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Barber: Concertos (RCA)

Seventy-nine minutes’ worth of pure musical pleasure [GPJ]

Wagner: Lohengrin (RCA)

There is much to savour in this 59 year-old set [MP]

Vaughan Williams: Symphonies Nos 1-9 (RCA)

Over fifty years on, this set is still holding up pretty well, despite a few negligible flaws [RMo]

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Satie: Piano Works (RCA)

(Déjà Review) Remarkably subtle, giving due weight where required without missing any sense of fun [TH]

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Weber: Oberon (RCA)

Weber’s magical score is lovingly presented on this fine set [MP]

Dvořák: Symphony No. 9, Carnival Overture; Smetana: The Bartered Bride Overture (RCA)

(Déjà Review) Ebullient and powerful and the finale sweeping but not overdone, and with tremendous inner rhythm [JW]

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Bruckner: Symphony No. 5 (RCA)

Harnoncourt’s remarkable vision of this great symphonic master [TB]

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Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel (RCA)

Christa Ludwig’s amazing Witch is the crowning achievement of this still essential recording [MP]

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Messiaen: Vingt Regards sur L’Enfant-Jésus (RCA)

(Déjà Review) A recording notable for Serkin’s deep understanding of the composer’s sound-world and its emotional extremes [BH]

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Prokofiev & Khachaturian (RCA Victor)

(Déjà Review) A classic recording restored in its best sound [TD]

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Copland: The Populist (RCA)

(Déjà Review) An essential recording which should please a wide musical constituency [GSD]

Cherubini: Medea (RCA)

(Déjà Review) A mouth-watering cast gives a memorable performance [CF]

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Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique (RCA)

(Déjà Review) If you don’t have a favorite recording already, this is a disc that you should consider [PG]

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Verdi: Messa da Requiem (RCA)

A great soprano soloist and a fine choir and orchestra, very well directed, still cannot save this account from mediocrity [RMo]

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Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 (RCA)

A legendary, visionary version of the sonata, but don’t make this your only version of the concerto [CH]

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Wagner: Orchestral Selections from Der Ring des Nibelungen (RCA/Sony)

It would be hard to find a more sumptuously played and superbly recorded Wagner disc than this one [MB]

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Bruckner: Symphony No. 3 (RCA)

(Déjà Review) Distinction and commitment, sonorous and urgently compelling [TB]

Strauss: Works for Cello (RCA)

(Déjà Review) Isserlis’s truly heartfelt performance expresses the Don’s humour, gravity, irony and pathos with marvellous subtlety [SF]

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Heifetz reDiscovered (RCA)

(Déjà Review) A disc of drama, excitement and real historical and musical value [JW]

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Schuman: Symphony 10 (RCA)

A useful survey of Schuman’s works [SB]

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Piston: Symphony 6 (RCA)

Three well-chosen works by this fine American composer [SB]

Mozart: Overtures (RCA)

(Déjà Review) Davis cleaves to traditional values with his superlative orchestra, splendidly recorded [JW]

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Rossini: Overtures (RCA)

(Déjà Review) Effervescent music and the unmatched panache of Reiner’s conducting are a winning formula! [PJL]

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Ives: Symphony 3, Three Places in New England (RCA)

A satisfying recital that is strong on earnest and shining integrity [RB]