DECCA SOUND - MONO YEARS 1944 - 1956

DECCA SOUND
THE MONO YEARS 1944 - 1956

Orchestral - Instrumental

ffrr - full frequency range recording
Int. Release 23 Feb. 2015
53 CDs
Limited Edition


Track List

CD 1: Stravinsky: Petrouchka; Le Sacre du Printemps

Igor Stravinsky (1882 - 1971)
Petrouchka

Version 1911

Tableau I - The Shrovetide Fair

Tableau II - Petrushka's Room

Tableau III - The Blackamoor & The Ballerina

Tableau IV - The Shrovetide Fair (Towards Evening)

Le Sacre du Printemps

Pt 1: L'Adoration de la Terre

Pt 2: Le Sacrifice

L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Ernest Ansermet

Total Playing Time: 1:09:29

CD 2: Roussel: Le Festin de l'Araignée; Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin; Valses Nobles et Sentimentales

Albert Roussel (1869 - 1937)
Le festin de l'araigneé, Op.17

1.
10:48

2.
10:01

4.
4:34

Petite Suite pour Orchestre, Op.39

5.
3:02

6.
6:49

7.
2:46

Maurice Ravel (1875 - 1937)
Le Tombeau de Couperin, M. 68

Orchestral version

8.
3:23

9.
4:49

10.
4:43

11.
3:01

Valses nobles et sentimentales, M. 61

for Orchestra

L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Ernest Ansermet

Total Playing Time: 1:12:58

CD 3: Rachmaninov: The Isle Of The Dead; Debussy: 6 Epigraphes Antiques; Jeux

Sergey Vasil'yevich Rachmaninov (1873 - 1943)
Paul Dukas (1865 - 1935)
Paris Conservatoire Orchestra, Ernest Ansermet

Claude Debussy (1862 - 1918)
6 Épigraphes antiques, L.131

Arr. Ansermet

L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Ernest Ansermet

Total Playing Time: 1:09:17

CD 4: Albéniz: Iberia; Turina: Danzas Fantásticas; Poulenc: Les Biches

Isaac Albéniz (1860 - 1909)
Iberia, B.47

Orchestrated Arbós

Book 1

Book 2

Book 1

Book 3

Joaquín Pérez Turina (1882 - 1949)
Danzas Fantásticas, Op.22

Paris Conservatoire Orchestra, Ataúlfo Argenta

Francis Poulenc (1899 - 1963)
Les biches FP36

Suite

9.
3:36

10.
3:44

11.
3:33

12.
5:23

13.
2:59

14.
3:24

Paris Conservatoire Orchestra, Roger Desormière

Total Playing Time: 1:09:00

CD 5: Haydn: Symphonies Nos.101 & 88; Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.5 - "Emperor"

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732 - 1809)
Symphony No.101 In D Major, Hob.I:101 - "The Clock"

Symphony No. 88 in G Major, Hob. I:88

Wiener Philharmoniker, Karl Münchinger

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-Flat Major, Op. 73 - "Emperor"

9.
19:33

11.
10:14

Wilhelm Backhaus, Wiener Philharmoniker, Clemens Krauss

Total Playing Time: 1:22:15

CD 6: Baranovic: The Gingerbread Heart; Lhotka: The Devil In The Village

Kreshimir Baranovich (1894 - 1975)
The Gingerbread Heart - Ballet Suite

1.
9:00

The Gingerbread Heart - Ballet Suite

The Gingerbread Heart - Ballet Suite

The Gingerbread Heart - Ballet Suite

The Gingerbread Heart - Ballet Suite

The Gingerbread Heart - Ballet Suite

6.
1:33

Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, Kreshimir Baranovich

Fran Lhotka (1883 - 1962)
The Devil in the Village - Ballet Suite

The Devil in the Village - Ballet Suite

8.
3:02

The Devil in the Village - Ballet Suite

9.
1:34

The Devil in the Village - Ballet Suite

The Devil in the Village - Ballet Suite

11.
3:25

The Devil in the Village - Ballet Suite

The Devil in the Village - Ballet Suite

Orchestra Of The National Opera House, Zagreb, Fran Lhotka

Total Playing Time: 45:40

CD 7: Bartók: Concerto For Orchestra; Pijper: Symphony No.3; Diepenbrock: Marysas

