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EMI's Best Romantic Classics 100 may fulfill some listeners' needs by providing the most familiar excerpts and short pieces of nineteenth and twentieth century "mood" music, but it is unsatisfying in several other aspects. First, anyone who wants complete works will be annoyed by the rather large number of extracted sections, which in most cases amount to little more than four or five minutes of the best-known thematic passages, culled from famous concertos, symphonies, sonatas, ballets, and operas that are much, much longer. While it is expected that only brief examples could be included in a six-disc collection of 100 tracks, it would have been preferable to have ...
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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
EMI's Best Romantic Classics 100 may fulfill some listeners' needs by providing the most familiar excerpts and short pieces of nineteenth and twentieth century "mood" music, but it is unsatisfying in several other aspects. First, anyone who wants complete works will be annoyed by the rather large number of extracted sections, which in most cases amount to little more than four or five minutes of the best-known thematic passages, culled from famous concertos, symphonies, sonatas, ballets, and operas that are much, much longer. While it is expected that only brief examples could be included in a six-disc collection of 100 tracks, it would have been preferable to have complete miniatures instead of token snippets. Second, the sound of the recordings varies substantially, depending on the session dates, venues, instrumentation, and recording technology, so the sonic depth, dynamics, textures, and timbres of the music can be quite realistic and brilliant on one track and dull and unimpressive on the next -- the risk that must be run in putting together any large compendium of music. Third, the term romantic is used broadly here, so the pieces are not just picked from the Romantic or post-Romantic periods, as some might expect, but music was also chosen for being lyrical and expressive -- in essence, romantic in feeling. Thus, John Lennon and Paul McCartney, Leonard Bernstein, Stanley Myers, Thomas Newman, Michael Nyman, and James Horner are included for their love songs and film music of a passionate character, without much concern for observing categories or stylistic consistency. While this survey may give the listener a good idea of the variety of Romantic music, it delivers only a superficial sampling of recognizable fare that is well covered in numerous greatest-hits collections.
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  • Release Date: 1/15/2008
  • Label: Emi Classics
  • EAN: 5099951549022
  • Catalog Number: 15490

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23: 1. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso [Opening] - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & André Previn (3:24)
  2. 2 Romeo and Juliet, ballet in 4 acts, Op. 64: Balcony Scene [Extract] - Sergey Prokofiev & Riccardo Muti (5:34)
  3. 3 The Gadfly, suite from the film score, Op. 97a (assembled by Atovmyan): Romance - Dmitry Shostakovich & Piers Lane (3:15)
  4. 4 Romeo and Juliet, fantasy-overture for orchestra in B minor (3 versions): [Extract] - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Mariss Jansons (2:59)
  5. 5 Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (Introduction and 24 Variations), in A minor for piano & orchestra, Op. 43: Variation 18 - Sergey Rachmaninov & City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (2:59)
  6. 6 Masquerada, incidental music: Waltz - Efrem Kurtz & Aram Khachaturian (4:22)
  7. 7 Vocalise, instrumental arrangement, Op. 34/14 - Sergey Rachmaninov & Natalie Clein (6:06)
  8. 8 Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Grand pas de deux - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Mariss Jansons (5:15)
