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Musicweb International Recommends

Each Wednesday, we will publish a list of the favourite recordings of two major repertoire works, as recommended by members of our reviewing team (see below). There are no supporting comments - nomination to the list is sufficient recommendation.

Because of changes in availability and reissues, we have chosen not to provide catalogue number, only sufficient detail for you to be able to track it down:
- performers (obviously)
- label
- year, where more than one version exists, e.g. Glenn Gould's Goldbergs from 1955 and 1981

Links to reviews will be provided only where the review is by the nominator. Where the site's review is by another person, it can be found in the Masterwork Index.

This week
Brahms: Symphony 2
Sir Thomas Beecham/Royal PO (BBC Legends) [RMay]
Christoph von Dohnanyi/Cleveland O (Warner) [LW]
Wilhelm Furtwangler/Berlin PO (Pristine Audio) [RMo]
Sir John Eliot Gardiner/O Révolutionnaire et Romantique (Soli Deo Gloria) [JQ review]
Rudolf Kempe/Berlin PO (Testament) [JQ]
Carlos Kleiber/Vienna PO (Philips) [SG]
James Levine/Chicago SO (RCA) [SV][AL][RMo]
Sir Simon Rattle/Berlin PO (EMI) [MC]
Bruno Walter/Columbia SO (Sony) [LW]
Felix Weingartner/London PO (Pristine Audio) [JW]

Haydn: The Creation
Antal Dorati/Royal PO (Decca) [JW]
Sir John Eliot Gardiner/English Baroque Soloists (Archiv) [SG][DJB]
Bernard Haitink/Bavarian RSO (BR Klassik) [MC]
Nikolaus Harnoncourt/Concentus Musicus Wien (Deutsche Harmonia Mundi) [MC]
James Levine/Berlin PO (Deutsche Grammophon) [RMo]
Paul McCreesh/Gabrieli Consort (Archiv) [LW][JQ review]
Sir Georg Solti/Chicago SO (Decca) [SV]

All recommendations
Johann Sebastian Bach
Brandenburg concertos
Rinaldo Alessandrini/Concerto Italiano (Naive) [AL][MC]
Benjamin Britten/English CO (Decca) [SV]
Adolf Busch/Busch Chamber Players (EMI) [JW]
Sir John Eliot Gardiner/English Baroque Soloists (Soli Deo Gloria) [JQ review][MG]
Philip Ledger/English CO (IMP Classics) [RMo]
Yehudi Menuhin/Bath Festival O (EMI) [SG]
Trevor Pinnock/English Concert (Archiv) [LW]
Trevor Pinnock/European Brandenburg Ens (Avie) [DJB][JQ]
Karl Ristenpart/Saar CO (Accord/High Definition Tape Transfers, 1-3) [SV]

Cello suites
Pablo Casals (EMI) [JW]
Pierre Fournier (Archiv) [MC][DJB][RMo]
Antonio Janigro (Doremi) [SG]
Jean-Guihen Queyras (Harmonia Mundi) [AL]
Mstislav Rostropovich (EMI) [RMo]
Janos Starker (Mercury) [AL]

Goldberg variations (arrangements not included)
Richard Egarr (Harmonia Mundi) [KM]
Glenn Gould (Sony, 1955) [DC][SG][LW][AL]
Glenn Gould (Sony, 1981) [KM][SG][RMo]
Pierre Hantaï (Mirare) [JFL]
Angela Hewitt (Hyperion) [DJB]
Konstantin Lifschitz (Denon) [RMo]
Murray Perahia (Sony) [LW]
Rosalyn Tureck (Deutsche Grammophon, 1988) [MC]
Zhu Xiao-Mei (Mirare) [JFL]

Mass in b minor
Dunedin Consort & Players/John Butt (Linn) [MG]
Monteverdi Ch & English Baroque Soloists/John Eliot Gardiner (Archiv) [JQ][SG][LW]
Collegium Vocale Ghent/Philippe Herreweghe (Phi) [JQ review]
Bavarian RSO/Eugen Jochum (EMI) [JW]
ASMF & Ch/Sir Neville Marriner (Philips) [RMo]
Munchener Bach Ch & O/Karl Richter (Archiv) [MC]

Saint Matthew Passion
Sir John Eliot Gardiner/Monteverdi Ch & English Baroque Soloists (Archiv) [LW][JQ][SG]
Otto Klemperer/Philharmonia Ch & (EMI) [JW][MG]
Karl Munchinger/Stuttgart Hymnus Boys Ch & CO (Decca) [SV]
Karl Richter/Munich Bach Ch & O (Archiv) [RMo][MC]

Concerto for 2 violins
Julia Fischer & Alexander Sitkovetsky, ASMF (Decca) [AL]
Arthur Grumiaux & Hermann Krebbers, Les Solistes Romands/Arpad Gerecz (Philips) [DJB][JW]
Andrew Manze & Rachel Podger, Academy of Ancient Music (Harmonia Mundi) [LW][MG]
David & Igor Oistrakh, Moscow CO/Rudolf Barshai (Melodiya) [RMo]
David & Igor Oistrakh, Royal PO/Eugene Goossens (Deutsche Grammophon) [MC][SG][JW]
Vladimir Spivakov & Arkady Futer, Moscow Virtuosi (RCA) [SV]

Ludwig van Beethoven
‘Hammerklavier’ piano sonata
Claudio Arrau (Philips) [JW]
Alfred Brendel (Philips) [SG]
Emil Gilels (Deutsche Grammophon) [MC][JW]
Richard Goode (Nonesuch) [AL]
Maurizio Pollini (Deutsche Grammophon) [MC][SG]
Rudolf Serkin (Sony) [RMo]

'Pathetique' sonata
Daniel Barenboim (EMI) [AL]
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Chandos) [MG review]
Emil Gilels (Deutsche Grammophon) [SG]
Wilhelm Kempff (Deutsche Grammophon, 1965) [PCG][GPJ]
Stephen Kovacevich (Philips) [DM]
Paul Lewis (Harmonia Mundi) [DJB]
Radu Lupu (Decca) [RMo]
Maurizio Pollini (Deutsche Grammophon) [MC]
Andras Schiff (ECM) [DC review]
Artur Schnabel (EMI) [JW]
Solomon (EMI) [JW]

Symphony 3
Sir John Barbirolli/BBC SO (EMI) [SV]
Karl Bohm/Berlin PO (Deutsche Grammophon, 1961) [MC]
Riccardo Chailly/Leipzig Gewandhaus O (Decca) [AL]
Andre Cluytens/Berlin PO (EMI) [MC]
Wilhelm Furtwanger/Vienna PO (Tahra, 1944) [SG][JW]
Herbert von Karajan/Berlin PO (Deutsche Grammophon, 1984) [RMo]
Otto Klemperer/Philharmonia O (EMI, 1955) [MG]
Sir Charles Mackerras/Scottish CO (Hyperion) [JQ review]
Fritz Reiner/Chicago SO (RCA) [JW]
George Szell/Cleveland O (Sony) [SV] [AL]

Symphony 5
Paavo Jarvi, Bremen Chamber Ph (RCA) [JFL]
Herbert von Karajan/Berlin PO (Deutsche Grammophon, 1963) [DC][MC]
Carlos Kleiber/Vienna PO (Deutsche Grammophon) [RB][SG][JQ review][RMo][DJB][AL]
Otto Klemperer/Philharmonia O (EMI, 1955) [MG]
Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt/Vienna PO (Decca) [RB]
George Szell/Concertgebouw O (Philips) [SV] 

