50 Best Romantic Classics

50 Best Romantic Classics


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EMI's 50 Best Romantic Classics is loosely organized by regions, with the first disc devoted to French music, the second to Scandinavian and Eastern European classics, and the third to music from Italy and Spain. This arrangement is quite practical for beginners, who may appreciate the music's recognizable national styles before grasping more historical or theoretical aspects. Yet some understanding is needed of the term romantic, for not all of the music included in this collection fits within the Romantic era (roughly, the 19th century, with some overlapping of the early years of the 20th). With the inclusion of Baroque composer Antonio Vivaldi and the modern film composer Nino Rota, it seems that a romantic feeling is suggested, rather than the Romantic period, and the majority of selections evoke song-like and emotional moods, so this package should be regarded as a collection of slow, relaxing pieces in a romantic vein. The artists gathered here are among the most distinguished ever to record for any label, and many enjoyed long careers recording for EMI. The recording dates range from 1959 to 2007, so there's a mix of analog and digital tracks, but they have been well-balanced in volume and tone for comfortable home listening.

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Product Details

Release Date: 06/29/2010
Label: Warner Classics
UPC: 5099945755521
catalogNumber: 57555
Rank: 149148


Disc 1

  1. Les contes d'Hoffmann, opera in 4 acts: Barcarolle

    1. Barcarolle
  2. Carnival of the Animals, zoological fantasy for 2 pianos & ensemble: Le Cygne

    1. Le Cygne
  3. Carmen, opera: Habanera (L'amour est un oiseau rebelle)

    1. Habanera (L'amour est un oiseau rebelle)
  4. Clair de lune, for orchestra or other arrangement (from "Suite Bergamasque" for piano), L. 75/3
  5. Lakmé, opera: Flower Duet (Dôme épais)

    1. Flower Duet (Dôme épais)
  6. Faust, opera: Les nubiennes (Ballet music)

    1. Les nubiennes (Ballet music)
  7. Samson et Dalila, opera in 3 acts, Op. 47: Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix

    1. Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix
  8. Pavane, for orchestra & chorus ad lib in F sharp minor, Op. 50
  9. Plaisir d'amour, for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  10. Romance for violin & orchestra in C major, Op. 48
  11. Berceuse, for piano, 4 hands or orchestra (Dolly, suite), Op. 56/1
  12. Carmen, opera: Entr'acte to Act 3

    1. Entr'acte to Act 3
  13. Chanson d'amour, song for voice & piano in F major, Op. 27/1
  14. Gymnopedie for piano No. 1
  15. Sylvia, ou La nymphe de Diane, ballet: Intermezzo & Valse lente

    1. Intermezzo & Valse lente
  16. Les Deux Pigeons, ballet
  17. Thaïs, opera in 3 acts: Meditation

    1. Meditation

Disc 2

  1. Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: Morning

    1. Morning
  2. Má Vlast (My Fatherland), symphonic poems (6), JB 1:112: Vltava [Excerpt]

    1. Vltava [Excerpt]
  3. Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16: 2. Adagio

    1. 2. Adagio
  4. Symphony No. 9 in E minor ("From the New World"), B. 178 (Op. 95) (first published as No. 5): 2. Largo (opening)

    1. 2. Largo (opening)
  5. Bryllupsdag på Troldhaugen (Wedding Day at Troldhaugen), lyric piece for piano, Op. 65/6
  6. Rusalka, opera, B. 203 (Op. 114): Song to the Moon

    1. Song to the Moon
  7. Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11, CT. 47: 2. Romance: Larghetto (opening)

    1. 2. Romance: Larghetto (opening)
  8. Humoresque for piano No. 7 in G flat major, B. 187/7 (Op. 101/7)
  9. Les sylphides, ballet (arrangement): Prelude in A

    1. Prelude in A
  10. Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S. 124 (LW H4): 2. Quasi adagio

    1. 2. Quasi adagio
  11. Pelléas et Mélisande, opera in 5 acts, L. 88: At the Castle Gate

    1. At the Castle Gate
  12. Berceuse for piano in D flat major, Op. 57, CT. 7
  13. Jalousie (Jealousy), tango for orchestra
  14. Nocturne for piano No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109
  15. Liebesträume, notturno for piano No. 3 in A flat major ("O Lieb, so lang du lieben kannst"), S. 541/3 (LW A103/3)
  16. Die lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow), operetta: Vilja

    1. Vilja

Disc 3

  1. Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Intermezzo

    1. Intermezzo
  2. Gianni Schicchi, opera: O mio babbino caro

    1. O mio babbino caro
  3. España, album leaves (6) for piano, Op. 165, B. 37: Tango

    1. Tango
  4. La Rondine (The Swallow), opera: Chi il bel sogno di Doretta

    1. Chi il bel sogno di Doretta
  5. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in E major ("La Primavera," The Four Seasons; "Il cimento" No. 1), Op.8/1, RV 269: 1. Allegro

    1. 1. Allegro
  6. L'incoronazione di Poppea, opera in 3 acts, SV 308: Pur ti miro

    1. Pur ti miro
  7. Minuet in A major, arrangement (after String Quintet in E major, Op.11/5 [aka Op. 13/5], G. 275)
  8. L'amico Fritz, opera (commedia lyrica) in 3 acts: O amore, o bella luce del core

    1. O amore, o bella luce del core
  9. Recuerdos de la Alhambra, for guitar
  10. Ai giochi addio
  11. Concierto de Aranjuez, for guitar & orchestra: 2. Adagio (opening)

    1. 2. Adagio (opening)
  12. Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Vogliatemi bene

    1. Vogliatemi bene
  13. Lute (Chamber) Concerto, for lute (or guitar), 2 violins & continuo in D major, RV 93: 2. Largo

    1. 2. Largo
  14. Zigeunerweisen, for violin & piano (or orchestra) ("Gypsy Airs"), Op. 20
  15. Time to Say Goodbye (Con te partirò), song
  16. Sevilla
  17. Turandot, opera: Nessun dorma

    1. Nessun dorma
  18. Untitled CD-ROM Track

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