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Initial post: Nov 15, 2012 10:32:10 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 15, 2012 1:50:14 PM PST
On another thread carnola reported that the music magazine American Record Guide asked their critics to make a list of their own PERSONAL Top 25 RECORDINGS. Their choices have already been discussed, but I suggest that we make our own lists here.



(I will have to think about my own list)

Don't worry about listing exactly 25 - 10 favorites are fine as well as 2000.

Posted on Nov 15, 2012 11:07:37 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 16, 2012 10:57:21 AM PST
What records do I listen to over and over? I think this is my list. I think there may be a few more than 25, but that might be OK because eight of them are three-minute 78s. (On the other hand, three entries involve whole sets---Beethoven sonatas and quartets.) Recording dates are approximate. Tomorrow's list may well be different. Here is today's:

Kreisler, Brahms VC, London, Barbirolli, 1936
Toscanini, Eroica, NBC, NYC, 1949
Beecham, Boheme, NYC, 1956
Furtwangler, Tristan, London, 1952
Menuhin, Elgar VC, composer conducting, London, 1932
Schwarzkopf, Strauss, Four Last Songs, London, Ackermann, 1953 or Szell, 1960
Schwarzkopf and Fischer, Schubert, Twelve Lieder, London, 1952
Toscanini, Traviata Preludes to Acts I and III, NBC, NYC, 1941
Bruno Walter, Beethoven Seven, LA, 1959
Schnabel, Beethoven piano sonatas, London, 1932-37
Schnabel, Schubert D 850, 959, 960, London, 1932-39
Budapest Quartet, Beethoven quartets, NYC, 1959-1962
Tokyo Quartet, Beethoven quartets, Princeton, 1989-1992
Casals, Katims, Stern, A Schneider, Tortelier, Schubert Quintet D 956, Prades, 1952
Ian Bostridge and Graham Johnson, Schubert Schone Mullerin, London, 1994
Maria Tipo, Bach Keyboard Partitas, Paris, 1985
Kreisler and Carl Lamson,, Debussy/Hartmann, "La Fille aux Cheveux de Lin", New York, 1928
Mildred Bailey, "Georgia on my Mind", Chicago, 1931
von Karajan, Bruckner Seven, Vienna, VPO, 1989
Murray Perahia, Goldberg Variations, La Chaux-de-Fonds, 2001
Rosa Ponselle, "a Vucchella", Victor NYC or Camden, 1926
Barbirolli, Vaughan Williams Tallis Fantasia, London, 1965
Barbirolli, Elgar Two, Philharmonia, London, late 1960s
Barbirolli, Elgar Enigma Variations, Halle, Manchester, 1956
Beach Boys, Sloop John B, from "Pet Sounds", LA, 1965
Galli-Curci, HOme Sweet Home, with Homer Samuels, New York, 1928
John McCormack, Macushla, New York, 1911
Caruso, diCapua, O Sole Mio, NYC or Camden, 1916

Posted on Nov 15, 2012 12:08:56 PM PST
Dichterliebe says:
Off the top of my head:

Gardiner -- Schumann Symphonies
Wunderlich -- Schumann Dichterliebe
Goerne -- Schumann Liederkreis op. 39
Goerne -- JS Bach Cantata 'Ich habe genug'
Glemser -- Schumann Piano Sonatas nos. 1 and 3
AB Quartet -- Schubert Late Quartets, Quintet, and Trout
Jochum -- Bruckner Symphonies (DG)
Francois -- Piano Works of Debussy and Ravel
Anievas -- Chopin Etudes
Solti -- Strauss Der Rosenkavalier
Karajan -- Wagner Die Meistersinger
Solti -- Wagner Parsifal
Davis -- Mozart Idomeneo
Temirkanov -- Mussorgsky Songs and Dances of Death/Pictures
Moravec -- Chopin Nocturnes
Marriner -- Haydn Paris Symphonies
Tokyo SQ -- Haydn op. 50
Anda -- Mozart Piano Concertos
Grumiaux -- Mendelssohn Violin Concertos
Norman -- Berg Seven Early Songs/Altenberg Lieder
Schmidt -- Schumann Das Paradies und die Peri
Walter -- Brahms Symphony no. 4
AB Quartet -- Mozart Quintets K. 515, 516
I Musici -- Mendelssohn Octet
Bohm -- Wagner Tristan und Isolde

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2012 12:59:33 PM PST
Dichterliebe, your list is substantially more recently-recorded than mine. I've seen some of your performers live: Gardiner, Anievas, Solti, Davis, Marriner, Moravec, Tokyo SQ, Norman, possibly Grumiaux (I think I"ve forgotten some of the artists I saw when I was a teenager and Grumiaux might be in that group). I have Karajan's Rosenkavalier and have never heard Solti's. I saw Norman sing Schonberg's "Ewartung" and also Mahler's Das Lied, both in Boston---but not her Berg. Astonishing voice.

