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100 Best Classics - Various composers / Martha Argerich; Hélène Grimaud; Anne-Sophie Mutter; Daniel Barenboim; Maria-João Pires; Maria Callas; Natalie Dessay; Angela Gheorghiu; and many more [6 CDs]

Notes & Reviews:

The new version of the 100 Best Classics updates the set of 6 CDs with even more great artists including Philippe Jarouossky, Helene Grimaud, Natalie Dessay, Nicholas Harnoncourt and Alexandre Tharaud. This well established series continues to offer a great value for both casual and serious classical music lovers.


Works:

Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67: 1st movement, Allegro con brio by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Period: Classical
Written: 1807-1808; Vienna, Austria

Boléro: Excerpt(s) by Maurice Ravel
Conductor: Kent Nagano
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1928; France

Solomon, HWV 67: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba by George Frideric Handel
Conductor: Sir Thomas Beecham
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1749; London, England

Concerto for Violin in E major, Op. 8 no 1/RV 269 "Primavera": 1st movement, Allegro by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Conductor: Alberto Lysy
Orchestra/Ensemble: Camerata Lysy
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1725; Venice, Italy

Symphony no 9 in E minor, Op. 95/B 178 "From the New World": 4th movement, Allegro con fuoco by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor: Carlo Maria Giulini
Period: Romantic
Written: 1893; USA

Concerto for Horn no 4 in E flat major, K 495: 3rd movement, Rondo by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Barry Tuckwell (French Horn)
Period: Classical
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria

Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral": 4th movement, Finale - Ode to Joyby Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor: Simon Rattle
Period: Classical
Written: 1822-1824; Vienna, Austria

1812 Overture, Op. 49 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor: Mariss Jansons
Period: Romantic
Written: 1880; Russia

Concerto for Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 30: 1st movement, Allegro ma non tantoby Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Mikhail Rudy (Piano)
Conductor: Mariss Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1909; Russia

Carmina burana: no 1, O fortuna by Carl Orff
Conductor: Riccardo Muti
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1936; Germany

Finlandia, Op. 26 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor: Paavo Berglund
Period: Romantic
Written: Finland

The Planets, Op. 32/H 125: Jupiter - Excerpt(s) by Gustav Holst
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Post-Romantic
Written: 1914-1916; United Kingdom

Romeo and Juliet Suite no 2, Op. 64b: Montagues and Capulets by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor: Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1936; Paris, France

Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1: [Excerpt] by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Choral Society
Period: Post-Romantic
Written: 1901; England

Suite in D major: Prince of Denmark's March "Trumpet Voluntary" by Jeremiah Clarke
Conductor: Maurice André
Period: Baroque
Written: England

Aida: Grand March by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor: Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus, New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1871; Italy

Radetzky March, Op. 228 by Johann Strauss Sr.
Conductor: Willi Boskovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Johann Strauss Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1848; Vienna, Austria

Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 no 2 "Moonlight": 1st movement, Adagio sostenuto by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria

Concerto for Flute and Harp in C major, K 299 (297c): 2nd movement, Andantinoby Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Jean-Pierre Rampal (Flute)
Period: Classical
Written: 1778; Paris, France

Peer Gynt, Op. 23: Morning by Edvard Grieg
Conductor: Paavo Järvi
Period: Romantic
Written: 1874-1875; Norway

Adagio for Strings, Op. 11 by Samuel Barber
Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1936; Rome, Italy

Concierto de Arajuez: Adagio by Joaquin Rodrigo
Performer: Julian Bream (Guitar)
Conductor: Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: Modern
Written: 1939; Spain

Symphony no 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral": 1st movement, Allegro ma non troppo by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor: André Cluytens
Period: Classical
Written: 1808; Vienna, Austria

Concerto for Piano no 21 in C major, K 467 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Christian Zacharias (Piano)
Conductor: David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria

Suite for Orchestra no 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor: Sir Neville Marriner
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1729-1731; Leipzig, Germany

Suite for Harpsichord in D minor, HWV 437: no 4, Sarabande with Variationsby George Frideric Handel
Performer: Alexander Briger (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1733; London, England

Canon and Gigue for 3 Violins and Basso Continuo in D major by Johann Pachelbel
Conductor: Sir Neville Marriner
Period: Baroque
Written: Germany

Adagio for Organ and Strings in G minor by Tomaso Albinoni
Conductor: Sir Neville Marriner
Period: Baroque
Written: Venice, Italy

Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor, BWV 1043: 2nd movement, Largo ma non tantoby Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Anne-Sophie Mutter (Violin)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany

Concerto for Clarinet in A major, K 622: 2nd movement, Adagio by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Sabine Meyer (Clarinet)
Period: Classical
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria

Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92: 2nd movement, Allegretto - Excerpt(s)by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor: Kurt Sanderling
Period: Classical
Written: 1811-1812; Vienna, Austria

Variations on an Original Theme, "Enigma", Op. 36: Adagio (Nimrod) by Sir Edward Elgar
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1898-1899; England

Symphony no 5 in C sharp minor: 4th movement, Adagietto by Gustav Mahler
Orchestra/Ensemble: New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1901-1902; Vienna, Austria

Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: no 8, Waltz of the Flowers by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor: André Previn
Period: Romantic
Written: 1892; Russia

Concerto for Violin in E minor, Op. 64: 2nd movement, Andante - Excerpt(s)by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer: Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Period: Romantic
Written: 09/16/1844; Germany

Concerto for Piano no 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 "Emperor": 1st movement, Allegro - Excerpt(s) by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Emil Gilels (Piano)
Conductor: George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria

Concerto for Piano no 1 in E minor, B 53/Op. 11: 2nd movement, Romanzeby Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1830; Poland

Carnival of the animals: no 13, The swan by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer: Renaud Capuçon (Violin)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1886; France

Thaïs: Meditation by Jules Massenet
Performer: Renaud Capuçon (Violin)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1894; France

Concerto for Violin in F minor, Op. 8 no 4/RV 297 "L'inverno": 2nd movement, Largo by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer: Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy

Orfeo ed Euridice: Dance of the Blessed Spirits by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer: Renaud Capuçon (Violin)
Period: Classical
Written: 1762/1774; Vienna, Austria

Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66: Waltz by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1890; Russia

Scheherazade, Op. 35: 2nd movement, The Kalender Prince - Excerpt(s) by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor: Riccardo Muti
Period: Romantic
Written: 1888; Russia

Fantasia on Greensleeves by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble: Sinfonia of London
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1934; England

Schindler's List: Theme by John Towner Williams
Performer: Tasmin Little (Violin)

Swan Lake, Op. 20: Act 2 - Scène by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer: André Previn (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1875-1876; Russia

Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor, BWV 1043: 2nd movement, Largo ma non tantoby Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Anne-Sophie Mutter (Violin)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany

Waltzes (2) for Piano, Op. 69: no 1 in A flat major, B 95 "L'adieu" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Samson François (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1835; Paris, France

Symphony no 3 in F major, Op. 90: 3rd movement, Poco allegretto by Johannes Brahms
Conductor: Simon Rattle
Period: Romantic
Written: 1883; Austria

An der schönen, blauen Donau, Op. 314 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor: Willi Boskovsky
Period: Romantic
Written: 1867; Vienna, Austria

Norma: Casta diva by Vincenzo Bellini
Conductor: Tullio Serafin
Period: Romantic
Written: 1831; Italy

Tosca: Vissi d'arte, vissi d'amore by Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1900; Italy

Gianni Schicchi: O mio babbino caro by Giacomo Puccini
Conductor: Antonio Pappano
Period: Romantic
Written: 1918; Italy

Nabucco: Va, pensiero by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor: Riccardo Muti
Period: Romantic
Written: 1842; Italy

Turandot: Nessun dorma! by Giacomo Puccini
Conductor: Alain Lombard
Period: Romantic
Written: 1926; Italy

The Tales of Hoffmann: Barcarolle: Belle nuit, ô nuit d'amour (Beautiful night, night of love) by Jacques Offenbach
Conductor: Sylvain Cambreling
Period: Romantic
Written: France

Rusalka, Op. 114/B 203: O moon high up "Song to the moon" by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor: Stefan Soltesz
Period: Romantic
Written: 1900; Bohemia

Lakmé: Viens, Mallikà...Sous le dôme épais "Flower Duet" by Léo Delibes
Performer: Mady Mesplé (Soprano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1883; France

Don Giovanni, K 527: Là ci darem la mano by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Period: Classical
Written: 1787

Die Zauberflöte K 620: Der Hölle Rache by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1791; Austria

Die lustige Witwe: Lippen schweigen by Franz Lehár
Performer: Diana Damrau (Soprano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1905; Vienna, Austria

Carmen: L'amour est enfant de bohème by Georges Bizet
Conductor: Sir Thomas Beecham
Period: Romantic
Written: 1873-1874; France

Serse, HWV 40: Ombra mai fu "Largo" by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Jennifer Larmore (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1738; London, England

Orfeo ed Euridice: Che farò senza Euridice? by Christoph W. Gluck
Conductor: Riccardo Muti
Period: Classical
Written: 1762/1774; Vienna, Austria

