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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: 225,854

Tracks

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