Best 20th Century Classics 100

Best 20th Century Classics 100

     
 

It's a tall order to compile the best classical music of the twentieth century, but EMI has selected its top 100 classics for this six-disc set, and it's difficult to argue with most of the choices. Without taking sides in the great ideological debates of the modern era -- traditionalist vs. avant-garde, tonal vs. atonal, styles vs. schools, and so on -- the label has…  See more details below

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It's a tall order to compile the best classical music of the twentieth century, but EMI has selected its top 100 classics for this six-disc set, and it's difficult to argue with most of the choices. Without taking sides in the great ideological debates of the modern era -- traditionalist vs. avant-garde, tonal vs. atonal, styles vs. schools, and so on -- the label has picked the composers whose reputations seem most secure at the turn of the twenty-first century and has chosen representative excerpts of their music. Certainly, the titans of modernism are here, such as Igor Stravinsky, Arnold Schoenberg, Béla Bartók, Dmitry Shostakovich, Sergey Prokofiev, Claude Debussy, and Benjamin Britten, to name just a few masters, but they don't cast such a large shadow that they eclipse either their more backward-looking predecessors or their more experimental successors. If anything, a complaint could be made that certain post-Romantic composers, such as Sergey Rachmaninov and Ralph Vaughan Williams, are over-represented, to the exclusion of other significant figures. Yet this is perhaps understandable for a set designed for accessibility, and it is clear that this was not intended to be a thorough survey, for otherwise, the breakdown of the program would have been more consistently planned. With the discs organized to cover "The Last of the Romantics," "Innovators," " Brave New World," "America," "Instrumental and Chamber," and "Choral and Vocal," the themes seem ill-suited for an in-depth educational program, though good enough for making casual acquaintance with the music in understandable groupings. The performances date from 1963 to 2007, so the ADD and DDD recordings are fairly variable in quality, and there is also a noticeable difference between the live concert recordings and studio sessions. Still, for a quick run through the many styles and developmental phases of the century, this collection is pretty hard to beat for its variety and sheer quantity of examples.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/28/2009
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
5099996424926
catalogNumber:
64249

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  1. Untitled CD-ROM Track  -  Unspecified
  2. Turandot, opera: Nessun dorma  - Giacomo Puccini  - José Carreras  - Alain Lombard  -  Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg  -  Choeurs de l'Opéra du Rhin
  3. Die tote Stadt (The Dead City), opera, Op. 12: Glück, das mir verblieb  - Erich Wolfgang Korngold  - Kiri Te Kanawa  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Julius Rudel  - Julius Korngold
  4. Gianni Schicchi, opera: O mio babbino caro  - Giacomo Puccini  - Angela Gheorghiu  -  London Symphony Orchestra  - Antonio Pappano
  5. Le soleil des eaux, incidental music for a radio play for soprano & orchestra: La Sorgue  - Pierre Boulez  - Pierre Boulez  -  BBC Symphony Orchestra  -  BBC Symphony Chorus  - Louis Devos  - Barry McDaniel  - Josephine Nendick
  6. Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5, for voice & 8 cellos, A. 389: 1. Aria (Cantilena): Adagio  - Heitor Villa-Lobos  - Enrique Bátiz  - Barbara Hendricks  -  Cellos of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  7. Vier letzte Lieder (Four Last Songs), for soprano & orchestra, o.Op. 150 (TrV 296, AV 150): 3. Beim Schlafengehen  - Richard Strauss  -  Royal Opera House Orchestra Covent Garden  - Antonio Pappano  - Nina Stemme
  8. Baïlèro, folksong for voice & orchestra (Chants d'Auvergne, Series 1, No. 2)  - Joseph Canteloube  - Arleen Augér  -  English Chamber Orchestra  - Yan Pascal Tortelier
  9. Opus Number Zoo, for speaker & wind quintet: Ballo  - Luciano Berio  - Linda Hirst  -  London Sinfonietta  - Diego Masson
  10. Arlecchino, "theatrical capriccio" (opera) in 1 act, KiV 270, Op. 50: Wie ist ihr Schlaf, Madame?  - Ferruccio Busoni  - Susanne Mentzer  - Kent Nagano  -  Lyon National Opera Orchestra  - Ernst Theo Richter
  11. Vocalise, transcription for orchestra, Op. 34/14  - Sergey Rachmaninov  -  Berlin Symphony Orchestra  - Natalie Dessay  - Michael Schønwandt
  12. Ecce Cor Meum (Behold My Heart), oratorio: 2. Gratia [excerpt]  - Paul McCartney  -  Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields  - Terry Edwards  -  London Voices  - Gavin Greenaway  -  Boys of King's College Choir, Cambridge  - Kate Royal  -  Boys of Magdalen College Choir, Oxford
  13. Requiem for chorus & orchestra: Pie Jesu  - John Rutter  -  Choir of King's College, Cambridge  - Stephen Cleobury  - Edward Saklatvala  -  City of London Sinfonia
  14. Song for Athene, for chorus  - John Tavener  -  Winchester Cathedral Choir  - David Hill
  15. The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace, for soloists, chorus & orchestra: Agnus Dei  - Karl Jenkins  - Paul Beniston  - Karl Jenkins  -  London Philharmonic Orchestra  -  National Youth Choir of Great Britain  - Mike Brewer
  16. Requiem for soloists, chorus & orchestra: Pie Jesu  - Andrew Lloyd Webber  -  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Simon Gibson  - Kirk Trevor  - Jane Gilchrist  - Fergus Thirlwell  -  Lloyd Webber
  17. Nunc dimittis for voice, trumpet & strings  - Geoffrey Burgon  - James Bowman  - Richard Hickox  - Crispian Steele-Perkins  -  City of London Sinfonia
  18. Beatus Petronius, for double chorus & 2 organs  - Arvo Pärt  - Christopher Bowers-Broadbent  -  Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir  - Tõnu Kaljuste  - Ene Salumae
  19. Carmina Burana, scenic cantata for soloists, choruses & orchestra: O Fortuna  - Carl Orff  - Riccardo Muti  -  Philharmonia Chorus  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra
  20. String Quartet in F major: Assez vif (Très rythmé)  - Maurice Ravel  -  Belcea Quartet
  21. Minuet for violin, viola & cello  - Alfred Schnittke  - Yuri Bashmet  - Gidon Kremer  - Mstislav Rostropovich
  22. Quatuor pour la fin du temps, for violin, cello, clarinet & piano, I/22: 1. Liturgie de cristal  - Olivier Messiaen  - Manuel Fischer-Dieskau  - Yvonne Loriod  - Wolfgang Meyer  - Christoph Poppen
  23. Verklärte Nacht, for string sextet, Op. 4: [Excerpt]  - Arnold Schoenberg  - Valentin Erben  - Thomas Kakuska  -  Artemis Quartet
  24. Lyric Suite, for orchestra (arr. from Nos.2-4 of string quartet version): 3. Allegro misterioso  - Alban Berg  -  Alban Berg Quartet
  25. String Quartet No. 1 ("Métamorphoses nocturnes"): 1. Allegro grazioso  - György Ligeti  -  Artemis Quartet
  26. Zapateado for guitar  - Eduardo Sainz de la Maza  - Regino Sainz de la Maza  - Sharon Isbin
  27. All in Twilight, pieces (4) for guitar: 1. Eighth note = 80  - Toru Takemitsu  - Julian Bream
  28. Estudio, for guitar No. 1 in E Minor, A. 235/1  - Heitor Villa-Lobos  - Manuel Barrueco
  29. Spiegel im Spiegel, for violin & piano  - Arvo Pärt  - Tasmin Little  - Martin Roscoe
  30. Duos (44) for 2 violins, Volumes 1-4, Sz. 98, BB 104: No. 28. Sorrow  - Béla Bartók  - Yehudi Menuhin  - Neil Gotkovsky
  31. Liebesfreud (Love's Joy), for violin & piano  - Fritz Kreisler  - Maxim Vengerov  - Ian Brown
  32. Gadfly, opera: Romance  - Antonio Spadavecchia  - Dmitry Shostakovich  - Piers Lane  - Tasmin Little
  33. Estampes, Op 22: 2. Pagodes  - Claude Debussy  - Ignaz Friedman  - Cécile Ousset
  34. Poèmes (2) for piano, Op. 63: 2. Étrangeté  - Alexander Scriabin  - John Ogdon
  35. El Amor brujo, ballet for mezzo-soprano & small orchestra in 1 act, G. 44: Ritual Fire Dance  - Manuel de Falla  - Moura Lympany
  36. Short Ride in a Fast Machine, fanfare for orchestra  - John Adams  -  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra  - Simon Rattle
  37. American Beauty, film score: Any Other Name  - Thomas Newman  -  Newman
  38. Three Dances, for 2 prepared amplified pianos: Dance No. 1  - John Cage  - Michael Tilson Thomas  - Ralph Grierson
  39. Rhapsody in Blue, for piano & jazz band: [Excerpt]  - George Gershwin  -  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra  - Wayne Marshall  - Simon Rattle  -  Ferde Grofé
  40. Rodeo, ballet: Hoe-Down  - Aaron Copland  -  Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra  - Leonard Slatkin
  41. Shaker Loops, for 7 strings or string orchestra: 4. A Final Shaking  - John Adams  - Christopher Warren-Green  -  London Chamber Orchestra
  42. Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 22: 2. Andante sostenuto  - Samuel Barber  - Jukka-Pekka Saraste  - Ralph Kirshbaum  -  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
  43. Three Occasions for orchestra: A Celebration of some 100 x 150 notes  - Elliott Carter  -  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra  - Simon Rattle
  44. Nagoya Marimbas, for 2 marimbas  - Steve Reich  - Colin Currie  - Sam Walton
  45. Titanic, film score: My Heart Will Go On  - James Horner  - David Abell
  46. Adagio for strings (or string quartet; arr. from 2nd mvt. of String Quartet), Op. 11  - Samuel Barber  - Eugene Ormandy  -  Philadelphia Orchestra
  47. Fanfare for the Common Man, for brass & percussion (from Symphony No. 3)  - Aaron Copland  - Enrique Bátiz  -  Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra
  48. Schindler's List, film score: Main Theme  - John Williams [composer]  - Tasmin Little  -  New World Philharmonic  - Iain Sutherland
  49. Façades, for 2 flutes (or saxophones) & strings  - Philip Glass  - Simon Haram  - John Harle  - Christopher Warren-Green  -  London Chamber Orchestra
  50. A Set of Pieces (3), for theatre orchestra, S. 20 (K. 1C28): No. 3. In the Night  - Charles Ives  -  Ensemble Modern  - Ingo Metzmacher
  51. Flourish with Fireworks, for orchestra, Op. 22  - Oliver Knussen  -  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra  - Simon Rattle
  52. Asyla, for orchestra, Op. 17: 4.  - Thomas Adès  -  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra  - Simon Rattle
  53. Canticle of the Sun (Sonnengesang), for cello, 2 percussionists & chorus: [Excerpt]  - Sofia Gubaídulína  - Simon Carrington  -  London Voices  - Neil Percy  - Mstislav Rostropovich  - Ryusuke Numajiri
  54. The Protecting Veil, for cello & orchestra: The Incarnation  - John Tavener  - Steven Isserlis  -  London Symphony Orchestra  - Gennady Rozhdestvensky
  55. Rain Coming, for chamber orchestra  - Oliver Knussen  - Toru Takemitsu  -  London Sinfonietta
  56. The Piano, film score: The Heart Asks Pleasure First / The Promise  - Michael Nyman  - Michael Nyman
  57. Guitar Concerto, for guitar & chamber orchestra, Op. 67: 1. Allegro  - Malcolm Arnold  - Julian Bream  - Simon Rattle  -  Members of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  58. Symphony No. 1: 1. Allegro giusto  - Witold Lutoslawski  - Witold Lutoslawski  -  Polish National Symphony Orchestra
  59. Drowned Out: [Excerpt]  - Mark-Anthony Turnage  -  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra  - Simon Rattle
  60. Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum, for 34 winds & 3 percussion, I/47: 3. Des profondeurs de l'abîme  - Olivier Messiaen  - Serge Baudo  -  Orchestre de Paris  -  Ensemble de Percussion de l'Orchestre de Paris
  61. Symphony No. 8: 2. Ballabile [excerpt]  - Hans Werner Henze  -  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra  - Simon Rattle
  62. Anaklasis, for string orchestra & percussion  - Krzysztof Penderecki  - Krzysztof Penderecki  -  London Symphony Orchestra
  63. Symphony No. 3, Op. 36 ("Symphony of Sorrowful Songs"): 2. Lento e largo, tranquillissimo [excerpt]  - Henryk Mikolaj Górecki  - Zofia Kilanowicz  -  Krakow Symphony Orchestra  - James Kasprzyk
  64. Yugen Dance of Men, ballet suite  - Yuzo Toyama  - Mariss Jansons  -  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
  65. Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten, for string orchestra & bell  - Arvo Pärt  -  Bournemouth Sinfonietta  - Richard Studt
  66. Boléro, ballet for orchestra: [Excerpt]  - Maurice Ravel  - André Previn  -  London Symphony Orchestra
  67. Kammermusik No.1, for 12 instruments, Op. 24/1: 4. Finale: 1921. Lebhaft  - Paul Hindemith  - Claudio Abbado  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  68. Pacific 231, symphonic movement for orchestra (Mouvement symphonique No. 1), H53  - Arthur Honegger  - Mariss Jansons  -  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
  69. Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, for 2 string orchestras: [Excerpt]  - Ralph Vaughan Williams  - Adrian Boult  -  London Philharmonic Orchestra
  70. Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny (Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny), opera: 2. Moderato assai  - Kurt Weill  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Mariss Jansons
  71. Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), ballet in 2 parts for orchestra: L'Adoration de la terre [excerpt]  - Igor Stravinsky  -  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra  - Simon Rattle
  72. Sinfonietta, for orchestra, Op. 23: Rondo. Sehr lebhaft  - Alexander von Zemlinsky  - James Conlon  -  Gürzenich Orchestra of Cologne
  73. Pini di Roma (The Pines of Rome), symphonic poem, P. 141: 3. I pini di Villa Borghese  - Ottorino Respighi  - Lamberto Gardelli  -  London Symphony Orchestra
