Bach: Cello Suits (Fournier), Brandenburg Concertos (Britten), Mass in B Minor (Richter), St Matthew’s Passion (Richter), Cantatas (Richter), Well-Tempered Clavier (Feinburg), Violin Concertos (Oistrach)
Rachmaninoff: All-Night Vigil (Sveshnikov), 2nd Piano Concerto (Ashkenazy & Previn), 2nd Symphony (Previn), Trio Eliagique No. 2 (Rostropovich, Vajman and Serebrekov)
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker (Previn), Violin Concerto in D (Heifetz), Swan Lake (Bonynge)
Dvořák: Cello Concerto (Fournier & Szell), 9th Symphony (Szell)
Schumann: Cello Concerto in A Minor (Rostropovich & Samosud), Piano Concerto in A Minor (Serkin), Three Romances (Kempff)
Grieg: Peer Gynt (Marriner), Piano Concerto in A Minor (Davis & Kovacevich)
Schubert: Impromptus & Late Sonatas (Brendel: analogue), 14th String Quartet (Berg), String Quintet in C (Hollywood), 8th & 9th Symphony (Krips)
Beethoven: String Quartets (Busch), 6th Symphony (Klemperer, Furtwängler 44), 7th Symphony (Kleiber), 9th Symphony (Furtwängler 42), 5th Piano Concerto (Kovacevich & Davis), Violin Concerto in D (Perlman), Sonatas (Kovacevich for the passionate pieces, Barenboim for the delicate ones)
Wagner: The Ring (Furtwängler), Das Rheingold (Keilberth), Tristan und Isolde (Barenboim)
Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 2 (Rachmaninoff), Nocturnes (Moravec), Preludes (Argerich), Etudes (Magaloff)
Mozart: 40th Symphony (Böhm), 20th Piano Concerto (Brendel), Requiem (Karajan), Piano Sonata in A Minor (Lipetti), Clarinet, Flute & Bassoon Concerto (Böhm)
Vivaldi: Magnificat & Gloria (Muti), Cello Concerto in E minor (Fournier), The Four Seasons (Perlman), Concerti Con Molti Strumenti (Biondi), Violin Concertos (Accardo)
This post is in honour of my ritual of listening to a classical symphony (concerto, quartet, mass, etc — no opera though, sorry, can’t stand it) on a Thursday evening. Bloody good. ‘Meditative loveliness’.
If you’re thinking ‘sigh, no authentic period-piece recordings here’ — fair enough, but I rate very few of them (not because they’re ‘historically informed’ but because they’re without depth), and if you’re thinking ‘where’s Stravinsky and Górecki?’ — I’m only including here pre-20th century artists, and if you’re thinking ‘where’s Brahms and Mahler?’ — I find them cold, conceited and very, very boring, and if you’re thinking ‘sigh, another list of white men’ see here.