A selection of 50 of the best-selling Deutsche Grammophon and Decca classical box sets are available at half price from Presto Classical until 27 July 2020. Outstanding collections from the complete works of composers including J.S. Bach, Ravel and Leonard Bernstein, to orchestral and chamber music cycles, as well as boxes exploring the recordings of artists such as Claudio Abbado, Maria João Pires, and Carlos Kleiber are featured.
There really is no better way to enjoy the riches of classical music in detail, at length and with value than with a well-compiled box set of recordings. Featuring a composer’s complete lifetime’s work, complete symphonic sets and sonata cycles, collected interpretations of individual artists and musicians, and much more – the box set format offers value, listening quality, and in-depth analysis, taking the listener behind the music and into the artist’s world.
We’ve selected some of our favourite Deutsche Grammophon and Decca classical box sets, currently available at half price from Presto Classical, below. Treat yourself – and happy listening!
Bach 333 – The New Complete Edition
Bach 333 – The New Complete Edition, featuring 222 CDs and 1 DVD, is the largest and most complete box set ever devoted to the work of a single composer. The set marked 333 years since the birth of J.S. Bach and was developed with the cooperation of 32 labels and a team of scholars at the Leipzig Bach Archive. Bach 333 presents every known note from the great master and opens up his world – and his impact on our world – in a uniquely immersive way: through audio, visual, printed and online materials. “Bach 333 is a treasure trove of Bach’s global impact in the form of a recorded legacy …” – Gramophone
Beethoven: The Symphonies – Riccardo Chailly and the Gewandhaus Orchestra
Beethoven: The Symphonies (5 CD set), recorded by Riccardo Chailly and the Gewandhaus Orchestra, features acclaimed performances of the complete cycle of Beethoven’s nine symphonies recorded live in the Gewandhaus. The cycle shows the finesses and the musicality of the legendary Gewandhaus Orchestra and also includes selected Beethoven Overtures. “The recordings, I should add, are superb.” – Gramophone
Wilhelm Kempff – Beethoven – The Piano Sonatas
Wilhelm Kempff’s mono set of Beethoven – The Piano Sonatas, recorded between 1951 and 1956, is often regarded as superior to his later stereo set. “Wilhelm Kempff was the most inspirational of Beethoven pianists. Those who have cherished his earlier stereo cycle for its magical spontaneity will find Kempff’s qualities even more intensely conveyed in this mono set, recorded between 1951 and 1956. Amazingly the sound has more body and warmth than the stereo, with Kempff’s unmatched transparency and clarity of articulation even more vividly caught …” – Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010
Alfred Brendel – Complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas & Concertos
Alfred Brendel’s Complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas & Concertos (12 CD set) features Brendel’s analogue recordings of Beethoven Pianos Sonatas (recorded between 1970 and 1977) along with his first cycle of Beethoven Concertos (recorded with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Bernard Haitink 1976-1977). Brendel is one of the greatest pianists who has ever lived and is best known for his interpretations of Beethoven’s music.
Chopin Complete Edition
Chopin Complete Edition (17 CD set), released to celebrate Chopin’s 200th anniversary in 2010, features the very best recordings from the Deutsche Grammophon and Decca catalogues. The box set includes Zimerman’s Ballades, Pollini’s Etudes, Pires’s Nocturnes, Ashkenazy’s Mazurkas and Waltzes, and the Cello Sonata performed by Rostropovich and Argerich. “This is a set to treasure: when you can have all of these delights in one go, why would you want anything else?” – Jessica Duchen, BBC Music Magazine
Mitsuko Uchida – Mozart: The Piano Sonatas
Mitsuko Uchida’s recordings of Mozart: The Piano Sonatas (5CD set) is a great package for anyone who hasn’t heard her celebrated performances. She uses a lightness of touch and approach as if she were playing on an instrument more like what Mozart would have had, rather than its modern, sturdy descendent. “By common consent, Mitsuko Uchida is among the leading Mozart pianists of today, and her recorded series of the piano sonatas won critical acclaim …” – Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010
Vladimir Ashkenazy – Mozart – The Piano Concertos
Vladimir Ashkenazy’s Mozart – The Piano Concertos (10 CD set) spans 1966 to 1988 and features Ashkenazy playing and conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra and the English Chamber Orchestra from the piano. All of Mozart’s piano concertos are featured in this set including the official 27 concertos for piano and orchestra, the Concerto for two pianos and the Concerto for three pianos.
Sir Georg Solti – Wagner – Der Ring Des Nibelungen
Sir Georg Solti’s landmark recording of Wagner’s ‘Ring’ cycle was hailed by Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine as the best recording ever made. Not only did the 1966 release set a benchmark for all future Wagner performances, it revolutionized the entire nature of opera recording. Solti’s recording of Wagner’s epic music-drama was a recording project on a scale without precedent and the first-ever studio recording of Wagner’s masterpiece.
Claudio Abbado – The Symphony Edition
Claudio Abbado’s The Symphony Edition (41 CD set) features recordings of eight great symphonists – Mozart (with Orchestra Mozart), Haydn, Beethoven (with Berliner Philharmoniker), Schubert, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Bruckner and Mahler (with Berliner Phliharmoniker and Lucerne festival Orchestra) and the complete symphonic cycles of Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Brahms and Mahler. All the recordings were personally selected by Claudio Abbado.
Eugen Jochum – The Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon, Vol. 2
Eugen Jochum’s The Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon, Vol. 2 (38 CD set) features Jochum’s complete opera and choral recordings for Deutsche Grammophon and Philips. A newly remastered set of Wagner’s Lohengrin is featured and rarely heard bonus content includes a German-Language audio biography of the conductor’s life.
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