Best Romantic Classics 100

Best Romantic Classics 100

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Best Romantic Classics 100

EMI's Best Romantic Classics 100 may fulfill some listeners' needs by providing the most familiar excerpts and short pieces of nineteenth and twentieth century "mood" music, but it is unsatisfying in several other aspects. First, anyone who wants complete works will be annoyed by the rather large number of extracted sections, which in most cases amount to little more than four or five minutes of the best-known thematic passages, culled from famous concertos, symphonies, sonatas, ballets, and operas that are much, much longer. While it is expected that only brief examples could be included in a six-disc collection of 100 tracks, it would have been preferable to have complete miniatures instead of token snippets. Second, the sound of the recordings varies substantially, depending on the session dates, venues, instrumentation, and recording technology, so the sonic depth, dynamics, textures, and timbres of the music can be quite realistic and brilliant on one track and dull and unimpressive on the next -- the risk that must be run in putting together any large compendium of music. Third, the term romantic is used broadly here, so the pieces are not just picked from the Romantic or post-Romantic periods, as some might expect, but music was also chosen for being lyrical and expressive -- in essence, romantic in feeling. Thus, John Lennon and Paul McCartney, Leonard Bernstein, Stanley Myers, Thomas Newman, Michael Nyman, and James Horner are included for their love songs and film music of a passionate character, without much concern for observing categories or stylistic consistency. While this survey may give the listener a good idea of the variety of Romantic music, it delivers only a superficial sampling of recognizable fare that is well covered in numerous greatest-hits collections.

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Release Date: 01/15/2008
Label: Emi Classics
UPC: 5099951549022
catalogNumber: 15490


