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  • Quick-View Charles Munch / Boston Symphony Orchestra
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    Charles Munch / Boston Symphony Orchestra

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    Celebrated for his performances of French music, Munch was an authority on the works featured on this DVD, all of which were composed...
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    Charles Munch / Boston Symphony Orchestra

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    All three works featured on this DVD are well suited to Munch and his Alsatian heritage. He received prolonged and enthusiastic applause...
  • Quick-View Hartmut Haenchen
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    Hartmut Haenchen

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    This outstanding performance of Mahler’s Sixth Symphony formed part of Hartmut Haenchen’s Mahler Cycle with the La Monnaie Symphony...
  • Quick-View Viennese Night at the BBC Proms
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    Viennese Night at the BBC Proms

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    These characteristic Viennese waltzes, polkas and overtures represent some of the best moments from Viennese Night Prom concerts spanning...
  • Quick-View Charles Munch / Boston Symphony Orchestra
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    Charles Munch / Boston Symphony Orchestra

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    Munch gave extensive performances of Brahms’ symphonies 1 and 2 during his time at the Boston Symphony, particularly during the...
  • Quick-View Charles Munch / Boston Symphony Orchestra
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    Charles Munch / Boston Symphony Orchestra

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    Characteristically lively renditions, Charles Munch’s interpretations of both Mendelssohn Symphonies are energetic and precise with...
  • Quick-View Erich Leinsdorf / Boston Symphony Orchestra
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    Erich Leinsdorf / Boston Symphony Orchestra

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    The BSO’s Music Director for seven seasons, Leinsdorf had a long and distinguished career, having worked at the Metropolitan Opera, New...
  • Quick-View Charles Munch / Boston Symphony Orchestra
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    Charles Munch / Boston Symphony Orchestra

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    Neither of the two Mozart symphonies featured on this DVD have been commercially recorded by Charles Munch, who gives his all in these...
  • Quick-View Yuri Temirkanov at the BBC Proms
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    Yuri Temirkanov at the BBC Proms

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    Yuri Temirkanov conducts the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra in this deeply Russian Proms programme, provoking a rapturous response...
  • Quick-View Sir Georg Solti / Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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    Sir Georg Solti / Chicago Symphony Orchestra

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    By the time of this Royal Festival Hall concert in 1985, Sir Georg Solti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra had cemented their reputation...
  • Quick-View Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
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    Gennadi Rozhdestvensky

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    Gennadi Rozhdestvensky never recorded Holst’s Planets. This Royal Festival Hall performance from 1980 is a freshly conceived...
  • Quick-View Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
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    Gennadi Rozhdestvensky

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    Gennady Rozhdestvensky is considered one of the greatest Tchaikovsky conductors today. His Russian heritage, together with his...
  • Quick-View Ingrid Jacoby – Beethoven’s Complete Piano Concertos (3 CDs)

    Ingrid Jacoby – Beethoven’s Complete Piano Concertos (3 CDs)

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    Beethoven’s piano concertos are cornerstones in the transition from Classicism to early Romanticism. Ingrid Jacoby’s first recording of...
  • Quick-View Antonio Pappano
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    Antonio Pappano

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    Antonio Pappano, who studied piano and conducting, first attracted the attention of Daniel Barenboim, becoming his assistant at the...
  • Quick-View Garrick Ohlsson
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    Garrick Ohlsson

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    The winner of the 1970 Chopin Piano Competition, and one of the leading exponents of Chopin’s works, Ohlsson displays brilliance and...
  • Quick-View Charles Munch / Boston Symphony Orchestra
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    Charles Munch / Boston Symphony Orchestra

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    This performance of extracts from The Creatures of Prometheus is a rare one, Munch having only conducted the ballet at the BSO in one...
  • Quick-View Gennadi Rozhdestvensky at the BBC Proms
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    Gennadi Rozhdestvensky at the BBC Proms

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    Performed during his tenure as Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony, the Proms performances featured on this DVD represent Gennadi...
  • Quick-View Erich Leinsdorf / Boston Symphony Orchestra
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    Erich Leinsdorf / Boston Symphony Orchestra

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    Leinsdorf’s recordings of Mahler’s symphonies on RCA Victor became benchmarks for both sound and performance quality. Intense, warm and...
  • Quick-View Sir Georg Solti / Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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    Sir Georg Solti / Chicago Symphony Orchestra

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    Recorded in 1971, the film on this DVD shows the CSO in their first ever concert outside America. As Solti himself explains in the bonus...
  • Quick-View Kurt Sanderling
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    Kurt Sanderling

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    Sanderling enjoyed live performances far more than the studio, something he discusses in the interview about his career and his great...
  • Quick-View Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
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    Gennadi Rozhdestvensky

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    The eminent Russian conductor Genndy Rozhdestvensky (1931) was the first Russian born conductor to perform and record all Mahler's...
  • Quick-View Legendary Conductors of The Boston Symphony Orchestra Box Set (5 DVDs)

    Legendary Conductors of The Boston Symphony Orchestra Box Set (5 DVDs)

    £ 39.99

    This material represents some of the earliest televised concerts with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and three of their eminent music...
  • Quick-View Great Pianists Box Set (5 CDs)

    Great Pianists Box Set (5 CDs)

    £ 24.99

    The intellectual Claudio Arrau, the poetry of Shura Cherkassky, the coruscating brilliance of Georges Cziffra and the classical mystery...
  • Quick-View Leon Fleisher
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    Leon Fleisher

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    Pierre Monteux, the celebrated French conductor, called Leon Fleisher 'the pianistic find of the century'.  After his early success in...
  • Quick-View Otto Klemperer
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    Otto Klemperer

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    Otto Klemperer (1885-1973) was one of the most celebrated German conductors of the 20th century. On the 8 February 1954 Klemperer made...
  • Quick-View Great Italian Operas (6 CDs)

    Great Italian Operas (6 CDs)

    £ 29.99

    This set features two classic performances from the golden age of the Covent Garden Opera Company and a sparkling Falstaff from the...
  • Quick-View Ingrid Jacoby
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    Ingrid Jacoby

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    Praised by The New York Times for her ‘clear articulation … unequivocal phrasing … [and] expressivity’, Ingrid Jacoby’s new recording of...
  • Quick-View Ingrid Jacoby
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    Ingrid Jacoby

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    Praised by The New York Times for her ‘clear articulation … unequivocal phrasing … [and] expressivity’, and by The Guardian as being...
  • Quick-View Antoni Wit
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    Antoni Wit

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    Superbly filmed for Polish Television, Antoni Wit’s performances of Szymanowski’s Third and Fourth Symphonies embody the distinguished...
  • Quick-View Vladimir Ashkenazy
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    Vladimir Ashkenazy

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    The BBC films on this DVD showcase Vladimir Ashkenazy at the height of his powers in a uniquely small-scale and intimate setting....
  • Quick-View Boston Symphony Orchestra / Michael Tilson Thomas
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    Boston Symphony Orchestra / Michael Tilson Thomas

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    Less than one year after Michael Tilson Thomas’s first appointment with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, a series of concerts were filmed...
  • Quick-View Yuri Bashmet
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    Yuri Bashmet

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    Yuri Bashmet is one of the greatest viola players of our time, featured here as an equally impressive conductor of the Novaya Rossiya...
  • Quick-View Quartetto Italiano
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    Quartetto Italiano

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    The Quartetto Italiano is regarded as one of the finest string quartets of the twentieth century. The ensemble’s repertory was broad, and...
  • Quick-View Ataúlfo Argenta
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    Ataúlfo Argenta

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    Before a freak accident ended his life aged 44, Atauflo Argenta (1913-1958) was the foremost Spanish conductor of his generation and on...
  • Quick-View Hartmut Haenchen (2 CDs)
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    Hartmut Haenchen (2 CDs)

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    In 1986, Hartmut Haenchen became music director of the De Nederlandse Opera (DNO) in Amsterdam and chief conductor of the Netherlands...
  • Quick-View Sir John Barbirolli (2 CDs)
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    Sir John Barbirolli (2 CDs)

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    Sir John Barbirolli (1899–1970), born in London of Italian and French parentage, is remembered above all as conductor of the Hallé...
  • Quick-View A Tribute to Rudolf Barshai (20 CD set)
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    A Tribute to Rudolf Barshai (20 CD set)

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    Rudolf Barshai is one of the great Russian musicians of the twentieth century. Both as a viola player and conductor he worked with...
  • Quick-View Rudolf Kempe
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    Rudolf Kempe

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    Deeply felt and masterful, Kempe’s performance of Ein Heldenleben at the 1974 Prom concert was described by the critic Joan Chissell as...
  • Quick-View Sir Georg Solti
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    Sir Georg Solti

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    This performance of Elgar’s Enigma Variations forms an historic account of the first concert Sir Georg Solti conducted as Chief conductor...
  • Quick-View Klaus Tennstedt / Boston Symphony Orchestra
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    Klaus Tennstedt / Boston Symphony Orchestra

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    Tennstedt formed a remarkable relationship with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, of which this outstanding performance of Bruckner’s...
  • Quick-View Georges Cziffra
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    Georges Cziffra

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    This 1955 recital, only Cziffra’s second studio recording is totally free from eccentricity and represents Cziffra at his best. It...
  • Quick-View Renata Tebaldi (2 CDs)
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    Renata Tebaldi (2 CDs)

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    This June 1955 performance of Puccini’s Tosca marked Renata Tebaldi’s first appearance with the Covent Garden Company. The roles of...
  • Quick-View Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
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    Gennadi Rozhdestvensky

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    These Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev recordings in stereo have never been issued before on CD while the Mussorgsky was released on the defunct...
  • Quick-View Klaus Tennstedt
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    Klaus Tennstedt

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    These two performances featuring Klaus Tennstedt (1926–1998) and the Stuttgart RSO were separated by only forty-one months, and yet...
  • Quick-View Géza Anda
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    Géza Anda

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    Hungarian-born Géza Anda (1921–1976) was described by the conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler as ‘a troubadour of the piano’ whose early death...
  • Quick-View Amadeus Quartet
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    Amadeus Quartet

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    Celebrated for their performances of the Viennese Classics, the Amadeus Quartet’s core repertoire included all three works on this DVD,...
  • Quick-View Claudio Arrau / Van Cliburn
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    Claudio Arrau / Van Cliburn

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    Sparkling Chopin performances from Van Cliburn just one year after his triumph at the 1958 inaugural Tchaikovsky Competition are coupled...
  • Quick-View Carlo Maria Giulini (2 CDs)
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    Carlo Maria Giulini (2 CDs)

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    Carlo Maria Giulini's performances of operas by Verdi, Rossini and Mozart have acquired legendary status while his distinguished...
  • Quick-View Evgeny Svetlanov
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    Evgeny Svetlanov

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    The 10th anniversary of the distinguished Russian conductor Evgeny Svetlanov's death was celebrated in May 2012 when ICA Classics...
  • Quick-View Guido Cantelli
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    Guido Cantelli

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    The extraordinarily gifted Guido Cantelli (1920-56) was invited by Toscanini, who held him in the highest regard to be a guest conductor...
  • Quick-View Emil Gilels
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    Emil Gilels

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    Emil Gilels is regarded by many as one of the most significant pianists of the twentieth century and is universally admired for his...
  • Quick-View Claudio Arrau
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    Claudio Arrau

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    The celebrated Chilean pianist Claudio Arrau's (1903-1991) career spanned the evolution of recorded sound from his first acoustic...
  • Quick-View Sir Georg Solti
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    Sir Georg Solti

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    Solti achieved great success with the first complete recording of Das Rheingold in 1958 after which his reputation for recording Wagner...
  • Quick-View Kurt Sanderling
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    Kurt Sanderling

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    Known for enjoying live performances and having an affinity for late Mahler, Sanderling’s reading of Das Lied von der Erde is inherently...
  • Quick-View William Steinberg
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    William Steinberg

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    William Steinberg’s recording of Beethoven’s Missa solemnis has never been issued before on CD and is in excellent stereo sound. Along...
  • Quick-View Evgeny Svetlanov
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    Evgeny Svetlanov

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    May 2012 marks the 10th anniversary of the death of the celebrated Russian conductor, Evgeny Svetlanov. This is a fitting coupling of...
  • Quick-View Sir John Barbirolli
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    Sir John Barbirolli

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    Both in the concert hall and on record, Sir John Barbirolli was associated with the music of English composers, but his interpretations...
  • Quick-View Otto Klemperer
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    Otto Klemperer

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    Klemperer's conducting of the Brahms's Requiem, one of the cornerstones of the choral repertoire, achieves true greatness. Gramophone...
  • Quick-View David Oistrakh
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    David Oistrakh

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    The first two performances on this DVD feature David Oistrakh in one of his favourite performing partnerships, with his son, violinist...
  • Quick-View Michael Tilson Thomas
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    Michael Tilson Thomas

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    Michael Tilson Thomas is an exceptional artist – Music Director of the San Francisco and the New World Symphony Orchestras, Principal...
  • Quick-View Klaus Tennstedt / Boston Symphony Orchestra
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    Klaus Tennstedt / Boston Symphony Orchestra

