Time-Life Album Discography, Part 5:
Great Men of Music Series

By Mike Callahan, David Edwards, and Patrice Eyries
Last update: February 3, 2008

The Great Men of Music series included 30 volumes, each illustrating the music of an individual composer. The volumes were packaged as four-record box sets, each with a 24-page booklet devoted to the life and works of the composer. The dates given below are for the initial offering of the series. The series remained in print for some time, and Time-Life made some minor additions and corrections to the booklets over the following years, updating the copyright date.

Labels for this series used the same basic design and layout, with the background colors of the labels matching the color of the box set. In this case, the Mozart volume, STL-542, was brown, as were the label and the cover of the booklet inside. Booklet size was about 9x12 inches, and featured full color photos or reproductions of paintings, etc.

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Number - Title - Artist - [Release Date] Contents

STL-541 - Great Men of Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Various Orchestras [1974] Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23 (Part 1)//Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23 (Conclusion)/Eugene Onegin, Op. 24: Act 1, Scene 2: Tatyana's Letter Scene//Francesca da Rimini (Fantasy After Dante), Op. 32//Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35//The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66 [Suite: Introduction-Act 1: The Lilac Fairy-Waltz-Pas D'Action (Rose Adagio)-Act 2: Panorama-Act 3: Pas De Deux (Adagio)-Apotheosis]//Serenade for String Orchestra in C Major, Op. 48//Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74 (Pathétique) (Part 1)//Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74 (Pathétique) (Conclusion)

STL-542 - Great Men of Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Various Orchestras [1975] Don Giovanni, K. 527: Overture - Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Fritz Reiner)/Act 1: Recitative & Aria - RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra (Francesco Molinari-Pradelli) with Leontyne Price, soprano, and Piero de Palma, tenor/The magic Flute, K. 620: Act 2: Aria - New Philharmonia Orchestra of London (Peter Herman Adler) with Leontyne Price, soprano/The Marriage of Figaro, K. 492: Act 3 - Recitative & Aria - RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra (Francesco Molinari-Pradelli) with Leontyne Price, soprano//Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major, K. 218 - New Symphony Orchestra of London (Sir Malcolm Sargent) with Jascha Heifetz, violinist//Piano Sonata No. 10 in C Major, K. 330 (Movements 1-3) - Van Cliburn, pianist/Piano Sonata No. 11 in A Major, K. 331 (Third Movement: Alla Turca (Allegretto) - Van Cliburn, pianist//Symphony No. 39 in E Flat Major, K. 543 - Boston Symphony Orchestra (Erich Leinsdorf)//Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K. 467 - Vienna Symphony Orchestra (Géza Anda)//String Quartet No. 15 in D Minor, K. 421 - Guarneri Quartet//Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K. 622 - Boston Symphony Orchestra (Charles Munch) with Benny Goodman, clarinetist//Così Fan Tutte, K. 588 - New Philharmonia Orchestra (Erich Leinsdorf) with Ambrosian Opera Chorus (John McCarthy)

STL-543 - Great Men of Music: Johannes Brahms - Various Orchestras [1975] Piano Concerto #2 in B Flat Major/Liebeslieder Waltzes/Symphony #4 in E Minor/A German Requiem (Excerpts)/Tragic Overture/Violin Concerto in D Major/Piano solo works (Rhapsody, waltz, and intermezzi for piano)

STL-544 - Great Men of Music: Johan Sebastian Bach - Various Orchestras [1975] Brandenberg Concertos #2 & #4 in G Major, BWV 1049/"Christ Lag In Todesbanden" Cantata/Toccata And Fugue In D Minor/"Wachtet Auf" Chorale/Passacaglia And Fugue In C Minor/Partita #2 In D Minor/Concerto For Two Violins In D Minor/"Italian" Concerto in F Major/Excerpts from "The Well Tempered Clavier"/"Weichet Nur, Betrubte Schatten" Cantata ("Wedding Cantata")/Suite #2 In B Minor/Mass In B Minor (Excerpts)

