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: 323,850

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Les contes d'Hoffmann, opera in 4 acts: Barcarolle - Jacques Offenbach & Sylvain Cambreling (4:24)
    Composed byJacques Offenbach
    Conducted bySylvain Cambreling
    Performed bySylvain Cambreling, Ann Murray, Jessye Norman
  2. 2 Carnival of the Animals, zoological fantasy for 2 pianos & ensemble: Le Cygne - Camille Saint-Saëns & Han-Na Chang (3:17)
    Composed byCamille Saint-Saëns
    Conducted byLeonard Slatkin
    Performed byNew Philharmonia Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin
  3. 3 Carmen, opera: Habanera (L'amour est un oiseau rebelle) - Georges Bizet & Maria Callas (4:21)
    Composed byGeorges Bizet
    Conducted byGeorges Prêtre
    Performed byMaria Callas, René Duclos Choir, Georges Prêtre
  4. 4 Clair de lune, for orchestra or other arrangement (from "Suite Bergamasque" for piano), L. 75/3 - Claude Debussy & Leopold Stokowski (5:12)
    Composed byClaude Debussy
    Conducted byWolfgang Sawallisch
    Performed byPhiladelphia Orchestra, Wolfgang Sawallisch
  5. 5 Lakmé, opera: Flower Duet (Dôme épais) - Léo Delibes & Natalie Dessay (4:52)
    Composed byLéo Delibes
    Conducted byMichel Plasson
    Performed byNatalie Dessay, Delphine Haidan, Michel Plasson
  6. 6 Faust, opera: Les nubiennes (Ballet music) - Charles Gounod & Charles Mackerras (2:25)
    Composed byCharles Gounod
    Conducted byCharles Mackerras
    Performed byCharles Mackerras, New Philharmonia Orchestra
  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)
    Composed byCamille Saint-Saëns
    Conducted byGeorges Prêtre
    Performed byMaria Callas, Georges Prêtre, Orchester National De La Radiodiffusion Française
  8. 8 Pavane, for orchestra & chorus ad lib in F sharp minor, Op. 50 - Gabriel Fauré & David Willcocks (6:50)
    Composed byGabriel Fauré
    Conducted byDavid Willcocks
    Performed byDavid Willcocks, New Philharmonia Orchestra
  9. 9 Plaisir d'amour, for voice & piano (or orchestra) - Jean-Paul-Gilles Martini (aka J.P. Schwarzendorf) & Michel Dalberto (2:53)
    Composed byJean-Paul-Gilles Martini (aka J.P. Schwarzendorf)
    Performed byBarbara Hendricks
  10. 10 Romance for violin & orchestra in C major, Op. 48 - Camille Saint-Saëns & Pierre Dervaux (5:55)
    Composed byCamille Saint-Saëns
    Conducted byPierre Dervaux
    Performed byPierre Dervaux, New Philharmonia Orchestra
  11. 11 Berceuse, for piano, 4 hands or orchestra (Dolly, suite), Op. 56/1 - Gabriel Fauré & Jean-Philippe Collard (2:38)
    Composed byGabriel Fauré
  12. 12 Carmen, opera: Entr'acte to Act 3 - Georges Bizet & Orchestre National de France (2:35)
    Composed byGeorges Bizet
    Conducted bySeiji Ozawa
    Performed byOrchestre National de France, Seiji Ozawa
  13. 13 Chanson d'amour, song for voice & piano in F major, Op. 27/1 - Gabriel Fauré & London Symphony Orchestra (2:03)
    Composed byGabriel Fauré
    Performed byLondon Symphony Orchestra, Natasha Marsh
  14. 14 Gymnopedie for piano No. 1 - Claude Debussy & Erik Satie (2:52)
    Composed byErik Satie
    Conducted byLouis Frémaux
    Performed byCity of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Louis Frémaux
  15. 15 Sylvia, ou La nymphe de Diane, ballet: Intermezzo & Valse lente - Léo Delibes & Charles Mackerras (4:25)
    Composed byLéo Delibes
    Conducted byCharles Mackerras
    Performed byCharles Mackerras, New Philharmonia Orchestra
  16. 16 Les Deux Pigeons, ballet - André Messager & Charles Mackerras (3:19)
    Composed byAndré Messager
    Conducted byCharles Mackerras
    Performed byCharles Mackerras, Royal Opera House Orchestra Covent Garden
  17. 17 Thaïs, opera in 3 acts: Meditation - Jules Massenet & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (6:44)
    Composed byJules Massenet
    Conducted byHerbert von Karajan
    Performed byBerlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan
Disc 2
  1. 1 Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: Morning - Edvard Grieg & Neville Marriner (4:19)
    Composed byEdvard Grieg
    Conducted byNeville Marriner
    Performed byNeville Marriner, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
  2. 2 Má Vlast (My Fatherland), symphonic poems (6), JB 1:112: Vltava [Excerpt] - Bedrich Smetana & Paavo Berglund (5:01)
    Composed byBedrich Smetana
    Conducted byPaavo Berglund
    Performed byPaavo Berglund, Staatskapelle Berlin
  3. 3 Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16: 2. Adagio - Edvard Grieg & Dmitri Alexeev (6:40)
    Composed byEdvard Grieg
    Conducted byYuri Temirkanov
    Performed byRoyal Philharmonic Orchestra, Yuri Temirkanov
  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)
    Composed byAntonin Dvorák
    Conducted byMariss Jansons
    Performed byMariss Jansons, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
  5. 5 Bryllupsdag på Troldhaugen (Wedding Day at Troldhaugen), lyric piece for piano, Op. 65/6 - Edvard Grieg & Daniel Adni (5:41)
    Composed byEdvard Grieg
  6. 6 Rusalka, opera, B. 203 (Op. 114): Song to the Moon - Antonin Dvorák & Munich Radio Orchestra (5:54)
    Composed byAntonin Dvorák
    Conducted byStefan Soltesz
    Performed byMunich Radio Orchestra, Lucia Popp, Stefan Soltesz
  7. 7 Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11, CT. 47: 2. Romance: Larghetto (opening) - Frédéric Chopin & Martha Argerich (3:53)
    Composed byFrédéric Chopin
    Conducted byCharles Dutoit
    Performed byCharles Dutoit, Montreal Symphony Orchestra
  8. 8 Humoresque No. 7 for piano in G flat major, B. 187/7 (Op. 101/7) - Antonin Dvorák & Moura Lympany (3:04)
    Composed byAntonin Dvorák
  9. 9 Les sylphides, ballet (arrangement): Prelude in A - Frédéric Chopin & Robert Irving (3:22)
    Composed byFrédéric Chopin
    Conducted byRobert Irving
    Performed byRobert Irving, New Philharmonia Orchestra
  10. 10 Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S. 124 (LW H4): 2. Quasi adagio - Franz Liszt & Michel Béroff (4:33)
    Composed byFranz Liszt
    Conducted byKurt Masur
    Performed byLeipzig Gewandhaus Chorus, Kurt Masur
  11. 11 Pelléas et Mélisande, opera in 5 acts, L. 88: At the Castle Gate - Claude Debussy & Jean Sibelius (2:53)
    Composed byClaude Debussy, Jean Sibelius
    Conducted byPaavo Berglund
    Performed byPaavo Berglund, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  12. 12 Berceuse for piano in D flat major, Op. 57, CT. 7 - Frédéric Chopin & Peter Donohoe (4:30)
    Composed byFrédéric Chopin
  13. 13 Jalousie (Jealousy), tango for orchestra - Jacob Gade (4:12)
    Composed byJacob Gade
  14. 14 Nocturne for piano No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109 - John Ogdon & Frédéric Chopin (5:18)
    Composed byFrédéric Chopin
  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)
    Composed byFranz Liszt
  16. 16 Die lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow), operetta: Vilja - Lovro von Matacic & Franz Lehár (4:52)
    Composed byFranz Lehár
    Conducted byLovro von Matacic
    Performed byLovro von Matacic, Philharmonia Chorus, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
Disc 3
  1. 1 Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Intermezzo - Pietro Mascagni & Riccardo Muti (3:44)
