BUILDING A LIBRARY RECOMMENDATIONS SEPTEMBER 1995 - JULY 1996 by fionan

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									BUILDING A LIBRARY
Recommendations: September 1998 - July 1999
All selections were made from recordings available in the UK at the time of the broadcast and are full price unless otherwise stated. CD Review cannot guarantee that they have not subsequently been deleted.

PRESENTER: Andrew McGregor KEY:

PRODUCERS: Clive Portbury / Susan Kenyon / Andrew Lyle BROADCAST ASSISTANT: Jenny Pitt

CD = compact disc c/w = coupled with SIS = a recording which is only available through EMI’s Special Import Service IMS = a recording which is only available through Universal Classics' Import Music Service

GUIDE TO LAYOUT:

Composer: Work
Choice Number: Artists (recording date; coupling) RECORD LABEL (DISTRIBUTOR)

Reviewer Broadcast date of review
CATALOGUE NUMBER (FORMAT) (price range if less than full price)

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J.S.Bach: Double Violin Concerto, BWV.1043

Simon Heighes 06.02.99
RCA (BMG CONIFER) 09026 61746-2 (CD) (mid-price)

First Choice: Jascha Heifetz (violin), Erick Friedman (violin), New Symphony Orchestra of London, Sir Malcolm Sargent (recorded 1961; c/w BRAHMS Double Concerto for violin & cello; MOZART Sinfonia Concertante, K.364) The above recording is also available as part of The Heifetz Collection, Volumes 11-15: Period Instrument Choice: Andrew Manze (violin/dir.), Rachel Podger (violin), The Academy of Ancient Music (recorded 1996; c/w Violin Concerto in A minor, BWV.1041; Violin Concerto in E, BWV.1042; Double Violin Concerto, BWV.1060)

RCA (BMG CONIFER) HARMONIA MUNDI N.B. due for reissue in April '99 on: HARMONIA MUNDI

09026 61779-2 (5-CD) (mid-price) HMU 907155 (CD)

HMX 2907155 (CD) (budget)

J.S.Bach: Six Solo Cello Suites, BWV.1007-1012

Andrew Manze 29.05.99
CHS 5 66215-2 (2-CD) (mid-price) CHS 7 61027-2 (2-CD) (mid-price) S2K 63203 (2-CD)

First Choice: Pablo Casals (cello) (recorded 1936-39) The above recording is also available on:

EMI

EMI

Modern Recording Choice: Yo-Yo Ma (cello) (recorded 1994-97) Period Instrument Choice: Jaap ter Linden (baroque cello) (recorded 1996)

SONY CLASSICAL

HARMONIA MUNDI

HMU 907216/17 (2-CD)

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J.S.Bach: Magnificat in D major, BWV.243

Andrew Manze 19.09.98
VIRGIN CLASSICS (EMI) VM 5 61340-2 (CD) (mid-price)

First Choice: Emily van Evera (soprano), Emma Kirkby (soprano), Evelyn Tubb (mezzo-soprano), Caroline Trevor (contralto), Margaret Cable (mezzo-soprano), Howard Crook (tenor), Wilfried Jochens (tenor), Simon Grant (bass), Stephen Charlesworth (baritone), Taverner Consort and Players, Andrew Parrott (recorded 1989; c/w Ascension Oratorio, BWV.11/249b) Historical Choice: Maria Stader (soprano), Hertha Topper (contralto), Ernst Haefliger (tenor), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone), Munich Bach Chorus & Orchestra, Karl Richter (recorded 1961; c/w Cantata for the 1st Day of Christmas, BWV.63; Cantata for the Feast of Epiphany)

DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON

439 489-2 (CD) (budget)

Beethoven: Piano Trio No.5 in D major, Op.70 No.1 "Ghost"

Julius Drake 14.11.98
CMS 7 69707-2 (2-CD) (mid-price)

First Choice: Daniel Barenboim (piano), Pinchas Zukerman (violin), Jacqueline du Pré (cello) (recorded 1970; c/w ELGAR Cello Concerto in E minor; HAYDN Cello Concerto in C major; BEETHOVEN Cello Sonata No.3 in A major)

