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BBC Legends | Symphony No. 8 [ICA: ICAB 5113] [Box set]

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  • Conductor: None
  • Composer: Various
  • Audio CD (30 Sep 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 20
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: ICA
  • ASIN: B00CDBV4W2
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
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Disc 1:

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Listen  1. Symphony No. 8 in E-Flat Major, "Symphony of a Thousand": Part I, Veni, creator spiritus: Veni, creator spiritus -BBC Chorus 1:280.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Symphony No. 8 in E-Flat Major, "Symphony of a Thousand": Part I, Veni, creator spiritus: Imple superna gratia -BBC Chorus 4:020.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Symphony No. 8 in E-Flat Major, "Symphony of a Thousand": Part I, Veni, creator spiritus: Infirma nostri corporis -BBC Chorus 1:430.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Symphony No. 8 in E-Flat Major, "Symphony of a Thousand": Part I, Veni, creator spiritus: Tempo I: Allegro, etwas hastig -London Symphony Orchestra 1:340.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Symphony No. 8 in E-Flat Major, "Symphony of a Thousand": Part I, Veni, creator spiritus: Infirma nostri corporis -Joyce Barker 2:350.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Symphony No. 8 in E-Flat Major, "Symphony of a Thousand": Part I, Veni, creator spiritus: Accende lumen sensibus -BBC Chorus 5:430.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Symphony No. 8 in E-Flat Major, "Symphony of a Thousand": Part I, Veni, creator spiritus: Qui Paraclitus diceris -Joyce Barker 3:130.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Symphony No. 8 in E-Flat Major, "Symphony of a Thousand": Part I, Veni, creator spiritus: Gloria sit Patri DominoBBC Chorus 3:000.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Symphony No. 8 in E-Flat Major, "Symphony of a Thousand": Part II, Final Scene from Faust: Poco adagio -London Symphony Orchestra 8:22Album Only
Listen10. Symphony No. 8 in E-Flat Major, "Symphony of a Thousand": Part II, Final Scene from Faust: Waldung, sie schwankt heran -Goldsmith's Choral Union 3:480.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Symphony No. 8 in E-Flat Major, "Symphony of a Thousand": Part II, Final Scene from Faust: Ewiger Wonnebrand -Alfred Orda 1:240.89  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Symphony No. 8 in E-Flat Major, "Symphony of a Thousand": Part II, Final Scene from Faust: Wie Felsenabgrund mir zu Fussen -Arnold van Mill 4:400.89  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Symphony No. 8 in E-Flat Major, "Symphony of a Thousand": Part II, Final Scene from Faust: Gerettet ist das edle Glied - Hande verschlinget euch -Hampstead Choral Society 1:050.89  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Symphony No. 8 in E-Flat Major, "Symphony of a Thousand": Part II, Final Scene from Faust: Jene Rosen, aus den Handen -Orpington Junior Singers 2:400.89  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Symphony No. 8 in E-Flat Major, "Symphony of a Thousand": Part II, Final Scene from Faust: Uns bleibt ein Erdenrest -BBC Choral Society 1:490.89  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Symphony No. 8 in E-Flat Major, "Symphony of a Thousand": Part II, Final Scene from Faust: Ich spur' soeben nebeind um Felsenhoh' - Hier ist die Aussicht frei - Freudig empfangen wir -Kenneth Neate 5:570.89  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Symphony No. 8 in E-Flat Major, "Symphony of a Thousand": Part II, Final Scene from Faust: Ausserst langsam - AdagissimoBBC Chorus 3:350.89  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Symphony No. 8 in E-Flat Major, "Symphony of a Thousand": Part II, Final Scene from Faust: Bei der Liebe, die den Fussen -Helen Watts 6:480.89  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Symphony No. 8 in E-Flat Major, "Symphony of a Thousand": Part II, Final Scene from Faust: Er uberwachst uns schon - Vom edlen Geisterchor umgeben -Agnes Giebel 4:380.89  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Symphony No. 8 in E-Flat Major, "Symphony of a Thousand": Part II, Final Scene from Faust: Blicket auf zum Retterblick, alle reuig Zarten -Kenneth Neate 6:250.89  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Symphony No. 8 in E-Flat Major, "Symphony of a Thousand": Part II, Final Scene from Faust: Alles Vergangliche ist nur ein GleichnisBBC Chorus 6:200.89  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Symphony No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 65: I. Adagio - Allegro non troppoLeningrad Philharmonic Orchestra24:37Album Only
Listen  2. Symphony No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 65: II. AllegrettoLeningrad Philharmonic Orchestra 6:170.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Symphony No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 65: III. Allegro non troppoLeningrad Philharmonic Orchestra 5:540.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Symphony No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 65: IV. LargoLeningrad Philharmonic Orchestra 9:29Album Only
Listen  5. Symphony No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 65: V. AllegrettoLeningrad Philharmonic Orchestra13:32Album Only


Disc 3:

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Listen  1. Keyboard Sonata in D Minor, K.141/L.422/P.271Emil Gilels 4:190.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Keyboard Sonata in B Minor, K.27/L.449/P.83Emil Gilels 4:550.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Keyboard Sonata in G Major, K.125/L.487/P.152: VivoEmil Gilels 2:100.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Keyboard Sonata in C-Sharp Minor, K.247/L.256/P.297Emil Gilels 6:080.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Keyboard Sonata in A Major, K.533/L.395/P.537Emil Gilels 2:500.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Aria variata in A Minor, BWV 989: AriaEmil Gilels 2:190.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Aria variata in A Minor, BWV 989: Variation 1Emil Gilels 1:330.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Aria variata in A Minor, BWV 989: Variation 2Emil Gilels 1:270.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Aria variata in A Minor, BWV 989: Variation 3Emil Gilels 1:120.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Aria variata in A Minor, BWV 989: Variation 4Emil Gilels0:520.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Aria variata in A Minor, BWV 989: Variation 5Emil Gilels0:480.89  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Aria variata in A Minor, BWV 989: Variation 6Emil Gilels 2:190.89  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Aria variata in A Minor, BWV 989: Variation 7Emil Gilels0:550.89  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Aria variata in A Minor, BWV 989: Variation 8Emil Gilels 1:010.89  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Aria variata in A Minor, BWV 989: Variation 9Emil Gilels 1:240.89  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Aria variata in A Minor, BWV 989: Variation 10Emil Gilels 1:420.89  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Piano Sonata No. 1 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 11: I. Introduzione: Un poco adagio - Allegro vivaceEmil Gilels 9:45Album Only
Listen18. Piano Sonata No. 1 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 11: II. AriaEmil Gilels 3:050.89  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Piano Sonata No. 1 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 11: III. Scherzo: Allegrissimo - Intermezzo - LentoEmil Gilels 4:080.89  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Piano Sonata No. 1 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 11: IV. Finale: Allegro un poco maestosoEmil Gilels10:44Album Only
Listen21. 6 Morceaux, Op. 19: No. 1. Reverie du soirEmil Gilels 4:250.89  Buy MP3 
Listen22. 6 Morceaux, Op. 19: No. 3. Feuillet d'albumEmil Gilels 1:400.89  Buy MP3 
Listen23. 6 Morceaux, Op. 19: No. 4. NocturneEmil Gilels 3:220.89  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Toccata in D Minor, Op. 11Emil Gilels 4:410.89  Buy MP3 


Disc 4:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Mass in D Major, Op. 123, "Missa Solemnis": Kyrie: Assai sostenuto (Mit Andacht)Zinka Milanov10:04Album Only
Listen  2. Mass in D Major, Op. 123, "Missa Solemnis": Gloria: Allegro vivaceZinka Milanov16:36Album Only
Listen  3. Mass in D Major, Op. 123, "Missa Solemnis": Credo: Allegro ma non troppoZinka Milanov17:58Album Only
Listen  4. Mass in D Major, Op. 123, "Missa Solemnis": Sanctus: Adagio (Mit Andacht)Zinka Milanov17:27Album Only
Listen  5. Mass in D Major, Op. 123, "Missa Solemnis": Agnus Dei: AdagioZinka Milanov16:40Album Only


Disc 5:

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Listen  1. Ballade No. 3 in A-Flat Major, Op. 47Sviatoslav Richter 7:180.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Scherzo No. 4 in E Major, Op. 54Sviatoslav Richter11:02Album Only
Listen  3. Mazurka No. 14 in G Minor, Op. 24, No. 1Sviatoslav Richter 2:450.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Mazurka No. 15 in C Major, Op. 24, No. 2Sviatoslav Richter 2:190.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Mazurka No. 16 in A-Flat Major, Op. 24, No. 3Sviatoslav Richter 2:330.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Mazurka No. 17 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 24, No. 4Sviatoslav Richter 4:320.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Barcarolle in F-Sharp Major, Op. 60Sviatoslav Richter 8:410.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Preludes, Book 1: No. 1. Danseuses de DelphesSviatoslav Richter 3:080.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Preludes, Book 1: No. 2. VoilesSviatoslav Richter 3:360.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Preludes, Book 1: No. 3. Le vent dans la plaineSviatoslav Richter 1:550.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Preludes, Book 1: No. 4. Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l'air du soirSviatoslav Richter 3:530.89  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Preludes, Book 1: No. 6. Des pas sur la neigeSviatoslav Richter 3:350.89  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Preludes, Book 1: No. 9. La serenade interrompueSviatoslav Richter 2:460.89  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Preludes, Book 1: No. 5. Les collines d'AnacapriSviatoslav Richter 2:480.89  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Preludes, Book 1: No. 11. La danse de PuckSviatoslav Richter 2:140.89  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Preludes, Book 1: No. 7. Ce qu'a vu le vent d'ouestSviatoslav Richter 2:510.89  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Preludes, Book 1: No. 10. La cathedrale engloutieSviatoslav Richter 7:280.89  Buy MP3 


Disc 6:

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Listen  1. Andante spianatoSviatoslav Richter 6:210.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Andante spianato and Grande polonaise brillante, Op. 22: Grande Polonaise BrillanteSviatoslav Richter 8:43Album Only
Listen  3. Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat Major, S124/R455: Allegro maestosoSviatoslav Richter 5:070.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat Major, S124/R455: Quasi adagioSviatoslav Richter 8:42Album Only
Listen  5. Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat Major, S124/R455: Allegro marziale animatoSviatoslav Richter 4:140.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Major, S125/R456: Adagio sostenuto assai -Sviatoslav Richter 7:160.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Major, S125/R456: Allegro moderato -Sviatoslav Richter 7:300.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Major, S125/R456: Marziale un poco meno allegro -Sviatoslav Richter 4:010.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Major, S125/R456: Allegro animatoSviatoslav Richter 1:590.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Fantasia on Hungarian Folk Themes, S123/R458, "Hungarian Fantasy"Sviatoslav Richter14:32Album Only


Disc 7:

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Listen  1. Pictures at an Exhibition (arr. M. Ravel for orchestra): PromenadeThe Philharmonia 1:390.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Pictures at an Exhibition (arr. M. Ravel for orchestra): I. The GnomePhilharmonia Orchestra 2:220.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Pictures at an Exhibition (arr. M. Ravel for orchestra): PromenadePhilharmonia Orchestra 1:010.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Pictures at an Exhibition (arr. M. Ravel for orchestra): II. The Old CastlePhilharmonia Orchestra 4:150.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Pictures at an Exhibition (arr. M. Ravel for orchestra): PromenadeThe Philharmonia0:330.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Pictures at an Exhibition (arr. M. Ravel for orchestra): III. TuileriesPhilharmonia Orchestra 1:120.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Pictures at an Exhibition (arr. M. Ravel for orchestra): IV. BydloPhilharmonia Orchestra 2:230.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Pictures at an Exhibition (arr. M. Ravel for orchestra): PromenadePhilharmonia Orchestra0:410.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Pictures at an Exhibition (arr. M. Ravel for orchestra): V. Ballet of the Unhatched ChicksThe Philharmonia 1:180.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Pictures at an Exhibition (arr. M. Ravel for orchestra): VI. Samuel Goldenberg and SchmuylePhilharmonia Orchestra 2:140.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Pictures at an Exhibition (arr. M. Ravel for orchestra): VII. The Market Place at LimogesPhilharmonia Orchestra 1:180.89  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Pictures At An Exhibition (Arr. M. Ravel For Orchestra): VIII. Catacombae: Sepulchrum RomanumPhilharmonia Orchestra 1:540.89  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Pictures at an Exhibition (arr. M. Ravel for orchestra): Cum mortuis in lingua mortuaPhilharmonia Orchestra 1:560.89  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Pictures at an Exhibition (arr. M. Ravel for orchestra): IX. The Hut on Fowl's Legs (Baba-Yaga)Philharmonia Orchestra 3:160.89  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Pictures at an Exhibition (arr. M. Ravel for orchestra): X. The Great Gate of KievPhilharmonia Orchestra 4:540.89  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74, "Pathetique": I. Adagio - Allegro non troppoPhilharmonia Orchestra18:49Album Only
Listen17. Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74, "Pathetique": II. Allegro con graciaPhilharmonia Orchestra 7:040.89  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74, "Pathetique": III. Allegro molto vivacePhilharmonia Orchestra 8:46Album Only
Listen19. Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74, "Pathetique": IV. Finale: Adagio lamentosoPhilharmonia Orchestra 9:55Album Only


Disc 8:

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Listen  1. Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat Major, Op. 107: I. AllegrettoMstislav Rostropovich 6:340.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat Major, Op. 107: II. ModeratoMstislav Rostropovich11:09Album Only
Listen  3. Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat Major, Op. 107: III. CadenzaMstislav Rostropovich 4:570.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat Major, Op. 107: IV. Allegro con motoMstislav Rostropovich 4:540.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Cello Concerto in A Minor, Op. 129: I. Nicht zu schnellMstislav Rostropovich12:00Album Only
Listen  6. Cello Concerto in A Minor, Op. 129: II. LangsamMstislav Rostropovich 4:290.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Cello Concerto in A Minor, Op. 129: III. Sehr lebhaftMstislav Rostropovich 7:540.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Keyboard Trio No. 16 in D Major, Hob.XV:16: I. AllegroLeonid Kogan 6:430.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Keyboard Trio No. 16 in D Major, Hob.XV:16: II. Andantino piu tosto allegrettoLeonid Kogan 5:090.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Keyboard Trio No. 16 in D Major, Hob.XV:16: III. Vivace assaiLeonid Kogan 4:080.89  Buy MP3 


Disc 9:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Piano Quintet in E-Flat Major, Op. 16: I. Grave - Allegro ma non troppoDennis Brain Wind Ensemble 9:47Album Only
Listen  2. Piano Quintet in E-Flat Major, Op. 16: II. Andante cantabileDennis Brain Wind Ensemble 7:180.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Piano Quintet in E-Flat Major, Op. 16: III. Rondo: Allegro ma non troppoDennis Brain Wind Ensemble 5:330.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. VillanelleDennis Brain 5:310.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Le Basque (arr. for horn and piano)Dennis Brain 1:160.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Horn Quintet in E-Flat Major, K. 407: I. AllegroDennis Brain 4:140.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Horn Quintet in E-Flat Major, K. 407: II. AndanteDennis Brain 4:590.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Horn Quintet in E-Flat Major, K. 407: III. Rondeau: AllegroDennis Brain 3:430.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Trio for Violin, Horn and Piano in E-Flat Major, Op. 40: I. Andante - Poco piu animatoMax Salpeter 7:530.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Trio for Violin, Horn and Piano in E-Flat Major, Op. 40: II. Scherzo: Allegro - Molto meno allegro - AllegroMax Salpeter 7:140.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Trio for Violin, Horn and Piano in E-Flat Major, Op. 40: III. Adagio mestoMax Salpeter 8:13Album Only
Listen12. Trio for Violin, Horn and Piano in E-Flat Major, Op. 40: IV. Finale: Allegro con brioMax Salpeter 5:490.89  Buy MP3 


Disc 10:

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Listen  1. Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring): Part I: Adoration of the Earth: Introduction -London Symphony Orchestra 3:310.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring): Part I: Adoration of the Earth: The Augurs of Spring - Dances of the Young Girls -London Symphony Orchestra 3:000.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring): Part I: Adoration of the Earth: Ritual of Abduction -London Symphony Orchestra 1:230.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring): Part I: Adoration of the Earth: Spring Rounds -London Symphony Orchestra 3:260.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring): Part I: Adoration of the Earth: Ritual of the River Tribes -London Symphony Orchestra 1:530.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring): Part I: Adoration of the Earth: Procession of the Sage -London Symphony Orchestra0:420.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring): Part I: Adoration of the Earth: The Sage -London Symphony Orchestra0:230.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring): Part I: Adoration of the Earth: Dance of the EarthLondon Symphony Orchestra 1:140.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring): Part II: The Sacrifice: Introduction -London Symphony Orchestra 3:310.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring): Part II: The Sacrifice: Mystic Circles of the Young Girls -London Symphony Orchestra 2:550.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring): Part II: The Sacrifice: Glorification of the Chosen One -London Symphony Orchestra 1:360.89  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring): Part II: The Sacrifice: Evocation of the Ancestors -London Symphony Orchestra0:470.89  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring): Part II: The Sacrifice: Ritual Action of the Ancestors -London Symphony Orchestra 3:090.89  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring): Part II: The Sacrifice: Sacrificial DanceLondon Symphony Orchestra 4:350.89  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Francesca da Rimini, Op. 32London Symphony Orchestra21:22Album Only
Listen16. Kolibel'naya Eryomushki (Eremushka's Lullaby)Galina Vishnevskaya 4:490.89  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Strekotun'ya beloboka (The Magpie) (orch. I. Markevitch)Galina Vishnevskaya 2:000.89  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Noch' (Night) (orch. I. Markevitch)Galina Vishnevskaya 3:320.89  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Gde ti, zvezdochka? (Where art thou, little star?)Galina Vishnevskaya 4:030.89  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Ozornik (The Ragamuffin) (orch. I. Markevitch)Galina Vishnevskaya 1:560.89  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Pesn' Yaremi (Yarema's Song), "Na Dnepre" (On the Dnieper) (orch. I. Markevitch)Galina Vishnevskaya 4:350.89  Buy MP3 


Disc 11:

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Listen  1. Die junge Nonne, Op. 43, No. 1, D. 828Janet Baker 5:070.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Das Rosenband, D. 280Janet Baker 1:530.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Auf dem See, Op. 92, No. 2, D. 543Janet Baker 3:400.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Blumenlied, D. 431Janet Baker 1:430.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Gondelfahrer, D. 808Janet Baker 2:370.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Die Gotter Griechenlands, D. 677Janet Baker 4:550.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Der Jungling und der Tod, D. 545b (2nd version)Janet Baker 4:510.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Schwestergruss, D. 762Janet Baker 6:170.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Amalia, D. 195Janet Baker 3:560.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Der Jungling am Bache, D. 30Janet Baker 4:010.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Die Entzuckung an Laura, D. 390Janet Baker 3:380.89  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Sehnsucht (Ach, aus dieses Tales Grunden), D. 636Janet Baker 5:020.89  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Der Sieg, D. 805Janet Baker 4:230.89  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Abendstern (Evening Star), D. 806Janet Baker 2:290.89  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Atys, D. 585Janet Baker 4:480.89  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Augenlied, D. 297Janet Baker 3:130.89  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Memnon, Op. 6, No. 1, D. 541Janet Baker 5:410.89  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Auflosung, D. 807Janet Baker 2:190.89  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Der Musensohn, Op. 92, No. 1, D. 764Janet Baker 2:190.89  Buy MP3 


Disc 12:

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Listen  1. Annees de pelerinage, 2nd year, Italy, S161/R10b: No. 5. Sonetto 104 del Petrarca (Sonnet 104 of Petrarch)Clifford Curzon 6:090.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Berceuse, S174/R57bClifford Curzon 7:410.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. 4 Valses oubliees, S215/R37: Valse oubliee No. 1Clifford Curzon 2:540.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Piano Sonata in B Minor, S178/R21: Lento assai - Allegro energico - Grandioso -Clifford Curzon 3:000.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Piano Sonata in B Minor, S178/R21: Grandioso -Clifford Curzon 1:560.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Piano Sonata in B Minor, S178/R21: Cantando espressivo -Clifford Curzon 3:370.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Piano Sonata in B Minor, S178/R21: Pesante -Clifford Curzon 1:370.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Piano Sonata in B Minor, S178/R21: Andante sostenuto -Clifford Curzon0:530.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Piano Sonata in B Minor, S178/R21: Quasi adagio -Clifford Curzon 5:050.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Piano Sonata in B Minor, S178/R21: Allegro energico -Clifford Curzon 1:500.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Piano Sonata in B Minor, S178/R21: Piu mosso -Clifford Curzon 1:490.89  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Piano Sonata in B Minor, S178/R21: Cantando espressivo -Clifford Curzon 1:110.89  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Piano Sonata in B Minor, S178/R21: Stretta quasi presto -Clifford Curzon 1:210.89  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Piano Sonata in B Minor, S178/R21: Andante sostenutoClifford Curzon 3:060.89  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Keyboard Sonata In F Minor, Hob. XVII:6, "Un Piccolo Divertimento: Variations"Clifford Curzon 8:56Album Only
Listen16. 4 Impromptus, Op. 90, D. 899: No. 2 in E-Flat MajorClifford Curzon 4:050.89  Buy MP3 
Listen17. 4 Impromptus, Op. 90, D. 899: No. 3 in G-Flat MajorClifford Curzon 4:500.89  Buy MP3 
Listen18. 4 Impromptus, Op. 90, D. 899: No. 4 in A-Flat MajorClifford Curzon 6:470.89  Buy MP3 


Disc 13:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35: I. Allegro moderatoDavid Oistrakh18:53Album Only
Listen  2. Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35: II. Canzonetta: AndanteDavid Oistrakh 6:500.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35: III. Finale: Allegro vivacissimoDavid Oistrakh 9:57Album Only
Listen  4. Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77: I. Allegro non troppoDavid Oistrakh21:15Album Only
Listen  5. Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77: II. AdagioDavid Oistrakh 9:10Album Only
Listen  6. Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77: III. Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivaceDavid Oistrakh 7:540.89  Buy MP3 


Disc 14:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 21: I. MaestosoArthur Rubinstein12:05Album Only
Listen  2. Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 21: II. LarghettoArthur Rubinstein 8:26Album Only
Listen  3. Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 21: III. Allegro vivaceArthur Rubinstein 8:22Album Only
Listen  4. Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23Arthur Rubinstein 9:05Album Only
Listen  5. Mazurka No. 35 in C Minor, Op. 56, No. 3Arthur Rubinstein 5:340.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Scherzo No. 4 in E Major, Op. 54Arthur Rubinstein11:20Album Only
Listen  7. 12 Etudes, Op. 10: No. 6 in E-Flat Minor, Op. 10, No. 6Arthur Rubinstein 3:240.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. 12 Etudes, Op. 10: No. 8 in F Major, Op. 10, No. 8Arthur Rubinstein 2:150.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. 12 Etudes, Op. 10: No. 9 in F Minor, Op. 10, No. 9Arthur Rubinstein 2:350.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Andante spianatoArthur Rubinstein 5:060.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Andante spianato and Grande polonaise brillante, Op. 22: Grande Polonaise BrillanteArthur Rubinstein 9:10Album Only


Disc 15:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Anacreon, ou L'amour fugitif: OvertureRoyal Philharmonic Orchestra10:10Album Only
Listen  2. Siegfried IdyllRoyal Philharmonic Orchestra16:15Album Only
Listen  3. Images: No. 2. Iberia: a. Par les rues et par les chemins -BBC Symphony Orchestra 6:480.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Images: No. 2. Iberia: b. Les parfums de la nuit -BBC Symphony Orchestra 7:100.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Images: No. 2. Iberia: c. Le matin d'un jour de feteBBC Symphony Orchestra 4:510.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, Op. 120 (revised version, 1851): I. Ziemlich langsam - LebhaftBBC Symphony Orchestra10:23Album Only
Listen  7. Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, Op. 120 (revised version, 1851): II. Romanze: Ziemlich langsamBBC Symphony Orchestra 4:250.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, Op. 120 (revised version, 1851): III. Scherzo: LebhaftBBC Symphony Orchestra 4:350.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, Op. 120 (revised version, 1851): IV. Langsam - LebhaftBBC Symphony Orchestra 8:08Album Only
Listen10. La damnation de Faust, Op. 24, Part I: Scene 3: Hungarian March, "Rakoczy March"London Symphony Orchestra 4:240.89  Buy MP3 


Disc 16:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Gwendoline: OvertureRoyal Philharmonic Orchestra 9:17Album Only
Listen  2. Divertimento No. 2 in D Major, K. 131: I. AllegroRoyal Philharmonic Orchestra 3:520.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Divertimento No. 2 in D Major, K. 131: II. AdagioRoyal Philharmonic Orchestra 4:120.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Divertimento No. 2 in D Major, K. 131: VI. Adagio - Allegro molto - Allegro assaiRoyal Philharmonic Orchestra 5:420.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Brigg Fair: An English RhapsodyRoyal Philharmonic Orchestra15:35Album Only
Listen  6. L'enfant prodigueRoyal Philharmonic Orchestra 4:420.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Le rouet d'Omphale, Op. 31Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 9:18Album Only
Listen  8. Les Troyens, Act IV: Chasse Royale et Orage (Royal Hunt and Storm)Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 8:42Album Only
Listen  9. Introduction by Sir Thomas BeechamThomas Beecham 2:170.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. La vierge, Act IV: Prelude, "Le dernier sommeil de la Vierge" (The Last Sleep of the Virgin)Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 4:380.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Introduction by Sir Thomas BeechamThomas Beecham0:470.89  Buy MP3 
Listen12. EspanaRoyal Philharmonic Orchestra 6:270.89  Buy MP3 


Disc 17:

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Listen  1. Piano Sonata No. 6 in E Minor, D. 566, "Unfinished": I. ModeratoWilhelm Kempff 7:110.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Piano Sonata No. 6 in E Minor, D. 566, "Unfinished": II. AllegrettoWilhelm Kempff 6:030.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. 4 Ballades, Op. 10: No. 1 in D Minor, "Edward"Wilhelm Kempff 3:420.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. 4 Ballades, Op. 10: No. 2 in D MajorWilhelm Kempff 6:130.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. 4 Ballades, Op. 10: No. 3 in B MinorWilhelm Kempff 3:510.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. 4 Ballades, Op. 10: No. 4 in B MajorWilhelm Kempff 7:420.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Piano Sonata No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 22: I. So rasch wir moglichWilhelm Kempff 6:430.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Piano Sonata No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 22: II. AndantinoWilhelm Kempff 4:430.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Piano Sonata No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 22: III. ScherzoWilhelm Kempff 1:480.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Piano Sonata No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 22: IV. RondoWilhelm Kempff 6:030.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. 4 Impromptus, Op. 142, D. 935: No. 2 in A-Flat MajorWilhelm Kempff 5:270.89  Buy MP3 
Listen12. 6 Piano Pieces, Op. 118: No. 5. Romanze in F MajorWilhelm Kempff 3:330.89  Buy MP3 
Listen13. 6 Piano Pieces, Op. 118: No. 6. Intermezzo in E-Flat MinorWilhelm Kempff 5:030.89  Buy MP3 
Listen14. 8 Piano Pieces, Op. 76: No. 4. Intermezzo in B-Flat MajorWilhelm Kempff 2:490.89  Buy MP3 


Disc 18:

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Listen  1. Keyboard Sonata in C Minor, K.11/L.352/P.67Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli 2:590.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Keyboard Sonata in B-Flat Major, K.332/L.141/P.519Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli 2:200.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Keyboard Sonata in B-Flat Major, K.172/L.S40/P.313Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli 4:130.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111: I. Maestoso - Allegro con brio ed appassionatoArturo Benedetti Michelangeli 8:40Album Only
Listen  5. Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111: II. Arietta: Adagio molto semplice e cantabileArturo Benedetti Michelangeli16:33Album Only
Listen  6. Keyboard Sonata in B-Flat Major, Op. 12, No. 1: I. PrestoArturo Benedetti Michelangeli 6:500.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Keyboard Sonata in B-Flat Major, Op. 12, No. 1: II. Larghetto con espressioneArturo Benedetti Michelangeli 3:060.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Keyboard Sonata in B-Flat Major, Op. 12, No. 1: III. Lindor with variations: AllegrettoArturo Benedetti Michelangeli 7:250.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 35, "Funeral March": I. Grave - Doppio movimentoArturo Benedetti Michelangeli 7:350.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 35, "Funeral March": II. ScherzoArturo Benedetti Michelangeli 7:500.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 35, "Funeral March": III. Marche funebre: LentoArturo Benedetti Michelangeli 9:19Album Only
Listen12. Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 35, "Funeral March": IV. Finale: PrestoArturo Benedetti Michelangeli 1:370.89  Buy MP3 


Disc 19:

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Listen  1. Keyboard Sonata In F Minor, Hob. XVII:6, "Un Piccolo Divertimento: Variations"Annie Fischer 8:39Album Only
Listen  2. Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27, No. 2, "Moonlight": I. Adagio sostenutoAnnie Fischer 6:530.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27, No. 2, "Moonlight": II. AllegrettoAnnie Fischer 2:060.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27, No. 2, "Moonlight": III. Presto agitatoAnnie Fischer 5:420.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Scherzo No. 3 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 39Annie Fischer 7:200.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. 32 Variations in C Minor, WoO 80Annie Fischer11:13Album Only
Listen  7. Marosszeki tancok (Dances of Marosszek) (version for piano)Annie Fischer12:24Album Only
Listen  8. Piano Sonata No. 14 in C Minor, K. 457: I. Molto allegroAnnie Fischer 6:240.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Piano Sonata No. 14 in C Minor, K. 457: II. AdagioAnnie Fischer 8:06Album Only
Listen10. Piano Sonata No. 14 in C Minor, K. 457: III. Allegro assaiAnnie Fischer 5:050.89  Buy MP3 


Disc 20:

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Listen  1. Symphony No. 4 in C Minor, Op. 43: I. Allegretto poco moderato - PrestoPhilharmonia Orchestra25:31Album Only
Listen  2. Symphony No. 4 in C Minor, Op. 43: II. Moderato con motoPhilharmonia Orchestra 8:39Album Only
Listen  3. Symphony No. 4 in C Minor, Op. 43: III. Largo - AllegroPhilharmonia Orchestra25:26Album Only
Listen  4. Suite from Katerina Izmailova (Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District), Op. 114a: I. Allegretto (entr'acte between scenes 1 and 2)Philharmonia Orchestra 2:220.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Suite from Katerina Izmailova (Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District), Op. 114a: II. Allegro con brio (entr'acte between scenes 2 and 3)Philharmonia Orchestra 1:570.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Suite from Katerina Izmailova (Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District), Op. 114a: V. Presto (entr'acte between scenes 7 and 8)Philharmonia Orchestra 1:540.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Suite from Katerina Izmailova (Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District), Op. 114a: IV. Allegretto (entr'acte between scenes 6 and 7)Philharmonia Orchestra 1:500.89  Buy MP3 


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This 20-CD box represents some of the greatest performances taken from the BBC archives which were featured in the best-selling series BBC Legends, launched in 1998.

The Legends series is no longer available, making this set of 20 CDs highly sought after by collectors. This important set is being offered at a reduction of around 70% of the original selling price – a bargain complete with luxurious presentation box and full track listing, recording information etc. Highlights include: Toscanini’s incandescent Beethoven in London in 1938; Horenstein’s pioneering Mahler’s ‘Symphony of a Thousand’ in stereo from 1959; the legendary Mravinsky conducting Shostakovich’s greatest symphony in 1960 in stereo with the Leningrad Philharmonic in London; Richter’s early recitals from 1961 and electrifying Liszt concertos; Rostropovich performing the European premiere of Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No.1 in 1961; Dennis Brain, arguably the greatest horn player of the 20th century; Emil Gilels, the celebrated Russian pianist in London in 1957; Dame Janet Baker, one of Britain’s most revered singers performing Schubert; David Oistrakh, the doyen of violinists playing the Brahms and Tchaikovsky concertos from 1960 and 1961; Rubinstein, the composer’s greatest interpreter playing Chopin accompanied by Giulini in 1961; Beecham conducting his favourite ‘lollipops’; Kempff, that poet of the piano playing Schubert in 1972; the legendary Michelangeli in 1961 performing Beethoven and Chopin sonatas; and Rozhdestvensky conducting the European premiere of Shostakovich’s Symphony No.4 in 1960 in stereo.

The majority of the recordings have won important magazine awards and nominations in worldwide publications, such as Fanfare Magazine (US), Fono Forum (Germany), Record Geijutsu (Japan), Diapason & Monde de la Musique (France), Gramophone’s Editor’s Choice (Richter, Kempff, Brain) and the Gramophone Historic Award Winner 2005 (Annie Fischer) in the UK.

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Oeuvres de Mahler, Chostakovitch, Scarlatti, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Moussorgski... / Jascha Horenstein - Evgeny Mravinsky - Emil Gilels - Arturo Toscanini - Sviatoslav Richter - Carlo Maria Giulini - Dennis Brain - Janet Baker - David Oistrakh - Pierre Monteux...

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50 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Luxurious presentation ??? 1 Oct 2013
By Steve TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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The five stars is for these performances, which includes Horenstein's legendary Mahler 8 from the Royal Albert Hall (still my number one choice, despite its faults, in superbly spacious 1959 stereo), Mravinsky's Shostakovich 8 from the Festival Hall with the Leningrad Phil., Markevitch in Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky and Stravinsky, and Oistrakh in the Tchaikovsky and Brahms violin concertos.

These CDs work out at about 2-50 each, which is excellent value. The Horenstein Mahler has been unavailable for some time and was selling for silly prices.

But I take issue with ICA's description of this release...'complete with luxurious presentation box and full track listing, recording information etc.'

This led me to expect a substantial booklet, for which there is plenty of space in the box. What you actually get is a basic cardboard box, and the 20 CDs in cardboard envelopes. True, they do print track and recording details on the back of each cardboard sleeve, but is that really 'luxurious' presentation?. Surely ICA could have supplied some notes on the artists and works. There is nothing.

Still, excellent value and a must even if you want only a few of these recordings. But don't expect the truly luxurious presentation of the recent Mercury, Decca Sound and Decca Britten boxes.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Box Sets, Box Sets 10 Jan 2014
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Nineteen artists are listed on the box for twenty CDs - Sviatoslav Richter gets two CDs, one in concertante works, and the Rubinstein includes the F minor Chopin Concerto (in 1961 at the RFH, in what sounds like mono, with a gigantic piano image, apparently the balance he preferred, according to Culshaw, keeping the orchestra -under Giulini, no less - well back, and Rubinstein occasionally genuinely poetic but mainly in his default swaggering concert-hall mode, as though he was playing the Thchaikovsky B flat minor - the solos, from a 1959 BBC concert, are, however, spontaneous, meditative where they need to be, and poetic throughout),which means six and a bit of the twenty, around a third, are solo piano discs. The only solo vocal disc (Schubert) is from Janet Baker. Dennis Brain, Oistrakh, and Rostropovich are the other soloists. Of the seven conductors the only one who held a BBC appointment is Rozhdestvensky. BBC orchestral musicians, and one major composer, do get heard. The only British conductor in the list is that bosom friend and supporter of the BBC through thick and thin, the late Sir Thomas Beecham. Still, the corporation does manage to get its property in its 'word mark and logo' acknowledged. The BBC once used to put on operas in the studio - there are notable survivals on other labels, including Beecham's Elektra, and Fair Maid of Perth, the original versions of Boccanegra, Forza del destino, Macbeth... I could go on. The only sniff of opera we get here is a suite from 'Katerina Ismailova', even though the original version, the Lady MacBeth of Mtsensk, had returned to circulation by then. The 'Britten The Performer' BBC discs are not represented, presumably for Byzantine contractual reasons. Bizarrely, in his centenary year. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars great discs 24 Jan 2014
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good variety -great sound despite old recordings-good value-fine conductors and orchestras
very good selections of composers an some of the best symphonies
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great value for money 3 Nov 2013
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Quite a mix mainy of classic music recordings this compilation is interesting to listen to although it might not fit easily in the library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ICA Classics presents some of the ‘finest hours’ of BBC concert broadcasts 27 Feb 2014
By ABaujean - Published on Amazon.com
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THE BELOW WAS FIRST PUBLISHED ON[...]
By Stephen Smoliar

