Composer Title Key Opus # Performers Rating* Label Date Recorded Location of Recording Comments*
Tchaikovsky1812 Overture E-flat Major 49 New SO of London, Sir Alexander Gibson---Chesky Jul 19-21, 1960------
Dohnanyi Variations on a Nursery Song--- 25 Earl Wild, New Philharmonia O, Christoph von Dohnanyi *** Chesky Mar 1967 LondonScintillating, matched by a witty accompaniment. NPO plays superbly and obviously relishes the humor: the pompous intro is not overdone, and the chimerical and eclectic changes of style in the variations are beautifully managed. Splendid vintage analog. Fresh, natural, very well balanced and immaculately transferred.
Dohnanyi6 Concert Etudes: Capriccio f minor28 Wild *** Chesky Mar 1967London Brilliant.
Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto #1 b-flat minor 23 Earl Wild, RPO, Anatole Fistoulari *** Chesky 8 Oct 1962 London Spectacular reissue; stands as one of the finest accounts ever of this much-recorded work. Lay in RCA vaults for many years. Certainly a premium performance. Vintage quality sound for that period. Compares favorably with many modern recordings and the piano tone is bold and natural. From the first sweep of the opening the readings is distinguished by its feeling of directness and power, yet the lyrical side of the music brings comparable sensitivity. In the first movement there are some wholly spontaneous bursts of bravura from the soloist which are quite electrifying; and in the big cadenza Wild, by impetuous tempo changes in the imitative passages, makes himself sound almost like a piano duo. The finale, too, taken with crackling bravura. Fistoulari, splendidly assured throughout, produces a vivid orchestral response (the flute and piccolo interjections in the finale are as dashing as the solo playing) and makes a superb final climax.
Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin :
--I : "Titiana's letter scene"
--II : Waltz
--II : "Faint echo of my youth"
--III : Polonaise
--III : Ecossaise
---24 ----------------
Valeria Hebalova, Belgrade Nat'l Opera O, Oscar Danon

Placido Domingo, Philharmonia O, Randall Behr
unknown / Leningrad PO, Yuri Temirkanov
ROHCGO, Sir Colin Davis
*** ----------------
Reader's Digest

Leningrad (Polonaise)---
TchaikovskySerenade Melancolique b-flat minor 26Itzhak Perlman, Leningrad PO,Temirkanov --- RCA1990 Leningrad---
TchaikovskyValse ScherzoC Major34Perlman, Leningrad PO,Temirkanov---RCA1990Leningrad ---
Tchaikovsky6 Songs :
--#1 : "Serenade"
--#6 : "Rondel"
--- 65 ----------------
Jessye Norman, Evgeni Shenderovich
As above
--- RCA 1990 Leningrad---
TchaikovskyMaid of Orleans (Joan of Arc) :
--"Adieu, forests"
------ Norman, Leningrad PO, Temirkanov---RCA 1990 Leningrad---
Tchaikovsky6 Songs :
--#6 : "None but the lonely heart"
--- 6 ------ Reader's Digest---------
TchaikovskyRomance f minor5------ Reader's Digest---------
Tchaikovsky Souvenir de Hapsal :
-- #3 : "Song without words"
F Major 2------Reader's Digest---------
Tchaikovsky6 Morceaux :
--#6 : "Valse sentimentale"
f minor 51------Reader's Digest ---------
Tchaikovsky Capriccio Italien---45New SO of London, Sir Alexander Gibson---CheskyJul 1960------
Tchaikovsky Violin ConcertoD Major35Perlman, LSO, Alfred Wallenstein---CheskyApr 1967------
TchaikovskyMarche Slaveb-flat minor31LPO, Massimo Freccia---Chesky1964------
Tchaikovksy2 Morceaux---10Richter; ?O (#2: Humoresque) (arr)------; CheskyApr 1983 (1)------
Tchaikovsky Francesca da Rimini e minor 32 RPO, Charles Munch--- Reader's Digest---------
Tchaikovsky The Seasons cf Da Capo Catalog37bis Wild--- Reader's Digest---------
Tchaikovsky 2 Pieces :
--#1 : "Scherzo a la russe"
B-flat Major 1 Wild --- Reader's Digest ---------
Tchaikovsky Symphony #5 e minor 64 Bamberg SO, Horst Stein --- SQN 1978 ------
MozartSerenade #7 "Haffner":I-IXD Major249;250Los Angeles CO, Iona Brown; Salzburg Mozarteum O, Hans Graf(I)---------------
SchubertPiano Trio #1 B flat Major 898 Grumiaux Trio***Philipslate 1960s--- Impeccable ensemble
Mozart Symphony #17 G Major 129 Prague Chamber O, Sir Charles Mackerras ---------------
ElgarEnigma Variations---36BBC SO, Bernstein---DG1982------
Tchaikovsky Symphony #4 f minor 36 Rome PO, Massimo Freccia--- Reader's Digest------ ---
SchumannJulius Caesar Overturef minor128 VPO, Sir Georg Solti---Decca1970------
HaydnCello Concerto #2D Major101; VIIb#2 Ma, ECO, Jose Luis Garcia***Sony1978-----
RodrigoFantasia para un gentilhombre------Alfonso Moreno, Mexico State PO, Enrique Batiz***EMI------This admirable reissued collection is surely worthy of Rodrigo's 90th birthday celebrations and is a tribute to Enrique Batiz, who must have had a hand in organizing the recordings as well as directing them.
BorodinPrince Igor:
--II : Polovtsian Dances
LSO, Solti
RLPO+Chorus, Sir Charles Mackerras
------Among the finest ever recorded. Fine dash, LSO players consistently on their toes.
RossiniSilken Ladder:Overture------ Philh. O, Riccardo Muti---------------
BeethovenPiano Concerto #5 "Emperor"E-flat Major73Rudolf Serkin, NYPO, Leonard Bernstein**CBS1981---Commanding; partnership works productively.
BeethovenString Quartet #9 "Rasumovsky 3"/ "Hero"C Major59#3Julliard Qt---------------
SchoenbergTransfigured Night---4BPO, Herbert von Karajan****DG------Altogether magical and very much in a class of its own. Tremendous intensity and variety of tone color: the palette that the strings of the Berlin Philharmonic have at their command is altogether extraordinarily wide-ranging. CD sound is firm and cleanly defined.
SchoenbergVariations for Orchestra---31 BPO, Karajan****DG------The most challenging of S's orchestral works, here receives a reading which vividly conveys the ebb and flow of tension within the phrase and over the whole plan.
KhachaturianSymphony #2 "Bell"a minor--- VPO, Khachaturian---Decca1962------
KhachaturianGayaneh: suite------VPO, Khachaturian***Decca1962SofiensaalThe composer achieves a brilliant response from the VPO and everything is most vivid.
WeberEuryanthe:Overture---J291BPO, Karajan***DG1973---K's familiar characteristics--superb orchestral control, ability to produce a homogeneity of sound.
WeberAbu Hassan:Overture---J106BPO, Karajan***DG1973------
WeberPeter Schmoll & seine Nachbarn:Overture--- J8BPO, Karajan***DG1973------
GlazunovViolin Concertoa minor82Perlman, Israel PO, Zubin Mehta***EMI1989---Command and panache are irresistible. Glorious account.
PaganiniCarnival of VeniceA Major10 (MS59) Salvatore Accardo, COE, Franco Tamponi---EMI--- ------
TchaikovskyCoronation MarchD Major--- Cincinnati Pops O, ------------------
MassenetThais:Meditation------BPO, Karajan---EMI1981------
CherubiniAnacreon:Overture------BPO, Karajan---EMI1981------
WeberDer Freischutz:
III: folksong
III: Chorus
---J277 BPO, Karajan***EMI1981--- K's performance have great style and refinement. Superbly crafted and there are no better examples, epitomizing the spirit of the opera which it serves to introduce. Needless to say, the Berlin horn playing is peerless.
KreislerTambourin chinois------ Eric Gruenberg, Philh. O, Elgar Howarth---Decca1988 ------
Saint-SaensHavanaiseE Major83Ruggiero Ricci, LSO, Pierino Gamba---Decca1988--- ---
BeethovenRomance #2F Major50 Willi Boskovsky, Vienna Mozart Ensemble, Boskovsky--- Decca1988------
MozartMass #19 (Requiem)d minor626Marjana Lipovsek, Jan Henrick Rootering, Bav.RSO, Sir Colin Davis---------------
TchaikovskySymphony #3 "Polish"D Major29 Salzburg RSO, Rudolf Moralt---Summit--- ------
Beethoven6 National Airs with Variations: #1G Major105Jean-Pierre Rampal, Veyron-Lacroix--- Vox1979------
BeethovenPiano Trio #7 "Archduke"B-flat Major 97Mannheimer Trio---Vox1979------
BeethovenFantasia (Choral Fantasy)c minor 80Walter Klien, St. Louis SO & Chorus, Jerzy Semkow ---Vox1979------
BeethovenEgmont---84Cheryl Studer, BPO, Claudio Abbado; Lorengar, VPO, Georg Szell(Overture;1: "Die Trommel geruhret!")***DG; Decca1991; 1970---Splendid.
