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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Top Ten Recordings!

These are ten classical and opera recordings I really like.

Schubert--String Quintet Op. in C Major Op. 956, Melos Quartet with Mstislav Rostropovich, Cello

Wagner--Götterdämmerung, Vienna Philharmonic, Birgit Nilsson, Wolfgang Windgassen, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, cond. Sir Georg Solit

Strauss--Der Rosenkavalier, Dresden Staatskapelle, Kiri Te Kanawa, Anne Sofie von Otter, Barbara Hendricks, Kurt Rydl, cond. Bernard Haitink

Dvorak--Symphony No. 9 in E minor ("From the New World") Op. 95, Berlin Philharmonic, cond. Rafael Kubelik

Mahler--Symphony No. 1 "Titan", Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra cond. Leonard Bernstein

Beethoven--Symphony No. 9 "Choral" in D Minor cond. Wilhelm Furtwängler, recorded at Bayreuth,, 1951.

Debussy--12 Etudes for Solo Piano, Mitsuko Uchida, piano.

Verdi--Simon Boccanegra, Orchestra and Chorus of La Scala, Piero Cappucili, Jose Carreras, cond. Claudio Abbado

Vaughan Williams--The Lark Ascending and others, various orchestras and ensembles

Mascagni--Cavalleria Rusticana, O and C of La Scala, Carlo Bergonzi, others, cond. Herbert von Karajan

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Since 2007, Superconductor has grown from an occasional concert or CD review to a near-daily publication covering classical music, opera and the arts in and around NYC, with excursions to Boston, Philadelphia, and upstate NY. I am a freelance writer living and working in Brooklyn NY. And no, I'm not a conductor.