Christoph Eschenbach overcame the most difficult of circumstances to become one of the finest pianists and conductors of the 20th and early 21st centuries. He has performed throughout the world, recorded dozens of albums, and has won several awards and prizes. Eschenbach was born Christoph Ringmann on February 20, 1940, in Breslau, Germany. He was orphaned at a young age: his mother died in childbirth and his father, musicologist Heribert Ringmann, was killed in battle during World War II. His adoptive grandmother was then killed while trying to extract him and herself from the path of the Allied armies. Fortunately, his mother's cousin, Wallydore Eschenbach, tracked him down after the war and adopted him from the refugee camp that would likely have claimed his life. It is from her side of the family that he eventually took his ...
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Album Discography

Year Album Label AllMusic Rating User Ratings
Mozart: Piano Sonatas [Box Set] 1971 Mozart: Piano Sonatas [Box Set] Deutsche Grammophon
 
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Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 21 & 27 1989 Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 21 & 27 EMI
 
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Brahms: The Sonatas for Cello & Piano Op. 38 & Op. 99 1990 Brahms: The Sonatas for Cello & Piano Op. 38 & Op. 99 Claves
 
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Schumann: Symphonies 2 & 4 1991 Schumann: Symphonies 2 & 4 Virgin Classics
 
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Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 "From the New World"; Tchaikovsky: Francesca da Rimini 1994 Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 "From the New World"; Tchaikovsky: Francesca da Rimini Virgin
 
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Sviatoslav Richter Plays Beethoven & Chopin 1994 Sviatoslav Richter Plays Beethoven & Chopin RCA
 
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Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3 1995 Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3 Virgin
 
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Schoenberg: Pelleas Und Melisnade/Webern: Passacaglia 1995 Schoenberg: Pelleas Und Melisnade/Webern: Passacaglia Koch International Classics
 
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Schumann: Dichterliebe, Op. 48 1996 Schumann: Dichterliebe, Op. 48 Teldec
 
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Schoenberg, Webern, Berg 1996 Schoenberg, Webern, Berg Koch
 
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Bruckner: Symphony No.2 1996 Bruckner: Symphony No.2 Koch International Classics
 
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The Schubert Album 1997 The Schubert Album London
 
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Schubert: Rendering; Symphony In C 1997 Schubert: Rendering; Symphony In C Koch International Classics
 
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Schoenberg Orchesrations: Bach, Brahms 1997 Schoenberg Orchesrations: Bach, Brahms RCA Red Seal
 
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Rouse: Symphony No. 2; Flute Concerto; Phaethon 1997 Rouse: Symphony No. 2; Flute Concerto; Phaethon Telarc Distribution
 
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Franz Schubert: Trout Quintet; Notturno; Arpeggione Sonate 1997 Franz Schubert: Trout Quintet; Notturno; Arpeggione Sonate Deutsche Grammophon
 
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Schubert: Music for Piano Duet, Vol. 2 1997 Schubert: Music for Piano Duet, Vol. 2 EMI Music Distribution
 
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Out of Russia 1997 Out of Russia Teldec
 
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Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 1997 Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 Virgin Classics
 
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Schubert: Music for Piano Duet, Vol. 1 1997 Schubert: Music for Piano Duet, Vol. 1 EMI Music Distribution / Warner Classics
 
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Brahms: Double Concerto; Beethoven: Triple Concerto 1998 Brahms: Double Concerto; Beethoven: Triple Concerto RCA
 
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Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3; Bartok: Piano Concerto No. 2 1998 Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3; Bartok: Piano Concerto No. 2 EMI Music Distribution
 
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Mahler: Symphony No. 1 1998 Mahler: Symphony No. 1 Koch International Classics
 
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Picker: Old and Lost Rivers 1998 Picker: Old and Lost Rivers Virgin
 
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Abendlied 1999 Abendlied Denon Records
 
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Quartet For The End Of Time 1999 Quartet For The End Of Time Koch International Classics
 
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Schumann: Duette 1999 Schumann: Duette Deutsche Grammophon
 
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Violin Concertos of John Adams & Philip Glass 1999 Violin Concertos of John Adams & Philip Glass Telarc Distribution
 
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Christoph Eschenbach 1999 Christoph Eschenbach Philips
 
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Henze: Concerto No. 2; Tristan; 2 Ballet Variations; 3 Tientos 1999 Henze: Concerto No. 2; Tristan; 2 Ballet Variations; 3 Tientos Deutsche Grammophon
 
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Mozart: The Music for Piano Duet 1999 Mozart: The Music for Piano Duet Deutsche Grammophon
 
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The Complete Schumann Symphonies 1999 The Complete Schumann Symphonies RCA
 
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Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 9, 12, 21 & 27 1999 Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 9, 12, 21 & 27 Royal Classics
 
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Schoenberg, Berg and Webern 2000 Schoenberg, Berg and Webern Koch International Classics
 
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Schnittke: Complete Violin Concertos 2000 Schnittke: Complete Violin Concertos Teldec
 
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Bruckner: Symphony No. 6 2000 Bruckner: Symphony No. 6 Koch International Classics
 
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Schumann: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 2001 Schumann: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 Angel Records
 
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Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat Major; Concerto for Violin, Piano & Orchestra in D Major 2001 Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat Major; Concerto for Violin, Piano & Orchestra in D Major Sony Classical Essential Classics
 
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Matthias Pintscher: Sur "Départ"; Hérodiade-Fragmente; Musik aus Thomas Chatterton 2001 Matthias Pintscher: Sur "Départ"; Hérodiade-Fragmente; Musik aus Thomas Chatterton Teldec
 
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Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 2002 Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 Virgin
 
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Schumann: Frauenliebe und -Leben & other Lieder 2002 Schumann: Frauenliebe und -Leben & other Lieder Deutsche Grammophon
 
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Brahms: Violin Concerto; Schumann: Fantasy 2003 Brahms: Violin Concerto; Schumann: Fantasy Apex
 
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Schumann: Lieder [Germany] 2003 Schumann: Lieder [Germany] Universal Classics & Jazz
 
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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 29 "Hammerklavier" & 30-32; Bagatelles, Op. 126 2003 Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 29 "Hammerklavier" & 30-32; Bagatelles, Op. 126 EMI Classics
 
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Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 "Romantic" 2004 Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 "Romantic" Ondine
 
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Dalbavie: Color 2004 Dalbavie: Color Naïve
 
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Ravel: Orchestral Versions of Gaspard de la nuit, Le tombeau de Couperin, Menuet antique, Pavane pour une infante déf 2005 Ravel: Orchestral Versions of Gaspard de la nuit, Le tombeau de Couperin, Menuet antique, Pavane pour une infante déf Ondine
 
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Zemlinksy: Lyrische Symphonie Op. 18 [Hybrid SACD] 2006 Zemlinksy: Lyrische Symphonie Op. 18 [Hybrid SACD] Capriccio Records
 
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Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 9, 19, 21, 23 & 27 2007 Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 9, 19, 21, 23 & 27 EMI Classics
 
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Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 4 2007 Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 4 Deutsche Grammophon
 
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Dvorák, Schumann: Violin Concertos 2007 Dvorák, Schumann: Violin Concertos Apex
 
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Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5; Seven Romances on Poems of Alexander Blok 2008 Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5; Seven Romances on Poems of Alexander Blok Ondine
 
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Kaija Saariaho: Notes on Light; Orion; Mirage 2008 Kaija Saariaho: Notes on Light; Orion; Mirage Ondine
 
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Brahms : Symphonies Nos.1, 2; Academic Festival Overture; Haydn Variations 2009 Brahms : Symphonies Nos.1, 2; Academic Festival Overture; Haydn Variations Virgin Classics
 
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Brahms : Symphonies Nos.3, 4; Alto Rhapsody; Tragic Overture 2009 Brahms : Symphonies Nos.3, 4; Alto Rhapsody; Tragic Overture Virgin Classics
 
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Brahms: Symphony No. 4: Haydn Variations; Hungarian Dance No. 5 2009 Brahms: Symphony No. 4: Haydn Variations; Hungarian Dance No. 5 Haenssler
 
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Schumann: Introduction & Allegro appassionato; Geistervariationen 2010 Schumann: Introduction & Allegro appassionato; Geistervariationen Ondine
 
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Mahler: Symphonie No. 1; Rückert-Lieder 2010 Mahler: Symphonie No. 1; Rückert-Lieder Capriccio Records
 
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Pascal Dusapin: Concertos 2010 Pascal Dusapin: Concertos Naïve
 
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Remembering JFK - 50th Anniversary Concert 2011 Remembering JFK - 50th Anniversary Concert Ondine
 
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Dvorak: Love Songs, Op. 83; Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81 2011 Dvorak: Love Songs, Op. 83; Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81 Avie
 
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Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1; Rococo Variations 2011 Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1; Rococo Variations Capriccio Records
 
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Beethoven: Missa Solemnis 2012 Beethoven: Missa Solemnis London Philharmonic Orchestra / LPO
 
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Schubert: Schwanengesang; Sonata D. 960 2012 Schubert: Schwanengesang; Sonata D. 960 Harmonia Mundi
 
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Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 3 & 5 "Emperor" 2013 Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 3 & 5 "Emperor" Brilliant Classics
 
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Hindemith: Violonkonzert; Symphonic Metamorphosis; Konzertmusik 2013 Hindemith: Violonkonzert; Symphonic Metamorphosis; Konzertmusik Ondine
 
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Mozart: Violin Concertos, K. 216 & 218; Violin Sonata, K. 305 2014 Mozart: Violin Concertos, K. 216 & 218; Violin Sonata, K. 305 Sony Classical
 
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Liszt, Brahms, Lutoslawski: Paganini Variations; Rachmaninov: Paganini Rhapsody 2014 Liszt, Brahms, Lutoslawski: Paganini Variations; Rachmaninov: Paganini Rhapsody Ondine
 
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Brahms: The Piano Concertos 2014 Brahms: The Piano Concertos Capriccio Records
 
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Schubert: Winterreise 2014 Schubert: Winterreise Harmonia Mundi
 
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Romantische Klaviermusik: Chopin, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Schumann 2015 Romantische Klaviermusik: Chopin, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Schumann Deutsche Grammophon
 
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Messiaen: Des Canyons aux Étoiles 2015 Messiaen: Des Canyons aux Étoiles London Philharmonic Orchestra / LPO
 
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Hindemith: Symphonie 'Mathis der Maler'; Symphonie in Es 2015 Hindemith: Symphonie 'Mathis der Maler'; Symphonie in Es Ondine
 
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Brahms: Vier ernste Gesänge 2016 Brahms: Vier ernste Gesänge Harmonia Mundi
 
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Aribert Reimann: Spiralat Halom; Eingedunkelt; Neun Stücke 2016 Aribert Reimann: Spiralat Halom; Eingedunkelt; Neun Stücke Wergo
 
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Sommernachtskonzert (Summer Night Concert) 2017 2017 Sommernachtskonzert (Summer Night Concert) 2017 Sony Classical
 
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Robert Schumann: Violin Sonata No. 2; Phantasie for Violin & Orchestra, Op. 131 2018 Robert Schumann: Violin Sonata No. 2; Phantasie for Violin & Orchestra, Op. 131 Oehms Classics
 
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Prokofiev: Cello Sonata; Sinfonia Concertante 2019 Prokofiev: Cello Sonata; Sinfonia Concertante Harmonia Mundi
 
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Hindemith, Vol. 1 : Kammermusik I, II, III; Kleine Kammermusik 2020 Hindemith, Vol. 1 : Kammermusik I, II, III; Kleine Kammermusik Ondine
 
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Liszt: Wanderer Fantasy; Schubert: Piano Sonata D 664; Brahms: Handel Variations 2020 Liszt: Wanderer Fantasy; Schubert: Piano Sonata D 664; Brahms: Handel Variations Capriccio Records
 
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Schubert: Trout Quintet; Waltzes; Ländler 2020 Schubert: Trout Quintet; Waltzes; Ländler Avie
 
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Fazil Say: Complete Violin Works 2020 Fazil Say: Complete Violin Works Naxos
 
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Hindemith, Vol. 2: Kammermusik IV, V, VI, VII 2020 Hindemith, Vol. 2: Kammermusik IV, V, VI, VII Ondine
 
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Weber 2021 Weber Alpha
 
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Brahms: The Symphonies 2021 Brahms: The Symphonies Berlin Classics
 
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Roussel: Symphony No. 3; Le Festin de l'araignée Roussel: Symphony No. 3; Le Festin de l'araignée Ondine
 
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Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet; String Serenade; Francesca da Rimini; Victor Ewald: Brass Quintets Nos. 1 & 3 Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet; String Serenade; Francesca da Rimini; Victor Ewald: Brass Quintets Nos. 1 & 3 Ondine
 
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Piano Lessons: Piano Sonatas by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven Piano Lessons: Piano Sonatas by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven Deutsche Grammophon
 
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Pintscher: Herodiade Fragmente; Sur Depart Pintscher: Herodiade Fragmente; Sur Depart Apex
 
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Piano Lessons: Czerny - 30 Études de Mécanisme, Op. 849 Piano Lessons: Czerny - 30 Études de Mécanisme, Op. 849 Deutsche Grammophon
 
