50 Best Romantic Classics

50 Best Romantic Classics

     
 

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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…  See 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

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Les contes d'Hoffmann, opera in 4 acts: Barcarolle

    • Jacques Offenbach
    • Sylvain Cambreling
    • Ann Murray
    • Jessye Norman
    1. Barcarolle  (04:24)
  2. Carnival of the Animals, zoological fantasy for 2 pianos & ensemble: Le Cygne

    • Camille Saint-Saëns
    • Han-Na Chang
    • New Philharmonia Orchestra
    • Leonard Slatkin
    1. Le Cygne  (03:17)
  3. Carmen, opera: Habanera (L'amour est un oiseau rebelle)

    • Georges Bizet
    • Maria Callas
    • René Duclos Choir
    • Georges Prêtre
    1. Habanera (L'amour est un oiseau rebelle)  (04:21)
  4. Clair de lune, for orchestra or other arrangement (from "Suite Bergamasque" for piano), L. 75/3  - Claude Debussy  - Leopold Stokowski  -  Philadelphia Orchestra  - Wolfgang Sawallisch  (05:12)
  5. Lakmé, opera: Flower Duet (Dôme épais)

    • Léo Delibes
    • Natalie Dessay
    • Delphine Haidan
    • Michel Plasson
    1. Flower Duet (Dôme épais)  (04:52)
  6. Faust, opera: Les nubiennes (Ballet music)

    • Charles Gounod
    • Charles Mackerras
    • New Philharmonia Orchestra
    1. Les nubiennes (Ballet music)  (02:25)
  7. 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
    1. Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix  (05:21)
  8. Pavane, for orchestra & chorus ad lib in F sharp minor, Op. 50  - Gabriel Fauré  - David Willcocks  - Gareth Morris  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  (06:50)
  9. Plaisir d'amour, for voice & piano (or orchestra)  - Jean-Paul-Gilles Martini (aka J.P. Schwarzendorf)  - Michel Dalberto  - Barbara Hendricks  (02:53)
  10. Romance for violin & orchestra in C major, Op. 48  - Camille Saint-Saëns  - Pierre Dervaux  - Ulf Hoelscher  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  (05:55)
  11. Berceuse, for piano, 4 hands or orchestra (Dolly, suite), Op. 56/1  - Gabriel Fauré  - Jean-Philippe Collard  - Bruno Rigutto  (02:38)
  12. Carmen, opera: Entr'acte to Act 3

    • Georges Bizet
    • Orchestre National de France
    • Seiji Ozawa
    1. Entr'acte to Act 3  (02:35)
  13. Chanson d'amour, song for voice & piano in F major, Op. 27/1  - Gabriel Fauré  -  London Symphony Orchestra  - Natasha Marsh  (02:03)
  14. Gymnopedie for piano No. 1  - Erik Satie  - Claude Debussy  -  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra  - Louis Frémaux  (02:52)
  15. Sylvia, ou La nymphe de Diane, ballet: Intermezzo & Valse lente

    • Léo Delibes
    • Charles Mackerras
    • New Philharmonia Orchestra
    1. Intermezzo & Valse lente  (04:25)
  16. Les Deux Pigeons, ballet  - André Messager  - Charles Mackerras  -  Royal Opera House Orchestra Covent Garden  (03:19)
  17. Thaïs, opera in 3 acts: Meditation

    • Jules Massenet
    • Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
    • Herbert von Karajan
    • Anne-Sophie Mutter
    1. Meditation  (06:44)

Disc 2

  1. Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: Morning

    • Edvard Grieg
    • Neville Marriner
    • Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
    1. Morning  (04:19)
  2. Má Vlast (My Fatherland), symphonic poems (6), JB 1:112: Vltava [Excerpt]

    • Bedrich Smetana
    • Paavo Berglund
    • Staatskapelle Berlin
    1. Vltava [Excerpt]  (05:01)
  3. Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16: 2. Adagio

    • Edvard Grieg
    • Dmitri Alexeev
    • Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    • Yuri Temirkanov
    1. 2. Adagio  (06:40)
  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
    • Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
    1. 2. Largo (opening)  (04:46)
  5. Bryllupsdag på Troldhaugen (Wedding Day at Troldhaugen), lyric piece for piano, Op. 65/6  - Edvard Grieg  - Daniel Adni  (05:41)
  6. Rusalka, opera, B. 203 (Op. 114): Song to the Moon

