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Haydn and Szell

Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra recorded a selection of Haydn’s later symphonies, and Sony has compiled them into another budget box set. …

Happy 66th Anniversary

The modern vinyl LP turns 66 soon. Revealed in June 1948, Columbia Records showed off the new 33 1/3 LP format for …

Sibelius Symphony 4

Sibelius recordings on the whole have been good to excellent. Over the years many conductors have traversed the Symphonies and Tone Poems …

Bach: French Suites

  Bach’s ‘French Suites’  comprise 6 sets of suites for piano. The name ‘French’ was added on later, either to describe the …

Saint-Saens Concertos

Some of Saint-Saens most familiar concertos on one album: Cello Concerto No. 1, Piano Concerto No. 2 and Violin Concerto No. 3. This …

Saint-Saens Organ Symphony

Saint-Saen composed 5 symphonies, but 2 were published posthumously, so the Symphony No. 3 is actually the last symphony he composed. Known …

Scherchen Mahler

Hermann Scherchen conducting Gustav Mahler. What’s not to like? The Vienna State Opera Orchestra play on this great Westminster recording. I have …

Welcome to 2014

Yes, I have been working on the site, just in the background for the past month or so 🙂 Well, finally completed …

Vivaldi – Opus 3

Vivaldi is of course known for the ‘Four Seasons’, the first 4 works of his Op. 8 ‘The Contest Between Harmony and …

Franz Berwald Symphonies

Swedish composer Franz Berwald may not be the best known composer, but his works are worth exploring. Naxos offers a budget CD …

Harris Symphonies

Roy Harris’ works are not that well known, but as an American 20th Century composer, he created some great works. His Symphony …

Tchaikovsky Box Set

BIS has released a box set of symphonies and other works by Neeme Jarvi and the Gothenburg SO. Formerly a 6CD set, …

The Return of Everest Records

Everest Records recorded the bulk of its famous classical albums from 1958 into the early 1960’s. Featuring new stereo recordings that were …

99 Most Essential!

Get 99 Tracks for pennies a track! Get 100 tracks in our mega classical set! If you have checked out the Amazon …

Balakirev Symphony 1 and 2

Russian composer Balakirev [1937-1910] may not be as famous as Tchaikovsky or Glazunov, but his works do have a certain charm to …

Perlman Jacket

  The Itzhak Perman ‘Original Jacket Collection’ is a 10 CD set that was issued by Sony several years ago featuring a …

Brilliant Shostakovich

  I will admit to owning way too much Shostakovich. Not only do I have the complete symphony sets by Kondrashin and …

Chopin Vox Box

Another great MP3 bargain set from Vox. These are excellent performances of Chopin’s most famous works. Simon, Klien and Moravec were top-drawer …

Reverie by Ormandy

This is a great LP release I picked up recently on Columbia records from the 1960’s that has never been on CD. …

Albeniz

  While Spanish composer Isaac Albeniz wrote pieces for piano, some have been transcribed for guitar, orchestra, etc. An MP3 release from X5 …

Adam’s Bon-Bon

Adolphe Adam’s ballet music for ‘Giselle’ is one of those not-so-serious classical works, and a fun listen. Take a touch of Tchaikovsky …

More Bargain MP3 Albums

I just picked up 3 new MP3 box sets that are a fantastic bargain.The Bach Guild has once again released some essential …

Free Music May: Prokofiev Classical Symphony

Prokofiev Symphony No. 1 by Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orch. circa 1950. [Second side and more tomorrow] Details and information at: http://archive.org/details/ProkofievClassicalSymphony …

Free Music May: Gluck Operas

I originally posted about this recording in 2009, but since the links have changed and I wanted to add it to Free …

Free Music May: Monteux’s Scheherazade

Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade by The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra conducted by Pierre Monteux circa 1942. Details and recording at: http://archive.org/details/Sheherazade