STL-545 - Great Men of Music: Hector Berlioz - Various Orchestras [1975]

STL-546 - Great Men of Music: Ludwig Von Beethoven - Various Orchestras [1975] "Coriolan" Overture/Piano Concerto No. 5 ("Emperor")/Piano Sonata No. 14 ("Moonlight")/String Quartet No. 9 ("Razumovsky")/Excerpts From: Missa Solemnis-Fidelio-Egmont-The Creatures of Prometheus/Violin Concerto in D Major/Piano Sonata No. 32/Symphony No. 5

STL-547 - Great Men of Music: Sergei Prokofiev - Various Orchestras [1975]

STL-548 - Great Men of Music: Claude Debussy - Various Orchestras [1976] Side 1: Prelude A "l'Apries-midi D'un Faune"- Boston Symphony Orchestra/Images Pour Orchestre, Nos. 1 and 3 - Boston Symphony Orchestra; Side 2: Images Pour Orchestre, No. 2, "Iberia," - Boston Symphony Orchestra/L'Enfant Prodigue - Leontyne Price (soprano) with the RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra; Side 3: "Children's Corner" Suite [Doctor Gradus Ad Parnassum-Jimbo's Lullaby- Serenade For The Doll-The Snow Is Dancing-The Little Shepherd-Golliwog's Cakewalk] - Alexis Weissenberg (piano)/Sonata No. 3 In G Minor For Violin And Piano - Berl Senofsky (violin) & Gary Graffman (piano); Side 4: Nocturnes [Nuages, Fetes, Sirenes] - Boston Sympohony Orchestra with Women of the Berkshire Festival Chorus; Side 5: Le Martyre De Saint Sebastien [La Cour Deslys-La Chambre Magique-Concile Des Faux Dieux-Le Laurer Blesse-Le Paradis] - New England Conservatory Chorus and the Boston Symphony Orchestra; Side 6: Solo Piano Works [Clair De Lune (Suite Bergamasque, No.3)-Reflet Dans L'eau (Images, Set I, No. 1)-Feux D'artifice (Preludes, Book II, No. 12)-Soiree Dans Grenade (Estampes, No. 2)-L'Isle Joyeuse] - Van Cliburn (piano); Side 7: String Quartet No. 1 In G Minor, Op. 10; Side 8: La Mer - Philadelphia Orchestra

STL-549 - Great Men of Music: Franz Joseph Haydn - Various Orchestras [1976] Symphonies #60 (Il Distratto), #88, #93/String Quartets #34& #76 ("Quinten")/Piano Sonatas #33 & #50/Trumpet Concerto In E-Flat Major/The Creation/Harmoniemesse (Mass No. 12) (Haydn's last major work)

STL-550 - Great Men of Music: Igor Stravinsky - Various Orchestras [1976] The Firebird - Boston Symphony Orchestra (Seiji Ozawa, Conductor)/Petrushka (Part 1) - Boston Symphony Orchestra (Seiji Ozawa, Conductor)//Petrushka (Conclusion) - Boston Symphony Orchestra (Seiji Ozawa, Conductor)//Divertimento from "The Fairy's Kiss" - Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Fritz Reiner, Conductor)//"Symhony of Psalms" - Robert Shava Chorale with RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra//"Jeu E Cartes" - Boston Symphony Orchestra (Charles Munch, Conductor)//Agon - Boston Symphony Orchestra (Erich Leinsdorf, Conductor)//Fireworks and the Rite of Spring (Part 1)//The Rite of Spring (Conclusion)

STL-551 - Great Men of Music: Guiseppe Verdi - Various Orchestras [1976]

STL-552 - Great Men of Music: Franz Schubert - Various Orchestras [1976] Side 1: Symphony No. 8 in B Minor (Unfinished), D. 759 - Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Seiji Ozawa); Side 2: Songs [Seligkeit, D. 433-Gretchen am Spinnrade, D. 118-Du liebst mich nicht, D. 756- Heimliches Lieben, D. 922-Im Fruhling, D. 882-Die Vogel, D. 691-Der Jungling an der Quelle, D. 300- Der Musensohn, D. 764] - Elly Ameling (soprano), Jorg Demus (piano, playing a Rausch Hammerflugel, made in Vienna in 1835); Sides 3: String Quartet No. 12 in C Minor (Quartettsatz), D. 703: Allegro assai - Julliard String Quartet: Robert Mann,(first violin), Isidore Cohen (second violin), Raphael Hillyer (violin), Claus Adam (cello)/Piano Sonata in B Flat Major, D. 960 (beginning) - Paul Badura-Skoda (piano); Side 4: Piano Sonata in B Flat Major, D. 960 (conclusion) - Paul Badura-Skoda (piano); Side 5: String Quartet No. 14 in D Minor (Death and the Maiden), D. 810 (beginning) - Cleveland Quartet: Donald Weilerstein (first violin), Peter Salaff (second violin), Martha Strongin Katz (violin), Paul Katz (cello); Side 6: String Quartet No. 14 in D Minor (Death and the Maiden), D. 810 (conclusion) - Cleveland Quartet: Donald Weilerstein (first violin), Peter Salaff (second violin), Martha Strongin Katz (violin), Paul Katz (cello)/Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, D. 965 - Elly Ameling (soprano), Hans Deinzer (clarinet), Jorg Demus (piano, playing a Rausch Hammerflugel, made in Vienna, 1835); Side 7: Symphony No. 9 in C Major (The Great), D. 944 (beginning) - Boston Symphony Orchestra (Charles Munch); Side 8: Symphony No. 9 in C Major (The Great), D. 944 (conclusion) - Boston Symphony Orchestra (Charles Munch)

STL-553 - Great Men of Music: Gustav Mahler - Various Orchestras [1976] Symphony No.1/Das Lied Von Der Erde/Kindertotenlieder/Symphony No.5

STL-554 - Great Men of Music: Antonin Dvorak - Various Orchestras [1976] Symphony No.9 in E Minor, Op. 95 (From the New World)/Carnival Overture, Op.92/String Quartet No. 7 in A Flat, Op. 105/Romance in F Minor, Op. 11/Slavonic Dances, Op. 72/Rusalka, Op. 114/Cello Concerto in B Minor, Op. 104/Scherzo Capriccioso, Op. 66/Piano Quintet in A Major, Op.81/Serenade for String Orchestra in E Major, Op.22

STL-555 - Great Men of Music: Frederic Chopin - Various Orchestras [1976] Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 11/Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op. 65/Barcarolle in F Sharp, Op. 60/Prelude in A, Op. 28, No. 7/Prelude in D Flat, Op. 28, No. 15 ("Raindrop")/Scherzo No. 2 in B Flat Minor, Op. 31/"Wachet Auf" Chorale, BWV 645 Etudes, Op. 10/Ballade No. 3 in A Flat, Op. 47/Mazurka in B Flat, Op. 7, No. 1/Nocturne in E Flat, Op. 9, No. 2/Fantasie-Impromptu in C Sharp Minor, Op. 66/Waltz in D Flat, Op. 64, No. 1 ("Minute")/Waltz in C Sharp Minor, Op. 64, No. 2/Piano Sonata No. 2 in B Flat Minor, Op. 35 ("Funeral March")/Polonaise in A Flat, Op. 53 ("Heroic")/Nocturne in B, Op. 62, No. 1/Fantasy in F Minor, Op. 49

STL-556 - Great Men of Music: George Frideric Handel - Various Orchestras [1976] The Royal Fireworks/Recorder Sonata/Cantata: Ah, Che Troppo Ineguali/Organ Concerto/Solomon/Concerto Grossi in G Minor and B Flat/Excerpts from "Julius Caesar"/Excerpts From "The Messiah"

