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Essential Film Classics

Album Summary

>Strauss, Richard : Also sprach Zarathustra
>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Requiem in D minor, K.626
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92
>Horner, James : My Heart Will Go On (from the film "Titanic")
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Swan Lake
>Williams, John : Star Wars, Episode I
>Mascagni, Pietro : Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act
>Dukas, Paul : The Sorcerer's Apprentice
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor
>Myers, Stanley : The Deer Hunter
>Bellini, Vincenzo : Norma, opera
>Barber, Samuel : Adagio for Strings
>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 5 in C sharp minor
>Newman, Thomas : American Beauty
>Williams, John : Schindler's List
>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 25 in G minor, K.183
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Ode to Joy (An die Freude) (Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee)
>Handel, George Frideric : Solomon
>Handel, George Frideric : Coronation Anthem
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for viola da gamba in G minor, BWV 1029
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Goldberg Variations
>Tárrega, Francisco : Recuerdos de la Alhambra
>Elgar, Edward : Enigma Variations
>Giordano, Umberto : Andrea Chenier
>Schubert, Franz : 'Unfinished' Symphony
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Sinfonia antarctica
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 11 in A major, K.331
>Holst, Gustav : The Planets, Op. 32
>Nyman, Michael [Piano] : The Piano
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 21 in C major, K.467
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Le nozze di Figaro
>Debussy, Claude : Clair de lune
>Catalani, Alfredo : La Wally
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Clarinet in A major, K.622
>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
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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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>Strauss, Richard : Also sprach Zarathustra :: Sunrise
  • Performer: David Bell (Organ)
  • Conductor: Klaus Tennstedt
  • Running Time: 1 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1896

>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre :: The Ride of the Valkyries
  • Conductor: Mariss Jansons
  • Running Time: 4 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1854-1856

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Requiem in D minor, K.626 :: Lacrimosa
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1791

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92 :: 2. Allegretto (Opening)
  • Conductor: Wolfgang Sawallisch
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1812

>Horner, James : My Heart Will Go On (from the film "Titanic")
  • Conductor: David Abel
  • Running Time: 4 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Swan Lake :: Act 1. Introduction
  • Conductor: Andre Previn
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1875-1876

>Williams, John : Star Wars, Episode I :: The Phantom Menace
  • Conductor: Geoff Love
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1999

>Mascagni, Pietro : Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act :: Intermezzo
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Dukas, Paul : The Sorcerer's Apprentice :: [Excerpt]
  • Conductor: Mariss Jansons
  • Running Time: 6 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1897

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor :: 2. Adagio sostenuto (Opening)
  • Performer: Cécile Ousset (Piano)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Running Time: 4 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1900-1901

>Myers, Stanley : The Deer Hunter
  • Performers: Steve Morse (Guitar); Manuel Barrueco (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1978

>Bellini, Vincenzo : Norma, opera :: Casta diva
  • Performer: Maria Callas
  • Conductor: Tullio Serafin
  • Running Time: 5 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1831

>Barber, Samuel : Adagio for Strings
  • Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
  • Running Time: 6 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936

>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 5 in C sharp minor :: 4. Adagietto (Conclusion)
  • Conductor: John Barbirolli
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1901-1902

>Newman, Thomas : American Beauty :: Any Other Name
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1999

>Williams, John : Schindler's List :: Theme
  • Performer: Tasmin Little (Violin)
  • Conductor: Iain Sutherland
  • Notes: Composition written: 1993.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1993

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata :: Che fai?...Ah, m'ami Alfredo
  • Performers: Alfredo Kraus; Renata Scotto
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Notes: Composition written: 1853.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 25 in G minor, K.183 :: 1. Allegro con brio (Opening)
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Running Time: 4 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1773

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Ode to Joy (An die Freude) (Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee)
  • Performer: James Morris
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral

>Handel, George Frideric : Solomon :: The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1748

>Handel, George Frideric : Coronation Anthem
  • Conductor: Andrew Davis
  • Running Time: 6 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1727

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for viola da gamba in G minor, BWV 1029 :: 2. Adagio (Opening)
  • Performers: Ton Koopman (Harpsichord); Jordi Savall (Vielle)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Goldberg Variations :: Aria
  • Performer: Maria Tipo (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1741

>Francisco Tárrega (Composer) (1852 - 1909) : Recuerdos de la Alhambra
  • Performer: Christopher Parkening (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1880-1905

>Elgar, Edward : Enigma Variations :: Nimrod
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898-1899

>Giordano, Umberto : Andrea Chénier :: La mamma morta
  • Performer: Maria Callas
  • Conductor: Tullio Serafin
  • Notes: Composition written: 1896.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1896

>Schubert, Franz : 'Unfinished' Symphony :: 1. Allegro moderato (Opening)
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1822

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Sinfonia antarctica :: Prelude
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Notes: Composition written: 1949-52.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1949-1952

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 11 in A major, K.331 :: Rondo alla turca
  • Performer: Andrei Gavrilov (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1783.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1783

>Holst, Gustav : The Planets, Op. 32 :: Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Running Time: 4 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914-1916

>Nyman, Michael [Piano] : The Piano :: The Heart Asks Pleasure First / The Promise
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1992

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 21 in C major, K.467 :: 2. Andante
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Conductor: Bryden Thompson
  • Running Time: 6 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1785

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 11 in A major, K.331 :: 1. Andante grazioso
  • Performer: Andrei Gavrilov (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1783.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1783

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Le nozze di Figaro :: Canzonetta sull'aria
  • Performers: Felicity Lott; Gianna Rolandi (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Bernard Haitink
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1786

>Debussy, Claude : Clair de lune
  • Performer: Moura Lympany (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890-1905

>Catalani, Alfredo : La Wally :: Ebben? ne andrò lontana
  • Performer: Ghena Dimitrova (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Lamberto Gardelli
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1892

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Clarinet in A major, K.622 :: 2. Adagio
  • Performer: Sabine Meyer (Basset Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Hans Vonk
  • Running Time: 6 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1791

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Hallelujah Chorus
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 4 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741