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    This rare audiovisual footage presents Klaus Tennstedt at the height of his very special relationship with the Boston Symphony Orchestra...
  • Quick-View Benjamin Britten
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    Benjamin Britten

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    This DVD presents Benjamin Britten at the height of his powers in an affectionately nuanced account of Mozart’s Symphony No.40 – ‘surely...
  • Quick-View Igor Markevitch (2 CDs)
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    Igor Markevitch (2 CDs)

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    Having performed and recorded extensively with prestigious orchestras worldwide, Igor Markevitch returned to Russia in 1960 at the height...
  • Quick-View Georges Cziffra
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    Georges Cziffra

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    Hungarian born György Cziffra (1921-94) was one of the most celebrated and individual piano virtuosos of the postwar decades in Europe,...
  • Quick-View Sir Adrian Boult
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    Sir Adrian Boult

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    Just prior to the Second World War, Sir Adrian Boult (1889–1983) single-handedly built the BBC Symphony Orchestra into a world-renowned...
  • Quick-View Hans Rosbaud
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    Hans Rosbaud

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    Gramophone recently remarked that Hans Rosbaud ‘was one of the unsung heroes of mid-20th-century music, who … gave thoroughly rehearsed...
  • Quick-View Rudolf Kempe
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    Rudolf Kempe

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    Kempe’s studio recording of Mahler’s Fourth Symphony came about due to the ill-health of Bruno Walter in May 1957. Originating from the...
  • Quick-View Klaus Tennstedt
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    Klaus Tennstedt

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    This acclaimed performance of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony was the last time Klaus Tennstedt returned to the work with the LPO. It is a highly...
  • Quick-View Borodin Quartet
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    Borodin Quartet

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    Described as ‘the quartet world’s most distinguished ensemble’, the Borodin Quartet celebrated its 65th anniversary with a sold out...
  • Quick-View Günter Wand at the BBC Proms
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    Günter Wand at the BBC Proms

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    Renowned for his interpretations of Bruckner’s Symphonies, Günter Wand had a great affinity for Bruckner’s Fifth Symphony, as noted by...
  • Quick-View Carlo Maria Giulini (2 CDs)
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    Carlo Maria Giulini (2 CDs)

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    Carlo Maria Giulini was without question, along with fellow Italians Arturo Toscanini, Victor de Sabata and Guido Cantelli, one of the...
  • Quick-View Otto Klemperer
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    Otto Klemperer

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    Otto Klemperer was widely regarded as one of the leading conductors of the 20th century along with his compatriots, Wilhelm Furtwängler...
  • Quick-View Dimitri Mitropoulos
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    Dimitri Mitropoulos

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    The Greek born conductor Dimitri Mitropoulos was extremely gifted - his photographic memory allowed him to conduct without a score in...
  • Quick-View Hans Rosbaud
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    Hans Rosbaud

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    The composer Francis Poulenc said in 1954, ‘Music buffs believe that the greatest living conductor is Toscanini: musicians know that it...
  • Quick-View Classic BBC Proms (5 DVDs)

    Classic BBC Proms (5 DVDs)

    £ 39.99

    This box set embraces five historic performances from the BBC Proms by some of the world’s greatest artists. From the very first season...
  • Quick-View Mstislav Rostropovich / Benjamin Britten
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    Mstislav Rostropovich / Benjamin Britten

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    These recordings represent an overview of some of the headiest years of Mstislav Rostropovich’s career. Introduced to Britten through...
  • Quick-View Arthur Rubinstein
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    Arthur Rubinstein

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    Arthur Rubinstein requires no introduction - he was one of the greatest and most distinguished pianists of the 20th century with a large...
  • Quick-View Wilhelm Furtwängler
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    Wilhelm Furtwängler

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    Furtwangler always regarded Beethoven's 'Choral' Symphony as a near-religious work and his performances of it were special occasions....
  • Quick-View Wilhelm Backhaus
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    Wilhelm Backhaus

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    Recorded 'live' in the Beethovenhalle in 1959! Well known for his interpretations and recordings of Beethoven, Mozart and Brahms, Wilhelm...
  • Quick-View Sir Adrian Boult
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    Sir Adrian Boult

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    Sir Adrian Boult studied under Arthur Nikisch in Berlin, which certainly contributed to his outstanding interpretations of Brahms’s...
  • Quick-View Hugo Wolf
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    Hugo Wolf

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    Dame Janet Baker needs no introduction. During her illustrious career, which spanned four decades from the 1950s to the 1980s, she was...
  • Quick-View Arthur Rubinstein
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    Arthur Rubinstein

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    Arthur Rubinstein (1887–1982) was one of the greatest pianists of the twentieth century. He made his debuts in the USA in 1906 and London...
  • Quick-View Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli
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    Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli

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    Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (1920–1995) was born in Brescia, Italy. In 1939, he won first prize in the Geneva International Piano...
  • Quick-View Maria Callas (2CDs)
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    Maria Callas (2CDs)

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    Maria Callas was one of the most renowned opera singers of the twentieth century.  Hailed as La Divina, and described by Bernstein as...
  • Quick-View William Steinberg
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    William Steinberg

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    Steinberg was a frequent performer of Mahler's works in the US though he only recorded the composer's Symphony No.1 with Pittsburg in...
  • Quick-View Evgeny Svetlanov
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    Evgeny Svetlanov

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    The performance of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No.1 in April 2002 with the BBCSO was the last concert he gave before his death two months...
  • Quick-View Sir Adrian Boult
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    Sir Adrian Boult

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    One of the great British conductors of the 20th century, Sir Adrian Boult studied under the legendary Arthur Nikisch in Berlin, which...
  • Quick-View Dimitri Mitropoulos (2 CDs)
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    Dimitri Mitropoulos (2 CDs)

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    Dimitri Mitropoulos (1896-1960), a most distinguished Mahlerian, was one of the great conductors of his generation. This Cologne...
  • Quick-View Julius Katchen
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    Julius Katchen

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    The American pianist Julius Katchen was a child prodigy who at age 11 performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Ormandy. In 1946...
  • Quick-View Shura Cherkassky
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    Shura Cherkassky

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    Shura Cherkassky (1911-1995) enjoyed a long career of over seventy years, rising to the forefront of internationally acclaimed concert...
  • Quick-View Herbert von Karajan (2 CDs)
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    Herbert von Karajan (2 CDs)

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    This 2CD set is sourced from the Music Preserved Archive. The combination of Karajan and the Vienna Philharmonic playing Mozart and...
  • Quick-View Sir Adrian Boult
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    Sir Adrian Boult

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    In 1930, Sir Adrian Boult established the BBC Symphony Orchestra, becoming its chief conductor, and setting an unparalleled standard of...
  • Quick-View Sir Neville Marriner / The Academy of St Martin in the Fields
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    Sir Neville Marriner / The Academy of St Martin in the Fields

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    Described by Denis Stevens as having ‘more sense of style than all the chamber orchestras in Europe put together’, the Academy of St...
  • Quick-View Leonard Bernstein
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    Leonard Bernstein

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    These sensational accounts of The Rite of Spring and Sibelius’s Symphony No.5 were filmed for the BBC’s historic Symphonic Twilight...
  • Quick-View Rudolf Kempe
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    Rudolf Kempe

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    This valuable release represents the second ever DVD featuring Rudolf Kempe, the first having been released on ICA Classics to great...
  • Quick-View Klaus Tennstedt (2 CDs)
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    Klaus Tennstedt (2 CDs)

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    These rare live broadcast recording make it's first appearance on CD. The 1986 performance of Mahler's Symphony No.3 from London's Royal...
  • Quick-View Evgeny Svetlanov
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    Evgeny Svetlanov

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    These performances have never been issued before on CD. Shostakovich's Symphony No.10 was given on 21 August 1968, the very night that...
  • Quick-View Claudio Arrau
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    Claudio Arrau

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    Chilean pianist Claudio Arrau (1903–1991) was described at various times as ‘Prince’, ‘Emperor’ and ‘King’ of the keyboard, conveying...
  • Quick-View Emil Gilels
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    Emil Gilels

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    The great Russian pianist Emil Gilels is regarded by many as one of the most significant pianists of the 20th century and is universally...
  • Quick-View Beaux Arts Trio
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    Beaux Arts Trio

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    The Beaux Arts Trio performs two central pieces of their repertoire on this DVD. Filmed at the majestic Signet Library in Edinburgh, the...
  • Quick-View Sir Adrian Boult
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    Sir Adrian Boult

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    Master of the baton and one of Britain’s leading conductors, Sir Adrian Boult was renowned for his interpretations of English works, in...
  • Quick-View Shura Cherkassky
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    Shura Cherkassky

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    Shura Cherkassy (1909-1995) was one of the greatest piano virtuosos of his time. This WDR studio broadcast sourced from the original...
  • Quick-View Annie Fischer
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    Annie Fischer

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    Sviatoslav Richter said that that Hungarian born Annie Fischer was 'a great artist imbued with a spirit of greatness and genuine...
  • Quick-View Emil Gilels
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    Emil Gilels

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    Emil Gilels, along with fellow Russian artists, Sviatoslav Richter, David Oistrakh and Mstislav Rostropovich represented four of the...
  • Quick-View Emil Gilels
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    Emil Gilels

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    These rare live broadcast recordings make their first appearance on CD. The Beethoven Piano Concerto No.4 from the 1966 Edinburgh...
  • Quick-View Nadia Nerina / Robert Helpmann / Margot Fonteyn / Rudolf Nureyev
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    Nadia Nerina / Robert Helpmann / Margot Fonteyn / Rudolf Nureyev

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    This DVD features stunning performances of some of the most popular and enduring works in the ballet repertoire. Nadia Nerina is at her...
  • Quick-View Treasures of the Russian Ballet
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    Treasures of the Russian Ballet

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    This DVD records some of the earliest experiences by the West of the bravura and discipline of Russia’s Kirov and Bolshoi ballet...
  • Quick-View Sviatoslav Richter
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    Sviatoslav Richter

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    This rare June 1967 live broadcast recording makes it's first appearance on CD. The recital at the Royal Festival Hall very much reflects...
  • Quick-View La Fille mal gardée
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    La Fille mal gardée

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    Widely regarded as the definitive version of comic ballet La Fille mal gardée, this DVD showcases Frederick Ashton’s choreography as...
  • Quick-View Tito Gobbi
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    Tito Gobbi

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    The extracts from these three operas were filmed by the BBC at the height of Tito Gobbi’s operatic career, at a time when he was in...
  • Quick-View Les Sylphides & Giselle
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    Les Sylphides & Giselle

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    These two exceptional studio performances represent some of the earliest filmed dance material from the BBC archives. Les Sylphides,...
  • Quick-View Leonard Bernstein
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    Leonard Bernstein

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    This memorial concert took place at the Royal Albert Hall in April 1972 on the first anniversary of the death of Igor Stravinsky, ‘the...
  • Quick-View Choreography by Bournonville
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    Choreography by Bournonville

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    This DVD features two of the legendary Danish choreographer August Bournonville’s most celebrated ballets. In La Sylphide, Flemming...
  • Quick-View Maria Callas (2CDs)
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    Maria Callas (2CDs)

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    Peter Heyworth in the Observer commented, 'it was a performance of outstanding distinction and musicality, full of details that...
  • Quick-View John Cranko
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    John Cranko

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    These two ballets by John Cranko are early examples of the choreographer's theatrical ingenuity. Created for the Sadler’s Wells Theatre...
  • Quick-View Sviatoslav Richter
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    Sviatoslav Richter

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    The Russian pianist Sviatoslav Richter (1915-1997) was one of the greatest interpreters of the 20th Century along with his compatriots...
  • Quick-View Margot Fonteyn / Michael Somes
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    Margot Fonteyn / Michael Somes

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    Exceptional studio productions from the late 1950s, all three of the Tchaikovsky ballet performances featured on this DVD are released...
  • Quick-View BBC Legends Limited Edition Box Set (20 CDs)

    BBC Legends Limited Edition Box Set (20 CDs)

    £ 54.99

    This 20 CD box set brings together some of the greatest performances taken from the BBC archives which were featured in the best-selling...
  • Quick-View Leonard Bernstein
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    Leonard Bernstein

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    ‘I like recording very much because there are so many ways you can direct attention to aspects of the music that is just not possible in...
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    The Dream of Gerontius

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    Filmed in colour from Canterbury Cathedral in 1968, this DVD represents the only existing film of Sir Adrian Boult conducting The Dream...
  1. Charles Munch / Boston Symphony Orchestra
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    Charles Munch / Boston Symphony Orchestra

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    Celebrated for his performances of French music, Munch was an authority on the works featured on this DVD, all of which were composed during his lifetime. More than fifty years later, his recordings of French music remain a permanent standard of reference.  The ICA Classics Legacy series represents an historic account of performances by some of the world’s greatest artists. This DVD features some of the earliest televised concerts with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and their Music Director, Charles Munch. While the material has been restored using the greatest care and state-of-the-art techniques, certain visual artefacts and distortions remain in some instances due to the age of the film. Despite this, it remains of exceptional musical interest and historic value and is released here for the first time on DVD. More details