Béla Bartók (1881 - 1945)
Concerto For Orchestra, BB 123, Sz.116

Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, Eduard van Beinum

Willem Pijper (1894 - 1947)
Clifford Curzon, Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Eduard van Beinum

Alphons Diepenbrock (1862 - 1921)
Marysas (La source enchantée) - Incidental Music (1910)

Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, Eduard van Beinum

Total Playing Time: 1:07:09

CD 8: Bliss: Colour Symphony; Introduction & Allegro; Violin Concerto

Arthur Bliss (1891 - 1975)
A Colour Symphony, F. 106

London Symphony Orchestra, Arthur Bliss

Concerto for Violin & Orchestra, F. 111

Alfredo Campoli, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Arthur Bliss

Total Playing Time: 1:19:46

CD 9: Tchaikovsky: Suite No.3; Prokofiev: The Love For Three Oranges; Lieutenant Kijé

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 - 1893)
Suite for Orchestra No.3 in G Major, Op.55, TH.33

1.
8:48

3.
4:18

Paris Conservatoire Orchestra, Adrian Boult

Pierre Nerini, Paris Conservatoire Orchestra, Adrian Boult

Sergei Prokofiev (1891 - 1953)
The Love for Three Oranges, Symphonic Suite, Op.33 bis

7.
1:42

8.
1:27

10.
2:27

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Adrian Boult

Lieutenant Kijé, Symphonic Suite, Op.60

12.
3:32

14.
2:36

Paris Conservatoire Orchestra, Adrian Boult

Total Playing Time: 1:12:43

CD 10: Vaughan Williams: Job; The Wasps

Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 - 1958)
Job (A Masque For Dancing)

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Adrian Boult

Joseph Shadwick, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Adrian Boult

The Wasps - An Aristophanic Suite

10.
10:01

11.
2:55

13.
4:28

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Adrian Boult

Total Playing Time: 1:10:40

CD 11: Britten: Sinfonia da Requiem; Diversions; The Young Person's Guide To The Orchestra

Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976)
Sinfonia da Requiem, Op.20

1.
8:20

2.
5:20

Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten

Diversions for piano (left hand) & orchestra, Op.21

4.
0:00
1:07

Julius Katchen, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten

Four Sea Interludes from "Peter Grimes", Op.33a

17.
3:12

19.
3:44

20.
3:55

The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, op.34

without spoken text

Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, Eduard van Beinum

Total Playing Time: 1:22:05

CD 12: Homage To Fritz Kreisler

Fritz Kreisler (1875 - 1962)
Ignace Jan Paderewski (1860 - 1941)
Menuet Célèbre Op.14, No.1 in G

Henryk Wieniawski (1835 - 1880)
Caprice in E flat

Caprice in A minor

Fritz Kreisler (1875 - 1962)
13.
0:00
3:32

Enrique Granados (1867 - 1916)
Giuseppe Tartini (1692 - 1770)
Variations On A Theme Of Corelli

Alfredo Campoli, Eric Gritton

Edouard Victor Antoine Lalo (1823 - 1892)
Symphonie espagnole In D Minor, Op.21

Alfredo Campoli, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Eduard van Beinum

Total Playing Time: 1:20:05

CD 13: Elgar: Violin Concerto; Works by Bax, Butterworth & Holst

Edward Elgar (1857 - 1934)
Violin Concerto in B minor, Op.61

Alfredo Campoli, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Adrian Boult

