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50 Best Romantic Classics

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>Offenbach, Jacques : Les Contes d'Hoffman
>     Barcarolle
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Le Carnaval des animaux
>     Le Cygne
>Bizet, Georges : Carment
>     Habanera (L'amour est un oiseau rebelle)
>Debussy, Claude : Clair de lune (Suite bergamasque)
>Delibes, Léo : Lakme
>     Flower Duet (Dôme épais)
>Gounod, Charles : Faust
>     Les nubiennes (Ballet music)
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Samson et Dalila
>     Mon cour s'ouvre à ta voix
>Fauré, Gabriel : Pavane, Op. 50
>Martini, Jean-Paul-Gilles : Plaisir d'amour, for voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Romance for violin & orchestra in C major, Op. 48
>Fauré, Gabriel : Dolly, Op. 56
>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera
>     Entr'acte to Act 3
>Fauré, Gabriel : Chanson d'amour, Op. 27 no 1
>Satie, Erik : Gnossienne no 1
>Delibes, Léo : Sylvia
>     Intermezzo & Valse lente
>Messager, Andre : Les Deux Pigeons, ballet
>Massenet, Jules : Thais
>     Meditation
>Grieg, Edvard : Peer Gynt
>     Morning
>Smetana, Bedrich : Ma Vlast
>     Vltava [Excerpt]
>Grieg, Edvard : Piano Concerto
>     2. Adagio
>Dvorak, Antonin : Symphony no 9 "From the New World"
>     2. Largo (opening)
>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces (6), Book 8, Op. 65
>Dvorak, Antonin : Rusalka
>     Song to the Moon
>Chopin, Frédéric : Concerto for Piano no 1 in E minor, B 53/Op. 11
>     2. Romance
>Dvorak, Antonin : Humoresques (8) for Piano, Op. 101/B 187
>Chopin, Frédéric : Les sylphides, ballet (arrangement)
>     Prelude in A
>Liszt, Franz : Concerto for Piano no 1
>     2. Quasi adagio
>Debussy, Claude : Pelleas et Melisande
>     At the Castle Gate
>Chopin, Frédéric : Berceuse for Piano in D flat major, B 154/Op. 57
>Gade, Jacob : Jalousie (Jealousy), tango for orchestra
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturne for piano no 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109
>Liszt, Franz : Liebestraume for Piano, S 541
>Lehár, Franz : The Merry Widow
>     Vilja
>Mascagni, Pietro : Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act
>     Intermezzo
>Puccini, Giacomo : Gianni Schicchi, opera
>     O mio babbino caro
>Albéniz, Isaac : Espana
>     Tango
>Puccini, Giacomo : La rondine
>     Chi il bel sogno di Doretta
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Spring (The Four Seasons)
>     1. Allegro
>Monteverdi, Claudio : L'incoronazione di Poppea
>     Pur ti miro
>Boccherini, Luigi : Menuett
>Mascagni, Pietro : L'amico Fritz
>     O amore, o bella luce del core
>Tárrega, Francisco : Recuerdos de la Alhambra
>Nino Rota / Elsa Morante : Ai giochi addio
>Rodrigo, Joaquín : Concierto de Aranjuez
>     2. Adagio (opening)
>Puccini, Giacomo : Madama Butterfly
>     Vogliatemi bene
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Guitar Concerto in D
>     2. Largo
>Sarasate, Pablo de : Ziegeunerweisen
>Sartori, Francesco : Time to Say Goodbye (Con te partiro), song
>Albéniz, Isaac : Sevilla
>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot
>     Nessun dorma
>Unspecified : Untitled CD-ROM Track

