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Best Classics 100

Best Classics 100


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Presented on six CDs, EMI's Best Classics 100 is divided into programs that help simplify the subject of classical music. Uplifting Classics introduces energetic pieces that have been picked for their cheerfulness, and the second CD offers Relaxing Classics, a gathering of slow and reflective excerpts. The third disc, Vocal Classics, is devoted to excerpts from operas


Presented on six CDs, EMI's Best Classics 100 is divided into programs that help simplify the subject of classical music. Uplifting Classics introduces energetic pieces that have been picked for their cheerfulness, and the second CD offers Relaxing Classics, a gathering of slow and reflective excerpts. The third disc, Vocal Classics, is devoted to excerpts from operas and art songs, while the fourth, Golden Classics, is focused on orchestral gems. The fifth CD, Favorite Classics, is a collection of perennials that have stood the test of time, and the final disc, Spiritual Classics, covers some of the best-known sacred works. Drawing on its extensive back list, EMI has brought together recordings by its major stars, and even though the sound quality is variable, the volume and sound quality are well balanced.

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Disc 1

  1. The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
  2. 1. Allegro
  3. Toccata
  4. III. Rondo (Allegro vivace)
  5. I. Allegro con brio
  6. Conclusion
  7. Ode to Joy
  8. I. Allegro molto moderato (opening)
  9. No. 3. Alla Marcia
  10. Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity (conclusion)
  11. I. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso
  12. Finlandia, tone poem for orchestra, Op. 26
  13. Triumphal Scene & Grand March. Gloria All'egitto
  14. Dance of the Knights. Montagues and Capulets
  15. Radetzky-Marsch, for orchestra, Op. 228
  16. Conclusion
  17. I. Allegro ma non tanto (opening)
  18. Conclusion. Maestoso - Allegro

Disc 2

  1. Air 'On the G String'
  2. Dance of the Blessed Spirits (Melody), arrangement (from "Orfeo ed Euri
  3. Canon
  4. II. Adagio
  5. Aria
  6. Extract
  7. I. Adagio sostenuto (extract)
  8. II. Andantino (extract)
  9. II. Andante (extract)
  10. II. Andante
  11. II. Largo (opening)
  12. II. Adagio (opening)
  13. Nimrod
  14. II. Adagio (opening)
  15. Conclusion
  16. Conclusion
  17. Variation 18

Disc 3

  1. Temple Duet. Au Fond Du Temple Saint
  2. Song to the Moon
  3. Flower Duet. Dôme Épais
  4. Flower Song. La Fluer Que Tu M' Avais Jetée
  5. Che Farò senza Euridice?
  6. Casta Diva
  7. Che Gelida Manina
  8. O Mio Babbino Caro
  9. Baïlèro, folksong for voice & orchestra (Chants d'Auvergne, Series 1, N
  10. Vogliatemi Bene
  11. Chorus of Hebrew Slaves. Va, Pensiero
  12. Es Lebt' Eine Vilja
  13. Ombra Mai Fu
  14. Ellens Gesang III ("Ave Maria"), song for voice & piano, D. 839 (Op. 52
  15. Cantique de Noël for voice & orchestra "O Holy Night"
  16. Nessun Dorma

Disc 4

  1. Overture
  2. Jesus Bleibet Meine Freude
  3. I. Allegro (extract)
  4. The Prince of Denmark's March (Trumpet Voluntary) for brass, winds & percus
  5. Judex
  6. Overture to La scala di seta (The Silken Ladder)
  7. Sarabande
  8. Waltz of the Flowers
  9. Troika
  10. Fantasia on Greensleeves, for harp, flute & strings (arranged by R. Gre
  11. Clair de lune, for piano (Suite Bergamasque No. 3), L. 75/3
  12. Act II, No. 10
  13. Cavatina (from "The Deer Hunter")
  14. II. Romance (Larghetto) (opening)
  15. My Heart Will Go On (from the film "Titanic")
  16. Time to Say Goodbye (Con te partirò), song
  17. Excerpt
  18. An der schönen, blauen Donau, Op. 314

Disc 5

  1. Intermezzo
  2. II. Adagio sostenuto (opening)
  3. Morning
  4. Romance
  5. Adagio for strings (or string quartet; arr. from 2nd mvt. of String Qua
  6. The Story of the Kalender Prince (opening)
  7. Méditation, for violin & orchestra (or other arrangement) (from opera "
  8. Polovtsian Dances (beginning)
  9. Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia (extract)
  10. Excerpt
  11. II. Allegretto (extract)
  12. 2. Largo ma non tanto
  13. Theme
  14. Dance of the Reed Flutes
  15. V. Allegretto ("Shepherd's Hymn After the Storm")

