Best Classics 100

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/29/2006
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • UPC: 094637085325
  • Catalog Number: 70853
  • Sales rank: 7,158

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (2:50)
  2. 2 I. Allegro (3:42)
  3. 3 Toccata (3:23)
  4. 4 III. Rondo (Allegro vivace) (3:37)
  5. 5 I. Allegro con brio (6:35)
  6. 6 Conclusion (3:35)
  7. 7 Ode to Joy (3:22)
  8. 8 I. Allegro molto moderato (opening) (4:27)
  9. 9 No. 3. Alla marcia (4:41)
  10. 10 Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity (conclusion) (4:50)
  11. 11 I. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso (3:24)
  12. 12 Finlandia, tone poem for orchestra, Op. 26 (8:28)
  13. 13 Gloria All'Egitto (Triumphal Scene & Grand March) (4:35)
  14. 14 Montagues and Capulets (Dance of the Knights) (1:53)
  15. 15 Radetzky-Marsch, for orchestra, Op. 228 (2:54)
  16. 16 Land of Hope and Glory (conclusion) (2:37)
  17. 17 I. Allegro ma non tanto (opening) (2:54)
  18. 18 Maestoso - Allegro (conclusion) (8:08)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Air on the G string (3:35)
  2. 2 Dance of the Blessed Spirits (2:15)
  3. 3 Canon in D major, instrumental arrangement (5:01)
  4. 4 II. Adagio (6:39)
  5. 5 Aria (2:10)
  6. 6 Extract (5:52)
  7. 7 I. Adagio sostenuto (extract) (3:58)
  8. 8 II. Andantino (extract) (4:01)
  9. 9 II. Andante (extract) (4:30)
  10. 10 II. Andante (6:48)
  11. 11 II. Largo (opening) (4:46)
  12. 12 II. Adagio (opening) (4:25)
  13. 13 Nimrod (3:58)
  14. 14 II. Adagio (opening) (4:47)
  15. 15 (conclusion) (6:54)
  16. 16 IV. Adagietto (conclusion) (3:08)
  17. 17 Variation 18 (2:57)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Au Fond du Temple Saint (Temple Duet) (5:26)
  2. 2 Song to the Moon (5:55)
  3. 3 Dôme Épais (Flower Duet) (3:31)
  4. 4 La Fleur que tu m'Avais Jetée (3:52)
  5. 5 Che Farò Senza Euridice? (5:30)
  6. 6 Casta diva (5:36)
  7. 7 Che Gelida Manina (4:53)
  8. 8 O Mio Babbino Caro (2:08)
  9. 9 Baïlèro, folksong for voice & orchestra (Chants d'Auvergne, Series 1, N (4:52)
  10. 10 Vogliatemi Bene (7:56)
  11. 11 Va, Pensiero (Chorus of Hebrew Slaves) (5:29)
  12. 12 Es lebt eine Vilja (from Die lustige Witwe) ("Vilja-Lied") (4:55)
  13. 13 Ombra mai fu (3:18)
  14. 14 Ellens Gesang III ("Ave Maria"), song for voice & piano, D. 839 (Op. 52 (6:44)
  15. 15 Cantique de Noël for voice & orchestra "O Holy Night" (5:00)
  16. 16 Nessun Dorma (4:10)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Overture (4:21)
  2. 2 Jesu bleibet meine Freude, transcription for piano (after J.S. Bach, BW (5:15)
  3. 3 I. Allegro (extract) (6:42)
  4. 4 The Prince of Denmark's March (Trumpet Voluntary) for brass, winds & percus (2:54)
  5. 5 Judex (4:42)
  6. 6 Overture (5:23)
  7. 7 Air (Sarabande) in E major, HWV 425 (3:26)
  8. 8 Waltz of the Flowers (6:53)
  9. 9 Troika (2:54)
  10. 10 Fantasia on Greensleeves, for harp, flute & strings (arranged by R. Gre (4:41)
  11. 11 Clair de lune, for piano (Suite Bergamasque No. 3), L. 75/3 (4:58)
  12. 12 Act II. No. 10 (2:50)
  13. 13 Cavatina (3:16)
  14. 14 II. Romance (Larghetto) (opening) (4:07)
  15. 15 My Heart Will Go On (4:21)
  16. 16 Time to Say Goodbye (Con te partirò), song (4:01)
  17. 17 [Excerpt] (3:45)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Intermezzo (3:44)
  2. 2 II. Adagio sostenuto (opening) (4:32)
  3. 3 Morning (4:17)
  4. 4 Romance (3:15)
  5. 5 Adagio for strings (or string quartet; arr. from 2nd mvt. of String Qua (6:23)
  6. 6 The Story of the Kalender Prince (opening) (3:53)
  7. 7 Méditation (6:47)
  8. 8 Polovtsian Dances (beginning) (3:52)
  9. 9 Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia (extract) (4:46)
  10. 10 (excerpt) (5:04)
  11. 11 II. Allegretto (extract) (3:57)
  12. 12 II. Largo ma non tanto (7:43)
  13. 13 Theme (5:04)
  14. 14 Dance of the Reed Flutes (2:21)
  15. 15 V. Allegretto (Shepherd's Hymn after the Storm) (6:41)
Disc 6
  1. 1 Zadok the Priest, coronation anthem No. 1 for chorus & orchestra, HWV 2 (6:05)
  2. 2 Zion Hört die Wächter (4:49)
  3. 3 (w 1-4, 17-20) (5:48)
  4. 4 Sanctus (3:47)
  5. 5 Panis angelicus for tenor, organ, harp, cello & bass (4:58)
  6. 6 L'Adieu des Bergers (3:50)
  7. 7 Sanctus (5:20)
  8. 8 In Paradisum (3:29)
  9. 9 Laudate Dominum (5:09)
  10. 10 Cantique de Jean Racine, for 4-part chorus & organ (or orchestra), Op. (5:12)
  11. 11 Ingemisco (3:43)
  12. 12 Ave verum Corpus, motet for chorus, strings & organ, K. 618 (3:05)
  13. 13 I Know That My Redeemer Liveth (6:42)
  14. 14 The Heavens Are Telling (4:47)
  15. 15 Pie Jesu (3:20)
  16. 16 Lacrimosa (2:58)
  17. 17 Hallelujah Chorus (4:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Colin Davis Conductor
Moura Lympany Piano
Yehudi Menuhin Violin, Conductor
London Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble, 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, Ensemble
Herbert von Karajan Conductor
Choir of King's College, Cambridge Choir, Chorus, Ensemble
Eugene Ormandy Piano
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Performing Ensemble, Ensemble
Renata Scotto Soprano (Vocal)
Julian Bream Guitar
Cleveland Orchestra Performing Ensemble, 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, Ensemble
English Chamber Orchestra Performing Ensemble, Ensemble
Gerald Finley Cantor
Bernard Haitink Conductor
London Philharmonic Orchestra Performing Ensemble, Ensemble
Neville Marriner Conductor
Gerald Moore Piano
Munich Radio Orchestra Performing Ensemble, Ensemble
Royal Choral Society Choir, Chorus, Ensemble
Tullio Serafin Conductor
Barry Tuckwell Horn, French Horn
David Willcocks Conductor
James Morris Bass (Vocal)
Adrian Boult Conductor
New Philharmonia Orchestra Performing Ensemble, Ensemble
Pierre Dervaux Conductor
Mutter Violin
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble, Ensemble
Rome Opera Orchestra Ensemble
Andrew Davis Conductor
Philadelphia Orchestra Performing Ensemble, Ensemble
Berlin Symphony Orchestra Ensemble
Bach Festival Orchestra Performing 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, Ensemble
Robert Tear Tenor (Vocal)
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble, 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 Ensemble
Franz Welser-Möst Conductor
David Abel Conductor
Emil Gilels Piano
Charles Mackerras Conductor
Georges Prêtre Conductor
New World Philharmonic Performing Ensemble, Ensemble
Elizabeth Harwood Soprano (Vocal)
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf Soprano (Vocal)
Agnes Baltsa Mezzo-Soprano (Vocal)
Bath Festival Orchestra Ensemble
Eugen Jochum Conductor
Beecham Choral Society Choir, Chorus, Ensemble
Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus and Orchestra Performing 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
Cécile Ousset Piano
Fritz Helmis Harp
Kurt Sanderling Conductor
Peter Barley Organ
Tasmin Little Violin
Julia Thornton Harp
Sabine Meyer Bass Clarinet
Hallé Orchestra Performing Ensemble, Ensemble
Maurice Handford Conductor
Henriette Puig-Roget Organ
Consortium Musicum Performing Ensemble, Ensemble
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra Performing Ensemble, Ensemble
Mikhail Rudy Piano
Wolfgang Gonnenwein Conductor
Alex Briger Conductor
Camerata Lysy Gstaad Performing Ensemble, Ensemble
South German Madrigal Choir Choir, Chorus
René Duclos Choir Choir, Chorus, Ensemble
Bryden Thomson Conductor
Lamoureux Concert Association Orchestra Performing Ensemble, 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, 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
The Orchestra Ensemble
Choirboys Ensemble
Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra Ensemble
Rome Opera Theater Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Jean-Claude Hartemann Conductor
St. Hedwig's Cathedral Chorus Choir, Chorus, Ensemble
Choeurs de l'Opéra du Rhin Choir, Chorus
Members of the Conservatory Society Concert Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra in Katowice Ensemble
Philharmonia Chorus Choir, Chorus, Ensemble
La Scala Theater Orchestra Performing Ensemble, Ensemble
Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse Performing Ensemble
Iain Sutherland Conductor
Les Petits Chanteurs à la Croix Potencée Ensemble, Children's Chorus
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
Lovro von Matacic Conductor
Wolfgang Sebastian Meyer Organ
Wiener Johann-Strauss Kammerorchester Performing Ensemble
Monks of Downside Abbey Ensemble
Downside Abbey Monks and Choirboys Choir, Chorus
Paris Opéra-Comique Orchestra Performing Ensemble, Ensemble
Paris Conservatory Concert Society Orchestra Performing Ensemble, Ensemble
Polish Radio Chamber Orchestra Performing Ensemble
The Sinfonia of London Performing Ensemble, Ensemble
Polish National Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Philharmonia Orchestra Performing Ensemble, Ensemble
La Scala Theater Orchestra & Chorus Ensemble
La Scala Theater Chorus Choir, Chorus
Jane Parker-Smith Organ
Dresden Staatskapelle Performing Ensemble, Ensemble
Cambridge Classical Players Performing Ensemble, Ensemble
Bavarian Radio Chorus Choir, Chorus, Ensemble
Hallé Orchestra 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
Alexander Konstantinovich Glazunov Arranger
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Arranger
Craig Leon Arranger
Neville Marriner Arranger
Simon Hale Arranger
Alain Kremski Arranger
Remo Giazotto Arranger
Franz Beyer Arranger
Jean-Michel Defaye Arranger
Basil Lam Arranger
Gordon H. Jee Cover Design
Ralph Greaves Arranger
Gustave Sandré Arranger
Hoffman Arranger
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A collection for all seasons.

