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amw:
64 ~albums, which I guess—in an emergency—would form a repertoire "core" until I got a chance to rebuild my collection.

If I had to take it down to 25, I'd pick the starred ones.

*Bach Sonatas & Partitas BWV 1001-1006 - Mullova 2009
Bach St Matthew Passion BWV 244 - Harnoncourt 2001
*Barrett Dark Matter - ELISION/Cikada 2012
*Bartók String Quartets 1-6 - Juilliard Quartet 1963
Bartók Piano Concertos 1-3 - Kocsis 1995
*Beethoven String Quartets 1-16 - Artemis Quartet 2011 [provisionally]
*Beethoven Piano Sonatas 1-32 - Badura-Skoda 1990
Beethoven Cello Sonatas 1-5 - Maisky & Argerich 1994
Berlioz Roméo et Juliette op.17 - Ticciati 2014
*Brahms Sextets 1-2 - Hausmusik London 1999
Brahms Symphonies & Serenades - Kertész 1973
Brahms Violin Sonatas 1-3 - Frank & Serkin 1998
*Cage Complete Piano Music - Schleiermacher 2002
*Tchaikovsky Serenade Op.48 & Suite Op.55 - Kondrashin 1966
Chopin Sonatas 2 & 3 - Hamelin 2009
Debussy Preludes, Etudes, Images, etc - Rev 1980
Dvořák Slavonic Dances - Šejna 1960
*Dvořák Symphonies & Concertos - Bělohlávek 2014
*Fauré Horizons - Fouchenneret, Zaoui, Merlin & Lefort 2016
Ferneyhough Quartets & Trios - Arditti Quartet 2014
*Ferrari L'œuvre électronique 2009
Gombert Motets - Rice 2007
Grisey Quatre chants pour franchir le seuil - Dubosc 2001
*Haydn String Quartets (complete) - Festetics Quartet 2005
*Holliger String Quartet 1, Die Jahreszeiten, Chaconne - Berner Streichquartett etc 1979
*Hosokawa Deep Silence - Miyata & Hussong 2004
Hummel Piano Sonatas 3, 5 & 6 - Hough 2003
Janáček & Nielsen Piano Music - Andsnes 2006
*Janáček String Quartets 1-2 - Panocha Quartet 1996
Kirchner & Schumann Davidsbündlertänze - Maruko 1994
Kondo Gardenia - Ensemble Nomad 1998
Kurtág Kafka-Fragmente Op.24 - Banse 2006
Kurtág Works for Soprano - Csengery 1998
Lachenmann Das Mädchen mit den Schwefelhölzern - Zagrosek 2001
Lutosławski Symphonies 1-4 - Salonen 2013
*Machaut Motets - Ensemble Musica Nova 2002
*Martinů Symphonies 1-6 - Bělohlávek 2011
Medtner Piano Sonatas - Hamelin 1998
Mendelssohn Octet, String Quintets, Quartet 2 - Hausmusik 2000
Mendelssohn Songs without words, etc - Perianes 2014
*Mozart String Quintets 1-6 - Kuijken Quartet & Terakado 1999
Mozart Violin Sonatas K58, 304 & 481 - Kuijken & Leonhardt 1979
*Mozart Piano Concertos 5-27 - Bilson & Gardiner 1989
Nielsen Symphonies 1-6 - Schmidt 1974
Ockeghem Missa prolationum - Hillier 1989
Prokofiev Sonatas 6-8 - Giltburg 2012
Rădulescu String Quartet 4 - Arditti Quartet 2001
Ruders Symphony 2 & Piano Concerto - Stenz & Schønwandt 2002
Saunders Stirrings Still - musikFabrik 2008
Scarlatti 33 Keyboard Sonatas - Zacharias 2003
*Schubert Sonatas 17, 20, 21 - Schnabel 1939
*Schubert String Quintet - Taneyev Quartet & Rostropovich 1963
Schubert Die schöne Müllerin - Prégardien 2008
*Schubert Winterreise - Schäfer 2006
Schumann Humoreske, Gesänge der Fruhe - Anderszewski 2010
*Schumann Kreisleriana, Carnaval & Sinfonische Etüden - Anda 1955
*Schumann Dichterliebe & Liederkreis Op. 24 - Bostridge 1998
Schumann Liederkreis Op. 39 & Liederreihe Op. 35 - Goerne 1999
Sciarrino String Quartets 1-8 - Quartetto Prometeo 2013
*Sciarrino Orchestral Works - Ceccherini 2008
Shostakovich Piano Trios - Florestan Trio & Gritton 2011
Stockhausen Klavierstücke I-XI, Mikrophonie I & II - Kontarsky 1965
Ustvolskaya Piano Sonatas & Preludes - Liebner 2009
Xenakis Chamber Music 1955-1990 - Arditti Quartet & Helffer 1991