  9. 9 Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 102: 2. Andante - Dmitri Alexeev & Dmitry Shostakovich (6:10)
  10. 10 Scheherazade, symphonic suite for orchestra, Op. 35: 2. The Story of the Kalendar Prince [Opening] - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov & Riccardo Muti (3:52)
  11. 11 Spartacus, ballet in 4 acts: Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia - Aram Khachaturian & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (4:45)
  12. 12 The Swan Lake, ballet, Op. 20: Act 2. No. 10. Scene - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & André Previn (2:49)
  13. 13 Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18: 2. Adagio sostenuto [Opening] - Sergey Rachmaninov & City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (4:31)
  14. 14 Prince Igor, opera (completed by Rimsky-Korsakov & Glazunov): Polovtsian Dances [Opening] - Thomas Beecham & Alexander Borodin (2:35)
  15. 15 Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27: 3. Adagio [Opening] - Sergey Rachmaninov & Mariss Jansons (7:14)
  16. 16 The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Waltz - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & John Lanchbery (5:00)
  17. 17 L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet in 2 scenes for orchestra: [Conclusion] - Igor Stravinsky & Boston Symphony Orchestra (3:04)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major ("Elvira Madigan") K. 467: 2. Andante [Extract] - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Stephen Hough (5:22)
  2. 2 Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major ("Eine kleine Nachtmusik"), K. 525: 2. Romanze. Andante - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Neville Marriner (5:48)
  3. 3 Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor ("Moonlight"), Op. 27/2: 1. Adagio sostenuto [Extract] - Ludwig van Beethoven & Moura Lympany (3:59)
  4. 4 Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major ("Emperor"), Op. 73: 2. Adagio - Ludwig van Beethoven & Julia Thornton (7:04)
  5. 5 Horn Concerto No. 4 in E flat major, K. 495: 2. Romanza. Andante cantabile - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & English Chamber Orchestra (4:46)
  6. 6 Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Un'aura amorosa - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & John Aler (4:45)
  7. 7 Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor ("Pathétique"), Op. 13: 2. Adagio cantabile - Ludwig van Beethoven & Stephen Kovacevich (5:35)
  8. 8 Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64: 2. Andante [Extract] - Efrem Kurtz & Felix Mendelssohn (4:31)
  9. 9 Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622: 2. Adagio - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Dresden Staatskapelle (6:38)
  10. 10 Song without Words for piano No. 30 in A major ("Frühlingslied"), Op. 62/6 - Felix Mendelssohn & Daniel Adni (2:42)
  11. 11 Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor, Op. 26: 2. Adagio [Opening] - Max Bruch & Yehudi Menuhin (4:24)
  12. 12 A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61: Nocturne - Felix Mendelssohn & Charles Mackerras (5:54)
  13. 13 Vier letzte Lieder (Four Last Songs), for soprano & orchestra, o.Op. 150 (TrV 296, AV 150): Beim Schlafengehen [Conclusion] - Richard Strauss & London Philharmonic Orchestra (4:25)
  14. 14 An der schönen, blauen Donau (On the Beautiful, Blue Danube), waltz for orchestra (with chorus ad lib), Op. 314 (RV 314): [Extract] - Johann Strauss II & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (3:48)
  15. 15 Liebesleid "Love's Sorrow" for violin & piano - Fritz Kreisler & Maxim Vengerov (3:26)
  16. 16 A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61: Wedding March - Felix Mendelssohn & Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra (5:35)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Les contes d'Hoffmann, opera in 4 acts: Barcarolle - Jacques Offenbach & Sylvain Cambreling (4:24)
