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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Supraphon's Best of Classics is a 10-disc box set of excerpts and short pieces drawn from the label's backlist. Each disc is devoted to the music of a specific composer, and some of the best-known compositions of Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Frédéric Chopin, Antonin Dvorák, Leos Janácek, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Bedrich Smetana, Johann Strauss, Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky, and Antonio Vivaldi are represented.The performances by Czech and other eastern European musicans date, with rare exception, from the middle to late 20th century, and the majority of the selections are digitally mastered analog recordings, with some variability in volume and clarity, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Supraphon's Best of Classics is a 10-disc box set of excerpts and short pieces drawn from the label's backlist. Each disc is devoted to the music of a specific composer, and some of the best-known compositions of Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Frédéric Chopin, Antonin Dvorák, Leos Janácek, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Bedrich Smetana, Johann Strauss, Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky, and Antonio Vivaldi are represented.The performances by Czech and other eastern European musicans date, with rare exception, from the middle to late 20th century, and the majority of the selections are digitally mastered analog recordings, with some variability in volume and clarity, though the sound quality is quite good for reproduction of this vintage. This collection is a fine starter set for casual listeners, at least for the purpose of becoming acquainted with these classical greatest hits. But because of the lack of promotion of the performers and their original releases, this set is less successful as a sampler of Supraphon's catalog. The discs are packaged in cardboard sleeves, and the thin booklet provides track listings and recording information.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/26/2010
  • Label: Supraphon
  • UPC: 099925401320
  • Catalog Number: 4013
  • Sales rank: 374,780

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Toccata and Fugue, for organ in D minor, BWV 565 (BC J37) - Johann Sebastian Bach & Jiri Reinberger (8:50)
  2. 2 Cantata No. 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben," BWV 147 (BC A174): Jesus bleibet meine Freude - Johann Sebastian Bach & Bambini di Praga (3:14)
  3. 3 Concerto for oboe, strings & continuo in D minor (reconstruction), BWV 1059R: 2. Adagio - Jaroslav Krcek & Johann Sebastian Bach (3:06)
  4. 4 Concerto for oboe, strings & continuo in D minor (reconstruction), BWV 1059R: 3. Presto - Jaroslav Krcek & Johann Sebastian Bach (3:32)
  5. 5 Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F major, BWV 1046: 1. Allegro - Johann Sebastian Bach & Ars Rediviva Orchestra (4:29)
  6. 6 Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047: 3. Allegro assai - Johann Sebastian Bach & Maurice André (3:05)
  7. 7 Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050: 3. Allegro - Johann Sebastian Bach & Ars Rediviva Orchestra (5:40)
  8. 8 French Suite, for keyboard No. 5 in G major, BWV 816 (BC L23): 1. Allemande - Johann Sebastian Bach & Zuzanna Ruzickova (3:02)
  9. 9 French Suite, for keyboard No. 5 in G major, BWV 816 (BC L23): 3. Sarabande - Johann Sebastian Bach & Zuzanna Ruzickova (4:35)
  10. 10 Concerto for 2 violins, strings & continuo in D minor ("Double"), BWV 1043: 1. Vivace - Johann Sebastian Bach & Suk Chamber Orchestra (3:55)
