Decca Sound – Mono Years 1944 -1956

Release Date: 4/7/2015
Label: Decca
Catalog Number: B002280602
Number of Discs: 53

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Decca’s big box “Mono Years” retrospective focuses on orchestral and instrumental recordings made between 1944 and 1956, many of which appear for the first time on CD. Its 53 discs are packaged in original jacket facsimiles (many including generous “bonus” fillers), ordered alphabetically by performer, and for the most part transferred from the best possible sources. If Decca lacked the strong artist and repertoire policies that distinguished EMI and RCA Victor during that time, its early outreach into local European markets actually yielded a surprisingly eclectic, far-reaching, and unpredictable catalog. Unpredictable, in fact, is the operative word regarding the set’s overall artistic and sonic quality.

Decca’s “Full Frequency Range Recording” engineering yielded some of the mono era’s best-sounding releases, like the Jean Martinon/London Philharmonic Lalo Suites from Namouna and concerted works with pianist Kathleen Long contained on Disc 38. By contrast, the Eric Tuxen/Danish Radio Symphony Prokofiev Symphony No. 5 sounds as if the hard-pressed orchestra had been shoved into an airless closet. Yet another dynamically constricted Danish Radio Symphony release conveys vivid detail and far superior playing in Sibelius’ complete Lemminkainen Suite under Thomas Jensen. Similarly, London’s orchestras could be strident and scrappy in Elgar and Vaughan Williams with Anthony Collins in charge, or positively shine in Haydn, Kodály, Mozart, and Bartók when the young Georg Solti wielded the baton.

You never knew what you’d get from the post-war Vienna Philharmonic: phoning in Haydn and Beethoven for Karl Münchinger; oozing charm (if not tip-top precision) for Hans Knappertsbusch in Bruckner’s Third Symphony, corrupt text and all; or trying hard to reconcile their genial style within Erich Kleiber’s forthright rhythmic integrity in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.

Listeners accustomed to modern-day period-instrument Handel will certainly find the 1950/’53 Boyd Neel String Orchestra Concerti Grossi Op. 6 and Water Music Suites anachronistic in regard to their conservative tempos, square-cut metrics, and frilly yet oddly endearing vibrato. Today when we take sonically spectacular, note-perfect performances of iconic 20th-century orchestral masterpieces for granted, it’s easy to forget that these were relatively new, unfamiliar, and difficult works. All the more reason to admire and respect Ernest Ansermet’s vitality and commitment in Stravinsky’s Le sacre du printemps and Petrouchka despite the admittedly raw-toned L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.

The 1948 Concertgebouw Bartók Concerto for Orchestra was the work’s second recording, and Eduard van Beinum’s fervent leadership and genuine response to the score overcome pockets of poor intonation and “iffy” brass work. Conversely, Britten’s Four Sea Interludes and Passacaglia from Peter Grimes pose no problems for Beinum and the COA, while the aforementioned Danish Radio Symphony plays Britten’s Sinfonia da Requiem well under the young composer’s direction.

Another historic item returns to the catalog in the form of Arthur Bliss leading his Colour Symphony and Violin Concerto. The latter’s excellent soloist, Alfredo Campoli, is on hand for the best mono-era Elgar concerto next to Heifetz. The Griller Quartet’s sensitive and responsive performances of Ernest Bloch’s first four quartets also reflects the ensemble’s close association with the composer. However, the biggest surprises among 20th-century fare stem from unlikely sources.

Disc 6 resurrects genuine and musically worthy rarities in the form of Croatian composers Krešimir Baranovi? and Fran Lhotka leading their own glitzy ballet suites. And I’ll bet that few collectors have heard, or even heard of, Robert F. Denzler’s absolute scorcher of Honegger’s Symphonie liturgique, where the Paris Conservatory Orchestra’s unforgettable watery brass, piercing winds, and silver-toned strings gush forth local color at full steam. Most of the items featuring soloists are relatively familiar to reissue enthusiasts. These include an Alfredo Campoli encore recital, Clifford Curzon’s Mozart and Brahms, the Fournier/Backhaus Brahms Cello Sonatas, the young Friedrich Gulda’s Beethoven, Moura Lympany’s Rachmaninov Third and Khatchaturian Concertos, Nikita Magaloff’s classically-chiseled 1952 Granados Goyescas, and prime Ruggerio Ricci Paganini (Concertos 1 & 2).

All of the set’s chamber recordings hold interest. Some may know the Koppel Quartet’s Nielsen Fourth Quartet recording via Danacord’s historic Nielsen reissue series; here it reappears with its original coupling, the Vagn Holmboe Third Quartet. Anything from the Vegh Quartet at its early 1950s apex is welcome, and I hope that this first international CD release of its Smetana First, Kodály Second, and Schubert “Death and the Maiden” quartets will be made available separately. Ditto the Quartetto Italiano’s rounded and refined Haydn E-flat (Hob. III:64 No. 6), Boccherini D major Op. 6 No. 1, and Schumann Op. 41 No. 2 quartets.

Believe it or not, my first exposure to the Shostakovich Piano Quintet was an old Decca “Ace of Clubs” LP reissue featuring the Quintetto Chigiano. This 1952 recording is not the most idiomatic, to put it kindly, but the Siena-based ensemble proves better suited to the Brahms F minor and Bloch C minor Quintets, along with a pair of Boccherini works. The Trio di Trieste’s Brahms B major Trio Op. 8 receives a more intense and colorful performance in comparison to its tighter, less expressive DG remake, whereas their Decca Beethoven “Archduke” is less animated and rhythmically pointed than the later DG version.

Excellent booklet essays from historian/discographer Michael Gray and reissue producer Raymond McGill not only provide detailed information about Decca’s technical and artistic evolution, but also place the label’s achievements in appropriate context. In addition to archival photos, the booklet includes samples of vintage advertisements, whose dryly humorous approach to selling classical records must have raised a few eyebrows 65 years ago. In all, this intelligently curated and produced collection leaves few stones unturned walking back into a fascinating chapter in an important classical label’s early history

-- Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
Works on This Recording
1. Pétrouchka by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor: Ernest Ansermet
Orchestra/Ensemble: Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
2. Le sacre du printemps by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor: Ernest Ansermet
Orchestra/Ensemble: Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1911-1913 ;
3. Valses nobles et sentimentales by Maurice Ravel
Conductor: Ernest Ansermet
Orchestra/Ensemble: Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1911 ; France
4. Le tombeau de Couperin by Maurice Ravel
Conductor: Ernest Ansermet
Orchestra/Ensemble: Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1914-1917; orch. 191 ; France
5. Isle of the Dead, Op. 29 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor: Ernest Ansermet
Orchestra/Ensemble: Paris Conservatoire Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1909 ; Russia
6. Jeux by Claude Debussy
Conductor: Ernest Ansermet
Orchestra/Ensemble: Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1912-1913 ; France
7. Epigraphes antiques (6) by Claude Debussy
Conductor: Ernest Ansermet
Orchestra/Ensemble: Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1914 ; France
8. La péri by Paul Dukas
Conductor: Ernest Ansermet
Period: Romantic
Written: 1911-1912 ; France
9. Le festin de l'araignée, Op. 17: Fragments symphoniques by Albert Roussel
Conductor: Ernest Ansermet
Orchestra/Ensemble: Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1912 ; France
10. Petite Suite, Op. 39 by Albert Roussel
Conductor: Ernest Ansermet
Orchestra/Ensemble: Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1929 ; France
11. Danzas fantásticas, Op. 22 by Joaquin Turina
Conductor: Ataulfo Argenta
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1920 ; Spain
12. Suite Iberia by Isaac Albeniz
Conductor: Ataulfo Argenta
Period: Romantic
Written: 1906-1908 ; France
13. Les biches by Francis Poulenc
Conductor: Roger Desormière
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1923 ; France
14. Sleeping Beauty Suite, Op. 66a by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor: Roger Desormière
Period: Romantic
Written: 1889 ; Russia
15. Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor: Roger Desormière
Period: Romantic
Written: 1892 ; Russia
16. Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 9, Act 1 - Waltz of the Snowflakes by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor: Roger Desormière
Period: Romantic
Written: 1891-1892 ; Russia
17. Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 5, Act 1 - Grandfather Dance by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor: Roger Desormière
Period: Romantic
Written: 1891-1892 ; Russia
18. Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 15, Act 2 - Final Waltz and Apotheosis by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor: Roger Desormière
Period: Romantic
Written: 1891-1892 ; Russia
19. Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 14a, Act 2 - Pas de deux by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor: Roger Desormière
Period: Romantic
Written: 1891-1892 ; Russia
20. Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 12a, Act 2 - Spanish Dance "Chocolate" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor: Roger Desormière
Period: Romantic
Written: 1891-1892 ; Russia
21. Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 11, Act 2 - Scene by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor: Roger Desormière
Period: Romantic
Written: 1891-1892 ; Russia
22. Nutcracker, Op. 71: Coda by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor: Roger Desormière
Period: Romantic
Written: 1892 ; Russia
23. Symphony no 88 in G major, H 1 no 88 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor: Karl Münchinger
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: circa 1787 ; Eszterhazá, Hungary
24. Symphony no 101 in D major, H 1 no 101 "Clock" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor: Karl Münchinger
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1793-1794 ; London, England
25. Tristan und Isolde: Act 1 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor: Clemens Krauss
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1858 ; Germany
26. Parsifal: Good Friday Music by Richard Wagner
Conductor: Clemens Krauss
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1877-1882 ; Germany
27. Concerto for Piano no 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 "Emperor" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Wilhelm Backhaus (Piano)
Conductor: Clemens Krauss
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1809 ; Vienna, Austria
28. The Gingerbread Heart: Suite by Kresimir Baranovic
Orchestra/Ensemble: Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra
29. The Devil in the Village: Suite by Fran Lhotka
Conductor: Fran Lhotka
30. Concerto for Orchestra, Sz 116 by Béla Bartók
Conductor: Eduard van Beinum
Orchestra/Ensemble: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1943 ; USA
31. Symphony no 3 by Willem Pijper
Performer: Clifford Curzon (Piano)
Conductor: Eduard van Beinum
Orchestra/Ensemble: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1926 ; Netherlands (Holland
32. Symphonie espagnole, Op. 21 by Edouard Lalo
Performer: Alfredo Campoli (Violin)
Conductor: Eduard van Beinum
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1873 ; France
33. Marsyas: Prelude by Alphons Diepenbrock
Conductor: Eduard van Beinum
Orchestra/Ensemble: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1909-1910 ; Netherlands (Holland
34. Marsyas: Entr'acte by Alphons Diepenbrock
Conductor: Eduard van Beinum
Orchestra/Ensemble: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1909-1910 ; Netherlands (Holland
35. Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34 by Benjamin Britten
Conductor: Eduard van Beinum
Orchestra/Ensemble: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1946 ; England
36. Peter Grimes: Sea Interludes (4), Op. 33a by Benjamin Britten
Conductor: Eduard van Beinum
Orchestra/Ensemble: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1944-1945 ; England
37. Peter Grimes: Passacaglia, Op. 33b by Benjamin Britten
Conductor: Eduard van Beinum
Orchestra/Ensemble: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1945 ; England
38. Introduction and Allegro, F 117 by Sir Arthur Bliss
Conductor: Sir Arthur Bliss
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1926/1937 ; England
39. A Colour Symphony, F 106 by Sir Arthur Bliss
Conductor: Sir Arthur Bliss
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1922/1932 ; England
40. Concerto for Violin, F 111 by Sir Arthur Bliss
Performer: Alfredo Campoli (Violin)
Conductor: Sir Arthur Bliss
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1955 ; England
Performer: Henry Datyner (Violin)
Conductor: Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1927-1930 ; England
42. The wasps by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor: Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1909 ; England
43. Concerto for Violin in B minor, Op. 61 by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer: Alfredo Campoli (Violin)
Conductor: Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1909-1910 ; England
44. A Shropshire Lad by George Butterworth
Conductor: Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1912 ; England
45. Banks of Green Willow by George Butterworth
Conductor: Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1913 ; England
46. The Perfect Fool, Op. 39/H 150: Ballet Music by Gustav Holst
Conductor: Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1918-1922 ; England
47. Tintagel by Arnold Bax
Conductor: Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1917-1919 ; England
48. Suite for Orchestra no 3 in G major, Op. 55 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor: Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble: Paris Conservatoire Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1884 ; Russia
49. Love for Three Oranges Suite, Op. 33a by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor: Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1919/1924 ; USA
50. Lieutenant Kijé Suite, Op. 60 by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor: Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble: Paris Conservatoire Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1934 ; Paris, France
51. Diversions for Piano left hand and Orchestra, Op. 21 by Benjamin Britten
Performer: Julius Katchen (Piano)
Conductor: Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1940/1954 ; England
52. Sinfonia da Requiem, Op. 20 by Benjamin Britten
