Erich Leinsdorf was one of the most respected (if not always well-liked) European-born conductors and music directors to achieve prominence in America after World War II. He was an acclaimed operatic conductor, whose recordings of Turandot and Madama Butterfly from the late '50s remain among the most popular in the catalog; his reputation as a conductor of orchestral music hasn't survived quite as well. He was born Erich Landauer in Vienna, Austria, and by the age of 5 was enrolled in a local music school. He studied music at the University of Vienna and the Vienna Conservatory, making his conducting debut at the Musikvereinsaal upon graduation. Leinsdorf became the assistant conductor of the Workers' Chorus in Vienna in 1933, and a year later successfully auditioned before Bruno Walter and Arturo Toscanini at the Salzburg Festival, ...
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Album Discography

Year Album Label AllMusic Rating User Ratings
Verdi: Macbeth 1959 Verdi: Macbeth RCA
 
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Giacomo Puccini: Madama Butterfly 1963 Giacomo Puccini: Madama Butterfly RCA Victor Living Stereo
 
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Mahler: Symphony No. 1 1963 Mahler: Symphony No. 1 RCA Victor
 
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Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera 1967 Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera RCA Victor
 
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Mozart: Così fan tutte 1968 Mozart: Così fan tutte RCA
 
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Così fan tutte 1968 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Così fan tutte RCA Red Seal / Sony BMG
 
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Giuseppe Verdi: Aida 1971 Giuseppe Verdi: Aida RCA
 
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Giacomo Puccini: Tosca 1973 Giacomo Puccini: Tosca RCA
 
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Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Die Tote Stadt 1975 Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Die Tote Stadt RCA
 
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Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole, Op. 21; Sibelius: Violin Concerto; Ravel; Tzigane 1987 Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole, Op. 21; Sibelius: Violin Concerto; Ravel; Tzigane RCA
 
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Gioacchino Rossini: Il Barbiere Di Siviglia [Highlights] 1987 Gioacchino Rossini: Il Barbiere Di Siviglia [Highlights] RCA
 
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Rossini: Il Barbiere Di Siviglia 1987 Rossini: Il Barbiere Di Siviglia RCA
 
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Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 "Pastoral" 1988 Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 "Pastoral" RCA
 
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Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 1988 Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 RCA
 
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Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Incidental Music) 1988 Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Incidental Music) RCA
 
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Mozart: Symphony No. 41 "Jupiter"; Eine kleine Nachtmusik 1988 Mozart: Symphony No. 41 "Jupiter"; Eine kleine Nachtmusik RCA
 
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Puccini: Madama Butterfly 1988 Puccini: Madama Butterfly RCA
 
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Strauss: Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme/Couperin-Tanzsuite 1988 Strauss: Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme/Couperin-Tanzsuite COE
 
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Puccini: Madama Butterfly (Highlights) 1989 Puccini: Madama Butterfly (Highlights) RCA
 
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Erich Leinsdorf Conducts Wagner & Schoenberg 1989 Erich Leinsdorf Conducts Wagner & Schoenberg Haenssler
 
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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 8 1989 Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 8 RCA
 
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Irving Fine: Symphony 1962; Toccata Concertante; Serious Song for String Orchestra 1989 Irving Fine: Symphony 1962; Toccata Concertante; Serious Song for String Orchestra Phoenix USA
 
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Johannes Brahms: Concerto No. 1/Handel Variations 1989 Johannes Brahms: Concerto No. 1/Handel Variations RCA
 
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Strauss: Salome 1989 Strauss: Salome RCA
 
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Puccini: La Boheme (Highlights) 1990 Puccini: La Boheme (Highlights) RCA
 
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Puccini: Tosca [Highlights] 1990 Puccini: Tosca [Highlights] RCA
 
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Wagner: Orchesterstücke aus dem Bühnenfestspiel "Der Ring des Nibelungen" 1990 Wagner: Orchesterstücke aus dem Bühnenfestspiel "Der Ring des Nibelungen"
 
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Stravinsky: Le sacre du printemps; Fireworks; The Firebird Suite 1991 Stravinsky: Le sacre du printemps; Fireworks; The Firebird Suite RCA
 
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Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 5 1991 Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 5 RCA
 
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Wagner: Die Walküre 1991 Wagner: Die Walküre London
 
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Beethoven: Symphony No. 3; Geschöpfe des Prometheus 1991 Beethoven: Symphony No. 3; Geschöpfe des Prometheus RCA
 
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Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik; Posthorn Serenade; Six German Dances 1992 Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik; Posthorn Serenade; Six German Dances SBK Records
 
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Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 36 "Linzer" & 39; Eine kleine Nachtmusik 1992 Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 36 "Linzer" & 39; Eine kleine Nachtmusik RCA
 
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Mozart: Symphony No. 40; Eine kleine Nachtmusik; Overtures 1993 Mozart: Symphony No. 40; Eine kleine Nachtmusik; Overtures RCA
 
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Beethoven: Symphony No. 3; Wellington's Victory 1993 Beethoven: Symphony No. 3; Wellington's Victory RCA
 
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Prokofiev: Sonatas for Violin; Concerto No. 2 1994 Prokofiev: Sonatas for Violin; Concerto No. 2 RCA
 
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The Sheffield / Leinsdorf Sessions, Vol. 1 1994 The Sheffield / Leinsdorf Sessions, Vol. 1 Sheffield Lab
 
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Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra 1994 Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra
 
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Debussy: La Mer; Strauss: Tod und Verklärung; Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé 1994 Debussy: La Mer; Strauss: Tod und Verklärung; Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé EMI Music Distribution
 
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Puccini: Madame Butterfly (Highlights) 1995 Puccini: Madame Butterfly (Highlights) RCA
 
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Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade; Capriccio Espagnol; Russian Easter Overture 1995 Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade; Capriccio Espagnol; Russian Easter Overture Seraphim UK / Warner Classics
 
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Brahms: Symphony No. 3; Dvorák: Symphony No. 9 "From the New World" 1995 Brahms: Symphony No. 3; Dvorák: Symphony No. 9 "From the New World" EMI Music Distribution
 
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The Sheffield / Leinsdorf Sessions, Vol. 2 1995 The Sheffield / Leinsdorf Sessions, Vol. 2 Sheffield Lab
 
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Mahler: Symphony No. 5 1995 Mahler: Symphony No. 5
 
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Full Dimensional Sound: Wagner/Strauss/Leinsdorf 1995 Full Dimensional Sound: Wagner/Strauss/Leinsdorf EMI Music Distribution
 
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Puccini: Turandot 1996 Puccini: Turandot RCA
 
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Rossini: The Barber of Seville 1996 Rossini: The Barber of Seville RCA Victor
 
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Mozart: Don Giovanni 1996 Mozart: Don Giovanni London
 
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Ravel: Concerto for the Left Hand; Sergey Prokofiev: Concerto No. 3; Lieutenant Kijé Suite; Zoltan Kodaly: Hary János 1996 Ravel: Concerto for the Left Hand; Sergey Prokofiev: Concerto No. 3; Lieutenant Kijé Suite; Zoltan Kodaly: Hary János EMI Music Distribution
 
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Gaetano Donizetti: Lucia Di Lammermoor 1997 Gaetano Donizetti: Lucia Di Lammermoor BMG
 
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Verdi: Aida 1997 Verdi: Aida RCA
 
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Schubert: Mass, No. 6 In E Flat, D.950, Etc. 1997 Schubert: Mass, No. 6 In E Flat, D.950, Etc. Testament
 
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La Bohème 1998 La Bohème RCA
 
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Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra; Kodály: Peacock Variations 1999 Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra; Kodály: Peacock Variations RCA
 
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Puccini: Tosca 1999 Puccini: Tosca RCA
 
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Rossini: Barber of Seville (Highlights) 1999 Rossini: Barber of Seville (Highlights) RCA
 
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Mahler: Symphony 3 & 1 1999 Mahler: Symphony 3 & 1 RCA
 
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Dvorák: Symphony No. 9; Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2 1999 Dvorák: Symphony No. 9; Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2 Angel Records
 
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Tchaikovsky & Sibelius: Violin Concertos; Dvorák: Romance 2000 Tchaikovsky & Sibelius: Violin Concertos; Dvorák: Romance RCA
 