EMI

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Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.23 in F minor, Op.57 "Appassionata"

Julius Drake 26.06.99
VC 5 45131-2 (CD)

First Choice: Mikhail Pletnev (piano) (recorded 1988; c/w Piano Sonata No.14 in C sharp minor, 'Moonlight'; Piano Sonata No.21 in C major, 'Waldstein') Mid-Price Choice: Murray Perahia (piano) (recorded 1982; c/w Piano Sonata No.7 in D major) Recommended recording played on fortepiano: Melvyn Tan (fortepiano) (recorded 1987; c/w Piano Sonata No.21 in C major, 'Waldstein'; Piano Sonata No.26 in Eb, 'Les adieux') Historic Choice: Artur Schnabel (piano) (recorded 1933; c/w Variations and Fugue in Eb, 'Eroica'; Piano Sonata No.21 in C major, 'Waldstein'; Piano Sonata No.22 in F major; Fantasia in G minor, Op.77; Piano Sonata No.24 in F major; Piano Sonata No.25 in G major; Piano Sonata No.26 in Eb, 'Les adieux'; Bagatelle in A minor, 'Für Elise'; Piano Sonata No.27 in E minor)

VIRGIN CLASSICS (EMI)

SONY CLASSICAL

SMK 39344 (CD) (mid-price) VER 5 61160-2 (CD) (mid-price)

VIRGIN VERITAS (EMI)

PEARL (HARMONIA MUNDI)

GEMM CDS 9139 (2-CD) (mid-price)

Bernstein: West Side Story

David Benedict 30.01.99
THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT RECORDS (KOCH INTERNATIONAL) CDTER 2 1197 (2-CD)

First Choice (complete recording): Paul Manuel, Tinuke Olafimihan, Caroline O'Connor, National SO, John Owen Edwards (recorded 1993) Highlights disc also available on the TER label:

CDTEH 6002 (CD) (mid-price) 4

Brahms: Piano Quintet in F minor, Op.34

William Mival 27.03.99
DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 439 490-2 (CD) (budget)

First Choice: Christoph Eschenbach (piano), Amadeus Quartet (recorded 1968; c/w String Sextet in Bb major, Op.18)

Brahms: A German Requiem, Op.45

Geoffrey Smith 19.06.99
DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON E 437 517-2 (CD - IMS)

First Choice: Cheryl Studer (soprano), Andreas Schmidt (baritone), Swedish Radio Chorus, Eric Ericson Chamber Choir, Berlin PO, Claudio Abbado (recorded live in 1992) Mid-Price Choice: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (soprano), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone), Philharmonia Chorus & Orchestra, Otto Klemperer (recorded 1961)

EMI

CDM 5 66903-2 (CD) (mid-price)

Britten: The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra

Chris de Souza 07.11.98
CDC 5 55394-2 (CD)

First Choice: City of Birmingham SO, Sir Simon Rattle (recorded 1995; c/w Canadian Carnival; An American Overture; Suite on English Folk Tunes: 'A time there was…'; Sinfonia da Requiem) Historical Choice: LSO, Benjamin Britten (recorded 1963; c/w Simple Symphony, Op.4; Sea Interlude; Serenade (excerpt); Early one morning; Excerpts from Spring Symphony; War Requiem; etc.)

EMI

DECCA

436 990-2 (CD) (mid-price)

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The above recording is also available with different coupling on: DECCA (c/w Simple Symphony, Op.4; Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge - performed by the English Chamber Orchestra) Recommended version with narration: Dame Edna Everage, Melbourne SO, John Lanchbery (recorded 1997; c/w PROKOFIEV Peter and the Wolf; POULENC The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant narrated by Barry Humphries) NAXOS (SELECT)

417 509-2 (CD)

8.554170 (CD) (budget)

Chopin: Four Ballades

David Owen Norris 26.12.98
DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON E 423 090-2 (CD - IMS)

First Choice: Krystian Zimerman (piano) (recorded 1987; c/w Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op.60; Fantasie in F minor, Op.49) Budget Price Choice: Emanuel Ax (piano) (recorded 1985; c/w Piano Sonata No.2)

RCA (BMG CONIFER)

74321 24204-2 (CD) (budget)

Debussy: Prelude à l'après-midi d'un faune

Stephen Johnson 09.01.99
CLASSICS FOR PLEASURE (EMI) CD-CFP 6022 (CD) (budget)

First Choice: Jonathan Snowden (flute), The London Philharmonic, Serge Baudo (recorded 1986; c/w flute works by Bach, Vivaldi, Gluck, Telemann, Handel, Mozart, Pergolesi, Tchaikovsky, Bizet, Caplet, Pierne, Roussel, Fauré & Poulenc)

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Dvorák: Cello Concerto in B minor, Op.104

Geoffrey Smith 20.03.99
DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 447 413-2 (CD) (mid-price)

First Choice: Mstislav Rostropovich (cello), Berlin PO, Herbert von Karajan (recorded 1968; c/w TCHAIKOVSKY Variations on a Rococo Theme for Cello & Orchestra) Budget Price Choice: Pierre Fournier (cello), Berlin PO, George Szell (recorded 1961; c/w BLOCH Schelomo; BRUCH Kol nidrei) The above recording is also available coupled with Dvorák's Symphony No.8 performed by the Berlin PO conducted by Rafael Kubelik:

DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON

429 155-2 (CD) (budget)

DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON

439 484-2 (CD) (budget)

Dvorák: Symphony No.9 in E minor, "From the New World"

David Owen Norris 01.05.99
CHAN 8510 (CD)

First Choice: Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Neeme Järvi (recorded 1986; c/w My Home, Overture Op.62) Mid-Price Choice: New York PO, Leonard Bernstein (recorded 1962; c/w 'Carnival' Overture; Slavonic Dances, Op.46; SMETANA The Moldau [Vltava]) Budget Price Choice: LPO, Zdenek Macal (recorded 1982; c/w Symphonic Variations, Op.78)

CHANDOS

SONY CLASSICAL

SMK 47547 (CD) (mid-price)

CLASSICS FOR PLEASURE (EMI)

CD-CFP 9006 (CD) (budget)

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Elgar: Violin Concerto in B minor, Op.61

Iain Burnside 10.07.99
PEARL (HARMONIA MUNDI) GEM 0050 (CD) (mid-price)

First Choice: Albert Sammons (violin), New Queens Hall Orchestra, Sir Henry Wood (recorded 1929; c/w Cello Concerto in E minor - performed by W.H. Squire, cello, with Hallé Orchestra conducted by Sir Hamilton Harty; Dream Children, Op.43) Budget Price Choice: Pinchas Zukerman (violin), LPO, Daniel Barenboim (recorded 1976; c/w In The South (Alassio), Concert Overture)

SONY CLASSICAL

SBK 62745 (CD) (budget)

Gershwin: An American in Paris

Geoffrey Smith 12.09.98
EMI CDC 7 47161-2 (CD - SIS)

First Choice: LSO, André Previn (recorded 1971; c/w Piano Concerto; Rhapsody in Blue)

The above recording has become available since the review on: EMI

CDM 5 66891-2 (CD) (mid-price) CZS 5 69308-2 (2-CD - SIS) (budget)

Budget Price Choice: Hollywood Bowl SO, Felix Slatkin (recorded 1950s; c/w Rhapsody in Blue; Piano Concerto; Three Preludes; 6 Songs; Porgy and Bess - Symphonic tableau; Cuban Overture; Second Rhapsody)

EMI

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Gilbert & Sullivan: The Mikado

Geoffrey Smith 28.11.98
TELARC (BMG CONIFER) CD 80284 (CD)

First Choice: Donald Adams (bass), Anthony Rolfe Johnson (tenor), Richard Suart (baritone), Richard van Allan (bass), Nicholas Folwell (baritone), Marie McLaughlin (soprano), Anne Howells (mezzo-soprano), Janice Watson (soprano), Felicity Palmer (mezzo-soprano), Chorus & Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera, Sir Charles Mackerras (recorded 1991) Second Choice: John Ayldon (baritone), Colin Wright (tenor), John Reed (baritone), Kenneth Sandford (baritone), Michael Rayner (baritone), John Broad (bass), Valerie Masterson (soprano), Peggy Ann Jones (mezzo-soprano), Pauline Wales (mezzo-soprano), Lyndsie Holland (mezzo-soprano), The D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, RPO, Royston Nash (recorded 1973)