Disc 6

  1. Zadok the Priest, coronation anthem No. 1 for chorus & orchestra, HWV 2
  2. Zion Hört Die Wächter
  3. vv 1-4, 17-20
  4. Sanctus
  5. Panis angelicus for tenor, organ, harp, cello & bass
  6. L'Adieu des Bergers
  7. Sanctus
  8. In Paradisum
  9. Laudate Dominum
  10. Cantique de Jean Racine, for 4-part chorus & organ (or orchestra), Op.
  11. Ingemisco
  12. Ave verum Corpus, motet for chorus, strings & organ, K. 618
  13. I Know That My Redeemer Liveth
  14. The Heavens Are Telling
  15. Pie Jesu
  16. Lacrimosa
  17. Hallelujah Chorus

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Colin Davis   Conductor
Moura Lympany   Piano
Yehudi Menuhin   Violin,Conductor
London Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Steve Morse   Guitar
André Previn   Conductor
Maurice André   Trumpet
Nigel Kennedy   Violin
James Galway   Flute
Luciano Pavarotti   Tenor (Vocal)
José Carreras   Tenor (Vocal)
Maria Callas   Soprano (Vocal)
Thomas Beecham   Conductor
Carlo Bergonzi   Tenor (Vocal)
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Herbert von Karajan   Conductor
Choir of King's College, Cambridge   Choir, Chorus,Ensemble
Eugene Ormandy   Conductor
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Renata Scotto   Soprano,Soprano (Vocal)
Julian Bream   Guitar
Cleveland Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Ambrosian Singers   Choir, Chorus,Ensemble
Willi Boskovsky   Conductor
Heather Harper   Soprano (Vocal)
Stephen Hough   Piano
Riccardo Muti   Conductor
Orchestre Capitole Toulouse   Ensemble
Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields   Performing Ensemble
English Chamber Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Gerald Finley   Cantor
Bernard Haitink   Conductor
London Philharmonic Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Neville Marriner   Conductor
Gerald Moore   Piano
Munich Radio Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Royal Choral Society   Choir, Chorus,Ensemble
Tullio Serafin   Conductor
Barry Tuckwell   Horn,French Horn
David Willcocks   Conductor
James Morris   Bass,Bass (Vocal)
Adrian Boult   Conductor
New Philharmonia Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Pierre Dervaux   Conductor
Anne-Sophie Mutter   Violin
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Philadelphia Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Berlin Symphony Orchestra   Ensemble
Michel Plasson   Conductor
Manuel Barrueco   Guitar
Stephen Cleobury   Conductor
David Bell   Organ
Nicolai Gedda   Tenor (Vocal)
John Barbirolli   Conductor
Matthias Eisenberg   Organ
Heinz Hoppe   Tenor (Vocal)
Walter Süsskind   Conductor
George Szell   Conductor
Yuri Temirkanov   Conductor
Roberto Alagna   Tenor (Vocal)
Simon Rattle   Conductor
St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Robert Tear   Tenor (Vocal)
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Janet Baker   Soprano (Vocal),Mezzo-Soprano (Vocal)
Mady Mesplé   Soprano (Vocal)
London Philharmonic Chorus   Choir, Chorus,Ensemble
Mariss Jansons   Conductor
Victoria de Los Angeles   Soprano (Vocal)
Lucia Popp   Soprano (Vocal)
Vienna Johann Strauss Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Franz Welser-Möst   Conductor
David Abel   Conductor
Emil Gilels   Piano
Charles Mackerras   Conductor
Georges Prêtre   Conductor
New World Philharmonic   Performing Ensemble
Elizabeth Harwood   Soprano (Vocal)
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf   Soprano (Vocal)
Agnes Baltsa   Mezzo-Soprano (Vocal)
Bath Festival Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Eugen Jochum   Conductor
Beecham Choral Society   Choir, Chorus,Ensemble
Angela Gheorghiu   Soprano (Vocal)
David Abel   Conductor
Richard Armstrong   Conductor
Westminster Choir   Choir, Chorus,Ensemble
Hans Vonk   Conductor
Stefan Soltesz   Conductor
Ernest Blanc   Baritone (Vocal)
André Cluytens   Conductor
Garrick Ohlsson   Piano
Danielle Millet   Mezzo-Soprano (Vocal)
Alain Lombard   Conductor
Stephen Layton   Organ
Hallé Choir   Choir, Chorus,Ensemble
Cécile Ousset   Piano
Richard Grassby Lewis   Tenor (Vocal)
Fritz Helmis   Harp
Kurt Sanderling   Conductor
Peter Barley   Organ
Tasmin Little   Violin
Julia Thornton   Harp
Sabine Meyer   Bass Clarinet
Hallé Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Maurice Handford   Conductor
Henriette Puig-Roget   Organ
Consortium Musicum   Performing Ensemble
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Mikhail Rudy   Piano
Wolfgang Gonnenwein   Conductor
Alex Briger   Conductor
Camerata Lysy Gstaad   Performing Ensemble
South German Madrigal Choir   Choir, Chorus
René Duclos Choir   Choir, Chorus,Ensemble
Bryden Thomson   Conductor
Lamoureux Concert Association Orchestra   Ensemble
Jerzy Maksymiuk   Conductor
Christian Ferras   Violin
Horacio Gutiérrez   Piano
Jean-Pierre Jacquillat   Conductor
Efrem Kurtz   Conductor
Piers Lane   Piano
Richard Lewis   Tenor (Vocal)
Celia Nicklin   Oboe
Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg   Performing Ensemble
Klaus Tennstedt   Conductor
Karl Forster   Conductor
Alberto Lysy   Conductor
Polish Chamber Orchestra   Ensemble
Antonio Pappano   Conductor
John Shirley-Quirk   Baritone (Vocal)
Andrew Davis   Conductor
Orchestra   Ensemble
Choirboys   Ensemble
Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Rome Opera Theater Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Jean-Claude Hartemann   Conductor
St. Hedwig's Cathedral Chorus   Choir, Chorus,Ensemble
Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra in Katowice   Ensemble
Philharmonia Chorus   Choir, Chorus,Ensemble
Scala Theater Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Theatre National de L'opera-Comique Orchestre   Performing Ensemble
Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse   Performing Ensemble
Iain Sutherland   Conductor
Petits Chanteurs à la Croix Potencée   Choir, Chorus,Ensemble
Edda Moser   Soprano (Vocal)
Jose-Luis Garcia (Asensio)   Violin
Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus   Choir, Chorus,Ensemble
Choeur de Capitole de Toulouse   Choir, Chorus
Wayne Marshall   Organ
Timothy Beasley-Murray   Treble
Rhin Opera Choir   Choir, Chorus
Lovro von Matacic   Conductor
Wolfgang Sebastian Meyer   Organ
Andrew Davies   Conductor
Downside Abbey Choirboys   Boy's Choir
Monks of Downside Abbey   Choir, Chorus,Ensemble
Paris Opéra-Comique Orchestra   Ensemble
Paris Conservatory Concert Society Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Polish Radio Chamber Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Sinfonia of London   Performing Ensemble
Polish National Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Philharmonia Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Scala Theater Orchestra & Chorus   Ensemble
Paris National Opera Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Scala Theater Chorus   Choir, Chorus
Jane Parker-Smith   Organ
Dresden Staatskapelle   Performing Ensemble
Cambridge Classical Players   Ensemble
Bavarian Radio Chorus   Choir, Chorus,Ensemble
Alex Briger   Conductor
Toulouse Capitole Chorus   Ensemble
South German Madrigal Choir Stuttgart   Ensemble
Karl Foster   Conductor
Rhine Opera Chorus   Ensemble
Wolfgang Meyer   Organ

