20th Century Masterpieces

20th Century Masterpieces

     
 
At no time in its long history did European music go through a period of such revolution and diversification as in the 20th century. Wagner had transformed music in the 19th century to the extent that every composer coming after had to acknowledge his existence in some way. The result was, at the advent of the new century, a great flourishing of compositional styles

Overview

At no time in its long history did European music go through a period of such revolution and diversification as in the 20th century. Wagner had transformed music in the 19th century to the extent that every composer coming after had to acknowledge his existence in some way. The result was, at the advent of the new century, a great flourishing of compositional styles and techniques, as well as profound technological advance and invention. The gramophone and, later, the spread of radio, brought about massive changes in the way that ordinary people accessed and perceived music. Suddenly a whole new world of serious music was available to an audience that had hitherto been excluded from what had previously been, albeit unintentionally, an elitist art form.

The works in this set of 16 CDs have been arranged in strict chronological order of composition, the first disc beginning with a work from 1901 that has become one of the most popular works in the classical repertoire, mainly through its use in another great 20th-century art form -- film (Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto).

Thereafter each disc in the set takes the listener on a fascinating journey through the century, composer by composer and work by work, from Russian Romanticism, French Impressionism, English Pastoralism, Atonalism, Neo Classicism right up to Post Modernism, and from as wide a range of countries and genres as possible. Composers range from Elgar and Vaughan Williams to Stravinsky, Webern, Mahler, Barber, Boulez, Adés, Takemitsu, and many, many more!

A fantastic entry point for those wishing to delve into the fascinating world of 20th-century music! From the Label

Product Details

Release Date:
11/24/2008
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
5099921750021
catalogNumber:
17500

