The ‘A’ List

The “A” List is a comprehensive listing of favourite CDs and LPs used by Audiophilia writers. They comprise a trifecta of excellent sound, performance and interpretation. Buy with confidence.

The page will be updated regularly with favoured recordings and performances so stay tuned and please check back regularly.

Dominick Argento: Valentino Dances
Minnesota Orchestra, Eiji Oue cond.
Reference Recordings RR-91CD

J. S. Bach: Solo and Double Violin Concertos
Andrew Manze and Rachel Podger, violins
The Academy of Ancient Music, Andrew Manze director.
Harmonia Mundi France HMU 907155

Samuel Barber: Symphonies 1 and 2
Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Marin Alsop, conductor
Naxos 8.559024

Beethoven: 32 Piano Sonatas
Robert Silverman, piano
Orpheum Masters

Brahms: Symphony No. 2; Symphony No. 3
Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Bruno Walter cond.
Sony SMK 64 471

Brahms: Sonata Nos. 1 and 2
Idil Biret, piano
Naxos 8.550351

Brahms: Violin Concerto
Anne Sophie Mutter, violin
New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Kurt Masur cond.
DG 457 075-2

Benjamin Britten: Billy Budd
Halle Orchestra, Kent Nagano cond.
Erato 3984-21631-2

Bruckner: Symphony No. 1
Royal Scottish National Orch, Georg Tintner cond
Naxos 8.554430

Bruckner: Symphony No. 4
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Karl Bohm cond.
Decca 289 466 374-2

Bruckner: Symphony No. 9
Minnesota Orchestra, Stanislav Skrowaczewski cond.
Reference Recordings RR-81CD

Bruckner: Symphony No. 9
Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Georg Tintner cond.
Naxos 8.554268

Canteloube: Songs of the Auvergne
Victoria de los Angeles, soprano; Lamoureux Orchestra, Jean-Pierre Jacquillat cond.
EMI 5 66993 2

Paul Creston: Symphonies 1-3
National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine; Theodore Kuchar, conductor
Naxos 8.559034

Debussy: La Mer/Nocturnes
Philharmonia Orchestra, Carlo Maria Giulini cond
EMI Debussy Angel 1

Dohnányi: Complete Piano Works, Volume 1
Markus Pawlik, Piano
Naxos 8.553332

Elgar: Symphony No. 3 sketches
Bournemouth Symphony; Paul Daniel, conductor
Naxos 8.554719

Elgar; Vaughan-Williams: Barbirolli conducts English String Music
Sinfonia of London
EMI 5 67264 2

Glazunov: Symphony No. 3; Symphony No. 9
Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Alexander Anissimov
Naxos 8.554253

Howard Hanson: Orchestral Works, Vol. 1 - incl Sym No. 1
Nashville Symphony Orchestra; Kenneth Schermerhorn, conductor
Naxos 8.559072

Hindemith: Mathis der Maler; Nobilissima Visione; Symphonic Metamorphosis
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Yoel Levi cond.
Telarc CD-80195

Holst: The Planets
Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Charles Dutoit cond.
London 417 553-2

Liszt: Transcendental Etudes
Claudio Arrau, piano
Philps 416 458-2

Mahler: Symphony No. 5
Royal Philharmonic; Frank Shipway, conductor
Tring TRP 096

Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde - chamber version
Birgit Remmert, Hans-Peter Blochwitz
Ensemble Musique Oblique; Philippe Herreweghe, conductor
Harmonia Mundi HMC 901477

Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde
Christa Ludwig, mezzo soprano; Fritz Wunderlich, tenor
Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer cond.
EMI CDC 7 47231 2

Mozart: Piano Quartets K. 478/K.493
Menuhin Festival Piano Quartet
Naxos 8.554274

Mozart: Concerto No. 25, K.503; Concerto No. 9, K. 271
Richard Goode, piano Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Nonesuch 79454-2

Mozart: Concerto Nos. 1 and 2; Concerto for flute and harp
Emmanuel Pahud, flute Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Claudio Abaddo
EMI 5 56365 2

Nielsen: Clarinet Concerto; Symphony No. 3; Maskarade Overture
Ole Schill, clarinet; Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Myung-Whun Chung cond.
BIS CD-321

Krzysztof Penderecki: Orchestral Works Vol. 1 (incl. Sym No. 3)
National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra (Kotowice); Antoni Wit, conductor
Naxos 8.554491

Einijuhani Rautavaara: Works for Piano
Laura Mikkola, piano
Naxos 8.554292

Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade
London Philharmonic, Jose Serebrier cond.
Reference Recordings RR-91CD

Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, David Zinman cond.
Telarc CD-80331

Sibelius: Symphonies No 4, 5, 6 and 7
Berlin Philharmonic, von Karajan cond
DG 457 748-2

Richard Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra; Ein Heldenleben
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner cond.
RCA 09026-61494-2

Ralph Vaughan-Wiliams: Symphony No. 7 “Sinfonia Antartica”; Symphony No.8
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Kees Bakels cond.
Naxos 8.550737

Frank Zappa: The Yellow Shark
Ensemble Modern, Peter Rundel, cond.
Ryko RDC 40560

Cecilia Bartoli: A Portrait
Cecilia Bartoli, mezzo soprano
London 448 300-2

London Symphony Orchestra, Ataulfo Argenta cond.
Decca 466 378-2

Essential Purcell
The King’s Consort, Robert King cond.
Hyperion King 2

Clarinet Connection - The Great Concertos
Sabine Meyer, clarinet
EMI 55155

Flute music by Schubert and Boehm
Rachel Brown, flute(s); Simon Nicholls, piano
Chandos Chaconne 0565

Homage a Rachmaninov
Mikhail Pletnev, piano
DG 459 634-2

Live at Carnegie Hall
Arcadi Volodos, piano
Sony SK 60893

Piano music by Debussy
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, piano
DGG 449 428-2

Music for a Glass Bead Game
Arturo Delmoni, violin; Nathaniel Rosen, cello
John Marks Records JMR 15

Piano Trios: Ravel; Chaminade; Saint-Saëns
The Rembrandt Trio
Dorian Recordings DOR-90187

Murray Perahia plays Franck and Liszt
Murray Perahia, piano
Sony SK 47180

The Vagabond
Bryn Terfel, baritone; Malcolm Martineau, piano
DG 445 946-2

The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet play Romantic Wind Quintets
BIS CD-612

The Black Madonna
Pilgrim Songs from the Monastery of Montserrat (1400-1420)
Ensemble Unicorn
Naxos 8.554256

Windjammers; Harry Currie, conductor
Eclectic ERCD 00202

Erin Brockovich
Music from the original motion picture soundtrack
Sony SK 89239

American Beauty
Music from the original motion picture soundtrack
Dream Works Records 0044 50210 2

The Fantasy World of Bernard Herrmann
National Philharmonic Orchestra, Bernard Herrmann cond.
Mobile Fidelity UDCD 656

O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Music from the original motion picture soundtrack
Mercury 088 170-069-2

Christy Baron: I Thought About You
Chesky JD152

Kenny Burrell: Lotus Blossom
Concord Jazz CCD-4668

Holly Cole: Temptation
Alert Z2-81026

Christian McBride: Gettin’ to It
Verve 311 523 989-2

Doug McLeod: You Can’t Take My Blues
JVC JVCXR-0027-2

Eddie Marshall: Eddie Marshall and Holy Mischief
Ruddy Duck Records RD 1000-2

Ry Cooder: Buena Vista Social Club
World Circuit/Nonesuch 79478-2

Diana Krall: When I Look in your Eyes
Impulse IMPD-304

Diana Krall: Love Scenes
Impulse IMPSD-234

Anton Schwartz: The Slow Lane
AntonJazz AJ-10002

Toots Thielemans: The Brasil Project vol.2
Private 01005-82110-2

Symphonic Bossa Nova
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Ettore Strata, cond.
Teldec 4509-90877-2

Bizet: Carmen Suite
L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Ernst Ansermet cond.
Ace of Diamonds SDD 141

Malcolm Arnold: Overtures
London Philharmonic, Malcom Arnold cond.
Reference Recordings RR-48

Brahms: 10 Intermezzi
Glenn Gould, piano
Columbia ML5637

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4
Vienna Philharmonic, Claudio Abaddo cond .
DG 2530 651

De Falla: The Three Cornered Hat
L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Ernst Ansermet, cond.
Speakers Corner/Decca SXL 2296

Debussy; Ravel: La Peri; Jeux; Danse
L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Ernst Ansermet, cond.
Speakers Corner/Decca SXL 2027

Stravinsky: The Firebird
L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Ernst Ansermet, cond.
Speakers Corner/Decca SXL 2017

Borodin; Shostakovich: Quartet No. 2; Quartet No. 8
Borodin String Quartet
Speakers Corner/Decca SXL 6036

Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
LSO, Peter Maag cond.
Speakers Corner/Decca SXL 2060

Brahms: Clarinet Quintet
Karl Leister, clarinet; Amadeus Quartet
DG 139354

Debussy: Sonatas; Syrinx
Boston Symphony Chamber Players
DG 2530 049

Takemitsu: A Flock Descends into the Pentagonal Garden
Boston Symphony Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa cond.
DG 2531 210

Bruckner: Symphony No. 9
Vienna Philharmonic, Carl Schuricht cond.
Testament ASD 493

Ballet Music from the Opera
Paris Conservatoire Orchestra, Anatole Fistoulari cond.
Classic Records LSC-2400

Gounod; Bizet: Faust Ballet Suite; Carmen Suite
Royal Opera House Orchestra, Alexander Gibson cond.
Classic Records LSC-2449

The Royal Ballet Gala Performances
Royal Opera House Orchestra, Ernest Ansermet cond.
Classic Records LDS-6065

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 1; Age of Gold Ballet Suite
London Symphony Orchestra, Jean Martinon cond.
Classic Records LSC-2322

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner cond.
Classic Records LSC-2222

The Reiner Sound
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner cond.
Classic Records LSC-2183

Delius: A Song Before Sunrise
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham cond.

