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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

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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.

Product Details

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

Tracks

  1. Untitled CD-ROM Track
  2. Turandot, opera: Nessun dorma
  3. Time to Say Goodbye (Con te partirò), song
  4. Zigeunerweisen, for violin & piano (or orchestra) ("Gypsy Airs"), Op. 20
  5. Lute (Chamber) Concerto, for lute (or guitar), 2 violins & continuo in D major, RV 93: 2. Largo
  6. Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Vogliatemi bene
  7. Concierto de Aranjuez, for guitar & orchestra: 2. Adagio (opening)
  8. Ai giochi addio
  9. Recuerdos de la Alhambra, for guitar
  10. L'amico Fritz, opera (commedia lyrica) in 3 acts: O amore, o bella luce del core
  11. Minuet in A major, arrangement (after String Quintet in E major, Op.11/5 [aka Op. 13/5], G. 275)
  12. L'incoronazione di Poppea, opera in 3 acts, SV 308: Pur ti miro
  13. 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
  14. La Rondine (The Swallow), opera: Chi il bel sogno di Doretta
  15. España, album leaves (6) for piano, Op. 165, B. 37: Tango
  16. Gianni Schicchi, opera: O mio babbino caro
  17. Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Intermezzo
  18. Die lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow), operetta: Vilja
  19. Liebesträume, notturno for piano No. 3 in A flat major ("O Lieb, so lang du lieben kannst"), S. 541/3 (LW A103/3)
  20. Nocturne for piano No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109
  21. Jalousie (Jealousy), tango for orchestra
  22. Berceuse for piano in D flat major, Op. 57, CT. 7
  23. Pelléas et Mélisande, opera in 5 acts, L. 88: At the Castle Gate
  24. Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S. 124 (LW H4): 2. Quasi adagio
  25. Les sylphides, ballet (arrangement): Prelude in A
  26. Humoresque No. 7 for piano in G flat major, B. 187/7 (Op. 101/7)
  27. Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11, CT. 47: 2. Romance: Larghetto (opening)
  28. Rusalka, opera, B. 203 (Op. 114): Song to the Moon
  29. Bryllupsdag på Troldhaugen (Wedding Day at Troldhaugen), lyric piece for piano, Op. 65/6
  30. Symphony No. 9 in E minor ("From the New World"), B. 178 (Op. 95) (first published as No. 5): 2. Largo (opening)
  31. Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16: 2. Adagio
  32. Má Vlast (My Fatherland), symphonic poems (6), JB 1:112: Vltava [Excerpt]
  33. Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: Morning
  34. Thaïs, opera in 3 acts: Meditation
  35. Les Deux Pigeons, ballet
  36. Sylvia, ou La nymphe de Diane, ballet: Intermezzo & Valse lente
  37. Gymnopedie for piano No. 1
  38. Chanson d'amour, song for voice & piano in F major, Op. 27/1
  39. Carmen, opera: Entr'acte to Act 3
  40. Berceuse, for piano, 4 hands or orchestra (Dolly, suite), Op. 56/1
  41. Romance for violin & orchestra in C major, Op. 48
  42. Plaisir d'amour, for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  43. Pavane, for orchestra & chorus ad lib in F sharp minor, Op. 50
  44. Samson et Dalila, opera in 3 acts, Op. 47: Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix
  45. Faust, opera: Les nubiennes (Ballet music)
  46. Lakmé, opera: Flower Duet (Dôme épais)
  47. Clair de lune, for orchestra or other arrangement (from "Suite Bergamasque" for piano), L. 75/3
  48. Carmen, opera: Habanera (L'amour est un oiseau rebelle)
  49. Carnival of the Animals, zoological fantasy for 2 pianos & ensemble: Le Cygne
  50. Les contes d'Hoffmann, opera in 4 acts: Barcarolle

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