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    Corelli - Violin Sonatas, Op 5, w. Avison Ensemble (Linn)
    Haydn - Piano Sonatas, w. Ts'ong (Meridian)
    Scriabin - Piano Sonatas, w. Alexeev (Brilliant Classics)
    Penderecki/Lutoslawski - String Quartets, w. Royal Qt. (Hyperion)
    Schnittke - String Quartets, w. Kapralova Qt. (Arco Diva)
    Lourie/Ornstein/Antheil - Piano Works, w. Lombardi (LTM)
    Zemlinsky - String Quartets, w. LaSalle Qt. (Brilliant Classics)
    Rachmainov - Preludes, etc., w. Alexeev (Virgin)
    Nono - La lontonanza nostalgica utopica futura, w. Arditti & Richard (Montaigne)
    Nono - Variazioni Canoniche, etc., w. Gielen (Col legno)

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    Reiner box
    Gunther Wand box
    Rubinstein box
    Perahia box
    Heifetz box (Chinese bootleg)
    Mercury Living Presence 2
    Herbert Von Karajan: Mozart - Violin Concerto No. 5/Dvorak - Symphony No. 9 (dir Cluzot) Blu-Ray
    Wagner: Die Meistersinger - Glyndenbourne blu-ray
    Stokowski Columbia Years
    Anthology of the RCO 5, 6, 7

    Biggest duds of the year- Abbado Symphony Box, Gardiner box
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    Hmm...I've bought a lot this year. Not all were released in 2013 though and a few replaced older recordings or editions due to remastering, space saving boxes, etc.

    Anyway, 10 things I bought and am happy to own right now.

    1. Murray Perahia: The First 40 Years
    2. Arturo Toscanini: The Complete RCA Collection
    3. Dvorak: Symphonic Works - Vaclav Neumann
    4. Beethoven: Complete Symphonies - Paul Kletzki
    5. Charles Munch Conducts Romantic Masterworks
    6. Otto Klemperer: Sacred Works (Bach, Haydn, Beethoven)
    7. Otto Klemperer: Romantic Symphonies
    8. George Szell Conducts Beethoven Symphonies & Overtures (New Set Replaced Old Set)
    9. Bruno Walter Conducts Mozart (Replaced Older Recordings, And Gave Me New Mono Ones)
    10. Karl Richter: 75 Bach Cantatas (New Set Replaced Old Set)

    Honorable mention to the 4 CD's from Naxos of Joseph Martin Krauss' Symphonies. They are really wonderful.

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    Janacek/Szymanowski-String Quartets
    Glenn Gould Plays Hindemith
    Carl Nielsen-The Danish Symphonist
    Borodin Prince Igor on Brilliant Classics
    Leonard Bernstein Symphonies on DG
    Leonard Bernstein-Original Jacket Collection
    Mussorgsky- Boris Godunov
    Hindemith-Organ Concertos/Sonatas
    Arnold Bax-piano sonatas 1-2 on Naxos
    Nono-Varianti on Col Legno

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    I'm most proud of my Complete Boulez set. Also Complete Martinu Symphonies (Jarvi/Bamberg), Ockeghem's Missa de Plus en Plus (Orlando Consort), Brahms German Requiem (Rattle/Berlin), Dutilleux's Correspondences (Salonen), Gesualdo Madrigals Books 5 & 6 (Delitiae Musicae), DVDs of Parsifal, Elektra and Pelleas et Melisande. I think that makes up most of my major purchases, I've really cut down from last year.

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    Haydn: Complete String Quartets, Kodaly Quartet (Naxos)
    Murray Perahia - The First 40 Years (Sony Classics)
    Schubert: Complete Symphonies, Harnoncourt/Royal Concertgebouw (Warner Classics)
    Mozart: Violin Sonatas, Perlman/Barenboim (DG)
    Wagner: Tristan und Isolde, Bohm (DG)
    Mozart: Die Zauberflote, Bohm (DG)
    Mahler: Symphony No. 3 Salonen/LAPO (Sony Classics)
    Schubert: Missa Solemis D950 Harnoncourt/Schoenberg Chor/C.O. of Europe (Teldec)

    I'm excited to have finally made my way into operas. I think Bohm's conducting helped me understand the genre. Haydn SQ/Kodaly box set is really wonderful stuff - highly recommended. I already had about ten single discs of Perahia recordings but First 40 Years box set deal was still too good to miss. I saved the DVDs to watch over holidays.

    Classical music is one of the several great things that happened to my life, seriously.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigshot View Post
    Reiner box
    Gunther Wand box
    Rubinstein box
    Perahia box
    Heifetz box (Chinese bootleg)
    Mercury Living Presence 2
    Herbert Von Karajan: Mozart - Violin Concerto No. 5/Dvorak - Symphony No. 9 (dir Cluzot) Blu-Ray
    Wagner: Die Meistersinger - Glyndenbourne blu-ray
    Stokowski Columbia Years
    Anthology of the RCO 5, 6, 7

    Biggest duds of the year- Abbado Symphony Box, Gardiner box
    You should have known better regarding Abbado.
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    My ten favourite purchases of 2013 can vary with my mood however, at present I would say the following:

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    Part two. I have missed a significant number of purchases due to my back log but these will have to be casualties. Those named in my first post and this second are the ones which immediately came to mind and have had sufficient listening time. I wish I could have squeezed Kleiber's Schubert and Fricsay's Tchaikovsky in not mention a couple of the operas I have discovered but the limit is 10. Here are the second five.

