I am an avid record collector and a discographer – and I am a discographer because I am an avid record collector: compiling a discography, of a composer, a particular work, a performer, or a label, is a way to know what’s available out there (a lot), and among all that, what’s desirable (still a lot). And along the way, checking for the info on the customary commercial websites also shows what’s being sold cheap and can be bought at once and hoarded for later (way too much!). I maintain a lot of discographies for my own use, and most of them are works-(ever)-in-progress. I also use a lot of online discographies in my own research, and am indebted to them and very grateful to those who make them available online. So my turn to share.
You will find here
1. discographies of composers of particular interest to me
2. discographies of particular compositions
3. discographies of some performers of particular interest to me
4. discographies of some labels of particular interest to me
In most cases, those discographies will provide, when relevant, links to the individual CDs that I’ve reviewed here (or, awaiting their transfer, on Amazon.com). Hereafter follows a long list, which I will, if God, nature or fate grants me two more hundred years of life, eventually publish. One of the problems is that publishing a discography requires a lot more work and time than just maintining them for my own needs, where I can use a lot of shorthand. I provide the list now only to give an indication of the discographies I maintain and constantly, if off and on, work on. But if there is one in particular you are particularly anxious to see, don’t hesitate to leave me a request in the comments, and I’ll start working on that one ASAP.
See also the resources and links section, where I give the links to all those I use.
Discographies of composers
Michael Tippett (link will open new tab with discography in .pdf format, that you can download if you wish). About the circumstances which led me to compile this – hopefully – complete discography for Tippett’s publisher Schott of London, back in 2014, see my blogpost of 28 February 2022. I haven’t updated the discography for republication here but – sadly for the composer, but fortunately for the discographer- not much has happened since on the composer’s discographic front.)
Discographies of Particular Works
Bartok: the Concertos
Beethoven: The Concertos
Beethoven: The Symphonies
Brahms: The Piano Concertos
Brahms: The Symphonies
Schubert: String Quintet in C
Stravinsky: The Concertos
Discographies of performers
The Swingle Singers
Discographies of labels
Most of my label discographies are CD discographies: those are what I listen to and look for. In some cases I have compiled LP discographies.