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Frank Dominguez

Frank Dominguez

Essential Vivaldi
Various Artists
Antonio Vivaldi’s most famous composition is the set of four violin concertos called ‘The Four Seasons’ and all four of these concertos are heard here, each performed by a different virtuoso soloist: Yehudi Menuhin, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Kyung-Wha Chung and “our own” Christopher Warren-Green. The set ends with several excerpts from his magnificent setting of the Gloria. This has all Vivaldi’s best known works, including my personal favorite, the Concerto for 2 Trumpets in C, RV 537.
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Vaughan Williams: Orchestral Works
Various soloists
Cantilena; London Philharmonic / Haitink
This is a bit of a splurge, but it contains all the symphonies by one of my favorite composers, as well as some other very well-known works such as the Fantasias on Greensleeves and a Theme by Thomas Tallis ,and The Lark Ascending.This is a bit of a splurge, but it contains all the symphonies by one of my favorite composers, as well as some other very well-known works such as the Fantasias on Greensleeves and a Theme by Thomas Tallis ,and The Lark Ascending.
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Simon Rattle Edition - Beethoven
Simon Rattle conducts various ensembles
This is another big package, but well worth it to have all the Beethoven symphonies performed by some of the best orchestras in the world with arguably the best conductor working today.
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Albeniz: Iberia, Navarra, Suite Española
Alicia De Larrocha
This two disc set features the late, great pianist Alicia de Larrocha performing the most important and familiar works by the Spanish nationalist composers, Isaac Albeniz, in their original settings for solo piano. It’s refreshing to hear these works as they were originally imagined, rather than in the more familiar guitar transcriptions.
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Debussy, Ravel: String Quartets
St. Petersburg String Quartet
This disc brings together the two string quartets by the most famous Impressionist composers, Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel. The Ravel is a special favorite of mine, and I have a special place in my heart for the string quartet form. As a bonus, there’s a string quartet arrangement of Debussy’s Golliwog’s Cakewalk. The ensemble and the engineering on this recording are sublime.
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Mike MckayMike McKay

The Very Best of Shostakovich
Various Artists
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The Best of British Light Music
Various Artists
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Rachmaninoff Plays Rachmaninoff
Sergei Rachmaninoff
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Lauren ricoLauren Rico

Heartland: An Appalachian Anthology
Yo-Yo Ma, Mark O'Connor, Edgar Meyer, Joshua Bell
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Conversations in Silence
Nashville Chamber Orchestra / Paul Gambill
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Lullaby For My Favorite Insomniac
Ahn Trio
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Jonathan Elias: The Prayer Cycle
Alanis Morissette, Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, et al
English Chamber Orchestra / Lawrence Schwartz
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Matt RogersMatt Rogers

Holst: Orchestral Works Vol. 2
BBC Philharmonic / Sir Andrew Davis
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Copland: Orchestral Music
Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra / Batiz
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Ravel: Orchestral Works
Claudio Abbado leads various ensembles
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Debussy: Piano Works, Orchestral Works
Jean-Bernard Pommier, piano
Jukka-Pekka Saraste leads various ensembles
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Bernard Herrmann Film Scores
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Elmer Bernstein
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Doug Rubel

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas "Pathetique" & "Moonlight
Daniel Barenboim
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Murray Perahia Plays Handel and Scarlatti
Murray Perahia
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Copland - The Music of America
Cincinnati Pops, Erich Kunzel
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Grieg: Lyric Pieces
Emil Gilels
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Debussy: Preludes, Piano Works
Jean-Yves Thibaudet
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Rachel Stewart
Rachel Stewart


Allegri: Misere; Palestrina, Mundy
Tallis Scholars
This is my favorite recording of the Miserere made by the Tallis Scholars back in the ‘80’s. The high Cs by Alison Stamp are amazing.
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Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
Nigel Kennedy & the English Chamber Orchestra
My favorite recording of The Four Seasons. Kennedy has plenty of attitude which comes through on this disc. I particularly like what he does with the Adagio molto in the Autumn Concerto.
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Debussy, Ravel:Orchestral Works
Jean Martinon & the Paris Orchestra
I’m a sucker for the French Impressionists, Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel. The selections on this collection were recorded in 1973 and 1974 by the Paris Orchestra and the ORTF orchestra with Jean Martinon conducting. These recordings are considered Martinon’s finest legacy.
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Glenn Gould – A State of Wonder, Goldberg Variations (1955 & 1981)
This set brings together Gould’s first 1955 recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations with his 1981 recording made shortly before his death. Both are landmarks bookending Gould’s singular career. It’s a fascinating look at the evolution of an artist. There’s also a bonus CD of conversations between Gould and critic Tim Page.
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Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Tallis, Lark Ascending
Iona Brown, violin
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Marriner
The Lark Ascending is one of my favorite pieces of music, and I particularly like the version with violinist Iona Brown and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. This discs features ASMITF playing four Vaughan Williams favorites.
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