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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
The two-disc set Classical 2011 features 40 tracks of classical pieces, usually single movements from larger works, taken from EMI's deep archives. With very few exceptions, the performances are by top-notch artists in the repertoire for which they are best known, so the quality is high. The collection is heavily weighted toward vocal music, with about half of its tracks devoted to opera and song, featuring singers like Plácido Domingo, Angela Gheorghiu, Roberto Alagna, Anna Netrebko, Jonas Kaufmann, Maria Callas, Luciano Pavarotti, and Mirella Freni. Orchestral music is also prominent, particularly concertos; soloists include violinists Nigel Kennedy and Sarah Chang, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
The two-disc set Classical 2011 features 40 tracks of classical pieces, usually single movements from larger works, taken from EMI's deep archives. With very few exceptions, the performances are by top-notch artists in the repertoire for which they are best known, so the quality is high. The collection is heavily weighted toward vocal music, with about half of its tracks devoted to opera and song, featuring singers like Plácido Domingo, Angela Gheorghiu, Roberto Alagna, Anna Netrebko, Jonas Kaufmann, Maria Callas, Luciano Pavarotti, and Mirella Freni. Orchestral music is also prominent, particularly concertos; soloists include violinists Nigel Kennedy and Sarah Chang, flutist Emmanuel Pahud, and pianists Leif Ove Andsnes and Evgeny Kissin. Among pianists playing solo works are Yundi, Gabriela Montero, and Alexandre Tharaud. The pieces come mostly from the Romantic, post-Romantic, and early Modern eras, but there are several Baroque movements, and even one contemporary work , a lyrical excerpt from Thomas Adès' 2004 opera "The Tempest." All but a handful of the performances were recorded in the 21st century so the sound quality is very good. Listeners who purchase the CD should be aware that the pages of the accompanying booklet are printed in the wrong order, so the track listing is an almost indecipherable jumble of misinformation and should be ignored; the track listing on the back of the CD case is correct.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/5/2011
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • EAN: 5099909757721
  • Catalog Number: 97577
  • Sales rank: 271,683

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Carmen, opera: L'amour est un enfant Bohème (Habanera, original v - Georges Bizet & Angela Gheorghiu (3:38)
  2. 2 Tosca, opera: Rocondita armonia - Giacomo Puccini & Plácido Domingo (2:57)
  3. 3 Semiramide, opera: Bel raggio lusinghier - Gioachino Rossini & Edoardo Müller (6:14)
  4. 4 Concerto for violin, strings & continuo No. 1 in A minor, BWV 1041: 1. [Allegro] - Johann Sebastian Bach & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (3:50)
  5. 5 O Waly, Waly, folk song - Traditional & English Traditional (4:38)
  6. 6 Nocturne for piano No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109 - Frédéric Chopin & Yundi Li (4:32)
  7. 7 A Gaelic Blessing ("Deep Peace"), for chorus & orchestra - John Rutter & Robert Prizeman (3:31)
  8. 8 Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in A minor ("L'estro armonico" No. 6), Op. 3/6, RV 356: 3. Presto - Antonio Vivaldi & Alison Balsom (2:33)
  9. 9 Malagueña for voice & piano - Ernesto Lecuona & Rene Lecuona (4:00)
  10. 10 Variations on a Rococo Theme, for cello & orchestra (or cello & piano) in A major, Op. 33: Variation 7 & Coda - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Valery Gergiev (2:15)
  11. 11 Moment musical for piano in F minor ("Air russe"), D. 780/3 (Op. 94/3) - Franz Schubert & David Fray (2:14)
  12. 12 Farnace, opera in 3 acts, RV 711: Ricordate che sei - Antonio Vivaldi & Fabio Biondi (3:45)
  13. 13 Clair de lune, for piano (Suite Bergamasque No. 3), L. 75/3 - Claude Debussy & Wilhelm Kaiser-Lindemann (4:36)
  14. 14 La Wally, opera (dramma musicale) in 4 acts: Ebben? Ne andrò lontana - Alfredo Catalani & Maria Callas (4:56)
  15. 15 L'elisir d'amore, opera: Quanto è bella - Gaetano Donizetti & Munich Radio Orchestra (2:30)
  16. 16 Concierto de Aranjuez, for guitar & orchestra: 1. Allegro con spirito - Joaquín Rodrigo & Eiji Oue (6:09)
  17. 17 Turandot, opera: Nessun dorma - Giacomo Puccini & London Symphony Orchestra (2:53)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Stabat mater for 2 sopranos, tenor, bass, chorus & orchestra: Inflammatus et accensus - Gioachino Rossini & Antonio Pappano (4:47)
  2. 2 Amor ("An dem Feuer sass das Kind Amor"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 68/5 (TrV 235/5) - Richard Strauss & Natalie Dessay (3:06)
  3. 3 Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 16: 3. Intermezzo: Allegro moderato - Evgeny Kissin & Sergey Prokofiev (6:39)
  4. 4 Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26: 3. Finale: Allegro energico - Max Bruch & Sarah Chang (7:08)
  5. 5 Aquarela do Brasil (Brazil), song for voice & ensemble - Ary Barroso & Plácido Domingo (4:21)
  6. 6 Réminiscences de Don Juan, for 2 pianos (after Mozart: Don Giovanni), S. 656 (LW C26): 4. Presto - Franz Liszt & Martha Argerich (3:23)
  7. 7 La Resurrezione, oratorio, HWV 47: Del ciglio dolente - George Frideric Handel & Emmanuelle Haïm (2:31)
  8. 8 Ecossaises (3) for piano, Op. 72/3, CT. 11-13: No. 1 in D / No. 2 in G / No. 3 in D flat - Frédéric Chopin & Alexandre Tharaud (2:32)
  9. 9 Ave Maria, for voice & orchestra (adapted from Intermezzo of "Cavalleria Rusticana") - Pietro Mascagni & Russell Watson (5:01)
  10. 10 Piano Concerto No. 4 in G minor, Op. 40: 2. Largo - Sergey Rachmaninov & Leif Ove Andsnes (6:39)
  11. 11 Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond - Richard Wagner & New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (3:19)
  12. 12 La bohème, opera: O soave fanciulla - Giacomo Puccini & Roberto Alagna (3:50)
  13. 13 Waltz for piano No. 6 in D flat major ("Minute"), Op. 64/1, CT. 212 - Frédéric Chopin & Ingrid Fliter (2:02)
  14. 14 Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Dovunque al mondo - Giacomo Puccini & Antonio Pappano (3:11)
  15. 15 Un ballo in maschera, opera: Super vorreste - Giuseppe Verdi & Munich Radio Orchestra (2:17)
  16. 16 L'incoronazione di Poppea, opera in 3 acts, SV 308: Pur ti miro - Claudio Monteverdi & Christina Pluhar (4:13)
  17. 17 L'amico Fritz, opera (commedia lyrica) in 3 acts: Suzel, bon dì - Pietro Mascagni & Mirella Freni (4:18)
  18. 18 String Quartet No. 14 in D minor ("Death and the Maiden"), D. 810: 3. Scherzo: Allegro molto - Trio - Franz Schubert & Belcea Quartet (4:00)
  19. 19 The Tempest, opera in 3 acts: Who was here? - Thomas Adès & Thomas Adès (3:25)
  20. 20 Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Pas de deux - Coda - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (1:23)
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