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50 Best Romantic Piano Classics - Popular romantic classics for solo piano or piano & orchestra

Album Summary

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
>Grieg, Edvard : Concerto for Piano in A minor
>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces (6), Book 8, Op. 65
>Liszt, Franz : Liebestraume for Piano, S 541
>Chopin, Frédéric : Concerto for Piano no 1 in E minor, B 53/Op. 11
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 21 in C, K 467 "Elvira Madigan"
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27/2 "Moonlight"
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 5 "Emperor"
>Schumann, Robert : Kinderszenen, Op. 15
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturne for piano no 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109
>Chopin, Frédéric : Etude for piano no 3 in E major, Op. 10/3, CT. 16
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Seasons, Op. 47b
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Concerto for Piano no 3 in D minor
>Debussy, Claude : Clair de lune
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Concerto for Piano no 2 in F, Op. 102
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Minuets (6) for piano (or orchestra), WoO 10
>Brahms, Johannes : Intermezzi (3) for Piano, Op. 117
>Schumann, Robert : Etudes symphoniques, Op. 13
>Schumann, Robert : Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26
>Schumann, Robert : Carnaval, Op. 9
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturne for piano no 20 in C sharp minor, KK IVa/16, CT. 127 (B. 49)
>Chopin, Frédéric : Waltz for piano no 9 in A flat major ("L'adieu") Op. 69/1, CT. 215
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturne for piano no 5 in F sharp major, Op. 15/2, CT. 112
>Chopin, Frédéric : Berceuse for Piano in D flat major, B 154/Op. 57
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturne for piano no 10 in A flat major, Op. 32/2, CT. 117
>Liszt, Franz : Consolations (6) for Piano, S 172
>Liszt, Franz : Au lac de Wallenstadt, for piano (Annees I/2), S.160/2 (LW A159/2)
>Liszt, Franz : Concert Etudes (3) for Piano, S 144
>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces (6), Book 5, Op. 54
>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces (6), Book 3, Op. 43
>Liszt, Franz : Soanta in B minor
>Gershwin, George : Rhapsody in Blue
>Falla, Manuel de : Nights in the Gardens of Spain
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Bachianas brasileiras no 3
>Poulenc, Francis : Piano Concerto
>Poulenc, Francis : Concerto for Two Pianos
>Nyman, Michael [Piano] : The Heart Asks Pleasure First, song (for the film "The Piano")
>Lennon, John : Michelle
>Williams, Charles : The Dream of Olwen, for piano & orchestra (From the film "The Way to the Stars")
>Bath, Hubert : Cornish Rhapsody for piano & orchestra
>Lennon, John : A Hard Day's Night
>Bennett, Richard R. : Murder on the Orient Express
>Addinsell, Richard : Warsaw Concerto
>Huljic, Tonci : Leeloos Tune, for keyboards, percussion & orchestra
>Rózsa, Miklós : Spellbound Concerto
>Lennon, John : The Fool on the Hill
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Notes & Reviews:

This 3-CD set contains 50 tracks of romantic piano music from catalogues of EMI Classics and Virgin Classics performed by some of the world's finest The works range from well-loved gems of the classical repertoire by Beethoven, Brahms and Chopin to composition by more modern composers like Lennon and McCartney and Michael Nyman. Each of the three CDs is creates an enjoyable listening experience of well-known romantic piano works.

50 Best is a series of 3-CD sets which feature genres of music ranging from symphonies and solo instrumental works to chamber music and operas. This next installment of five releases everything from the greatest American Classics to a collection of Wagner's greatest works.



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Works Details

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23 :: 1. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso [extract]
  • Performer: Horacio Gutierrez (Piano)
  • Conductor: Andre Previn
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1874

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini :: Variation 18
  • Performer: Cécile Ousset (Piano)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1934

>Grieg, Edvard : Concerto for Piano in A minor :: 2. Adagio
  • Performer: Cécile Ousset (Piano)
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Running Time: 6 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1868

>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces (6), Book 8, Op. 65
  • Performer: Leif Andsnes (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1896

>Liszt, Franz : Liebesträume for Piano, S 541
  • Performer: John Ogdon (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1843-1850

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Concerto for Piano no 1 in E minor, B 53/Op. 11 :: 2. Romance
  • Performer: Garrick Ohlsson (Piano)
  • Conductor: Jerzy Maksymiuk
  • Running Time: 4 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1830

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18 :: 2. Adagio sostenuto [extract]
  • Performer: Cécile Ousset (Piano)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Running Time: 4 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1900-1901

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 21 in C, K 467 "Elvira Madigan" :: 2. Andante [extract]
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Conductor: Bryden Thompson
  • Running Time: 5 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1785

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27/2 "Moonlight" :: 1. Adagio sostenuto [extract]
  • Performer: Moura Lympany (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1801

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 5 "Emperor" :: 2. Adagio un poco mosso [extract]
  • Performer: Walter Gieseking (Piano)
  • Conductor: Alceo Galliera
  • Running Time: 5 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1809

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

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Nocturne for piano no 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109
  • Performer: John Ogdon (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1830-1832

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Etude for piano no 3 in E major, Op. 10/3, CT. 16
  • Performer: Andrei Gavrilov (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1832

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Seasons, Op. 47b :: June
  • Performer: Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1875-1876

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Concerto for Piano no 3 in D minor :: 1. Allegro ma non troppo [extract]
  • Performer: Mikhail Rudy (Piano)
  • Conductor: Mariss Jansons
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1909

