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The Best Classics... Ever!, Vol. 2

Album Summary

>Mussorgsky, Modest : Pictures at an Exhibition (Kartinki s vïstavski), for orchestra, orchestrated by Ravel
>Glinka, Mikhail : Ruslan and Lyudmila
>Dvorak, Antonin : Symphony no 8 in G major, Op. 88/B 163
>Moniuszko, Stanislaw : Przepiorczka (The Spinner), song for voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Khachaturian, Aram : Gayaneh
>Gorecki, Henryk M. : Symphony no 3, Op. 36 ("Symphony of Sorrowful Songs")
>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : Sinfonietta for orchestra ("Military," "Sokol Festival"), JW 6/18
>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Scheherazade
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : The Gadfly
>Borodin, Alexander : Prince Igor
>Smetana, Bedrich : Vltava (The Moldau), symphonic poem (Má Vlast no 2), JB 1
>Stravinsky, Igor : Firebird
>Dvorak, Antonin : Rusalka
>Chopin, Frédéric : Mazurka for piano no 40 in F minor, Op. 63/2, CT. 90
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Suite for Jazz Orchestra no 1, Op. 38b
>Syzmanski, Pawel : Sarabande, for piano
>Dvorak, Antonin : Slavonic Dances (8) for orchestra, B. 147 (Op. 72)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 40 in G minor, K 550
>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Wiener Blut
>Schumann, Robert : Kinderszenen no 7 ("Träumerei"), for piano, Op. 15/7
>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 3 in D minor
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 1 in F major, BWV 1046
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Sonata for cello & piano no 2 in D major, Op. 58
>Brahms, Johannes : Hungarian Dances (21) for orchestra, WoO 1
>Kreisler, Fritz : Liebesleid
>Schubert, Franz : Quartet for Strings no 14 in D minor, D 810 "Death and the Maiden"
>Bruch, Max [Composer] : Scottish Fantasy, for violin & orchestra, Op. 46
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 11 in A major, K 331 (300i)
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Bagatelle for piano in A minor ("Für Elise"), WoO 59
>Brahms, Johannes : Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 77
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Symphony no 83 in G minor, H 1 no 83 "The Hen"
>Wagner, Richard : Tristan und Isolde
>Mascagni, Pietro : L'Amico Fritz
>Berlioz, Hector : Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14
>Mascagni, Pietro : Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act
>Debussy, Claude : La mer
>Ravel, Maurice : Sonata for Violin and Piano in G major
>Morricone, Ennio : The Mission
>Rodrigo, Joaquín : Concierto de Aranjuez for Guitar
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Bachiana brasileira no 2 for Orchestra
>Granados, Enrique : Danzas (12) espanolas for Piano, Op. 37
>Albéniz, Isaac [Composer] : España, album leaves (6) for piano, Op. 165, B. 37
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Carnival of the animals
>Falla, Manuel de : Canciones populares espanolas (7)
>Massenet, Jules : Manon
>Gounod, Charles : Faust
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera
>Offenbach, Jacques : Orphée aux enfers, operetta
>Traditional, Maori : Tarakihi
>Bernstein, Leonard : Candide, overture to the operetta
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Symphony no 1 "A sea symphony"
>Piazzolla, Astor : Decarísimo, tango
>Liszt, Franz : La Campanella II, etude for piano in G sharp minor (Grand Paganini Étude no 3), S. 141/3 (LW A173/3
>Grieg, Edvard : Norwegian Dances (4) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 35
>Britten, Benjamin : A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 64
>Jenkins, Karl : Requiem, for chorus & orchestra
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Fantasia on Greensleeves
>Wood, Charles : Hail, gladdening light
>Tavener, John : Song for Athene
>Dukas, Paul : L'apprenti sorcier
>Walton, William : Concerto for Viola
>Holst, Gustav : The Planets, Op. 32/H 125
>Grieg, Edvard : Sonata for Cello and Piano in A minor, Op. 36
>Piazzolla, Astor : La muerte del ángel, tango (from Angel series)
>Vanessa-Mae : Happy Valley, the 1997 Re-Unification Overture
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>Mussorgsky, Modest : Pictures at an Exhibition (Kartinki s vïstavski), for orchestra, orchestrated by Ravel :: Promenade
  • Conductor: Sergiu Celibidache
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1874-1922

>Glinka, Mikhail : Ruslan and Lyudmila :: Ruslan and Ludmilla, G. xivov
  • Conductor: Wolfgang Sawallisch
  • Running Time: 5 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1837-1842

>Dvorak, Antonin : Symphony no 8 in G major, Op. 88/B 163 :: Allegretto grazioso
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 5 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral

>Moniuszko, Stanislaw : Przepiorczka (The Spinner), song for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  • Performer: Wanda Jakubowska
  • Conductor: Arnold Rezler
  • Running Time: 1 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1837-1872

>Khachaturian, Aram : Gayaneh :: Sabre Dance
  • Conductor: Yuri Temirkanov
  • Notes: Composition written: 1941-42.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1941-1942

>Gorecki, Henryk M. : Symphony no 3, Op. 36 ("Symphony of Sorrowful Songs") :: Lento e largo - Tranquillissimo
  • Performer: Zofia Kilanowisz (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Jacek Kaspszyk
  • Running Time: 4 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1976

>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : Sinfonietta for orchestra ("Military," "Sokol Festival"), JW 6/18 :: Andante
  • Running Time: 5 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1926

>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Scheherazade :: The Sea and Sinbad's Ship
  • Conductor: Armin Jordan
  • Running Time: 10 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : The Gadfly :: no 8. Romance
  • Conductor: Mariss Jansons
  • Notes: Composition written: Soviet Union.
  • Running Time: 6 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Borodin, Alexander : Prince Igor :: Act 3. Polovtsian Dances. Introduction
  • Conductor: Thomas Beecham
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1869-1887

>Smetana, Bedrich : Vltava (The Moldau), symphonic poem (Má Vlast no 2), JB 1 :: 112/2
  • Conductor: Libor Pesek
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1874

>Stravinsky, Igor : Firebird :: Conclusion
  • Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1919

>Dvorak, Antonin : Rusalka :: Song To The Moon
  • Performer: Lucia Popp
  • Conductor: Stefan Soltesz
  • Running Time: 5 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Chopin, Frédéric : Mazurka for piano no 40 in F minor, Op. 63/2, CT. 90
  • Performer: Piotr Anderszewski (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1846

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Suite for Jazz Orchestra no 1, Op. 38b :: Waltz
  • Conductor: Mariss Jansons
  • Notes: Composition written: 1934.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1934

>Syzmanski, Pawel : Sarabande, for piano
  • Performer: Maciej Grzybowski (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Mussorgsky, Modest : Pictures at an Exhibition (Kartinki s vïstavski), for orchestra, orchestrated by Ravel :: Il vecchio c
  • Conductor: Sergiu Celibidache
  • Running Time: 5 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1874-1922

>Dvorak, Antonin : Slavonic Dances (8) for orchestra, B. 147 (Op. 72) :: [Excerpt]
  • Running Time: 4 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 40 in G minor, K 550 :: Molto allegro
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Running Time: 7 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1788

>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Wiener Blut :: [Extract]
  • Conductor: Willi Boskovsky
  • Running Time: 5 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1873

>Schumann, Robert : Kinderszenen no 7 ("Träumerei"), for piano, Op. 15/7
  • Performer: Moura Lympany (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838

>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 3 in D minor :: Lustig im Tempo und keck im Ausdruck
  • Conductor: Klaus Tennstedt
  • Running Time: 4 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1893-1896

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 1 in F major, BWV 1046 :: Adagio
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Running Time: 5 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 03/24/1721

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Sonata for cello & piano no 2 in D major, Op. 58 :: Allegretto scherzando
  • Performers: Maria Pau (Piano); Paul Tortelier (Cello)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 06/1843

>Brahms, Johannes : Hungarian Dances (21) for orchestra, WoO 1 :: no 1 in G minor
  • Performers: Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano); Itzhak Perlman (Violin)
  • Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Kreisler, Fritz : Liebesleid
  • Performers: Rodney Friend (Violin); Michael Isador (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: by 1910

>Schubert, Franz : Quartet for Strings no 14 in D minor, D 810 "Death and the Maiden" :: Scherzo (Allegro molto)
  • Performers: Denes Koromzay (Viola); Gabor Magyar (Cello); Alexandre Moskowsky (Violin); Zoltán Székely (Violin)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1824

>Bruch, Max [Composer] : Scottish Fantasy, for violin & orchestra, Op. 46 :: Adagio cantabile
  • Performer: Tasmin Little (Violin)
  • Conductor: Vernon Handley
  • Notes: Composition written: Scotland.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 11 in A major, K 331 (300i) :: Alla Turca
  • Notes: Composition written: 1783.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1783

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Bagatelle for piano in A minor ("Für Elise"), WoO 59
  • Performer: Moura Lympany (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1810

>Brahms, Johannes : Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 77 :: Adagio
  • Performers: Tasmin Little (Violin); Jonathan Small (Oboe)
  • Conductor: Vernon Handley
  • Running Time: 8 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1878

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Symphony no 83 in G minor, H 1 no 83 "The Hen" :: Andante
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Notes: Composition written: 1785.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1785

>Wagner, Richard : Tristan und Isolde :: Prelude
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Running Time: 10 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1857-1859

>Mascagni, Pietro : L'Amico Fritz :: Act 3. O amore, o bella luce del cord
  • Performer: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Berlioz, Hector : Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Running Time: 4 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 04/1830

>Mascagni, Pietro : Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act :: Intermezzo
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Debussy, Claude : La mer :: Jeux de vagues
  • Conductor: Andre Previn
  • Running Time: 7 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1903-1905

>Ravel, Maurice : Sonata for Violin and Piano in G major :: Blues (Moderato)
  • Performers: Piers Lane (Piano); Tasmin Little (Violin)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1923-1927

>Morricone, Ennio : The Mission
  • Running Time: 2 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Rodrigo, Joaquín : Concierto de Aranjuez for Guitar :: Adagio
  • Performer: Angel Romero (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Andre Previn
  • Running Time: 10 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1939

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Bachiana brasileira no 2 for Orchestra :: Danca - Lembraca do sertao
  • Conductor: Paul Capolongo
  • Running Time: 5 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1930

>Granados, Enrique : Danzas (12) españolas for Piano, Op. 37
  • Performers: Manuel Barrueco (Guitar); Thomas Müller-Pering (Guitar); Ann Monoyios (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888-1890

>Albéniz, Isaac [Composer] : España, album leaves (6) for piano, Op. 165, B. 37 :: 3. Malaguena
  • Performers: Itzhak Perlman (Violin); Samuel Sanders (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Carnival of the animals
  • Performers: Jacqueline du Pré (Cello); Osian Ellis (Harp)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Falla, Manuel de : Canciones populares españolas (7) :: Jota
  • Performers: Manuel Barrueco (Guitar); Thomas Müller-Pering (Guitar); Ann Monoyios (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1914

>Massenet, Jules : Manon :: Act 2. Manon!...Avez-vous peur que mon visage frole?
  • Performers: Roberto Alagna (Tenor); Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1882-1883

>Gounod, Charles : Faust :: Act 1. Glorie Immortele De Nos Aieux
  • Conductor: Michel Plasson
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1856-1859

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera :: Se quel guerrier...Celeste Aida
  • Performer: Franco Corelli (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Zubin Mehta
  • Notes: Composition written: 1871.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1871

>Offenbach, Jacques : Orphée aux enfers, operetta :: Overture
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 9 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1858

>Traditional, Maori : Tarakihi
  • Performer: Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.

>Bernstein, Leonard : Candide, overture to the operetta
  • Conductor: Andrew Litton
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1956

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Symphony no 1 "A sea symphony" :: no 1. Behold, the sea
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1903-1909

>Piazzolla, Astor : Decarísimo, tango
  • Conductor: José Carli
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1960

>Liszt, Franz : La Campanella II, etude for piano in G sharp minor (Grand Paganini Étude no 3), S. 141/3 (LW A173/3
  • Performer: Francois-René Duchable (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1851

>Grieg, Edvard : Norwegian Dances (4) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 35 :: Allegro marcato
  • Conductor: Järvi Paavo
  • Running Time: 6 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1880

>Britten, Benjamin : A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 64 :: Act 3. Now the hungry lion roars
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Running Time: 4 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1960

>Jenkins, Karl : Requiem, for chorus & orchestra :: Lacrimosa
  • Conductor: Karl Jenkins
  • Running Time: 4 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2004

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Fantasia on Greensleeves
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Running Time: 4 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1934

>Wood, Charles : Hail, gladdening light
  • Conductor: David Hill
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1919

>Tavener, John : Song for Athene
  • Conductor: David Hill
  • Running Time: 6 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1993

>Dukas, Paul : L'apprenti sorcier :: Scherzo [Excerpt]
  • Conductor: Mariss Jansons
  • Running Time: 5 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1897

>Walton, William : Concerto for Viola :: Vivo, con molto preciso
  • Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (Viola)
  • Conductor: Maxim Vengerov
  • Running Time: 4 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1928-1961

>Holst, Gustav : The Planets, Op. 32/H 125 :: Venus, the Bringer of Peace
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Running Time: 8 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914-1916

>Grieg, Edvard : Sonata for Cello and Piano in A minor, Op. 36 :: Intermezzo in A minor
  • Performers: Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Piano); Truls Truls Mork (Cello)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1882-1883

>Piazzolla, Astor : La muerte del ángel, tango (from Angel series)
  • Performer: Daniel Binelli (Bandoneon)
  • Conductor: José Carli
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1962

>Vanessa-Mae : Happy Valley, the 1997 Re-Unification Overture
  • Performer: Vanessa May (Violin)
  • Conductor: Vasko Vassilev
  • Running Time: 6 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary