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Essential Encores - Over 2 hours of great classical showpieces

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>Bazzini, Antonio : La ronde des lutins, Op. 25
>Paganini, Niccolò : Caprices (24) for Violin solo, Op. 1
>Kreisler, Fritz : La Gitana
>Massenet, Jules : Méditation, for violin & orchestra (or other arrangement) (from opera "Thaïs")
>Khachaturian, Aram : Gayaneh
>     Sabre dance
>Brahms, Johannes : Hungarian Dance for piano, 4 hands, in G minor, WoO 1/5
>Chopin, Frédéric : Waltz for Piano in E flat major, B 62/Op. 18 "Grande valse brillante"
>Liszt, Franz : La Campanella II, etude for piano in G sharp minor (Grand Paganini Étude no 3), S. 141/3 (LW A173/3
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben" BWV 147
>     Jesu, Joy of man's desiring
>Chopin, Frédéric : Fantasy-Impromptu for piano in C sharp minor, Op. 66, CT. 46
>Schumann, Robert : Kinderszenen no 7 ("Träumerei"), for piano, Op. 15/7
>Debussy, Claude : Children's Corner
>Falla, Manuel de : El amor brujo
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Carnival of the animals
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orchestral Suite no 2, BWV 1067
>     Badinerie
>Goedicke, Alexander : Concert Etude for Trumpet and Piano, Op 49
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Chôros no 1, for guitar, "Tipico brasileiro", A. 161
>Poulenc, Francis : Sonata for flute and piano
>     3. Presto giocoso
>Abbott, Alan : Alla caccia for Horn and Piano
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Chôros no 2, for flute & clarinet, A. 197
>Widor, Charles-Marie : Fifth Symphony
>Glinka, Mikhail : Ruslan and Ludmila
>     Overture
>Smetana, Bedrich : The Bartered Bride
>     Dance of the comedians
>Chabrier, Emmanuel : Joyeuse marche (Marche française), for orchestra or piano, 4 hands
>Dvorak, Antonin : Slavonic Dances (8) for Orchestra, Op. 72/B 147
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Festive Overture, Op. 96
>Chabrier, Emmanuel : España, rhapsody for orchestra, also arranged for 2 pianos
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Tahiti Trot, Op. 16 "Tea for Two"
>Berlioz, Hector : La damnation de Faust, Op. 24
>     Marche hongroise
>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Leichtes Blut, Op. 319
>Delibes, Léo : Les Filles de Cadiz "Chanson Espagnole"
>Valverd, Joaquín "Quinito" : Clavelitos!, for voice & piano
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Danse macabre
>     [Excerpt]
>Traditional, English : Sweet Polly Oliver, folk song
>Rossini, Gioachino : La danza. Tarantella Napolitana ("Già la luna è in mezzo al mare"), for voice & piano
>Schubert, Franz : An Sylvia
>Schubert, Franz : Ständchen ("Horch, horch, die Lerche"), song for voice & piano, D. 889
>Rossini, Gioachino : Duetto buffo di due gatti (cat duet)
>Giménez, Jerónimo : La tarántula é un bicho mú malo
>     Zapateado
>Curtis, Ernesto De : Tu ca nun chiagne
>Grigoriu, George : Valurile Dunarii (Waves of the Danube), operetta
>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata
>     Libiamo, ne'lieti calici

Album Summary

>Bazzini, Antonio : La ronde des lutins, Op. 25
>Paganini, Niccolò : Caprices (24) for Violin solo, Op. 1
>Kreisler, Fritz : La Gitana
>Massenet, Jules : Méditation, for violin & orchestra (or other arrangement) (from opera "Thaïs")
>Khachaturian, Aram : Gayaneh
>Brahms, Johannes : Hungarian Dance for piano, 4 hands, in G minor, WoO 1/5
>Chopin, Frédéric : Waltz for Piano in E flat major, B 62/Op. 18 "Grande valse brillante"
>Liszt, Franz : La Campanella II, etude for piano in G sharp minor (Grand Paganini Étude no 3), S. 141/3 (LW A173/3
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben" BWV 147
>Chopin, Frédéric : Fantasy-Impromptu for piano in C sharp minor, Op. 66, CT. 46
>Schumann, Robert : Kinderszenen no 7 ("Träumerei"), for piano, Op. 15/7
>Debussy, Claude : Children's Corner
>Falla, Manuel de : El amor brujo
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Carnival of the animals
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orchestral Suite no 2, BWV 1067
>Goedicke, Alexander : Concert Etude for Trumpet and Piano, Op 49
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Chôros no 1, for guitar, "Tipico brasileiro", A. 161
>Poulenc, Francis : Sonata for flute and piano
>Abbott, Alan : Alla caccia for Horn and Piano
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Chôros no 2, for flute & clarinet, A. 197
>Widor, Charles-Marie : Fifth Symphony
>Glinka, Mikhail : Ruslan and Ludmila
>Smetana, Bedrich : The Bartered Bride
>Chabrier, Emmanuel : Joyeuse marche (Marche française), for orchestra or piano, 4 hands
>Dvorak, Antonin : Slavonic Dances (8) for Orchestra, Op. 72/B 147
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Festive Overture, Op. 96
>Chabrier, Emmanuel : España, rhapsody for orchestra, also arranged for 2 pianos
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Tahiti Trot, Op. 16 "Tea for Two"
>Berlioz, Hector : La damnation de Faust, Op. 24
>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Leichtes Blut, Op. 319
>Delibes, Léo : Les Filles de Cadiz "Chanson Espagnole"
>Valverd, Joaquín "Quinito" : Clavelitos!, for voice & piano
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Danse macabre
>Traditional, English : Sweet Polly Oliver, folk song
>Rossini, Gioachino : La danza. Tarantella Napolitana ("Già la luna è in mezzo al mare"), for voice & piano
>Schubert, Franz : An Sylvia
>Schubert, Franz : Ständchen ("Horch, horch, die Lerche"), song for voice & piano, D. 889
>Rossini, Gioachino : Duetto buffo di due gatti (cat duet)
>Giménez, Jerónimo : La tarántula é un bicho mú malo
>Curtis, Ernesto De : Tu ca nun chiagne
>Grigoriu, George : Valurile Dunarii (Waves of the Danube), operetta
>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Essential Classics is a series of 2-CD sets drawn from the catalogs of EMI Classics and Virgin Classics. Presenting the bestloved and most popular works by the great composers, this series showcases world celebrated performances of these timeless classics, performed by the world's leading artists. This latest batch of the series is composed of a selection of Benjamin Britten's most popular and successful works, 38 pieces from the finest films of all time, favorite encores for solo instruments, orchestra and voice, popular works by famous British composers, and a cornucopia of many of the best-known carols. The series provides a great introduction to classical music and will appeal to those who are seeking the most familiar classical pieces that have been heard in the popular media such as major films and TV commercials.



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Works Details

>Bazzini, Antonio : La ronde des lutins, Op. 25
  • Performers: Vag Papian (Piano); Maxim Vengerov (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Virtuosi
  • Running Time: 5 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1852
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Paganini, Niccolò : Caprices (24) for Violin solo, Op. 1
  • Performer: Michael Rabin (Violin)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1817

>Kreisler, Fritz : La Gitana
  • Performers: John Lenehan (Piano); Tasmin Little (Violin)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: by 05/1919

>Massenet, Jules : Méditation, for violin & orchestra (or other arrangement) (from opera "Thaïs")
  • Performers: Itamar Golan (Piano); Kyung-Wha Chung (Violin)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Khachaturian, Aram : Gayaneh :: Sabre dance
  • Performers: Pavel Gililov (Piano); Dmitry Sitkovetsky (Violin)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1941-42.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1941-1942

>Brahms, Johannes : Hungarian Dance for piano, 4 hands, in G minor, WoO 1/5
  • Performers: Piers Lane (Piano); Tasmin Little (Violin)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1858-1868

>Chopin, Frédéric : Waltz for Piano in E flat major, B 62/Op. 18 "Grande valse brillante"
  • Performer: Dmitri Alexeev (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1831-1832

>Liszt, Franz : La Campanella II, etude for piano in G sharp minor (Grand Paganini Étude no 3), S. 141/3 (LW A173/3
  • Performer: John Ogdon (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1851

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben" BWV 147 :: Jesu, Joy of man's desiring
  • Performer: Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 07/02/1723

>Chopin, Frédéric : Fantasy-Impromptu for piano in C sharp minor, Op. 66, CT. 46
  • Performer: Daniel Adni (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1834

>Schumann, Robert : Kinderszenen no 7 ("Träumerei"), for piano, Op. 15/7
  • Performer: Moura Lympany (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838