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Claude Debussy: La Mer; Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade; Russian Easter Overture 2000 Claude Debussy: La Mer; Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade; Russian Easter Overture Angel Records
 
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Puccini: Turandot (Highlights) 2000 Puccini: Turandot (Highlights) RCA
 
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Verdi: Aida (Highlights) 2000 Verdi: Aida (Highlights) RCA
 
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Mozart: Don Giovanni (Highlights) 2001 Mozart: Don Giovanni (Highlights) Decca
 
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Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3; Paganini Rhapsody 2001 Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3; Paganini Rhapsody Seraphim UK
 
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Verdi: Requiem; Menotti: The Death of the Bishop of Brindisi 2001 Verdi: Requiem; Menotti: The Death of the Bishop of Brindisi RCA
 
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Mahler: Symphony No. 6 2001 Mahler: Symphony No. 6 Orfeo
 
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Wagner: Tristan und Isolde, Erster Teil (Gesamtaufnahme) 2002 Wagner: Tristan und Isolde, Erster Teil (Gesamtaufnahme)
 
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Wagner: Tristan und Isolde, Part 2 2002 Wagner: Tristan und Isolde, Part 2
 
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Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (Gesamtaufnahme, Aufführungsmitschnitt) 2004 Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (Gesamtaufnahme, Aufführungsmitschnitt)
 
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Tchaikovsky: Concerto No. 1 2005 Tchaikovsky: Concerto No. 1 JVC Compact Discs
 
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Mozart: The Symphonies 2005 Mozart: The Symphonies Deutsche Grammophon
 
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Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet; Lieutenant Kijé Suite 2005 Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet; Lieutenant Kijé Suite Testament
 
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Prokofiev: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 3 2005 Prokofiev: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 3 Testament
 
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Prokofiev: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 6 2005 Prokofiev: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 6 Testament
 
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Prokofiev: The Piano Concertos; Violin Concerto No. 1 2005 Prokofiev: The Piano Concertos; Violin Concerto No. 1 Testament
 
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Puccini: Tosca 2008 Puccini: Tosca GOP Great Opera Performances
 
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Basil Cameron and Erich Leinsdorf Conduct Sibelius Symphonies 2008 Basil Cameron and Erich Leinsdorf Conduct Sibelius Symphonies Dutton Vocalion
 
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Mendelssohn: Ein Sommernachtstraum 2008 Mendelssohn: Ein Sommernachtstraum
 
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Korngold: Die Tote Stadt 2009 Korngold: Die Tote Stadt RCA Red Seal
 
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Strauss: Four Last Songs; Die Frau Ohne Schatten; Also Sprach Zarathustra 2010 Strauss: Four Last Songs; Die Frau Ohne Schatten; Also Sprach Zarathustra Sony Classical
 
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Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro 2011 Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro Sony Classical
 
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Mozart: Don Giovanni 2011 Mozart: Don Giovanni Urania
 
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Verdi: Macbeth (Abridged) [Remastered] 2012 Verdi: Macbeth (Abridged) [Remastered] Broken Audio
 
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Puccini: Turandot 2012 Puccini: Turandot Documents / Membran
 
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Puccini: Madama Butterfly 2012 Puccini: Madama Butterfly Urania / Urania Records
 
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Richter in America, 1960 2012 Richter in America, 1960 Urania
 
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Dvorák: Symphony No. 6; Schumann: Symphony No. 1 'Spring' 2016 Dvorák: Symphony No. 6; Schumann: Symphony No. 1 'Spring' Opus KURA
 
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Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro 2016 Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro Urania / Urania Records
 
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Wagner: Götterdämmerung [New York, 1962] Wagner: Götterdämmerung [New York, 1962] Walhall
 
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Stravinsky: Agon; Schüller: Seven Studies on Themes of Paul Klee Stravinsky: Agon; Schüller: Seven Studies on Themes of Paul Klee RCA Red Seal
 
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Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps; Petrushka Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps; Petrushka Decca / Eloquence
 
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R. Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier R. Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier Living Stage
 
