Ultimate Classics

Ultimate Classics

     
 

Decca's Ultimate Classics is a five-CD box set that presents the best-known pieces of classical music in a straightforward, no-frills program. Most of the selections are quite famous, taken from larger works by such great masters as Handel, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, See more details below

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Decca's Ultimate Classics is a five-CD box set that presents the best-known pieces of classical music in a straightforward, no-frills program. Most of the selections are quite famous, taken from larger works by such great masters as Handel, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, and many others, so beginners and casual listeners are sure to find many of the most familiar melodies here. The information provided with the set consists only of tracklistings and identification of performers, so there is no material on the background of the music, the composers' lives, or the original albums these recordings appeared on. This may be a drawback for some listeners who need an introduction to music appreciation, but for others, having a direct "name that tune" approach may feel easy enough and make the experience less intimidating. Decca chose recordings from the 1970s and '80s, so the ADD recordings are slightly variable in quality, though the set as a whole is well-suited to comfortable home listening.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/14/2006
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0028947580850
catalogNumber:
000766302
Rank:
93229

Tracks

  1. Solomon, oratorio, HWV 67: The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba  - George Frideric Handel  - Neville Marriner  -  Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
  2. Ellens Gesang III ("Ave Maria"), song for voice & piano, D. 839 (Op. 52/6)  - Franz Schubert  - Joan Sutherland  -  Ambrosian Singers  - Richard Bonynge  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra
  3. Cantata No. 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben," BWV 147 (BC A174): Jesu, joy of man's desiring  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  Choir of King's College, Cambridge  - George Guest
  4. Canon in D major, various arrangements  - Johann Pachelbel  -  Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra  - Karl Münchinger
  5. The Lord's Prayer  - Albert Hay Malotte  -  Ambrosian Singers  - Stuart Burrows  - Wyn Morris  - Martin Neary
  6. Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major ("Eine kleine Nachtmusik"), K. 525: Allegro  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Neville Marriner  -  Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
  7. Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64: Andante  - Felix Mendelssohn  -  London Symphony Orchestra  - Ruggiero Ricci  - Piero Gamba
  8. Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: One fine day  - Tullio Serafin  - Giacomo Puccini  - Renata Tebaldi  -  Santa Cecilia Academy Orchestra Rome
  9. Nutcracker, suite from the ballet, Op. 71a: Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy/Waltz of the Flowers  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  -  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  - Herbert von Karajan
  10. Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16: Allegro molto e marcato  - Edvard Grieg  - André Previn  -  London Symphony Orchestra  - Radu Lupu
  11. Nabucco, opera (Nabucodonosor): Va, pensiero (Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves)  - Giuseppe Verdi  - Lamberto Gardelli  -  Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor  -  Vienna State Opera Orchestra
  12. Pomp and Circumstance March No.1, for orchestra in D major, Op. 39/1  - Edward Elgar  -  London Philharmonic Orchestra  - Georg Solti
  13. Orphée aux enfers, operetta in 2 acts: Overture  - Jacques Offenbach  - Ernest Ansermet  -  L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
  14. Casanova, musical comedy (Strauss works arr. by Benatzky): Nun's Chorus  - Johann Strauss  - Joan Sutherland  - Richard Bonynge  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  -  Ambrosian Light Opera Chorus
  15. Cantata No. 208, "Was mir behagt," (Hunt Cantata), BWV 208 (BC G1, G3): Sheep may safely graze  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra  - Karl Münchinger