    • Antonin Dvorák
    • Munich Radio Orchestra
    • Lucia Popp
    • Stefan Soltesz
    1. Song to the Moon  (05:54)
  7. Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11, CT. 47: 2. Romance: Larghetto (opening)

    • Frédéric Chopin
    • Martha Argerich
    • Charles Dutoit
    • Montreal Symphony Orchestra
    1. 2. Romance: Larghetto (opening)  (03:53)
  8. Humoresque No. 7 for piano in G flat major, B. 187/7 (Op. 101/7)  - Antonin Dvorák  - Moura Lympany  (03:04)
  9. Les sylphides, ballet (arrangement): Prelude in A

    • Frédéric Chopin
    • Robert Irving
    • New Philharmonia Orchestra
    1. Prelude in A  (03:22)
  10. Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S. 124 (LW H4): 2. Quasi adagio

    • Franz Liszt
    • Michel Béroff
    • Leipzig Gewandhaus Chorus
    • Kurt Masur
    1. 2. Quasi adagio  (04:33)
  11. Pelléas et Mélisande, opera in 5 acts, L. 88: At the Castle Gate

    • Jean Sibelius
    • Claude Debussy
    • Paavo Berglund
    • Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
    1. At the Castle Gate  (02:53)
  12. Berceuse for piano in D flat major, Op. 57, CT. 7  - Frédéric Chopin  - Peter Donohoe  (04:30)
  13. Jalousie (Jealousy), tango for orchestra  - Jacob Gade  (04:12)
  14. Nocturne for piano No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109  - Frédéric Chopin  - John Ogdon  (05:18)
  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  (04:09)
  16. Die lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow), operetta: Vilja

    • Franz Lehár
    • Lovro von Matacic
    • Philharmonia Chorus
    • New Philharmonia Orchestra
    • Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
    1. Vilja  (04:52)

Disc 3

  1. Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Intermezzo

    • Pietro Mascagni
    • Riccardo Muti
    • New Philharmonia Orchestra
    1. Intermezzo  (03:44)
  2. Gianni Schicchi, opera: O mio babbino caro

    • Giacomo Puccini
    • Angela Gheorghiu
    • London Symphony Orchestra
    • Antonio Pappano
    1. O mio babbino caro  (02:07)
  3. España, album leaves (6) for piano, Op. 165, B. 37: Tango

    • Isaac Albéniz
    1. Tango  (02:30)
  4. La Rondine (The Swallow), opera: Chi il bel sogno di Doretta

    • Giacomo Puccini
    • Montserrat Caballé
    • London Symphony Orchestra
    • Charles Mackerras
    1. Chi il bel sogno di Doretta  (03:08)
  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
    • Alberto Lysy
    • Yehudi Menuhin
    1. 1. Allegro  (03:42)
  6. 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
    1. Pur ti miro  (03:45)
  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  -  Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields  (03:56)
  8. 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
    1. O amore, o bella luce del core  (02:32)
  9. Recuerdos de la Alhambra, for guitar  - Francisco Tárrega  - Christopher Parkening  (03:57)
  10. Ai giochi addio  -  Nino Rota / Elsa Morante  -  London Symphony Orchestra  - François-Xavier Roth  - Natasha Marsh  (03:23)
  11. Concierto de Aranjuez, for guitar & orchestra: 2. Adagio (opening)

    • Joaquín Rodrigo
    • Julian Bream
    • City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
    • Simon Rattle
    1. 2. Adagio (opening)  (04:46)
  12. Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Vogliatemi bene

    • Giacomo Puccini
    • John Barbirolli
    • Carlo Bergonzi
    • Renata Scotto
    • Orchestra del Teatro dell Opera di Roma
    1. Vogliatemi bene  (07:56)
  13. 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
    1. 2. Largo  (06:08)
  14. Zigeunerweisen, for violin & piano (or orchestra) ("Gypsy Airs"), Op. 20  - Pablo de Sarasate  -  Mutter  -  Orchestre National de France  - Seiji Ozawa  (07:49)
  15. Time to Say Goodbye (Con te partirò), song  - Francesco Sartori  - Julian Kershaw  - Amy Nuttall  (03:53)
  16. Turandot, opera: Nessun dorma

    • Giacomo Puccini
    • José Carreras
    • Alain Lombard
    • Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg
    • Rhine Opera Chorus
    1. Nessun dorma  (04:14)
  17. Untitled CD-ROM Track  -  Unspecified

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