Best Classics 50

Best Classics 50

     
 

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 havingSee more details below

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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:
06/29/2010
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
5099945751721
catalogNumber:
57517
Rank:
61945

Tracks

  1. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Hallelujah Chorus  - George Frideric Handel  -  Ambrosian Singers  -  English Chamber Orchestra  - Charles Mackerras
  2. Requiem for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, K. 626: Lacrimosa  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - David Bell  -  London Philharmonic Chorus  -  London Philharmonic Orchestra  - Franz Welser-Möst
  3. Requiem, for 2 solo voices, chorus, organ & orchestra, Op. 48: Pie Jesu  - Gabriel Fauré  - André Cluytens  - Victoria de Los Angeles  - Henriette Puig-Roget  -  Orchestre des Concerts du Conservatoire
  4. Die Schöpfung (The Creation), oratorio, H. 21/2: The Heavens are Telling  - David Willcocks  - Franz Joseph Haydn  -  Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields  -  Choir of King's College, Cambridge  - Heather Harper  - John Shirley-Quirk  - Robert Tear
  5. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: I know that my Redeemer liveth  - George Frideric Handel  -  English Chamber Orchestra  - Elizabeth Harwood  - Charles Mackerras
  6. Ave verum Corpus, motet for chorus, strings & organ, K. 618  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Cambridge Classical Players  -  Choir of King's College, Cambridge  - Stephen Cleobury  - Stephen Cleobury  - Stephen Layton
  7. Requiem Mass, for soloists, chorus & orchestra (Manzoni Requiem): Ingemisco  - Giuseppe Verdi  - Riccardo Muti  -  Scala Theater Orchestra  - Luciano Pavarotti
  8. Cantique de Jean Racine, for 4-part chorus & organ (or orchestra), Op. 11  - Gabriel Fauré  -  Downside Abbey Monks and Choirboys
  9. Vesperae solennes de confessore for soloists, chorus & orchestra, K. 339: Laudate Dominum  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  -  Bavarian Radio Chorus  -  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Eugen Jochum
  10. Requiem, for 2 solo voices, chorus, organ & orchestra, Op. 48: In paradisum  - Gabriel Fauré  - Peter Barley  -  Choir of King's College, Cambridge  - Stephen Cleobury  -  English Chamber Orchestra  - Jose-Luis Garcia (Asensio)
  11. Messe solennelle de Sainte Cécile for soloists, chorus, orchestra & organ in G major: Sanctus  - Charles Gounod  -  René Duclos Choir  - Jean-Claude Hartemann  - Heinz Hoppe  - Henriette Puig-Roget  -  Orchestre des Concerts du Conservatoire
  12. 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  - André Cluytens  -  Orchestre des Concerts du Conservatoire
  13. Panis angelicus for tenor, organ, harp, cello & bass  - César Franck  -  Hallé Choir  -  Hallé  - Maurice Handford  -  Sandre
  14. Deutsche Messe (German Mass), for mixed chorus, wind ensemble & organ, D. 872: Sanctus  - Franz Schubert  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Karl Forster  -  St. Hedwigs-Kathedrale Choir, Berlin  - Wolfgang Meyer
  15. Miserere mei Deus (Psalm 51), motet for chorus  - Gregorio Allegri  - Timothy Beasley-Murray  -  Choir of King's College, Cambridge  - Stephen Cleobury
  16. Cantata No. 140, "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme," BWV 140 (BC A166): Zion hört die Wächter  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  Consortium Musicum  - Wolfgang Gonnenwein  - Süddeutsche Madrigalchor
  17. Zadok the Priest, coronation anthem No. 1 for chorus & orchestra, HWV 258  - George Frideric Handel  -  London Philharmonic Orchestra  -  Royal Choral Society  - Andrew Davis
  18. Symphony No. 6 in F major ("Pastoral"), Op. 68: 5. Allegretto  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Riccardo Muti  -  Philadelphia Orchestra
  19. Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Dance of the Reed Flutes  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - André Previn  -  London Symphony Orchestra
  20. Schindler's List, film score: Theme  - John Williams [composer]  - Tasmin Little  -  New World Philharmonic  - Iain Sutherland
  21. Concerto for 2 violins, strings & continuo in D minor ("Double"), BWV 1043: 2. Largo ma non tanto  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  Bath Festival Orchestra  - Christian Ferras  - Yehudi Menuhin  - Yehudi Menuhin
  22. Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92: 2. Allegretto  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Kurt Sanderling
