Best Romantic Classics 100

Best Romantic Classics 100

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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 toSee more details below

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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 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:
01/15/2008
Label:
Emi Classics
UPC:
5099951549022
catalogNumber:
15490

Tracks

  1. Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23: 1. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso [Opening]  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - André Previn  - Horacio Gutiérrez  -  London Symphony Orchestra
  2. Romeo and Juliet, ballet in 4 acts, Op. 64: Balcony Scene [Extract]  - Sergey Prokofiev  - Riccardo Muti  -  Philadelphia Orchestra
  3. The Gadfly, suite from the film score, Op. 97a (assembled by Atovmyan): Romance  - Dmitry Shostakovich  - Piers Lane  - Tasmin Little
  4. Romeo and Juliet, fantasy-overture for orchestra in B minor (3 versions): [Extract]  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Mariss Jansons  -  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
  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  - Cécile Ousset  - Simon Rattle
  6. Masquerada, incidental music: Waltz  - Aram Khachaturian  - Efrem Kurtz  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra
  7. Vocalise, instrumental arrangement, Op. 34/14  - Sergey Rachmaninov  - Natalie Clein  - Charles Owen
  8. Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Grand pas de deux  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Mariss Jansons  -  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
  9. Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 102: 2. Andante  - Dmitry Shostakovich  - Dmitri Alexeev  -  English Chamber Orchestra  - Jerzy Maksymiuk
  10. Scheherazade, symphonic suite for orchestra, Op. 35: 2. The Story of the Kalendar Prince [Opening]  - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  - Riccardo Muti  -  Philadelphia Orchestra
  11. Spartacus, ballet in 4 acts: Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia  - Aram Khachaturian  -  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  - Yuri Temirkanov
  12. The Swan Lake, ballet, Op. 20: Act 2. No. 10. Scene  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - André Previn  -  London Symphony Orchestra
  13. Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18: 2. Adagio sostenuto [Opening]  - Sergey Rachmaninov  -  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra  - Cécile Ousset  - Simon Rattle
  14. Prince Igor, opera (completed by Rimsky-Korsakov & Glazunov): Polovtsian Dances [Opening]  - Alexander Borodin  - Thomas Beecham  -  Beecham Choral Society  -  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  15. Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27: 3. Adagio [Opening]  - Sergey Rachmaninov  - Mariss Jansons  -  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
  16. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Waltz  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - John Lanchbery  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra
  17. L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet in 2 scenes for orchestra: [Conclusion]  - Igor Stravinsky  -  Boston Symphony Orchestra  - Seiji Ozawa
  18. Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major ("Elvira Madigan") K. 467: 2. Andante [Extract]  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Stephen Hough  -  Hallé  - Bryden Thomson
  19. Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major ("Eine kleine Nachtmusik"), K. 525: 2. Romanze. Andante  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Neville Marriner  -  Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
  20. Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor ("Moonlight"), Op. 27/2: 1. Adagio sostenuto [Extract]  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Moura Lympany
  21. Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major ("Emperor"), Op. 73: 2. Adagio  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Julia Thornton  -  Netherlands National Radio Orchestra  - Ernö Olah
