Sony Essential Classics

Sony Essential Classics

Sony Classics issued another bargain CD line in the 1990’s into the 2000’s featuring many older recordings from their back catalog. Similar to the ‘Great Performances‘ series, but usually containing more music per release to take advantage of the longer playing time of a CD. There are three incarnations of the series, the first featured the covers with various classical artwork, the second with larger artwork and split color background, and the third editions were solid colors with a more modern look. Some CD issues were released under 2 or all 3 editions, so the actual versioning of the releases is a bit of a mess.

The listing below combines releases from all editions, with the newest release shown. Most of the albums are available as MP3 download albums, and are shown on the Amazon info page. If a particular edition is out of print, I may have an alternative link to the same recording from a currently in-print release. Click on a title to see the details. More releases will be added soon….


Bach: The Art Of Fugue

Bach: The Art of the Fugue 
The Canadian Brass

Bach: Brandenburg Concertos

Bach: The Brandenburg Concertos, Volume 1
Nos.1, 2 and 3
Bach: The Brandenburg Concertos, Volume 2
Nos.4, 5 and 6
Brüggen / Kuijken / Bylsma / Leonhardt

Bach: Cello Suites

Bach: Inventions and Sinfonias

Bach: Easter Oratorio / Magnificat

Bach: Lute Suites

Bach: Organ Works

Bach: Organ Works
E. Power Biggs

Bach: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 / Vivaldi: Violin Concerto Op.3

Barber: Adagio and Other American Masterpieces

Barber: Adagio and Other American Masterpieces
Philadelphia Orch. – Ormandy
NY Phil – Kostelanetz

Baroque Masterpieces

Baroque Masterpieces
Pachelbel, Bach, Albinoni, etc.

Baroque and Renaissance Masterpieces: The Glorious Sound of Brass

Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra, Miraculous Mandarin Suite

Bartok: Piano Concertos

Bartók: Piano Concertos Nos. 1-3
Bronfman / Salonen / Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra

Beethoven: Essential Classics

Beethoven: Missa Solemnis

Beethoven: Missa Solemnis
Ormandy / Philadelphia Orch

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 8 and 29

Beethoven: Piano Trios Op. 70, No.1 and Op. 97

Beethoven: Piano Concertos 1-5

Beethoven, Sibelius: Violin Concertos

Beethoven: Violin Concerto; Sibelius: Violin Concerto
Francescatti / Columbia Symphony / Walter
Oistrakh / Philadelphia Orchestra / Ormandy

Beethoven: Symphonies

Beethoven: String Quartets Op.59 and Op.74

Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique / Dukas / Mussorgsky

The Essential Bernstein

The Essential Bernstein
Selections from Candide / West Side Story /
On the Town / Mass

Bizet: Carmen Suites Nos. 1 and 2 / L’Arlesienne Suites

Borodin: Symphonies Nos. 1-3

Brahms: Piano Concertos

Brahms: String Quintets Nos. 1 and 2

Brahms: String Quintets Nos. 1 and 2
Juilliard String Quartet

Brahms: Symphonies


Brahms: Symphony No.1
Variation on a Theme by Haydn
5 Hungarian Dances 

Sony Great Performances new release of same works.

Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3

Brahms: Symphony No. 4
Academic Festival Overture / Tragic Overture

Cleveland Orchestra/Szell