>Debussy, Claude : Clair de lune
  • Performer: Moura Lympany (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890-1905

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Concerto for Piano no 2 in F, Op. 102 :: 2. Andante
  • Performer: Dmitri Alexeev (Piano)
  • Conductor: Jerzy Maksymiuk
  • Running Time: 6 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1957

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Minuets (6) for piano (or orchestra), WoO 10
  • Performer: Moura Lympany (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1795

>Brahms, Johannes : Intermezzi (3) for Piano, Op. 117
  • Performer: Nicholas Angelich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Schumann, Robert : Études symphoniques, Op. 13 :: Variation 11
  • Performer: Jean-Phillipe Collard (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1834-1861

>Schumann, Robert : Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26 :: 4. Intermezzo
  • Performer: Andrei Gavrilov (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1839

>Schumann, Robert : Carnaval, Op. 9 :: Préambule
  • Performer: Andrei Gavrilov (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1833-1835

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Nocturne for piano no 20 in C sharp minor, KK IVa/16, CT. 127 (B. 49)
  • Performer: Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Waltz for piano no 9 in A flat major ("L'adieu") Op. 69/1, CT. 215
  • Performer: Dmitri Alexeev (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1835

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Nocturne for piano no 5 in F sharp major, Op. 15/2, CT. 112
  • Performer: Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1830-1832

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Berceuse for Piano in D flat major, B 154/Op. 57
  • Performer: Peter Donohoe (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1844

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Nocturne for piano no 10 in A flat major, Op. 32/2, CT. 117
  • Performer: Daniel Adni (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1837

>Liszt, Franz : Consolations (6) for Piano, S 172
  • Performer: Francois-René Duchable (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1849-1850

>Liszt, Franz : Au lac de Wallenstadt, for piano (Années I/2), S.160/2 (LW A159/2)
  • Performer: Kun-woo Paik (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1848-1855

>Liszt, Franz : Concert Etudes (3) for Piano, S 144
  • Performer: Francois-René Duchable (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1848

>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces (6), Book 5, Op. 54
  • Performer: Leif Andsnes (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1889-1891

>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces (6), Book 3, Op. 43
  • Performer: Daniel Adni (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Seasons, Op. 47b :: October
  • Performer: Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1875-1876

>Liszt, Franz : Soanta in B minor :: [Conclusion]
  • Performer: Peter Donohoe (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1851-1853

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18 :: 1. Moderato [extract]
  • Performer: Jean-Bernard Pommier (Piano)
  • Conductor: Lawrence Foster
  • Running Time: 4 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1900-1901

>Gershwin, George : Rhapsody in Blue :: [Conclusion]
  • Performer: Andre Previn (Piano)
  • Conductor: Andre Previn
  • Running Time: 5 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1924

>Falla, Manuel de : Nights in the Gardens of Spain :: Distant Dance
  • Performer: Gonzalo Soriano (Piano)
  • Conductor: Rafae Frühbeck de Burgos
  • Running Time: 5 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1909-1916

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Bachianas brasileiras no 3 :: 2. Fantasia (Devaneio)
  • Performer: Cristina Ortiz (Piano)
  • Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy
  • Running Time: 6 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1938

>Poulenc, Francis : Piano Concerto :: 1. Allegretto [extract]
  • Performer: Jean-Bernard Pommier (Piano)
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1949

>Poulenc, Francis : Concerto for Two Pianos :: 2. Larghetto
  • Performers: Jean-Bernard Pommier (Piano); Anne Queffélec (Piano)
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Running Time: 5 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1932

>Nyman, Michael [Piano] : The Heart Asks Pleasure First, song (for the film "The Piano")
  • Performer: Ahn Trio (Trio)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Lennon, John : Michelle
  • Conductor: Ron Goodwin
  • Ensemble: Rostal & Schaefer Piano Duo
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Paul McCartney (1942 - ).
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1965

>Williams, Charles : The Dream of Olwen, for piano & orchestra (From the film "The Way to the Stars")
  • Performer: Daniel Adni (Piano)
  • Conductor: Kenneth Alwyn
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1947

>Bath, Hubert : Cornish Rhapsody for piano & orchestra
  • Performer: Daniel Adni (Piano)
  • Conductor: Kenneth Alwyn
  • Running Time: 5 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944

>Lennon, John : A Hard Day's Night
  • Conductor: Ron Goodwin
  • Ensemble: Rostal & Schaefer Piano Duo
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Paul McCartney (1942 - ).
  • Running Time: 4 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1964

>Bennett, Richard R. : Murder on the Orient Express :: Overture
  • Performer: Richard Bennett (Piano)
  • Conductor: Marcus Dods
  • Running Time: 2 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1974

>Addinsell, Richard : Warsaw Concerto
  • Performer: Daniel Adni (Piano)
  • Conductor: Kenneth Alwyn
  • Running Time: 8 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: circa 1941

>Huljic, Tonci : Leeloos Tune, for keyboards, percussion & orchestra
  • Performers: Peter Lockhart (Percussion); Nabil Kalibi (Oud); Maksim Mrvica (Piano); Tim Bran (Keyboards)
  • Conductor: Matt Dunkley
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Miklós Rózsa (Composer) (1907 - 1995) : Spellbound Concerto :: [Extract]
  • Performer: Daniel Adni (Piano)
  • Conductor: Kenneth Alwyn
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1945

>Lennon, John : The Fool on the Hill
  • Conductor: Ron Goodwin
  • Ensemble: Rostal & Schaefer Piano Duo
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Paul McCartney (1942 - ).
  • Running Time: 5 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1967