LONDON (UNIVERSAL CLASSICS)

425 190-2 (2-CD) (mid-price)

Grieg: Peer Gynt

Iain Burnside 03.10.98
DECCA 425 448-2 (CD)

First Choice (complete incidental music): Urban Malmberg (bass), Mari-Anne Haeggander (soprano), San Francisco Symphony & Chorus, Herbert Blomstedt (recorded 1988) Recommended version of the Suites: New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein (recorded 1967; c/w Norwegian Dance, Op.35 No.2; March of the Trolls; SIBELIUS Valse triste; The Swan of Tuonela; Finlandia)

SONY CLASSICAL

SMK 47 549 (CD) (mid-price)

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Budget Price version of the Suites: BBC Scottish SO, Jerzy Maksymiuk (recorded 1993; c/w Lyric Pieces, Op.68; Wedding Day at Troldhaugen, Op.65 No.6; Three Orchestral Pieces from Sigurd Jorsalfar, Op.56)

NAXOS (SELECT)

8.550864 (CD) (budget)

Handel: Water Music

Lucie Skeaping 13.03.99
VANGUARD CLASSICS (COMPLETE RECORD COMPANY) 99713 (CD) (mid-price)

First Choice: Il Fondamento, Paul Dombrecht (recorded 1995; c/w TELEMANN Wassermusik)

Handel: Messiah

Brian Kay 12.12.98
ARCHIV (UNIVERSAL CLASSICS) 423 630-2 (2-CD)

First Choice: Arleen Auger (soprano), Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo-soprano), Michael Chance (countertenor), Howard Crook (tenor), John Tomlinson (bass), The English Concert Choir, The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock (recorded 1988) "Very inauthentic" Choice: Jennifer Vyvyan (soprano), Monica Sinclair (contralto), Jon Vickers (tenor), Giorgio Tozzi (bass), Beecham Choral Society, RPO, Sir Thomas Beecham (recorded 1959)

RCA (BMG CONIFER)

09026 61266-2 (3-CD) (budget)

Haydn: Symphony No.100 in G major, "Military"

William Mival 05.12.98
452 256-2 (2-CD) (mid-price)

First Choice: Philharmonia Hungarica, Antal Dorati (recorded 1972; c/w Symphonies Nos.93, 94, 97, 103 & 104)

DECCA

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Mahler: Symphony No.5

David Mellor 27.02.99
DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 423 608-2 (CD)

First Choice: Vienna PO, Leonard Bernstein (recorded 1987)

Mendelssohn: Octet

Andrew Manze 13.02.99
TELARC (BMG CONIFER) EMI CD 80142 (CD)

First Choice: Cleveland Quartet & Meliora Quartet (recorded 1986; c/w String Quartet No.2 in A minor) Second Choice: The Melos Ensemble of London (recorded 1968; c/w BEETHOVEN Septet in E flat; Octet in E flat; SCHUBERT Octet in F)

CZS 5 69755-2 (2-CD) (mid-price)

Monteverdi: L'Incoronazione di Poppea

Simon Heighes 15.05.99
HARMONIA MUNDI HMC 901330/32 (3-CD)

First Choice: Danielle Borst (soprano), Guillemette Laurens (mezzo-soprano), Jennifer Larmore (mezzo-soprano), Axel Kohler (countertenor), Concerto Vocale, René Jacobs (recorded 1990) Also Recommended: Helen Donath (soprano), Elisabeth Söderstrom (soprano), Cathy Berberian (mezzo-soprano), Paul Esswood (countertenor), Vienna Concentus Musicus, Nikolaus Harnoncourt (recorded 1973/4)

TELDEC (WARNER CLASSICS UK)

2292-42547-2 (4-CD)

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Mozart: Piano Concerto No.21 in C, K.467 "Elvira Madigan"

Colin Lawson 03.04.99
439 941-2 (CD)

