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Recommended Classical recordings

Recommended Classical recordings

[Photo: George Szell in the 1950s]

Throughout my life I have listened seriously to Classical music recordings, trying to absorb the structure, beauty, depth and expression of the greatest works as played by those who appeal the most to my own tastes and passions. As a result, during the time since about 1955 I’ve come to the conclusion that the following recordings are among the most inspiring, and for reasons that I can delineate if asked! This is not at all a comprehensive list of the only great works or the only great performances (and there are varying degrees of greatness among these) --- but here’s a starting point for ideas I’d like to share with you if you’re interested! (I must add that over time Bach and Beethoven have become my most favorite composers --- I believe there’s a real reason they’ve been so popular for so long!) I invite any comments of your own.

(Vocal works: I've only included some oratorios, cantatas, and masses; for operas and lieder, they're not really my realm --- someone else will need to give recommendations!)

I've underlined ones that are perhaps the more "significant" or "accessible" pieces to start with.

For the most part, anylist of performers (more than one) begins with my very highest recommended artist for that piece.

John Adams:

"Short Ride in a Fast Machine," Shaker Loops --- Nathan Gunn

Isaac Albeniz, Enrico Granados, Francisco Terraga, Federico Torroba, Gaspar Sanz, Manuel Ponce, Fernando Sor, etc.:

Piano works --- Alicia deLarrocha, Arthur Rubinstein

Guitar transcriptions --- Christopher Parkening, David Russell, John Williams, Julian Bream

Johann Sebastian Bach:

Mass in B Minor; Christmas, Easter, and Ascension Oratorios; MagnificatSt. Matthew and St. John Passions, Orchestral Suites (including "Air on the G String" in Suite 3), Musical Offering --- Helmuth Rilling

St. Matthew Passion in English --- David Willcocks

Cantatas (especially 1, 4, 6, 11, 29, 32, 12, 51, 56, 61, 69, 78, 80, 98, 106, 140, 147, 156, 187, 188, 190, 192, 197, 199, 208) --- Helmuth Rilling, Karl Richter (some), John Eliot Gardiner

Brandenburg Concertos --- Helmuth Rilling, Trevor Pinnock

Goldberg Variations, Partitas, English and French Suites, Inventions & Sinfonias, Keyboard Concertos, Toccatas, etc. --- Glenn Gould, Martha Argerich (misc.), Rudolf Serkin (Fr. Ste.)

Well-Tempered Clavier --- Glenn Gould

Italian Concerto --- Glenn Gould, Rudolf Serkin

The Art of the Fugue --- Glenn Gould (stark organ, piano), Emerson String Quartet

Chromatic Fantasia --- Rudolf Serkin

Solo Unaccompanied Violin Partitas and Suites --- Arthur Grumiaux

Solo Unaccompanied Cello Suites --- Mstislav Rostropovich (serious and deep); Pierre Fournier (rich, full-formed, profound), Yo-Yo Ma (later version 1997: personally expressive and clear), Lynn Harrell (compelling, present, deeply experiential, American); also Pablo Casals (1938 ---full of life and spontaneous); Maurice Gendron (warm, beautiful, perfect structure), Boris Pergamenschikow (great Baroque period interpretation)

Organ works (especially Toccata & Fugue in D Minor, 'The Great Fugue', Passacaglia) --- E. Power Biggs; Peter Hurford, Helmut Walcha

Guitar transcriptions --- Christopher Parkening, John Williams

Violin Concertos --- Christoph Poppen/Helmuth Rilling, Nigel Kennedy

Sonatas for Violin & Keyboard --- Jaime Laredo/Glenn Gould

Sonatas for Viola da Gamba (Cello) & Keyboard --- Leonard Rose/Glenn Gould, Mischa Maisky/Martha Argerich

Oboe Concertos --- Ingo Goritski/Helmuth Rilling

Samuel Barber:

Adagio for Strings --- Leonard Bernstein

Bela Bartok:

Concerto for Orchestra --- Pierre Boulez, George Szell, Fritz Reiner

String Quartets --- Juilliard Quartet

Piano Concerto --- Rudolf Serkin

Trio --- Benny Goodman/Josef Szigeti/Bela Bartok

Mikrokosmos --- Bela Bartok

Ludwig van Beethoven:

Symphonies, Overtures --- George Szell (all, but sym. 3, 5, 6, 7, 9 especially), Leonard Bernstein, Wilhelm Furtwengler (esp. 9), Carlos Kleiber (5), Pierre Monteux/Vienna Philharmonic (6), Arturo Toscanini

Piano Sonatas (17 of them by Rudolf Serkin --- among my absolute favorite recordings!) (esp. "Moonlight," "Appassionata," "Les Adieux," "Pathetique," "Funeral March," "Waldstein," "Grand Sonata," "Tempest," nos.28-32), Diabelli Variations, Fantasia --- Rudolf Serkin; Sonata #3 --- Arthur Rubinstein; various sonatas --- Glenn Gould; "Tempest" sonata --- Jeno Jando; various sonatas --- Sviatoslav Richter; Artur Schnabel

Violin Concerto --- Isaac Stern, David Oistrakh, Jascha Heifetz

Piano Concertos (among the most wonderful of all music!) --- Rudolf Serkin (especially 3 & 5 w/ Leonard Bernstein, 4 with Eugene Ormandy), Arthur Rubinstein/Erich Leinsdorf (especially 4 & 5), Martha Argerich (1-3), Glenn Gould, Sviatoslav Richter, Leon Fleisher, Vladimir Horowitz (5)

Triple Concerto --- David Oistrakh/Mstislav Rostropovich/Sviatoslav Richter/Herbert von Karajan, Isaac Stern/Leonard Rose/Eugene Istomin/Eugene Ormandy

Sonatas for Piano and Violin (especially 5 "Spring", 8, & 9 "Kreutzer") --- Martha Argerich/Gidon Kremer; Henryk Szeryng/Arthur Rubinstein; Isaac Stern/Eugene Istomin

Sonatas for Piano & Cello --- Lynn Harrell/Vladimir Ashkenazy

String Quartets --- Alban Berg Quartett

Missa Solemnis, Mass in C, Christ on the Mount of Olives --- Helmuth Rilling

"Archduke" & "Ghost" Trios --- Arthur Rubinstein/Jascha Heifetz/Emmanuel Feuermann, Isaac Stern/Leonard Rose/Eugene Istomin

Complete piano trios --- Itzhak Perlman/Lynn Harrell/Vladimir Ashkenazy; Beaux Arts Trio

Choral Fantasy --- Rudolf Serkin

Leonard Bernstein:

West Side Story, On the Waterfront, Fancy Free, and On the Town suites --- Leonard Bernstein

Candide Overture --- Leonard Bernstein

Chichester Psalms --- Leonard Bernstein

Georges Bizet:

Carmen & L'Arlesienne Suites --- Leonard Bernstein

Alexander Borodin:

Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor --- Leonard Bernstein, George Szell

String Quartets --- Borodin Quartet

Symphony 2 --- Rafael Kubelik

Johannes Brahms:

Symphonies, Overtures --- George Szell (all!), Leonard Bernstein/Vienna Philharmonic (esp.Sym.2)

Piano Concertos --- Rudolf Serkin/George Szell, Arthur Rubinstein/Erich Leinsdorf (or Fritz Reiner or Charles Munch), Leon Fleisher/George Szell

Violin Concerto --- Isaac Stern, Nigel Kennedy, David Oistrakh, Nathan Milstein, Jascha Heifetz

Double Concerto --- David Oistrakh/Mstislav Rostropovich, Isaac Stern/Leonard Rose, Gidon Kremer/Misha Maisky

Solo piano works --- Arthur Rubinstein, Van Cliburn, Martha Argerich, Rudolf Serkin

Sonatas for Piano & Violin --- Arthur Rubinstein/Henryk Szeryng

Sonatas for Piano & Cello --- Lynn Harrell/Stephen Kovacevich (passionate, vibrant!), Mstislav Rostropovich/Rudolf Serkin (rich, mellow!), Gregor Piatagorsky/Arthur Rubinstein (the piano!)

German Requiem --- James Levine/Kathleen Battle

Piano Trios --- Arthur Rubinstein/Henryk Szeryng/Pierre Fournier, Beaux Arts Trio (1960s versions)

Piano Quintet --- Arthur Rubinstein/Guarneri Quartet

Piano Quartets --- Beaux Arts Trio

Handel Variations --- Rudolf Serkin

String Quartets --- Alban Berg Quartet

String Sextets --- Isaac Stern/Yo Yo Ma/Jaime Laredo et al

Hungarian Dances --- Claudio Abbado

Anton Bruckner:


1 --- Georg Solti; Herbert von Karajan, Eugen Jochum/Staatskapelle Dresden

2 --- Herbert von Karajan; Georg Tintner, Georg Solti, Eugen Jochum/Staatskapelle Dresden

3 --- George Szell; Herbert von Karajan, Georg Solti, Eugen Jochum/Staatskapelle Dresden

4 --- Wilhem Furtwangler; Herbert von Karajan, Karl Bohm, Georg Solti, Eugen Jochum/Staatskapelle Dresden

5 --- Eugene Ormandy; Herbert von Karajan, Georg Solti, Eugen Jochum/Staatskapelle Dresden, Karl Bohm, Wilhelm Furtwangler

6 --- Horst Stein; Otto Klemperer

7 --- George Szell; Herbert von Karajan, Georg Solti, Eugen Jochum/Staatskapelle Dresden, Wilhelm Furtwangler

8 --- George Szell; Herbert von Karajan/Vienna Philharmonic, Jascha Horenstein, Georg Solti, Wilhelm Furtwangler, Eugen Jochum/Staatskapelle Dresden

9 --- Herbert von Karajan; Leonard Bernstein/Vienna Philharmonic, Georg Solti, Wilhelm Furtwangler, Eugen Jochum/Staatskapelle Dresden

Masses --- Helmuth Rilling

Frederic Chopin:

Ballades, Scherzos, Nocturnes, Waltzes, Polonaises, Mazurkas, Concertos, Sonatas, Barcarolle, Berceuse, etc. --- Arthur Rubinstein, Martha Argerich

Preludes --- Martha Argerich , Rudolf Serkin

Etudes --- Rudolf Serkin, Wilhelm Backhaus

Aaron Copland:

Appalachian Spring, Billy the Kid, Rodeo suites; Symphony 3, Fanfare for the Common Man, El Salon Mexico, Dancon Cubano --- Leonard Bernstein

The Red Pony  suite, "Country Lane" --- Aaron Copland

Claude Debussy:

La Mer, Printemps, Nuages, Prelude a l'Apresmidi d'un faune, Nocturnes, Images, Jeux --- Pierre Boulez, Michael Tilson Thomas

Piano solos --- Arthur Rubinstein, Walter Gieseking

String Quartet --- Alban Berg Quartett

[Great soundtrack:] Patrick Doyle:

Henry V --- Simon Rattle

Antonin Dvorak:

Symphonies, Overtures --- George Szell (7-9, "Carnival"), Istvan Kertesz (all, overtures)

Slavonic Dances --- George Szell, Nikolaus Harnoncourt

Cello Concerto --- Pierre Fournier/George Szell

"American" String Quartet --- Juilliard Quartet

Piano Quintet --- Arthur Rubinstein/Guarneri Quartet

String Serenade --- Rudolf Kempe

Piano Trios --- Beaux Arts Trio

Violin Concerto --- Isaac Stern

Piano Concerto --- Sviatoslav Richter

Edward Elgar:

Pomp & Circumstance Marches, Enigma Variations --- Adrian Boult

Cello Concerto --- Jacqueline Du Pre

Manuel de Falla:

Nights in the Gardens of Spain --- Arthur Rubinstein

George Gershwin:

Rhapsody in Blue --- Earl Wild, Leonard Bernstein

An American in Paris --- Leonard Bernstein

Philip Glass:

Symphonies 1 "Low", 2, 3, 4 "Heroes" --- Dennis Russell Davies, Marin Alsop

String Quartets 2-5 --- Kronos Quartet, Smith Quartet

Violin Concerto --- Gidon Kremer, Adele Anthony

Company, Prelude & Dance from Akhnaten --- Takuo Yuasa

Henryk Gorecki:

Symphony 3 --- David Zinman/Dawn Upshaw

Miserere, "Amen," "Euntes Ibant et Flebant," "My Vistula," "Broad Waters" --- John Nelson

Edvard Grieg:

Peer Gynt suites --- Leonard Bernstein

Piano Concerto --- Arthur Rubinstein, Leon Fleisher

Piano solos (Lyric Pieces, Ballade, Album Leaves, etc.) --- Arthur Rubinstein

Ferde Grofe:

Grand Canyon Suite --- Leonard Bernstein

George Frederick Handel:

Messiah oratorio --- Richard Westenburg (American mid-size dramatic & thrilling), Colin Davis (British mid-size classic interpretation --- two versions), Trevor Pinnock (early music small-size with heart)

Water Music, Fireworks Music ---Trevor Pinnock

Concerti Grossi --- Emil Klein

Franz Josef Haydn:

