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BBC Legends Limited Edition Box Set (20 CDs)

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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.

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1. Jascha  Horenstein

Mahler: Symphony No. 8/Barker/Hatt/Giebel/Meyer/Watts/Neate/Orda/Van Mill/BBC Chorus/LSO  stereo

2. Evegeny Mravinsky

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 8/Leningrad Philharmonic stereo

3. Emil Gilels

Scarlatti: Sonatas K.141, 27, 125, 247, 533; Schumann: Piano Sonata No.1 Op.11; Prokofiev: Toccata Op.11 minor; Tchaikovsky: 3 Pieces from 'Six morceaux Op.19; Bach: Aria variata all maniera italiana BWV989

4.  Arturo Toscanini

Beethoven: Missa Solemnis/Milanov/Thorborg/Von Pataky/Moscona/BBCSO & Chorus 

5. Sviatoslav Richter

Chopin: Ballade No.3 Op.47, Scherzo No.4 Op.54, 4 Mazurkas Op.24, Barcarolle Op.60, Debussy: 10 Preludes from Book 1

6. Sviatoslav Richter

Chopin: Andante spiniato & Grande Polonaise Op.22; Liszt: Piano Concertos Nos 1 & 2; Hungarian Fantasy S123/LSO/Kondrashin

7. Carlo Maria Giulini

Mussorgsky/Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition, Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.6/Philharmonia

8. Mstislav Rostropovich

Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No.1/Leningrad Philharmonic/Rozhdestvensky;  Schumann: Cello Concerto/LSO/Britten;  Haydn: Trio  XV:16 (with Emil Gilels & Leonid Kogan)

9. Dennis Brain

Beethoven: Quintet Op.16 for Wind Ensemble;  Dukas: Villanelle; Marais: Le Basque; Mozart: Quintet K.407 Brahms: Tro Op.40

10.Igor Markevitch

Stravinsky: Rite of Spring, Tchaikovsky: Francesca da Rimini, Mussorgsky: Songs (with Vishnevskaya) /LSO stereo

11.Janet Baker

Schubert Lieder/Johnson/Isepp/Parsons  stereo

12.Clifford Curzon

Liszt: Piano Sonata in B minor;  Sonetto 104 del Petrarca; Berceuse; Valse oubliee;  Haydn: Andante & Variations Hob.XV11.6; Schubert: 3 Impromptus D899/2; D899/3; D899/4

13.David Oistrakh

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto/RPO/Del Mar; Brahms Violin Concerto/LPO/Sargent

14.Arthur Rubinstein

Chopin: Piano Concerto No.2/Philharmonia/Giulini; Chopin: Ballade No.1 Op.23; Mazurka Op.56/3; Scherzo Op.54/Etude Op.10/6; Etude Op.10/8; Etude Op.10/9; Andante spianato & Grande Polonaise  brillante Op.22

15.Pierre Monteux

Cherubini: Anacreon Overture,  Wagner: Siegfried Idyll,  Debussy: Iberia, Schumann: Symphony No.4,  Berlioz: Marche Hongroise/BBCSO & LSO

16.Sir Thomas Beecham

Chabrier: Gwendoline Overrture & Espana; Mozart: Divertimento K.131 (excerpts); Delius: Brigg Fair; Sains-Saens: Le Rouet d'Omphale, Berlioz: Royal Hunt & Storm; Massenet: La Vierge: Sommeil de la vierge; Debussy: L'Enfant prodique: Cortege et Air de danse/RPO

17.Wilhelm Kempff

Schubert: Piano Sonata D566; Impromptu D935/2, Brahms: 4 Ballades Op.10; Romance Op.118/5; Intermezzo Op.118/6; Intermezzo Op.76/4; Schumann: Piano Sonata No.2 Op.22  stereo

18.Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli

Scarlatti: Piano Sonatas K11,332,172: Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.32 Op.111; Clementi: Piano Sonata Op.12/1, Chopin: Piano Sonata No.2 Op.35

19.Annie Fischer

Beethoven: Piano Sonata ' Moonlight' Op.27/2 & 32 Variations WoO8O; Chopin: Scherzo No.3 Op.39; Mozart: Piano Sonata No.14 K.457; Kodaly: Dances of Marosszek; Haydn: Andante & Variations Hob XV11.6 stereo/mono

20.Gennady Rozhdestvensky

Shostakovich Symphony No.4; Katerina Ismailova Suite/Philharmonia stereo

Evegeny Mravinsky - Shostakovich Symphony No. 8


Gennady Rozhdestvensky - Shostakovich Symphony No.4


Igor Markevitch - Stravinsky Rite of Spring


Janet Baker - Schubert Lieder 'Augenlied'


Jascha Horenstein - Mahler Symphony No. 8


Sviatoslav Richter - Liszt Hungarian Fantasy


Wilhelm Kempff - Brahms Ballade Op.10 No.2

Aurelie B

This is one of the greatet bargains you'll ever encounter! [...] The earliest recording is Toscanini's Beethoven dating from 1939 in Queen's Hall, but most of the performances are from the late '50's and '60's. [...] Throughout we have the expertise of BBC engineers, who did a magnificent job—almost all are in stereo. [...] Jascha Horensein's magnificent Mahler Eighth here takes just one disk. [...] To mention just a few other memorable performnces, we have Igor Markevitch's thrilling Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky, Carlo Maria Giulini in vivid performances of Mussorgsky and Tchaikovsky (quite different from his sedate later performances), and the powerful Shostakovich of Evgeny Mravinsky. And we have Emil Gilels, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Wilhelm Kempff, Sviatoslav Richter and the distinguished Hungarian Anne Fischer. And let us not forget Mstislav Rostropovich, Galina Vishnevskaya, Dennis Brain, David Oistrakh, !and Janet Baker! We also have one of the best-sounding (in spite of its age) recordings of Arturo Toscanini. Don't miss this remarkable set

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