Posted on Nov 15, 2012 2:31:50 PM PST
Kelly E. says:
Bach, Brandenburg Concertos, Pinnock
Bach, Violin concertos, Hahn
Bach, St. Matthews Passion, Klemperer/Gardiner
Beethoven, Symphonies 1-9, Karajan
Beethoven, Piano Sonatas, Kempff/Gilels
Brahms, Piano Concerto 2, Richter
Chopin, Nocturnes, Rubinstein
Handel, Messiah, Marriner
Haydn, London Symphonies, Davis
Mahler, Symphony 1, Kubelik
Mahler, Symphony 4, Szell
Mahler, Das Lied von der Erde, Klemperer
Mozart, Symphonies 35 - 41, Bohm
Mozart, Piano concertos, Anda/Perahia
Mozart, Requiem, Bohm
Mozart, Le Nozze di Figaro, Giulini
Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto 2, Rubinstein/Richter
Rossini, Barbiere, Leinsdorff
Schubert, Symphonies 3,5,6, Beecham
Schubert, Lieder, Fi-Di
Strauss J., Fledermaus, Karajan
Stravinsky, Rite of Spring, Boulez
Tchaikovsky, Swan Lake, Dorati
Verdi, La Traviata, Kleiber
Wagner, Ring, Solti

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2012 2:35:02 PM PST
I am very relieved that Kelly has introuduced the idea of nominating two performers doing the same work - that will make it easier for me to make a list.

Posted on Nov 15, 2012 2:55:32 PM PST
Skaynan says:
All the lists submitted here so far are much better then those in the American Record Guide.

Posted on Nov 15, 2012 3:34:52 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 15, 2012 3:36:30 PM PST
Tchaikovsky #5 - Szell / Cleveland
Schumann #2 - Szell / Cleveland
Beethoven #3 - Furtwangler / Wiener (1944)
Prokofiev #5 - Szell / Cleveland
Dvorak Cello Concerto - Szell / Rostropovich / Cleveland or Szell / Casals / Czech Philharmonic
Mozart #40 - Szell / Cleveland
Mozart #39 - Reiner / Chicago
Tchaikovsky - Mravisky / Lenningrad
Tchaikovsksy 1812 Overture - Dorati / Minneapolis
Beethoven #9 - Furtwangler / Philharmonia (1954)
Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail Fricsay / RIAS
Weber Der Freischutz - Kleiber / Dresden Staatskapelle
Mozart Clarinet Concerto - Szell / Marcellus / Cleveland
Beethoven Sonatas - Pollini
Brahms / Schumann / Grieg / Beethoven Concertos - Szell / Fleisher / Cleveland
Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 - Dorati / Janis / LSO
Beethoven VC - Jochum / Schneiderhan / Berliner
Don Juan - Szell / Cleveland
Haydn #94 - Szell / Cleveland
Beethoven #6 Walter / Columbia
Mozart Piano Concertos / Szell / Cleveland
Ein Heldenleben - Karajan / Berlin
Bartok VC #2 - Dorati / Menuhin / Minneapolis
Rachmaninoff PC 1 and 4 - Ormandy / Entremont / Philadelphia
Mahler 4 - Szell / Cleveland

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2012 4:00:12 PM PST
Kelly E. says:
Alexandre Dufresne - I have a soft spot for Szell myself, based on early imprinting and the fact that he did well in most everything that he did.

