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Franz Joseph Haydn — The first Symphonies written for Prince Esterhazy - 5
– Symphony No.13 in D major Hob.I/13
– Symphony No.23 in G major Hob.I/23
– Symphony No.22 in E flat major Hob.I/22 "Philosopher"
– Symphony No.21 in A major Hob.I/21
– Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra – Dennis Russell Davies (Sony Classical)


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Now playing, CD 5, The Early Recordings 1945 - part III
Igor Stravinsky – Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring)
Vincent d'Indy – Fervaal Op.40: Prelude to Act 1
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov – Sadko (tone poem) Op.5
Johannes Brahms – Rhapsody for Contralto, Male Chorus and Orchestra Op.53 — Marian Anderson (contralto) – San Francisco Municipal Men's Chorus
— San Francisco Symphony Orchestra – Pierre Monteux (RCA Victor / Sony Classical)

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It looks like this 1945 recording of The Rite of Spring was issued in an album of eight 78s.  

Monteux was the first to record The Rite of Spring - in 1929.  His third recording of the piece was with the Boston Symphony in 1951.  Between 1929 and 1945, it was recorded by Stravinsky (twice), Stokowski (first US recording, with the Philadelphians), and van Beinum.

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3 hours ago, jeffcrom said:


Messiaen - Quartet for the End of Time; Tashi (RCA Victor)

Does anyone know the New York Philomusica version from 1972, the first U.S. recording of the work -- initially on Candide, then on a Vox 2-CD collection of modern wind music, with clarinetist Joseph Rabbai, violinist Isidore Cohen, pianist Robert Levin, and a cellist whose name I don't recall, under the direction of A. Robert Johnson, who later led a superb Vox collection of Mozart divertimenti and the best Serenade K. 361 I know? That Quartet for the End of Time seems top notch to me.

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Disc 7 + 8 of latter - Lully's 'Armide'. No Libretto so I had to make up my own story (one about invading other countries on spurious legal grounds, an eternal theme). 

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Wakes you up first thing in the morning. Melencolia, Meridian, Ritual Fragment....though not necessarily in that order. 

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Now playing, CD 4:
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Sinfonia Concertina for violin, viola and orchestra K365/320d; Concerto for violin, piano and orchestra, K App. 56//315f; Sinfonia concertante K App. 104/320e
— Iona Brown, violin, Nobuko Imai, viola, Stephen Orton, cello, Howard Shelley, piano – Academy of St Martin in the Fields – Iona Brown (Decca)


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Now playing, CD 13:
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
– Quartet for Strings No.20 in D major K499 "Hoffmeister"
– Quartet for Strings No.21 in D major K575 ('Prussian' Quartet No.1)
Paolo Borciani (violin), Elisa Pegreffi (violin), Piero Farulli (viola), Franco Rossi (cello) – Quartetto Italiano (Philips / Decca Music)

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Disc 1 - Mass for Five Voices, Mass for Four Voices, Mass for Three Voices, Ave Verum Corpus, Infelix Ego. Really need to listen to these one at a time rather than in one rush.

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Probably my classical recording of the year. Contemporary music that is tough, very much in the personal voice of the composer yet accessible to the general listener.

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Just the symph. One of my favourite Prokofiev pieces. Seems to lie hidden in the shadow of the popular (and equally marvellous) Fifth. 

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