This is not an easy task but here you go
I don't know how to post album covers, but these are some recordings I really like:
Brahms: Piano Concerto #1: Zimerman/Bernstein/Vienna Philharmonic (DGG)
Barber: Complete songs (Secrets of the Old) Studer/Hampson/Browning (DGG)
Mahler: Symphony #5: Solti, CSO (London)
Rachmaninov: Symphony #1: Ashkenazy/LSO (London)
Brahms: The 4 Symphonies/Tragic and Academic Festival Overtures: Solti/CSO (London)
Copland: Symphony #3: Bernstein/NYPhil (DGG)
Strauss: Four Last Songs: Janowitz/Von Karajan/Berlin Phil (DGG)
Albeniz: Iberia: deLaRoccha (London)
Shostakovich (Violin Concerto No.1)/Prokofiev (Violin Concerto No.2) - Repin/Nagano (Erato)
Bartok (Complete String Quartets) - Vegh String Quartet (Naive)
Bartok (Concerto for Orchestra, Music for Strings, Percussion & Celesta) - Reiner (RCA, Living Stereo)
Brahms (Symphony No.4) - C. Kleiber (DG)
Beethoven (Symphonies Nos. 5&7) - C. Kleiber (DG)
Beethoven (Late String Quartets) - Lindsay String Quartet (ASV)
Shostakovich (Symphony No.8) - Previn (EMI)
Vaughan Williams (Symphony No.4) - Bernstein (Sony)
Ravel (Daphnis et Chloe) - Monteaux (DECCA)
Schubert (Arpeggione Sonata) - Rostropovich/Britten (DECCA)
Walton (Cello Concerto) - Piatigorsky/Munch (RCA)
Bruckner (Symphony No.9) - Giulini (DG)
Sibelius (Violin Concerto) - Heifetz/Hendl (RCA)
Mahler (Symphony No.3) - Horenstein (Unicorn)
These are some of my favourites (7 for the days of the week):
1. Benjamin Britten War Requiem - Britten/Fischer-Dieskau/Pears
2. Schubert Hyperion vol 11 - Bridgette Fassbaender
3. Berg Lieder - Jessye Norman
4. Schoenberg Gurre Lieder - Boulez/Napier
5. Tippet Child of our Time - Baker
6. Elgar violin concerto - Yehudi Menuhin
7. Skalkottas Largo Sinfonico, (Bis records)
First off I'd just like to say Hi, since this is my first post here.
Anyway, I'll just make a short list. A couple classical CD's I couldn't live without:
Bach - Goldberg Variations - Gould on CBS/Sony 1981 Recording
Chopin - Piano Concertos #1 & 2 - Samson Francois/Louis Fremaux on EMI
Mahler - Das Lied Von Der Erde - Bernstein/VPO on Decca w/King & Dieskau
Mozart - Requiem - Marriner/ASMF on Philips w/McNair, Watkinson, Araiza & Lloyd
Tchaikovsky - Piano Concerto #1 - Richter/Karajan on DG
The Mozart & Mahler albums especially. I've listened to each of those probably 500 times going to sleep at night. Those are my 2 I really couldn't live without.
Piano Concerto no. 1, Rudolf Serkin/George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra.
Piano Concerto no. 2, Emanuel Ax/Bernard Haitink and the Boston Orchestra.
Violin Concerto, David Oistrakh/George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra.
Double Concerto, Gil Shaham/Jian Wang/Claudio Abbado and the Berlin Philharmonic.
I'll just list 5 pieces I'd love to bring with me:
1) Liszt's Jeux d'eaux by Lazar Berman.
2) Chopin's Mazurka op. 17 #4 by Arthur Rubinstein.
3) Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto by Nathan Milstein.
4) Debussy's Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune for flute & piano, by Bernold & Jacob (for some reason, this stripped-down version moves me a lot more than the usual one for orchestra).
5) Satie's 4th Gnossienne - as beautiful as Gymnopédie #1, but not overplayed - also, one of the first pieces I learned to play.
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New limited-edition CDs subscribers series (200 to be issued) "Bolshoi Theatre: Pages in History"
The Russian company 'Aquarius' is planning a subscribers only series of CDs
concentrating on those singers well-known and unjustly forgotten. There will
only be 200 copies of each disc printed.
The first disc will be dedicated to Nikandr Khanaev (tenor, 1890-1974):
1. Sadko’s Aria (N. Rimsky-Korsakov «Sadko», scene 1)
2. Sadko’s Song (Oh You, dark leafy grove...) (N. Rimsky-Korsakov «Sadko», scene 2)
3-4. N. Khanaev narrates…
4. Hermann’s Arioso (P. Tchaikovsky «The Queen of Spades», act 1)
5. Hermann’s Aria (P. Tchaikovsky «The Queen of Spades», act 3)
6. Scene near the Fountain (M.Mussorgsky «Boris Godunov», act 3)
7. A Knight’s Ballade (Yu. Shaporin «On the Field of Kulikovo»)
8. Kakhovsky’s Aria (Yu. Shaporin «The Decembrists», act 2)
9. Jose’s Recitative and Aria (G. Bizet «Carmen», act 2)
10. Samson’s Aria (C. Saint-Saëns «Samson and Delilah», act 3
11. Siegfried forges his magic sword (R. Wagner «Siegfried», act 1)
12. Am Sonntag Morgen (J. Brahms - P. Heyse) GPT Х2852
13. Hermann’s Aria (P. Tchaikovsky «The Queen of Spades», act 3) GPT 454а
14. Hermann’s Arioso (P. Tchaikovsky «The Queen of Spades», act 1) MT 1577
15. Hermann’s Aria (P. Tchaikovsky «The Queen of Spades», act 3) MT 1578
16. Sadko’s Song (Strike up, my Gusli) (N. Rimsky-Korsakov «Sadko», scene 2) MT 01580
GPT - Gramplasttrest; MT - Mustrest (Moscow)
Marina Mnishek - M. Maksakova (6), Mime - A. Peregudov (11)
Recorded in: 1931 (14-16), 1934 (13), 1935 (12), 1937 (4, 9), 1938 (12), 1940 (5, 7),
1946 (1, 2, 10), 1948 (6), 1951 (8), 20.04.1970 (3)
Future discs planned will include Mark Reizen (unissued opera recordings), A. Nezhdanova, Ivan Kozlovsky (rare early recordings), Elena Stepanova, A. Baturin, G.Bolshakov, D. Gamrekeli, X. Derjinskaya, P. Nortsov, V. Slivinsky, A.I.Alexeev (full assembly of records of this forgotten lyrical tenor, including live records from a stage of the Bolshoi theatre 1930 х), S.N.Streltsov, N.N.Ozerov, E.D.Kruglikova (the rare not
published records), E.F.Smolenskaya, E.K.Mezheraup, A.A.Byshevskaja,
O.J.Leonteva, N.D.Shpiller (rare, including live records), E.V.Shumskaja,
G.M.Nelepp, V.N.Lubentsov, V.I.Kilchevsky, V.I.Borisenko, M.P.Maksakova,
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Mine is a long out-of-print recording of the Beethoven Vln Cto. with Grumieaux and Concertgebou conducted by van Beinum.
It was my first childhood classical record, sort of like Proust's "madeline in the tea moment" and I've never forggoten it.
I haven't heard that Beethoven concerto in a while. I remember it has a great last movement. I saw it live by Gérard Poulet in the mid-90s, very good show. He played a bit of Paganini as an encore (Caprice #17, if I remember correctly).