Great Recordings of the 1980s - up to 30% off

Our occasional series of Top Recordings returns, this time focusing on the 1980s - the era of Jessye Norman and Willard White; of Vladimir Horowitz and Glenn Gould; and of Levine, Bernstein and Karajan, to name just a few.

Once again, we've forced ourselves to narrow things down to just 25 recordings (which saw many marvellous performances reluctantly discarded...).

Discounts of up to 30% are available on this select group of legendary recordings until 13th March.
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Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin

Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin


Thomas Allen (Eugene Onegin), Mirella Freni (Tatyana), Anne Sofie von Otter (Olga), Neil Shicoff (Lensky), Rosemary Lang (Larina), Ruthild Engert (Filipyevna), Paata Burchuladze (Gremin), Michel Sénéchal (Triquet), Gunther Emmerlich (Zaretzky), Jürgen Hartfiel (Captain)

Rundfunkchor Leipzig & Staatskapelle Dresden, James Levine

James Levine at the helm of the incomparable Staatskapelle Dresden conducts a distinguished reading of Tchaikovsky’s most famous opera with an outstanding international cast including Mirella Freni and Thomas Allen. First release at mid-price, including a booklet libretto in Russian and English.

“The new Onegin merits an almost unreserved recommendation […] the central performances by Mirella Freni and Thomas Allen are compellingly vivid.” Financial Times, 11th March 1989 (Andrew Clements)

“What Freni does is sensitive, intelligent and often touching. She can still sound vulnerable—as Tatyana must...Allen responds to her...Levine draws fine playing from the Staatskapelle Dresden, though he seems to find the opera more conventional than it is.” Gramophone Magazine

“this is a big performance: slowish, with the beautiful melodies drawn out in an almost Italian fashion but with Tchaikovsky’s Russian coloring intact, with big climaxes and great tension, and the Dresden forces play stunningly for Levine.” Classics Today

“a magnificent Onegin in Thomas Allen, the most satisfying account of the title-role ever recorded. It is matched by the Tatiana of Mirella Freni, even at a late stage in her career readily conveying girlish freshness in her voice. The other parts are also strongly taken...What welds all these fine components into a rich and exciting whole is the conducting of James Levine” Penguin Guide, 2010

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Verdi: Don Carlos (Five-act French version)

Verdi: Don Carlos (Five-act French version)

First recording of the original French version


Katia Ricciarelli (Elisabeth), Lucia Valentini Terrani (Eboli), Plácido Domingo (Carlos), Leo Nucci (Rodrigue), Ruggero Raimondi (Philippe II), Nicolai Ghiaurov (Le Grand Inquisiteur), Nikita Storojew (Un Moine), Ann Murray (Thibault), Tibère Raffalli (Le Compte de Lerme), Antonio Savastano (Un Hérault Royal), Arleen Auger (Un Voix d'en haut)

Coro e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Claudio Abbado

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Elgar: Violin Concerto & Introduction and Allegro

Elgar: Violin Concerto & Introduction and Allegro


Elgar:

Introduction & Allegro for strings, Op. 47

Violin Concerto in B minor, Op. 61

Nigel Kennedy (violin)


“This remains Nigel Kennedy’s finest achievement on record, arguably even finer than the long line of versions with star international soloists from either outside or within Britain. With Vernon Handley as guide it is a truly inspired and inspiring performance and the recording is outstandingly faithful and atmospheric.” Penguin Guide

“Listening to this recording again after a number of years, and following the reading with a score, makes one realise again just how much in this performance is exactly right...Kennedy’s first thoughts are admirably demonstrated in a recording and performance that belong in the collection of every Elgarian who loves this concerto.” MusicWeb International, 29th May 2013

“Kennedy's first recording of the Elgar Concerto is aflame with a young man's passionate inspiration, though never lacking subtler nuance, while Handley simply breathed Elgar like no-one else.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2013 *****

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Murray Perahia & Radu Lupu play Mozart & Schubert

Murray Perahia & Radu Lupu play Mozart & Schubert


Mozart:

Sonata for 2 pianos in D major, K448

Fantasia in F minor for a mechanical organ, K608

Andante and Variations in G for Piano Duet, K501

Schubert:

Fantasie in F minor for piano duet, D940


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“Wonderful performances: delicacy in the Mozart as well as a feel for the Sonata's near-orchestral scale. A magisterial reading of Schubert's Fantasie.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2011 *****

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Albéniz: Iberia

Albéniz: Iberia


Albéniz:

Iberia, books 1-4 (complete)

Navarra

Suite española No. 1, Op. 47


The name of Alicia de Larrocha is synonymous with Spanish music and her substantial and wide-ranging discography for Decca includes several recordings of music by Albéniz and Granados which are regarded as definitive. Larrocha first recorded Iberia for Decca in 1972 and revisited the work in 1986. It is this second, multi award-winning recording which now appears in Decca "Originals", and for the first time at mid-price.