Conductor: Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble: Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1940 ; England
53. Façade by Sir William Walton
Performer: Edith Sitwell (Spoken Vocals), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Conductor: Anthony Collins
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Opera Group
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1921-1922 ; England
54. Façade: Tarantella Sevillana by Sir William Walton
Conductor: Robert Irving
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Modern
Written: 1922-1927 ; United Kingdom
55. Façade: Suite no 2 - Popular Song by Sir William Walton
Conductor: Robert Irving
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: by 1938 ; England
56. Façade: Suite no 1 - Waltz by Sir William Walton
Conductor: Robert Irving
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: by 1926 ; England
57. Façade: Suite no 1 - Tango Pasodoble by Sir William Walton
Conductor: Robert Irving
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1922 ; England
58. Façade: Suite no 1 - Polka by Sir William Walton
Conductor: Robert Irving
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: by 1926 ; England
59. Façade: Noche espagnole by Sir William Walton
Conductor: Robert Irving
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1926, 1938 ;
60. Façade: Country Dance by Sir William Walton
Conductor: Robert Irving
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1926, 1938 ;
61. Façade Suite: Scottish Rhapsody by Sir William Walton
Conductor: Robert Irving
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1922 ; England
62. Façade Suite: Fanfare by Sir William Walton
Conductor: Robert Irving
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1922 ; England
63. Horoscope: Suite by Constant Lambert
Conductor: Robert Irving
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
64. Céphale et Procris: Ballet Suite by André Modeste Grétry
Conductor: Robert Irving
Orchestra/Ensemble: New Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1773 ; France
65. Orfeo ed Euridice: Dance of the Blessed Spirits by Christoph W. Gluck
Conductor: Robert Irving
Orchestra/Ensemble: New Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1762/1774 ; Vienna, Austria
66. Iphigénie en Aulide: Lento by Christoph W. Gluck
Conductor: Robert Irving
Orchestra/Ensemble: New Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1772-1774 ; Vienna, Austria
67. Iphigénie en Aulide: Air gai by Christoph W. Gluck
Conductor: Robert Irving
Orchestra/Ensemble: New Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1772-1774 ; Vienna, Austria
68. Don Juan: Introduction by Christoph W. Gluck
Conductor: Robert Irving
Orchestra/Ensemble: New Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1761 ; Vienna, Austria
69. Armide: Sicilienne by Christoph W. Gluck
Conductor: Robert Irving
Orchestra/Ensemble: New Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1777 ; Paris, France
70. Armide: Musette by Christoph W. Gluck
Conductor: Robert Irving
Orchestra/Ensemble: New Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1777 ; Paris, France
71. Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble: Paris Conservatoire Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1892 ; Russia
72. Concerto for Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 30 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Moura Lympany (Piano)
Conductor: Anthony Collins
Orchestra/Ensemble: New Symphony Orchestra of London
Period: Romantic
Written: 1909 ; Russia
73. Concerto for Piano in D flat major by Aram Khachaturian
Performer: Moura Lympany (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1936 ; USSR
74. Graduation Ball by Johann Strauss Jr.
Orchestra/Ensemble: New Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
75. Lemminkäinen Suite, Op. 22 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor: Thomas Jensen
Orchestra/Ensemble: Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1893/1895 ; Finland
76. Karelia Suite, Op. 11 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor: Thomas Jensen
Orchestra/Ensemble: Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1893 ; Finland
77. Symphony no 5, Op. 50 by Carl Nielsen
Conductor: Thomas Jensen
Orchestra/Ensemble: Danish State Radio Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1921-1922 ; Denmark
78. Concerto for Flute, FS 119 by Carl Nielsen
Performer: Holger Gilbert Jespersen (Flute)
Conductor: Thomas Jensen
Orchestra/Ensemble: Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1926 ; Denmark
79. Concerto for Clarinet, FS 129/Op. 57 by Carl Nielsen
Performer: Ib Erikson (Clarinet)
Conductor: Mogens Woldike
Orchestra/Ensemble: Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1928 ; Denmark
80. Symphony no 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor: Erich Kleiber
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1808 ;
81. Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Anton Dermota (Tenor), Ludwig Weber (Bass), Hilde Gueden (Soprano), Sieglinde Wagner (Alto)
Conductor: Erich Kleiber
Period: Classical
Written: 1822-1824 ; Vienna, Austria
82. Symphony no 3 in D minor, WAB 103 by Anton Bruckner
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