  16. Bagatelle for piano in A minor ("Für Elise"), WoO 59  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Vladimir Ashkenazy
  17. The Lost Chord, song for voice & piano  - Arthur Sullivan  -  Ambrosian Singers  - Stuart Burrows  - Wyn Morris  - Martin Neary
  18. Zémire et Azor, opera in 4 acts: Pantomime and Finale  - André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry  - Richard Hickox  -  Richard Hickox & His Orchestra
  19. Rigoletto, opera: La donna è mobile  - Giuseppe Verdi  - Richard Bonynge  -  London Symphony Orchestra  - Luciano Pavarotti
  20. Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Intermezzo  - Pietro Mascagni  - Gianandrea Gavazzeni  -  National Philharmonic Orchestra
  21. The Prince of Denmark's March (Trumpet Voluntary) for brass, winds & percussion (or keyboard or trumpet & organ) in D major  -  Clarke  - Elgar Howarth  - Philip Jones  -  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
  22. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: I know that my Redeemer liveth  - George Frideric Handel  -  Chicago Symphony Orchestra  - Kiri Te Kanawa  - Georg Solti
  23. Jerusalem ("And did those feet in ancient time"), for chorus & organ (or orchestra)  - Hubert Parry  -  Canterbury Cathedral Choir  - David Flood  -  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble  - Allan Wicks
  24. La Traviata, opera: Act 1. Prelude  - Giuseppe Verdi  - Richard Bonynge  -  National Philharmonic Orchestra
  25. Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major ("Emperor"), Op. 73: Rondo. Allegro  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Vladimir Ashkenazy  -  Chicago Symphony Orchestra  - Georg Solti
  26. Fantasia on Greensleeves, for harp, flute & strings (arranged by R. Greaves; from the opera "Sir John In Love")  - Ralph Vaughan Williams  - Neville Marriner  -  Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields  - William Bennett
  27. Boléro, ballet for orchestra (or piano): Finale  - Maurice Ravel  - Ernest Ansermet  -  L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
  28. Peer Gynt Suite for orchestra (or piano or piano, 4 hands) No. 1, Op. 46: Morning Mood  - Edvard Grieg  -  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  - Herbert von Karajan
  29. All in the April evening  - Hugh S. Roberton  -  Treorchy Male Voice Choir
  30. Aida, opera: Grand March and Ballet  - Giuseppe Verdi  - Carlo Franci  -  Accademia di Santa Cecilia Chorus  -  Santa Cecilia Academy Orchestra Rome
  31. Thaïs, lyric comedy in 3 acts: Méditation  - Jules Massenet  - Richard Bonynge  - Nigel Kennedy  -  National Philharmonic Orchestra
  32. The Holy City, sacred ballad for voice & piano (or orchestra and chorus, ad lib)  - Stephen Adams (Michael Maybrick)  -  Ambrosian Singers  - Stuart Burrows  - Wyn Morris  - Martin Neary
  33. Elijah (Elias), oratorio, Op. 70: Oh rest in the Lord  - Felix Mendelssohn  - Kathleen Ferrier  - (Louis) Boyd Neel  -  Boyd Neel Orchestra
  34. The Crucifixion, for tenor, bass, chorus & organ: God so loved the world  - John Stainer  -  St. John's College Choir, Cambridge  - George Guest
  35. Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18: Moderato  - Sergey Rachmaninov  - André Previn  - Vladimir Ashkenazy  -  London Symphony Orchestra
  36. Berceuse de Jocelyn ("Angels Guard Thee")  - Benjamin Godard  - Kenneth McKellar  - Peter Knight
  37. Symphony No. 9 in E minor ("From the New World"), B. 178 (Op. 95) (first published as No. 5): Largo (excerpt)  - István Kertész  - Antonin Dvorak  -  London Symphony Orchestra
  38. Les Pêcheurs de perles, opera in 3 acts: Pearl Fishers' Duet (Au fond du temple saint)  - Georges Bizet  - Nicolai Ghiaurov  -  National Philharmonic Orchestra  - Luciano Pavarotti  - Robin Stapleton
  39. The Hebrides, overture for orchestra in B minor ("Fingal's Cave"), Op. 26 (4 versions)  - Felix Mendelssohn  -  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  - Christoph von Dohnányi
  40. La bohème, opera: Che gelida manina  - Giacomo Puccini  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Herbert von Karajan  - Luciano Pavarotti
  41. Concierto de Aranjuez, for guitar & orchestra: Adagio  - Joaquín Rodrigo  - Carlos Bonell  - Charles Dutoit  -  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
  42. Bohemian Girl, opera: I dreamt I dwelt in marble halls  - Michael William Balfe  - Joan Sutherland  - Richard Bonynge  -  London Symphony Orchestra
  43. String Quartet in F major, (prev. attr. Haydn, Op.3/5): Serenade  -  Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra  - Roman Hoffstetter  - Karl Münchinger
  44. The Gondoliers (The King of Barataria), operetta: Take a pair of sparkling eyes  - Arthur Sullivan  -  D'Oyly Carte Opera Orchestra  -  New Symphony Orchestra of London  - Thomas Round  - Isidore Godfrey
  45. Sanctuary of the Heart, Meditation religieuse  - Albert W. Ketèlbey  - Eric Rogers  -  Royal Philharmonic Chorus  -  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  46. Ave Maria, for voice & piano (or other vocal arrangements; after Bach's Prelude No. 1 from the Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1)  - Charles Gounod  - Leontyne Price  -  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  - Herbert von Karajan
  47. The Lord Is My Shepherd, for chorus  - Jessie Seymour Irvine  -  Huddersfield Choral Society  - Wyn Morris
  48. Blow the Wind Southerly (Northumbrian Folk Song)  - English Traditional  - Kathleen Ferrier
  49. Londonderry Air (Danny Boy), folk song  - Irish Traditional  -  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
  50. Karelia Suite, for orchestra, Op. 11: Alla marcia  - Jean Sibelius  - Vladimir Ashkenazy  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra
  51. Suite bergamasque, for piano, L. 75: Clair de lune  - Claude Debussy  - Pascal Rogé
  52. Symphony No. 9 in D minor ("Choral"), Op. 125: Ode to Joy (excerpt)  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Stuart Burrows  -  Chicago Symphony Orchestra  -  Chicago Symphony Chorus  - Pilar Lorengar  - Yvonne Minton  - Georg Solti  - Martti Talvela
  53. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Overture  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  -  London Philharmonic Orchestra  - Georg Solti
  54. Serse (Xerxes), opera, HWV 40: Largo  - George Frideric Handel  - George Szell  -  London Symphony Orchestra
  55. Ave verum Corpus, motet for chorus, strings & organ, K. 618  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  -  Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields  -  St. John's College Choir, Cambridge  - George Guest  - Peter White
  56. Mors et vita, trilogy of oratorios for soloists, chorus & orchestra: Judex  - Charles Gounod  - Richard Hickox  -  Richard Hickox & His Orchestra
  57. Tolomeo, rè d'Egitto, opera, HWV 25: Silent Worship  - George Frideric Handel  - Adrian Boult  - Kenneth McKellar  -  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus and Orchestra
  58. Romance for violin & orchestra No. 2 in F major, Op. 50  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Willi Boskovsky  - Willi Boskovsky  -  Wiener Mozart Ensemble
  59. Baïlèro, folksong for voice & orchestra (Chants d'Auvergne, Series 1, No. 2)  - Joseph Canteloube  -  English Chamber Orchestra  - Kiri Te Kanawa  - Jeffrey Tate
  60. Scheherazade, symphonic suite for orchestra, Op. 35: The Young Prince and the Young Princess  - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  - Leopold Stokowski  - Erich Gruenberg  -  London Symphony Orchestra
  61. Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23: Allegro non troppo (excerpt)  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Vladimir Ashkenazy  -  London Symphony Orchestra  - Lorin Maazel
  62. Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 49: Lullaby  - Johannes Brahms  - Anton Guadagno  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Renata Tebaldi
  63. Abide with me (Tune: Eventide)  - William Henry Monk  -  Choir of King's College, Cambridge  - Stephen Cleobury  - Richard Farnes  - Bruce Blyth
  64. Horn Concerto No. 4 in E flat major, K. 495: Rondo (Allegro vivace)  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  -  London Symphony Orchestra  - Peter Maag  - Barry Tuckwell
  65. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Hallelujah Chorus  - George Frideric Handel  - Neville Marriner  -  Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields  -  Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields Chorus

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