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50 Best London Symphony Orchestra

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 8 in F, Op. 93
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Die Geschopfe des Prometheus, Op. 4
>Mendelssohn, Felix : A Midsummer Night's Dream
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Symphony no 1 in D, Op. 24 'Classical'
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Swan Lake
>Humperdinck, Engelbert : Hansel und Gretel
>Wagner, Richard : Parsifal
>Orff, Carl : Carmina Burana
>Messiaen, Olivier : Turangalila Symphony
>Poulenc, Francis : Concert champetre
>Respighi, Ottorino : Pini di Roma
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Fantasia on Greensleeves
>Coates, Eric : By the Sleepy Lagoon
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 8 in C minor, Op. 65
>Khachaturian, Aram : Spartacus
>Ravel, Maurice : Boléro
>Gershwin, George : Rhapsody in Blue
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Romeo and Juliet
>Elgar, Edward : Enigma Variations
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Job
>Elgar, Edward : Concerto for Cello
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : English Folk Song Suite
>Britten, Benjamin : Four Sea Interludes 'Peter Grimes'
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Concerto for Violin no 2 in G minor, Op. 63
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Serenade in C for strings, Op. 48
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Marche slave, Op. 31
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Notes & Reviews:

This 3-CD set contains 50 tracks from the catalogues of EMI Records, EMI Classics and Virgin Classics of recordings by the London Symphony Orchestra under some of the world's greatest conductors and with a number of famous soloists. The program focuses mainly on orchestral pieces, but there are extracts from other genres featuring famous instrumental soloists such as the cellist Steven Isserlies, the violinists Ida Haendel and Dmitry Sitkovetsky, the pianist Michel Beroff and the harpsichordist Simon Preston.

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



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Works Details

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67 :: 1. Allegro con brio
  • Conductor: Eugen Jochum
  • Running Time: 8 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1808

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 8 in F, Op. 93 :: 2. Allegretto scherzando
  • Conductor: Eugen Jochum
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1812

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus, Op. 4 :: Overture
  • Conductor: Andre Previn
  • Running Time: 5 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1800-1801

>Mendelssohn, Felix : A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Conductor: Andre Previn
  • Running Time: 24 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1843

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Symphony no 1 in D, Op. 24 'Classical' :: 1. Allegro
  • Conductor: Andre Previn
  • Running Time: 4 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1916-1917

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a
  • Conductor: Andre Previn
  • Running Time: 20 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1892

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

>Humperdinck, Engelbert : Hänsel und Gretel :: Overture
  • Conductor: Andre Previn
  • Running Time: 7 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1893

>Wagner, Richard : Parsifal :: Act 3. Prelude
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Running Time: 5 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1878-1882

>Orff, Carl : Carmina Burana :: Tanz
  • Conductor: Andre Previn
  • Running Time: 1 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1935-1936

>Messiaen, Olivier : Turangalîla Symphony :: 1. Introduction
  • Performers: Michel Béroff (Piano); Jeanne Loriod (Ondes Martenot)
  • Conductor: Andre Previn
  • Running Time: 6 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1948-1990

>Poulenc, Francis : Concert champêtre :: 2. Sicilienne
  • Performer: Simon Preston (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Andre Previn
  • Running Time: 5 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1927-1928

>Respighi, Ottorino : Pini di Roma :: I pini di Via Appia
  • Conductor: Lamberto Gardelli
  • Running Time: 5 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1924

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Fantasia on Greensleeves
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Running Time: 4 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1934

>Coates, Eric : By the Sleepy Lagoon :: Valse serenade
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1930

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 8 in C minor, Op. 65 :: 2. Allegretto
  • Conductor: Andre Previn
  • Notes: Composition written: 1943.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1943

>Khachaturian, Aram : Spartacus :: Adagio of & Phrygia (extract)
  • Conductor: Aram Khachaturian
  • Notes: Composition written: 1950-54.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1950-1954

>Ravel, Maurice : Boléro :: Conclusion
  • Conductor: Andre Previn
  • Running Time: 5 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1928

>Gershwin, George : Rhapsody in Blue :: Beginning
  • Performers: Gervase de Peyer (Clarinet); Andre Previn (Piano)
  • Conductor: Andre Previn
  • Running Time: 5 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1925

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Romeo and Juliet
  • Conductor: Andre Previn
  • Notes: Composition written: 1935-36.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1935-1936

>Elgar, Edward : Enigma Variations :: Nimrod
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Running Time: 4 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898-1899

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Job :: A Masque for Dancing
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1927-1930

>Elgar, Edward : Concerto for Cello :: 3. Adagio
  • Performer: Steven Isserlis (Cello)
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Running Time: 4 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1919

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : English Folk Song Suite :: 1. March (Seventeen Come Sunday)
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1923

>Britten, Benjamin : Four Sea Interludes 'Peter Grimes' :: Sunday morning (Allegro spiritoso)
  • Conductor: Andre Previn
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Concerto for Violin no 2 in G minor, Op. 63 :: 3. Allegro ben marcato
  • Performer: Dmitry Sitkovetsky (Violin)
  • Conductor: Colin Davis
  • Notes: Composition written: 1935.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1935

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Serenade in C for strings, Op. 48 :: 2. Valse
  • Conductor: John Barbirolli
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1880

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Marche slave, Op. 31
  • Conductor: Andre Previn
  • Running Time: 9 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1876