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Suggested CDs

Each of the five historical works studied in this class has been recorded many times. A review of the following recordings is provided in your book, First Nights: Five Performance Premiers, on pp. 341-347. The first one in each group (noted with an asterisk) is the one Professor Kelly typically uses in lecture and will most often, although not always, be the one used in sections. While you may purchase any version -- of those listed here or otherwise -- you like, we recommend that you purchase the ones that your section leader will be using in section so that you may share particular aspects of the recordings, such as instrumentation and timings. Check with your section leader if you have any questions about which CDs to buy.

You will want to do a lot of listening to the music for this class, but you are not required to own any of these recordings. They are available in the Morse Music & Media on level two of Lamont Library. You may consider purchasing them together with friends from a local music store or from an on-line vendor. (They will not be in stock at the Coop.)


Claudio Monteverdi, L'Orfeo, favola in musica (1607).

* Nigel Rogers / Charles Medlam, Chiaroscuro / London Baroque Soloists. EMI 764947 2 (1984).

John Eliot Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists. Deutsche Grammophon Archiv 419 250--2 (1987).

Philip Pickett, New London Consort. Oiseau-Lyre 433 545--2 (1992).

Gwendolyn Toth, ARTEK. Lyrichord 9002 (1995).


George Frideric Handel, Messiah (1742).

* Christopher Hogwood, Academy of Ancient Music. Oiseau-Lyre 411858--2 (1984).

George Solti, Chicago Symphony Orchestra. London 414 396 -- 2 (1985).

Trevor Pinnock, English Concert. Deutsche Grammophon Archiv 423 630 -- 2 (1988).

Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. Harmonia Mundi 907051.52 (1991).

William Christie, Les Arts Forissants. Harmonia Mundi 901498.99 (1994).


Ludwig Van Beethoven, Symphony No. 9 in d minor, Op. 125 ("Choral") (1824).

* Roger Norrington, London Classical Players. EMI CDC 7 49221-2 (1987).

Herbert van Karajan, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Deutsche Grammophon 435095--2 (1963/1966) or Deutsche Grammophon Originals 447 401 -- 2 (1963/1966).

Christopher Hogwood, Academy of Ancient Music. Oiseau-Lyre 425 517--2 (1989).

John Eliot Gardiner, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique. Deutsche Grammophon Archiv 447 074--2 (1994).


Hector Berlioz, Symphonie fantastique(1830).

*Roger Norrington, London Classical Players. EMI 7495 41 (1989).

John Eliot Gardiner, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique. Philips 434402-2 (1993).

Colin Davis, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Philips 432 151--2 (1991).


Igor Stravinsky, Le sacre du printemps (1913).

* Pierre Boulez, Cleveland Orchestra. Sony SMK 64 109 (1969 / 1994).

Pierre Monteux, Boston Symphony Orchestra. RCA VIctor 09026--61898--2 (1951 / 1994).

Igor Stravinsky, Columbia Symphony Orchestra. CBS MK 42433 (1962 / 1988).