The Basic Classical Collection on Compact Disc (Recommended Recordings)

The following recommendations are personal favorites of mine derived from many years of listening and comparing. I tried to base the suggestions on both performance and sound, so most of them are stereo recordings. If you don't see your own personal favorites among my listed items, it's either because I've never heard them or because I've heard them and didn't care for them all that much.

Naturally, I'll update the list as new and interesting recordings come my way, and I always welcome comments and suggestions.

For beginners in the classical field, I have indicated with an asterisk (*) those works a person might best begin with.


ADAM, Adolphe (1803-1856)

Giselle:
Martinon/Paris Conserv. O. (HDTT)
Fistoulari/LSO (Mercury)
Bonynge/Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (Decca)


ALBINONI, Tommaso (1671-1750)
Adagio in g-minor:
Camerata Bern (Novalis)
Marriner/ASMF (EMI)
I Musici (Philips)
I Solisti Italiani (Denon)


BACH, Johann Sebastian (1685-1750)
Toccata and Fugue in D:
Ledger (EMI)
Otto (Denon)
*Brandenburg Concertos:
        Pinnock/European Brandenburg Ensemble (Avie)
Marriner/ASMF (Philips)
        Lamon/Tafelmusik Baroque O. (Tafelmusik or Sony)
Pinnock/English Concert (DG Archiv)
        Leppard/ECO (Philips)
Savall/Les Concert des Nations (Astree)
Sorrell/Apollo's Fire (Avie)
        Leonhardt Ensemble (Sony)
*Orchestral Suites:
Savall/Les Concert des Nations (Astree)
Marriner/ASMF (Decca)
Koopman/Amsterdam Baroque O. (DHM)
Pearlman/Boston Baroque O. (Telarc)
Kuijken/La Petite Bande (DHM)
        Leppard/ECO (Philips)
        Clark/Consort of London (Brilliant Classics)
Violin Concertos:
Kuijken/La Petite Bande (DHM)
Menuhin/Bath Festival O. (EMI or Hi-Q)
Grumiaux/New Philh. O. (Philips)
Meyers/ECO (eOne)
Hahn/Kahane/LACO (DG)
Zehetmair/Amsterdam Bach Soloists (Brilliant Classics)
The Musical Offering:
Ensemble Sonniere (Virgin)
Linde-Consort (EMI)
Magnificat:
Gardiner/English Baroque Ensemble (Philips)
Kuijken/La Petite Bande (Virgin)
Pickett/New Decca Consort (L'Oiseau-Lyre)
Parrott/Taverner Players (EMI)
Suzuki/Bach Coll. (BIS)

BARTOK, Bela (1881-1945)

*Concerto for Orchestra:
Reiner/CSO (RCA or RCA/JVC)
Solti/CSO or LSO (Decca)
Fischer/Budapest Festival O. (Philips)
Rattle/CBSO (EMI)
Music for Strings, Percussion and Orchestra:
Ormandy/Philad. O. (EMI)
Piano Concertos:
Kocsis/Fischer/Budapest O. (Philips)
Kovacevich/Davis/BBC SO (Philips)
Ashkenazy/Solti/LPO (Decca)
Pollini/Abbado/CSO (DG)
Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2:
Chung/Solti/CSO/LPO (Decca)


BEETHOVEN, Ludwig van (1770-1827)
Overtures:
Jochum/Bamberg SO (RCA)
Davis/Bavarian RSO (Sony)
Masur/Gewandhaus O. (Philips)
Zinman/Tonhalle O. Zurich (Arte Nova)
Karajan/Berlin Philharmonic (DG)
Piano Sonatas:
Kempff (DG)
Brendel (Philips)
        Brawn (MSR)
Egmont, Incidental Music:
Szell/Lorengar/LSO (Decca)
Piano Concertos Nos. 1-5:
Kovacevich/Davis/LSO (Philips)
Perahia/Haitink/Concertgebouw O. (Sony)
*Piano Concerto No. 5, "Emperor":
Kovacevich/Davis/LSO (Philips)
        Serkin/Ozawa/Boston Symphony O. (Telarc or LIM)
        Ashkenazy/Solti/CSO (Decca)
        Brendel/Rattle/VPO (Philips)
Gilels/Philh. O. (EMI)
Kempff/Leitner/Berlin Philharmonic (DG)
Arrau/Davis/Dresden St. O. (Philips)
Guy/Jordan/French Radio PO (Naive)
*Violin Concerto:
Szeryng/Haitink/Concertgebouw O. (Philips)
Heifetz/Munch/BSO (RCA)
        Repin/Muti/VPO (DG)
Perlman/Giulini/Philh. O. (EMI)
Kremer/Harnoncourt/COE (Teldec)
Grumiaux/Davis/Concertgebouw O. (PentaTone)
        Barton Pine/Serebrier/Royal Phil. O. (Cedille)
Triple Concerto:
Rostropovich/Oistrakh/Richter/Karajan/Berlin Philharmonic (EMI or Hi-Q)
        Schiff/Hoelscher/Zacharias/Masur/Gewandhaus O. (EMI)
Symphony No. 1:
Herreweghe/Royal Flemish PO (PentaTone)
Marriner/ASMF (PentaTone)
Zinman/Tonhalle O. Zurich (Arte Nova)
Norrington/LCP (Virgin)
Symphony No. 2:
Marriner/ASMF (PentaTone)
Norrington/LCP (Virgin)
Zinman/Tonhalle O. Zurich (Arte Nova)
Jochum/Concertgebouw O. (Philips)
Beecham/RPO (EMI)
*Symphony No. 3, "Eroica":
Klemperer/Philh. O. (EMI)
Barbirolli/BBC SO (Dutton Lab)
Bohm/VPO (DG)
        Bernstein/New York Philharmonic (Sony)
        Jochum/LSO (EMI)
        Manze/Helsingborg Symphony O. (Harmonia Mundi)
Herreweghe/Royal Flemish PO (PentaTone)
Zinman/Tonhalle O. Zurich (Arte Nova)
Symphony No. 4:
McGegan/Philharmonia Baroque O. (PBP)
Jochum/Concertgebouw O. (Philips)
Bohm/VPO (DG)
Norrington/LCP (Virgin)
Klemperer/Philh. O. (EMI)
*Symphony No. 5:
Kleiber/VPO (DG)
Reiner/CSO (RCA/JVC)
Bohm/VPO (DG)
Rattle/VPO (EMI)
*Symphony No. 6, "Pastoral":
Bohm/VPO (DG)
        Reiner/CSO (RCA/JVC)
Walter/Columbia SO (Sony)
Klemperer/Philh. O. (EMI)
Jochum/LSO (EMI)
Jochum/Concertgebouw O. (Philips)
*Symphony No. 7:
Reiner/CSO (RCA/JVC)
Davis/Royal Phil. O. (EMI)
        McGegan/Philharmonia Baroque O. (PBP)
Kleiber/VPO (DG)
        Zinman/Tonhalle O. Zurich (Arte Nova)
        Bernstein/New York Philharmonic (Sony)
Norrington/LCP (EMI)
Symphony No. 8:
Norrington/LCP (Virgin)
Zinman/Tonhalle O. Zurich (Arte Nova)
Jochum/Concertgebouw O. (Philips)
*Symphony No. 9, "Choral":
        Schmidt-Isserstedt/VPO (HDTT)
        Jochum/LSO (EMI)
Jochum/Concertgebouw O. (Philips/Belart)
Solti/CSO (Decca)
Bohm/VPO/1972 (DG)
Zinman/Tonhalle O. Zurich (Arte Nova)
Mackerras/RLPO (EMI)
Wand/NGRSO (RCA)
Gardiner/ORR (DG Archiv)
Szell/Cleveland O. (Sony)
Karajan/Berlin Philharmonic (DG)
Wellington's Victory:
Dorati/LSO (Mercury)
Kunzel/Cinn. Pops (Telarc)
Fidelio:
Ludwig/Klemperer/Philh. O. (EMI)


BERLIOZ, Hector (1803-1869)

Overtures:
Davis/Staatskapelle Dresden (RCA)
Previn/LSO (EMI)
Harold in Italy:
Bernstein/French National O. (EMI)
Gardiner/ORR (Philips)
Davis/LSO (Philips)
Dutoit/Montreal SO (Decca)
*Symphonie fantastique:
Beecham/French National Radio O. (EMI)
        Bernstein/French National O. (EMI or Hi-Q)
Davis/Concertgebouw O. (Philips or PentaTone)
        Munch/Boston SO (JVC or HDTT)
        Martinon/O. l'ORTF (EMI)
Stokowski/New Philh. O. (Decca)
        Norrington/LCP (EMI)
        Gardiner/ORR (Philips)
Romeo and Juliet:
Davis/VPO or LSO (Philips)


BIZET, Georges (1838-1875)
*Carmen:
De los Angeles/Gedda/Beecham/French RO (EMI)
Gheorghiu/Plasson/Toulouse Captitole O. (EMI)
Horne/McCracken/Berstein/Met. Opera O. (DG)
*Carmen/L'Arlesienne suites:
Beecham/French RO (EMI)
Paray/Detroit SO (Mercury)
Dutoit/Montreal SO (Decca)
Symphony in C:
Haitink/Concertgebouw O. (Philips)
Beecham/French Nat'l O. (EMI)
Marriner/ASMF (Decca)


BLOCH, Ernest (1880-1959)
Schelomo:
Rostropovich/Karajan/Berlin Philharmonic (EMI)


BORODIN, Alexander (1833-1887)
                                                          