Technical Credits

Adolphe Adam   Composer
Tomaso Albinoni   Composer
Samuel Barber   Composer
Ludwig van Beethoven   Composer
Vicenzo Bellini   Composer
Clarke   Composer
Edward Elgar   Composer
César Franck   Composer
Alexander Glazunov   Arranger
Charles Gounod   Composer
George Frideric Handel   Composer
Pietro Mascagni   Composer
Jules Massenet   Composer
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart   Composer
Johann Pachelbel   Composer
Giacomo Puccini   Composer
Sergey Rachmaninov   Composer
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov   Arranger,Composer
Jean Sibelius   Composer
Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky   Composer
Ralph Vaughan Williams   Composer
Giuseppe Verdi   Composer
Antonio Vivaldi   Composer
John Williams [composer]   Composer
Craig Leon   Arranger,translation
James Horner   Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach   Composer
Frédéric Chopin   Composer
Claude Debussy   Composer
Neville Marriner   Arranger
Stanley Myers   Composer
Simon Hale   Arranger
Traditional   Composer
Alain Kremski   Arranger
Remo Giazotto   Arranger
Franz Beyer   Arranger
Jean-Michel Defaye   Arranger
Basil Lam   Arranger
Ralph Greaves   Arranger
Gustave Sandré   Arranger
Hoffman   Arranger

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