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Best Classics 50
     

Best Classics 50

 

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Despite the skepticism its title may engender, EMI's Best Classics 50 is a decent sampler of what many consider to be the greatest hits of classical music, independent of subjective preferences or special pleading for some overlooked gem. The picks on this three-disc set are justifiable for not only being well-known, memorable, and popular, but also for having

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Despite the skepticism its title may engender, EMI's Best Classics 50 is a decent sampler of what many consider to be the greatest hits of classical music, independent of subjective preferences or special pleading for some overlooked gem. The picks on this three-disc set are justifiable for not only being well-known, memorable, and popular, but also for having a proven record with classical experts and the public alike. Some of the masterpieces are represented here by only a movement or a short excerpt, which space constraints obviously require, so listeners need to be aware that these are not all complete works; the selections are merely intended to provide easy access into these compositions, in many cases by presenting their most familiar themes. The recordings range from 1959 to 1997, with most dating from the 1970s and '80s, so there is a fair amount of variability in the sound quality, but EMI has adjusted for that in the digital mastering and balanced setting of volume levels, so there are no sudden, loud surges to make one lunge for the controls. As is usually the case with collections of this kind, listeners benefit most from using it to identify pieces they like, then identifying good recordings of the complete work. In this respect, the artists of EMI are certainly worth considering, and this set can also serve as an introduction to the label's extensive backlist.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/29/2010
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
5099945751721
catalogNumber:
57517

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Solomon, oratorio, HWV 67: The Arrival of the Queen of Sheeba

    1. The Arrival of the Queen of Sheeba  (02:50)
  2. 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  (03:42)
  3. Toccata and Fugue, for organ in D minor, BWV 565 (BC J37): Toccata

    1. Toccata  (03:23)
  4. Horn Concerto No. 4 in E flat major, K. 495: 3. Rondo (Allegro vivace)

    1. 3. Rondo (Allegro vivace)  (03:37)
  5. Symphony No. 5 in C minor ("Fate"), Op. 67: 1. Allegro con brio

    1. 1. Allegro con brio  (06:35)
  6. 1812 -- Festival Overture, for orchestra in E flat major, Op. 49: Conclusion

    1. Conclusion  (03:35)
  7. Ode to Joy (An die Freude)  (03:22)
  8. Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16: 1. Allegro molto moderato (opening)

    1. 1. Allegro molto moderato (opening)  (04:27)
  9. Karelia Suite, for orchestra, Op. 11: Alla marcia

    1. Alla marcia  (04:41)
  10. The Planets, suite for orchestra & female chorus, Op. 32, H. 125: Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity

    1. Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity  (04:50)
  11. Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23: 1. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso

    1. 1. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso  (03:23)
  12. Finlandia, tone poem for orchestra, Op. 26  (08:28)
  13. Aida, opera: Gloria all'Egitto

    1. Gloria all'Egitto  (04:35)
  14. Romeo and Juliet, ballet in 4 acts, Op. 64: Dance of the Knights

    1. Dance of the Knights  (01:53)
  15. Radetzky-Marsch, for orchestra, Op. 228  (02:54)
  16. Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1, for orchestra in D major, Op. 39/1: Conclusion

    1. Conclusion  (02:37)
  17. Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30: 1. Allegro ma non tanto

    1. 1. Allegro ma non tanto  (02:54)
  18. Symphony No. 3 in C minor ("Organ"), Op. 78: Maestoso - Allegro

    1. Maestoso - Allegro  (08:08)

Disc 2

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

    1. Intermezzo  (03:44)
  2. Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18: 2. Adagio sostenuto

    1. 2. Adagio sostenuto  (04:32)
  3. Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: Morning

    1. Morning  (04:17)
  4. The Gadfly, suite from the film score, Op. 97a (assembled by Atovmyan): Romance

    1. Romance  (03:15)
  5. Adagio for strings (or string quartet; arr. from 2nd mvt. of String Quartet), Op. 11  (06:23)
  6. Scheherazade, symphonic suite for orchestra, Op. 35: The Story of the Kalender Prince

    1. The Story of the Kalender Prince  (03:53)
  7. Thaïs, opera in 3 acts: Méditation

    1. Méditation  (06:47)
  8. Prince Igor, opera (completed by Rimsky-Korsakov & Glazunov): Polovtsian Dances

    1. Polovtsian Dances  (03:52)
  9. Spartacus, ballet: Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia

    1. Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia  (04:46)
  10. Romeo and Juliet, fantasy-overture for orchestra in B minor (3 versions): Excerpt

    1. Excerpt  (05:04)
  11. Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92: 2. Allegretto

    1. 2. Allegretto  (03:57)
  12. Concerto for 2 violins, strings & continuo in D minor ("Double"), BWV 1043: 2. Largo ma non tanto

    1. 2. Largo ma non tanto  (07:43)
  13. Schindler's List, film score: Theme

    1. Theme  (05:04)
  14. Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Dance of the Reed Flutes

    1. Dance of the Reed Flutes  (02:21)
  15. Symphony No. 6 in F major ("Pastoral"), Op. 68: 5. Allegretto

    1. 5. Allegretto  (06:41)

Disc 3

  1. Zadok the Priest, coronation anthem No. 1 for chorus & orchestra, HWV 258  (06:05)
  2. Cantata No. 140, "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme," BWV 140 (BC A166): Zion hört die Wächter

    1. Zion hört die Wächter  (04:49)
  3. Miserere mei Deus (Psalm 51), motet for chorus  (05:48)
  4. Deutsche Messe (German Mass), for mixed chorus, wind ensemble & organ, D. 872: Sanctus

    1. Sanctus  (03:47)
  5. Panis angelicus for tenor, organ, harp, cello & bass  (04:58)
  6. L' Enfance du Christ, oratorio for soprano, 2 tenors, baritone, 3 basses, chorus & orchetsra ("trilogie sacrée") H. 130 (Op. 25): L'Adieu des bergers

    1. L'Adieu des bergers  (03:50)
  7. Messe solennelle de Sainte Cécile for soloists, chorus, orchestra & organ in G major: Sanctus

    1. Sanctus  (05:20)
  8. Requiem, for 2 solo voices, chorus, organ & orchestra, Op. 48: In paradisum

    1. In paradisum  (03:29)
  9. Vesperae solennes de confessore for soloists, chorus & orchestra, K. 339: Laudate Dominum

    1. Laudate Dominum  (05:09)
  10. Cantique de Jean Racine, for 4-part chorus & organ (or orchestra), Op. 11  (05:12)
  11. Requiem Mass, for soloists, chorus & orchestra (Manzoni Requiem): Ingemisco

    1. Ingemisco  (03:43)
  12. Ave verum Corpus, motet for chorus, strings & organ, K. 618  (03:05)
  13. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: I know that my Redeemer liveth

    1. I know that my Redeemer liveth  (06:42)
  14. Die Schöpfung (The Creation), oratorio, H. 21/2: The Heavens are Telling

    1. The Heavens are Telling  (04:47)
  15. Requiem, for 2 solo voices, chorus, organ & orchestra, Op. 48: Pie Jesu

    1. Pie Jesu  (03:20)
  16. Requiem for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, K. 626: Lacrimosa

    1. Lacrimosa  (02:58)
  17. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Hallelujah Chorus

    1. Hallelujah Chorus  (04:03)

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