50 Best Romantic Classics

50 Best Romantic Classics

     
 

EMI's 50 Best Romantic Classics is loosely organized by regions, with the first disc devoted to French music, the second to Scandinavian and Eastern European classics, and the third to music from Italy and Spain. This arrangement is quite practical for beginners, who may appreciate the music's recognizable national styles before grasping more historical orSee more details below

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EMI's 50 Best Romantic Classics is loosely organized by regions, with the first disc devoted to French music, the second to Scandinavian and Eastern European classics, and the third to music from Italy and Spain. This arrangement is quite practical for beginners, who may appreciate the music's recognizable national styles before grasping more historical or theoretical aspects. Yet some understanding is needed of the term romantic, for not all of the music included in this collection fits within the Romantic era (roughly, the 19th century, with some overlapping of the early years of the 20th). With the inclusion of Baroque composer Antonio Vivaldi and the modern film composer Nino Rota, it seems that a romantic feeling is suggested, rather than the Romantic period, and the majority of selections evoke song-like and emotional moods, so this package should be regarded as a collection of slow, relaxing pieces in a romantic vein. The artists gathered here are among the most distinguished ever to record for any label, and many enjoyed long careers recording for EMI. The recording dates range from 1959 to 2007, so there's a mix of analog and digital tracks, but they have been well-balanced in volume and tone for comfortable home listening.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/29/2010
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
5099945755521
catalogNumber:
57555
Rank:
353752