  11. 11 Concerto for 2 violins, strings & continuo in D minor ("Double"), BWV 1043: 2. Largo ma non tanto - Johann Sebastian Bach & Suk Chamber Orchestra (7:18)
  12. 12 Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067: Badinerie - Johann Sebastian Bach & Jiri Valek (1:25)
  13. 13 Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: 1. Ouverture - Johann Sebastian Bach & Ars Rediviva Orchestra (11:54)
  14. 14 Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: 2. Air - Johann Sebastian Bach & Ars Rediviva Orchestra (5:24)
  15. 15 Partita for solo violin No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006: 1. Preludio - Johann Sebastian Bach & Bretislav Novotny (4:10)
  16. 16 The Musical Offering (Musikalisches Opfer), for keyboard and chamber instruments, BWV 1079: Canon perpetuus - Johann Sebastian Bach & Ars Rediviva Orchestra (2:34)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Symphony No. 5 in C minor ("Fate"), Op. 67: 1. Allegro con brio - Ludwig van Beethoven & Czech Philharmonic Orchestra (8:04)
  2. 2 Symphony No. 6 in F major ("Pastoral"), Op. 68: 1. Allegro ma non troppo - Ludwig van Beethoven & Czech Philharmonic Orchestra (12:11)
  3. 3 Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92: 2. Allegretto - Ludwig van Beethoven & Czech Philharmonic Orchestra (8:54)
  4. 4 Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58: 3. Rondo. Vivace - Ludwig van Beethoven & Prague Symphony Orchestra (9:07)
  5. 5 Symphony No. 3 in E flat major ("Eroica"), Op. 55: 1. Allegro con brio - Ludwig van Beethoven & Czech Philharmonic Orchestra (14:26)
  6. 6 Symphony No. 9 in D minor ("Choral"), Op. 125: 4. Presto - Allegro assai. Ode to Joy - Ludwig van Beethoven & Annelies Burmeister (25:09)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Fantasy-Impromptu for piano in C sharp minor, Op. 66, CT. 46 - Frédéric Chopin & V. Kamenikova (5:07)
  2. 2 Ballade for piano No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23, CT. 2 - Frédéric Chopin & V. Kamenikova (8:26)
  3. 3 Impromptu for piano in A flat major, Op. 29, CT. 43 - Frédéric Chopin & V. Kamenikova (4:08)
  4. 4 Scherzo for piano No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 31, CT. 198 - Frédéric Chopin & Frantisek Rauch (10:29)
  5. 5 Waltz for piano No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 18, CT. 207 - Frédéric Chopin & Frantisek Rauch (4:58)
  6. 6 Waltz for piano No. 6 in D flat major ("Minute"), Op. 64/1, CT. 212 - Frédéric Chopin & Frantisek Rauch (1:44)
  7. 7 Nocturne for piano No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 9/1, CT. 108 - Frédéric Chopin & Pavel Stepan (6:09)
  8. 8 Prelude for piano No. 7 in A major, Op. 28/7, CT. 172 - Frédéric Chopin & Jan Simon (0:46)
  9. 9 Prelude for piano No. 8 in F sharp minor, Op. 28/8, CT. 173 - Frédéric Chopin & Jan Simon (1:58)
  10. 10 Prelude for piano No. 16 in B flat minor, Op. 28/16, CT. 181 - Frédéric Chopin & Jan Simon (1:10)
  11. 11 Prelude for piano No. 24 in D minor, Op. 28/24, CT. 189 - Frédéric Chopin & Jan Simon (2:35)
  12. 12 Polonaise for piano in G minor, KK IIa/1, CT. 161 (B. 1) - Frédéric Chopin & Pavel Stepan (2:29)
  13. 13 Barcarolle for piano in F sharp major, Op. 60, CT. 6 - Frédéric Chopin & Frantisek Maly (8:57)
  14. 14 Etude for piano No. 12 in C minor ("Revolutionary"), Op. 10/12, CT. 25 - Frédéric Chopin & Sequeira Costa (2:48)
  15. 15 Etude for piano No. 24 in C minor, Op. 25/12, CT. 37 - Frédéric Chopin & Zdenek Kozina (2:35)
  16. 16 Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35, CT. 202 - Frédéric Chopin & Jan Simon (5:44)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Carnival (Karneval), concert overture, B. 169 (Op. 92) - Antonin Dvorák & Jirí Belohlávek (9:34)