ChopinBroccoli:
Interesting idea...  I tend to restrict my outright purchasing to only favorites as I'm not made of money (listen to a bunch of different recordings of the same work, pick the one I like best ... make an exception for an exceptional "other" interpretation at times)

I'll just stick with really famous composers assuming a new listener is reading this

BACH:
Brandenburg Concertos 1-6 (modern instruments and harpsichord)
(Tafelmusik)

Brandenburg Concertos 1-6
(Period instruments)
(Orch. Of The Age of Enlightenment)

WTK Book 1 & 2 (harpsichord with period pitch)
(Gilbert)

Goldberg Variations (piano)
(Gould, 1955)


BARTOK:
Concerto for Orchestra
(Reiner/Chicago)

Piano Concertos 1 & 2
(Pollini with Abbado/Chicago/London)

BEETHOVEN:
Piano Concertos 3,4,5
(Fleisher with Szell/Cleveland)

Symphony 3
(Bernstein/NYPO... 1966)

Symphony 5 and 7
(Kleiber, Vienna Philharmonic)

BRAHMS:
Symphonies 1-4, Haydn Variations
(Szell/Cleveland)

Piano Concertos 1 & 2
(Moravec with Belohlavek/Czech Phil)

CHOPIN:
Etudes
(Ashkenazy)

Preludes
(Tharaud)

Nocturnes
(Pires)

For anything else including the Preludes and Nocturnes, you can never really go wrong with Rubinstein so I have a ton of his Chopin

DEBUSSY:
Preludes (Plano)
(Lubimov)

All major orchestral music
(Haitink/Royal CGBO)

DVORAK:
Symphony 8 & 9
(Kubelik/Berlin Phil)


GERSHWIN:
Rhapsody in Blue/American in Paris
(Bernstein/NYPO/"Columbia" SO... 1958)

GRIEG:
Piano Concerto in A Minor
(Fleisher with Szell/Cleveland)

LISZT:
Hungarian Rhapsodies
(Szidon)

Piano Concertos 1 & 2, Piano Sonata in B Minor
(Richter with Kondrashin/LSO)

MENDELSSOHN:
Symphony no. 4 "Italian"
(Szell/Cleveland)

A Midsummer Night's Dream
(Szell/Cleveland)

Piano Concerto 1 & 2
(Shelley/London Mozart Players)


MOZART:

Symphonies 40 & 41
(Bernstein/Vienna PO)

Piano Concerto 20
(Andsnes/Norway Chamber Orchestra)

Piano Concerto 21-27
(R. Casadesus with Szell/Cleveland/"Columbia" SO)


MUSSORGSKY:
Pictures at an Exhibition (Piano)
(Richter 1958)

Pictures at an Exhibition (Ravel Orchestration)
(Reiner/Chicago)

A Night on Bare (Bald) Mountain (Rimsky-Korsakov arrangement)
(Rostropovich/Orch. de Paris)


PROKOFIEV:

Symphonies 1 & 5
(Karajan/Berlin Phil)

Piano Concerto 2 & 3
(Gutierrez with Jarvi/Berlin Phil)

Piano Concerto 3 (alternate choice)
(Argerich with Abbado/Berlin Phil)
 
Piano Concerto 5
(Richter with Rowicki/Warsaw Nat.)

Piano Sonata 8, Toccata
(Richter)

RACHMANINOFF:

Piano Concerto 2
(Cliburn with Reiner/Chicago)

Piano Concerto 2 (alternate)
(Richter with Wislocki/Warsaw Nat.)

