Classical Music 101

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All Music Guide - Allen Schrott
RCA's Classical Music 101 is a clever execution of a timely concept, collecting (you guessed it) 101 famous classical themes and associating them with the movies, television shows, and commercials that have brought them to the public at large. The intent is to show newcomers that they already know more classical music than they think they do, and in doing so entice them to learn more by exploring RCA's catalog of full-length recordings (conveniently indexed in the track listing). But it is also a convenient reference for those who might need to remind themselves of how a famous tune goes, or forget where the melody that's been stuck in their head all day came from. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Allen Schrott
RCA's Classical Music 101 is a clever execution of a timely concept, collecting (you guessed it) 101 famous classical themes and associating them with the movies, television shows, and commercials that have brought them to the public at large. The intent is to show newcomers that they already know more classical music than they think they do, and in doing so entice them to learn more by exploring RCA's catalog of full-length recordings (conveniently indexed in the track listing). But it is also a convenient reference for those who might need to remind themselves of how a famous tune goes, or forget where the melody that's been stuck in their head all day came from. Classical Music 101 is not a real listening experience any more than collecting the hooks from every famous pop song onto one CD would be. It's a reference -- a reminder of already familiar things that allows you to connect them with their original contexts. When considered that way, it's a brilliant execution. And since every recording is in splendid RCA sound, often performed by the finest musicians of the last 50 years, the quality is superb.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/28/2004
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 828766369120
  • Catalog Number: 63691
  • Sales rank: 21,597

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Adagio, for violin, strings & organ in G minor, T. Mi 26 (composed by Remo Giazotto; not by Albinoni): Excerpt - Baroque Chamber Orchestra & Tomaso Albinoni (0:42)
  2. 2 Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air on the G String (Excerpt) - Johann Sebastian Bach & Lucerne Festival Strings (0:49)
  3. 3 Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047: Allegro assai (excerpt) - Johann Sebastian Bach & Lucerne Festival Strings (0:33)
  4. 4 Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9): Aria (Excerpt) - Johann Sebastian Bach & Peter Serkin (1:03)
  5. 5 Cantata No. 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben," BWV 147 (BC A174): Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (Excerpt) - Johann Sebastian Bach & Leopold Stokowski (0:43)
  6. 6 Toccata and Fugue, for organ in D minor, BWV 565 (BC J37): Excerpt - Johann Sebastian Bach & Eugene Ormandy (0:43)
  7. 7 Adagio for strings (or string quartet; arr. from 2nd mvt. of String Quartet), Op. 11: Excerpt - Samuel Barber & Boston Symphony Orchestra (0:52)
  8. 8 Symphony No. 5 in C minor ("Fate"), Op. 67: Mvmt. 1 (Excerpt) - Ludwig van Beethoven & Erich Leinsdorf (0:51)
  9. 9 Symphony No. 9 in D minor ("Choral"), Op. 125: Mvmt. 4 (Excerpt) - Ludwig van Beethoven & New York Philharmonic (0:44)
  10. 10 Bagatelle for piano in A minor ("Für Elise"), WoO 59: Excerpt - Ludwig van Beethoven & Nelly Kokinos (0:46)
  11. 11 Ruins of Athens, incidental music, Op. 113: Turkish March (Excerpt) - Ludwig van Beethoven & Boston Pops Orchestra (0:56)
  12. 12 Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor ("Moonlight"), Op. 27/2: Mvmt. 1 (Excerpt) - Jörg Demus & Ludwig van Beethoven (0:51)
  13. 13 Symphonie fantastique for orchestra ("Episode de la vie d'un Artiste...en cinq parties"), H.48 (Op. 14): March to the Scaffold (Excerpt) - Hector Berlioz & Boston Symphony Orchestra (1:01)
  14. 14 Marche de Rákóczy (Rákóczy March), for orchestra (Le damnation de Faust), H. 109: Excerpt - Hector Berlioz & Boston Pops Orchestra (0:55)