Tracks

  1. Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18  - Sergey Rachmaninov  - Leif Ove Andsnes  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Antonio Pappano
  2. La Mer, symphonic sketches (3) for orchestra, L. 109  - Claude Debussy  - Carlo Maria Giulini  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra
  3. Brigg Fair (An English Rhapsody), for orchestra, RT vi/16  - Frederick Delius  - Thomas Beecham  -  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  4. Das Lied von der Erde, for alto (or baritone), tenor & orchestra: Der Abschied  - Gustav Mahler  - Otto Klemperer  - Christa Ludwig  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra
  5. Pieces (5) for orchestra, Op. 16  - Arnold Schoenberg  -  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra  - Simon Rattle
  6. Pieces (6) for orchestra, Op. 6  - Anton Webern  -  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra  - Simon Rattle
  7. Piano Concerto No. 1 in D flat major, Op. 10  - Sergey Prokofiev  - Martha Argerich  - Charles Dutoit  - Jurg Grand  -  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
  8. Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), ballet in 2 parts for orchestra  - Igor Stravinsky  -  London Philharmonic Orchestra  - Charles Mackerras
  9. The Lark Ascending, romance for violin & orchestra  - Ralph Vaughan Williams  - Sarah Chang  - Bernard Haitink  -  London Philharmonic Orchestra
  10. Symphony No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 82  - Jean Sibelius  - Paavo Berglund  -  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
  11. Noches en los jardines de España (Nights in the Gardens of Spain), for piano & orchestra, G. 49  - Manuel de Falla  - Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos  -  Paris Conservatory Concert Society Orchestra  - Gonzalo Soriano
  12. The Planets, suite for orchestra & female chorus, Op. 32, H. 125  - Gustav Holst  - Adrian Boult  -  Geoffrey Mitchell Choir  -  London Philharmonic Orchestra
  13. Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85  - Edward Elgar  - John Barbirolli  - Jacqueline du Pré  -  London Symphony Orchestra
  14. Symphony No. 5, FS 97 (Op. 50)  - Carl Nielsen  - Herbert Blomstedt  -  Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra
  15. Pacific 231, symphonic movement for orchestra (Mouvement symphonique No. 1), H53  - Arthur Honegger  - Mariss Jansons  -  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
  16. La création du monde, ballet for orchestra, Op. 81  - Darius Milhaud  - Leonard Bernstein  -  Orchestre National de France
  17. Pini di Roma (The Pines of Rome), symphonic poem, P. 141  - Ottorino Respighi  - Lamberto Gardelli  -  London Symphony Orchestra
  18. Rhapsody in Blue, for piano & orchestra (orchestrated by F. Grofé)  - George Gershwin  - André Previn  - André Previn  -  London Symphony Orchestra
  19. Sinfonietta for orchestra ("Military," "Sokol Festival"), JW 6/18  - Leos Janácek  - Charles Mackerras  -  Pro Arte Orchestra
  20. Boléro, ballet for orchestra  - Maurice Ravel  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Herbert von Karajan
  21. Mathis der Maler, symphony (from opera)  - Paul Hindemith  -  Philadelphia Orchestra  - Wolfgang Sawallisch
  22. Violin Concerto  - Alban Berg  - Gerd Berg  - Gianluigi Gelmetti  -  SWR Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Frank Peter Zimmermann  - Lutz Lüdemann
  23. Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47  - Dmitry Shostakovich  -  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  - Mariss Jansons
  24. Concerto for organ, strings & timpani in G minor, FP 93  - Francis Poulenc  - Richard Hickox  - Gillian Weir  -  City of London Sinfonia
  25. Carmina Burana, scenic cantata for soloists, choruses & orchestra  - Carl Orff  - Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos  -  Philharmonia Chorus  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - John Noble  - Lucia Popp  - Gerhard Unger  - Raymond Wolansky
  26. Adagio for strings (or string quartet; arr. from 2nd mvt. of String Quartet), Op. 11  - Samuel Barber  - Michael Tilson Thomas  -  London Symphony Orchestra
  27. Concierto de Aranjuez, for guitar & orchestra  - Joaquín Rodrigo  - André Previn  -  London Symphony Orchestra  - Angel Romero
  28. Sinfonia da Requiem, for orchestra, Op. 20  - Benjamin Britten  -  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra  - Simon Rattle
  29. Fanfare for the Common Man, for brass & percussion (from Symphony No. 3)  - Aaron Copland  - Enrique Bátiz  -  Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra
  30. Masquerada, incidental music: Waltz  - Aram Khachaturian  - Efrem Kurtz  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra
  31. Masquerada, incidental music: Galop  - Aram Khachaturian  - Efrem Kurtz  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra
  32. Piano Concerto No. 3 in E major, Sz. 119, BB 127 (completed by Tibor Serly)  - Béla Bartók  - Martha Argerich  - Charles Dutoit  - Jurg Grand  -  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
  33. Vier letzte Lieder (Four Last Songs), for soprano & orchestra, o.Op. 150 (TrV 296, AV 150)  - Richard Strauss  -  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus and Orchestra  - Antonio Pappano  - Nina Stemme
  34. Fantasia Concertante on a Theme of Corelli, for string orchestra  - Michael Tippett  - Rudolf Barshai  -  Bath Festival Orchestra  -  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
  35. Concerto for Orchestra  - Witold Lutoslawski  - Witold Lutoslawski  -  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
  36. Cello Concerto  - William Walton  -  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra  - Lynn Harrell  - Simon Rattle
  37. Le soleil des eaux, for soprano, SATB chorus & orchestra  - Pierre Boulez  - Pierre Boulez  -  BBC Symphony Orchestra  -  BBC Symphony Chorus  - Louis Devos  - Barry McDaniel  - Josephine Nendick
  38. Threnody (for the Victims of Hiroshima), for 52 strings  - Krzysztof Penderecki  - Krzysztof Penderecki  -  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
  39. Symphonic Dances (9) from "West Side Story", for orchestra (orchestrated with Ramin & Kostal)  - Leonard Bernstein  -  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra  - Paavo Järvi  - Alain Lanceron
  40. Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum, for 34 winds & 3 percussion, I/47  - Olivier Messiaen  - Serge Baudo  -  Orchestre de Paris  -  Ensemble de Percussion de l'Orchestre de Paris
  41. Tragoedia for chamber ensemble  - Harrison Birtwistle  - Lawrence Foster  -  Melos Ensemble of London
  42. Tout un monde lointain. . ., concerto for cello & orchestra  - Henri Dutilleux  - Serge Baudo  -  Orchestre de Paris  - Mstislav Rostropovich
  43. Symphony No. 3, Op. 36 ("Symphony of Sorrowful Songs")  - Henryk Mikolaj Górecki  - Jacek Kaspszyk  - Zofia Kilanowicz  -  Krakow Symphony Orchestra
  44. Barcarola, for orchestra  - Hans Werner Henze  -  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra  - Simon Rattle
  45. Spiegel im Spiegel, for violin & piano  - Arvo Pärt  - Tasmin Little  - Martin Roscoe
  46. Waterways, for clarinet, violin, cello, piano, 2 harpsichords & 2 vibraphones  - Oliver Knussen  - Toru Takemitsu  -  London Sinfonietta
  47. The Chairman Dances, foxtrot for orchestra  - John Adams  -  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra  - Simon Rattle
  48. The Protecting Veil, for cello & orchestra  - John Tavener  - Steven Isserlis  -  London Symphony Orchestra  - Gennady Rozhdestvensky
  49. Adagio Cantabile, for soloist & orchestra  - Marcel Landowski  - Marcel Landowski  -  Ensemble Orchestral de Paris  - Alain Lanceron
  50. Drowned Out  - Mark-Anthony Turnage  -  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra  - Simon Rattle
  51. Minuet for violin, viola & cello  - Alfred Schnittke  - Yuri Bashmet  - Gidon Kremer  - Mstislav Rostropovich
  52. Dance Scenes  - Nicholas Maw  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Daniel Harding
  53. Asyla, for orchestra, Op. 17  - Thomas Adès  -  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra  - Simon Rattle

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