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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 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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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: 8/10/2004
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 724358584226
  • Catalog Number: 85842

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba - Academy of Ancient Music (2:50)
  2. 2 1. Allegro - Alberto Lysy (3:42)
  3. 3 Toccata - Wayne Marshall (3:23)
  4. 4 III. Rondo (Allegro vivace) - Academy of Ancient Music (3:37)
  5. 5 I. Allegro con brio - Philharmonia Orchestra (6:35)
  6. 6 Conclusion - Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra (3:35)
  7. 7 Ode to Joy - Westminster Choir (3:22)
  8. 8 I. Allegro molto moderato (opening) - Cécile Ousset (4:27)
  9. 9 No. 3. Alla Marcia - Hallé Choir (4:41)
  10. 10 Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity (conclusion) - Philharmonia Orchestra (4:50)
  11. 11 I. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso - Horacio Gutiérrez (3:24)
  12. 12 Finlandia, tone poem for orchestra, Op. 26 - Hallé Choir (8:28)
  13. 13 Triumphal Scene & Grand March. Gloria All'egitto - New Philharmonia Orchestra (4:35)
  14. 14 Dance of the Knights. Montagues and Capulets - Riccardo Muti (1:53)
  15. 15 Radetzky-Marsch, for orchestra, Op. 228 - Vienna Johann Strauss Orchestra (2:54)
  16. 16 Conclusion - Andrew Davis (2:37)
  17. 17 I. Allegro ma non tanto (opening) - Mikhail Rudy (2:54)
  18. 18 Conclusion. Maestoso - Allegro - Matthias Eisenberg (8:08)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Air 'On the G String' - Academy of Ancient Music (3:35)
  2. 2 Dance of the Blessed Spirits (Melody), arrangement (from "Orfeo ed Euri - New Philharmonia Orchestra (2:15)
  3. 3 Canon - Academy of Ancient Music (5:01)
  4. 4 II. Adagio - Dresden Staatskapelle (6:39)
  5. 5 Aria - Julia Thornton (2:10)
  6. 6 Extract - Academy of Ancient Music (5:52)
  7. 7 I. Adagio sostenuto (extract) - Moura Lympany (3:58)
  8. 8 II. Andantino (extract) - Fritz Helmis (4:01)
  9. 9 II. Andante (extract) - Philharmonia Orchestra (4:30)
  10. 10 II. Andante - Bryden Thomson (6:48)
  11. 11 II. Largo (opening) - Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra (4:46)
  12. 12 II. Adagio (opening) - Philharmonia Orchestra (4:25)
  13. 13 Nimrod - Adrian Boult (3:58)
  14. 14 II. Adagio (opening) - City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (4:47)
  15. 15 Conclusion - City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (6:54)
  16. 16 Conclusion - John Barbirolli (3:08)
  17. 17 Variation 18 - Cécile Ousset (2:57)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Temple Duet. Au Fond Du Temple Saint - Ernest Blanc (5:26)
  2. 2 Song to the Moon - Stefan Soltesz (5:55)
  3. 3 Flower Duet. Dôme Épais - Alain Lombard (3:31)
  4. 4 Flower Song. La Fluer Que Tu M' Avais Jetée - Georges Prêtre (3:52)
  5. 5 Che Farò senza Euridice? - Philharmonia Orchestra (5:30)
  6. 6 Casta Diva - La Scala Theater Orchestra & Chorus (5:36)
  7. 7 Che Gelida Manina - Richard Armstrong (4:53)
  8. 8 O Mio Babbino Caro - Antonio Pappano (2:08)
  9. 9 Baïlèro, folksong for voice & orchestra (Chants d'Auvergne, Series 1, N - Jean-Pierre Jacquillat (4:52)
  10. 10 Vogliatemi Bene - Orchestra del Teatro dell Opera di Roma (7:56)
  11. 11 Chorus of Hebrew Slaves. Va, Pensiero - Bernard Haitink (5:29)
  12. 12 Es Lebt' Eine Vilja - Lovro von Matacic (4:55)
  13. 13 Ombra Mai Fu (3:18)
  14. 14 Ellens Gesang III ("Ave Maria"), song for voice & piano, D. 839 (Op. 52 - Janet Baker (6:44)
  15. 15 Cantique de Noël for voice & orchestra "O Holy Night" - Roberto Alagna (5:00)
  16. 16 Nessun Dorma - Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg (4:10)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Overture - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (4:21)
  2. 2 Jesus Bleibet Meine Freude - Academy of Ancient Music (5:15)
  3. 3 I. Allegro (extract) - Emil Gilels (6:42)
  4. 4 The Prince of Denmark's March (Trumpet Voluntary) for brass, winds & percus - Jane Parker-Smith (2:54)
  5. 5 Judex - Maurice Handford (4:42)
  6. 6 Overture to La scala di seta (The Silken Ladder) - Polish Chamber Orchestra (5:23)
  7. 7 Sarabande - Alex Briger (3:26)
  8. 8 Waltz of the Flowers - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (6:53)
  9. 9 Troika - Klaus Tennstedt (2:54)