  2. Charles Munch / Boston Symphony Orchestra
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    Charles Munch / Boston Symphony Orchestra

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    All three works featured on this DVD are well suited to Munch and his Alsatian heritage. He received prolonged and enthusiastic applause from the Boston audience following the performance of the Franck Symphony, whilst the Fauré shows him as a true master of French music. The ICA Classics Legacy series represents an historic account of performances by some of the world’s greatest artists. This DVD features some of the earliest televised concerts with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and their Music Director, Charles Munch. While the material has been restored using the greatest care and state-of-the-art techniques, certain visual artefacts and distortions remain in some instances due to the age of the film. Despite this, it remains of exceptional musical interest and historic value and is released here for the first time on DVD. More details

  3. Hartmut Haenchen
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    Hartmut Haenchen

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    This outstanding performance of Mahler’s Sixth Symphony formed part of Hartmut Haenchen’s Mahler Cycle with the La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra. Haenchen is renowned and respected for his interpretations of Mahler and Wagner and has had a significant presence in many of the world’s leading opera houses. An expressive and dramatic rendition of the Tragische, Haenchen’s high intellect and musical integrity are apparent. The recording also benefits from DTS 5.1 surround sound. The ICA Classics Live series features performances from ICA’s own artists recorded in prestigious venues around the world. The majority of the recordings are enjoying their first commercial release. More details

  4. Viennese Night at the BBC Proms
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    Viennese Night at the BBC Proms

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    These characteristic Viennese waltzes, polkas and overtures represent some of the best moments from Viennese Night Prom concerts spanning a vintage period in their history. Classics featured on this DVD include the Blue Danube Waltz, Radetsky March and Csardas and Laughing Song from Die Fledermaus, all performed with exuberance, good humour and panache by three conductors well suited to the genre. The ICA Classics Legacy series presents a collection of historic performances by some of the world’s greatest artists. These performances are released on DVD for the first time, incorporating rare archive footage that has been expertly and lovingly restored.More details

  5. Charles Munch / Boston Symphony Orchestra
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    Charles Munch / Boston Symphony Orchestra

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    Munch gave extensive performances of Brahms’ symphonies 1 and 2 during his time at the Boston Symphony, particularly during the orchestra’s many national and international tours. His readings of both works exhibit his characteristic energy and enthusiasm, which, coupled with the BSO’s distinctive sound, makes for a captivating DVD. The ICA Classics Legacy series represents an historic account of performances by some of the world’s greatest artists. This DVD features some of the earliest televised concerts with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and their Music Director, Charles Munch.   While the material has been restored using the greatest care and state-of-the-art techniques, certain visual artefacts and distortions remain in some instances due to the age of the film. Despite this, it remains of exceptional musical interest and historic value and is released here for the first time on DVD.More details

  6. Charles Munch / Boston Symphony Orchestra
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    Charles Munch / Boston Symphony Orchestra

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    Characteristically lively renditions, Charles Munch’s interpretations of both Mendelssohn Symphonies are energetic and precise with excellent articulation from the Boston Symphony Orchestra.The ICA Classics Legacy series represents an historic account of performances by some of the world’s greatest artists. This DVD features some of the earliest televised concerts with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and their Music Director, Charles Munch.While the material has been restored using the greatest care and state-of-the-art techniques, certain visual artefacts and distortions remain in some instances due to the age of the film. Despite this, it remains of exceptional musical interest and historic value and is released here for the first time on DVD.More details

  7. Erich Leinsdorf / Boston Symphony Orchestra
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    Erich Leinsdorf / Boston Symphony Orchestra

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    The BSO’s Music Director for seven seasons, Leinsdorf had a long and distinguished career, having worked at the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Cleveland Orchestra and Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra in addition to his tenure at the BSO. A particular favourite of Leinsdorf’s, the Schumann is powerful and precise under his direction, whilst the Good Friday Music is a warm and sensitive rendition from a great Wagnerian conductor. Schubert’s Ninth Symphony is a new addition to his discography.The ICA Classics Legacy series represents an historic account of performances by some of the world’s greatest artists. This DVD features some of the earliest televised concerts with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and their Music Director, Erich Leinsdorf.While the material has been restored using the greatest care and state-of-the-art techniques, certain visual artefacts and distortions remain in some instances due to the age of the film.... More details

  8. Charles Munch / Boston Symphony Orchestra
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    Charles Munch / Boston Symphony Orchestra

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    Neither of the two Mozart symphonies featured on this DVD have been commercially recorded by Charles Munch, who gives his all in these exhilarating performances from a committed Boston Symphony Orchestra.The ICA Classics Legacy series represents an historic account of performances by some of the world’s greatest artists. This DVD features some of the earliest televised concerts with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and their Music Director, Charles Munch.  While the material has been restored using the greatest care and state-of-the-art techniques, certain visual artefacts and distortions remain in some instances due to the age of the film. Despite this, it remains of exceptional musical interest and historic value and is released here for the first time on DVD.More details

  9. Yuri Temirkanov at the BBC Proms
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    Yuri Temirkanov at the BBC Proms

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    Yuri Temirkanov conducts the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra in this deeply Russian Proms programme, provoking a rapturous response from the audience and three animated encores. Described by David Nice as ‘creative conducting at its greatest’, Temirkanov’s spine-tingling rendition of Tchaikovsky’s Manfred Symphony displays his deep love of this music. Temirkanov chooses to make a short cut in the third movement of Manfred with more substantial cuts in the finale – the most significant of these being the omission of the closing organ chorale – but thanks to this compelling performance, his overall conception of the work makes a very powerful impact.The ICA Classics Legacy series presents a collection of historic performances by some of the world’s greatest artists. These performances are released on DVD for the first time, incorporating rare archive footage that has been expertly and lovingly restored.More details

  10. Sir Georg Solti / Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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    Sir Georg Solti / Chicago Symphony Orchestra

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    By the time of this Royal Festival Hall concert in 1985, Sir Georg Solti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra had cemented their reputation as a truly legendary partnership. Solti demonstrates his profound understanding of Mozartian style in a subtly nuanced account of the composer’s Symphony No.39, while he and the CSO’s virtuoso musicians bring out all the drama and emotion of Tchaikovsky’s thrilling Fourth Symphony. More details

  11. Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
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    Gennadi Rozhdestvensky

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    Gennadi Rozhdestvensky never recorded Holst’s Planets. This Royal Festival Hall performance from 1980 is a freshly conceived interpretation which is both exciting and superbly played. The stereo recording has a spectacular dynamic range. The performance of Britten’s Variations & Fugue on a Theme of Purcell was given on a Far East tour in Osaka, Japan one year later. Osaka’s Royal Festival Hall has a wonderful natural acoustic which invests each instrument with great clarity and warmth. More details

  12. Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
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    Gennadi Rozhdestvensky

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    Gennady Rozhdestvensky is considered one of the greatest Tchaikovsky conductors today. His Russian heritage, together with his outstanding leadership of the Bolshoi ballet, contributes to the total authenticity of his performances. This live recording of Tchaikovsky's popular Symphony No.5 comes from the 1978 Flanders Festival in Belgium and has been recorded in excellent stereo. The fill-up consists of Janacek's rhapsody Taras Bulba recorded at the 1981 Proms and is a new addition to Rozhdestvensky's discography. It is arguably Janacek's most powerful dramatic work and is here given a searing performance is superb stereo which fully captures the large orchestra used, complete with organ, brass and percussion. Released 4th November 2013. More details

  13. Ingrid Jacoby – Beethoven’s Complete Piano Concertos (3 CDs)

    Ingrid Jacoby – Beethoven’s Complete Piano Concertos (3 CDs)

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    Beethoven’s piano concertos are cornerstones in the transition from Classicism to early Romanticism. Ingrid Jacoby’s first recording of the complete Beethoven cycle was recognised by International Record Review as ‘utterly compelling’ and ‘well-nigh flawless in every regard’. More details

  14. Antonio Pappano
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    Antonio Pappano

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    Antonio Pappano, who studied piano and conducting, first attracted the attention of Daniel Barenboim, becoming his assistant at the Bayreuth Festival. After working in Barcelona and Frankfurt, he made his debut at Den Norske Opera in Oslo in 1987, becoming music director there in 1990. From 1992 to 2002 Pappano was music director of La Monnaie, the Belgian Royal Opera House. In 2002, he was named music director of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, his current contract there running to 2017. Pappano has also been principal guest conductor of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and in 2005 became music director of the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. Pappano’s recordings have been hailed as “a magnificent achievement, of rare accomplishment” (Gramophone), “unmissable” (The Sunday Times), “a triumph” (BBC Radio 3); they have received awards including Classic BRIT, ECHO Klassik, BBC Music Magazine and Gramophone... More details

  15. Garrick Ohlsson
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    Garrick Ohlsson

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    The winner of the 1970 Chopin Piano Competition, and one of the leading exponents of Chopin’s works, Ohlsson displays brilliance and depth of feeling in this recital performance, filmed only four years after he won first prize. He demonstrates both subtlety and warmth of sound in his performance of the Brahms Concerto, where his technical mastery is also evident. This DVD features exhilarating and spontaneous interpretations from a true master of the piano. The ICA Classics Legacy series presents a collection of historic performances by some of the world’s greatest artists. These performances are released on DVD for the first time, incorporating rare archive footage that has been expertly and lovingly restored.More details

  16. Charles Munch / Boston Symphony Orchestra
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    Charles Munch / Boston Symphony Orchestra

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    This performance of extracts from The Creatures of Prometheus is a rare one, Munch having only conducted the ballet at the BSO in one season. He breathes life into his performances of Symphonies No.4 and 5, which are executed with excitement, exuberance and panache. The ICA Classics Legacy series represents an historic account of performances by some of the world’s greatest artists. This DVD features some of the earliest televised concerts with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and their Music Director, Charles Munch. While the material has been restored using the greatest care and state-of-the-art techniques, certain visual artefacts and distortions remain in some instances due to the age of the film. Despite this, it remains of exceptional musical interest and historic value and is released here for the first time on DVD.More details

  17. Gennadi Rozhdestvensky at the BBC Proms
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    Gennadi Rozhdestvensky at the BBC Proms

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    Performed during his tenure as Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony, the Proms performances featured on this DVD represent Gennadi Rozhdestvensky at the highest point of his relationship with the orchestra. One of the premier conductors of Russian repertoire, Rozhdestvensky is well known for his interpretations of ballet music - this performance of the second act of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker perfectly demonstrates his affinity with the genre. The ICA Classics Legacy series presents a collection of historic performances by some of the world’s greatest artists. These performances are released on DVD for the first time, incorporating rare archive footage that has been expertly and lovingly restored.More details

  18. Erich Leinsdorf / Boston Symphony Orchestra
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    Erich Leinsdorf / Boston Symphony Orchestra

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    Leinsdorf’s recordings of Mahler’s symphonies on RCA Victor became benchmarks for both sound and performance quality. Intense, warm and expressive, this rendition of Mahler’s First Symphony is a deeply personal account, whilst Till Eulenspiegel - a party piece during Leinsdorf’s tenure - is performed with great precision and finesse by the Boston Symphony Orchestra.The ICA Classics Legacy series represents an historic account of performances by some of the world’s greatest artists. This DVD features some of the earliest televised concerts with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and their Music Director, Erich Leinsdorf.While the material has been restored using the greatest care and state-of-the-art techniques, certain visual artefacts and distortions remain in some instances due to the age of the film. Despite this, it remains of exceptional musical interest and historic value and is released here for the first time on DVD.More details

  19. Sir Georg Solti / Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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    Sir Georg Solti / Chicago Symphony Orchestra

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    Recorded in 1971, the film on this DVD shows the CSO in their first ever concert outside America. As Solti himself explains in the bonus included on this DVD, the CSO masters in German repertoire, to which they bring the American virtuosity. Solti summons tremendous power, elegance and clarity from the Orchestra and their subsequent performances of Brahms’s First Symphony have been praised for their ‘dignity, energy and splendour’, which led critic William Mann to write: ‘I am tempted to describe it as the United States’ most completely accomplished orchestra’. More details

  20. Kurt Sanderling
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    Kurt Sanderling

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    Sanderling enjoyed live performances far more than the studio, something he discusses in the interview about his career and his great admiration for Otto Klemperer, featured on this CD. This live concert performance in brilliant stereo in Newcastle proves the point. Sanderling's German tradition brings great insights to Bruckner's 3rd Symphony, though he conducted the composer infrequently (Symphony No.7 being the exception). It is a rare recording has never been issued before. More details

  21. Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
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    Gennadi Rozhdestvensky

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    The eminent Russian conductor Genndy Rozhdestvensky (1931) was the first Russian born conductor to perform and record all Mahler's symphonies in his country. Mahler's Das klagende Lied is a rarity and here is performed 'live', complete in the original three part edition The performance was reviewed by Gramophone magazine as follows: 'Rozhdestvensky's highly dramatic account of Mahler's three-movement drama'. The recording was first issued in 1995 but deleted shortly afterwards with the demise of BBC Radio Classics. The ICA version has been completely remastered restoring the wide dynamics of Rozhdestvensky's magnificent performance. The distinguished soloists feature Dame Janet Baker, one of the greatest Mahler interpreters of the 20th Century. The CD also features another rarity - Janacek's The Fiddler's Child - from the 1979 Prague Festival. This 'live' recording has never been issued before and is Rozdestvensky's only taping of... More details