George Butterworth (1885 - 1916)
Arnold Bax (1883 - 1953)
6.
13:32

Gustav Holst (1874 - 1934)
London Philharmonic Orchestra, Adrian Boult

Total Playing Time: 1:24:07

CD 14: Walton: Façade; Lambert: Horoscope

William Walton (1902 - 1983)
Façade

Peter Pears, English Opera Group Ensemble, Anthony Collins

Edith Sitwell, English Opera Group Ensemble, Anthony Collins

Peter Pears, English Opera Group Ensemble, Anthony Collins

Edith Sitwell, English Opera Group Ensemble, Anthony Collins

Peter Pears, English Opera Group Ensemble, Anthony Collins

13.
0:00
1:26

Edith Sitwell, English Opera Group Ensemble, Anthony Collins

Peter Pears, English Opera Group Ensemble, Anthony Collins

16.
0:00
3:02

Edith Sitwell, English Opera Group Ensemble, Anthony Collins

Peter Pears, English Opera Group Ensemble, Anthony Collins

Edith Sitwell, English Opera Group Ensemble, Anthony Collins

Peter Pears, English Opera Group Ensemble, Anthony Collins

Façade: Suite No.2 for Orchestra

22.
0:33

Façade: Suite No.1 for Orchestra

24.
3:07

Façade: Suite No.2 for Orchestra

27.
2:00

Façade: Suite No.1 for Orchestra

28.
1:18

Façade: Suite No.2 for Orchestra

30.
2:15

31.
1:49

Façade: Suite No.1 for Orchestra

Constant Leonard Lambert (1905 - 1951)
Horoscope

Suite

36.
4:45

London Symphony Orchestra, Robert Irving

Total Playing Time: 1:23:16

CD 15: Elgar: Introduction & Allegro; Falstaff; Vaughan Williams: Greensleeves

Edward Elgar (1857 - 1934)
Serenade in E minor for String Orchestra, Op.20

Serenade in E minor for String Orchestra, Op.20

3.
4:57

Serenade in E minor for String Orchestra, Op.20

4.
3:00

The New Symphony Orchestra Of London, Anthony Collins

Falstaff - Symphonic Study, Op.68

5.
10:14

8.
4:10

10.
10:01

London Symphony Orchestra, Anthony Collins

Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 - 1958)
The New Symphony Orchestra Of London, Anthony Collins

Total Playing Time: 1:19:31

CD 16: Mozart: Piano Quartets Nos. 1 & 2; Horn Quintet

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791)
Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, K. 478

Piano Quartet No. 2 in E Flat Major, K. 493

4.
7:42

5.
7:45

6.
7:51

Clifford Curzon, Members of the Amadeus Quartet

Horn Quintet In E Flat, K.407

Dennis Brain, Sidney Griller, Max Gilbert, Philip Burton, Colin Hampton

Dennis Brain, Sidney Griller, Philip Burton, Max Gilbert, Colin Hampton

Total Playing Time: 1:01:34

CD 17: Brahms: Piano Concerto No.1 in D Minor; Beethoven: Symphony No.4 in B Flat Major

Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)
Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 15

2.
13:30

Clifford Curzon, Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, Eduard van Beinum

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
Symphony No. 4 in B-Flat Major, Op. 60

5.
8:54

Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, Josef Krips

Total Playing Time: 1:17:59

CD 18: Honegger: Symphony No.3; Beck: Viola Concerto; Reichel: Concertino

Arthur Honegger (1892 - 1955)
Symphony No.3 - "Liturgique"

4.
5:33

Paris Conservatoire Orchestra, Robert Denzler

Conrad Beck (1901 - 1989)
Concerto for Viola & Orchestra

Walter Kagi, L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Jean Meylan

Bernard Reichel (1901 - 1992)
Concertino for Piano & Orchestra

9.
4:52

10.
6:06

Christiane Montandona, L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Edmund Appia

Total Playing Time: 1:15:23

CD 19: Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op.61; Haydn: Symphony No.102

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
Violin Concerto In D, Op.61

Mischa Elman, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Georg Solti

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732 - 1809)
Symphony No.102 In B Flat Major, Hob.I:102

5.
7:15

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Georg Solti

Total Playing Time: 1:11:56

CD 20: Brahms: Violin Concerto; Elizalde & Rodrigo Concertos

Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)
Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77

2.
9:12

Christian Ferras, Wiener Philharmoniker, Carl Schuricht

Fred (Federico) Elizalde (1907 - 1979)
Violin Concerto

6.
5:36

Christian Ferras, London Symphony Orchestra, Gaston Poulet

Joaquín Rodrigo (1901 - 1999)
Concierto de estío

Christian Ferras, Paris Conservatoire Orchestra, George Enescu

Total Playing Time: 1:24:57

CD 21: Strauss, J.: Graduation Ball; Ballet Suites By Gluck & Grétry

Johann Strauss II (1825 - 1899)
Graduation Ball

Ballet Suite, arr. Antal Doráti

1.
8:56

9.
4:02

New Symphony Orchestra, Anatole Fistoulari

Christoph Willibald von Gluck (1714 - 1787)
Ballet Suite No.1, Wq.30

arr. Mottl

13.
1:48

André Grétry (1741 - 1813)
Céphale et Procris

Ballet Suite arr. Constant Lambert

17.
3:38

18.
2:16

19.
1:23

20.
1:33

21.
1:49

22.
1:51

23.
1:20

24.
2:28

25.
3:08

26.
1:26

27.
1:00

28.
2:14

New Symphony Orchestra, Robert Irving

Total Playing Time: 1:15:13

CD 22: Tchaikovsky: Suites From "The Nutcracker" & "Sleeping Beauty"

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 - 1893)
Nutcracker Suite, Op.71a, TH.35

2.
1:58

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 - 1893)
Nutcracker Suite, No.2

14.
1:08

Paris Conservatoire Orchestra, Anatole Fistoulari

The Sleeping Beauty, Suite, Op.66a, TH 234

20.
4:31

Paris Conservatoire Orchestra, Roger Desormière

Total Playing Time: 1:04:04

CD 23: Brahms: Cello Sonatas Nos.1 & 2; Bach: Sonata in G

Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)
Sonata For Cello And Piano No.1 In E Minor, Op.38

Sonata For Cello And Piano No.2 In F, Op.99

Pierre Fournier, Wilhelm Backhaus

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750)
Viola da Gamba Sonata No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1027

Arr. for Cello & Piano

8.
4:15

10.
3:11

Pierre Fournier, Ernest Lush

Total Playing Time: 58:47

CD 24: Schubert: "Arpeggione" Sonata; Schumann: Cello Concerto

Franz Schubert (1797 - 1828)
Sonata For Arpeggione And Piano In A Minor, D. 821

Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856)
Fantasiestücke, Op.73

3 Romances, Op.94

Maurice Gendron, Jean Françaix

Cello Concerto in A Minor, Op. 129

11.
4:03

12.
7:25

Maurice Gendron, L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Ernest Ansermet

Total Playing Time: 1:05:31

CD 25: Bloch: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 3

Ernest Bloch (1880 - 1959)
String Quartet No.1

String Quartet No.3

Griller Quartet

Total Playing Time: 1:13:53

CD 26: Bloch: String Quartets Nos. 2 & 4

Ernest Bloch (1880 - 1959)
String Quartet No.3

String Quartet No.2

String Quartet No.4

Griller Quartet

Total Playing Time: 1:12:19

CD 27: Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos.26 & 29; Eroica Variations

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
Piano Sonata No. 29 In B Flat Major, Op. 106 -"Hammerklavier"

15 Piano Variations And Fugue In E Flat, Op.35 -"Eroica Variations"

6.
0:34

7.
0:51

8.
0:38

9.
0:36

10.
0:39

11.
0:31

13.
0:42

14.
0:35

15.
0:34

16.
0:39

17.
0:38

18.
0:38

Piano Sonata No. 26 In E Flat Major, Op. 81a -"Les adieux"

Friedrich Gulda

Total Playing Time: 1:14:37

CD 28: String Quartets By Haydn, Boccherini, Schumann & Verdi

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732 - 1809)
String Quartet In E Flat Major, Hob.III: 64, (Op.64 No.6)

1.
5:04

2.
4:57

Luigi Boccherini (1743 - 1805)
String Quartet in D Major, Op.6, No.1

6.
6:05

Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856)
String Quartet No.2 in F, Op.41 No.2

Giuseppe Verdi (1813 - 1901)
String Quartet in E minor

12.
7:16

13.
7:14

14.
3:06

Quartetto Italiano

Total Playing Time: 1:13:28

CD 29: Sibelius: Four Legends; Karelia Suite

Jean Sibelius (1865 - 1957)
Lemminkäinen Suite op.22

Danish State Radio Symphony Orchestra, Thomas Jensen

Danish State Radio Symphony Orchestra, Thomas Jensen, Tofte Hansen

Karelia Suite, Op.11

Danish State Radio Symphony Orchestra, Thomas Jensen

Total Playing Time: 59:42

CD 30: Beethoven: Symphony No.9 in D Minor, Op.125 - "Choral"