  15. 15 Carmen Suite for orchestra No. 2 (assembled by Ernest Guirard): Habanera (Excerpt) / Toreador Song (Excerpt) - Georges Bizet & Boston Pops Orchestra (1:37)
  16. 16 Minuet in A major, arrangements (after String Quintet in E major, Op.11/5 [aka Op. 13/5], G. 275): Excerpt - Luigi Boccherini & Boston Pops Orchestra (0:38)
  17. 17 Prince Igor, opera (completed by Rimsky-Korsakov & Glazunov): Polovtsian Dance No. 17 (Excerpt) - Alexander Borodin & Boston Pops Orchestra (0:42)
  18. 18 Hungarian Dances (21) for orchestra, WoO 1: No. 5 (Excerpt) - Johannes Brahms & London Festival Orchestra and Chorus (0:36)
  19. 19 Wiegenlied ("Guten Abend, gut Nacht"), song for voice & piano, Op. 49/4: Excerpt - Johannes Brahms & Boston Pops Orchestra (0:48)
  20. 20 Waltz for piano No. 6 in D flat major ("Minute"), Op. 64/1, CT. 212: Excerpt - Frédéric Chopin & Géza Anda (0:42)
  21. 21 Waltz for piano No. 2 in A flat major, Op. 34/1, CT. 208: Excerpt - Frédéric Chopin & Géza Anda (0:41)
  22. 22 Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35, CT. 202: Marche funèbre (Excerpt) - Frédéric Chopin & Emanuel Ax (0:57)
  23. 23 Appalachian Spring, ballet for 13 instruments: Simple Gifts (Excerpt) - Aaron Copland & Aaron Copland (0:37)
  24. 24 Fanfare for the Common Man, for brass & percussion (from Symphony No. 3): Excerpt - Aaron Copland & Eugene Ormandy (1:19)
  25. 25 Clair de lune, for piano (Suite Bergamasque No. 3), L. 75/3: Excerpt - Claude Debussy & Boston Pops Orchestra (0:56)
  26. 26 Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun), for orchestra, L. 86: Excerpt - Claude Debussy & Eugene Ormandy (0:39)
  27. 27 Lakmé, opera: Flower Duet (Excerpt) - Léo Delibes & Richard Kapp (1:00)
  28. 28 Symphony No. 9 in E minor ("From the New World"), B. 178 (Op. 95) (first published as No. 5): Mvmt. 2 ("Going Home Theme") (Excerpt) - Boston Symphony Orchestra & Antonin Dvorák (1:34)
  29. 29 The Sorcerer's Apprentice (L'apprenti sorcier), symphonic scherzo for orchestra: Excerpt - Paul Dukas & Eugene Ormandy (0:33)
  30. 30 Pomp and Circumstance March No.1, for orchestra in D major, Op. 39/1: Excerpt - Edward Elgar & Boston Pops Orchestra (0:36)
  31. 31 Ritual Fire Dance, for orchestra (from "El Amor brujo"): Excerpt - Manuel de Falla & Boston Pops Orchestra (0:39)
  32. 32 Pavane, for orchestra & chorus ad lib in F sharp minor, Op. 50: Excerpt - Gabriel Fauré & National Philharmonic Orchestra (0:49)
  33. 33 Rhapsody in Blue, for piano & orchestra (orchestrated by F. Grofé): Excerpt - George Gershwin & Boston Pops Orchestra (0:46)
  34. 34 An American in Paris, tone poem for orchestra: Excerpt - George Gershwin & Boston Pops Orchestra (0:35)
  35. 35 Funeral March of a Marionette, for piano or orchestra in D minor: Excerpt - Charles Gounod & Boston Pops Orchestra (0:47)
  36. 36 Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16: Excerpt - Edvard Grieg & Kjell Baekkelund (0:41)
  37. 37 Peer Gynt Suite for orchestra (or piano or piano, 4 hands) No. 1, Op. 46: Morning (Excerpt) - Edvard Grieg & Eugene Ormandy (0:37)
  38. 38 Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Hallelujah Chorus (Excerpt) - George Frideric Handel & Thomas Beecham (0:31)
  39. 39 Water Music Suite No.2 for orchestra in D major, HWV 349: Alla Hornpipe (Excerpt) - George Frideric Handel & Lucerne Festival Strings (0:44)
  40. 40 Symphony No. 94 in G major ("Surprise"/"The Drumstroke"/"Mit dem Paukenschlag"), H. 1/94: Mvmt. 2 (Excerpt) - Franz Joseph Haydn & English Chamber Orchestra (0:42)
  41. 41 The Planets, suite for orchestra & female chorus, Op. 32, H. 125: Mars (Excerpt) - Gustav Holst & Eugene Ormandy (0:32)
  42. 42 Gayane, ballet in 4 acts: Sabre Dance (Excerpt) - Aram Khachaturian & Boston Pops Orchestra (0:34)
  43. 43 Pagliacci, opera: Vesti la giubba (Excerpt) - Ruggero Leoncavallo & Plácido Domingo (0:50)
  44. 44 Hungarian Rhapsody, for orchestra No. 2 in C sharp minor (after piano No. 12), S. 359/2 (LW G21/2): Excerpt - Franz Liszt & Eugene Ormandy (1:38)
  45. 45 Liebesträume, notturno for piano No. 3 in A flat major ("O Lieb, so lang du lieben kannst"), S. 541/3 (LW A103/3): Excerpt - Franz Liszt & Boston Pops Orchestra (1:02)