  22. Legendary Conductors of The Boston Symphony Orchestra Box Set (5 DVDs)

    Legendary Conductors of The Boston Symphony Orchestra Box Set (5 DVDs)

    £ 39.99

    This material represents some of the earliest televised concerts with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and three of their eminent music directors, Charles Munch, Erich Leinsdorf and William Steinberg. This historical footage has been restored using the greatest care and state-of-the-art techniques. It is of exceptional musical interest and historical value, and has been described by critics as a ‘rare treat’ (Gramophone) and ‘welcome documentations’ (BBC Music Magazine).Release Date: 30th September 2013 More details

  23. Great Pianists Box Set (5 CDs)

    Great Pianists Box Set (5 CDs)

    £ 24.99

    The intellectual Claudio Arrau, the poetry of Shura Cherkassky, the coruscating brilliance of Georges Cziffra and the classical mystery of Emil Gilels and Julius Katchen are combined in this set, featuring legendary performances of Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Grieg, Liszt and Tchaikovsky concertos. Release Date: 30th September 2013 More details

  24. Leon Fleisher
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    Leon Fleisher

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    Pierre Monteux, the celebrated French conductor, called Leon Fleisher 'the pianistic find of the century'.  After his early success in the US,  Fleisher lived in Europe during the 1950s, winning the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels.  During this time he made highly successful tours of Europe, North and South America and his partnership with George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra in the late 1950's and 1960's is today considered one of the great recording legacies. These exciting and penetrating performances of Mozart and Beethoven concertos made in 1957 and 1960 have never been issued before and represent one of the few examples of Fleisher caught live, wonderfully engineered by the WDR. During the 1960's Fleisher was diagnosed with focal dystonia in his right hand forcing him to stop playing and concentrate only with his left hand. He eventually recovered and by 2008 was recording again as a two handed pianist. This release... More details

  25. Otto Klemperer
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    Otto Klemperer

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    Otto Klemperer (1885-1973) was one of the most celebrated German conductors of the 20th century. On the 8 February 1954 Klemperer made his debut in Cologne with Mozart's Symphony No.29 a favourite of the conductor. Eigel Kruttge who had been Klemperer's assistant at the Cologne Opera in the 1920's was the producer at the KRSO, famously described Klemperer's initial rehearsal as 'From the first bars, the lions claws' and apt description for the tall and imposing conductor. Following the success of the Klemperer's first concert, he was invited back in the same month to conduct Beethoven's Symphony No.1 which Kruttge wrote 'Everything absolutely right'. The broadcast of the Bach Suite No.3, another favourite work of the conductor, followed in October 1955, almost a year after he recorded them with the Philharmonia. WDR's broadcasts of all these concerts are of very high technical quality and have never been issued before. More details

  26. Great Italian Operas (6 CDs)

    Great Italian Operas (6 CDs)

    £ 29.99

    This set features two classic performances from the golden age of the Covent Garden Opera Company and a sparkling Falstaff from the Edinburgh Festival, combining masterworks of Italian opera by Puccini, Verdi and Rossini into one outstanding collection. Carefully remastered and restored, the recordings feature a stellar cast of Italian singers and conductors, including renowned soprano Renata Tebaldi, said by Toscanini to possess ‘the voice of an angel’. More details

  27. Ingrid Jacoby
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    Ingrid Jacoby

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    Praised by The New York Times for her ‘clear articulation … unequivocal phrasing … [and] expressivity’, Ingrid Jacoby’s new recording of Mozart’s Concertos Nos. 21 & 23, complete with the Rondo K386, and accompanied by the internationally celebrated Academy of St Martin in the Fields conducted by Sir Neville Marriner, follows on from her previous recording dedicated to Mozart Concertos Nos 14 & 17 which received excellent reviews. International Record Review: ‘Marriner and Jacoby seem to be on the same wavelength… often extremely beautiful’; Gramophone: ‘a wonderful clarity of finger work’; Fanfare Magazine: ‘This is Mozart playing on a par with such greats as Rosenberg, Haskil, and Fischer’; The Guardian: “Ingrid Jacoby is in suitably playful mood, dancing through the finale of the E flat concerto and charming us with the childlike grace of No.27’s larghetto’; More details

  28. Ingrid Jacoby
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    Ingrid Jacoby

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    Praised by The New York Times for her ‘clear articulation … unequivocal phrasing … [and] expressivity’, and by The Guardian as being ‘very impressive’, Ingrid Jacoby has established herself as one of the most poetic and admired pianists of her generation. She has won numerous prizes and competitions, including the Artists Presentation Award and Steinway Hall Artists Prize, the Baldwin National Piano and Gina Bachauer International Piano Competitions, the Concert Artists Guild Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Society of Arts and Letters. Since moving to England, she has performed with many major orchestras, including the London Symphony, London Philharmonic and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras, working with such eminent conductors as Mackerras, Slatkin, Sinopli, Susskind and Kaspszyk. Recent high-profile performances include concerts with the Liverpool Philharmonic under the baton of Vasily Petrenko and a hugely... More details

  29. Antoni Wit
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    Antoni Wit

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    Superbly filmed for Polish Television, Antoni Wit’s performances of Szymanowski’s Third and Fourth Symphonies embody the distinguished and idiomatic conducting style for which he is widely recognised. An outstanding communicator, Wit exhibits exceptional attention to detail in his rendition of these two great works with his own orchestra and choir. The recording also benefits from DTS 5.1 surround sound. The ICA Classics Live series features performances from ICA’s own artists recorded in prestigious venues around the world. The majority of the recordings are enjoying their first commercial release. More details

  30. Vladimir Ashkenazy
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    Vladimir Ashkenazy

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    The BBC films on this DVD showcase Vladimir Ashkenazy at the height of his powers in a uniquely small-scale and intimate setting. Ashkenazy has said that his ‘aim is to be a servant to bring music to life’, and he performs with characteristic humility here in wonderfully subtle accounts of piano works by Schubert and Schumann, highlighting the beauty and poetry of these early-Romantic masterpieces. More details

  31. Boston Symphony Orchestra / Michael Tilson Thomas
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    Boston Symphony Orchestra / Michael Tilson Thomas

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    Less than one year after Michael Tilson Thomas’s first appointment with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, a series of concerts were filmed for television that demonstrate an electric relationship with the orchestra’s newest assistant conductor. Featuring Three Places in New England by Charles Ives, a composer whom Tilson Thomas has long since championed, as well as two works that are completely new to his discography and videography, this DVD gives a valuable account of his early performances with the BSO. Exclusive bonus interviews with this dynamic Maestro provide a fascinating insight into the performances captured here on film.More details

  32. Yuri Bashmet
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    Yuri Bashmet

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    Yuri Bashmet is one of the greatest viola players of our time, featured here as an equally impressive conductor of the Novaya Rossiya State Symphony Orchestra, an ensemble that has been conducted by the likes of Vladimir Ashkenazy and Valery Gergiev. Bashmet became Chief Conductor of the orchestra in 2002. With ‘razor-sharp performances’ (David Nice), Bashmet has been compared to Mravinsky in his dynamic and fresh approach to these three core symphonic works. More details

  33. Quartetto Italiano
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    Quartetto Italiano

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    The Quartetto Italiano is regarded as one of the finest string quartets of the twentieth century. The ensemble’s repertory was broad, and they recorded a great deal in the studio, which makes these rare live performances from 1965 all the more valuable. Performed in the Royal Festival Hall and recorded by the BBC, they are in excellent stereo sound and issued here on CD for the very first time. More details

  34. Ataúlfo Argenta
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    Ataúlfo Argenta

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    Before a freak accident ended his life aged 44, Atauflo Argenta (1913-1958) was the foremost Spanish conductor of his generation and on the verge of a major international career. In 1947, he was appointed chief conductor of the Orquesta Nacional which quickly grew into a major ensemble. Argenta also established himself in Paris and made a considerable number of recordings in London for Decca. Argenta's exciting 'live' broadcasts of the 'Eroica' and of Smetena’s Bartered Bride Overture are issued for the first time outside Spain and benefit from excellent remastering. The fill-ups consisting of five zarzuela orchestral preludes by Chapí and Giménez have never been issued on CD before and reveal Argenta's unique affinity with these Spanish composers. More details

  35. Hartmut Haenchen (2 CDs)
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    Hartmut Haenchen (2 CDs)

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    In 1986, Hartmut Haenchen became music director of the De Nederlandse Opera (DNO) in Amsterdam and chief conductor of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra (NPO). He has collaborated with La Scala, Milan, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and the Opéra National de Paris, and performed with orchestras throughout the world including the Berlin Philharmonic and Concertgebouw. These recordings of Mahler’s Symphony No.1 and the massive Symphony No.8 are being released on ICA’s ‘Live’ artist series to commemorate Haenchen’s seventieth birthday. This digital recording captures the stupendous sound of both symphonies and, in particular, the huge forces employed and wide dynamic range that Mahler demands in Symphony No.8. Haenchen’s recent live Mahler Symphony No.6 can be seen on DVD (ICAD 5018): the disc won a prestigious Diapason d’or award. More details

  36. Sir John Barbirolli (2 CDs)
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    Sir John Barbirolli (2 CDs)

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    Sir John Barbirolli (1899–1970), born in London of Italian and French parentage, is remembered above all as conductor of the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester, which he helped save from dissolution in 1943 and conducted for the rest of his life. However he was also a guest conductor of many other orchestras, including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin and the Vienna Philharmonic, and here performs with the WDR. These live recordings have never been released on CD before. Barbirolli never recorded Britten’s Serenade for tenor, horn and strings, so this represents a new addition to his large discography. The only other recording Barbirolli made of Schubert’s Symphony No.4 was with the New York Philharmonic in 1939, so this 1969 live performance with the KRSO in excellent stereo is essential for any collector in this great conductor’s work. More details

  37. A Tribute to Rudolf Barshai (20 CD set)
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    A Tribute to Rudolf Barshai (20 CD set)

    £ 54.99

    Rudolf Barshai is one of the great Russian musicians of the twentieth century. Both as a viola player and conductor he worked with renowned figures such as Dmitri Shostakovich, Sviatoslav Richter, David Oistrakh, Mstislav Rostropovich, Leonid Kogan and Emil Gilels, and several composers wrote especially for his acclaimed ensemble, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra. After emigrating to the West, Rudolf Barshai became principal and guest conductor of many orchestras around the world. This CD box is a unique collection of never-before-published radio and studio recordings as well as live concerts from 1951 to 2012. More details

  38. Rudolf Kempe
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    Rudolf Kempe

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    Deeply felt and masterful, Kempe’s performance of Ein Heldenleben at the 1974 Prom concert was described by the critic Joan Chissell as winning him ‘a hero’s ovation and rightly’. She wrote that ‘no one now before the public is better able to transform Strauss from a plebeian into an aristocrat.’ The performance of Dvorak’s New World Symphony one year later, received equally glowing reviews, and is an illuminating and compelling rendition of Dvořák’s most popular symphony. This is the first DVD of Kempe performing with the two English orchestras of which he was principal conductor for so long. The ICA Classics Legacy series presents a collection of historic performances by some of the world’s greatest artists. These performances are released on DVD for the first time, incorporating rare archive footage that has been expertly and lovingly restored.More details

  39. Sir Georg Solti
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    Sir Georg Solti

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    This performance of Elgar’s Enigma Variations forms an historic account of the first concert Sir Georg Solti conducted as Chief conductor of the LPO in 1979. It is also the first DVD release with Solti performing Elgar’s Symphony No.2. Solti, who prepared new works by listening to Elgar’s own recordings, identified closely with his music. The virtuoso playing of the orchestra combined with his fresh, energetic approach make for an exciting, uplifting experience. The ICA Classics Legacy series presents a collection of historic performances by some of the world’s greatest artists. These performances are released on DVD for the first time, incorporating rare archive footage that has been expertly and lovingly restored.More details

  40. Klaus Tennstedt / Boston Symphony Orchestra
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    Klaus Tennstedt / Boston Symphony Orchestra

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    Tennstedt formed a remarkable relationship with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, of which this outstanding performance of Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony is testimony. It represents some of the earliest concert footage that exists of the great conductor from this key chapter in his career.The ICA Classics Legacy series represents an historic account of performances by some of the world’s greatest artists. This DVD features the first public release of a full-length symphonic work with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Klaus Tennstedt.While the material has been restored using the greatest care and state-of-the-art techniques, certain visual artefacts and distortions remain in some instances due to the age of the film. Despite this, it remains of exceptional musical interest and historic value and is released here for the first time on DVD.More details

