Classical Legends

Classical Legends

     
 
Classical Legends is an EMI two-disc set that provides a way for non-expert listeners to get a grip on classical music and opera from the artist's, rather than a composer or genre-driven perspective. Its one-track-per-artist program is weighted more to the classical end of the scale as opposed to vocal music, and also included are some performers more readily

Overview

Classical Legends is an EMI two-disc set that provides a way for non-expert listeners to get a grip on classical music and opera from the artist's, rather than a composer or genre-driven perspective. Its one-track-per-artist program is weighted more to the classical end of the scale as opposed to vocal music, and also included are some performers more readily associated with pop music. Among those included on the disc are singers Plácido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Maria Callas, Sarah Brightman, and Izzy; instrumentalists include violinists Kennedy, Tasmin Little, and Vanessa-Mae and pianists John Ogdon and Cecile Ousset; and conductors Sir Adrian Boult and Simon Rattle. Paul McCartney and Ennio Morricone are the only composers here represented as "artists." There is only one chorus represented, that being the Choir of King's College, Cambridge. There is no track that is badly chosen on Classical Legends and the two-disc set is priced well within the range of most music lovers. As classical music recording concerns continue in a to struggle to find an audience, increasingly more of these types of compilations tend to surface and sometimes it is hard to tell one from the other. Classical Legends is a step in the right direction in that classical performers are the focus of the package, and also that pop-oriented performers who work on the fringes of classical are not excluded from the club of "legends." The only complaint about Classical Legends would be the too-short and confusingly written liner notes.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/06/2003
Label:
Emi Classics
UPC:
0724356250123
catalogNumber:
62501