83. Tannhäuser: Overture and Venusberg Music by Richard Wagner
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1845/1861 ; Germany
84. Quartet for Strings no 4 in F major, FS 36/Op. 44 by Carl Nielsen
Orchestra/Ensemble: Koppel String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1906 ; Denmark
85. Quartet for Strings no 3, Op. 48 by Vagn Holmboe
Orchestra/Ensemble: Koppel String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1949 ; Denmark
86. Quartet for Strings no 1 by Ernest Bloch
Orchestra/Ensemble: Griller String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1916 ; USA
87. Quartet for Strings no 3 by Ernest Bloch
Orchestra/Ensemble: Griller String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1952 ; USA
88. Quartet for Strings no 2 by Ernest Bloch
Orchestra/Ensemble: Griller String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1945 ; USA
89. Quartet for Strings no 4 by Ernest Bloch
Orchestra/Ensemble: Griller String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1953 ; USA
90. Quartet for Strings in D minor, Op. 56 "Voces intimae" by Jean Sibelius
Orchestra/Ensemble: Griller String Quartet
Period: Romantic
Written: 1909 ; Finland
91. Suite pastorale by Emmanuel Chabrier
Orchestra/Ensemble: Paris Conservatoire Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1888 ; France
92. La jolie fille de Perth: Suite by Georges Bizet
Orchestra/Ensemble: Paris Conservatoire Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1866 ; France
93. Jeux d'enfants, Op. 22: Petite suite by Georges Bizet
Orchestra/Ensemble: Paris Conservatoire Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1871 ; France
94. La damoiselle élue by Claude Debussy
Performer: Janine Micheau (Soprano), Jeanine Collard (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: Jean Fournet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1887-1888 ; France
95. Ode à la musique by Emmanuel Chabrier
Performer: Janine Micheau (Soprano)
Conductor: Jean Fournet
Period: Romantic
Written: 1890 ; France
96. Le roi malgré lui: Il est un vieux chant "Chanson tzigane" by Emmanuel Chabrier
Performer: Janine Micheau (Soprano)
Conductor: Jean Fournet
Period: Romantic
Written: 1887 ; France
97. Symphony no 29 in A major, K 201 (186a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor: Peter Maag
Orchestra/Ensemble: Suisse Romande Orchestra
Written: 1774 ;
98. Symphony no 28 in C major, K 200 (189k) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor: Peter Maag
Orchestra/Ensemble: Suisse Romande Orchestra
Written: 1774 ;
99. Serenade no 4 in D major, K 203 (189b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor: Peter Maag
Orchestra/Ensemble: New Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1774 ; Salzburg, Austria
100. Ballade for Piano and Orchestra in F sharp major, Op. 19 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer: Kathleen Long (Piano)
Conductor: Jean Martinon
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1881 ; France
101. Concertino for Piano by Jean Françaix
Performer: Kathleen Long (Piano)
Conductor: Jean Martinon
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1932 ; France
102. Namouna Suite no 2 by Edouard Lalo
Conductor: Jean Martinon
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1881-1882 ; France
103. Namouna Suite no 1 by Edouard Lalo
Conductor: Jean Martinon
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1881-1882 ; France
104. Concerti Grossi (12), Op. 6, HWV 319-330 by George Frideric Handel
Conductor: Boyd Neel
Orchestra/Ensemble: Boyd Neel String Orchestra
Period: Baroque
Written: 1739 ;
105. Water Music, HWV 348-350 by George Frideric Handel
Conductor: Boyd Neel
Orchestra/Ensemble: Boyd Neel String Orchestra
Period: Baroque
Written: 1715/1736 ; London, England
106. Quintet for Piano and Strings in G minor, Op. 57 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chigiano Quintet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1940 ; USSR
107. Quintet for Piano and Strings no 1 by Ernest Bloch
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chigiano Quintet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1921-1923 ; USA
108. Quintet for Piano and Strings in D minor, Op. 57 no 4/G 416 by Luigi Boccherini
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chigiano Quintet
Period: Classical
Written: 1799 ; Spain
109. Quintet for Piano and Strings in A major, Op 57 no 1/G 413 by Luigi Boccherini
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chigiano Quintet
Period: Classical
Written: 1799 ; Spain
110. Quintet for Piano and Strings in F minor, Op. 34 by Johannes Brahms
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chigiano Quintet
Period: Romantic
Written: 1861-1864 ; Austria
111. Concerto for Violin no 1 in D major, Op. 6 by Niccolò Paganini
Performer: Ruggiero Ricci (Violin)
Conductor: Anthony Collins
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: ?1817 ; Italy
112. Concerto for Violin no 2 in B minor, Op. 7 "La Campanella" by Niccolò Paganini
Performer: Ruggiero Ricci (Violin)
Conductor: Anthony Collins
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1826 ; Italy
113. Symphony no 100 in G major, H 1 no 100 "Military" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1793-1794 ; London, England
