Al Bowlly, Jack Buchanan, Carroll Gibbons, Lew Stone, Jack Payne, Ambrose & his Orchestra, etc
MARBECKS COLLECTABLE: Pennies From Heaven [2 CD set] 48 Original Recordings featured in the BBC TV series
[ Australian Decca SBS Eloquence / 2 CD Box Set - released 20/Jul/2014 ]
Turn back the hands of time with this wonderful new double album of your favourite originals. 48 timeless pieces all featured on the soundtrack to the popular BBC television series.
ROBERTO GERHARD / WILLIAM WALTON / IGOR STRAVINSKY
Gerhard: The Plague / Walton: Facade / Stravinsky: L'Histoire du soldat [The Soldier's Tale]
Alec McCowen, Glenda Jackson, Rudolf Nureyev, Dame Peggy Ashcroft, Paul Scofield (narrators) / National Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, etc
[ Australian Deutsche Grammophon Eloquence / 2 CD - released 9/Apr/2021 ]
A trio of twentieth-century classics, sardonic and timely tales, in long-unavailable Decca/Argo recordings from the 1970s.
BEETHOVEN / FUCIK / SUPPE / JOHANN STRAUSS / SCHRAMMEL / etc
20 Favourite Marches
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra / Herbert von Karajan.
[ Deutsche Grammophon Australian Eloquence / CD - released 13/Apr/1993 ]
Herbert von Karajan turns his attention to the swaggering pomp of favourite marches by the 'other' Strauss family and many others in this good natured and emblazoned romp.
La Nilsson (arias and songs by Wagner, Weber, Beethoven, Gounod, etc)
Birgit Nilsson (soprano) / Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden / Sir Edward Downes (with Ake Leven, organ)
[ Decca ABC Australian Eloquence / CD - released 1/Sep/2008 ]
One of the greatest soprano legends of all time, Nilsson's 1963 Decca recital with Sir Edward Downes of popular opera arias by Wagner, Weber, Beethoven, et.al. has never been fully issued. Here it is on CD - issued complete for the first time and in...
GEORG FRIDERIC HANDEL
Handel: Water Music / etc (with Mozart: Epistle Sonatas)
Boyd Neal Orchestra, Philomusica of London, Thurston Dart (organ & conductor)
[ Decca Australian Eloquence / CD - released 6/Sep/2019 ]
Handel orchestral favourites from the 1950s in a winning combination of old-school polish and unaffected stylistic refinement. With this and several other albums, Eloquence celebrates the art of Thurston Dart, the harpsichordist, conductor and...
BELLINI / BERLIOZ / DELIBES / HANDEL / OFFENBACH / PUCCINI
Flower Duet: The World's Most Beautiful Duets
Brigitte Fassbaender, Marilyn Horne, Dame Joan Sutherland, Renata Tebaldi
[ Decca Australian Eloquence / CD - released 1/Oct/2009 ]
Since the beginning of opera, the convention of the duet, in which two characters simultaneously express their feelings, has been one of the staple ploys of musical dramatists. Collected here are all the most beautiful opera duets ever written.
Mussorgsky: Khovanshchina (complete opera recorded in 1969)
Drago Starc, Dušan Popović, Miroslav Čangalović, Melanija Bugarinović / Belgrade National Opera Chorus, Kreshimir Baranovich
[ Decca Australian Eloquence / 3 CD Box Set - released 20/Aug/2018 ]
A first release on CD for the first recording in stereo (and entirely complete) of Mussorgsky's tragic chronicle of faith, rebellion and repression in 17th-century Russia.
SIR ARTHUR BLISS
Sir Arthur Bliss: the Decca Originals
Eileen Joyce (piano) Alfredo Campoli (violin) Griller Quartet (string quartet), Colin Hampton (cello), Philip Burton (viola) / Sir Arthur Bliss, Muir
[ Decca Australian Eloquence / 2 CD - released 19/Jun/2020 ]
"This is a convenient, well-transferred compilation of some of the finest performances of music by a still-underrated composer. Bliss's version of the Colour Symphony is better paced than many of its successors." BBC Music
Borodin:: String Quartets Nos 1 & 2
Fitzwilliam String Quartet
[ Decca SBS Australian Eloquence / CD - released 1/Mar/2006 ]
"The Fitzwilliams' nervous energy can sometimes be brilliantly applied to the music, and be properly exciting" Gramophone
MOZART / SCARLATTI / CHOPIN / SCHUMANN / SCHUBERT / etc
Fou Ts'ong - Complete Westminster Recordings
Fou Ts'ong (piano) / London Symphony Orchestra, Peter Maag, Vienna Radio Orchestra, Brian Priestman, with Vladimir Ashkenazy, Daniel Barenboim, etc
[ Westminster Australian Eloquence / 10 CD Box Set - released 10/Dec/2021 ]
The Westminster label legacy of a master Chopin interpreter, issued complete for the first time in an 'original covers' box of new remasterings.