MozartImpresario: Overture---486 OAE---------------
WeberRuler of the Spirits:Overtured minor J122 BPO, Karajan***DG1973------
BartokConcerto for Orchestra---Sz116BPO, Karajan---DG---------
RossiniItalian Girl in Algiers:Overture ------BPO, Karajan***DG1971--- K's virtuoso Rossini performance is superbly polished and vivid. Crisp, plenty of weight, good ambience. A class of its own. Has an electricity, refinement, and authority that sweep all before it. Real spirit.
d'AlbertTiefland------d'Albert--- ------------
Rimsky-KorsakovThe Snow Maiden--III:Dance of the Buffoons------NYPO, Leonard Bernstein---CBS ---------
GliereRed Poppy:Russian Sailors' Dance------ NYPO, Bernstein---CBS---------
GliereHarp Concerto---74London Sinfonia, Richard Hickox------------ ---
MozartViolin Concerto #2D Major211David Oistrakh, BPO, Oistrakh---EMI---------
RavelLa Valse------Nat O of France, Lorin Maazel---CBS---------
BeethovenWellington's Victory---91VPO, Maazel---CBS---------
BeethovenSymphony #4B-flat Major60 Cleveland O, Columbia SO, Bruno Walter (II) ***Sony1959---Splendid, finest achievement of Walter's whole cycle. There's intensity and a feeling of natural vigor which makes itself felt in every bar. All aspects of this symphony are welded together here and show what depths it really contains.
DelibesCoppelia------Nat. PO, Richard Bonynge***Decca---Walthamstow Assembly Hall Expert British musicians bring a polished and spirited ensemble, with wind solos constant delight.
MozartDivertimento #17D Major445;334Salzburg Mozarteum O, Graf(K445); BPO, Karajan---DG---------
Strauss, J IIBe Embraced by Millions Waltz---443 Vienna Opera O, Carl Michalski---Classical Treasures ---------
ShostakovichSymphony #9E-flat Major70 USSR SO, D. Oistrakh------Dec 29 1969Large Hall, Moscow Conservatory---
MendelssohnFestgesang------Leontyne Price, V. Singverein, VPO, Karajan---DeccaJune, 1961Sofiensaal, Vienna---
BachMagnificatE-flat Major243aPrice, V. Singverein, VPO, Karajan---DeccaJune, 1961as above---
SchubertEllens Gesang I-III---837,838,839Dame Janet Baker, Gerald Moore; Price, VPO, Karajan (Ave Maria)****EMI;Decca 1970; June, 1961as above---
AdamO Holy Night------Price, VPO, Karajan ---DeccaJune, 1961as above---
GounodAve Maria #1 ------Price, VPO, Karajan---DeccaJune, 1961as above---
MozartExsultate, jubilateF Major165Price, VPO, Karajan---DeccaJune, 1961as above---
PoulencLe disparu------Pierre Bernac, Francis Poulenc---------------
GruberSilent Night------Price, V. Singverein, VPO, Karajan---DeccaJune, 1961as above---
CorneliusWe Three Kings of Orient------ Price, V. Singverein, VPO, Karajan---DeccaJune, 1961as above---
---Angels We Have Heard on High (? c. AD200)
Cornell University Evening Song (?)
God Rest ye Merry, Gentlemen (?)
It Came Upon the Midnight Clear (Sears)
Sweet Li'l Jesus(?)
--- ---Price, V. Singverein, V Boys Choir, VPO, Karajan ---DeccaJune, 1961as above---
BeethovenSymphony #8F Major93BPO, Karajan***DG1977---Electrically intense. Vibrant, distinguished. K is a gifted exponent of this symphony.
RossiniSemiramide: Overture------BPO, Karajan*** DG1971---Superbly polished and vivid. Crisply transferred with plenty of supporting weight and good ambience.
EnescuRoumanian Rhapsody #1------RCA Victor SO, Leopold Stokowski---------------
SchubertWanderer FantasieC Major760Alfred Brendel***PhilipsNov 1971SalzburgHigh Order
WeberOberon:Overture---J306BPO, Karajan***DG1973------
MozartDuoG Major423Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman; Arthur Grumiaux, Arrigo Pelliccia (I,II)***Ph---------
MozartRondoC Major373Perlman, CSO, Zukerman---------------
MozartAdagioE Major261Zukerman, CSO ---------------
MozartString Quartet #17 "Hunt"B-flat Major458Amadeus Qt***DG---------
HandelJudas Maccabaeus:III:"See the conqu'ring hero comes!"---HWV63------Philips--------
BeethovenKing Stephen---117Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Santa Cecilia National Academic O, Chung; LSO, M Tilson Thomas(Overture)***DG; Columbia1975(Ov.)---No more than random chips from the master's workbench. Ov.:Fresh and more atmospheric than ever, excellent playing.
SibeliusPress Celebrations:6:Finlandia------CSO, James Levine ---------Highland Park, IL---
KhachaturianPiano ConcertoD-flat Major--- Nicolai Petrov, USSR SO, Khachaturian---Russian Feb 15 1977------
MozartViolin Concerto #4D Major218Issac Stern, ECO, Alexander Schneider***CBS1983--- Splendid
TchaikovskySerenade for StringsC Major48 BPO, Karajan****DG1980---Marvelously polished. Compelling. Taut, alert, and superbly articulated playing in the first movement, a passionately intense third, and a bustling, immensely spirited finale. Elegant. Satisfyingly well-balanced, firm resonant bass line to balance the bright upper range.
RachmaninovPiano Concerto #2c minor18 Sviatoslav Richter, Warsaw PO, Stanislav Wislocki*** DG1959------
SchumannSymphony #4d minor120New Philh O, Otto Klemperer; LCP, Sir Roger Norrington(I)***EMI------Masterly; special stature. Immediately dramatic attention; finale faster than many. Conclusion most exciting. Plainly the players were on their toes throughout. Intensity of K's conviction often mean quite breathtaking phrases. I:Warm.
Saint-SaensPiano Concerto #2g minor22Philippe Entremont, Philadelphia O, Eugene Ormandy ---CBS1965------
OffenbachOrpheus in the Underworld------Monte Carlo PO, Manuel Rosenthal; VPO, Maazel(Ov.)---NaxosJul, 1996------
PucciniManon Lescaut:I:2b,4; II:13------Luciano Pavarotti, Philh. O, Leone Magiera; BPO, Karajan---Decca; EMIJul 30, 1991; Dec 31, 1985Hyde Park; PhilharmonieIn the presence of Prince and Princess of Wales.
TchaikovskyOprichnik:Dances------ROHCG O, Sir C. Davis***Philips1978------
SchmidtNotre Dame:Intermezzo------BPO, Karajan---EMI1980------
PucciniSuor Angelica:Intermezzo------BPO, Karajan---EMI1980------
MascagniL'Amico Fritz:Intermezzo------ BPO, Karajan---EMI1980------
HumperdinckHansel and Gretel:Overture------ BPO, Karajan---EMI1980------
MahlerSymphony #1 "Titan"D Major--- Israel PO, Zubin Mehta (I-IV); BPO, Claudio Abbado (V)*** EMI/DG1987/------Fresh and full, bringing out beauty and clarity of the Berlin strings. High voltage; most compelling; technically immaculate. Abbado's own insight extraordinary. Vivid and well-balanced. Confidence, familiarity, and precision--deeply impressive. Assured control of tempos, phrasing, and dynamics clearly delineated. Strong in character and atmosphere.
---Saltarello (? c. AD1300)--------- ---ASV---------
HaydnSymphony #88 "Letter V"G MajorI/88 New Philh O, Klemperer------1964 ------
BeethovenPiano Sonata #21 "Waldstein"C Major 53Guiomar Novaes---Vox1979------
Strauss, JosefAustrian Village Swallows Waltz---164 Vienna Opera O, Peter Falk---Classical Treasures ---------
Strauss, J IIVienna Blood Waltz---354Vienna Opera O, Peter Falk---Classical Treasures------ ---
Strauss, J IIVoices of Spring Waltz---410Vienna Opera O, Peter Falk---Classical Treasures------ ---
StraussAlpine Symphony---64Dresden Staatskapelle, Karl Bohm---DG1958------
StraussDon Quixote---35Pierre Fournier, BPO, Karajan***DG1966---Fournier's partnership with K is outstanding. His portrayal of the Don has no less nobility than previous rivals and compares well with more recent versions. He brings great subtlety and (when required) repose to the part. The finale and Don Quixote's death are very moving in Fournier's hands, while K's handling of orchestral detail is quite splendid. This recording is of DG's very finest quality. Strongly recommended.
MendelssohnRondo capricciosoE Major14 Rena Kyriakou---Vox1986------
MendelssohnSymphony #4 "Italian"A Major90 Vienna Musikgesellschaft O, Edouard van Remoortel (I); LSO, Abbado (II, IV); VPO, Dohnanyi (III)***Vox; DG; Decca1986; 1979---Admirably fresh, bright, and atmospheric.
ChopinFantasiaf minor49Cliburn--- RCA1972------
ChopinBarcarolleF-sharp Major60Cliburn ---RCA1972------
ChopinBerceuseD-flat Major57Arthur Rubinstein***RCA1946------
KreislerLiebesleid------Gruenberg, Philh O, Howarth---Decca1988------
KreislerLiebesfreud------Gruenberg, Philh O, Howarth---Decca1988------
KreislerCaprice viennois------Gruenberg, Philh O, Howarth---Decca1988------
BeethovenSymphony #6 "Pastoral"F Major68 Columbia SO, Walter***CBS------Affectionate, completely integrated performance from a master who thought and lived the work all his life. The sound is beautifully balanced, with sweet strings and clear, glowing woodwind, and the bass response is firm and full.
MilhaudScaramouche---165b------ ------------
FaureRequiemd minor48Mary Seers, Michael George, ECO, Matthew Best***Hyperion------ Refined, set against a helpful church acoustic. Ethereally beautiful.