  2. 2 Violin Concerto in A minor, B. 96/B. 108 (Op. 53): 1. Allegro ma non troppo - Antonin Dvorák & Karel Ancerl (10:04)
  3. 3 Serenade for string orchestra in E major, B. 52 (Op. 22): 1. Moderato - Antonin Dvorák & Jirí Belohlávek (4:50)
  4. 4 Cello Concerto in B minor, B. 191 (Op. 104): 1. Allegro - Antonin Dvorák & Czech Philharmonic Orchestra (15:14)
  5. 5 Slavonic Dance No. 15 for piano, 4 hands in C major, B. 145/7 (Op. 72/7) - Antonin Dvorák & Czech Philharmonic Orchestra (3:24)
  6. 6 Symphony No. 8 in G major, B. 163 (Op.88) (first published as No. 4): 3. Allegretto grazioso - Antonin Dvorák & Czech Philharmonic Orchestra (6:13)
  7. 7 Symphony No. 9 in E minor ("From the New World"), B. 178 (Op. 95) (first published as No. 5): 2. Largo - Antonin Dvorák & Czech Philharmonic Orchestra (11:38)
  8. 8 Symphony No. 9 in E minor ("From the New World"), B. 178 (Op. 95) (first published as No. 5): 4. Allegro con fuoco - Antonin Dvorák & Czech Philharmonic Orchestra (11:24)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Sinfonietta for orchestra ("Military," "Sokol Festival"), JW 6/18: 1. Allegretto - Leos Janácek & Frantisek Jilek (2:15)
  2. 2 Sinfonietta for orchestra ("Military," "Sokol Festival"), JW 6/18: 2. Moderato - Leos Janácek & Frantisek Jilek (4:41)
  3. 3 Sinfonietta for orchestra ("Military," "Sokol Festival"), JW 6/18: 5. Andante con moto - Allegretto - Leos Janácek & Frantisek Jilek (6:58)
  4. 4 Suite (Serenade) for orchestra, Op. 3, JW 6/6: 2. Adagio - Leos Janácek & Frantisek Jilek (5:18)
  5. 5–10 Lachian (Lasské) Dances (6) for orchestra, JW 6/17 - Leos Janácek & Frantisek Jilek (21:27)
  6. 6 Suite for string orchestra, JW 6/2: 2. Adagio - Leos Janácek & Frantisek Jilek (4:08)
  7. 7 Suite for string orchestra, JW 6/2: 3. Andante con moto - Leos Janácek & Frantisek Jilek (1:23)
  8. 8 Suite for string orchestra, JW 6/2: 4. Presto - Leos Janácek & Frantisek Jilek (3:12)
  9. 9 Kozácek (The Cossack Dance), for orchestra, JW 6/12 - Leos Janácek & Frantisek Jilek (1:49)
  10. 10 Srbské kolo (Serbian Round Dance), for orchestra, JW 6/13 - Leos Janácek & Frantisek Jilek (2:11)
  11. 11 Taras Bulba, rhapsody for orchestra, JW 6/15 - Leos Janácek & Czech Philharmonic Orchestra (8:19)
  12. 12 The Cunning Little Vixen, suite for orchestra (arranged and orchestrated by Václav Talich) - Leos Janácek & Frantisek Jilek (17:37)
Disc 6
  1. 1 Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550: 1. Allegro molto - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Prague Chamber Orchestra (7:01)
  2. 2 Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major ("Eine kleine Nachtmusik"), K. 525: 1. Allegro - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Josef Vlach (6:20)
  3. 3 Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622: 2. Adagio - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Vlastimil Mares (6:40)
  4. 4 Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Overture - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Libor Pesek (6:32)
  5. 5 Requiem for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, K. 626: Dies irae - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Prague Symphony Orchestra (1:41)
  6. 6 Requiem for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, K. 626: Rex tremendae - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Prague Symphony Orchestra (2:36)
  7. 7 Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216: 1. Allegro - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Václav Hudecek (8:57)