    Composed byPietro Mascagni
    Conducted byRiccardo Muti
    Performed byRiccardo Muti, New Philharmonia Orchestra
  2. 2 Gianni Schicchi, opera: O mio babbino caro - Giacomo Puccini & Angela Gheorghiu (2:07)
    Composed byGiacomo Puccini
    Conducted byAntonio Pappano
    Performed byAngela Gheorghiu, London Symphony Orchestra, Antonio Pappano
  3. 3 España, album leaves (6) for piano, Op. 165, B. 37: Tango - Isaac Albéniz (2:30)
    Composed byIsaac Albéniz
  4. 4 La Rondine (The Swallow), opera: Chi il bel sogno di Doretta - Giacomo Puccini & Montserrat Caballé (3:08)
    Composed byGiacomo Puccini
    Conducted byCharles Mackerras
    Performed byMontserrat Caballé, London Symphony Orchestra, Charles Mackerras
  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)
    Composed byAntonio Vivaldi
    Conducted byAlberto Lysy
    Performed byCamerata Lysy Gstaad, Alberto Lysy
  6. 6 L'incoronazione di Poppea, opera in 3 acts, SV 308: Pur ti miro - Claudio Monteverdi & London Symphony Orchestra (3:45)
    Composed byClaudio Monteverdi
    Conducted byCraig Leon
    Performed byLondon Symphony Orchestra, Craig Leon, Natasha Marsh, Fernando Lima
  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)
    Composed byLuigi Boccherini
    Conducted byNeville Marriner
    Performed byNeville Marriner, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
  8. 8 L'amico Fritz, opera (commedia lyrica) in 3 acts: O amore, o bella luce del core - Pietro Mascagni & Gianandrea Gavazzeni (2:32)
    Composed byPietro Mascagni
    Conducted byGianandrea Gavazzeni
    Performed byGianandrea Gavazzeni, Royal Opera House Orchestra Covent Garden, Luciano Pavarotti
  9. 9 Recuerdos de la Alhambra, for guitar - Francisco Tárrega & Christopher Parkening (3:57)
    Composed byFrancisco Tárrega
  10. 10 Ai giochi addio - Nino Rota / Elsa Morante & London Symphony Orchestra (3:23)
    Composed byNino Rota / Elsa Morante
    Conducted byFrançois-Xavier Roth
    Performed byLondon Symphony Orchestra, François-Xavier Roth, Natasha Marsh
  11. 11 Concierto de Aranjuez, for guitar & orchestra: 2. Adagio (opening) - Joaquín Rodrigo & Julian Bream (4:46)
    Composed byJoaquín Rodrigo
    Conducted bySimon Rattle
    Performed byCity of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Simon Rattle
  12. 12 Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Vogliatemi bene - Giacomo Puccini & John Barbirolli (7:56)
    Composed byGiacomo Puccini
    Conducted byJohn Barbirolli
    Performed byJohn Barbirolli, Carlo Bergonzi, Renata Scotto, Orchestra del Teatro dell Opera di Roma
  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)
    Composed byAntonio Vivaldi
    Conducted byLawrence Foster
    Performed byLausanne Chamber Orchestra, Lawrence Foster
  14. 14 Zigeunerweisen, for violin & piano (or orchestra) ("Gypsy Airs"), Op. 20 - Pablo de Sarasate & Anne-Sophie Mutter (7:49)
    Composed byPablo de Sarasate
    Conducted bySeiji Ozawa
    Performed byOrchestre National de France, Seiji Ozawa
  15. 15 Time to Say Goodbye (Con te partirò), song - Francesco Sartori & Julian Kershaw (3:53)
    Composed byFrancesco Sartori
    Conducted byJulian Kershaw
    Performed byJulian Kershaw, Amy Nuttall
  16. 16 Turandot, opera: Nessun dorma - Giacomo Puccini & José Carreras (4:14)
    Composed byGiacomo Puccini
    Conducted byAlain Lombard
    Performed byJosé Carreras, Alain Lombard, Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra, Rhine Opera Chorus
  17. 17 Untitled CD-ROM Track - Unspecified
    Composed byUnspecified
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