Tracks

  1. Untitled CD-ROM Track  -  Unspecified
  2. Turandot, opera: Nessun dorma  - Giacomo Puccini  - José Carreras  - Alain Lombard  -  Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg  -  Rhine Opera Chorus
  3. Time to Say Goodbye (Con te partirò), song  - Francesco Sartori  - Julian Kershaw  - Amy Nuttall
  4. Zigeunerweisen, for violin & piano (or orchestra) ("Gypsy Airs"), Op. 20  - Pablo de Sarasate  - Anne-Sophie Mutter  -  Orchestre National de France  - Seiji Ozawa
  5. Lute (Chamber) Concerto, for lute (or guitar), 2 violins & continuo in D major, RV 93: 2. Largo  - Antonio Vivaldi  -  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra  - Lawrence Foster  - Sharon Isbin
  6. Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Vogliatemi bene  - Giacomo Puccini  - John Barbirolli  - Carlo Bergonzi  - Renata Scotto  -  Orchestra del Teatro dell Opera di Roma
  7. Concierto de Aranjuez, for guitar & orchestra: 2. Adagio (opening)  - Joaquín Rodrigo  - Julian Bream  -  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra  - Simon Rattle
  8. Ai giochi addio  -  Nino Rota / Elsa Morante  -  London Symphony Orchestra  - François-Xavier Roth  - Natasha Marsh
  9. Recuerdos de la Alhambra, for guitar  - Francisco Tárrega  - Christopher Parkening
  10. L'amico Fritz, opera (commedia lyrica) in 3 acts: O amore, o bella luce del core  - Pietro Mascagni  - Gianandrea Gavazzeni  -  Royal Opera House Orchestra Covent Garden  - Luciano Pavarotti
  11. Minuet in A major, arrangement (after String Quintet in E major, Op.11/5 [aka Op. 13/5], G. 275)  - Luigi Boccherini  - Neville Marriner  -  Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
  12. L'incoronazione di Poppea, opera in 3 acts, SV 308: Pur ti miro  - Claudio Monteverdi  -  London Symphony Orchestra  - David Parsons  - Craig Leon  - Craig Leon  - Natasha Marsh  - Fernando Lima
  13. 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  - Antonio Vivaldi  -  Camerata Lysy Gstaad  - Alberto Lysy  - Yehudi Menuhin
  14. La Rondine (The Swallow), opera: Chi il bel sogno di Doretta  - Giacomo Puccini  - Montserrat Caballé  -  London Symphony Orchestra  - Charles Mackerras
  15. España, album leaves (6) for piano, Op. 165, B. 37: Tango  - Isaac Albéniz
  16. Gianni Schicchi, opera: O mio babbino caro  - Giacomo Puccini  - Angela Gheorghiu  -  London Symphony Orchestra  - Antonio Pappano
  17. Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Intermezzo  - Pietro Mascagni  - Riccardo Muti  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra
  18. Die lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow), operetta: Vilja  - Franz Lehár  - Lovro von Matacic  -  Philharmonia Chorus  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
  19. Liebesträume, notturno for piano No. 3 in A flat major ("O Lieb, so lang du lieben kannst"), S. 541/3 (LW A103/3)  - Franz Liszt  - Leif Ove Andsnes
  20. Nocturne for piano No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109  - Frédéric Chopin  - John Ogdon
  21. Jalousie (Jealousy), tango for orchestra  - Jacob Gade
  22. Berceuse for piano in D flat major, Op. 57, CT. 7  - Frédéric Chopin  - Peter Donohoe
  23. Pelléas et Mélisande, opera in 5 acts, L. 88: At the Castle Gate  - Jean Sibelius  - Claude Debussy  - Paavo Berglund  -  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  24. Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S. 124 (LW H4): 2. Quasi adagio  - Franz Liszt  - Michel Béroff  -  Leipzig Gewandhaus Chorus  - Kurt Masur
  25. Les sylphides, ballet (arrangement): Prelude in A  - Frédéric Chopin  - Robert Irving  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra
  26. Humoresque No. 7 for piano in G flat major, B. 187/7 (Op. 101/7)  - Antonin Dvorák  - Moura Lympany
  27. Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11, CT. 47: 2. Romance: Larghetto (opening)  - Frédéric Chopin  - Martha Argerich  - Charles Dutoit  -  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
  28. Rusalka, opera, B. 203 (Op. 114): Song to the Moon  - Antonin Dvorák  -  Munich Radio Orchestra  - Lucia Popp  - Stefan Soltesz
  29. Bryllupsdag på Troldhaugen (Wedding Day at Troldhaugen), lyric piece for piano, Op. 65/6  - Edvard Grieg  - Daniel Adni
  30. Symphony No. 9 in E minor ("From the New World"), B. 178 (Op. 95) (first published as No. 5): 2. Largo (opening)  - Antonin Dvorák  - Mariss Jansons  -  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
  31. Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16: 2. Adagio  - Edvard Grieg  - Dmitri Alexeev  -  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  - Yuri Temirkanov
  32. Má Vlast (My Fatherland), symphonic poems (6), JB 1:112: Vltava [Excerpt]  - Bedrich Smetana  - Paavo Berglund  -  Staatskapelle Berlin
  33. Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: Morning  - Edvard Grieg  - Neville Marriner  -  Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
  34. Thaïs, opera in 3 acts: Meditation  - Jules Massenet  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Herbert von Karajan  - Anne-Sophie Mutter
  35. Les Deux Pigeons, ballet  - André Messager  - Charles Mackerras  -  Royal Opera House Orchestra Covent Garden
  36. Sylvia, ou La nymphe de Diane, ballet: Intermezzo & Valse lente  - Léo Delibes  - Charles Mackerras  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra
  37. Gymnopedie for piano No. 1  - Erik Satie  - Claude Debussy  -  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra  - Louis Frémaux
  38. Chanson d'amour, song for voice & piano in F major, Op. 27/1  - Gabriel Fauré  -  London Symphony Orchestra  - Natasha Marsh
  39. Carmen, opera: Entr'acte to Act 3  - Georges Bizet  -  Orchestre National de France  - Seiji Ozawa
  40. Berceuse, for piano, 4 hands or orchestra (Dolly, suite), Op. 56/1  - Gabriel Fauré  - Jean-Philippe Collard  - Bruno Rigutto
  41. Romance for violin & orchestra in C major, Op. 48  - Camille Saint-Saëns  - Pierre Dervaux  - Ulf Hoelscher  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra
  42. Plaisir d'amour, for voice & piano (or orchestra)  - Jean-Paul-Gilles Martini (aka J.P. Schwarzendorf)  - Michel Dalberto  - Barbara Hendricks
  43. Pavane, for orchestra & chorus ad lib in F sharp minor, Op. 50  - Gabriel Fauré  - David Willcocks  - Gareth Morris  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra
  44. Samson et Dalila, opera in 3 acts, Op. 47: Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix  - Camille Saint-Saëns  - Maria Callas  - Georges Prêtre  -  Orchester National De La Radiodiffusion Française
  45. Faust, opera: Les nubiennes (Ballet music)  - Charles Gounod  - Charles Mackerras  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra
  46. Lakmé, opera: Flower Duet (Dôme épais)  - Léo Delibes  - Natalie Dessay  - Delphine Haidan  - Michel Plasson
  47. Clair de lune, for orchestra or other arrangement (from "Suite Bergamasque" for piano), L. 75/3  - Claude Debussy  - Leopold Stokowski  -  Philadelphia Orchestra  - Wolfgang Sawallisch
  48. Carmen, opera: Habanera (L'amour est un oiseau rebelle)  - Georges Bizet  - Maria Callas  -  René Duclos Choir  - Georges Prêtre
  49. Carnival of the Animals, zoological fantasy for 2 pianos & ensemble: Le Cygne  - Camille Saint-Saëns  - Han-Na Chang  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Leonard Slatkin
  50. Les contes d'Hoffmann, opera in 4 acts: Barcarolle  - Jacques Offenbach  - Sylvain Cambreling  - Ann Murray  - Jessye Norman

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