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OUR CLASSIC CLASSICS
A List of All-Time Great Recordings

 
Composer
M-Z

 

James Macmillan
Seven Last Words from the Cross • Polyphony/Stephen Layton • Hyperion CDA67460 [JQ]

Elizabeth Maconchy
String Quartets
• Hanson, Bingham & Mistry Qts • Unicorn DKP(CD)9080-82 (Regis RRC9301) [LM]

Leevi Madetoja
Symphony 2
 • Tampere PO/Paavo Rautio • Warner Classics Apex 430742 [RB]

Gustav Mahler
Das Lied von der ErdeChrista Ludwig, Fritz Wunderlich, Phil O/Otto Klemperer • EMI 7472312 [LM]
Das Lied von der Erde Kathleen Ferrier, Vienna PO/Bruno Walter Decca 4665762 [PCW]
Das Lied von der Erde • BBC Northern SO/Jascha Horenstein • BBC Legends BBCL40422 [JQ]
Ruckert Lieder Janet Baker, New PO/Sir John Barbirolli EMI 5669812 [PCW]
Symphony 2Phil O/Otto Klemperer • EMI 7696622 [LM]
Symphony 2 • CBSO/Simon Rattle • EMI CDS 7479628 [JQ]
Symphony 3 • New York PO/Leonard Bernstein • Sony SM2K 61831 [JQ]

Symphony 5 • New Philharmonia/Sir John Barbirolli • EMI 5669102 [JQ]
Symphony 8Chicago SO/Sir Georg Solti • Decca 414 493 2 [JQ]
Symphony 9Berlin PO/Sir John Barbirolli • EMI CDM 7631152 [JQ]

Symphony 9Berlin PO/Sir Simon Rattle • EMI 512282 [JQ]

Symphony 10 Berlin PO/Sir Simon Rattle EMI 5569722 [PCW]

Bohuslav Martinu
Symphony 4
• Czech PO/Martin Turnovsky • Warner Classics Apex 498222 [RB]

Olivier Messiaen
Turangalîla Symphony • Toronto SO/Seiji Ozawa • RCA 82876 594182 [JQ]

Nikolai Miaskovsky
Symphony 5
• USSR SO/Konstantin Ivanov • Olympia OCD133 [RB]
Violin Concerto • David Oistrakh, USSR State SO/Alexander Gauk • Pearl GEMMCD9295 [RB]

Ernest Moeran
Symphony
 New PO/Sir Adrian Boult  Lyrita SRCD247 [RB]

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Clarinet Concerto & Quintet
Thea King, English CO, Gabrieli Qt Hyperion CDA66199 [PCW]
Cosi fan Tutte Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Walter Berry, Phil O/Karl Bohm EMI 5673822 [PCW]
Le nozze di Figaro
• Giuseppe Taddei, Anna Moffo, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Phil O & Ch/Carlo Maria Giulini • EMI 7632662 [DJB]
Piano concertos 18 & 20
• Richard Goode, Orpheus Ch Ens • Nonesuch 7559 794392 [DJB]
Piano Concerto 27, Double Concerto
Emil Gilels, Vienna PO/Bohm DG 4190592 [PCW]
Violin concertos
Arthur Grumiaux, London SO/Colin Davis • Philips 4383232 [DJB]

Carl Nielsen
Symphonies
 London SO/Ole Schmidt Regis RRC3002 [RB]
Symphonies  Philadelphia O/Eugene Ormandy, New York PO/Leonard Bernstein Sony SB3K88974 [RB]
Symphonies 1 & 5 Danish State RSO/Thomas Jensen Dutton CDLXT502 [PCW]

Gösta Nystroem
Sinfonia Del Mare Elisabeth Söderström, Swedish RSO/Stig Westerberg Swedish Society Discofil SCD1015 [RB]

Allan Pettersson
Symphony 7
 Stockholm PO/Antal Dorati Swedish Society Discofil SCD1002 [RB]

Walter Piston
Symphony 2
Boston SO/ Michael Tilson Thomas DG 429 8602 (w/Schumann violin concerto) [RB]

Zbigniev Preisner
Requiem for my friend
• Sinfonia Varsovia/Jacek Kaspszyk • Erato 3984 241462
[DJB]