  41. Georges Cziffra
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    Georges Cziffra

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    This 1955 recital, only Cziffra’s second studio recording is totally free from eccentricity and represents Cziffra at his best. It features miniatures (CPE Bach, Scarlatti and Couperin) as well as the Liszt war horses which Cziffra became famous for. The two bonus tracks come from a 1959 recital in Turin, which show off Cziffra’s dazzling technique. The Bach arr. Liszt: Fantasy & Fugue, like the rest of the CD, has never appeared on CD before. It is extremely rare having been remastered from a collector's LP using ICA’s Ambient mastering Process. More details

  42. Renata Tebaldi (2 CDs)
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    Renata Tebaldi (2 CDs)

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    This June 1955 performance of Puccini’s Tosca marked Renata Tebaldi’s first appearance with the Covent Garden Company. The roles of Cavaradossi and Scarpia were filled by two of Italy’s finest singers, Ferruccio Tagliavini (Cavaradossi) and Tito Gobbi (Scarpia). All three went on to make memorable studio recordings for Decca, Cetra and EMI. The Times wrote, ‘The performance was tremendous, not only in the singing, which was up to the heroic standards of the past, but in dramatic tension’. More details

  43. Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
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    Gennadi Rozhdestvensky

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    These Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev recordings in stereo have never been issued before on CD while the Mussorgsky was released on the defunct BBC Radio Classics series over 15 years ago. Tchaikovsky's Symphony No.4 from the 1979 Leeds Music Festival is one of the conductor's most inspired performances treating the work as a broad tragedy of the highest order without sentimentalising it. The Mussorgsky is a rarity, taken from the 1981 Proms in stereo - the version of A Night on a Bare Mountain used in the composer's Sorochintsy Fair which includes a chorus and a bass-baritone (David Wilson- Johnson). Prokofiev's The Love for Three Oranges Suite was given on a Far East tour in Kurashiki, Japan in 1981 and benefits from Rozhedestvensky's acclaimed experience in ballet with a performance of wit and excitement. More details

  44. Klaus Tennstedt
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    Klaus Tennstedt

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    These two performances featuring Klaus Tennstedt (1926–1998) and the Stuttgart RSO were separated by only forty-one months, and yet Tennstedt’s life changed dramatically during this short period. In 1971 he escaped from the German Democratic Republic, and by 1976 he was established in both Europe and in the United States as a master of the core Austro-German repertoire. The Martinů is a new addition to Tennstedt’s discography, highlighting the work of this lesser-known but very important composer (a set of the complete Martinů Symphonies won a Gramophone Award in 2012). The live 1976 concert performance from Göppingen of Brahms’s Symphony No.1 demonstrates Tennstedt’s great affinity with this symphony in a dramatic and urgent reading. This is the first release of this material outside Japan. This recording marks a new and exciting relationship between ICA Classics and the SWR in Stuttgart. More details

  45. Géza Anda
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    Géza Anda

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    Hungarian-born Géza Anda (1921–1976) was described by the conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler as ‘a troubadour of the piano’ whose early death robbed the world of one of the greatest pianists of the twentieth century. This spine-tingling account of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1 has never been issued before. It is a ‘live’ studio recording from 1958 with the Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra accompanied by Georg Solti, a fellow Hungarian, and the performance generates enormous electricity between the two artists. The live recording from 1954 of Brahms’s Piano Concerto No.2 conducted by Otto Klemperer has been newly remastered and is released for the first time on CD. The live recording from 1954 of Brahms’s Piano Concerto No.2 conducted by Otto Klemperer has been issued before but it has been newly remastered for this release. It qualifies for a re-release on the basis that it is one the most recommendable versions of the work and should... More details

  46. Amadeus Quartet
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    Amadeus Quartet

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    Celebrated for their performances of the Viennese Classics, the Amadeus Quartet’s core repertoire included all three works on this DVD, performed here with great warmth and exuberance by Norbert Brainin, Siegmund Nissel, Peter Schidlof and Martin Lovett. Having dominated the British chamber music scene for over 40 years, the Amadeus Quartet was one of the most respected ensembles of the 20th Century.The ICA Classics Legacy series presents a collection of historic performances by some of the world’s greatest artists. These performances are released on DVD for the first time, incorporating rare archive footage that has been expertly and lovingly restored.More details

  47. Claudio Arrau / Van Cliburn
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    Claudio Arrau / Van Cliburn

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    Sparkling Chopin performances from Van Cliburn just one year after his triumph at the 1958 inaugural Tchaikovsky Competition are coupled with fiery intensity from Claudio Arrau in two of Beethoven’s best loved piano sonatas. This DVD presents rare audiovisual material from two of the world’s finest pianists.The ICA Classics Legacy series presents a collection of historic performances by some of the world’s greatest artists. These performances are released on DVD for the first time, incorporating rare archive footage that has been expertly and lovingly restored.More details

  48. Carlo Maria Giulini (2 CDs)
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    Carlo Maria Giulini (2 CDs)

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    Carlo Maria Giulini's performances of operas by Verdi, Rossini and Mozart have acquired legendary status while his distinguished recordings have remained in the catalogues to this day. This recording featuring a Glyndebourne production of Verdi's Falstaff starring Fernando Corena in the title role from 1955 at the Edinburgh Festival is unique having never before been published – it also marked Giulini's UK debut. The Times said, 'in the final analysis, it was Mr Giulini's direction which ensured the opera's success', and headlined the review by emphatically stating, 'A wonderful production'. More details

  49. Evgeny Svetlanov
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    Evgeny Svetlanov

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    The 10th anniversary of the distinguished Russian conductor Evgeny Svetlanov's death was celebrated in May 2012 when ICA Classics released a coupling of Rachmaninov's The Bells - Svetlanov's last concert, and Prokofiev's Alexander Nevsky, two composers very closely associated with the conductor. Rachmaninov was by his own account, Svetlanov's favourite composer and this new 'live' recording of his Symphony No.2 from the Royal Festival Hall in 1993 with the Philharmonia Orchestra appears here for the first time. The recording is in excellent stereo and Svetlanov was at his most exciting when caught live. To complete the CD is a rare 'live' stereo recording of Svetlanov conducting Leonard Bernstein's brilliant Candide Overture from the Edinburgh Festival in 1978. Svetlanov never recorded this in the studio and has never been issued before. ICA has received wonderful reviews for Svetlanov's recordings of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No.1 and... More details

  50. Guido Cantelli
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    Guido Cantelli

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    The extraordinarily gifted Guido Cantelli (1920-56) was invited by Toscanini, who held him in the highest regard to be a guest conductor with the NBC orchestra in New York. From 1949 each year, Cantelli conducted the NBC, the New York Philharmonic and Boston Symphony orchestras. In 1950, he was at the Edinburgh Festival and in 1951 Lucerne, Salzburg and Venice Festivals. He started recording with the Philharmonia Orchestra for EMI but was tragically killed in an air crash in Paris in 1956. Walter Legge, EMI's producer, wrote, 'no other conductor in the history of the art has established, so early in life, so wide a fame.' While studio recordings validate Legge's assertion, none quite captured the incandescence of his live performances. These important and very rare 'live' recordings featuring the Philharmonia Orchestra derive from the Music Preserved archive and have never been released before. The Glasgow Herald stated that... More details

  51. Emil Gilels
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    Emil Gilels

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    Emil Gilels is regarded by many as one of the most significant pianists of the twentieth century and is universally admired for his superb technical control and burnished tone. This BBC recording in stereo of his 1979 Abbotsholme recital features the Russian pianist in unusual and seldom-performed repertoire such as Schumann’s Four Klavierstücke, the Brahms Ballades, Chopin's Polonaise No.2 and Sonata No.3, works he performed only a handful of times in the later stages of his career. This is an exceptionally rare CD and presents the great Russian pianist at his best in a relaxed, informal atmosphere. A beautifully played encore – Mozart’s D minor Fantasy K397 – completes this well-filled 80+ minute-disc. More details

  52. Claudio Arrau
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    Claudio Arrau

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    The celebrated Chilean pianist Claudio Arrau's (1903-1991) career spanned the evolution of recorded sound from his first acoustic recording in 1921 to the digital era of the 1980s. He made studio recordings of selected Beethoven sonatas for EMI in the 1950s and the complete sonatas for Philips between 1962 and 1966. These three sonatas recorded live in Stockholm in 1960 were at the peak of Arrau's career and are extremely rare and have never been issued before. In comparing live as opposed to studio recordings, Joseph Horowitz has said 'I do not find his (studio recorded) cycle conveys Arrau's full stature as a Beethoven player'. In the later sonatas, Arrau himself alluded to the fact that an improvisatory way was required which was difficult to achieve with the constraints of a recording studio. More details

  53. Sir Georg Solti
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    Sir Georg Solti

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    Solti achieved great success with the first complete recording of Das Rheingold in 1958 after which his reputation for recording Wagner escalated. His was also known for his dramatic and expressive performances of works by Richard Strauss, demonstrated by this exciting performance of Don Juan, with revealing bonus rehearsal material and an interview by John Culshaw. The 1985 performance of Beethoven 5 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra is equally thrilling, filmed during his tenure as Chief Conductor of the Chicago Symphony, with whom he recorded the full set of Beethoven Symphonies. The ICA Classics Legacy series presents a collection of historic performances by some of the world’s greatest artists. These performances are released on DVD for the first time, incorporating rare archive footage that has been expertly and lovingly restored. More details

  54. Kurt Sanderling
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    Kurt Sanderling

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    Known for enjoying live performances and having an affinity for late Mahler, Sanderling’s reading of Das Lied von der Erde is inherently musical. Mitchinson’s ‘firm, heroic tone’ is ideal for this role, with the BBC Philharmonic providing a sympathetic accompaniment. Schumann’s Fourth Symphony makes an excellent filler.The ICA Classics Legacy series presents a collection of historic performances by some of the world’s greatest artists. These performances are released on DVD for the first time, incorporating rare archive footage that has been expertly and lovingly restored.More details

  55. William Steinberg
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    William Steinberg

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    William Steinberg’s recording of Beethoven’s Missa solemnis has never been issued before on CD and is in excellent stereo sound. Along with the superb Cologne Radio Choir, Steinberg used a superb quartet of soloists for this demanding work – Heather Harper (who sang on EMI’s Giulini recording), Julia Hamari, Sven Olof Eliasson and Peter Meven. Both Hamari and Meven were regular performers at all the European festivals, notably under Karajan. Steinberg’s interpretation is one of fiery intensity, majesty and utter fidelity to the score, which was one of his main characteristics as a conductor. More details

  56. Evgeny Svetlanov
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    Evgeny Svetlanov

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    May 2012 marks the 10th anniversary of the death of the celebrated Russian conductor, Evgeny Svetlanov. This is a fitting coupling of Rachmaninov’s The Bells and Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky, both written by composers closely associated with the conductor. The performance of The Bells was taken from Svetlanov’s last concert in April 2002 - he died just one month later. The Telegraph called it ‘a performance of extraordinary power and intensity’ whilst the Guardian noted that Svetlanov’s admirers had come to hear a ‘Russian musical figurehead who seemed likely to go on forever’. More details

  57. Sir John Barbirolli
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    Sir John Barbirolli

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    Both in the concert hall and on record, Sir John Barbirolli was associated with the music of English composers, but his interpretations of Mahler and Sibelius, as well as those of Berlioz, Debussy and Ravel, have always been very much admired. This new live studio recording of Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique with the SWF orchestra in Baden-Baden from February 1969 is in state-of-the-art stereo sound and does full justice to Berlioz’s wonderful score. Haydn's Symphony No.83 ‘The Hen’ (a Barbirolli favourite), comes from the same concert which makes this CD of two timeless classics excellent value with over 80 minutes of music. More details

  58. Otto Klemperer
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    Otto Klemperer

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    Klemperer's conducting of the Brahms's Requiem, one of the cornerstones of the choral repertoire, achieves true greatness. Gramophone Magazine said of his 1961 recording, ' a conductor who's rugged feeling for the music pays colossal dividends' sums up this 1956 account. Both Elisabeth Grummer (soprano) and Herman Prey (baritone) were internationally renowned and highly respected. This live studio recording from the WDR in Cologne has never been issued before. More details

  59. David Oistrakh
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    David Oistrakh

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    The first two performances on this DVD feature David Oistrakh in one of his favourite performing partnerships, with his son, violinist Igor Oistrakh. The Bach concerto for two violins formed the duo’s first foreign engagement whilst the Mozart was performed two years later in a sell-out performance at the Royal Albert Hall. Kirill Kondrashin, one of Oistrakh’s preferred conductors, directs the Brahms concerto, which has all the warmth and confidence one would expect from a classic Oistrakh recording. The ICA Classics Legacy series presents a collection of historic performances by some of the world’s greatest artists. These performances are released on DVD for the first time, incorporating rare archive footage that has been expertly and lovingly restored.More details

  60. Michael Tilson Thomas
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    Michael Tilson Thomas

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    Michael Tilson Thomas is an exceptional artist – Music Director of the San Francisco and the New World Symphony Orchestras, Principal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra and winner of ten Grammy Awards, he is dynamic, stimulating and innovative. Tilson Thomas is well known for his ability to make music accessible and appealing to wide audiences, and these two exciting performances with extensive rehearsal footage and educational insight from a master communicator make for a valuable 2-DVD set. The ICA Classics Live series features performances from ICA’s own artists recorded in prestigious venues around the world. The majority of the recordings are enjoying their first commercial release.Photo © Kristen LokenMore details

