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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]

Dvořák: Symphony No 9, Serenade for Strings (Sony Classical)

(Déjà Review) Anyone who is more interested in genuine music-making rather than state-of–the-art sound will not be disappointed [TH]

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Grieg: Peer Gynt (Sony Classical)

(Déjà Review) A hugely enjoyable selection, and an ear-opener for those who only know the familiar suites [TH]

Korngold: Violanta (Sony Classical)

(Déjà Review) A great recording of a great opera with especially marvellous conducting and singing [VM]

Strauss: Four Last Songs (Sony Classical)

Not an account of the Four Last Songs that makes it into the pantheon [JQ]

Copland: Orchestral Works (Sony Classical)

An all-sorts mixture including some very moving recordings from six decades ago [RB]

Eileen Farrell Sings Verdi Presto Sony MHK62358

Eileen Farrell (soprano) Sings Verdi (Sony Classical)

Stunning singing from a great dramatic soprano who might have done more but chose otherwise [RMo]

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Mozart: Ecstasy and Abyss (Sony Classical)

A release that will probably only appeal to superfans of clarinettist Martin Fröst [ST]

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Lalo & Casals: Cello Concertos (Sony Classical)

My high expectations were exceeded by Jan Vogler’s compelling performances [MC]

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Beethoven: Piano Trios (Sony Classical)

A terrific Ghost Trio, less impressive E flat major Trio [PBW]

Shostakovich, Kabalevsky: Cello Concerti (Sony)

One of our greatest cellists in a revelatory performance from his younger days [WH]

Brahms: Concertos (Sony)

(Déjà Review) Fortunate the listener who learns her/his Brahms through these works [RB]

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Frederica von Stade (mezzo-soprano) Song Recital (Sony Classical)

(Déjà Review) One of the most sheerly beautiful and instantly recognisable mezzos of the last fifty years [RMo]

Verdi: Un ballo in maschera (Sony Classical)

(Déjà Review) Verdi singing does not come much better than this [RJF]

Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 (Sony Classical)

Superb engineering and wonderful playing hobbled by Thielemann’s reluctance to sacrifice beauty of sound to emotional release [RMo]

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Mahler: Songs (Sony Classical)

Lovers of great Lieder singing should have this in their collection [RMo]

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Dvořák: Slavonic Dances (Sony Classical)

A reissue of an imperishable “classic of the gramophone” – the greatest music of its genre in the best of 60s stereo sound [RMo]

Schreker: Irrelohe (Sony Classical)

Exotically scored but melodically diffuse, this melodrama is given the best possible advocacy [RMo]

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Bartók: Piano Concertos (Sony)

(Déjà Review) Marvellously subtle and polished … delightfully witty [TH]

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Bernstein: Orchestral Works (Sony Classical)

Essential, authentic listening for admirers of Leonard Bernstein [JQ]

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Dvořák: Symphony 6 (Sony)

An affectionately played trio of works by Dvořák at his most typically exuberant [RMo]

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Mahler: Symphonies (Sony)

(Déjà Review) In spite of reservations, hearing this music played by this orchestra under this conductor at this time is thrilling [TD]

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Dvořák: Poetic Tone Pictures (Sony)

A generous-minded performance somewhat let down by idiosyncratic recording quality [JW]

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The Dvořák Album (Sony)

A striking release of Dvořák’s chamber music from Jan Vogler and friends [MC]