Sergei Prokofiev
Eugene Onegin Berlin RSO/Michael Jurowski Capriccio 67149 [RB]
Romeo & JulietCleveland O/Lorin Maazel • Decca 4175102 [LM]
Romeo & Juliet • Czech PO/Karel Ančerl • Supraphon SU 3676-2 011 [JQ]
Symphonies 1 & 5 • Berlin PO/Herbert von Karajan • DG 4372532 [DJB]
Violin Concerto 1  Joseph Szigeti, London PO/Thomas Beecham  Naxos 8.110973 [RB]
Violin ConcertosItzhak Perlman, BBC SO/Gennady Rozhdestvensky • EMI 7470252 [LM]

Giacomo Puccini
La Bohème
• Luciano Pavarotti, Mirella Freni, Berlin PO/Herbert von Karajan • EMI 4210492 [DJB]

La Bohème Victoria de Los Angeles, Jussi Björling, RCA Victor SO/Sit Thomas Beecham EMI 5677502 [PCW]
Tosca Leontyne Price, Placido Domingo, New PO/Zubin Mehta BMG/RCA 74321 395032 [RB]
Tosca Maria Callas, Giuseppe di Stefano, la Scala O/Victor de Sabata rec. 1953 EMI 5628902 [PCW]
Turandot • Eva Turner, Giovanni Martinelli, Royal Opera House O/Sir John Barbirolli rec. 1937 • EMI 7610742 [RB]

Sergei Rachmaninov
Piano Concertos Stephen Hough, Dallas SO/Andrew Litton Hyperion CDA67501/2 [PCW]
Symphony 2 • London SO/Gennady Rozhdestvensky • Regis RRC1210 [RB]
Symphony 2 • London SO/André Previn • EMI CDC 7471592 [JQ]
Symphonic Dances, The Bells • Russian State SO/Valeri Polyansky • Brilliant Classics 8532 [RB]
Symphonic Dances, The Bells • Moscow Ph SO/Kirill Kondrashin Melodiya MELCD1000840 [RB]
Symphonic Dances, Isle of the Dead Concertgebouw O/Vladimir Ashkenazy • Decca 4101242 [LM]

Maurice Ravel
Daphnis et Chloe
Royal Opera House O/Pierre Monteux • Decca 4259562 [LM] [JQ]
Orchestral favourites
• London SO/Pierre Monteux • Philips 4647332 [RB]
Piano ConcertosJean-Philippe Collard, France O/Lorin Maazel • EMI 7473862 [LM]
String Quartet Alban Berg Qt EMI 7473472 (w/Debussy qt) [LM]

Ottorino Respighi
The Birds, Ancient Airs and Dances Suites 1-3 • Australian CO/Christopher Lyndon-Gee • Vanguard/Omega OCD1007 [DJB]

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Scheherezade, Capriccio Espagnol
• London SO/Charles Mackerras • Telarc CD80208 [DJB]

Symphony 2 'Antar' • USSR SO/Evgeny Svetlanov • BMG/Melodiya 74321 400652 [RB]

Johann Roman
Drottningholm Music • Uppsala CO/Anthony Halstead • Naxos 8.55373 [DJB]

Edmund Rubbra
Symphonies 2 & 6 • BBC Wales Ntl O/Richard Hickox • Chandos CHAN9481 [DJB]

Emil von Sauer
Piano concerto 1
• Stephen Hough, City of Birmingham SO/Lawrence Foster • Hyperion CDA66790
[DJB]

Domenico Scarlatti
Sonatas • Murray Perahia • Sony SK62785 (w/Handel suites) [DJB]
Sonatas Andreas Staier Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 82876673752 [PCW]

Franz Scharwenka
Piano concerto 4
• Stephen Hough, City of Birmingham SO/Lawrence Foster • Hyperion CDA66790
[DJB]

Franz Schubert
Piano Sonatas Radu Lupu Decca 4757074 [PCW]
Complete song cycles Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau DG 4372352 [PCW]
Hyperion Song Edition
• Soloists, Graham Johnson [JQ]
String Quintet
 • Aeolian Qt • Regis RRC1278 [RB]

String Quintet Hollywood Qt Testament SBT1031 [PCW]

William Schuman
Violin Concerto 
Paul Zukofsky, Boston SO/ Michael Tilson Thomas DG 4298602 [RB]

Robert Schumann
Piano quintet • Leif Ove Andsnes, Artemis Qt • Virgin Classics 3951432 (w/Brahms quintet) [DJB]
Piano concerto • Murray Perahia, Bavarian RSO/Colin Davis • Sony MK44899 (w/Grieg concerto) [DJB]

Dmitri Shostakovich
Cello ConcertosHeinrich Schiff, Bavarian Radio SO/Maxim Shostakovich • Philips 4125262 [LM]
Cello Concerto 1Paul Tortelier, Bournemouth SO/Paavo Bergland • EMI 7630202 (w/Walton concerto) [LM]

Piano Concerto 2 • Leonard Bernstein/New York PO • Sony SMK89752 [RB]
String Quartets
• Borodin Qt • EMI various [LM]
Symphonies 1 & 5
Czech PO/Karel Ancerl Supraphon SU36992 [PCW]
Symphony 4
• Scottish Ntl O/Neeme Jarvi • Chandos CHAN8640 [LM]
Symphony 5
• New York PO/Leonard Bernstein • CBS CD35854 [LM]
Symphony 8
• London SO/Andre Previn • EMI 5655212 [LM]
Symphony 8 • Leningrad PO/Yevgeny Mravinsky • BBC Legends BBCL40022 [JQ]
Symphony 10 • Czech PO/Karel Ančerl. • DG 4636662 [JQ]
Symphony 11
• Verdi Milan SO/Oleg Caetani • Arts 476768 [DJB]

Jean Sibelius
En Saga Suisse Romande O/Horst Stein • Decca 4525762 [RB]
Six Humoresques Aaron Rosand, SW German RSO/Tibor Szöke • Voxbox CDX5116 [RB]
Lemminkainen SuitePhiladelphia O/Eugene Ormandy • EMI 3886792 [RB]
Symphonies 1-7 London SO/Anthony Collins Beulah 14PD8 [PCW]
Symphony 2 • BBC SO/Sir Thomas Beecham • BBC Legends BBCL41542 [RB]
Symphony 2Royal PO/Sir John Barbirolli • Chesky RECORDS CD3 [RB] [LM]
Symphony 7Leningrad PO/Evgeny Mravinsky • BMG Melodiya 74321 251892 [RB]
Symphony 7 Philadelphia O/Eugene Ormandy • Sony SBK53509 [RB]
Tapiola, Oceanides, Pelleas & MelisandeRoyal PO/Sir Thomas Beecham • EMI 7634002 [LM]
Tempest suites • Royal PO/Sir Thomas Beecham • Sony SMK93009 [RB]
Violin Concerto • David Oistrakh, USSR Radio Large SO/Gennady Rozhdestvensky • BMG/Melodiya 74321 341782 (w/Tchaikovsky concerto) [RB]
Violin Concerto • Kyung-Wha Chung, London SO/Andre Previn • Decca 4250802 (w/Tchaikovsky concerto) [LM]

Valentin Silvestrov
Symphony 5
• Kiev Conservatoire SO/Roman Kofman • BMG Melodiya 74321 49959 2 [RB]

Bedrich Smetana
String Quartets
• Lindsay Qt • ASV CDDCA777 [LM]

Stephen Sondheim
Into the Woods • original cast • Sony/BMG 82876 686362 [RB] 
Sweeney Todd
• original cast • Sony/BMG 82876 6863925 [RB]

Wilhelm Stenhammar
Symphony 2 • Stockholm PO/Stig Westerberg • Caprice CAP21151

Richard Strauss
Ein Heldenleben Staatskapelle Dresden/Rudolf Kempe EMI CDM 7691712 [JQ]
Four Last Songs • Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Berlin RSO/George Szell • EMI 7472762 [LM]

Vier letzte Lieder • Soile Isokoski/Berlin RSO/Marek Janowski Ondine ODE9822 [JQ]
Metamorphosen, Four Last Songs Gundula Janowitz, Berlin PO/Herbert von Karajan DG 4474222 [PCW]
Der Rosenkavalier Philharmonia O/Herbert von Karajan EMI 7493542 [JQ]
Salome • Birgit Nilsson, Vienna PO/George Solti • Decca 4144142 [LM]

Igor Stravinsky
Firebird suite • Atlanta SO/Robert Shaw • Telarc CD80039 (w/Borodin Prince Igor) [DJB]
The Firebird • London SO/Antal Dorati • Mercury Living Presence 4706432 [RB]
The Firebird • CBSO/Simon Rattle • EMI 7491782 [LM]

Rite of SpringBoston SO/Benjamin Zander • IMP Masters MCD25 [LM]

Karol Szymanowski
Violin Concertos
• Thomas Zehetmair, CBSO/Simon Rattle • EMI 5556072 [LM]

Symphony 3CBSO/Simon Rattle • EMI 5551212 [LM]

