Great Classical Masterpieces: Bestselling Recordings 1987-2012

Great Classical Masterpieces: Bestselling Recordings 1987-2012

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  1. Symphony No. 9 in E minor ("From the New World"), B. 178 (Op. 95) (first published as No. 5): 4. Allegro con fuoco  - Antonin Dvorák  - Stephen Gunzenhauser  -  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
  2. Concerto in F, for piano & orchestra: 3. Allegro agitato  - George Gershwin  - Richard Hayman  -  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Kathryn Selby
  3. Requiem, for 2 solo voices, chorus, organ & orchestra, Op. 48: Sanctus  - Gabriel Fauré  -  Oxford Camerata  -  Schola Cantorum of Oxford  - Jeremy Summerly
  4. Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major ("Eine kleine Nachtmusik"), K. 525: 4. Rondo. Allegro  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  -  Capella Istropolitana  - Wolfgang Sobotka
  5. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in E major ("La Primavera," The Four Seasons; "Il cimento" No. 1), Op.8/1, RV 269: Spring. 1. Allegro  - Antonio Vivaldi  -  Capella Istropolitana  - Stephen Gunzenhauser  - Takako Nishizaki
  6. Water Music Suite No. 2 for orchestra in D major, HWV 349: 2. Alla hornpipe  - George Frideric Handel  -  Capella Istropolitana  - Bohdan Warchal
  7. Concierto de Aranjuez, for guitar & orchestra: 1. Allegro con spirito  - Joaquín Rodrigo  - Norbert Kraft  -  Northern Chamber Orchestra  - Nicholas Ward
  8. Pieces (3) in the Olden Style, for string orchestra: Movement 1  - Henryk Mikolaj Górecki  - Antoni Wit  -  Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra in Katowice
  9. Carmina Burana, scenic cantata for soloists, choruses & orchestra: O Fortuna  - Carl Orff  -  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Stephen Gunzenhauser  -  Slovak Philharmonic Chorus
  10. Valses (8) nobles et sentimentales, for piano (or orchestra): 1. Modéré - Très franc  - Maurice Ravel  -  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Kenneth Jean
  11. Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18: 2. Adagio sostenuto  - Sergey Rachmaninov  -  Budapest Symphony Orchestra  - Jenö Jandó  - György Lehel
  12. Hungarian Dances (21) for orchestra, WoO 1: No. 1 in G minor  - Johannes Brahms  - Istvan Bogar  -  Budapest Symphony Orchestra
  13. Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor ("Moonlight"), Op. 27/2: 1. Adagio sostenuto  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Jenö Jandó
  14. Requiem for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, K. 626: Sequence. 1. Dies Irae  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Zdenek Kosler  -  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra  -  Slovak Philharmonic Chorus
  15. Concerto for violin, strings & continuo No. 1 in A minor, BWV 1041: 1. Allegro  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  Capella Istropolitana  - Oliver von Dohnanyi  - Takako Nishizaki
  16. O pastor animarum, antiphon  - Hildegard von Bingen  -  Oxford Camerata  - Jeremy Summerly
  17. Fanfare for the Common Man, for brass & percussion (from Symphony No. 3)  - Aaron Copland  -  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Stephen Gunzenhauser

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Great Classical Masterpieces: Bestselling Recordings 1987-2012 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
JEANPIERREFORRES6 More than 1 year ago
this album evokes great feeling and is fifth on my list of similar offerings.
Ted_Wilks More than 1 year ago
With this album, the Naxos CD Company proudly celebrates 25 years (1987-2012) of best-selling albums. All the selections are taken from previously offered CDs that were all, in their time, best-sellers, and some of their earliest albums still outsell more recently marketed CDs. Of the 18 tracks, four (nos. 1, 9, 14, and 18) are conducted by Maestro Stephen Gunzenhauser, who made many acclaimed recordings for Naxos in their early years but no longer records for them, although he is still very active as conductor of the Lancaster (PA) Symphony Orchestra and the summer-season's annual Endless Mountain Music Festival. The first track, Copland's "Fanfare for the Common Man," is a splendid introduction to this sampler, which no newcomer to Classical music should miss. Personally, I would have arranged the tracks on this CD in a different order, because, to me, listening to Handel after listening to Rodrigo, or following Satie with Vivaldi, is akin to eating soup after dessert, but this is my only quibble about what is otherwise a splendid CD. The recorded quality of all 18 tracks is fine, although inevitably the overall tonal characteristics of the various ensembles vary from track to track. If you're new to Classical music, be sure to add this CD to your collection! Ted Wilks