Symphony 9
Karl Böhm/Vienna PO (Deutsche Grammophon) [DM]
Ferenc Fricsay/Berlin PO (Deutsche Grammophon) [MC]
Wilhelm Furtwangler/Berlin PO (Music & Arts, 1942) [JW]
Wilhelm Furtwangler/Philharmonia O (Tahra, 1954) [SG]
Herbert von Karajan/Berlin PO (Deutsche Grammophon, 1963) [LW]
Otto Klemperer/Philharmonia O (Testament, 1957) [MG]
Sir Charles Mackerra/Philharmonia O (Hyperion) [JQ]
Fritz Reiner/Chicago SO (RCA) [JW]
Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt/Vienna PO (Decca) [SV][RMo]
George Szell/Cleveland O (Sony) [AL]

Violin concerto
Zino Francescatti, Columbia SO/Bruno Walter (Sony) [RMo]
Arthur Grumiaux, Concertgebouw O/Sir Colin Davis (Philips) [DJB][SV]
Jascha Heifetz, Boston SO/Charles Munch (RCA) [SV]
Janine Jansen, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen/Paavo Jarvi (Decca) [AL]
Fritz Kreisler, Berlin Staatskapelle/Leo Blech (EMI) [JW]
Georg Kulenkamff, Berlin PO/Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt (Dutton, 1936) [JQ]
Nathan Milstein, Pittsburgh SO/William Steinberg (EMI, 1955) [JQ][MC]
Itzhak Perlman, Berlin PO/Daniel Barenboim (EMI) [SG]
Itzhak Perlman, Philharmonia O/Carlo Maria Giulini (EMI) [GPJ]
Wolfgang Schneiderhan, Berliner PO/Eugen Jochum (Deutsche Grammophon) [MC][DJB]
Christian Tetzlaff, Zurich Tonhalle O/David Zinman (Arte Nova) [LW][AL]
Thomas Zehetmair, O of the 18th Century/Frans Bruggen (Philips) [MG]

Piano concerto 3
Martha Argerich, Mahler CO/Claudio Abbado (Deutsche Grammophon) [MC]
Yefim Bronfman, Zurich Tonhalle O/David Zinman (Arte Nova) [AL]
Leon Fleisher, Cleveland O/Georg Szell (Sony) [LW]
Stephen Kovacevich, BBC SO/Colin Davis (Philips) [JW]
Murray Perahia, Concertgebouw O/Bernard Haitink (Sony) [LW][DJB][JQ][MG]
Maurizio Pollini, Berlin PO/Claudio Abbado (Deutsche Grammophon) [SG][MC]
Maurizio Pollini, Vienna PO/Karl Bohm (Deutsche Grammophon) [SG]
Artur Rubinstein, Boston SO/Erich Leinsdorf (RCA) [SV]
Rudolf Serkin, New York PO/Leonard Bernstein (Sony) [RMo]

Hector Berlioz
Symphonie fantastique
Ataulfo Argenta/Paris Conservatoire O (Decca) [RMay]
Sir John Barbirolli/Halle O (Pye/Barbirolli Society, 1959) [MG]
Sir Thomas Beecham/Royal PO (EMI) [AL]
Sir Colin Davis/Royal Concertgebow O (Philips/Decca) [SG][JQ][SV][LW][MC][AL] [DM review]
Sir John Eliot Gardiner/O Révolutionnaire et Romantique (Philips) [JQ]
Jos van Immerseel/Anima Eterna Brugge (Zig Zag Territoires) [DC review]
Herbert von Karajan/Berlin PO (Deutsche Grammophon, 1970s) [PCG]
Charles Munch/Boston SO (RCA/HDTT) [RMo][JW]
Charles Munch/Hungarian Radio & TV O (Philips) [SV]
Paul Paray/Detroit SO (Mercury) [RMay]
Michel Plasson/Toulouse Capitole O (EMI) [GPJ]
Robin Ticciati/Scottish Chamber O (Linn) [DM review]

Georges Bizet
Carmen
Victoria de los Angeles, Nicolai Gedda, French Ntl O/Sir Thomas Beecham (EMI) [JW][JQ][MG]
Agnes Baltsa, Jose Carreras, Berlin PO/Herbert von Karajan (Deutsche Grammophon) [MC]
Maria Callas, Théâtre Nationale de l'Opéra O/Georges Pretre (EMI) [SG]
Julia Migenes, Placido Domingo, French Ntl O/Lorin Maazel (Erato) [RMo]

Johannes Brahms
Ein Deutsche Requiem
Charlotte Margiono, Rodney Gilfry, O Révolutionnaire et Romantique /John Eliot Gardiner (Philips) [SG]
Katharine Fuge, Matthew Brook, O Révolutionnaire et Romantique/John Eliot Gardiner (Soli Deo Gloria) [JQ review]
Barbara Hhendricks, Jose van Dam, Berlin PO/Herbert von Karajan (Deutsche Grammophon) [RMo]
Elisabeth Grümmer, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Berlin PO/Rudolf Kempe (EMI/Naxos) [MC]
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Philharmonia O/Otto Klemperer (EMI) [MC][DJB][RB][LW][JQ][JW][MG]
Carolyn Blackwell, David Wilson-Johnson, London SO/Andre Previn (LSO Live) [LW]
Vivian Della Chiesa, Herbert Janssen, NBC SO/Arturo Toscanini (Naxos) [RMay]
Kiri Te Kanawa, Bernd Weikl, Chicago SO/Georg Solti (Decca) [SV]

Piano concerto 2
Wilhelm Backhaus, Vienna PO/Karl Bohm (Decca)
Leon Fleisher, Cleveland O/George Szell (Sony) [LW][MC][AL]
Nelson Freire, Concertgebouw/Riccardo Chailly (Decca) [LW][AL]
Emil Gilels, Berlin PO/Eugen Jochum (Deutsche Grammophon) [DJB][JQ][DM]
Emil Gilels, Chicago SO/Fritz Reiner (RCA) [SG][RMo]
Stephen Hough, Mozarteumorchester Salzburg/Mark Wrigglesworth (Hyperion) [JQ review]
Stephen Kovacevich, London PO/Wolfgang Sawallisch (EMI) [DM]
Sviatoslav Richter, Chicago SO/Erich Leinsdorf (RCA) [RMo]
Rudolf Serkin, Philadelphia O/Eugene Ormandy (Sony) [RB]

Symphony 1
Claudio Abbado/Berlin PO (Deutsche Grammophon) [SG]
Christoph von Dohnanyi/Cleveland O (Decca) [LW]
Herbert von Karajan/Berlin PO (Deutsche Grammophon, 1977) [SG]
Herbert von Karajan/Berlin PO (Testament, 1988) [RMo]
Otto Klemperer/Philharmonia O (EMI) [MC][JW][DJB][MG]
James Levine/Chicago SO (RCA) [SV]
Sir Simon Rattle/Berlin PO (EMI) [MC]
Horst Stein/Bamberg SO (Koch Classics) [RMay]
Georg Szell/Cleveland O (Sony) [RMay][LW]
Arturo Toscanini/NBC SO (RCA) [RMay]
Bruno Walter/Chicago SO (Sony) [RB]
Gunter Wand/NDR SO (RCA) [AL]

