The 50 Greatest Pieces of Classical Music

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
The 50 Greatest Pieces of Classical Music consists of famous selections performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of David Parry, with additional appearances by violinist Pieter Schoeman, pianist Finghin Collins, and guitarist Craig Ogden. While the term "greatest" may be debatable in the instance of some of the pieces, "popular" is a description that's easier to support, for there's no denying the staying power of these pieces. Indeed, some are so well-loved, they have become obligatory on such collections and are likely found in most listeners' collections. Pachelbel's ubiquitous "Canon in D major" and the spurious Albinoni "Adagio" actually ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
The 50 Greatest Pieces of Classical Music consists of famous selections performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of David Parry, with additional appearances by violinist Pieter Schoeman, pianist Finghin Collins, and guitarist Craig Ogden. While the term "greatest" may be debatable in the instance of some of the pieces, "popular" is a description that's easier to support, for there's no denying the staying power of these pieces. Indeed, some are so well-loved, they have become obligatory on such collections and are likely found in most listeners' collections. Pachelbel's ubiquitous "Canon in D major" and the spurious Albinoni "Adagio" actually composed by Remo Giazotto are here, as is Stanley Myers' "Cavatina" from The Deer Hunter, though most of the tracks are excerpted sections from longer works, such as operas, concertos, symphonies, and choral works. In this way, the masters from Bach and Vivaldi to Rachmaninov and Mahler are generously represented, so even though the album gives merely a sample of what each composer's music is like, the quantity of tracks makes it a broad introductory survey.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/2011
  • Label: X5 Music Group
  • EAN: 7340070436136
  • Catalog Number: 105
  • Sales rank: 12,938

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Carmina Burana, scenic cantata for soloists, choruses & orchestra: O Fortuna - Carl Orff & London Philharmonic Chorus (2:42)
  2. 2 Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air - Johann Sebastian Bach & London Philharmonic Chorus (4:14)
  3. 3 Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: Morning Mood - Edvard Grieg & London Philharmonic Chorus (3:44)
  4. 4 Symphony No. 5 in C minor ("Fate"), Op. 67: Allegro con brio - Ludwig van Beethoven & London Philharmonic Chorus (7:28)
  5. 5 Nocturne for piano No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109 - Frédéric Chopin & London Philharmonic Chorus (4:53)
  6. 6 Canon in D major, instrumental arrangement - Johann Pachelbel & London Philharmonic Chorus (3:30)
  7. 7 Adagio for strings (or string quartet; arr. from 2nd mvt. of String Quartet), Op. 11 - Samuel Barber & London Philharmonic Chorus (8:22)
  8. 8 The Four Seasons (Il quattro stagione), concertos (4) for violin, strings & continuo ("Il cimento" Nos. 1-4) , Op. 8/1 - 4: Spring. Allegro - Antonio Vivaldi & London Philharmonic Chorus (3:12)
  9. 9 Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: Ride of the Valkyries - Richard Wagner & London Philharmonic Chorus (5:11)
  10. 10 Clair de lune, for piano (Suite Bergamasque No. 3), L. 75/3 - Claude Debussy & London Philharmonic Chorus (5:13)
  11. 11 Aida, opera: Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves - Giuseppe Verdi & London Philharmonic Chorus (4:59)
  12. 12 The Planets, suite for orchestra & female chorus, Op. 32, H. 125: Jupiter - Gustav Holst & London Philharmonic Chorus (7:45)
  13. 13 Symphony No. 9 in E minor ("From the New World"), B. 178 (Op. 95) (first published as No. 5): Largo - Antonin Dvorák & London Philharmonic Chorus (12:49)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048: Allegro - Johann Sebastian Bach & London Philharmonic Chorus (5:44)
  2. 2 Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major ("Elvira Madigan") K. 467: Andante - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & London Philharmonic Chorus (7:17)
  3. 3 Hungarian Dance for piano, 4 hands, in G minor, WoO 1/5 - Johannes Brahms & London Philharmonic Chorus (2:38)
  4. 4 Thaïs, opera in 3 acts: Meditation - Jules Massenet & London Philharmonic Chorus (5:01)
  5. 5 Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1, for orchestra in D major, Op. 39/1 - Edward Elgar & London Philharmonic Chorus (5:45)
  6. 6 Requiem for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, K. 626: Lacrimosa - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & London Philharmonic Chorus (2:49)
  7. 7 An der schönen, blauen Donau (On the Beautiful, Blue Danube), waltz for orchestra (with chorus ad lib), Op. 314 (RV 314) - Johann Strauss II & London Philharmonic Chorus (5:51)
  8. 8 Bagatelle for piano in A minor ("Für Elise"), WoO 59 - Ludwig van Beethoven & London Philharmonic Chorus (3:16)
  9. 9 Carmen Suite for orchestra No. 2 (assembled by Ernest Guirard): Habanera - Georges Bizet & London Philharmonic Chorus (2:12)
  10. 10 The Swan Lake, suite, Op. 20a: Scéne - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & London Philharmonic Chorus (3:01)
  11. 11 Gymnopedie for piano No. 1 - Erik Satie & London Philharmonic Chorus (3:40)
  12. 12 Symphony No. 9 in D minor ("Choral"), Op. 125: Ode to Joy - Ludwig van Beethoven & London Philharmonic Chorus (2:32)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Il barbière di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), opera: Overture - Gioachino Rossini & London Philharmonic Chorus (6:58)
  2. 2 Ave Maria, for voice & piano (after Bach's Prelude No. 1 from the Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1) - Charles Gounod & London Philharmonic Chorus (2:34)
  3. 3 Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: In the Hall of the Mountain King - Edvard Grieg & London Philharmonic Chorus (2:43)
  4. 4 Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor ("Moonlight"), Op. 27/2: Adagio sostenuto - Ludwig van Beethoven & London Philharmonic Chorus (5:36)
  5. 5 Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major ("Eine kleine Nachtmusik"), K. 525: Allegro - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & London Philharmonic Chorus (5:51)
  6. 6 Adagio in C minor for strings & organ (previously attributed to Tomaso Albinoni) - Remo Giazotto & London Philharmonic Chorus (8:32)
  7. 7 Finlandia, tone poem for orchestra, Op. 26 - Jean Sibelius & London Philharmonic Chorus (8:01)
  8. 8 Minuet in A major, arrangement (after String Quintet in E major, Op.11/5 [aka Op. 13/5], G. 275) - Luigi Boccherini & London Philharmonic Chorus (3:48)
  9. 9 Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550: Allegro molto - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & London Philharmonic Chorus (7:02)
  10. 10 Cavatina (from "The Deer Hunter") - Stanley Myers & London Philharmonic Chorus (3:59)
  11. 11 Requiem Mass, for soloists, chorus & orchestra (Manzoni Requiem): Dies irae - Tuba mirum - Giuseppe Verdi & London Philharmonic Chorus (3:54)
  12. 12 Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor: Adagietto - Gustav Mahler & London Philharmonic Chorus (10:49)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Má Vlast (My Fatherland), symphonic poems (6), JB 1:112: Vitava - Bedrich Smetana & London Philharmonic Chorus (11:26)
  2. 2 Pavane, for orchestra & chorus ad lib in F sharp minor, Op. 50 - Gabriel Fauré & London Philharmonic Chorus (5:07)
  3. 3 Concerto for 2 violins, strings & continuo in D minor ("Double"), BWV 1043: Vivace - Johann Sebastian Bach & London Philharmonic Chorus (3:38)
  4. 4 Les contes d'Hoffmann, opera in 4 acts: Barcarolle - Jacques Offenbach & London Philharmonic Chorus (3:33)
  5. 5 Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620: Overture - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & London Philharmonic Chorus (6:24)
  6. 6 Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major ("Alla Turca") K. 331 (K. 300i): Rondo Alla Turca - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & London Philharmonic Chorus (3:25)
  7. 7 L' Arlésienne, suite for orchestra No. 1, from the incidental music: Prelude - Georges Bizet & London Philharmonic Chorus (6:53)
  8. 8 Concerto Grosso in G minor ("Christmas Concerto"), Op. 6/8: Allegro - Arcangelo Corelli & London Philharmonic Chorus (2:27)
  9. 9 Radetzky-Marsch, for orchestra, Op. 228 - Johann Strauss I & London Philharmonic Chorus (3:05)
  10. 10 Vocalise, instrumental arrangement, Op. 34/14 - Sergey Rachmaninov & London Philharmonic Chorus (5:50)
  11. 11 Egmont, incidental music, Op. 84: Overture - Ludwig van Beethoven & London Philharmonic Chorus (7:57)
  12. 12 Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Hallelujah Chorus - George Frideric Handel & London Philharmonic Chorus (3:32)
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