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#1
Ultimate Classical Guitar: The Essential Masterpieces
Alexandre Lagoya, Pepe Romero & Eduardo Fernandez, guitars. I Musici. Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, & others.
Label: Decca.   Format: 5 CDs.
UPC: 028947802174. Daedalus Item Code: 69300
 
Once considered little more than a novelty, guitar gradually became one of the pre-eminent classical instruments, thanks in part to its limitless expressive possibilities. This five-disc set does ... (Read More)
 
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#2
Mozart—Portrait: 1781–91, The Decade of Masterpieces
Werna Güra, tenor. Alessandro Carbonare, clarinet. Freiburger Barockorchester. René Jacobs, conductor, & others.
Label: Harmonia Mundi.   Format: 8 CDs, boxed.
UPC: 3149020840948. Daedalus Item Code: 67046
 
W.A. Mozart developed the forms of the classical idiom with stunning results, as illustrated here by his operatic masterpiece Così fan tutte (in the award-winning interpretation by René ... (Read More)
 
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#3
Verdi
Giuseppe Taddei, baritone. Maria Callas, soprano. Emilio Renzi, tenor. Orchestra Sinfonica e Coro di Torino della RAI. Arturo Toscanini, Tullio Serafin & Mario Rossi, conductors, & others.
Label: The Intense Media.   Format: 10 CDs, boxed.
UPC: 4011222230133. Daedalus Item Code: 67209
 
This treasure trove of historic recordings is an opportunity to hear some of opera's greatest stars performing the music of Giuseppe Verdi. With Maria Caniglia, Beniamino Gigli sings highlights from ... (Read More)
 
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#4
Haydn & Boccherini: Cello Concertos
Jacqueline du Pré, cello. English Chamber Orchestra. London Symphony Orchestra. Daniel Barenboim & Sir John Barbirolli, conductors.
Label: Warner Classics.   Format: CD.
UPC: 825646404155. Daedalus Item Code: 69277
 
During her heartbreakingly brief career, Jacqueline du Pré's fiery performance style and her golden tone established her as one of the finest cellists of all time. Heard here in late 1960s ... (Read More)
 
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#5
Great Moments at Carnegie Hall: Selected Highlights from 125 Years of Performance History
Yo-Yo Ma, Leonard Bernstein, Vladimir Horowitz, Marilyn Horne & others.
Label: Masterworks.   Format: 2 CDs.
UPC: 889853042029. Daedalus Item Code: 69270
 
For 125 years, Manhattan's Carnegie Hall has drawn classical music's foremost stars to its stage, and this two-disc set is a far-ranging survey of some of the venue's finest performances. Vladimir ... (Read More)
 
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#6
The World's Most Famous Voices in Opera & Song
Maria Callas, Carlo Bergonzi, Kathleen Ferrier, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Renata Tebaldi, Jussi Björling, Joan Sutherland & others.
Label: The Intense Media.   Format: 10 CDs, boxed.
UPC: 4053796001634. Daedalus Item Code: 67220
 
For fans of the golden age of opera and lieder singers, this boxed set serves as a hall of fame. Profiled on individual discs and recorded 1939–60, here are Maria Callas singing such Italian ... (Read More)
 
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#7
Robert Casadesus: Elegance and Esprit
Robert Casadesus, piano. Zino Francescatti, violin. Philadelphia Orchestra. George Szell, conductor, & others.
Label: Membran Music.   Format: 10 CDs, boxed.
UPC: 885150333808. Daedalus Item Code: 67216
 
A true poet of the piano, Robert Casadesus (1899–1972) had a light touch that emphasized the melody and mood of the compositions he played. Among the finest interpreters of Maurice Ravel's works, ... (Read More)
 
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#8
Victoria de los Angeles: The Discreet Triumph
Victoria de los Angeles, soprano. Richard Tucker, tenor. Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera House, New York. Jean Morel, conductor, & others.
Label: Membran Music.   Format: 10 CDs, boxed.
UPC: 885150333631. Daedalus Item Code: 67215
 
No. 3 in the BBC Music Magazine's list of the Top 20 Sopranos of All Time, Victoria de los Angeles (1923–2005) was a passionate and versatile performer. Recorded in her 1950s prime, the ... (Read More)
 
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#9
Eternal Barber
James Buswell, violin. Daniel Pollack, piano. The Choir of Ormand College. The Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Marin Alsop, conductor.
Label: Naxos.   Format: CD.
UPC: 747313213375. Daedalus Item Code: 57764
 
American composer Samuel Barber is widely known for his transcendent Adagio for Strings, adapted from the slow movement of his 1936 string quartet; it leads off this sampling from his choral, ... (Read More)
 
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#10
Bach: Soli Deo Gloria
Hans Hotter, baritone. Yehudi Menuhin, violin. Pablo Casals, cello. Orchestre Symphonique de Paris. Fritz Reiner, conductor, & others.
Label: Membran Music.   Format: 10 CDs, boxed.
UPC: 4011222318824. Daedalus Item Code: 67213
 
A genius of universal scope who was adept at every form of composition, J.S. Bach is interpreted on this set by world-class performers who are particularly attuned to his music. Pablo Casals rescued ... (Read More)
 
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