Piano Concerto 1 and 4
(Ashkenazy with Previn/LSO)

Piano Concerto 3 (Ossia cadenza)
(Ashkenazy with Previn/LSO)

Piano Concerto 3 (Toccata cadenza)
(Argerich with Chailly/Berlin RSO)

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
(Trifonov with Nezet-Seguin/Philadelphia)

Variations Chopin and Corelli
(Trifonov)

Piano Sonata 2/assorted preludes and etude-tableau
(Kocsis)

Symphonic Dances/Isle of The Dead
(Batiz/Royal PO)

RAVEL:

Piano Concerto in G/Concerto for Left Hand
(Zimmerman with Boulez/Cleveland/LSO)

Solo piano compilation (numerous pieces)
(Osborne)

Gaspard de la nuit/Jeux D'eau
(Argerich)

Daphnis et Chloe (complete) plus numerous other complete orchestral works
(Dutoit/Montreal)


RIMSKY-KORSAKOV:

Scheherazade
(Reiner/Chicago)

Symphony no. 3
(Svetlanov/Russian State Sym)


ROSSINI:

Overtures
(Reiner/Chicago)


SAINT-SAËNS:

Symphony no. 3
(Munch/Boston)


SCHUBERT:

Symphony no 5 and no 8 ("Unfinished")
(Walter/"Columbia" SO)

Symphony no 9 (Great C Major)
(Szell/Cleveland... 1957 version; vintage album cover calls it no. 7 in accordance with the old Schubert numbering system)

Piano Sonata, D. 850
(Gilels)

Piano Sonatas, D. 959 and D. 960
(Zimmerman)

Impromptus plus other complete solo piano pieces
(Brendel)


SCHUMANN:

Carnaval and Papillions
(Hamelin)

Fantasiestücke (1-3, 5, 7-8)
(Richter)

Waldszenen
(Richter)

Piano Concerto
(Fleisher with Szell/Cleveland)


SCRIABIN:

Prometheus
(Ashkenazy with Maazel/LPO)

Poem of Ecstasy
(Gergiev/Marlinsky Orch)

Piano Sonata no. 5
(Richter)


SHOSTAKOVICH:

Symphony no. 1
(Ormandy/Philadelphia)

Symphony no. 5
(Bernstein/NYPO)

Symphony no. 8
(Rostropovich/National SO)

Symphony no. 10
(Haitink/LPO)

Piano Concerto no. 1
(Previn with Bernstein/NYPO)

Piano Concerto no. 2
(Bernstein-piano with NYPO)


SIBELIUS:

Symphony no. 2 and Finlandia
(Ashkenazy/Boston)


SMETANA:

Ma Vlast (complete)
(Wit/Polish Nat. RSO)


R. STRAUSS:

Alpensymphonie
(Karajan/Berlin Phil)

Also Sprach Zarathustra and Ein Heldenleben
(Reiner/Chicago)

Till Eulenspiegel/Don Juan/Death and Transfiguration
(Szell/Cleveland)


STRAVINSKY:

The Rite of Spring
(Gergiev/Marlinsky Orch.)

The Firebird (1919)
(Szell/Cleveland)

The Firebird (complete)
(Dorati/LSO)


TCHAIKOVSKY:

Suites: Nutcracker/Sleeping Beauty/Swan Lake
(Rostropovich/Berlin Phil)

Piano Concerto no. 1
(Cliburn with Kondrashin/"RCA" SO)

Piano Concerto no. 2 (complete uncut) and no. 3 (as was, without later posthumous editions)
(Donohoe/Bournemouth SO)

Romeo and Juliet
(Karajan/Berlin Phil)

Symphony no. 4
(Jansons/Oslo PO)

Symphony no. 5
(Szell/Cleveland) - surprisingly enough, since this is not at all material one associates with Szell

Symphony no. 6
(Mravinsky/Leningrad PO)

Symphony no. 6 (alternate)
(Ormandy/Philadelphia) - Ormandy has never been a favorite with critics and connoisseurs but his style and the great playing of the Philadelphia Orchestra and its famous lush strings are ideal for this symphony


WAGNER:

Orchestral Highlights from "The Ring" (plus additional selections)
(Szell/Cleveland... 1960s recordings)

I'm not a fan of opera or vocal music of the classical realm in general, hence the lack of either with regard to Wagner and Rossini, to say nothing of the complete absence of figures like Verdi and Bizet)



Sergeant Rock:

--- Quote from: ChopinBroccoli on August 02, 2019, 03:36:11 PM ---Interesting idea...  I tend to restrict my outright purchasing to only favorites as I'm not made of money (listen to a bunch of different recordings of the same work, pick the one I like best ... make an exception for an exceptional "other" interpretation at times)
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Especially good to see so much Szell among your choices.

Sarge

ChopinBroccoli:

--- Quote from: Sergeant Rock on August 03, 2019, 04:33:13 AM ---



Especially good to see so much Szell among your choices.

Sarge

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I noted the same when I read another list here with a good deal of Szell

Szell and the Clevelanders were incredible... I've yet to hear a dud

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