  61. Klaus Tennstedt / Boston Symphony Orchestra
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    Klaus Tennstedt / Boston Symphony Orchestra

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    This rare audiovisual footage presents Klaus Tennstedt at the height of his very special relationship with the Boston Symphony Orchestra during his prime recording period. Joyous Mozart is combined with evocative Mahler, both performed with the greatest sensitivity and conviction.The ICA Classics Legacy series represents an historic account of performances by some of the world’s greatest artists. This DVD features only the second public release of a full-length symphonic work with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Klaus Tennstedt and the third DVD available with this mighty conductor.While the material has been restored using the greatest care and state-of-the-art techniques, certain visual artefacts and distortions remain in some instances due to the age of the film. Despite this, it remains of exceptional musical interest and historic value and is released here for the first time on DVD.More details

  62. Benjamin Britten
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    Benjamin Britten

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    This DVD presents Benjamin Britten at the height of his powers in an affectionately nuanced account of Mozart’s Symphony No.40 – ‘surely the loveliest bit of music ever conceived’, according to Britten – and an intimate and evocative performance of his own Nocturne with Peter Pears. As a bonus, the DVD includes extracts from Mendelssohn’s ‘Scottish’ Symphony which Britten conducts with the utmost subtlety and style despite being gravely ill at the time. All three performances give fascinating insights into one of the finest musicians of the twentieth century.The ICA Classics Legacy series presents a collection of historical performances by some of the world’s greatest artists. These performances are released on DVD for the first time, incorporating rare archive footage that has been expertly and lovingly restored.The first track on this DVD is a brief introduction to ICA Classics. More details

  63. Igor Markevitch (2 CDs)
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    Igor Markevitch (2 CDs)

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    Having performed and recorded extensively with prestigious orchestras worldwide, Igor Markevitch returned to Russia in 1960 at the height of his powers, where he made a great impression on the musical elite. He performed this dramatic account of the Verdi Requiem featuring the young Galina Vishnevskaya with the Moscow Philharmonic, in a rare live recording which preceded the studio version, now out of print. The spontaneity of the live recording is unmistakable. The six Rossini Overtures, all brilliantly played, have been sourced from a mint LP to give extra bloom to the sound. More details

  64. Georges Cziffra
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    Georges Cziffra

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    Hungarian born György Cziffra (1921-94) was one of the most celebrated and individual piano virtuosos of the postwar decades in Europe, especially noted for his powers of improvisation and as a Liszt pianist. In 1950 Cziffra was arrested after he attempted to escape from Hungary's Soviet sponsored regime and was severely tortured. After his release in 1953, Cziffra started to record for the Qualiton and Supraphon labels (his debut is on ICAC 5008). In 1956 Cziffra fled to Vienna making his debut there with outstanding success. These live recordings have never been issued commercially before. The Grieg Concerto is typical of Cziffra's 'startling and mercurial quality' while the Liszt Concerto and Fantasy on Hungarian Folk Themes is very much in the style which Liszt 'loved to tease and astonish his adoring audiences'. (Bryce Morrison). After one recital in London, The Daily Telegraph said the audience 'witnessed feats of piano playing... More details

  65. Sir Adrian Boult
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    Sir Adrian Boult

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    Just prior to the Second World War, Sir Adrian Boult (1889–1983) single-handedly built the BBC Symphony Orchestra into a world-renowned ensemble that attracted such artists as Arturo Toscanini, Serge Koussevitzky and Bruno Walter to conduct it. After retiring from the BBCSO in 1950, Boult became chief conductor of the London Philharmonic until 1957. The live 1975 Proms performance of Brahms’s Symphony No.4 has never been issued before. It has been recorded in stereo and fully captures the ‘Indian summer’ that Boult enjoyed at the Proms and in the studio with EMI at this time. The Mendelssohn Symphony No.4 was recorded live in stereo and has never been issued before. More details

  66. Hans Rosbaud
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    Hans Rosbaud

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    Gramophone recently remarked that Hans Rosbaud ‘was one of the unsung heroes of mid-20th-century music, who … gave thoroughly rehearsed and assimilated performances and premieres of the widest possible range of music’. After the Second World War, Rosbaud became the single most important interpreter of and advocate for Sibelius’s music in the German-speaking world; he understood Sibelius’s language as few conductors ever have. This work is an important addition to the Rosbaud discography since he never recorded the Symphony No.6 commercially. Throughout his career, Rosbaud manifested a special affinity for French culture and music. After the war, he was the first German-speaking conductor to be invited to perform in France. Here he conducts totally idiomatic and stunning performances of Debussy’s masterpieces, the Nocturnes being a new addition to his discography. More details

  67. Rudolf Kempe
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    Rudolf Kempe

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    Kempe’s studio recording of Mahler’s Fourth Symphony came about due to the ill-health of Bruno Walter in May 1957. Originating from the Music Preserved Archive in York, this exceptionally rare release is a new addition to the Kempe discography. His fiery performance of Mendelssohn's Ruy Blas Overture caught live from the Royal Festival Hall in 1967 with the LSO is another new addition. Wagner's Parsifal prelude, recorded by Kempe in 1965, reinforces the fact that he was one of the greatest Wagnerian conductors of the 20th century. His Covent Garden performances of Parsifal in 1959 were landmarks for the company. Released 4th November 2013. More details

  68. Klaus Tennstedt
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    Klaus Tennstedt

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    This acclaimed performance of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony was the last time Klaus Tennstedt returned to the work with the LPO. It is a highly personal and passionate interpretation, a perfect example of why Tennstedt had such a fine reputation for outstanding live performances.The ICA Classics Legacy series presents a collection of historic performances by some of the world’s greatest artists. These performances are released on DVD for the first time, incorporating rare archive footage that has been expertly and lovingly restored.More details

  69. Borodin Quartet
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    Borodin Quartet

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    Described as ‘the quartet world’s most distinguished ensemble’, the Borodin Quartet celebrated its 65th anniversary with a sold out concert at the Wigmore Hall, London, a week before this live recording from the Cité de la Musique in Paris. Following the performance the Financial Times wrote that ‘today’s Borodin Quartet has lost nothing of its old authority.’ The quartet plays with warmth, commitment and obvious enjoyment.The ICA Classics Live series features performances from ICA’s own artists recorded in prestigious venues around the world. The majority of the recordings are enjoying their first commercial release.More details

  70. Günter Wand at the BBC Proms
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    Günter Wand at the BBC Proms

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    Renowned for his interpretations of Bruckner’s Symphonies, Günter Wand had a great affinity for Bruckner’s Fifth Symphony, as noted by the composer Bernd Alois Zimmermann. His first recording of the work became a great success, winning the German Record Prize in 1978. Wand’s London concerts with the BBC Symphony as Principal Guest Conductor acquired legendary status in his later years, rewarding him with the recognition that was so greatly deserved.The ICA Classics Legacy series presents a collection of historic performances by some of the world’s greatest artists. These performances are released on DVD for the first time, incorporating rare archive footage that has been expertly and lovingly restored.More details

  71. Carlo Maria Giulini (2 CDs)
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    Carlo Maria Giulini (2 CDs)

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    Carlo Maria Giulini was without question, along with fellow Italians Arturo Toscanini, Victor de Sabata and Guido Cantelli, one of the greatest conductors of his generation. His opera performances at Covent Garden were landmarks for the Company. This 1960 performance of Rossini's sparkling Il barbiere di Siviglia features a stellar cast including a youthful Teresa Berganza as Rosina and Luigi Alva as The Count (who had been asked by Giulini immediately after his 1955 debut at La Scala, Milan, to sing the Count in a legendary La Scala production headed by Maria Callas and Tito Gobbi). This was his Covent Garden debut. The baritone Rolando Panerai as Figaro had been a stalwart of La Scala since 1951, while Fernando Corena as Dr Bartolo was making his Covent Garden debut but was already a major international figure. He had sung regularly at the Metropolitan Opera since 1954. More details

  72. Otto Klemperer
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    Otto Klemperer

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    Otto Klemperer was widely regarded as one of the leading conductors of the 20th century along with his compatriots, Wilhelm Furtwängler and Bruno Walter. These performances date from 1955, a period when Klemperer was at his most authoritative, spending a number of seasons guest conducting in Cologne with great success. Both Mendelssohn's Midsummer Night's Dream and Beethoven Symphony No.8 are sourced from the original WDR tapes and have been superbly remastered. They appear for the first time on CD. More details

  73. Dimitri Mitropoulos
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    Dimitri Mitropoulos

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    The Greek born conductor Dimitri Mitropoulos was extremely gifted - his photographic memory allowed him to conduct without a score in concert and also in rehearsal. He made his US debut in 1936, later becoming Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, where he was succeeded by Leonard Bernstein.Mitropoulos was a frequent visitor to the WDR in Cologne in the mid 1950's, whose broadcasts have been well documented, including Mahler's Symphony No.3 on ICA Classics (ICAC5021) - 2011 winner of the prestigious Gustav-Mahler Toblach Award. Mitropoulos conducted Berlioz's colossal Requiem with its choirs and off-stage brass at the Salzburg Festival on 15 August 1956 - this Cologne performance followed on 26 August 1956.This ICA release is the first official recording using the original 1956 WDR master tapes – the sound is remarkable. The tenor soloist in the 'Sanctus' is the young Nicolai Gedda.  The performance is over 82 minutes and is... More details

  74. Hans Rosbaud
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    Hans Rosbaud

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    The composer Francis Poulenc said in 1954, ‘Music buffs believe that the greatest living conductor is Toscanini: musicians know that it is Hans Rosbaud.’ Similarly, Gramophone hailed Rosbaud as ‘one of the unsung heroes of mid-20th-century music’. Hans Rosbaud (1895–1962), a native of Graz, was a champion of contemporary works while strongly advocating Mahler’s music after the Second World War. This ‘live’ studio recording from 1951 is a new addition to the Rosbaud discography, released for the first time on ICA Classics. Rosbaud is captured here at the height of his powers with the Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra, one of his favourite orchestras. The 50th anniversary of Rosbaud’s death was in December 2012 so this release is a belated tribute to this great conductor. More details

  75. Classic BBC Proms (5 DVDs)

    Classic BBC Proms (5 DVDs)

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    This box set embraces five historic performances from the BBC Proms by some of the world’s greatest artists. From the very first season of Promenade Concerts in 1895, the Proms has championed the finest classical music. This unmissable anthology features the legendary partnership of Sir Georg Solti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in music by Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Debussy, and Garrick Ohlsson’s impassioned account of Brahms’s Second Piano Concerto. Gennadi Rozhdestvensky and Yuri Temirkanov lead two deeply Russian programmes, and characteristic Viennese waltzes – including The Blue Danube – are executed with exuberance, good humour and panache by three conductors well suited to the genre. More details

  76. Mstislav Rostropovich / Benjamin Britten
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    Mstislav Rostropovich / Benjamin Britten

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    These recordings represent an overview of some of the headiest years of Mstislav Rostropovich’s career. Introduced to Britten through Shostakovich, Rostropovich formed a close partnership with the British composer, who was inspired several major cello compositions by the Russian cellist. This special relationship is evident here in their collaborative performances from the opening concert of the new Snape Maltings Concert Hall, which includes rare audiovisual footage of the Maltings before it was destroyed by fire in 1969 and rebuilt. More details

  77. Arthur Rubinstein
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    Arthur Rubinstein

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    Arthur Rubinstein requires no introduction - he was one of the greatest and most distinguished pianists of the 20th century with a large discography. These rare performances have an historical importance in that after 1914, Rubinstein never played in Germany again and therefore to have him with a German orchestra (KRSO) in Zurich in 1966 was a very rare event. Rubinstein caught live in 1966 rather than in the studio brings a much greater spontaneity in the Brahms, which is beautifully and excitingly performed. These performances have never been issued before.More details

  78. Wilhelm Furtwängler
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    Wilhelm Furtwängler

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    Furtwangler always regarded Beethoven's 'Choral' Symphony as a near-religious work and his performances of it were special occasions. This release is important because it has never been issued before outside Japan and came about because Furtwangler having scheduled a number of performances of Beethoven's Symphony No.9 in January 1953, fell ill during the first concert which was abandoned. The concerts were then re-scheduled for the end of May 1953 with an extra performance thrown in for those who were at the uncompleted one. This took place on May 30th but is often confused with the final concert which took place a day later on May 31 and which has been released on a number of labels. ICA's Ambient Mastering recreates the atmosphere of the concert perfectly. More details

  79. Wilhelm Backhaus
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    Wilhelm Backhaus

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    Recorded 'live' in the Beethovenhalle in 1959! Well known for his interpretations and recordings of Beethoven, Mozart and Brahms, Wilhelm Backhaus was much admired as a chamber musician. This 1959 concert gives us the rare opportunity to hear Backhaus ‘live’ in the Beethovenhalle in Bonn in a typical programme of Schubert and Beethoven including the mighty Hammerklavier. According to the pianist and Beethoven specialist Stephen Kovacevich, Backhaus was the only pianist to have understood the work. More details

