The PT 50

NPR's Performance Today: List Of Fifty Essential Classical Music CDs.

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Adams:
Adams: "The Chairman Dances"
San Francisco Symphony
Edo de Waart, conductor
Nonesuch 79144
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J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 1 - 6
J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 1 - 6
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
Harmonia Mundi HMX 2901634.35 (2-CD set)
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J.S. Bach:
J.S. Bach: "Goldberg" Variations, BWV 988
Murray Perahia, piano
Sony Classical SK/SM 89243
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J.S. Bach: Mass in B minor, BWV 232
J.S. Bach: Mass in B minor, BWV 232
Collegium Vocale/La Chapelle Royale
Phillipe Herreweghe, conductor
Harmonia Mundi HMX 2908110.12
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Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra
Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner, conductor
RCA Victor 61504
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Beethoven: The String Quartets
Beethoven: The String Quartets
Emerson String Quartet
Deutsche Grammophon 447 075-2
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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas
Beethoven: Piano Sonatas
Emile Gilels, piano
Deutsche Grammophon 419 162-2
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Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67
Vienna Philharmonic, Carlos Kleiber, conductor
Deutsche Grammophon 447 400-2
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Berlioz:Symphony Fantastique
Berlioz:Symphony Fantastique
London Symphony Orchestra, led by Sir Colin Davis
Sony/Columbia Broadway Masterworks SK 60724
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Bernstein:West Side Story
Bernstein:West Side Story
Original Broadway Cast Recording
Sony/Columbia Broadway Masterworks SK 60724
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Brahms:A German Requiem
Brahms:A German Requiem
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Philharmonia Chorus & Orchestra, Otto Klemperer, conductor
EMI Classics 7243 566903 2 5
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Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98
Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98
Vienna Philharmonic
Carlos Kleiber, conductor
Deutsche Grammophon 457 706-2
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Brahms: Violin Concerto in D, Op. 77
Brahms: Violin Concerto in D, Op. 77
Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin
New York Philharmonic, Kurt Masur, conductor
Deutsche Grammophon 457 075-2
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Chopin: Ballades and Scherzi
Chopin: Ballades and Scherzi
Arthur Rubinstein, piano
The Rubinstein Collection, Vol. 45
BMG/RCA Victor 63045-2
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Copland:Appalacian Spring
Copland:Appalacian Spring
San Francisco Symphony
Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
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Debussy:La Mer
Debussy:La Mer
Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Munch, conductor
RCA Victor 61500
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Debussy: Piano Preludes, Books I & II
Debussy: Piano Preludes, Books I & II
Paul Jacobs, piano
Elektra/Asylum 79474
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Dowland: Complete Lute Works, Volume 3
Dowland: Complete Lute Works, Volume 3
Paul O'Dette, lute Harmonia Mundi 907162
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Dvorák: Cello Concerto in B minor Op. 104
Dvorák: Cello Concerto in B minor Op. 104
Mstislav Rostropovich, cello
Berlin Philharmonic, Herbert von Karajan, conductor
Deutsche Grammophon 447 413-2
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Dvorák: Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95
Dvorák: Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95
London Symphony Orchestra, István Kertész, conductor
Penguin Classics 460604
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Elgar: Cello Concerto and Sea Pictures
Elgar: Cello Concerto and Sea Pictures
Jacqueline du Pré, cello; Janet Baker, mezzo-soprano
London Symphony Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli, conductor
EMI CDC 556219 2
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Gershwin:Rhapsody in Blue
Gershwin:Rhapsody in Blue
Leonard Bernstein, piano/conductor
Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Sony Classical 42264
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Handel:Messiah
Handel:Messiah
English Baroque Soloists/Monteverdi Choir
Sir John Eliot Gardiner, conductor
Philips 434297 (2-CD set)
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Handel: Water Music Suites
Handel: Water Music Suites
English Baroque Soloists
Sir John Eliot Gardiner, conductor
UNI/Philips 464706
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Haydn:
Haydn: "London" Symphonies
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam
Sir Colin Davis, conductor
UNI/Philips 464707
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Holst: The Planets, Op. 32
