Recommended recordings

Bach: “Brandenburg Concertos.” English Chamber Orchestra, Benjamin Britten, conductor. Decca.

Bach: “Goldberg Variations.” Glenn Gould, piano (1955). Sony Classical.

Bartok: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2. Chicago Symphony, Claudio Abbado, conductor, Maurizio Pollini, piano. Deutsche Grammophon.

Beethoven: The Nine Symphonies. London Symphony, Vienna Philharmonic, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Pierre Monteux, conductor. Decca (Eloquence).

Berlioz: “Symphonie fantastique.” Concertgebouw Orchestra, Colin Davis, conductor. Decca.

Brahms: Symphonies. Berlin Philharmonic, Herbert von Karajan, conductor. Deutsche Grammophon.

Bruckner: Symphonies. Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Saarbruecken, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, conductor. Oehms Classics.

Chopin: Nocturnes. Arthur Rubinstein, piano. RCA Red Seal.

Debussy: “La Mer” and other works. Cleveland Orchestra, Pierre Boulez, conductor. Deutsche Grammophon.

Haydn: The “London” Symphonies. Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Colin Davis, conductor. Decca.

Mahler: Symphony No. 9. Chicago Symphony, Carlo Maria Giulini, conductor. Deutsche Grammophon.

Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 29, 35, 38-41. Philharmonia Orchestra, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer, conductor. EMI Classics.

Prokofiev: “Lieutenant Kije”; “Scythian Suite”; “Alexander Nevsky.” London Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Claudio Abbado, conductor, Deutsche Grammophon.

Rachmaninoff: “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini”; other works. The Philadelphia Orchestra, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, conductor; Daniil Trifonov, piano.

Ravel: “Daphnis et Chloe”; “Alborada del Gracioso”; “Valses Nobles et Sentimentales”; “Rhapsodie Espagnole”; others. L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Ernest Ansermet, conductor.

Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 5 and 9. New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein, conductor. Sony Classical.

Stravinsky: “Le sacre du printemps” (The Rite of Spring). Los Angeles Philharmonic, Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor. Deutsche Grammophon.

Tchaikovsky: Symphonies 1-6. London Symphony Orchestra, Igor Markevitch, conductor. Newton Classics.

Vivaldi: “The Four Seasons.” The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock, conductor; Simon Standage, violin. Archiv.

Wagner: Orchestral music. Berlin Philharmonic, Klaus Tennstedt. EMI Classics.