Violin concerto
Arthur Grumiaux, New PO/Sir Colin Davis (Philips) [SV][DJB]
Jascha Heifetz, Chicago SO/Fritz Reiner (RCA) [LW]
Leonid Kogan/Kiril Kondrashin (EMI) [AL]
Johanna Martzy, Philharmonia O/Paul Kletzki (EMI & Testament) [AL]
Nathan Milstein, Pittsburgh SO/William Steinberg (EMI) [JQ][RMo]
Anne-Sophie Mutter, Berlin PO/Herbert von Karajan (Deutsche Grammophon) [MC]
David Oistrakh, French Ntl Radio O/Otto Klemperer (EMI) [JW][RMay][MG]
David Oistrakh, Cleveland O/George Szell (EMI) [RMay]
Itzhak Perlman, Berlin PO/Daniel Barenboim (EMI) [SG]

Benjamin Britten
War requiem
Benjamin Britten/London SO (Decca) [SG][LW][JQ review][JW][MG]
Mariss Jansons/Bavarian RSO (BR Klassik) [MC]
Paul McCreesh/Gabrieli Consort and Players (Signum Classics) [MC]
Andris Nelsons/City Birmingham SO (Arthaus) [JQ review]

Max Bruch
Violin concerto 1
Salvatore Accardo, Leipzig Gewandhaus O/Kurt Masur (Philips) [RB] [AL]
Kyung-Wha Chung, Royal PO/Rudolf Kempe (Decca) [SV][RMay]
Julia Fischer, Zurich Tonhalle O/David Zinman (Decca) [DC]
Vadim Gluzman, Bergon PO/Andrew Litton (BIS) [AL]
Jascha Heifetz, London SO/Sir Malcolm Sargent (1951, EMI) [SG]
Jascha Heifetz, New SO London/Sir Malcolm Sargent (1962, RCA) [SG]
Janine Jansen, Leipzig Gewandhaus O/Riccardo Chailly (Decca) [DJB]
Jaime Laredo, Scottish CO (IMP Classics) [MC] [RMo]
Nathan Milstein, Pittsburgh SO/William Steinberg (EMI) [JW]

Anton Bruckner
Symphony 4
Daniel Barenboim/Chicago SO (Deutsche Grammophon) [SV]
Karl Böhm/Vienna PO (Decca) [RB][SV][JQ][LW]
Sergiu Celibidache/Munich PO (EMI) [RMo]
Wilhelm Furtwängler/Vienna PO (Pristine Audio, 1951) [RMay]
Bernard Haitink/Concertgebouw O (Philips) [DC]
Bernard Haitink/Vienna PO (Philips) [JQ review]
Herbert von Karajan/Berlin PO (Deutsche Grammophon) [PCG]
Wolfgang Sawallisch/Philadelphia O (EMI) [AL]
Klaus Tennstedt/London PO (LPO) [RMo]
Gunter Wand/Berlin PO (RCA) [SG][MC][MG]

Frederic Chopin
Nocturnes
Vladimir Feltsman (Nimbus) [AL]
Moura Lympany (EMI/Dutton) [MG]
Maria Joao Pires  (Deutsche Grammophon) [SG][JFL]
Livia Rev (Hyperion) [AL]
Arthur Rubinstein (EMI) [JW]
Arthur Rubinstein (RCA) [MC]
Tamas Vasary (Deutsche Grammophon) [RMo]

Piano concertos (1 & 2 unless indicated)
(1) Martha Argerich, London SO/Claudio Abbado (Deutsche Grammophon) [AL]
(2) Martha Argerich, National SO/Mstislav Rostropovich (Deutsche Grammophon) [AL]
Daniel Barenboim, Staatskapelle Berlin/Andris Nelsons (Deutsche Grammophon) [MC]
(1) Van Cliburn, Philadelphia O/Eugene Ormandy (RCA) [RMo]
(2) Alfred Cortot, London SO/Sir John Barbirolli (Andromeda) [JW]
(2) Ivo Pogorelich, Chicago SO/Claudio Abbado (Deutsche Grammophon) [RMo]
(1) Maurizio Pollini, Philharmonia O/Paul Kletzki (EMI) [RMay]
(1) Moritz Rosenthal, Berlin State Opera O/FriederWeissmann (APR) [JW]
Kristian Zimmerman, Polish Festival O (Deutsche Grammophon) [SG]
Kristian Zimmerman, Los Angeles PO/Carlo Maria Giulini (Deutsche Grammophon) [MC]

Arcangelo Corelli
Op. 6 concerti grossi
Chiara Banchini & Jesper Christensen/Ensemble 415b (Harmonia Mundi) [JV]
Gennadi Cherkasow/Moscow State Conservatory CO (Audiophile Classics) [RMo]
Roy Goodman/Brandenburg Consort (Hyperion) [JW]
Trevor Pinnock/English Concert  (Archiv) [SG][MC]
Amandine Beyer/Gil Incogniti (Zig Zag) [AL]
Pavlo Beznosiuk/Avison Ensemble (Linn) [MG][DJB]

Antonin Dvorak
Cello concerto
Pablo Casals, Czech PO/Georg Szell (EMI) [JW]
Maurice Gendron, London PO/Bernard Haitink (Philips) [SV]
Pierre Fournier, Berlin PO/Georg Szell (Deutsche Grammophon) [SV][LW][RMo]
Lynn Harrell, Philharmonia O/Vladimir Ashkenazy (Decca) [SG]
Mstislav Rostropovich, Royal PO/Sir Adrian Boult (Testament) [JW][MG]
Mstislav Rostropovich, Berlin PO/Herbert von Karajan (Deutsche Grammophon) [DJB][MC][JQ][AL]
Mstislav Rostropovich, USSR State SO/Evgeny Svetlanov [1968] (BBC Legends) [RMay]
Mstislav Rostropovich, Czech PO/Vaclav Talich (Supraphon/Regis) [RMo]

String quartet 12 'American'
Alban Berg Qt (EMI) [DC]
Bohemian Qt (Biddulph) [JW]
Emerson String Qt (Deutsche Grammophon) [MC]
Italian Qt (Philips) [PCG]
Pavel Haas Qt (Supraphon) [SG][AL]
Sacconi Qt (Sacconi Records) [DJB review]
Skampa Qt (Supraphon) [RB]
Smetana Qt (EMI) [RMo][JW]
Tokyo Qt (Harmonia Mundi) [RMo]
Wihan Qt (Nimbus) [MG review]

Symphony 9
Christoph von Dohnanyi/Cleveland O (Decca) [AL]
Nikolaus Harnoncourt/Royal Concertgebouw O (Teldec) [LW]
Iván Fischer/Budapest Festival O (Philips) [JQ review]
Herbert von Karajan/Berlin PO (IDIS, 1958) [RMo]
Istvan Kertesz/London SO (Decca) [SV]
Kirill Kondrashin/Vienna PO (Decca) [SG]
Rafael Kubelik/Berlin PO (Deutsche Grammophon) [MC]
Andris Nelsons/Bavarian RSO (BR Klassik) [MC][LW]
Constantin Silvestri/Ntl O Radiodiffusion Française (EMI) [AL]
George Szell/Cleveland O (Sony) [SV]
Vaclav Talich/Czech PO (Supraphon) [RMay][JW]
Klaus Tennstedt/Berlin PO (EMI, 1985) [RMo]
Arturo Toscanini/NBC SO (RCA/Naxos, 1953) [MG]