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Scharwenka: Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 32; Balakirev: Réminiscences de l'opéra; Medtner: Improvisation, Op. 31; D'Albert: Scherzo Scharwenka: Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 32; Balakirev: Réminiscences de l'opéra; Medtner: Improvisation, Op. 31; D'Albert: Scherzo RCA Red Seal
 
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Wagner: Lohengrin Wagner: Lohengrin RCA
 
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Wagner: Tristan & Isolde Wagner: Tristan & Isolde Walhall
 
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Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2; Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 23 Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2; Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 23 RCA Red Seal
 
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Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 in E-flat major "Romantic" Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 in E-flat major "Romantic" Sony Classical
 
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Brahms: Concerto No. 2 Brahms: Concerto No. 2 RCA Victor Red Seal
 
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Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor RCA Red Seal
 
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Brahms: Concerto No. 1 Brahms: Concerto No. 1 RCA Red Seal
 
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Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 "Choral"; Schoenberg: Survivor from Warsaw Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 "Choral"; Schoenberg: Survivor from Warsaw RCA
 
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Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 "Choral" Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 "Choral" RCA
 
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Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Golden Melodram
 
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Christoph Willibald von Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice Christoph Willibald von Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice Guild
 
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Wagner: Die Walküre Wagner: Die Walküre Forties
 
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Erich Leinsdorf Conducts Prokofiev Erich Leinsdorf Conducts Prokofiev RCA Red Seal
 
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Wagner: Parsifal Wagner: Parsifal Living Stage
 
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Erich Leinsdorf: Classic Hits and Rarities Erich Leinsdorf: Classic Hits and Rarities Intense Media / Membran
 
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Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G, Op. 58 Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G, Op. 58 RCA Red Seal
 
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Grieg: Concerto in A minor; Mendelssohn: Concerto No. 1 Grieg: Concerto in A minor; Mendelssohn: Concerto No. 1 RCA Red Seal
 
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Richard Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Richard Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Guild
 
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Mahler: Symphony No. 1; Wagner: Tannhäuser - Overture and Venusberg Music; Richard Strauss: Der Rose Mahler: Symphony No. 1; Wagner: Tannhäuser - Overture and Venusberg Music; Richard Strauss: Der Rose Decca / Eloquence
 
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A Solemn Pontifical Requiem Mass in Memory of John Fitzgerald Kennedy: Mozart – Requiem A Solemn Pontifical Requiem Mass in Memory of John Fitzgerald Kennedy: Mozart – Requiem Sony Classical
 
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Mozart: Requiem Mozart: Requiem RCA Red Seal
 
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Stravinsky: Firebird Suite (1910); Debussy: Afternoon of a Faun Stravinsky: Firebird Suite (1910); Debussy: Afternoon of a Faun Sheffield Lab
 
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Portraits in Sound Portraits in Sound EMI Music Distribution
 
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Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1; Symphony No. 6 "Pathétique: Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1; Symphony No. 6 "Pathétique: Seraphim UK
 
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Prokofieff: Piano Concerto Nol 5; Weill: Music from The Threepenny Opera Prokofieff: Piano Concerto Nol 5; Weill: Music from The Threepenny Opera RCA Red Seal
 
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Wagner's Die Walküre Wagner's Die Walküre Guild
 
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Prokofieff: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 Prokofieff: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 RCA Red Seal
 
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Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Myto Records
 
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Prokofieff: Piano Concertos Nos. 3 and 4 Prokofieff: Piano Concertos Nos. 3 and 4 RCA Red Seal
 
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Wagner: Lohengrin Wagner: Lohengrin Sony Classical
 
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Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 1; Piano Concerto No. 5 Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 1; Piano Concerto No. 5 RCA Red Seal
 
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Wagner: Lohengrin Wagner: Lohengrin Guild
 
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Puccini: Highlights from Turandot Puccini: Highlights from Turandot RCA Red Seal
 
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Wagner: Siegfried Wagner: Siegfried Walhall
 
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Puccini: Il Tabarro Puccini: Il Tabarro RCA Red Seal
 
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Wagner: Walküre WWV86b Wagner: Walküre WWV86b Enterprise
 
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Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 RCA Red Seal
 
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