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RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Piano Concerto No. 2 * The Isle of the Dead  SCHUBERT-TAUSIG Marche Militaire WEBER-TAUSIG Invitation to the Dance    * Earl Wild (piano) RPO/Jascha Horenstein rec Walthamstow Town Hall, London, 1965   CHESKY CD2 [65.43] [RB]

RACHMANINOV Piano Concerto No. 3 & Variations on a theme of Chopin     Andrei Pisarev, Russian Philharmonic Orchestra/Samuel Friedmann   Arte Nova 74321 67509 2 66'19" [DW]

Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Piano Concerto in G Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Piano Concerto No. 4 in G minor   Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (piano) The Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Ettore Gracis  Recording made in March 1957  EMI (Great Recordings of the Century Series) CDM 5 67238 2 [46:34] [IL]

ROSSINI Stabat Mater   Catherine Malfitano, Agnes Baltsa (sopranos), Robert Gambill (tenor), Gwynne Howell (bass), Choir and Orchestra of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino / Riccardo Muti  EMI Red Line CDR 57 3279 2 (budget price) [DW]

Nino ROTA (1911-1979) The Two Piano Concertos   Giorgia Tomassi (piano) with the Filarmonica della Scala conducted by Riccardo Muti   EMI  CDC 5 56869 2 [58:24] [IL]

ERIK SATIE (1866-1925) piano music    Aldo Ciccolini (piano)   rec 1983-36, Salle Wagram, Paris GREAT RECORDINGS OF THE CENTURY EMI CLASSICS CDM 5 67239 2 [71.31] [RB]

Robert SAXTON A yardstick to the stars & other chamber works    Brunel Ensemble/Christopher Austin, with soloists   NMC D065 79 mins [PW]

Alessandro SCARLATTI Cantatas Volume III     Nicholas McGegan directing the Arcadian Academy, countertenor Brian Asawa   DHM 75605 51325 2 [64:15] [GD]

Schoenberg String Quartet in D major  Webern Slow movement for string quartet  Zemlinsky String Quartet No 1    Brodsky Quartet   Vanguard Classics 99208 65'07" [PW]

SCHUBERT - The Complete Finished Sonatas for Piano    John Damgaard (piano)   ClassicO CLASSCD 245-49 (five disc set) [PC]

SCHUBERT Shepherd on the Rock, SCHUMANN & LACHNER Frauenliebe und leben, SPOHR Six German songs    Evelyn Tubb (soprano) Lesley Schtazberger (clarinet) Richard Burnett (fortepiano)  Classicprint CPV005CD 61'16" [PW]

JEAN SIBELIUS (1865-1957) BARBIROLLI conducts SIBELIUS' ORCHESTRAL MUSIC   The Hallé orchestra   All recorded in stereo 1966-1970 - all in the Kingsway Hall apart from the works on CD1 and Pelléas suite on CD4 which were set down in EMI's Abbey Road studio no. 1. EMI CLASSICS CMS5 67299 2 (5CD bargain price) [RB]

SIBELIUS Swanwhite Op. 54, Symphony No. 4 in A minor Op. 63, Pelleas et Melisande Op. 46, Tapiola Op. 112, Symphony No. 7 (includes a talk and various speeches by Sir Thomas Beecham, and the British and Finnish National Anthems) Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Sir Thomas Beecham  * Live recordings from the 90th birthday Sibelius concerts 1954/55). BBC Legends BBCL4041-2 68m ADD [RB] [GF]


Richard STRAUSS: Salome, Ariadne auf Naxos, Die Liebe der Danae & Capriccio    Julia Varady, Bamberg Symphoniker, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau  ORFEO C 511 991 A (Full Price) [MB]

Igor STRAVINSKY Vol. 3 Pulcinella (complete); Four pieces for solo clarinet (Charles Neidich); Piano Concerto (Misha Dichter); Danses Concertantes.    Robert Craft/Philharmonia Orchestra and 20th Century Classics Ensemble.   Koch 3-7470-2H1 77 mins [PW] no stars awarded

Virgil THOMSON (1896-1989) Symphony on a Hymn Tune, Symphony No. 2 in C major, Symphony No. 3, Pilgrims and Pioneers    James Sedares conducting the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra NAXOS American Classics Series 8.559022 [64:21] [IL]

Carl UNANDER-SCHARIN The King of Fools (Tokfursten)    Cast led by Mats Persson (baritone) and Anna Larsson (contralto) Conductor Michael Bartosch. Caprice CAP 22046 [PW]

WAGNER: Die Walkure - Act 1    Marianne Schech, Franz Volker, Friedrich Dalberg. Bavarian State Orchestra Georg Solti.   Orfeo d'Or C 019 991Z 64m ADD (Rec 1947). [GF]

WEBERN Passacaglia BERG Three Pieces from the 'Lyric Suite', Three Orchestral Pieces op. 6 SCHOENBERG Variations for Orchestra Op. 31.    Berliner Philharmoniker Herbert von Karajan   DG Originals 457-760-2 74m ADD (Rec 1973/4) [GF]

Markus ZAHNHAUSEN Lyric Scenes     Susanna Laurin (recorder)  BIS CD 1013 66'22" [PW]

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