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  • Audio CD (30 Jan. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 51
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B005XBA9Y8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Promenade - Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Rafael Kubelik
  2. Gnomus - Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Rafael Kubelik
  3. Promenade - Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Rafael Kubelik
  4. The Old Castle - Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Rafael Kubelik
  5. Promenade - Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Rafael Kubelik
  6. The Tuileries Gardens - Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Rafael Kubelik
  7. Bydlo - Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Rafael Kubelik
  8. Promenade - Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Rafael Kubelik
  9. Ballet of the Chickens in Their Shells - Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Rafael Kubelik
  10. Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle - Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Rafael Kubelik
  11. The Market-place at Limoges - Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Rafael Kubelik
  12. The Catacombs (Sepulchrum romanum) - Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Rafael Kubelik
  13. Cum mortuis in lingua mortua - Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Rafael Kubelik
  14. The Hut on Fowl's Legs (Baba-Yaga) - Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Rafael Kubelik
  15. The Great Gate of Kiev - Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Rafael Kubelik
  16. 1. Andante tranquillo - George Schick, Irwin Fischer, Edward Metzenger, Allen Graham, Lionel Sayers, Thomas Glenecke, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Rafael Kubelik
  17. 2. Allegro - George Schick, Irwin Fischer, Edward Metzenger, Allen Graham, Lionel Sayers, Thomas Glenecke, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Rafael Kubelik
  18. 3. Adagio - George Schick, Irwin Fischer, Edward Metzenger, Allen Graham, Lionel Sayers, Thomas Glenecke, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Rafael Kubelik
  19. 4. Allegro molto - George Schick, Irwin Fischer, Edward Metzenger, Allen Graham, Lionel Sayers, Thomas Glenecke, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Rafael Kubelik

Disc: 2

  1. 1. Vysehrad (The High Castle) - Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Rafael Kubelik
  2. 2. Vltava (The Moldau) - Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Rafael Kubelik
  3. 3. Sarka - Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Rafael Kubelik
  4. 4. Z ceskych luhu a haju (From Bohemia's Meadows and Forests) - Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Rafael Kubelik
  5. 5. Tábor - Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Rafael Kubelik
  6. 6. Blanik - Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Rafael Kubelik

Disc: 3

  1. Mexican Rhapsody - Eastman-Rochester Orchestra, Howard Hanson
  2. Savannah River Holiday - Eastman-Rochester Orchestra, Howard Hanson
  3. 1. Cindy - Eastman-Rochester Orchestra, Howard Hanson
  4. 2. Ballad - Eastman-Rochester Orchestra, Howard Hanson
  5. 3. Shivaree - Eastman-Rochester Orchestra, Howard Hanson
  6. Joe Clark Steps Out - Eastman-Rochester Orchestra, Howard Hanson
  7. Part 1 - Eastman Rochester School Of Music Chorus, Eastman-Rochester Orchestra, Howard Hanson
  8. Part 2 - Eastman Rochester School Of Music Chorus, Eastman-Rochester Orchestra, Howard Hanson
  9. Overture to the Creole "Faust" - Eastman-Rochester Orchestra, Howard Hanson

Disc: 4

  1. Prelude; the fairy tale begins - Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  2. Viennese musical clock - Toni Koves, Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  3. Song - Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Toni Koves, Antal Doráti
  4. The battle and defeat of Napoleon - Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Toni Koves, Antal Doráti
  5. Intermezzo - Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Toni Koves, Antal Doráti
  6. Entrance of the emperor and his court - Toni Koves, Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  7. Hungarian Sketches - Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  8. Roumanian Folk Dances - Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  9. Marosszéki táncok (Dances of Marosszèk) - for orchestra - Philharmonia Hungarica, Antal Doráti
  10. Galántai táncok (Dances of Galánta) - Philharmonia Hungarica, Antal Doráti

Disc: 5

  1. 1. Allegro non troppo - Yehudi Menuhin, Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  2. 2. Andante tranquillo - Yehudi Menuhin, Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  3. 3. Allegro molto - Yehudi Menuhin, Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  4. 1. Comodo - Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  5. 2. Allegro scherzando - Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  6. 3. Andante - Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  7. 4. Comodo - Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti

Disc: 6

  1. Brazilian Sleigh Bells - Eastman-Rochester "Pops" Orchestra, Frederick Fennell
  2. Andalucía - Rolando Valdés-Bain, Eastman-Rochester "Pops" Orchestra, Frederick Fennell
  3. Malagueña - Rolando Valdés-Bain, Eastman-Rochester "Pops" Orchestra, Frederick Fennell
  4. Intermezzo - Eastman-Rochester "Pops" Orchestra, Frederick Fennell
  5. Jamaican Rumba - Eastman-Rochester "Pops" Orchestra, Frederick Fennell
  6. Batuque - Eastman-Rochester "Pops" Orchestra, Frederick Fennell
  7. Amparito Roca - Eastman-Rochester "Pops" Orchestra, Frederick Fennell
  8. Ritual Fire Dance - Eastman-Rochester "Pops" Orchestra, Frederick Fennell
  9. The Bullfighter's Prayer, Op.34 (La oración del torero) - Version for String Orchestra - Eastman-Rochester "Pops" Orchestra, Frederick Fennell
  10. Brazilian Dance - Eastman-Rochester "Pops" Orchestra, Frederick Fennell
  11. Hora staccato - Orchestrated by Adolph Schmidt - Eastman-Rochester "Pops" Orchestra, Frederick Fennell
  12. Liebestraum No.3 in A flat, S.541 No.3 - for Orchestra - Eastman-Rochester "Pops" Orchestra, Frederick Fennell
  13. Love's Dream After the Ball - Eastman-Rochester "Pops" Orchestra, Frederick Fennell
  14. Finlandia, Op.26 - Eastman-Rochester "Pops" Orchestra, Frederick Fennell
  15. Clair de lune - Eastman-Rochester "Pops" Orchestra, Frederick Fennell
  16. Polka - Eastman-Rochester "Pops" Orchestra, Frederick Fennell

Disc: 7

  1. 1. Invocation to Veles and Ala - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  2. 2. The Evil God and Dance of the Pagan Monsters - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  3. 3. Night - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  4. 4. Lolly's Pursuit of the Evil God, and Sunrise - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  5. 1. The Ridiculous People - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  6. 2. Infernal Scene - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  7. 3. March - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  8. 4. Scherzo - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  9. 5. The Prince and the Princess - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  10. 6. The Escape - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  11. 1. Andante - Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  12. 2. Allegro marcato - Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  13. 3. Adagio - Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  14. 4. Allegro giocoso - Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti

Disc: 8

  1. 1. Overture - Eastman-Rochester Orchestra, Howard Hanson
  2. 2. Children's Dance - Eastman-Rochester Orchestra, Howard Hanson
  3. 3. Love Duet - Eastman-Rochester Orchestra, Howard Hanson
  4. 4. Prelude to Act II and Maypole Dances - Eastman-Rochester Orchestra, Howard Hanson
  5. Mosaics - Eastman-Rochester Orchestra, Howard Hanson
  6. 1. Bells - Eastman Philharmonia, Howard Hanson
  7. 2. Tamara and Peter Bolshoi - Eastman Philharmonia, Howard Hanson
  8. 3. Deserted House - Eastman Philharmonia, Howard Hanson
  9. 4. Eccentric Clock - Eastman Philharmonia, Howard Hanson
  10. 5. Deep Forest - Eastman Philharmonia, Howard Hanson
  11. 6. Clowns - Eastman Philharmonia, Howard Hanson
  12. 7. Dance - Eastman Philharmonia, Howard Hanson
  13. 8. Serious Conversations - Eastman Philharmonia, Howard Hanson
  14. 9. Kikimora - Eastman Philharmonia, Howard Hanson
  15. 10. Mist - Eastman Philharmonia, Howard Hanson
  16. 11. Fireworks - Eastman Philharmonia, Howard Hanson
  17. 12. Dreams - Eastman Philharmonia, Howard Hanson
  18. 1. Lento molto and molto tranquillo - Alfred Mouledous, Eastman-Rochester Orchestra, Howard Hanson
  19. 2. Allegro molto ritmico - Alfred Mouledous, Eastman-Rochester Orchestra, Howard Hanson
  20. 3. Andante molto espressivo - Alfred Mouledous, Eastman-Rochester Orchestra, Howard Hanson
  21. 4. Allegro giocoso - Alfred Mouledous, Eastman-Rochester Orchestra, Howard Hanson

Disc: 9

  1. Ouverture solennelle "1812," Op.49 - Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, University Of Minnesota Brass Band, Antal Doráti
  2. Commentary to the "1812 Overture"/Sound effects/Bells - Deems Taylor
  3. Capriccio italien, Op.45 - Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  4. 1. Battle - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  5. 2. Symphony of Triumph - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  6. Commentary to "Wellington's Victory"/Sound effects - Deems Taylor

Disc: 10

  1. No.1 in C (Presto) - Antal Doráti, Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
  2. No.2 in E minor (Allegretto scherzando) - Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  3. No.3 in A flat (Poco allegro) - Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  4. No.4 in F (Tempo di minuetto) - Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  5. No.5 in A (Allegro vivace) - Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  6. No.6 in D (Allegretto scherzando) - Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  7. No.7 in C minor (Allegro assai) - Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  8. No.8 in G minor (Presto) - Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  9. No.1 in B (Molto vivace) - Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  10. No.2 in E minor (Allegretto grazioso) - Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  11. No.3 in F (Allegro) - Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  12. No.4 in D flat (Allegretto grazioso) - Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  13. No.5 in B flat minor (Poco adagio) - Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  14. No.6 in B flat (Moderato, quasi minuetto) - Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  15. No.7 in C (Allegro vivace) - Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  16. No.8 in A flat (Lento grazioso, ma non troppo, quasi tempo di valse) - Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti

Disc: 11

  1. 1. Sunrise - Eastman-Rochester Orchestra, Howard Hanson
  2. 2. The Painted Desert - Eastman-Rochester Orchestra, Howard Hanson
  3. 3. On the Trail - Eastman-Rochester Orchestra, Howard Hanson
  4. 4. Sunset - Eastman-Rochester Orchestra, Howard Hanson
  5. 5. Cloudburst - Eastman-Rochester Orchestra, Howard Hanson
  6. 1. Father of Waters - Eastman-Rochester Orchestra, Howard Hanson
  7. 2. Huckleberry Finn - Eastman-Rochester Orchestra, Howard Hanson
  8. 3. Old Creole Days - Eastman-Rochester Orchestra, Howard Hanson
  9. 4. Mardi Gras - Eastman-Rochester Orchestra, Howard Hanson
  10. 1. Allegro impetuoso - Georges Miquelle, Eastman-Rochester Orchestra, Howard Hanson
  11. 2. Lento - Andante tranquillo - Georges Miquelle, Eastman-Rochester Orchestra, Howard Hanson
  12. 3. Allegro - Georges Miquelle, Eastman-Rochester Orchestra, Howard Hanson

Disc: 12

  1. 1. The Earle of Oxford's Marche - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  2. 2. Pavana - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  3. 3. John come kiss me now - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  4. 4. The Mayden's Song - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  5. 5. Wolsey's Wilde - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  6. 6. The Bells - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  7. Crown Imperial: A Coronation March - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  8. "Hammersmith": Prelude and Scherzo, Op.52 - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  9. 1. Serenade - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  10. 2. Spiritual - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  11. 3. Celebration - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  12. Fanfare and Allegro - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell

Disc: 13

  1. The Shrovetide Fair - The Crowds - The Conjuring-trick - Russian Dance - Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  2. Petrouchka's Room - Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  3. The Moor's Room - Dance of the Ballerina - Waltz (The Ballerina and the Moor) - Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  4. The Shrovetide Fair - The Wet-nurses - The Peasant and the Bear - The Merchant and the Gipsies - The Coachmen and the Grooms - The Masqueraders - Petrouchka's Death - Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  5. Part 1: The Adoration of the Earth - Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  6. Part 2: The Sacrifice - Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  7. Danse - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  8. Excentrique - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  9. Cantique - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  10. Madrid - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti

Disc: 14

  1. Overture - Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Paul Paray
  2. Overture - Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Paul Paray
  3. Overture - Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Paul Paray
  4. Overture - Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Paul Paray
  5. Overture - Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Paul Paray
  6. Overture - Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Paul Paray
  7. Overture - Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Paul Paray
  8. Overture - Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Paul Paray
  9. Masaniello Overture - Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Paul Paray

Disc: 15

  1. 1. Rêveries. Passions (Largo - Allegro agitato ed appassionato assai) - Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Paul Paray
  2. 2. Un bal (Valse: Allegro non troppo) - Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Paul Paray
  3. 3. Scène aux champs (Adagio) - Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Paul Paray
  4. 4. Marche au supplice (Allegretto non troppo) - Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Paul Paray
  5. 5. Songe d'une nuit du Sabbat (Larghetto - Allegro - Ronde du Sabbat: Poco meno mosso) - Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Paul Paray
  6. Marche hongroise - Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Paul Paray
  7. Marche troyenne - Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Paul Paray
  8. Overture "Le corsaire", Op.21 - Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Paul Paray
  9. Overture "Le carnaval romain", Op.9 - Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Paul Paray

Disc: 16

  1. Sound Off - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  2. Nobles of the Mystic Shrine - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  3. Sabre and Spurs - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  4. The Picadore - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  5. Our Flirtations - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  6. The High School Cadets - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  7. The Invincible Eagle - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  8. Bullets and Bayonets - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  9. The Liberty Bell - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  10. Riders for the Flag - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  11. Solid Men to the Front! - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  12. The Gallant Seventh - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  13. The Rifle Regiment - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  14. The Pride of the Wolverines - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  15. Golden Jubilee - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  16. The Gridiron Club - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  17. New Mexico - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  18. Sesqui-Centennial Exposition - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  19. The Black Horse Troop - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  20. The Kansas Wildcats - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  21. Manhattan Beach - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  22. Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  23. The National Game - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  24. The Glory of the Yankee Navy - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell

Disc: 17

  1. Roumanian Rhapsody in A, Op.11, No.1 - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  2. Hungarian Rhapsody No.1 in F minor, S.359 No.1 - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  3. Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 in D minor, S.359 No.2 - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  4. Hungarian Rhapsody No.3 in D, S.359 No.3 - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  5. Hungarian Rhapsody No.4 in D minor, S.359 No.4 - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  6. Hungarian Rhapsody No.5 in E minor, S.359 No.5 - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  7. Hungarian Rhapsody No.6 in D, S.359 No.6 - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti

Disc: 18

  1. Sabre Dance - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  2. Ayesha's Dance - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  3. Dance of the Rose Maidens - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  4. Dance of the Kurds - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  5. Lullaby - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  6. Dance of the Young Kurds - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  7. Armen's Variation - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  8. Lezghinka - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  9. 1. Moderato - Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
  10. 2. Allegretto - Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
  11. 3. Largo - Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
  12. 4. Allegro non troppo - Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski

Disc: 19

  1. Roumanian Rhapsody in D, Op.11, No.2 - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  2. Hungarian Dance No.5 in G minor - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  3. Hungarian Dance No.6 in D flat - Orchestrated by A. Parlow (?-1888) - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  4. Hungarian Dance No.7 in F Hungarian Dance No. 7 in A - Orchestrated by A. Hallén (1846-1925) - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  5. Hungarian Dance No.21 in E minor - Orchestrated by A. Dvorák (1841-1904) - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  6. Hungarian Dance No.11 in D minor - Orchestrated by Albert Parlow (?-1888) - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  7. Hungarian Dance No.2 in D minor - Orchestrated by Johan Andreas Hallén (1846-1925) - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  8. Hungarian Dance No.1 in G minor - Orchestrated by Brahms - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  9. Hungarian Dance No.10 in F - Orchestrated by Brahms - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  10. Hungarian Dance No.3 in F - Orchestrated by Brahms - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  11. Hungarian Dance No.18 in D - Orchestrated by A. Dvorák (1841-1904) - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  12. Hungarian Dance No.17 in F sharp minor - Orchestrated by A. Dvorák (1841-1904) - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  13. Hungarian Dance No.19 in B minor - Orchestrated by A. Dvorák (1841-1904) - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  14. Hungarian Dance No.20 in E minor - Orchestrated by A. Dvorák (1841-1904) - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  15. Hungarian Dance No.12 in D minor - Orchestrated by Albert Parlow (?-1888) - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  16. Hungarian Dance No.15 in B flat - Orchestrated by Albert Parlow (?-1888) - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  17. Hungarian Dance No.4 in F sharp minor - Orchestrated by A. Hallén (1846-1925) - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  18. Theme: "Chorale St. Antoni" - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  19. Variation I: Poco più animato - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  20. Variation II: Più vivace - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  21. Variation III: Con moto - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  22. Variation IV: Andante con moto - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  23. Variation V: Vivace - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  24. Variation VI: Vivace - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  25. Variation VII: Grazioso - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  26. Variation VIII: Presto non troppo - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  27. Finale: Andante - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti

Disc: 20

  1. Hail to the Chief - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  2. Listen to the Mocking Bird - Band Music of the Union Troops/Arr. attributed to G.W. Ingals - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  3. Palmyra Scottische - Band Music of the Union Troops/Arranged by C.S. Grafulla - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  4. Hail Columbia - Band Music of the Union Troops - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  5. Freischütz Quickstep - Band Music of the Union Troops/Arranged from Von Weber's "Der Freischütz" - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  6. Parade - Band Music of the Union Troops/Arranged by C.S. Grafulla - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  7. Port Royal Galop - Band Music of the Union Troops - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  8. Nightingale Waltz - Band Music of the Union Troops - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  9. La Marseillaise - Band Music of the Union Troops/Arranged by C.S. Grafulla - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  10. Dixie & Bonnie Blue Flag - Band Music of the Confederate Troops/Arranged by J. Leinbach - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  11. Cheer Boys Cheer - Band Music of the Confederate Troops - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  12. Luto Quickstep - Band Music of the Confederate Troops - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  13. Old North State - Band Music of the Confederate Troops/Arr. attributed to J.A. Leinbach - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  14. Easter Galop - Band Music of the Confederate Troops - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  15. Come, dearest, the daylight is gone - Band Music of the Confederate Troops - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  16. Maryland, My Maryland - Band Music of the Confederate Troops - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  17. Waltz (No.19, Book I of the Regiment Band of the 26th North Carolina) - Band Music of the Confederate Troops - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  18. Psalm 100 - "Old Hundredth"/Band Music of the Confederate Troops/Attributed to Loys Bourgeois (c.1510-c.1560) - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  19. The Girl I Left Behind Me - Field Music of Union and Confederate Troops - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  20. The Recruiting Sergeant - Field Music of Union and Confederate Troops - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  21. Jefferson and Liberty - Field Music of Union and Confederate Troops - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  22. Old 1812 - Field Music of Union and Confederate Troops - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  23. Carry Me Back - Field Music of Union and Confederate Troops - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  24. Liverpool Hornpipe - Field Music of Union and Confederate Troops - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  25. Newport - Field Music of Union and Confederate Troops - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  26. Garry Owen - Field Music of Union and Confederate Troops - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  27. Cavalry Bugle Signals - Field Music of Union and Confederate Troops - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  28. The Sounds of Conflict: Fort Sumter to Gettysburg - Martin Gabel

Disc: 21

  1. Narration - Martin Gabel
  2. Twinkling Stars Quickstep - Band Music of the Union Troops - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  3. O Kentucky, Kentucky - Band Music of the Union Troops - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  4. Come Where My Love Lies Dreaming - Band Music of the Union Troops - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  5. Un Ballo in Maschera Quickstep - Band Music of the Union Troops/Arranged from Verdi's "Un ballo in maschera" - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  6. St Patrick's Day in the morning - Band Music of the Union Troops/Arranged by C.S. Grafulla - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  7. Grafulla's Quickstep - Band Music of the Union Troops - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  8. Garry Owen - Band Music of the Union Troops - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  9. Cavalry Quickstep - Band Music of the Union Troops - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  10. Storm Galop - Band Music of the Union Troops - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  11. 26th Regiment Quickstep - Band Music of the Confederate Troops/Attributed to J.A. Leinbach - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  12. Lulu's Gone - Band Music of the Confederate Troops - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  13. Tramp, Tramp, Tramp - Band Music of the Confederate Troops - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  14. Juanita - Band Music of the Confederate Troops - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  15. Carry Me Back (to Old Virginny's Shore) - Band Music of the Confederate Troops - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  16. Bugle Signals for the Service of Skirmishers - Field Music of Union and Confederate Troops - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  17. Drum Calls - Field Music of Union and Confederate Troops - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  18. Camp and Field Duty Calls for Fifes and Drums - Field Music of Union and Confederate Troops - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  19. The Appomatox Bugle - Field Music of Union and Confederate Troops - Boyde Hood
  20. We Are Coming, Father Abra'am - Song of the Union and Confederate Soldiers - Martin Gabel, Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  21. Tenting Tonight on the Old Camp Ground - Song of the Union and Confederate Soldiers - Martin Gabel, Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  22. Goober Peas - Song of the Union and Confederate Soldiers - Martin Gabel, Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  23. Tramp, Tramp, Tramp - Song of the Union and Confederate Soldiers - Martin Gabel, Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  24. When Johnny Comes Marching Home - Song of the Union and Confederate Soldiers/Arranged from the Irish air "Johnny, I hardly knew ye" - Martin Gabel, Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  25. The Battle Hymn of the Republic - Song of the Union and Confederate Soldiers/Attributed to W. Steffe/Lyrics by J.W. Howe/Arranged by P.S. Gilmore - Martin Gabel, Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  26. Firearms of the Civil War - Martin Gabel
  27. The Sounds of Conflict: Gettysburg to Appomatox - Martin Gabel

Disc: 22

  1. 1. Allegro ma non tanto - Byron Janis, London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  2. 2. Intermezzo (Adagio) - Byron Janis, London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  3. 3. Finale (Alla breve) - Byron Janis, London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  4. 1. Moderato - Byron Janis, Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  5. 2. Adagio sostenuto - Byron Janis, Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  6. 3. Allegro scherzando - Byron Janis, Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  7. Prelude in E flat, Op.23, No.6 - Byron Janis
  8. Prélude in C sharp minor, Op.3, No.2 - Byron Janis

Disc: 23

  1. 1. Very slowly - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  2. 2. Allegro - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  3. 3. Moderato: The Bride and her Intended - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  4. 4. Fast: The Revivalist and his Flock - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  5. 5. Allegro: Solo Dance of the Bride - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  6. 6. Meno mosso - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  7. 7. Doppio movimento: Variations on a Shaker Hymn - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  8. 8. Moderato: Coda - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  9. Introduction: The open Prairie - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  10. Street in a Frontier Town - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  11. Mexican Dance and Finale - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  12. Prairie Night (Card game at night) - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  13. Gun Battle - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  14. Celebration (after Billy's capture) - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  15. Waltz from Billy the Kid - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  16. Billy's Death - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  17. The open Prairie again - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  18. Danzón cubano - Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  19. El salón Mexicó - Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti

Disc: 24

  1. Promenade. Allegro giusto, nel modo rustico, senza allegrezza, ma poco sostenuto - attacca - Byron Janis
  2. Gnomus.Sempre vivo - Byron Janis
  3. Promenade.Moderato commodo assai e con delicatezza - attacca - Byron Janis
  4. The Old Castle.Andantino molto cantabile e con dolore - Byron Janis
  5. Promenade.Moderato non tanto,pesamente - attacca - Byron Janis
  6. The Tuileries Gardens.Allegretto non troppo troppo,capriccioso - Byron Janis
  7. Bydlo.Sempre moderato,pesante - Byron Janis
  8. Promenade.Tranquillo - attacca - Byron Janis
  9. Ballet of the Chickens in Their Shells - Byron Janis
  10. Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle.Andante.Grave-energico - Andantino - Byron Janis
  11. The Market-place at Limoges.Allegretto vivo,sempre scherzando - attacca - Byron Janis
  12. The Catacombs (Sepulchrum romanum).Largo - attacca - Byron Janis
  13. Con mortuis in lingua mortua.Andante non troppo,con lamento - Byron Janis
  14. The Hut on Fowl's Legs (Baba-Yaga).Allegro con brio,feroce - Andante mosso - Allegro molto - attacca - Byron Janis
  15. The Great Gate Of Kiev - Byron Janis
  16. No. 3 in F - Byron Janis
  17. Waltz No.3 in A minor, Op.34 No.2 - Byron Janis
  18. Promenade - Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  19. Gnomus - Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  20. Promenade - Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  21. The Old Castle - Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  22. Promenade - Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  23. The Tuileries Gardens - Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  24. Bydlo - Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  25. Promenade - Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  26. Ballet of the Chickens in Their Shells - Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  27. Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle - Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  28. The Market-place at Limoges - Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  29. The Catacombs (Sepulchrum romanum) - Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  30. Cum mortuis in lingua mortua - Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  31. The Hut on Fowl's Legs (Baba-Yaga) - Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  32. The Great Gate of Kiev - Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti

Disc: 25

  1. 1. Folk Dance - Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
  2. 2. Scene - Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
  3. 3. Madrigal - Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
  4. 4. Minuet - Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
  5. 5. Masks - Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
  6. 6. Romeo and Juliet - Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
  7. 7. Death of Tybalt - Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
  8. 1. The Montagues and the Capulets - Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
  9. 2. Juliet - The Little Girl - Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
  10. 4. Dance - Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
  11. 5. Romeo and Juliet Before Parting - Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
  12. 6. Dance of the Maids from the Antilles - Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
  13. 7. Romeo at Juliet's Grave - Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
  14. A Night on the Bare Mountain - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti

Disc: 26

  1. 1. Allegro affettuoso - Byron Janis, Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
  2. 2. Intermezzo (Andantino grazioso) - Byron Janis, Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
  3. 3. Allegro vivace - Byron Janis, Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
  4. Arabeske in C, Op.18 - Byron Janis
  5. 1. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso - Allegro con spirito - Byron Janis, London Symphony Orchestra, Herbert Menges
  6. 2. Andantino semplice - Prestissimo - Tempo I - Byron Janis, London Symphony Orchestra, Herbert Menges
  7. 3. Allegro con fuoco - Byron Janis, London Symphony Orchestra, Herbert Menges

Disc: 27

  1. Fiesta en Jerez - Pepe Romero
  2. Fandangos por verdiales - Pepe Romero
  3. Garrotìn - Pepe Romero
  4. Tanguillos - Pepe Romero
  5. Peteneras - Pepe Romero
  6. Jota - Pepe Romero
  7. Carabana gitana - Pepe Romero
  8. Farruca y Rumba - Pepe Romero
  9. Lamento andaluz - Pepe Romero
  10. Zorongo - Pepe Romero
  11. Spanish Dance Op.37, No.6 "Rondalla aragonesa" - Pepe Romero, Celedonio Romero
  12. Recuerdos de la Alhambra - Pepe Romero
  13. Vidalita - Pepe Romero, Angel Romero

Disc: 28

  1. Sevillanas - Los Romeros
  2. Intermezzo - Celin Romero, Pepe Romero
  3. Llamada - Angel Romero
  4. Sevilla (Sevillanas) - Angel Romero
  5. Etudes for Guitar, Op.31 - Obbligato on Etude No. 5 in B minor - Celin Romero, Pepe Romero
  6. Noche en Málaga - Los Romeros
  7. Lágrima - Celedonio Romero
  8. Romantico - Celedonio Romero
  9. Allegretto - Celin Romero
  10. No. 3 in A minor - Celin Romero
  11. Prelude - Minuet I - Minuet II - Gavotte - Celedonio Romero
  12. 4 Variations on "Guárdame las vacas" - Celedonio Romero
  13. Suite of 6 Dances - Attributed to Vincenzo Galilei (1520-1591)/Compiled from 16th century lute books - Celedonio Romero
  14. No. 6 - No. 4 - No. 3 - Celedonio Romero
  15. Minuet in G, BWV Suppl. 114 - Celedonio Romero
  16. Bourrée II - Celedonio Romero
  17. Gavotte I-II - Celedonio Romero
  18. The King of Denmark's Galliard - Celedonio Romero
  19. Gavotte en rondeau - Celedonio Romero
  20. Españoleta - Celedonio Romero

Disc: 29

  1. In Storm and Sunshine - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  2. Whip and Spur - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  3. Invictus - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  4. The Big Cage - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  5. Bones Trombone - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  6. Them Basses - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  7. The Circus Bee - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  8. The Screamer - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  9. Thunder and Blazes - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  10. Robinson's Grand Entree - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  11. Circus Days - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  12. Bombasto - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  13. The Squealer - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  14. Rolling Thunder - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  15. Bennett's Triumphal - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  16. Bravura - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  17. Bugles and Drum - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  18. Illinois March - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  19. Children's March - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  20. The Interlochen Bowl - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  21. Onward-Upward - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  22. Boy Scouts of America - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  23. Americans We - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  24. Officer of the Day - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  25. Grandioso - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  26. Second Regiment, Connecticut National Guard March - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  27. The Mad Major - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  28. Guadalcanal March [Victory at Sea] - Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell

Disc: 30

  1. Fantasy on Two Folk Songs - Rudolf Belov, Osipov State Russian Folk Orchestra, Vitaly Gnutov
  2. At Sunrise - Osipov State Russian Folk Orchestra, Vitaly Gnutov
  3. The Linden Tree - Osipov State Russian Folk Orchestra, Vitaly Gnutov
  4. Kamarinskaya - Osipov State Russian Folk Orchestra, Vitaly Gnutov
  5. Fantasy on Volga Melodies - Osipov State Russian Folk Orchestra, Vitaly Gnutov
  6. In the Moonlight - Osipov State Russian Folk Orchestra, Vitaly Gnutov
  7. Midnight in Moscow - Osipov State Russian Folk Orchestra, Vitaly Gnutov
  8. Under the Apple Tree - Osipov State Russian Folk Orchestra, Vitaly Gnutov
  9. Dance of the Comedians - Osipov State Russian Folk Orchestra, Vitaly Gnutov
  10. The Living Room - Osipov State Russian Folk Orchestra, Vitaly Gnutov
  11. Evening Bells - Osipov State Russian Folk Orchestra, Vitaly Gnutov
  12. My Dear Old Friend, Please Visit Me - Osipov State Russian Folk Orchestra, Vitaly Gnutov
  13. Waltz of the faun - Osipov State Russian Folk Orchestra, Vitaly Gnutov
  14. The Flight of the Bumble-Bee - Osipov State Russian Folk Orchestra, Vitaly Gnutov

Disc: 31

  1. 1. Allegro maestoso - Byron Janis, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Kyril Kondrashin
  2. 2. Quasi adagio - Allegretto vivace - Allegro animato - Byron Janis, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Kyril Kondrashin
  3. 3. Allegro marziale animato - Byron Janis, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Kyril Kondrashin
  4. 1a. Adagio sostenuto assai - Byron Janis, Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
  5. 1b. Allegro agitato assai - Byron Janis, Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
  6. 2. Allegro moderato - Byron Janis, Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
  7. 3a. Allegro deciso - Byron Janis, Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
  8. 3b. Marziale un poco meno allegro - Byron Janis, Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
  9. 4. Allegro animato - Byron Janis, Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
  10. Hungarian Rhapsody No.6 in D flat, S.244 - Byron Janis
  11. Valse oubliée No.1 in F sharp, S.215 - Byron Janis
  12. No. 2 in F sharp (Einfach) - Byron Janis
  13. No.1 in F (Markiert und kräftig) - Byron Janis
  14. The Miller's Dance - Byron Janis
  15. 5. Sonetto 104 del Petrarca - Byron Janis
  16. The Harmonica Player - Byron Janis

Disc: 32

  1. 1. Andante - Allegro - Byron Janis, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Kyril Kondrashin
  2. 2. Tema con variazione - Byron Janis, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Kyril Kondrashin
  3. 3. Allegro ma non troppo - Byron Janis, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Kyril Kondrashin
  4. 1. Vivace - Byron Janis, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Kyril Kondrashin
  5. 2. Andante - Byron Janis, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Kyril Kondrashin
  6. 3. Allegro vivace - Byron Janis, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Kyril Kondrashin
  7. Toccata, Op.11 - Byron Janis
  8. 3. Quasi variazioni (Variations on a Theme by Clara Wieck) - Byron Janis
  9. No. 1 Andante espressivo in G - Byron Janis
  10. 1. Run, Run - Byron Janis
  11. 2. March - Byron Janis
  12. 3. Hobby-Horse - Byron Janis

Disc: 33

  1. 1. Allegro - János Starker, London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  2. 2. Adagio ma non troppo - János Starker, London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  3. 3. Finale (Allegro moderato) - János Starker, London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  4. Kol Nidrei, Op.47 - Adagio on Hebrew Melodies for Cello and Orchestra - János Starker, London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  5. Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op.33 - London Symphony Orchestra, János Starker, Antal Doráti

Disc: 34

  1. 1. Nicht zu schnell - János Starker, London Symphony Orchestra, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
  2. 2. Langsam - János Starker, London Symphony Orchestra, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
  3. 3. Sehr lebhaft - János Starker, London Symphony Orchestra, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
  4. 1. Prélude: Lento - Allegro maestoso - János Starker, London Symphony Orchestra, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
  5. 2. Intermezzo: Andantino con moto - Allegro presto - János Starker, London Symphony Orchestra, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
  6. 3. Andante - Allegro vivace - János Starker, London Symphony Orchestra, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
  7. 1. Allegro non troppo - János Starker, London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  8. 2. Allegretto con moto - János Starker, London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  9. 3. Un peu moins vite - János Starker, London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti

Disc: 35

  1. Overture - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  2. No. 1 The Christmas Tree - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  3. No. 2 March - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  4. No. 3 Galop and Dance of the Parents - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  5. No. 4 Dance Scene - The Presents of Drosselmeyer - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  6. No. 5 Scene - Grandfather Dance - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  7. No. 6 Clara and the Nutcracker - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  8. No. 7 The Nutcracker Battles the Army of the Mouse King - He Wins and Is Transformed into Prince Charming - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  9. No. 8 In the Christmas Tree - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  10. No. 9 Scene and Waltz of the Snowflakes - London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti

Disc: 36

  1. No. 10 The Magic Castle on the Mountain of Sweets - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  2. No. 11 Clara and Prince Charming - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  3. No. 12a Character Dances: Chocolate (Spanish Dance) - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  4. No. 12b Character Dances: Coffee (Arabian Dance) - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  5. No. 12c Character Dances: Tea (Chinese Dance) - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  6. No. 12d Character Dances: Trépak (Russian Dance) - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  7. No. 12e Character Dances: Dance of the Reed Pipes - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  8. No. 12f Character Dances: Polchinelle (The Clown) - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  9. No. 13 Waltz of the Flowers - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  10. No. 14a Pas de deux: Intrada - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  11. No. 14b Pas de deux: Variation I (Tarantella) - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  12. No. 14c Pas de deux: Variation II (Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy) - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  13. No. 14d Pas de deux: Coda - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  14. No. 15a Final Waltz - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  15. No. 15b Apotheosis - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  16. 1. Pezzo in forma di sonatina: Andante non troppo - Allegro moderato - Philharmonia Hungarica, Antal Doráti
  17. 2. Walzer: Moderato (Tempo di valse) - Philharmonia Hungarica, Antal Doráti
  18. 3. Elégie: Larghetto elegiaco - Philharmonia Hungarica, Antal Doráti
  19. 4. Finale (Tema russo): Andante - Allegro con spirito - Philharmonia Hungarica, Antal Doráti

Disc: 37

  1. 1. Allegro non troppo - Henryk Szeryng, London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  2. 2. Adagio - Henryk Szeryng, London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  3. 3. Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace - Poco più presto - Henryk Szeryng, London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  4. 1. Allegro con fermezza - Henryk Szeryng, London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  5. 2. Andante sostenuto - Henryk Szeryng, London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  6. 3. Allegro vivace - Henryk Szeryng, London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti

Disc: 38

  1. Opening Scene. "Megérkeztünk" - Olga Szönyi, Muhaly Székely, London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  2. Door 1. "Jaj!" "Mit látsz? Mit látsz?" "Láncok, kések" - Olga Szönyi, Muhaly Székely, London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  3. Door 2. "Mit látsz?" "Százkegyetlen szörnyü fegyver" - Olga Szönyi, Muhaly Székely, London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  4. Door 3. "Oh, be sok kincs! Oh, be sok kincs!" - Olga Szönyi, Muhaly Székely, London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  5. Door 4. "Oh! virágok! Oh! ilatoskert!" - Olga Szönyi, Muhaly Székely, London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  6. Door 5. "Ah!" "Lásdez az én birodalmam" - Olga Szönyi, Muhaly Székely, London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  7. Door 6. "Csendes fehér tavat látok" - Olga Szönyi, Muhaly Székely, London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  8. Door 7. "Lásd a régi aszszonyokat" - Olga Szönyi, Muhaly Székely, London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  9. Scene 2 (conclusion) - Scene 3: Marie's room. "Tschin Bum, Tschin Bum, Bum, Bum, Bum! Hörst, Bub?" - Helga Pilarczyk, London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  10. Scene 1: Marie's room. "Und ist kein Betrug" - Helga Pilarczyk, London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  11. Scene 4 (conclusion) - Scene 5: Street before Marie's door. "Ringel, ringel, Rosenkranz" - Helga Pilarczyk, London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti

Disc: 39

  1. 1. Allegro non troppo - Gina Bachauer, London Symphony Orchestra, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
  2. 2. Allegro appassionato - Gina Bachauer, London Symphony Orchestra, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
  3. 3. Andante - Più adagio - Gina Bachauer, London Symphony Orchestra, Kenneth Heath, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
  4. 4. Allegretto grazioso - Un poco più presto - Gina Bachauer, London Symphony Orchestra, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
  5. Book 2: - Gina Bachauer
  6. Hungarian Rhapsody No.12 in C sharp minor, S.244 - Gina Bachauer
  7. 1. Allegro - Gina Bachauer
  8. 2. Allegretto - Gina Bachauer
  9. 3. Rondo (Allegro comodo) - Gina Bachauer

Disc: 40

  1. Caprice viennois op.2 - Henryk Szeryng, Charles Reiner
  2. Schön Rosmarin - Henryk Szeryng, Charles Reiner
  3. Liebesleid - Henryk Szeryng, Charles Reiner
  4. Liebesfreud - Henryk Szeryng, Charles Reiner
  5. Recitativo and Scherzo-Caprice, Op.6 - Henryk Szeryng
  6. Tempo di menuetto (in the style of Pugnani) - Henryk Szeryng, Charles Reiner
  7. Praeludium and Allegro - Henryk Szeryng, Charles Reiner
  8. Chanson Louis XIII and Pavane - Henryk Szeryng, Charles Reiner
  9. Tambourin chinois - Henryk Szeryng, Charles Reiner
  10. Menuet (in the style of Porpora) - Henryk Szeryng, Charles Reiner
  11. The Old Refrain - Henryk Szeryng, Charles Reiner
  12. Rondino on a Theme by Beethoven - Henryk Szeryng, Charles Reiner
  13. Allegretto (in the style of Boccherini) - Henryk Szeryng, Charles Reiner
  14. 1. Un poco andante - Henryk Szeryng, Charles Reiner
  15. 2. Allegro - Henryk Szeryng, Charles Reiner
  16. 3. Sarabande (Largo) - Henryk Szeryng, Charles Reiner
  17. 4. Tambourin (Presto) - Henryk Szeryng, Charles Reiner
  18. Melodie from "Orfeo ed Euridice" (Dance of the Blessed Spirits) - Henryk Szeryng, Charles Reiner
  19. No.23 - "The Labyrinth" - Henryk Szeryng, Charles Reiner

Disc: 41

  1. 1. Prélude - János Starker
  2. 2. Allemande - János Starker
  3. 3. Courante - János Starker
  4. 4. Sarabande - János Starker
  5. 5. Menuet I-II - János Starker
  6. 6. Gigue - János Starker
  7. 1. Prélude - János Starker
  8. 2. Allemande - János Starker
  9. 3. Courante - János Starker
  10. 4. Sarabande - János Starker
  11. 5. Menuet I-II - János Starker
  12. 6. Gigue - János Starker
  13. 1. Prélude - János Starker
  14. 2. Allemande - János Starker
  15. 3. Courante - János Starker
  16. 4. Sarabande - János Starker
  17. 5. Bourrée I-II - János Starker
  18. 6. Gigue - János Starker
  19. 1. Prélude - János Starker
  20. 2. Allemande - János Starker
  21. 3. Courante - János Starker
  22. 4. Sarabande - János Starker
  23. 5. Bourrée I-II - János Starker
  24. 6. Gigue - János Starker

Disc: 42

  1. 1. Prélude - János Starker
  2. 2. Allemande - János Starker
  3. 3. Courante - János Starker
  4. 4. Sarabande - János Starker
  5. 5. Gavotte I-II - János Starker
  6. 6. Gigue - János Starker
  7. 1. Prélude - János Starker
  8. 2. Allemande - János Starker
  9. 3. Courante - János Starker
  10. 4. Sarabande - János Starker
  11. 5. Gavotte I-II - János Starker
  12. 6. Gigue - János Starker
  13. 1. Adagio - János Starker, György Sebök
  14. 2. Allegro ma non tanto - János Starker, György Sebök
  15. 3. Andante - János Starker, György Sebök
  16. 4. Allegro moderato - János Starker, György Sebök
  17. 1. Adagio - János Starker, György Sebök
  18. 2. Allegro - János Starker, György Sebök
  19. 3. Andante - János Starker, György Sebök
  20. 4. Allegro - János Starker, György Sebök

Disc: 43

  1. 1. Allegro moderato - Gina Bachauer, London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  2. 2. Andante con moto - Gina Bachauer, London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  3. 3. Rondo (Vivace) - Gina Bachauer, London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  4. 1. Allegro - Gina Bachauer, London Symphony Orchestra, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
  5. 2. Adagio un poco mosso - Gina Bachauer, London Symphony Orchestra, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
  6. 3. Rondo (Allegro) - Gina Bachauer, London Symphony Orchestra, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski

Disc: 44

  1. 1. Allegro maestoso - Gina Bachauer, London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  2. 2. Romance (Larghetto) - Gina Bachauer, London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  3. 3. Rondo (Vivace) - Gina Bachauer, London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  4. 1. Maestoso - Gina Bachauer, London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  5. 2. Larghetto - Gina Bachauer, London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  6. 3. Allegro vivace - Gina Bachauer, London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti

Disc: 45

  1. Ondine - John Gielgud
  2. Ondine - Gina Bachauer
  3. Gibet - John Gielgud
  4. Le gibet - Gina Bachauer
  5. Scarbo - John Gielgud
  6. Scarbo - Gina Bachauer
  7. 1. Prélude - Gina Bachauer
  8. 2. Sarabande - Gina Bachauer
  9. 3. Toccata - Gina Bachauer
  10. 10. La cathédrale engloutie - Gina Bachauer
  11. 5. Bruyères - Gina Bachauer
  12. 1. Danseuses de Delphes - Gina Bachauer
  13. Russian Dance - Gina Bachauer
  14. Petrouchka's Room - Gina Bachauer
  15. The Shrovetide Fair - Gina Bachauer

Disc: 46

  1. 1. Allegro non troppo - György Sebök, János Starker
  2. 2. Allegretto quasi minuetto - György Sebök, János Starker
  3. 3. Allegro - Più presto - György Sebök, János Starker
  4. 1. Allegro vivace - György Sebök, János Starker
  5. 2. Adagio affettuoso - György Sebök, János Starker
  6. 3. Allegro appassionata - György Sebök, János Starker
  7. 4. Allegro molto - György Sebök, János Starker
  8. 1. Allegro assai vivace - György Sebök, János Starker
  9. 2. Allegro scherzando - György Sebök, János Starker
  10. 3. Adagio - György Sebök, János Starker
  11. 4. Molto allegro e vivace - György Sebök, János Starker

Disc: 47

  1. 1. In kräftigem, nicht zu schnellem Tempo - Henryk Szeryng, London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  2. 2. Langsam - Henryk Szeryng, London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  3. 3. Lebhaft, doch nicht schnell - Henryk Szeryng, London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  4. 1. Allegro molto appassionato - Henryk Szeryng, London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  5. 2. Andante - Henryk Szeryng, London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  6. 3. Allegro non troppo - Allegro molto vivace - Henryk Szeryng, London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  7. 6 Roumanian Folk Dances, BB 68, Sz. 56 - Arranged for Violin and Piano by Z. Székely (b.1903) - Henryk Szeryng, Charles Reiner
  8. La plus que lente (L. 121) - version for Violin and Piano (arr.Roques) - Henryk Szeryng, Charles Reiner
  9. Perpetuum mobile - Henryk Szeryng, Charles Reiner
  10. Hungarian Dance No.17 in F sharp minor - arranged for Violin and Piano by F. Kreisler (1875-1962) - Henryk Szeryng, Charles Reiner
  11. Mexican Lullaby - Henryk Szeryng, Charles Reiner
  12. The Flight of the Bumble-Bee - Henryk Szeryng, Charles Reiner

Disc: 48

  1. Fireworks - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  2. Introduction - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  3. Kashchei's enchanted garden - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  4. Appearance of the Firebird pursued by Ivan Tsarevich - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  5. Dance of the Firebird - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  6. Ivan Tsarevich captures the Firebird - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  7. Supplication of the Firebird - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  8. Appearance of the thirteen enchanted Princesses - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  9. Game of the Princesses with the golden apples - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  10. Sudden appearance of Ivan Tsarevich - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  11. Round dance of the Princesses - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  12. Daybreak - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  13. Magic carillon, appearance of Kashchei's guardian monsters and capture of Ivan Tsarevich - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  14. Arrival of Kashchei - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  15. Dialogue between Ivan Tsarevich and Kashchei - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  16. Intercession of the Princesses - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  17. Intervention of the Firebird - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  18. Dance of Kashchei's retinue under the spell of the Firebird - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  19. Infernal dance of all Kashchei's subject's - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  20. Lullaby of the Firebird - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  21. Kashchei's awakening - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  22. Kashchei's death - Darkness - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  23. Collapse of Kashchei's palace and dissolution of all enchantments - Reanimation of the petrified prisoners - General rejoicing - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  24. Tango - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  25. Scherzo à la Russe for Jazz Orchestra - Version for Symphony Orchestra - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  26. Introduction - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  27. Chinese March - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  28. Song of the Nightingale - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
  29. The Mechanical Nightingale's Game - London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti

Disc: 49

  1. 2. Adagio - János Starker, Stephen Swedish
  2. 1. Allegro moderato - János Starker, Stephen Swedish
  3. 1. Largo - János Starker, Stephen Swedish
  4. 2. Allegro - János Starker, Stephen Swedish
  5. 3. Largo - János Starker, Stephen Swedish
  6. 4. Allegro - János Starker, Stephen Swedish
  7. 1. Preludio - János Starker, Stephen Swedish
  8. 2. Allemanda - János Starker, Stephen Swedish
  9. 3. Sarabanda - János Starker, Stephen Swedish
  10. 4. Giga - János Starker, Stephen Swedish
  11. 1. Allegro - János Starker, Stephen Swedish
  12. 2. Adagio - János Starker, Stephen Swedish
  13. 3. Minuetto - János Starker, Stephen Swedish
  14. 1. Grave - János Starker, Stephen Swedish
  15. 2. Allegro - János Starker, Stephen Swedish
  16. 3. Allegro (Tempo di gavotta) - János Starker, Stephen Swedish
  17. 4. Largo - János Starker, Stephen Swedish
  18. 5. Allegro - János Starker, Stephen Swedish
  19. 1. Vivace - János Starker, György Sebök
  20. 2. Adagio - János Starker, György Sebök
  21. 3. Allegro - János Starker, György Sebök