  22. Horn Concerto No. 4 in E flat major, K. 495: 2. Romanza. Andante cantabile  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  -  English Chamber Orchestra  - Jeffrey Tate  - Radovan Vlatkovic
  23. Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Un'aura amorosa  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - John Aler  - Bernard Haitink  -  London Philharmonic Orchestra
  24. Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor ("Pathétique"), Op. 13: 2. Adagio cantabile  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Stephen Kovacevich
  25. Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64: 2. Andante [Extract]  - Efrem Kurtz  - Felix Mendelssohn  - Yehudi Menuhin  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra
  26. Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622: 2. Adagio  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  -  Dresden Staatskapelle  - Sabine Meyer  - Hans Vonk
  27. Song without Words for piano No. 30 in A major ("Frühlingslied"), Op. 62/6  - Felix Mendelssohn  - Daniel Adni
  28. Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor, Op. 26: 2. Adagio [Opening]  - Max Bruch  - Yehudi Menuhin  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Walter Süsskind
  29. A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61: Nocturne  - Felix Mendelssohn  - Charles Mackerras  -  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
  30. Vier letzte Lieder (Four Last Songs), for soprano & orchestra, o.Op. 150 (TrV 296, AV 150): Beim Schlafengehen [Conclusion]  - Richard Strauss  -  London Philharmonic Orchestra  - Lucia Popp  -  Klaus Tennstedt
  31. An der schönen, blauen Donau (On the Beautiful, Blue Danube), waltz for orchestra (with chorus ad lib), Op. 314 (RV 314): [Extract]  - Johann Strauss  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Herbert von Karajan
  32. Liebesleid "Love's Sorrow" for violin & piano  - Fritz Kreisler  - Maxim Vengerov  - Ian Brown
  33. A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61: Wedding March  - Felix Mendelssohn  -  Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra  - Jeffrey Tate
  34. Les contes d'Hoffmann, opera in 4 acts: Barcarolle  - Jacques Offenbach  - Sylvain Cambreling  - Ann Murray  - Jessye Norman  -  Théâtre La Monnaie Royal Opera Orchesta  -  Théâtre La Monnaie Royal Opera Chorus
  35. The Swan (from "Carnival of the Animals"), original (for 2 pianos & ensemble) and arrangements  - Camille Saint-Saëns  - Han-Na Chang  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Leonard Slatkin
  36. Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: Habanera (L'amour est un oiseau rebelle)  - Georges Bizet  - Maria Callas  -  René Duclos Choir  -  Paris National Opera Orchestra  - Georges Prêtre
  37. Clair de lune, for orchestra or other arrangement (from "Suite Bergamasque" for piano), L. 75/3  - Claude Debussy  -  Philadelphia Orchestra  - Wolfgang Sawallisch
  38. Lakmé, opera: Flower Duet (Dôme épais)  - Léo Delibes  - Natalie Dessay  - Delphine Haidan  -  Orchestre Capitole Toulouse  - Michel Plasson
  39. Faust, opera: Les nubiennes (Ballet Music)  - Charles Gounod  - Charles Mackerras  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra
  40. Samson et Dalila, opera in 3 acts, Op. 47: Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix  - Camille Saint-Saëns  - Maria Callas  -  ORTF National Orchestra  - Georges Prêtre
  41. Pavane, for orchestra & chorus ad lib in F sharp minor, Op. 50  - Gabriel Fauré  - David Willcocks  - Gareth Morris  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra
  42. Plaisir d'amour, for voice & piano (or orchestra)  - Jean-Paul-Gilles Martini (aka J.P. Schwarzendorf)  - Michel Dalberto  - Barbara Hendricks
  43. Romance for violin & orchestra in C major, Op. 48  - Camille Saint-Saëns  - Pierre Dervaux  - Ulf Hoelscher  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra
  44. Berceuse, for piano, 4 hands or orchestra (Dolly, suite), Op. 56/1  - Gabriel Fauré  - Jean-Philippe Collard  - Bruno Rigutto
  45. Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: Act 3. Entr'acte  - Georges Bizet  -  Orchestre National de France  - Seiji Ozawa
