Sampler CD

CD0/2011

A downloadable CD of sample tracks from the Orchestral Concert CDs catalogue, featuring various artists

Recordings: 1963 to 1973
 The Sampler CD may be downloaded freely from this page; alternatively, physical copies may be ordered for £3 to cover materials and postage

A free set of high quality classical music sound sample downloads:
the fourteen tracks may be heard on this page, saved to your computer or burnt to CD.

Norman Lebrecht

“I enjoyed the performances very much, especially the Bruckner and Suk. The sound has a vivid, lifelike immediacy all too rare in studio recordings and the orchestral balance is just right.”
Norman Lebrecht, private correspondence, 7th April 2009

Audiophile Audition

“I agree [that] your recordings are really excellent fidelity and much better than most commercial ones.”
John Sunier, Editor/Publisher, Audiophile Audition, October 2009

International Record Review

“…the presentation is now excellent, with attractive booklets and decent notes. The recorded sound is notable for the unobtrusively natural results that Terry obtained from a set-up that used just two microphone[s …] the quality of the sound is startlingly high … there is some very enterprising repertoire as well.”
Nigel Simeone, International Record Review, June 2012

Gramophone

“Terry’s bold enterprise has had me hooked for hours…”
Rob Cowan, Gramophone, July 2012

Customer reviews

“Your CDs [...] are spectacularly good. The sound is the best I have ever heard: so clear, vivid and natural.”
George Schatzkamer, New York, private correspondence, August 2009

“I’m delighted with the purchase. The nexus of my delight is the recording approach. Call me a traditionalist, but the classic two-mic methodology simply yields a more realistic rendering of what a symphonic performance really sounds like from the seats. […] In summary, these are valued additions to my library. I’m glad that I bought them all.”
Bob Walters, Bay Area Audiophile Society, October 2012

“I can certainly attest to how much your recordings have enhanced my life. [… We] don’t manage to attend concerts any more because my wife’s virtually housebound with a wide range of medical problems. Yet I can be transported into a world of beauty and deep joy by simply playing the Rowicki Brahms 4, the Ferencsik Brahms 1, the Smetáček Shostakovich 10 (absolutely incomparable), or any of your other treasures. […] I feel so grateful. And I’m sure I’m by no means the only listener who blesses your name. Many, many thanks, dear Geoffrey.”
Bill Abbie, Edinburgh, private correspondence, 22nd January 2016

Track listingCD/Time
Jan Novák: Philharmonic Dances (Choreæ Philharmonicæ)CD1/2008
1III Vivace [excerpt]5' 05"
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Brno Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Jiří Waldhans
Recorded in the Royal Festival Hall, London on 22nd October 1966
Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Concerto no 3 in C major, op 26CD2/2008
2 II Tema con variazioni [excerpt]5' 11"
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Prague Symphony Orchestra conducted by Zdeněk Košler
Peter Katin, piano • Recorded in the Royal Festival Hall, London on 8th February 1967
Ludwig van Beethoven: Violin Sonata in C minor, op 30 no 2CD3/2009
3III Scherzo: Allegro [excerpt]2' 29"
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Alfredo Campoli, violin; Peter Katin, piano • Recorded in the Fairfield Halls, Croydon on 24th September 1963
Antonín Dvořák: Piano Trio no 4 in E minor, op 90 (Dumky)CD4/2009
4  V Allegro [excerpt]3' 23"
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The Czech Trio • Recorded in the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London on 15th October 1972
Zoltán Kodály: Dances of GalántaCD5/2009
5Dances of Galánta [excerpt]7' 45"
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Hungarian State Symphony Orchestra conducted by János Ferencsik
Recorded in the Royal Festival Hall, London on 26th February 1966
Anton Bruckner: Symphony no 7 in E majorCD6/2009
6III Scherzo: Sehr schnell – Trio: Etwas langsamer [excerpt]8' 14"
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Berliner Staatskapelle Orchestra conducted by Kurt Masur
Recorded in the Royal Festival Hall, London on 17th November 1967
Josef Suk: Symphony in C minor, op 27 (Asrael)CD7/2009
7  V Adagio – Mæstoso [excerpt]8' 15"
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Brno Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Jiří Waldhans
Recorded in the Royal Festival Hall, London on 13th November 1968
Johann Sebastian Bach: Orchestral Suite no 1 in C major, BWV 1066CD8/2009
8  I Ouverture [excerpt]2' 46"
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Leipzig Gewandhaus Bach Orchestra conducted by Gerhard Bosse
Recorded in Camden Theatre, London in October 1966
Antonín Dvořák: Cello Concerto no 2 in B minor, op 104CD9/2009
9III Finale: Allegro moderato [excerpt]6' 43"
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Saša Večtomov, ’cello; Central Bohemia Symphony Orchestra conducted by Miloš Zelenka
Recorded in Poděbrady Theatre, Czechoslovakia on 27th May 1973
Antonín Dvořák: Symphony no 8 in G major, op 88CD10/2010
10 IV Allegro ma non troppo [excerpt]5' 12"
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Prague Symphony Orchestra conducted by Zdeněk Košler
Recorded in the Albert Hall, Nottingham on 13th February 1967
Fryderyk Chopin: Andante spianato et grande polonaise brillante in E flat major, op 22CD11/2010
11Andante spianato et grande polonaise brillante in E flat major, op 22 [excerpt]5' 22"
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Peter Katin, piano • Recorded in the Fairfield Halls, Croydon in c. 1965
Benjamin Britten: Violin Concerto, op 15CD12/2011
12  I Moderato con moto – Agitato – Tempo primo [excerpt]3' 09"
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Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Witold Rowicki
Wanda Wiłkomirska, violin • Recorded in the Royal Festival Hall, London on 7th April 1967
Gustav Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer)CD13/2011
13  I Wenn mein Schatz Hochzeit macht [excerpt]2' 14"
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Berliner Staatskapelle Orchestra conducted by Kurt Masur
Annelies Burmeister, contralto • Recorded in the Royal Festival Hall, London on 17th November 1967
Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony no 10 in E minor, op 93CD14/2011
14III Allegretto [excerpt]5' 11"
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Prague Symphony Orchestra conducted by Václav Smetáček
Recorded in the Royal Festival Hall, London on 6th March 1968
Total time:70' 59"

Copyright restrictions mean that the samples provided here have to be excerpts rather than full tracks; however, in most cases, the majority of each movement is provided in order to give a fair impression of the performance. Please note that the sound samples created for the Sampler CD have been created at a much higher quality than the other audio samples on this site. Hence, the files are quite substantial downloads but should give a good indication of the quality of the actual CDs.

Downloading individual tracks

To download the tracks to your computer, proceed as follows:

  1. Hover your mouse pointer over the [Download] link to the right of the individual track you want to download.
  2. EITHER:
    1. Right-click your mouse and, from the pop-up menu that appears, choose an appropriate option to save the linked file to your computer; OR:
    2. Left-click your mouse and wait for the track to finish downloading in the separate window or tab that opens, then use the Save As… option to save the file to your computer.
  3. Repeat for as many tracks as you wish to keep.
  4. If you intend to store any of these tracks in music software such as iTunes, you may like to download the Cover artwork and attach it to each track.

Downloading the whole CD

If you would like to obtain all fourteen tracks easily in one step, perhaps in order to burn your own CD, then you can do so by downloading a single, large archive. Proceed as follows:

Once downloaded, you may need to double-click on the SamplerCD.zip archive in order to access its contents.

Be warned that this is a very large archive (93MB), and may take considerable time to download, depending on your Internet connection.