, Shura [Piano]; Cooper, Joseph; De Larrocha, Alicia [Piano]; Katchen, Julius [Piano]; Kocsis, Zoltan [Piano]; Kovacevich, Stephen [Piano]; Lapu, Radu; Or...
Conductors: De Waart, Edo; Davis, Colin; Maazel, Lorin; Segal, Uri; Ashkenazy, Vladimir
Ensemble: ; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Cleveland Orchestra; London Symphony Orchestra; Philharmonia Orchestra; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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PID 875034
Verdi: Messa da Requiem / Toscanini, Milanov, et al
Verdi: Messa da Requiem / Toscanini, Milanov, et al

2 CD / Testament / 2004-10-12

Works: Recorded Sound: Applause; Giuseppe Verdi: Requiem Mass
Performers: Milanov, Zinka [Soprano Vocal]; Moscona, Nicola; Rosvaenge, Helge; Thorborg, Kerstin
Conductors: Toscanini, Arturo
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

The performance heard on these discs is particularly remarkable, not only for historical reasons, but also because it seems to be the earliest extant viable...continue...
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TES 1362
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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BBC 41492
Beethoven, Schubert, Wagner / Jascha Hornstein, et al
Beethoven, Schubert, Wagner / Jascha Hornstein, et al

2 CD / BBC Legends / 2004-09-21

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Missa solemnis in D major, Op. 123; Franz Schubert: Symphony no 8 in B minor, D 759 "Unfinished"; Richard Wagner: Faust Overture
Performers: Borg, Kim; Lewis, Richard [Tenor Vocals]; Stich-Randall, Teresa
Conductors: Horenstein, Jascha
Ensemble: BBC Northern Symphony; BBC Symphony Chorus; BBC Symphony Orchestra

Jascha Horenstein has been represented on BBC Legends on many occasions particularly in Bruckner and Mahler. His famous pioneering recording of Mahler's Symphony No. 8...continue...
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BBC 41502
Tchaikovsky, Schumann: Piano Concertos / Rubinstein, et al
Tchaikovsky, Schumann: Piano Concertos / Rubinstein, et al

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2004-09-21

Works: Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23; Robert Schumann: Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 54; Spoken Word: Artur Rubinstein in Conversation with Michael Oliver
Performers: Rubinstein, Artur [Piano]
Conductors: Giulini, Carlo Maria; Schwarz, Rudolf
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; Philharmonia Orchestra

Artur Rubinstein, one of the most celebrated pianists of the 20th Century, has been featured in Chopin and Beethoven concertos on BBC Legends over the...continue...
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BBC 41522
Great Performers of the Twentieth Century - Goodall
Great Performers of the Twentieth Century - Goodall

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2004-06-29

Works: Anton Bruckner: Symphony no 7 in E major, WAB 107; Richard Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Conductors: Goodall, Reginald
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; English National Opera Orchestra

"Goodall has a reputation as a slow-motion conductor, a kind of Celibidache without the mystic aura. This release shows that the reputation isn't necessarily the...continue...
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Bach: Mass in B minor;  Brahms, etc / Kathleen Ferrier, etc
Bach: Mass in B minor; Brahms, etc / Kathleen Ferrier, etc

3 CD / Guild / 2004-01-01

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: Mass in B minor, BWV 232; Spoken Word: Broadcast Commentary on Brahms; Kathleen Ferrier Gives Spoken Introduction to 1952 London Recital; Johannes Brahms: Serious Songs (4), Op...
Performers: Ludwig, Walther; Schwarzkopf, Elisabeth [Soprano vocals]; Vocals], Paul Schoffler [Baritone
Conductors: Karajan, Herbert v.; Sargent, Malcolm
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; Vienna Symphony Orchestra
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GUI 2260
Schumann, Hindemith: Cello Concertos / Tortelier, Dorati
Schumann, Hindemith: Cello Concertos / Tortelier, Dorati

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2003-11-25

Works: Robert Schumann: Concerto for Cello in A minor, Op. 129; Paul Hindemith: Concerto for Cello; Paul Tortelier: A Tortelier masterclass
Performers: Tortelier, Paul [Cello]
Conductors: Dorati, Antal; Downes, Edward
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; New Philharmonia Orchestra

Paul Tortelier played in the Paris Conservatoire under Charles Munch and Andre Cluytens. His first solo engagement was in the Lalo Concerto with the Concerts...continue...
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BBC 41332
De Los Angeles - Scarlatti, Handel, Berlioz, et al / Moore
De Los Angeles - Scarlatti, Handel, Berlioz, et al / Moore

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2003-02-01

Works: Alessandro Scarlatti: Il Pirro e Demetrio; George Frederick Handel: Judas Maccabaeus, HWV 63; Franz Schubert: Mein! ("Bächlein, lass dein Rauschen sein"), song for voice & piano (Die schöne...
Performers: de los Angeles, Victoria; Moore, Gerald [Piano]
Conductors: Schwarz, Rudolf
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

De los Angeles makes her debut on BBC Legends with a recital from the 1957 Edinburgh Festival. The French chansons, German Lieder and Spanish Folk...continue...
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BBC 41012
Rossini, Brahms, Schumann / Pierre Monteux, BBC Symphony
Rossini, Brahms, Schumann / Pierre Monteux, BBC Symphony

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2003-02-01

Works: Gioachino Rossini: L'italiana in Algeri; Johannes Brahms: Symphony no 3 in F major, Op. 90; Robert Schumann: Symphony no 4 in D minor, Op. 120; Pierre Monteux / Roy Davies: Pierre Monteux in Conversa...
Conductors: Monteux, Pierre
Ensemble: BBC Northern Symphony; BBC Symphony Orchestra

All the works represented here on this CD have never been recorded commercially by Monteux, a premiere for BBC Legends. The Schumann is particularly rare...continue...
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BBC 40582
Berlioz: Le Corsaire, King Lear, Harold en Italie / Beecham
Berlioz: Le Corsaire, King Lear, Harold en Italie / Beecham

1 CD / BBC Legends / 2003-02-01

Works: Hector Berlioz: Le corsaire Overture, Op. 21; King Lear Overture, Op. 4; Harold in Italy for viola and orchestra, Op. 16; Trojan March (Les Troyens), H. 133b
Performers: Riddle, Frederick
Conductors: Beecham, Thomas
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

"Le Corsaire" was used by Beecham to demonstrate the power of the RPO brass section which Beecham was inordinately proud of. This performance comes from...continue...
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BBC 40652
Mozart: Symphony no 41;  Brahms / Walter, Vienna PO, BBC SO
Mozart: Symphony no 41; Brahms / Walter, Vienna PO, BBC SO

1 CD / Opus KURA / 2002-10-01

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony no 41 in C major, K 551 "Jupiter"; Johannes Brahms: Symphony no 4 in E minor, Op. 98
Conductors: Walter, Bruno
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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