Orchestral Recording Recommendations
by Jeffrey Sward
Bach: Brandenburg Concertos   Goebel
Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra   Boulez (CSO), Kocsis, Reiner
Bartok: Music for Strings, Percussion, Celesta   Kocsis, Reiner, Solti, Fricsay
Bartok: Divertimento   Solti, Dutoit
Bartok: Miraculous Mandarin   Abbado, Schwartz, Dohnanyi, Dutoit
Bartok: Orchestral Works   Kocsis
Bartok: Complete String Quartets   Emerson, Alban Berg
Beethoven: Complete Symphonies   Gielen, Abbado (BPO), Dohnanyi , Toscanini (RCA)
Beethoven: Overtures   Zinman, Harding
Beethoven: Complete String Quartets   Emerson, Cleveland
Berg: Lulu Suite   Rattle
Berg: Orchestral works   Abbado
Berlioz: Orchestral Works   Munch
Berlioz: Overtures   Munch, Zinman, Dutoit, Paray, Gibson
Berlioz: Symphony Fantastique   Munch, Paray, Dohnanyi, Zinman
Bizet: Juex d'enfants   Haitink
Bizet: L'Arlesieenne Suites   Tortelier, Dutoit
Brahms: Serenades   Boult, D'Avalos, Haitink (Con)
Brahms: Symphonies   Berglund (COE), Jankowski, Wand, Muti, Toscanini
Borodin: Complete orchestral works   N. Jarvi
Borodin: Polovtsian Dances   Mackerras
Debussy: La Mer   Paray, Dutoit, Boulez
Debussy: Nocturnes   Paray, Haitink, Boulez
Debussy: Jeux   Boulez, Saraste
Debussy: Afternoon of a Faun   Paray, Saraste, Boulez
Debussy: Printemps   Saraste, Munch, Boulez
Debussy: Images   Boulez, Saraste, Munch
Delius: All orchestral works   Mackerras
Dukas: Orchestral works   Lopez-Cobos
Dvorak: Complete Symphonies   Suitner, Kubelik
Dvorak: Tone poems, overtures, legends, slavonik dances   Kubelik, I. Fischer, Mackerras
Elgar: Enigma Variations   Zinman, Mackerras
Falla: Amor Brujo   Stokowski
Frank: Le Chasseur Maudit   Munch, Lopez-Cobos
Frank: Symphony in D minor   Munch, Lopez-Cobos
Grieg: Peer Gynt Complete   Bloomstedt
Grieg: All orchestral works   N. Jarvi
Grofe: Grand Canyon, Mississippi   Felix Slatkin
Handel: Messiah   Solti, Davis C. (Philips 1966), Shaw
Haydn: Complete Symphonies   Naxos Set
Haydn: Individual symphonies as available   Orpheus, Rattle, Jochum
Hindemith: All orchestral Works   Neschling, Albert, Steinberg
Hindemith: Mathis der Maler   Neschling, Steinberg, Ormandy
Holst: Planets   Jurowski, Steinberg, Mackerras, C. Davis (BPO) , Boult, Stokowski
Honneger: Pacific 231, Rugby, Mvt 3   Scherchen, Zinman
Ippolitov-Ivanov: Caucasian Suite   Zinman
Ives: Symphony holidays   Johanos, Zinman
Ives: Three places   Dohnanyi, Zinman
Ives: Symphony #1   Ormandy, Sinclair
Ives: Symphony #2   Sinclair, Mehta
Ives: Symphony #3   Marriner, Sinclair
Ives: Symphony #4   Dohnanyi
Ibert: Escales   Paray, Dutoit
Ibert: Divertissement   Kunzel, Dutoit, Tortelier
Ibert: Paris Symphony   Dutoit
Janacek: Sinfonietta   Ancerl
Kodaly: Harry Janos, Peacock, Galanta   N. Jarvi, I. Fischer
Liadov: Orchestral works   Pletnev
Mahler: Complete Symphonies (1-9)   Gielen, Nott, Inbal, Solti, Kubelik, Haitink, Bertini, Tennstedt
Mahler: Symphony #10   Lopez-Cobos, Inbal
Mahler: Individual symphonies as available   Dohnanyi
Mendelssohn: Midsummer Complete   Dausgaard, D'Avalos, Vonk, Kubelik
Mendelssohn: Overtures   Dausgaard, D'Avalos
Mendelssohn: Sympony #3   Dohnanyi (Clev)
Mozart: Complete symphonies   Mackerras, Tate
Mozart: Overtures   Vonk, Marriner
Mozart: Serenades   Orpheus
Mussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain (arr. Stokowski)   Stokowski (lp4), Kunzel
Mussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain   Reiner, Saraste, Steinberg
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition   Reiner, Maazel, Slatkin
Nielson: Complete Symphonies   Berglund, Blomstedt
Nielsen: Aladdin Suite   Willen
Offenbach: Gaite Parisienne   Solti, Kunzel
Orff: Carmina Burana   Shaw
Prokofiev: Complete Symphonies   N. Jarvi, Kuchar
Prokofiev: Lt. Kije   Abbado (LSO)
Prokofiev: Scythian Suite   Abbado (LSO), Dorati, Weller
Prokofivev: Love for Three Oranges Suite   Steinberg
Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet complete   Petrenko, Maazel, Ozawa
