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Classical 2012 / Gheorghiu, Fray, Balsom, Kaufmann, Netrebko, Jaroussky, DiDonato, Pahud

Audio Samples

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Samson et Dalila
>     Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix
>Rossini, Gioachino : William Tell Overture
>     Extract
>Leoncavallo, Ruggero : Pagliacci
>     Recitar!...Vesti la giubba
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 8 in C minor, Op. 18 'Pathetique'
>     2. Adagio cantabile
>Handel, George Frideric : Giulio Cesare in Egitto
>     Piangerò la sorte mia
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto in G, Op. 3/3, RV 310
>     1. Allegro
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Quartet for Strings in C, K 465 'Dissonance'
>     3. Menuetto
>Brahms, Johannes : German Requiem, Op. 45
>     Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen
>Schumann, Robert : Kinderszenen, Op. 15
>Puccini, Giacomo : Gianni Schicchi, opera
>     O mio babbino caro
>Bartók, Béla : Sonata for solo violin
>     2. Fuga
>Reich, Steve : Triple Quartet
>     Movement 3
>Chopin, Frédéric : Etude for piano no 12 in C minor ("Revolutionary"), Op. 10/12, CT. 25
>Fauré, Gabriel : Quintet for Piano & Strings no 2, Op. 115
>     2. Allegro vivo
>Berlioz, Hector : Les Troyens, opera, H. 133a
>     Ah! Je vais mourir...Adieu, fière cité
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
>     Aria
>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 2 in C minor 'Resurrection'
>     5. Conclusion - Mit Aufschwung, aber nicht eilen
>Rossini, Gioachino : La Cenerentola
>     Nacqui all'affano
>Fauré, Gabriel : Requiem
>     Pie Jesu
>Dvorak, Antonin : Rusalka
>     Song to the Moon
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 5 in A, Op. 18/5
>     2. Menuetto & Trio
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Il Farnace
>     Recordati che sei
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Symphony no 2 in E minor, Op. 27
>     2. Adagio. Extract
>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (6), Op. 17
>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in C major, K 72/L 401
>Quantz, Johann Joachim : Caprices
>     Capriccio
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Violin no 5 in F, Op. 24 'Spring'
>     4. Rondo
>Albéniz, Isaac : Suite
>     Aragón
>Schumann, Robert : Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in D minor, Op. 63
>     2. Lebhaft, doch nicht zu rasch
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Vespro della Beata Vergine
>     1. Introitus
>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Concerto for Cello in A, Wq. 172
>     3. Allegro assai
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Keyboard Concerto in F minor, BWV 1056
>     1. Allegro
>Catalani, Alfredo : La Wally
>     Ebben? Ne andrò lontana
>Gershwin, George : An American in Paris
>     Main Title
>Schoenberg, Arnold : Chamber Symphony no 1, Op. 9b
>     4. Tempo primo - Animato poco a poco - Tempo primo - Molto vivace

Album Summary

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Samson et Dalila
>Rossini, Gioachino : William Tell Overture
>Leoncavallo, Ruggero : Pagliacci
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 8 in C minor, Op. 18 'Pathetique'
>Handel, George Frideric : Giulio Cesare in Egitto
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto in G, Op. 3/3, RV 310
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Quartet for Strings in C, K 465 'Dissonance'
>Brahms, Johannes : German Requiem, Op. 45
>Schumann, Robert : Kinderszenen, Op. 15
>Puccini, Giacomo : Gianni Schicchi, opera
>Bartók, Béla : Sonata for solo violin
>Reich, Steve : Triple Quartet
>Chopin, Frédéric : Etude for piano no 12 in C minor ("Revolutionary"), Op. 10/12, CT. 25
>Fauré, Gabriel : Quintet for Piano & Strings no 2, Op. 115
>Berlioz, Hector : Les Troyens, opera, H. 133a
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 2 in C minor 'Resurrection'
>Rossini, Gioachino : La Cenerentola
>Fauré, Gabriel : Requiem
>Dvorak, Antonin : Rusalka
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 5 in A, Op. 18/5
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Il Farnace
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Symphony no 2 in E minor, Op. 27
>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (6), Op. 17
>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in C major, K 72/L 401
>Quantz, Johann Joachim : Caprices
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Violin no 5 in F, Op. 24 'Spring'
>Albéniz, Isaac : Suite
>Schumann, Robert : Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in D minor, Op. 63
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Vespro della Beata Vergine
>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Concerto for Cello in A, Wq. 172
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Keyboard Concerto in F minor, BWV 1056
>Catalani, Alfredo : La Wally
>Gershwin, George : An American in Paris
>Schoenberg, Arnold : Chamber Symphony no 1, Op. 9b
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Following the enormous success of the previous albums in the annual Classical series, Virgin Classics is releasing Classical 2012 in November 2011. With 45 tracks, and over 2½ hours of classical favourites, this double album features the best and most popular names in classical music from the catalogues of both Virgin Classics and EMI Classics, including a number of brand new recordings by exciting young artists. This is an impressive collection of the most commercial and beautiful classical music that will have a wide appeal.



