Classical 2012

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
Decca has culled an attractive assortment of performances from its vast archive or recordings for its collection, Classical 2012. The album may be dated 2012, but the performances are not necessarily by artists who were then active, although most were. Conductors Herbert von Karajan and Georg Solti, soprano Joan Sutherland, tenor Luciano Pavarotti, and pianist Jorge Bolet were prominent in the mid- to late 20th century, and their legendary performances have lost none of their luster. Artists relatively new to the international scene in 2012 are also represented by performers like conductor Gustavo Dudamel, tenor Joseph Calleja, and sopranos Danielle de Niese and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
Decca has culled an attractive assortment of performances from its vast archive or recordings for its collection, Classical 2012. The album may be dated 2012, but the performances are not necessarily by artists who were then active, although most were. Conductors Herbert von Karajan and Georg Solti, soprano Joan Sutherland, tenor Luciano Pavarotti, and pianist Jorge Bolet were prominent in the mid- to late 20th century, and their legendary performances have lost none of their luster. Artists relatively new to the international scene in 2012 are also represented by performers like conductor Gustavo Dudamel, tenor Joseph Calleja, and sopranos Danielle de Niese and Aleksandra Kurzak. With the deep trove of recordings in Decca's archive, it goes without saying that all the performances are top-notch and the sound is always at least very good, and often superlative. More than half of the selections are vocal, and the majority of those are operatic. The pieces are by far most often from the Romantic era, although there's a handful of works from earlier or later periods. The tone of most of the tracks is soothing and positive. The album should appeal to listeners looking for a general collection of excellent performances of a variety of types of classical music.
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  • Release Date: 5/8/2012
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028947830368
  • Catalog Number: 001675702
  • Sales rank: 108,149

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Vesperae solennes de confessore for soloists, chorus & orchestra, K. 339: Laudate Dominum - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Cecilia Bartoli (5:04)
  2. 2 Prelude for piano No.6 in G minor, Op. 23/5 - Sergey Rachmaninov & Lang Lang (4:27)
  3. 3 Carmen, opera: La fleur que tu m'avais jetée - Georges Bizet & Myung-Whun Chung (3:44)
  4. 4 Orfeo ("Nel chiuso centro"), chamber cantata for soprano, strings & continuo, Op. 2/4: Nel chiuso centro - Giovanni Pergolesi & Antonio Pappano (2:05)
  5. 5 Suite española No. 1, for piano, Op. 47, B. 7: Granada - Isaac Albéniz & Michael Lewin (5:54)
  6. 6 Adriana Lecouvreur, opera: La dolcissima effigie - Francesco Cilèa & Antonio Pappano (2:29)
  7. 7 Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64: 3. Valse. Allegro moderato - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Gustavo Dudamel (6:19)
  8. 8 Suor Angelica, opera: Senza mamma, o bimbo, tu sei morto - Giacomo Puccini & Marco Armiliato (4:31)
  9. 9 Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93: 2. Allegretto scherzando - Riccardo Chailly & Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra (3:42)
  10. 10 Rigoletto, opera: La donna è mobile - Giuseppe Verdi & Rolando Villazón (2:12)
  11. 11 Nocturne for piano in C sharp minor (doubtful), KK Anh.Ia/6 - Frédéric Chopin & Benjamin Grosvenor (3:48)
  12. 12 Carmen, opera: Près des remparts de Séville - Georges Bizet & Roberto Alagna (4:40)
  13. 13 Dance of the Blessed Spirits (Melody), arrangement (from "Orfeo ed Euridice") - Christoph Willibald Gluck & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (6:47)
  14. 14 Les Pêcheurs de perles, opera in 3 acts: Je crois entendre encore - Georges Bizet & Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields (3:22)
  15. 15 Piano Concerto No. 1 in D flat major, Op. 10: 2. Andante assai - André Previn & Sergey Prokofiev (4:39)
  16. 16 Core 'ngrato (Catari), for voice & orchestra - Salvatore Cardillo & Giancarlo Chiaramello (4:55)
  17. 17 Clair de lune, for piano (Suite Bergamasque No. 3), L. 75/3 - Claude Debussy & Itamar Golan (4:22)
  18. 18 Wiegenlied ("Guten Abend, gut Nacht"), song for voice & piano, Op. 49/4 - Johannes Brahms & Chris Hazell (2:04)
  19. 19 Radetzky-Marsch, for orchestra, Op. 228 - Johann Strauss I & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (3:25)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Das Land des Lächelns (The Land of Smiles), operetta in 3 acts (revision of "Die gelbe Jacke"): Dein ist mein ganzes Herz! - Franz Lehár & Plácido Domingo (3:33)
  2. 2 Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5, for voice & 8 cellos, A. 389: Aria (Cantilena) - Heitor Villa-Lobos & Orquesta Nacional de España (5:36)
  3. 3 Berceuse for piano in D flat major, Op. 57, CT. 7 - Frédéric Chopin & Daniel Barenboim (4:33)
  4. 4 Cantata No. 169, "Gott soll allein mein Herze haben," BWV 169 (BC A143): 2. Arioso - Johann Sebastian Bach & Scholl (2:50)
  5. 5 Rondo a Capriccio for piano in G major ("Rage Over a Lost Penny"), Op. 129 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Alice Sara Ott (6:19)
  6. 6 Misa Criolla, for tenor, piano, chorus & orchestra: Kyrie - Ariel Ramírez & Juan Diego Flórez (4:31)
  7. 7 Ständchen ("Leise flehen meine Lieder"), song for voice & piano (Schwanengesang), D. 957/4 - Franz Schubert & Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields (4:13)
  8. 8 Die Fledermaus (The Bat), operetta (RV 503): Mein Herr Marquis - Johann Strauss II & Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana (3:22)
  9. 9 Concerto for violin, strings & continuo No. 1 in A minor, BWV 1041: 1. Allegro moderato - Johann Sebastian Bach & Jeffrey Kahane (3:24)
  10. 10 Tito Manlio (I), opera in 3 acts, RV 738: Sonno, se pur sei sonno - Antonio Vivaldi & Magdalena Kozená (2:53)
  11. 11 Consolation, for piano No. 3 in D flat major "Lento placido", S. 172/3 (LW A111a/2/2) - Franz Liszt & Jorge Bolet (3:51)
  12. 12 Rusalka, opera, B. 203 (Op. 114): Mesícku na nebi hlubokém (Song to the Moon) - Antonin Dvorak & Anna Prohaska (5:00)
  13. 13 La Traviata, opera: Act 1. Prelude - Giuseppe Verdi & Royal Opera House Orchestra Covent Garden (3:35)
  14. 14 I Vespri siciliani, opera (Les vêpres siciliennes): Mercè, dilette amiche - Giuseppe Verdi & Riccardo Chailly (4:03)
  15. 15 The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Valse. La Belle au bois dormant - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Valery Gergiev (4:47)
  16. 16 Werther, lyric drama in 4 acts: Pourquoi me réveiller, ô souffle du printemps? - Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra & Franco Patane (3:09)
  17. 17 Sicilienne and Rigaudon in the Style of Francoeur, for violin & piano - Fritz Kreisler & Joshua Bell (4:01)
  18. 18 Work(s): Lucrezia (based on fragments of the aria Già nel s - George Frideric Handel & London Philharmonic Orchestra (2:59)
  19. 19 Coppélia, ou La fille aux yeux d'émail, ballet: Valse - Léo Delibes & Richard Bonynge (2:05)
  20. 20 Martha, opera: The last rose of summer - Friedrich von Flotow & Joan Sutherland (3:17)
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