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100 Classical Masterworks

100 Classical Masterworks

This 2015 box set from Deutsche Grammophon is a five-CD collection of short excerpts and single movements from the best-known classical works. Like most labels' greatest-hits compilations, perennial favorites are included, such as the Allegro from Vivaldi's "Spring Concerto," Bach's "Air on the G string,"


This 2015 box set from Deutsche Grammophon is a five-CD collection of short excerpts and single movements from the best-known classical works. Like most labels' greatest-hits compilations, perennial favorites are included, such as the Allegro from Vivaldi's "Spring Concerto," Bach's "Air on the G string," Pachelbel's "Canon," Beethoven's "Für Elise" and the Adagio sostenuto from the "Moonlight Sonata," Orff's "O Fortuna" from "Carmina Burana," Handel's Largo from "Serse," the Adagietto from Mahler's "Fifth Symphony," and many more of the most popular pieces, in performances drawn from Deutsche Grammophon's extensive catalog. While this package can help listeners identify familiar melodies in a relatively short span of time, it may actually be more helpful in acquainting them with the great artists who have recorded for Deutsche Grammophon over the decades, including Claudio Abbado, Martha Argerich, Daniel Barenboim, Plácido Domingo, Carlo Maria Giulini, James Levine, Seiji Ozawa, Maria João Pires, Sviatoslav Richter, and many more who have achieved legendary status. Because the selections date from 1964 to 1996, there is a mix of analog and digital recordings that are slightly variable in quality, though the remastering has helped smooth out any minor sound differences.

