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20th-Century Masterpieces - 100 Years of Classical Music

Album Summary

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18
>Debussy, Claude : La mer
>Delius, Frederick : Brigg Fair - An English Rhapsody
>Mahler, Gustav : Das Lied von der Erde
>Schoenberg, Arnold : Pieces (5) for orchestra, Op. 16
>Webern, Anton : Pieces (6) for orchestra, Op. 6
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Concerto for Piano no 1 in D flat major, Op. 10
>Stravinsky, Igor : Le sacre du printemps
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : The lark ascending
>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 5 in E flat major, Op. 82
>Falla, Manuel de : Nights in the gardens of Spain
>Holst, Gustav : The Planets, Op. 32/H 125
>Elgar, Edward : Concerto for Cello
>Nielsen, Carl : Symphony no 5, Op. 50
>Honegger, Arthur : Pacific 231, symphonic movement for orchestra (Mouvement symphonique no 1), H. 53
>Milhaud, Darius : La création du monde, Op. 81
>Respighi, Ottorino : Pines of Rome
>Gershwin, George : Rhapsody in Blue
>Janácek, Leos : Sinfonietta
>Ravel, Maurice : Boléro
>Hindemith, Paul : Symphony "Mathis der Maler"
>Berg, Alban : Concerto for Violin
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 5 in D minor, Op. 47
>Poulenc, Francis : Concerto for Organ, Strings and Timpani in G minor
>Orff, Carl : Carmina burana
>Barber, Samuel : Adagio for Strings
>Rodrigo, Joaquín : Concierto de Aranjuez for Guitar
>Britten, Benjamin : Sinfonia da Requiem, Op. 20
>Copland, Aaron : Fanfare for the common man
>Khachaturian, Aram : Masquerade
>Bartók, Béla : Concerto for Piano no 3, Sz 119
>Strauss, Richard : Four Last Songs, AV 150
>Tippett, Michael : Fantasia concertante on a theme of Corelli
>Lutoslawski, Witold : Concerto for Orchestra
>Walton, William : Concerto for Cello
>Boulez, Pierre : Le soleil des eaux, for soprano, SATB chorus & orchestra
>Penderecki, Krzysztof : Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima
>Bernstein, Leonard : Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
>MessiaenOlivier : Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum, for 34 winds & 3 percussion, I/47
>Birtwistle, Harrison : Tragoedia for chamber ensemble
>Dutilleux, Henri : Tout un monde lointain. . ., concerto for cello & orchestra
>Gorecki, Henryk M. : Symphony no 3, Op. 36 ("Symphony of Sorrowful Songs")
>Henze, Hans Werner : Barcarola, for orchestra
>Pärt, Arvo : Spiegel im Spiegel
>Takemitsu, Toru : Waterways, for clarinet, violin, cello, piano, 2 harpsichords & 2 vibraphones
>Adams, John : The Chairman Dances
>Tavener, John : The Protecting Veil
>Landowski, Marcel : Adagio Cantabile, for oboe, English horn, percussion & strings
>Turnage, Mark-Anthony : Drowned Out
>Schnittke, Alfred : Minuet for violin, viola & cello
>Maw, Nicholas [Composer] : Dance Scenes
>Adès, Thomas : Asyla, for orchestra, Op. 17
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The works in this set of 16 CDs have been arranged in strict chronological order of composition, the first disc beginning with a work from 1901 that has become one of the most popular works in the classical repertoire, mainly through its use in another great 20th-century art form - film (Rachmaninov's Second Piano Concerto). Thereafter each disc in the set takes the listener on a fascinating journey through the century, composer by composer and work by work, from Russian Romanticism, French Impressionism, English Pastoralism, Atonalism, Neo Classicism right up to Post Modernism, and from as wide a range of countries and genres as possible.



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Works Details

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18
  • Performer: Leif Andsnes (Piano)
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany (06/03/2005-06/04/2005)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1900-1901

>Debussy, Claude : La mer
  • Conductor: Carlo Giulini
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Notes: Kingsway Hall, London, England (04/11/1962-04/13/1952)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1903-1905

>Delius, Frederick : Brigg Fair - An English Rhapsody
  • Conductor: Thomas Beecham
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (10/31/1956/04/02/1957)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1907

>Mahler, Gustav : Das Lied von der Erde :: Der Abschied
  • Performer: Christa Ludwig
  • Conductor: Otto Klemperer
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (02/19/1964-02/22/1964)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1908-1909

>Schoenberg, Arnold : Pieces (5) for orchestra, Op. 16
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Butterworth Hall, Warwick Arts Centre, University of Warwick (12/19/1987-12/21/1987)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1909

>Webern, Anton : Pieces (6) for orchestra, Op. 6
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 11 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1909

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Concerto for Piano no 1 in D flat major, Op. 10
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Conductor: Charles Dutoit
  • Ensemble: Montreal Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: L'Église de St-Eustache, Montreal, Canada (10/29/1997-10/31/1997)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1911-1912

>Stravinsky, Igor : Le sacre du printemps
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Watford Town Hall, Watford, Hertfordshire, England (08/30/1987/09/01/1987)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1911-1913

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : The lark ascending
  • Performer: Sarah Chang (Violin)
  • Conductor: Bernard Haitink
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (12/17/1994-12/18/1994)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914

>Sibelius, Jean : Symphony no 5 in E flat major, Op. 82
  • Conductor: Paavo Berglund
  • Ensemble: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Culture House, Helsinki, Finland (12/18/1986-12/19/1986)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1919

>Falla, Manuel de : Nights in the gardens of Spain
  • Performer: Gonzalo Soriano (Piano)
  • Conductor: Rafae Frühbeck de Burgos
  • Notes: Salle Wagram, Paris, France (01/03/1963-01/04/1963)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1909-1916

>Holst, Gustav : The Planets, Op. 32/H 125
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (05/12/1978/05/30/1978)
  • Running Time: 47 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914-1916

>Elgar, Edward : Concerto for Cello
  • Performer: Jacqueline du Pré (Cello)
  • Conductor: John Barbirolli
  • Running Time: 29 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1919

>Nielsen, Carl : Symphony no 5, Op. 50
  • Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt
  • Ensemble: Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Radio Concert Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark (12/03/1973-12/04/1973)
  • Running Time: 34 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1921-1922

>Honegger, Arthur : Pacific 231, symphonic movement for orchestra (Mouvement symphonique no 1), H. 53
  • Conductor: Mariss Jansons
  • Ensemble: Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Konserthus, Oslo, Norway (11/24/1993-11/04/1993)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1923

>Milhaud, Darius : La création du monde, Op. 81
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Ensemble: French National Orchestra
  • Notes: Salle Wagram, Paris, France (11/12/1976-11/13/1976)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1923

>Respighi, Ottorino : Pines of Rome
  • Conductor: Lamberto Gardelli
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (04/24/1976-04/26/1976)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1924

>Gershwin, George : Rhapsody in Blue
  • Performer: Andre Previn (Piano)
  • Conductor: Andre Previn
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (06/04/1971/06/06/1971)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1924

>Leos Janácek (Composer) (1854 - 1928) : Sinfonietta
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Ensemble: Pro Arte Orchestra
  • Notes: Walthamstow Town Hall, London, England (07/19/1959-07/24/1959)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1926

>Ravel, Maurice : Boléro
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany (01/05/1977-01/07/1977)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1928

>Hindemith, Paul : Symphony "Mathis der Maler"
  • Conductor: Wolfgang Sawallisch
  • Ensemble: Philadelphia Orchestra
  • Notes: Memorail Hall, Philadelphia, PA (04/30/1994-05/09/1994)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1934

>Berg, Alban : Concerto for Violin
  • Performer: Frank Zimmermann (Violin)
  • Conductor: Gianluigi Gelmetti
  • Ensemble: Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Villa Berg, SDR Studio, Stuttgart, Germany (09/03/1990-09/05/1997)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1935

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 5 in D minor, Op. 47
  • Conductor: Mariss Jansons
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Musikverein, Vienna, Austria (01/07/1997-01/14/1997)
  • Running Time: 46 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1937

>Poulenc, Francis : Concerto for Organ, Strings and Timpani in G minor
  • Performer: Gillian Weir (Organ)
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Ensemble: City of London Sinfonia
  • Running Time: 23 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1938

>Orff, Carl : Carmina burana
  • Performers: Gerhard Unger (Tenor); Raymond Wolansky (Baritone); John Noble (Baritone); Lucia Popp
  • Conductor: Rafae Frühbeck de Burgos
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (06/12/1965-06/16/1965)
  • Running Time: 56 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1935-1936

>Barber, Samuel : Adagio for Strings
  • Conductor: Michael Thomas
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (05/20/1994-05/21/1994)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936

>Joaquín Rodrigo (1901 - 1999) : Concierto de Aranjuez for Guitar
  • Performer: Angel Romero (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Andre Previn
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (03/28/1977-03/30/1977)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1939

>Britten, Benjamin : Sinfonia da Requiem, Op. 20
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Butterworth Hall, Warwick Arts Centre, University of Warwick (05/23/1984-05/24/1984)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1940

>Copland, Aaron : Fanfare for the common man
  • Conductor: Enrique Bátiz
  • Running Time: 3 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1942

>Khachaturian, Aram : Masquerade :: Waltz
  • Conductor: Efrem Kurtz
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1941

>Khachaturian, Aram : Masquerade :: Galop
  • Conductor: Efrem Kurtz
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1941

>Béla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Concerto for Piano no 3, Sz 119
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Conductor: Charles Dutoit
  • Ensemble: Montreal Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: L'Église de St-Eustache, Montreal, Canada (10/29/1997-10/31/1997)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1945

>Strauss, Richard : Four Last Songs, AV 150
  • Performer: Nina Stemme
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Ensemble: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (09/01/2006-09/02/2006)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1948

>Tippett, Michael : Fantasia concertante on a theme of Corelli
  • Conductor: Rudolf Barshai
  • Ensemble: Moscow Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 18 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1953

>Lutoslawski, Witold : Concerto for Orchestra
  • Conductor: Witold Lutoslawski
  • Ensemble: Polish Radio/TV Symphony Orchestra, Katowice
  • Notes: Polish Radio & TV Studio, Katowice, Poland (05/25/1976-05/27/1976)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1950-1954

>Walton, William : Concerto for Cello
  • Performer: Lynn Harrell (Cello)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 29 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1956-1975

>Boulez, Pierre : Le soleil des eaux, for soprano, SATB chorus & orchestra
  • Performers: Barry McDaniel (Baritone); Louis Devos (Tenor); Josephine Nendick (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 8 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1950-1965

>Penderecki, Krzysztof : Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima
  • Conductor: Krzysztof Penderecki
  • Ensemble: Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra Katowice
  • Notes: Katowice, Poland (02/03/1975-02/07/1975)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1959-1961

>Bernstein, Leonard : Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
  • Conductor: Järvi Paavo
  • Notes: Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England (06/08/1997-06/10/1997)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1960

>MessiaenOlivier : Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum, for 34 winds & 3 percussion, I/47
  • Conductor: Serge Baudo
  • Ensemble: Orchestre de Paris Percussion Ensemble
  • Notes: Salle Wagram, Paris, France (03/04/1968/03/06/1968)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1963-1964

>Birtwistle, Harrison : Tragoedia for chamber ensemble
  • Conductor: Lawrence Foster
  • Ensemble: Melos Ensemble of London
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (04/23/1967-04/24/1967)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1965

>Dutilleux, Henri : Tout un monde lointain. . ., concerto for cello & orchestra
  • Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
  • Conductor: Serge Baudo
  • Ensemble: Orchestre de Paris Percussion Ensemble
  • Notes: Salle Wagram, Paris, France (11/05/1974-11/06/1974)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1967-1970

>Henryk Mikolaj Górecki (Composer) (1933 - 2010) : Symphony no 3, Op. 36 ("Symphony of Sorrowful Songs")
  • Performer: Zofia Kilanowisz (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Jacek Kaspszyk
  • Running Time: 56 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1976

>Henze, Hans Werner : Barcarola, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 21 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1979

>Arvo Pärt (1935 - ) : Spiegel im Spiegel
  • Performers: Tasmin Little (Violin); Martin Roscoe (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1978

>Takemitsu, Toru : Waterways, for clarinet, violin, cello, piano, 2 harpsichords & 2 vibraphones
  • Conductor: Oliver Knussen
  • Ensemble: London Sinfonietta
  • Running Time: 10 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1978

>Adams, John : The Chairman Dances
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England (07/04/1993/07/06/1993)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1985

>Tavener, John : The Protecting Veil
  • Performer: Steven Isserlis (Cello)
  • Conductor: Gennady Rozhdestvensky
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (05/28/1991-05/29/1991)
  • Running Time: 43 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1987

>Landowski, Marcel : Adagio Cantabile, for oboe, English horn, percussion & strings
  • Conductor: Marcel Landowski
  • Ensemble: Paris Orchestral Ensemble
  • Notes: Grand Plateau du Conservatoire National Supèrieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (01/24/1996-01/25/1996)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1991

>Turnage, Mark-Anthony : Drowned Out
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 22 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1992-1993

>Schnittke, Alfred : Minuet for violin, viola & cello
  • Performers: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello); Yuri Bashmet (Viola); Gidon Kremer (Violin)
  • Notes: Studio 103, Radio France, Paris, France (02/24/1995-02/25/1995)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1994

>Maw, Nicholas [Composer] : Dance Scenes
  • Conductor: Daniel Harding
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Running Time: 18 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Thomas Adès (Conductor/Composer) (1971 - ) : Asyla, for orchestra, Op. 17
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England (08/29/1998-08/30/1998)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997