Best Classics 50

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Despite the skepticism its title may engender, EMI's Best Classics 50 is a decent sampler of what many consider to be the greatest hits of classical music, independent of subjective preferences or special pleading for some overlooked gem. The picks on this three-disc set are justifiable for not only being well-known, memorable, and popular, but also for having a proven record with classical experts and the public alike. Some of the masterpieces are represented here by only a movement or a short excerpt, which space constraints obviously require, so listeners need to be aware that these are not all complete works; the selections are merely intended to provide easy access...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Despite the skepticism its title may engender, EMI's Best Classics 50 is a decent sampler of what many consider to be the greatest hits of classical music, independent of subjective preferences or special pleading for some overlooked gem. The picks on this three-disc set are justifiable for not only being well-known, memorable, and popular, but also for having a proven record with classical experts and the public alike. Some of the masterpieces are represented here by only a movement or a short excerpt, which space constraints obviously require, so listeners need to be aware that these are not all complete works; the selections are merely intended to provide easy access into these compositions, in many cases by presenting their most familiar themes. The recordings range from 1959 to 1997, with most dating from the 1970s and '80s, so there is a fair amount of variability in the sound quality, but EMI has adjusted for that in the digital mastering and balanced setting of volume levels, so there are no sudden, loud surges to make one lunge for the controls. As is usually the case with collections of this kind, listeners benefit most from using it to identify pieces they like, then identifying good recordings of the complete work. In this respect, the artists of EMI are certainly worth considering, and this set can also serve as an introduction to the label's extensive backlist.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/29/2010
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • EAN: 5099945751721
  • Catalog Number: 57517
  • Sales rank: 52,870

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Solomon, oratorio, HWV 67: The Arrival of the Queen of Sheeba - George Frideric Handel & Neville Marriner (2:50)
    Composed byGeorge Frideric Handel
    Conducted byNeville Marriner
    Performed byNeville Marriner, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
  2. 2 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 (3:42)
    Composed byAntonio Vivaldi
    Conducted byAlberto Lysy
    Performed byCamerata Lysy Gstaad, Alberto Lysy
  3. 3 Toccata and Fugue, for organ in D minor, BWV 565 (BC J37): Toccata - Johann Sebastian Bach & Wayne Marshall (3:23)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
  4. 4 Horn Concerto No. 4 in E flat major, K. 495: 3. Rondo (Allegro vivace) - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Neville Marriner (3:37)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conducted byNeville Marriner
    Performed byNeville Marriner, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
  5. 5 Symphony No. 5 in C minor ("Fate"), Op. 67: 1. Allegro con brio - Ludwig van Beethoven & New Philharmonia Orchestra (6:35)
    Composed byLudwig van Beethoven
    Conducted byKurt Sanderling
    Performed byNew Philharmonia Orchestra, Kurt Sanderling
  6. 6 1812 -- Festival Overture, for orchestra in E flat major, Op. 49: Conclusion - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Mariss Jansons (3:35)
    Composed byPeter Ilich Tchaikovsky
    Conducted byMariss Jansons
    Performed byMariss Jansons, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
  7. 7 Ode to Joy (An die Freude) - Ludwig van Beethoven & Westminster Cathedral Choir (3:22)
    Composed byLudwig van Beethoven