W. A. MOZART
Mozart: Don Giovanni (Highlights from the complete opera)
Gabriel Bacquier, Joan Sutherland, Pilar Lorengar, Marilyn Horne / English Chamber Orchestra, Richard Bonynge
[ Decca Australian Eloquence / CD - released 15/Feb/2014 ]
This is one of the most successful and stylish of Don Giovanni recordings. Having sung Donna Anna in her early (Giulini) recording, Sutherland here is, if anything, even more spine-tingling in this role. Bonynge and the English Chamber Orchestra,...
George London sings Wagner
George London (bass-baritone) / Wiener Philharmoniker, Hans Knappertsbusch & Sir Georg Solti
[ Decca SBS Australian Eloquence / CD - released 1/Sep/2013 ]
" These are not merely good performances: they have that intense, imaginative re-recreation of the music which lifts them out of that category." (Gramophone)
C. P. E. BACH / J. C. BACH / THOMAS ARNE
Arne, CPE Bach & JC Bach: Harpsichord Concertos
George Malcolm (harpsichord) / Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner
[ Decca Australian Eloquence / CD - released 16/Sep/2017 ]
There were many worlds in George Malcolm's (1917-1997) universe - organist, harpsichordist, pianist, composer, choral director and conductor - and this one demonstrates his unique skill as a solo performer who, throughout his career, more than any...
Korngold - Symphony / Violin Concerto / Film Music [Incls 'The Sea Hawk']
Gil Shaham (violin) / London Symphony Orchestra, Andre Previn (piano)
[ Deutsche Grammophon Australian Eloquence / 2 CD - released 20/Jul/2016 ]
"Shaham gives a performance of effortless virtuosity and strong profile. […] Shaham and Previn together consistently bring out the [Violin Concerto's] sensuous warmth without making the result soupy" (Penguin Guide)
GEORG FRIDERIC HANDEL
MARBECKS COLLECTABLE: Handel: Messiah (highlights)
Heather Harper (soprano) Helen Watts (contralto) John Wakefield (tenor) / London Symphony Orchestra / Sir Colin Davis
[ Philips Australian Eloquence / CD - released 16/Aug/2006 ]
"if you're searching for a highlights-from-Messiah CD, you can't do better than this one... a milestone in Handel performance" - ClassicsToday.com
GEORG FRIDERIC HANDEL
Handel: Cantatas; Arias
Helen Watts (contralto), Robert Tear (tenor) / Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner
[ Decca Australian Eloquence / CD - released 1/Aug/2019 ]
Of the works by Handel presented here, three are cantatas devoted to the Patron Saint of music, St. Cecilia, another is an Italian cantata that was probably presented for a private patron in Rome, while the remaining two works are drawn from Handel's...
Jan Smeterlin Plays Chopin
Jan Smeterlin (piano)
[ Decca Australian Eloquence / 2 CD - released 20/Jun/2020 ]
Jan Smeterlin was a born Chopin interpreter on home soil. Presented here is a collection that includes rare and previously unissued recordings. Writing to Gramophone in 1965, a Royal Navy Commander stationed in India made an impassioned plea: I have...
ARNE / ELGAR / WOOD / PARRY / WALTON / WILLIAMSON
The Last Night Of The Proms 1969 • 1971 • 1972 - Highlights
Jessye Norman (soprano) Elizabeth Bainbridge (mezzo-soprano) / BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Choral Society, BBC Chorus, Sir Colin Davis
[ Decca SBS Australian Eloquence / 2 CD - released 1/Jun/2019 ]
Compiled together for the first time, historic recordings of the grand finale to the world's greatest music festival.
ARNE / HANDEL / BELLINI / ROSSINI / MEYERBEER / MOZART / VERDI / etc
Joan Sutherland - The Art of the Prima Donna
Joan Sutherland (Soprano) / Chorus & Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
[ Decca Australian Eloquence / 2 CD - released 11/Mar/2022 ]
Sutherland's sensational debut recital album, long unavailable on its own, reissued with photographs and rarely seen costume designs for the soprano's signature roles.
Cavalli: L'Ormindo (complete opera)
John Wakefield, Peter-Christoph Runge, Jean Allister, Anne Howells, Hanneke van Borke / London Philharmonic Orchestra, Raymond Leppard
[ Decca Australian Eloquence / 2 CD - released 12/Apr/2019 ]
'Leppard […] welds all his forces together to produce one of those wonderfully integrated performances that still characterizes Glyndebourne at its best.' Opera magazine, April 1969