25 sublime classical recordings

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Sonatas for Violin, Viola Da Gamba & Harpsichord
1.  Sonatas for Violin, Viola Da Gamba & Harpsichord by J.S.^Laredo^Rose^Gould Bach
The list author says:
  "Witness the near-telepathic interplay between Gould, Rose and - especially - Laredo in this, some of the greatest chamber music ever written. A breathtaking and hugely underrated disc."
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Stabat Mater (Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano)
2.  Stabat Mater (Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano) by Gemma Bertagnolli
The list author says:
  "This strange, dark, ravishing work is one of the high water marks of  Baroque sacred music. Alessandrini brings out the striking modernity of the writing in a truly exquisite performance."
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Piano Concerto in G / Piano Concerto 4
3.  Piano Concerto in G / Piano Concerto 4 by Ravel
The list author says:
  "Rightly regarded as one of the greatest concerto records ever. Michelangeli's handling of the adagio in Ravel's masterpiece is beyond superlatives."
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5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Schoenberg: Gurrelieder
4.  Schoenberg: Gurrelieder by Simon Rattle
The list author says:
  "There can be no better way to hear Schoenberg's epic, lyrcial cantata."
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Rachmaninov Preludes & Études-Tableaux
5.  Rachmaninov Preludes & Études-Tableaux by Sviatoslav Richter
The list author says:
  "Richter's magisterial way with these works is staggering. His titanic treatment of Op.23 prelude No 2 sweeps you away, flowing effortlessly from steely percussiveness to shimmering pianissimo."
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Haydn: The Creation (Die Schopfung) (DG The Originals)
6.  Haydn: The Creation (Die Schopfung) (DG The Originals) by Gundula Janowitz
The list author says:
  "This stunningly recorded performance of Haydn's greatest work more than deserves its legendary status."
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Regine Crespin
7.  Regine Crespin by Regine Crespin
The list author says:
  "Simply gorgeous. When it came to French song, Crespin had it all."
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Handel: Giulio Cesare
8.  Handel: Giulio Cesare by Georg Friederich Handel
The list author says:
  "Sumptuously played, precise and perfectly paced, by turns meltingly lovely and dramatically thrilling. Baroque maestro Rene Jacobs makes a powerful case for this as Handel's finest opera."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos.4, 5 & 6 "Pathetique" (DG The Originals)
9.  Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos.4, 5 & 6 "Pathetique" (DG The Originals) by Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra
The list author says:
  "Epic grandeur, tragedy, lyricism, desperate humanity, heroic artistry - it's all here. Mravinsky's timeless performances are the apotheosis of the Russian symphonic tradition captured on disc."
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Pärt: Alina
10.  Pärt: Alina by Arvo Pärt
The list author says:
  "Catholic mysticism meets Buddhist minimalism in these sparse, hypnotic works by Estonian composer Arvo Part. Essential for anybody interested in contemporary spiritual music."
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

Shostakovich: Symphony No.10
11.  Shostakovich: Symphony No.10 by Dimitri Shostakovich
The list author says:
  "The opening movement of the Tenth under Karajan is unspeakably moving."
£13.71   Used & New from: £2.36
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Mozart: Requiem
12.  Mozart: Requiem by Margaret Price
The list author says:
  "Choral veteran Peter Schreirer with the amazing Staatskapelle Dresden.  You won't find a better recording of Mozart's sacred swansong."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Mishima: Original Soundtrack
13.  Mishima: Original Soundtrack by Philip Glass
The list author says:
  "Glass's score for Paul Schrader's film biopic of the troubled Japanese writer Yukio Mishima is the best thing he's ever done."
£28.01   Used & New from: £5.28
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

Alma brasileira: Music of Villa- Lobos
14.  Alma brasileira: Music of Villa- Lobos by Heitor Villa-Lobos
The list author says:
  "A great CD of some seminal works by this unduly neglected composer. Fleming's delivery of the famous Bachianas Brasileiras No 5 is lovely."
£13.90   Used & New from: £0.45
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Piano Concertos Nos 20 & 27 / Concerto Rondo K382
15.  Piano Concertos Nos 20 & 27 / Concerto Rondo K382 by Mozart
The list author says:
  "Barenboim is unbeatable here in Mozart's most sublime piano concerto, No. 27."
£13.95   Used & New from: £10.64

Monteverdi: Vespers of the Blessed Virgin
16.  Monteverdi: Vespers of the Blessed Virgin by John Eliot Gardiner
The list author says:
  "The amazing acoustic of the Venetian church where Monteverdi worked lends a special atmosphere to this thrilling live performance of the Vespers."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

Elgar: Cello Concerto / Sea Pictures / Overture 'Cockaigne'
17.  Elgar: Cello Concerto / Sea Pictures / Overture 'Cockaigne' by Edward Elgar
The list author says:
  "The Cello Concerto is a classic - but the sunken treasure here is Sea Pictures. Janet Baker's dusky mezzo soars over orchestral sea sounds, evoking the journey of a questing soul."
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Mahler: Kindertotenlieder; Rückert-Lieder; Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
18.  Mahler: Kindertotenlieder; Rückert-Lieder; Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen by Gustav Mahler
The list author says:
  "Once again Baker and Barbirolli conjure a unique magic in Mahler's moving song cycles."
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Orphee Et Eurydice (Rouland, Minkowski, Harousseau, Croft)
19.  Orphee Et Eurydice (Rouland, Minkowski, Harousseau, Croft) by Marc Minkowski
The list author says:
  "Minkowksi's opulent rendering of Gluck's masterpiece is full of pace and passion, as well as refinement and grace. One of the very finest Baroque opera recordings."
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Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht, Pelleas und Melisande (DG The Originals)
20.  Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht, Pelleas und Melisande (DG The Originals) by Arnold Schoenberg
The list author says:
  "Karajan wallows in the fin-de-siecle decadence of Schoenberg's great orchestral works."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

Britten: Peter Grimes  (DECCA The Originals)
21.  Britten: Peter Grimes (DECCA The Originals) by B. Britten
The list author says:
  "Accept no substitutes - with Britten himself at the helm and Peter Pears accompanied by a superb supporting cast, this ensemble performance captures a seminal moment in postwar British culture."
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Tosca
22.  Tosca by Price
The list author says:
  "You haven't heard what can be done with Puccini in the studio 'til you've heard this disc.  Leyontyne Price is magnificent, and the sound captured by Decca producer John Culshaw is out of this world."
£50.91   Used & New from: £1.13

Shostakovich: Piano Quintet, Piano Trio No. 2
23.  Shostakovich: Piano Quintet, Piano Trio No. 2 by Elisabeth Leonskaja
The list author says:
  "The Borodins with Elisabeth Leonskaja demonstrate unsurpassed mastery in one of the greatest of 20th century chamber works."
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Bartók: The String Quartets (2 CDs)
24.  Bartók: The String Quartets (2 CDs) by Takács Quartet
The list author says:
  "The Takacs Quartet manage to make Bartok's complex structures appear to sprout organically and spontaneously in these amazing recordings."
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Bruckner - Complete Symphonies /Eugen Jochum
25.  Bruckner - Complete Symphonies /Eugen Jochum by Eugen Jochum
The list author says:
  "Jochum's Bruckner cycle is one of both monumental power and great subtlety. He exposes the human heart behind the grandeur. For more reviews by this author visit: http://culturecrammer.com"
£24.02   Used & New from: £14.98
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