Quartet No. 2:
        Borodin Quartet (Decca)
        Wolf-Quartett (NCA)
Prince Igor, orchestral excerpts:
        Beecham/RPO (EMI)
        Solti/LSO (Decca or LIM)
        Shaw/Atlanta SO (Telarc)
Symphony No. 2:
        Martinon/LSO (Decca)
        Ashkenazy/RPO (Decca)


BRAHMS, Johannes (1833-1897)
Hungarian Dances:
Masur/Gewandhaus O. (Philips)
*Piano Concerto No. 1:
Curzon/Szell/LSO (HDTT or Decca)
Kovacevich/Sawallisch/LPO (EMI)
        Kovacevich/C. Davis (Newton)
Gilels/Jochum/Berlin Philharmonic (DG)
*Piano Concerto No. 2:
        Kovacevich/C. Davis/LSO (Newton and Philips)
Gilels/Jochum/Berlin Philharmonic (DG)
Pollini/Abbado/VPO (DG)
        Richter/Leinsdorf/Chicago SO (RCA)
*Violin Concerto:
Chung/Rattle/VPO (EMI)
Szeryng/Haitink/Concertgebouw O. (Philips)
Perlman/Giulini/CSO (EMI)
Heifetz/Reiner/CSO (RCA)
Double Concerto:
Oistrakh/Rostropovich/Szell/Cleveland O. (EMI)
Serenades Nos. 1 & 2:
Haitink/Concertgebouw O. (Philips)
Masur/Gewandhaus O. (PentaTone)
Kertesz/LSO (Decca)
        McGegan/Philharmonia Baroque O. (PBP)
Variations on a Theme by Haydn:
Haitink/Concertgebouw O. (Philips)
Symphonies 1-4:
Klemperer/Philh. O. (EMI)
Boult/LPO/LSO (EMI)
Mackerras/Scottish CO (Telarc)
Kertesz/VPO (Decca)
*Symphony No. 1:
Klemperer/Philh. O. (EMI)
Boult/LPO (EMI)
Abbado/Berlin Philharmonic (DG)
Jochum/LPO (EMI)
Dorati/LSO (Mercury)
*Symphony No. 2:
Boult/LPO (EMI)
Klemperer/Philh. O. (EMI)
Abbado/Berlin Philharmonic (DG)
Szell/Cleveland SO (Sony)
*Symphony No. 3:
Klemperer/Philh. O. (EMI)
Boult/LSO (EMI)
Haitink/BSO (Philips)
Walter/Columbia SO (Sony)
*Symphony No. 4:
Blomstedt/Gewandhaus O. (Decca)
Klemperer/Philh. O. (EMI)
Kleiber/VPO (DG)
Abbado/Berlin Philharmonic (DG)
Walter/Columbia SO (Sony)
Alsop/LPO (Naxos)
A German Requiem:
Klemperer/Philh. O. (EMI)


BRITTEN, Benjamin (1913-1976)
Spring Symphony:
Previn/LSO (EMI)
Four Sea Interludes and Passacaglia:
        Previn/LSO (EMI)
        Stern/Kansas City Symphony (Reference Recordings) 
*Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra:
Britten/LSO (Decca or Decca/JVC)
        Hickox/Bournemouth SO (Chandos)
        Stern/Kansas City Symphony (Reference Recordings)


BRUCH, Max (1838-1920)

Violin Concerto No. 1:
Perlman/Previn/LSO (EMI)
Heifetz/Sargent/NSOL (RCA)
        McDuffie/Swensen/Scottish CO (Telarc)
Chung/Tennstedt/LPO (EMI)
        Braunstein/Marin/Bamberg SO (Tudor)
Lin/Slatkin/CSO (Sony)
Scottish Fantasy:
        Braunstein/Marin/Bamberg SO (Tudor)
        Perlman/Lopez-Cobos/New Philh. O. (EMI)
        Oistrakh/Horenstein/LSO (Decca or LIM)
        McDuffie/Swensen/Scottish CO (Telarc)


BRUCKNER, Anton (1824-1896)

Symphony No. 3:
        Schuricht/VPO (HDTT)
*Symphony No. 4, "Romantic":
Klemperer/Philh. O. (EMI)
Bohm/VPO (Decca )
Jochum/Berlin Philharmonic (HDTT or DG)
Jochum/Dresden St. O. (EMI)
Wand/Berlin Philharmonic (RCA)
        Karajan/Berlin Philharmonic (DG)
Tintner/RSNO (Naxos)
Symphony No. 5:
Welser-Most/LPO (EMI)
Haitink/Concertgebouw O. (Philips)
Sinopoli/Dresden (DG)
Symphony No. 6:
Klemperer/Philh. O. (EMI)
Symphony No. 7:
Haitink/Concertgebouw O. (Philips)
Blomstedt/Dresden St. O. (Denon)
Chailly/Berlin RSO (Decca)
Symphony No. 8:
Haitink/Concertgebouw O. (Philips)
Karajan/VPO (DG)
Wand/NDRSO (RCA)
Symphony No. 9:
Jochum/Dresden St. O. (EMI)
Walter/Columbia SO (Sony)
Haitink/Concertgebouw O. (Philips)
Karajan/Berlin Philharmonic (DG)


CHABRIER, Emanuel (1841-1894)
*Espana, etc.:
        Argenta/LSO (LIM, HDTT, or Decca)
        Paray/Detroit Symphony O. (Mercury)
Jordan/French Nat'l O. (Erato)
Jacquillat/Paris O. (EMI-Pathe)

CHOPIN, Frederic (1810-1849)
*Piano Concerto No. 1:
Pollini/Kletzki/Philh. O. (EMI)
Argerich/Dutoit/Montreal SO (EMI)
        Rubinstein/Skrowaczewski/New Symphony O. of London (RCA)
        Fliter/Markl/Scottish Chamber O. (Linn)
Li/A. Davis/Philh. O. (DG)
Piano Concerto No. 2:
Argerich/Dutoit/Montreal SO (EMI)
Etudes:
Pollini (DG)
        Perahia (Sony)
        Andnes (Virgin)
*Nocturnes:
        Rubinstein (RCA)
Pollini (DG)
        Sheng (Piano Classics)
Polonaises:
Pollini (DG)
        Ashkenazy (Decca)
*Waltzes:
Rubinstein (RCA)


COPLAND, Aaron (1900-1990)
Appalachian Spring, original version:
Copland/Chamber Ens. (Sony)
Schenck/Atlantic Sinf. (Koch)
Appalachian Spring, complete:
Tilson Thomas/SFSO (RCA)
Slatkin/St. Louis SO (EMI)
*Appalachian Spring, suite:
        Copland/LSO (Sony)
Dorati/Detroit SO (Decca)
        Bernstein/LAPO (DG)
Billy the Kid:
Copland/LSO (Sony)
Berstein/New York Philharmonic (Sony)
Tilson Thomas/SFSO (RCA)
Dorati/Minn. SO (Mercury)
Fanfare for the Common Man:
Copland/LSO (Sony)
Dorati/Detroit SO (Decca)
*Rodeo:
Bernstein/New York Philharmonic (Sony)
Copland/LSO (Sony)
Thomas/SFSO (RCA)
Third Symphony:
Bernstein/New York Philharmonic (DG)
Levi/Atlanta SO (Telarc)


DEBUSSY, Claude (1862-1918)
Orchestral music:
Martinon/O. l'ORTF (EMI)
Haitink/Concertgebouw O. (Philips)
Simon/Philh. O. (Cala)
*Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune:
Martinon/O. L'ORTF (EMI)
Previn/LSO (EMI)
Karajan/Berlin Philharmonic (DG)
Haitink/Concertgebouw O. (Philips)
Images:
Haitink/Concertgebouw O. (Philips)
Argenta/O. Suisse Romande (Classic CD)
Previn/LSO (EMI)
Martinon/O. l'ORTF (EMI)
        Gatti/French National O. (Sony)
*La Mer:
Martinon/O. l'ORTF (EMI)
        Stokowski/LSO (Decca)
        Karajan/Berlin Philharmonic (DG)
        Previn/LSO (EMI)
        Simon/Philh. O. (Cala)
        Reiner/CSO (RCA)
        Gatti/French National O. (Sony)
Nocturnes:
Haitink/Concertgebouw O. (Philips)
Martinon/O. l'ORTF (EMI)
        Giulini/Philh. O. (EMI)
Misc. piano music:
Kocsis (Philips)
Roge (Decca)
Michelangeli (DG)
Ciccolini (EMI)


DELIBES, Leo (1836-1891)
Coppela and Sylvia, highlights:
Mari/Paris Opera O. (EMI)
Coppela, complete
        Mari/Paris Opera O. (EMI)
Dorati/Minneapolis SO (Mercury)
Bonynge/Nat'l PO (Decca)
Sylvia, complete:
        Mari/Paris Opera O. (EMI)
Bonynge/New Philh. O. (Decca)
Fistoulari/LSO (Mercury)


DELIUS, Frederick (1862-1934)
Orchestral music:
Beecham/RPO (EMI)
Barbirolli/LSO/Halle O. (EMI)
Del Mar/Bournemouth Sinf. (Chandos)


D'INDY, Vincent (1851-1931)

Symphony on a French Mountain Air:
        Henriot-Schweitzer/Munch/Boston Symphony O. (HDTT or RCA)
        Ciccolini/Baudo/Paris O. (EMI)
        Thibaudet/Dutoit/Montreal Symphony O. (Decca)


DONIZETTI, Gaetano (1797-1848)

L'Elisir d'Amore:
Sutherland/Pavarotti/Bonynge/ECO (Decca)
La Fille du Regiment:
Sutherland/Pavarotti/Bonynge/ROH, CG (Decca)
Lucia di Lammermoor:
Sutherland/Pavarotti/Bonynge/ROH, CG (Decca)


DUKAS, Paul (1865-1935)
*The Sorcerer's Apprentice:
Jacquillat/Paris O. (EMI-Pathe)
Previn/LSO (EMI)
        Albrecht/Strasbourg PO (PentaTone)
Jordan/SRO (Warner)


DVORAK, Antonin (1841-1904)
Overtures and Symphonic Poems:
Harnoncout/Concertgebouw O. (Warner)
Rattle/Berlin Philharmonic (EMI)
Kertesz/LSO (Decca)
Kubelik/Bavarian RSO (DG)
Serenade for Strings:
        Myssyk/Appassionata Chamber O. (Fidelio)
Leppard/ECO (Philips)
Violin Concerto:
Perlman/Barenboim/LPO (EMI)
        Mutter/Honeck/Berlin Philharmonic (DG)
*Cello Concerto:
Starker/Dorati/LSO (Mercury)
Gendron/Haitink/LPO (HDTT)
Wallfisch/Mackerras/LSO (Chandos)
Rostropovich/Karajan/Berlin Philharmonic (DG)
        Fournier/Szell/BPO (HDTT or DG)
Ma/Masur/New York Philharmonic (Sony)
Slavonic Dances:
Neumann/Czech PO (Teldec)
Szell/Cleveland O. (Sony)
Symphonies Nos. 1-9:
Kertesz/LSO (Decca)
Symphony No. 5:
Jansons/Oslo PO (EMI)
Symphony No. 7:
Pesek/Royal Liverpool PO (Virgin)
Davis/Concertgebouw O. (Philips)
Kertesz/LSO (Decca)
Jansons/Oslo PO (EMI)
*Symphony No. 8:
Barbirolli/Halle O. (EMI)
Pesek/Royal Liverpool PO (Virgin)
Davis/Concertgebouw O. (Philips)
Kertesz/LSO (HDTT or Decca)
Kubelik/Berlin Philharmonic (DG)
*Symphony No. 9, "New World":
Kertesz/LSO (Decca)
Reiner/CSO (RCA or RCA/JVC)
        Dorati/New Philh. O. (HDTT)
Kertesz/VPO (London)
Macal/LPO (EMI)
Neumann/Czech PO (Denon)
Kubelik/Berlin Philharmonic (DG)
Kempe/BBC SO (BBC)
        Alsop/Baltimore SO (Naxos)


ELGAR, Sir Edward (1857-1934)
Violin Concerto:
Kennedy/Rattle/CBSO (EMI)
Cello Concerto:
Du Pre/Barbirolli/LSO (EMI)
Enigma Variations:
Barbirolli/Philh. O. (EMI)
Boult/LPO (EMI)
Jochum/LSO (DG)
*Pomp and Circumstance marches:
Boult/LPO (EMI)
Barbirolli/Philh. O. (EMI)
Introduction and Allegro for Strings:
Barbirolli/Sinfonia of Decca (EMI)
Symphony No. 1:
Boult/LPO (EMI)
Handley/LPO (EMI)
Previn/RPO (Philips)
Symphony No. 2:
Boult/LPO (EMI)
Handley/LPO (EMI)
Downes/BBC PO (Naxos)


ENESCO, Georges (1881-1955)

*Roumanian Rhapsody No. 1:
Stokowski/RCA Victor SO (RCA or RCA/JVC)
Dorati/LSO (Mercury)
Mata/Dallas SO (RCA)


FALLA, Manuel de (1876-1946)

Nights in the Gardens of Spain:
Soriano/Burgos/Philh. O. (EMI)
Larrocha/de Burgos/LPO (Decca)
        Loriod/Rosenthal/L'Opera de Paris (HDTT)
The Three-Cornered Hat:
Ansermet/O. Suisse Romande (Decca or LIM)
Dutoit/Montreal SO (Decca)
El amor brujo:
Dutoit/Montreal SO (Decca)
Burgos/New Philh. O. (Decca or LIM)
        Rosenthal/L'Opera de Paris (HDTT)


FAURE, Gabriel (1845-1924)
Requiem:
Willcocks/New Philh. O. (EMI)
Rutter/London Sinfonia (Collegium)
Herreweghe/Musique OE (Harmonia Mundi)


FRANCK, Cesar (1822-1890)
Symphony in D:
Beecham/FNRO (EMI)
Monteux/CSO (RCA)
Dutoit/Montreal SO (Decca)
Janowski/SRO (Telarc)


GERSHWIN, George (1898-1937)
                     
*An American in Paris:
        Bernstein/New York Philharmonic (Sony)
        Previn/Pittsburgh SO (Philips)
        Previn/LSO (EMI)
        Fiedler/Boston Pops (RCA)
Piano Concerto in F:
        Wild/Fiedler/Boston Pops (RCA)

        Previn/Kostelanetz O. (Sony)
        Previn/LSO (EMI)
        Nakamatsu/Tyzik/Rochester PO (Harmonia Mundi)
*Rhapsody in Blue:
        Bernstein/Columbia SO (Sony)
        Previn/LSO (EMI)
        Fiedler/Boston Pops (RCA)
        Gershwin/Tilson Thomas/Columbia Jazz Band (Sony)
        Tyzik/Rochester PO (Harmonia Mundi)
Porgy and Bess, complete:
        White/Maazel/Cleveland O. (Decca)
Porgy and Bess, orch. suite:
        Previn/LSO (EMI)


GOUNOD, Charles (1818-1893)
Faust:
Gedda/Cluytens/Paris Opera O. (EMI)
Leech/Plasson/Toulouse O. (EMI)
Hadley/Rizzi/Welsh Nat'l Opera (Teldec)
Ballet music from "Faust":
Paray/Detroit SO (Mercury)


GRIEG, Edvard (1843-1907)
Peer Gynt, complete:
Dreier/LSO (Unicorn)
Peer Gynt, highlights:
Fjeldstad/LSO (Classic CD)
Beecham/RPO (EMI or Hi-Q)
*Peer Gynt, suites 1 & 2:
Leppard/ECO (Philips)
Piano Concerto in A:
Kovacevich/Davis/BBC SO (Philips or Newton Classics)
Lupu/Previn/LSO (Decca or LIM)
Andsnes/Jansons/Berlin Philharmonic (EMI)


GROFE, Ferde (1892-1972)

*Grand Canyon Suite:
Bernstein/New York Philharmonic (Sony)
Dorati/Detroit SO (Decca)
Kunzel/Cincinnati Pops O. (Telarc)


HANDEL, George Frideric (1685-1759)
Royal Fireworks Music (original version):
Pinnock/Eng. Concert (DG Archiv)
*Royal Fireworks Music (w/ strings):
Pinnock/Eng. Concert (DG Archiv)
        Lamon/Tafelmusik Baroque O. (Tafelmusik or Sony)
        Orpheus CO (DG)
Savall/Les Concert des Nations (Astree)
Pearlman/Boston Baroque (Telarc)
*Water Music, complete:
McGegan/Philharmonia Baroque O. (Harmonia Mundi)
        Pinnock/Eng. Concert (DG Archiv)
        Orpheus CO (DG)
        Lamon/Tafelmusik Baroque O. (Sony)
Savall/Les Concert des Nations (Astree)
Pearlman/Boston Baroque (Telarc)
Messiah, complete:
        Ohrwall/Swedish RSO (LIM or Proprius)
Christie/Les Arts Florissants (Harmonia Mundi)
Pinnock/Eng. Concert (DG Archiv)
Gardiner/English Baroque Soloists (Philips)
Davis/LSO (Philips)
*Messiah, highlights:
Pearlman/Boston Baroque (Telarc)


HAYDN, Josef (1732-1809)
*Trumpet Concerto in E:
Berinbaum/Somary/ECO (Vanguard)
Hardenberger/Marriner/ASMF (Philips)
Schwarz/Y CO (Delos)
Marsalis/Leppard/Nat'l PO (Sony)
Symphony No. 45, "Farewell":
Orpheus CO (DG)
Paris Symphonies, Nos. 82-87:
Bruggen/O. of the 18th Century (Philips)
Symphony No. 88:
Klemperer/Philh. O. (EMI)
*Symphony No. 94, "Surprise":
Jochum/LPO (DG)
Beecham/RPO (EMI)
Symphony No. 96, "Miracle":
Jochum/LPO (DG)
Beecham/RPO (EMI)
Kuijken/La Petite Bande (DHM)
Davis/Concertgebouw O. (Philips)
*Symphony No. 100, "Military":
Jochum/LPO (DG)
Kuijken/La Petite Bande (DHM)
Beecham/RPO (EMI)
Mackerras/O. of St. Luke's (Telarc)
Davis/Concertgebouw O. (Philips)
*Symphony No. 101, "Clock":
Klemperer/Philh. O. (EMI)
Beecham/RPO (EMI)
Kuijken/La Petite Bande (DHM)
Jochum/LPO (DG)
*Symphony No. 103, "Drum Roll":
Kuijken/La Petite Bande (DHM)
Jochum/LPO (DG)
Mackerras/O. of St. Luke's (Telarc)
Beecham/RPO (EMI)
*Symphony No. 104, "London":
Beecham/RPO (EMI)
Klemperer/Philh. O. (EMI)
        Kuijken/La Petite Bande (DHM)
Jochum/LPO (DG)
Davis/Concertgebouw O. (Philips)


HINDEMITH, Paul (1895-1964)
Symphony "Mathis der Maler":
Blomstedt/SFSO (Decca)
Horenstein/LSO (Chandos)
Sawallisch/Philad. O. (EMI)


