I’ve been browsing the online music vendors again, and have found a handful of soon-to-be-released box sets that are on my wish list (or already ordered).
The first is The Leonard Bernstein Collection Volume One, from DG, due out on March 24. (Amazon.com, Amazon UK) This is a 60-disc set of Lenny’s recordings on DG, after he left Columbia. Many of the Columbia recordings are available in the wonderful Leonard Bernstein Symphony Edition box set. (Amazon.com, Amazon UK) I hope Sony will release a follow-up to that set, with recordings that are not symphonies.
Sviatoslav Richter’s solo recordings are collected in a recently released box set on Decca. (Amazon.com, Amazon UK) This extraordinary pianist’s collected recordings from Philips, DG and Decca on 33 discs. There is plenty of great music in this set.
Sir Colin Davis is the object of a box set on RCA: Sir Colin Davis: The Complete RCA Legacy. (Amazon.com, Amazon UK) On 51 discs, this great conductor’s recordings with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Dresden Staatskapelle and the London Symphony Orchestra. I especially like the recordings of Sibelius symphonies he did with the LSO in the early 2000s; there are seven discs of that cycle in this set. The box costs less than what I paid for those individual discs…
I’m not a fan of Luciano Pavarotti, but it’s the 50th anniversary of his first recording. As such, Decca is releasing a 28-disc set, Luciano Pavarotti Edition 1 : The First Decade. (Amazon.com, Amazon UK) This is selling for more than what the Colin Davis set costs, and Decca is clearly going to try and make some profit on this one, with separate boxes for each decade. Good stuff if you like that kind of music, but it’s not what gets me excited musically.
The 36-disc Bernard Haitink The Symphony Edition (Amazon.com, Amazon UK) is a retrospective of this great conductor’s work, which includes his 25-year tenure as leader of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam. It contains music by Beethoven, Brahms, Bruckner, Mahler, Schumann and Tchaikovsky, originally recorded for Philips, all played by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
Here are a few more. David Zinman’s Great Symphonies: The Zurich Years 1995-2014 (Amazon.com, Amazon UK) on Sony; Philippe Entremont: The Complete Piano Concerto Recordings (Amazon.com, Amazon UK), also on Sony, on 19 discs; Fritz Reiner Conducts Richard Strauss – The Complete RCA and Columbia Recordings, 11 discs on Sony (Amazon.com, Amazon UK); Istvan Kertez, The London Years, 12 discs on Decca (Amazon.com, Amazon UK); 10 discs of Haydn string quartets, by the excellent period ensemble the Quatuor Mosaïques, on Naïve (Amazon.com, Amazon UK). That should keep you busy for a while!