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  • 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Evgeny Svetlanov
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    Evgeny Svetlanov

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    ICA Classics have already released four CDs of the great Russian conductor Evgeny Svetlanov in Russian music comprising Tchaikovsky,...
  • 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 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 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 BBC Legends Volume 2 (20 CDs)
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    BBC Legends Volume 2 (20 CDs)

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    ICA Classics are proud to release a second volume of the best selling BBC Legends box, featuring 20 CDs of some of the greatest artists...
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    Herbert von Karajan (2CDs)

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    This release has been sourced from the Richard Itter archive. The collection is very important for collectors because it has never been...
  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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

  21. 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

  22. 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

  23. 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

  24. 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

  25. 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

  26. 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

  27. 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

  28. 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

  29. 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

  30. 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

  31. 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

  32. 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

  33. 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

  34. 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

  35. 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

  36. 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

  37. 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

  38. 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

  39. 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

  40. 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

  41. 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

  42. 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

  43. 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

  44. 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

  45. 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

  46. 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

  47. 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

  48. 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

  49. 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

  50. 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

  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. 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

  53. 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

  54. 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

  55. 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

  56. 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

  57. 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

  58. Evgeny Svetlanov
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    Evgeny Svetlanov

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    ICA Classics have already released four CDs of the great Russian conductor Evgeny Svetlanov in Russian music comprising Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov and Shostakovich. He was also a masterly conductor of non Russian composers of the late romantic era including  Bruckner, Elgar, Mahler as well as Brahms and Debussy, two composers he performed quite regularly throughout his career. This  gripping 1975 concert with the LSO  is recorded in brilliant stereo and has never been available before. The bonus consists of Dame Janet Baker's wonderful singing of the final song from Chausson's Poeme de l'amour et de la mer;  'La Mort de l'amour - Le Temps des lilas'. It derives from the same concert and was previously issued on BBC Legends. More details

  59. 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

  60. 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

  61. 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

  62. BBC Legends Volume 2 (20 CDs)
    Legacy

    BBC Legends Volume 2 (20 CDs)

    £ 54.99

    ICA Classics are proud to release a second volume of the best selling BBC Legends box, featuring 20 CDs of some of the greatest artists of the 20th Century. Volume 1 was released in 2013 and comprised 20 CDs taken from the award winning BBC Legends catalogue (unavailable since 2010). Here is the follow-up with a further 20 CDs. The artists include Arturo Toscanini, David Oistrakh, Sviatoslav Richter, Kirsten Flagstad, Victoria de los Angeles, Sir Thomas Beecham, Carlo Maria Giulini, Igor Stravinsky, Pierre Monteux, Yehudi Menuhin, Andres Segovia, Dame Myra Hess, Nathan Milstein, Walter Gieseking, Arthur Rubinstein, Geza Anda, Claudio Arrau, Eduard van Beinum, Sir William Walton, Pierre Fournier, Benjamin Britten and the Borodin Quartet. Contains interviews/memories of Kirsten Flagstad and Carlo Maria Giulini. More details

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

    £ 14.99

    This release has been sourced from the Richard Itter archive. The collection is very important for collectors because it has never been released before onto the market. Herbert von Karajans association with the Philharmonia Orchestra started in 1948 and continued to 1960. Despite this long relationship, there are practically no live recordings from Londons Royal Festival Hall of Karajan and the Philharmonia caught on the wing. Karajans live Philharmonia account of Tchaikovskys Symphony No.4 in 1955 is an unrestrained version of his studio recording of 1953 which The Gramophone descibed as phenominal, a record in a thousand. Ravels Rapsodie espagnole was played in London just prior to Karajans Philharmonia tour of the USA in Autumn 1955 and was thought at the time to be even more sensuosly beautiful than his widely praised studio account with the Philharmonia from 1953. The Mozart concert is important because it features the Romanian... More details

 

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