  46. Chanson d'amour, song for voice & piano in F major, Op. 27/1  - Gabriel Fauré  -  London Symphony Orchestra  - Michael Francis  - Natasha Marsh
  47. Gymnopedie for piano No.1  - Erik Satie  -  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra  - Louis Frémaux
  48. Sylvia, ou La nymphe de Diane, ballet: Intermezzo & Valse lente  - Léo Delibes  - Charles Mackerras  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra
  49. Les Deux pigeons, ballet: Pas de deux pigeons  - André Messager  - Charles Mackerras  -  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus and Orchestra
  50. Thaïs, lyric comedy in 3 acts: Méditation  - Jules Massenet  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Herbert von Karajan  - Anne-Sophie Mutter
  51. Peer Gynt Suite for orchestra (or piano or piano, 4 hands) No. 1, Op. 46: Morning  - Edvard Grieg  - Neville Marriner  -  Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
  52. Vltava (The Moldau), symphonic poem (Má Vlast No. 2), JB 1:112/2: [Extract]  - Bedrich Smetana  - Paavo Berglund  -  Dresden Staatskapelle
  53. Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16: 2. Adagio  - Edvard Grieg  - Dmitri Alexeev  -  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  - Yuri Temirkanov
  54. Symphony No. 9 in E minor ("From the New World"), B. 178 (Op. 95) (first published as No. 5): 2. Largo [Opening]  - Antonin Dvorák  - Mariss Jansons  -  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
  55. Bryllupsdag på Troldhaugen (Wedding Day at Troldhaugen), lyric piece for piano, Op. 65/6  - Edvard Grieg  - Daniel Adni
  56. Rusalka, opera, B. 203 (Op. 114): Song to the Moon  - Antonin Dvorák  -  Munich Radio Orchestra  - Lucia Popp  - Stefan Soltesz
  57. Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11, CT. 47: 2. Romance. Larghetto [Opening]  - Frédéric Chopin  - Martha Argerich  - Charles Dutoit  -  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
  58. Humoresque No. 7 for piano in G flat major, B. 187/7 (Op. 101/7)  - Antonin Dvorák  - Moura Lympany
  59. Les sylphides, ballet (arrangement): Prelude in A  - Frédéric Chopin  - Robert Irving  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra
  60. Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S. 124 (LW H4): 2. Quasi adagio  - Franz Liszt  - Michel Béroff  -  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra  - Kurt Masur
  61. Pelléas et Mélisande, incidental music for orchestra, Op. 46: At the Castle Gate  - Jean Sibelius  - Paavo Berglund  -  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  62. Berceuse for piano in D flat major, Op. 57, CT. 7  - Frédéric Chopin  - Peter Donohoe
  63. Jalousie, tango for orchestra  - Jacob Gade  - Mariss Jansons  -  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra  - Stig Nilsson
  64. Nocturne for piano No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109  - Frédéric Chopin  - John Ogdon
  65. 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
  66. Die lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow), operetta: Vilja  - Franz Lehár  - Lovro von Matacic  -  Philharmonia Chorus  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
  67. Salut d'amour, for violin & piano, Op. 12  - Edward Elgar  - Richard Hickox  - Royal Northern Sinfonia
  68. Fantasia on Greensleeves, for harp, flute & strings (arranged by R. Greaves; from the opera "Sir John In Love")  - Ralph Vaughan Williams  - John Barbirolli  -  Sinfonia of London
  69. Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85: 1. Adagio - Moderato [Opening]  - Edward Elgar  - John Barbirolli  - Jacqueline du Pré  -  London Symphony Orchestra
  70. The Lark Ascending, romance for violin & orchestra: [Opening]  - Ralph Vaughan Williams  - Hugh Bean  - Adrian Boult  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra
  71. Pieces (2) ("Chanson de matin" & "Chanson de nuit"), for violin & piano (later orchestrated), Op. 15: Chanson de matin  - Edward Elgar  - Adrian Boult  -  London Philharmonic Orchestra
  72. Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, for 2 string orchestras: [Opening]  - Ralph Vaughan Williams  - Adrian Boult  -  London Philharmonic Orchestra
  73. Michelle  - John Lennon  - Ron Goodwin  -  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra  - Peter Rostal  - A.T. Schaefer
  74. The Planets, suite for orchestra & female chorus, Op. 32, H. 125: Venus [Conclusion]  - Gustav Holst  - Adrian Boult  -  London Philharmonic Orchestra
  75. Standing Stone, for orchestra & chorus: Celebration  - Paul McCartney  - Lawrence Foster  -  London Symphony Chorus  -  London Symphony Orchestra
  76. The Piano, film score: The Heart Asks Pleasure First / The Promise  - Michael Nyman  - Michael Nyman
  77. Cavatina (from "The Deer Hunter")  - Stanley Myers  - Manuel Barrueco  - Steve Morse
  78. American Beauty, film score: Any Other Name  - Thomas Newman  - Nikolah Bloch  - Sally Herbert
  79. Titanic, film score: My Heart Will Go On  - James Horner  -  David Abel
  80. Melodia sentimental, for voice & piano (from Floresta do Amazones), A. 556  - Heitor Villa-Lobos  - Sharon Isbin
  81. Porgy and Bess, opera: Summertime  - George Gershwin  - Kiri Te Kanawa  - John McGlinn  -  New Princess Theatre Orchestra  -  New York Choral Artists
  82. Symphonic Dances (9) from "West Side Story", for orchestra (orchestrated with Ramin & Kostal): 2. Somewhere  - Leonard Bernstein  -  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra  - Paavo Järvi
  83. Rhapsody in Blue, for piano & orchestra (orchestrated by F. Grofé): [Conclusion]  - George Gershwin  - André Previn  - André Previn  -  London Symphony Orchestra
  84. Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Intermezzo  - Pietro Mascagni  - Riccardo Muti  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra
  85. Gianni Schicchi, opera: O mio babbino caro  - Giacomo Puccini  - Angela Gheorghiu  -  London Symphony Orchestra  - Antonio Pappano
  86. España, album leaves (6) for piano, Op. 165, B. 37: Tango  - Isaac Albéniz  - Leif Ove Andsnes
  87. La Rondine (The Swallow), opera: Chi il bel sogno di Doretta  - Giacomo Puccini  - Montserrat Caballé  -  London Symphony Orchestra  - Charles Mackerras
  88. 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
  89. L'incoronazione di Poppea, opera in 3 acts, SV 308: Pur ti miro  - Claudio Monteverdi  -  London Symphony Orchestra  - David Parsons  - Craig Leon  - Natasha Marsh  - Fernando Lima
  90. Minuet in A major, arrangement (after String Quintet in E major, Op.11/5 [aka Op. 13/5], G. 275)  - Luigi Boccherini  - Neville Marriner  -  Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
  91. L' amico Fritz, opera (commedia lyrica) in 3 acts: O amore, o bella luce del core  - Pietro Mascagni  - Gianandrea Gavazzeni  -  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus and Orchestra  - Luciano Pavarotti
  92. Recuerdos de la Alhambra, for guitar  - Francisco Tárrega  - Christopher Parkening
  93. Romeo and Juliet, film score: Ai giochi addio  - Nino Rota  -  London Symphony Orchestra  - François-Xavier Roth  - Natasha Marsh
  94. Concierto de Aranjuez, for guitar & orchestra: 2. Adagio [Opening]  - Joaquín Rodrigo  - Julian Bream  -  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra  - Simon Rattle
  95. Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Vogliatemi bene  - Giacomo Puccini  - John Barbirolli  - Carlo Bergonzi  -  Teatro dell'Opera di Roma Chorus & Orchestra  - Renata Scotto
  96. Lute (Chamber) Concerto, for lute (or guitar), 2 violins & continuo in D major, RV 93: 2. Largo  - Antonio Vivaldi  -  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra  - Lawrence Foster  - Sharon Isbin
  97. Zigeunerweisen, for violin & piano (or orchestra) ("Gypsy Airs"), Op. 20  - Pablo de Sarasate  - Anne-Sophie Mutter  -  Orchestre National de France  - Seiji Ozawa
  98. Time to Say Goodbye (Con te partirò), song  - Francesco Sartori  -  Peterson  - Julian Kershaw  - Amy Nuttall
  99. Suite española No. 1, for piano, Op. 47, B. 7: Sevilla  - Isaac Albéniz  - Julian Byzantine
  100. Turandot, opera: Nessun dorma  - Giacomo Puccini  - José Carreras  - Alain Lombard  -  Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg  -  Rhine Opera Chorus, Strasbourg

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