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With the Ideal Discography you (re)discover legendary recordings, all whilst building on your musical knowledge.

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Symphonies - Released November 16, 2018 | RCA Victor

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This is an absolute MUST LISTEN. One of André Previn’s greatest recordings captured in the 1960s in London – truly a golden era for the American conductor! Here, the London Symphony Orchestra, galvanised and operating in the very heart of its repertoire, is at its most beautiful: the brass section is electric (listen to the Scherzo!), the woodwinds are poetic and the strings unrelenting in their rhythmicity... What sets this recording apart from any other are the very fast tempos, always kept within bounds by André Previn, that help unveil Walton’s great architectural sense in the most unique way – check out the magnificent coda of the initial Allegro assai; throughout this interpretation, Sibelius and Hindemith influences progressively fade away in favour of a truly distinctive orchestration and management of musical time that make this score what it really is: a real oddity in the British musical landscape of the 1930s. André Previn’s performance on the 26th and 27th of August 1966 – he went on to create a new version with the RPO for Telarc − is all the more striking when we consider that around the same time, with the same musicians, he was working on the complete symphonies of Ralph Vaughan Williams which lack in poetry, most probably suffering from the type of analytical frankness that actually exalts Walton’s Symphony No.1. A few years later, he also recorded Walton’s Symphony No.2 for EMI, again with the LSO. This can be enjoyed with wonderful sound recording by the Decca team, conducted here by James Lock. © Pierre-Yves Lascar
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Classical - Released January 1, 1991 | Mercury (Universal France)

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Classical - Released January 1, 2004 | Mercury (Universal France)

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Classical - Released January 1, 1991 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 1990 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 1991 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released September 1, 2004 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 1975 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Film Soundtracks - Released April 29, 2009 | Larghetto

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Classical - Released December 22, 2014 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 1985 | Deutsche Grammophon Classics

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Classical - Released January 1, 1999 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released September 23, 2014 | Nonesuch

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Opera - Released January 1, 2012 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Film Soundtracks - Released March 23, 2012 | Masterworks

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Classical - Released January 1, 2010 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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It takes only 10 discs to contain the complete solo Decca recordings of Radu Lupu, one of the great pianists of the late 20th century. It's also amazing that these few recordings stretch over a quarter of a century, from 1971 to 1995, making Lupu one of the most infrequently recorded of the great pianists; even Argerich and Michelangeli have outdistanced him. Yet even that is not the most amazing thing about this collection; it is the performances themselves, some of which are among the greatest ever made. Has any pianist ever topped Lupu's heroic account of Brahms' F minor Sonata, or his poetic readings of the composer's late piano works? Has any ever equaled, much less surpassed, his deeply inward performances of Schubert's Moments musicaux or his two sets of Impromptus? Has any account of Beethoven's "Moonlight" Sonata ever glowed brighter, or any reading of the "Waldstein" Sonata ever been more ecstatically serene? And has any pianist ever caught the uncanny mixture of the playful, the romantic, and the diabolical in Schumann's Kreisleriana? Anyone interested in great piano playing should avail themselves of these superlative performances at their earliest possible opportunity.
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Classical - Released February 8, 2010 | Warner Classics

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Full Operas - Released July 17, 2009 | Sony Classical

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Symphonic Music - Released June 8, 2009 | LPO

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By nature shy and retiring, Klaus Tennstedt was a reluctant celebrity, and his international career in the last quarter of the twentieth century must have seemed utterly incredible to him. Yet as introverted and introspective as Tennstedt was, it doesn't seem at all obvious in this 1983 concert recording of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 6 in A minor, "Tragic," for this is one of the conductor's most extroverted, aggressive, and potent performances. The symphony itself is an imposing work with tremendous auditory impact and emotional intensity, so it usually leaves a powerful impression, even when the performers are not quite up to the task. However, Tennstedt and the London Philharmonic Orchestra are in the best possible form here, and their vigorous attacks, energetic pacing, volatile dynamics, and explosive climaxes make this performance not merely impressive, but compelling, terrifying, soul-stirring, and ultimately, cathartic. Following the published score, Tennstedt orders the middle movements with the Scherzo first, followed by the Andante moderato, which makes better sense in the symphony's harmonic scheme than Mahler's later, second-guessed ordering of Andante moderato and Scherzo, which younger conductors today seem to have adopted en masse in the presumed interests of historicity. With programmable players, the listener may choose to order these movements either way, but in the case of this recording, such a change is not advised, because Tennstedt clearly intended to create an expressive continuity that becomes apparent when the brutality of the first movement and the mockery of the Scherzo dissolve into the slow movement's haunting lamentation, only to reemerge in the devastating Finale. BBC's CD releases of Tennstedt's concerts are not always consistent in audio quality, undoubtedly because of variable recording conditions, but this double-disc has vivid sonorities and close-up presence, surrounded by the lively acoustics of the Royal Albert Hall. So in terms of interpretation, performance, and sound, this magnificent recording has it all, and is required listening for all Mahler aficionados.
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Classical - Released September 1, 2007 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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