Posted on Nov 15, 2012 4:57:24 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 16, 2012 2:06:50 PM PST
Edgar Self says:
Tintner, RSCO, Bruckner 4th "Romantic"
Walter, Lehmann, Melchior, Hotter - "Walkuere" Acts I and II, VPO/BSOO
Horowitz/Toscanini - Tchaikovsky first concerto
Horowitz/Ormandy - REachmaninoff Third concerto
Moiseiwitsch/Cameron, Rachmaninoff Paganini Rhapsody
Furtwaengler/VPO Beethoven "Eroica" 1944
Elly Ney/Boehm/VPO Beethoven "Emperor" concerto
Hubermann/Szell Beethoven violin concerto
Edwin Fischer Mozart concertos 10, 17, 20, 22, 24, 25
Adolf Busch/Frances Magnes Bach double violin concerto
Gilbert Kaplan/VPO Mahler "Resurrection" symphony
Alfred Cortot - Chopin, Schumann, Franck, Saint-Saens
Benno Moiseiwitsch - Beethoven third concerto/Saint-Saens second concerto
Scherchen Bach Matthew Passion (Rehfuss, Cuenod, Roessl-Majdan)
Wanda Landowska - Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Rameau, Couperin, Scarlatti
Pablo Casals Bach cello suites
Beniamino Gigli Cilea "L'Arlesiana", "E la solita storia del pastore" (Il lamento di Federico)
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf - R. Strauss "Four Last Songs" any of the four
Rubinstein-Heifetz-Feuermann Beethoven "Archduke" Trio
Serkin-Busch-Busch Schubert Trio No. 2 in E-flat
Tatiana Nikolayeva - Shostakovich 24 Preludes and Fugues Op. 87 -- any of the four
Schwarzkopf/Peter Gellhorn - Bach Cantata 51 "Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen"
Fischer-Dieskau Bach Cantata 159 "Wir gehen hinaus gen Gerusalem: Es ist vollbracht"
Furtwaengler VPO/BPO live EMI box Brachms symphonies
Vladimir Sofronitsky - Scriabinm Schubert-Liszt songs
Dimitri Hvorostovsky/Mikhael Arkadiev - Sviridov: :Petersburg, a Vocal Suite"
Karl Richter - Bach "Christmas Oratorio" - Franz Crass, Wunderlich uva.

I think that's 26, so sue me. I can't take one out, it's my heart's blood, with 25 others tomorrow..

Posted on Nov 15, 2012 6:49:39 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 15, 2012 10:14:49 PM PST
WH says:
I took the idea as "recordings" rather than individual works and so included some multi-disc collections: "Bartok: String Quartets" rather than simply "Bartok: String Quartet #4". Hope that's OK. It looks like my list includes lots of recent recordings compared to others. In any case, here goes. I've got 27 rather than 25 (by composer in historical order)

Josquin des Prez et al.: Art of the Netherlands - David Munrow / Early Music Consort of London (1976; reissue: Virgin Classics)
Bach: Brandenburgische Konzerte - Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin (Harmonia mundi, 1998)
Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Clavier - András Schiff (ECM, 2012)
Vivaldi: The Four Seasons - Guiliano Carmignola / Venice Baroque Orchestra (Sony, 2000)
Beethoven: The Symphonies - John Eliot Gardiner / Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique (Archiv, 1993)
Beethoven: The Late String Quartets - Takács Quartet (Decca, 2004)
Beethoven: Complete Piano Sonatas - Paul Lewis (Harmonia mundi, 2009)
Dvorak: Symphony #9 ("From the New World") - Rafael Kubelik (Deutsche Grammophon, 1971)
Dvorak: String Quartet #12 ("American") - Pavel Haas Quartet (Supraphon, 2010)
Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos 1-4 - Vladimir Ashkenazy / Andre Previn (Decca, 1970-1971)
Debussy: Orchestral Music [La Mer, etc.] - Bernard Haitink / Royal Concertgebouw (Phillips, 1976-1979)
Debussy: Complete Piano Music, Vol. 3 [Suite Bergamasque, Children's Corner, Reverie] - Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Chandos, 2008).
Stravinsky: Rite of Spring - Valery Gergiev / Kirov Orchestra (Philips, 2001)
Stravinsky: Symphony in Three Movements / Symphony in C / Symphony of Psalms - Igor Stravinsky (Columbia, 1961-1963).
Ravel: String Quartet / Debussy: String Quartet - Quatuor Ébene (Virgin, 2008)
Ravel: Piano Trio - Renaud Capuçon / Gautier Capuçon / Frank Braley (Virgin, 2006)
Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra / Music for String, Percussion & Celesta -Fritz Reiner / Chicago Symphony (RCA, 1955)
Bartók: The Six String Quartets - Takács Quartet (Decca, 1998)
Prokofiev: The Five Piano Concertos - Vladimir Ashkenazy / André Previn (Decca, 1975)
Copland: Appalachian Spring / Rodeo / Billy the Kid in Copland the Populist - Michael Tilson Thomas / San Francisco Symphony(RCA, 2000)
Rodrigo: Concieto de Aranjuez - Pepe Romero / Neville Mariner / Academy of St. Martin in the Field (Phillips, 1979)
Shostakovich: Symphony # 5 & 9 - Leonard Bernstein / New York Philharmonic (Columbia, 1965)
Shostakovich: Symphony #10 - Vasily Petrenko / Royal Liverpool Philharmonic (Naxos, 2010)
Shostakovich: String Quartets - Fitzwilliam Quartet (Decca, 1977)
Steve Reich: Music for 18 Musicians - Steve Reich & Musicians (ECM, 1978)
Arvo Pärt: Tabula Rasa - Gidon Kremer / Alfred Schnittke / Saulus Sondeckis / Lithuanian Chamber Orch (ECM, 1984)
John Adams: Dharma at Big Sur - Tracy Silverman / John Adams / BBC Symphony (Nonesuch, 2003)