    Conducted byRiccardo Muti
    Performed byWestminster Cathedral Choir, Riccardo Muti, Philadelphia Orchestra
  8. 8 Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16: 1. Allegro molto moderato (opening) - Edvard Grieg & Neville Marriner (4:27)
    Composed byEdvard Grieg
    Conducted byNeville Marriner
    Performed byNeville Marriner, London Symphony Orchestra
  9. 9 Karelia Suite, for orchestra, Op. 11: Alla marcia - Jean Sibelius & John Barbirolli (4:41)
    Composed byJean Sibelius
    Conducted byJohn Barbirolli
    Performed byJohn Barbirolli, The Hallé
  10. 10 The Planets, suite for orchestra & female chorus, Op. 32, H. 125: Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity - Gustav Holst & New Philharmonia Orchestra (4:50)
    Composed byGustav Holst
    Conducted bySimon Rattle
    Performed byNew Philharmonia Orchestra, Simon Rattle
  11. 11 Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23: 1. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & André Previn (3:23)
    Composed byPeter Ilich Tchaikovsky
    Conducted byAndré Previn
    Performed byAndré Previn, London Symphony Orchestra
  12. 12 Finlandia, tone poem for orchestra, Op. 26 - Jean Sibelius & John Barbirolli (8:28)
    Composed byJean Sibelius
    Conducted byJohn Barbirolli
    Performed byJohn Barbirolli, The Hallé
  13. 13 Aida, opera: Gloria all'Egitto - Giuseppe Verdi & Riccardo Muti (4:35)
    Composed byGiuseppe Verdi
    Conducted byRiccardo Muti
    Performed byRiccardo Muti, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Opera House Chorus Covent Garden
  14. 14 Romeo and Juliet, ballet in 4 acts, Op. 64: Dance of the Knights - Sergey Prokofiev & Riccardo Muti (1:53)
    Composed bySergey Prokofiev
    Conducted byRiccardo Muti
    Performed byRiccardo Muti, Philadelphia Orchestra
  15. 15 Radetzky-Marsch, for orchestra, Op. 228 - Johann Strauss I & Willi Boskovsky (2:54)
    Composed byJohann Strauss I
    Conducted byWilli Boskovsky
    Performed byWilli Boskovsky, Vienna Johann Strauss Orchestra
  16. 16 Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1, for orchestra in D major, Op. 39/1: Conclusion - Edward Elgar & London Philharmonic Orchestra (2:37)
    Composed byEdward Elgar
    Conducted byAndrew Davis
    Performed byLondon Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Choral Society, Andrew Davis
  17. 17 Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30: 1. Allegro ma non tanto - Sergey Rachmaninov & Mariss Jansons (2:54)
    Composed bySergey Rachmaninov
    Conducted byMariss Jansons
    Performed byMariss Jansons, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
  18. 18 Symphony No. 3 in C minor ("Organ"), Op. 78: Maestoso - Allegro - Camille Saint-Saëns & Matthias Eisenberg (8:08)
    Composed byCamille Saint-Saëns
    Conducted byMichel Plasson
    Performed byOrchestre Capitole Toulouse, Michel Plasson
Disc 2
  1. 1 Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Intermezzo - Pietro Mascagni & Riccardo Muti (3:44)
    Composed byPietro Mascagni
    Conducted byRiccardo Muti
    Performed byRiccardo Muti, New Philharmonia Orchestra
  2. 2 Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18: 2. Adagio sostenuto - Sergey Rachmaninov & City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (4:32)
    Composed bySergey Rachmaninov
    Conducted bySimon Rattle
    Performed byCity of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Simon Rattle
  3. 3 Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: Morning - Edvard Grieg & Neville Marriner (4:17)
    Composed byEdvard Grieg
    Conducted byNeville Marriner
    Performed byNeville Marriner, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
  4. 4 The Gadfly, suite from the film score, Op. 97a (assembled by Atovmyan): Romance - Dmitry Shostakovich & Piers Lane (3:15)
    Composed byDmitry Shostakovich
  5. 5 Adagio for strings (or string quartet; arr. from 2nd mvt. of String Quartet), Op. 11 - Samuel Barber & Eugene Ormandy (6:23)
    Composed bySamuel Barber
    Conducted byEugene Ormandy
