Classical Music for Aficionados

I would like to start a thread, similar to Orpheus’ jazz site, for lovers of classical music.
I will list some of my favorite recordings, CDs as well as LP’s. While good sound is not a prime requisite, it will be a consideration.
  Classical music lovers please feel free to add to my lists.
Discussion of musical and recording issues will be welcome.

I’ll start with a list of CDs.  Records to follow in a later post.

Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique.  Chesky  — Royal Phil. Orch.  Freccia, conductor.
Mahler:  Des Knaben Wunderhorn.  Vanguard Classics — Vienna Festival Orch. Prohaska, conductor.
Prokofiev:  Scythian Suite et. al.  DG  — Chicago Symphony  Abbado, conductor.
Brahms: Symphony #1.  Chesky — London Symph. Orch.  Horenstein, conductor.
Stravinsky: L’Histoire du Soldat. HDTT — Ars Nova.  Mandell, conductor.
Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances. Analogue Productions. — Dallas Symph Orch. Johanos, cond.
Respighi: Roman Festivals et. al. Chesky — Royal Phil. Orch. Freccia, conductor.

All of the above happen to be great sounding recordings, but, as I said, sonics is not a prerequisite.

Beethoven Triple Concerto .
Three absolute Titans who are never going to be equalled in this piece .
I wore out a few LP's playing this piece every night and I never got sick of it. These three were equally matched in temperament with Richter incandescent on the piano holding everything together. Oh yes and Karajan for a change number 4 on the ratings.!!

interesting story about Rostropovich and Solzhenitsyn 

I know richter Rostropovich and oistrakh are unequaled in their respective instruments but I couldn’t get into their triple, it was a bit dry and uninspired For me

have you listened triple by geza anda, schneiderhan, fournier? Another great one is szell fleisher stern 

thoughts ?
Maria João Pires playing the Goldberg Variations. Absolutely sublime. She made the recording Rowan’s the end of her career and you can tell she’s playing how she feels it. She doesn’t have  anything to prove, so none of the showboating you see in other recordings. But it’s clear what a showman she was without showing it.  
Tatiana nikolayeva, anyone familiar with her ? Listening to her Bach and Shostakovich On idagio 
Tocatta and fugue by nikolayeva as well as fugue in G must listen on IDAGIO