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125 - "Choral"

Wiener Philharmoniker, Erich Kleiber

Hilde Gueden, Sieglinde Wagner, Anton Dermota, Ludwig Weber, Singverein Der Gesellschaft Der Musikfreunde, Wiener Philharmoniker, Erich Kleiber

Total Playing Time: 1:05:53

CD 31: Beethoven: Symphony No.6 in F Major - "Pastoral";

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 - "Pastoral"

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Erich Kleiber

Richard Wagner (1813 - 1883)
Tristan und Isolde, WWV 90

Concert version

Parsifal, WWV 111

Concert version

Act 3

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Clemens Krauss

Total Playing Time: 1:08:53

CD 32: Bruckner: Symphony No.3; Wagner: Overture & Venusberg Music

Anton Bruckner (1824 - 1896)
Symphony No.3 In D Minor, WAB 103

ed. Schalk & Loewe

Richard Wagner (1813 - 1883)
Tannhäuser, WWV 70

Act 1

Wiener Philharmoniker, Hans Knappertsbusch

Total Playing Time: 1:15:04

CD 33: String Quartets By Nielsen, Holmboe & Sibelius

Vagn Holmboe (1909 - 1996)
String Quartet No.3, Op.48

1.
5:49

5.
3:00

Carl Nielsen (1865 - 1931)
String Quartet No.4 in F Major, Op.44

Koppel Quartet

Jean Sibelius (1865 - 1957)
String Quartet In D Minor, Op.56 "Voces Intimae"

11.
2:40

12.
13:18

14.
5:29

Griller Quartet

Total Playing Time: 1:21:27

CD 34: Bizet: Jeux d'Enfants; La Jolie Fille de Perth; Chabrier: Suite Pastorale

Georges Bizet (1838 - 1875)
Jeux d'enfants, Op.22 WD 56

Petite Suite

La jolie fille de Perth, WD 15, Suite

6.
4:13

7.
1:42

8.
2:50

Alexis Emmanuel Chabrier (1841 - 1894)
Suite pastorale

10.
4:31

12.
4:36

13.
5:25

Paris Conservatoire Orchestra, Edouard Lindenberg

Le roi malgré lui

Act 3

Janine Michaeu, Chorale Elizabeth Brasseur, Paris Conservatoire Orchestra, Jean Fournet

Act 2

16.
5:16

Janine Michaeu, Jean Mollien, Chorale Elizabeth Brasseur, Paris Conservatoire Orchestra, Jean Fournet

Claude Debussy (1862 - 1918)
Janine Michaeu, Jeannine Collard, Chorale Elizabeth Brasseur, Paris Conservatoire Orchestra, Jean Fournet

Total Playing Time: 1:17:58

CD 35: Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.3; Khachaturian: Piano Concerto

Sergey Vasil'yevich Rachmaninov (1873 - 1943)
Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 30

Moura Lympany, New Symphony Orchestra, Anthony Collins

Aram Il'yich Khachaturian (1903 - 1978)
Piano Concerto in D flat (1936)

Moura Lympany, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Anatole Fistoulari

Total Playing Time: 1:09:46

CD 36: Mozart: Serenade in D Major, K.203; Symphonies Nos. 28 & 29

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791)
Serenade in D, K.203

2.
6:08

3.
3:22

New Symphony Orchestra, Peter Maag

4.
5:12

Jean Pougnet, New Symphony Orchestra, Peter Maag

5.
3:25

6.
5:18

7.
4:13

8.
3:43

New Symphony Orchestra, Peter Maag

Symphony No.28 in C major K. 189K (K200)

10.
4:12

12.
3:59

Symphony No.29 in A Major K.186a (K. 201)

14.
5:43

15.
2:59

L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Peter Maag

Total Playing Time: 1:10:03

CD 37: Granados: Goyescas

Enrique Granados (1867 - 1916)
Goyescas - Suite

Nikita Magaloff

Total Playing Time: 55:23

CD 38: Lalo: Namouna; Fauré: Ballade

Edouard Victor Antoine Lalo (1823 - 1892)
Namouna, Suite No.1

Namouna, Suite No.2

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Jean Martinon

Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924)
Kathleen Long, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Jean Martinon