  1. Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23: 1. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso [Opening]
  2. Romeo and Juliet, ballet in 4 acts, Op. 64: Balcony Scene [Extract]
  3. The Gadfly, suite from the film score, Op. 97a (assembled by Atovmyan): Romance
  4. Romeo and Juliet, fantasy-overture for orchestra in B minor (3 versions): [Extract]
  5. Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (Introduction and 24 Variations), in A minor for piano & orchestra, Op. 43: Variation 18
  6. Masquerada, incidental music: Waltz
  7. Vocalise, instrumental arrangement, Op. 34/14
  8. Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Grand pas de deux
  9. Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 102: 2. Andante
  10. Scheherazade, symphonic suite for orchestra, Op. 35: 2. The Story of the Kalendar Prince [Opening]
  11. Spartacus, ballet in 4 acts: Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia
  12. The Swan Lake, ballet, Op. 20: Act 2. No. 10. Scene
  13. Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18: 2. Adagio sostenuto [Opening]
  14. Prince Igor, opera (completed by Rimsky-Korsakov & Glazunov): Polovtsian Dances [Opening]
  15. Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27: 3. Adagio [Opening]
  16. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Waltz
  17. L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet in 2 scenes for orchestra: [Conclusion]
  18. Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major ("Elvira Madigan") K. 467: 2. Andante [Extract]
  19. Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major ("Eine kleine Nachtmusik"), K. 525: 2. Romanze. Andante
  20. Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor ("Moonlight"), Op. 27/2: 1. Adagio sostenuto [Extract]
  21. Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major ("Emperor"), Op. 73: 2. Adagio
  22. Horn Concerto No. 4 in E flat major, K. 495: 2. Romanza. Andante cantabile
  23. Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Un'aura amorosa
  24. Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor ("Pathétique"), Op. 13: 2. Adagio cantabile
  25. Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64: 2. Andante [Extract]
  26. Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622: 2. Adagio
  27. Song without Words for piano No. 30 in A major ("Frühlingslied"), Op. 62/6
  28. Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor, Op. 26: 2. Adagio [Opening]
  29. A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61: Nocturne
  30. Vier letzte Lieder (Four Last Songs), for soprano & orchestra, o.Op. 150 (TrV 296, AV 150): Beim Schlafengehen [Conclusion]
  31. An der schönen, blauen Donau (On the Beautiful, Blue Danube), waltz for orchestra (with chorus ad lib), Op. 314 (RV 314): [Extract]
  32. Liebesleid "Love's Sorrow" for violin & piano
  33. A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61: Wedding March
  34. Les contes d'Hoffmann, opera in 4 acts: Barcarolle
  35. The Swan (from "Carnival of the Animals"), original (for 2 pianos & ensemble) and arrangements
  36. Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: Habanera (L'amour est un oiseau rebelle)
  37. Clair de lune, for orchestra or other arrangement (from "Suite Bergamasque" for piano), L. 75/3
  38. Lakmé, opera: Flower Duet (Dôme épais)
  39. Faust, opera: Les nubiennes (Ballet Music)
  40. Samson et Dalila, opera in 3 acts, Op. 47: Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix
  41. Pavane, for orchestra & chorus ad lib in F sharp minor, Op. 50
  42. Plaisir d'amour, for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  43. Romance for violin & orchestra in C major, Op. 48
  44. Berceuse, for piano, 4 hands or orchestra (Dolly, suite), Op. 56/1
  45. Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: Act 3. Entr'acte
  46. Chanson d'amour, song for voice & piano in F major, Op. 27/1
  47. Gymnopedie for piano No.1
  48. Sylvia, ou La nymphe de Diane, ballet: Intermezzo & Valse lente
  49. Les Deux pigeons, ballet: Pas de deux pigeons
  50. Thaïs, lyric comedy in 3 acts: Méditation
  51. Peer Gynt Suite for orchestra (or piano or piano, 4 hands) No. 1, Op. 46: Morning
  52. Vltava (The Moldau), symphonic poem (Má Vlast No. 2), JB 1:112/2: [Extract]
  53. Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16: 2. Adagio
  54. Symphony No. 9 in E minor ("From the New World"), B. 178 (Op. 95) (first published as No. 5): 2. Largo [Opening]
  55. Bryllupsdag på Troldhaugen (Wedding Day at Troldhaugen), lyric piece for piano, Op. 65/6
  56. Rusalka, opera, B. 203 (Op. 114): Song to the Moon
  57. Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11, CT. 47: 2. Romance. Larghetto [Opening]
  58. Humoresque No. 7 for piano in G flat major, B. 187/7 (Op. 101/7)
  59. Les sylphides, ballet (arrangement): Prelude in A
  60. Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S. 124 (LW H4): 2. Quasi adagio
  61. Pelléas et Mélisande, incidental music for orchestra, Op. 46: At the Castle Gate
  62. Berceuse for piano in D flat major, Op. 57, CT. 7
  63. Jalousie, tango for orchestra
  64. Nocturne for piano No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109
  65. Liebesträume, notturno for piano No. 3 in A flat major ("O Lieb, so lang du lieben kannst"), S. 541/3 (LW A103/3)
  66. Die lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow), operetta: Vilja
  67. Salut d'amour, for violin & piano, Op. 12
  68. Fantasia on Greensleeves, for harp, flute & strings (arranged by R. Greaves; from the opera "Sir John In Love")
  69. Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85: 1. Adagio - Moderato [Opening]
  70. The Lark Ascending, romance for violin & orchestra: [Opening]
  71. Pieces (2) ("Chanson de matin" & "Chanson de nuit"), for violin & piano (later orchestrated), Op. 15: Chanson de matin
  72. Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, for 2 string orchestras: [Opening]
  73. Michelle
  74. The Planets, suite for orchestra & female chorus, Op. 32, H. 125: Venus [Conclusion]
  75. Standing Stone, for orchestra & chorus: Celebration
  76. The Piano, film score: The Heart Asks Pleasure First / The Promise
  77. Cavatina (from "The Deer Hunter")
  78. American Beauty, film score: Any Other Name
  79. Titanic, film score: My Heart Will Go On
  80. Melodia sentimental, for voice & piano (from Floresta do Amazones), A. 556
  81. Porgy and Bess, opera: Summertime
  82. Symphonic Dances (9) from "West Side Story", for orchestra (orchestrated with Ramin & Kostal): 2. Somewhere
  83. Rhapsody in Blue, for piano & orchestra (orchestrated by F. Grofé): [Conclusion]
  84. Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Intermezzo
  85. Gianni Schicchi, opera: O mio babbino caro
  86. España, album leaves (6) for piano, Op. 165, B. 37: Tango
  87. La Rondine (The Swallow), opera: Chi il bel sogno di Doretta
  88. 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
  89. L'incoronazione di Poppea, opera in 3 acts, SV 308: Pur ti miro
  90. Minuet in A major, arrangement (after String Quintet in E major, Op.11/5 [aka Op. 13/5], G. 275)
  91. L' amico Fritz, opera (commedia lyrica) in 3 acts: O amore, o bella luce del core
  92. Recuerdos de la Alhambra, for guitar
  93. Romeo and Juliet, film score: Ai giochi addio
  94. Concierto de Aranjuez, for guitar & orchestra: 2. Adagio [Opening]
  95. Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Vogliatemi bene
  96. Lute (Chamber) Concerto, for lute (or guitar), 2 violins & continuo in D major, RV 93: 2. Largo
  97. Zigeunerweisen, for violin & piano (or orchestra) ("Gypsy Airs"), Op. 20
  98. Time to Say Goodbye (Con te partirò), song
  99. Suite española No. 1, for piano, Op. 47, B. 7: Sevilla
  100. Turandot, opera: Nessun dorma

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