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W.S. Bennett, Rootham, Moeran,
Bax, Rubbra, Rawsthorne, Berkeley
Alwyn, Grace Williams, Arnold, Wordsworth. Searle, Joubert

Van Dieren Chinese Symphony
Searle Symphonies 3, 5
Shaw Piano Concertos 1 and 2

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Bach, J S:
Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV1043
Cello Sonata No. 1 in F major, Op. 5 No. 1
Cello Sonata No. 2 in G minor, Op. 5 No. 2
Cello Sonata No. 4 in C major, Op. 102 No. 1
Cello Sonata No. 5 in D major, Op. 102 No. 2
Piano Trio No. 1 in Eb major, Op. 1 No. 1
Piano Trio No. 2 in G major, Op. 1 No. 2
Piano Trio No. 5 in D major, Op. 70 No. 1 'The Ghost'
Piano Trio No. 6 in E flat Major, Op. 70 No. 2
String Quartet No. 4 in C minor, Op. 18 No. 4
String Quartet No. 6 in B flat major, Op. 18 No. 6
Violin Sonata No. 9 in A major, Op. 47 ‘Kreutzer'
Violin Sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 96
Violin Sonata No. 5 in F major, Op. 24 'Spring'
Piano Trios Nos. 1-3 (Complete)
Double Concerto for Violin & Cello in A minor, Op. 102
Franck, C:
Violin Sonata in A major
Piano Sonata No. 18 in D major, K576 'Hunt'
Five Melodies for Violin and Piano, Op. 35b
Piano Trio No. 1 in B flat major, D898

Mstislav Rostropovich (cello), Sviatoslav Richter (piano), David Oistrakh (violin), Yehudi Menuhin (violin), Robert Casadesus (piano), Zino Francescatti (violin), Hephzibah Menuhin (piano)
Amadeus Quartet, Istomin-Stern-Rose Trio