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    Prokofiev: Complete Symphonies (LSO/LPO/Weller, 4CD)
    Villa-Lobos: Symphonies 3/4 (Sao Paulo SO/Karabtchevsky)
    Penderecki: Symphony No. 7 (Warsaw PO/Wit)
    Brian: Symphony No. 3 (BBC SO/Friend)
    Brian: Symphonies 4 & 12 (Slovak RSO/Leaper)
    Maw: Odyssey (CBSO/Rattle, 2CD)
    Lloyd: Symphonic Mass (Bournemouth SO/Lloyd)
    Penderecki: Piano/Flute Concertos (Warsaw PO/Wit)
    Paderewski: Symphony in B minor "Polonia" (BBC Scottish SO/Maksymiuk)
    Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet (complete ballet) (Cleveland Orchestra/Maazel, 2CD)
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    Dvorak Symphony #6 and Janacek Idyll Gerard Schwarz and Seattle Symphony
    Ravel Daphnis and Chloe Charles Munch and Boston Symphony
    Bartok Violin Concerto #2, Eotvos Seven, Ligeti Violin Concerto Patricia Kopatchinskaya with Eotvos conducting Frankfurt Radio Symphony
    Dvorak American String Quartet, Tchaikovsky Quartet #1, Borodin String Quartet #2 Emerson String Quartet
    Schubert String Quartets Death and the Maiden, Rosamunde Alban Berg Quartet
    Britten Les Illuminations, Seranade for tenor, horn and strings, Nocturne Ian Bostridge with Simon Rattle with Berlin Phil
    Strauss Death and Transfiguration, Metamorphosen, Four Last Songs HvK with Berlin Phil
    Schoenberg String Quartet #1, Verklarte Nacht Fred Sherry String Quartet and Sextet
    Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Martin Violin Concerto, Honegger Pacific 231 & Rugby Baiba Skride vn with Thierry Fischer conducting BBC Orchestra of Wales

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigshot View Post
    Reiner box
    Gunther Wand box
    Rubinstein box
    Perahia box
    Heifetz box (Chinese bootleg)
    Mercury Living Presence 2
    Herbert Von Karajan: Mozart - Violin Concerto No. 5/Dvorak - Symphony No. 9 (dir Cluzot) Blu-Ray
    Wagner: Die Meistersinger - Glyndenbourne blu-ray
    Stokowski Columbia Years
    Anthology of the RCO 5, 6, 7

    Biggest duds of the year- Abbado Symphony Box, Gardiner box
    What Gardiner box?
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    Beethoven Complete Piano Sonatas / Brendel ('Brendel III')
    Berg Piano Sonata; Schoenberg Piano Works, Webern Variations / Peter Hill
    Berg Violin Concerto, Lyric Suite, 3 pieces Op. 6 / Hirsch, Radio-Filharmonisch Orkest Hilversum, Klas
    Bridge Piano Sonata etc. / Ashley Wass
    Bridge - String Quartets Nos. 2 and 4; Phantasy for Piano Quartet / Maggini Quartet, Martin Roscoe
    Bruckner - Symphony No. 9 in D minor / Berlin PO, Sir Simon Rattle
    Fauré - Piano Quintets No. 1, Op. 89 & No. 2, Op. 115 Domus, Anthony Marwood (Violin)
    Handel - Complete Violin Sonatas / Andrew Manze (Violin) & Richard Egarr (Harpsichord)
    Hindemith - Hindemith String Quartet No. 4(3), Op. 22 / Prague Quartet
    Ligeti - Streichquartette I und II / Artemis Quartett
    Reger - String Quartets (complete) and Clarinet Quintet / Drolc Quartet, Karl Leister

    Whoops, is that 11?
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    My purchase of the year winner is Maria Lettberg's complete Scriabin solo piano set.

    As for nine more, I'll have to give it some thought. There were many purchases this year.

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    I have a good number of purchases from 2013 that I have not listened to yet, but of the ones have heard, these are my favorites:

    Rameau - Les Indes Galantes / Christie OPUS ARTE DVD
    Mendelssohn - A Mendelssohn Portrait BRILLIANT (haven't listened to all 40 or so discs yet, but...)
    Kuula - Songs and Orchestral Music DUTTON LABORATORIES
    Patricia Petibon - French Baroque Arias VIRGIN FRANCE
    Brahms/Schubert - Cello Sonatas - Natalie Clein CLASSICS FOR PLEASURE (recommended at TC)
    Beethoven - Violin Concerto - Lisa Batiashvili - SONY (recommended at TC)
    Rachmaninoff - Preludes - Eldar Nebolsin NAXOS
    Vecchi - L'Amfiparnaso NAXOS
    Prokofiev - Sonatas for Violin & Piano - Honda-Rosenberg/Nebolsin OEHMS
    Brahms - Symphony 2 & 3 Janowski/Pittsburgh Sym Orch PENTATONE
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