CBS Great Performances

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CBS Records (now Sony) had a great classical series of reissued recordings called ‘Great Performances’. This was by far the best of the budget classical series of the 1980’s. These are digitally remastered analog recordings from the late 1950’s up to the early 1970’s. I highly recommend them, and do not think you can go wrong with any of these recordings. The series features conductors Leonard Bernstein Eugene Ormandy , Bruno Walter and George Szell with the NY Phil, Cleveland Orch, Philadelphia Orch, and many soloists such as Rudolph Serkin. Just a great series, each with a small booklet with information about the works and composers, a nice touch that seems to be lacking in some newer budget lines.

The CBS Great Performances Series has been partially discontinued, or had the recordings rolled into the Sony ‘Essential Classics’ series. However, many of these compilations were issued on CD and many are now available as MP3s. The average cost is under $10, and every recording is from very good to excellent. All of the 100 volumes are shown, and some of the out of print issues are still available used or in the MP3 format. The links go to the original edition at Amazon.com, and alternate links forward to newer or in-print editions of the same recordings. Some of the later volumes had some peculiar pairings that were never duplicated in CD form, so there may be several alternate links to find all of the works.

 

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I created an Amazon aStore with most of the GP releases and alternates for easier browsing.

amazon-small Here is the Amazon page for CBS Great Performances

 

Great Performances Releases links at Amazon
Main links are to CD
[LP] links to  the vinyl release.

TITLE VOLUME
Ravel / Bernstein / NY Phil: Bolero, La Valse, etc.[LP] 1
Wagner / Szell / Cleveland Orch: Great Orchestral Music from “The Ring”[LP] 2
Smetana / Dvorak / Szell / Cleveland Orch: The Moldau , Carnival Overture[LP] 3
Rodrigo / Williams: Concerto Aranjuez / Fantasia Para Un Gentilhombre [LP] 4
Grieg / Sibelius / Bernstein / NY Phil: Peer Gynt Suites, Finlandia[LP] 5
Beethoven / Bernstein / NY Phil: Symph 5 / Schubert: Symph 8[LP] 6
Beethoven / Walter / Columbia Symph Orch: Symph 6 ‘Pastorale’ 7
Strauss / Szell / Cleveland Orch: Don Juan / Death / Transfiguration 8
Rachmaninoff / Bernstein / Graffman: Piano Concerto 2 9
Tchaikovsky / Bernstein / NYP: 1812 Overture, Marche Slave, etc 10
Mendelssohn / Stern / Tchaikovsky: Violin Concertos 11
Prokofiev / Bizet / Bernstein / NY Phil: Symph 1, Symph 1 12
Bernstein / Mussorgsky / NYP: Pictures At An Exhibition 13
Bernstein / Copland / NYP: Four Dances From Rodeo 14
Tchaikovsky / Bernstein / NY Phil: Eugene Onegin, Capriccio Italien 15
Orff / Ormandy / Harsanyi / Petrak / Presnell: Carmina Burana 16
Shostakovich / Bernstein / NY Phil: Symph 5 17
Beethoven / Serkin: Moonlight, Pathetique & Appassionata Sonatas 18
Mozart / Szell / Cleveland Orch: Symph 40 & 41 19
Stravinsky / Bernstein / NY Phil: Firebird Suite / Petrouchka 20
Beethoven / Szell / Cleveland: Symph 3 21
Beethoven / Bernstein / NYP / Serkin: Piano Concerto 5 22
Beethoven / Bernstein / NYP / Stern: Violin Concerto 23
Mahler / Szell / Cleveland: Symph 4 24
Holst / Bernstein / NY Phil: The Planets 25
Beethoven / Casals / Marlboro Festival Orch: Symph 7 26
Schubert / Serkin / Laredo / Naegele: Piano Quintet ‘Trout’ 27
Mahler / Walter / Columbia Symph Orch: Symph 1 ‘Titan’ 28
Mozart / Serkin / Szell: Piano Concertos 19 & 20 29
Brahms / Walter / Columbia Symph: Concerto in A min, Tragic Overture 30
Tchaikovsky / Bernstein / NY Phil: Nutcracker and Swan Lake Suites 31
Schubert / Szell /Cleveland Orchestra: Symphony 9 32
Bernstein / NYP: Favorite Overtures 33
Beethoven / Mormon Tabernacle Choir / Ormandy: Symphony 9 ” Choral “ 34
Gershwin / Bernstein / NYP: Rhapsody In Blue / An American In Paris 35
Strauss / Ormandy / Philadelphia Orch: Also sprach Zarathustra 36
Saint-Saens / Bernstein / NY Phil: Symph 3 ‘Organ’ 37
Schumann / Budapest Quartet / Ormandy / Serkin: Piano Concerto / Piano Quintet 38
Copland / Bernstein / NYP: Appalachian Spring Suite / Danzon Cubano 39
Brahms / Cleveland Orchestra / Serkin / Szell: Piano Concerto 2 40
Bartok / Boulez / NY Phil: Concerto for Orch 41
Bizet / National Phil Orch. / Stokowski: Carmen & L’Arlesienne Suites 42
Debussy / Boulez / New Philharmonia Orch: La Mer, Jeux, Prelude Faun 43
Brahms / Ormandy / Phl / Stern: Violin Concerto 44
Tchaikovsky / Cleveland Orchestra / Szell: Piano Concerto 1 45
Grofe / Bernstein / Kostelanetz / NYP: Grand Canyon Suite / Mississippi Suite 46
Mendelssohn / Szell / Cleveland Orch: Symph 4 / Midsummer’s Night Dream 47
Haydn / Szell / Cleveland Orch: Symph 93 & 94 48
Beethoven / Fleisher / Mozart / Szell: Piano Concerto 4 / Piano Concerto 25 49
Dvorak / Cleveland Orchestra / Szell: Symphony 9 ” New World “ 50
Stravinsky / Boulez / Cleveland Orch: Rite Of Spring 51
Prokofiev / Saint-Saens / Bernstein / NYP: Peter & The Wolf / Carnival Of Animals 52
Tchaikovsky / Bernstein / NY Phil: Symph 4 53
Tchaikovsky / Cleveland Orchestra / Szell: Symphony 5 54
Tchaikovsky / Ormandy / Phiadelphia: Symphony 6 55
Bernstein / NY Phil: French Orchestral Spectaculars, Sorcerer’s Apprentice 56
Bernstein / NY Phil: Russian Orch Spectaculars, Polovetsian Dances 57
Strauss / Bernstein / NY Phil: Strauss Waltz Gala 58
Liszt / Bernstein / Ormandy: Les Preludes, Hungarian Rhapsodies 59
Beethoven / Walter: Symph 4 and 8 60
Mozart / Walter: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik / Opera Overtures 61
Brahms / Szell / Cleveland Orch: Symph 1 62
Brahms / Szell / Cleveland Orch: Symph 2, Tragic Overture 63
Brahms / Szell / Cleveland Orch: Symph 3, Variations Handel 64
Brahms / Szell / Cleveland Orch: Symph 4, Academic Festival Overture 65
Brahms / Szell/ Cleveland / Serkin / Piano Concerto No.1 66
Chopin / Lizst / Ormandy / Philadelphia Orch: Piano Concertos 1 67
Saint-Saens / Grieg / Entremont: Piano Concertos 68
Prokofiev / Cleveland Orchestra / Graffman / Szell: Piano Concerti 1 & 3 69
Beethoven / Ormandy / Phl / Serkin: Piano Concerto 1 / Les Adieux Sonata 70
Mozart / ECO / Stern / Szell: Violin Concerti 4 & 5 71
Rachmaninoff / London SO / Abbado / Berman: Piano Concerto 3 72
Mozart / Szell / Cleveland Orch: Sinfonia Concertante 73
Bruch / Lalo / Ormandy / Stern / Phil Orch: Violin Concerto 1 / Symphonie esp 74
Franck / Rachmaninoff / Fleisher / Szell: Symphonic Var / Rhapsody Paganini Theme 75
Schumann: Symphony 1 and 4 / Szell / Cleveland Orch 76
Beethoven / Bernstein / Szell: Symph 1 and 2 77
Dvorak / Cleveland Orchestra / Szell: Symphony 8 78
Faure / Davis / New Philharmonia Orch: Pelleas Et Melisande 79
Mozart / Szell / Cleveland Orch: Symph 35 and 39 80
Mozart / Walter / Columbia Symphony Orch: Symph 36 and 38 81
Sibelius / Bernstein / NY Phil: Symph 5, Pohjola’s Daughter 82
Berlioz / Bernstein / NY Phil: Symphonie fantastique 83
Rimsky-Korsakov / Bernstein / NY Phil: Scheherazade 84
Sibelius / Bernstein / NY Phil: Symphony No. 2 85
Vivaldi / ECO / Zukerman: 4 Seasons 86
Bach / Gould: Goldberg Variations / 1955 87
Handel / NYP / Boulez: Water Music Suite / Royal Fireworks Music 88
Handel / Bernstein / NY Phil: Messiah Highlights 89
Pachelbel / Eco / Leppard: Canon & Other Baroque Favorites 90
Elgar / Barenboim / London Phil Orch: Enigma Varations / Pomp & Circumstance 91
Barber / Bernstein / NYP: Adagio & Other Romantic Favorites For Strings 92
Resphigi / Ormandy / Philadelphia Orch: Fountains and Pines of Rome 93
Wagner / Szell / Ormandy: Overtures & Preludes 94
Bach, J.S. / Mehta / Perlman / Schneider / Stern: Double Concerto / Violin Con 1 & 2 95
Mozart / Casadesus / Cleveland Orchestra / Szell: Piano Concerti 21 & 24 96
Bach / Bernstein / Gould / New York Phil: Piano Concertos 1, 4 & 5 97
Prokofiev / Ormandy / Stern: Violin Concerti 1 & 2 98
Beethoven / Bernstein / NYP / Serkin: Piano Concerto 3 / Choral Fantasy 99
Prokofiev / Kodaly / Szell / Cleveland Orch: Lt Kije Suite / Hary Janos 100

 

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