  46. 46 Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Intermezzo (Excerpt) - Pietro Mascagni & James Levine (1:06)
  47. 47 A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61: Wedding March (Excerpt) - Felix Mendelssohn & Eugene Ormandy (0:42)
  48. 48 Symphony No. 4 in A major ("Italian"), Op. 90: Mvmt. 4 (Excerpt) - Felix Mendelssohn & Boston Symphony Orchestra (0:43)
  49. 49 Rondeau, for brass, strings & timpani (from Suite of Symphonies No. 1; "Masterpiece Theater" Theme): [Excerpt] - Jean-Joseph Mouret & Harry Rabinowitz (0:25)
  50. 50 Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major ("Elvira Madigan") K. 467: Andante (Excerpt) - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Vienna Symphony Orchestra (0:51)
  51. 51 Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major ("Eine kleine Nachtmusik"), K. 525: Mvmt. 1 (Excerpt) - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Erich Leinsdorf (0:51)
  52. 52 Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Overture (Excerpt) - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (0:26)
  53. 53 Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major ("Alla Turca") K. 331 (K. 300i): Rondo alla turca (Excerpt) - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Walter Hautzig (0:30)
  54. 54 Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550: Mvmt. 1 (Excerpt) - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & English Chamber Orchestra (0:36)
  55. 55 Night on Bald Mountain (Noch' na Lïsoy gore), symphonic poem, edited by Rimsky-Korsakov: Excerpt - Modest Mussorgsky & Eugene Ormandy (0:42)
  56. 56 Pictures at an Exhibition (Kartinki s vïstavski), for orchestra, orchestrated by Ravel: Great Gate of Kiev (Excerpt) - Modest Mussorgsky & Eugene Ormandy (0:35)
  57. 57 Les contes d'Hoffmann, opera in 4 acts: Barcarolle (Excerpt) - Jacques Offenbach & Boston Pops Orchestra (0:46)
  58. 58 Orphée aux enfers, operetta in 2 acts: Theme 2. Can Can (Excerpt) - Jacques Offenbach & Boston Pops Orchestra (0:52)
  59. 59 Carmina Burana, scenic cantata for soloists, choruses & orchestra: O fortuna (Excerpt) - Carl Orff & Boston Symphony Orchestra (0:56)
  60. 60 Canon and gigue, for 3 violins & continuo in D major, T. 337: Canon (Excerpt) - Johann Pachelbel & Baroque Chamber Orchestra (0:41)
  61. 61 Romeo and Juliet, Suite No. 2 for orchestra, Op. 64 ter: Montagues & Capulets (Excerpt) - Sergey Prokofiev & Erich Leinsdorf (0:50)
  62. 62 Lieutenant Kijé, film score and suite for orchestra, Op. 60: Lt. Kijé's Wedding (Excerpt) - Sergey Prokofiev & Boston Pops Orchestra (0:30)
  63. 63 Turandot, opera: Nessun dorma (Excerpt) - Giacomo Puccini & Erich Leinsdorf (1:05)
  64. 64 Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18: Mvmt. 2 (Excerpt) - Sergey Rachmaninov & Michael Tilson Thomas (0:48)
  65. 65 Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27: Mvmt. 3. Opening (Excerpt) - Sergey Rachmaninov & André Previn (0:31)
  66. 66 Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (Introduction and 24 Variations), in A minor for piano & orchestra, Op. 43: Var. 18 (Excerpt) - Sergey Rachmaninov & Boston Pops Orchestra (0:42)
  67. 67 Boléro, ballet for orchestra (or piano): Excerpt - Maurice Ravel & Boston Symphony Orchestra (0:41)
  68. 68 The Flight of the Bumble Bee, musical picture for orchestra (from The Tale of Tsar Saltan): Excerpt - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov & Boston Pops Orchestra (0:32)
  69. 69 Concierto de Aranjuez for guitar & orchestra: Adagio (Excerpt) - Joaquín Rodrigo & Julian Bream (0:35)
  70. 70 Il barbière di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), opera: Overture (Excerpt) / Largo al factotum (Excerpt) - Gioachino Rossini & Erich Leinsdorf (0:53)
  71. 71 Overture to Guillaume Tell (William Tell): Theme 2 (Excerpt) - Gioachino Rossini & Boston Pops Orchestra (0:41)
  72. 72 Danse macabre, song for voice & orchestra: Excerpt - Camille Saint-Saëns & Eugene Ormandy (0:41)
  73. 73 Gymnopedie for piano No.1: Excerpt - Erik Satie & National Philharmonic Orchestra (0:41)