Album Summary

>Offenbach, Jacques : Les Contes d'Hoffman
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Le Carnaval des animaux
>Bizet, Georges : Carment
>Debussy, Claude : Clair de lune (Suite bergamasque)
>Delibes, Léo : Lakme
>Gounod, Charles : Faust
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Samson et Dalila
>Fauré, Gabriel : Pavane, Op. 50
>Martini, Jean-Paul-Gilles : Plaisir d'amour, for voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Romance for violin & orchestra in C major, Op. 48
>Fauré, Gabriel : Dolly, Op. 56
>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera
>Fauré, Gabriel : Chanson d'amour, Op. 27 no 1
>Satie, Erik : Gnossienne no 1
>Delibes, Léo : Sylvia
>Messager, Andre : Les Deux Pigeons, ballet
>Massenet, Jules : Thais
>Grieg, Edvard : Peer Gynt
>Smetana, Bedrich : Ma Vlast
>Grieg, Edvard : Piano Concerto
>Dvorak, Antonin : Symphony no 9 "From the New World"
>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces (6), Book 8, Op. 65
>Dvorak, Antonin : Rusalka
>Chopin, Frédéric : Concerto for Piano no 1 in E minor, B 53/Op. 11
>Dvorak, Antonin : Humoresques (8) for Piano, Op. 101/B 187
>Chopin, Frédéric : Les sylphides, ballet (arrangement)
>Liszt, Franz : Concerto for Piano no 1
>Debussy, Claude : Pelleas et Melisande
>Chopin, Frédéric : Berceuse for Piano in D flat major, B 154/Op. 57
>Gade, Jacob : Jalousie (Jealousy), tango for orchestra
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturne for piano no 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109
>Liszt, Franz : Liebestraume for Piano, S 541
>Lehár, Franz : The Merry Widow
>Mascagni, Pietro : Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act
>Puccini, Giacomo : Gianni Schicchi, opera
>Albéniz, Isaac : Espana
>Puccini, Giacomo : La rondine
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Spring (The Four Seasons)
>Monteverdi, Claudio : L'incoronazione di Poppea
>Boccherini, Luigi : Menuett
>Mascagni, Pietro : L'amico Fritz
>Tárrega, Francisco : Recuerdos de la Alhambra
>Nino Rota / Elsa Morante : Ai giochi addio
>Rodrigo, Joaquín : Concierto de Aranjuez
>Puccini, Giacomo : Madama Butterfly
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Guitar Concerto in D
>Sarasate, Pablo de : Ziegeunerweisen
>Sartori, Francesco : Time to Say Goodbye (Con te partiro), song
>Albéniz, Isaac : Sevilla
>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot
>Unspecified : Untitled CD-ROM Track
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>Offenbach, Jacques : Les Contes d'Hoffman :: Barcarolle
  • Performers: Ann Murray (Mezzo Soprano); Jessye Norman
  • Conductor: Sylvain Cambreling
  • Running Time: 4 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Le Carnaval des animaux :: Le Cygne
  • Performer: Han-Na Chang (Cello)
  • Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Bizet, Georges : Carment :: Habanera (L'amour est un oiseau rebelle)
  • Performer: Maria Callas
  • Conductor: Georges Prêtre
  • Running Time: 4 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873-1874

>Debussy, Claude : Clair de lune (Suite bergamasque)
  • Conductor: Wolfgang Sawallisch
  • Running Time: 5 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890-1905

>Léo Delibes (Composer) (1836 - 1891) : Lakmé :: Flower Duet (Dôme épais)
  • Performers: Delphine Haidan (Mezzo Soprano); Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Michel Plasson
  • Running Time: 4 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1883

>Gounod, Charles : Faust :: Les nubiennes (Ballet music)
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Running Time: 2 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1856-1859

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Samson et Dalila :: Mon cour s'ouvre à ta voix
  • Performer: Maria Callas
  • Conductor: Georges Prêtre
  • Running Time: 5 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1859-1877

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Pavane, Op. 50
  • Performer: Gareth Morris (Flute)
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 6 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1887

>Martini, Jean-Paul-Gilles : Plaisir d'amour, for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  • Performers: Michel Dalberto (Piano); Barbara Hendricks
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1775

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Romance for violin & orchestra in C major, Op. 48
  • Performer: Ulf Hoelscher (Violin)
  • Conductor: Pierre Dervaux
  • Running Time: 5 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1874

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Dolly, Op. 56
  • Performers: Jean-Phillipe Collard (Piano); Bruno Rigutto (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 01/12/1894

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: Entr'acte to Act 3
  • Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873-1874

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Chanson d'amour, Op. 27 no 1
  • Performer: Natasha Marsh (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1882

>Satie, Erik : Gnossienne no 1
  • Conductor: Louis Frémaux
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888

>Léo Delibes (Composer) (1836 - 1891) : Sylvia :: Intermezzo & Valse lente
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Running Time: 4 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1876

>André Messager (1853 - 1929) : Les Deux Pigeons, ballet
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1886

>Massenet, Jules : Thaïs :: Meditation
  • Performer: Anne-Sophie Mutter (Violin)
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 6 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Grieg, Edvard : Peer Gynt :: Morning
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1874-1875

>Smetana, Bedrich : Ma Vlast :: Vltava [Excerpt]
  • Conductor: Paavo Berglund
  • Running Time: 5 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: circa 1872-1879