First Choice: Maria João Pires (piano), Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Claudio Abbado (recorded 1993; c/w Piano Concerto No.17, K.453) Mid-Price Choice: Alfred Brendel (piano), Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner (recorded 1981; c/w Piano Concerto No.20, K.466) The above recording is also available coupled with Piano Concerto No.26, K.537 'Coronation' on:

DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON

PHILIPS

446 229-2 (CD) (mid-price)

PHILIPS

456 661-2 (CD) (mid-price)

Mozart: Piano Quartets in G minor, K.478 & Eb major, K.493

William Mival 22.05.99
HMT 7907018 (CD) (mid-price) E 410 391-2 (CD - IMS)

Recommended version on period instruments: The Mozartean Players (recorded 1989) Modern Recording Choice: Beaux Arts Trio, Bruno Giuranna (viola) (recorded 1983)

HARMONIA MUNDI

PHILIPS

Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A major, K.581

Chris de Souza 26.09.98
EMI CDZ 5 69702-2 (CD) (mid-price)

First Choice: Nicholas Carpenter (clarinet), Brindisi Quartet (recorded 1996; c/w Flute Quartet No.1 in D major - performed with Jaime Martin, flute; Oboe Quartet in F major - performed with Jonathan Kelly, oboe)

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Historical Choice: Jack Brymer (clarinet), Allegri Quartet (recorded 1969; c/w Clarinet Concerto, K.622) The above recording is also available on: (c/w SCHUBERT Piano Quintet in A, 'The Trout')

PHILIPS

442 390-2 (CD) (mid-price)

BELART (UNIVERSAL CLASSICS)

450 056-2 (CD) (budget)

Poulenc: Concerto for Organ, Strings & Timpani in G minor

Chris de Souza 10.04.99
445 567-2 (CD) (mid-price)

First Choice: Simon Preston (organ), Everett Firth (timpani), Boston SO, Seiji Ozawa (recorded 1991; c/w Gloria; Concert champetre)

DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON

Prokofiev: Symphony No.1 in D major, "Classical"

Peter Paul Nash 08.05.99
430 782-2 (4-CD) (budget)

First Choice: LSO, Walter Weller (recorded 1974; c/w Symphonies Nos.2-7; Russian Overture; Scythian Suite - Symphonies Nos.2, 3, 4 & 6, overture & suite performed by the LPO) The above recording is also available on: (c/w Symphony No.5; Russian Overture) Single Disc Recommendation: Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Claudio Abbado (recorded 1986; c/w March in Bb, Op.99; Peter and the Wolf - narrated by Sting; Overture on Hebrew Themes, Op.34b)

DECCA

BELART (UNIVERSAL CLASSICS) DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON

461 320-2 (CD) (budget) 429 396-2 (CD)

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Puccini: La bohème

Jeremy Sams 24.10.98
DECCA Also available on: DECCA EMI 425 534-2 (2-CD) (mid-price) 448 725-2 (2 CDs for the price of one) CDS 5 56120-2 (2-CD)

First Choice: Renata Tebaldi (soprano), Carlo Bergonzi (tenor), Gianna D'Angelo (soprano), Ettore Bastianini (baritone), Santa Cecilia Academy Chorus & Orchestra, Tullio Serafin (recorded 1959) Modern Recording Choice: Roberto Alagna (tenor), Leontina Vaduva (soprano), Thomas Hampson (baritone), Ruth Ann Swenson (soprano), Simon Keenlyside (baritone), Samuel Ramey (bass), London Voices, Philharmonia Orchestra, Antonio Pappano (recorded 1995)

Ravel: L'Enfant et les Sortilèges

Jeremy Sams 20.02.99
TESTAMENT (COMPLETE RECORD COMPANY) SBT 1044 (CD)

First Choice: Nadine Sautereau (soprano), Denise Scharley (contralto), Solange Michel (mezzo-soprano), Odette Turba-Rabier (soprano), French Radio Maitrise, French Radio National Chorus & Orchestra, Ernest Bour (recorded 1947)

Ravel: Sheherazade

Jeremy Sams 12.06.99
DECCA 417 813-2 (CD)

