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250 Greatest Recordings of all Time

May 25, 2010

Gramophone magazine’s June 2010 issue includes a feature The Artists’ Choice of the 250 greatest classical recordings as chosen by more than 30 leading musicians, including many artists who perform on Naxos recordings or on recordings from labels that Naxos distributes—Marin Alsop, conductor, Yefim Bronfman, pianist, Semyon Bychkov, conductor, Iain Burnside, pianist, Sarah Change, violinist,  Harry Christophers, conductor, Natalie Clein, cellist, Sarah Connolly, mezzo-soprano, Thomas Dausgaard, conductor, Joyce DiDonato, mezzo-soprano, Julius Drake, pianist, Alan Gilbert, conductor, Hélène Grimaud, pianist, Marc-André Hamelin, pianist, Angela Hewitt, pianist, Neeme Järvi, conductor, Kirill Karabits, conductor, Anne Akiko Meyers, violinist, Gianandrea Noseda, conductor, Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo-soprano, Vasily Petrenko, conductor, Philippe Quint, violinist, Elizabeth Watts, soprano, David Zinman, conductor—as well as Julian Anderson, composer.

Of course, these eminent musicians were too polite to choose their own recordings, but you can browse through their discographies by clicking on their names above.

Two Naxos albums and an Ondine album are included in the artists’ choice:

JS BACH Cello Suites Nos 1–6 (Casals, 1927–1939)
Pablo Casals, cello
Naxos 8.110915–16

Not available in the United States due to possible copyright restrictions

‘The great Spanish cellist, deft and profound’

JS Bach Biography & Discography

Pablo Casals Biography & Discography

Naxos Historical catalogue


SAINT-SAËNS Piano Concerto No 4
RAVEL Piano Concerto for the left hand
(Cortot, 1931 & 1939)

Alfred Cortot, piano

London Philharmonic Orchestra
Landon Ronald, conductor

Paris Conservatoire Orchestra
Charles Munch, conductor

Naxos 8.110613

Not available in the United States due to possible copyright restrictions

‘Delicate poetry and an astonishing conclusion’ (Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No 4)

Camille Saint-Saëns Biography & Discography

Maurice Ravel Biography & Discography

Alfred Cortot Biography & Discography

Naxos Historical catalogue


RAUTAVAARA Cantus Arcticus, A Requiem in Our Time, The Fiddlers, Isle of Bliss, Piano Concerto No 1

Ralf Gothóni, piano

Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra
Max Pommer, conductor

Finnish Brass Symphony
Hannu Lintu, conductor

Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra Juha Kangas, conductor
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra

Leif Segerstam, conductor
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

Jukka-Pekka Saraste, conductor

Ondine ODE989-2

‘A compelling work that beautifully captures the Finnish composer’s evocative sound world’ (Cantus Arcticus)

Einojuhani Rautavaara Biography & Discography

Ondine catalogue on


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