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Ballet Suites • Berlin PO/Mstislav Rostropovich • DG 4290972 [DJB]
Francesca da Rimini, Hamlet Stadium SO of New York/Leopold Stokowski dell’Arte CDDA 9006 [JQ]
Manfred Symphony • USSR SO/Evgeny Svetlanov • BMG/Melodiya 74321 341642 [RB]
Piano Concerto 1 • Viktoria Postnikova, Vienna SO/Gennady Rozhdestvensky • Eloquence 4674042 [RB]
Piano Concertos 1 & 2 • Mikhaïl Petukhov; Buenos Aires PO/Alexander Anissimov • Pavane ADW7387 [RB]
Symphony 4 • Leningrad PO/Evgeny Mravinsky rec. London 1960 • DG 4775911 [RB]
Symphony 5 • London SO/Monteux • Vanguard Classics OVC8031/2 [RB]
Symphonies 4-6 Leningrad PO/Evgeny Mravinsky DG 4775911 [PCW] [JQ]
Violin Concerto • David Oistrakh, Moscow SO/Gennady Rozhdestvensky • BMG/ Melodiya 74321 341782 (w/Sibelius concerto) [RB]
Violin Concerto • Kyung-Wha Chung, London SO/Andre Previn • Decca 4250802 (w/Sibelius concerto) [LM]

Georg Philipp Telemann
Concertos • Capella Istropolitana/Richard Edlinger • Naxos 8.550156
[DJB]

Randall Thompson
Symphony 2  • New York PO/Leonard Bernstein • Sony Classical SMK60594 (w/Harris & Diamond sys) [RB]

Eduard Tubin
Symphony 5
• Bamberg SO/Neeme Jarvi • BIS CD306 [LM]

Ralph Vaughan Williams
Job London PO/Vernon Handley EMI Eminence CD-EMX 9506 [JQ]
The Pilgrim’s Progress John Noble, London PO/Sir Adrian Boult EMI CMS 7642122 [JQ]
Symphonies 1-9 London PO/Sir Adrian Boult rec. 1950s Decca 4732412 [PCW]
Symphonies 1-9 Sir Adrian Boult EMI 5739242 [JQ]
London Symphony, Symphony 8 Hallé O/Sir John Barbirolli EMI CDM 7641972 [JQ]
Symphonies 3 & 5 New PO, London PO/Sir Adrian Boult EMI 7640182 [DJB]
Symphonies 4 & 5 BBC SO/composer, Hallé O/John Barbirolli Dutton CDAX8011 [JQ]
Symphony 6, Dona Nobis Pacem • Utah SO/Maurice Abravanel • Vanguard Classics SVC7 [RB]

Tallis & Greensleeves Fantasias • Sinfonia of London/Sir John Barbirolli • EMI 7475372 (currently available on EMI 5672402) (w/Elgar string music) [DJB] [JQ]

Giuseppe Verdi
La traviata Angeli Gheorghiu, Royal Opera House O/Solti Decca 4481192 [PCW]
 Requiem, Quattro Pezzi Sacri Philharmonia O/Carlo Maria Giulini EMI CDS 7472578
[JQ]

Antonio Vivaldi
Four Seasons
Europa Galante/Fabio Biondi Opus111 OPS569120
[DJB]

Richard Wagner
Der Ring des NibelungenVienna PO/George Solti • Decca 4141002 [LM]
Der Ring des NibelungenBayreuth Festival O/Daniel Barenboim • Warner 2564 623172 [PCW]
Parsifal Bayreuth Festival O/Hans Knappertsbusch rec. 1962 Philips 4647562 [PCW]
Tristan und IsoldeBirgit Nilsson, Bayreuth Festival O & Ch/Karl Bohm • Philips 4344252 [LM]
Tristan und Isolde Kirsten Flagstad, Phil O/Wilhelm Furtwangler EMI 5676212 [PCW]

William Walton
Belshazzar's FeastLondon SO/Andre Previn • EMI 7476242 [LM] [JQ]
Cello Concerto Paul Tortelier, Bournemouth SO/Paavo Bergland • EMI 7630202 (w/Shostakovich concerto 1) [LM]
Symphony 1London SO/Andre Previn • RCA GD87834 [LM] [JQ]
Violin & Viola concertos Nigel Kennedy, Royal PO/Andre Previn • EMI 7496282 [LM]

Peter Warlock
The CurlewIan Partridge/Music Group of London • EMI 7691702 [LM]

Franz Waxman
Classic film scores • National PO/Charles Gerhardt • RCA/BMG GD80708 [RB]

 


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