STL-557 - Great Men of Music: Robert Schumann - Various Orchestras [1977] Symphonies #1 7 #4/Symphonic Etudes/Arabeske/Frauenliebe and Leben/Carnaval/Piano Sonata #2 in G Minor/Fantasiestucke/Piano Concerto in A Minor/Davidbundlertanze

STL-558 - Great Men of Music: Richard Strauss - Various Orchestras [1977]

STL-559 - Great Men of Music: Maurice Ravel - Various Orchestras [1977]

STL-560 - Great Men of Music: Richard Wagner - Various Orchestras [1977]

STL-561 - Great Men of Music: Felix Mendelssohn - Various Orchestras [1978]

STL-562 - Great Men of Music: Jean Sibelius - Various Orchestras [1978]

STL-563 - Great Men of Music: Bela Bartok - Various Orchestras [1978] Violin Concerto No.2/Tthe Miraculous Mandarin, Suite/Roumanian Folk Dances/Out of Doors, Suite/(Excerpts) Mikrokosmos/Music for String, Percussion and Celesta/Piano Concerto No.2/String Quartet No.5/Hungarian Sketches/Concerto for Orchestra

STL-564 - Great Men of Music: Antonio Vivaldi - Various Orchestras [1978]

STL-565 - Great Men of Music: Anton Brückner - Various Orchestras [1977] Te Deum//Symphony No.7 in E Major (Part 1)//Symphony No. 7 in E Major (Part 2)//Symphony No. 7 in E Major (Conclusion)//Mass No.2 in E Minor (Part 1)//Mass No. 2 in E Minor (Conclusion)//Symphony No.9 in D Minor (Part 1)//Symphony No.9 in D Minor (Conclusion)

STL-566 - Great Men of Music: Serge Rachmaninoff - Various Orchestras [1978] 566 Symphony No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 27/Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 30/Oh, Cease Thy Singing, Maiden Fair, Op. 4, No. 4/I Wait for Thee, Op. 14, No. 1/Spring, Cantata, Op. 20/Isle of the Dead, Op. 29/Rhapsody On a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43/Prelude in C Sharp Minor, Op. 3, No. 2/Etude-Tableau in E Flat Minor, Op. 39, No. 5/Prelude in D, Op. 23, No. 4/Prelude in G, Op. 32, No. 5/Prelude in G Minor, Op. 23, No. 5/Prelude in E Flat, Op. 23, No. 6/Prelude in C Minor, Op. 23, No. 7

STL-567 - Great Men of Music: Franz Liszt - Various Orchestras [1978] Les Prééludes (Symphonic Poem No. 3)/Hungarian Fantasia/Piano Sonata in B Minor/Transcendental Etudes 3-5/Liebestraum No. 3/Concert Paraphrase on "Rigoletto"/Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Major/Misc. Piano Works: Un Sospiro-Sonetto del Petrarca-Consolation No. 5-Mephisto Waltz No.1/A Faust Symphony

STL-568 - Great Men of Music: Dmitri Shostakovich - Various Orchestras [1979] Age of Gold, Suite/Katerina Ismailova: Katerina's Aria/Cello Sonata/Symphony No.5/Piano Concerto No.2/String Quartet No.8 in C Minor/Symphony No.14

STL-569 - Great Men of Music: Giacomo Puccini - Various Orchestras [1979]

STL-570 - Great Men of Music: Aaron Copeland - Various Orchestras [1979] Fanfare for the Common Man/Appalachian Spring/Dance Symphony/Vitebsk: Trio for Piano, Cello and Violin/Piano Variations/The Tender Land, Suite/Billy the Kid/Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes/El Salon Mexico/Quiet City/Symphony No.3

Thanks to Patrick Brinich-Langlois.

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