Tracks

  1. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in E major ("La Primavera," The Four Seasons; "Il cimento" No. 1), Op.8/1, RV 269: I. Allegro  - Antonio Vivaldi  -  English Chamber Orchestra  - Nigel Kennedy  - Nigel Kennedy
  2. Work(s): The Heart Asks Pleasure First / The Promise (The P  - Michael Nyman  - Michael Nyman
  3. Concerto for flute, harp & orchestra in C major, K. 299 (K. 297c): II. Andantino  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - James Galway  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Fritz Helmis  - Herbert von Karajan
  4. Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: L'amour est un oiseau rebelle (Habanera)  - Georges Bizet  - Maria Callas  -  René Duclos Choir  -  Paris National Opera Orchestra  - Georges Prêtre
  5. Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Sarah Chang  - Plácido Domingo
  6. Cello Concerto in E minor (also arr. as Viola Concerto by F.Salmond), Op. 85: I. Adagio - Moderato (Opening)  - Edward Elgar  - John Barbirolli  - Jacqueline du Pré  -  London Symphony Orchestra
  7. Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor ("Moonlight"), Op. 27/2: I. Adagio sostenuto (extract)  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Moura Lympany
  8. La bohème, opera: O Soave fanciulla  - Giacomo Puccini  - Thomas Beecham  - Jussi Björling  - Victoria de Los Angeles  - Robert Merrill  -  RCA Victor Orchestra
  9. Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor, Op. 26: II. Adagio (opening)  - Max Bruch  - Yehudi Menuhin  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Walter Süsskind
  10. The Swan Lake, ballet, Op. 20: Swan Theme, Act 2. No. 10 Scène  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - André Previn  -  London Symphony Orchestra
  11. Gianni Schicchi, opera: O mio babbino caro  - Giacomo Puccini  - Angela Gheorghiu  -  London Symphony Orchestra  - Antonio Pappano
  12. Rigoletto, opera: La donna è mobile  - Giuseppe Verdi  - Roberto Alagna  - Richard Armstrong  -  London Philharmonic Orchestra
  13. The Planets, suite for orchestra & female chorus, Op. 32, H. 125: Jupiter (conclusion)  - Gustav Holst  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Simon Rattle
  14. Tosca, opera: E lucevan le stelle  - Giacomo Puccini  - Plácido Domingo  - James Levine  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra
  15. Requiem, for 2 solo voices, chorus, organ & orchestra, Op. 48: In paradisium  - Gabriel Fauré  - Peter Barley  -  Choir of King's College, Cambridge  - Stephen Cleobury  -  English Chamber Orchestra  - Jose-Luis Garcia (Asensio)
  16. Caprice for solo violin in A minor (Theme & Variations), Op. 1/24  - Niccolò Paganini  - Itzhak Perlman
  17. Porgy and Bess, opera: Summertime  - George Gershwin  - Kiri Te Kanawa  - John McGlinn  -  New Princess Theatre Orchestra  -  New York Choral Artists
  18. Adagio for strings (or string quartet; arr. from 2nd mvt. of String Quartet), Op. 11  - Samuel Barber  - Eugene Ormandy  -  Philadelphia Orchestra
  19. Ellens Gesang III ("Ave Maria"), song for voice & piano, D. 839 (Op. 52/6)  - Franz Schubert  - Paul Bateman  - Sarah Brightman
  20. Waltz for piano No. 6 in D flat major ("Minute"), Op. 64/1, CT. 212  - Frédéric Chopin  - John Ogdon
  21. Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: The Ride of the Valkyries  - Richard Wagner  - Adrian Boult  -  London Symphony Orchestra
  22. Toccata and Fugue, for organ in D minor ("Dorian"), BWV 538 (BC J38): [Excerpt]  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  Vanessa-Mae
  23. Rodrigo (after Joaquín Rodrigo's En Aranjuez con tu amor)  - Mike Batt  -  Planets
  24. The Mission, film score: Gabriel's Oboe  - Ennio Morricone  - Ennio Morricone  -  Ennio Morricone Orchestra
  25. Frühling ("In dämmrigen Grüften träumte ich lang"), song for soprano & orchestra, o.Op. 150/1 (TrV 296/1, AV 150/1)  - Richard Strauss  - George Szell  -  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
  26. Suite for solo cello No. 6 in D major, BWV 1012: Gigue  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Mstislav Rostropovich
  27. Lakmé, opera: Dôme épais (Flower Duet)  - Léo Delibes  - Natalie Dessay  - Delphine Haidan  -  Orchestre Capitole Toulouse  - Michel Plasson
  28. Liebeslieder waltz No. 15 for piano, 4 hands in A flat major, Op. 52a/15  - Johannes Brahms  - Moura Lympany
  29. Trumpet Concerto in E or E flat major, WoO 1, S. 49: III. Rondo (Allegro molto)  - Johann Nepomuk Hummel  - Maurice André  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Herbert von Karajan
  30. Pavane, for orchestra & chorus ad lib in F sharp minor, Op. 50  - Gabriel Fauré  - Julia Thornton  -  Netherlands National Radio Orchestra  - Ernö Olah  -  Izzy
  31. The Lark Ascending, romance for violin & orchestra: Conclusion  - Ralph Vaughan Williams  -  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra  - Nigel Kennedy  - Simon Rattle
  32. Norma, opera: Casta Diva  - Vicenzo Bellini  - Maria Callas  -  Scala Theater Chorus  -  Scala Theater Orchestra  - Tullio Serafin
  33. Air (Sarabande) in E major, HWV 425  - George Frideric Handel  -  Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields  - Alex Briger
  34. Schindler's List, film score: Theme  - John Williams [composer]  - Tasmin Little  -  New World Philharmonic  - Iain Sutherland
  35. 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
  36. Requiem Mass, for soloists, chorus & orchestra (Manzoni Requiem): Ingemisco  - Giuseppe Verdi  - Riccardo Muti  -  Scala Theater Orchestra
  37. Adagietto, for orchestra (from the Symphony No. 5): (conclusion)  - Gustav Mahler  - John Barbirolli  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra
  38. Tuesday: Extract  - Paul McCartney  -  London Symphony Orchestra  - Andrea Quinn
  39. Turandot, opera: Nessun Dorma  - Giacomo Puccini  - José Carreras  - Alain Lombard  -  Philharmonic Orchestra  -  Rhine Opera Chorus, Strasbourg

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