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Piano Lessons: J.S. Bach -  Inventions and Sinfonias, BWV 772-786 & 787-801 Piano Lessons: J.S. Bach - Inventions and Sinfonias, BWV 772-786 & 787-801 Deutsche Grammophon
 
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Franz Schubert: Forellenquintett; Notturno Franz Schubert: Forellenquintett; Notturno Deutsche Grammophon
 
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Piano Lessons: Beyer - Preparatory School, Op. 101; Mozart - Minuet in F, K. 2; Schumann - Album für die Jugend, Op. Piano Lessons: Beyer - Preparatory School, Op. 101; Mozart - Minuet in F, K. 2; Schumann - Album für die Jugend, Op. Deutsche Grammophon
 
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Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique Naïve
 
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Brahms: Violin Concerto; Fantasie Brahms: Violin Concerto; Fantasie Teldec
 
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Berio: Rendering; Stanze Berio: Rendering; Stanze Ondine
 
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Beethoven: Violin Sonatas "Kreutzer" & "Spring" Beethoven: Violin Sonatas "Kreutzer" & "Spring" Sony Classical
 
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Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 "Emperor" Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 "Emperor" Deutsche Grammophon
 
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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5; The Season [Hybrid SACD] Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5; The Season [Hybrid SACD] Ondine
 
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J.S. Bach: Klavierkonzerte BWV 1060, 1061, 1063, 1065 J.S. Bach: Klavierkonzerte BWV 1060, 1061, 1063, 1065 Deutsche Grammophon
 
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Beethoven: Klaviersonaten "Mondshein-Sonate", "Trauermarsch", "Pathétique" Beethoven: Klaviersonaten "Mondshein-Sonate", "Trauermarsch", "Pathétique" Deutsche Grammophon
 
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Johannes Brahms: Horntrio Op. 40; Klarinettentrio Op. 114 Johannes Brahms: Horntrio Op. 40; Klarinettentrio Op. 114 Deutsche Grammophon
 
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Piano Lessons: Burgmüller - 25 Etudes Op. 100; J.S. Bach - Six Little Preludes, BWV 933-938; Various Piano Pieces Piano Lessons: Burgmüller - 25 Etudes Op. 100; J.S. Bach - Six Little Preludes, BWV 933-938; Various Piano Pieces Deutsche Grammophon
 
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Mahler: Symphony No. 2 "Resurrection" Mahler: Symphony No. 2 "Resurrection" Ondine
 
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Piano Lessons: Czerny - 40 Etudes, Op. 299 The School Of Velocity Piano Lessons: Czerny - 40 Etudes, Op. 299 The School Of Velocity Deutsche Grammophon
 
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Mahler: Symphony No. 6; Piano Quartet Mahler: Symphony No. 6; Piano Quartet Ondine
 
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Piano Lessons: Mendelssohn - Songs Without Words Piano Lessons: Mendelssohn - Songs Without Words Deutsche Grammophon
 
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Philipp Maintz: Orchestra Works, Vol. 1 Philipp Maintz: Orchestra Works, Vol. 1 Neos
 
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Piano Lessons: Piano Sonatinas by Beethoven, Clementi, Diabelli, Dussek, Kuhlau Piano Lessons: Piano Sonatinas by Beethoven, Clementi, Diabelli, Dussek, Kuhlau Deutsche Grammophon
 
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Mozart: Konzerte für zwei & drei Klaviere Mozart: Konzerte für zwei & drei Klaviere EMI Music Distribution
 
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Roussel: Symphony No. 2; Bacchus et Ariane Roussel: Symphony No. 2; Bacchus et Ariane Ondine
 
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Mozart: Piano Sonatas "Alla turca", "Sonata facile", Fantasy & Sonata in C minor Mozart: Piano Sonatas "Alla turca", "Sonata facile", Fantasy & Sonata in C minor Deutsche Grammophon
 
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Schubert: 4 Ländler; Fantasie; Lebensstürme; Divertissement Schubert: 4 Ländler; Fantasie; Lebensstürme; Divertissement Brilliant
 
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Out of Russia: Schnittke, Lourié, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky Out of Russia: Schnittke, Lourié, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky Warner Classics
 
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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4; The Seasons Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4; The Seasons Ondine
 
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Peter Ruzicka: Einschereibung Peter Ruzicka: Einschereibung Thorofon
 
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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6; Dumka Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6; Dumka Ondine
 
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Albert Roussel: Symphonies Nos. 1 "Le Poème de la forêt" & 4 Albert Roussel: Symphonies Nos. 1 "Le Poème de la forêt" & 4 Ondine
 
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