HolstSt Paul's Suite---29#2St Paul CO ---------------
BruchScottish Fantasy---46Perlman, ?O, Jesus Lopez-Cobos---------------
NielsenSymphony #4 "Inextinguishable"---29 BPO, Karajan***DG------By far the best ever recorded. Incomparable, with vision and majesty. Strings play with passionate intensity; a thrilling sense of commitment thruout. Exquisitely blended, subtle wind playing. Excellently recorded.
TchaikovskySymphony #2 "Little Russian"c minor 17Philh O, Carlo Maria Giulini------1958 ------
JanacekSinfonietta------VPO, Mackerras ***Decca1983---Superb. Massed brass has tremendous bite and brilliance as well as characteristic Viennese ripeness; spectacular digital recording.
MozartCassation #1G Major63VPO, Rafael Kubelik---Seraphim1963------
KetelbeyIn a Chinese Temple Garden------ Ambrosian Chorus, London Promenade O, Alexander Faris ---Philips---------
KetelbeyIn a Monastery Garden------ as above---Philips---------
KetelbeyIn a Persian Market------as above---Philips---------
KetelbeyBells Across the Meadows------ as above---Philips---------
FranckSymphonic Variations---M46Alexis Weissenberg, BPO, Karajan****(C)EMI------Curzon: Even after 3 decades, there is no finer version (1992). Vintage, natural. Transferred w/o bloom loss.
BartokMusic for Strings, Percussion and Celesta ---Sz106BPO, Karajan---EMI---------
SchubertPiano Sonata #21B-flat Major960 Brendel***Philips------Impressive and full of insight, supported by excellent Philips sound. Confidently recommended; touching freshness; warm; occupy a commanding place in the catalogue. Strongly delineated and powerfully characterized.
SibeliusSymphony #5E-flat Major82BPO, Karajan***DG1964---Such is the excellence of the classic HvK 5th that few listeners would guess its age. It is a great performance. This version is indisputably the finest of the four he has made. Grand and noble. Superlative playing goes without saying.
StraussSalome---54Hildegard Behrens, Agnes Baltsa, Jose van Dam, VPO, Karajan***EMISept, 1978---Among K's best of his later records of stage works. HB is triumphantly successful; her understanding to a point where most sopranos have been transformed into raging harpies. Sensuous beauty of tone conveyed ravishingly. Fine projection. Cast of finest Salzburg standard. vD is gloriously noble, at once commands attention. K, as is so often in Strauss, is at his most commanding and sympathetic, with orchestra playing rapturously. This is a performance that has one revelling in sensuousness. Composer to K over breakfast: "You are much closer to Salome than I am."
DvorakHumoresquesvarious101Rudolf Firkusny---Vox---------
BeethovenString Quartet #13B-flat Major130 & 133Italian Quartet***Philips------Merits are considerable. Sonority produced is beautifully blended and splendidly focused. Searching and thoughtful.
BeethovenString Quartet #16F Major135 Italian Quartet***Philips------Magnificent account, sounding very fresh and immediate.
BeethovenString Quartet #12E-flat Major127 Italian Quartet***Philips------Most searching account, goes far deeper than many rivals.
LisztHungarian Rhapsody #6D-flat MajorS244#6 Andre Gavrilov---EMI---------
DvorakString QuintetE-flat Major97 Smetana Qt---Denon1988------
BeethovenString Quartet #14c-sharp minor131 Italian Quartet***Philips---------
BeethovenViolin ConcertoD Major61Perlman, BPO, Daniel Barenboim***EMI1986Philharmonie Flair and individuality, spontaneous in imagination, with depth of insight married to total technical command. Power and purposeful from the very first entry. From then on P plays with a persuasiveness even beyond the similarly spacious reading he recorded just a little over five years earlier. In the cadenzas P caps all rivals in sheer excitement and bravura. Anyone wanting a modern digital cannot do better than opt for this.
DvorakSymphony #7d minor70Cleveland O, Dohnanyi***Decca---Masonic AuditoriumVery attractive. Tempi are all aptly judged. The playing of the O is so responsive that the overall impression is one of freshness, and the recording is in the demonstration class, with convincingly natural balance. The internal definition achieved without any kind of digital edge.
ChopinImpromptu #1A-flat Major29Syvia Capova---Classical Heritage---------
ChopinImpromptu #2F-sharp Major36as above---Classical Heritage---------
ChopinImpromptu #3G-flat Major51as above ---Classical Heritage---------
ChopinNocturnes #1-21variousvarious Ashkenazy, Sergei Rachmaninov, Cliburn, Rubinstein, Capova ***Decca, RCA1961, Aug 1965, 1975-1985--- Rubinstein in Chopin is a magician in color; his unerring sense of nuance and the seeming inevitability of his rubato demonstrate a very special musical imagination in this repertoire. The recordings were the best he received in his Chopin series for RCA.
The disparity in dates seems not to have affected the consistency of sound that the Decca engineers have achieved with A. The playing is splendidly ruminative and atmospheric.
MahlerSymphony #6 "Tragic"a minor---VPO, Bernstein***DG---------
ChopinPiano Sonata #2 "Funeral March"b-flat minor35Capova---Classical Heritage------ ---
BeethovenString Quartet #15a minor132 Italian Quartet***Philips---------
BrucknerSymphony #2 "Pauses"c minorWAB 102Minnesota O, Stanislav Skrowaczewski--------- ------
BrucknerSymphony #7 "Lyric"E MajorWAB 107 VPO, Karajan***DG1989---K secures a marvellous response from the O.
MozartDon Giovanni---527Matti Salminen, Gosta Winbergh, Ashley Putnam, Samuel Ramey, Carol van Ness, Dawn Upshaw, Julian Robins, Met O, Levine---------------
SchubertViolin Sonata #2a minor385Isaac Stern, Barenboim***Columbia28 Feb-1 Mar 1988Studio Cle d'Ut, ParisNatural warmth.
MozartPiano Concerto #26 "Coronation"D Major 537Barenboim, BPO, Barenboim---Teldec1991 Berlin---
ProkofievToccataC Major11Prokofiev---Nimbus Feb 1921------
SchumannCarnaval---9Charles Rosen ---------------
StraussDeath and Transfiguration---24BPO, Karajan ****ColumbiaNov 1984---Electrifying. Balance has no lack of vividness.
GounodPetite symphonieE-flat Major------ ---------------
BeethovenPiano Concerto #3c minor37 Richter, Moscow PO, Kiril Kondrashin---DG (I)--- ------
MendelssohnOverture "Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage" D Major27VPO, Dohnanyi---DeccaDec 1978 ------
LisztPiano Sonatab minorS178Argerich ---DG1960------
Strauss, JosefMusic of the Spheres Waltz---235 VPO, Karajan***DG18 Oct 1949Musikverein Delectable compilation for the 150th anniversary of the VPO
BrahmsViolin ConcertoD Major77Oistrakh, French National Radio O, Klemperer***EMI1961--- Conjunction of two such positive artists makes a reading characterful to the point of idiosyncracy, monumental and strong. O sounds superbly poised and confident and in the finale the total effect is one of clear gain. Full recording.
SibeliusSymphony #1e minor39Oslo PO, Mariss Jansons(I); VPO, Maazel****EMI; Decca1960 ---J's is the finest to have appeared since M's. The Oslo PO is on peak form, playing with thrilling virtuosity. Tempi are well judged, the players are responsive to every dynamic nuance, phrasing is beautifully shaped. A very exciting performance. By far the best of Maazel's Sibelius are the First and fourth. Freshness of vision along with careful attention. The Vienna PO responds with enthusiasm and brilliance, recording is with splendid detail. Climaxes are very exciting.
SibeliusSymphony #7C Major105BPO, Karajan ****DG---------
SibeliusSymphony #2D Major43VPO, Bernstein---DG---------
BrahmsSymphony #4e minor98RPO, Fritz Reiner***Chesky1960Walthamstow Town HallOne of the tautest, without any loss of warmth. Incisive playing brings strength and polish. First movement with flow and urgency. Excellent recording.
SibeliusSymphony #4a minor63Cleveland O, Szell------1965------
SchubertSymphony #4 "Tragic"c minor417 VPO, Muti---------------
BrahmsPiano Trio #1B Major8Haydn Trio ---Teldec1979------
BrahmsPiano Concerto #2B-flat Major83 Richter, CSO, Erich Leinsdorf***RCA1960--- All the intensity of a live occasion. R in splendid form. Impressive weight and authority as well as a warm, lyrical feeling. The Chicago acoustics ensure that the orchestral texture is full-bodied and atmospheric and the piano timbre sounds full. Highly recommendable.
SchubertString QuintetC Major956Amadeus Quartet, Robert Cohen---DG---------
BrucknerSymphony #6 "Philosophic"A MajorWAB 106BPO, Barenboim---------------
SchubertSymphony #1D Major82COE, Abbado ***DG1988---Bright and sparkling, reflecting the youthful joy of both composer and players. Even when he adopts a brisk speed, as 3rd mvt of #1, A brings out the sunny relaxation of the writing, most exhilaratingly of all in the finale.
HaydnSymphony #94 "Surprise"G MajorI/94 VPO, Bernstein---------------
BrahmsTragic Overtured minor81Bav. RSO, C. Davis---------------
BeethovenOverture: "Leonore #3"C Major72b VPO, Bernstein---------------
MendelssohnViolin Concertoe minor64K W Chung, Montreal SO, Charles Dutoit; Aaron Rosand, Luxembourg RSO, Louis de Fremont (II, III)***Decca; Vox---; 1986---Sparkling.Warmly sympathetic accompaniment, amply recorded. One of C's happiest records.