114. Symphony no 102 in B flat major, H 1 no 102 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1794 ; London, England
115. Symphony no 38 in D major, K 504 "Prague" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1786 ; Vienna, Austria
116. Symphony no 25 in G minor, K 183 (173dB) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1773 ;
117. Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 61 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Mischa Elman (Violin)
Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1806 ; Vienna, Austria
118. Háry János, Op. 15: Suite by Zoltán Kodály
Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1927 ; Hungary
119. Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, Sz 106 by Béla Bartók
Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1936 ; Budapest, Hungary
120. Concerto for Viola by Conrad Beck
Performer: Walter Kagi (Viola)
Conductor: Ernest Ansermet
Orchestra/Ensemble: Suisse Romande Orchestra
121. Concertino for Piano and Orchestra by Bernard Reichel
Performer: Christiane Montandona (Piano)
Conductor: Edmond Appia
Orchestra/Ensemble: Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1949 ;
122. Symphony no 3 "Liturgique" by Arthur Honegger
Conductor: Robert F. Denzler
Orchestra/Ensemble: Paris Conservatoire Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1945-1946 ; France
123. Chant de joie by Arthur Honegger
Conductor: Robert F. Denzler
Orchestra/Ensemble: Paris Conservatoire Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1923 ; France
124. Concerto for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 15 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Clifford Curzon (Piano)
Conductor: Eduard van Beinum
Orchestra/Ensemble: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1854-1858 ; Germany
125. Symphony no 4 in B flat major, Op. 60 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor: Josef Krips
Orchestra/Ensemble: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1806 ; Vienna, Austria
126. Quartet for Piano and Strings no 1 in G minor, K 478 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Clifford Curzon (Piano), Norbert Brainin (Violin), Martin Lovett (Cello), Peter Schidlof (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Amadeus Quartet
Period: Classical
Written: 1785 ; Vienna, Austria
127. Quartet for Piano and Strings no 2 in E flat major, K 493 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Sydney Griller (Violin), Clifford Curzon (Piano), Norbert Brainin (Violin), Martin Lovett (Cello), Peter Schidlof (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Amadeus Quartet
Period: Classical
Written: 1786 ; Vienna, Austria
128. Quintet for Horn, Violin, 2 Violas and Cello in E flat major, K 407 (386c) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Sydney Griller (Violin), Dennis Brain (French Horn), Philip Burton (Viola), Max Gilbert (Viola), Christopher [cello] Hampton (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Griller String Quartet
Period: Classical
Written: 1782 ; Vienna, Austria
129. Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op. 20 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor: Anthony Collins
Orchestra/Ensemble: New Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1892 ; England
130. Introduction and Allegro for String Quartet and String Orchestra, Op. 47 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor: Anthony Collins
Orchestra/Ensemble: New Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1904-1905 ; England
131. Falstaff, Op. 68 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor: Anthony Collins
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1913 ; England
132. Fantasia on Greensleeves by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor: Anthony Collins
Orchestra/Ensemble: New Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1934 ; England
133. Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor: Anthony Collins
Orchestra/Ensemble: New Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1910/1919 ; England
134. Concierto de estio for Violin by Joaquín Rodrigo
Performer: Christian Ferras (Violin)
Conductor: George Enescu
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1943 ; Spain
135. Concerto for Violin by Federico Elizalde
Performer: Christian Ferras (Violin)
Conductor: Gaston Poulet
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1943 ; France
136. Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 77 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Christian Ferras (Violin)
Conductor: Carl Schuricht
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1878 ; Austria
137. Quartet for Strings in E flat major, Op. 64 no 6/H 3 no 64 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Orchestra/Ensemble: Quartetto Italiano
Period: Classical
Written: 1790 ; Eszterhazá, Hungary
138. Quartet for Strings in D major, Op. 8 no 1/G 165 by Luigi Boccherini
Orchestra/Ensemble: Quartetto Italiano
Period: Classical
Written: 1769 ; Spain
139. Quartet for Strings in F major, Op. 41 no 2 by Robert Schumann
Orchestra/Ensemble: Quartetto Italiano
Period: Romantic
Written: 1842 ; Germany
140. Quartet for Strings in E minor by Giuseppe Verdi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Quartetto Italiano
Period: Romantic
Written: 1873 ; Italy
141. Tancredi: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor: Piero Gamba
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1813 ; Italy
142. La Cenerentola: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor: Piero Gamba
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1817 ;
143. L'assedio di Corinto: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor: Piero Gamba
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1826 ; Italy
144. Il Signor Bruschino: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor: Piero Gamba
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1813 ; Italy
145. Guillaume Tell: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor: Piero Gamba
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1829 ; Italy
146. Trio for Piano and Strings no 7 in B flat major, Op. 97 "Archduke" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble: Trio di Trieste
Period: Classical
Written: 1810-1811 ; Vienna, Austria
147. Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in B major, Op. 8 by Johannes Brahms
Orchestra/Ensemble: Trio di Trieste
Period: Romantic
Written: 1854/1889 ; Germany
148. Symphony no 5 in B flat major, Op. 100 by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor: Erik Tuxen
Orchestra/Ensemble: Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1944 ; USSR
149. Symphony no 5 in E flat major, Op. 82 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor: Erik Tuxen
Orchestra/Ensemble: Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1915/1919 ; Finland
150. Quartet for Strings no 1 in E minor, T 116 "From my life" by Bedrich Smetana
Orchestra/Ensemble: Végh String Quartet
Period: Romantic
Written: 1876 ; Czech Republic
151. Quartet for Strings no 2, Op. 10 by Zoltán Kodály
Orchestra/Ensemble: Végh String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1916-1918 ; Hungary
152. Quartet for Strings no 13 in A minor, D 804/Op. 29 no 1 "Rosamunde" by Franz Schubert
Orchestra/Ensemble: Végh String Quartet
Period: Romantic
Written: 1824 ; Vienna, Austria
153. Divertimento for 2 Horns and Strings no 17 in D major, K 334 (320b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Octet members
Period: Classical
Written: 1779-1780 ; Salzburg, Austria
154. Divertimento for 2 Horns and Strings no 10 in F major, K 247 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Octet members
Period: Classical
Written: 1776 ; Salzburg, Austria
155. Octet for Strings in E flat major, Op. 20 by Felix Mendelssohn
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Octet
Period: Romantic
Written: 1825 ; Germany
156. Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B minor, Op. 115 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Alfred Boskovsky (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Octet members
Period: Romantic
Written: 1891 ; Austria
157. Tambourin chinois, Op. 3 by Fritz Kreisler
Performer: Eric Gritton (Piano), Alfredo Campoli (Violin)
Period: Romantic
158. Schön Rosmarin by Fritz Kreisler
Performer: Alfredo Campoli (Violin), Eric Gritton (Piano)
Period: Romantic
159. Praeludium and Allegro in the style of Pugnani by Fritz Kreisler
Performer: Eric Gritton (Piano), Alfredo Campoli (Violin)
Period: Romantic
160. Polchinelle by Fritz Kreisler
Performer: Eric Gritton (Piano), Alfredo Campoli (Violin)
Period: Romantic
161. Liebesleid by Fritz Kreisler
Performer: Eric Gritton (Piano), Alfredo Campoli (Violin)
Period: Romantic
162. Liebesfreud by Fritz Kreisler
Performer: Eric Gritton (Piano), Alfredo Campoli (Violin)
Period: Romantic
163. Caprice viennois, Op. 2 by Fritz Kreisler
Performer: Alfredo Campoli (Violin), Eric Gritton (Piano)
Period: Romantic
164. Humoresques (6) for Piano, Op. 14: no 1, Menuet célèbre by Ignace Jan Paderewski
Performer: Eric Gritton (Piano), Alfredo Campoli (Violin)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1887-1888 ; Poland
165. Danzas (12) españolas for Piano, Op. 37: no 5, Andaluza by Enrique Granados
Performer: Alfredo Campoli (Violin), Eric Gritton (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1892-1900 ; Spain
166. Etudes-Caprices (8) for 2 Violins, Op. 18: no 4 in A minor by Henri Wieniawski
Performer: Eric Gritton (Piano), Alfredo Campoli (Violin)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1863 ; St. Petersburg, Russ
167. Etudes-Caprices (8) for 2 Violins, Op. 18: no 2 in E flat major by Henri Wieniawski
Performer: Alfredo Campoli (Violin), Eric Gritton (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1863 ; St. Petersburg, Russ
168. Rondino on a theme by Beethoven by Fritz Kreisler
Performer: Eric Gritton (Piano), Alfredo Campoli (Violin)
Period: Romantic
169. La Gitana by Fritz Kreisler
Performer: Eric Gritton (Piano), Alfredo Campoli (Violin)
Period: Romantic
170. La chasse in the style of Cartier by Fritz Kreisler
Performer: Eric Gritton (Piano), Alfredo Campoli (Violin)
Period: Romantic
171. Variations (38) on a Gavotte from Corelli's Op. 5, B F11 "L'arte del arco": Excerpt(s) by Giuseppe Tartini
Performer: Eric Gritton (Piano), Alfredo Campoli (Violin)
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1758 ; Italy
172. Sonata for Cello and Piano no 1 in E minor, Op. 38 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Wilhelm Backhaus (Piano), Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1862-1865 ; Austria
173. Sonata for Cello and Piano no 2 in F major, Op. 99 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Wilhelm Backhaus (Piano), Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1886 ; Austria
174. Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord no 1 in G major, BWV 1027 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Ernest Lush (Piano), Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1720 ; Cöthen, Germany
175. Concerto for Cello in A minor, Op. 129 by Robert Schumann
Performer: Maurice Gendron (Cello)
Conductor: Ernest Ansermet
Orchestra/Ensemble: Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1850 ; Germany
176. Phantasiestücke (3) for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 73 by Robert Schumann
Performer: Maurice Gendron (Cello), Jean Françaix (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1849 ; Germany
177. Romances (3) for Oboe and Piano, Op. 94 by Robert Schumann
Performer: Maurice Gendron (Cello), Jean Françaix (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1849 ; Germany
178. Sonata for Arpeggione in A minor, D 821 by Franz Schubert
Performer: Maurice Gendron (Cello), Jean Françaix (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1824 ; Vienna, Austria
179. Variations (15) and Fugue for Piano in E flat major, Op. 35 "Eroica" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Friedrich Gulda (Piano)
Written: 1802 ;
180. Sonata for Piano no 29 in B flat major, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Friedrich Gulda (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1817-1818 ; Vienna, Austria
181. Sonata for Piano no 26 in E flat major, Op. 81a "Les Adieux" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Friedrich Gulda (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1809-1810 ; Vienna, Austria
182. Nocturne for Piano no 8 in D flat major, Op. 84 no 8 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer: Kathleen Long (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1902 ; France
183. Nocturne for Piano no 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 74 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer: Kathleen Long (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1898 ; France
184. Nocturne for Piano no 5 in B flat major, Op. 37 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer: Kathleen Long (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: ?1884 ; France
185. Nocturne for Piano no 2 in B major, Op. 33 no 2 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer: Kathleen Long (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: circa 1881 ; France
186. Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, Op. 19 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Zara Nelsova (Cello), Artur Balsam (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1901 ; Russia
187. Sonata for Cello solo, Op. 8 by Zoltán Kodály
Performer: Zara Nelsova (Cello)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1915 ; Hungary
188. Suites (3) for Cello solo, Op. 131c: no 2 in D minor by Max Reger
Performer: Zara Nelsova (Cello)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1915 ; Germany
189. Suite for Cello solo no 3 in C major, BWV 1009: 5th movement, Bourée 1 and 2 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Zara Nelsova (Cello)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1720 ; Germany
190. Sonata for Piano no 26 in E flat major, Op. 81a "Les Adieux" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Friedrich Gulda (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1809-1810 ; Vienna, Austria
191. Nocturne for Piano no 8 in D flat major, Op. 84 no 8 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer: Kathleen Long (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1902 ; France
192. Nocturne for Piano no 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 74 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer: Kathleen Long (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1898 ; France
193. Nocturne for Piano no 5 in B flat major, Op. 37 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer: Kathleen Long (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: ?1884 ; France
194. Nocturne for Piano no 2 in B major, Op. 33 no 2 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer: Kathleen Long (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: circa 1881 ; France
195. Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, Op. 19 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Artur Balsam (Piano), Zara Nelsova (Cello)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1901 ; Russia
196. Sonata for Cello solo, Op. 8 by Zoltán Kodály
Performer: Zara Nelsova (Cello)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1915 ; Hungary
197. Suites (3) for Cello solo, Op. 131c: no 2 in D minor by Max Reger
Performer: Zara Nelsova (Cello)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1915 ; Germany
198. Suite for Cello solo no 3 in C major, BWV 1009: 5th movement, Bourée 1 and 2 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Zara Nelsova (Cello)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1720 ; Germany
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