HOLST, Gustav (1874-1934)
*The Planets:
Previn/LSO (EMI or Hi-Q)
Boult/LPO (EMI)
Dutoit/Montreal SO (Decca)


HUMPERDINCK, Engelbert (1854-1921)
Hansel und Gretel, complete:
        Schwarzkopf/Karajan/Phil. O. (EMI, mono)
        Von Otter/Tate/BRSO (EMI)
        Larmore/Runnicles/BRSO (Teldec)
        Cotrubas/Pritchard/Gurzenich O. (Sony)
        Murray/C. Davis/Staatskapelle Dresden (Philips)
        Moffo/Eichhorn/Munich Radio SO (RCA)


IVES, Charles (1874-1954)
Symphony No. 1:
Tilson Thomas/CSO (Sony)
Symphony No. 2:
Bernstein/New York Philharmonic (DG)
Symphony No. 3:
Bernstein/New York Philharmonic (Sony)
Symphony No. 4:
        Tilson Thomas/CSO (Sony)
Three Places in New England:
Hanson/Eastman-Rochester O. (Mercury)
        Tilson Thomas/SFSO (RCA)
Holidays Symphony:
Tilson Thomas/Concertgebouw O. (Sony)
The Unanswered Question:
Bernstein/New York Philharmonic (DG)
Tilson Thomas/SFSO (RCA)


JANACEK, Leos (1854-1928)
Sinfonietta and Taras Bulba:
Mackerras/VPO (Decca)
Neumann/Czech PO (Supraphon)


KHACHATURIAN, Aram (1903-1978)
Gayaneh and Spartacus, excerpts:
Khachaturian/LPO (EMI)
        Svetlanov/Bolshoi Theatre O. (Brilliant Classics)
Violin Concerto:
        Kogan/Monteux/Boston SO (RCA)
Oistrakh/Khachaturian/MRSO (Mobile Fidelity)


KODALY, Zoltan (1882-1967)

Hary Janos, suite:
        Kertesz/LSO (HDTT or Decca)
Tennstedt/LPO (EMI)
Dorati/Phil. Hung. (Decca)
Szell/Cleveland O. (Sony)


LEHAR, Franz (1870-1948)
*The Merry Widow:
Schwarzkopf/Matacic/Philh. O. (EMI)
Studer/Gardiner/VPO (DG)
Waltzes:
Boskovsky/J. Strauss O. (EMI)


LISZT, Franz (1811-1886)
Les Preludes:
Kunzel/Cinn. Pops (Telarc)
Solti/LPO (Decca)
*Symphonic poems:
Haitink/Concertgebouw O. (Philips)
Halasz/Polish NRSO (Naxos)
Masur/Gewandhaus O. (EMI)
Solti/LPO/Paris O. (Decca)
*Piano Concerto No. 1:
Richter/Kondrashin/LSO (HDTT or Philips)
Brendel/Haitink/LPO (Philips)
        Pennario/Leibowitz/LSO (HDTT)
Zimerman/Ozawa/BSO (DG)
        Nebolsin/Petrenko/Royal Liverpool PO (Naxos)
*Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 for Orchestra:
Stokowski/RCA Victor SO (RCA or RCA/JVC)
Hungarian Rhapsodies for Orchestra, complete:
Dorati/LSO (Mercury)
Boskovsky/LSO and Philh. Hungarica (EMI)
Hungarian Rhapsodies for Piano:
Cziffra (EMI)
Szidon (DG)
Sonata in B minor:
Richter (Philips)
Nojima (Reference Recordings)
Misc. piano music:
Bolet (Decca)


MAHLER, Gustav (1860-1911)
*Symphony No. 1, "Titan":
 Solti/LSO (HDTT or Decca)
        Mackerras/RLPO (EMI)
Horenstein/LSO (Unicorn)
Solti/Chicago SO (Decca)
        Kubelik/BRSO (DG)
Bernstein/Concertgebouw O. (DG)
Haitink/Berlin Philharmonic (Philips)
Tennstedt/LPO (EMI)
        Luisi/Vienna Symphony (WS)
Symphony No. 2, "Resurrection":
Klemperer/Philh. O. (EMI)
Rattle/CBSO (EMI)
Symphony No. 3:
Horenstein/LSO (Unicorn)
        Bernstein/New York Philharmonic (Sony)
        Rattle/CBSO (EMI)
        Abbado/VPO (DG)
*Symphony No. 4:
Haitink/Concertgebouw O. (Philips)
Szell/Cleveland O. (HDTT or Sony)
Reiner/CSO (RCA or RCA/JVC)
Klemperer/Philh. O. (EMI)
Davis/BRSO (RCA)
Symphony No. 5:
Barbirolli/New Philh. O. (EMI)
        Tennstedt/LPO (EMI)
Symphony No. 6, "Tragic":
Barbirolli/New Philh. O. (EMI)
Haitink/Berlin Philharmonic (Philips)
Symphony No. 7:
Haitink/Concertgebouw O. (Philips)
        Abbado/CSO (DG)
        Tilson Thomas/LSO (RCA)
Solti/CSO (Decca)
Inbal/Frankfurt RSO (Denon)
Symphony No. 8, "Symphony of a Thousand":
Solti/CSO (Decca)
Tennstedt/LPO (EMI)
*Symphony No. 9:
Barbirolli/Berlin Philharmonic (EMI)
Klemperer/New Philh. O. (EMI)
Haitink/Concertgebouw O. (Philips)
        Walter/Columbia SO (HDTT or Sony)
        Abbado/Berlin Philharmonic (DG)
        Bernstein/Berlin Philharmonic (DG)   
Symphony No. 10:
Rattle/Berlin PO (EMI)
Das Lied von der Erde:
Klemperer/Philh. O. (EMI)
Haitink/Concertgebouw O. (Philips)
Des Knaben Wunderhorn:
Schwarzkopf/Fischer-Dieskau/Szell/LSO (EMI)


MASSENET, Jules (1842-1912)
Le Cid, ballet music:
Fremaux/CBSO (EMI or Klavier)


MENDELSSOHN, Felix (1809-1847)
Octet for Strings:
        ASMF (Decca)
*Violin Concerto in E:
Perlman/Previn/LSO (EMI)
Heifetz/Munch/BSO (RCA or RCA/JVC)
        Zukerman/Bernstein/New York Philharmonic (Sony)
        Szeryng/Haitink/Concertgebouw O. (Philips)
Chee-Yun/Lopez-Cobos/LPO (Denon)
        Swensen/Scottish CO (Linn)
Chung/Dutoit/Montreal SO (Decca)
        Barton Pine/Mueller/Gottinger Symphony O. (Cedille)
Symphonies Nos. 1-5:
Abbado/LSO (DG)
*Symphony No. 3, "Scottish":
Maag/LSO (HDTT or Decca)
Haitink/Concertgebouw O. (Philips)
Abbado/LSO (Decca)
        Abbado/LSO (DG)
        Swensen/Scottish CO (Linn)
Blomstedt/SFSO (Decca)
        Bernstein/New York Philharmonic (Sony)
Norrington/LCP (EMI)
*Symphony No. 4, "Italian":
Klemperer/Philh. O. (EMI)
Munch/BSO (JVC, United Classics, or RCA)
        Abbado/LSO (Decca)
Abbado/LSO (DG)
Blomstedt/SFSO (Decca)
        Bernstein/New York Philharmonic (Sony)
Sinopoli/Philh. O. (DG)
*A Midsummer Night's Dream:
Klemperer/Philh. O. (EMI)
Previn/LSO (EMI or EMI)
Maag/LSO (Decca)


MOZART, Wolfgang Amadeus (1756-1791)
Overtures:
Marriner/ASMF (EMI)
Divertimenti:
Marriner/ASMF (FIM)
Clarinet Concerto:
        Kam/Haydn Philharmonic (Berlin Classics)
Brymer/Beecham/RPO (EMI)
Flute and Harp Concerto:
Rampal/Laskine/Paillard CO (Erato)
*Horn Concertos:
Brain/Karajan/Philh. O. (EMI, mono)
Greer/McGegan/Philharmonia Baroque O. (Harmonia Mundi)
        Civil/Klemperer/Philh. O. (EMI or Testament)
        Koster/Weil/Tafelmusik (Sony or Newton Classics)
Tuckwell/ECO (Decca)
Ruske/Mackerras/Scottish CO (Telarc)
Piano Concerto No. 17:
        Andsnes/NCO (EMI)
  Perahia/ECO (Sony)

        Bezuidenhout/Mullejans/Freiburg Baroque O. (Harmonia Mundi)
Piano Concerto No. 18:
        Tan/McGegan/Philharmonia Baroque O. (Harmonia Mundi)
        Brautigam/Willens/Kolner Akademie (BIS)
Piano Concerto No. 19:
        Tan/McGegan/Philharmonia Baroque O. (Harmonia Mundi)
*Piano Concerto No. 20:
        Curzon/Britten/ECO (Decca)
        Kissin/Kremerata Baltica (EMI)
        Andsnes/NCO (EMI)
  Perahia/ECO (Sony)
*Piano Concerto No. 21:
        Kovacevich/C. Davis/LSO (Philips)
Piano Concerto No. 22:

        Bezuidenhout/Mullejans/Freiburg Baroque O. (Harmonia Mundi)
        Barenboim/ECO (EMI)
        Barenboim/Kubelik/Bavarian RSO (BR Klassics)
  Perahia/ECO (Sony)
  Brautigam/Willens/Kolner Akademie (BIS)
Piano Concerto No. 23:
        Barenboim/ECO (EMI)
  Barenboim/Kubelik/Bavarian RSO (BR Klassics)
Piano Concerto No. 24:
        Perahia/ECO (Sony)
Piano Concerto No. 25:
        Kovacevich/C. Davis/LSO (Philips)
  Ashkenazy/Philh. O. (Decca)
Piano Concerto No. 27:
        Curzon/Britten/ECO (Decca)
        Kissin/Kremerata Baltica (EMI)
        Ashkenazy/Philh. O. (Decca)
Sinfonia concertante:
        Oistrakhs/Kondrashin/Moscow PO (Decca or FIM)
        St. Johns/The Knights (Ancalagon)
Violin Concerto No. 2:
        Mutter/Muti/Philh. O. (EMI)

