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Saturday, April 5, 2014 Permalink

The Recording Connection

Sound wave hits the ear


A recording can do more than capture a performance.  It can introduce us to a long-forgotten work, or to qualities in a familiar work we didn’t know were there.  And in some cases, it can change our perceptions of the music, composer, or artist so profoundly that things are never quite the same again.

In this hour, seven landmark recordings that did just that -- from medieval songs to Bach, from Elgar to Gershwin.



CD Title


Catalog #


Jacqueline Du Pré: Complete EMI Recordings

Jacqueline Du Pré; London Symphony Orchestra, John Barbirolli

EMI Classics 5 04167 2


Gershwin Plays Gershwin [for 1924 Rhapsody in Blue]


George Gershwin; Paul Whiteman Concert Orchestra

Naxos Nostalgia 8.120510


Paul Whiteman: Music for Moderns [for 1927 Rhapsody in Blue] 


George Gershwin; Paul Whiteman Concert Orchestra

Naxos Nostalgia 8.120505


Cello Suites Nos. 1-6 (Casals, 1927-1939)  [for Bach Suite 3 - Bourree I & II]

Pablo Casals

Naxos Historical 8.110915-16


Glenn Gould - A State Of Wonder [for Goldberg Variations 22, 23 & 24]

Glenn Gould

Sony S3K 87703


The Play of Herod

New York Pro Musica

MCA Classics MCAD2-10102

[out of print] Available as CD-R from Amazon: B00C7CR2PK

The Sea Hawk: Classic Film Scores of Erich Wolfgang Korngold

National Philharmonic Orchestra, Charles Gerhardt

RCA 88697779322   


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