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Orchestral Masterpieces - Shaping the Century, Vol. 1: 1900-1950 / Catherine Malfitano; Bryn Terfel; Anne Sofie von Otter; Ute Lemper; Christiane Oelze; Robert Cohen; Jessye Norman; Dame Janet Baker; and many more [28 CDs]

Notes & Reviews:

Curated by leading musicologist and writer Nigel Simeone, Decca and DG's 20C series is devoted to the compositional high points of the 20th Century, presenting a comprehensive overview of classical music from an often-turbulent era. Volume One is a 28-CD set that features 26 iconic works by 26 composers from 1900-1949 and includes a timeline of musical premieres from that period with repertoire notes by Simeone.

Track List
CD1 Debussy: La Mer
Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Charles Dutoit

CD2-3 Strauss: Salome
Catherine Malfitano, Bryn Terfel, Kenneth Riegel, Hanna Schwarz, Kim Begley • Wiener Philharmoniker, Christoph von Dohnanyi

CD4 Ives: Central Park In The Dark
New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein

CD5 Sibelius: Symphonies No. 3, 6 & 7
Boston Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis

CD6 Mahler: Symphony No. 9
Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado

CD7 Schöenberg: Pierrot Lunaire
Christine Schäfer • Ensemble Intercontemporain, Pierre Boulez

CD8 Stravinsky: Le Sacre Du Printemps
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Vladimir Ashkenazy

CD9 Vaughan Williams: London Symphony
London Philharmonic Orchestra, Roger Norrington

CD10 Berg: Three Orchestral Pieces
Anne Sofie von Otter • Wiener Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado

CD11 Szymanowski: Symphonies No. 2 & 3
Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti • Chantal Juillet, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Charles Dutoit

CD12 Zemlinsky: Lyric Symphony
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly

CD13 Janá ek: Sinfonietta • Taras Bulba • Lachian Dances
Wiener Philharmoniker, Sir Charles Mackerras • London Philharmonic Orchestra, François Huybrechts

CD14 Varèse: Ameriques • Arcana • Deserts • Ionisation
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Boulez

CD15 Weill: Die Dreigroschenoper
Ute Lemper, René Kollo, Milva • RIAS Sinfonietta Berlin, John Mauceri

CD16 Webern: Symphonie Op. 21
Christiane Oelze • Berliner Philharmoniker, Gerald Finley, Pierre Boulez, BBC Singers

CD17 Walton: Symphony No. 1
Robert Cohen • Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Litton)

CD18 Orff: Carmina burana
June Anderson, Philip Creech, Bernd Weikl • Chicago Symphony Orchestra, James Levine • Chicago Symphony Chorus

CD19 Shostakovich: Symphony No.5
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy

CD20 Bartók: Music For Strings, Percussion & Celesta
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti
CD21 Copland: Billy The Kid • El Salon Mexico
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, David Zinman • London Sinfonietta, Oliver Knussen

CD22 Prokofiev: Piano Sonatas Nos.6-8
Vladimir Ashkenazy

CD23 Tippett: A Child Of Our Time
Jessye Norman, Dame Janet Baker, Richard Cassilly, John Shirley-Quirk • BBC Singers • BBC Choral Society • BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis

CD24-25 Britten: Peter Grimes
Sir Peter Pears, Claire Watson • Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden • Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Benjamin Britten

CD26 Cage: Sonatas & Interludes
John Tilbury

CD27 Messiaen: Turangalila-Symphonie
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Takashi Harada • Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly

CD28 Martin: Concerto For Winds
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly


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