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  1. Symphony No. 9 in D minor ("Choral"), Op. 125: 4. Finale [excerpt]
  2. L' Arlésienne, suite for orchestra No. 1, from the incidental music: Prélude
  3. Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620: Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herze
  4. Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: The Ride of the Walkyres
  5. Waltz for piano No. 6 in D flat major ("Minute"), Op. 64/1, CT. 212
  6. The Planets, suite for orchestra & female chorus, Op. 32, H. 125: 4. Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity
  7. Te Deum, motet for 8 voices, chorus & orchestra, H. 146: Prélude. Rondeau
  8. Variations on Greensleeves for lute
  9. Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Un bel dì vedremo
  10. Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23: 1. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso - Allegro c
  11. Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major ("Alla Turca") K. 331 (K. 300i): 3. Alla Turca (Allegretto)
  12. Concerto for flute, harp & orchestra in C major, K. 299 (K. 297c): 2. Andantino
  13. Nabucco, opera (Nabucodonosor): Coro: Introduzione - "Va pensiero, sull'ali dorate
  14. Carmen Suite for orchestra No. 1 (assembled by Ernest Guirard): Les toréadors
  15. Tristan und Isolde, opera, WWV 90: Mild und leise wie er lächelt (Isoldes Liebestod)
  16. Jeux Interdits ("Spanish Romance"), for guitar
  17. Valse triste, for orchestra (from Kuolema), Op. 44/1
  18. Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18: 1. Moderato [excerpt]
  19. Adagio in C minor for strings & organ (previously attributed to Tomaso Albinoni): Adagio [excerpt]
  20. Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550: 1. Molto allegro
  21. Rhapsody in Blue, for piano & orchestra (orchestrated by F. Grofé): [Excerpt]
  22. The Sleeping Beauty, suite for orchestra, Op. 66a: Valse
  23. Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka (Chit-Chat Polka), for orchestra, Op. 214 (RV 214)
  24. La fille aux cheveux de lin, prelude for piano, L. 117/8
  25. Pavane pour une infante défunte, for piano (or orchestra)
  26. Ellens Gesang III ("Ave Maria"), song for voice & piano, D. 839 (Op. 52/6)
  27. Trumpet Concerto in E flat major, H. 7e/1: 3. Allegro
  28. Solomon, oratorio, HWV 67: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
  29. Canon and gigue, for 3 violins & continuo in D major, T. 337: 1. Canon
  30. Dido and Aeneas, opera, Z. 626: Thy Hand, Belinda...When I Am Laid In Earth
  31. Suite for solo cello No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007: 1. Prélude
  32. Nocturne for piano No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109
  33. Gayane, ballet in 4 acts: Sabre Dance
  34. Peer Gynt Suite for orchestra (or piano or piano, 4 hands) No. 1, Op. 46: 4. In the Hall of the Mountain King
  35. Carmina Burana, scenic cantata for soloists, choruses & orchestra: O Fortuna
  36. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: 42. Chorus. Hallelujah
  37. Serse (Xerxes), opera, HWV 40: Ombra mai fù
  38. Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067: 7. Badinerie
  39. Waldszenen (Forest Scenes), for piano, Op. 82: 7. Vogel als Prophet
  40. Etude for piano No. 3 in E major, Op. 10/3, CT. 16
  41. Gianni Schicchi, opera: O mio babbino caro
  42. Bagatelle for piano in A minor ("Für Elise"), WoO 59
  43. Aida, opera: Gloria all'Egitto
  44. Les cygnes, for 2 voices & orchestra with chorus ad lib
  45. Liebesträume, notturno for piano No. 3 in A flat major ("O Lieb, so lang du lieben kannst"), S. 541/3 (LW A103/3)
  46. Samson et Dalila, opera in 3 acts, Op. 47: Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix
  47. El Amor brujo, ballet for mezzo-soprano & orchestra in 1 act, G. 68 (revised version): Danza ritual del fuego, para ahuyentar los malos e
  48. Le Coucou, rondeau for harpsichord in E minor (Pièces de clavecin, Suite No. 3)
  49. Song without Words for piano No. 30 in A major ("Frühlingslied"), Op. 62/6
  50. An der schönen, blauen Donau (On the Beautiful, Blue Danube), waltz for orchestra (with chorus ad lib), Op. 314 (RV 314): Excerpt
  51. Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major ("Elvira Madigan") K. 467: 2. Andante
  52. Suite bergamasque, for piano, L. 75: Clair de lune
  53. Cantata No. 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben," BWV 147 (BC A174): 10. Choral: Jesus bleibet meine Freude
  54. Toccata and Fugue, for organ in D minor, BWV 565 (BC J37): Toccata
  55. Turandot, opera: Nessun dorma!
  56. Requiem, for 2 solo voices, chorus, organ & orchestra, Op. 48: 4. Pie Jesu
  57. Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard No. 1 in C major (WTC I/1), BWV 846 (BC L80): Prelude
  58. Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun), for orchestra, L. 86
  59. Pavane, for orchestra & chorus ad lib in F sharp minor, Op. 50: [Excerpt]
  60. Requiem Mass, for soloists, chorus & orchestra (Manzoni Requiem): 2. Dies irae
  61. Requiem for soloists, chorus & orchestra, K. 626: Lacrimosa [Live]
  62. Nutcracker, suite from the ballet, Op. 71a: 3. Valse des fleurs (Tempo di Valse)
  63. Water Music Suite No. 2 for orchestra in D major, HWV 349: Alla Hornpipe
  64. Radetzky-Marsch, for orchestra, Op. 228
  65. La Damnation de Faust, for mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone, bass, chorus and orchestra, ("légende dramatique") H. 111 (Op. 24): Marche hongroise
  66. Il barbière di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), opera: No.2 Cavatina. Largo al factotum
  67. Gaîté Parisienne, ballet (music by Offenbach arranged by Manuel Rosenthal): Barcarolle
  68. Rigoletto, opera: La donna è mobile
  69. Carmen, opera: L'amour est un oiseau rebelle (Havanaise)
  70. Concierto de Aranjuez, for guitar & orchestra: 2. Adagio
  71. Romeo and Juliet, ballet in 4 acts, Op. 64: 13. Dance of the Knights
  72. Boléro, ballet for orchestra: Excerpt
  73. An American in Paris, tone poem for orchestra: Excerpt
  74. Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35, CT. 202: 3. Marche funèbre (Lento)
  75. España, rhapsody for orchestra, also arranged for 2 pianos
  76. Violin Concerto No. 2 in B minor ("La campanella"), Op. 7, MS 48: 3. Rondo à la clochette, 'La campanella'
  77. Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor ("Moonlight"), Op. 27/2: 1. Adagio sostenuto
  78. Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90: 3. Poco allegretto
  79. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in E major ("La Primavera," The Four Seasons; "Il cimento" No. 1), Op.8/1, RV 269: 1. Allegro [Live]
  80. Symphony No. 9 in E minor ("From the New World"), B. 178 (Op. 95) (first published as No. 5): 4. Allegro con fuoco
  81. Vltava (The Moldau), symphonic poem (Má Vlast No. 2), JB 1:112/2: Exceprt
  82. Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: 2. Air
  83. Orphée aux enfers, operetta: Can-Can
  84. Il Trovatore, opera: Vedi! le fosche notturne spoglie (Anvil Chorus)
  85. Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major ("Eine kleine Nachtmusik"), K. 525: 1. Allegro
  86. Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: 13. Morning Mood
  87. Also sprach Zarathustra (Thus Spoke Zoroaster), tone poem for orchestra, Op. 30 (TrV 176): Einleitung

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