>Grieg, Edvard : Piano Concerto :: 2. Adagio
  • Performer: Dmitri Alexeev (Piano)
  • Conductor: Yuri Temirkanov
  • Running Time: 6 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1868

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Symphony no 9 "From the New World" :: 2. Largo (opening)
  • Conductor: Mariss Jansons
  • Notes: Composition written: 01/10/1893-05/24/1893.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral

>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces (6), Book 8, Op. 65
  • Performer: Daniel Adni (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1896

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Rusalka :: Song to the Moon
  • Performer: Lucia Popp
  • Conductor: Stefan Soltesz
  • Running Time: 5 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Concerto for Piano no 1 in E minor, B 53/Op. 11 :: 2. Romance
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Conductor: Charles Dutoit
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1830

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Humoresques (8) for Piano, Op. 101/B 187
  • Performer: Moura Lympany (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Les sylphides, ballet (arrangement) :: Prelude in A
  • Conductor: Robert Irving
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet

>Liszt, Franz : Concerto for Piano no 1 :: 2. Quasi adagio
  • Performer: Michel Béroff (Piano)
  • Conductor: Kurt Masur
  • Running Time: 4 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1835-1856

>Debussy, Claude : Pelléas et Mélisande :: At the Castle Gate
  • Conductor: Paavo Berglund
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1893-1902

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Berceuse for Piano in D flat major, B 154/Op. 57
  • Performer: Peter Donohoe (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1844

>Gade, Jacob : Jalousie (Jealousy), tango for orchestra
  • Performer: Stig Nilsson (Violin)
  • Conductor: Mariss Jansons
  • Running Time: 4 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1925

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Nocturne for piano no 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109
  • Performer: John Ogdon (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1830-1832

>Liszt, Franz : Liebesträume for Piano, S 541
  • Performer: Leif Andsnes (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1843-1850

>Franz Lehár (1870 - 1948) : The Merry Widow :: Vilja
  • Performer: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
  • Conductor: Lovro Matacic
  • Running Time: 4 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1905

>Mascagni, Pietro : Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act :: Intermezzo
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Puccini, Giacomo : Gianni Schicchi, opera :: O mio babbino caro
  • Performer: Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Running Time: 2 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1918

>Isaac Albéniz (Composer) (1860 - 1909) : España :: Tango
  • Performer: Leif Andsnes (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890

>Puccini, Giacomo : La rondine :: Chi il bel sogno di Doretta
  • Performer: Montserrat Caballé
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1917

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Spring (The Four Seasons) :: 1. Allegro
  • Performer: Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
  • Conductor: Alberto Lysy
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1725

>Monteverdi, Claudio : L'incoronazione di Poppea :: Pur ti miro
  • Performers: Fernando Lima (Countertenor); David Parsons (Lute); Natasha Marsh (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Craig Leon
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1642

>Boccherini, Luigi : Menuett
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1771

>Mascagni, Pietro : L'amico Fritz :: O amore, o bella luce del core
  • Performer: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Gavazzeni
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Francisco Tárrega (Composer) (1852 - 1909) : Recuerdos de la Alhambra
  • Performer: Christopher Parkening (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1880-1905

>Nino Rota / Elsa Morante : Ai giochi addio
  • Performer: Natasha Marsh (Soprano)
  • Conductor: François-Xavier Roth
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Joaquín Rodrigo (1901 - 1999) : Concierto de Aranjuez :: 2. Adagio (opening)
  • Performer: Julian Bream (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Running Time: 4 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1939

>Puccini, Giacomo : Madama Butterfly :: Vogliatemi bene
  • Performers: Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor); Renata Scotto
  • Conductor: John Barbirolli
  • Notes: Composition written: 1904.
  • Running Time: 7 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1904

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Guitar Concerto in D :: 2. Largo
  • Performer: Sharon Isbin (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Lawrence Foster
  • Running Time: 6 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1716

>Sarasate, Pablo de : Ziegeunerweisen
  • Performer: Anne-Sophie Mutter (Violin)
  • Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
  • Running Time: 7 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1878

>Sartori, Francesco : Time to Say Goodbye (Con te partirò), song
  • Performer: Amy Nuttall
  • Conductor: Julian Kershaw
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Isaac Albéniz (Composer) (1860 - 1909) : Sevilla
  • Performer: Julian Byzantine (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot :: Nessun dorma
  • Performer: José Carreras
  • Conductor: Alain Lombard
  • Notes: Composition written: 1926.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1926

>Unspecified : Untitled CD-ROM Track
  • Period Time: Modern