The Classical 2011 Album

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
Decca's two-disc set, The Classical Album 2011, features 40 tracks of some of the world's most popular and familiar classical music. The selections are widely varied and include vocal music operatic arias and songs, chamber music, keyboard works piano, harpsichord and organ, and a broad assortment of orchestral music. The majority are from the standard repertoire, ranging from the Baroque through the Classical, Romantic, and early 20 century periods. Besides the soloists pictured on the album cover, the album features artists such as tenor Plácido Domingo, baritone Bryn Terfel, pianist Daniel Barenboim, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, and conductors Gustavo Dudamel, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
Decca's two-disc set, The Classical Album 2011, features 40 tracks of some of the world's most popular and familiar classical music. The selections are widely varied and include vocal music operatic arias and songs, chamber music, keyboard works piano, harpsichord and organ, and a broad assortment of orchestral music. The majority are from the standard repertoire, ranging from the Baroque through the Classical, Romantic, and early 20 century periods. Besides the soloists pictured on the album cover, the album features artists such as tenor Plácido Domingo, baritone Bryn Terfel, pianist Daniel Barenboim, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, and conductors Gustavo Dudamel, Neville Marriner, and Georg Solti, so the performances are reliably excellent. Although some of the recordings date as far back as 1960, the vast majority are of a more recent vintage, so the sound is usually excellent and never less than adequate. The album would make a terrific starting point for listeners looking for a broad introduction to the world of classical music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/14/2011
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028947829447
  • Catalog Number: 001566202
  • Sales rank: 231,995

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Peer Gynt Suite for orchestra (or piano or piano, 4 hands) No. 1, Op. 46: In the Hall of the Mountain King - Edvard Grieg & Herbert Blomstedt (2:46)
  2. 2 Gayane Suite, for orchestra No. 3: Act 4. Sabre Dance - Aram Khachaturian & Valery Gergiev (2:15)
  3. 3 Kinderszenen No. 7 ("Träumerei"), for piano, Op. 15/7 - Robert Schumann & Nelson Freire (2:33)
  4. 4 Pelléas et Mélisande, incidental music and suite for orchestra, Op. 80: Sicilienne - Gabriel Fauré & Neville Marriner (3:58)
  5. 5 Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Act 2. Voi che sapete - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Magdalena Kozená (2:59)
  6. 6 Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major ("Emperor"), Op. 73: 2. Adagio un poco mosso - Ludwig van Beethoven & Dresden Staatskapelle (8:07)
  7. 7 Carmina Burana, scenic cantata for soloists, choruses & orchestra: Ecce gratum - Carl Orff & Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra (2:45)
  8. 8 Toccata and Fugue, for organ in D minor, BWV 565 (BC J37): Toccata - Johann Sebastian Bach & Simon Preston (2:31)
  9. 9 Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: Act 3. Ride of the Valkyries - Richard Wagner & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (3:07)
  10. 10 Fantasía para un gentilhombre, for guitar & orchestra: Danza de las Hachas - Joaquín Rodrigo & Carlos Bonell (2:05)
  11. 11 Recuerdos de la Alhambra, for guitar - Francisco Tárrega & Eduardo Fernandez (4:46)
  12. 12 Granada, for voice & orchestra (with chorus ad lib) - Agustín Lara & Plácido Domingo (3:54)
  13. 13 Trumpet Concerto in E flat major, H. 7e/1: 3. Allegro - Franz Joseph Haydn & Neville Marriner (4:29)
  14. 14 Nocturne for piano No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109 - Frédéric Chopin & Vladimir Ashkenazy (4:04)
  15. 15 Concerto for 2 violins, strings & continuo in D minor ("Double"), BWV 1043: 2. Largo ma non tanto - Johann Sebastian Bach & Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields (6:43)
  16. 16 Frühlingsstimmen (Voices of Spring), waltz for orchestra (with voice ad lib), Op. 410 (RV 410) - Johann Strauss II & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (6:03)
  17. 17 Schindler's List, film score: Main Theme - John Williams [composer] & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (3:47)
  18. 18 Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Act 2. Un bel di vedremo - Giacomo Puccini & Renée Fleming (4:55)
  19. 19 La Campanella II, etude for piano in G sharp minor (Grand Paganini Étude No. 3), S. 141/3 (LW A173/3) - Franz Liszt & Yundi Li (4:40)
  20. 20 O sole mio, for voice & piano (or orchestra) - Eduardo di Capua & Giancarlo Chiaramello (3:28)
  21. 21 Nutcracker, suite from the ballet, Op. 71a: Act 2. Chinese Dance - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Charles Dutoit (1:16)
  22. 22 La bohème, opera: Act 1. Che gelida manina - Giacomo Puccini & Roberto Alagna (4:41)
  23. 23 Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor ("Moonlight"), Op. 27/2: 1. Adagio sostenuto - Ludwig van Beethoven & Daniel Barenboim (6:38)
  24. 24 Hungarian Dances (21) for orchestra, WoO 1: No. 1 in G minor - Johannes Brahms & Budapest Festival Orchestra (3:14)
  25. 25 Après un rêve ("Dans un sommeil"), song for voice & piano, Op. 7/1 - Gabriel Fauré & Nicola Benedetti (2:43)
  26. 26 Waltz for piano No. 6 in D flat major ("Minute"), Op. 64/1, CT. 212 - Frédéric Chopin & Alice Sara Ott (1:57)
  27. 27 La Fille Mal Gardée, ballet: Act 1. Clog Dance - Ferdinand Hérold & John Lanchbery (2:14)
  28. 28 Tosca, opera: Act 3. E lucevan le stelle - Giacomo Puccini & Marco Armiliato (3:19)
  29. 29 Suite for Jazz Orchestra No. 2: Waltz No. 2 - Dmitry Shostakovich & Riccardo Chailly (3:45)
  30. 30 Gianni Schicchi, opera: O mio babbino caro - Giacomo Puccini & Claudio Abbado (2:48)
  31. 31 Méditation, for violin & orchestra (or other arrangement) (from opera "Thäis") - Jules Massenet & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (6:40)
  32. 32 Liebesträume, notturno for piano No. 3 in A flat major ("O Lieb, so lang du lieben kannst"), S. 541/3 (LW A103/3) - Franz Liszt & Lang Lang (4:52)
  33. 33 Norma, opera: Act 1. Casta Diva - Vicenzo Bellini & Cecilia Bartoli (6:48)
  34. 34 Symphony No. 5 in C minor ("Fate"), Op. 67: 1. Allegro con brio - Ludwig van Beethoven & Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela (7:26)
  35. 35 Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in G minor ("L'estate," The Four Seasons; "Il cimento" No. 2), Op. 8/2, RV 315: 3. Presto - Antonio Vivaldi & Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields (2:50)
  36. 36 Le Coucou, rondeau for harpsichord in E minor (Pièces de clavecin, Suite No. 3) - Louis-Claude Daquin & Trevor Pinnock (2:02)
  37. 37 Gnossienne for piano No. 1 - Erik Satie & Pascal Rogé (3:46)
  38. 38 Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Act 1. Non più andrai - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & James Levine (3:45)
  39. 39 Vesperae solennes de confessore for soloists, chorus & orchestra, K. 339: Laudate Dominum - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Charles Mackerras (4:29)
  40. 40 Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (Introduction and 24 Variations), for piano & orchestra in A minor, Op. 43: Introduction; Variations 1-6 - Sergey Rachmaninov & Yuri Ahronovitch (3:37)
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