  10. 10 Fantasia on Greensleeves, for harp, flute & strings (arranged by R. Gre - John Barbirolli (4:41)
  11. 11 Clair de lune, for piano (Suite Bergamasque No. 3), L. 75/3 - Moura Lympany (4:58)
  12. 12 Act II, No. 10 - André Previn (2:50)
  13. 13 Cavatina (from "The Deer Hunter") - Manuel Barrueco (3:16)
  14. 14 II. Romance (Larghetto) (opening) - Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra in Katowi (4:07)
  15. 15 My Heart Will Go On (from the film "Titanic") - David Abel (4:21)
  16. 16 Time to Say Goodbye (Con te partirò), song - David Abel (4:01)
  17. 17 Excerpt - Herbert von Karajan (3:45)
  18. 18 An der schönen, blauen Donau, Op. 314 (3:45)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Intermezzo - Philharmonia Orchestra (3:44)
  2. 2 II. Adagio sostenuto (opening) - Cécile Ousset (4:32)
  3. 3 Morning - Academy of Ancient Music (4:17)
  4. 4 Romance - Piers Lane (3:15)
  5. 5 Adagio for strings (or string quartet; arr. from 2nd mvt. of String Qua - Eugene Ormandy (6:23)
  6. 6 The Story of the Kalender Prince (opening) - Riccardo Muti (3:53)
  7. 7 Méditation, for violin & orchestra (or other arrangement) (from opera " - Mutter (6:47)
  8. 8 Polovtsian Dances (beginning) - Beecham Choral Society (3:52)
  9. 9 Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia (extract) - Yuri Temirkanov (4:46)
  10. 10 Excerpt - Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra (5:04)
  11. 11 II. Allegretto (extract) - Philharmonia Orchestra (3:57)
  12. 12 2. Largo ma non tanto - Christian Ferras (7:43)
  13. 13 Theme - Iain Sutherland & His Orchestra (5:04)
  14. 14 Dance of the Reed Flutes - André Previn (2:21)
  15. 15 V. Allegretto ("Shepherd's Hymn After the Storm") - Riccardo Muti (6:41)
Disc 6
  1. 1 Zadok the Priest, coronation anthem No. 1 for chorus & orchestra, HWV 2 - Andrew Davis (6:05)
  2. 2 Zion Hört Die Wächter - Wolfgang Gonnenwein (4:49)
  3. 3 vv 1-4, 17-20 - Timothy Beasley-Murray (5:48)
  4. 4 Sanctus - Wolfgang Meyer (3:47)
  5. 5 Panis angelicus for tenor, organ, harp, cello & bass - Maurice Handford (4:58)
  6. 6 L'Adieu des Bergers - Choeurs René Ducios (3:50)
  7. 7 Sanctus - Sanctus (5:20)
  8. 8 In Paradisum - Jose-Luis Garcia (Asensio) (3:29)
  9. 9 Laudate Dominum - Jerzy Maksymiuk (5:09)
  10. 10 Cantique de Jean Racine, for 4-part chorus & organ (or orchestra), Op. - Jerzy Maksymiuk (5:12)
  11. 11 Ingemisco - La Scala Theater Orchestra (3:43)
  12. 12 Ave verum Corpus, motet for chorus, strings & organ, K. 618 - Stephen Layton (3:05)
  13. 13 I Know That My Redeemer Liveth - Elizabeth Harwood (6:42)
  14. 14 The Heavens Are Telling - John Shirley-Quirk (4:47)
  15. 15 Pie Jesu - Celia Nicklin (3:20)
  16. 16 Lacrimosa - London Philharmonic Chorus (2:58)
  17. 17 Hallelujah Chorus - Charles Mackerras (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 Conductor
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Performing Ensemble, Ensemble
Renata Scotto Soprano, 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, 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
Philadelphia Orchestra Performing Ensemble, 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, 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 Performing Ensemble, 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 Performing Ensemble, 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
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, 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 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 Performing Ensemble, 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
La Scala Theater Orchestra Performing Ensemble, Ensemble
Theatre National de L'opera-Comique Orchestre Performing Ensemble
Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse Performing Ensemble
Iain Sutherland Conductor
Les 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, 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
Paris National Opera Orchestra Performing Ensemble
La Scala Theater Chorus Choir, Chorus
Jane Parker-Smith Organ
Dresden Staatskapelle Performing Ensemble, Ensemble
Cambridge Classical Players 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
Adolphe Adam Composer
Tomaso Albinoni Composer
Samuel Barber Composer
Ludwig van Beethoven Composer
Vicenzo Bellini Composer
Jeremiah Clarke Composer
Edward Elgar Composer
César Franck Composer
Alexander Konstantinovich 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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