    Not a day goes by that I do not find myself wandering into that section of my musical library now gracefully occupied by this compilation. Divided into six thematic discs - Uplifting, Relaxing, Vocal, Golden, Favorite, and Spiritual - the collection includes all of those tracks that we know and love, to those that we recognize but cannot identify, all the way to those tracks about which we had unfortunately forgotten. For example, disc one contains such favorites as the conclusion to Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture", Bach's "Tocatta in D Minor", and the graduation-day heirloom "Pomp and Circumstance", while disc four includes "Cavatina" (the theme from the 1978 film, "The Deer Hunter"), a stunning rendition of James Horner's "My Heart Will Go On", and Vaughan Williams's take on "Greensleaves"; here, vastly different works exist side by side, while never feeling forced or artificially arranged, despite that all too common effect of compilations such as this. If you have been disappointed by other musical anthologies in the past, I would urge you to reconsider your aversion by giving these discs a chance - after all, even if one were to find issue, the value in terms of cost for quality is outstanding.

    In addition, I have two side notes. Firstly, EMI has also published other '100 Best' compilations, with themes ranging from the Baroque to Piano, so explore those if you are looking for a more thematically coherent collection. Secondly, fans of Sarah Brightman's various albums will be pleasantly surprised to find many of the original works that served as her inspirations.

    My highest recommendation to all listeners, as there truly is something for everybody on these discs. Also, do not simply skip to those tracks with which you are familiar; let each disc play, and you are sure to discover new gems along the way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome collection

    There was one song in particular that I was looking for and found it in this collection. Little did I know how marvelous the entire collection was. Excellent sound - a lot of oldies but goodies that I had forgotten about. Can't believe what I got for the price of one cd.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantastic Intro to a Beginner

    I've heard classical music on and off, but was never inspired to actually "listen" to it. I thought this introduction to popular classical music would pique my interest, and it has in a big way! The sheer variety of composers, musicians and types of classical music got me hooked! I'd definitely recommend this CD for beginners such as myself, and for people who want a solid variety to pick and choose from, depending on their mood.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    excellent variety of classical music

    My son loves classical music. This variety and the number of disks in the set make it great for listening to at home or in the car.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Remember

    This is a fantastic cd. It transported me to Mrs. Clark's music class in high school. Boy, were we dummies not to have paid better attention. You always feel as if you've just improved your mind by listening to classical music. Maybe we do! We soothe the stress and massage the gray cells when we listen. lol. pick it up! play it in the background at dinner, while cleaning, reading, etc. One track even makes me think Lionel Ritchie had been "inspired" by it. wink, wink
    ~~~ peace out ~~~

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A good representation of the genre.

    A fine value, with enough variety to keep it interesting. Each of the six CDs samples a specific area, i.e. spiritual, choral etcetera, and most are excerpted from the composers larger works.

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