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Arthur Grumiaux, Colin Davis, Raymond Leppard - Mozart: Complete Violin Concertos (1993)

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Arthur Grumiaux, Colin Davis, Raymond Leppard - Mozart: Complete Violin Concertos (1993)

Arthur Grumiaux, Colin Davis, London Symphony Orchestra, Raymond Leppard, New Philharmonia Orchestra - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Complete Violin Concertos (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 791 Mb | Total time: 153:19 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Philips | # 438 323-2 | Recorded: 1961, 1962, 1964, 1967

The Belgian violinist Arthur Grumiaux made his debut in 1940 and established himself after the war as a consistently fine player with a wide repertory whose recordings show not only his mastery of the instrument but also unfailingly good taste—and lest anyone thinks that last phrase implies a lack of personality, we should remember that it was one which Haydn chose to praise Mozart. These performances of the five standard violin concertos, the Sinfonia concertante and a couple of other pieces were admired when they came out on LP, and still earn praise for their crispness, lightness and eloquence.

Otto Klemperer, Philharmonia & New Philharmonia Orchestras - Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde (1991)

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Otto Klemperer, Philharmonia & New Philharmonia Orchestras - Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde (1991)

Otto Klemperer, Christa Ludwig, Fritz Wunderlich, Philharmonia & New Philharmonia Orchestras - Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 327 Mb | Total time: 63:45 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI Classics | # CDC 7 47231 2 | Recorded: 1966

Mahler considered The Song of the Earth his most personal work, and indeed it is one of his greatest and most moving. Its six sections, sung alternately by the mezzo-soprano and tenor, are set to seven poems from The Chinese Flute, a collection of Chinese lyrics translated into German by Hans Bethge, which echo Mahler's love of nature and contrast the earth's renewal each spring with the transience of human life. Composed after he lost his beloved 4-year-old daughter and was diagnosed with a serious heart ailment, the music encompasses heart-rending anguish and sublime ecstasy; conceived in the shadow of death, it is suffused with a sense of sorrowful, reluctant leave-taking finally transformed into resigned renunciation.

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Daniel Barenboim, Jacqueline du Pre - Schumann: Cello Concerto & Piano Concerto (2001)

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Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Daniel Barenboim, Jacqueline du Pre - Schumann: Cello Concerto & Piano Concerto (2001)

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Daniel Barenboim, Jacqueline du Pré - Schumann: Cello & Piano Concertos, Introduction & Allegro appassionato (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 316 Mb | Total time: 74:12 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI | # 5 74589 2 | Recorded: 1969, 75

If ever a performance of Schumann's Piano Concerto stressed the principle of dialogue between soloist and conductor, then this is it. True, the Philharmonia's string ensemble isn't as watertight under Fischer-Dieskau as it might have been under some other conductors; and poetry is invested at the premium of relatively low-level drama. Orchestral textures are absolutely right for Schumann – warm yet transparent, full-bodied yet never stodgy – and poetry is a major priority. Add Barenboim's compatible vision and keyboard finesse, and you indeed have a memorable reading.

Raymond Leppard, New Philharmonia Orchestra, John Alldis Choir - Mozart: Mass in C minor (2000)

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Raymond Leppard, New Philharmonia Orchestra, John Alldis Choir - Mozart: Mass in C minor (2000)

Raymond Leppard, New Philharmonia Orchestra, John Alldis Choir - Mozart: Mass in C minor (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 277 Mb | Total time: 59:21 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI Classics | # 5 73751 2 | Recorded: 1974

Together with the Requiem, Mozart's C minor mass is one of the brilliant composer's great unfinished sacred works. The work combines monumental power, solemn spirituality and moving solo passages. This recording under the baton of Baroque and Classical expert Raymond Leppard has great expressive depth, and offers a truly legendary vocal ensemble featuring stars like Kiri Te Kanawa and Ileana Cotrubas.