Sir Edward Elgar
Enigma variations
Sir John Barbirolli/Philharmonia O (EMI) [PCG] [JQ]
Sir Thomas Beecham/Royal PO (Sony) [RB]
Norman Del Mar/Royal PO (Deutsche Grammophon) [RB][MC]
Sir Edward Elgar/Royal Albert Hall O (EMI) [MG]
Charles Mackerras/Royal PO (Decca/Eloquence, 1992) [SG]
Pierre Monteux/London SO (Decca) [SV][AL][JW]
Georg Solti, Vienna PO [JFL] (Decca)
Michael Stern/Kansas City SO (Reference) [AL]
Leopold Stokowski/Czech PO (Cala) [RMo]

The dream of Gerontius
Sir John Barbirolli, Kim Borg, Dame Janet Baker, Richard Lewis/Halle O (EMI) [SG][JQ][MC]
Sir John Barbirolli, Jon Vickers, Constance Shacklock, Marian Nowkowski (Archipel) [RMo]
Sir Adrian Boult, Nicolai Gedda, Helen Watts, Robert Lloyd/New PO (EMI) [SV][RMo][PCG][MG]
Sir Andrew Davis, Philip Langridge, Catherine Wyn-Rogers, Alastair Miles/BBC SO (Kultur) [PCG]
Sir Mark Elder, Bryn Terfel, Alice Cootes, Paul Groves/Halle O (Halle) [JQ review][MC]
Sir Malcolm Sargent, Dennis Noble, Gladys Ripley, Norman Walker, Heddle Nash/Royal Liverpool PO (Testament) [JW]

Symphony 1
Sir John Barbirolli/Philharmonia O (EMI) [AL][PCG][JW]
Sir John Barbirolli /Halle O (BBC Legends) [RMay][JQ][MC]
Sir Colin Davis/London SO (Philips) [SG]
Sir Mark Elder/Halle O (Halle) [RMo][MC]
Sir Edward Elgar/London SO (EMI/Naxos Historical) [MG]
Bernard Haitink/Philharmonia O (EMI) [SV]
Vernon Handley/London PO (LPO Live) [PCG][JQ review]
Richard Hickox/BBC National O Wales (Chandos) [DC review]
George Hurst/BBC PO (Naxos) [DW]
Sir George Solti/London PO (Decca) [SV]

Gabriel Fauré
Requiem
Peter Dijkstra/Bavarian Radio Ch, Munich CO (Sony) [MC]
La Chapelle Royale, Collegium Vocale Gent, O Champs-Elysees/Philippe Herreweghe (Harmonia Mundi) [MG]
John Rutter/Cambridge Singers, City of Sinfonia London (Collegium Records) [MC]
Tenebrae (LSO Live) [JQ review]
Sir David Willcocks/Ch Kings College Cambridge, New PO (EMI) [SG][JW][RMo]

George Frideric Handel
Messiah
Jennifer Vyvyan, Monica Sinclair, Jon Vickers, Giogio Tozzi, Royal PO/Sir Thomas Beecham (RCA) [PCG]
Susan Hamilton, Annie Gill, Claire Watkinson, Nicholas Mulroy, Matthew Brook, Dunedin Consort & Players/John Butt (Linn) [MG review]
Heather Harper, Helen Watts, John Wakefield, John Shirley-Quirk, London SO & Ch/Sir Colin Davis (Philips) [SV] [MC] [RMo]
Margaret Marshall, Catherine Robbin, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Robert Hale, Charles Brett, Monteverdi Ch, English Baroque Soloists/Sir John Eliot Gardiner (Philips)
Judith Nelson, Emma Kirkby, Carolyn Watkinson, Paul Elliott, David Thomas, Ch Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, Academy of Ancient Music/Christopher Hogwood (l'Oiseau-Lyre) [JV]
Anne Sofie von Otter, Arleen Augér, Michael Chance, John Tomlinson, English Concert & Ch/Trevor Pinnock (Archiv) [DC] [JQ]
James Bowman, Robert Tear, Benjamin Luxon, Ch of Kings College Cambridge, ASMF/Sir David Willcocks (EMI) [SG]

Music for the Royal Fireworks
Robert King/King’s Consort (Hyperion) [JQ]
Jeanne Lamon/Tafelmusik (Sony) [DJB]
Sir Charles Mackerras/London Wind Ens (Vanguard/Testament) [JW][JQ]
Sir Neville Marriner/ASMF (Argo) [SV]
Trevor Pinnock/English Concert (Archiv) [MC][SG][AL]
Bohdan Warchal/Capella Istropolitana (Naxos) [RMo]

Joseph Haydn
String quartets, op. 76
Amadeus Quartet (Deutsche Grammophon) [MC]
Kodaly Quartet (Naxos) [DJB][RMo]
The Lindsays (ASV) [MC]
Quatuor Mosaiques (Naive) [AL][MG]
Tatrai Quartet (Hungaroton) [SG]

London symphonies
Sir Thomas Beecham/Royal PO (EMI) [MG]
Leonard Bernstein/New York PO (Sony) [RMo]
Jane Glover/Royal PO (Tring) {Nos. 101 & 103} [RMo]
Sir Colin Davis/Royal Concertgebouw O (Philips) [SV][DJB][LW][AL][GPJ][JQ][SG]
Eugen Jochum/London PO (Deutsche Grammophon) [SV][JW]
Herbert von Karajan/Berlin PO (Deutsche Grammophon) [MC]

Gustav Holst
The Planets
Sir Adrian Boult/BBC SO (1945, EMI) [JW]
Sir Adrian Boult/London PO (1979, EMI) [SG]
Sir Adrian Boult/Vienna State O (Millennium Classics) [RMo]
Sir Adrian Boult/New PO (EMI, 1966) [MG]
Charles Dutoit/Montreal SO (Decca) [AL][DJB][MC][JQ][LW]
Sir John Eliot Gardiner/Philharmonia O (DG) [AL]
William Steinberg/Boston SO (Deutsche Grammophon) [SV][DM review]

Franz Liszt
Piano sonata
Martha Argerich (DG) [SG]
Jorge Bolet (Decca) [MC]
Alfred Brendel (Philips) [PCG]
Arnaldo Cohen (BIS) [DC review]
Marc-Andre Hamelin (Hyperion) [AL]
Vladimir Horowitz (1932, HMV) [SG] [JW]
Maurizio Pollini (Deutsche Grammophon) [MC]

Gustav Mahler
Symphony 1
Leonard Bernstein/Concertgebouw O (Deutsche Grammophon) [SG][JQ]
Leonard Bernstein/New York PO (Sony) [AL]
Vladimir Jurowski, London PO (LPO) [RMo]
Rafael Kubelik/Bavarian RSO (Audite) [MC]
Erich Leinsdorf/Royal PO (Decca) [SV]
James Levine/London SO (RCA) [DM]
Georg Solti/London SO (Decca) [DJB][SV]
Klaus Tennstedt/London PO (EMI) [MG]
Klaus Tennstedt/London PO (BBC Legends) [DM review]
Bruno Walter/New York PO (Sony, 1954) [JW]

