100 Best Romantic Piano Classics

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This 6-CD set contains 100 tracks of romantic piano music from the catalogues of EMI Classics and Virgin Classics performed by some of the world's finest pianists. The works range from well-loved gems of the classical repertoire by Beethoven, Brahms and Chopin to compositions by more modern composers like Lennon and McCartney and Michael Nyman. Each of the six CDs creates an enjoyable listening experience individually, or together as an attractive collection of well-known romantic piano works.

At a spectacular value and an amazingly low price, the 100 Best Series offers an impressive assortment of well-known and beloved classical repertoire ranging from symphonies and solo instrumental works to chamber music and operas. Five exhilarating new additions join the 100 Best series this February.

Disc 1

01 I. Allegro ma non tanto (opening): Piano Concerto No.3 in D minor - Mikhail Rudy/Mariss Jansons/St Petersburg Philharm

02 Variation XVIII (Andante cantabile, a tempo vivace): Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op.43 - Cécile Ousset/City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestr

03 II. Adagio: Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op.16 - Cécile Ousset/London Symphony Orchestra/Sir Nevill

04 No.6 Wedding Day at Troldhaugen (Bryllupsdag på Troldhaugen): Lyric Pieces, Op.65 (Book 8) - Leif Ove Andsnes

05 Liebestraum No. 3 in A Flat (1988 Digital Remaster) - John Ogdon

06 II Romance (excerpt): Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor Op.11 (1988 Digital Remaster) - Garrick Ohlsson/Jerzy Maksymiuk/Polish Radio Natio

07 II. Adagio sostenuto (excerpt): Piano Concerto No.2 in C Minor, Op.18 - Cécile Ousset/Sir Simon Rattle/City of Birmingham

08 II. Andante (excerpt): Piano Concerto No. 21 in C, K.467 ‘Elvira Madigan’ - Stephen Hough/Hallé Orchestra/Bryden Thomson

09 I. Adagio sostenuto (Excerpt): Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op.27 No. 2, ‘‘Moonlight’’ - Dame Moura Lympany

10 II. Adagio un poco mosso from Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat ‘Emperor’ Op. 73 (extract) (1989 Digital Remaster) - Walter Gieseking/Philharmonia Orchestra/Alceo Gall

11 Träumerei (No. 7 of Kinderszenen Op. 15) - Dame Moura Lympany

12 Nocturne No. 2 in E Flat, Op.9 No. 2 (1992 Digital Remaster) - John Ogdon

13 in E ‘Tristesse’ Op. 10/3: 27 Etudes Opp. 10, 25 and posth - Andrei Gavrilov

14 VI. Juin (Barcarolle): The Seasons, Op.37b - Mikhail Pletnev

15 Pavane, Op.50 (orch. version, 1887) (1997 - Remaster) - Gareth Morris/New Philharmonia Orchestra/Sir David

16 Clair de lune: Suite bergamasque - Dame Moura Lympany

17 II. Andante: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F - Dmitri Alexeev/English Chamber Orchestra/Jerzy Mak

Disc 2

01 II. Romanze (excerpt): Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, K.466 (1990 Digital Remaster) - Annie Fischer/Sir Adrian Boult/London Philharmonic

02 II. Largo: Keyboard Concerto in F Minor, BWV 1056 - Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields

03 Choral: Jesu bleibe meine Freude (Jesu, joy of man’s desiring): Cantata No. 147, ‘Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben’ BWV1 - Alexis Weissenberg

04 II. Largo: Piano Concerto No. 1 in C, Op.15 (1996 - Remaster) - Alexis Weissenberg/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert

05 Für Elise - Dame Moura Lympany

06 II. Adagio cantabile: Piano Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, Op.13 ‘Pathétique’ - Stephen Kovacevich

