and here's from the "classical" "must haves
1- "Mozart Clarinet Concerto, Gervase de Peyer, London Symphony, Peter Maag, conductor. Decca/London. Reissued recently.
2- Fritz Wunderlich, tenor. Singing Mozart (super special interpreter), Beethoven, Schubert, Shumann, Rossini...anything he chose to sing publicly. Entirely special.
3- Beethoven 9th Symphony- Chicago Symphony and chorus, conducted by Georg Solti, on Decca London. Recently reissued on two LPs.
4- Beethoven Third Symphony. Berlin Philharmonic, H. von Karajan. Recently reissued, from the DGG label.
5- Puccini- La Boheme. Renata Tebaldi, Carlo Bergonzi, Ettore Bastianini. on Decca-London. Oh, special ensemble values, special vocal conditions of all, and very clear sound.
6- Verdi- Rigoletto. There are many excellent ones. I love three more than the rest: (A) Gobbi, Callas, di Stefano, Tullio Serafin conductor. (B) Merrill, Kraus, Moffo, conductor Georg Solti in an electrifying rendition. (C) Leonard Warren, Jan Peerce, on RCA monaural.
-7- Presenting Marilyn Horne, mezzo soprano. Decca-London, Richard Lewis conducting. Oh, such a special display of vocal prowess!
-8- Presenting Luciano Pavarotti- Verdi and Donizetti arias. The voice and artistic values were at their very best and special.
-9- Beethoven Piano concerto No. 4. Ivan Moravec, pianist. Orchestra of Vienna Musikverein, conducted by Martin Turnovsky. Special illumined understanding between pianist and director. Good sound. Special feel for Beethoven, (no nonsense, forceful or poetic where pertinent) one could imagine Ludwig was conjured for this recording.
Available now in CD reissue, and some rare offerings in eBay. Utterly special "fourth". Recorded originally by Connoisseur Society, initial release in 45 rpm.
-10- Stravinsky, Rite of Spring. Columbia Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Stravinsky. On the Columbia six-eye label. Reissued in CD also.
As I watched the stars in the sky I wondered where the ceiling had gone.