Barbara Brabec, widow of Harry J. Brabec

Harry Brabec, legendary Chicago Symphony musician

Continued from page 1 of CD collection

(Many Very Rare)

Symphonic Music
Classical Piano
Classical Marimba
Ballet Music
Opera & Choral Works



Most of the CDs in Harry's collection are no longer being produced, and mint-condition copies are rare. CDs are listed by title with a hyperlink that will take you to the page where that album can be ordered. There you will find a picture of the album, either directly on the product page, or viewable with a click on my customer image.

Look for my seller nickname of BARBARA-BRABEC-BOOKS for price and any special condition notes. If you don't find my seller name, it means my copy of that CD has sold . . . but the links on this page will still take you to each album's product page so you will be able to look for that CD from another seller as long as copies are still available from anyone. Some content information has been provided below when there is no (or inadequate) product description on Amazon, and I've added a few notes in other places. - Barbara

Symphonic Music

Bach Famous Organ Works, Vol. 2 (1998, Selcor Ltd.) There is no product info at all on Amazon, but this CD features Otto Winter at the organ, performing "Aus/From 'das Orgelbuchlein" (11 selections). Very rare CD.

The Bronze Horseman Suite, Op. 89a by Reinhold Gliere (Russian Disc, 1996). Also: Zaporozhy Cossacks, Op. 64.Yekaterinburg Ural Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Dmitry Liss.

Anton Bruckner Symphonie No. 8 (Deutsche Grammophon 1992). Carlo Maria Giulini conducting the Wiener Philharmoniker.

Busoni: Turandot Suite, Op. 41 / Two Studies for “Doktor Faust,” Op. 51 (MMG 1984). Michael Gielen conducting the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, with women of the May Festival Chorus.

Chausson: Symphonie; Soir de fęte / Viviane (EMI France 1987). Michel Plasson conducting the Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse.

Dvorak (1841-1904) Stabat Mater Op. 58 (Selcor Ltd. 1989). Marko Munih (Composer), Radio Symphony Orchestra Ljubljana with the Chamber Choir of Radio Television Ljubljana conducted by Marko Munih.

Howard Hanson (Delos Records1991). Symphony No. 4 "Requiem; Suite from "Merry Mount," and Lament for Beowulf. Gerard Schwarz conducting the Seattle Symphony/New York Chamber Symphony. With the Seattle Symphony Chorale.

Herold / Lanchbery: La Fille Mal Gardee. Royal Liverpool Orchestra conducted by Barry Wordsworth. Includes 12-page insert.

Hommage a Manuel Rosenthal (Import: Disques label). Falla: L'amour Sorcier; Debussy: Danse et Sarabande; and Rosenthal: Offenbachiana (Ades). (Very rare CD.)

Hugo Wolf Oeuvre intégrale pour quatuor ŕ cordes (Import, 1996, Accord). Selections include Quartet in D Minor and Italian Serenade. Includes 12-page insert.  Very rare CD.

Arthur Honegger. Selections include Pacific 231, Rugby, Chant de Joie, Movement Symphonique No 3, and Pastorale d'Etea.  Very rare CD.

Fairy Tale Music, Humperdinck (Atlantic, 1992). Bamberg Symphony conducted by Karl Anton Richenbacher. Selections include Hansel and Gretel, The Blue Bird, The Royal Children, and The Sleeping Beauty.

The Orchestral Music of Charles Ives. Country Band March, Set of Four Ragtime Dances, Postlude in F, Calcium Light Night, Yale Princeton Football Game, Set for Theatre Orchestra, Largo Cantabile. Includes descriptive booklet.

Kalinnikov: Symphony No.2 (Chandos 1992). Overture To Tsar Boris/The Cedar And The Palm. Scottish National Orchestra conducted by Neeme Järvi.

Kodaly Conducts Kodaly: Concerto for Orchestra, Summer Evening, and Hary Janos Suite (Polygram Records 1990). Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ferenc Fricsay.

Korngold Orchestral Works Vol. 1 (WDR 1993). Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, conducted by Werner Andreas Albert. Performer: Lajos Farkas, violin..

Mahler Symphony No. 1:  Adagietto (Sony, 1990). Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Lorin Maazel.

Mahler Symphonie No. 6 (1990, Deutsche Grammophon). Two discs. Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Leonard Bernstein. Includes 12-page booklet.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Decca Record Co., London, 1989). Serenade in B flat major, K 361/ 370a "Gran Partita." Amadeus Winds on authentic instruments under the direction of Christopher Hogwood.

Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante K.364 & 297b. (Polygram Records, 1991). Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, featuring several soloists on violin, viola, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon.

Shostakovich: Hypothetically Murdered (1993, Cala). Four Romances, Five Fragments, Suite No.1. Quality copies of this CD are now rare. Includes 12-page booklet.

Shostaskovich: Symphonies 2 & 3 (1990 Polygram Records). Symphony No. 2 in B flat major; Symphony No. 3 in E flat; and The Age of Gold (Ballet Suite). Bernard Haitink conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir. Includes 20-page booklet.

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 4 (1990, Polygram Records). Vladimir Ashkenazy conducting the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Includes booklet. 

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 9; Festive Overture; Suite from Katerina Ismailova; Tea for Two (1992 Chandos). Includes 12-page booklet.

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 11 (1990 Polygram Records). Semyon Bychkov conducting the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Includes 12-page booklet.

The Sibelius Edition, Symphonies 1-7. (EMI, 2000). Boxed set of 5 discs. The Halle Orchestra conducted by John Barbirolli. See detailed content info on Amazon.

Richard Strauss Sinfonia domestica (EMI 1974). Berliner Philharmoniker conducted by Herbert von Karajan.

Richard Strauss - Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme & Metamorphosen (Erato, 1989). Ensemble Orchestral de Paris &  Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, conducted by Armin Jordan.

Suk: Praga / Dramatic Overture for Large Orchestra / Meditation on the Old Czech Chorale Saint Wenceslas / Legend of Dead Victors / Towards a New Life (Supraphon 1993). Recorded digitally at the Smetana Hall of the Municipal House, Prague. Prague Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Petr Alrichter.

Tchaikovsky Symphony 6 in B Minor, Op. 74 "Pathetique" (Vox 1995). Filarmonica Triestina conducted by Heinrich Hollreiser.

Emile Waldteufel Vol. 1 (HNH Intercontinental, 1993). Czecho-Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Alfred Walter. Nearly 65 minutes of music--nine beautiful waltzes and polkas.

Classical Piano

Bohuslav Martinu: Piano Concertos Nos. 2, 3 & 4. (1994 RCA). Rudolf Firkusny with Orchestr Ceská Filharmonie. Harry included a review clipping in this CD by Richard Freed, who said this was "a recording not to be missed."

Piano Sonatas 14, 21 &23 by Beethoven. (1992, Virgin Records). Mikhail Pletnev. A clipping of a review Harry tucked in this CD said "This release presents perhaps the best known sonatas in startling performances by Mikhail Pletnev ... the works themselves are some of the most experimental and exciting pieces Beethoven every wrote."

Viktor Ullman (1994 Koch Int'l.) Piano Sonatas Nos. 5, 6, 7; String Quartet No. 3, Op. 46. Performer: Edith Kraus. Includes descriptive booklet.

Classical Marimba CDs

Bach on Wood (Sony). Brian Slawson on marimba. Interesting printed insert explains that this album was recorded in New York City in what was once a church sanctuary;  minimal signal processing was used for the purest live sound reproduction.

Marimba When (1993 Delos). Leigh Howard Stevens, the world's foremost classical marimbist, plays Debussy's Children's Corner; Tchaikovsky's Album For The Young, Op.39;  Schumann's Album For The Young, Op.68; and Khachaturian's The Adventures of Ivan. Includes descriptive printed insert.