GlinkaValse-fantasieb minor---Plovdiv PO, Rouslan Raichev---Laser Light1990------
DvorakSlavonic Dances #1-16various46, 72 Hungarian State O, Adam Fischer (#1-8); Cleveland O, Dohnanyi ***Laser Light; Decca1990; 1990---D's rhythmic flexibility and the ebb and flow of his rubato are a constant delight. Bustling energy of #9 has plenty of impetus, yet never bring a feeling that the music is pressed too hard; the panache of the playing is simply exilharating. The sweep of the violins in #10 is thrilling, while the gentle melancholy of #12 and the wistful intro to #16 are equally well caught. #16 is done most imaginatively with a musing, impovisatory freedom, almost valedictory in feeling. The recording is superb, very much in the demonstration bracket, with warm acoustics ideal in providing rich textures and brilliance without edge.
WeberInvitation to the DanceD-flat Major65 ------Laser Light1990------
BrucknerSymphony #9 "Unfinished"d minorWAB 109CSO, Giulini---------------
MahlerSymphony #5 "Giant"c-sharp minor--- BPO, Abbado (I,II,III); BSO, Leinsdorf---DG1993 ------
StraussEin Heldenleben---40BPO, Karajan ***DG------This first digital recording for DG has tremendous sweep and all the authority and mastery we have come to expect--and, indeed, take for granted. Nothing other than glorious. Dramatic fire and virtuosity. Elctrifying. Tremendous climax. Great power and distinction. Very special from the greatest Strauss conductor of his day, who is still the major claimant for supremacy. Sensuous and warm.
LisztSymphonic Poem #2 "Tasso"---S96BPO, Karajan***DGOct 1975---cellos/basses marvelous.
LisztHungarian Rhapsody #12c-sharp minor S244#12BPO, Karajan***DGOct 1975------
Strauss, J IILight as a Feather polka---319VPO, Hans Knappertsbusch***DG31 Jan 1940Musikverein ---
MendelssohnSymphony #3 "Scottish"a minor56 LSO, Abbado***DGFeb 1984London, St. John's, Smith SquareFine. Admirably fresh and bright, atmospheric. Very attractive ambience. Exhilarating. Warm and refined.
BrucknerSymphony #8 "Apocalyptic"c minorWAB 108VPO, Karajan****DGNov 1988Musikverein Most impressive of K's versions. The sheer beauty of sound and opulence of texture is awe-inspiring but never draws attention to itself. We are not far into the first mvt when one simply forgets the performance and marvels at the composer's vision. The recording is superior. This is quite an experience! K will be remembered by this representative recording; perhaps the symphony he loved and revered above all others--the music being in the hearts and minds and the collective unconsciousness of K and every one of the 100 and more players of the VPO that gives this its particular charisma and appeal. It is a wonderful reading, authoratative and profound. The end of the work is loveable, astonishing and uplifting. Especially fine and very moving. Plenty of weight/space/warmth/clarity. Eloquent. A splendid performance that effectively documents K's undeniable strengths as a conductor. K, VPO, and DG are all at their best. A valecdictory recording.
SarasateZigeunerweisen---20Stern, Franz Waxman, ?O---------------
ProkofievPeter and the Wolf---67NYPO, Bernstein---------------
BrahmsSymphony #1c minor68Cleveland O, Szell***Sony------Bold, direct thrust gives the outer mvts plenty of power and impetus. The sound is remarkably good.
FranckSymphonyd minor48CSO, Pierre Monteux****RCA7 Jan 1961---Unique grip, control of the continuous ebb and flow of tempo and tension is masterly. Splendid playing of the CSO is ever responsive to the mood changes. The Chicago ambience ensures that the overall effect is properly spacious. Perhaps M's very finest recording.
DukasThe Sorcerer's Apprentice------Fr. Nat. O., Maazel---------------
BeethovenSymphony #2D Major36Philh O, Kurt Sanderling (I); NYPO, Bernstein***Sony1964 ---NYPO plays as if their very lives depended on it. The slow mvt is sensitively shaped. The last two mvts are very fast and have a Toscanini-like sense of drive. Plenty of underlying body.
ChopinPreludes #1-26all28;45Russel Sherman; Idil Biret ---Classical Heritage; NaxosFeb 1992Heidelberg---
ChopinWaltzes #1-19variousvariousArthur Lima---Classical Heritage---------
TchaikovskyRomeo and Julietb minor--SRO, Stokowski---Decca---------
Strauss, J IIQueen's Lace Handkerchief: Roses from the South Waltz---388VPO, Bohm***DGSep 4, 1972 ------
StraussMetamorphosen---AV142BPO, Karajan****DG1983---Even greater emotional urgency than 1971. Superbly committed by the greatest Strauss conductor of his day.
SibeliusPelleas et Melisande---46BPO, Karajan***DG1983---At last a version comparable with the classic Beecham version. Very striking.
KalinnikovSymphony #1g minor---SNO, Jarvi***Chandos------Fired with enthusiasm for this appealing work. Strongly recommended.
Elgar3 Bavarian Dances---27bEnglish String O, Boughton---Nimbus---------
LisztHungarian Rhapsody #5e minorS244#5 BPO, Karajan***DGOct 1975------
LeharMerry Widow:I,14------Vienna Strauss O, Boskovksy---EMI1982Vienna---
LeharWhere the Lark Sings:I,6------as above---EMI1982Vienna---
LeharGiuditta------as above--- EMI1982Vienna---
LeharEva------as above---EMI 1982Vienna---
LeharGold and Silver---79as above--- EMI1982Vienna---
LeharDer Graf von Luxemburg------as above---EMI1982Vienna---
LeharZigeunerliebe------as above--- EMI1982Vienna---
TchaikovskySymphony #6 "Pathetique"b minor74 LSO, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky---MCA1987--- ---
TchaikovskyThe Storm---76LSO, Rozhdestvensky---MCA1987------
MahlerSymphony #9D Major---BPO, Bernstein***DG Oct 4, 1979---Electric response, radiant, refined, deeply expressive playing in direct response to the conductor. Superbly sustained speeds, tautly concentrated, yet with hushed inner quality.
SchubertPiano Quintet "Trout"A Major667 Smetana Quartet, Josef Hala, Frantisek Posta---Denon Oct 11, 1983------
HandelRoyal Fireworks MusicD MajorHWV 351LAPO, D. A. Miller------1990 Hollywood Bowl---
VerdiAida------Aprile Milo, Domingo, Dolora Zajick, Sherill Milnes, Paata Burchuladze, Dmitri Kavrakos, Met O, Levine---------Met---
MahlerSymphony #7e minor---Frankfurt RSO, Eliahu Inbal ***Denon------One of the high points of I's Mahler series, masterfully paced, relaxed, and lyrical where appropriate, but incorporating all the biting tensions that are missing in his version of the 6th, the other dark, middle symphony. I's easy, natural manner is particularly effective in the three middle mvts, and the radiant beauty of the 4th mvt, taken at a flowing speed, has never sounded more Elysian. The easy purposefulness of the finale in its many sections brings a masterly example of his unforced, incisive control, ending exhuberantly at full power. The recording is outstandingly fine in its vivid, natural balance.
StraussTill Eulenspiegel---28Dresden Staatskapelle, Bohm (VPO, Richard Strauss)---DG1958------
BeethovenBagatelle "Fur Elise"a minor---Brendel*** Philips------Excellent
StraussHorn Concerto #2E-flat Major---Norbert Hauptmann, BPO, Karajan---DG1974------
BrahmsSymphony #3F Major90Bav. RSO, Davis (I); Concg. O, Haitink***Philips------Impressive. Distinguished by unanimity of attack and chording, wonderfully true intonation and homogeneity of tone; and H's firm grip and lyrical eloquence make this a very satisfying account. Sound is fresh and full in the Philips manner.
MozartSymphony #40g minor550VPO, Bernstein (I); Dresden Staatskapelle, C. Davis****DG1984MusikvereinPerhaps the most distinguished of B's Mozart records. Electrifying; keenly dramatic, individual and stylish.
MozartSymphony #41 "Jupiter"C Major551VPO, Bernstein ****DGJan, 1984MusikvereinExhilarating in tensions. B's electricity sustains the repeats. First rate sound.
StraussAriadne auf Naxos---60Dame Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Rita Streich, Irmgard Seefried, R. Schock, Lisa Otto, Grace Hoffman, Hermann Prey, Philh O, Karajan****EMIJun 30-Jul 7, 1954Kingsway Hall, LondonES [is] radiant, deeply moving. Streich sparkles engagingly. IS is excpetionally beautiful in tone, conveying a depth and intensity rarely if ever matched. Fine pacing and delectably pointed ensemble add to the impact of a uniquely perceptive K interpretation. Strauss upon hearing IS: "I never knew what a good part that could be."
StraussElektra---58Hanna Schwarz, Alessandra Marc, Deborah Voigt, Siegfried Jerusalem, Samuel Ramey, Michael Howard, Walter Zeh, Hyon-Sook Back, VPO, Giuseppe Sinopoli****DGSep, 1995 MusikvereinS directs an incandescent performance, at once powerful and sensuous, vividly recorded in full-bodied sound, with team unmatched since Solti's classic recording. M, fine in the Barenboim, is here much more aptly cast, instantly establishing her command in the opening monolog, magnetically done. Where she scores even more over Nilsson is in the warmth and beauty of tone. Not only are the dramatic outbursts thrillingly projected with firmly focused tone, she is just as compelling in gentler moments, whether reflecting the creepily sinister side of E's character or in her radiant ecstasy following Recognition. The glorious solo ending with the rapturous cry 'seliger' has never been caught so seductively on disc as here, with S drawing glowing playing from VPO, if anything even more persuasive than he was in his Salome. V is clear and firm too, well contrasted, and Schwarz is powerful, with bitingly well-focused tone. Having such a fine, heroic tenor as J in the small role is another tribute, crowned by the choice of R-warm and strong, a perfect foil for Marc. The performance is rounded off with a thrilling account of the final scene, capturing E's hysterical joy with rare intensity.
LisztHungarian Fantasia---S123Shura Cherkassky, BPO, Karajan***DGDec, 1960 Jesus-Christus-KircheGlittering, affectionate, with engaging touches from the orchestra. Superbly assured.
LisztHungarian Rhapsody #8f-sharp minorS244#8Malcolm Frager---VAIMar 18, 1973------
Liszt2 Faust Episodes: #2: Mephisto Waltz #1---S110BPO, Karajan***DGSep, 1971------
LisztSymphonic Poem #6 "Mazeppa"---S100BPO, Karajan ***DGFeb, 1961---Great performance, superbly thrilling and atmospheric. A superb achievement, showing K and his Berlin O at their finest.
LisztHungarian Rhapsody #2c-sharp minorS244#2BPO, Karajan***DGApr, 1967------
DvorakPiano Quartet #2E-flat Major87Domus Qt**** HyperionOct, 1987---This is real chamber-music-playing: intimate, unforced, and distinguished by both vitality and sensitivity. Ideal acoustic; in perfect perspective. Sound wonderfully alive and warm. An altogether outstanding chamber-music record.
DvorakPiano Quartet #1D Major23Domus Qt**** HyperionOct, 1987------
StraussDie Frau ohne Schatten---65Behrens, Julia Varady, Reinhild Runkel, van Dam, Domingo, Sumi Jo, Gottfried Hornik, Noriko Sasaki, VPO, Solti****Decca1989, 1991---As much a landmark in S's career as his Ring. B is a huge success. vD, clean and dark voice, brings warmth and depth. With big choral ensembles both well disciplined and warmly expressive, this superb recording is unlikely to be matched, let alone surpassed, for many years. Whole performance high voltage. Irresistible emotional thrust and a moving tenderness. Full and vivid sound of demonstration quality.
SuppeTantalus's Torment: Overture------VPO, Mehta---CBS1989Musikverein---
SuppeQueen of Spades: Overture------VPO, Mehta---CBS1989as above---
MozartMass #18 "Great"c minor427Barbara Hendricks, Janet Perry, Peter Schreier, Benjamin Luxon, BPO, Karajan***DGFeb, 1981---K gives a Handelian splendor. Beauty and intensity are hard to resist. Solo singing is first rate, esp. BH, the dreamy beauty of her voice ravishingly caught. Rich and vivid.
SchubertRondeau brillantb minor895Stern, Barenboim ***ColumbiaDec 16-18, 1988---Plenty of character.
BrahmsHaydn Variations---56aVPO, Sir John Barbirolli ---EMI1969------
MozartMass #16 "Coronation"C Major317Sylvia McNair, Delores Ziegler, Blochwitz, Andreas Schmidt, BPO, Levine---DGFeb 1991------
Webern5 Movements---5BPO, Karajan***DGNov, 1973------
Webern6 Pieces---6BPO, Karajan***DGMar, 1973---Expressive refinement reveals the emotional undertones---riveting results.
JanacekJenufa------Elisabeth Soderstrom, Ochman, Dvorsky, Randova, Lucia Popp, VPO, Mackerras****DeccaApr, 1982Sofiensaal Deeply sympathetic, strongly dramatic, and superbly recorded.
SuppeVienna Jubilation Overture------VPO, Mehta--- CBS1989------
MozartSymphony #28C Major200BPO, Abbado***Sony ------Not just big-scaled but elegant too. Pointing of rhythm delicately affectionate, conveying an element of fun. Slow mvt is kept flowing and finale played with such verve and diamond-bright articulation that there is no feeling of breathlessness. On its different scale, there is the same spirit of players enjoying themselves. Full and forward sound with good presence.
SchubertMoments musicaux---780Paul Badura-Skoda--- Astree1981------
DvorakCzech SuiteD Major39Czech PO, Libor Pesek---EMI 1989Prague---
DvorakMy Home---62Czech PO, Pesek---EMIMay, 1995Prague---
LullyAtys---LWV53Guy de Mey, Les Arts Florissants O, William Christie***HM1987---Excellent team gives life and dramatic speed consistently. Outstanding cast.
Berg3 Orchestral Pieces---6BPO, Karajan***DG Dec, 1972---Of justly famous collection. No more persuasive view could be taken. Beautiful, refined.
WebernPassacaglia---1BPO, Karajan***DGFeb, 1974---Strong recommendation.
WebernSymphony---21BPO, Karajan***DGFeb, 1974---Conveys intensity of argument even to the unskilled ear. Highly sensitive response from O.
DvorakSymphony #4d minor13Czech PO, Pesek**EMI 1989Prague---
SuppeJolly Robbers:Overture------VPO, Mehta--- CBS1989------
SuppeMorning, Noon, and Night in Vienna:Overture------ VPO, Mehta---Columbia1989------
SchubertViolin Sonata #4 "Grand Duo"A Major574Stern, Barenboim***ColumbiaDec 16-18, 1988ParisUnaffected directness. Both provide flair.
HaydnViolin Concerto #1C MajorVIIa/1Stern, Columbia CO, Stern**ColumbiaNov 12, 1947Liederkranz Hall, NYCExcellently recorded. Very acceptable. Highlight is touching acct of mvt 2.
SchoenbergPelleas und Melisande---5BPO, Karajan*** DGJan, 1974---The Straussian opulence has never been as ravishing in this superbly recorded version. The gorgeous tapestry of sound is both rich and full of refinement and detail, while the thrust of the argument is powerfully conveyed. Presents the emotional element at full power and unequalled precision.
SchubertViolin Sonata #3g minor408Stern, Barenboim ***ColumbiaFeb 28-Mar 1, 1988ParisSuperb set.
SchubertFantasieC Major934Stern, Barenboim*** ColumbiaFeb 28-Mar 1, 1988ParisMysterious opening is superbly caught. Finale is a joy.
HindemithMathis der Maler------BPO, Hindemith---DGSep-Oct, 1955------
SchubertViolin Sonata #1D Major384Stern, Barenboim ***ColumbiaDec 16-18, 1988ParisUnaffected directness and simplicity of style.
Strauss, J IIWaldmeister:Overture------VPO, Boskovsky ***DGDec 1956Sophiensaal---
Strauss, J IICagliostro in Wien: Auf der Jagd Polka------VPO, Karajan***DGSep 1959------
Strauss, J IIKaiser Waltz---437VPO, Karajan**** DGJan 1, 1987MusikvereinOutstanding concert produced music-making of the utmost magic. K: "[the orchestra's] feeling for the waltz rhythms is absolutely unique." Superbly balanced. The acoustics of the Musikverein bring natural warmth to every department. Indispensable--an easy first choice among any S comilations ever issued. It was an occasion when everything was right.
PucciniTurandot------Katia Ricciarelli, Piero de Palma, Ruggero Raimondi, Domingo, Hendricks, Gottfried Hornik, Heinz Zednik, Francisco Araiza, Siegmund Nimsgern, VPO, Karajan***DGMay, 1981---D is vocally superb, commanding. Star names even in small roles. Sound is full and brilliant.
BeethovenName-Day OvertureC Major115BPO, Karajan*** DGJan, 1969---Impressive performance that has stood the test of time. Imposing command of structure and detail. The customary virtuosity one expects from this conductor and the O.
BachTanz------E Power Biggs---Columbia--- ------
BachMenuetG Major---Biggs---Columbia--- ------
HaydnSymphony #101 "Clock"D MajorI/101ASMF, Sir Neville Marriner---------------
BeethovenRuins of Athens---113Arleen Auger, Franz Crass, BPO, Bernhard Klee---DGApr, 1970Jesus-Christus-Kirche ---
DvorakCello Concertob minor104Heinrich Schiff, Concg. O, Davis; Ma, BPO, Maazel(II)***Phillips------Vein of poetry akin to Ma.
GriegHolberg Suite---40BPO, Karajan***DG Feb, 1981---Finest available. Wonderful lightness and delicacy, with cultured phrasing. Many subtleties of color and texture revealed by clear and full digital sound with its firm bass-line.
JanacekLachian Dances------Rochester PO, Zinman--- ------------
DvorakSymphony #9 "New World"e minor95Israel PO, Bernstein(I); LAPO, Giulini---------------
Strauss, J IITales from the Vienna Woods Waltz---325VPO, Hans Knappertsbusch***DGOct, 1957Sophiensaal ---
SuppeGalatea: Overture------VPO, Mehta--- Columbia1989------
ElgarPomp and Circumstance #1-5---39English String O, Boughton---NimbusJun, 1988U of BirminghamRecorded where E was music prof.
SuppeLight Cavalry: Overture------VPO, Mehta--- Columbia1989------
SuppePoet and Peasant: Overture------VPO, Mehta--- Columbia1989------
Grieg4 Norwegian Dances---35Gothenburg SO, Jarvi ***DGMay, 1986---Excellent playing. J secures light and transparent textures and finely balanced sonorities throughout.
