50 Best Chamber Music [3 CDs]

Notes & Reviews:

50 Best is a series of 3-CD sets which feature genres of music ranging from symphonies, concertos, and solo instrumental works to chamber music, songs, and operas. This next installment of five releases features everything from the greatest American Classics to a collection of Wagner's greatest works.


Works:

composers

A Claude Debussy, Olivier Messiaen, Sergey Prokofiev, Maurice Ravel, Camille Saint-Saens, Dmitri Shostakovich, Sergei Rachmaninov, Johannes Brahms, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Antonio Vivaldi, Johann Pachelbel, Franz Schubert, Bedrich Smetana, Robert Schumann, Johann Sebastian Bach, Antonín Dvorák, George Frideric Handel, Joseph Haydn, Henry Purcell, Felix Mendelssohn, Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky, Gabriel Fauré, Frédéric Franciszek Chopin, Arnold Schoenberg, Peter Iljitsch Tschaikowsky , Andrea Gabrieli, Luigi Boccherini, Georg Philipp Telemann

Disc 1

01 Canon and Gigue in D - Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott

02 II. Rondeau (Abdelazer, or The Moor’s Revenge Z.570 No. 2): A Suite of Theatre Music - Andrew Parrott/Taverner Players

03 II. Largo: Concerto No. 4 in F minor Op. 8 No. 4 RV 297, ‘L’inverno’ from ‘I quattri stagioni’ - Fabio Biondi/Europa Galante

04 II. Siciliano: Flute Sonata in E Flat, BWV 1031 (1992 - Remaster) - Michel Debost/Lionel Rogg

05 I.[Allegro]: 6 Trio Sonatas BWV 525 -530, Sonata No.1 in B Flat Major, BWV 525 - Musica Pacifica

06 I. [Prelude] - Adagio ma non tanto: Sonata in E minor for violin and basso continuo BWV1023 - John Holloway/Susan Sheppard/Davitt Moroney

07 VI. Allegro: Musique de table ‘Tafelmusik’ (2001 Digital Remaster), Solo Sonata in G minor (oboe & strings) - Han de Vries/Alma Musica Amsterdam /Bob van Aspere

08 Ricercare del duodecimo tuono a 4 (Madrigali et ricercari, 1589) (1989 - Remaster) - Brass Ensemble/Denis Stevens

09 Sonata in G, HWV 358 - Hiro Kurosaki/William Christie

10 Minuetto in A: String Quintet in E major Op. 11 No. 5 (G275) - Fabio Biondi/Europa Galante

11 II. Theme and Variations I & II: String Quartet in C “Emperor” Op.76 No.3 - Alban Berg Quartett

12 VII. Largo (extract): The Seven Last Words from the Cross - Cherubini Quartet

13 I. Allegro vivace assai (extract): String Quartet No.17 in B flat “Hunt” K458 - Alban Berg Quartett

14 I. Allegro apero (extract): Flute Quartet No.1 in D K285 - Emmanuel Pahud/Christoph Poppen/Hariolf Schlichtig

15 I. Allegro: Quintett für Klarinette, 2 Violinen, Viola und Violoncello A-dur KV 581 - Sabine Meyer/Wiener Streichsextett

16 ADAGIO: Serenade in B flat major K361 ‘Gran Partita’ - Berliner Philharmonisches Bläserensemble

17 I. Allegro moderato (extract): Piano Trio No.7 in B flat Op.97 “Archduke” - Chung Trio

18 I. Allegro (extract): Violin Sonata No.5 in F, Op.24 ‘Spring’ (1999 - Remaster) - Pinchas Zukerman/Daniel Barenboim

19 III. Tempo di Menuetto & Trio: Septet in E flat major Op. 20 - Nash Ensemble

Disc 2

01 II. Largo assai ed espressivo: Piano Trio No.5 in D Op.70 No.1 “Ghost” - Kyung-Wha Chung/Myung-Wha Chung/Myung-Whun Chung

02 I. Adagio sostenuto - Presto (extract): Violin Sonata No.9 in A. Op.47 ‘Kreutzer’ (1999 - Remaster) - Pinchas Zukerman/Daniel Barenboim

03 II. Andante: String Quartet No. 13 in A minor, D.804 ‘Rosamunde’ - Alban Berg Quartett

04 I. Allegro moderato (extract): Arpeggione Sonata in A minor - Natalie Clein/Charles Owen

05 II. Theme (Andante con moto) & Var. I (extract): String Quartet No.14 in D minor “Death & the Maiden” - Alban Berg Quartett

06 IV. Tema (Andantino) con variazioni 1-6: Piano Quintet in A Major, D.667 ‘The Trout’ - Alban Berg Quartett/Elisabeth Leonskaja/Georg Hört

07 Fantasiestücke Op. 73 - Michel Portal/Mikhail Rudy

08 III. Scherzo (Molto vivace) and Trios I & II: Piano Quintet in E Flat Major, Op.44 - Martha Argerich/Dora Schwarzberg/Lucy Hall/Nobuko

09 III. Largo: Cello Sonata in G minor Op. 65 (1989 - Remaster) - Paul Tortelier/Aldo Ciccolini

10 Canzonetta - Allegretto: String Quartet No. 1 in E flat Op. 12 - Alban Berg Quartett

11 III. Scherzo (Allegro leggierissimo): Octet in E flat major Op. 20 - Hausmusik

12 I. Allegro (extract): String Quartet No.1 in C minor Op.51 No.1 - Britten Quartet

13 III. Andantino - Presto non assai, ma con sentimento: Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115 - Sabine Meyer/Wiener Streichsextett

14 I. Lento maestoso - Allegro: Piano Trio No. 4 in E minor, ‘Dumky’ B166 (Op. 90) - Nash Ensemble

Disc 3

01 II. Tema con variazioni 1-7 (extract): Piano Trio in A Minor, Op.50 - Kyung-Wha Chung/Myung-Wha Chung/Myung-Whun Chung

02 Andante Cantabile: String Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Op 11 - St Lawrence String Quartet

03 II. Adagio cantabile e con moto (extract): Souvenir de Florence Op.70 - Sarah Chang/Bernhard Hartog/Wolfram Christ/Tanja C

04 Romance Op.6, No.1 - Kyung-Wha Chung/Itamar Golan

05 II. Allegro moderato à la Polka: String Quartet No. 1 in E Minor, “From my life” - Alban Berg Quartett

06 II. Assez vif: très rythmé: String Quartet in F - Belcea Quartet

07 Pièce en forme de habanera - Tasmin Little/John Lenehan

08 II. Pantoum: Assez vif: Piano Trio - Renaud Capuçon/Gautier Capuçon/Frank Braley

09 Berceuse Op. 16 - Sarah Chang/Charles Abramovic

10 IV. Gavotte et Final: allegro non troppo: Septet in E flat Op. 65 - Nash Ensemble

11 The Swan: The Carnival of the Animals (1995 - Remaster) - Jacqueline du Pré/Osian Ellis

12 Assez vif et bien rythmé: String Quartet in G Minor, Op.10 - Belcea Quartet

13 Verklärte Nacht, Op.4 (extract) - Artemis Quartet/Thomas Kakuska/Valentin Erben

14 Andante: Flute Sonata No. 2 in D, Op.94 - Emmanuel Pahud/Stephen Kovacevich

15 Liturgie de cristal: Quatuor pour la fin du temps, ‘Quartet for the End of Time’ - Christoph Poppen/Manuel Fischer-Dieskau/Wolfgang M

16 III. Scherzo: Allegretto: Quintet for Piano and Strings in G minor Op. 57 (1993 - Remaster) - Nash Ensemble





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