  23. Romeo and Juliet, fantasy-overture for orchestra in B minor (3 versions): Excerpt  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Mariss Jansons  -  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
  24. Spartacus, ballet: Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia  - Aram Khachaturian  -  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  - Yuri Temirkanov
  25. Prince Igor, opera (completed by Rimsky-Korsakov & Glazunov): Polovtsian Dances  - Alexander Borodin  - Alexander Konstantinovich Glazunov  - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  - Thomas Beecham  -  Beecham Choral Society  -  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  26. Thaïs, opera in 3 acts: Méditation  - Jules Massenet  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Herbert von Karajan  - Anne-Sophie Mutter
  27. Scheherazade, symphonic suite for orchestra, Op. 35: The Story of the Kalender Prince  - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  - Riccardo Muti  -  Philadelphia Orchestra
  28. Adagio for strings (or string quartet; arr. from 2nd mvt. of String Quartet), Op. 11  - Samuel Barber  - Eugene Ormandy  -  Philadelphia Orchestra
  29. The Gadfly, suite from the film score, Op. 97a (assembled by Atovmyan): Romance  - Dmitry Shostakovich  - Piers Lane  - Tasmin Little
  30. Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: Morning  - Edvard Grieg  - Neville Marriner  -  Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields  - Cécile Ousset
  31. Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18: 2. Adagio sostenuto  - Sergey Rachmaninov  -  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra  - Cécile Ousset  - Simon Rattle
  32. Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Intermezzo  - Pietro Mascagni  - Riccardo Muti  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra
  33. Symphony No. 3 in C minor ("Organ"), Op. 78: Maestoso - Allegro  - Camille Saint-Saëns  - Matthias Eisenberg  -  Orchestre Capitole Toulouse  - Michel Plasson
  34. Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30: 1. Allegro ma non tanto  - Sergey Rachmaninov  - Mariss Jansons  - Mikhail Rudy  -  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
  35. Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1, for orchestra in D major, Op. 39/1: Conclusion  - Edward Elgar  -  London Philharmonic Orchestra  -  Royal Choral Society  - Andrew Davis
  36. Radetzky-Marsch, for orchestra, Op. 228  - Johann Strauss  - Willi Boskovsky  -  Vienna Johann Strauss Orchestra
  37. Romeo and Juliet, ballet in 4 acts, Op. 64: Dance of the Knights  - Sergey Prokofiev  - Riccardo Muti  -  Philadelphia Orchestra
  38. Aida, opera: Gloria all'Egitto  - Giuseppe Verdi  - Riccardo Muti  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  -  Royal Opera House Chorus Covent Garden
  39. Finlandia, tone poem for orchestra, Op. 26  - Jean Sibelius  - John Barbirolli  -  Hallé
  40. Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23: 1. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - André Previn  - Horacio Gutiérrez  -  London Symphony Orchestra
  41. The Planets, suite for orchestra & female chorus, Op. 32, H. 125: Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity  - Gustav Holst  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Simon Rattle
  42. Karelia Suite, for orchestra, Op. 11: Alla marcia  - Jean Sibelius  - John Barbirolli  -  Hallé
  43. Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16: 1. Allegro molto moderato (opening)  - Edvard Grieg  - Neville Marriner  -  London Symphony Orchestra  - Cécile Ousset
  44. Ode to Joy (An die Freude)  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  Westminster Cathedral Choir  - James Morris  - Riccardo Muti  -  Philadelphia Orchestra
  45. 1812 -- Festival Overture, for orchestra in E flat major, Op. 49: Conclusion  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Mariss Jansons  -  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
  46. Symphony No. 5 in C minor ("Fate"), Op. 67: 1. Allegro con brio  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Kurt Sanderling
  47. Horn Concerto No. 4 in E flat major, K. 495: 3. Rondo (Allegro vivace)  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Neville Marriner  -  Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields  - Barry Tuckwell
  48. Toccata and Fugue, for organ in D minor, BWV 565 (BC J37): Toccata  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Wayne Marshall
  49. 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  - Alberto Lysy  - Yehudi Menuhin
  50. Solomon, oratorio, HWV 67: The Arrival of the Queen of Sheeba  - George Frideric Handel  - Neville Marriner  -  Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields

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