GriegLyric Suite------Gothenburg SO, Jarvi*** DGMay, 1986---Very fine, wide-ranging recording.
ElgarWand of Youth suite #2---1bEnglish String O, Boughton---NimbusJun, 1988------
MendelssohnSymphony #1c minor11VPO, Dohnanyi*** DeccaJun, 1976SofiensaalFresh and direct.
DvorakSilent Woods---68#5Zara Nelsova, SLSO, Walter Susskind---Vox (CDX 5015)1990------
DvorakRondog minor94Nelsova, SLSO, Susskind--- Vox1990------
GriegSymphonic Dances---64Gothenburg SO, Jarvi*** DGMay, 1986---Excellent use of the celebrated acoustic of this O's hall.
Strauss, J IIDie Fledermaus: Overture; Waltz------VPO, Maazel; Erich Kleiber***DGJan 1, 1980; Feb 3, 1929------
DvorakMazureke minor49Ruggiero Ricci, SLSO, Susskind ---Vox1990------
DvorakPiano Concertog minor33Rudolf Firkusny, SLSO, Susskind---Vox1990------
MendelssohnSymphony #5 "Reformation"d minor107VPO, Dohnanyi***DeccaJun, 1976SofiensaalAmong finest of its period.
Strauss, J IIAnnen-Polka---117VPO, Clemens Krauss ***DGJul 2, 1929---Justly famous.
Strauss, J IIPerpetuum mobile / Musical joke---257VPO, Karl Bohm***DGOct 28, 1943Musikverein---
Strauss, J IIExcursion Train polka---281VPO, Clemens Krauss***DGDec 30, 1944Musikverein---
Strauss, J IIAccelerations Waltz---234VPO, Josef Krips ***DGSep 14, 1957Sofiensaal---
VareseIonisation------CSO, Pierre Boulez------ 1995------
Rimsky-KorsakovThe Invisible City of Kitezh------SNO, Jarvi***Chandos1984------
Rimsky-KorsakovMlada: Indian Dance; Procession of the Nobles--- ---SNO, Jarvi***Chandos1984------
BrucknerSymphony #5 "Tragic"B-flat MajorWAB105Phd. O, Eugene Ormandy---Columbia1967------
Strauss, J IIWine, Woman, and Song Waltz---333VPO, Boskovsky***DGDec 30, 1978Musikverein---
Strauss, J IITritsch-Tratsch-Polka---214VPO, Mehta ***DGJan 1, 1990Musikverein---
HaydnSymphony #83 "Hen"g minorI/83BPO, Karajan--- EMIAug, 1971St. Moritz---
BrittenPeter Grimes: Interludes; finale---33BSO, Bernstein; Peter Pears, Claire Watson, Raymond Nilsson, ROHCG, Benjamin Britten****DG; DeccaAug 19, 1990; Dec, 1958---One of the first great achievements of the stereo era. Few opera recordings can claim to be so definitive, with P, for whom it was written, in the name-part. First-rate cast. Unfair to single out individuals. B conducts superbly and secures splendidly incisive playing, with the whole orchestra on its toes thruout. The recording, superbly atmospheric, has so many felicities that it would be hard to enumerate them, and the label has done wonders. The digital remaster for CD miraculously has improved the sound still further. The striking overall bloom remains, yet solo voice and chorus are vividly clear and fully projected. Background noise not really intrusive--one might believe this to be a modern digital set. Conceived in Escondido.
HaydnSymphony #100 "Military"G MajorI/100St. Luke's O., Mackerras---------------
BeethovenSymphony #7A Major92NYPO/BSO (I,III/II), Bernstein; Milwaukee SO, Zdenek Macal***Columbia/DG1964/Aug 19, 1990------
GossecRosine:GavotteD Major--------------- ------
RossiniCambiale di matrimonio:Overture------RPO, Sir Thomas Beecham---------------
BorodinIn the Steppes of Central Asia------USSR SO, Svetlanov---------------
SchubertSymphony #2B-flat Major125COE, Abbado; Berlin Staatskapelle, Otmar Suitner(I)***DGAug, 1986---Outstanding. Fine string bloom. Bright, reflecting the youthful joy of both composer and players. Vivid.
DeliusBrigg Fair---vi/16RPO, Beecham****EMI 1958---Technological miracle.
DeliusFlorida suite---vi/1RPO, Beecham****EMI 1960 ---Ravishing performance.
DeliusSuite of 3 characteristic pieces: #3: Marche capriceC Majorvi/6aRPO, Beecham****EMI1958---Fine-spun magic.
DeliusOver the Hills and Far Away---vi/11RPO, Beecham****EMI1960---Sentient string warmth which no other conductor has matched since.
DeliusSleigh Ride---ix/3RPO, Beecham****EMI 1958------
Rimsky-KorsakovThe Golden Cockerel------SNO, Jarvi; Jascha Heifetz, Emanuel Bay***Chandos1984---Diaphanously sinous. Brass caught strikingly.
BeethovenCoriolan overturec minor62VPO, Abbado--- ------------
MussorgskyPictures at an Exhibition------NYPO, Bernstein ------------Epic virtuosity and panache.
OffenbachLa belle Helene:Overture------Detroit SO, Paul Paray---Mercury---------
SchumannSymphony #1 "Spring"B-flat Major38VPO, Bernstein; Seattle SO, Gerard Schwarz(III, IV)***DGFeb, 1984--- Extra voltage from live music making. Splendid orchestral playing and much engaging detail.
Strauss, J IIGypsy Baron:Overture------VPO, Karajan ---ColumbiaJan 1, 1987Musikverein---
Strauss, JosefDelirium Waltz---212VPO, Karajan**** ColumbiaJan 1, 1987MusikvereinIn preparation for this outstanding concert, K re-studied the scores of his favorite Strauss pieces.
Strauss, J IBeliebte Annen-Polka---137VPO, Karajan ****ColumbiaJan 1, 1987MusikvereinWith a minimum of gesture K coaxed the Viennese players into performance of the utmost warmth and freshness.
Strauss, J IIThunder and Lightning Polka---324VPO, Karajan****ColumbiaJan 1, 1987Musikverein---
Strauss, JosefWithout Cares Polka---271VPO, Karajan ****ColumbiaJan 1, 1987Musikverein---
Strauss, J IRadetzky March---228VPO, Karajan**** ColumbiaJan 1, 1987MusikvereinWonderfully crisp yet relaxed. K kept the audience contribution completely in control.
SmetanaMa Vlast------Czech PO(I?, III)&BSO(IV-VI), Kubelik; BPO, Karajan(II)***DG1990; Mar, 1971PragueIn 1990 RK returned to his homeland after an enforced 41 year absence. Vibrant. Special. Imbued with passionate national feeling. III is immensely dramatic. Powerful impulse; Particularly fine. Very successful. Fully acceptable; Superbly played, showing the HvK charisma at its most impressive. Self-recommending.
RavelTzigane------Chang, BPO, Domingo---EMI Jun, 2001Philharmonie, Berlin---
TchaikovskyHamlet Overturef minor67Israel PO, Bernstein ---------------
Rimsky-KorsakovThe Tale of Tsar Saltan, of his son the famous and mighty hero Prince Gvidon Saltanovich and of the beautiful Swan Princess: I:1; II:Flight of the bumble-bee------SNO, Jarvi***Chandos 1984 ---Much presence.
DvorakSymphony #1 "Bells of Zlonice"c minor---LSO, Istvan Kertesz****Decca1966---Of Decca's best quality. Full-bodied and vivid with a fine ambient effect.
OffenbachVert-vert:Overture------BPO, Karajan*** DG------Much to entice the ear.
OffenbachGrand Duchess of Gerolstein:Overture------ BPO, Karajan***DG------Very polished.
DeliusA Dance Rhapsody #2---vi/22RPO, Beecham**** EMI1960---Superb wind solos.
Delius3 Small Tone Poems: #1 "Summer Evening"---vi/7 RPO, Beecham****EMI1963------
Delius2 Pieces (First Cuckoo in Spring; Summer Night on the River) ---vi/19RPO, Beecham****EMI1958------
DeliusA Song before Sunrise---vi/24RPO, Beecham ****EMI1958---Every-bit as rewarding as the finest live performances.
DeliusFennimore and Gerda:Interlude---i/8RPO, Beecham ****EMI1958------
DeliusIrmelin:Prelude---i/2RPO, Beecham**** EMI1963------
DeliusSongs of Sunset---ii/5John Cameron, Maureen Forrester, RPO, Beecham****EMI1963---Rich orchestral textures.
MozartPiano Concerto #27B-flat Major595Barenboim, BPO, Barenboim---Teldec1991------
BizetPearl Fishers:I:"Au fond du temple saint"------ Nicolai Gedda, Ernest Blanc, Fr. Nat. Opera O, Pierre Dervaux---EMI 1960------
BerliozLes troyens:Trojan March---H133aPhd. O, Ormandy ---ColumbiaFeb 27, 1968------
BeethovenSymphony #5c minor67VPO, C Kleiber--- DG1975---Heroic struggle, intensely urgent, triumphantly resolved. Its electricity with ferocious power is rare. Fresh.
BachBrandenburg Concerto #3G Major1048BPO, Karajan ---DG1965------
BerliozRomeo et Juliette:Love Scene---17LSO, Sir C Davis ***Philips1968---Hardly needs saying--secures playing of great vitality and atmosphere.
OffenbachBluebeard:Overture------BPO, Karajan*** DG------Racily evoke the theatre pit. Brilliance is extrovert. Cannot fail to be entertaining.