  2. 2 The Swan (from "Carnival of the Animals"), original (for 2 pianos & ensemble) and arrangements - Han-Na Chang & Camille Saint-Saëns (3:18)
  3. 3 Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: Habanera (L'amour est un oiseau rebelle) - Georges Bizet & Maria Callas (4:21)
  4. 4 Clair de lune, for orchestra or other arrangement (from "Suite Bergamasque" for piano), L. 75/3 - Claude Debussy & Philadelphia Orchestra (5:12)
  5. 5 Lakmé, opera: Flower Duet (Dôme épais) - Natalie Dessay & Léo Delibes (4:52)
  6. 6 Faust, opera: Les nubiennes (Ballet Music) - Charles Gounod & Charles Mackerras (2:25)
  7. 7 Samson et Dalila, opera in 3 acts, Op. 47: Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix - Maria Callas & Camille Saint-Saëns (5:21)
  8. 8 Pavane, for orchestra & chorus ad lib in F sharp minor, Op. 50 - Gabriel Fauré & David Willcocks (6:50)
  9. 9 Plaisir d'amour, for voice & piano (or orchestra) - Michel Dalberto & Jean-Paul-Gilles Martini (aka J.P. Schwarzendorf) (2:53)
  10. 10 Romance for violin & orchestra in C major, Op. 48 - Pierre Dervaux & Camille Saint-Saëns (5:55)
  11. 11 Berceuse, for piano, 4 hands or orchestra (Dolly, suite), Op. 56/1 - Gabriel Fauré & Jean-Philippe Collard (2:38)
  12. 12 Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: Act 3. Entr'acte - Georges Bizet & Orchestre National de France (2:35)
  13. 13 Chanson d'amour, song for voice & piano in F major, Op. 27/1 - Gabriel Fauré & London Symphony Orchestra (2:03)
  14. 14 Gymnopedie for piano No.1 - City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra & Erik Satie (2:52)
  15. 15 Sylvia, ou La nymphe de Diane, ballet: Intermezzo & Valse lente - Léo Delibes & Charles Mackerras (4:25)
  16. 16 Les Deux pigeons, ballet: Pas de deux pigeons - André Messager & Charles Mackerras (3:19)
  17. 17 Thaïs, lyric comedy in 3 acts: Méditation - Jules Massenet & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (6:44)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Peer Gynt Suite for orchestra (or piano or piano, 4 hands) No. 1, Op. 46: Morning - Edvard Grieg & Neville Marriner (4:19)
  2. 2 Vltava (The Moldau), symphonic poem (Má Vlast No. 2), JB 1:112/2: [Extract] - Paavo Berglund & Bedrich Smetana (5:01)
  3. 3 Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16: 2. Adagio - Edvard Grieg & Dmitri Alexeev (6:40)
  4. 4 Symphony No. 9 in E minor ("From the New World"), B. 178 (Op. 95) (first published as No. 5): 2. Largo [Opening] - Mariss Jansons & Antonin Dvorák (4:46)
  5. 5 Bryllupsdag på Troldhaugen (Wedding Day at Troldhaugen), lyric piece for piano, Op. 65/6 - Edvard Grieg & Daniel Adni (5:41)
  6. 6 Rusalka, opera, B. 203 (Op. 114): Song to the Moon - Antonin Dvorák & Munich Radio Orchestra (5:54)
  7. 7 Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11, CT. 47: 2. Romance. Larghetto [Opening] - Frédéric Chopin & Martha Argerich (3:53)
  8. 8 Humoresque No. 7 for piano in G flat major, B. 187/7 (Op. 101/7) - Moura Lympany & Antonin Dvorák (3:04)
  9. 9 Les sylphides, ballet (arrangement): Prelude in A - Frédéric Chopin & Robert Irving (3:23)
  10. 10 Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S. 124 (LW H4): 2. Quasi adagio - Franz Liszt & Michel Béroff (4:33)
  11. 11 Pelléas et Mélisande, incidental music for orchestra, Op. 46: At the Castle Gate - Paavo Berglund & Jean Sibelius (2:53)
  12. 12 Berceuse for piano in D flat major, Op. 57, CT. 7 - Frédéric Chopin & Peter Donohoe (4:30)
  13. 13 Jalousie, tango for orchestra - Mariss Jansons & Jacob Gade (4:12)
  14. 14 Nocturne for piano No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109 - John Ogdon & Frédéric Chopin (5:18)
  15. 15 Liebesträume, notturno for piano No. 3 in A flat major ("O Lieb, so lang du lieben kannst"), S. 541/3 (LW A103/3) - Franz Liszt & Leif Ove Andsnes (4:09)
  16. 16 Die lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow), operetta: Vilja - Lovro von Matacic & Franz Lehár (4:52)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Salut d'amour, for violin & piano, Op. 12 - Edward Elgar & Richard Hickox (3:55)