Ballet Music

Antheil: Capital of the World (1997 Angel Records). Schuman's Undertow and Banfield's The Combat. Joseph Levine conducting the Ballet Theater Orchestra. Includes 12-page booklet.

Shostakovich: Ballet Suites 1, 2, 3 (1989 Chandos). Neeme Jarvi conducting the Scottish National Orchestra. Includes 12-page booklet.

Dmitri Shostakovich: The Golden Age - Complete Ballet (1994 Chandos). Two discs. Gennady Rozhdestvensky conducting the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.

Opera & Choral Works

Arnold Schoenberg: Gurrelieder (1991 Polygram Records). Riccardo Chailly conducting the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra. Includes a 58-page booklet.

Barbieri: El Barberillo De Lavapiés (Valois 1995). CD and printed insert are in a jewel case packaged in a box along with a 125-pg. Synopsis in English, French and Spanish.  

Benatzky: " Im Weissen Rossl" / Emmerich Kalman "Grafin Mariza" (Pilz, 1994). Highlights from Operettas, Orchester und Chor der Wiener Volksoper, conducted by Franz Bauer-Theussl.

Good Soldier Schweik - The Complete Opera by Robert Kurka (2002 Cedille). Marc Embree conducting the Chicago Opera Theater. Two discs; 58-page libretto, and color insert about the performers.

Grieg: Peer Gynt (1990 London Records). Performed by the San Francisco Symphony and Chorus under the direction of Herbert Blomsted. This CD is very rare. It is NOT the cheap re-issue by ArkivMusic (which does not include 32-page liner notes booklet).

Dvorak: Kate and the Devil (1994 Supraphon-Import). Two discs. Jiri Pinkas conducting the Brno Janacek Opera Chorus and Orchestra.

Giacomo Puccini: Messa di Gloria (Motette 1995). Performers: Thomas Dewald (Tenor) and Ulrich Hielscher (BaB), with the Altenberg Cathedral Choir, conducted by Volker Hempfling.

K.u.K. Festkonzert [IMPORT] Julius Fucik (1993 Orfeo). Orchestr Ceská Filharmonie conducted by Vaclav Neumann.

Opera Arias by Anna Netrebko (2003 Deutsche Grammophon).

Opera Arias for Trumpet (Capital, 1993. Featuring Maurice Andre on trumpet, Michel Plasson conducting the Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse.

Gustav Mahler Symphonic Movements (Virgin, 1989). Bamberg Symphony Chorus conducted by Karl Anton Rickenbacher.

Mahler Symphonie No. 3 in D Minor (Deutsche Grammophon, 1989). Two discs. New York Philharmonic conducted by Leonard Bernstein, with New York Choral Artists and the Brooklyn Boys Chorus.

Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 4 (Sony Music Entertainment, 1989). Wiener Philharmoniker conducted by Lorin Maazel, featuring Kathleen Battle, Soprano.

Ottorino Respighi (Elektra / Wea 1993). Ancient Dances and Airs for the Lute; Gli Uccelli; Trittico Botticelliano. I Colisti Veneti directed by Claudio Scimone.

Smetana: The Two Widows (1994 Supraphon). Two discs, a 156-page Libretto, and a 24-page booklet about the cast, artists’ biographies, commentary and synopsis.

Smetana: The Brandenburgers in Bohemia [Import]. Double jewel case with 54-page Libretto.

Wolf-Ferrari - The Jewels Of The Madonna and Other Orchestral Music from the Operas - Jose Serebrier (1993 Asv Living Era). Includes 8-page insert.

Rimsky-Korsakov: Kashchey the Immortal (1999 Phillips). Valery Gergiev conducting the Kirov Opera & Orchestra, Orchestra, St.Petersburg. (Note that this is NOT the cheap CD-R reissue produced by ArkivMusic.)

Wagner - Der Ring des Nibelungen (Ring Cycle). Sir Georg Solti (Artist), et al. (1997 Decca)

MORE CDs  . . .

Big Band/Jazz/Dixieland/Ragtime

Brass Bands, March Music, Circus & Sousa


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