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50 Best Sensual Classics

Audio Samples

>Horner, James : Titanic
>     Main Theme
>Mascagni, Pietro : Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act
>     Intermezzo
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor
>     1. Moderato [Opening]
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
>     Variation 18
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Concerto for Piano no 3 in D minor
>     1. Allegro ma non tanto [Opening]
>Rota, Nino : Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet
>     Ai giochi addio
>Chaplin, Charlie : Limelight, film score
>Nyman, Michael [Piano] : The Piano
>     The Heart Asks Pleasure First
>Newman, Thomas : American Beauty
>     Any Other Name
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 21 in C, K. 467
>     2. Andante
>Newman, Thomas : Scent of a Woman
>     Por una cabeza
>Bath, Hubert : Cornish Rhapsody for piano & orchestra
>Rózsa, Miklós : Ben Hur
>     Theme
>Theodorakis, Mikis : Zorba the Greek
>     Zorba's Dance
>Norman, Monty : The James Bond Theme, theme from film series
>Goldenthal, Elliot : Frida
>     Soledad
>Puccini, Giacomo : Gianni Schicchi, opera
>     O mio babbino caro
>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 5 in C sharp minor
>     4. Adagietto
>Gershwin, George : Rhapsody in Blue (Jazzband version)
>     [Opening]
>Vanessa-Mae : Violin-Fantasy on Puccini's "Turandot"
>Liszt, Franz : Liebestraume for Piano, S 541
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis
>     [Extract]
>Pachelbel, Johann : Canon and Gigue for 3 Violins and Basso Continuo in D major
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 13 in B flat major, Op. 130
>     5. Cavatina (Adagio molto espressivo)
>Schoenberg, Arnold : Verklarte Nacht, Op. 4
>     [Extract]
>Puccini, Giacomo : Madama Butterfly
>     Love Duet
>     Un bel dì vedremo
>Massenet, Jules : Meditation (from "Thaïs")
>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca
>     E lucevan le stelle
>Wilkinson, Arthur : Beatle Cracker Suite
>     All My Loving
>Weill, Kurt : Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, suite
>     2. Moderato assai
>Rodrigo, Joaquín : Concierto de Aranjuez
>     2. Adagio [Opening]
>Huljic, Tonci : Leeloos Tune, for keyboards, percussion & orchestra
>Monti, Vittorio : Csardas
>Delibes, Léo : Lakme
>     Dôme épais (Flower Duet)
>Lehár, Franz : Giuditta
>     Meine Lippen, sie küssen so heiá
>Heuberger, Richard : Der Opernball
>     Im Chambre séparée
>Gershwin, George : Porgy and Bess
>     Summertime
>     Bess, you is my woman now
>Korngold, Erich Wolfgang : Die tote Stadt (The Dead City)
>     Glück, das mir verblieb
>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera
>     L'amour est un oiseau rebelle (Habanera)
>     Les tringles des sistres tintaient (Chanson bohème)
>Offenbach, Jacques : Les Contes d'Hoffmann
>     Belle nuit, ô nuit d'amour (Barcarolle)
>Monteverdi, Claudio : L'incoronazione di Poppea
>     Pur ti miro
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Samson et Dalila
>     Act 1. Printemps qui commence
>     Act 2. Mon cour s'ouvre à ta voix
>Wagner, Richard : Tristan und Isolde
>     Mild und leise (Liebestod)
>Strauss, Richard : Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59
>     Introduction to Act 1
>     Act 3. Marie Theres!... Hab' mir's gelobt
>     Act 3. Ist ein Traum, kann nicht wirklich sein... Spür nur dich

Album Summary

>Horner, James : Titanic
>Mascagni, Pietro : Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Concerto for Piano no 3 in D minor
>Rota, Nino : Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet
>Chaplin, Charlie : Limelight, film score
>Nyman, Michael [Piano] : The Piano
>Newman, Thomas : American Beauty
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 21 in C, K. 467
>Newman, Thomas : Scent of a Woman
>Bath, Hubert : Cornish Rhapsody for piano & orchestra
>Rózsa, Miklós : Ben Hur
>Theodorakis, Mikis : Zorba the Greek
>Norman, Monty : The James Bond Theme, theme from film series
>Goldenthal, Elliot : Frida
>Puccini, Giacomo : Gianni Schicchi, opera
>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 5 in C sharp minor
>Gershwin, George : Rhapsody in Blue (Jazzband version)
>Vanessa-Mae : Violin-Fantasy on Puccini's "Turandot"
>Liszt, Franz : Liebestraume for Piano, S 541
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis
>Pachelbel, Johann : Canon and Gigue for 3 Violins and Basso Continuo in D major
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 13 in B flat major, Op. 130
>Schoenberg, Arnold : Verklarte Nacht, Op. 4
>Puccini, Giacomo : Madama Butterfly
>Massenet, Jules : Meditation (from "Thaïs")
>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca
>Wilkinson, Arthur : Beatle Cracker Suite
>Weill, Kurt : Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, suite
>Rodrigo, Joaquín : Concierto de Aranjuez
>Huljic, Tonci : Leeloos Tune, for keyboards, percussion & orchestra
>Monti, Vittorio : Csardas
>Delibes, Léo : Lakme
>Lehár, Franz : Giuditta
>Heuberger, Richard : Der Opernball
>Gershwin, George : Porgy and Bess
>Korngold, Erich Wolfgang : Die tote Stadt (The Dead City)
>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera
>Offenbach, Jacques : Les Contes d'Hoffmann
>Monteverdi, Claudio : L'incoronazione di Poppea
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Samson et Dalila
>Wagner, Richard : Tristan und Isolde
>Strauss, Richard : Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This 3-CD set contains 50 tracks of sensual music from the catalogues of EMI Classics and Virgin Classics performed by some of the world's finest artists. Each one of the pieces evokes a sensual feeling, from the gentle beauty of the Flower Duet from Delibes' Lakme to the full-blooded passion of Ravel's Bolero. This veritable treasure house of evocative music creates an atmosphere of sensual pleasure.

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 features everything from the greatest American Classics to a collection of Wagner's greatest works.



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Works Details

>Horner, James : Titanic :: Main Theme
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Cellists
  • Running Time: 4 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Film Score

>Mascagni, Pietro : Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act :: Intermezzo
  • Conductor: Mariss Jansons
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor :: 1. Moderato [Opening]
  • Performer: Jean-Bernard Pommier (Piano)
  • Conductor: Lawrence Foster
  • Running Time: 4 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1900-1901

>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

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

>Rota, Nino : Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet :: Ai giochi addio
  • Performer: Natasha Marsh (Soprano)
  • Conductor: François-Xavier Roth
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1966

>Chaplin, Charlie : Limelight, film score
  • Conductor: Ron Goodwin
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Nyman, Michael [Piano] : The Piano :: The Heart Asks Pleasure First
  • Ensemble: Ahn Trio
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1992

>Newman, Thomas : American Beauty :: Any Other Name
  • Performers: Nikolaj Bloch; Sally Herbert (Keyboards)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1999

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 21 in C, K. 467 :: 2. Andante
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Conductor: Bryden Thompson
  • Running Time: 6 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1785

>Newman, Thomas : Scent of a Woman :: Por una cabeza
  • Performers: Julio Pane (Bandoneon); Raul Garello (Bandoneon); Jose Giaimo (Piano)
  • Conductor: Michel Plasson
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: circa 1993

>Bath, Hubert : Cornish Rhapsody for piano & orchestra
  • Conductor: Ron Goodwin
  • Running Time: 5 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944

>Miklós Rózsa (Composer) (1907 - 1995) : Ben Hur :: Theme
  • Conductor: Ron Goodwin
  • Notes: Composition written: 1959.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1959

>Theodorakis, Mikis : Zorba the Greek :: Zorba's Dance
  • Conductor: Ron Goodwin
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Film Score

>Norman, Monty : The James Bond Theme, theme from film series
  • Conductor: John Barry
  • Running Time: 2 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1962

>Goldenthal, Elliot : Frida :: Soledad
  • Performers: Julio Pane (Bandoneon); Raul Garello (Bandoneon); Jose Giaimo (Piano)
  • Conductor: Michel Plasson
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>Puccini, Giacomo : Gianni Schicchi, opera :: O mio babbino caro
  • Conductor: Geoff Love
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1918

>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 5 in C sharp minor :: 4. Adagietto
  • Conductor: John Barbirolli
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1901-1902

>Gershwin, George : Rhapsody in Blue (Jazzband version) :: [Opening]
  • Performer: Wayne Marshall [Piano/Organ] (Piano)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Running Time: 4 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1924

>Vanessa-Mae : Violin-Fantasy on Puccini's "Turandot"
  • Performer: Vanessa-Mae (Violin)
  • Conductor: Viktor Fedotov
  • Running Time: 4 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Liszt, Franz : Liebesträume for Piano, S 541
  • Performer: Kun-woo Paik (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1843-1850

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis :: [Extract]
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Running Time: 6 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910

>Pachelbel, Johann : Canon and Gigue for 3 Violins and Basso Continuo in D major
  • Conductor: Maurice Handford
  • Running Time: 5 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: after 1700

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 13 in B flat major, Op. 130 :: 5. Cavatina (Adagio molto espressivo)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1825-1826
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Schoenberg, Arnold : Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4 :: [Extract]
  • Running Time: 7 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1899