  2. 2 Fantasia on Greensleeves, for harp, flute & strings (arranged by R. Greaves; from the opera "Sir John In Love") - John Barbirolli & Ralph Vaughan Williams (4:41)
  3. 3 Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85: 1. Adagio - Moderato [Opening] - John Barbirolli & Edward Elgar (3:26)
  4. 4 The Lark Ascending, romance for violin & orchestra: [Opening] - Hugh Bean & Ralph Vaughan Williams (6:25)
  5. 5 Pieces (2) ("Chanson de matin" & "Chanson de nuit"), for violin & piano (later orchestrated), Op. 15: Chanson de matin - Adrian Boult & Edward Elgar (3:06)
  6. 6 Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, for 2 string orchestras: [Opening] - Adrian Boult & Ralph Vaughan Williams (6:13)
  7. 7 Michelle - Ron Goodwin & John Lennon (3:22)
  8. 8 The Planets, suite for orchestra & female chorus, Op. 32, H. 125: Venus [Conclusion] - Adrian Boult & Gustav Holst (6:16)
  9. 9 Standing Stone, for orchestra & chorus: Celebration - Lawrence Foster & Paul McCartney (6:17)
  10. 10 The Piano, film score: The Heart Asks Pleasure First / The Promise - Michael Nyman & Michael Nyman (3:13)
  11. 11 Cavatina (from "The Deer Hunter") - Stanley Myers & Manuel Barrueco (3:17)
  12. 12 American Beauty, film score: Any Other Name - Thomas Newman & Nikolah Bloch (4:07)
  13. 13 Titanic, film score: My Heart Will Go On - James Horner & David Abel (4:22)
  14. 14 Melodia sentimental, for voice & piano (from Floresta do Amazones), A. 556 - Heitor Villa-Lobos & Sharon Isbin (3:59)
  15. 15 Porgy and Bess, opera: Summertime - Kiri Te Kanawa & George Gershwin (2:43)
  16. 16 Symphonic Dances (9) from "West Side Story", for orchestra (orchestrated with Ramin & Kostal): 2. Somewhere - City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra & Leonard Bernstein (4:02)
  17. 17 Rhapsody in Blue, for piano & orchestra (orchestrated by F. Grofé): [Conclusion] - George Gershwin & André Previn (5:35)
Disc 6
  1. 1 Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Intermezzo - Pietro Mascagni & Riccardo Muti (3:44)
  2. 2 Gianni Schicchi, opera: O mio babbino caro - Giacomo Puccini & Angela Gheorghiu (2:07)
  3. 3 España, album leaves (6) for piano, Op. 165, B. 37: Tango - Leif Ove Andsnes & Isaac Albéniz (2:30)
  4. 4 La Rondine (The Swallow), opera: Chi il bel sogno di Doretta - Montserrat Caballé & Giacomo Puccini (3:08)
  5. 5 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 - Camerata Lysy Gstaad & Antonio Vivaldi (3:42)
  6. 6 L'incoronazione di Poppea, opera in 3 acts, SV 308: Pur ti miro - Claudio Monteverdi & London Symphony Orchestra (3:45)
  7. 7 Minuet in A major, arrangement (after String Quintet in E major, Op.11/5 [aka Op. 13/5], G. 275) - Luigi Boccherini & Neville Marriner (3:56)
  8. 8 L' amico Fritz, opera (commedia lyrica) in 3 acts: O amore, o bella luce del core - Pietro Mascagni & Gianandrea Gavazzeni (2:32)
  9. 9 Recuerdos de la Alhambra, for guitar - Francisco Tárrega & Christopher Parkening (3:57)
  10. 10 Romeo and Juliet, film score: Ai giochi addio - Nino Rota & London Symphony Orchestra (3:23)
  11. 11 Concierto de Aranjuez, for guitar & orchestra: 2. Adagio [Opening] - Joaquín Rodrigo & Julian Bream (4:46)
  12. 12 Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Vogliatemi bene - John Barbirolli & Giacomo Puccini (7:56)
  13. 13 Lute (Chamber) Concerto, for lute (or guitar), 2 violins & continuo in D major, RV 93: 2. Largo - Antonio Vivaldi & Lausanne Chamber Orchestra (6:08)
  14. 14 Zigeunerweisen, for violin & piano (or orchestra) ("Gypsy Airs"), Op. 20 - Pablo de Sarasate & Mutter (7:49)
  15. 15 Time to Say Goodbye (Con te partirò), song - Francesco Sartori & Peterson (3:53)
  16. 16 Suite española No. 1, for piano, Op. 47, B. 7: Sevilla - Julian Byzantine & Isaac Albéniz (5:22)
  17. 17 Turandot, opera: Nessun dorma - José Carreras & Giacomo Puccini (4:14)
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