The Premium Collection: 75 Classical Masterworks [Box Set]

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
This six-disc collection from the German label Deutsche Grammophon (now part of the Universal conglomerate) is intended for newcomers to classical music. As such, it raises a number of objections. The buyer is given only a narrow slice of the repertory -- for the most part, the program consists of Romantic favorites of the nineeenth century or what might be called honorary Romantic music ("Messiah," "Carmina Burana"). Much of the music is for full symphony orchestra, although there is one disc of piano music ("Nocturne") and one of opera ("Grand Opera"). The buyer who enjoys a particular selection will not find much help in pursuing similar music -- there is no booklet, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
This six-disc collection from the German label Deutsche Grammophon (now part of the Universal conglomerate) is intended for newcomers to classical music. As such, it raises a number of objections. The buyer is given only a narrow slice of the repertory -- for the most part, the program consists of Romantic favorites of the nineeenth century or what might be called honorary Romantic music ("Messiah," "Carmina Burana"). Much of the music is for full symphony orchestra, although there is one disc of piano music ("Nocturne") and one of opera ("Grand Opera"). The buyer who enjoys a particular selection will not find much help in pursuing similar music -- there is no booklet, and the track list identifies performers in only an abbreviated way (conductor Rafael Kubelik, for instance, is listed only as Kubelik). All this said, the conception of the set is original. Most sets of this size divide up the repertory by chronology or medium, but The Premium Collection offers six themes: "Meditation," "Orchestral Fireworks," "Invitation to the Dance," "Nocturne," "Pomp & Circumstance," and "Grand Opera." What's appealing about these is that they are not forced onto the music, as in the various classical lifestyle discs that infest discount-store bins, but are durable concepts within the classical tradition itself; the set offers music to have on hand for a variety of uses without doing violence to the music involved. There are many other ways of approaching the question of how to build a classical collection, but for someone who has attended a big symphonic performance at the local orchestra hall and found it enjoyable, this may be a good place to start.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/9/2007
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • UPC: 028947770183
  • Catalog Number: 000988602
  • Sales rank: 90,258

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: Morning Mood - Edvard Grieg & Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (4:20)
  2. 2 Canon in D major, instrumental arrangement - Johann Pachelbel & Lucerne Festival Strings (6:27)
  3. 3 Carnival of the Animals, zoological fantasy for 2 pianos & ensemble: Le Cygne (The Swan) - Wolfgang Herzer & Camille Saint-Saëns (2:56)
  4. 4 Pavane, for orchestra & chorus ad lib in F sharp minor, Op. 50 - Gabriel Fauré & Boston Symphony Orchestra (6:51)
  5. 5 Concierto de Aranjuez for guitar & orchestra: Adagio - Joaquín Rodrigo & Orpheus Chamber Orchestra (10:56)
  6. 6 Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air - Johann Sebastian Bach & Orpheus Chamber Orchestra (4:44)
  7. 7 Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor: Adagietto - Gustav Mahler & Rafael Kubelik (9:51)
  8. 8 Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85: Adagio - Edward Elgar & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (7:07)
  9. 9 Adagio in C minor for strings & organ (previously attributed to Tommaso Albinoni) - Remo Giazotto & Lucerne Festival Strings (6:57)
  10. 10 Symphony No. 9 in E minor ("From the New World"), B. 178 (Op. 95) (first published as No. 5): Largo - Rafael Kubelik & Antonin Dvorák (5:14)
  11. 11 Les contes d'Hoffmann, opera in 4 acts: Barcarolle - Jacques Offenbach & Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (4:41)
  12. 12 Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: Les Toréadors - Georges Bizet & Bastille Opera Orchestra (2:08)
  13. 13 Carmina Burana, scenic cantata for soloists, choruses & orchestra: O Fortuna - Carl Orff & Eugen Jochum (2:39)
  14. 14 Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: In the Hall of the Mountain King - Edvard Grieg & Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (3:02)
  15. 15 The Four Seasons (Il quattro stagione), concertos (4) for violin, strings & continuo ("Il cimento" Nos. 1-4) , Op. 8/1 - 4: Winter - Antonio Vivaldi & The English Concert (7:57)
  16. 16 Pictures at an Exhibition (Kartinki s vïstavski), for orchestra, orchestrated by Ravel: Promenade - Carlo Maria Giulini & Modest Mussorgsky (1:54)
  17. 17 1812 -- Festival Overture, for orchestra in E flat major, Op. 49: [Excerpt] - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (4:13)
  18. 18 Romeo and Juliet, ballet in 4 acts, Op. 64: The Knights' Dance - Sergey Prokofiev & Boston Symphony Orchestra (5:27)
  19. 19 Requiem Mass, for soloists, chorus & orchestra (Manzoni Requiem): Dies irae - Giuseppe Verdi & Carlo Maria Giulini (2:49)
  20. 20 Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: Der Walkürenritt (The Ride of the Valkyries) - Richard Wagner & Daniel Barenboim (4:59)
  21. 21 Also sprach Zarathustra (Thus Spoke Zoroaster), tone poem for orchestra, Op. 30 (TrV 176): [Excerpt] - Richard Strauss & Steinberg (2:02)
  22. 22 Rhapsody in Blue, for piano & orchestra (orchestrated by F. Grofé) - George Gershwin & Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra (15:58)
  23. 23 Boléro, ballet for orchestra (or piano) - Maurice Ravel & Boston Symphony Orchestra (15:02)
  24. 24 Invitation to the Dance (Aufforderung zum Tanze), for orchestra (orchestrated by Berlioz) - Carl Maria von Weber & Ferenc Fricsay (10:28)
  25. 25 Hungarian Dances (21) for orchestra, WoO 1: Hungarian Dances Nos. 1, 3 & 6 - Johannes Brahms & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (8:26)
  26. 26 Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy / Waltz of the Flowe - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (8:55)
  27. 27 Gaîté Parisienne, ballet (music by Offenbach arranged by Manuel Rosenthal): Vivo - Jacques Offenbach & Boston Symphony Orchestra (1:01)
  28. 28 Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: Anitra's Dance - Edvard Grieg & Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (3:43)
  29. 29 Water Music Suite No.2 for orchestra in D major, HWV 349: Alla Hornpipe - George Frideric Handel & The English Concert (4:19)
  30. 30 Horn Concerto No. 4 in E flat major, K. 495: Rondo - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Orpheus Chamber Orchestra (3:43)
  31. 31 An der schönen, blauen Donau (On the Beautiful, Blue Danube), waltz for orchestra (with chorus ad lib), Op. 314 (RV 314) - Johann Strauss II & Ferenc Fricsay (9:46)
  32. 32 Prodaná nevesta (The Bartered Bride), opera, JB 1:100: Polka / Furiant / Dance of the Comedians - Bedrich Smetana & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (13:16)
  33. 33 Prince Igor, opera (completed by Rimsky-Korsakov & Glazunov): Polovtsian Dances - Gothenburg Symphony Chorus & Alexander Borodin (11:29)
  34. 34 Radetzky-Marsch, for orchestra, Op. 228 - Ferenc Fricsay & Johann Strauss I (2:20)
  35. 35 Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major ("Elvira Madigan") K. 467: Andante - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Géza Anda (7:19)
  36. 36 Nocturne for piano No. 5 in F sharp major, Op. 15/2, CT. 112 - Frédéric Chopin & Daniel Barenboim (3:58)
  37. 37 Kinderszenen No. 7 ("Träumerei"), for piano, Op. 15/7 - Robert Schumann & Martha Argerich (2:59)
  38. 38 Bagatelle for piano in A minor ("Für Elise"), WoO 59 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Anatol Ugorski (4:03)
  39. 39 Suite bergamasque, for piano, L. 75: Clair de lune - Alexis Weissenberg & Claude Debussy (5:08)
  40. 40 Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor ("Moonlight"), Op. 27/2: Adagio sostenuto - Ludwig van Beethoven & Emil Gilels (6:06)
  41. 41 Prelude for piano No.21 in B minor, Op. 32/10 - Sergey Rachmaninov & Lilya Zilberstein (5:03)
  42. 42 Ballad aus Der fliegende Holländer (after Wagner), for piano, S. 441 (LW A259) - Franz Liszt & Daniel Barenboim (5:55)
  43. 43 Prelude for piano No. 15 in D flat major, Op. 28/15, CT. 180 - Frédéric Chopin & Christoph Eschenbach (5:38)
  44. 44 Préludes (12) for piano, Book I, L. 117: La fille aux cheveux de lin - Alexis Weissenberg & Claude Debussy (2:39)
  45. 45 Prelude for piano No.23 in G sharp minor, Op. 32/12 - Sergey Rachmaninov & Lilya Zilberstein (2:31)
  46. 46 Moment musical for piano in A flat major, D. 780/2 (Op. 94/2) - Wilhelm Kempff & Franz Schubert (5:47)
  47. 47 Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K. 488: Adagio - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Géza Anda (6:58)
  48. 48 Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: "Hallelujah" Chorus - Choir of the English Concert & George Frideric Handel (4:05)
  49. 49 Fantasia on Greensleeves, for harp, flute & strings (arranged by R. Greaves; from the opera "Sir John In Love") - Orpheus Chamber Orchestra & Ralph Vaughan Williams (4:32)
  50. 50 Vltava (The Moldau), symphonic poem (Má Vlast No. 2), JB 1:112/2 - Rafael Kubelik & Bedrich Smetana (12:02)
  51. 51 Toccata and Fugue, for organ in D minor, BWV 565 (BC J37) - Johann Sebastian Bach & Simon Preston (8:29)
  52. 52 Finlandia, tone poem for orchestra, Op. 26 - Jean Sibelius & Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (9:06)
  53. 53 The Planets, suite for orchestra & female chorus, Op. 32, H. 125: Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity - Steinberg & Gustav Holst (8:05)
  54. 54 Symphonic Dances (9) from "West Side Story", for orchestra (orchestrated with Ramin & Kostal): Prologue / Mambo / Finale - Leonard Bernstein & Seiji Ozawa (9:41)
  55. 55 The Hebrides, overture for orchestra in B minor ("Fingal's Cave"), Op. 26 - Claudio Abbado & Felix Mendelssohn (10:27)
  56. 56 Pomp and Circumstance March No.1, for orchestra in D major, Op. 39/1 - Edward Elgar & Norman del Mar (5:53)
  57. 57 Turandot, opera: Nessun dorma - Giacomo Puccini & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (3:29)
  58. 58 L'elisir d'amore, opera: Una furtiva lagrima - Gaetano Donizetti & Carlo Maria Giulini (4:42)
  59. 59 Il Trovatore, opera: Di quella pira - Giuseppe Verdi & Carlo Bergonzi (2:03)
  60. 60 Nabucco, opera (Nabucodonosor): Va, pensiero, sull'ali dorate - Giuseppe Sinopoli & Giuseppe Verdi (4:59)
  61. 61 Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: La fleur que tu m'afais jetée - Georges Bizet & Carlo Maria Giulini (4:01)
  62. 62 Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: L'amour est un oiseau rebelle - Georges Bizet & Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra (4:02)
  63. 63 La bohème, opera: Che gelida manina - Sándor Kónya & Giacomo Puccini (4:58)
  64. 64 Il Trovatore, opera: Vedi! le fosche notturnespoglie - Giuseppe Verdi & La Scala Theater Chorus (3:02)
  65. 65 Tristan und Isolde, opera, WWV 90: Mild und leise wie er lächelt - Richard Wagner & Dresden Staatskapelle (7:28)
  66. 66 Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Un bel di vedremo - Giuseppe Sinopoli & Giacomo Puccini (5:04)
  67. 67 Aida, opera: Triumphal march - Giuseppe Verdi & Claudio Abbado (1:43)
  68. 68 Aida, opera: Vieni, o guerriero vindice - Giuseppe Verdi & Claudio Abbado (2:31)
  69. 69 Il barbière di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), opera: Largo al factotum - Gioachino Rossini & Claudio Abbado (4:40)
  70. 70 Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620: Der Vogelfängerbin ich ja - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (2:41)
  71. 71 Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620: O Isis und Osiris - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (3:00)
  72. 72 Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620: Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (3:02)
  73. 73 Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Intermezzo sinfonico - Giuseppe Sinopoli & Pietro Mascagni (4:21)
  74. 74 Guillaume Tell (William Tell), opera: Overture [excerpt] - Gioachino Rossini & Rome Opera House Orchestra (3:28)
  75. 75 Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Treulich geführt ziehet dahin - Richard Wagner & Bayreuther Festspiele Orchester (4:41)
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Swiss Army Knife of Classics

    I recommend this box set. It is very convenient and portable and can be carried in a backpack on trips. it has the best of everything. The one thing it doesn't have are any Beethoven symphonies, but then, of course, you will doubtless be carrying a matching Beethoven symphonies box too! It does have some good Beethoven, however-- Moonlight sonata, etc.

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