Pièces brèves, Op.84

Kathleen Long

Jean Françaix (1912 - 1997)
Concertino for Piano and Orchestra

17.
0:00
1:55

Kathleen Long, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Jean Martinon

Total Playing Time: 1:21:10

CD 39: Handel: Concerti Grossi Op.6, Nos. 1-5

George Frideric Handel (1685 - 1759)
Concerto Grosso in G, Op.6, No.1, HWV 319

2.
2:15

3.
3:08

4.
2:45

5.
2:06

Concerto Grosso in F, Op.6, No.2, HWV 320

7.
2:43

Concerto Grosso in E minor, Op.6, No.3, HWV 321

10.
1:39

11.
2:15

12.
2:59

Concerto Grosso in A minor, Op.6, No.4, HWV 322

16.
3:02

18.
2:54

Concerto Grosso In D Major, Op.6, No.5, HWV 323

20.
2:26

21.
2:24

22.
2:13

23.
2:29

Boyd Neel Orchestra, Boyd Neel, Thurston Dart

Total Playing Time: 1:04:05

CD 40: Handel: Concerti Grossi Op.6, Nos.6 - 10

George Frideric Handel (1685 - 1759)
Concerto Grosso in G minor, Op.6, No.6, HWV 324

4.
3:12

5.
1:42

Concerto Grosso in B flat, Op.6, No.7, HWV 325

6.
1:09

7.
2:40

9.
4:20

10.
2:28

Concerto Grosso in C minor, Op.6, No.8, HWV 326

12.
2:03

14.
1:34

16.
1:15

Boyd Neel Orchestra, Boyd Neel, Thurston Dart

Concerto Grosso in F, Op.6, No.9, HWV 327

17.
1:33

18.
3:59

19.
3:12

20.
1:55

21.
1:35

22.
1:55

Concerto Grosso in D minor, Op.6, No.10, HWV 328

23.
1:30

24.
2:26

25.
3:43

26.
2:20

27.
3:32

Boyd Neel Orchestra, Boyd Neel

Total Playing Time: 1:13:57

CD 41: Handel: Concerti Grossi Op.6, Nos. 11-12; Water Music

George Frideric Handel (1685 - 1759)
Concerto Grosso in A, Op.6, No.11, HWV 329

2.
1:54

4.
5:05

5.
3:24

Concerto Grosso in B minor, Op.6, No.12, HWV 330

6.
2:26

7.
3:33

9.
1:20

10.
2:32

The Water Music (complete)

11.
3:17

13.
2:35

14.
2:49

15.
3:13

16.
Air
2:59

18.
2:49

19.
2:22

20.
1:51

21.
2:46

22.
2:47

23.
1:38

24.
1:24

25.
2:27

26.
1:22

27.
Air
1:21

28.
2:58

Boyd Neel Orchestra, Boyd Neel

Total Playing Time: 1:13:01

CD 42: Rachmaninov: Cello Sonata; Kodály: Sonata For Solo Cello etc

Sergey Vasil'yevich Rachmaninov (1873 - 1943)
Sonata in G minor for Cello & Piano, Op. 19

Zara Nelsova, Artur Balsam

Zoltán Kodály (1882 - 1967)
Sonata for Solo Cello, Op.8

Max Reger (1873 - 1916)
Suite No.2 for Unaccompanied Cello, Op.131c

10.
0:00
6:25

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750)
Suite For Cello Solo No.3 In C Major, BWV 1009

Zara Nelsova

Total Playing Time: 1:21:28

CD 43: Shostakovich: Piano Quintet; Bloch: Piano Quintet

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 - 1975)
Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op.57

Ernest Bloch (1880 - 1959)
Quintet No.1 for Piano & Strings

6.
7:38

Quintetto Chigiano

Total Playing Time: 1:04:04

CD 44: Boccherini: Piano Quintets; Brahms: Piano Quintet

Luigi Boccherini (1743 - 1805)
Piano Quintet No.1 in A Major, G. 413, Op.57, No.1