Ellens Gesang III, D 839/Op. 52 no 6 "Ave Maria" by Franz Schubert
Performer: Barbara Bonney (Soprano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria

Peer Gynt Suite No. 2: Solveig's Song by Edvard Grieg
Conductor: Paavo Järvi
Period: Romantic
Written: 1874-1875; Norway

Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18: 1st movement, Moderato by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1900-1901; Russia

Nocturne for Piano in C sharp minor, B 49 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1830; Poland

Bagatelle for Piano in A minor, WoO 59 "Für Elise" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Francois-René Duchable (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1808; Vienna, Austria

Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 899/Op. 90: no 3 in G flat major by Franz Schubert
Performer: Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria

Préludes, Book 1: no 8, La fille aux cheveux de lin by Claude Debussy
Performer: Samson François (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1909-1910; France

Concerto for Harpsichord in F minor, BWV 1056: 2nd movement, Largo-Ariosoby Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: David Fray (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: German Chamber Philharmonic Bremen
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany

Concerto for Piano no 20 in D minor, K 466: 2nd movement, Romanze by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Youri Egorov (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria

Concerto for Piano in G major: 2nd movement, Adagio assai by Maurice Ravel
Performer: Hélène Grimaud (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1929-1931; France

Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 4 in E minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Nikolai Lugansky (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France

Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Theme "Aria" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1741-1742; Nuremberg, Germany

Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 16: 1st movement, Allegro molto moderatoby Edvard Grieg
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1868/1907; Norway

Suite bergamasque: 3rd movement, Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy
Performer: Kun-Woo Paik (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1890/1905; France

Songs without words, vol 6, Op. 67: no 2, Allegro leggiero in F sharp minorby Felix Mendelssohn
Performer: Alexandre Tharaud (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1845; Germany

Kinderszenen, Op. 15: no 7, Träumerei by Robert Schumann
Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1838; Germany

Pictures at an exhibition: no 16, The Great Gate of Kiev by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer: Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1874; Russia

The Seasons, Op. 37 bis: June. Barcarolle by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer: Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1875-1876; Russia

Liebesträume for Piano, S 541: no 3, O Lieb, so lang by Franz Liszt
Performer: Kun-Woo Paik (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: circa 1850; Weimar, Germany

Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147: Jesu bleibet meine Freude "Jesu, joy of man's desiring" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor: Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque
Written: 1723; Leipzig, Germany

Zadok the Priest, HWV 258: Coronation Anthem by George Frideric Handel
Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis
Period: Baroque
Written: 1727; United Kingdom

Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 140: no 1, Wachet auf ruft uns die Stimmeby Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor: Wolfgang Gönnenwein
Period: Baroque
Written: 1731; Leipzig, Germany

Miserere a 9: [Excerpt] by Gregorio Allegri
Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
Period: Baroque
Written: 16th Century

German Mass in F major, D 872: Sanctus "Helig! helig! helig!" by Franz Schubert
Conductor: Wolfgang Sawallisch
Period: Romantic
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria

Requiem, Op. 48: Pie Jesu by Gabriel Fauré
Performer: Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1888 rev 1893; France

Requiem, Op. 48: In paradisum by Gabriel Fauré
Conductor: Paavo Järvi
Period: Romantic
Written: 1887-1890; France

Mass in B minor, BWV 232: Sanctus by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor: Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Chorus
Period: Baroque
Written: 1747-1749; Leipzig, Germany

Vesperae solennes de confessore, K 339: Laudate Dominum by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor: Eugen Jochum
Period: Classical
Written: 1780; Salzburg, Austria

Cantique de Jean Racine, Op. 11 by Gabriel Fauré
Conductor: Paavo Järvi
Period: Romantic
Written: 1865; France

Ave verum corpus in D major, K 618 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
Period: Classical
Written: 1791; Austria

Messa Di Requiem: "Ingemisco" by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Ildar Abdrazakov (Bass)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1874; Italy

Messiah, HWV 56: I know that my redeemer liveth by George Frideric Handel
Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
Period: Baroque
Written: 1742; London, England

L'enfance du Christ, Op. 25: L'adieu des bergers by Hector Berlioz
Conductor: André Cluytens
Period: Romantic
Written: 1850-1854; France

The Creation, H 21 no 2: The heavens are telling by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer: Heather Harper (Soprano), Robert Tear (Tenor), John Shirley-Quirk (Baritone)
Conductor: Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Classical
Written: 1796-1798; Vienna, Austria

Requiem in D minor, K 626: Lacrymosa by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor: Carlo Maria Giulini
Period: Classical
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria

Messiah, HWV 56: Hallelujah! by George Frideric Handel
Conductor: Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra, Ambrosian Singers
Period: Baroque
Written: 1742; London, England





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