BBC LEGENDS

DISK 1: MAHLER: Symphony No. 8 in E flat "Symphony of a Thousand" (Soloists/Choruses/LSO/Jascha Horenstein)
DISK 2: SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 8 (LENINGRAD PO/EVGENY MRAVINSKY)
DISK 3: EMIL GILELS plays SCARLATTI, BACH, SCHUMANN, TCHAIKOVSKY and PROKOFIEV
DISK 4: BEETHOVEN: Missa Solemnis (Soloists/Chorus/BBC SYMPHONY ORCH./ARTURO TOSCANINI)
DISK 5: SVIATOSLAV RICHTER plays CHOPIN and DEBUSSY
DISK 6: CHOPIN: Andante spianoto & Grand Polonaise/LISZT: Piano concertos/Hungarian Fantasy (SVIATOSLAV RICHTER/LONDON SO/KIRIL KONDRISHIN)
DISK 7: MUSSORGSKY: Pictures at an Exhibition. TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 6 (PHILHARMONIA O/CARLO MARIA GIULINI).
DISK 8: SHOSTAKOVICH: Cello Concerto No. 1 (ROSTROPOVICH/LENINGRAD PO/ROZHDESTVENSK). .SCHUMANN: Cello Concerto.(MSTISLAV ROSTROPOVICH /LONDON SO/BENJAMIN BRITTEN). HAYDN: Piano Trio in D (GILELS/KOGAN/ROSTROPOVICH).
DISK 9: BEETHOVEN: Quintet in E flat. DUKAS: Villanelle. MARAIS: Le Basque. MOZART: Quintet, K. 407. BRAHMS: Trio, Op. 40 (all featuring DENNIS BRAIN).
DISK 10: STRAVINSKY: Le sacre du printemps.TCHAIKOVSKY: Francesca da Rimini. MUSSORGSKY: Six songs (GALINA VISHNEVSKAYA/LONDON SO/IGOR MARKEVITCH).
DISK 11: SCHUBERT: Lieder (JANET BAKER)
DISK 12: CLIFFORD CURZON plays LIZT, HAYDN and SCHUBERT.
DISK 13:DAVID OISTRAKH plays concertos of TCHAIKOVSKY (ROYAL PO/DEL MAR) and BRAHMS (LONDON PO/SARGENT)
DISK 14: ARTHUR RUBINSTEIN plays CHOPIN (Concerto No. 2 (PHILHARMONIA O/GIULINI) & solo works.
DISK 15: CHERUBINI: Anacreon Overture. DEBUSSY: Iberia. SCHUMANN: Symphony No. 4. BERLIOZ: Hungarian March (ROYAL PO/BBC SO/LONDON SO/IERRE MONTEUX).
DISK 16. CHABRIER: Gwendolyn Overture/España. MOZART: Divertimento, K. 131. DELIUS: Brigg Fair. Short works of Saint-Saëns, Berlioz and Massenet (ROYAL PO/Beecham).
DISK 17. WILHELM KEMPFF plays Schubert, Brahms ans Schumann.
DISK 18. ARTURO BENEDETTI MICHELANGELI plays Scarlatti, Beethoven (Sonata No. 32), Clementi and Chopin (Sonata No. 2).
DISK 19. ANNIE FISCHER plays BEETHOVEN (Sonata No. 14/Variations in C minor), CHOPIN: (Scherzo No. 3), KODALY: Dances of Marosszek). MOZART: (Sonata No. 14).
DISK 20: SHOSTAKVICH: Symphony No. 4.Katerina Ismailova Suite) (PHILHARMONIA O/Gennady Rozhdestvensky)
ICA CLASSICS 5113 (20 DISKS)
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This is one of the greatet bargains you'll ever encounter! The packaging is simple and there are no CD notes, but all importnt informtion is there including recording dates and venues. The earliest recording is Toscanini's Beethoven dating from 1939 in Queen's Hall, but most of the performances are from the late '50's and '60's. Many were recorded in Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, and the BBC studios. Throughout we have the expertise of BBC engineers, who did a magnificent job—almost all are in stereo. Many of these recordings have been issued previously, but now we have them at this budget price. Jascha Horensein's magnificent Mahler Eighth here takes just one disk (81:09). This site discussed this famous performance in detail when it was first issued on IMG/BBC (REVIEW).. I chided the producers for not including the massive ovation, which was included in its entirety on the BBC broadcast disks; very little applause is included on this new reissue, for obvious reasons. To mention just a few other memorable performnces, we have Igor Markevitch's thrilling Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky, Carlo Maria Giulini in vivid performances of Mussorgsky and Tchaikovsky (quite different from his sedate later performances), and the powerful Shostakovich of Evgeny Mravinsky. And we have Emil Gilels, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Wilhelm Kempff, Sviatoslav Richter and the distinguished Hungarian Anne Fischer. And let us not forget Mstislav Rostropovich, Galina Vishnevskaya, Dennis Brain, David Oistrakh, !and Janet Baker! We also have one of the best-sounding (in spite of its age) recordings of Arturo Toscanini. Don't miss this remarkable set.