First Choice: Régine Crespin (soprano), Suisse Romande Orchestra, Ernest Ansermet (recorded 1963; c/w BERLIOZ Les Nuits d'Été; DEBUSSY Trois chansons de Bilitis; POULENC Chanson d'Orkenise; Hôtel; Le Carafon; La Reine de coeur; Les gars qui vont á la fete; Deux poemes de Louis Aragon

(N.B. this recording is temporarily out of stock at the record company, but copies may still be found in the shops; it is due to be re-mastered and re-released in Autumn '99.) 14

- performed with John Wustman, piano)

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Second Choice: Dame Janet Baker (mezzo-soprano), New Philharmonia Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli (recorded 1967; c/w CHAUSSON Poeme de l'amour et de la mer; DUPARC Phidyle; La Vie anterieure; Le Manoir de Rosamonde; Au Pays ou se fait la guerre; L'Invitation au voyage; SCHUMANN Frauenliebe und -leben; BRAHMS Vier ernste Gesange, Op.121; Zwei Lieder, Op.91; Vier Duette, Op.28 - performed with various artists)

EMI

CZS 5 68667-2 (2-CD) (mid-price)

Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez

David Huckvale 02.01.99
SONY CLASSICAL SK 37848 (CD)

First Choice: John Williams (guitar), Philharmonia Orchestra, Louis Frémaux (recorded 1983; c/w Fantasia para un Gentilhombre) Mid-Price Choice: Julian Bream (guitar), Monteverdi Orchestra, John Eliot Gardiner (recorded 1974; c/w BERKELEY Guitar Concerto; BROUWER Concerto elegiaco [Guitar Concerto No.3])

RCA (BMG CONIFER)

09026 61605-2 (CD) (mid-price)

Schubert: Piano Quintet in A major, "Trout"

Hilary Finch 16.01.99
PHILIPS E 400 078-2 (CD - IMS)

First Choice: Alfred Brendel (piano), Members of the Cleveland Quartet, James van Demark (double-bass) (recorded 1977) Second Choice: András Schiff (piano), Members of the Hagen Quartet, Alois Posch (double-bass) (recorded 1983) Period Instrument Choice: Steven Lubin (fortepiano), The Academy of Ancient Music Chamber Ensemble, (recorded 1991; c/w SCHUBERT Lieder - performed

DECCA

411 975-2 (CD)

L'OISEAU-LYRE (UNIVERSAL CLASSICS) 16

433 848-2 (CD)

by John Mark Ainsley & Steven Lubin)

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Schumann: Kinderszenen

Piers Lane 21.11.98
EMI CZS 5 68733-2 (2-CD - SIS) (mid-price)

First Choice: Annie Fischer (piano) (recorded 1964; c/w Kreisleriana; SCHUBERT Impromptus, D.935/2 & D.935/4; BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No.8 'Pathétique', No.14 'Moonlight' & No.32; BARTOK Piano Concerto No.3 - performed with the LSO conducted by Igor Markevitch) Modern Digital Choice: Radu Lupu (piano) (recorded 1993; c/w Humoreske; Kreisleriana)

DECCA

440 496-2 (CD)

Schumann: Kreisleriana

Iain Burnside 06.03.99
EMI CZS 5 68733-2 (2-CD - SIS) (mid-price)

First Choice: Annie Fischer (piano) (recorded 1964; c/w Kinderszenen; SCHUBERT Impromptus, D.935/2 & D.935/4; BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No.8 'Pathétique', No.14 'Moonlight' & No.32; BARTOK Piano Concerto No.3 - performed with the LSO conducted by Igor Markevitch) Single Disc Recommendation: Murray Perahia (piano) (recorded 1996/7; c/w Piano Sonata No.1 in F sharp minor)

SONY CLASSICAL

SK 62786 (CD)

Richard Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra

David Mellor 31.10.98
DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 18 E 439 016-2 (CD - IMS)

First Choice: Berlin PO, Herbert von Karajan

(recorded 1983; c/w Don Juan)

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Second Choices (joint): Staatskapelle Dresden, Rudolf Kempe (recorded 1971; c/w Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche; Tod und Verklarung; Don Juan; Ein Heldenleben; Salome - Tanz der sieben Schleier; Der Rosenkavalier - Waltzes) Chicago SO, Fritz Reiner (recorded 1954; c/w Ein Heldenleben)

