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Essential Encores - Over 2 hours of great classical showpieces

Album Summary

>Bazzini, Antonio : La ronde des lutins, Op. 25
>Paganini, Niccolò : Caprices (24) for Violin solo, Op. 1
>Kreisler, Fritz : La Gitana
>Massenet, Jules : Meditation (from "Thaïs")
>Khachaturian, Aram : Gayaneh
>Brahms, Johannes : Hungarian Dance for piano, 4 hands, in G minor, WoO 1/5
>Chopin, Frédéric : Waltz for Piano in E flat major, B 62/Op. 18 "Grande valse brillante"
>Liszt, Franz : Grand Bravura Fantasia on Paganini's "La Campanella", S 420
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben" BWV 147
>Chopin, Frédéric : Fantasy-Impromptu for piano in C sharp minor, Op. 66, CT. 46
>Schumann, Robert : Kinderszenen, Op. 15
>Debussy, Claude : Children's Corner
>Falla, Manuel de : El amor brujo
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Carnival of the animals
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orchestral Suite no 2, BWV 1067
>Goedicke, Alexander : Concert Etude for Trumpet and Piano, Op 49
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Choro no 1 for Guitar
>Poulenc, Francis : Sonata for flute and piano
>Abbott, Alan : Alla caccia for Horn and Piano
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Chôro no 2 for Flute and Clarinet
>Widor, Charles-Marie : Fifth Symphony
>Glinka, Mikhail : Ruslan and Ludmila
>Smetana, Bedrich : The Bartered Bride
>Chabrier, Emmanuel : Joyeuse marche "Marche française"
>Dvorak, Antonin : Slavonic Dances (8) for Orchestra, Op. 72/B 147
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Festive Overture, Op. 96
>Chabrier, Emmanuel : España, rhapsody for orchestra (also vers. for 2 pianos)
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Tahiti Trot, Op. 16 "Tea for Two"
>Berlioz, Hector : La damnation de Faust, Op. 24
>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Leichtes Blut, Op. 319
>Delibes, Leo [Composer] : Les Filles de Cadix, bolero for voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Valverd, Joaquin "Quinito" : Clavelitos!, for voice & piano
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Danse macabre
>Traditional, English : Sweet Polly Oliver, folk song
>Rossini, Gioachino : La Danza
>Schubert, Franz : An Sylvia
>Schubert, Franz : Heidenröslein, D 257/Op. 3 no 3
>Rossini, Gioachino : Duetto buffo di due gatti
>Giménez, Jerónimo : La tarantula e un bicho mu malo
>Curtis, Ernesto de : Tu ca nun chiagne
>Grigoriu, George : Valurile Dunarii (Waves of the Danube), operetta
>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata
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Notes & Reviews:

Essential Classics is a series of 2-CD sets drawn from the catalogs of EMI Classics and Virgin Classics. Presenting the bestloved and most popular works by the great composers, this series showcases world celebrated performances of these timeless classics, performed by the world's leading artists. This latest batch of the series is composed of a selection of Benjamin Britten's most popular and successful works, 38 pieces from the finest films of all time, favorite encores for solo instruments, orchestra and voice, popular works by famous British composers, and a cornucopia of many of the best-known carols. The series provides a great introduction to classical music and will appeal to those who are seeking the most familiar classical pieces that have been heard in the popular media such as major films and TV commercials.

Essential Classics is a series of 2-CD sets drawn from the catalogs of EMI Classics and Virgin Classics. Presenting the bestloved and most popular works by the great composers, this series showcases world celebrated performances of these timeless classics, performed by the world's leading artists. This latest batch of the series is composed of a selection of Benjamin Britten's most popular and successful works, 38 pieces from the finest films of all time, favorite encores for solo instruments, orchestra and voice, popular works by famous British composers, and a cornucopia of many of the best-known carols. The series provides a great introduction to classical music and will appeal to those who are seeking the most familiar classical pieces that have been heard in the popular media such as major films and TV commercials.



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Works Details

>Bazzini, Antonio : La ronde des lutins, Op. 25
  • Performers: Maxim Vengerov (Violin); Vag Papian (Piano)
  • Ensemble: Virtuosi
  • Running Time: 5 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1852
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Niccolò Paganini (Composer/Violin) (1782 - 1840) : Caprices (24) for Violin solo, Op. 1
  • Performer: Michael Rabin (Violin)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1817

>Kreisler, Fritz : La Gitana
  • Performers: John Lenehan (Piano); Tasmin Little (Violin)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: by 05/1919

>Massenet, Jules : Meditation (from "Thaïs")
  • Performers: Kyung-Wha Chung (Violin); Itamar Golan (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Khachaturian, Aram : Gayaneh :: Sabre dance
  • Performers: Pavel Gililov (Piano); Dmitry Sitkovetsky (Violin)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1941-42.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1941-1942

>Brahms, Johannes : Hungarian Dance for piano, 4 hands, in G minor, WoO 1/5
  • Performers: Piers Lane (Piano); Tasmin Little (Violin)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1858-1868