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Works Details

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Samson et Dalila :: Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix
  • Performer: Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Marco Armiliato
  • Running Time: 5 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1859-1877

>Rossini, Gioachino : William Tell Overture :: Extract
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Running Time: 5 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1829

>Leoncavallo, Ruggero : Pagliacci :: Recitar!...Vesti la giubba
  • Performer: Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 8 in C minor, Op. 18 'Pathétique' :: 2. Adagio cantabile
  • Performer: Ingrid Fliter (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1797-1798

>Handel, George Frideric : Giulio Cesare in Egitto :: Piangerò la sorte mia
  • Performer: Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
  • Running Time: 6 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1724

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto in G, Op. 3/3, RV 310 :: 1. Allegro
  • Performer: Alison Balsom (Violin)
  • Conductor: Alison Balsom
  • Ensemble: Scottish Ensemble
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1711

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Quartet for Strings in C, K 465 'Dissonance' :: 3. Menuetto
  • Running Time: 5 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1785

>Brahms, Johannes : German Requiem, Op. 45 :: Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen
  • Conductor: Järvi Paavo
  • Running Time: 5 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1857-1868

>Schumann, Robert : Kinderszenen, Op. 15
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Puccini, Giacomo : Gianni Schicchi, opera :: O mio babbino caro
  • Performer: Maria Callas
  • Conductor: Tullio Serafin
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1918

>Béla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Sonata for solo violin :: 2. Fuga
  • Performer: Vilde Frang (Violin)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1944.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944

>Reich, Steve : Triple Quartet :: Movement 3
  • Ensemble: London Steve Reich Ensemble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1999

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Etude for piano no 12 in C minor ("Revolutionary"), Op. 10/12, CT. 25
  • Performer: Yundi Li (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1830-1832
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Quintet for Piano & Strings no 2, Op. 115 :: 2. Allegro vivo
  • Performer: Nicholas Angelich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1919-1921

>Berlioz, Hector : Les Troyens, opera, H. 133a :: Ah! Je vais mourir...Adieu, fière cité
  • Performer: Véronique Gens (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Christophe Rousset
  • Ensemble: Les Talens Lyriques
  • Notes: Composition written: 1858.
  • Running Time: 6 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1858

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 :: Aria
  • Performer: Nicholas Angelich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1741

>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 2 in C minor 'Resurrection' :: 5. Conclusion - Mit Aufschwung, aber nicht eilen
  • Performers: Kate Royal (Voice); Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Running Time: 4 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1888-1894
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Rossini, Gioachino : La Cenerentola :: Nacqui all'affano
  • Performers: Elena Semenova; Pascale Obrecht; Paolo Stupenengo; Nabil Suliman; Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Kazushi Ono
  • Running Time: 7 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1817

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Requiem :: Pie Jesu
  • Performer: Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1887-1900

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Rusalka :: Song to the Moon
  • Performer: Anna Netrebko (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Running Time: 5 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 5 in A, Op. 18/5 :: 2. Menuetto & Trio
  • Notes: Composition written: 1798-1800.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1798-1800

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Il Farnace :: Recordati che sei
  • Performer: Max Cencic (Countertenor)
  • Ensemble: I Barocchisti
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 02/10/1727

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Symphony no 2 in E minor, Op. 27 :: 2. Adagio. Extract
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Running Time: 8 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1906-1907
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (6), Op. 17
  • Performer: Diana Damrau (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Christian Thielemann
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1885-1887

>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in C major, K 72/L 401
  • Performer: Alexandre Tharaud (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Quantz, Johann Joachim : Caprices :: Capriccio
  • Performer: Emmanuel Pahud (Flute)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Violin no 5 in F, Op. 24 'Spring' :: 4. Rondo
  • Performers: Renaud Capuçon (Violin); Frank Braley (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1800-1801

>Isaac Albéniz (Composer) (1860 - 1909) : Suite :: Aragón
  • Performer: Xue Yang (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Eiji Oue
  • Running Time: 5 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Schumann, Robert : Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in D minor, Op. 63 :: 2. Lebhaft, doch nicht zu rasch
  • Performers: Christian Tetzlaff (Violin); Tanja Tetzlaff (Cello); Leif Andsnes (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1847

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Vespro della Beata Vergine :: 1. Introitus
  • Performers: Christina Pluhar (Theorbo); Fernando Guimaraes
  • Ensemble: L'Arpeggiata
  • Running Time: 2 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1610

>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Concerto for Cello in A, Wq. 172 :: 3. Allegro assai
  • Performer: Truls Truls Mork (Cello)
  • Ensemble: Les Violons du Roy
  • Running Time: 5 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1753

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Keyboard Concerto in F minor, BWV 1056 :: 1. Allegro
  • Performer: David Fray (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1738

>Catalani, Alfredo : La Wally :: Ebben? Ne andrò lontana
  • Performer: Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Marco Armiliato
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1892

>Gershwin, George : An American in Paris :: Main Title
  • Conductor: John Wilson
  • Notes: Composition written: 1928.
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1928

>Schoenberg, Arnold : Chamber Symphony no 1, Op. 9b :: 4. Tempo primo - Animato poco a poco - Tempo primo - Molto vivace
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1906