>Puccini, Giacomo : Madama Butterfly :: Love Duet
  • Conductor: Geoff Love
  • Notes: Composition written: 1904.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1904

>Massenet, Jules : Meditation (from "Thaïs")
  • Performer: José Garcia (Violin)
  • Conductor: Paul Tortelier
  • Running Time: 5 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Puccini, Giacomo : Madama Butterfly :: Un bel dì vedremo
  • Performer: Cynthia Millar (Ondes Martenot)
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Notes: Composition written: 1904.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1904

>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca :: E lucevan le stelle
  • Performer: Mitchell Dalton (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1900

>Wilkinson, Arthur : Beatle Cracker Suite :: All My Loving
  • Conductor: Arthur Wilkinson
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1965

>Weill, Kurt : Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, suite :: 2. Moderato assai
  • Conductor: Mariss Jansons
  • Running Time: 2 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 04/1927-04/1929
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Joaquín Rodrigo (1901 - 1999) : Concierto de Aranjuez :: 2. Adagio [Opening]
  • Performer: Julian Bream (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Running Time: 4 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1939

>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. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Monti, Vittorio : Csárdás
  • Performers: Maxim Vengerov (Violin); Vag Papian (Piano)
  • Ensemble: Virtuosi
  • Running Time: 4 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1904
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Léo Delibes (Composer) (1836 - 1891) : Lakmé :: Dôme épais (Flower Duet)
  • Performers: Mady Mesple (Voice); Danielle Millet (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Alain Lombard
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1883

>Franz Lehár (1870 - 1948) : Giuditta :: Meine Lippen, sie küssen so heiá
  • Performer: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
  • Conductor: Otto Ackermann
  • Notes: Composition written: 1933.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1933

>Heuberger, Richard : Der Opernball :: Im Chambre séparée
  • Performer: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
  • Conductor: Otto Ackermann
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1897

>Gershwin, George : Porgy and Bess :: Summertime
  • Performer: Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Conductor: John McGlinn
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1935

>Gershwin, George : Porgy and Bess :: Bess, you is my woman now
  • Performers: Lesley Garrett; Bryn Terfel
  • Conductor: Philip Ellis
  • Running Time: 5 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1935

>Korngold, Erich Wolfgang : Die tote Stadt (The Dead City) :: Glück, das mir verblieb
  • Performer: Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Conductor: Julius Rudel
  • Notes: Composition written: 1920.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1920

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: L'amour est un oiseau rebelle (Habanera)
  • Performers: Viorica Cortez (Mezzo Soprano); Elaine Lublin (Voice); Grace Bumbry (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Rafae Frühbeck de Burgos
  • Running Time: 4 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873-1874

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: Les tringles des sistres tintaient (Chanson bohème)
  • Performers: Elaine Lublin (Voice); Grace Bumbry (Mezzo Soprano); Viorica Cortez (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Rafae Frühbeck de Burgos
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873-1874

>Offenbach, Jacques : Les Contes d'Hoffmann :: Belle nuit, ô nuit d'amour (Barcarolle)
  • Performers: Ann Murray (Mezzo Soprano); Jessye Norman
  • Conductor: Sylvain Cambreling
  • Running Time: 4 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Monteverdi, Claudio : L'incoronazione di Poppea :: Pur ti miro
  • Performers: Arleen Augér; Della Jones (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Running Time: 5 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1642

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Samson et Dalila :: Act 1. Printemps qui commence
  • Performer: Maria Callas
  • Conductor: Georges Prêtre
  • Running Time: 5 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1859-1877

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Samson et Dalila :: Act 2. Mon cour s'ouvre à ta voix
  • Performer: Maria Callas
  • Conductor: Georges Prêtre
  • Running Time: 5 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1859-1877

>Wagner, Richard : Tristan und Isolde :: Mild und leise (Liebestod)
  • Performer: Helga Dernesch (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 7 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1857-1859

>Strauss, Richard : Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59 :: Introduction to Act 1
  • Performers: Eberhard Wächter (Baritone); Teresa Stich-Randall (Soprano); Christa Ludwig; Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1909-1910

>Strauss, Richard : Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59 :: Act 3. Marie Theres!... Hab' mir's gelobt
  • Performers: Eberhard Wächter (Baritone); Teresa Stich-Randall (Soprano); Christa Ludwig; Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 6 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1909-1910

>Strauss, Richard : Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59 :: Act 3. Ist ein Traum, kann nicht wirklich sein... Spür nur dich
  • Performers: Eberhard Wächter (Baritone); Teresa Stich-Randall (Soprano); Christa Ludwig; Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 6 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1909-1910