Holst: The Planets, Op. 32
Philharmonia Orchestra/The Monteverdi Choir
John Eliot Gardiner, conductor
Deutsche Grammophon 445 860-2
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Vladimir Horowitz: The Historic Return
Vladimir Horowitz: The Historic Return
Carengie Hall 1965
Sony Classical 53461
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Josquin de Prés: Missa Pange Lingua
Josquin de Prés: Missa Pange Lingua
The Tallis Scholars
Peter Phillips, director
Gimell CDGIM009
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Liszt: Sonata, Ballades and Polonaises
Liszt: Sonata, Ballades and Polonaises
Stephen Hough, piano
Hyperion 67085
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Mahler: Symphony No. 2
Mahler: Symphony No. 2 "Resurrection"
The New York Philharmonic
Leonard Bernstein, conductor
Polygram 423395
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Mendelssohn:A Midsummer Night's Dream
Mendelssohn:A Midsummer Night's Dream
London Symphony Orchestra, Peter Maag, conductor
Jenifer Vyvyan, soprano and Marion Lowe, soprano
Decca Legends 466 990
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Monteverdi:Vespro della Beata Vergine
Monteverdi:Vespro della Beata Vergine
Monteverdi Choir/London Oratory Junior Choir
His Majesties Sagbutts & Cornetts/English Baroque Soloists
John Eliot Gardiner, conductor
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Mozart:The Magic Flute
Mozart:The Magic Flute
Berlin Philharmonic, RIAS Chamber Chorus
Karl Böhm, conductor
Deutsche Grammophon 449 749-2 (2-CD set)
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Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 6, 17 & 21
Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 6, 17 & 21
Géza Anda, piano/conductor
Camerata Academica of Salzburg
Deutsche Grammophon 447 436-2
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Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 35-41
Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 35-41
Berlin Philharmonic
Karl Böhm, conductor
Deutsche Grammophon 447 416-2
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Orff:Carmina Burana
Orff:Carmina Burana
Chor und Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin
Eugen Jochum, conductor
Deutsche Grammophon 447 437-2
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Prokofiev:Romeo & Juliet
Prokofiev:Romeo & Juliet
The Cleveland Orchestra
Lorin Maazel, conductor
Decca 452970
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Puccini:La Bohème
Puccini:La Bohème
The Columbus Boychoir
RCA Victor Chorus & Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham, conductor
EMI Classics 7243 567750 2 (2CD)
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Ravel:Daphnis and Chloe
Ravel:Daphnis and Chloe
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Jean Martinon, conductor
RCA 63683
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Schubert: String Quintet in C, D. 956
Schubert: String Quintet in C, D. 956
Emerson String Quartet
Mstislav Rostropovich, cello
Deutsche Grammophon 431 792-2
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Schubert:Winterreise
Schubert:Winterreise
Thomas Quasthoff, bass-baritone
Charles Spencer, piano
RCA 09026 63147 2
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Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47
New York Philharmonic
Leonard Bernstein, conductor
Sony Classical 61841
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Sibelius: Symphonies 5 & 7
Sibelius: Symphonies 5 & 7
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Sir Colin Davis, conductor
Philips 289 464 740-2
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Strauss:Four Last Songs
Strauss:Four Last Songs
Jessye Norman, soprano
Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Kurt Masur, conductor
Philips 464742
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Stravinsky:The Rite of Spring
Stravinsky:The Rite of Spring
Kirov Orchestra
Valery Gergiev, conductor
Philips 289 468 035-2PH
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Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23
Van Cliburn, piano
RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra, Kiril Kondrashin, conductor
RCA Victor 078635055912
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Tchaikovsky: Symphonies 4, 5 & 6
Tchaikovsky: Symphonies 4, 5 & 6
Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra
Evgeny Mravinsky, conductor
Deutsche Grammophon 419 745-2
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Verdi: Messa da Requiem
Verdi: Messa da Requiem
Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus
Carlo Maria Giulini, conductor
EMI CMS 5 67560 2
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Vivaldi:The Four Seasons
Vivaldi:The Four Seasons
Giuliano Carmignola, baroque violin
Venice Baroque Orchestra, Andrea Marcon, Music Director
Sony Classical SK 51352
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Wagner: Overtures and Preludes
Wagner: Overtures and Preludes
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Daniel Barenboim, conductor
Teldec 4509 99595 2
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