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Waltz for Piano in E flat major, B 62/Op. 18 "Grande valse brillante"
  • Performer: Dmitri Alexeev (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1831-1832

>Liszt, Franz : Grand Bravura Fantasia on Paganini's "La Campanella", S 420
  • Performer: John Ogdon (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1851

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben" BWV 147 :: Jesu, Joy of man's desiring
  • Performer: Alexis Weissenberg (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 07/02/1723

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Fantasy-Impromptu for piano in C sharp minor, Op. 66, CT. 46
  • Performer: Daniel Adni (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1834

>Schumann, Robert : Kinderszenen, Op. 15
  • Performer: Moura Lympany (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838

>Debussy, Claude : Children's Corner
  • Performer: Moura Lympany (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1906-1908

>Falla, Manuel de : El amor brujo
  • Performer: Moura Lympany (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Carnival of the animals
  • Ensemble: Nash Ensemble
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orchestral Suite no 2, BWV 1067 :: Badinerie
  • Performer: Alison Balsom (Trumpet)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1738-1739

>Goedicke, Alexander : Concert Etude for Trumpet and Piano, Op 49
  • Performers: Wolfgang Sawallisch (Piano); Ole Antonsen (Trumpet)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1948

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Chôro no 1 for Guitar
  • Performer: Manuel Barrueco (Guitar)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1920.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1920

>Poulenc, Francis : Sonata for flute and piano :: 3. Presto giocoso
  • Performers: Eric Le Sage (Piano); Emmanuel Pahud (Flute)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1956-1957

>Abbott, Alan : Alla caccia for Horn and Piano
  • Performers: Michael Thompson (Horn); Philip Fowke (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Chôro no 2 for Flute and Clarinet
  • Performers: Paul Meyer (Clarinet); Emmanuel Pahud (Flute)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1924

>Widor, Charles-Marie : Fifth Symphony
  • Performer: Wayne Marshall [Piano/Organ] (Organ)
  • Running Time: 5 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1880

>Glinka, Mikhail : Ruslan and Ludmila :: Overture
  • Conductor: Wolfgang Sawallisch
  • Running Time: 5 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1837-1842

>Smetana, Bedrich : The Bartered Bride :: Dance of the comedians
  • Conductor: Rudolf Kempe
  • Running Time: 4 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1863-1870

>Chabrier, Emmanuel : Joyeuse marche "Marche française"
  • Conductor: Thomas Beecham
  • Running Time: 3 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1888

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Slavonic Dances (8) for Orchestra, Op. 72/B 147
  • Conductor: Mariss Jansons
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Festive Overture, Op. 96
  • Conductor: Andrew Litton
  • Notes: Composition written: 1954.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1954

>Chabrier, Emmanuel : España, rhapsody for orchestra (also vers. for 2 pianos)
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Notes: Composition written: 1883.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1883

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Tahiti Trot, Op. 16 "Tea for Two"
  • Conductor: Järvi Paavo
  • Notes: Composition written: 1928.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1928

>Berlioz, Hector : La damnation de Faust, Op. 24 :: Marche hongroise
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 11/1845-10/1846

>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Leichtes Blut, Op. 319
  • Conductor: Rudolf Kempe
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1867

>Léo Delibes (Composer) (1836 - 1891) : Les Filles de Cadix, bolero for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  • Performers: Michel Dalberto (Piano); Barbara Hendricks
  • Notes: Composition written: 1874.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1874

>Joaquín "Quinito" Valverde Sanjuán (1875 - 1918) : Clavelitos!, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano); Gerald Moore (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1911

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Danse macabre :: [Excerpt]
  • Performers: José Van Dam; Jean-Phillipe Collard (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1874

>Traditional, English : Sweet Polly Oliver, folk song
  • Performers: Geoffrey Parsons (Piano); Sarah Brightman (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Form: Vocal

>Rossini, Gioachino : La Danza
  • Performers: Lawrence Brownlee (Tenor); Martin Katz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1830-1835

>Schubert, Franz : An Sylvia
  • Performers: Geoffrey Parsons (Piano); Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1826

>Schubert, Franz : Heidenröslein, D 257/Op. 3 no 3
  • Performers: Leif Andsnes (Piano); Ian Bostridge (Tenor)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 07/1826

>Rossini, Gioachino : Duetto buffo di due gatti
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Felicity Lott; Ann Murray (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1816

>Jerónimo Giménez (1854 - 1923) : La tarántula é un bicho mú malo :: Zapateado
  • Performers: Alicia De Larrocha (Piano); Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Curtis, Ernesto de : Tu ca nun chiagne
  • Performer: Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Asher Fisch
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1915
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Grigoriu, George : Valurile Dunarii (Waves of the Danube), operetta
  • Performer: Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Asher Fisch
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata :: Libiamo, ne'lieti calici
  • Performers: Placido Domingo (Tenor); Cheryl Studer (Soprano)
  • Conductor: John Barker
  • Notes: Composition written: 1853.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853
  • Studio/Live: Live