3.
2:13

4.
4:05

Piano Quintet No.4 in D Minor, G. 416, Op.57, No.4

Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)
Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op. 34

Quintetto Chigiano

Total Playing Time: 1:11:52

CD 45: Paganini: Violin Concertos Nos.1 & 2

Niccolò Paganini (1782 - 1840)
Violin Concerto No.1 In D Major, Op.6, MS.21

2.
6:00

Violin Concerto No.2 In B Minor, Op.7, MS.48

Edited by Anthony Collins

5.
6:38

Ruggiero Ricci, London Symphony Orchestra, Anthony Collins

Total Playing Time: 56:14

CD 46: Mozart: Symphonies Nos.25 & 38; Rossini: Five Overtures

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791)
Symphony No.25 in G minor, K.183

2.
4:27

3.
3:48

4.
3:16

Symphony No. 38 In D Major, K.504 "Prague"

6.
8:57

London Symphony Orchestra, Georg Solti

Gioacchino Rossini (1792 - 1868)
Le siège de Corinthe

8.
9:07

William Tell

9.
11:05

Tancredi

10.
5:35

Il Signor Bruschino

11.
4:34

La Cenerentola

London Symphony Orchestra, Piero Gamba

Total Playing Time: 1:20:06

CD 47: Bartók: Music for Strings, Percussion & Celeste; Kodály: Háry János; Haydn: Symphony No.101

Béla Bartók (1881 - 1945)
Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, BB 114 (Sz.106)

Zoltán Kodály (1882 - 1967)
Háry János Suite

7.
0:00
4:47

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732 - 1809)
Symphony No. 100 in G Major, Hob.I:100 "Military"

12.
5:38

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Georg Solti

Total Playing Time: 1:09:29

CD 48: Beethoven: Piano Trio No.7 - "Archduke"; Brahms: Piano Trio No.1

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
Piano Trio No.7 In B Flat, Op.97 "Archduke"

Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)
Piano Trio No.1 in B Major, Op.8

7.
9:51

Trio Di Trieste

Total Playing Time: 1:10:35

CD 49: Prokofiev: Symphony No.5; Sibelius: Symphony No.5

Sergei Prokofiev (1891 - 1953)
Symphony No. 5 In B-Flat Major, Op. 100

1.
12:16

3.
10:31

Jean Sibelius (1865 - 1957)
Symphony No.5 in E flat, Op.82

Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Erik Tuxen

Total Playing Time: 1:11:00

CD 50: Nielsen: Symphony No.5; Concertos For Flute & Clarinet

Carl Nielsen (1865 - 1931)
Symphony No.5, Op.50

Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Thomas Jensen

Flute Concerto

4.
7:16

Gilbert Jespersen, Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Thomas Jensen

Clarinet Concerto, Op.57

6.
6:27

Ib Erikson, Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Mogens Wöldike

Total Playing Time: 1:18:49

CD 51: String Quartets by Smetana, Kodály & Schubert

Bedrich Smetana (1824 - 1884)
String Quartet No.1 In E Minor, T.116 "From My Life"

4.
6:13

Zoltán Kodály (1882 - 1967)
String Quartet No.2, Op.10

5.
5:38

Franz Schubert (1797 - 1828)
String Quartet No.13 In A Minor, D. 804 "Rosamunde"

8.
7:42

Végh Quartet

Total Playing Time: 1:17:15

CD 52: Mozart: Divertimenti K.334 & 247

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791)
Divertimento In D Major, K.334

Divertimento In F Major, K.247

7.
5:58

9.
4:11

10.
5:22

11.
3:42

Members Of The Wiener Oktett

Total Playing Time: 1:06:18

CD 53: Mendelssohn: Octet; Brahms: Clarinet Quintet

Felix Mendelssohn (1809 - 1847)
Octet In E Flat, Op.20, MWV R20

2.
7:59

4.
6:18

Wiener Oktett

Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)
Clarinet Quintet In B Minor, Op.115

5.
11:00

6.
10:05

8.
9:23

Alfred Boskovsky, Members Of The Wiener Oktett

Total Playing Time: 1:04:03

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