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Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony bring out the American spirit of Copland's greatest works.

Michael Daugherty: Metropolis Symphony -- this is the work that really made Daugherty's reputation.

Schoenberg: Complete String Quartets: Music - sure this is difficult -- rather than easy -- listening, but the Juilliard String Quartet gets right to the heart of these works and makes them come alive.

For a long time this was the only recording available of these works by George Crumb -- and they're still among the best.

Rafel Kubelik and the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra perform Smetana's work with the deep understanding only fellow countrymen can possess.

Fritz Reiner commissioned Bartok's "Concerto for Orchestra," which makes his recording of the work particularly authoritative.

One of America's greatest living composers paired with one of the world's greatest living percussionists. Of *course* it won a Grammy!

Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique - a live performance with Colin Davis and the LSO.

Ives : Symphony No 4 – Leopold Stokowski/American Symphony Orchestra. Stoki had a knack for taking everything to the next level -- just like Ives. That's what makes this recording so extraordinary.