  8. 8 Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Overture - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Prague Chamber Orchestra (4:13)
  9. 9 Symphony No. 38 in D major ("Prague"), K. 504: 3. Presto. Finale - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Prague Chamber Orchestra (7:22)
  10. 10 Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K. 488: 3. Allegro assai - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Czech Philharmonic Orchestra (7:52)
  11. 11 Symphony No. 41 in C major ("Jupiter"), K. 551: 1. Allegro vivace - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Prague Chamber Orchestra (10:54)
Disc 7
  1. 1 Prodaná nevesta (The Bartered Bride), opera, JB 1:100: Overture - Bedrich Smetana & Czech Philharmonic Orchestra (6:33)
  2. 2 Prodaná nevesta (The Bartered Bride), opera, JB 1:100: Act 1. Scene 1. Let us rejoice, let's be merry - Bedrich Smetana & Czech Philharmonic Orchestra (4:41)
  3. 3 Prodaná nevesta (The Bartered Bride), opera, JB 1:100: Act 1. Scene 2. Faithful love - Bedrich Smetana & Gabriela Benacková (2:29)
  4. 4 Dalibor, opera, JB 1:101: Act 1. Scene 4. Oh, didst thou hear it, friend, in - Bedrich Smetana & Beno Blachut (3:44)
  5. 5 Dalibor, opera, JB 1:101: Act 3. Scene 3. It's the third night - Bedrich Smetana & Beno Blachut (2:47)
  6. 6 Piano Trio in G minor, JB 1:64 (Op. 15): 1. Moderato assai - Bedrich Smetana & Smetana Trio (11:01)
  7. 7 String Quartet No. 1 in E minor ("Z mého, zivota," "From My Life"), JB 1:105: 1. Allegro vivo appassionato - Bedrich Smetana & Panocha Quartet (7:19)
  8. 8 Z domoviny (From the Homeland), pieces (2) for violin & piano, JB 1:118 - Bedrich Smetana & Ivan Klansky (4:52)
  9. 9 Czech Dances (10) for piano, Book 2, JB 1:114: Furiant - Bedrich Smetana & Jan Novotny (5:28)
  10. 10 Louisen-Polka (Louisina Polka), for piano in E flat major, JB 1:1 - Bedrich Smetana & Jan Novotny (3:11)
  11. 11 Georginen-Polka (Dahlia Polka), for piano in D major, JB 1:2 - Bedrich Smetana & Jan Novotny (3:42)
  12. 12 Am Seegestade - Eine Erinnerung (On the Seahore - A Memory), concert etude for piano in G sharp minor, JB 1:80 (Op. 17) - Bedrich Smetana & Jan Novotny (5:25)
  13. 13 Vltava (The Moldau), symphonic poem (Má Vlast No. 2), JB 1:112/2 - Bedrich Smetana & Jirí Belohlávek (12:04)
Disc 8
  1. 1 Die Fledermaus (The Bat), operetta (RV 503): Overture - Johann Strauss II & Czech Philharmonic Orchestra (8:22)
  2. 2 Eine Nacht in Venedig (A Night in Venice), operetta (RV 510): Act 2. Serenade. Ninana, Ninana, hier will ich sin - Johann Strauss II & Prague Symphony Orchestra (3:40)
  3. 3 An der schönen, blauen Donau (On the Beautiful, Blue Danube), waltz for orchestra (with chorus ad lib), Op. 314 (RV 314) - Johann Strauss II & Rudolf Urbanec (9:33)
  4. 4 Die Fledermaus (The Bat), operetta (RV 503): Act 2. Mein Herr Marquis - Johann Strauss II & Prague National Theatre Orchestra (3:16)
  5. 5 Eine Nacht in Venedig (A Night in Venice), operetta (RV 510): Overture - Johann Strauss II & Prague Symphony Orchestra (7:24)
  6. 6 Der Zigeunerbaron (The Gypsy Baron), operetta (RV 511): Act 2. Wer uns getraut - Johann Strauss II & Prague Symphony Orchestra (4:09)
  7. 7 Annen-Polka, for orchestra, Op. 117 (RV 117) - Johann Strauss II (3:55)
  8. 8 Der Zigeunerbaron (The Gypsy Baron), operetta (RV 511): Act 1. Als flotter Geist, doch früh verwaist - Johann Strauss II & Prague Symphony Orchestra (2:51)
  9. 9 Wiener Blut (Vienna Blood), waltz for orchestra, Op. 354 (RV 354) - Johann Strauss II & Rudolf Urbanec (8:36)
  10. 10 Der Zigeunerbaron (The Gypsy Baron), operetta (RV 511): Act 3. March-Couplet. Von des Tajo Strand, wo mit - Johann Strauss II & Prague Symphony Orchestra (2:52)
  11. 11 Eine Nacht in Venedig (A Night in Venice), operetta (RV 510): Carnival March - Johann Strauss II & Prague Symphony Orchestra (2:54)
  12. 12 Eine Nacht in Venedig (A Night in Venice), operetta (RV 510): Act 1. Masquerade Waltz - Johann Strauss II & Prague Symphony Orchestra (2:39)
  13. 13 Radetzky-Marsch, for orchestra, Op. 228 - Johann Strauss I & Band of the Garrison Command, Paris (2:19)
  14. 14 Künstler-Leben (Artists' Life), waltz for orchestra, Op. 316 (RV 316) - Johann Strauss II (12:36)
Disc 9
  1. 1 Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23: 1. Allegro ma non troppo e molto maestoso - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Jiri Pinkas (19:59)
  2. 2 Symphony No. 1 in G minor ("Winter Dreams"), Op. 13: 2. Adagio cantabile ma non tanto - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Prague Symphony Orchestra (9:52)
  3. 3 The Sleeping Beauty, suite for orchestra, Op. 66a: 4. Panorama - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Prague Symphony Orchestra (2:59)
  4. 4 Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64: 3. Allegro moderato - Lovro von Matacic & Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky (5:40)
  5. 5 Symphony No. 6 in B minor ("Pathétique"), Op. 74: 2. Allegro con grazia - Lovro von Matacic & Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky (7:36)
  6. 6 Symphony No. 6 in B minor ("Pathétique"), Op. 74: 4. Finale. Adagio lamentoso - Lovro von Matacic & Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky (9:44)
  7. 7 Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35: 1. Allegro moderato - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Czech Philharmonic Orchestra (19:50)
Disc 10
  1. 1–3 Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in E major ("La Primavera," The Four Seasons; "Il cimento" No. 1), Op.8/1, RV 269 - Antonio Vivaldi & Jan Fiser (9:31)
  2. 4–6 Chamber Concerto, for flute or violin, violin, bassoon or cello & continuo in G minor, RV 106 - Antonio Vivaldi & Michele Barchi (7:15)
  3. 7–9 Double Orchestra Concerto, for 2 violins, 2 recorders, cello; 2 violins, 2 recorders, cello, organ, 2 strings & continuo in A, RV 585 - Antonio Vivaldi & Leos Janacek Chamber Orchestra (13:00)
  4. 10–12 Double Cello Concerto, for 2 cellos, strings & continuo in G Minor, RV 531 - Antonio Vivaldi & Prague Chamber Orchestra (9:04)
  5. 11 Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in G minor ("L'estate," The Four Seasons; "Il cimento" No. 2), Op. 8/2, RV 315: 2. Adagio - Antonio Vivaldi & Jan Fiser (2:08)
  6. 12 Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in G minor ("L'estate," The Four Seasons; "Il cimento" No. 2), Op. 8/2, RV 315: 3. Presto - Tempo impetuoso d'Estate - Antonio Vivaldi & Jan Fiser (2:39)
  7. 15–17 Piccolo (Flautino) Concerto, for piccolo (or recorder/flute), strings & continuo in C major, RV 443 - Antonio Vivaldi & Jirí Stivín (10:54)
  8. 16 Double Mandolin Concerto, for 2 mandolins, strings & continuo in G major, RV 532: 2. Andante - Antonio Vivaldi & Prague Chamber Orchestra (5:09)
  9. 19–21 Concerto in tromba marina, for 2 violins, 2 recorders, 2 mandolins, 2 chalumeaux, 2 theorbos, cello, strings & continuo in C, RV 558 - Antonio Vivaldi & Václav Hudecek (10:52)
  10. 20 Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in F minor ("L'inverno," The Four Seasons; "Il cimento" No. 4), Op. 8/4, RV 297: 2. Largo - Antonio Vivaldi & Jan Fiser (1:44)
  11. 21 Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in F minor ("L'inverno," The Four Seasons; "Il cimento" No. 4), Op. 8/4, RV 297: 3. Allegro - Antonio Vivaldi & Jan Fiser (3:18)
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