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Reger Violin Sonatas
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9 cello sonatas
Piano Music

Clara Schumann
piano concerto

Asmik Grigorian

Breathtaking Performance
controversial staging
Review Westbrook
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Every lover of Salome should see this recording
Mullenger interpretation

Vraiment magnifique!

Quite splendid

Winning performances

Mahler Symphony 8
a magnificent disc

a huge talent

A wonderful disc

Weinberg Symphonies 2 & 21
A handsome tribute!

Roth’s finest Mahler yet

Mahler 9 Blomstedt
Distinguished performance


Vincenzo Bellini

I Puritani
Maria Callas, Giuseppe Di Stefano
Ch & O Teatro alla Scala, Milan/Tullio Serafin
rec. 1953

Reviews by Robert McKechnie and Robert Farr

Maria Callas, Mario Filippeschi
Ch & O La Scala/Tullio Serafin
(+ excerpts from other recordings of Norma)
rec. 1927-54

Reviews by Robert Hugill, Robert Farr and Göran Forsling

La Sonnambula
Maria Callas, Nicola Zaccaria
Ch & O La Scala/Antonio Votto

Reviews by Ralph Moore and Göran Forsling

Georges Bizet

Solange Michel, Raoul Jobin, Michel Dens
Opéra-Comique Ch & O, Paris/André Cluytens
rec. 1950

Review by Richard Lee-Van den Daele

Arrigo Boito

Nazzareno de Angelis, Mafalda Favero
Ch & O La Scala, Milan/Lorenzo Molajoli
(+ Rossini & Verdi excerpts)
rec. 1927

Review by Colin Clarke

Gustav Charpentier

Louise (excerpts)
Ninon Vallin, Georges Thill
Le Choeurs Raugel and Orchestra Paris/ Eugène Bigot
rec. 1935

Reviews by Robert Hugill and Jonathan Woolf

Leo Delibes

Mado Robin, Agnès Disney
Opéra-Comique, Paris Ch & O/Georges Sebastian
rec. 1952

Review by Göran Forsling

Gaetano Donizetti

Lucia Di Lammermoor
Maria Callas, Giuseppe Di Stefano, Tito Gobbi
Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Ch & O/Tullio Serafin
rec. 1953

Reviews by Arthur Baker and Robert Hugill

Lucia di Lammermoor
Lina Pagliughi, Giovanni Malipiero, Giuseppe Manacchini
Italian Broadcasting Authority Ch & O/Ugo Tansini
rec. 1939

Review by Frank Cadenhead

George Gershwin

Porgy and Bess
Selections from early recordings
rec. 1935-45

Review by Jonathan Woolf

Porgy and Bess
Lawrence Winters, Camilla Williams
Orchestra and J. Rosamond Johnson Ch/Lehman Engel
rec. 1951

Reviews by Jonathan Woolf and Robert Farr

Umberto Giordano

Porgy and Bess
Maria Caniglia, Beniamino Gigli, Giuseppe Taddei
Ch & O La Scala, Milan/Olivero de Fabritiis
rec. 1941

Review by Robert Hugill

Mikhail Glinka

Ivan Susanin
Maxim Mikhailov, Natalia Spiller
Bolshoi Theatre Ch & O/Alexander Melik-Pashayev
rec. 1947/50

Review by Jonathan Woolf

Charles Gounod

Romeo et Juliette
Eide Norena, Charles Hackett
Metropolitan Opera Ch & O/Louis Hasselmans
rec. 1935

Reviews by Robert Hugill and Robert Farr

Faust (w/arias & song by Björling)
Jussi Björling, Cesare Siepi, Dorothy Kirsten
Metropolitan Opera Ch & O/Fausto Cleva
rec. 1949-52

Review by Göran Forsling

Georges Noré, Roger Rico
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Thomas Beecham
rec. 1947-48

Reviews by Jonathan Woolf and Roy Brewer

Engelbert Humperdinck

Hänsel und Gretel
Elisabeth Grümmer, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
Philharmonia O/Herbert von Karajan
rec. 1953
(+ 1928-37 excerpts from Hänsel und Gretel)

Review by John Quinn

Ruggero Leoncavallo

Jussi Björling, Victoria de los Angeles
The Columbus Boychoir, The Robert Shaw Chorale. RCA Victor Orchestra/Renato Cellini
rec. 1953

Review by Robert Farr

Pietro Mascagni

Cavalleria rusticana
Zinka Milanov, Jussi Björling
The Robert Shaw Chorale. RCA Victor Orchestra/Renato Cellini
rec. 1953

Reviews by Göran Forsling and Robert Farr

Cavalleria Rusticana
Beniamino Gigli, Lina Bruna Rasa
O & Ch La Scala, Milan/Pietro Mascagni
rec. 1940

Review by Göran Forsling

Jules Massenet

George Thill, Charlotte Ninon
Paris Opera Ch & O/Elie Cohen
rec. 1931

Review by Ian Lace

Germaine Féraldy
Opéra-Comique, Paris Ch & O/Elie Cohen
rec. 1928-29

Reviews by Jonathan Woolf and Richard Lee-Van den Daele

Victoria de los Angeles, Henri Legay
Ch & O Théâtre National de l’Opéra Comique/Pierre Monteux
rec. 1955

Reviews by Robert Hugill and Ralph Moore

Gian Carlo Menotti

The Saint of Bleecker Street, The Unicorn, the Gorgon & the Manticore
rec. 1955/7

Review by John Sheppard

Amahl and the Night Visitors, Sebastian

Review by William Hedley

The medium, The telephone
rec. 1946/7

Review by Göran Forsling

Maria Golovin, Violin concerto
rec. 1954/8

Review by Rob Barnett

The Consul, Amelia
Patricia Neway, Margherita Carosio
Ch & O La Scala Milan/Nino Sanzogno
rec. 1950/4

Reviews by Göran Forsling and Robert Hugill

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Die Zauberflöte
Helge Roswaenge, Tiana Lemnitz, Gerhard Hüsch,
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Thomas Beecham
rec. 1937/8

Review by Tony Duggan

Don Giovanni
John Brownlee, Ina Souez, Luise Helletsgruber
Glyndebourne Festival Ch & O/Fritz Busch
rec. 1936

Review by Roy Brewer

Cosi fan tutte
Ina Souez, Luise Helletsgruber, Heddle Nash
Glyndebourne Festival Ch & O/Fritz Busch
rec. 1934-35

Reviews by Paul Shoemaker and Colin Clarke

Modest Mussorgsky

Boris Godunov
Boris Christoff, Eugenia Zareska, Kim Borg
Russian Ch Paris, French Ntl Radio O/Issay Dobrowen
rec. 1952

Reviews by Colin Clarke and Robert Farr

Boris Freidkov, Ivan Nechayev
Kirov Ch & O, Leningrad/Boris Khaikin
rec. 1946

Reviews by Göran Forsling and Christopher Howell

Amilcare Ponchielli

La Gioconda (w/arias by Arangi-Lombardi)
Giannina Arangi-Lombardi, Ebe Stignani, Camilla Rota
La Scala, Milan Ch & O/Lorenzo Molajoli
rec. 1926-1933

Review by Gwyn Parry-Jones

La Gioconda
Maria Callas
Turin RSO and Cetra Chorus/Antonio Votto
(+ Bellini & Wagner excerpts)
rec. 1952

Review by Robert Farr

Giacomo Puccini - see separate page

Henry Purcell

Dido & Aeneas
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Kirsten Flagstad
Mermaid Singers and O/Geraint Jones
rec. 1948-52

Review by Jonathan Woolf

Gioachino Rossini

Il Turco in Italia
Maria Callas, Nicolai Gedda
Ch & O Teatro alla Scala, Milan/Gianandrea Gavazzeni
rec. 1953

Review by Robert J Farr

Bedrich Smetana

The Bartered Bride
Jan Konstantin, Marie Pixová, Ada Nordenová
National Opera Company, Prague Ch & O/Otakar Ostrcil
rec. 1933

Review by Frank Cadenhead

Johann Strauss II (see Operetta)

Richard Strauss

Der Rosenkavalier
Lotte Lehman, Elisabeth Schumann
Vienna PO/Robert Heger
rec. 1933

Review by Jonathan Woolf

Der Rosenkavalier
Eleanor Steber, Erna Berger, Risë Stevens
Metropolitan Opera Ch & O/Fritz Reiner
rec. 1949

Review by Christopher Howell

Der Rosenkavalier
Maria Reining, Sena Jurinac
Vienna PO/Erich Kleiber
rec. 1954

Review by Gregor Tassie

Christel Goltz, Julius Patzak
Vienna PO/Clement Krauss
rec. 1954

Review by Gregor Tassie

Igor Stravinsky

The Rake’s Progress
Hilde Gueden, Blanche Thebom, Eugene Conley
Metropolitan Opera Ch & O/Igor Stravinsky
rec. 1953

Reviews by Ewan McCormick and Göran Forsling

Giuseppe Verdi - see separate page

Richard Wagner - see separate page




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