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Help me find high quality recordings

Hi:

Please help me find the high quality recordings (CD/SACD) for the following. If the performance was modest then it is fine but the recording must of high quality. Still best of both worlds will be greatly appreciated.

1. Tchaikovsky, Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23
2. Samuel Barber, Adagio for Strings
3. Joaquín Rodrigo, Concierto de Aranjuez

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Haroon

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No idea about the second two

No idea about the second two but for the Piano Concerto i would definetly suggest the Living Stereo SACD of the Van Cliburn recording.

It is available on Amazon for around $10 last time i checked

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all three

I browsed at Arkivmusic. The only SACD version of the Barber appears to be on a Telarc SACD called Transmigration, with the Atlanta Symphony under Robert Spano. Haven't heard it.

There are two listings for the Rodrigo. I am pretty sure that both of them are out of print. One is on a Sony non-hybrid SACD called Spanish Concertos, with John Williams guitar. It's described as "Special Order."

The other is a Mercury recording with the Romeros and the San Allessandro Symphony. It's described as back-ordered, but these Mercury SACDs have been out of print for years.

On the Tchakovsky, I like the classic Van Cliburn reading, too. Sound is a little dry. It's either 2- or 3-channel, but not surround sound. Another SACD that has gotten good reviews is Sudbin, Neschling, Sao Paolo (BIS). There are a couple of other SACD versions (Volodos, Lang Lang, Lugansky) that I haven't heard anything about.

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