StravinskySymphony in Three Movements------Columbia SO, Stravinsky***Columbia1961HollywoodS knew how to draw out alert, vigorous performances. An object lesson for every conductor who has tried to perform this work. By vigorous, forthright treatment of the notes, the emotion implicit is made all the more compelling. The O plays superbly. Full and brilliant sound.
WaldteufelSkaters' Waltz---183Gulbenkian O, Michel Swierczewski---Nimbus1990------
WaldteufelBeobile------as above---Nimbus 1990------
WaldteufelL'Estudiantina Waltz---191as above--- Nimbus1990------
BrahmsSerenade #1D Major11LSO, Kertesz**** Decca1967---Beautiful and alert. Clear in detail. Vivid. Decca sound quality is undoubtedly fresher. Bright winds. Fresh. Unforced spontaneity.
HoneggerSymphony #2D Major153BPO, Karajan**** DG1973---Arguably the finest versions of any Honegger work ever put on record. The Berlin strings have extraordinary sensitivity and expressive power, and K conveys the sombre wartime atmosphere to perfection. Panache and virtuosity so memorable.
HoneggerSymphony #3 "Liturgique"---186BPO, Karajan ****DG1973---Astonishing refinement of texture. Slow mvt never sounded more magical. The recording was always one of DG's best. A great record.
StravinskyBasler ConcertoD Major---BPO, Karajan--- DG1972------
DvorakCarnival Overture---92RLPO, Pesek*** Virgin---------
MendelssohnA Midsummer Night's Dream---61Eva Lind, Christine Cairns, VPO, Sir Andre Previn; Vienna Folksopera O, Remoortel; Lynne Dawson, Rotterdam PO, Jeffrey Tate (finale)---Philips; Vox; EMIFeb 1986; 1990Musikverein---
DvorakSymphony #2B-flat Major4LSO, Kertesz**** Decca1966---Fresh insights.
DvorakSymphony #3E-flat Major10LSO, Kertesz**** Decca1967---Remains a magnificent memorial to a conductor who died sadly young.
BorodinSymphony #2b minor---Concg. O, Kirill Kondrashin; Gothenburg SO, Jarvi (II-IV)***Philips; DGJun 6, 1980; 1992---II-IV: At last come a highly recommendable performance. First class. Strong, spacious reading. II is at its finest when the key melody, so beautifully introduced by the solo horn, returns on the full strings in a flood of romanticism. Jarvi's first mvt doesn't quite pull out.
DvorakSlavonic Rhapsodies: #1D Major45#1Slovak PO, Zdenek Kosler---NaxosSep, 1987------
ChopinBallade #2F Major38Rubinstein***RCA 1959---Unique.
ChopinBallade #3A-flat Major47Cliburn---RCA ---------
ChopinBallade #4f minor52Rubinstein***RCA 1959---Highly successful.
ChopinScherzo #1b minor20Rubinstein***RCA 1959---Powerful.
ChopinScherzo #3c-sharp minor39Cliburn---RCA ---------
ChopinScherzo #4E Major54Rubinstein***RCA 1959---Charismatic.
ChopinTarantelleA-flat Major43Rubinstein***RCA 1965---Has no superior. If the piece may appear musically less interesting and not very characteristic, in R's hands it is a glorious piece, full of bravura.
DvorakSerenadeE Major22BPO, Karajan---DG ---------
RavelBolero------BPO, Pierre Boulez---DG 1993------
BachBrandenburg Concerto #4G Major1049BPO, Karajan ---DG---------
PrinEcho of Psyche------Werner Tharichen, Guy Touvron, Berlin RSO, Vernon Handley---Schwann1979Dusseldorf---
HertelConcerto for 8 kettledrumsC Major---Tharichen, Berlin RSO, Handley---Schwann1981------
LisztHungarian Rhapsody #9 "Pester Karneval"E-flat Major S244#9Budapest Festival O, Ivan Fischer---Philips1998------
ProkofievCello SonataC Major119II:Mstislav Rostropovich, Richter---Melodiya1956------
Grieg12 Songs:#2 "Spring"---33#2Barbara Bonney, Antonio Pappano---Decca1999------
ShostakovichCello Sonatad minor40II:Rostropovich, Dmitri Shostakovich---Melodiya1957------
TchaikovskyChildren's Albumvarious391-2;7-10;12-24: Mikhail Pletnev---Melodiya1987------
SchubertQuartet for Flute, Viola, Guitar, and CelloG Major 96Schulz, Christ, Sollscher, Faust---DG1993------
RavelMother Goose------BPO, Boulez---DG1993 ------
BrahmsString Sextet #1B-flat Major18Stern, Alexander Schneider, Milton Katims, Milton Thomas, Pablo Casals, Madeline Foley--- Columbia1952Prades---
GounodRomeo et Juliette:I:Waltz;"Le nom de cette belle enfant?" ------Ruth Ann Swenson, Domingo, Munich Radio O, Leonard Slatkin ---RCA1995------
RavelRapsodie espagnole------BPO, Boulez---DG 1993------
MoltkeGreat Elector's Cavalry March------BPO, Karajan ---DG1973Jesus-Christus-Kirche---
FucikFlorentine March---214BPO, Karajan---DG 1973Jesus-Christus-Kirche---
---Finnish Cavalry March
St. Petersburg March
------BPO, Karajan---DG 1973Jesus-Christus-Kirche---
Haydn, MPappenheim March------BPO, Karajan--- DG1973Jesus-Christus-Kirche---
ErtlGerman Masters March------BPO, Karajan---DG 1973Jesus-Christus-Kirche---
King Frederick the GreatHohenfriedberg March------BPO, Karajan---DG1973Jesus-Christus-Kirche---
SmetanaBartered Bride---T93Drahomira Tikalova, Ivo Zidek, Eduard Haken, Prague Nat Theatre O, Zdenek Chalabala; BPO, Karajan(III:Skocna)---Sup;DG1959------
SeifertCarinthian Songs March------BPO, Karajan--- DG1973Jesus-Christus-Kirche---
Wagner, EThe Bosnians are Coming------BPO, Karajan ---DG1973Jesus-Christus-Kirche---
RadeckFridericus Rex March------BPO, Karajan--- DG1973Jesus-Christus-Kirche---
TeikeOld Comrades March------BPO, Karajan--- DG1973Jesus-Christus-Kirche---
SonntagNibelungen March------BPO, Karajan--- DG1973Jesus-Christus-Kirche---
BeethovenMarch for wind bandD MajorWoO 24BPO, Hans Priem-Bergrath---DG1969------
BeethovenMarch for wind bandC MajorWoO 20BPO, Priem-Bergrath---DG1969------
Strauss, J IIEgyptischer March---335BPO, Karajan---DG1971------
Strauss, J IIPersischer March---289BPO, Karajan--- DG1971------
Strauss, J IINapoleon March---156BPO, Karajan--- DG1981------
SchubertAuf dem Wasser zu singenA-flat Major774 Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Edwin Fischer***EMI1952---S at the beginning of her recording career and F at the end of his make a magical partnership, inspiring intensely subtle expression from singer and pianist alike. F left few records more endearing than this, and S's coloring of word and tone is masterly. Mono sound has been freshened, with the voice given a touch more aural mascara than on the original CD version which sounded more limited than this.
NielsenSymphony #3 "Sinfonia espansiva"---27Ruth Guldbaek, Niels Moller, Royal Danish O, Bernstein---ColumbiaMay 16, 1965Odd Fellow Palace, CopenhagenComposer served in this O.
MozartSymphony #33B-flat Major319O of 18th Century, Frans Bruggen---Philips---------
BeethovenCreatures of Prometheus---43Orpheus Chamber O; Rochester PO, David Zinman (Finale)***DG; VoxMar 1986; 1979 SUNY, Purchase;---As this splendid recording demonstrates, there is much to admire in this lesser-known Beethoven. O plays most stylishly, helped by bright, clean recording.
Beethoven12 ContredancesvariousWoO 14BPO, Maazel--- DG1959------
BeethovenRitterballet---WoO 1BPO, Karajan---DG 1969------
BeethovenGratulations-MenuetE-flat MajorWoO 3BPO, Karajan---DG1969------
Beethoven12 MinuetsvariousWoO 7ASMF, Marriner--- DG1978------
Beethoven12 German DancesvariousWoO 8ASMF, Marriner ---DG1978------
BrahmsHungarian Dances #1-21variousWoO 1Budapest SO, Istvan Bogar****Naxos1988BudapestSheer delight from beginning to end. Playing has warmth and sparkle, and the natural way the music unfolds brings a refreshing feeling of rhythmic freedom. Yet there are also many delightful individual touches from the conductor, with the woodwind joyfully producing some most engaging colors. Bogar's rubato is wholly spontaneous; the strings bring plenty of temperament to their phrasing of the more sultry tunes, while their lighter articulation is infectious. The recording is warm and full, yet transparent, with just the right brilliance on top. This is an outright winner among the available versions. One would far rather have this set than any of the other alternative versions.
SchumannSymphonic Etudes---13Murray Perahia*** Columbia------P has a special feeling.
SchumannPapillons---2Perahia***Columbia--- ---Unlikely to be surpassed.
DvorakPiano Quintet #2A Major81Richter, Borodin Quartet ---PhilipsJun, 1982------
SchubertDie schone Mullerin: 1-3,8-9,18-20---795 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Gerald Moore****DG1972---With an excellent digital transfer barely giving an indication of its analog source, F-D's classic version remains among the very finest ever recorded.