  80. Sir Adrian Boult
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    Sir Adrian Boult

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    Sir Adrian Boult studied under Arthur Nikisch in Berlin, which certainly contributed to his outstanding interpretations of Brahms’s works. Similarly his friendship with Sir Edward Elgar ensured his interpretations of the composer were unquestionably authoritative. The Proms performance of Brahms’ Symphony No.3 from 1977 is in superb stereo, representing Boult in his 'golden years'. Martin Cotton, in his booklet essay, notes that the 1976 Proms stereo recording of Elgar's Symphony No.1- 'is completely astonishing', Boult giving arguably his greatest performance of the work. These recordings have never been issued before and the CD represents stunning value at more than 81 minutes long.More details

  81. Hugo Wolf
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    Hugo Wolf

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    Dame Janet Baker needs no introduction. During her illustrious career, which spanned four decades from the 1950s to the 1980s, she was widely admired throughout the world for her dramatic intensity and musical intelligence. John Shirley-Quirk made his operatic debut at the Glyndebourne Festival in 1961, and has appeared regularly with all the major orchestras and opera companies through the world. Steuart Bedford is closely associated with the music of Britten and was an Artistic Director of the Aldeburgh Festival between 1974 and 1998. These 46 songs arranged by Steuart Bedford in his own edition show Wolf at his most captivatingly individual, many of them brief fragments of fantasy, which call for the most intense artistry if their point is to be fully made. Dame Janet Baker ranges through all the many emotions inspired by love with searching perception. John Shirley-Quirk has a true understanding of the lyrical impulse that fills... More details

  82. Arthur Rubinstein
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    Arthur Rubinstein

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    Arthur Rubinstein (1887–1982) was one of the greatest pianists of the twentieth century. He made his debuts in the USA in 1906 and London in 1912. He was a superb performer of Chopin and his 1960s recordings of nearly all Chopin’s solo piano music have been considered essential to any record collection since their release. His honours included the Gold Medal of the Royal Philharmonic Society of London, the US Medal of Freedom (1976), and membership of the French Legion of Honour. This is a rare live recording of Rubinstein made by the BBC in 1963 which has only recently been discovered in the National Sound Archives. It has never been issued before in any format. More details

  83. Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli
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    Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli

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    Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (1920–1995) was born in Brescia, Italy. In 1939, he won first prize in the Geneva International Piano Competition, where he was acclaimed as ‘a new Liszt’ by pianist Alfred Cortot, a member of the judging panel. His recordings of Ravel and Debussy were considered essential for any collection. Any recording featuring Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli is an important event because he recorded very little in the studio. This live SWR recording from the Ludwigsburg Festival in 1956 shows a Mozart style far removed from that presented today. These are full-blooded interpretations and show Michelangeli with a very strong forward drive. The recording made by SWR is of excellent quality, showcasing Michelangeli’s superb playing. These two concertos were performed throughout Michelangeli’s career, but the recording here was made when he was thirty-six years old and at the peak of his powers. More details

  84. Maria Callas (2CDs)
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    Maria Callas (2CDs)

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    Maria Callas was one of the most renowned opera singers of the twentieth century.  Hailed as La Divina, and described by Bernstein as ‘The Bible of opera’, her influence was so enduring that, in 2006, Opera News wrote of her: ‘Nearly thirty years after her death, she's still the definition of the diva as an artist – and still one of classical music’s best-selling vocalists.’Callas first performed Cherubini's Medea in 1953 and continued to perform the role throughout the 1950s and 1960s. This performance on 30 June 1959 at the Royal Opera House received rave reviews: ‘Callas builds her performance into one powerful line of increasing tension. It is the kind of performance which spoils one for anything less from the opera stage.’(George Mayer, American Record Guide).Supported by a strong cast of Jon Vickers, Fiorenza Cossotto and Nicola Zaccaria, ICA Classics’ careful remastering and excellent sound sets this recording apart from all... More details

  85. William Steinberg
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    William Steinberg

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    Steinberg was a frequent performer of Mahler's works in the US though he only recorded the composer's Symphony No.1 with Pittsburg in 1952 for Capitol Records. This blazing account from 1965 of Mahler's titanic 'Resurrection' Symphony in brilliant stereo sound confirms his authority as a great Mahlerian.  Dutch contralto Annie Delorie (1925-2009) gives a stunning rendition of the 'Urlicht' and is joined in the final movement by the radiant Polish soprano Stefania Woytowicz (1922-2005). This live studio recording is a rarity, having never been issued before. More details

  86. Evgeny Svetlanov
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    Evgeny Svetlanov

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    The performance of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No.1 in April 2002 with the BBCSO was the last concert he gave before his death two months later. Svetlanov's studio made Tchaikovsky recordings with the USSR Symphony Orchestra for Melodiya in the 1960's were the cornerstones of the catalogue at the time and he brings an unqualified authority to the Barbican concert recorded here. Svetlanov’s account of Stravinsky's Firebird is superbly detailed and imaginative with the Philharmonia in tremendous form. The digital sound recorded in the Barbican for both performances is totally natural and warm. These live recordings are issued for the first time on CD. More details

  87. Sir Adrian Boult
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    Sir Adrian Boult

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    One of the great British conductors of the 20th century, Sir Adrian Boult studied under the legendary Arthur Nikisch in Berlin, which makes his Brahms’s interpretations so special. This fiery 1976 stereo broadcast of Brahms Symphony No.1 is the only authorised live account available. The broadcast of Elgar’s Enigma Variations from the Royal Albert Hall in 1971 features the alternative organ part played by George Thalben-Ball, one of the most celebrated organists of his time. The CD also includes interview material with Boult on the occasion of his 85th birthday. More details

  88. Dimitri Mitropoulos (2 CDs)
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    Dimitri Mitropoulos (2 CDs)

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    Dimitri Mitropoulos (1896-1960), a most distinguished Mahlerian, was one of the great conductors of his generation. This Cologne performance of Mahler’s Symphony No.3 from 1960 is the only complete performance of the work conducted by Mitropoulos. It is also the only officially released recording of his Cologne performance, and is coupled here with Debussy’s La Mer recorded just one week earlier. Both performances are worthy documents of a great conductor. More details

  89. Julius Katchen
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    Julius Katchen

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    The American pianist Julius Katchen was a child prodigy who at age 11 performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Ormandy. In 1946 Katchen toured Europe, settling in Paris in late 1947 and became a frequent performer on the European concert platform. Katchen made a major study of Brahms during his career and this 1967 live broadcast of Brahms Piano Concerto No.1, with the distinguished German conductor Rudolf Kempe, reflects his deep understanding of this composer. This recording gives the collector the rare opportunity of hearing Katchen ‘live’ in comparison to his studio account made much earlier in 1959.More details

  90. Shura Cherkassky
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    Shura Cherkassky

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    Shura Cherkassky (1911-1995) enjoyed a long career of over seventy years, rising to the forefront of internationally acclaimed concert pianists, first in America and, after 1961, in London, where he lived until his death. A pupil of the legendary Josef Hofmann at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, the highspots of his career for many remain his interpretations of the concertos of fellow Russian composers like Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov. He is also classed alongside Horowitz and Rubinstein as a legendary and sensitive re-interpreter of the nineteenth-century Romantic repertory. Cherkassky with his phenomenal virtuosity, colour range, imagination and spontaneity made him the ideal Chopin interpreter. He never recorded the two Chopin Concertos commercially, so this is an important addition to his CD discography. Superbly remastered in excellent stereo sound. More details

  91. Herbert von Karajan (2 CDs)
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    Herbert von Karajan (2 CDs)

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    This 2CD set is sourced from the Music Preserved Archive. The combination of Karajan and the Vienna Philharmonic playing Mozart and Bruckner drew a ‘packed and raving audience’ according to Neville Cardus in The Guardian. The Bruckner Symphony No.7 received great acclaim from the Daily Telegraph, with a review headlined ‘Noble Height in Bruckner: Vibrant Vienna Philharmonic’, and the critic Donald Mitchell writing ‘London has not heard a Bruckner performance of this quality for years’. Mitchell went on to add that the music-making was ‘undoubtedly touched by interpretative genius’. In his booklet essay, Richard Osborne notes that ‘the performances of both Mozart and Bruckner are quicker here than any of Karajan’s studio performances … they are also freer in places and given to a number of astonishing build-ups of power’. This is the first CD release of this material. More details

  92. Sir Adrian Boult
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    Sir Adrian Boult

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    In 1930, Sir Adrian Boult established the BBC Symphony Orchestra, becoming its chief conductor, and setting an unparalleled standard of excellence in Britain. Boult was closely associated with Elgar’s music throughout his career and recorded the Second Symphony five times. This live Proms performance recorded in stereo from 1977 ‘shows Boult in his late eighties working with the passion and energy of a much younger man’ (Martin Cotton). Following a performance of this Symphony, Elgar wrote to Boult ‘I feel that my reputation in the future is safe in your hands’.The Overture and Venusberg Music from Wagner’s Tannhäuser are a new addition to the Boult discography and come from a live studio performance in stereo from the Maida Vale Studios in 1968. More details

  93. Sir Neville Marriner / The Academy of St Martin in the Fields
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    Sir Neville Marriner / The Academy of St Martin in the Fields

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    Described by Denis Stevens as having ‘more sense of style than all the chamber orchestras in Europe put together’, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields lives up to its lofty reputation on this DVD, demonstrating the full-bodied string sound for which they were so well known. Marriner leads his orchestra with precision and style in these five compelling performances.The ICA Classics Legacy series presents a collection of historic performances by some of the world’s greatest artists. These performances are released on DVD for the first time, incorporating rare archive footage that has been expertly and lovingly restored.More details

  94. Leonard Bernstein
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    Leonard Bernstein

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    These sensational accounts of The Rite of Spring and Sibelius’s Symphony No.5 were filmed for the BBC’s historic Symphonic Twilight series, which introduced the British public to Leonard Bernstein’s electrifying conducting. In performances that are thrilling and energetic, but also subtle and sensitive, Bernstein demonstrates his supreme understanding of these twentieth-century masterworks.The ICA Classics Legacy series presents a collection of historical performances by some of the world’s greatest artists. These performances are released on DVD for the first time, incorporating rare archive footage that has been expertly and lovingly restored.The first track on this DVD is a brief introduction to ICA Classics.More details

  95. Rudolf Kempe
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    Rudolf Kempe

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    This valuable release represents the second ever DVD featuring Rudolf Kempe, the first having been released on ICA Classics to great acclaim in 2011. Released 4th November 2013. More details

  96. Klaus Tennstedt (2 CDs)
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    Klaus Tennstedt (2 CDs)

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    These rare live broadcast recording make it's first appearance on CD. The 1986 performance of Mahler's Symphony No.3 from London's Royal Festival Hall differs from the studio recording made in the late 70's. As Michael McManus states in his booklet notes, 'Fine though the studio recording from 1979 was and is, this live performance has an intensity and integrity that few, if any, recordings of this work can match' and 'Tennstedt in concert was a very different creature from Tennstedt in the studio. Mahler in particular was a life-and-death experience in the concert hall'. The sound captured by the BBC engineers is state of the art and easily captures Mahler's huge dynamic range. As a bonus, there is a short interview from 1987 in which Tennstedt discusses Mahler interpretation. More details

  97. Evgeny Svetlanov
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    Evgeny Svetlanov

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    These performances have never been issued before on CD. Shostakovich's Symphony No.10 was given on 21 August 1968, the very night that Soviet tanks invaded Czechoslovakia in a concentrated effort to halt Dubcek's political reforms. The atmosphere in the Albert Hall, as can heard from the shouts of protest, was electric and very tense but after the first few bars, the disruption was finally drowned out and Svetlanov, according to those present, then went on to give the performance of his life. Svetlanov's widow, on hearing this CD, said that the performance brought tears to her eyes and the emotion of that evening came across vividly. Two short bonus titles have been added - Tchaikovsky's 'Melodrama' from The Snow Maiden and two excerpts from Rimsky-Korsakov's Invisible City of Kitezh reflecting the historic three concerts Svetlanov and his orchestra gave in London at the August 1968 Proms. ICA's Ambient Mastering recreates the... More details

  98. Claudio Arrau
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    Claudio Arrau

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    Chilean pianist Claudio Arrau (1903–1991) was described at various times as ‘Prince’, ‘Emperor’ and ‘King’ of the keyboard, conveying something of the awe in which he was held. Few artists of any generation prompted such consistent praise, a pianist who embraced virtually every part of the repertoire, including marathon cycles of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin and Liszt. Both these broadcast recordings are sourced from the original WDR tapes and have been remastered to a very high standard.More details

