Time-Life Album Discography, Part 11:
Great Performers/Legendary Performances

By Mike Callahan, Randy Watts, David Edwards, and Patrice Eyries
Last update: February 20, 2008

These are 3-LP box sets. The box covers are different colors for the different volumes, each with a photo/drawing of the performer in a white rectangle. We know little about this series, and have seen few of these around. We will appreciate any help with album contents and additional cover scans.

We would appreciate any additions or corrections to this discography. Just send them to us via e-mail. Both Sides Now Publications is an information web page. We are not a catalog, nor can we provide the records listed below. We have no association with Time-Life or Warner Bros. Records. Should you be interested in acquiring albums listed in this discography (all of which are out of print), we suggest you see our Frequently Asked Questions page and follow the instructions found there. This story and discography are copyright 2004, 2008 by Mike Callahan.



Number - Title - Artist - [Release Date] Contents


STL-P01 - Great Performers - Arthur Rubenstein [1981]

STL-P02 - Great Performers - Jascha Heifetz [1981]

STL-P03 - Great Performers - Luciano Pavarotti [1981]

STL-P04 - Great Performers - Arturo Toscanini [1981]

STL-P05 - Great Performers - Jean-Pierre Rampal [1981]

STL-P06 - Great Performers - Vladimir Horowitz [1981]

STL-P07 - Great Performers - Pablo Casals [1982]

STL-P08 - Great Performers - Andres Segovia [1982]

STL-P09 - Great Performers - Herbert Von Karajan [1982]

STL-P10 - Great Performers - Maria Callas [1982]

STL-P11 - Great Performers - Itzhak Perlman [1982]

STL-P12 - Great Performers - Mstislav Rostropovich [1982]


In the mid-1990s, Time-Life came out with a similar series of 2-CD sets called Legendary Performers, with many of the same performers (having upgraded the Performers from "Great" to their performances being "Legendary" in the intervening years - in celebration of this upgrade, the CDs are gold plated). Information on that series is below.


Number - Title - Artist - [Release Date] Contents

R824-01 - Legendary Performances - Leonard Bernstein [1996] Disc 1: Bernstein: Overture to "Candide"/Symphonic Dances from "West Side Story"/Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue/Barber: Adagio for Strings/Schubert: Symphony No. 8 ("Unfinished") Disc 2: Beethoven: Symphony No. 9

R824-02 - Legendary Performances - Van Cliburn [1996] Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 - RCA Symphony Orchestra (Kirill Kondrashin, conductor)/Brahms: Intermezzi, Op. 117, Nos. 1- 3/Brahms: Klavierstücke, Op. 119, Nos. 1-3/Liszt: Libestraum No. 3/MacDowell: To A Wild Rose/Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3 - Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Walter Hendl, conductor)/Rachmaninoff: Prelude in C Sharp Minor /Rachmaninoff: Etude-Tableau in E Flat Minor, Op. 39, No. 5/Chopin: Polonaise No. 6 ("Heroic")/Chopin: Etude in E, No. 3 ("Tristesse")/Chopin: Etude in A Minor, No. 11 ("Winter Wind")/Chopin: Waltz in D Flat ("Minute")/Chopin: Waltz in C Sharp Minor, No. 2/Debussy: Claire de Lune/Debussy: The Girl With The Flaxen Hair

R824-03 - Legendary Performances - Arturo Toscanini [1997] Beethoven: Symphony No. 5/ Brahms: Symphony No. 1/Beahms: Hungarian Dance No. 1/Rossini: William Tell Overture/Rossini: Il Signor Bruschino Overture/Verdi: Prelude to La Traviata/Verdi: Overture to La Forza del Destino/Wagner: Lohengrin - Prelude to Act III/Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurernberg - Prelude to Act III/Wagner: Götterdämmerung - Siegfried's Death and Funeral Music/Respighi: The Pines of Rome

R824-04 - Legendary Performances - Vladimir Horowitz [1997] Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3 - New York Philharmonic (Eugene Ormandy, conductor)/Scriabin: Etude in C Sharp Minor /Scriabin: Two Poems /Scriabin: Etude in D Sharp Minor /Scriabin: Vers la Flamme/Debussy: Preludes, Book II - Nos. 4, 5, and 6/Beethoven: Sonata No. 8 ("Pathétique")/Scarlatti: Sonata in E/Scarlatti: Sonata in A/Scarlatti: Sonata in G/Chopin: Etude in C minor/Chopin: Etude in C Sharp Minor/Chopin: Scherzo No. 1/Schumann: Kinderscenen/Schubert: Impromptu in G flat

R824-05 - Legendary Performances - Artur Rubenstein [1997] Schumann: Piano Concerto In A Minor - Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Carlo Maria Giulini, conductor)/Beethoven: Sonata No. 14 in C Sharp Minor ("Moonlight")/Chopin: Nocturne No. 2/Chopin: Fantasie Impromptu in C Sharp Minor/Chopin: Adante Spianato and Grande Polonaise/Chopin: Sonata No. 2 in B Flat Minor/Dvorak: Quintet in A for Piano and Strings (with the Guarneri String Quartet)

R824-06 - Legendary Performances - Herbert von Karajan [1997]

R824-07 - Legendary Performances - James Galway [1997]

R824-0? - Legendary Performances - Itzhak Perlman [199?]

R824-0? - Legendary Performances - Luciano Pavarotti [199?]

Thanks to Brian Francis.

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