ICA Classics presents some of the ‘finest hours’ of BBC concert broadcasts

About half a century ago, if you lived in the United Kingdom, it was possible to get the foundations of a basic education in music appreciation simply by having a radio. Those were the days when the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) had a major commitment to bringing classical music performances of the highest quality to anyone having a licensed radio (since the expenses for doing this were covered in part by the tariff paid by any radio owner). That commitment involved not only inviting some of the best performers of the time to perform before an audience in a BBC studio but also maintaining several of its own “house” orchestras. To this day those activities continue to set one of the highest standards for what any government would dare to call “public broadcasting.”

At the end of last October, ICA Classics released a twenty-CD box entitled BBC Legends. This is a generous sampling of what one might hear over the radio during those glory days of the BBC, and the title of the collection is far from hyperbole. Indeed, the box establishes the high caliber of its value from its very first disc, an interpretation of Gustav Mahler’s eighth symphony recorded in the Royal Albert Hall on March 20, 1959 with Jascha Horenstein conducting the vast resources required for the performance of this “symphony of a thousand.”

While there have been some impressive recordings of this symphony, drawing upon more recent technology, that have been released since this concert, in my book Horenstein remains the “leader of the pack” when it comes to making sense of this particular symphony. Through this recording one can appreciate that, while the second movement is almost three times longer than the first (there are only two movements), the opening movement’s setting of the hymn “Veni, creator spiritus” (come, creative spirit) lays out the thematic lexicon for the second movement, Mahler’s abridged version of the final scene from the second part of Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, making that second movement one of the most extended exercises in prolongation to have been undertaken by any composer.

Impressive as Horenstein’s efforts may be, one must not neglect the superior work of the BBC technicians responsible for capturing this event. This was, after all, a “live” concert, which would not afford the luxury of retakes and patches. Furthermore, beyond the sheer number of performers, there is a breadth of dynamic range that may exceed that of Richard Wagner’s entire Ring cycle. Indeed, is there any other composition whose performance requires the full power of a pipe organ on the one hand and a solo mandolin on the other? Thus, while it may be folly to say that the listener can “take it all in” from this recording, it may come impressively close to what can be “taken in” when listening to this symphony in a concert hall (where “taking it all in” is not that much easier).

Nevertheless, my enthusiasm for this opening selection should not detract from the high standards of performance provided by the other artists in this collection. The set also offers opportunities to listen to conductors such as Arturo Toscanini, Thomas Beecham, Pierre Monteux, and Benjamin Britten. Instrumental soloists include pianists Emil Gilels, Sviatoslav Richter, Wilhelm Kempff, and Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, as well as cellist Mstislav Rostropovich performing concertos conducted by Britten and Gennady Rozhdestvensky and chamber music with Giles and violinist Leonid Kogan, as well as Dennis Brain performing Johannes Brahms’ Opus 40 horn trio in E-flat major with Max Salpeter on violin and Cyril Preedy on piano.

If all this sounds a bit overwhelming or if 20 CDs sounds like too much of a commitment, I am happy to report that ICA Classics is continuing to put out new single-disc releases of BBC concert recordings. Only a few weeks after releasing BBC Legends, the label added to the set with a single CD of Rozhdestvensky conducting the BBC Symphony in selections from two concert appearances, one in September of 1978 (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Opus 64 symphony in E minor, his fifth) and the other in August of 1981 (Leoš Janáček’s Taras Bulba suite). These two compositions could not be more different in their respective rhetorical stances. However, each has its own approach to dealing with both grand sounds and intimate introspections; and Rozhdestvensky is equally in his element in giving each of the composers his respective due.

After listening to the full scope of these recordings, I am tempted to fall back on that old declaration that “They don’t make them like they used to;” and, while that may be some exaggeration, there is no ignoring the value of having this major auditory document of how “they used to” give concert performances.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Horenstein Mahler 8th included!! 27 Nov 2013
By Nancy B. Casper - Published on Amazon.com
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Horenstein Mahler 8th is here! First thing up. I've wished for that for years, but used discs priced out of range! Buy this!
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