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Tchaikovsky Box Set

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, it is now a download album, and at under $8 is a steal. While many listeners are familiar with Symphonies 4-6, and maybe No. 2 ‘Snow Maiden’, Symphonies 1 and 3 are well worth hearing. Add in some orchestral works, great BIS sound and solid performances, this is definitely a set to check out. Amazon MP3: http://a.basicrep.com/tch-jarviĀ  iTunes…

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Perlman Jacket

Perlman Jacket

  The Itzhak Perman ‘Original Jacket Collection’ is a 10 CD set that was issued by Sony several years ago featuring a variety of Perlman’s recordings. Bach, Mozart, Prokofiev and Paganini are only a few of the composers represented here. This collection was a bit expensive at the time, and to be honest not one I was inclined to purchase at full price. Fortunately almost the entire set has been reissued in a bargain Sony import collection: ‘Itzhak Perlman Plays…

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Famous Ballet Music Duo Set

Famous Ballet Music Duo Set

A great compilation of interesting ballet music is on a 2CD Duo collection by Herbert von Karajan on DG. Featuring Gaite Parisienne, Sleeping Beauty, Faust Ballet Music, Coppelia and Les Sylphides, this collection performed by the Berliner Philharmonic is top notch. The set is no longer in print on CD, but the MP3 version is quite a good deal.

Bargain Box: Slatkin’s Tchaikovsky Ballets

Bargain Box: Slatkin’s Tchaikovsky Ballets

Leonard Slatkin conducts Tchaikovsky Ballets Leonard Slatkin recorded the three Tchaikovsky ballet music scores in the 1980’s-1990’s for RCA. The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake get a lush, great sounding recording from Slatkin and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. These are treated like true symphonic works, not just ballet pieces, and are my favorite incarnations of complete music recordings. I think these recordings have been forgotten since their first release, and it is nice to get all of them…

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Handel Strauss and Tchaikovsky deals

Handel Strauss and Tchaikovsky deals

Sometimes I run across some really great deals on classical music when I am browsing the online stores that are just too good to pass up. Handels Water Music and selections from the opera Alcina are one a 2 track set for $1.98. Of course the music is not broken up into tracks, but the sound and performance are good, and this is a steal. On the Seraphim label, Felix Slatkin and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra run through some great…

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