    Performed byEugene Ormandy, Philadelphia Orchestra
  6. 6 Scheherazade, symphonic suite for orchestra, Op. 35: The Story of the Kalender Prince - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov & Riccardo Muti (3:53)
    Composed byNikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conducted byRiccardo Muti
    Performed byRiccardo Muti, Philadelphia Orchestra
  7. 7 Thaïs, opera in 3 acts: Méditation - Jules Massenet & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (6:47)
    Composed byJules Massenet
    Conducted byHerbert von Karajan
    Performed byBerlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan
  8. 8 Prince Igor, opera (completed by Rimsky-Korsakov & Glazunov): Polovtsian Dances - Alexander Borodin & Alexander Konstantinovich Glazunov (3:52)
    Composed byAlexander Borodin
    Conducted byThomas Beecham
    Performed byThomas Beecham, Beecham Choral Society, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  9. 9 Spartacus, ballet: Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia - Aram Khachaturian & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (4:46)
    Composed byAram Khachaturian
    Conducted byYuri Temirkanov
    Performed byRoyal Philharmonic Orchestra, Yuri Temirkanov
  10. 10 Romeo and Juliet, fantasy-overture for orchestra in B minor (3 versions): Excerpt - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Mariss Jansons (5:04)
    Composed byPeter Ilich Tchaikovsky
    Conducted byMariss Jansons
    Performed byMariss Jansons, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
  11. 11 Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92: 2. Allegretto - Ludwig van Beethoven & New Philharmonia Orchestra (3:57)
    Composed byLudwig van Beethoven
    Conducted byKurt Sanderling
    Performed byNew Philharmonia Orchestra, Kurt Sanderling
  12. 12 Concerto for 2 violins, strings & continuo in D minor ("Double"), BWV 1043: 2. Largo ma non tanto - Johann Sebastian Bach & Bath Festival Orchestra (7:43)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
    Conducted byYehudi Menuhin
    Performed byBath Festival Orchestra, Yehudi Menuhin
  13. 13 Schindler's List, film score: Theme - John Williams [composer] & Tasmin Little (5:04)
    Composed byJohn Williams [composer]
    Conducted byIain Sutherland
    Performed byNew World Philharmonic, Iain Sutherland
  14. 14 Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Dance of the Reed Flutes - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & André Previn (2:21)
    Composed byPeter Ilich Tchaikovsky
    Conducted byAndré Previn
    Performed byAndré Previn, London Symphony Orchestra
  15. 15 Symphony No. 6 in F major ("Pastoral"), Op. 68: 5. Allegretto - Ludwig van Beethoven & Riccardo Muti (6:41)
    Composed byLudwig van Beethoven
    Conducted byRiccardo Muti
    Performed byRiccardo Muti, Philadelphia Orchestra
Disc 3
  1. 1 Zadok the Priest, coronation anthem No. 1 for chorus & orchestra, HWV 258 - George Frideric Handel & London Philharmonic Orchestra (6:05)
    Composed byGeorge Frideric Handel
    Conducted byAndrew Davis
    Performed byLondon Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Choral Society, Andrew Davis
  2. 2 Cantata No. 140, "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme," BWV 140 (BC A166): Zion hört die Wächter - Johann Sebastian Bach & Consortium Musicum (4:49)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
    Conducted byWolfgang Gonnenwein
    Performed byConsortium Musicum, Wolfgang Gonnenwein, Süddeutsche Madrigalchor
  3. 3 Miserere mei Deus (Psalm 51), motet for chorus - Gregorio Allegri & Timothy Beasley-Murray (5:48)
    Composed byGregorio Allegri
    Conducted byStephen Cleobury
    Performed byChoir of King's College, Cambridge, Stephen Cleobury
  4. 4 Deutsche Messe (German Mass), for mixed chorus, wind ensemble & organ, D. 872: Sanctus - Franz Schubert & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (3:47)
    Composed byFranz Schubert
    Conducted byKarl Forster
    Performed byBerlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Karl Forster, St. Hedwigs-Kathedrale Choir, Berlin
  5. 5 Panis angelicus for tenor, organ, harp, cello & bass - César Franck & The Hallé Choir (4:58)
    Composed byCésar Franck
    Conducted byMaurice Handford
    Performed byThe Hallé Choir, The Hallé, Maurice Handford
  6. 6 L' Enfance du Christ, oratorio for soprano, 2 tenors, baritone, 3 basses, chorus & orchetsra ("trilogie sacrée") H. 130 (Op. 25): L'Adieu des bergers - Hector Berlioz & René Duclos Choir (3:50)
    Composed byHector Berlioz
    Conducted byAndré Cluytens
    Performed byRené Duclos Choir, André Cluytens, Orchestre des Concerts du Conservatoire
  7. 7 Messe solennelle de Sainte Cécile for soloists, chorus, orchestra & organ in G major: Sanctus - Charles Gounod & René Duclos Choir (5:20)
    Composed byCharles Gounod
    Conducted byJean-Claude Hartemann
    Performed byRené Duclos Choir, Jean-Claude Hartemann, Heinz Hoppe, Orchestre des Concerts du Conservatoire
  8. 8 Requiem, for 2 solo voices, chorus, organ & orchestra, Op. 48: In paradisum - Gabriel Fauré & Peter Barley (3:29)
    Composed byGabriel Fauré
    Conducted byStephen Cleobury
    Performed byChoir of King's College, Cambridge, Stephen Cleobury, English Chamber Orchestra
  9. 9 Vesperae solennes de confessore for soloists, chorus & orchestra, K. 339: Laudate Dominum - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Bavarian Radio Chorus (5:09)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conducted byEugen Jochum
    Performed byBavarian Radio Chorus, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Eugen Jochum
  10. 10 Cantique de Jean Racine, for 4-part chorus & organ (or orchestra), Op. 11 - Gabriel Fauré & Downside Abbey Monks and Choirboys (5:12)
    Composed byGabriel Fauré
    Performed byDownside Abbey Monks and Choirboys
  11. 11 Requiem Mass, for soloists, chorus & orchestra (Manzoni Requiem): Ingemisco - Giuseppe Verdi & Riccardo Muti (3:43)
    Composed byGiuseppe Verdi
    Conducted byRiccardo Muti
    Performed byRiccardo Muti, La Scala Theater Orchestra, Luciano Pavarotti
  12. 12 Ave verum Corpus, motet for chorus, strings & organ, K. 618 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Cambridge Classical Players (3:05)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conducted byStephen Cleobury
    Performed byCambridge Classical Players, Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Stephen Cleobury, Stephen Cleobury
  13. 13 Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: I know that my Redeemer liveth - George Frideric Handel & English Chamber Orchestra (6:42)
    Composed byGeorge Frideric Handel
    Conducted byCharles Mackerras
    Performed byEnglish Chamber Orchestra, Elizabeth Harwood, Charles Mackerras
  14. 14 Die Schöpfung (The Creation), oratorio, H. 21/2: The Heavens are Telling - David Willcocks & Franz Joseph Haydn (4:47)
    Composed byFranz Joseph Haydn
    Conducted byDavid Willcocks
    Performed byDavid Willcocks, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Heather Harper, John Shirley-Quirk, Robert Tear
  15. 15 Requiem, for 2 solo voices, chorus, organ & orchestra, Op. 48: Pie Jesu - Gabriel Fauré & André Cluytens (3:20)
    Composed byGabriel Fauré
    Conducted byAndré Cluytens
    Performed byAndré Cluytens, Victoria de Los Angeles, Orchestre des Concerts du Conservatoire
  16. 16 Requiem for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, K. 626: Lacrimosa - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & David Bell (2:58)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conducted byFranz Welser-Möst
    Performed byLondon Philharmonic Chorus, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Franz Welser-Möst
  17. 17 Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Hallelujah Chorus - George Frideric Handel & Ambrosian Singers (4:03)
    Composed byGeorge Frideric Handel
    Conducted byCharles Mackerras
    Performed byAmbrosian Singers, English Chamber Orchestra, Charles Mackerras
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