        Mutter/LPO (DG or JVC)
        Grumiaux/C. Davis/LSO (Philips)
Violin Concerto No. 3:
        Mutter/Karajan/Berlin Philharmonic (DG)
        St. John/The Knights (Ancalagon)
        Oistrakh/Philharmonia O. (EMI)
        Grumiaux/C. Davis/LSO (Philips)
Violin Concerto No. 4:
        Mutter/Muti/Philh. O. (EMI)

        Mutter/LPO (DG or JVC)
        Grumiaux/C. Davis/LSO (Philips)
Violin Concerto No. 5:
        Mutter/Karajan/Berlin Philharmonic (DG)
        Grumiaux/C. Davis/LSO (Philips)
Serenade No. 7, "Haffner":
Maier/Collegium Aureum (RCA)
Serenade No. 8:
Boskovsky/VME (Decca)
Serenade No 9, "Posthorn":
Maier/Collegium Aureum (RCA)
*Serenade No. 13, "Eine kleine Nachtmusik":
Boskovsky/VME (Decca)
Weill/Tafelmusik (Sony)
Orpheus CO (DG)
Marriner/ASMF (EMI)
Symphonies Nos. 1-25:
Mackerras/Prague CO (Telarc)
        Marriner/ASMF (Philips)
Late Symphonies:
        Barenboim/ECO (EMI)
        Bernstein/VPO (DG)
        Klemperer/Philharmonia O. (EMI)
Symphony No. 25:
Klemperer/Philh. O. (EMI)
  Barenboim/ECO (EMI)
Symphony No. 29:
Krivine/Sinfonia Varsovia (Denon)
Barenboim/ECO (EMI)
Symphony No. 31:
Barenboim/ECO (EMI)
Bruggen/O. of the 18th Cent. (Philips)
*Symphony No. 35, "Haffner":
Barenboim/ECO (EMI)
Klemperer/Philh. O. (EMI)
        Bernstein/VPO (DG)
Bruggen/O. of the 18th Cent. (Philips)
Symphony No. 36, "Linz":
Klemperer/Philh. O. (EMI)
Barenboim/ECO (EMI)
Bernstein/VPO (DG)
Mackerras/Prague CO (Telarc)
Davis/Dresden St. O. (Philips)
Symphony No. 38, "Prague":
Klemperer/Philh. O. (EMI)
Barenboim/ECO (EMI)
Bernstein/VPO (DG)
*Symphony No. 39:
Davis/Dresden St. O. (Philips)
Barenboim/ECO (EMI)
Bernstein/VPO (DG)
*Symphony No. 40:
Klemperer/Philh. O. (EMI)
Barenboim/ECO (EMI)
Orpheus CO (DG)
        Walter/Columbia Symphony (Sony)
Bernstein/VPO (DG)
Menuhin/Sinfonia Varsovia (Virgin)
Bohm/VPO (DG)
*Symphony No. 41, "Jupiter":
Jochum/Boston SO (DG)
Barenboim/ECO (EMI)
        Walter/Columbia Symphony (Sony)
Beecham/RPO (EMI)
        Bernstein/VPO (DG)
Bohm/VPO (DG)
Davis/Dresden St. O. (Philips)
Pinnock/English Concert (Archiv)
Cosi fan tutte:
Schwarzkopf/Bohm/Philh. O. (EMI)
Lott/Mackerras/SCO (Telarc)
Don Giovanni:
Wachter/Giulini/Philh. O. (EMI)
Marriage of Figaro:
Wachter/Giulini/Phil. O. (EMI)
Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute):
Gedda/Klemperer/Philh. O. (EMI)
Heilmann/Ziesak/Solti/VPO (Decca)
Johnson/Argenta/Norrington/LCP (EMI)
Requiem:
P. Neumann/Collegium Cartusianum (EMI)
Higginbottom/O. of the Age of Enlightenment (Novum)
Gardiner/English Baroque Soloists (Philips)
Herreweghe/O. Champs Elysees (Harmonia Mundi)
 C. Davis/LSO (LSO)
        Davis/BBC SO (Philips)
        Giulini/Philharmonia O. (EMI)


MUSSORGSKY, Modest (1839-1881)
*Night on the Bare Mountain:
Solti/LSO; Rimsky-Korsakov arr. (Decca or LIM)
Jones/LPO; original version (Philips)
        Ansermet/O. Suisse Romande (Decca)
        Maazel/Cleveland O. (Telarc or LIM)
Kunzel/Cinn. Pops; Stokowski arr. (Telarc)
        Serebrier/Bournemouth SO; Stokowski arr. (Naxos)
*Pictures at an Exhibition:
Reiner/CSO (RCA/JVC)
        Muti/Philad. O. (EMI)
Ansermet/O. Suisse Romande (Decca)
Maazel/Cleveland O. (Telarc or LIM)


NIELSON, Carl (1865-1931)

Symphonies Nos. 1-6:
Blomstedt/SFSO (Decca)
Bernstein/Ormandy/New York Philharmonic/Philad. O. (Sony)
Berglund/Royal Danish O. (RCA)


OFFENBACH, Jacques (1819-1880)
Overtures:
Marriner/Philh. O. (Philips)
Fremaux/CBSO (Klavier)
*Gaite Parisienne (arr. Rosenthal):
Fiedler/Boston Pops (RCA or RCA/JVC)
Rosenthal/Monte Carlo PO (EMI)
Previn/Pittsburgh SO (Philips)
Dutoit/Montreal SO (Decca)
Orpheus in the Underworld:
Mesple/Plasson/Toulouse O. (EMI)
Tales of Hoffmann:
Domingo/Bonynge/Suisse RO (Decca)


ORFF, Carl (1895-1982)
*Carmina Burana:
Previn/LSO (EMI or Hi-Q)
Blomstedt/SFSO (Decca)
        Ormandy/Phild. O. (Sony)
Jochum/German Opera O. (HDTT or DG)


PACHELBEL, Johann (1653-1706)
*Canon & Gigue:
I Solisti Italiani (Denon)
Parrott/Taverner Players (Virgin)
Pinnock/Eng. Concert (DG Archiv)


PAGANINI, Niccolo (1782-1840)
*Violin Concerto No. 1:
Rabin/Goossens/Philh. O. (EMI)
Perlman/Foster/RPO (EMI)
Hahn/Oiji/Swedish RSO (DG)
        Accardo/Dutoit/LPO (DG)

PROKOFIEV, Serge (1891-1953)
Cinderella:
Previn/LSO (EMI)
Lieutenant Kije:
        Szell/Cleveland O. (Sony)
Handley/LPO (EMI)
Previn/LSO (EMI)
Reiner/CSO (RCA)
Tennstedt/LPO (EMI)
        Ashkenazy/Sydney Sym. (Exton)
*Peter and the Wolf:
Karloff/Rossi/Vienna St. Op. O. (Vanguard)
        Richardson/Sargent/LSO (Decca)
Previn/Previn/RPO (Telarc)
Romeo and Juliet, complete:
Previn/LSO (EMI)
Maazel/Cleveland O. (Decca)
        Ashkenazy/RPO (Decca)
Romeo and Juliet, excerpts:
Leinsdorf/LAPO (Sheffield)
Ermler/ROH, CG (Conifer)
Piano Concerto No. 3:
Argerich/Abbado/Berlin Philharmonic (DG)
Janis/Kondrashin/MPO (Mercury)
Cliburn/Hendl/CSO (RCA or HDTT)
Violin Concerto No. 2:
Heifetz/Munch/BSO (RCA or RCA/JVC)
        Jansen/Jurowski/LPO (Decca)
*Symphony No. 1, "Classical":
Marriner/ASMF (Decca)
Previn/LSO (EMI or Philips)
Abbado/COE (DG)
        Ashkenazy/Sydney Sym. (Exton)
Symphony No. 5:
Previn/LAPO (Philips)
Previn/LSO (EMI)
Rattle/CBSO (EMI)
Jarvi/Scottish Nat'l O. (Chandos)
Symphony No. 7:
Previn/LSO (EMI)
Alexander Nevsky:
Abbado/LSO (DG)
Previn/LSO (EMI)


PUCCINI, Giacomo (1858-1924)
*La Boheme:
Pavarotti/Freni/Karajan/Berlin Philharmonic (Decca)
Madama Butterfly:
Freni/Pavarotti/Karajan/VPO (Decca)
Scotto/Bergonzi/Barbirolli/Rome O. (EMI)
Tosca:
Callas/de Sabata/La Scala (EMI, mono)
Turandot:
Sutherland/Pavarotti/Mehta/LPO (Decca)


RACHMANINOV, Sergei (1873-1943)
Piano Concertos Nos. 1-4:
Ashkenazy/Previn/LSO (Decca)
        Lugansky/Oramo/CBSO (Warner)
Piano Concerto No. 1:
Janis/Kondrashin/MPO (Mercury)
*Piano Concerto No. 2:
Cliburn/Reiner/CSO (RCA)
Janis/Dorati/Minneapolis SO (Mercury)
Ashkenazy/Previn/LSO (Decca)
Wild/Horenstein/RPO (Chesky)
*Piano Concerto No. 3:
Argerich/Chailly/BRSO (Philips)
Horowitz/Ormandy/New York Philharmonic (RCA)
        Andsnes/Pappano/LSO (EMI)     
Janis/Dorati/LSO (Mercury)
Piano Concerto No. 4:
Michelangeli/Gracis/Philh. O. (EMI)
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini:
Rubinstein/Reiner/CSO (RCA)
Ashkenazy/Previn/LSO (Decca)
Symphonic Dances:
Previn/LSO (EMI)
Oue/Minnesota O. (Reference Recordings)
        Petrenko/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic (Avie)
Symphony No. 1:
Ashkenazy/Concertgebouw O. (Decca)
        Pletnev/Russian National O. (DG)
*Symphony No. 2:
Previn/LSO (EMI)
Pletnev/Russian National O. (DG)
        Ormandy/Philad. O. (Sony)
        Ashkenazy/Concertgebouw O. (Decca)
        Svetlanov/Russian Federation SO (Warner)
Symphony No. 3:
Stokowski/NPO (EMI)
Previn/LSO (EMI)
        Ormandy/Philad. O. (Sony)
The Bells:
Previn/LSO (EMI)


RAVEL, Maurice (1875-1937)
*Orchestral music:
Dutoit/Montreal SO (Decca)
        Martinon/O. de Paris (EMI)
        Skrowaczewski/Minnesota SO (Mobile Fidelity or Vox)
        Cluytens/Paris Conservatoire O. (EMI)
Simon/Philharmonia O. (Cala)
*Bolero:
Karajan/Berlin Philharmonic (DG)
Skrowaczewski/Minnesota SO (Mobile Fidelity or Vox)
Dutoit/Montreal SO (Decca)
Daphnis et Chloe, complete:
Dutoit/Montreal SO (Decca)
        Munch/Boston SO (RCA/JVC)
Monteux/LSO (Decca)
Schwarz/Seattle SO (Delos)
Daphnis et Chloe, Suite No. 2:
Karajan/Berlin Philharmonic (DG)
Stokowski/LSO (Decca)
Simon/Philharmonia O. (Cala)
Piano Concerto in G major:
Michelangeli/Gracis/Philh. O. (EMI)
L'Enfant et les Sortileges:
Maazel/O. Nat'l de l'ORTF (DG)


RESPIGHI, Ottorino (1879-1936)
Ancient Airs and Dances, complete:
Dorati/Philh. Hungarica (Mercury)
        Lopez-Cobos/Lausanne CO (Telarc)
Ancient Airs and Dances/Botticelli Pictures:
Orpheus CO (DG)
*Pines and Fountains of Rome:
Reiner/CSO (RCA or RCA/JVC)
Dutoit/Montreal SO (Decca)
Muti/Philad. O. (EMI)
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV, Nikolai (1844-1908)
Capriccio espagnol:
Kondrashin/RCA SO (RCA or RCA/JVC)
Argenta/LSO (Decca or LIM)
        Boult/LPO (EMI)
Handley/Halle O. (EMI)
Russian Easter Overture:
Svetlanov/Philh. O. (Hyperion)
Handley/Halle O. (EMI)
*Scheherazade:
Reiner/CSO (RCA or RCA/JVC)
Beecham/RPO (EMI)
Kondrashin/Concertgebouw O. (Philips)
Haitink/LPO (Philips)
Mackerras/LSO (Telarc)
Krivine/Philh. O. (Denon)
Symphony No. 2 "Antar":
Svetlanov/Russian St. SO (RCA)
Svetlanov/Philh. O. (Hyperion)


RODRIGO, Joaquin (b. 1902)
*Concierto de Aranjuez:
        Yepes/Argenta/Spanish National SO (HDTT)
A. Romero/Allessandro/SASO (Mercury)
P. Romero/Marriner/ASMF (Philips)
Bonell/Dutoit/Montreal SO (Decca)
        Williams/Fremaux/Philharmonia O. (Sony)
Conciertos Madrigal and Andaluz:
Los Romeros/Marriner/ASMF (Philips)


ROSSINI, Gioacchinio (1792-1868)
*Overtures:
Orpheus CO (DG)
        Reiner/CSO (RCA)
Marriner/ASMF (Philips or PentaTone)
        Gamba/LSO (Decca or Decca/JVC)
Maag/Paris Conserv. O. (HDTT)
Goodman/Hanover Band (Newton Classics or RCA)
        Norrington/LCP (EMI)
        Giulini/Philh. O. (EMI)
Barber of Seville:
Callas/Gobbi/Galliera/Philh. O. (EMI)


SAINT-SAENS, Camille (1835-1921)

Danse macabre:
Jacquillat/O. of Paris (EMI-Pathe)
Martinon/Paris Cons. O. (Decca)
*Carnival of the Animals:
Previn/Pittsburgh SO (Philips)
Piano Concertos Nos. 1-5:
Collard/Previn/RPO (EMI)
        Hough/Oramo/CBSO (Hyperion)
Symphonies Nos. 1-5:
Martinon/O. l'ORTF (EMI-Pathe)
*Symphony No. 3, "Organ":
Fremaux/CBSO (EMI)
Munch/BSO (RCA or RCA/JVC)
        Martinon/Orchestre National de l'ORTF (EMI or Brilliant Classics)
Mester/Pasadena SO (Auricle)
Dutoit/Montreal SO (Decca)


SCHUBERT, Franz (1797-1828)

String Quintet in C:
        Lindsay Qt. (ASV)
Belcea Qt. (EMI)

String Quartet No. 14, "Death and the Maiden":
Quartetto Italiano (Philips)
Belcea Qt. (EMI)
*Piano Quintet in A, "Trout":
Beaux Arts Trio et al (Philips or PentaTone)

        Schiff/Hagen Qt. (Decca)
Curzon/Vienna Octet members (HDTT or Decca)
        Brendel et al (Philips)
        The Nash Ensemble (CRD)
        Immerseel/L'Archibudelli (Sony or Newton Classics)
Octet in F-major:
Hausmusik (EMI)
ASMF Chamber Ens. (Chandos)
Chilingirian Qt. et al (EMI)
Rosamunde:
       Masur/Gewandhaus O. (Philips)
Symphonies Nos. 1-9:
       Abbado/CO of Europe (DG)
*Symphony No. 5:
       Beecham/RPO (EMI)
Klemperer/Phil. O. (EMI)
Goodman/Hanover Band (Nimbus)
        Zinman/Tonhalle O. Zurich (RCA)
*Symphony No. 8, "Unfinished":
       Klemperer/Phil. O. (EMI)
Sinopoli/Philh. O. (DG)  
Jochum/Boston SO (DG)
        Zinman/Tonhalle O. Zurich (RCA)
        Jacobsen/The Knights (Ancalagon)
Munch/Boston SO (RCA/JVC)
Mackerras/Scottish CO (Telarc)
*Symphony No. 9, "Great C-major":
Klemperer/Phil. O. (EMI)
Krips/LSO (HDTT)
        Mackerras/O. of the Age of Enlightenment (Virgin)
Solti/VPO (Decca)
        Szell/Cleveland O. (Sony)
Wand/
Berlin Philharmonic (RCA)
Mackerras/Scottish CO (Telarc)
Boult/LPO (EMI)


SCHUMANN, Robert (1810-1856)
Cello Concero in A-minor:
Starker/Skrowaczewski/LSO (Mercury)
        Thedeen/Markiz/Malmo SO (BIS)
Piano Concerto in A-major:
Kovacevich/Davis/BBC SO (Philips or Newton Classics)
Cliburn/Reiner/CSO (RCA)
        Andsnes/Jansons/Berlin Philharmonic (EMI)
        Lorango/Newman/New Brandenburg Collegium (Newport Classic)
        Lupu/Previn/LSO (Decca or LIM)
        Janis/Skrowaczewski/Minneapolis SO (Mercury)
Symphonies Nos. 1-4:
        Sawallisch/Staatskapelle Dresden (EMI)
        Klemperer/Philh. O. (EMI)
*Symphony No. 1, "Spring":
Klemperer/Philh. O. (EMI)
Sawallisch/Staatskapelle Dresden (EMI)
Symphony No. 2:
Sawallisch/Staatskapelle Dresden (EMI)
Goodman/Hanover Band (RCA)
Symphony No. 3, "Rhenish":
Sawallisch/Staatskapelle Dresden (EMI)
Norrington/LCP (EMI)
*Symphony No. 4:
Klemperer/Philh. O. (EMI)
Sawallisch/Staatskapelle Dresden (EMI)
Goodman/Hanover Band (RCA)


SHOSTAKOVICH, Dmitri (1906-1973)

Symphony No. 1:
Haitink/Concertgebouw O. (Decca)
Jarvi/Scottish NO (Chandos)
Rozhdestvensky/USSR State SO (JVC)
        Ormandy/Philad. O. (Sony)
Symphony No. 5:
Jansons/VPO (EMI)
Ashkenazy/RPO (Decca)
M. Shostakovich/USSR SO (RCA)
Stokowski/Stadium SO (Everest)
Previn/LSO (RCA)
Jarvi/SNO (Chandos)
Symphony No. 6:
Previn/LSO (EMI)
Symphony No. 8:
Previn/LSO (EMI)
Mravinsky/Leningrad SO (BBC)
Symphony No. 10:
Previn/LSO (EMI)
Karajan/Berlin Philharmonic (DG)
Inbal/VSO (Denon)
Symphony No. 13 "Babi Yar":
Haitink/Concertgebouw O. (Decca)
Symphony No. 15:
Haitink/Concertgebouw O. (Decca)
Roshdestvensky/USSR SO (JVC)