  74. 74 Symphony No. 8 in B minor ("Unfinished"), D. 759: Excerpt - Franz Schubert & Boston Symphony Orchestra (0:40)
  75. 75 Ellens Gesang III ("Ave Maria"), song for voice & piano, D. 839 (Op. 52/6): Excerpt - Franz Schubert & Robert Shaw Chorale (0:49)
  76. 76 Finlandia Hymn (Finlandia Hymni), for chorus & organ (or harmonium), Op. 113/12: Finale (Excerpt) - Morton Gould & Jean Sibelius (0:37)
  77. 77 Valse Triste, for orchestra (from Kuolema), Op. 44/1: Excerpt - Jean Sibelius & Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (0:32)
  78. 78 The Stars and Stripes Forever, march for band: Excerpt - John Philip Sousa & Boston Pops Orchestra (0:34)
  79. 79 Semper Fidelis, march for band: Excerpt - John Philip Sousa & Boston Pops Orchestra (0:35)
  80. 80 An der schönen, blauen Donau (On the Beautiful, Blue Danube), waltz for orchestra (with chorus ad lib), Op. 314 (RV 314): Excerpt - Johann Strauss II & Boston Pops Orchestra (0:42)
  81. 81 Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald (Tales from the Vienna Woods), waltz for orchestra, Op. 325 (RV 325): Excerpt - Johann Strauss II & Boston Pops Orchestra (0:28)
  82. 82 Also sprach Zarathustra (Thus Spoke Zoroaster), tone poem for orchestra, Op. 30 (TrV 176): Fanfare (Excerpt) - Richard Strauss & Chicago Symphony Orchestra (0:44)
  83. 83 L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet in 2 scenes for orchestra: Infernal Dance & Main theme (Excerpt) - Igor Stravinsky & Erich Leinsdorf (1:30)
  84. 84 Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Waltz of the Flowers (Excerpt) - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Boston Pops Orchestra (0:29)
  85. 85 The Swan Lake, ballet, Op. 20: Waltz (Excerpt) - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Eugene Ormandy (0:27)
  86. 86 The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Waltz (Excerpt) - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Eugene Ormandy (0:26)
  87. 87 Romeo and Juliet, fantasy-overture for orchestra in B minor (3 versions): Theme 2 (Excerpt) - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Eugene Ormandy (0:43)
  88. 88 Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23: Opening (Excerpt) - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Barry Douglas (0:41)
  89. 89 1812 -- Festival Overture, for orchestra in E flat major, Op. 49: Finale (Excerpt) - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Chicago Symphony Orchestra (1:01)
  90. 90 Fantasia on Greensleeves, for harp, flute & strings (arranged by R. Greaves; from the opera "Sir John In Love"): Excerpt - Ralph Vaughan Williams & Eugene Ormandy (0:36)
  91. 91 Aida, opera: Grand March (Excerpt) - Giuseppe Verdi & Boston Pops Orchestra (0:37)
  92. 92 Il Trovatore, opera: Anvil Chorus (Excerpt) - Giuseppe Verdi & Arturo Basile (0:33)
  93. 93 La Traviata, opera: Libiamo (drinking song) (Excerpt) - Giuseppe Verdi & Carlo Bergonzi (0:57)
  94. 94 Requiem Mass, for soloists, chorus & orchestra (Manzoni Requiem): Dies irae (Excerpt) - Giuseppe Verdi & Chicago Symphony Orchestra (0:37)
  95. 95 Rigoletto, opera: La donna è mobile (Excerpt) - Giuseppe Verdi & Plácido Domingo (0:40)
  96. 96 Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in E major ("La Primavera," The Four Seasons; "Il cimento" No. 1), Op.8/1, RV 269: Allegro (Excerpt) - Antonio Vivaldi & English Chamber Orchestra (0:26)
  97. 97 Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in F minor ("L'inverno," The Four Seasons; "Il cimento" No. 4), Op. 8/4, RV 297: Largo (Excerpt) - Antonio Vivaldi & English Chamber Orchestra (0:33)
  98. 98 Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Bridal Chorus (Excerpt) - Richard Wagner & RCA Victor Orchestra (0:39)
  99. 99 Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: Ride of the Valkyries (Excerpt) - Richard Wagner & Eugene Ormandy (0:48)
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Full versions would be nice

    Although this cd contains the most popular classical music you have heard, the songs are only 40 sec long. Yet the cd does tell you where you can find the full versions. their is much easier ways to find the full versions.

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