Symphonies (esp. 96 "Surprise") --- George Szell, Trevor Pinnock

The Creation --- Robert Shaw (English), Wolfgang Gonnenwein (German)

The Seasons --- Helmuth Rilling, Wolfgang Gonnenwein

Zoltan Kodaly:

Hary Janos Suite --- George Szell

Leos Janacek:

Sinfonietta --- George Szell

Franz Liszt:

Hungarian Rhapsodies (piano), Sonata in B Minor --- Martha Argerich, Svatoslav Richter

Les Preludes --- Leonard Bernstein

Piano Concertos --- Arthur Rubinstein, Martha Argerich, Sviatoslav Richter

Gustav Mahler:

Symphonies (& Song of the Earth) (esp. 1-6) --- George Szell (4 & 6), Leonard Bernstein/Vienna Philharmonic (5), Leonard Bernstein/New York Philharmonic (1, 3, 7, 9, Song of the Earth), Bruno Walter (esp. 2), Rafael Kubelik

Felix Mendelssohn:

Symphonies 3, 5, Overture "Ruy Blas" --- Leonard Bernstein, Arturo Toscanini, Herbert von Karajan

Symphony 4, Overture "Hebrides" --- George Szell

Symphony 1 --- Herbert von Karajan

Symphony 2 --- Christoph von Dognanyi

Elijah, St. Paul oratorios --- Helmuth Rilling (in German), Richard Hickox (in English)

Violin Concerto --- Isaac Stern

Piano Concertos --- Rudolf Serkin, Yuja Wang (on Youtube)

Piano Trio --- Arthur Rubinstein/Jascha Heifetz/Gregor Piatagorsky

A Midsummer Night's Dream incidental music --- George Szell

Songs Without Words --- Rudolf Serkin (selections), Glenn Gould (selections), Daniel Barenboim (complete)

Prelude & Fugue --- Rudolf Serkin

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:

Symphonies (esp. 35, 40 & 41) --- George Szell, Trevor Pinnock (all)

Overtures (The Marriage of Figaro etc.) --- Leonard Bernstein

Eine Kleine Nachtmusick --- George Szell

Piano Concertos (esp. 12, 17-22, 24-26) --- Rudolf Serkin (esp. 19-20, 25 with George Szell), Arthur Rubinstein (17, 19-21, 24), Martha Argerich (10, 18, 20, 25); plus Alicia deLarrocha, Jeno Jando, Robert Casadesus, Murray Perahia, Daniel Barenboim, Matthaus Kirchnereit

Requiem --- Helmuth Rilling, William Christie

Violin Concertos (esp. 4 & 5) --- Arthur Grumiaux/Colin Davis, Itzhak Perlman/James Levine, Isaac Stern/George Szell (5)

Flute & Harp Concerto --- James Galway/Marisa Robles/Eduardo Mata

Clarinet Concertos --- Richard Stoltzman, Robert Marcellus

String Quartets --- Alban Berg Quartet, Amati Quartet, Sonare Quartet

Piano Sonatas --- Vladimir Horowitz, Alicia deLarrocha, Glenn Gould (unusual but worth it)

Sinfonia Concertante --- Arthur Grumiaux/Arrigo Pellicia, Jaime Laredo/Co-Liang Lin

Sonatas for Piano & Violin --- Itzhak Perlman/Daniel Barenboim

Modeste Moussorgsky:

Pictures at an Exhibition --- George Szell (orchestral), Sviatoslav Richter (piano solo)

Khovanschine selections --- George Szell

Johann Pachelbel:

Canon in D --- Jean-Francois Paillard (early 1970's version, the famous one)

Arvo Part:

album Very Best of Arvo Part (incl. "Summa," Fratres," "Tabula Rasa," "Magnificat," "Missa Syllabica," etc.)--- Paavo Jarvi et al

Litany, Psalom, "Trisagion," Miserere, "Festina Lente," "Sarah Was Ninety Years Old," Kanon Pokajanen, Te Deum, Berliner Messe, In Principio, The Deer's Cry --- Paul Hillier, Dennis Russell Davies, Saulius Sondeckis, Tonu Kaljuste, Jaan-Eik Tulve, et al

'Alina,' 'Spiegel im Spiegel,'Tabula Rasa,' Symphony 3 --- Gil Shaham, Neeme Jarvi, Adele Anthony

Credo --- Helene Grimaud

Georgs Pelecis:

"Flowering Jasmine" --- Gidon Kremer

Krzysztof Penderecki:

Credo --- Helmuth Rilling

Sergei Prokofiev:

Symphonies --- George Szell (5), Jean Martinon (all, incl. 1 'Classical'))

Peter and the Wolf --- Leonard Bernstein

Piano Concertos --- Martha Argerich (3), Gary Graffman (1,3), Rudolf Serkin (4), Sviatoslav Richter (5), Van Cliburn (3), Evgeny Kissin (2), Yuja Wang (3)

Piano Sonatas (esp.7) --- Sviatoslav Richter, Martha Argerich, Glenn Gould

Visions Fugitives --- Arthur Rubinstein

Lieutenant Kije Suite --- George Szell

Toccata --- Martha Argerich

Violin Concertos --- Isaac Stern

Sonata for Cello & Piano --- Mischa Maisky/Martha Argerich

Sergei Rachmaninoff:

Piano Concerto 2 --- Arthur Rubinstein/Fritz Reiner, Sviatoslav Richter/Stanislaw Wislocki, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Yuja Wang

Piano Concerto 3 --- Vladimir Horowitz/Fritz Reiner, Van Cliburn, Martha Argerich, Byron Janis, Sergei Rachmaninoff

Piano Concertos 1, 4 --- Earl Wild

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini --- Arthur Rubinstein

Preludes, Sonatas, Etudes-Tableaux --- Vladimir Horowitz, Sviatoslav Richter, Sergei Rachmaninoff

Vespers --- Robert Shaw

Symphonies --- Lorin Maazel/Berlin (2); Adrian Boult, Charles MacKerras (3); Andrew Litton (1)

Tone poems --- Andrew Litton ('Isle of the Dead'), Yuri Simonov ('The Rock')

Cello sonata --- Yo-Yo Ma/Emmanuel Ax, Lynn Harrell/Yuja Wang (on Youtube)

Maurice Ravel:

Daphnis & Chloe Suite no. 2 --- Leonard Bernstein; Complete ballet --- Lorin Maazel

Bolero --- Lorin Maazel

Gaspard de la nuit --- Martha Argerich

Piano concertos --- Martha Argerich

String Quartet --- Alban Berg Quartett

Steve Reich:

The Four Sections, Music for Mallett Instruments, Voices, and Organ --- Steve Reich and Musicians

Ottorino Respighi:

Ancient Airs & Dances, The Birds, The Pines of Rome, The Fountains of Rome --- Antal Dorati, Neville Marriner

Roman Festivals, Church Windows, Brazilian Impressions --- Jesus Lopez-Cobos

Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakoff:

Scheherazade symphonic suite --- Leonard Bernstein, Thomas Beecham, Fritz Reiner

Antar Symphony --- Lorin Maazel/Pittsburgh

Russian Easter Festival Overture --- Arthur Rodzinski, Leopold Stokowski/Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Capriccio Espagnol --- George Szell

Le Coq d'Or, The Snow Maiden Suites --- David Zinman

Joaquin Rodrigo:

Concierto de Aranjuez --- John Williams/Eugene Ormandy, Julian Bream/John Eliot Gardiner (2 versions), Christopher Parkening

Fantasia para un gentilhombre --- Julian Bream, John Williams/Eugene Ormandy

Gioachino Rossini:

William Tell overture --- Leonard Bernstein

Camille Saint-Saens:

Symphony 3 "Organ," Carnival of the Animals --- Leonard Bernstein

Piano Concertos --- Arthur Rubinstein (2), Robert Casadesseus (4)

Franz Schubert:

Symphonies (esp. 7 (8) "Unfinished" & 8 (9) "The Great")--- George Szell (7,8), Thomas Beecham (3,5,6), Helmuth Rilling (1,2,4), Arturo Toscanini (5,7,8), Leonard Bernstein/New York (7,8)

Piano sonatas & impromptus --- Arthur Rubinstein (959), Rudolf Serkin (960)

"Wanderer" Fantasy --- Sviatoslav Richter

"Trout" Quintet --- Rudolf Serkin et al, Yo-Yo Ma et al

"Arpeggione" sonata --- Lynn Harrell/James Levine

String Quintet and late quartets (10-15) --- Alban Berg Quartett

Piano trios --- Arthur Rubinstein/Jascha Heifetz/Emmanuel Feuermann, Beaux Arts Trio, Arthur Grumiaux Trio

Robert Schumann:

Symphonies --- George Szell, Zubin Mehta/Vienna Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein/Vienna

Piano Concerto --- Rudolf Serkin, Arthur Rubinstein/Franco Caracciolo, Martha Argerich

Piano solo works --- Arthur Rubinstein, Sviatoslav Richter, Martha Argerich, Murray Parahia

Piano Quintet --- Arthur Rubinstein/Guarneri Quartet, Rudolf Serkin et al

Alexander Scriabin:

Poem of Ecstacy --- Riccardo Muti

Etudes --- Vladimir Horowitz, Yuja Wang (Youtube)

Preludes --- Evgeny Zarafiants, Yuja Wang (Youtube)

Sonatas --- Bernt Glemser, Yuja Wang (Youtube)

Dimitri Shostakovich:

Symphonies --- Leonard Bernstein/New york Philharmonic (esp. 5 & 9), Fritz Reiner (6), Evgeny Mravinsky (8, 10), Evgeny Svetlanov (7), Simon Rattle (esp. 1 & 14), Mstoslav Rostropovich (esp. 2, 3, 11), Bernard Haitink (68, 12, 15), Saulius Sondeckis (13 'Babi Yar'), Andre Previn (4)

String Quartets --- Borodin Quartet

Violin Concerto --- Maxim Vengerov

Preludes & Fugues --- Tatiana Nicolaeva

Piano Concertos --- Leonard Bernstein, Martha Argerich

Sonata for Violin & Piano --- David Oistrakh/Sviatoslav Richter

Sonata for Cello & Piano --- Mischa Maisky/Martha Argerich

Jean Sibelius:

Finlandia, Valse Triste, The Swan of Tuolena --- Leonard Bernstein

Karelia Suite --- Colin Davis

Symphonies (esp. 1, 2, 5, 7) --- Petri Sakari, Leonard Bernstein (2, 5), George Szell (2)

Bedrich Smetana:

'The Moldau' ('Vltava')--- George Szell, Arturo Toscanini, Leonard Bernstein

Ma Vlast (My Fatherland --- complete set of symphonic poems that includes 'The Moldau') --- Rafael Kubelik/Boston Symphony

From My Life --- George Szell

Johann Strauss, Jr. and family:

Waltzes, etc. --- George Szell (selections), Willie Boskovsky

Richard Strauss:

Orchestral works Til Eulenspiegel, Death and Transfiguration, Don Juan, Don Quixote, A Hero's Life, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, An Alpine Symphony --- George Szell, Rudolf Kempe, Herbert von Karajan, Zubin Mehta

Igor Stravinsky:

Firebird, Rite of Spring, Petrouchka ballet suites--- Leonard Bernstein

Violin Concerto --- Arthur Grumiaux

Pulcinella Suite --- Mischa Maisky/Martha Argerich

A Symphony of Psalms --- Igor Markevich

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky:

Symphonies --- George Szell (4,5,6 (Youtube), Evgeny Mravinsky (esp.6), Riccardo Muti (6), Lorin Maazel/Pittsburgh (2), Lorin Maazel/Vienna (all)

Overtures (esp. "Romeo & Juliet," "Marche Slave," "1812") --- Leonard Bernstein, Zubin Mehta/Los Angeles

Piano Concerto 1 --- Van Cliburn, Arthur Rubinstein/Erich Leinsdorf, Vladimir Horowitz/Arturo Toscanini, Martha Argerich

Violin Concerto --- Isaac Stern, Nathan Milstein

Nutcracker ballet --- Antal Dorati

Capriccio Italien --- George Szell

Piano Trio --- Arthur Rubinstein/Jascha Heifetz/Gregor Piatigorsky

String Serenade --- Philippe Entremont

Ralph Vaughan Williams:

The Lark Ascending --- Iona Brown/Neville Marriner

Fantasias on Greensleeves, on a Theme of Thomas Tallis --- Leonard Bernstein

Symphonies 2, 3, 5, 8, other orchestral works --- Adrian Boult, Vernon Handley, Andre Previn

Heitor Villa-Lobos:

Preludes, Etudes --- Christopher Parkening, Julian Bream

Prolo de Bebe --- Arthur Rubinstein

Bachianas Brazilianos #5 --- Kathleen Battle/Christopher Parkening

Antonio Vivaldi:

The Four Seasons --- Nigel Kennedy

Guitar concertos --- John Williams, Christopher Parkening

Richard Wagner:

Orchestral works --- George Szell

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