“A real meeting of minds, these CDs capture perfectly the insight and poetry that de Larrocha brings to this quintessentially Hispanic music, and Decca's warm but not oppressively close recording is ideal.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2008 *****

“In her digital Decca version, Alicia de Larrocha brings an altogether beguiling charm and character to these rewarding miniature tone-poems and makes light of their sometimes fiendish technical difficulties. The recording is among the most successful of piano sounds Decca has achieved” Penguin Guide

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Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 1-10

Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 1-10


Mahler:

Symphonies 1-9 (complete)

(including Blumine)

Symphony No. 10 in F sharp major

Performing version by Deryck Cooke

Das klagende Lied

Das Lied von der Erde

Der Schildwache Nachtlied (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Verlorne Müh' (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Wer hat dies' Liedlein Erdacht? (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Revelge (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Der Tambourg'sell (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Des Antonius von Padua Fischpredigt (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Ablösung im Sommer (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)


“[On Mahler's Eighth symphony] There's no doubt that Rattle has inspired all concerned to an achievement which joins his groundbreaking readings of the Third, Seventh and Tenth Symphonies in the Mahlerian heaven.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2005

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Richard Strauss - Vier letzte Lieder and Other Lieder

Richard Strauss - Vier letzte Lieder and Other Lieder


Strauss, R:

Vier letzte Lieder

Cäcilie, Op. 27 No. 2

Morgen, Op. 27 No. 4

Wiegenlied, Op. 41 No. 1

Ruhe, meine Seele!, Op. 27 No. 1

Meinem Kinde, Op. 37 No. 3

Zueignung, Op. 10 No. 1

(orch. Robert Hegel)


“[Norman is] grand, impassioned, noble, dignified, unmannered in this unforgettable interpretation” Gramophone Magazine

“So many superb performances of these songs to choose from, but in the end I always find myself coming back to Jessye Norman. Kurt Masur's tempos are often dangerously slow, and yet Norman's unfailingly creamy tone and her ability to sing seemingly endless phrases translate into performances of utter beauty and conviction.” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, April 2014

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Bernstein: Candide

Bernstein: Candide

Staged and Directed by Humphrey Burton


Jerry Hadley (Candide), June Anderson (Cunegonde), Adolph Green (Dr. Pangloss/Martin), Christa Ludwig (Old Lady), Nicolai Gedda (Govenor/Vanderdendur/Ragotski), Della Jones (Paquette), Kurt Ollmann (Maximilian/Captain)

London Symphony Chorus & London Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein

From the Barbican Centre, London in December 1989

“The best of all possible Candides” (Fono Forum-Newsweek)

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Poulenc - Solo Piano & Chamber Works

Poulenc - Solo Piano & Chamber Works


Poulenc:

Les Soirées de Nazelles

3 Novelettes

Pastourelle

Trois Mouvements perpétuels

Improvisations 1-3

3 Pièces

Humoresque

8 Nocturnes

Suite for piano in C major

Thème varié

Improvisations 4, 5, 9-11 & 14

Two Intermezzi

Intermezzo in A flat major

Presto in B flat major

Mélancolie

3 Pastorales

Valse-improvisation sur le nom de Bach

Villageoises

Napoli - suite for piano

Promenades

Cinq Impromptus

Pièce brève sur le nom d'Albert Roussel

Bourrée, au Pavillon d'Auvergne

Feuillets d'album

Badinage

Française d'après Claude Gervaise

Suite française (d'après Claude Gervaise), FP80

Capriccio (d'après Le Bal masqué) for two pianos

Sonata for Two Pianos

Elégie for two pianos, FP175

Sonata for Piano Four Hands (à mademoiselle Simone Tilliard)

L'Embarquement pour Cythère, for 2 pianos

Violin Sonata, FP 119

Elégie for horn and piano, Op. 168

Sextet for piano and wind quintet, Op. 100

Clarinet Sonata, Op. 184

Flute Sonata, Op. 164

Oboe Sonata, Op. 185

Trio for piano, oboe and bassoon


Pascal Rogé (piano), Jean-Philippe Collard (piano), Chantal Juillet (violin), André Cazalet (horn), Michel Portal (clarinet), Patrick Gallois (flute), Maurice Bourgue (oboe) & Amaury Wallez (bassoon)

“Behind this bumper box lies the presiding genius of Pascal Rogé, whose tender whimsy and incisive wit have the measure of St Francis' bittersweet sensibility - and its deep-veined melancholy.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2006 ****

“No one is more closely attuned to Poulenc's world than Pascal Roge, and his presence ensures the authenticity of feeling which runs through all these performances: his playing is both imaginative and inspiriting...The chamber music is hardly less appealing...The performances have a wonderful freshness and convey a real sense of delight.” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

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Horowitz in Moscow

Horowitz in Moscow


 

Valse caprice No. 6 from Soirées de Vienne after Franz Schubert

Schubert/Liszt

Chopin:

Mazurka No. 21 in C sharp minor, Op. 30 No. 4

Mazurka No. 7 in F minor, Op. 7 No. 3

Polonaise No. 6 in A flat major, Op. 53 'Héroïque'

Liszt:

Sonetto 104 del Petrarca (Années de pèlerinage II, S. 161 No. 5)

Moszkowski:

Étincelles, Op. 36 No. 6

Mozart:

Piano Sonata No. 10 in C major, K330

Rachmaninov:

Prelude Op. 32 No. 5 in G major

Prelude Op. 32 No. 12 in G sharp minor

Polka de V.R.

Scarlatti, D:

Keyboard Sonata K87 in B minor

Keyboard Sonata K380 in E major

Keyboard Sonata K135 in E major

Schubert:

Impromptu in B flat major, D935 No. 3

Schumann:

Kinderszenen, Op. 15: Traümerei

Scriabin:

Étude Op. 2 No. 1 in C sharp minor

Étude Op. 8 No. 12 in D sharp minor


“In 1986 Horowitz returned to his native Russia for the first time in more than half a century. He's seen here performing, being interviewed and chatting with old family members. Touching and with some extraordinary playing.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2006 ****

“The return to his homeland in 1986 by the world's most famous living instrumentalist after an absence of 61 years caught the public imagination. …the 83-year old Horowitz's arrival in Moscow prompted the kind of reception reserved usually for pop stars. Brian Large's Emmy Award-winning film captures all this well... Few have conjured from a piano such a palette of tonal colours with such convincing imagery and musical imagination as Horowitz does in this recital. The audience listens with rapt concentration. A man sits motionless with tears streaming down his face in Träumerei. Unforgettable.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2006

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