BeethovenDie schone Schusterin---WoO 91Nicolai Gedda, Anneliese Rothenberger, Munich Convivium musicum, Erich Keller---DG 1972Jesus-Christus-Kirche---
BeethovenTarpeja---WoO 2BBC SO, Sir Andrew Davis; Gothenburg SO, Jarvi---DG---------
BeethovenGermania---WoO 94Gerald Finley, BBC SO, A Davis---DG---------
BeethovenEs ist vollbracht---WoO 97Finley, BBC SO, A Davis---DG1996------
TchaikovskySuite #3G Major55USSR MoC SO, Rozhdestvensky ---Erato1991------
BerliozKing Lear Overture---4LSO, Sir C Davis*** PhilipsOct, 1965---Woodwind detail. Outstanding.
SchubertSchwanengesang:4:Serenaded minor957Fischer-Dieskau, Moore***DG1972---Excellent sound. A high-water mark in F-D's recording.
StravinskyScherzo a la russe------Columbia SO, Stravinsky***Columbia1963Manhattan Ctr, NYCS knew how to draw out alert, vigorous performances. Illuminates facets of his inspiration which other interpreters often fail to notice.
StravinskyFireworks---4Columbia SO, Stravinsky*** Columbia1963as above---
Saint-SaensCello Concerto #1a minor33Ma, Nat O of France, Maazel****Columbia1980---Outstanding. Highly desirable. Distinguished by fine sensitivity and beautiful tone while O respond with playing of the highest quality thruout.
StravinskyScherzo fantastique---3CBC SO, Stravinsky ***Columbia1962Massey Hall, Toronto---
ChabrierEspana------SRO, Ernest Ansermet--- Decca1964------
ChabrierDix pieces pittoresques------SRO, Ansermet ---Decca1964------
ChabrierJoyeuse marche------SRO, Ansermet--- Decca1964------
BerliozLe carnaval romain---9LSO, C Davis*** Philips1965---Fire and brilliance.
MozartSymphony #34C Major338AAM, Chris Hogwood; ASMF, Marriner(II)***Decca;EMI1981;1991---AAM:Admirably proportioned strings. Remarkably successful. Great style, warmth, and polish. Intonation is not always absolutely refined. ASMF:Graceful and elegant. Positive yet unidiosyncratic. Supple phrasing. Mozart spirit is always alive here. Gives a great deal of pleasure.
DeliusA Dance Rhapsody #1---vi/18RPO, Beecham*** EMIOct 29, 1952---Glorious performance whose appearance in this splendidly transferred CD cannot be welcomed too warmly. Despite mono sound, perfectly capture the mystery of D while conveying a purposeful sense of structure.
ShostakovichSymphony #15A Major141LPO, Haitink**** Decca1978---Early readings of this work seemed to underline the quirky unpredictability, quotation seeming joky rather than profound. H by contrast makes the first mvt sound genuinely symphonic,bitingly urgent. He underlines the purity of the bare lines of the second mvt. His slow tempo for the main lyrical theme in finale gives it heartaching tenderness, not the usual easy triviality. O is excellent, with refined tone and superb attack, and the recording is both analytical and atmospheric.
BeethovenConsecration of the House---114Sylvia McNair, BPO, Abbado---DG---------
BeethovenLeonore Prohaska---WoO 96McNair, BPO, Abbado ---DG---------
FlotowMartha:III:"Ach, so fromm M'appari"------ Pavarotti, NYPO, Bonynge---Decca---------
OffenbachRobinson Crusoe------BPO, Karajan***DG 1972------
OffenbachLa vie parisienne------Monte Carlo PO, Manuel Rosenthal; Philh O, Marriner(Overture)---Naxos; PhilipsJul, 1996; Feb, 1981------
OffenbachMesdames de la Halle------Monte Carlo PO, Rosenthal---NaxosJul, 1996------
OffenbachLe voyage dans la lune------Monte Carlo PO, Rosenthal---NaxosJul, 1996------
OffenbachTromb-al-Cazar------Monte Carlo PO, Rosenthal ---NaxosJul, 1996------
OffenbachLa Perichole------Monte Carlo PO, Rosenthal; Frederica von Stade, Met O, Levine(I:8d)---Naxos; DGJul, 1996; Apr 27, 1996------
VerdiMessa da Requiem------Susan Dunn, Diane Curry, Jerry Hadley, Paul Plishka, Atlanta SO, Robert Shaw****Telarc1987 ---Finest of his Atlanta recordings. Spectacular quality. Beautifully balanced and clear. Exceptionally satisfying, more recommendable than those of even the most eminent conductors. Clear, fresh, well-focused voices. An outstanding issue.
BachCantata #147 "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben"---147 Jane Bryden, Drew Minter, Jeff Thomas, Jan Opalach, ensemble, Josh Rifkin ***DeccaSep 1985---Lively
BachHunt Cantata:9:Sheep May Safely Graze---208St. Andrew Camerata, Friedman---Omega1988------
IbertEscales------Phd O, Ormandy---Columbia Nov 20, 1960Broadwood Hotel, Philadelphia---
FaurePavane---50Phd O, Ormandy---Columbia Mar 6, 1968Town Hall, Philadelphia---
RavelPavane pour une infante defunte------Montreal SO, Dutoit****Decca1984---Wonderfully sympathetic. Ideally combines atmospheric evocation with vividness of detail.
PraetoriusTerpsichore Dances:XXXII:Bouree------Early Music Consort, David Munrow***EMIDec, 1973---One of M's most successful achievements. Sound is excellent in all respects. Bouree played by four racketts is fascinating. Delightful.
Strauss, J IIArtists' Life Waltz---316NYPO, Bernstein ---------------
VerdiRigoletto------Ruth Ann Swenson, Denyce Graves, Marcelo Alvarez, Juan Pons, Robert Loyd; Pavarotti, June Anderson, Birgitta Svenden, Sondra Kelley, Joyce Guyer, Leo Nucci, Alan Held, Vernon Hartman, Richard Vernon, Met Op O, Marco Guidarini; Marcello Panni (III); Callas, Gobbbi, Di Stefano, Zaccaria, La Scala O, Serafin (I: end)***EMI Mar 9, 2002;1955Inn by Sacramento RiverNever been a more compelling title role than Gobbi on his classic set (this). At every point, Gobbi finds extra meaning, with the widest tone color employed for expressive effect. Callas is compellingly imaginative. Astonishingly vivid transfer.
BrittenWar Requiem---66Galina Vishnevskaya, Pears, Fischer-Dieskau, LSO, Britten***Decca1963---The vivid realism, one of the outstanding achievements of the whole analog stereo era. Uncannily precise placing and balancing.
KhachaturianMasquerade------LSO, Stanley Black--- Decca1977------
KhachaturianSpartacus------VPO, Khachaturian*** Decca1962SofiensaalPassionate.
GlazunovThe Seasons---67SRO, Ansermet---Decca 1966------
DelibesSylvia:I:3;III:1------New Philh. O, Bonynge ***Decca1972---Wonderful polish and affection. Full, brilliant, and sparkling in Decca's best manner.
ChopinBallade #1 "Polish"g minor23Rubinstein*** RCA1959---An outstanding recital--there is no more distinguished miscellaneous Chopin collection in the catalog. Inimitable touch gives much pleasure. Coaxing and dazzling by turns.
MozartPiano Sonata #6 "Durnitz"D Major284Walter Klien ****Vox1964---Outstanding.
MozartPiano Sonata #8a minor310Klien****Vox 1964---Consistent freshness.
MozartPiano Sonata #9D Major311Klien****Vox 1964---Exemplary taste.
MozartPiano Sonata #11 "Alla Turca"A Major331Klien ****Vox1964---Enormous pleasure.
MozartPiano Sonata #12F Major332Klien****Vox 1964---Robust.
MozartPiano Sonata #13B-flat Major333Klien**** Vox1964---With vitality.
MozartPiano Sonata #17B-flat Major570Klien**** Vox1964---Noting remotely self-conscious about it.
MozartFantasia; Piano Sonata #14c minor475;457Klien ****Vox1964---Unfailingly musical.
MozartPiano Sonata #15F Major533Klien****Vox 1964---Every detail is beautifully placed.
MozartPiano Sonata #18 "Trumpet"D Major576Klien**** Vox1964---Without the slightest suggestion of preciosity.
MozartPiano Sonata #16 "For Beginner"C Major545Klien ****Vox1964---Round and full.
ShostakovichFrom Jewish Folk Poetry---79(a)Elisabeth Soderstrom, Ortrun Wenkel, Ryszard Karczykowski, Concg. O, Haitink****Decca1983---Splendid. Tenor brings vibrant Slav feeling.
KetelbeyBank Holiday------L Promenade O, Faris--- PhilipsAug, 1981------
SchumannKreislerianavarious16Vladimir Horowitz**** DGSep, 1985---Subtle color range and articulation.
Scarlatti, DKeyboard Sonata #135E Major135Horowitz ****DGSep, 1985---Extremely realistic.
KodalyDances of Galanta------Philh. Hungarica, Antal Dorati***MercuryFeb, 1958---Woodwind in the slow dances is intoxicatingly seductive, and the power and punch of the climaxes come over with real Mercury fidelity. Outstanding.
Bartok7 Rumanian Folk Dances---Sz68Minneapolis SO, Dorati***MercuryNov, 1956---The pioneer stereo recording of this work. Sound wears its years very lightly. On top form, O provides plenty of ethnic feeling and color. Agreeable air of authenticity.
TchaikovskySleeping Beauty:1-30b.---66Czechoslovak State PO, Andrew Mogrelia---Naxos1991------