07 Waltz in A Flat Major, Op. 39 No. 15 - Dame Moura Lympany

08 Prelude No. 15 in D Flat ‘Raindrop’ (Sostenuto): Preludes - Dmitri Alexeev

09 Fantaisie-impromptu in C sharp minor Op. 66 (2010 - Remaster) - Daniel Adni

10 Andante grazioso in A Major, Op.62 No. 6 ‘Frühlingslied’: Songs without Words (1996 - Remaster) - Daniel Adni

11 No. 7 in G Flat: 8 Humoresques, Op.101, B.187 - Dame Moura Lympany

12 Quejas o la maja y el ruisenor (Plaintes, ou la jeune fille et le rossignol) (Remasterisé en 2009): Goyescas - Aldo Ciccolini

13 I Granada: Suite Española - Alicia de Larrocha

14 La fille aux cheveux de lin from Préludes Book I - Dame Moura Lympany

15 No.1 Lent: Six Gnossiennes (1889-1897) (2000 Digital Remaster) - Aldo Ciccolini

16 Jeux d’eau à la Villa d’Este: Années de pèlerinage - III, S.163 - François-René Duchâble

17 IV. Allegro animato: Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Major, S.125 - Leif Ove Andsnes/Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra/Dmi

Disc 3

01 Minuet in G, WoO 10 No. 2 - Dame Moura Lympany

02 Intermezzo in E Flat Major: 3 Intermezzi, Op.117 - Nicholas Angelich

03 Var. XI (Con Espressione): Etudes Symphoniques En Forme De Variations En Ut Dièse Mineur Op.13 - Jean Philippe Collard

04 4. Intermezzo: Faschingsschwank aus Wien Op. 26 - Andrei Gavrilov

05 Préambule (100 Best Romantic Piano): Carnaval Op. 9 - Andrei Gavrilov

06 Nocturne in C sharp minor, Op.Posth. - Mikhail Pletnev

07 No. 9 in A flat major Op. 69 No. 1: Waltzes - Dmitri Alexeev

08 Nocturne No.5 in F sharp Op.15 No.2 - Maurizio Pollini

09 Berceuse in D Flat, Op.57 - Peter Donohoe

10 No. 10 in A flat Op. 32 No. 2: Nocturnes (1992 Digital Remaster) - Daniel Adni

11 No. 3 in D Flat Major (Lento placido): 6 Consolations, S.172 - François-René Duchâble

12 Au lac de Wallenstadt (from Années de pèlerinage, 1, la Suisse) - Kun Woo Paik

13 Un sospiro: 3 Concert Studies - François-René Duchâble

14 IV. Notturno: Lyric Pieces, Op.54 - Leif Ove Andsnes

15 To the Spring (An den Frühling): Lyric Pieces, Book 3 Op. 43 (1988 - Remaster) - Daniel Adni

16 X. Octobre (Chant d’automne): The Seasons, Op.37b - Mikhail Pletnev

17 Conclusion: Sonata in B minor - Peter Donohoe

Disc 4

01 F.R. Duchâble) : II Un Bal: Symphonie Fantastique, Transcription Pour Piano De F. Liszt (Révision - François René Duchable

02 Mazurka Op.66 - François René Duchable

03 I Reflets dans l’eau: Images (1ère série) - Jean Philippe Collard

04 La soirée dans Grenade: Estampes - Jean-Bernard Pommier

05 Pavane pour une infante défunte (1997 - Remaster) - Jean-Philippe Collard

06 1. Ondine (Lent): Gaspard de la nuit - Anne Queffélec

07 V. Le jardin féerique: Ma Mère l’oye, cinq pièces enfantines for piano 4 hands (1908/1910) (1989 - Remaster) - Jean-Philippe Collard/Michel Béroff

08 Nocturnes No. 1 in C Major - Kun Woo Paik

09 No. 15 in C Minor ‘Hommage à Edith Piaf’: 15 Improvisations - Kun Woo Paik

10 I. Assez modéré: Mouvements Perpétuels - Kun Woo Paik

11 I: Lent et douloureux: Trois Gymnopédies (1888) - Aldo Ciccolini

12 Nocturne N°8 En Ré Bémol Majeur Op.84 N°8 - Jean Philippe Collard

13 Barcarolle N°6 En Mi Bémol Majeur Op.70 - Jean Philippe Collard

14 Romance sans paroles n°1 en la bémol majeur - Jean Philippe Collard

15 Romance sans paroles n°2 en la mineur - Jean Philippe Collard

16 Romance sans paroles n°3 en la bémol majeur - Jean Philippe Collard

17 I Berceuse: Dolly, six pièces pour piano à quatre mains, Op.56 - Jean Philippe Collard - Bruno Rigutto

Disc 5

01 No. 2 in C: 9 Etudes-tableaux, Op.33 - Leif Ove Andsnes

02 No. 1 in F: Two Melodies Op. 3 - Stephen Hough

03 No. 8 in F Sharp Minor: 24 Preludes, Op.11, Part II - Mikhail Pletnev

04 Prelude Op.17 No.3 in Db major - Gabriela Montero

05 IV. Nocturne in B flat: Miscellanea Op. 16 - Stephen Hough

06 2. Now sleeps the crimson petal (arr. Hough): Three Songs Op. 3 - Stephen Hough

07 The man I love: George Gershwin’s Song-Book - Peter Donohoe

08 Liza (All the clouds’ll roll away): George Gershwin’s Song-Book - Peter Donohoe

09 Improvisation on the theme of the ‘Goldberg’ Variations (2005 - Remaster) - Gabriela Montero

10 Tango - Dame Moura Lympany

11 Cadiz (Cancion): Suite Espagnole - Gonzalo Soriano

12 No. 1 (1921): Cançons i danses (Songs and Dances) (1992 Digital Remaster) - Gonzalo Soriano

13 II. Danza de la moza donosa (Dance of the Delightful Young Girl): Danzas argentinas, Op.2 - Gabriela Montero

14 Danse Espagnole (Extrait De La Vie Brève)/tr. Gustave Samazeuilh - Teresa Llacuna

15 II Cubana: Quatre Pièces Espagnoles - Teresa Llacuna

16 En la Generalife: Noches en los jardines de España (1987 Digital Remaster) - Gonzalo Soriano/Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos/Orchestr

Disc 6

01 I. Moderato: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18 - Jean-Bernard Pommier/Hallé Orchestra/Lawrence Fost

02 Rhapsody in Blue - excerpt (1998 Digital Remaster) - André Previn/London Symphony Orchestra

03 Danza lejana: Noches en los jardines de España (1987 Digital Remaster) - Gonzalo Soriano/Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos/Orchestr

04 Second movement: Fantasia (Devaneio) Allegro moderato: Bachianas brasileiras No. 3 (1998 Digital Remaster) - Cristina Ortiz/New Philharmonia Orchestra/Vladimir

05 Allegretto: Concerto for piano and orchestra, FP 146 - Jean-Bernard Pommier/City of London Sinfonia/Richa

06 II Larghetto: Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra in D minor (1932) - Jean-Bernard Pommier/Anne Queffélec/City of London

07 The Heart Asks Pleasure First - Ahn Trio

08 Six Beatles Impressions [Mvt III] (Michelle - Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

09 The Dream of Olwen (1988 Digital Remaster) - Daniel Adni/Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Kenneth

10 Cornish Rhapsody (1988 Digital Remaster) - Daniel Adni/Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Kenneth

11 Six Beatles Impressions [Mvt VI] (A Hard Day’s Night) - Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

12 Overture - (Richard Rodney Bennett, piano): Murder on the Orient Express - Music from the film (2004 - Remaster) - Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/

13 Warsaw Concerto (1988 Digital Remaster) - Daniel Adni/Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Kenneth

14 Lee Loos - Maksim/Tim Bran/Pete Lockhart/Nabil Kalibi/Royal P

15 Spellbound Concerto (1988 Digital Remaster) - Daniel Adni/Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Kenneth

16 Six Beatles Impressions [Mvt I] (Fool On The Hill) - Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

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