>Debussy, Claude : Children's Corner
  • Performer: Moura Lympany (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1906-1908

>Falla, Manuel de : El amor brujo
  • Performer: Moura Lympany (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Carnival of the animals
  • Ensemble: Nash Ensemble
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orchestral Suite no 2, BWV 1067 :: Badinerie
  • Performer: Alison Balsom (Trumpet)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1738-1739

>Goedicke, Alexander : Concert Etude for Trumpet and Piano, Op 49
  • Performers: Wolfgang Sawallisch (Piano); Ole Antonsen (Trumpet)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1948

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Chôros no 1, for guitar, "Tipico brasileiro", A. 161
  • Performer: Manuel Barrueco (Guitar)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1920.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1920

>Poulenc, Francis : Sonata for flute and piano :: 3. Presto giocoso
  • Performers: Emmanuel Pahud (Flute); Eric Le Sage (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1956-1957

>Abbott, Alan : Alla caccia for Horn and Piano
  • Performers: Philip Fowke (Piano); Michael Thompson (Horn)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Chôros no 2, for flute & clarinet, A. 197
  • Performers: Emmanuel Pahud (Flute); Paul Meyer (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1924

>Widor, Charles-Marie : Fifth Symphony
  • Performer: Wayne Marshall [Piano/Organ] (Organ)
  • Running Time: 5 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1880

>Glinka, Mikhail : Ruslan and Ludmila :: Overture
  • Conductor: Wolfgang Sawallisch
  • Running Time: 5 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1837-1842

>Smetana, Bedrich : The Bartered Bride :: Dance of the comedians
  • Conductor: Rudolf Kempe
  • Running Time: 4 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1863-1870

>Chabrier, Emmanuel : Joyeuse marche (Marche française), for orchestra or piano, 4 hands
  • Conductor: Thomas Beecham
  • Running Time: 3 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1888

>Dvorak, Antonin : Slavonic Dances (8) for Orchestra, Op. 72/B 147
  • Conductor: Mariss Jansons
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Festive Overture, Op. 96
  • Conductor: Andrew Litton
  • Notes: Composition written: 1954.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1954

>Chabrier, Emmanuel : España, rhapsody for orchestra, also arranged for 2 pianos
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Notes: Composition written: 1883.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1883

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Tahiti Trot, Op. 16 "Tea for Two"
  • Conductor: Paavo Järvi
  • Notes: Composition written: 1928.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1928

>Berlioz, Hector : La damnation de Faust, Op. 24 :: Marche hongroise
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 11/1845-10/1846

>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Leichtes Blut, Op. 319
  • Conductor: Rudolf Kempe
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1867

>Delibes, Léo : Les Filles de Cadiz "Chanson Espagnole"
  • Performers: Michel Dalberto (Piano); Barbara Hendricks
  • Notes: Composition written: 1874.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1874

>Valverd, Joaquín "Quinito" : Clavelitos!, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Gerald Moore (Piano); Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1911

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Danse macabre :: [Excerpt]
  • Performers: José Van Dam; Jean-Phillipe Collard (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1874

>Traditional, English : Sweet Polly Oliver, folk song
  • Performers: Sarah Brightman (Soprano); Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Form: Vocal

>Rossini, Gioachino : La danza. Tarantella Napolitana ("Già la luna è in mezzo al mare"), for voice & piano
  • Performers: Martin Katz (Piano); Lawrence Brownlee (Tenor)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1830-1835

>Schubert, Franz : An Sylvia
  • Performers: Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano); Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1826

>Schubert, Franz : Ständchen ("Horch, horch, die Lerche"), song for voice & piano, D. 889
  • Performers: Leif Andsnes (Piano); Ian Bostridge (Tenor)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 07/1826

>Rossini, Gioachino : Duetto buffo di due gatti (cat duet)
  • Performers: Felicity Lott; Ann Murray (Mezzo Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1816

>Giménez, Jerónimo : La tarántula é un bicho mú malo :: Zapateado
  • Performers: Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano); Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Curtis, Ernesto De : Tu ca nun chiagne
  • Performer: Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Asher Fisch
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1915
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Grigoriu, George : Valurile Dunarii (Waves of the Danube), operetta
  • Performer: Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Asher Fisch
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata :: Libiamo, ne'lieti calici
  • Performers: Placido Domingo; Cheryl Studer (Soprano)
  • Conductor: John Barker
  • Notes: Composition written: 1853.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853
  • Studio/Live: Live