Disc: 50

  1. 1. Allegro con spirito - Angel Romero, San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, Victor Alessandro
  2. 2. Adagio - Angel Romero, San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, Victor Alessandro
  3. 3. Allegro gentile - Angel Romero, San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, Victor Alessandro
  4. 1. Tiempo de Bolero - Celedonio Romero, Los Romeros, Celin Romero, Pepe Romero, Angel Romero, San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, Victor Alessandro
  5. 2. Adagio - Los Romeros, Celedonio Romero, Angel Romero, Celin Romero, Pepe Romero, San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, Victor Alessandro
  6. 3. Allegretto - Los Romeros, Celedonio Romero, Celin Romero, Pepe Romero, Angel Romero, San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, Victor Alessandro
  7. Allegro - Celedonio Romero, Celin Romero, Pepe Romero, Angel Romero, San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, Victor Alessandro
  8. Largo-Larghetto - Celedonio Romero, Celin Romero, Pepe Romero, Angel Romero, San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, Victor Alessandro
  9. Allegro - Celedonio Romero, Celin Romero, Pepe Romero, Angel Romero, San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, Victor Alessandro
  10. 1. Allegro - Celedonio Romero, San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, Victor Alessandro
  11. 2. Largo - Celedonio Romero, San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, Victor Alessandro
  12. 3. (Allegro) - Celedonio Romero, San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, Victor Alessandro
  13. 1. Allegro - Pepe Romero, Celin Romero, San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, Victor Alessandro
  14. 2. Andante - Pepe Romero, Celin Romero, San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, Victor Alessandro
  15. 3. Allegro - Pepe Romero, Celin Romero, San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, Victor Alessandro

Disc: 51

  1. Ballet of the Chickens in Their Shells - Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Rafael Kubelik
  2. Interview Wilma Fine - Wilma Cozart Fine
  3. 4. Z ceskych luhu a haju (From Bohemia's Meadows and Forests) - Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Rafael Kubelik

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Mercury Living Presence is special in many ways - an American company, from the heyday of classical recording in the U.S. that reproduced some of the most sonically realistic recordings at the dawn of the stereo era. Precious few stereo LPs were pressed when these recordings were issued, and they became some of the rarest, most collectible classical discs ever. Mercury Living Presence continues to enjoy a special reputation as one of the most enterprising, prestigious and sonically-spectacular labels in the history of classical recording.

Some of these recording have been available on CD and on SACD. However, many are now deleted and only available 2nd-hand or through auction sellers at pemium prices. This 50-album Box Set (plus bonus interview CD with Wilma Cozart Fine, Mercury’s producer) affords collectors an opportunity to acquire 50 classic recordings at a terrific price, in a box which may well become collectible itself.

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50 CDs from the Mercury Living Presence series released in the early to late 1990s (the 51th CD is a bonus, with an interview with Wilma Cozart Fine, the producer, from the early 1950s to 1964, of many of those already legendary reissues, and the wife of C. Robert Fine, the sound engineer who really MADE the sound of Living Presence, thanks to his "minimalist" approach to microphoning): of course, this reissue is as much about what is NOT included as what is. Between 1990 and 1995 Philips/Universal released more than 100 reissuses from the Mercury catalog - I've counted 135 CDs (some in 2- or 3-CD sets) excluding the two compilations "You Are There!" - transfered and remastered with loving care from the original masters by Mrs Cozart Fine. Some were also later issued in SACD form (I am aware of 20 releases), but apparently those were not produced by Wilma Cozart Fine, and, unlike the straight CDs, they weren't made using the restored original Mercury "vacuum-type Westrex film recorder and Amex 3-track tape machine". Anyway, those SACDs are now selling at very unreasonable prices, and likewise with many of the original CDs, also offered at steep prices on the secondary market, so it is good to have at least part of them (50 / 135 makes 37 %) back at less than 2 pounds a disc. The set will be very welcome at least to newcomers who wouldn't have most of them already. Not my case: I have too many of the individual issues to make it worthwhile to replace the whole, just to get the few I am missing. So I'll have to keep scouting on the net in search of affordable opportunities.

All the CDs on this collector's edition are straight reissues from the original CDs, with no reshuffling of material. No cause for concern here: those original CDs were very generous in timing.
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These are just my preliminary impressions, having received this set this morning, although some of the recordings were already familiar.

As I write this, Byron Janis is playing the Schumann piano concerto and very well too. This is one of the later recordings made by Mercury (1962) using 35mm optical film instead of magnetic tape and the sound quality is really good. I believe that the film has suffered less deterioration in the ensuing 50 years than tape, with its tendency to "print through" and flake.

Overall, on the CDs listened to so far, the sound has that "brightness" that I have always associated with American recordings of this period. The ear soon acclimatises but the initial slight shock lingers in the mind - try disc 18 (Dorati, LSO, Khachaturian's Ganeh suite) to see what I mean.

Sound quality of these recordings, made on purely analogue equipment with valve (tube) amplification, is still very good. I'm playing it back on valve-based amplification to get the full effect.

Of course, the most striking characteristic of this set is its amazing value - just over £1.50 each for 51 of some of the finest recordings ever made, often by great artists. You can't go wrong at this price.
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I remember being a teenager in Los Angeles in the 1960's at my favorite record shop (remember those?), browsing the classical record bins and looking at the bright coloured stereo band at the top of those "Mercury Living Presence" LPs. How I longed to buy them all. But alas, I didn't have the coin in my pocket in those days.

In 1990 Polygram began reissuing these treasures on compact disc. I was in heaven, because at long last I could possess these long sought after albums. From 1990 to 1999 Polygram issued 125 "Mercury Living Presence" titles on CD (not counting samplers or reissue CD sets). Some were multi CD sets. There was a short lived SACD reissue series by Universal Music from 2004-2005 totaling 20 titles from the same catalogue. Most all these CD and SACD titles are now out of print. These CDs and SACDs are at the top of the list as my favorite recordings in my music collection.

Now we have all been given another chance at acquiring some of these milestone recordings. Universal Music has issued this magnificent 51 CD box set at an unbelievably low price. Some of the out-of-print original individual compact discs would cost you more than this set to acquire! All the performances in this set are the original digital transfers by Wilma Cozart Fine, who supervised the original recording sessions and LP issues with her husband, the genius sound engineer, Robert Fine.

Included in this set are the first mono recordings from 1951 with Kubelik and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Also, stereo recordings by Dorati, Hanson, Paray, Fennell, Janis, Szeryng, Starker, Bachauer, The Romeros with the Minneapolis, Detroit, Eastman-Rochester, London Symphony orchestras.
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It's hard to know where to start with this wonderful box! I suppose sheer value for money comes first, 50 CDs for less than £80 can't be bad.

Then we come to recording quality. Ok they were recorded a long time ago but they were absolutely top notch in their day (we used to use the Tchaikovsky 1812 to demonstrate HiFi systems in my uncle's record shop in the 1960s) and they still sound great to me.

Then the performances - well I guess there are always issues of taste but I would pick out from those I've listenened to so far:

- the 1812
- Ma Vlast
- Prokofiev 5th
- Grand Canyon Suite
- Rachmaninoff Piano Concertos 2 & 3 (Byron Janis)

I also enjoyed the "Music and Sounds of the American Civil War" with its spectacular canon and musket sounds. Specialist I know but very interesting.

If you like good music and good recording you just can't go wrong with this. A stunnign bargain!
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