Posted on Nov 15, 2012 7:15:48 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 15, 2012 7:31:18 PM PST
David M. says:
I thought Sveshnikov's Vespers would make your list for sure, Piso! Maybe in the next installment.

Off the top of my head, my all-time favorite recordings:

1937 - Wagner: Die Walküre & Götterdämmerung excerpts (Kirsten Flagstad)
1940 - Bartók/Szigeti Recital at Library of Congress
1940 - Beethoven: Missa Solemnis (Clemens Krauss)
1943 - Brahms: Symphony No. 4 (Wilhelm Furtwängler)
1951 - Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 (Wilhelm Furtwängler)

Other recordings may match these on musical grounds, but I give extra consideration for their historical background (the run-up to, fighting of, and denouement of WWII), which is probably the most important time in the West since the Protestant Reformation. At a time in which Western Civilization was at the doorstep of hell, these musicians tried to preserve what was the best of it.

Posted on Nov 15, 2012 7:48:43 PM PST
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sound_notes says:
My quick List: Usual Suspects

Back Cello Suites: Harrell

Beethoven 4th: Karajan 63
Beethoven 5th: Kleiber/DG
Beethoven 9th: Karajan 63
Piano Cto #4: Fleisher/Szell

Tchaikovsky 4th: Muti Philharmonia
Tchaikovsky 5th: Ozawa/Boston/DG
Tchaikovsky 6th: Reiner
Tchaikovsky Nutcracker: Dorati/Philips
Tchaikovsky 1812: Dorati/Mercury
Tchaikovsky Violin Cto: Heifetz/Reiner
Tchailovsky Piano Cto: Cliburn 1958

Strauss Zarathustra: Mehta/Decca
Strauss Solome: Karajan/EMI
Ein Heldenleben: Karajan/DG/1958
Rosenkavalier: Karajan/Philharmonia

Verdi Otello: Karajan/Decca

Berloz: Fantastique: Davis/Amsterdam

Wagner: Die Meistersinger/Karajan/Studio

Mahler #3" Bernstein/CBS
Mahler #5: Karajan
Mahler #8: Solti
Mahler #9: Barbiroli

Sibelius #2: Barbiroli/Chesky
Sibelius #5: Karajan/DG

Rachmaninov Vespers: Best

Posted on Nov 15, 2012 8:12:16 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 16, 2012 5:57:44 AM PST
John Spinks says:
Brahms -- Sym. No. 3 -- Walter
Brahms -- Sym. No. 4 -- C. Kleiber
R. Strauss -- Four Last Songs -- Karajan/Janowitz; Masur/Norman
Beethoven -- Symphonies -- Gardiner
Beethoven -- Piano Sonatas -- Brendel (Decca)
Handel -- Water Music -- Pinnock
Stravinsky -- Petrushka -- Abbado
Stravinsky -- Le Sacre du Printemps -- Boulez (Sony)
Stravinsky -- Dumbarton Oaks Concerto; Pulcinella -- Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Tallis -- Complete Vocal Works -- Dixon
Dvorak -- Symphonies etc. -- Suitner; Neumann
Hindemith -- Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes of Carl Maria von Weber -- Blomstedt; Sawallisch
Hildegard von Bingen -- Vocal works performed by Sequentia
Bruckner -- Sym. No. 3 -- Karajan
Bruckner -- Sym. No. 4 -- Jochum (DG or EMI; Brilliant)
Britten -- Ceremony of Carols -- Christophers
Chopin -- Ballades -- Earl Wild; Vladimir Ashkenazy
Bach -- Goldberg Variations -- Lifschitz
Nielsen -- Sym. No. 5 -- Chung
Sibelius -- Sym. No. 5 -- Rattle/CBSO
Sibelius -- Violin Concerto -- Salonen/Hahn; Oramo/Batiashvili
Berlioz -- Symphonie fantastique -- Maazel/CLO (Telarc)
Mahler -- Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen -- Kubelik/Fischer-Dieskau
Vaughan Williams -- Symphonies -- Handley; Previn
Ravel -- Piano Works -- Queffelec; Francois
Ravel -- Sheherazade -- Ameling; Te Kanawa
Ravel -- Orchestral Works -- Ozawa/BSO
Debussy -- Preludes -- Jacobs
Debussy -- Trois Nocturnes -- Abbado/BSO
Puccini -- Tosca -- Karajan/Ricciarelli/Carreras/Raimondi
Schubert -- Piano Sonata, D. 960 -- Goode

Must stop

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2012 8:58:34 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 15, 2012 9:04:52 PM PST
Edgar Self says:
David Mayer, thanks for reminding me about Sveshnikov's record with the Yurlov Choir of Rachmaninoff's "Vespers". What a great record! Do you have it too? It will definitely be on my next list. It's the one that discouragement us so much we nearly gave it up in a not bad symphony and oratorio chorus I sang with in California. Those basses~! And their bottom B-flat in "Now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace.

Nice to see the joint recital by Bela Bartok and Joseph Szigeti at the Library of Congress on your list, and Furtwaengler's Beethoven Fourth. If you listen close, you can hear his baton strike the desk several times in the finale. Turning up the treble control helps.

Posted on Nov 15, 2012 9:22:31 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 16, 2012 3:10:20 PM PST
R. Kopp says:
--Bach: Cello Suites / Mstislav Rostropovich (EMI), Ophelie Gaillard (Ambroisie) or Jean-Guihen Queyras (Harmonia Mundi).
--Bach: Sonatas & Partitas for Solo Violin / Itzhak Perlman (EMI).
--Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier 1 & 2 / Rosalyn Tureck (DG).
--Bach: The Goldberg Varaiations / Glenn Gould [1955] (Sony).
--Bach: The Orchestral Suites (Overtures 1-4) / Concentus musicas Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt (Teldec).
--Bach: Cantatas BWV 82 & BWV 199 / Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Orchestra of Emmanuel Music, Craig Smith (Nonesuch).
--Bartok: Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta; Debussy: Nuages; Fêtes; Bach: Orchestral Suite no. 2 / Yevgeny Mravinsky, Leningrad Philharmonic (Russian Disc).
--Beethoven: Symphony no. 9 / Briem, Höngen, Anders, Watzke, Berlin Philharmonic, Wilhelm Furtwängler (Grammofono 2000).
--Biber: Violin Sonatas / Romanesca [Andrew Manze, Nigel North, John Toll] (Harmonia Mundi).
--Brahms: Symphony no. 4; Schubert Symphony no. 8 (Unfinished); Wagner: Tristan & Isolde [2 excerpts]* / Vienna Philharmonic, *Staatskapelle Dresden, Carlos Kleiber (DG).
--Bruckner: Symphony no. 8 / Herbert von Karajan, Vienna Philharmonic (DG).
--Chopin: Mazurkas / Artur Rubinstein (RCA).
--Enescu: Octet op. 7; Quintet op. 29 / Kremerata Baltica, Gidon Kremer (Nonesuch).
--Fauré: Requiem; Lili Boulanger: Pie Jesu, Psalm 24, Du fond de l'abime / BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Nadia Boulanger (BBC Legends).
--Gorecki: Symphony no. 3 / Dawn Upshaw, London Sonfonitta, David Zinman (Nonesuch).
--Haydn: String Quartets op. 20, 33 & 51 (The Seven Last Words of Our Savior on the Cross) / Quatuor Mosaïques (Naïve).
--Mozart: Complete String Quintets / Le Quatuor Talich (Calliope).
--Mozart: Symphonies no. 39, 40 & 41 (Jupiter) / New York Philharmonic, Bruno Walter (Sony).
--Mussorgsky: Pictures from an Exhibition; Tchaikovsky: Music from The Sleeping Beauty / Mikhail Pletnev (Virgin) or Mussorgsky: Pictures from an Exhibition / Sviatoslav Richter [Sofia, 1958] (Philips).
--Prokofiev: Piano Sonata no. 6; Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit; Chopin: Piano Sonata no. 2 / Ivo Pogorelich (DG).
--Prokofiev: Concerto no. 3*, Lieutenant Kijé, Romeo & Juliet (excerpts) / *Robin Hood Dell Orchestra of Philadelphia, New York Philharmonic, Dimitri Mitropoulos (Sony).
--Shostakovich: Symphonies no. 10 & 9* / New York Philharmonic, Dimitri Mitropoulos, *Efrem Kurtz (Sony).
--Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring*, Petrushka, Divertimento, Pulcinella; Prokofiev: The Love of Three Oranges, Scythian Suite, Le Pas d'acier* / *Philharmonia Orchestra, Orcheste National de la Radiodiffusion Française, Igor Markevitch (EMI).
--Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto; Brahms: Violin Concerto / Jascha Heifetz, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner (RCA).
--Tchaikovsky: Symphony no. 5 / Vienna Philharmonic, Valery Gergiev (Philips).

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2012 10:15:50 PM PST
David M. says:

Yes, I have and treasure the Sveshnikov. Mirabile auditu. The basses are abyssal.

Posted on Nov 16, 2012 1:38:24 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 16, 2012 1:42:00 AM PST
Joe Anthony says:
"Your own Top 25 recordings"...It's highly personal, but here it is:

1. Brahms: Two Sonatas for Cello and Piano (Mstislav Rostropovich/Rudolf Serkin)
2. Enesco: Sonata for Violin and Piano #3 "In the Popular Romanian Style" (Isaac Stern/Alexander Zakin)
2. Ravel: "La Valse" (Glenn Gould)
3. Kabalevsky: Piano Sonata #3 (Vladimir Horowitz)
4. Barber: Piano Sonata (Vladimir Horowitz)
5. Bach: Sonatas for Violin and Piano #4; Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano #10; Schoenberg: Phantasy for Violin and Piano (Yehudi Menuhin/Glenn Gould)
6. Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Opus 31, #16, 17 "The Tempest" & 18 (Glenn Gould)
7. Brahms: "German Folk Songs" (Elisabeth Schwarzkopf/Dietrich Fischer-Diskau/Gerald Moore)
8. Mahler: "Song of the Wayfarer" (Dietrich Fischer-Diskau/Leonard Bernstein)
9. Hindemith: Sonatas for Piano and Brass Instruments (Glenn Gould w/members of the brass section of the Philadelphia Orch.)
10. Barber: "Knoxville: Summer of 1915" (Eleanor Stebber/William Strickland/Dumbarton Oaks Orchestra)
11. Beethoven: Symphony #6 (Bruno Walter/Columbia Symphony Orch.)
12. Respighi: Ancient Dances and Airs for Lute Arranged for Orchestra (Antal Dorati/Philharmonica Hungarica)
13. Wagner: "Siegfried Idyll" (George Solti/Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra)
14. Vivaldi: Triple Concerto (Isaac Stern/Itzhak Perlman/Pinchas Zukerman/Zubin Mehta/NYPO)
15. Vivaldi: Concerto for Diverse Instruments (Leonard Bernstein and friends/NYPO)
16. Mahler: "Das Lied von der Erde" (Fritz Wunderlich/Dietrich Fischer-Diskau/Josef Krips/Vienna Symphony Orch.)
17. Bruckner: Symphony #0 & 3-9 (Gennady Rozhdestvensky/State Symphony Capella of Russia)
18. Shostakovich: Symphony #5 (Mstislav Rostropovich/National Symphony Orch. 1983)
19. Stravinsky/Berg: Violin Concertos (Itzhak Perlman/Seiji Ozawa/Boston Symphony Orch.)
20. Prokofiev: Violin Concertos #1 & 2 (Itzhak Perlman/Gennady Rozhdestvensky/BBC Symphony Orch.)
21. Holst: "The Planets" (Leonard Bernstein/NYPO)
22. Brahms: Piano Concerto #1 (Glenn Gould/Leonard Bernstein/NYPO)
23. Mussorgsky/Rimsky-Korsakov: "Boris Godunov" (George London/ Alexander Melik-Pachev/Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra)
24. Mussorgsky/Ravel: "Pictures at an Exhibition" (Herbert Von Karajan/Berlin Phil. Orch.)
25. Ravel: "Bolero" (Herbert Von Karajan/Berlin Phil. Orch.)

Posted on Nov 16, 2012 4:29:24 AM PST
carnola says:
Here's today's list:

Allegri: Misere; Palestrina: Pope Marcellus Mass - Tallis Scholars
Bach, JS: Violin Concertos - David Oistrakh/VSO + Igor/Royal PO/Goosens in double
Bach, JS: Motets - Vocalconsort Violin/Creed
Beethoven: Symphony #3, 'Eroica' - Philharmonia/Klemperer (mono)
Beethoven: Piano Sonata in E flat, Op. 31 #3 - Rubinstein
Brahms: Symphonies - Pittsburgh SO/Steinberg
Brahms: Clarinet Quintet - Karl Leister/Amadeus Quartet
Brahms: German Requiem - Klemperer
Bruckner: Symphony #9 - Columbia SO/Walter
Chopin: Ballades - Zimerman
Chopin: Mazurkas - Rubinstein
Chopin: Mazurkas, Waltzes, etc. from Great Pianists of 20th Century series - Sofronitsky
Dvorak: Piano Quintet, Op 81; Brahms: Piano Quintet - Rubinstein/Guarneri
Mahler: Symphony #2; Debussy: La Mer - Lucerne Festival O/Abbado
Prokofiev: Symphony #5 - Berlin PO/Karajan
Puccini: La Bohème - Bjorling/De Los Angeles/Beecham
Schubert: Impromptus - Perahia
Schubert: Lieder - Ameling/Demus
Sibelius: Symphony #2 - Concertgebouw/Szell
Strauss, R: Ein Heldenleben - Beecham
Tchaikovsky: Symphonies 4,5,6 - Mravinsky
Vaughan Williams: A Sea Symphony - LSO/Haitink
Wagner: Orchestral music from the Ring - Cleveland/Szell
Reflections of Spain - David Russell, guitar
The Piano Album I & II - Stephen Hough

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1. J.S. Bach The Brandenburg Concertos Collegium Aureum
2. Switched On Bach/Wendy Carlos
3. Bach Magnificat/Purcell Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary/Geraint Jones (EMI/Angel LP never released on CD)
4. Bach Cantatas BWV 51, 56 and 82/Fischer Dieskau, Auger, Rilling (Hannsler CD Nr. 98.855)
5. J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion in English
6. Beethoven Symphonies 1-9/Ansermet OSR (available on three threefer CDs)
7. Beethoven Piano Trios/Suk Trio
8. Bruckner Symphonies 1-9 Eugen Jochum
9. La Mer / Daphnis & Chloe Suite 2/Stokowski
10. Haydn Masses/Guest et al
11. Krommer Partita for Winds/Netherlands Wind Ensemble (Philips LP 1977 never released on CD)
12. György Ligeti Kammerkonzert; Ramifications; Lux aeterna; Atmosphères
13. Liszt Great Symphonic Poems though I liked it better on the London LP
14. Mozart Serenades for Winds K. 375 and K. 378/Arthur Winograd (Heliodor LP from the 1950s)
15. Mendelssohn Elijah
16. Mendelssohn Trio 1/Brahms Trio 3/Suk Trio (Quintessence LP PMC-7148)
17. Mendelssohn Sextet in D/Borodin Quintet in C minor/Vienna Octet (London CS 6636 LP never on CD)
18. Resphigi Fountains of Rome/Debussy Jeux/Sabata (RCA Victor LP available today on CD)
19. Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade; Russian Easter Overture Stokowski
20. Rossini Messe di Gloria/Handt (Philips LP 6500 612 NLA on CD)
21. St. Saens Violin Concerto No. 3/Paganini-Kresiler Concerto in One Movement/Campoli violin (London STS 15142 LP never on CD)
22. Strauss Four Last Songs/Flagstad with Schumann Dichterliebe/Souzay (Turnabout TV 34830 LP)
23. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 / Glazunov: Violin Concerto
24. Vaughan Wiliams Symphony No. 4 (no particular preference to a single recording; have owned dozens)
25. Wagner: Die Walküre (Act 1; Act 2, Scenes 3 & 5) Bruno Walter

Honorable mention:
26. Mozart Mass in C Minor Colin Davis
27. Chamber Music of the Young Beethoven (Das Alte Werk LP redone on CD at Haydn House)
28. Beethoven Symphonies 1-9 Norrington (EMI 1985)
29. Brahms Symphony 4 Furtwangler (October 1948)
30. Haydn Symphonies Dorati

Posted on Nov 16, 2012 1:53:30 PM PST
My list is heavily biased towards my five favorite composers - Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin - only Dowland and Telemann get an entry each.


Bach Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin - Holloway or the first Kuijken

Bach: Orchestral Suites -- Savall

Pinnock Brandenburgs on Avie -- or Savall

Bach English suites Gould (yes, I prefer it to the Goldbergs)

Bach Schiff Partitas for piano

Bach : Violin concertos Kuijken

Bach: Motets, Gardiner on Warner

Beethoven Razumovskies Italiano

Beethoven Eroica --Bruggen on Glossa - brand new 2011 recording

Beethoven Cello sonatas Gulda Fournier

Beethoven : Spring sonata Melnikov/Faust

Beethoven Emperor Brendel/Rattle VPO
Gould/Stokowski is a current fave though, but too weird to be "the only one" (not that I know what that even means...)
and the Zimerman/Bernstein DVD is great

Beethoven Pathetique Paul Lewis

Kleiber Beethoven 5 and 7
Immerseel and Gardiner Beethoven 7 and 8

Chopin Nocturnes Barenboim

Chopin : Piano concertos Argerich Dutoit

Dowland : Lachrimae -- Musica Antiqua Koln

Haydn : Haydn: Piano Concertinos; String Trios from Naxos -- I know it's a weird favorite, but it was "love from first spin" for me...

Haydn : Paris Symphonies , Harnoncourt

Haydn : 101 Clock - Norrington on Virgin

Haydn : Lark, Fifths, Serenad,, Q. Italiano

Haydn : Piano concertos -- Brautigam

Mozart : Piano concerto 21 -- Barenboim BPO

Mozart : Jupiter symphony -- Immerseel or Mackerras SCO

Mozart : Symphony 29-- Mackerras SCO

Mozart : Prussian quartets - Emerson

Mozart: String Qunitets - Grumiaux and friends

Telemann : Tafelmusik book 1 -- Florilegium

Posted on Nov 16, 2012 2:00:46 PM PST
R. Schroeder says:
Nothing too surprising here (I wish there was), but this is it for me:

Bach - Cello Suites - Rostropovich
Bach - Goldberg Variations - Perahia
Bach - Mass in B Minor - Herrewedge
Beethoven - Piano Sonatas - Alfred Brendel (first philips recording)
Beethoven - String Quartets - Cleveland Quartet
Beethoven - Symphonies - Barenboim
Berlioz - Symphonie Fantastique, Tristia - Boulez
Brahms - Complete Trios - Beaux Arts Trio
Brahms - Piano Concertos - Gilels/Jochum
Brahms - Symphonies - Rattle
Bruckner - Symphonies - Wand
Chopin - Etudes - Perahia
Chopin - Nocturnes - Ashkenazy
Dvorak - String Quartets - Praguer Quartett
Dvorak - Symphny No. 9 - Solti; Chicago
Mahler - Symphonies and Orchestral Songs - Bernstein DG
Mozart - Piano Concertos - Ashkenazy
Mozart - Requiem - Herrewedge
Mozart - String Quartets - Hagen Quartet
Schubert - Late Quartets - Emerson String Quartet
Schubert - Mitsuko Uchida Plays Schubert
Shostakovich - Preludes & Fugues - Sherbakov
Shostakovich - String Quartets - Emerson String Quartet
Sibelius - Symphonies - Jarvi
Strauss - Five Great Tone Poems - Haitink

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2012 2:03:34 PM PST
Edgar Self says:
Interesting No. 22, Larry VanDeSande, and a rare mention, or rather non-mention, of Alfred Cortot, who accompanies Gerard Souzay in their 1956 "Dichterliebe" with Flagstad and Furtwaengler's premiere performance of Richard Strauss's "Four Last Songs", regrettably in execrable sound on that Turnabout LP that I also have, and with the last 20 seconds cut off, thus losing the most beautiful perfect cadence of the 20th century. Their performance is now on Testament in listenable sound and coomplete clear through to the end.
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