EMI

CZS 5 68110-2 (2-CD) (mid-price)

RCA (BMG CONIFER)

09026 61494-2 (CD) (mid-price)

Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier

Patrick O'Connor 17.04.99
DECCA 417 493-2 (3-CD)

First Choice: Régine Crespin (soprano), Yvonne Minton (mezzo-soprano), Helen Donath (soprano), Manfred Jungwirth (bass), Vienna State Opera Chorus, Vienna PO, Sir Georg Solti (recorded 1968/9) Digital Recommendation: Kiri Te Kanawa (soprano), Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo-soprano), Kurt Rydl (bass), Barbara Hendricks (soprano), Dresden Kreuzchor Children's Voices, Dresden State Opera Chorus, Staatskapelle Dresden, Bernard Haitink (recorded 1990)

EMI

CDS 7 54259-2 (3-CD)

Verdi: Requiem

Humphrey Burton 23.01.99
SONY CLASSICAL SM2K 47639 (2-CD) (mid-price)

First Choice: Martina Arroyo (soprano), Josephine Veasey (mezzo-soprano), Placido Domingo (tenor), Ruggero Raimondi (bass), London Symphony Chorus, LSO, Leonard Bernstein (recorded 1970)

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Historic Recording Choice: Maria Stader (soprano), Marianna Radev (mezzo-soprano), Helmut Krebs (tenor), Kim Borg (bass), Berlin RIAS Chamber Choir, St Hedwig's Cathedral Choir, Berlin RIAS SO, Ferenc Fricsay (recorded 1953) Period Instrument Choice: Luba Orgonasova (soprano), Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo-soprano), Luca Canonici (tenor), Alastair Miles (bass), Monteverdi Choir, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, John Eliot Gardiner (recorded 1992; c/w Four Sacred Pieces) Digital Recording Choice: Carol Vaness (soprano), Florence Quivar (mezzo-soprano), Dennis O'Neill (tenor), Carlo Colombara (bass), Bavarian Radio Chorus & SO, Sir Colin Davis (recorded 1991)

DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON

447 442-2 (CD) (mid-price)

PHILIPS

442 142-2 (2-CD)

RCA (BMG CONIFER)

09026 60902-2 (2-CD)

Verdi: Un ballo in maschera

Hilary Finch 05.06.99
EMI CDS 5 56320-2 (2-CD)

First Choice: Maria Callas (soprano), Giuseppe di Stefano (tenor), Tito Gobbi (baritone), Fedora Barbieri (mezzo-soprano), Chorus & Orchestra of La Scala, Milan, Antonino Votto (recorded 1956, mono) Stereo Recommendation: Martina Arroyo (soprano), Placido Domingo (tenor), Piero Cappuccilli (baritone), Fiorenza Cossotto (mezzo-soprano), Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls Choir, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Riccardo Muti (recorded 1975)

EMI

CMS 5 66510-2 (2-CD - SIS) (mid-price)

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Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

Lucie Skeaping 17.10.98
ARCHIV (UNIVERSAL CLASSICS) 400 045-2 (CD)

First Choice: Simon Standage (violin), The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock (recorded 1981)

Vivaldi: Gloria, RV.589

Lucie Skeaping 24.04.99
VIRGIN CLASSICS (EMI) VC 7 59326-2 (CD - SIS)

First Choice: Emily van Evera (soprano), Alison Place (mezzo-soprano), Margaret Cable (contralto), Taverner Choir & Players, Andrew Parrott (recorded 1992; c/w Magnificat, RV.610b) Recommendation with women's and men's voices: Sylvia McNair (soprano), Elisabeth von Magnus (soprano), Marjana Lipovsek (contralto), Arnold Schoenberg Chorus, Vienna Concentus Musicus, Nikolaus Harnoncourt (recorded 1991; c/w PERGOLESI Stabat Mater)

TELDEC (WARNER CLASSICS UK)

9031-76989-2 (CD)

Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

David Huckvale 03.07.99
DECCA E 417 497-2 (4-CD - IMS)

