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Series - Isaac Stern: A Life in Music

A 44 CD set spanning the career of violinist Isaac Stern, put out by Sony Classical in 1995, available both as individual volumes and as four separate box-sets.


  1. Add ASINs where needed.
  2. Move releases from composers & various artists to performer.
  3. Add Advanced Relationships.
  4. Standardize release titles.
    • Note: on Amazon and in the Sony catalog, the titles don't adhere to one standard "structure", but I don't believe this is a matter of "intent" so much as a matter of "inattention".
  5. Track down duplicates and strays.
  6. Add missing volumes.

Rationales for editing

  • Release Title will list composers and works.
  • Release Artist should be Isaac Stern, in keeping with [Classical Release Artist Style].
    • I'm going by the "mixed recital" exception. Even though a particular volume might feature only one composer, over all the series focuses on the performer.
    • See also: the Series/Glenn Gould Complete.
  • In keeping with Volume Number Style, the Release Titles should reflect:
    1. the name of the series, "A Life in Music".
    2. the Volume Number, usually found on the back cover of the release in this case, often viewable on Amazon.
    3. the Volume Title, usually the composers and works found in this volume.
    4. the disc number in the case of a multi-disc release.
  • No information will be lost. I'll add ARs for composer, conductor and performers.


For now these are notes to help me track down all the volumes

  1. Vivaldi: The Four Seasons; Double Concertos
    • 2 disc set
    • also includes Stamitz: Sinfonia Concertante for violin, viola & orchestra in D
  2. A Life in Music, Volume 2: Johann Sebastian Bach: Violin Concertos / Double Concerto / Concerto for Violin & Oboe
  3. A Life in Music, Volume 3: Mozart: Violin Concertos Nos. 1-5 / Sinfonia Concertante, K. 364 / Concertone, K. 190
  4. Beethoven, Brahms: Violin Concertos
    • 2 disc set
  5. Mendelssohn, Dvorak: Violin Concertos
    1. Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64
    2. Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in A minor (2 versions), B. 96/B. 108 (Op. 53)
    3. Dvorak: Romance for violin & orchestra in F minor (arr. from Andante of Str Qrt No. 5), B. 39 (Op. 11)
  6. Tchaikovsky, Sibelius: Violin Concertos
  7. Wieniawski, Bruch: Violin Concertos
    • Wieniawski, Giovanni Battista Buonamente , Tchaikovsky,
    • Amazon spells Wieniawski as "Wienawski"
  8. Ernest Chausson, Claude Debussy, Gabriel Faure, Edouard Lalo, Maurice Ravel,
    • 2 disc set
  9. Bartok Violin Concertos 1 and 2
  10. Bela Bartok, Sergey Prokofiev
  11. A Life in Music, Volume 11: Alban Berg: Violin Concerto / Chamber Concerto for Violin, Piano and 13 Wind Instruments
  12. Stravinsky: Violin Concerto / Rochberg: Violin Concerto / Stern / Previn
  13. Violin Concertos:Samuel Barber, Peter Maxwell Davies
    • 6 tracks
  14. Hindemith, Penderecki: Violin Concertos
  15. Bernstein: Serenade; Dutilleux: Violin Concerto "L'Arbre Des Songes
  16. Trio Sonatas of Telemann and the Bach Family
  17. Beethoven: Piano Trios, Op. 1; Piano Trio, WoO 38; 14 Variations, Op. 44
  18. Beethoven: Piano Trios Op. 70 No. 1 "Ghost" & No. 2 "Archduke"; Variations Op. 121a
    • 2 disc set
  19. Schubert, Haydn: Piano Trios; Mozart: Piano Quartet, K. 493
    • 2 discs
  20. Mendelssohn: Piano Trios Op. 49 & Op. 66
  21. Brahms: Piano Trios Nos. 1, 2 & 3; Piano Quartets Nos. 1, 2 & 3
  22. Isaac Stern Presents Encores with Orchestra
  23. A Life in Music, Volume 23: Bach / Handel / Tartini: Violin Sonatas
  24. Beethoven: The Violin Sonatas
    • (3 discs)
    • with Eugene Istomin
  25. Schubert/Haydn Sonatas
  26. Brahms: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-3
  27. Franck, Debussy, Enesco: Violin Sonatas
  28. Hindemith, Copland: Violin Sonatas; Bloch: Violin Sonata; Baal shem
  29. Prokofiev: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1 & 2
  30. A Life in Music, Volume 30: Béla Bartók: Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano, Op. 21 / Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano / Anton Webern: Four Pieces for Violin and Piano, Op. 7
  31. Isaac Stern Presents Encores (for violin and piano)
    • (review here gives volume number.

Unidentified Releases

These are entries in MB that I haven't placed in the Series yet: