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Great Classical Masterpieces: Naxos' Bestselling Recordings 1987-2012 / various artists

Audio Samples

>Copland, Aaron : Fanfare for the common man
>Hildegard of Bingen : O pastor animarum
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Violin in A minor, BWV. 1041
>     1. Allegro
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Requiem in D minor, K. 626
>     Sequence. 1. Dies Irae
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27/2 "Moonlight"
>     1. Adagio sostenuto
>Brahms, Johannes : Hungarian Dance
>     no 1 in G minor
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18
>     2. Adagio sostenuto
>Ravel, Maurice : Valses nobles et sentimentales
>     1. Modéré - Très franc
>Orff, Carl : Carmina Burana
>     O Fortuna
>Gorecki, Henryk M. : 3 Olden Style Pieces
>     Movement 1
>Rodrigo, Joaquín : Concierto de Aranjuez
>     1. Allegro con spirito
>Handel, George Frideric : Water Music
>     Suite no 2 in D major, HWV. 349
>Satie, Erik : Gymnopedie no 1
>     Lent et douloureux
>Vivaldi, Antonio : The Four Seasons
>     Violin Concerto in E major, Op. 8/1, RV. 269
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Serenade no 13 in G major, K. 525 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik'
>     4. Rondo. Allegro
>Fauré, Gabriel : Requiem, Op. 48
>     Sanctus
>Gershwin, George : Concerto for Piano in F major
>     3. Allegro agitato
>Dvorak, Antonin : Symphony no 9 in E minor, Op. 95 'From the New World'
>     4. Allegro con fuoco

Album Summary

>Copland, Aaron : Fanfare for the common man
>Hildegard of Bingen : O pastor animarum
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Violin in A minor, BWV. 1041
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Requiem in D minor, K. 626
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27/2 "Moonlight"
>Brahms, Johannes : Hungarian Dance
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18
>Ravel, Maurice : Valses nobles et sentimentales
>Orff, Carl : Carmina Burana
>Gorecki, Henryk M. : 3 Olden Style Pieces
>Rodrigo, Joaquín : Concierto de Aranjuez
>Handel, George Frideric : Water Music
>Satie, Erik : Gymnopedie no 1
>Vivaldi, Antonio : The Four Seasons
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Serenade no 13 in G major, K. 525 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik'
>Fauré, Gabriel : Requiem, Op. 48
>Gershwin, George : Concerto for Piano in F major
>Dvorak, Antonin : Symphony no 9 in E minor, Op. 95 'From the New World'
Performers Conductors Ensemble
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Composers

Notes & Reviews:

All of these best-selling titles come from the first 10 years of the label and feature our most successful artists. Some are still recording for us, including violinist Takako Nishizaki, the coowner of the Naxos label; Jeno Jandó, who is busy recording Bartók's piano music; Jeremy Summerly and his Oxford Camerata; and Antoni Wit whose new recordings with the Warsaw Philharmonic are among the finest in our catalogue. Norbert Kraft is still active as producer of the Naxos guitar series and much of our chamber music. Although he no longer records for Naxos, Stephen Gunzenhauser is still active as a conductor. Sadly, Zdenek Koler to whom we owe many great recordings with the Slovak Philharmonic passed away a few years ago. Others have retired or disappeared altogether from the musical scene. Therefore, in a way, this compilation is a tribute to all the artists who made the success of Naxos possible in the early days of the label. - Klaus Heymann [Founder of Naxos]



Reviews

1987-2012 Great Classical Masterpieces
With this album, the Naxos CD Company proudly celebrates 25 years (1987-2012) of best-selling albums. All the selections are taken from previously offered CDs that were all, in their time, best-sellers, and some of their earliest albums still outsell more recently marketed CDs.
Of the 18 tracks, four (nos. 1, 9, 14, and 18) are conducted by Maestro Stephen Gunzenhauser, who made many acclaimed recordings for Naxos in their early years but no longer records for them, although he is still very active as conductor of the Lancaster (PA) Symphony Orchestra and the summer-season's annual Endless Mountain Music Festival. The first track, Copland's "Fanfare for the Common Man," is a splendid introduction to this sampler, which no newcomer to Classical music should miss.
Personally, I would have arranged the tracks on this CD in a different order, because, to me, listening to Handel after listening to Rodrigo, or following Satie with Vivaldi, is akin to eating soup after dessert, but this is my only quibble about what is otherwise a splendid CD. The recorded quality of all 18 tracks is fine, although inevitably the overall tonal characteristics of the various ensembles vary from track to track. If you're new to Classical music, be sure to add this CD to your collection!
Ted Wilks
Submitted on 07/15/12 by Ted Wilks 
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Works Details

>Copland, Aaron : Fanfare for the common man
  • Conductor: Stephen Gunzenhauser
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1942

>Hildegard of Bingen : O pastor animarum
  • Conductor: Jeremy Summerly
  • Running Time: 1 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: circa 1140-1179

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Violin in A minor, BWV. 1041 :: 1. Allegro
  • Performer: Takako Nishizaki (Violin)
  • Conductor: Oliver Dohnányi
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1730

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Requiem in D minor, K. 626 :: Sequence. 1. Dies Irae
  • Conductor: Zdenek Kosler
  • Running Time: 1 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1791

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27/2 "Moonlight" :: 1. Adagio sostenuto
  • Performer: Jenö Jandó (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1801

>Brahms, Johannes : Hungarian Dance :: no 1 in G minor
  • Conductor: István Bogár
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18 :: 2. Adagio sostenuto
  • Performer: Jenö Jandó (Piano)
  • Conductor: György Lehel
  • Running Time: 11 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1900-1901

>Ravel, Maurice : Valses nobles et sentimentales :: 1. Modéré - Très franc
  • Conductor: Kenneth Jean
  • Running Time: 1 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1911

>Orff, Carl : Carmina Burana :: O Fortuna
  • Conductor: Stephen Gunzenhauser
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1935-1936

>Henryk Mikolaj Górecki (Composer) (1933 - 2010) : 3 Olden Style Pieces :: Movement 1
  • Conductor: Antoni Wit
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1963

>Joaquín Rodrigo (1901 - 1999) : Concierto de Aranjuez :: 1. Allegro con spirito
  • Performer: Norbert Kraft (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Nicholas Ward
  • Running Time: 6 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1939

>Handel, George Frideric : Water Music :: Suite no 2 in D major, HWV. 349
  • Conductor: Bohdan Warchal
  • Notes: Composition written: 1717.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1717

>Satie, Erik : Gymnopédie no 1 :: Lent et douloureux
  • Performer: Klára Körmendi (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888

>Vivaldi, Antonio : The Four Seasons :: Violin Concerto in E major, Op. 8/1, RV. 269
  • Performer: Takako Nishizaki (Violin)
  • Conductor: Stephen Gunzenhauser
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1725

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Serenade no 13 in G major, K. 525 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik' :: 4. Rondo. Allegro
  • Conductor: Wolfgang Sobotka
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1787

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Requiem, Op. 48 :: Sanctus
  • Conductor: Jeremy Summerly
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1887-1900

>Gershwin, George : Concerto for Piano in F major :: 3. Allegro agitato
  • Performer: Kathryn Selby (Piano)
  • Conductor: Richard Hayman
  • Running Time: 6 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1925

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Symphony no 9 in E minor, Op. 95 'From the New World' :: 4. Allegro con fuoco
  • Conductor: Stephen Gunzenhauser
  • Notes: Composition written: 01/10/1893-05/24/1893.
  • Running Time: 11 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral