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GREAT RECORDINGS OF THE CENTURY

 

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Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921)

Piano Concerto No. 2
Emil Gilels
Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris/André Cluytens
rec. 1954
3458192
Cello Concerto No. 1
Mstislav Rostropovich
London Philharmonic Orchestra/Carlo Maria Giulini
rec. 1977
5675932

Erik SATIE (1866-1925)

Piano music
Aldo Ciccolini
rec 1983-86
5672392

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828)

Wanderer Fantasy
Sviatoslav Richter
rec. 1963
5668952

Symphonies 3, 5 & 6
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Thomas Beecham
rec. 1955-9
5669842

Schwanengesang, 4 Lieder
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Gerald Moore
rec. 1951-8
5675582
Die Winterreise
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Gerald Moore
rec. 1955
5679272
Lieder
Elizabeth Schwarzkopf
Edwin Fischer, Gerald Moore, Geoffrey Parsons
rec. 1948-66
5627542
Lieder
Christa Ludwig, Geoffrey Parsons, Gerald Moore, Gervase de Peyer
rec. 1957-65
5628962
String Quartets 14 & 15
Busch Quartet
rec. 1936/8
3615882

Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856)

Symphonies 1-4, Overture, Scherzo and Finale
Dresden Staatskapelle/Wolfgang Sawallisch
rec. 1992
5677682
Piano Concerto
Dinu Lipatti
Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan
rec. 1948
5677742
Piano Concerto, Papillons
Sviatoslav Richter
Orchestre National de l’Opéra de Monte Carlo/Lovro von Matacic
rec. 1962/74
5679822
Liederkreis
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Gerald Moore, Hertha Klust
rec. 1951-56
5627552

Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975)

Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk
Galina Vishnevskaya, Nicolai Gedda, Dimiter Petkov
Ambrosian Opera Chorus, London Philharmonic Orchestra/Mstislav Rostropovich
rec. 1978
5677762

Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957)

Violin Concerto
Jascha Heifetz
London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Thomas Beecham
rec. 1935
3615902
Violin Concerto
Ginette Neveu
Philharmonia Orchestra/Walter Süsskind
rec. 1945
4768302
En Saga, The Swan of Tuonela, Karelia Suite, Finlandia, Valse Triste, Tapiola
Berliner Philharmonic Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan
rec. 1976-81
4768462
Symphony 7, Tapiola, The Oceanides,
Pelleas and Melisande
Suite
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Thomas Beecham
rec. 1955
5096922

Christian SINDING (1856-1941)


Violin Concerto
Itzhak Perlman
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra/André Previn
rec. 1979
5096762

Johann STRAUSS II (1825–1899)

Die Fledermaus
Elizabeth Schwarzkopf, Rita Streich, Nicolai Gedda
Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus/Herbert von Karajan
rec. 1955
5670742

Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949)

Metamorphosen
New Philharmonia O/Sir John Barbirolli
rec. 1967
2126902

Four Last Songs, 12 Orchestral Songs
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
Berlin Radio Symphonie-Orchester, London Symphony Orchestra/George Szell
5669082

Capriccio
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Eberhard Wächter, Nicolai Gedda, Hans Hotter, Christa Ludwig
Philharmonia Orchestra/Wolfgang Sawallisch
5673942

Horn Concertos 1 & 2
Dennis Brain
Philharmonia Orchestra/Wolfgang Sawallisch
rec. 1956
5677822
Dance of the Seven Veils from 'Salome', Tod und Verklärung, Ein Heldenleben
Staatskapelle Dresden/Rudolf Kempe
rec. 1970/72
5678912
Don Juan, Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Der Rosenkavalier - Waltzes, Metamorphosen
Staatskapelle Dresden/Rudolf Kempe
rec. 1970-73
3458262

Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971)

3 Pieces for String Quartet, Concertino, Double Canon
Alban Berg Quartett
rec. 1984
5675502

Karol SZYMANOWSKI (1882-1937)

Stabat Mater, Litany to the Virgin Mary, Symphony No.3
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra & Chorus/Sir Simon Rattle
rec. 1993
3615922

Sergei TANEYEV (1856-1915)


Suite de Concert
David Oistrakh
Philharmonia Orchestra/Nicolai Malko
rec. 1950
3615702

Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893)


Violin Concerto
Jascha Heifetz
London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir John Barbirolli
rec. 1937
3615902

Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958)

Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis
Fantasia on 'Greensleeves'

Sinfonia of London/Sir John Barbirolli
rec. 1962
5672402

Piotr Il’yich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893)

The Nutcracker Suite
Symphony No. 4
Eugene Onegin – Waltz

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Thomas Beecham
rec. 1953-59
3800162

Guiseppe VERDI (1813-1901)

La Traviata
Renato Scotto, Sarah Walker, Alfredo Krauss, Renato Bruson
Ambrosian Opera Chorus
Philharmonia Orchestra/Riccardo Muti
rec. 1980
5096942

Don Carlo
Plácido Domingo, Montserrat Caballé
Ambrosian Opera Chorus; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Carlo Maria Giulini
rec. 1970
5674012

Messa da Requiem, Quattro pezzi sacri
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Christa Ludwig, Nicolai Gedda, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Janet Baker
Philharmonia Chorus and Orchestra/Carlo Maria Giulini
rec. 1962-4
5675602
Il Trovatore
Giuseppe Di Stefano, Maria Callas, Rolando Panerai
Chorus and Orchestra of Teatro alla Scala, Milan/Herbert von Karajan
rec. 1956
5628982
Aida
Montserrat Caballé, Placido Domingo
New Philharmonia Orchestra/Riccardo Muti
rec. 1974
5676132
Falstaff
Tito Gobbi, Elizabeth Schwarzkopf, Luigi Alva, Rolando Panerai, Anna Moffo
Phiharmonia Orchestra & Chorus/Herbert von Karajan
rec. 1956
5670832

Heroines
Arias from Macbeth, Ernani, Otello, Aroldo, Don Carlo & Aida
Maria Callas
Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire/Nicolo Rescigno
rec. 1958-64
3800202

Heitor VILLA-LOBOS (1887-1959)

Bachianas Brasileiras Nos 1, 2, 5 & 9
Victoria de los Angeles
Orchestre National de la Radiodiffusion Française/Heitor Villa-Lobos rec.
5669122

Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741)

Magnificat R611, Gloria R589
Teresa Berganza, Lucia Valentini Terrani
New Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus/Riccardo Muti
rec. 1977-8
5669872

Richard WAGNER (1813-1883)

Arias & Duets
Birgit Nilsson, Hans Hotter
Philharmonia O/Leopold Ludwig
rec. 1957
5097022

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
René Kollo, Helen Donath, Theo Adam
Staatskapelle Dresden/Herbert von Karajan
rec. 1970
5670862

Der Fliegende Hollander
Theo Adam, Anja Silja, Martti Talvela, Ernst Kozub,
New Philharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer
rec. 1968
5674082

Lohengrin
Jess Thomas, Christa Ludwig, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Rudolf Kempe
rec. 1962/3
5674152

Orchestral highlights from the operas
Philharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer
rec. 1960-63
5678932

Orchestral highlights from the operas
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan
rec. 1974 in the Philharmonie, Berlin
5627562
Die Walküre Act 3
Astrid Varnay
Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele 1951/Herbert von Karajan
rec. 1951
3800242

Carl Maria von WEBER (1786-1826)

Clarinet Concertos 1 & 2, Clarinet Concertino, Clarinet Quintet
Sabine Meyer
Staatskapelle Dresden/Herbert Blomstedt
rec. 1984/5
5679882
Konzertstück
Claudio Arrau
Philharmonia Orchestra/Alceo Galliera
rec. 1960
5628842

Hugo WOLF (1860-1903)

Lieder
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Gerald Moore
rec. London, 1956-62
3800402
Italienisches Liederbuch, Part 1
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Gerald Moore
rec. 1965-67
5606502

 

 
   

 



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