First Choice: Norman Bailey (baritone), René Kollo (tenor), Hannelore Bode (soprano), Julia Hamari (soprano), Bernd Weikl (baritone), Kurt Moll (bass), Gumpoldskirchner Spatzen, Vienna State Opera Chorus, Vienna PO, Sir Georg Solti (recorded 1975)

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CRITICS’ CHOICE 1998 - recommended discs

chaired by Andrew McGregor 19.12.98

David Mellor's choices:
KORNGOLD Schauspiel Ouverture (Overture to a Drama), Op.4; Marchenbilder (Fairy Tale Pictures), Op.3; Excerpt from Der Schneemann (The Snowman); Excerpt from Violanta, Op.8: BBC Philharmonic, Matthias Bamert "Spanish Favourites": ALBENIZ (orchestrated Arbos) Iberia; GRANADOS Goyescas - Intermezzo; Spanish Dances, Op.37; DE FALLA La Vida Breve - Intermezzo & Dance; TURINA La Procesion del Rocio, Op.9; Danzas Fantasticas: LSO, Gaston Poulet, Philharmonia Orchestra, Wilhelm Schuchter ELGAR/PAYNE Symphony No.3: BBC Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Davis PROKOFIEV Piano Concertos Nos.1 & 3; BARTOK Piano Concerto No.3: Martha Argerich (piano), Montreal SO, Charles Dutoit CHANDOS CHAN 9631 (CD)

DUTTON LABORATORIES (COMPLETE RECORD COMPANY)

CDEA 5502 (CD) (budget)

NMC (COMPLETE RECORD COMPANY) EMI

NMC D 053 (CD)

CDC 5 56654-2 (CD)

Geoffrey Smith's choices:
"Le Voyage Magnifique": SCHUBERT Impromptus, D.899; Allegretto, D.915; Impromptus, D.935; 3 Klavierstucke, D.946: Maria João Pires (piano) "Stravinsky in America": STRAVINSKY The Star Spangled Banner; Circus Polka; Ode; Scherzo a la russe; Scenes de ballet; Concertino; Agon; Greeting Prelude; Canon; Variations: Aldous DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 457 551-2 (2-CD)

RCA (BMG CONIFER)

09026 68865-2 (CD)

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Huxley in Memoriam: LSO, Michael Tilson Thomas

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"La Belle Epoque": The Songs of Reynaldo Hahn: Susan Graham (mezzo-soprano), Roger Vignoles (piano) HAYDN Cello Concerto in C; Adagio Cantabile in G; Cello Concerto in D; Sinfonia Concertante in Bb: Steven Isserlis (cello), The Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Sir Roger Norrington

SONY CLASSICAL

SK 60168 (CD)

RCA (BMG CONIFER)

09026 68578-2 (CD)

Lucie Skeaping's choices:
VIVALDI L'estro armonico: 12 Concertos, Op.3: Europa Galante, Fabio Biondi (violin/dir.) RAMEAU Les Fêtes d'Hébé: Sophie Daneman (soprano), Sarah Connolly (contralto), Maryseult Wieczorek (soprano), Gaëlle Mechaly (soprano), Jean-Paul Fouchecourt (tenor), Paul Agnew (tenor), Les Arts Florissants, William Christie MOZART Arias; R.STRAUSS Orchestral Songs: Christine Schäfer (soprano), Maria João Pires (piano), Kay Johannsen (organ), Berlin PO, Claudio Abbado MARIN MARAIS Suitte d'un goût étranger: music for bass viol: Christophe Coin (bass viol), Christophe Rousset (harpsichord), Vittorio Ghielmi (bass viol), Pascal Monteilhet (theorbo, guitar) "Rêve et Passion: The Soul of Klezmer": Various artists VIRGIN VERITAS (EMI) ERATO (WARNER CLASSICS UK) VMD 5 45315-2 (2-CD) (mid-price) 3984-21064-2 (2-CD)

DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON

457 582-2 (CD)

L'OISEAU-LYRE (UNIVERSAL CLASSICS)

458 144-2 (CD)

NETWORK (HARMONIA MUNDI)

30.853 (2-CD) (mid-price)

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