• Carl Schuricht conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra performing Bruckner’s Symphony No.8 in C Minor

    Carl Schuricht conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra performing Bruckner’s Symphony No.8 in C Minor

    Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 8 is the last symphony that the composer completed in full (he died before the final movement of the Symphony No. 9 was finished).

    This special interpretation by Carl Schuricht with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra represents Bruckner’s 8th in its true unrivalled glory.

  • Music for Viola & Cello Played By Herbert Downes & Jacqueline Du Pre

    Music for Viola & Cello Played By Herbert Downes & Jacqueline Du Pre

    Jacqueline Du Pre was born in Oxford and commenced learning the cello at the age of five with Alison Dalrymple, she then went on to study with William Pleeth at the age of ten. Only five years later she was enrolled to the Casals Master Class at Zermatt, Switzerland. She made her formal début at the Wigmore Hall in March 1961 accompanied by Ernest Lush. It was her concerto début in March 1962 at the Royal Festival Hall, performing the Elgar Cello Concerto that propelled her career into the stratosphere – bringing spontaneous critical enthusiasm followed by global recognition.

  • Yura Guller plays Frédéric Chopin – Mazurkas Favorites

    Yura Guller plays Frédéric Chopin – Mazurkas Favorites

    The origins of the Mazurka can be traced back to early Polish folk music and dance. Chopin wrote a total of sixty-nine of them for solo piano during his lifetime, the first of which were composed in 1825 and the last in 1849, the year of his death.

  • Yura Guller plays Frédéric Chopin – Nocturnes Favorites

    Yura Guller plays Frédéric Chopin – Nocturnes Favorites

    Yura Guller was born in 1895 in Marseille, France. She started to learn the piano at the age of five, giving recitals at a very early age before enrolling at the Paris Conservatoire at just nine years old. It is here that she studied under Isidor Philipp, a tutor of impeccable pedigree having studied with Camille Saint-Saëns, Théodore Ritter & Georges Amadée St. Claire Mathias (himself a direct pupil of Frédéric Chopin).

  • Carl Schuricht conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra performing Bruckner’s Symphony No.9 in D Minor

    Carl Schuricht conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra performing Bruckner’s Symphony No.9 in D Minor

    Bruckner’s Symphony No. 9 was written between 1893-1896 and was to be his last, the final movement remaining unfinished at point of his death in 1896. Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony is both unique and complex in style presenting the listener with many different patterns and themes, traits that can be found in nearly all of Bruckner’s Symphonies. Monumental in its form and design, a vast orchestral canvas and soundscape providing fertile ground for experimentation and harmonic counterpoint. It ranks as one of the most innovative symphonies to be composed in the 19th Century.

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Leonid Kogan plays Lalo's Symphonie Espagnole and Sérénade Mélancolique by Tchaikovsky

Having tackled Kogan’s other masterful performances we complete the cycle of UK Columbia Stereo releases with this stunning interpretation of Lalo’s Symphony Espagnole.

An influential and important work, originally written in 1874 for the famous and extraordinarily talented Spanish violinist Pablo Sarasate, it was premiered in Paris February 1875. The work is hybrid in nature, featuring elements of both symphony and concerto, the later providing wonderful passages of characterful writing and expression, a virtual nirvana for the virtuoso violinist.

It is fascinating to engage with Kogan’s natural performance of a work so firmly rooted in Spanish tradition and heritage considering his grounding in the Soviet school of violin playing.

This release also includes Kogan’s wonderful interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s Sérénade Mélancolique. Beautifully executed, emotional power intertwined with deep musicality which comes to the fore in this magical performance.

The pre-release price of this edition will be £300* and is available to order now directly from our website.

   * Post release price may vary subject to availability.

Columbia original sleeve.


Original master tape (YAX306, side B).


Original master tape (YAX305, A side).

Type set back cover.

Back cover on print.

Front cover proof.