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50 Best Classical Composers [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
Anton Bruckner, A Claude Debussy, Edward Elgar, Edvard Grieg, Engelbert Humperdinck, Leos Janacek, Ruggero Leoncavallo, Franz Liszt, Camille Saint-Saens, Hugo Wolf, Richard Wagner, Hector Berlioz, Johannes Brahms, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Antonio Vivaldi, Franz Schubert, Bedrich Smetana, Robert Schumann, Johann Sebastian Bach, Antonín Dvorák, Giuseppe Verdi, Gustav Mahler, Charles Gounod, Georges Bizet, Gaetano Donizetti, Vincenzo Bellini, George Frideric Handel, Giacomo Puccini, Jacques Offenbach, Emile Waldteufel, Nicolo Paganini, Carl Maria Von Weber, Felix Mendelssohn, Johann Strauss II, EDOUARD LALO, Johann Strauss I, Gioachino Rossini, Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky, Isaac Albéniz, Gabriel Fauré, Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky, Frédéric Franciszek Chopin, Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov, Léo Delibes, Alexander Porfir’yevich Borodin, Pablo de Sarasate, Jules Massenet, César Franck, Emmanuel Chabrier

Disc 1:

1

Concerto No. 1 in E major Op. 8 No. 1 RV 269, ‘La primavera’ from ‘I quattroni stgaioni’: I. Allegro

3:00

2

Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068: Air

4:46

3

Harpsichord Suite No. 4 in D minor HWV437: Sarabande

3:23

4

Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major K467.: II. Andante.

7:48

5

Symphony No. 5 in C minor Op. 67: I. Allegro con brio

6:33

6

24 Caprices Op. 1 (2003 Digital Remaster): No.24 in A minor

4:26

7

Der Freischütz: Overture

2:11

8

Guillaume Tell, ‘William Tell’: Overture (extract)

3:31

9

L’Elisir d’amore: Una furtiva lagrima

4:26

10

Le Chant du cygne: Ständchen D957 no.4 (Arrange for Cello & Piano)

4:43

11

Norma, Act I: ‘Casta Diva’

7:03

12

Symphonie fantastique Op. 14: II. Un bal

5:59

13

Radetzky March, Op.228 (1989 - Remaster)

2:51

14

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Op.61 (1843): Scherzo: Allegro vivace

4:26

15

Etude in A Minor, Op.25 No. 4

1:54

16

Davidsbündertänze Op.6, Book I: Frisch

1:01

17

Rêve d’amour en la bémol majeur/in A flat major, Nocturne n°3

4:24


Disc 2:

1

Nabucco, Part 2, Part 3, Scene 2 (Chorus of Hebrew Slaves): Va, pensiero, sull’ali dorate.. (Coro)

5:11

2

Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries (concert version)

4:46

3

Ave Maria (d’après le 1er Prélude du Clavier bien tempéré, de J.S. Bach)

3:18

4

Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Act IV: Belle nuit, ô nuit d’amour (Nicklausse, Giulietta, Chorus)

4:22

5

Prélude, Fugue et Variation (transcr. Harold Bauer) : I Prélude (Remasterisé en 2009)

4:22

6

Symphonie espagnole Op. 21: III. Intermezzo (Allegretto non troppo)

6:02

7

Symphony No. 4 in E Flat ‘Romantic’ (2004 - Remaster): IV. Finale (Bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell)

19:02

8

Má vlast: II. Vltava

11:56

9

An der schönen, blauen Donau - Walzer, Op.314

9:19

10

Prince Igor, Polovtsian Dances: Dance IV

2:05

11

Symphony No. 3 in F major Op. 90: III. Poco allegretto

5:56

12

The Carnival of the Animals - zoological fantasy: The Aquarium

2:40

13

Lakmé - Acte I - Flower Duet : Sous le dôme épais (Lakmé/Mallika) (Remasterisé en 2009)

4:46

14

Amour et printemps - valse

4:06

15

Petite Suite d’Orchestre, Op.22: Galop (Le bal) Presto

1:56


Disc 3:

1

Pictures at an Exhibition: The Great Gate at Kiev

5:07

2

Swan Lake, Op.20 (1988 - Remaster), Act II: 10. Scène

2:47

3

Suite Pastorale (extraite des Pièces pittoresques) : I Idylle

4:38

4

Slavonic Dances, B.83: (Op.46 - Nos. 1-8); B.147 (Op.72 - Nos. 1-8): No. 2 in E Minor: Dumka (Allegretto grazioso), Op.72

6:37

5

Méditation religieuse - Symphonie (from Thaïs)

5:16

6

Peer Gynt (incidental music): No. 13 Morgenstemning/Morning Mood (prelude to Act 4)

4:09

7

The Flight of the Bumble Bee (from “The Tale of Tsar Saltan”)

1:15

8

Zigeunerweisen Op. 20

7:50

9

Requiem pour soli, choeur & orchestre (1893 version): IV Pie Jesu

3:28

10

Hänsel und Gretel: Prelude

7:29

11

V Mlhách: I. Andante

3:38

12

Pomp and Circumstances Marches Nos. 1-5, Op.39: No. 1 in D Major

5:52

13

I Pagliacci, ‘(The) Clowns’, ACT 1: Vesti la giubba

2:56

14

Tosca: E lucevan le stelle

2:47

15

Asturias

6:32

16

Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor: IV. Adagietto. Sehr langsam

9:31

17

Mörike Lieder: Der Gärtner

1:25

18

Children’s Corner: VI. Golliwogg’s Cake Walk

2:39





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