Symphony 5
Claudio Abbado/Lucerne Festival O (Euroarts) [DM]
Sir John Barbirolli/New PO (EMI) [SV][DJB][MG]
Rudolf Barshai/Junge Deutsche Philharmonie (Laurel/Brilliant Classics) [JQ]
Leonard Bernstein/Vienna PO (1987, Deutsche Grammophon) [JQ][LW]
Leonard Bernstein/New York PO (Sony) [AL]
Daniele Gatti/Royal Concertgebouw O (RCO Live) [DM]
Herbert von Karajan/Berlin PO (1973, Deutsche Grammophon) [MC]
Rafael Kubelík/Bavarian RSO (Audite) [MC]
Vaclav Neumann, Leipzig Gewandhaus O (Berlin Classics) [JFL]
Sir Simon Rattle/Berlin PO (EMI) [LW]
Frank Shipway/Royal PO (Tring, Membran) [RB][RMo]
Sir Georg Solti/Chicago SO [PCG]
Klaus Tennstedt/London PO (EMI, 1988) [SV] [SG]

Felix Mendelssohn
Symphony 4
Claudio Abbado/London SO (Deutsche Grammophon) [DJB]
Guido Cantelli /Philharmonia O (EMI [JW]
Sir Colin Davis/Boston SO (Philips) [SV]
Sir John Eliot Gardiner/Vienna PO (Deutsche Grammophon) [RMo][LW]
Nikolaus Harnoncourt/CO Europe (Teldec) [LW]
Herbert von Karajan/Berlin PO (Deutsche Grammophon) [SG][MC]
James Levine/Berlin PO (Deutsche Grammophon) [MC]
Sir Roger Norrington/London Classical Players (EMI) [MG]
Giuseppe Sinopoli/Philharmonia O (Deutsche Grammophon) [DJB]
Leopold Stokowski/National PO (Cala) [JW]
George Szell/Cleveland O (Sony) [SV][AL]

Violin concerto
Kyung Wha Chung, Montreal SO/Charles Dutoit (Decca) [MC]
Jascha Heifetz, Boston SO/Charles Munch (RCA) [RMay][SV]
Daniel Hope, CO Europe/Thomas Hengelbrock (Deutsche Grammophon) [AL]
Fritz Kreisler, Berlin Staatskapelle O/Leo Blech (EMI) [JW]
Yehudi Menuhin, O des Concerts Colonne/George Enescu (Naxos) [SG]
Midori, Berlin PO/Mariss Jansons (Sony) [MG]
Anne-Sophie Mutter, Berlin PO/Herbert von Karajan (Deutsche Grammophon) [MC][RMo]

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Clarinet concerto
Jack Brymer, London SO/Sir Colin Davis (Philips) [JW]
Martin Fröst, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen (BIS) [AL]
Eric Hoeprich, O of the 18th Century/Frans Bruggen (Glossa) [MG]
Thea King, English CO/Jeffrey Tate (Hyperion) [SG]
Sabine Meyer, Staatskapelle Dresden/Hans Vonk (EMI) [MC]
Gervase de Peyer, London SO/Peter Maag (Decca) [GPJ]
Harold Wright, Boston SO/Seiji Ozawa (Deutsche Grammophon/Eloquence) [RMo]

Don Giovanni
Eberhard Wächter, Giuseppe Taddei, Joan Sutherland, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Philharmonia O/Carlo Maria Giulini (EMI) [MC][SG][JW]
Thomas Allen, Carol Vaness, Maria Ewing, London PO/Bernad Haitink (EMI) [MG]
Alexander Malta, Gösta Winbergh, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Kathleen Battle, Berlin PO/Herbert von Karajan (Deutsche Grammophon) [SG]
Nicolai Ghiaurov, Stuart Burrows, Gundula Janowitz, Vienna PO/Herbert von Karajan (Orfeo) [RMo]
Teresa Berganza, John Macurdy, Ruggero Raimondi, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Paris Opera O/Lorin Maazel (Sony) [SV]
Luigi Roni, Richard Van Allan, Wladimiro Ganzarolli, Stuart Burrows, Royal Opera House O/Colin Davis (Philips) [SV]

Le nozze di Figaro
Hermann Prey, Edith Mathis, Gundula Janowitz, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Berlin Deutsche Opera Ch & O/Karl Böhm, (Deutsche Grammophon) [MC]
Giuseppe Taddei, Eberhard Wächter, Anna Moffo, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Phiolharmonia O/Carlo Maria Giulini (EMI) [JQ][DJB]
Claudio Desderi, Gianna Rolandi, Richard Stilwell, Felicity Lott, London PO/Bernard Haitink (EMI)[MG]
Lorenzo Regazzo, Simon Keenlyside, Veronique Gens, Patrizia Ciofi, Concerto Köln/Rene Jacobs (Harmonia Mundi) [JFL]
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Robert Tear, Kurt Moll, Yvonne Kenny, London PO/Sir Georg Solti (Decca) [RMo]

Piano concerto 20, K466
Malcolm Bilson, English Baroque Soloists/John Eliot Gardiner (Archiv) [MG]
Alfred Brendel, Scottish CO/Sir Charles Mackerras (Philips) [JQ]
Alfred Brendel, ASMF/Sir Neville Marriner (Philips) [LW]
Clifford Curzon, English CO/Benjamin Britten (Decca) [JW][SG]
Richard Goode, Orpheus CO (Nonesuch) [DJB][AL]
Julius Katchen, Stuttgart CO/Karl Münchinger (Decca) [MC]
Evgeny Kissin, Kremerata Baltica (EMI) (RMo]
Murray Perahia, English CO (Sony) [DJB][AL]

Symphony 35 ‘Haffner’
Sir Thomas Beecham/Royal PO (EMI) [RB]
Jiri Belohlavek / Prague Philharmonia (Harmonia Mundi) [AL]
Karl Böhm/Berlin PO (Deutsche Grammophon) [MC]
Adam Fischer/Danish Ntl CO (Dacapo) [MG review]
Rafael Kubelik/Bavarian RSO (Sony) [MC]
Sir Charles Mackerras/Scottish CO (Linn) [DJB][JQ]
Peter Maag/O di Padova e del Veneto (Arts Music)[RMo]
George Szell/Cleveland O (Sony) [SG]
Bruno Walter/Columbia SO (Sony) [JW]

Symphony 40
Karl Böhm/Berlin PO (Deutsche Grammophon) [MC]
Benjamin Britten/English CO (Decca) [SV]
Sir Colin Davis/Staatskapelle Dresden (Decca) [SG]
Nikolaus Harnoncourt/Royal Concertgebouw O (Teldec) [AL]
Sir Charles Mackerras/Scottish CO (Linn) [DJB][DC][AL][JQ]
Otmar Suitner/Staatskapelle Dresden (Berlin Classics) [RMo]
Bruno Walter/Columbia SO (Sony) [JW]
Bruno Weil/Tafelmusik O (Deutsche Harmonia Mundi) [MG review]

Modest Mussorgsky
Pictures at an exhibition (Ravel orchestration)
Claudio Abbado/London SO (Deutsche Grammophon) [LW]
Charles Dutoit/Montreal SO (Decca) [MC]
Carlo Maria Giulini/Chicago SO (RCA) [SV]
Herbert von Karajan/Berlin PO (Deutsche Grammophon) [RMo][SG]
Lorin Maazel/Cleveland O (Telarc) [DM]
Eugene Ormandy/Philadelphia O [SV]
Fritz Reiner/Chicago SO (RCA) [JW][AL][JQ]
Tugan Sokhiev/Toulouse Capitole O (Naive) [DJB]
Evgeny Svetlanov/BBC SO (BBC Legends) [RMay]

Carl Orff
Carmina Burana
Eugen Jochum/Berlin Deutsche Opera O (Deutsche Grammophon) [MC][JW][AL]
Eduardo Mata/London SO (RCA) [RMo]
Eugene Ormandy/Philadelphia O (Sony) [JW]
Seiji Ozawa/Berlin PO (Philips) [SG]
Andre Previn/London SO (EMI) [SV]

Sergei Prokofiev
Piano concerto 3
Martha Argerich, Berlin PO/Claudio Abbado (Deutsche Grammophon) [LW][JQ][MC]
Yefim Bronfman, Israel PO/Zubin Mehta (Sony) [AL]
William Kapell, Dallas SO/Antal Dorati (Naxos) [SG]
Lang Lang, Berlin PO/Sir Simon Rattle (Sony) [MC]
Sergei Prokofiev, London SO/Piero Coppola (EMI) [JW]

Giacomo Puccini
La Boheme
Victoria de los Angeles, Jussi Björling, RCA Victor SO/Sir Thomas Beecham (EMI) [RB][JQ][MG]
Anna Netrebko, Rolando Villazón, Bavarian RSO/Bertrand de Billy (Kultur Video) [DJB]
Mirella Freni, Luciano Pavarotti, Berlin PO/Herbert von Karajan (Decca) [DJB][PCG][GF][DC][RMo][SG][MC]
Renata Tebaldi, Carlo Bergonzi, Santa Cecilia Academy Rome O/Tulio Serafin (Decca) [SV]

Tosca
Monserrat Caballé, José Carreras, Ingvar Wixell, Royal Opera House O/Sir Colin Davis (Philips) [DM]
Leontyne Price, Giuseppe Di Stefano, Giuseppe Taddei, Vienna PO/Herbert von Karajan (Decca) [MC]
Leontyne Price, Placido Domingo, Sherrill Milnes, New PO/Zubin Mehta (RCA) [RB][SV]
Angela Gheoghiu, Jonas Kaufmann, Bryn Terfel, Royal Opera House O/Antonio Pappano (EMI) [JQ review][MC]
Maria Callas, Giuseppe Di Stefano, Tito Gobbi, La Scala O/Victor de Sabata (EMI) [SG][RMo]

Sergei Rachmaninov
Piano concerto 2
Vladimir Ashkenazy, London SO/Andre Previn (Decca) [MC][SV]
Van Cliburn, Chicago SO/Fritz Reiner (RCA) [SG][RMo]
Clifford Curzon, London PO/Sir Adrian Boult (Decca)[MG]
Victor Eresko, USSR SO/Gennady Provatorov (Melodiya) [RMay]
Byron Janis, Minneapolis O/Antal Dorati (Mercury) [RMo]
Zoltan Kocsis, San Francisco SO/Edo De Waart (Philips) [AL]
Sergei Rachmaninov, Philadelphia O/Leopold Stokowski (RCA/Naxos) [JQ][JW]
Sviatoslav Richter, Warsaw PO/Stanislaw Wislocki (Deutsche Grammophon/Alto) [RB]
Martino Tirimo, Philharmonia O/Yoel Levi (Classics for Pleasure) [RMay]
Simon Trpčeski, Royal Liverpool PO/Vasily Petrenko [JQ review][DJB]

Maurice Ravel
La Valse
Pierre Boulez/Berlin PO (Deutsche Grammophon) [MC]
Charles Dutoit/Montreal SO (Decca) [SG]
Jean Martinon/ O de Paris (EMI) [RB]
Pierre Monteux/London SO (Philips) [SV]
Kurt Masur/New York PO (Warner) [SV]
Charles Munch/Boston SO (RCA) [RMo]
Fritz Reiner/Chicago SO (RCA) [JW]
Paul Paray/Detroit SO (Mercury) [AL]
Andre Cluytens/Paris Conservatoire O (EMI) [AL]

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Scheherazade
Ernest Ansermet/Suisse Romande O (Decca) [SV]
Sir Thomas Beecham/Royal PO (EMI) [RMay][MG]
Charles Dutoit/Montreal SO (Decca) [PCG]
Herbert von Karajan/Berlin PO (Deutsche Grammophon) [MC]
Paul Kletzki/Philharmonia O (EMI) [JW]
Kirill Kondrashin/Concertgebouw O (Philips) [SG][JQ][MC]
Sir Charles Mackerras/London SO (Telarc) [DJB]
Fritz Reiner/Chicago SO (RCA) [JQ][AL]
Gerard Schwarz/Seattle Symphony (Naxos) [DC review]
Leopold Stokowski/Royal PO (Decca) [RB]
Leopold Stokowski/London SO (Cala) [RMo]
Evgeny Svetlanov/USSR SO (Melodiya) [RB]
Evgeny Svetlanov/London SO (EMI) [SV]

Camille Saint-Saëns
Symphony 3 'Organ'
Daniel Barenboim/Paris O (Deutsche Grammophon) [SG]
Enrique Bátiz/London PO (ASV) [DM]
Louis Fremaux/City Birmingham SO (EMI) [RB]
Jean Martinon/O National de l'ORTF (Erato) [RMay]
Charles Munch/Boston SO (RCA) [RMay][LW][MC][AL][JW][MG]
Eugene Ormandy/Philadelphia O (RCA) [SV]
Eugene Ormandy/Philadelphia O (Telarc) [RMo]

Franz Schubert
Winterreise
Florian Boesch, Malcolm Martineau (Onyx) [RBl][RMo][JFL]
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Gerald Moore (EMI, 1962) [KM]
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Alfred Brendel (Philips, 1985) [KM][SG]
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Jörg Demus (Deutsche Grammophon, 1965) [MC]
Werner Güra, Christoph Berner (Harmonia Mundi) [JFL]
Kurt Moll, Cord Garben (Orfeo) [RMo]
Mark Padmore, Paul Lewis (Harmonia Mundi) [JQ review]
Ian and Jennifer Partridge (Classics for Pleasure/Erato) [RB]

Piano sonata D960
Valery Afanassiev (ECM) [DC]
Alfred Brendel (Philips, 2000) [SG][AL]
Alfred Brendel (Decca, 2008) [JQ]
Clifford Curzon (Decca) [DJB]
Leon Fleisher (Vanguard Classics) [LW]
Murray Perahia (Sony) [AL][MG]
Maria Joao Pires (Deutsche Grammophon) [DC review]
Maurizio Pollini (Deutsche Grammophon, 1985) [MC]
Sviatoslav Richter (Alto, 1972) [RMo]
Artur Schnabel (EMI) [JW]

Piano quintet ‘Trout’
Frank Braley, Renaud Capuçon, Gérard Caussé, Gautier Capuçon, Alois Posch (Virgin) [MC]
Clifford Curzon, members of Weiner Oktett (Decca) [MC][JW][AL][MG]
Jorg Demus, Schubert Qt (Deutsche Grammophon) [RB]
Sviatoslav Richter, Borodin Qt (EMI) [RMo]
Andras Schiff, Hagen Qt (Decca) [SG][DJB]

Death and the Maiden quartet
Artemis Qt (Virgin Classics) [MC]
Busch Qt (EMI) [JW][SG]
Jerusalem Qt (Harmonia Mundi) [AL]
Quatuor Mosaiques (Laborie) [MG]
Pavel Haas Qt (Supraphon) [SG review]
Takacs Qt (Hyperion) [AL][RMo]

String quintet
Alban Berg Qt, Heinrich Schiff (EMI ) [MC]
Artemis Qt, Truls Mork (Virgin) [LW]
Emerson Qt, Mstislav Rostropovich (Deutsche Grammophon) [SV]
Ensemble Villa Musica (Naxos) [RMo]
Hollywood Qt, Kurt Reher (Testament) [SG][JQ][JW]
Miró Qt, Matt Haimovitz (Oxingale) [GA]

Robert Schumann
Piano concerto
Geza Anda, Berlin PO/Rafael Kubelik (Deutsche Grammophon) [MC]
Jorge Bolet, Berlin RSO/Riccardo Chailly (Decca) [MC]
Alfred Brendel, Philharmonia O/Kurt Sanderling (Philips) [SG]
Alfred Cortot, London PO/Landon Ronald (HMV/Naxos) [JW]
Leon Fleisher, Cleveland O/George Szell (Sony) [SV]
Stephen Kovacevich, BBCSO/Sir Colin Davis (Philips) [DM]
Artur Rubinstein, RCA Victor SO/Josef Krips (RCA) [SV]
Eugene Istomin, Columbia SO/Bruno Walter (Sony) [LW]
Radu Lupu, London SO/Andre Previn (Decca) [AL]
Murray Perahia, Bavarian RSO/Sir Colin Davis (Sony) [DJB]
Rudolf Serkin, Philadelphia O/Eugene Ormandy (Sony) [RMo]

Piano quintet
Leif Ove Andsnes, Artemis Qt (Virgin/Erato) [DJB][MC]
Leonard Bernstein, Juilliard Qt (Sony) [RMo]
Peter Frankl, Lindsay String Qt (ASV) [SG][MG]
Alexander Melnikov, Jerusalem String Qt (Harmonia Mundi) [AL][JFL]
Rudolf Serkin, Budapest Qt (Sony) [LW]
La Gaia Scienza, (Winter & Winter) [JFL]

Dmitri Shostakovich
Cello concerto 1
Mikhail Khomitser, USSR SO/Gennadi Rozhdestvensky (RCA) [RB]
Mstislav Rostropovich, Philadelphia O/Eugene Ormandy (Sony) [SG][LW][JW][AL]
Heinrich Schiff, Bavarian RSO/Maxim Shostakovich (Philips) [MC][LW]

Piano quintet
Sviatoslav Richter, Borodin Qt (EMI) [SG][JQ][JW][LW]
Elisabeth Leonskaja, Borodin Qt (Teldec) [MC]
Julian Rachlin, Janine Jansen, Yuri Bashmet, Mischa Maisky and Itamar Golan (Onyx) [MC]
Roger Woodward, Alexander String Qt (Foghorn Classics) [DC review]
Borodin Trio, Mimi Zweig, Jerry Horner (Chandos) [LW]

Symphony 10
Bernard Haitink/London PO (Decca) [MC]
Mariss Jansons/Philadelphia O (EMI)[MG]
Berlin PO/Herbert von Karajan (Deutsche Grammophon, 1982) [SG][DJB][LW]
Eugene Ormandy/Philadelphia O(Sony) [SV]
Vasily Petrenko/Royal Liverpool PO (Naxos) [MC][SG][LW][AL]
Frank Shipway/Royal PO (Royal Phil Masterworks) [RMo]
Maxim Shostakovich/London SO (Alto) [RB]
Evgeny Svetlanov/USSR State SO (ICA Classics) [JQ][DM review]

Jean Sibelius
Symphony 2
Sir John Barbirolli/Royal PO (Testament) [JW]
Sir Thomas Beecham/Royal PO (BBC Legends) [RB]
Sir Colin Davis/Boston SO (Philips) [SG]
Neemi Järvi/Gothenburg SO (BIS) [RMay]
Sakari Oramo/City of Birmingham SO (Erato) [MC]
Eugene Ormandy/Philadelphia O (Sony) [MC][SV][RMo]
George Szell/Concertgebouw O (Philips) [SV][AL]
Osmo Vanska/Minnesota O (BIS) [DJB]

Symphony 5
Sir John Barbirolli, Hallé O (Pye/Dutton, 1957) [MG]
Leonard Bernstein, LOndon SO (ICA) [DM review]
Sir Colin Davis, Boston SO (Philips) [SV]
Alexander Gibson, Royal Scottish Ntl O (Chandos) [SV]
Herbert von Karajan, Berlin PO (Deutsche Grammophon) [RMo]
Robert Kajanus, London SO (Divine Art & Naxos) [JW][SG]
Sakari Oramo, City of Birmingham SO (Erato) [MC]
Sir Simon Rattle, Philharmonia O (EMI) [LW]
Osmo Vanska, Lahti SO (BIS) [AL][JQ][LW]

Richard Strauss
Don Juan
Karl Böhm/Berlin PO (Deutsche Grammophon) [MC]
Karl Böhm/Staatskapelle Dresden (Deutsche Grammophon) [MC]
Herbert von Karajan/Berlin PO (Deutsche Grammophon, 1973) [SV]
Herbert von Karajan/Berlin PO (Deutsche Grammophon, 1984) [SG][RMo]
Clemens Krauss/Vienna PO (Decca) [JW]
Andris Nelsons/City Birmingham SO (Orfeo) [JQ review]
Andre Previn/Vienna PO (Telarc) [RB]
Fritz Reiner/Pittsburgh SO (Biddulph) [RMay]
Fritz Reiner/Chicago SO (RCA) [LW][AL]
Georg Solti/Chicago SO (Decca) [SV]

Four Last Songs
Christine Brewer, Atlanta SO/Donald Runnicles (Telarc) [DC review]
Lisa Della Casa, Vienna PO/Karl Bohm (Decca) [GF][JW]
Heather Harper, London SO/Richard Hickox (Classics for Pleasure) [DM review]
Soile Isokoski, Berlin RSO/Marek Janowski (Ondine) [GF]
Gundula Janowitz, Berlin PO/Herbert von Karajan (Deutsche Grammophon) [PCG] [RMo]
Jessye Norman, Gewandhaus O Leipzig/Kurt Masur (Philips) [PCG][LW]
Lucia Popp, London PO/Klaus Tennstedt (EMI) [MC]
Elizabeth Schwarzkopf, Berlin RSO/George Szell (EMI) [SG][JQ][DJB][DM review]
Kiri Te Kanawa, London SO/Andrew Davis (Sony) [RMo]

Igor Stravinsky
The rite of spring
Claudio Abbado/London SO (Deutsche Grammophon) [SV]
Leonard Bernstein/London SO (ICA Classics, 1972) [JQ review]
Leonard Bernstein/London SO (ICA Classics, 1966)[DM review]
Riccardo Chailly/Concertgebouw O (Decca) [LW]
Antal Dorati/Minneapolis SO (Mercury) [MC]
Andrew Litton/Bergen PO (BIS) [AL]
Igor Markevich/Philharmonia O (Testament) [SG][AL]
Seiji Ozawa/Boston SO (RCA) [RMo]
Sir Simon Rattle/Berlin PO (EMI) [MC]
Sir Georg Solti/Chicago SO/ (Decca) [SV]
Columbia SO/Igor Stravinsky (Sony) [JW][LW]

Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Piano concerto 1 
Martha Argerich, Bavarian RSO/Kirill Kondrashin (Philips) [DJB][JW][MC][AL]
Martha Argerich, Royal PO/ Charles Dutoit (Deutsche Grammophon) [DC review]
Lazar Berman, Berlin PO/Herbert von Karajan (Deutsche Grammophon) [SV]
Shura Cherkassky, Berlin PO/Leopold Ludwig (Deutsche Grammophon) [MC]
Gary Graffman, Cleveland O/George Szell (Sony) [SV][RMay]
John Ogdon, Philharmonia O/Sir John Barbirolli (EMI) [MG]
Mikhail Petukhov, Buenos Aires PO/Alexander Anissimov (Pavane) [RB]
Ivo Pogorelich, London SO/Claudio Abbado (Deutsche Grammophon) [RMo]
Viktoria Postnikova, Vienna SO/Gennady Rozhdetvensky (Decca) [RB] 
Sviatoslav Richter, Vienna SO/Herbert von Karajan (Deutsche Grammophon) [SG]

Symphony 5
Guido Cantelli/NBC SO (Music & Arts) [SV]
Daniele Gatti/Royal PO (Harmonia Mundi) [LW]
Mariss Jansons/Oslo PO (Chandos) [SG][MG]
Herbert von Karajan/Berlin PO (Deutsche Grammophon) [DJB]
Igor Markevitch/London SO (Philips) [SV]
Evgeny Mravinsky/Leningrad PO (Deutsche Grammophon) [MC][RB][RMay][JW][AL]
Eugene Ormandy/Philadelphia O (Sony) [MC]
Wolfgang Sawallisch/Concertgebouw O (Philips) [RB]
Frank Shipway/Royal PO (RPO) [RMo]

Ralph Vaughan Williams
Fantasia on a theme of Thomas Tallis
City of London Sinf/Sir John Barbirolli (EMI) [DJB][DC][SG][JW][LW][JQ][MG]
BBC SO, Sir Andrew Davis (Teldec) [PCG][LW]
London PO/Bernard Haitink (EMI) [MC]
New York PO/Dimitris Mitropoulos (Sony) [SV]
Royal PO/Andre Previn (Telarc) [RB]
London CO/Christopher Warren-Green (Virgin Classics) [RMo]

Symphony 5
Sir John Barbirolli, Philharmonia O (EMI, 1962) [DJB][SG][SV]
Sir Adrian Boult/London PO (EMI, 1969) [DJB][MC][SV]
Sir Mark Elder/Halle O (Halle) [JQ review][AL]
Bernard Haitink/London PO (LPO) [DM review]
Andre Previn/London SO (RCA) [JW]

Giuseppe Verdi
La Traviata
Ileana Cotrubas, Sherrill Milnes, Placido Domingo, Bavarian State Opera O/Carlos Kleiber (Deutsche Grammophon) [SG]
Pilar Lorengar, Giacomo Aragall, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Deutsche Oper Berlin O/Lorin Maazel (Decca) [SV]
Maria Callas, Cesare Valletti, Royal Opera House O, Covent Garden/Nicola Rescigno (Myto/ICA Classics) [RMo]
Angela Gheorghiu, Frank Lopardo, Leo Nucci, Royal Opera House O, Covent Garden/Sir Georg Solti (Decca) [MC]

Requiem
Josephine Veasey, Martina Arroyo, Placido Domingo, Ruggero Raimondi, London SO/Leonard Bernstein (Sony) [RMo]
Ilva Ligabue, Grace Bumbry, Sándor Kónya, Raffaele Arié, Philharmonia O/Carlo Maria Giulini (BBC Legends) [JQ review]
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Christa Ludwig, Nicolai Gedda, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Philharmonia O/Carlo Maria Giulini (EMI) [MC]
Eva Mei, Bernarda Fink, Michael Schade, Ildebrando d’Arcangelo, Vienna PO/Nikolaus Harnoncourt [JFL]
Luciano Pavarotti, Leontyne Price, Fiorenza Cossotto, Nicolai Ghiaurov, O Teatro alla Scala Milan/Herbert von Karajan (Deutsche Grammophon) [SG]
Leontyne Price, Rosalind Elias , Giorgio Tozzi, Jussi Björling, Vienna PO/Fritz Reiner (Decca) [RMo]
Joan Sutherland, Marilyn Horne, Luciano Pavarotti, Martti Talvela, Vienna PO/Georg Solti (Decca) [PCG][SV]
Leontyne Price, Veriano Luchetti, Dame Janet Baker, José Van Dam, Chicago SO/Sir Georg Solti [DM]

Antonio Vivaldi
The four seasons
Fabio Biondi/Europa Galante (Opus 111) [DJB]
Fabio Biondi/Europa Galante (Virgin Classics) [AL]
Giuliano Carmignola, Venice Baroque O/Andrea Marcon (Sony) [MC]
Renato Fasano/Virtuosi di Roma (EMI) [SV]
Sigiswald Kuijken?La Petite Bande (Accent) [MG]
Alan Loveday, ASMF/Sir Neville Marriner (Decca) [JW]
Stefano Montanari, Accademia Bizantina/Ottavio Dantone (Arts) [DC review]
Anne-Sophie Mutter, Berlin PO/Herbert von Karajan (Deutsche Grammophon) [RMo]
Henryk Szeryng/English CO (Philips) [SG]

Richard Wagner
Ring cycle
Karl Bohm/Bayreuth Festival O (Decca) [RMo]
Wilhelm Furtwängler/Teatro alla Scala (Opera d'Oro, 1950) [RMay]
Clemens Krauss/Bayreuth Festival O (Pristine Audio) [RMo][JW]
James Levine/Metropolitan Opera/DG [PCG]
Sir George Solti/Vienna PO (Decca) [GPJ][PCG][SV][MC]

Unheralded masterworks - favourite rarely recorded works
Arnold: Symphony 9 (Penny/Naxos; Gamba/Chandos) [MC]
Barber: Music for a Scene from Shelley (Alsop/Naxos) [AL]
Bax: Symphony 6 (Del Mar/Lyrita) [RB]
Chausson: Concert (Quatuor Muir/EMI) [SG]
Delius: Violin concerto (Sammons/Testament) [JW]
Elgar: The Spirit of England (Lloyd-Jones/Dutton) [JQ]
Howells: Hymnus Paradisi (Willcocks/EMI) [JQ]
Howells: Rhapsodic Quintet (King/Lyrita) [MC]
Kalinnikov: Symphony 1 (Kondrashin/Melodiya) [SV]
Ligeti: Violin Concerto (Kopatchinskaja/Naive) [LW]
Moeran: Symphony (Boult/Lyrita) [RB][MG]
Novak: Moravian-Slovak Suite (Talich/Supraphon) [JW]
Pelecis: Nevertheless (Kremer/Megadisc) [DJB]
Purcell: Sonatas in 4 parts (Hogwood/L'Oiseau-Lyre) [MG]
Rota: Symphony 2 (Noseda/Chandos) [DJB]
Zemlinsky: Florentine Tragedy (Chailly/Decca) [SG]

Reviewing team
Guy Aron [GA]
Rob Barnett [RB]
David Barker [DJB]
Roger Blackburn [RBl]
Dominy Clements [DC]
Michale Cookson [MC]
Göran Forsling [GF]
Paul Corfield Godfrey [PCG]
Stephen Greenbank [SG]
Michael Greenhlagh [MG]
Jens Laurson [JFL]
Albert Lam [AL]
Kirk McElhearn [KM]
Rob Maynard [RMay]
Ralph Moore [RMo]
Dan Morgan [DM]
Gwyn Parry-Jones [GPJ]
John Quinn [JQ]
Johan van Veen [JV]
Stephen Vasta [SV]
Jonathan Woolf [JW]
Leslie Wright [LW]



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