Elgar: Violin Concerto
Hugh Bean, violin
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Charles Groves cond.
EMI ASD 2883

Rimsky Korsakov: Scheherazade
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham cond.
EMI Records SXLP 30253

Andre Previn: The Sound of the Orchestra
London Symphony Orchestra, Andre Previn cond.
HMV Greensleeve ESD 7078

Shostakovich; Walton: Cello Concerto No. 1; Cello Concerto
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Paavo Berglund cond.
EMI Records ASD 2924

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7 “Leningrad”
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Paavo Berglund cond.
EMI Records SLS 897

Ravel; Ibert: Rhapsodie Espagnole; Alborada; La Valse; Escales
Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Paul Paray cond.
Classic Records SR90313

Chopin: Ballades
Artur Rubinstein, piano
RCA Victor LSC-2370

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner cond.
RCA Victor LSC-2241

Strauss: Waltzes
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner cond.
RCA Victor LSC-2500

Barbirolli conducts English String Music
English Sinfonia, John Barbirolli cond.

Henri Dutilleux: First Symphony
Orchestre de Lyon, Serge Baudo cond.
Harmoni Mundi HMC 5159

Dvorak; Tchaikovsky: Cello Concerto; Rococo Variations
Mstislav Rostropovich, cello/Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan cond.
DG 139 044

George Lloyd: Symphony No. 5
Philharmonia Orchstra, Edward Downes cond.
Lyrita SRCS 124

Schubert: Songs arr: Liszt
John Bingham, piano
Meridian E77019

Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto
Alfredo Campoli, violin/LSO, Atualfo Argenta cond.
London 6011

Debussy: Images pour Orchestre
L’Orch de la Suisse Romande, Atualfo Argenta cond.
London 6013

Debussy; Ravel: L’Apres Midi; Nocturnes; Rhapsodie Espagnole
London Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Monteux cond.
London 6214

Sir Michael Tippett: Second Symphony
London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis cond.
Argo ZRG 535

Vaughan Williams: Tallis Fantasia; Lark Ascending; Greensleeves; Dives and Lazarus
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner cond.
Argo ZRG 696

Bach; Kreisler; Ysaye: Music for Solo Violin
Arturo Delmoni, violin
Walter Lily Acoustics WLA-WS-07

Beethoven: Violin Concerto
David Oistrakh, violin/French Natl. Radio Orch, Andre Cluytens cond.
Testament SAX 2315

Ida Haendel plays Sibelius
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Paavo Berglund cond.
EMI Records ASD 3199

Wind Quintets
The London Wind Quintet
Argo ZRG 5326

Edgar Varese: Arcana, Ionisation, Intégrales
Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta cond.
Speakers Corner/Decca SXL 6550

Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances
Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Donald Johanos cond.
Athena/Turnabout ALSW-10001

Muddy Waters: Folk Singer
Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs MFSL, 1-201

Dave Brubeck Quartet: Countdown: Time in Outer Space
Columbia CS-8575, 6-eye

Janis Ian: Breaking Silence
Analogue Productions APP 027

Billie Holiday: Songs for Distingué Lovers
Verve MG VS-6021

Art Pepper: Meets the Rhythm Section
Contemporary S7532

Oscar Peterson Trio: Very Tall
Verve UMV-2062, Japanese

Sarah McClaughlin: The Freedom Sessions
Classic/Arista RTH-2000

Miles Davis: Kind of Blue
Columbia CS-8163, 2-eye or 6-eye

Miles Davis: In Person at the Blackhawk, San Francisco
Columbia CS-8494/CS-8495

Ella Fitzgerald: Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie
Verve MG VS-7000

Ella Fitzgerald: The Gershwin Songbook
Verve MG VS-4053

Bill Evans Trio: Waltz for Debby
Analogue Productions APJ 009

Bill Evans Trio, with Jeremy Steig, flute: What’s New
Verve MG VS-8077

Chick Corea; Miroslav Vitous; Roy Haynes: Trio Music, Live in Europe
ECM Records ECM 1310

Michel Petrucciani; Jim Hall; Wayne Shorter: Power of Three
Bluenote BTC 85133

Casino Royale
Colgems COSO-5005

Philadelphia Jerry Ricks: Empty Bottle Blues
Roksan RLP016

Doug MacLeod: Come to Find
Audioquest AQ-LP 1027