Prokofiev: All other Ballet Suites   N. Jarvi
Rachmaninov: Complete Symphonies   Jansons
Rachmaninov: Tone Poems   Reiner, Slatkin (Vox Box), Petrenko
Ravel: Daphnis and Chloe complete   Munch, Boulez, Martinon, Chung
Ravel: Complete Orchestral works   Abbado (LSO), Dutoit
Respighi: Ancient Airs, Trittico, Birds   Orpheus, Lopez-Cobos
Respighi: Brazilian Impressions   Lopez-Cobos
Respighi: Church Windows   Lopez-Cobos
Respighi: Pines, Fountains, Feste   Lopez-Cobos, Dutoit
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade   Jansons, Bakels, Stokowski (Lp4), Kempe, N. Jarvi
Rimsky-Korsakov: Complete Symphonies   Bakels, N. Jarvi
Rimsky-Korsakov: Suites   N. Jarvi, Zinman (Rott), Steinberg
Rossini: Overtures   Orpheus, Abbado (COE), Pido
Rossini-Respighi: Boutique   Noseda, Lopez-Cobos. Fiedler, Dutoit
Rossini-Respight: Rossiniana   Dorati (Lp4)
Schoenberg: Five Pieces   Dohnanyi, Levine
Schoenberg: Begleitmusik op. 34   Zender, Yuasa, Rattle, Boulez (Sony), Bour
Schoenberg: Variations, op. 31   Solti, Bour, Gielen
Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht   Orpheus
Schubert: Complete symphonies   Muti
Schubert: Lieder   Baker
Schubert: Symphony #9   Munch
Schumann: Complete symponies   Beermann, Zinman (Tonhalle), Muti, Dohnanyi
Shostakovich: Complete symphonies   Petrenko, Barshai, Jansons, Haitink
Shostakovich: Jazz Suites   Yablonsky
Sibelius: Complete symphonies   Berglund (COE), Gibson, N. Jarvi (BIS), Saraste
Sibelius: Tone Poems   Gibson, Saraste, Jochum, Vanska
Sibelius: Lemminkainen   P. Jarvi, Saraste
Sibelius: Night Ride   Jochum, Saraste, P. Jarvi
Smetana: Ma Vlast   Kuchar, Berglund
R. Strauss: Complete orchestral works   Kempe, Reiner, Roth, Zinman
R. Strauss: Alpine Symphony   Haitink, Solti, Kempe, Previn, Roth, Welser-Most
R. Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra   Steinberg, Solti, Reiner, Bloomstedt (SF), Kempe
R. Strauss: Bourgeois Gentilhomme   Orpheus
R. Strauss: Don Juan   Abbado (Lon), Kempe, Reiner
R. Strauss: Don Quixote   Kempe, Toscanini, Slatkin, Roth , Zinman
R. Strauss: Heldenleben   Kempe, Weigle, Reiner, Solti
R. Strauss: Macbeth   Jankowski, Roth, Kempe, Zinman
R. Strauss: Metamorphosen   Dohnanyi, Kempe, Roth
R. Strauss Rosenkavalier Waltzes   Steinberg, Jochum, Kempe
R. Strauss: Symphonia Domestica   DeWaart, Kempe, Roth, Zinman
R. Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel   DeWaart, Zinman, Steinberg, Bloomstedt (SF), Haitink, Roth, Solti
R. Strauss: Tod Und Verklarung   Maazel (Lp4), Zinman, Reiner, Toscanini, Steinberg, Bloomstedt (SF)
Stravinsky: Sacre du Printemps   Dutoit, Boulez (Clev), Jansons, Haitink (BPO)
Stravinsky: Petrouchka   Jansons, Haitink (BPO), Boulez (Clev)
Stravinsky: Firebird (complete)   Stravinsky, Davis, Dorati (Detroit 1984), Haitink (BPO), Saraste, Boulez
Stravinsky: Le Historie   Schwartz, Atherton , Boulez
Stravinsky: Octet   Salonen
Suppe: Overtures   Paray
Tchaikovsky: Complete symphonies, tone poems   Jansons, Muti, Abbado
Vaughan Williams: Complete Symponines   Boult, Haitink
Verdi: Overtures   Muti, Abbado
Vivaldi: Four Seasons   Shaham-Orpheus, Carmignola-Marcon-Venice
Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen (complete)   Levine (DG), Solti
Wagner: Ring excerpts   Tennstedt, Schwarz
Wagner: Overtures   Jansons, Solti
Wagner: Siegfried Idyll   Orpheus, Steinberg
Weber: Overtures   Kantorow
Webern: Im Sommerwind   Chailly, Gielen, Ormandy, Roth
Webern: All orchestral works   Dohnanyi, Boulez and others (Complete DG)
Weill: Kleine Dreigroschen Musik   Schenck, Chicago Pro Musica
Performers are chosen by interpretations close to composer's intention, details audible in recording, performance quality.  Multiple performers are shown in sequence by preference.  When multiple recordings are available for a performer, further identification is in parenthesis.  In nearly all cases, the most recent recording is preferred.
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