50 Best Romantic Classics

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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: 6/29/2010
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • EAN: 5099945755521
  • Catalog Number: 57555
  • Sales rank: 120,256

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Les contes d'Hoffmann, opera in 4 acts: Barcarolle - Jacques Offenbach & Sylvain Cambreling (4:24)
  2. 2 Carnival of the Animals, zoological fantasy for 2 pianos & ensemble: Le Cygne - Camille Saint-Saëns & Han-Na Chang (3:17)
  3. 3 Carmen, opera: Habanera (L'amour est un oiseau rebelle) - Georges Bizet & Maria Callas (4:21)
  4. 4 Clair de lune, for orchestra or other arrangement (from "Suite Bergamasque" for piano), L. 75/3 - Claude Debussy & Leopold Stokowski (5:12)
  5. 5 Lakmé, opera: Flower Duet (Dôme épais) - Léo Delibes & Natalie Dessay (4:52)
  6. 6 Faust, opera: Les nubiennes (Ballet music) - Charles Gounod & Charles Mackerras (2:25)
  7. 7 Samson et Dalila, opera in 3 acts, Op. 47: Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix - Maria Callas & Camille Saint-Saëns (5:21)
  8. 8 Pavane, for orchestra & chorus ad lib in F sharp minor, Op. 50 - Gabriel Fauré & David Willcocks (6:50)
  9. 9 Plaisir d'amour, for voice & piano (or orchestra) - Michel Dalberto & Jean-Paul-Gilles Martini (aka J.P. Schwarzendorf) (2:53)
  10. 10 Romance for violin & orchestra in C major, Op. 48 - Camille Saint-Saëns & Pierre Dervaux (5:55)
  11. 11 Berceuse, for piano, 4 hands or orchestra (Dolly, suite), Op. 56/1 - Gabriel Fauré & Jean-Philippe Collard (2:38)
  12. 12 Carmen, opera: Entr'acte to Act 3 - Georges Bizet & Orchestre National de France (2:35)
  13. 13 Chanson d'amour, song for voice & piano in F major, Op. 27/1 - Gabriel Fauré & London Symphony Orchestra (2:03)
  14. 14 Gymnopedie for piano No. 1 - Claude Debussy & Erik Satie (2:52)
  15. 15 Sylvia, ou La nymphe de Diane, ballet: Intermezzo & Valse lente - Léo Delibes & Charles Mackerras (4:25)
  16. 16 Les Deux Pigeons, ballet - André Messager & Charles Mackerras (3:19)
  17. 17 Thaïs, opera in 3 acts: Meditation - Jules Massenet & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (6:44)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: Morning - Edvard Grieg & Neville Marriner (4:19)
  2. 2 Má Vlast (My Fatherland), symphonic poems (6), JB 1:112: Vltava [Excerpt] - Bedrich Smetana & Paavo Berglund (5:01)
  3. 3 Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16: 2. Adagio - Edvard Grieg & Dmitri Alexeev (6:40)
  4. 4 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 (4:46)
  5. 5 Bryllupsdag på Troldhaugen (Wedding Day at Troldhaugen), lyric piece for piano, Op. 65/6 - Edvard Grieg & Daniel Adni (5:41)
  6. 6 Rusalka, opera, B. 203 (Op. 114): Song to the Moon - Antonin Dvorák & Munich Radio Orchestra (5:54)
  7. 7 Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11, CT. 47: 2. Romance: Larghetto (opening) - Frédéric Chopin & Martha Argerich (3:53)
  8. 8 Humoresque No. 7 for piano in G flat major, B. 187/7 (Op. 101/7) - Antonin Dvorák & Moura Lympany (3:04)
  9. 9 Les sylphides, ballet (arrangement): Prelude in A - Frédéric Chopin & Robert Irving (3:22)
  10. 10 Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S. 124 (LW H4): 2. Quasi adagio - Franz Liszt & Michel Béroff (4:33)
  11. 11 Pelléas et Mélisande, opera in 5 acts, L. 88: At the Castle Gate - Claude Debussy & Jean Sibelius (2:53)
  12. 12 Berceuse for piano in D flat major, Op. 57, CT. 7 - Frédéric Chopin & Peter Donohoe (4:30)
  13. 13 Jalousie (Jealousy), tango for orchestra - Jacob Gade (4:12)
  14. 14 Nocturne for piano No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109 - John Ogdon & Frédéric Chopin (5:18)
  15. 15 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 (4:09)
  16. 16 Die lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow), operetta: Vilja - Lovro von Matacic & Franz Lehár (4:52)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Intermezzo - Pietro Mascagni & Riccardo Muti (3:44)
  2. 2 Gianni Schicchi, opera: O mio babbino caro - Giacomo Puccini & Angela Gheorghiu (2:07)
  3. 3 España, album leaves (6) for piano, Op. 165, B. 37: Tango - Isaac Albéniz (2:30)
  4. 4 La Rondine (The Swallow), opera: Chi il bel sogno di Doretta - Giacomo Puccini & Montserrat Caballé (3:08)
  5. 5 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 (3:42)
  6. 6 L'incoronazione di Poppea, opera in 3 acts, SV 308: Pur ti miro - Claudio Monteverdi & London Symphony Orchestra (3:45)
  7. 7 Minuet in A major, arrangement (after String Quintet in E major, Op.11/5 [aka Op. 13/5], G. 275) - Luigi Boccherini & Neville Marriner (3:56)
  8. 8 L'amico Fritz, opera (commedia lyrica) in 3 acts: O amore, o bella luce del core - Pietro Mascagni & Gianandrea Gavazzeni (2:32)
  9. 9 Recuerdos de la Alhambra, for guitar - Francisco Tárrega & Christopher Parkening (3:57)
  10. 10 Ai giochi addio - Nino Rota / Elsa Morante & London Symphony Orchestra (3:23)
  11. 11 Concierto de Aranjuez, for guitar & orchestra: 2. Adagio (opening) - Joaquín Rodrigo & Julian Bream (4:46)
  12. 12 Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Vogliatemi bene - Giacomo Puccini & John Barbirolli (7:56)
  13. 13 Lute (Chamber) Concerto, for lute (or guitar), 2 violins & continuo in D major, RV 93: 2. Largo - Antonio Vivaldi & Lausanne Chamber Orchestra (6:08)
  14. 14 Zigeunerweisen, for violin & piano (or orchestra) ("Gypsy Airs"), Op. 20 - Pablo de Sarasate & Mutter (7:49)
  15. 15 Time to Say Goodbye (Con te partirò), song - Francesco Sartori & Julian Kershaw (3:53)
  16. 16 Turandot, opera: Nessun dorma - Giacomo Puccini & José Carreras (4:14)
  17. 17 Untitled CD-ROM Track - Unspecified
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