This work offers a guide to a large swath of classical music recordings from the past 100 years, uniquely founded on research in the archives of the producing companies in Europe, Japan, and the USA. Thus far it is confined to commercially published LP recordings, principally from 1950 to 1979 (shortly before the introduction of the Compact Disc), but with some exceptions that include recordings from the 1980s. A substantial amount of information is also presented for 78 rpm records and acoustic cylinders made before 1950.
Use the Search boxes to make your queries. You can use either a full name, such as Debussy, or a truncation (e.g. Debu), which can often yield the best and quickest results. Supplying a title, performer, or other criteria to a query will narrow your results. You can also use wild cards: %, for a string of characters of any length, or _ (underline), for any single specific character. __ will stand for two characters, ___ for three, and so on. Names in Conductor field are Last name, First name. Data in Date is expressed as 'year' 'month' 'day', e.g. 1928 June 15. Works recorded as a set (e.g., Violin Sonatas and Partitas (6), BWV1001 - BWV1006) are given only a set entry and are not listed individually. As a rule, Principal Number contains the first number under which the recording was issued in its home country; other issue numbers can be found under 78/45, or under LP issues, such as Musical Heritage Society MHS series.
Users should consult specialist discographies, including www.medieval.org, www.chantdiscography.com, and www.kellydatabase.org, for acoustic records made by the Gramophone company and to find comprehensive coverage of records not included exclusively herein. Some categories of records are included selectively. Among them are records of opera 'Fantasies', instrumental arrangements of operatic arias and similar discs, and records by military bands; 'pirate' recordings issued on LP by labels such as Allegro, Royale and others; and records made primarily for pedagogy.
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Latest updates: Review and corrections (April 2022)
Revised April 2022