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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,

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/14/2006
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0028947580850
catalogNumber:
000766302
Rank:
74476

Tracks

Disc 1

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

    1. The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba  (03:20)
  2. Ellens Gesang III ("Ave Maria"), song for voice & piano, D. 839 (Op. 52/6)  (04:58)
  3. Cantata No. 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben," BWV 147 (BC A174): Jesu, joy of man's desiring

    1. Jesu, joy of man's desiring  (07:34)
  4. Canon in D major, various arrangements  (04:40)
  5. The Lord's Prayer  (03:07)
  6. Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major ("Eine kleine Nachtmusik"), K. 525: Allegro

    1. Allegro  (05:56)
  7. Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64: Andante

    1. Andante  (07:50)
  8. Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: One fine day

    1. One fine day  (04:55)
  9. Nutcracker, suite from the ballet, Op. 71a: Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy/Waltz of the Flowers

    1. Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy/Waltz of the Flowers  (07:41)
  10. Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16: Allegro molto e marcato

    1. Allegro molto e marcato  (10:34)
  11. Nabucco, opera (Nabucodonosor): Va, pensiero (Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves)

    1. Va, pensiero (Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves)  (04:52)
  12. Pomp and Circumstance March No.1, for orchestra in D major, Op. 39/1  (06:36)

Disc 2

  1. Orphée aux enfers, operetta in 2 acts: Overture

    1. Overture  (09:02)
  2. Casanova, musical comedy (Strauss works arr. by Benatzky): Nun's Chorus

    1. Nun's Chorus  (03:56)
  3. Cantata No. 208, "Was mir behagt," (Hunt Cantata), BWV 208 (BC G1, G3): Sheep may safely graze

    1. Sheep may safely graze  (04:37)
  4. Bagatelle for piano in A minor ("Für Elise"), WoO 59  (03:04)
  5. The Lost Chord, song for voice & piano  (03:58)
  6. Zémire et Azor, opera in 4 acts: Pantomime and Finale

    1. Pantomime and Finale  (05:15)
  7. Rigoletto, opera: La donna è mobile

    1. La donna è mobile  (02:25)
  8. Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Intermezzo

    1. Intermezzo  (03:21)
  9. The Prince of Denmark's March (Trumpet Voluntary) for brass, winds & percussion (or keyboard or trumpet & organ) in D major  (02:53)
  10. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: I know that my Redeemer liveth

    1. I know that my Redeemer liveth  (05:59)
  11. Jerusalem ("And did those feet in ancient time"), for chorus & organ (or orchestra)  (02:44)
  12. La Traviata, opera: Act 1. Prelude

    1. Act 1. Prelude  (04:11)
  13. Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major ("Emperor"), Op. 73: Rondo. Allegro

    1. Rondo. Allegro  (10:41)
  14. Fantasia on Greensleeves, for harp, flute & strings (arranged by R. Greaves; from the opera "Sir John In Love")  (04:25)
  15. Boléro, ballet for orchestra (or piano): Finale

    1. Finale  (05:03)

Disc 3

  1. Peer Gynt Suite for orchestra (or piano or piano, 4 hands) No. 1, Op. 46: Morning Mood

    1. Morning Mood  (04:07)
  2. All in the April evening  (03:23)
  3. Aida, opera: Grand March and Ballet

    1. Grand March and Ballet  (11:44)
  4. Thaïs, lyric comedy in 3 acts: Méditation

    1. Méditation  (05:49)
  5. The Holy City, sacred ballad for voice & piano (or orchestra and chorus, ad lib)  (04:59)
  6. Elijah (Elias), oratorio, Op. 70: Oh rest in the Lord

    1. Oh rest in the Lord  (03:51)
  7. The Crucifixion, for tenor, bass, chorus & organ: God so loved the world

    1. God so loved the world  (04:07)
  8. Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18: Moderato

    1. Moderato  (11:13)
  9. Berceuse de Jocelyn ("Angels Guard Thee")  (05:04)
  10. Symphony No. 9 in E minor ("From the New World"), B. 178 (Op. 95) (first published as No. 5): Largo (excerpt)

    1. Largo (excerpt)  (05:15)
  11. Les Pêcheurs de perles, opera in 3 acts: Pearl Fishers' Duet (Au fond du temple saint)

    1. Pearl Fishers' Duet (Au fond du temple saint)  (06:38)

Disc 4

  1. The Hebrides, overture for orchestra in B minor ("Fingal's Cave"), Op. 26 (4 versions)  (10:17)
  2. La bohème, opera: Che gelida manina

    1. Che gelida manina  (04:45)
  3. Concierto de Aranjuez, for guitar & orchestra: Adagio

    1. Adagio  (11:00)
  4. Bohemian Girl, opera: I dreamt I dwelt in marble halls

    1. I dreamt I dwelt in marble halls  (04:43)
  5. String Quartet in F major, (prev. attr. Haydn, Op.3/5): Serenade

    1. Serenade  (04:07)
  6. The Gondoliers (The King of Barataria), operetta: Take a pair of sparkling eyes

    1. Take a pair of sparkling eyes  (05:15)
  7. Sanctuary of the Heart, Meditation religieuse  (04:03)
  8. Ave Maria, for voice & piano (or other vocal arrangements; after Bach's Prelude No. 1 from the Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1)  (02:48)
  9. The Lord Is My Shepherd, for chorus  (03:39)
  10. Blow the Wind Southerly (Northumbrian Folk Song)  (02:31)
  11. Londonderry Air (Danny Boy), folk song  (03:10)
  12. Karelia Suite, for orchestra, Op. 11: Alla marcia

    1. Alla marcia  (04:37)
  13. Suite bergamasque, for piano, L. 75: Clair de lune

    1. Clair de lune  (05:42)
  14. Symphony No. 9 in D minor ("Choral"), Op. 125: Ode to Joy (excerpt)

    1. Ode to Joy (excerpt)  (07:32)

Disc 5

  1. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Overture

    1. Overture  (04:00)
  2. Serse (Xerxes), opera, HWV 40: Largo

    1. Largo  (05:37)
  3. Ave verum Corpus, motet for chorus, strings & organ, K. 618  (03:55)
  4. Mors et vita, trilogy of oratorios for soloists, chorus & orchestra: Judex

    1. Judex  (04:38)
  5. Tolomeo, rè d'Egitto, opera, HWV 25: Silent Worship

    1. Silent Worship  (02:48)
  6. Romance for violin & orchestra No. 2 in F major, Op. 50  (09:35)
  7. Baïlèro, folksong for voice & orchestra (Chants d'Auvergne, Series 1, No. 2)  (06:50)
  8. Scheherazade, symphonic suite for orchestra, Op. 35: The Young Prince and the Young Princess

    1. The Young Prince and the Young Princess  (12:01)
  9. Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23: Allegro non troppo (excerpt)

    1. Allegro non troppo (excerpt)  (09:14)
  10. Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 49: Lullaby

    1. Lullaby  (02:22)
  11. Abide with me (Tune: Eventide)  (04:30)
  12. Horn Concerto No. 4 in E flat major, K. 495: Rondo (Allegro vivace)

    1. Rondo (Allegro vivace)  (04:07)
  13. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Hallelujah Chorus

    1. Hallelujah Chorus  (03:43)

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