SIBELIUS, Jean (1865-1957)
*Finlandia and other tone poems:
Barbirolli/Halle O. (EMI)
Stein/Suisse Romande O. (Decca)
Ashkenazy/Philh. O. (Decca)
Vanska/Lahti SO (BIS)
C. Davis/LSO (RCA)
        C. Davis/Boston SO (Philips)
Four Legends:
Ormandy/Philad. O. (EMI)
Pelleas et Melisande:
Beecham/RPO (EMI)
Violin Concerto:
Heifetz/Munch/BSO (RCA)
Lin/Salonen/Philh. O. (Sony)
        Perlman/Previn/Pittsburgh SO (EMI)
Kullervo Symphony:
Berglund/Helsinki PO (EMI)
Davis/LSO (RCA)
Symphonies Nos. 1-7:
        Barbirolli/Halle O. (EMI)
        C. Davis/LSO (RCA)
        C. Davis/Boston SO (Philips)
Symphony No. 1:
Maazel/VPO (Decca)
Barbirolli/Halle O. (EMI)
Ashkenazy/Philh. O. (Decca)
Davis/LSO (RCA)
Vanska/Lahti SO (BIS)
Jansons/Oslo PO (EMI)
        Bernstein/VPO (DG)
*Symphony No. 2:
Barbirolli/RPO (Chesky Gold)
Barbirolli/Halle O. (EMI)
        Monteux/LSO (HDTT)
        Szell/Concertgebouw O. (Philips)
Karajan/Berlin Philharmonic (EMI)
        Kletzki/Philh. O. (Hi-Q)
Davis/LSO (RCA)
Vanska/Lahti SO (BIS)
Symphony No. 3:
Davis/LSO (RCA)
Berglund/Helsinki PO (EMI)
Jarvi/Gothenburg SO (BIS)
Symphony No. 4:
Ashkenazy/Philh. O. (Decca)
Barbirolli/Halle O. (EMI)
Berglund/Helsinki PO (EMI)
Vanska/Lahti SO (BIS)
        Karajan/Berlin Philharmonic (EMI)
Symphony No. 5:
Davis/LSO (RCA)
Barbirolli/Halle O. (EMI)
        Bernstein/New York Philharmonic (Sony)
Rattle/Philh. O. (EMI)
        Rattle/CBSO (EMI)
Symphony No. 6:
Davis/LSO (RCA)
Berglund/Helsinki PO (EMI)
Barbirolli/Halle O. (EMI)
Vanska/Lahti SO (BIS)
Symphony No. 7:
Beecham/RPO (EMI)
Davis/LSO (RCA)
Berglund/Helsinki PO (EMI)
Barbirolli/Halle O. (EMI)


SMETANA, Bedrich (1824-1884)
*Ma Vlast, complete:
Neumann/Gewandhaus O. (Berlin Classics)
        Kubelik/Czech PO (Supraphon)
        Dorati/Concertgebouw O. (Philips or Newton Classics)
Berglund/Dresden SO (EMI Seraphim)
Pesek/Royal Liverpool PO (Virgin)
        Wit/Polish National RSO (Naxos)
Ma Vlast: Vltava (The Moldau):
Stokowski/RCA Victor SO (RCA or RCA/JVC)


STRAUSS, Johann (1825-1899)
*Waltzes:
Boskovsky/VPO (Decca)
Boskovsky/J. Strauss O. (EMI)
Dorati/LPO (HDTT) 
Reiner/CSO (RCA or RCA/JVC)
Horenstein/Vienna St. Op. O. (Chesky)
Die Fledermaus:
Rothenberger/Boskovsky/Vienna SO (EMI)


STRAUSS, Richard (1864-1949)
An Alpine Symphony:
Kempe/Dresden St. O. (EMI)
Previn/VPO (Telarc)
Haitink/Concertgebouw O. (Philips or Newton Classics)
Blomstedt/SFSO (Decca)
        Karajan/Berlin Philharmonic (DG)
        Solti/BRSO (Decca)
        Haitink/LSO (LSO Live)
Thielemann/VPO (DG)
*Also Sprach Zarathustra:
        Reiner/CSO (1954, RCA)
Haitink/Concertgebouw O. (Philips)
Reiner/CSO (HDTT, RCA, or RCA/JVC)
Previn/VPO (Telarc)
Blomstedt/Dresden St. O. (Denon)
Karajan/Berlin Philharmonic (DG)
Mester/Pasadena SO (Auricle)
Death and Transfiguration:
Klemperer/Philh. O. (EMI)
Haitink/Concertgebouw O. (Philips)
*Don Juan:
Reiner/CSO (RCA)
Haitink/Concertgebouw O. (Philips)
Previn/VPO (Telarc)
Kempe/Dresden St. O. (EMI)
Don Quixote:
Karajan/Berlin Philharmonic (EMI)
Kempe/Dresden St. O. (EMI)
Reiner/CSO (RCA)
Previn/VPO (Telarc)
Ein Heldenleben:
Kempe/Dresden St. O. (EMI)
Reiner/CSO (RCA)
Haitink/Concertgebouw O. (Philips)
Barbirolli/LSO (EMI)
Solti/VPO (Decca)
Der Rosenkavalier:
Schwarzkopf/Karajan/Philh. O. (EMI)
Salome:
Behrens/Karajan/VPO (EMI)
Nilsson/Solti/VPO (Decca)


STRAVINSKY, Igor (1882-1971)
*The Firebird, complete:
Dorati/LSO (Mercury)
Davis/Concertgebouw O. (Philips)
Nagano/LSO (Virgin)
Haitink/LPO (Philips)
Chailly/Concertgebouw O. (Decca)
The Firebird, suite:
Muti/Philad. O. (EMI)
        Shaw/Atlanta SO (Telarc)
        Stokowski/LSO (Decca)
Petrushka:
Monteux/Boston SO (RCA)
Rattle/CBSO (EMI)
        Bernstein/New York Philharmonic (Sony)
Davis/Concertgebouw O. (Philips)
        Muti/Philad. O. (EMI)
Haitink/LPO (Philips)
Pulcinella, suite:
Marriner/ASMF (Decca)
*The Rite of Spring:
        Bernstein/New York Philharmonic (Sony, remastered)
 Solti/Chicago SO (Decca or Decca/JVC)
        Muti/Philad. O. (EMI)
        Stravinsky/Columbia SO (Sony)
        Boulez/Cleveland SO (Sony)


SULLIVAN, Sir Arthur (1842-1900)
*The Mikado:
Nash/D'Oyly Carte (Decca)
Jones/D'Oyly Carte (Sony)
Mackerras/Welch Nat'l Opera (Telarc)
The Pirates of Penzance:
Godfrey/D'Oyly Carte (Decca)
Mackerras/Welch Nat'l Opera (Telarc)
*H.M.S. Pinafore:
Godfrey/D'Oyly Carte (Decca)
Mackerras/Welch Nat'l Opera (Telarc)


SUPPE, Franz von (1819-1895)
*Overtures:
Paray/Detroit SO (Mercury)
Marriner/ASMF (EMI)
Dutoit/Montreal SO (Decca)


TCHAIKOVSKY, Peter (1840-1893)
Capriccio Italien:
Boult/LPO (EMI)
        Kondrashin/RCA Victor SO (RCA or RCA/JVC)
        Alwyn/LSO (HDTT)
Mata/Dallas SO (RCA)
Gibson/LSO (Chesky Gold)
        Leaper/RPO (Naxos)
*1812 Overture:
Previn/LSO (EMI or Hi-Q)
Edwards/Liverpool PO (EMI)
Dorati/Minn. SO (Decca/Mercury)
        Reiner/CSO (RCA or RCA/JVC)
        Alwyn/LSO (HDTT)
        Kunzel/Cincinnati Symphony O. (Telarc or LIM)
Marche slave:
Boult/LPO (EMI)
Reiner/CSO (RCA)
Previn/LSO (EMI)
        Alwyn/LSO (HDTT)
Romeo and Juliet Overture:
Previn/LSO (EMI)
Boult/LPO (EMI)
*Piano Concerto No. 1:
Cliburn/Kondrashin/RCA SO (RCA or RCA/JVC)
Argerich/Dutoit/RPO (DG)
Giles/Reiner/CSO (RCA)
Argerich/Kondrashin/BRSO (Philips)
Wild/Fistoulari/RPO (Chesky)
Violin Concerto:
Perlman/Wallenstein/LSO (Chesky Gold)
Heifetz/Reiner/CSO (RCA)
Chung/Dutoit/Montreal SO (Decca)
*Nutcracker/Sleeping Beauty/Swan Lake, highlights:
Previn/LSO (EMI)
Nutcracker, suite:
Abravanel/Utah SO (Vanguard)
Nutcracker, complete:
Dorati/Concertgebouw O. (Philips)
Previn/LSO (EMI)
Ashkenazy/RPO (Decca)
Dutoit/Monteal SO (Decca)
        Rattle/Berlin Philharmonic (EMI)
Sleeping Beauty, complete:
Previn/LSO (EMI)
Ashkenazy/RPO (Decca)
        Mogrelia/Slovak State Philharmonic O. (Naxos)
Pletnev/Russian National O. (DG)
        Rozhdestvensky/BBC SO (BBC)
*Swan Lake, highlights:
Fistoulari, Concertgebouw O. (Decca)
Swan Lake, complete:
Previn/LSO (EMI)
Dutoit/Montreal SO (Decca)
        Moldoveanu/Royal PO (RPO)
*Serenade for Strings:
Marriner/ASMF (Decca)
Leppard/ECO (Philips)
Symphonies Nos. 1-7:
        Jansons/Oslo PO (Chandos)
Symphony No. 1, "Winter Daydreams":
Haitink/Concertgebouw O. (Philips)
Markevitch/LSO (Philips)
Jansons/Oslo PO (Chandos)
Muti/Philh. O. (EMI)
        Pletnev/Russian National O. (PentaTone)
Symphony No. 2, "Little Russian," original version:
Simon/LSO (Chandos)
Symphony No. 2, "Little Russian," revised version:
Markevitch/LSO (Philips)
Haitink/Concertgebouw O. (Philips)
Symphony No. 3, "Polish":
Haitink/Concertgebouw O. (Philips)
Markevitch/LSO (Philips)
Jansons/Oslo PO (Chandos)
*Symphony No. 4:
Monteux/BSO (JVC)
Szell/LSO (Decca)
Jansons/Oslo PO (Chandos)
Haitink/Concertgebouw O. (Philips)
*Symphony No. 5:
Jansons/Oslo PO (Chandos)
Haitink/Concertgebouw O. (Philips)
Muti/Philh. O. (EMI)
        Stokowski/New Philh. O. (Decca)
        Gergiev/VPO (Decca)
*Symphony No. 6, "Pathetique":
Pletnev/Russian National O. (Virgin)
Ashkenazy/Philh. O. (Decca)
Jansons/Oslo PO (Chandos)
        Klemperer/Philh. O. (HDTT)
Manfred Symphony:
Muti/Philh. O. (EMI)
Jansons/Oslo PO (Chandos)
        Kitajenko/Gurzenich O. (Oehms)


VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, Ralph (1872-1958)
Orchestral music:
        Barbirolli/Sinfonia of London (EMI)
Symphonies Nos. 1-9:
Boult/LPO/New Philh. O. (EMI)
        Previn/LSO (RCA)
Handley/Liverpool PO (EMI)
Symphony No. 3:
        Previn/LSO (HDTT or RCA)
Symphony No. 4:
Thomson/LSO (Chandos)
Symphony No. 5:
Previn/RPO (Telarc)
        Spano/Atlanta SO (Telarc)


VERDI, Giuseppe (1813-1901)
Overtures and choruses:
Muti/Philh. O. (EMI)
Abaddo/Teatro alla Scala (DG)
*Aida:
Freni/Carreras/Karajan/VPO (EMI)
Caballe/Domingo/Muti/N. Phil. O. (EMI)
Otello:
Del Monaco/Karajan/VPO (Decca)
Domingo/Maazel/La Scala (EMI)
Rigoletto:
Pavarotti/Milnes/Bonynge/LSO (Decca)
*La Traviata:
Cotrubas/Kleiber/Bavarian St. O. (DG)
*Il Trovatore:
Price/Domingo/Mehta/New Phil. O. (RCA)
Plowright/Domingo/Giulini/St. Cecilia O. (DG)
Requiem:
Schwarzkopf/Giulini/Philh. O. (EMI)
Orgonasova/Gardiner/ORR (Philips)


VIVALDI, Antonio (1675-1741)
*The Four Seasons:
        McGegan/Philharmonia Baroque O. (PBP)
Kuijken/La Petite Bande (Sony)
Sparf/Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble (BIS)
Pinnock/Eng. Concert (DG Archiv)
        Lamon/Tafelmusik (Sony)
        Perlman/LPO (EMI or Hi-Q)
Marriner/ASMF (Decca)
        Silverstein/Ozawa/BSO (Telarc or LIM)
I Solisti Italiani (Denon)
Jansen/Ensemble (Decca)
        Meyers/Lockington/ECO (eOne)
Gloria:
Preston/AAM (L'Oiseau-Lyre)


WAGNER, Richard (1813-1883)
*Overtures, preludes, and orchestral excerpts:
        Klemperer/Philh. O. (EMI)
        Haitink/Concertgebouw O. (Philips)
        Leinsdorf/LAPO (Sheffield)
        Stokowski/RPO/LSO/Symphony of the Air (HDTT or RCA)
        Boult/LPO and LSO (EMI)
Orchestral music from the Ring:
Solti/VPO (Decca)
Dorati/Nat'l SO, WA (Decca)
The Flying Dutchman:
Adam/Varnay/Klemperer/New Philh. O. (EMI)
The Ring of the Nibelungen, complete:
Nilsson/Ludwig/Solti/VPO (Decca)
Tannhauser:
Domingo/Studer/Sinopoli/Philh. O. (DG)
Kollo/Dernesch/Solti/VPO (Decca)
Konig/Popp/Haitink/Bavarian RSO (EMI)
Tristan und Isolde:
Domingo/Stemme/Pappano/ROH (EMI)
Vickers/Dernesch//Karajan/Berlin Philharmonic (EMI)


WALTON, Sir William (1902-1983)
Facade, Gloria, Te Deum, et al:
Fremaux/CBSO (EMI)
Symphony No. 1:
Previn/LSO (RCA)
        C. Davis/LSO (LSO Live)
Mackerras/LSO (EMI)
Symphony No. 2:
        Previn/LSO (EMI)
Mackerras/LSO (EMI)
Szell/Cleveland O. (Sony)
Belshazzar's Feast:
Hickox/LSO (EMI)
Previn/LSO (EMI)
Shaw/Atlanta SO (Telarc)


WEBER, Carl Maria von (1786-1826)
Overtures:
Goodman/Hanover Band (Nimbus)
Karajan/Berlin Philharmonic (DG)
Clarinet Concertos Nos. 1 & 2:
Pay/O. of the Age of Enlightenment (Virgin)
        Shifrin/Golub/O. di Padova e del Veneto (Delos)
Der Freischutz:
Kollo/Kubelik/Bavarian RSO (Decca)


WEILL, Kurt (1900-1950)
The Threepenny Opera, complete:
Lenya/Bruckner-Ruggeberg BRO (Sony)
The Threepenny Opera, suite:
Weisberg/Contemporary Chamber Ens. (Nonesuch)
Chicago Pro Musica (Reference Recordings)

JJP

7 comments:

  1. Very impressive list! Thank you very much.

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  2. Good question about Furtwängler. And you might ask the same about Toscanini, Felix Weingartner, Erich Kleiber, etc. The reason I didn't include them and a hundred other early conductors is that I tried to limit my selections to good-sounding stereo recordings. I didn't want readers complaining that on my recommendation they had just unknowingly bought a scratchy old 1935 disc in mono. And I didn't want to put warning labels next to anything. So, yes, the recommendations come mainly from the stereo age of home playback, around 1954-on, with only a couple of exceptions for things that just missed by a year or two.

    John

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  3. Nice list. It depresses me a bit since I'm not much for orchestral music, more a chamber/solo fan. That said... What about Bernstein's Sibelus symphonies? Just curious what you think (and feel).

    Franz Lehar? While I don't doubt there is some merit there, having never heard the music, it's inconceivable that his music holds a candle to the Bach suites for solo cello and violin. That music is transcendent, so deeply spiritual.

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  4. Thanks for the feedback, Audentity. As for the choice of genre covered, most of it is orchestral music, true, because I had to limit it to something manageable and chose the most-popular area over the years. As for Bernstein's Sibelius, I didn't care overmuch for his later DG recordings with the VPO, except maybe for the First Symphony, which I should really add now that you have kindly reminded me of it. I did like his early New York recordings a little more, but when I first heard them on Columbia LPs, I didn't care at all for the sound. His Fifth impressed me, though, and I'm sure Sony has remastered it to something closer to the original tapes.

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  5. A stimulating list. I wish I had heard as many different recordings of such a wide repertoire. One area in which I do have many alternative versions is Shostakovich, and I wonder if you've heard the Sanderling/Cleveland recording originally on Erato? It's my favorite by far. I also have a lot of Sibelius--34 Sibelius 4ths and counting--and I was glad to see you liked Karajan's EMI recording: it's the one that hooked me. One final recommendation--where I don't have as much depth in alternative versions--George Szell's recording of Siegfried's Funeral Music for CBS seems to me to be one of the greatest recordings of it. Maybe it was the multi-miking, but the pulse in the strings below the big climaxes added a whole new level of tension to the piece.

    Keep up the listening and reviewing!

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  6. I've not heard the Sanderling Shostakovich recordings. I heard one of Szell's Wagner orchestral recordings years ago on LP, but nothing on CD. I'll have to play catch up here.

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John J. Puccio

John J. Puccio

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I've been listening to classical music most of my life, starting with the classical excerpts on The Big John and Sparkie radio show in the early Fifties and the purchase of my first classical recording, The 101 Strings Play the Classics, around 1956. In the late Sixties I began teaching high school English and Film Studies as well as becoming interested in hi-fi, my audio ambitions graduating me from a pair of AR-3 speakers to the Fulton J's recommended by The Stereophile's J. Gordon Holt. In the early Seventies, I began writing for a number of audio magazines, including Audio Excellence, Audio Forum, The Boston Audio Society Speaker, The American Record Guide, and from 1976 until 2008, The $ensible Sound, for which I served as Classical Music Editor. Today, I'm retired from teaching and using a pair of VMPS RM40s. In addition to writing the Classical Candor blog, I served as the Movie Review Editor for the Web site Movie Metropolis (moviemet.com, formerly DVDTOWN) from 1997-2013. Music and movies. Life couldn't be better.

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When I was young, I heard it said that only intellectuals could appreciate classical music, that it required dedicated concentration to appreciate. Nonsense. I'm no intellectual, and I've always loved classical music. Anyone who's ever seen and enjoyed Disney's Fantasia or a Looney Tunes cartoon playing Rossini's William Tell Overture or Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 can attest to the power and joy of classical music, and that's just about everybody.

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