  99. Emil Gilels
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    Emil Gilels

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    The great Russian pianist Emil Gilels is regarded by many as one of the most significant pianists of the 20th century and is universally admired for his superb technical control and burnished tone. His interpretations of the central German-Austrian classics formed the core of his repertoire, in particular Beethoven, Brahms and Schumann as well as 20th-century music like Debussy, Bartók and Prokofiev. The 'live' magisterial performance of Brahms Piano Concerto No.2 dates from 1971when Gilels was at his peak, prior to his studio performance with Jochum. The live recital dates from 1974 and features vibrant performances of Debussy and Prokofiev, all particular favourites of the pianist. Recoded in brilliant stereo, these WDR sourced performances have never been released before. Previous live recordings of Gilels on ICA Classics have been Beethoven Piano Concertos Nos. 1& 3 (ICAC 5000) and Beethoven Piano Concerto No.4 &... More details

  100. Beaux Arts Trio
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    Beaux Arts Trio

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    The Beaux Arts Trio performs two central pieces of their repertoire on this DVD. Filmed at the majestic Signet Library in Edinburgh, the ensemble demonstrates its mastery in bringing out the deeply lyrical romantic expressions that have made these trios two of Schubert’s most cherished chamber music works. With founding member, Menahem Pressler on piano, Isidore Cohen on violin and Bernard Greenhouse on cello, the ensemble’s distinguished heritage is apparent. The ICA Classics Legacy series presents a collection of historic performances by some of the world’s greatest artists. These performances are released on DVD for the first time, incorporating rare archive footage that has been expertly and lovingly restored.More details

  101. Sir Adrian Boult
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    Sir Adrian Boult

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    Master of the baton and one of Britain’s leading conductors, Sir Adrian Boult was renowned for his interpretations of English works, in particular music by Ralph Vaughan Williams, who was said to be ‘totally in favour of Sir Adrian’s approach to his music’ (John Culshaw). Job: A Masque for Dancing was dedicated to Sir Adrian, a fitting conductor for this magnificent Centenary celebration. The ICA Classics Legacy series presents a collection of historic performances by some of the world’s greatest artists. These performances are released on DVD for the first time, incorporating rare archive footage that has been expertly and lovingly restored.More details

  102. Shura Cherkassky
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    Shura Cherkassky

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    Shura Cherkassy (1909-1995) was one of the greatest piano virtuosos of his time. This WDR studio broadcast sourced from the original master tapes includes a performance of Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini from 1970 in superb stereo. He recorded the work only once in 1953 which was never issued on CD so this recording, along with Prokofiev’s Piano Sonata No.7 (also never recorded commercially) represent two major new works in Cherkassky’s large discography. More details

  103. Annie Fischer
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    Annie Fischer

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    Sviatoslav Richter said that that Hungarian born Annie Fischer was 'a great artist imbued with a spirit of greatness and genuine profundity' while Pollini felt her playing contained 'a childlike simplicity, immediacy and wonder'.Compared to her peers, she seems to have been among the the least recorded due to her dislike of the studio. David Threasher in his booklet notes remarked that Fischer had 'unerring awareness' of the shifting moods in this 1958 live recording of Schumann's Piano Concerto and was 'powerfully authoriative' in the two Beethoven Sonatas from 1957. None of these WDR performances have been published before. More details

  104. Emil Gilels
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    Emil Gilels

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    Emil Gilels, along with fellow Russian artists, Sviatoslav Richter, David Oistrakh and Mstislav Rostropovich represented four of the greatest artists of the 20th Century. These live performances from London's Royal Festival Hall in 1967 capture Gilels at his best playing in front of an audience away from the confines of the studio. William Mann in the Times wrote after the concert of Concerto No.3, "For all his truly Beethovian brio in the first movement, Gilels never allowed this to get the better of the clarity and firmness of his phraseology, indeed his opening was like chiselled stone. There was immense dignity in the Largo and in the Rondo, taken at what I thought to be exactly the right speed, came across with remarkable vivacity". These archive recordings in stereo are extremely rare and have never been issued before. More details

  105. Emil Gilels
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    Emil Gilels

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    These rare live broadcast recordings make their first appearance on CD. The Beethoven Piano Concerto No.4 from the 1966 Edinburgh Festival together with the distinguished accompaniment of Sir John Barbirolli produce a performance of great poetry, imagination and power. The Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.2 in the abridged version by Siloti from 1959 brings out Gilels' incredible technique and virtuosity (the New York Times dubbed him 'the little giant') with Kirill Kondrashin transforming the London Philharmonic into an authentic Russian sounding orchestra. ICA's Ambient Mastering recreates the atmosphere of both concerts perfectly. More details

  106. Nadia Nerina / Robert Helpmann / Margot Fonteyn / Rudolf Nureyev
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    Nadia Nerina / Robert Helpmann / Margot Fonteyn / Rudolf Nureyev

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    This DVD features stunning performances of some of the most popular and enduring works in the ballet repertoire. Nadia Nerina is at her most charming and beguiling in Les Sylphides and Coppélia, while the pas de deux from Giselle showcases the legendary partnership that is Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev in rare footage of one of their earliest collaborations.The ICA Classics Legacy series presents a collection of historical performances by some of the world’s greatest artists. These performances are released on DVD for the first time, incorporating rare archive footage that has been expertly and lovingly restored.The first track on this DVD is a brief introduction to ICA Classics. More details

  107. Treasures of the Russian Ballet
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    Treasures of the Russian Ballet

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    This DVD records some of the earliest experiences by the West of the bravura and discipline of Russia’s Kirov and Bolshoi ballet companies at the height of their physical and interpretive powers. This rare footage showcases some of the greatest dancers of their time, including the much celebrated Galina Ulanova, who came as close to artistic sainthood for Russians as any dancer in its history.The ICA Classics Legacy series presents a collection of historic performances by some of the world’s greatest artists. These performances are released on DVD for the first time, incorporating rare archive footage that has been expertly and lovingly restored.More details

  108. Sviatoslav Richter
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    Sviatoslav Richter

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    This rare June 1967 live broadcast recording makes it's first appearance on CD. The recital at the Royal Festival Hall very much reflects the pianist's personal taste containing the infrequently played Haydn Sonata No.62 and Weber's Sonata No.3 together with the Schumann Novelettes with the more popular additions of Chopin and Debussy. Richter declared 'my principle is to play only works that I really love and not just those that are currently accepted'. ICA's Ambient Mastering recreates the atmosphere in the Royal Festival Hall perfectly. More details

  109. La Fille mal gardée
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    La Fille mal gardée

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    Widely regarded as the definitive version of comic ballet La Fille mal gardée, this DVD showcases Frederick Ashton’s choreography as designed for the London Royal Ballet in 1960 and features the original cast, with Nadia Nerina and David Blair in roles that Ashton created with them in mind. Nadia Nerina’s ‘joyous, soaring skill, which is Lise’s signature’ (Financial Times) and David Blair’s technical and interpretative genius are perfectly offset by Stanley Holden’s hilarious travesti turn as Widow Simone, and Alexander Grant, who brings pathos and humour to the character of Alain. More details

  110. Tito Gobbi
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    Tito Gobbi

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    The extracts from these three operas were filmed by the BBC at the height of Tito Gobbi’s operatic career, at a time when he was in demand internationally and in particular at Covent Garden. This DVD is released to coincide with the 100th anniversary of his birth in October 2013. Released 4th November 2013. More details

  111. Les Sylphides & Giselle
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    Les Sylphides & Giselle

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    These two exceptional studio performances represent some of the earliest filmed dance material from the BBC archives. Les Sylphides, introduced by Tamara Karsavina, one of the founders of modern British ballet, and the 1958 performance of Giselle both feature stellar international casts embodying a bygone era.The ICA Classics Legacy series presents a collection of historic performances by some of the world’s greatest artists. These performances are released on DVD for the first time, incorporating rare archive footage that has been expertly and lovingly restored.More details

  112. Leonard Bernstein
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    Leonard Bernstein

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    This memorial concert took place at the Royal Albert Hall in April 1972 on the first anniversary of the death of Igor Stravinsky, ‘the last great father-figure of Western music’ (Leonard Bernstein). Bernstein called it an homage to Stravinsky’s universality and chose the three featured masterpieces for their suggestion of ‘the extraordinary range of his art’. Conducted by Bernstein, this electrifying, unique event is now being re-introduced to the public in DVD form.More details

  113. Choreography by Bournonville
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    Choreography by Bournonville

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    This DVD features two of the legendary Danish choreographer August Bournonville’s most celebrated ballets. In La Sylphide, Flemming Flindt and Lucette Aldous do full justice to the seemingly effortless lightness and grace and vivid storytelling that Bournonville’s style demands, while the dazzling pas de deux from Flower Festival in Genzano showcases Rudolf Nureyev at the height of his powers and a beguiling performance from Merle Park. More details

  114. Maria Callas (2CDs)
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    Maria Callas (2CDs)

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    Peter Heyworth in the Observer commented, 'it was a performance of outstanding distinction and musicality, full of details that illuminated again and again the part as though for the first time'. Opera News said, 'there must have been many Verdi lovers who felt at last that they had come face to face with Violetta herself...’ John Ardoin praised the conductor Nicola Rescigno who ‘brings sanity and song to the performance and was remarkably one with Callas in the ends she sought’. This 1958 recording broadcast live by the BBC’s Home Service has been remastered by Paul Baily using the ICA's Ambient Mastering process, which has enhanced and widened the sound considerably.More details

  115. John Cranko
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    John Cranko

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    These two ballets by John Cranko are early examples of the choreographer's theatrical ingenuity. Created for the Sadler’s Wells Theatre Ballet, which later became the Royal Ballet, Pineapple Poll is a light hearted frolic. Lady and the Fool is a bittersweet satire on the plight of society's outcasts with La Capricciosa danced by Svetlana Beriosova in the year she became Prima Ballerina at Sadler’s Wells. Both ballets are rare studio performances from the BBC’s earliest television archives and are released here for the first time on DVD.The ICA Classics Legacy series presents a collection of historic performances by some of the world’s greatest artists. These performances are released on DVD for the first time, incorporating rare archive footage that has been expertly and lovingly restored.More details

  116. Sviatoslav Richter
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    Sviatoslav Richter

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    The Russian pianist Sviatoslav Richter (1915-1997) was one of the greatest interpreters of the 20th Century along with his compatriots Emil Gilels, David Oistrakh and Mstislav Rostropovich. Richter made his debut in the West in 1960 with Beethoven's Piano Sonata No.3, op 2 No.3 at a recital in New York. Beethoven's 'Hammerklavier' Sonata was one of the main features of Richter's programming in the summer of 1975 in Prague, London and Aldeburgh, the latter performed one week prior to London and recorded on BBC Legends. The 1975 concert at the Royal Festival Hall in London was regarded as one of the greatest that Richter gave in this country. This is the first time that this recital recorded in stereo has been issued commercially on CD in an authorised version. More details

  117. Margot Fonteyn / Michael Somes
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    Margot Fonteyn / Michael Somes

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    Exceptional studio productions from the late 1950s, all three of the Tchaikovsky ballet performances featured on this DVD are released for the first time. The perfect partners, Margot Fonteyn and Michael Somes give stunning performances with Fonteyn at her most beguiling as Aurora in Sleeping Beauty – the ballet in which she and the Sadler’s Wells ballet made their historic American debut in 1949.The ICA Classics Legacy series presents a collection of historic performances by some of the world’s greatest artists. These performances are released on DVD for the first time, incorporating rare archive footage that has been expertly and lovingly restored.More details

  118. BBC Legends Limited Edition Box Set (20 CDs)

    BBC Legends Limited Edition Box Set (20 CDs)

    £ 54.99

    This 20 CD box set brings together some of the greatest performances taken from the BBC archives which were featured in the best-selling series BBC Legends, launched in 1998. The collection features classic recordings by stellar artists including Mstislav Rostropovich, Arturo Toscanini, Emil Gilels, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Sir Thomas Beecham, Dennis Brain, Evgeny Mravinsky, David Oistrakh and Sviatoslav Richter. More details

  119. Leonard Bernstein
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    Leonard Bernstein

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    ‘I like recording very much because there are so many ways you can direct attention to aspects of the music that is just not possible in an everyday concert.’ (Leonard Bernstein, Gramophone, 1970) Featuring the only engagement that Bernstein undertook with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, this intense performance of Elgar’s ‘Enigma’ Variations from 1982 is brought to life on DVD. With fascinating rehearsal footage and a bonus interview conducted by Barry Norman, this Bernstein title is essential viewing.More details

  120. The Dream of Gerontius
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    The Dream of Gerontius

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    Filmed in colour from Canterbury Cathedral in 1968, this DVD represents the only existing film of Sir Adrian Boult conducting The Dream of Gerontius. Sir Adrian Boult championed Elgar’s music throughout his life, following the composer’s prophetic words in a letter to the conductor: ‘I feel that my reputation in the future is safe in your hands’. Featuring a stellar cast of soloists including Dame Janet Baker, this performance is redolent of Sir Adrian Boult’s ‘commendable energy and typical humanity’ (The Gramophone Guide review of Boult’s 1975 studio recording of The Dream of Gerontius). This DVD also features a 60-minute documentary on Sir Adrian Boult produced by the BBC in 1989 to celebrate the centenary of his birth. More details

 

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