  74. Violin Concerto: 2. Presto capriccioso alla napolitana & Trio (Canz  - William Walton  - William Walton  -  London Symphony Orchestra  - Yehudi Menuhin
  75. Concerto for Orchestra, Sz. 116, BB 127: 4. Intermezzo interrotto: Allegretto  - Béla Bartók  -  Chicago Symphony Orchestra  - Seiji Ozawa
  76. Les biches (The Does), ballet, FP 36: Rondeau  - Francis Poulenc  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Georges Prêtre
  77. Symphony No. 5, FS 97 (Op. 50): 2. Allegro [excerpt]  - Carl Nielsen  - Herbert Blomstedt  -  Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra
  78. Sea Interludes (4) from Peter Grimes, for orchestra, Op. 33a: Sunday Morning  - Benjamin Britten  - Libor Pesek  -  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
  79. Petrushka, ballet (burlesque) in 4 scenes for orchestra (1947 version): Russian Dance  - Igor Stravinsky  -  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra  - Peter Donohoe  - Simon Rattle
  80. Lulu-Suite, 5 symphonic pieces from the opera for soprano & orchestra ("Lulu-Symphonie"): 4. Variationen: Moderato  - Alban Berg  -  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra  - Simon Rattle
  81. Pieces (5) for orchestra, Op. 16: 4. Peripetie (Sehr rasch)  - Arnold Schoenberg  -  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra  - Simon Rattle
  82. Pieces (6) for orchestra, Op. 6: 6. Langsam  - Anton Webern  -  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra  - Simon Rattle
  83. Sinfonietta for orchestra ("Military," "Sokol Festival"), JW 6/18: 4. Allegretto  - Leos Janácek  -  Chicago Symphony Orchestra  - Seiji Ozawa
  84. The Planets, suite for orchestra & female chorus, Op. 32, H. 125: Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity [excerpt]  - Gustav Holst  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Simon Rattle
  85. Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 102: 2. Andante  - Dmitry Shostakovich  - Dmitri Alexeev  -  English Chamber Orchestra  - Jerzy Maksymiuk
  86. Harnasie (The Highland Robbers), ballet pantomime for tenor, chorus & orchestra, Op. 55, M68: Rural Scene [excerpt]  - Karol Szymanowski  -  Krakow Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Antoni Wit
  87. Noches en los jardines de España (Nights in the Gardens of Spain), for piano & orchestra, G. 49: 1. In the Generalife [excerpt]  - Manuel de Falla  - Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos  - Gonzalo Soriano  -  Orchestre des Concerts du Conservatoire
  88. The Lark Ascending, romance for violin & orchestra: [Excerpt]  - Ralph Vaughan Williams  - Hugh Bean  - Adrian Boult  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra
  89. Valse Triste, for orchestra (from Kuolema), Op. 44/1  - Jean Sibelius  - John Barbirolli  -  Hallé
  90. Images (3), for orchestra, L. 122: 2. Ibéria: 3. Le matin d'un jour de fête  - Claude Debussy  - André Previn  -  London Symphony Orchestra
  91. Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (Introduction and 24 Variations), for piano & orchestra in A minor, Op. 43: Variation 18  - Sergey Rachmaninov  -  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra  - Cécile Ousset  - Simon Rattle
  92. Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85: 1. Adagio - Moderato  - Edward Elgar  - John Barbirolli  - Jacqueline du Pré  -  London Symphony Orchestra
  93. Spartacus, ballet: Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia [excerpt]  - Aram Khachaturian  -  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  - Yuri Temirkanov
  94. Concierto de Aranjuez, for guitar & orchestra: 2. Adagio [excerpt]  - Joaquín Rodrigo  - Julian Bream  -  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra  - Simon Rattle
  95. Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30: 1. Allegro ma non tanto [excerpt]  - Sergey Rachmaninov  - Mariss Jansons  - Mikhail Rudy  -  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
  96. Lieutenant Kijé, film score and suite for orchestra, Op. 60: Troika  - Sergey Prokofiev  -  London Philharmonic Orchestra  -  Klaus Tennstedt
  97. Masquerada, incidental music: Waltz  - Aram Khachaturian  - Efrem Kurtz  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra
  98. Romeo and Juliet, ballet in 4 acts, Op. 64: Dance of the Knights  - Sergey Prokofiev  - André Previn  -  London Symphony Orchestra
  99. Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18: 1. Moderato [excerpt]  - Sergey Rachmaninov  - Lawrence Foster  -  Hallé  - Jean-Bernard Pommier

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